Weekly update 05 February

Update From Mrs Gillanders

We are very grateful for the feedback you sent in from our ‘remote learning’ survey. It is positive to see that you have noticed the changes that we have put in place to improve the sessions from last year. I will share the results and comments with you on the main school edubuzz here  next session.

Pupils will return to school after the half-term break on Tuesday 16th February, either remote learning at home or in the Hub at John Muir Campus.

Following the First Minister’s message on Tuesday, children in early learning and childcare and in Primary 1-3 are now scheduled to make a full return to nursery and school from 22 February. These decisions will be confirmed on Tuesday 16 February – providing sufficient progress in tackling the virus has been made. We are still waiting for further guidance from the Scottish Government, and these are expected on Tuesday 16th February. It is my intention to write to you on or before Friday 19th February to give you our detailed arrangements for Dunbar Primary School.

I would also like to thank all of the staff at our school who have once again risen to the challenge of providing remote learning, supporting the pupils in the Hub and managing their own family situations. They have been a true team and I know ‘our’ children have benefitted from their skills, time and efforts over the past few weeks. I know that the comments you have sent to staff directly or to the SLT regarding the work, support and little extras the school have provided, have been a real boost and we really enjoy reading them.

I wish that the holiday coming up was different, but I think we all know that staying in as much as possible, not mixing with others, and following the rules will keep us all safe and will hopefully bring about some changes later in the year that will  be very welcome and support all our health and well-being.

Finally, please have a look at this week’s assembly – it was created some P6 and P2 pupils, Mrs Walton and Mr Taylor. It is great to see that the work we are teaching on resilience is making a difference – some great ideas and well done!

Assembly link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/19t8LwEMv79YooheSbnSAEBgMKwWAah5J/view?usp=sharing

Play Scotland Consultation

Dear Primary Child Parent

Play Scotland is producing a report for the Scottish Government to help inform the refresh of the Play/Leisure Time Strategy.

We understand that young people might not use the word “play” – please think of it as recreation, leisure time, free time throughout.

This follows up an earlier report sent to the government in March 2020.  This latest report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on play and is being finalised in early Spring 2021. Play Scotland would like this report to be informed by the views of children and young people, so we are asking you to help us by completing this survey which closes 8th February.

The questions in the survey are general themes.  Please adapt and use language and methods that work for your children/young people or yourself as a young person.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CYPsurveyEL

On behalf of Play Scotland, thank you so much for your help.

Arrangements for Parent Nights for Primary 1- Primary 7 pupils

 We have organised for these parent nights to go ahead, using Google Meet, week beginning

Monday 22nd February and week beginning Monday 1st March.

Meetings will be arranged as follows:

  • Parents will log in using their child’s edubuzz details (the username and password your child uses to access google classroom).
  • On your child’s google classroom stream, look for a link to take you to the appointment booking system.
  • Appointment times will be posted on : Tuesday 16th February at 8.30am
  • Use the online system to book an appointment on either of the two days and choose a time that suits you.
  • On the day of your appointment you will log in again using your child’s edubuzz details and click on the google meet link.  The link can be found in your child’s Gmail messages or google calendar.

We have created a video to show you how to book an appointment and what to do to get onto Google Meet to see and speak to the class teacher.

Timetable of Parent Night Meetings

Stage  Dates Time SLT member on duty in school
Primary 1 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders
Primary 6 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Eeles
Primary 7 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Miss Eunson
Primary 4 Weds 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30 pm Mr MacRury  Mrs Percy-Davis
Primary 5 Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Kelly
Primary 2 Mon 1st & Tues 2nd March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Wight/Mrs Gillanders
Primary 3 Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders/Mrs King

East Lothian Council – Internal Vacancy
A secondment opportunity for the post of Acting Depute Head Teacher, Dunbar Primary School (John Muir Campus) has arisen. 
This secondment is from as soon as possible until the end of session 2021 or the earlier start of the preferred candidate.
If you would like to apply for this secondment please complete a Personal Profile Form and return it to the relevant person (speak to your Line Manager for this information).
The closing date is Tuesday 16 February 2021 (4.00 pm).    
Interviews will take place virtually on Monday 22 February 2021.
Further information regarding Dunbar Primary School can be found at:-  Dunbar Primary School | Standing together. Facing the future. (edubuzz.org)
Applicants must obtain approval from their line manager before submitting an application for any secondment opportunity.  

Google Site: Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Point

It’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health week and I am excited to launch our new  Google Site: Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Point – http://links.edubuzz.org/mhwb-info 

The Google site contains up-to-date information for children & young people, families, and school staff around a variety of mental health and wellbeing topics. It provides information and resources to sign-post to, as well support in having conversations around mental health.

You will also find key information on the Mental Health and Wellbeing single point of access (SPA) and the most current request for assistance (RFA) form.

There is a page introducing our Mental Health Youth Work team and we plan to update this with information and supports on offer.

This site will be ever-growing and updating.

Dr Lynne Binnie

Education Service Manager – Inclusion & Wellbeing

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