Weekly Update 14 May 2021

We are looking for a DHT for The Cove Communication Provision

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the Senior Leadership Team of Dunbar Primary School with a remit of responsibility for The Cove Communication Provision. The Cove was established in 2011 and currently accommodates 27 young people of primary age with autism, learning disability, communication disorders, high levels of sensory needs and anxiety.

The Cove Communication provision includes 5 classrooms, a Soft Play, a Sensory room, a kitchen and a garden space.  It also has access to a generous playground that wraps around the school offering a large grassy area, a quiet garden, a picnic area and a climbing area.  The pupils enjoy trips out of school to the local shops, nearby Bleachingfield Park, Dunbar Leisure Pool, Hallhill Sports Centre and the local library.  Excellent links have been established in the local community where opportunities to practice skills in a real life setting can be supported.

Pupils in The Cove have a place in their mainstream class and attend mainstream classes as best meets their needs.  This is either in the same campus or over at Lochend Campus which hosts the Primary 4-7 pupils.  The inclusion is meaningful and begins after close liaison with the teachers and families.  It is based on the needs, interests and strengths of the pupils and collaboratively planned by all. All pupils have an individualised educational programme of learning based on East Lothian’s Curriculum Frameworks and CfE. The focus for IEPs is on communication, independence, Health and Wellbeing and meaningful inclusion.

Partnership working is essential and many pupils have multi-agency plans that are created in collaboration with pupils, parents, staff and where necessary external agencies such as Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapy and CAMHS.

The Cove has evolved over the past 10 years and continues to make strong links with the families, other agencies, the mainstream classes and the community. The whole focus is to have the child at the centre. The Cove is nearing capacity and is ideally placed for an experienced ASN practitioner to take staff and pupils on to the next phase of an exciting and rewarding journey.

Click heading or HERE for more details

Covid Update

On Monday 17 May East Lothian officially moves into Level 2. However, all current restrictions and mitigations in school, including the wearing of face coverings for staff in will remain in place. We are awaiting an update from the Scottish Government on this and will notify you of any potential changes in due course.

Dunbar Basics Bank 

Sometimes everyday life is a struggle and, for many families, Covid has made getting through each day even more difficult!

Are you struggling to pay bills and make ends meet?

Dunbar Basics Bank (the Foodbank) can help you. We can give you food and support to give you a leg up and help you get back on your feet. Our service is, of course, totally confidential.

If you think we can be of help, please contact  Marie Prior at the school and she will point you in the right direction. Her Number is 01368860997

Dunbar Primary School Parent Council Community Lottery

Support local causes and win prizes of up to £25,000!
We now have a East Lothian Community Lottery page!50% of all tickets sold from our page go to us!
PLUS 10% goes to other local good causes!
Support us and win prizes – WIN WIN!

See all details on the poster below. Click on the link to enter.

launched-on-east-lothian-community-lottery – digital


The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Tuesday  11th May at 7pm.  Please e-mail parentcouncil@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk if you would like to attend.  Click below for the agenda and minutes of the previous meeting.

Agenda May 21



After a hugely successful pilot, our Musical Theatre Online Classes are back! Due to phenomenal demand, our next 6-week block will begin later this month.

Participants will learn songs from the most famous musicals and develop their vocal technique under the professional leadership of Musical Director, Tommie Travers. The classes will also cover how to act through song, whilst exploring the themes and musical genres covered in each new piece. This will encourage group discussion and will enhance participants’ emotional understanding and communication skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their own homes via a professional sound setup over Zoom, with live piano accompaniment. Each Zoom session will aim to strike a balance between informative teaching, and fun and lively group interaction. The aim is to provide a friendly, safe and supportive environment for these young people to have fun, develop their voices and ultimately sing – something that we know children are really missing at the moment.

Classes are open to young people aged between 8 and 16 years old, and will run for 6 weeks from either Tuesday 18 May or Thursday 20th May 2021.

We are offering the same classes twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays), so participants can chose the day that suits them best:

Dates: 18th, 25th May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd June
8-12 year olds (Primary) 4.30pm-5.30pm
12-16 year olds (Secondary) 5.30pm-6.30pm

Dates: 20th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June
8-12 year olds (Primary) 4.30pm-5.30pm
12-16 year olds (Secondary) 5.30pm-6.30pm

Places cost just £24 for the 6-week block, plus an additional £1.50 booking fee

Please note, when booking online, the system will only display the start date of the class you select but you will be booking the entire 6-week block.

We are anticipating a high demand for these classes, and would suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out as spaces are limited.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Amy, our Development Officer of Dance and Drama: youththeatre@eastlothian.gov.uk

Primary 8-12 year olds Tuesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm Book Now
Secondary 12-16 year olds Tuesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm Book Now
Primary 8-12 year olds Thursdays 4.30pm-5.30pm Book Now
Secondary 12-16 year olds Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm Book Now

Click the above Book Now links to secure your place or alternatively visit our website – The Brunton: Website

Brunton Youth Theatre welcomes back face to face classes, across East Lothian.

Brunton Theatre Trust is delighted to announce that youth theatre classes across East Lothian, will resume this month, with groups meeting in person, following all Scottish Government, Covid-19 secure guidance.

In March 2020 all youth theatre classes were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the last year Brunton Theatre Trust has delivered most of these classes online over Zoom. However, following the announced relaxation of restrictions this month, classes can once again resume face to face in Dunbar, Haddington, Tranent, Longniddry, Prestonpans and Musselburgh.

Brunton Youth Theatre Network (formerly known as East Lothian Youth Theatre), offers young people across East Lothian, aged 5 – 18, who are looking to develop their acting skills, the opportunity to participate in weekly drama sessions. Classes are designed to nurture creativity and talent through improvisation activities, characterisation, drama games, devising and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with scripts and texts to build on performance skills.

A spokesperson for Brunton Theatre Trust said:

“Joining a youth theatre group can have a positive impact on Health and Wellbeing by building self-confidence, making new friends, developing new skills, reducing social isolation and above all having fun.”

All classes are led by experienced and qualified drama professionals who work as freelance performance artists and have a wealth of knowledge and talent.

Classes can be booked online at www.thebrunton.co.uk or by calling 0131 653 5245.




Pennypit Trust Friday Giveaways

Giveaway Friday! Between 11am and 2pm  starting today. The PennypitTrust are holding a car boot sale type event at the Pennypit Car Park on North Grange Avenue. There’ll be lots of childrens/
adults clothes, school uniforms, baby items, household items,
games and gifts as well as food that will be given away for FREE.

This week is Mental Health Awareness week!
(10th– 16th May 2021)

Our Assembly this week in school looked at the themes of sharing, caring, helping others, being resilient, love and being strong. Two of the videos used in the Assembly used nature to convey the message that all of the things listed above can make us feel better inside and help our happiness.

This year’s National focus for mental health awareness week is on Nature – being in nature can really improve our mood and help us to focus on the moment and be aware of our environment.
Have a read about some Top Tips for connecting with nature to help
improve or maintain positive mental health!
MHAW21_TOP_TIPS_ENGLAND.indd (mentalhealth.org.uk)

Being connected to nature is important for our health and mind – the better relationship you have with nature, the more you will feel the benefits! We don’t need to go far or exciting places to be close to nature, in fact we can appreciate and be close to nature by walking outside our front doors, or while walking home from work or school!
Being connected to nature is about how much we notice, think about and appreciate our surroundings. Try walking outside right now and taking notice of your environment – the weather, the plants, wildlife and how you feel while you are outside.



Weekly Update 9th May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

New Covid-19 test centre for East Lothian residents ready to open


A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus will open in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April.

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.

The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, opens from 12-6pm on Friday, 30 April. It will be open again from 11am-6pm on Saturday. Thereafter the opening hours will be (Tuesday-Saturday) 11am-6pm. No appointment is required.

The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.

People can also order free lateral flow home test kits test themselves twice-weekly. More information is online.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:

“The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.

“It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and, it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus.

“We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect


What happens at the test?

The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.

When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.

The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register.

You will be directed to a booth where you will get instructions on how to take the test.  Staff are on hand to help. A swab is put into a tube and taken away by a member of staff to be analysed.

After you have taken the test please return to your home or car and stay there until you receive your test results. Please do not go shopping to carry out any other activities until you receive your test results.

You will receive your results approximately 45 minutes after you take the test.

If you don’t have a mobile phone, a member of staff will ask you to wait in a designated area. Please wait here until a member of staff tells you your results.

What happens if the test results are negative?

This would mean that you are not carrying the virus at that time but please continue to follow the public FACTS public health guidance and any other relevant protection measures in place in the local area.

What happens if the test results are positive?

You need to take what is called a PCR test to confirm your positive test results. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

If your PCR test is then positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you receive the result of your PCR test. NHS Test and Protect will then contact you and ask you to identify any close contacts you may have been in touch with. Everyone in your household and any other close contacts will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your PCR test.

What happens if the test results are void?

You will need to take what is called a PCR test. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

How can I get tested if I’m not able to visit the facility in Musselburgh?

Mobile test units are currently being deployed in local communities. You can take a rapid test at one of the mobile units. View the current schedule here.

Alternatively, you can also order free lateral flow home test kits test. More information is online.

What should I do if I do have symptoms of COVID-19?

As the Stoneyhill facility is for asymptomatic testing only, if you have symptoms of COVID make an appointment elsewhere through the NHS Inform website:

Self-help guide: Access to testing for coronavirus | NHS inform

Or telephone: 0300 303 2713

The phone line is available between 7 am and 11 pm Mon – Sunday

If you have tested positive for COVID, you must self isolate.

If you need general advice (not Health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty either:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

  • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
  • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
  • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

SNSA For P1, P4 and P7


Online Copy of Information Leaflet sent out to parents of P1 , P4 and P7 today.

What is SNSA?

In session 2017/18 the Scottish Government introduced a new system of standardised assessments, called the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA), which replaced the variety of other standardised assessments that were used in local authorities across Scotland. The new system is being delivered in all Scottish Primary and Secondary Schools and will involve all children at the P1, P4, P7 and S3 stages of their education, focusing on aspects of reading, writing and numeracy. Last year many schools did not manage to do these assessments due to the school closures as a result of lockdown.

What will SNSA involve in my child’s school?

  • The assessments are completed online and will be automatically marked by the system, providing teachers with immediate feedback. The assessments do not have any pass/fail mark, as results are used to help teachers plan the next steps in learning for each child in order to help them make the best possible progress.
  • SNSA is an adaptive system, which means that all pupils are challenged and receive an assessment suited to their ability. It is designed so that if a child is struggling with the initial questions being asked, it will make subsequent ones easier. Similarly, if the child copes well with the initial questions, it will make subsequent questions more challenging.
  • Children do not have to revise or prepare for the assessments. They are designed to be used as part of normal teaching and learning and the information that they provide will be used in the same way as other assessment information which arises from day to day teaching and learning activities.
  • The assessments do not have a time limit attached to them, however, the majority of children will complete an assessment in no more than 45 minutes. Pupils in P1 will take 2 assessments (one in literacy and one in numeracy) and pupils in P4, P7 and S3 will take three assessments (in reading, writing and numeracy).
  • The assessments are designed, as far as possible, to be appropriate for use with all children. Children who require additional support will be able to receive the support they normally receive in the classroom when completing the assessments.

What does SNSA mean for Parents/Carers?

The information that is generated from SNSA adds to the range of other assessment information arising from normal teaching and learning activity. As such, it is primarily designed to be used by teachers to assist them in identifying strengths and areas for development and for planning next steps in learning. As part of the range of assessment information available, SNSA will also assist teachers in assessing when key stages in learning, such as when a Curriculum for Excellence Level has been achieved.

The information arising from SNSA will also play a role in informing the normal engagement processes with parents/carers (Parents’ Evenings, Reporting processes etc.) about their children’s learning, which will take place in each school.

Where can I find out further information about SNSA?

The Scottish Government have created a dedicated website at https://standardisedassessment.gov.scot

When will students be doing their SNSA in Dunbar Primary School?

We will be completing these assessments between 10th May and 10th June 2021. This will start with P7 moving on to P4 and P1 around the weeks beginning 24th May Students will come in groups and complete the assessment in one of our computer suites on a PC or Chromebook. Some children will have support for these assessments.

If you require further information regarding these Assessments please contact Mr MacRury on 01368 860997.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (10th
– 17th May). The words ‘mental health’ get used a lot more now a days than in the past.

Our mental health is a bit like a rollercoaster – sometimes it goes up (we feel amazing and like we can achieve everything we want to), and sometimes it goes down (where we might feel the opposite and worry a lot, feel down, and feel dysregulated). Often our up and down moments can change at times where something has happened – below are some examples. Usually it isn’t just one thing that makes your mental health decrease, and sometimes there is no obvious cause. Whether you know the reason or not, it’s important to remember that it isn’t your fault and that things can get better. It is a normal to experience both positive and negative aspects in our life – the negative moments won’t last forever, but it can start to become a problem when;
It is happening for a long period of time
 We don’t have healthy coping strategies – or are using unhealthy coping strategies
 It is affecting aspects of our lives – school/work, relationships, doing things we enjoy
 You find yourself doing things that worry you

So, what is mental health?

Mental Health is all about how we feel, think and act. We
can have good and bad mental health days. It is important to know we all have mental health and mental health does not mean mental illness, or ill health.

Most of us will struggle with our mental health at some point, and what helps one person might not help everyone! Just like our physical health, when we become ill it is not our fault, but we do need to seek support and advice to help you feel better. Trust your instincts – if you notice a negative change in how you are feeling,
thinking or acting then speak to someone you trust or contact one of the organisations listed below to have a confidential conversation.
The earlier you reach out and speak about any concerns around ill health, the more likely you are to get the right

Mental Health Support for Parents

Children 1st Parentline can support families in East Lothian struggling with money worries, family troubles, or feeling low. For more information, visit:
Children 1st Parentline – Parenting Help, Advice & Support | Children 1st

Young Minds

Young Minds is available for parent who are worried about their child, and looking for some advice, to contact. For more information, visit:
Parent line
0808 802 5544
(Free Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)

Support for Children and Young people

Childline 0800 1111
Childline | Childline
Children and young people can contact Childline with any worries or
concerns. There is also an online message board to speak with other young people in similar situations to yourself.


Many Thanks Danni Spencer – Mental Health Youth Worker Preston Lodge High School for the text above.


Weekly Update 30 04 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

May Holiday

The school is closed for the May Holiday on Monday 3rd May. School resumes on the 4th May for all pupils. Here is a summary of dates for your diary

May Day Holiday – Monday 3rd May
In-service Day – Monday 24th May
Last Day of Term – Friday 25th June

Staff Car Park  and Accessible Parking @ Lochend Campus

Unless you have a prior arrangement (usually children  with  ASN or Medical needs. The Staff car park and the zone beyond the paved Crossing point are NOT a safe drop off point for children. there is a brilliant Car park at Halhill for this.

We are aware that an increasing number of parents are using this area more and more frequently.  This is potentially endangering children in the school community. If you need to gain access  in the event of an emergency this should still be communicated to the school via a phone call.

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood programme

As you may know, East Lothian Council schools are using the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood  programme (RSHP) to support our teaching in the Health and Wellbeing aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

We are in the process of implementing the programme across the school.  There was  previous post on the updates about this.

The full programme, including lesson plans, is available on their website https://rshp.scot/ and we encourage you to have a look and discuss with your children what they have been covering at school.

Early Level covers Nursery to P1, First Level is P2-P4 and 2nd Level is P5-P7.

The programme is aimed at delivering Beginning to the first stage within a level (for example P2 for First Level) and Progression 2 for the last stage within a level (for example Progression 2 for Second Level in P7).

Please contact the school if you have any question or any other reason related to this programme.


The P6 Bikeability dates  for P6 this session are:
Week 1:
Monday 31st May (9 – 12pm)
Tuesday 1st June (9 – 12pm)
Wednesday 2nd June (9 – 12pm)
Thursday 3rd June (9 – 12pm)
Week 2:
Monday 7th June (9 – 12pm)
Tuesday 8th June (9 – 12pm)
Wednesday 9th June (9 – 12pm)

Nursery , P3 and P7 Transition

This term the children in Nursery, Primary 3 and  Primary 7 will be involved in a variety of transition activities to prepare them for moving onto Primary 1, Primary 4 and S1.
For Nursery
Please keep your eyes peeled for Information from the school and Nursery Website.
Primary 3
We are finalising the programme for P3 and this will be issues very shortly via the usual channels
 Primary 7
you will get an update on this shortly.
Whilst most of these will be online, we do hope to arrange some face to face visits from the staff at Dunbar Grammar. There will also be a Transition Twitter page set up by DGS later this
term to keep everyone informed and up-to-date. More details to follow.

B2b Sounds Stories Film Project

Our current P5 are  to take part in an animated film project
with Dave Trouton from the Youth Music Initiative and in collaboration with professional film makers, Jonathan Charles and Simone Bloomfield. We are one of 4 schools who have been chosen to take part.
Each school will take on a ‘department’ within the film making process and will work together to produce an animated film which will be premiered and shared with the school community at the end of term. We are doing the sound part of the project.
We are working with Longniddry, Macmerry and Innerwick Primary schools on this exciting project.

The P5 classes enjoyed their listening walks this week.  Here are some pupils from P5b sharing stories about the outdoors.

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Rotary Primary School Quiz 2021

We are delighted our P7’s could take part in the annual Rotary Primary School Quiz today. The event ran a little differently this year with teams staying in their own school buildings and bubbles. Our 5 DPS teams represented their classes proudly. Scores are now being collated


Active Schools Dunbar


Weekly update 23 April 2021

Welcome Back

It has been a lovely start to the summer term with all of the children back together  in both Campuses and the glorious weather that we have been having in the holidays is continuing and is meaning that there are a lot of outdoor learning opportunities happening across the school. Some P6 and P7 classes this week have moved their desks out for part of the day, this has been great for them and fantastic to see.

Thank You

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring the safety of
our children staff and families at drop off and pick up. A reminder of the measures in place for all to adhere to below.
*Face masks must be worn by all adults unless medically exempt at drop off. Please remember to give the children space to see at the end of the day.
*Adults to maintain 2m distance between all adults and children not in their household.
*P4-7 pupils to access the playground independently and fat the correct times. There was a group call reminder about this.


Surfing, Wakeboarding, P1-P7 Golf are all full
Spaces in every other class.
Click onto link below for full list of activities. https://eastlothian.bookinglive.com/home/active-schools/active-










Website for Parental Information CSE

Scared. Powerless. Confused. Angry. Just some of the things you or your child may be feeling if you suspect that you or someone you care about is at risk of  CSE.

This  website will explain what to look out for and how to stay safe. It will tell you about the advice and support available if you or a loved one is affected. And we’ll make sure that the one thing you no longer feel in all of this is alone.

This website is suitable for:

  For age appropriate children, young people, parents/carers and staff
·       It offers explanations of what CSE is
·       Who is at risk – anyone – and how it can take place
·       Reminder for parents/carers about keeping your child/young person safe on line
·       Where to get help if you are worried

South Of Scotland Transport Survey for Young People

The Workforce Mobility Project would like young people to complete a short five minute survey. This is a great opportunity to highlight the transport and digital barriers and challenges which impact you and your families.

This survey is for all young people, and is asking about all forms of transport, from walking, public transport, personal car use and all points in between. It is also important to hear the voices of young people who might otherwise be ignored, such as young people with disabilities, and their experience of transport in the area.

This survey is for all young people, and is asking about all forms of transport, from walking, public transport, personal car use and all points in between. It is also important to hear the voices of young people who might otherwise be ignored, such as young people with disabilities, and their experience of transport in the area.

Continue reading South Of Scotland Transport Survey for Young People

Weekly Update 26 March 2021

Copy of Message from Helen Gillanders

This time last year we were going into an Easter holiday that was very worrying and very restrictive in what we c
ould or couldn’t do. Hopefully, as the vaccine roll-out makes good progress and the hard work we have all put into keeping each other safe has paid off, we can soon meet more family and friends and experience some of the activities we have missed so much. I am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather so that at least we can all get out in the fresh air and sunshine and make the most of our play-parks, gardens and local area. It almost feels like our usual school now that we have all our pupils and staff back in from Nursery, The Cove and P1-P7. Pupils have really enjoyed meeting up with their friends and ‘playtime’ is everyone’s favourite part of the school day! We have all been impressed with the determination and maturity shown by all our pupils. Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher.

Staffing Update

Mrs Susan Hagart, our Depute Head Teacher who has responsibility for The Cove has decided to take early retirement at the end of the school year, in June. She has been part of East Lothian Council for 33 years and joined us at DPS in 2011 when The Cove opened following its move from Musselburgh Burgh Primary School. We will miss her so much, her experience and calm and caring ways have always been valuable to us all.

March Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

Autism Awareness Week

29th March to 4th April is World Autism Awareness Week 2021. One in every 100 children in the UK is Autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place. At Dunbar Primary School we have always been an Autistic friendly school.
Our teachers are skilled and continue to build professionally in Autism friendly classroom practice.  We  use visuals and visual timetables to support our  learners with consistent communication and routines. This session we successfully introduced the Zones of Regulation as another highly effective tool to support all our learners with their emotional regulation.

If you have any questions about Autism or any other Additional Support Needs, please contact school Mrs Wight at John Muir Campus, Mrs Kelly at Lochend Campus or Mr MacRury .

Easter Holidays

Just a reminder that the last day of this term is Thursday 1st April. School and nursery will reopen on Tuesday 20th April.

Positive Covid 19 Tests during Easter Break

If your child / young person tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday period please email the details to, covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk. Only if you have no access to email then call East Lothian Council on 01875 613921.

Holiday Dates Upcoming

May Day Holiday – Monday 3rd May

In-service Day – Monday 24th May

Last Day of Term – Friday 25th June

Final Day Fun- Easter Hat/Bonnet Competition

Help us raise funds for the school by joining in our Easter Bonnet/Hat competition. We would love to see your fanciest, wackiest and most inventive Easter headgear possible- our theme is to make it out of sustainable and recycled materials as much as possible. Please wear on the last day of school (Thursday 1st April) when judging will take place with prizes for each year group, kindly donated by The Royal Mackintosh.

We have set up a School Pay section (similar to the Red Nose Day fund) to make payment for this activity with a suggested donation of £1.

Nursery pupils will be able to take part in this activity within class with a prize for the Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday cohort.

Easter Holiday Fun – little things to fill the days and support Dunbar Primary

1) EASTER CRAFT BAG SURPRISE – INCLUDING GOOGLE MEET WITH PRIZES.  Book one of 60 craft bag surprise kits for children to be delivered to your door. Contains four different craft activities including a squishy to decorate and even a little chocolate. Also included is an invite to a Google meet with a scavenger hunt and a chance to win prizes on April 13 or 14 or 15 at 4pm. All you need to provide is some felt tips, a little parental supervision and FULL contact details. One craft kit per child.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 60. To book pay £5 via school pay – who will pass us your contact details so we can deliver. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.


Special rocks painted with an Easter theme are being hidden around Dunbar on Good Friday. On the back are instructions to take to Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch for a prize. If a Dunbar Primary pupil finds one with the instructions on the back, collect the rock and take it to Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch to claim your prize. Photos of the rocks and some hints where they are hidden will be posted on the Dunbar Primary School Rocks Facebook page and the Dunbar Primary School Parent Council Facebook page. YOU MUST HAVE THE ACTUAL ROCK TO CLAIM A PRIZE – NOT A PHOTO! Good luck.

3) STORY TRAIL. Collect a story trail to complete by walking Dunbar high street. Copies will be available from the school offices next week and Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch during the Easter holiday. Those who complete the trail and the challenge at the end can hand their entry into Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch where it will be entered into a competition. Lots of little prizes to be won and there’s a bigger prize for the very best when you return to school.

All organised by Dunbar Primary School Parent Council and supported by BeGreen and Asda.


Weekly Update 19.03.2021

Medical Information Forms

Please see attached a Medical Information form which needs to be signed and returned to school. This form is the blue form sent out by the offices this week.

It is vital that we have up to date medical information on your child and we are informed of any change of circumstances.

The information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence and only shared with staff members who require the information to support your child.

Please return this form, as soon as possible and no later than Thursday 1st April.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Andrew McCulloch, School Business Support Officer in the first instance.

An Electronic Version of the form is available below.

BLANK Medical Information FORM (1)

Medical Information

We have now added a  Medical Information tab on the School Website with accessible forms that parents are required to complete if they wish school staff to administer medication at school. Paper copies are available from the school. This part of the website also includes information on Specific Medical Conditions and Care Plans.

Non-prescribed Medication

Any medication not requiring a medical or dental practitioner’s prescription is defined as non-prescribed medication (e.g. paracetamol). School staff will not administer nonprescribed medication to pupils unless Form 1/Request for school to issue non-prescribed medication (Appendix 3) has been completed and signed by the parent/carer. The head teacher/designated person must also agree that it is necessary for the medication to be administered in school/on educational excursions.  

Routine Prescribed Medication

Any medication requiring a medical or dental practitioner’s prescription is defined as prescribed medication. This includes:

  • medication where a specified dose is taken at a specified time and
  • medication where the dose and time taken change according to symptoms and/or test results.

If it is necessary for this medication to be administered during school hours, the parent/carer must complete and sign the appropriate form before any medication can be administered. The flow chart in Appendix 1 identifies which form is required in which circumstances and Appendices 4 – 7 are blank examples of each type of form:

  • Form 2/Request for school to issue short-term prescribed medication (Appendix 4)
  • Form 3/Request for school to issue long-term prescribed medication (Appendix 5)
  • Form 4/Request for school to issue long-term as required prescribed medication       (Appendix 6)

Very Important Information

The medication must be supplied in the dispensing container with  the original  pharmacy label attached stating the pupil’s name, date of birth, name of medication, time/frequency and route of administration. The statement ‘As Directed’ is not acceptable. Medication that is not supplied to school in the dispensing container with the original dispensing label should NOT be accepted.  i.e. Pill boxes or other packages. ( I know of at least 4 where this is or has been the case.

We thank you for your support with this.

ASDA Donations-Thank You

We would like to say a massive thank you to ASDA in Dunbar for kindly donating 5 Dell computers to the school to enhance 5igital Inclusion.

ASDA have also been providing the school with snacks, breakfast goods and drinks to help provide food for children who require it at school. This has been very much appreciated by the children who have benefitted.

Red Nose day 2021


Thank you to Mrs Gray for organising Red Nose day activities for the classes. They also had a Red Nose day Assembly and watched Rangy, The Squirrels and Barney crack some awesome jokes. The Dunbar Gruffalo also made an appearance from Lochend Woods with a poem. The children were also shown Ethan’s Story which is available below. Thank you also for the beautiful balloon  arch donated by a parent to the school this morning. Wonderful

Meet Ethan | Red Nose Day 2021 – YouTube

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘The Sick Kids’)

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘The Sick Kids’)
closes on 23 March. Children’s A&E is moving.

If your child or young person needs to go to the Emergency Department, from 8am on Tuesday 23 March, you must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

Main Switchboard Telephone Number:
0131 536 1000


Support for Parents

Children 1st
Parent line
Call: 08000 28 22 33
(Mon-Fri; 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun; 9am-noon)
Email: parentline@children1st.org.uk
Children 1st Parentline can support families in East Lothian struggling with money worries, family troubles, or feeling low. For more information, visit: Children 1st Parentline – Parenting Help, Advice & Support | Children 1st

Young Minds
Parent line
0808 802 5544
(Free Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)
Email: Parents Email Service
Young Minds is available for parent who are worried about their child, and looking for some advice, to contact. For more information, visit:
Helpline – YoungMinds.
Young Minds
Young Minds Helpfinder is an interactive questionnaire. It provides you with their most relevant tips, advice, and where to get support for your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dunbar Primary School Help

Dunbar Primary School  can help you too. Contact, 01368863777 John Muir or 01368860997 Lochend. We have Marie Prior our Enhanced Support Officer that can help as well as SLT and Support for Learning staff.

Support for Children

Childline 0800 1111 9am-3.30am
Children and young people can contact Childline with any worries or
concerns. There is also an online message board to speak with other young people in similar situations to yourself; Message boards | Childline.

Weekly Update 10.03.2021

Welcome back to P4 to P7 on  Monday 15th March

We are looking forward to welcoming out P4 to P7 pupils next week and all the teachers are excited to coming back too. SLT  will be at the gate from 8.30am to welcome the children. If you wish to chat to anyone contact the school office on 01368 860997 and they will put you through to either Mrs Eeles, Miss G Eunson or Mr MacRury.

It will be great to have our 1019 children in P1 to P7 back. We will also be welcoming a number of new pupils this week.

We currently have 188 children attending our Early Years provision too.

Medical Updates

There will be letters coming out to all parents asking for medical updates this week. It is critical that if your child has an existing medical condition or newly diagnosed that this information is shared with the school. We will also be asking parents to update  existing Care Plans for children with severe allergies ( anaphylactic) , Asthma  and Epilepsy and other specific medical diagnoses. It is once again critical that these are returned to the school. If your child has recently being diagnosed with any medical need that requires a care plan please contact Mr MacRury.

Medical Forms

We will be putting a section on or website after April for forms that we require for the administration of medication. We are exploring whether we can do this through a Google form too to make the process easier for parents.


We still have some laptops that have been refurbished by Dunbar Community Council that can be used by pupils to access their learning through the internet. Contact the office in both campuses if you require one for your child.

P7 Transition to Dunbar Grammar School

Here is the first in a series of transition videos that Dunbar Grammar School  are  sharing for P7 students at ⁦@DunbarPrimary⁩ ⁦@EastLintonPS⁩ ⁦@TeamWBPS⁩ ⁦@Innerwickprim⁩ ⁦@StentonPrimary https://youtu.be/beUmRmRFCM8 

DGSC Meeting for new S1 parents 2021-22

On Tuesday 16th March there will be an online Meeting of the Parent Council – Dunbar
Grammar School Council (DGSC) from 7pm – 8pm. If you would like to attend, please email


Dear Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils,

The advice that follows is subject to continued reductions in prevalence and community transmission of the virus, no significant changes in the evidence, and reassurance that appropriate infection prevention and control mitigations are in place both within schools and ELC settings, and in the wider community.

At long last we can welcome you back to school after your 8 weeks of remote learning, but this is subject to the advice above from the Scottish Government. We are all really looking forward to seeing you back in your classes and having fun with your classmates in person rather than over ‘google meet’.

There will be ‘soft start’ each day for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings.

As before, all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will be splitting our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils’ staff will have contact with.

For All P4 – P7 Pupils from Monday 15th March 2021 until arrangements change:


Start Times Mon- Thurs Friday         Staggered Finish

Primary 4 and Primary 5







Enter school between:


8.35 – 8.45am


Lessons start at 8.45am



Enter school between:


8.35 – 8.45am


Lessons start at 8.45am



Primary 4 and Primary 5


Pupils will be dismissed at 3pm (Mon – Thurs)


Pupils will be dismissed at 12.10pm (Friday)



Primary 6 and Primary 7




Enter school between:


8.45 – 8.55am


Lessons start at 8.55am


Enter school between :


8.45 – 8.55am


Lessons start at 8.55am



Primary 6 and Primary 7


Pupils will be dismissed at 3.10pm (Mon – Thurs)


Pupils will be dismissed at 12.20pm (Friday)


Pupils should be dropped off at Hallhill (or the school gates if you are walking) and make their way to their class entrance.


We ask that parents do not use the staff car park to drop pupils off unless arranged in advance for specific reasons agreed by the school.


The school gates will be closed, and only opened at 8.35am so please do not send your child to school before this time.





We ask that parents arrange to meet pupils at Hallhill cark park or at a pre-arranged place.


Parents should not use our Lochend staff car park unless previously agreed by school.





The First Minister made it clear that alongside the factors we are putting in place in schools, one of the most important actions was for parents to keep 2m apart and minimise the contact they have at the school gate and in the community.


We would really appreciate it if all children used either of the gates to come into school and not the car park.


Unless you have a disabled sticker or you have arranged permission in advance with the school, you are unable to use the school carpark to drop your child off at school.  Both the front and back gate will be open for pupils to enter the school grounds.


There will be members of staff on the gate and at the classroom doors to ensure pupils get to the right room.


P4 & P5 – lessons start at 8.45am

P6 & P7 – lessons start at 8.55am


If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, at 8.55am and a member of the Senior Leadership Team or support staff will be able to spend time with you and your child without lots of other pupils around.


In school learning

For the first few days there will be a focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom, teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  Over the following weeks pupils will engage in new learning, and re-visit the learning since January in different contexts.  Teachers will assess where pupils are in specific areas and what areas should be revised and the needs of the pupils based on observations and class activities.


What pupils need to bring each day

They should bring a waterproof jacket or coat, named water bottle, snack and lunch box. Gloves and hat if it is cold.



Movement through the school will be limited and most children will spend their time in their classroom and outdoors.   There will be markings in the school building and playgrounds to support pupils moving around in their bubbles.


Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing. An extra jumper in the school bag will be useful on colder days.


Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.


Hand washing

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing nose *after sneezing or coughing *after going to the toilet *

Staff Testing

Staff working in school are now taking part in the Asymptomatic testing programme as an added precaution to reduce contact with adults who may be carrying the virus without knowing.


Access to Toilets

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing after visiting the toilet.


Outdoors / Wider Access

In order to limit the number of people in the building, no parents or carers are allowed access until the restrictions are changed. Contact with the school must be made either by phone or by e-mail.


Playgrounds will only be accessed by children and staff, and only an emergency will trigger a need for anyone else on site so that carefully calculated capacities can be maintained.  Access to the building will be strictly controlled.


Physical Distanced Evacuation Arrangements

Staff will try where possible to keep a 2m distance from pupils. They will be required to maintain a 2m distance from other adults in school. We will hold a practice fire drill for Lochend Campus during the first week at school.

Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities will be reviewed in light of any changes with a review of Personal Evacuation Plans undertaken as part of the planning process.

Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will still be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. Each class is allocated a playground zone and we change this rota every 2 weeks.  Pupils will continue to eat their lunch in the classroom.  Once the pupils are finished their lunch indoors, if they have one snack left, e.g. a piece of fruit, a packet of crisps or a biscuit then they can take this outdoors with them to finish there (just like they would eat one playtime snack outdoors at break earlier in the day).


First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required, staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 2m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.  If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email at the school office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school, we should have two in school – one will be kept in the pupil’s classroom tray and a spare one will be kept in our Medical Room.


If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area and (asked to) avoid touching surfaces.  Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting parents and carers.


School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our pupils to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We encourage pupils to wear their outdoor PE kit on the days when they have PE and the class teachers will provide more details about this when we return.  Shoes – the grass can get quite muddy so we would be grateful if pupils could wear appropriate shoes for this, e.g. boots or wellies on a wet day.  They can also bring another pair of shoes to change into should the need arise.


Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with you and want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. Currently, we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. With this in mind we are still asking you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school or school grounds, we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368860997).


In the first instance please contact the school office or the Year Stage Head:

P4 – Mr MacRury

P5 – Mrs Kelly

P6 – Mrs Eeles

P7 – Miss Eunson


Well done to our pupils who have really stuck at it even when lots of them were ‘fed up’.  The new skills they have developed and the resilience they have shown is very positive. This has been a challenging situation and we want to thank parents and carers for the support you have given your children.  We appreciate it and we are really glad to be getting them back.


Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders