Weekly Update 06.09.21

Dear Parents and Carers

It is another long one this week so grab a drink of something and give yourself 20 minutes to relax and read the latest weekly update for parents. Along with the year stages newsletters that went out today we have certainly given you all plenty of homework this week.

A big thank you to all the Parents and Carers who attended the Meet the Teacher Virtual Sessions this week.

A MacRury, DHT.


Dear Parents and Carers,
We were delighted to welcome children and young people back to school at the start of the newterm in August. We are extremely grateful to you as parents and carers for your understanding and ongoing supportthrough what has been a very difficult 18 months for everyone as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for education and learning have been significant and far-reaching.
It has also been a very challenging period for our Education and school teams who have carried out tremendous work to continue providing high-quality learning for children and young people across
East Lothian. We are all hopeful that the session ahead will be an opportunity for everyone to re-connect in the classroom and benefit from learning alongside and seeing their friends, classmates and teachers. With us now being several weeks into the new school term, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few important aspects in relation to what is currently happening in our schools. See FULL LETTER BELOW



PLEASE RETURN ALL FORMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you would like support contact the school office.

The flu vaccine is now being offered to all primary and secondary school pupils in Scotland. 
The flu vaccine will reduce the risk of your child getting or spreading flu to friends and family who are at greater risk from flu and coronavirus, such as grandparents or people with health conditions.
From academic year 2021/22, the flu vaccine is available to all primary and secondary school pupils.
Nasal flu vaccine will be provided for most pupils.
Please note that for the very few pupils who require the flu vaccine injection for clinical or religious reasons, the Community Vaccination Team will provide injections in school, on the day of the school session.
Community Vaccination Team (CVT) clinics will be offered to children who can not receive for clinical reasons, are home schooled or who miss their session date.
Please fill in the consent form that your child brought home last Friday and return the completed form to the school asap!


These have been sent out to all year stages today. There is a lot of information about the school year specific to your child year stage. Please have a wee break and read.


We are all delighted at Dunbar Primary school that Mar1a secured 2 bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Well done Maria we are all very proud of your achievements.


Thank you everyone for your support! I love your postersRed heart




To find out more information on how to apply for Free School Meals & Clothing Grants please click on the following link:-

How to apply or renew free school meals and school clothing grants | Free school meals and clothing grants | East Lothian Council


We have just received delivery of the new school lunch menus and these will be issued shortly but for now, please CLICK HERE to view  the menu to  have a look at with your child/ren.

We will not be starting the Menu until local restrictions are lifted at the school as we are still not able to allow class bubble mixing in the dining room. We hope that we shall be able to proceed after the September  weekend, 21 September. This is subject to Local Health Protection Team approval.

Please remember:

  • that all Nursery, P1, P2, P3 and 4s are entitled to a free school lunch
  • lunches  must be ordered and paid for (if required) on Schoolpay
  • Friday lunch must be ordered by the Wednesday before 10am

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

East Lothian Family/Carer Information Sessions

East Lothian Families/carers of children and young people (up to 18 years old) with or without a diagnosis of ASD are invited to attend any of the following Family Information Sessions. 

Please note these sessions are for adults only. 

Due to the pandemic these sessions will not be in person but take place virtually.

To book a place and more information – please see details below and  on the link 

Flyer – Family Info Sessions 2021

To book a place for your household, please e-mail FamilyInformationSessions@eastlothian.gov.uk

with your name, contact daytime telephone number, which session(s) you wish to attend.  An e-mail confirmation will be sent advising whether or not your booking has been successful

***places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis



Free Bus Travel for young people

On 27 July, the Scottish Government announced plans to begin the new Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme from 31
January 2022, and this information has
been shared with us:

What you need to know
The Scottish Government and its partners at the Improvement Service, National Entitlement Card Programme Office
and Young Scot are working at pace to deliver the new scheme.
This means all residents of Scotland aged 5-21 will benefit from the new scheme at the same time – from 31 January 2022.
The scheme is a crucial step in embedding more sustainable travel behaviours from a young age, as well as opening up opportunities and access to education, leisure and work.

How can I apply for the scheme? Can I apply for the scheme now?

Young people aged 5 – 21 will be able to travel using the new free bus scheme from 31 January 2022 using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. However, work is still ongoing to finalise the application process. We recommend waiting until further information on how to apply for and access the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme is provided later this year. Please check the Transport Scotland website for updates.

This scheme was announced in January 2020, why is it not being launched until January 2022?

The timeline is consistent with post-COVID public commitments to implement the scheme for under 19s this financial year. The new Scheme will also now include all young people aged under 22 from day one, subject to Parliamentary approval of legislation to be laid in August which will include 19 -21 year olds in the Scheme.

Will children be safe travelling on the bus?

Parents or guardians will be required to approve applications for young people under the age of 16 to ensure that they can exercise their responsibility for their children’s safety. This includes providing approval for existing cardholders to access the scheme.
Transport Scotland is working with Barnardo’s Scotland to ensure sufficient guidance is provided to bus operators in
advance of January. Transport Scotland and its delivery partners will review how the approval arrangements work in practice after the
first year the Scheme is in operation. What impact will the scheme have school transport provision? Only registered local bus services are included in the scheme, meaning dedicated school transport services are not covered. Transport Scotland and its delivery partners are working with representatives of ATCO/COSLA to consider the potential impacts of the introduction of the scheme on school transport provision. Further information Any other queries regarding the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme should be directed to Transport Scotland at

Brunton Performing Arts Network helps young people build confidence, nurture creativity, develop new skills and, above all, have FUN!

Brunton Performing Arts Network, run by the Brunton Theatre Trust(formerly known as East Lothian Youth Theatre Network), offers young people aged 5-18 the opportunity to participate in weekly drama, musical theatre and dance sessions across East Lothian. The new term has just launched and we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to join us in September!
Joining a group can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing bybuilding self-confidence, developing new skills, reducing social isolation and above all having FUN!
Our network of classes are designed to nurture creativity and provide a safe space for all, to explore their talents and learn the skills required to grow into a confident young performer.
Our classes currently take place in the following locations:
Port Seton
All of our classes are led by experienced and qualified industry professionals who have worked as freelance
performance artists and have a wealth of knowledge to share with their groups. Brunton Theatre Trust also deliver
classes for adults through our Brunton Players community theatre group. To find out more about joining our network, please email:
youththeatre@eastlothian.gov.uk or alternatively you can call 0131 653 5245.
Further information on all classes can be found by visiting:
The Brunton: Website
Best wishes,
Amy Robinson
Development Officer Dance & Drama
The Brunton and East Lothian Council Arts Service
The Brunton | Ladywell Way | Musselburgh | EH21 6AA
DL: 0131 653 5279 | Admin: 0131 665 9900 | Box Office: 0131 665 2240
www.thebrunton.co.uk | www.facebook.com/thebruntonmusselburgh | www.twitter.com/thebrunton
Brunton Theatre Trust is a registered Scottish Charity SC022422

Dates for your Diary

Friday 17 September Holiday
Monday 20 September Holiday
Thursday 30 September
Friday 15 October All Break
Monday 25 October In-service Day
Tuesday 26 October All students return to school

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