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

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!


Primary 1A enjoyed learning about Hanukkah from one of the children’s parents.  We made stained glass menorah candles, a wax candle and a dreidel.  We also learnt a song and tasted potato latkes.  Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, starts on the 24th of December this year.  A candle is lit each day to celebrate the triumph of Judah Maccabee over King Antiochus when one day’s oil lasted for eight days in the temple.

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Weekly Information 19th December

Monday 19th December

1.25pm – P6C @ JMC to visit buddies

P2 Christmas party PM

P4 Party in Hall PM

Tuesdays 20th December

9.15 – 10.15am Church Service at Parish Church

P3 Christmas party pm

P7 Anne Frank Workshops (P7A & P7C)

1pm – P7 at DGS Christmas show (dismissed from DGS at 3.10pm)

1.30 – P5 Party PM

Wednesday 21st December

9.15am – 10.15am Church Service at Parish Church

11.30 – 12pm – Children steel drum performance in Hall (Lochend)

P1 Christmas party PM

 P6 Party in Hall PM

Thursday 22nd December 2016

9.30 – Whole School Assembly @ JMC

School finishes at 2.50pm for P1/P2 and 3.10pm for P3-P7. NORMAL TIMES.

Please ensure that any change to normal end of day arrangements are reported to the school office.

Merry Christmas to all
School returns on Monday 9th January 2017


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.

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