Weekly Update 29th April

Near Miss, 29th April Kellie Road Crossing

We have a report from a parent regarding a near miss for a primary Pupil at John Muir Campus.

The parents and child were waiting to cross at the Kellie Road/Halhill cross road. The crossing guide  walked into the road and  the child began to cycle out into the road to cross, at this point a car coming from Lochend Campus drove around the lollipop man. If the parent had not shouted at the child the car would have hit the child. Potentially causing a  a serious accident.  The car showed no sign of slowing.

All Staff and Parents should be aware to fully follow the law and be guided by the School Crossing Guide. Parents are also reminded for this very reason that they are forbidden to enter the school staff car park, unless they have permission to do so from the school. This is usually children with an injury or Additional Support Need. Parents should not just chance it if they are running late as this is when an event such as this morning could result in serious injury or worse.

Primary Seven

An exciting term ahead for our P7s, the last term for these super young people at Dunbar Primary School. Next week see the star of Awesome Week for two classes with the other three classes doing the some programme over the next few week. A letter was issued to  all parents today.


Please do take a moment to have your say and contribute to CONNECT’S current Parent/Carer’s Survey which has a deadline of 30th April.

The survey is asking:

  • How (and if) your school/nursery supports your child’s and your family’s health and wellbeing
  • Whether you are included in your child’s Health and Wellbeing learning at school/nursery.

The survey can be found: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/689TKBP


The next Parent Council meeting will take place online on Tuesday 3rd May at 7pm.  Agenda and link to follow.

Year Stage Newsletters

These were issued via email today Friday 29th April. If you did not get a copy call the school offices at John Muir or Lochend for a copy.

Dates for your diary

Monday 2nd May: May Day Holiday
Wednesday 4th May: Parent Council Meeting at 1900hrs
Saturday  21st May: School Fair
Friday 3rd June: Jubilee Holiday
Friday 1st July: Last day of term

School Class Photographs

Individual photographs were taken on Wednesday and Thursday and ordering information should have come home with your child.

ELVIS Kids Study

Recently, we published evidence that nasal irrigation with salt water helped reduce the cold in adults. We have also shown the mechanism for how salt water helps with the common cold when applied on the nasal epithelium.

Our research showed that cells use the chloride from the salt water to fight viral infections.  Hence, we are now testing if salt water nose drops helps children fight the cold.

If you have a child under 7 years of age, you may be able to join the fight.

The Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh are doing a study of salt water nose drops to see if it helps get rid of the cold faster.

Your child does not need to have a cold right now to take part!

You can join right now by calling/texting 07973657457 for an appointment to sign up and to be taught what to do the next time your child has a cold.

Your child does not need to attend.

Families completing the study will receive travel expenses and a £30 voucher to compensate for any inconvenience.

Further information is in the attached flyer or at www.elviskids.co.uk ; Twitter: @elviskids; Facebook: Elvis Kid

RNSO, Yoko and the little Auk

The RSNO is delighted to announce the launch of our 2022 Early Years Programme, Yoyo & The Little Auk! Featuring free learning resources and a brand-new animated film, this fun educational experience is aimed at children aged 3-6.

To learn more about the programme and sign up for free, please click here.

Yoyo & The Little Auk includes:

  • Live concert experiences across Scotland with animation, interactive workshopping, and an RSNO ensemble.
  • An animated concert film to watch in your nursery, classroom or living room (released on 22 April). Free and accessible to all, in English with British Sign Language (BSL) and Gaelic (released on 21 June).
  • Specially created digital learning resources to be used in educational/home settings by teachers and parents.
  • Digital learning event for teachers and parents (19 April).
  • Four virtual interactive workshops, beamed straight to your nursery, classroom or living room (20 April, 21 June, 31 October, 29 November).

If you have any questions about the programme, you can contact the RSNO Learning & Engagement Team at engage@rsno.org.uk

With best wishes,

Andy Stevenson
RSNO Director of Learning & Engagement

LETTER from Jason Leitch


To Parents, Carers and Young People,
As I’ve tried to do throughout the pandemic, I wanted to share the latest advice about the way we are managing Covid-19. From Sunday 1 May, public health advice will change to a ‘stay at home’ message and replace self-isolation for people who have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, people who have symptoms of Covid-19 and who have a fever or are too unwell to carry out normal activities will be asked to stay at home while they are unwell or have a fever. They will no longer be advised to take a PCR test. These changes will also see testing for the general population and most contact tracing end on 30 April. What this means in practice is that children and young people (those aged 18 and under)with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough – but who are otherwise well – do not need to stay at home and can continue to attend education settings. They should only stay at home if they are unwell and have a high temperature. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a fever and they feel well enough to attend. This guidance differs slightly to that for adults, and reflects the fact that children and young people generally have a higher likelihood than adults of regular instances of respiratory symptoms from non-Covid illnesses.
Further information on the stay at home guidance and measures you can take to limit the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Changes from 1 May – Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying at home – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) and from 1 May on nhsinform.scot/covid19.
I hope that everyone has settled back into a normal routine following the Spring break, and best wishes to all those sitting exams in the next few weeks.
Jason Leitch
National Clinical Director

Speech and Language Drop In


New School Menu


The new school menu started on Monday 25th April and menu options are available on School Pay to pre-order
from now until the end of the summer term. A hard copy of the menu will be sent home via school bags as soon as they come in.
Please ensure that you order your child’s lunch via SchoolPay. There is a significant number of lunches not being ordered by parents/carers. Any issues please contact us.