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 Assembly 2016

Today we held our end of term assembly. We sang lots of carols and celebrated all that is great about Christmas and Dunbar Primary School.

During the Assembly Macy drew the winner of a competition amongst staff to raise funds for her operation. The winner was Mrs Bennett in P3. Altogether we have raised £543 in the raffle and P6 also raised £311. £854 has been paid into Macy’s Go fund me page.

We also revealed the person with the most votes to get pied at the assembly and drew three names to do it. Mrs Lyle was the winner (loser) and was splatted by all three drawn from the box. thank you Mrs Lyle for being such as sport.

Books for Children 2016, Dunbar Unplugs and Reads

As we’re nearing the end of the year, the Brainpickings blog have posted about their favourite children’s books of 2016.

The Brainpickings ‘The Best Children’s Books of 2016’ list includes 16 great texts for children.


CLICK HERE – Brainpickings ‘The Best Children’s Books of 2016’

CLICK HERE – Cry, Heart, But Never Break
CLICK HERE – The White Cat and the Monk
CLICK HERE – Cloth Lullaby
CLICK HERE – A Child of Books
CLICK HERE – The Day I Became A Bird
CLICK HERE – Pinocchio
CLICK HERE – The Sound of Silence
CLICK HERE – We Found A Hat
CLICK HERE – Daytime Visions
CLICK HERE – Preaching to the Chickens
CLICK HERE – The Polar Bear
CLICK HERE – What Colour is the Wind?
CLICK HERE – The Pancake King
CLICK HERE – Einstein
CLICK HERE – What Can I Be?

Funding for Macy


Dunbar Primary School are supporting Macy, a P6 Child in our school, who is hoping to have an operation in America to help improve her scoliosis. The operation will cost the family over £130,000.

Please find below the link for donating to the fund for Macy along with some more information on her illness and the operation she is hoping to get. The school are really keen to support her and her family and have already started raising money for the fund. You can donate on the site below or by clicking on the image.

Macy’s Story

Macy has just had her 10th birthday. To say she is active is an understatement. She likes gymnastics, trampolining & hip-hop. She likes riding her bike & swinging from trees. She is daring, adventurous & has no fear. Flexibility & mobility are very important to her, but for the last three years, Macy’s activities have been severely restricted.

Macy was diagnosed with scoliosis at six years old, with three curves in her spine, each measuring from 40 to 48 degrees. For three years, she wore a brace 20 hours a day, to prevent her condition from becoming worse. While Macy coped well with this to start with, by year three she lost her ability to cope. Bracing is widely acknowledged to produce immense psychological stress and in common with many other brace wearers, at times she felt ashamed, scared, angry and stressed. It made her feel different from her friends at a sensitive age, was restrictive and often uncomfortable. Her parents sought a second opinion in August 2016 and were advised that given the negative impacts on Macy’s emotional well-being, she should discontinue brace treatment. Her condition has since deteriorated rapidly & she needs surgery now, before she has another growth spurt. In such cases, the NHS perform a spinal fusion.

After countless sleepless nights & weeks of research to find an alternative treatment, her parents found their miracle – vertebral body tethering or VBT.

Unlike fusion, it allows for continued growth & mobility of the whole spine. It is the only procedure which will straighten Macy’s spine while allowing her to grow & remain flexible. Surgeons place screws in the affected vertebrae & attach the screws to a flexible cord to pull the spine in a straighter position. This realigns the spine so it can continue to straighten with growth & maintain flexibility. The surgery is less invasive than fusion, involving a five-inch scar as opposed to a full spine incision down the middle of the back. While this is desirable cosmetically, it also means less blood loss, less risk of infection & faster recovery time, as there is less muscle, bone & tissue damage.

As fusion currently is the only option in the UK, the only hope for Macy and her family is to go to America for VBT but this needs to be done as soon as February 2017.

If you can help in any way click the link below.

Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher


School Crossing Lammermuir Road

URGENT To all parents at 5pm Friday 9th December

The crossing between the two Campuses has been damaged by a lorry today whilst the A1was closed. The lights and the crossing are both damaged and are not working.

Police are aware, however caution is required. We will try to ensure that there is someone manning the crossing on Monday and will make efforts with ELC to have a speedy repair to this essential crossing.

A MacRury D H T