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.


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