Tuesday 17th January

Numeracy Workshop Event P1- P7 parents and pupils
Tuesday 17th January 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Lochend Campus

Following the questionnaire we issued at the Meet the Teacher evenings in August it was clear to us that parents were very keen to find out more about how we teach numeracy and mathematics and to be able to support their son/daughter with homework.

As a school staff we have planned a series of workshops that we hope will offer you an opportunity to get some hands-on experience of the methodologies, strategies, games and activities we use to teach your children. These are detailed on the back of this sheet.

We have set up a wide variety of activities and you are very welcome to attend any of these – you may want to attend some that are further up the school to get an idea of what will be coming next, or you might want to attend those specific to your own child’s stage – the choice is yours.

All workshops will last 15 mins and we will then give everyone 5 minutes to get to their next workshop – everyone will have the opportunity to attend 3 on the night. Our very helpful Primary 7 Meeters and Greeters will be on hand to get you all to the right classrooms.

You are very welcome to bring your son/daughter on the night and we are keen for them to come along to join in the activities.

In order to help us with planning and organisation on the night we would be very grateful if you would complete the attached form (sent out to all parents, see photo below) to help us with organisation and numbers attending, however you can turn up on the night and we will be delighted to see you all.

Mrs Gillanders


Dress Down Day for Macy

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to hold a dress down day on Friday 20th January 2017.
As many of you may be aware, Macy, one of our P6 pupils and her family,
are currently raising money to help fund a life changing operation
taking place in the USA in February this year.  This will be a non uniform day and we would like everyone to wear a woolly hat as well.

We would like to support this cause with your help.  This is entirely voluntary and all donations will be gratefully received by the family.  We suggest a £1 donation.

Anyone wishing further information can read more on the following website.

We thank you for your support

Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher

Anti-bullying Workshops

respectme_logoDear Parent

I am please to inform you that respectme, the Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver Parent Workshops in East Lothian.

The content will cover:

  • Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
  • Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
  • Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
  • Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
  • Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flourish

We will run two workshops on Wednesday 15th March 2017. One at 12.30-2.30pm at the Corn Exchange in Haddington and another at 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.

We can offer 40 places on each workshop so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If we are over subscribed we may be able to offer additional workshops.

If interested please e-mail anti-bullying@eastlothian.gov.uk stating what time you would like to attend.


Also, following on from an Initial Consultation in October 2016 we are now seeking parents views on the draft East Lothian Anti-bullying Policy “Respect for all”. You can view and comment on this at



Kind Regards

Marie Prior

Anti-bullying Policy Working Group

Christmas Jumper Day

We are having a Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 22nd December – just for fun!  If you have a Christmas jumper or t-shirt then please wear it to school on this day.

Please don’t go out and buy anything if you’re not sure what to wear.  Perhaps pop some tinsel round your waist or stick a bow on your school jumper!

Weekly Information for Parents

Monday 12th December

9am – P5F visiting buddies

PM – P6 Panto @ Brunton Theatre

11am – St 2 (LG)

ALL DAY – P7 Anne Frank W/Shops @ Dance Studio

9.30am – The Wizard of Oz for N-P2 (1 hour)

11am – The Wizard of Oz for P4 & P5 (1 hour)

P2D to Letham Gardens / Carol singing

Tuesday 13th December

9-12.30: Anne Frank workshops @ Dance Studio

10.00 P2 to Dunbar Library Author meet event https://auntyemily.wordpress.com/books/

9.30am – P3 Enterprise event using both halls

1.45pm – P3 to Brunton Theatre to see ‘Aladdin’

Wednesday 14th December

Christmas Lunch (Lochend)

1.45pm – P4 to watch P1 Nativity at JMC

3.45 – 5pm: Support for Learning drop in session (EA)

9.30am – P1 dress rehearsal for P2,P3 and nursery

Thursday 15th December

9.30am – P1 Nativity dress rehearsal for P5,P6,P7 and nursery

Christmas lunches (John Muir Campus)

1.45 – 2.45pm – P3D going to Probus club/ carol singing

Friday 16th December

P1 Nativity performances

9.30 – P1B, 1E and 1F          11.15 – P1A, 1C and 1D

12.30 – 1pm: Nursery open session for Jan starts @ Nursery rooms.




Highlights from this week at DPS

Some Highlights from Twitter that you might have missed


JMC were so pleased to see Rev Twaddle today. We thank him for the wonderful inspiration he has given us over the last 38 years.

 John Muir Campus’ advent door for Thursday was the Jolly Postman’s letterbox by Mr MacRury. Look out for more next week!

P4 Art Project

Primary 4 are taking part in a project with students from Edinburgh College of Art.  They are thoroughly enjoying it and learning lots of new skills!