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.

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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.



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