Weekly Update 09.09.2022

Dear Parents

The text below is a Statement from East Lothian Provost regarding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Community of Dunbar Primary School wish to echo the Tribute made by the Provost.

If you wish to send your own message of condolence there is a link at the bottom of the post.

Tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

East Lothian Provost, John McMillan, has led the tributes in East Lothian following the announcement of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

“Today is a very significant day in the history of our nation and within our sorrow at The Queen’s passing we must also acknowledge the considerable contribution and example of public duty she made during her long reign.

“For the majority of people she was the only monarch they have ever known and her passing also brings to a close the modern Elizabethan era. Over the 70+ years of her reign she had been witness to many significant world events from the sadness of wars and conflicts to the joy of technological progress including the introduction of the Internet and major medical advancements that have eradicated previously endemic diseases such as polio.

“She was the most widely travelled monarch of all time visiting countries in all five continents but of course also retained a particular fondness for Scotland. She visited East Lothian on a number of occasions – the most recent visit was in 2016 to mark the 200th anniversary of Musselburgh Racecourse.

“During 2022, the year of her Platinum Jubilee, local communities across East Lothian including schools, businesses, community groups and individuals embraced the challenge of the Queen’s Green Canopy and planted trees in a variety of sites across the county that will serve as enduring tributes to her reign.

“East Lothian joins the rest of the nation, Commonwealth and wider world in a period of mourning that acknowledges the passing of an incredible individual whose commitment and longevity to public duty is unlikely to ever be equalled.”

Lord-Lieutenant’s message of condolence

East Lothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Roderick Urquhart, today said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. I send my most sincere condolences to all of the Royal Family on behalf of the East Lothian Lieutenancy and the people of East Lothian.

“For more than 70 years, HM The Queen led a life of incomparable public service and duty dedicated to the nation. She was not just the Head of State of the UK and Head of the Commonwealth, but was also a figurehead of selfless devotion, dedication and service. She leaves a legacy which is unlikely to be matched for many generations.

“Her visits to East Lothian were many and varied over the years, and in particular I have happy memories of her visiting the Lamp of Lothian in Haddington in 2007, and joining the bicentenary celebrations of Musselburgh Racecourse in 2016.

“As Lord-Lieutenant I have been fortunate to carry out many duties on behalf of The Queen, including the presentation of Honours to local residents,  and celebrating 100th birthdays and Diamond Wedding anniversaries, as well as presenting Queen’s Awards. On each of these occasions I have been aware of the huge respect and fondness for our monarch.

The recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations highlighted the desire of people of all ages to mark the occasion. In East Lothian, the Queen’s Green Canopy Platinum Jubilee initiative has resulted in many trees being planted across the county, by school and community groups, local businesses and individual residents, all of which together will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

“Whilst in this period of mourning, we must also recognise the succession within the monarchy, and the inheritance of the Crown by her heir, Charles. As King, Charles will inevitably be a different monarch, but one who will help evolve a new modern relevance to the monarchy, as well as being a true and confident successor to HM The Queen, in continuing the twin roles of head of state and head of the nation and Commonwealth, in the 21st Century.”

Queen Elizabeth II meets the crowds on High Street in Haddington, July 1973

Queen Elizabeth II meets the crowds on High Street in Haddington, July 1973

Messages of condolence and the mourning period

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Send your message of condolence to the Royal Family

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to the start of the new term 2022-2023. I am delighted that we are now working without the many COVID restrictions that were in place previously and I hope that you will start to see the impact of this on your children and yourselves as we work through the year.

There will be more opportunities for you to come into school to see the pupils’ work and get involved through our BOATS (Bring Our Adult To School) Days.

Some activities will still run on-line as parents have shared that they prefer this way, it is more time efficient and allows more people to participate. However, we will review these sessions during the year to make sure we are meeting the needs of everyone in our school community.

We are really keen to work with our volunteers again; you make such a difference in so many ways and we have missed you! If you would like to get involved we will be sending out more information on a letter later in the week.

Our start to the session has been very positive, the majority of our pupils were excited to come back to school, to meet up with friends and have been enthusiastic about the learning in their new year stages. I was really impressed with the behaviour and manners shown – a credit to you all.

The Primary 1 pupils were fantastic as they made their start to their primary years.  I want to thank yourselves, our nursery staff and the P1 Team who worked hard to ensure the transition from Nursery to P1 meant the pupils felt confident, were resilient and happy to join our school.

Mrs Gillanders Head Teacher/

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Mental Health and well-being Website

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Information from East Lothian Council

Please see the link below for information on East Lothian Council’s Devolved School Management



Parents Portal

East Lothian Council has introduced  Parentsportal.scot for P1 to S6 pupils. This is a new digital service to help replace the traditional school bag run, by providing direct communication to parents through a growing set of online services, using one single login.

The portal has been developed to help provide parents with a clear insight into their child’s education and to support transactional communications between them and the school.

Registration for a Parent’s Portal customer account uses the MyGovScot myaccount service. This is a secure and trusted service provided by the Scottish Government. Most parents have already registered with myaccount to use the SchoolPay online payment system and you can use the same login details for the Parent’s Portal