Weekly update 13th November 2020

Children in Need @40

We snapped a few members of staff at Lochend today who were dressed in cosy / spotty / Pudsey outfits! The children were amazing as usual . Well done all .We all had a fun day raising money for Children In Need donations still accepted next week.

P1 Enrolment

With current COVID-19 restrictions on parents entering East Lothian Council school buildings, it will not be possible for parents to visit their catchment school to enrol their child for the P1 intake in August 2021. East Lothian Council’s Education Service are currently looking at alternative options for the P1 enrolment this year. Further information regarding P1 enrolment will be available here soon.

Hot meals

A present we are in the process of introducing some hot choices on a daily basis. At present burgers, paninis and baked potatoes are just 3 of the choices. The choices can be viewed on Schoolpay.
a full hot meals service is not currently available within our schools
packed lunches or hot snacks will be provided for children and young people on free school meals and those who wish to pre order via Schoolpay.

How do we receive our Free School Meals if we are isolating?

If a pupil who receives Free School Meals is isolating, parents should not collect the meal from the school. Your school will contact the parent to arrange for delivery of the meal(s).

Provision of water

We are encouraging children and young people to bring a filled water bottle to school with them each day, clearly marked with their name. Water will be available for refills during the day. Water will continue to be available at lunchtimes, too. If you cannot provide a water bottle, please speak to your school.

Christmas Hamper Appeal

We would like to support our local community this Christmas and the Dunbar Basics Bank appeal. See  poster  above for details.

This has been e-mailed out to all families today (Friday 13th Nov), tweeted to @DunbarPrimary and added to the Parent Council Facebook page.  Children can bring in an item for the appeal if they are able to.

Volunteers from Dunbar Basics Bank will collect the items from JMC and Lochend on Thursday 3rd December.

For Parents and Carers in receipt of Free School Meals

If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals we would like you to know about an additional resource available this Christmas. Helen Harper, Dunbar’s Community Development Officer is coordinating the provision of a Turkey Xmas Dinner and a New Year Steak Pie Dinner for any family who requests it. The ready-made meal will be delivered to your home a few days before Xmas and New Years Day.
If you are interested in receiving a meal please phone/text or email Helen providing your name, address and number of meals you require. Her contact details are Helen Harper 07970189321, hharper@eastlothian.gov.uk

Anti-Bullying Week 16-20 November 2020

This week throughout the school there will be a focus every day in every class on bullying and its impact. Dunbar Primary School in line with all East Lothian Schools use the Respectme definition of bullying https://respectme.org.uk/bullying/what-is-bullying/ as this is in line with the Scottish National Approach to anti-bullying:
Bullying is a mixture of behaviours and impacts; what someone does and the impact that it has on you, which affects your ability to feel safe and in control of yourself.
Bullying behaviour happens face to face and online and can include:
Being called names, being teased or made fun of

  • Being hit, pushed or kicked
  • Having your belongings taken or damaged
  • Being ignored, left out, or having rumours spread about you in
  • Being humiliated
  • Receiving abusive messages or having nasty comments made about you online
  • Being targeted because of who you are or how people see you

This can hurt you physically or emotionally and, although the behaviour might not be repeated, the threat or worry that it will happen again can be very real.
Bullying can also happen because of people’s prejudices towards other people; because they’re different in some way or are perceived to be different. But being different isn’t the problem – the problem lies in other people’s attitude towards what makes someone different. Some of the things that make us different are protected by law, to address the imbalance experienced by some groups over the years.
For more information and help for children, parents and carers visit: https://respectme.org.uk/

Update on Bike Security from Police Scotland

Following recent bike thefts in the area, we have been asked by Police Scotland to advise parents that all bikes should be locked when stored in the bike shelters at Dunbar Primary School. The best type of lock is a ‘D lock’ as these are very difficult to cut.

 

How many sweeties in the jar?

Support the school

This Friday the children in both sites can play a virtual guess the sweets in the jar fundraiser for the parent council. The winner will win the jar of sweets.

Guesses are 1 for 50p or 3 for £1.

Parents can put the money in an envelope the children guess the number from the pictures on the whiteboard. The number will be recorded against the child’s name in class.

The winner will be the closest or exact.

Weekly Update Friday 6.11.20

Dear Parents and Carers,

Children in Need @40

Children in Need – Pupils can wear something cosy or spotty (donations welcome but optional)

P4 Rugby Sessions

Week 2 continues on Wednesday 11th November.

New P1 Parental Read Write Inc. Presentation

A new presentation has been put together by Jennie Waters our reading coordinator to help our new parents understand how we teach reading at Dunbar, and how they can help develop important reading skills at home. Please find the link below:

https://youtu.be/j2727unlBE8

Free School Meals

The facilities team will deliver free school meals to the homes of students who are isolating to make sure they are still received. Please call or email our school office if this applies to you. Parents/carers with a child who is isolating should not visit the school building.

Twitter @ Dunbar Primary

Dunbar Primary School Twitter has over 1759 followers!

All our Classes are regularly sharing the
learning, activities, successes and achievements of our pupils on our  year stage Twitter Pages too. – make sure you are following
@DunbarPrimary to see what your children
are up to.

The Dunbar Primary nursery have their own Twitter feed
tpp, please take a look
@DunbarNursery

Keeping Safe for all

We are still following strict guidelines to keep our pupils and staff safe in school.
Please support us to keep our school family safe by:
Observing 2 metre distancing from other adults when in the school grounds.
Phone or email the school office in the first instance, rather than visiting.
Wearing a face covering in our playground at drop off and pick up times.
If you have to enter our building please wear a face covering.
Do not allow children to bring toys in from home.
PE kits to be worn to school on PE days.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. We are hereto support and help.

The December Event

Despite all, it is NOT cancelled! While we are still keeping our pupils and staff safe in their bubbles, we are busy planning lots of exciting activities and events over the next term to celebrate the festive season and still make it as magical and joyful at school as we can. More information will follow with dates for your diaries for lunch, parties and other events. We have some surprises in store!!

Foodbank -Dunbar Primary, Helping those in Need

Look out for a video next week as well as posters asking for donations for the Dunbar Foodbank.

Collection of donations will be on  Thursday 3rd December. We promote this via our website and Twitter.

Keeping you  informed

If you have any comments or suggestions for the weekly update I will be putting out a Google Form for feedback in a couple of weeks. This is to help us improve the service to our school community.

Angus J MacRury, DHT.

 

Weekly Update 30th October 2020

Anti Bullying and Inclusion, Equality-Accessibility Consultations and Surveys

Policy Consultations

East Lothian Council is seeking feedback for the following draft policies: ‘Included, Engaged & Involved: Inclusion, Equality and Accessibility for All’ and ‘Respect for All: Promoting Positive and Respectful Relationships in All our Schools’.

Copies of the draft policies and surveys will be live on the Consultation Hub from Thursday 29th October until Thursday 12th November.

Teaching of PE at DPS

The current guidelines mean that all of our PE lessons have to be taught outside, and the set time of 2 x 1hour is a specific curriculum requirement of the Scottish Government. It is therefore essential that as we move into Autumn/Winter your child is dressed appropriately for taking part in these lessons.

If pupils have a PE lesson they must come in leggings or joggers/long sleeved t-shirt/Sweatshirt and a waterproof jacket. They should bring in their bag a spare pair of socks, joggers or leggings and t-shirt – these will be used if pupils get wet.

PE Update

The new guidance from the Scottish Government on PE was issued today 30th October.  We will review and update parents next week about indoor PE once all Risk Assessments and cleaning arrangements are established and discussed with staff.

P4 Rugby

P4 Classes are starting rugby Tasters this week with New Dunbar Rugby Development Officer, Karl, Gareth Hill and the class teacher. These will be on the 3G pitches on a Wednesday starting from 4th November.

Future dates: Wednesday  11th, 18th, 25th November

The days for P4 PE Kit for each class are below.

P4 A, P4C, P4E, and P4D have PE on a Monday and Wednesday

P4F Monday ,Tuesday and Wednesday.

Free School Meals when Isolating

The facilities team will deliver free school meals to the homes of students who are isolating to make sure they are still received. Please call or email our school office if this applies to you. Parents/carers with a child who is isolating should not visit the school building.

Lost Property @ DPS

Between August and Half Term we have accumulated a vast array of lost property – school uniform, coats/jackets, PE kit, trainers etc.

Staff  will be available on Tuesday 3rd November and Tuesday 10th November at the main offices in both Campuses to help any pupil look for ant lost items.  Pupils should ask their teacher and go to the office if they have lost an item and would like to check if it is there.  Any items which have not been claimed by Friday 13th November will be donated to a local clothing bank.

Bike Safety and Security

Please ensure that your child’s bike has working bakes, lights and a lock. There have been thefts in the Dunbar area recently so a lock is essential.

 

Weekly Update 23th October

Dear Parents and Carers

Lammermuir Road wall replacement @ John Muir Campus

Please be aware that the  brick wall at the back of Dunbar Primary Nursery is currently being replaced by a fence. There are temporarry lights on the road and the pavement has been moved on to the road during this work. It is anticipated to be complete by Tuesday 27th but be careful around access to John Muir Campus, the crossing to Lochend and the Nursery.

Dunbar Pumpkin Trail

As the end of October looms there is no doubt this year’s Halloween shenanigans will be a little different. In classes we have talked about alternative activities: playing gruesome games, planning a spooky menu, a sweetie swag hunt, a family show along with the usual dressing up, dooking and a treacle scone or two.

We would like to invite the whole community to take part in the Dunbar Pumpkin Trail. A lovely team online have created us a Dunbar Pumpkin Trail image that is attached. All you have to do is print it off, colour it in and display it in a window. Everyone can have fun spotting as many pumpkins as they can. How many will you find?

Watch out for these cheeky pumpkins wherever you go. The last time we looked there were over 170 different places taking part from Watford to Portobello.

Dunbar Pumpkin Trail

Dunbar Library Services

Dunbar Library is currently available for click and collect and browsing by appointment.
If  parents are looking for some books they can contact Dunbar Library and they can make up a bag to collect form the entrance of the library.

We want to continue to encourage children to keep reading and using  Dunbar library. The library also offers the service if a parent wants to order some books for their child they can let them know interests, age and AR level and they can choose some books which may be relevant based on he information given.

https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210562/libraries

Positive Behaviour Policy

In August 2019 the school implemented a draft Positive Behaviour Policy. With the disruption caused last year this policy is to be reviewed this session. Comments from parents on the policy would be greatly appreciated prior to full implementation.  Details in how to comment will be available in the next couple of weeks.

New DPS Positive Relationship Policy 2019

Letter from Lesley Brown, Head of Education & Children’s Services

Families-Letter-Oct-2020

Letter from Police Scotland, East Lothian Council & Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

Dear Parents/Guardians,
In the run up to bonfire night, Police Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Fire & Rescue are keen to keep everyone safe. In previous years we have seen firework-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) and disorder in this area, and we are asking for your help to prevent this occurring again. This year, we are also facing the added challenge of preventing the spread of COVID 19 within our communities. As a result organised fireworks displays and bonfires are unlikely to be permitted.
The Scottish Government is continually reviewing its COVID guidance and up to date information on what is and isn’t permissible can be found here https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

The full letter is available here:

Firework-Letter-Schools-2020-ELC

A conversation with the Scottish People (online survey)

 


The ALLIANCE and Scottish Government are engaging people and communities across Scotland about their experiences of health and social care during COVID-19. Give your views at https://bit.ly/3o2NnV3

School Return Date

The school returns on Tuesday 27th October.

Teaching of PE at DPS

The current guidelines mean that all of our PE lessons have to be taught outside, and the set time of 2 x 1hour is a specific curriculum requirement of the Scottish Government. It is therefore essential that as we move into Autumn/Winter your child is dressed appropriately for taking part in these lessons.
From Tuesday 20th October if pupils have a PE lesson they must come in leggings or joggers/long sleeved t-shirt/Sweatshirt and a waterproof jacket. They should bring in their bag a spare pair of socks, joggers or leggings and t-shirt – these will be used if pupils get wet.

Please can I ask parents/carers to make use of the Uniform Exchange at the Bleachingfield Centre, where we have a stock of waterproof jackets, trousers, wellies, sweatshirts, etc.

Dress Down Day Friday 30th October 2020

There is a school ‘Dress Down Day on Friday 30th October – pupils can wear whatever they want but we are asking them all to bring a donation.

This money will be used for fundraising for the school – we are buying lots of outdoor PE and play equipment and we also want to add to our class libraries as pupils are requesting new novels and new authors and are going through our stock at a great pace – but great news in terms of reading skill!

Nursery Dress Up Day – Thursday 29​th ​and Friday 30​th ​October Donation.

Nursery Newsletter October 2020

Nursery Newsletter Oct 20

Nursery Outdoor Classroom week – Monday 2​nd ​November- Friday 6​th ​November

International Outdoor Classroom Day: Outdoor classroom day is Thursday the 5th of November, so that week each Nursery room will be planning lots of outdoor activities and each bubble will visit the Beehive Nature Garden to start work developing the wildlife area. Activities will include building bug hotels and bird feeders, den building and hot chocolate around the fire pit. To enable children to fully experience outdoor learning it is important that they come to nursery with the appropriate outdoor clothing and a change of shoes and clothes. As part of the Celebration of Outdoor learning we will are setting you a sponsored family challenge to complete an outdoor activity every weekend during the month of November. Further information will be coming home with children the week of 26th October. All the rooms are spending a lot of time developing our outdoor areas and a big part of this is loose parts.

A MacRury, DHT.