Dunbar Girls Empowered by Self Defence Class

Post from Gareth Hill, Active Schools Coordinator (Dunbar Cluster)

Active Schools Self Defence class

Active Schools has worked in partnership with Robertson’s Mixed Martial to deliver a self-defence class to 19 P7 Girls from Dunbar Primary. With this programme as well we took points from the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and adapt the programme to fit in line with the Health and Wellbeing framework.

The main points worked with from the CfE were

  • I am experiencing enjoyment and achievement on a daily basis by taking part in different kinds of energetic physical activities.
  • I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my health and wellbeing
  • I am learning to assess and manage risk to protect myself and others to reduce the potential harm when possible.
  • I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations.

After the 4 weeks girls were presented with a certificate of their attendance to the self-defence class at Dunbar Primary P7 Assembly on the last day of term. Picture from presentation above.

Instructor Brad Robertson “The girls came the first week and didn’t speak or interact a lot but as the weeks went on and their confidence grew which enabled their skills and understanding of what they were doing to increase. Hopefully the course has enabled the girls to gain the confidence to go try new sports and challenges outside of school but also made new friendship from working with new people on the course. The skills they have learned should benefit them in the years to come.”

Active Schools would like to thank Brad and Dunbar Primary for running the programme. The programme has proven to be a huge success and we are now working on the next group we will be working with.

Bunny Hunt at Lauderdale Park 17th April

On Easter Monday (April 17) there will be some fun activities for children including a bunny hunt at Lauderdale Park in Dunbar. Please pop along between 1pm and 4pm. As well as the bunny hunt (50p) there will be a free colouring competition, a children’s raffle (30p) and the Rolling Haggis zorbing company offering shots at zorbing for £5. All funds raised will go to Dunbar Primary School. The cafe will be open.

‘Spy Dog’ Competition

As you know, one of our Dunbar Unplugs & Reads community books is ‘Spy Dog’ by Andrew Cope.  We contacted Andrew to let him know and he kindly signed a copy of ‘Spy Dog – Gunpowder Plot’ and ‘Spy Cat – Blackout’ for us to give away!









Your challenge…

Find a copy of ‘Spy Dog’ in the community with the Dunbar Unplugs & Reads sticker on it and tweet a photo to @DunbarPrimary or e-mail the school (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) with the subject ‘Spy Dog Competition’.  Miss Eeles will take a note of all the entries and organise a draw on Friday 26th May. 

All pupils from Nursery – Primary 7 can take part.

Good luck on your search!

P7 Plankton Art Project

Information taken from the ‘North Lights Art’ Website: https://northlightarts.org.uk/2016/12/plankton-project-dunbar-primary-school/

North Light Arts have just completed five amazing days in Dunbar Primary School in connection with Donald Urqhart’s public art work for The Battery on Dunbar Harbour.

The two incredible artists Linda Greig and Anna Davis from Dunbar worked with the classes for a full day, creatively helping the students learn about and interpret the life of plankton. Linda had sourced some water from the harbour that had tiny specimens of the species of plankton that can be found in the waters around Dunbar.

The students then studied the structure of different plankton through observational drawing and later by inventing and naming their own plankton. Traces were then made to take their drawings into mono printing and screen printing with Anna. The results were so good they will be displayed in the Community Room of Dunbar Town House at the same time as Donald’s exhibition is being held here in March 2017.

The Big Pedal 2017


20th -31st MARCH 2017


The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2017 challenge will run from 20 to 31 March and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge. Prize details will be announced on The Big Pedal website