All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

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

Send your message of condolence

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/

Read More below.

Newsletter August 2022

Frequently Asked Questions E-Coli

There has been an outbreak of E Coli in East Lothian.

Find Below FAQ regarding E-Coli.

E Coli FAQ for parents and staff

Mental Health and well-being Website

Welcome to East Lothian’s Children & Young People Mental Health and Wellbeing information point. This site is intended to provide information and support for children and young people, as well as for families and staff supporting young people. Use the buttons on the webpage to explore information most relevant for you.

Mental Health & Wellbeing (google.com)

Information from East Lothian Council

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

https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210557/schools_and_learning/12720/devolved_school_management

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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

Weekly Update 29.08.22

Dear Parents,

Welcome Back

It has been great to see all the happy children back to school. Mrs Gillanders welcomed them back with two Assemblies last Friday.

Welcome back to school assembly J Muir 2022

Welcome back to school assembly Lochend

School Improvement Plan 2022-23 and Standards and Quality Report 2021-22.

SIP &PEF 2022&2023

Dunbar Primary School S&Q 2021 – 2022

Medication in Schools

Medicines Held in School

If your child still requires to have medication in school please complete the appropriate form from the links on our website and send it in at the start of the next term along with the medication:

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.

Message from the Senior Leadership Team:

What a wonderful start we are having to the new school year. A warm welcome to all our Primary 1 learners and new learners who have joined us from other schools, as well as all their families. We have a number of new staff who are settling in to their new roles
at our school.
This is the first time since March 2020 when we have no COVID restrictions in place and we are extremely happy about this, as I am sure you all are too.
As ever, partnership with parents and carers is hugely important. If you would need to contact us, please do so by phoning or emailing the school in the first instance and your query will be passed to the relevant member of staff.

What To Bring To School
– School bag
– Filled water bottle – please ensure this is water and not juice
– Small healthy snack
– Healthy packed lunch (if required) – please name the bag/box too 
– Waterproof coat – named
– Appropriate footwear/clothing for PE
Please ensure your children do not bring any unnecessary items such as toys, etc into school.

School Lunches, Free School Meals, Clothing Grant etc

School meals are free to all P1-5 learners in Scotland. All school/nursery lunches MUST be ordered on SchoolPay. Please remember that if you would like your child to have a school lunch on a Friday then you must order this before 9.30am on a Wednesday. Even if your child is having a packed lunch brought in from home, it would be very helpful if you could login to SchoolPay and indicate this (one less thing for the teacher to do . If you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals or you need to renew this, you can now do this online at https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/fsm

Please complete the online application form if you think you are eligible, even if your child is in P1-5. The form is for a clothing grant too so even if your child has packed lunch and or is in P1-5, if you think you are eligible then please do apply. If you need help to complete the form, please don’t hesitate in asking for help from SLT or any of the staff at the school offices.

PARENT COUNCIL AGM – TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST, 7PM ONLINE

The Parent Council AGM will be held online on Tuesday 30th August at 7pm.

At the AGM we elect the officials – Chair, Vice and Treasurer.  This year in particular we are looking for a new treasurer and vice chair as Belinda & Laura (who have done amazing jobs) are stepping down. These are obviously crucial roles, the vice chair provides much needed support for the chair, taking on some of the work to allow more to get done. The treasurer handles the accounts and and without it pretty much all our endeavours will grind to a halt as we will be unable to either fundraise or pay out funds to support the school and our children.

If you have a few hours a month to either provide organisational support or to keep the books right and a hand on the purse strings please do consider it. Although it’s helpful to have the vice & the treasurer at our meetings you don’t have to commit to every one, just to keep us informed. If you want to know more, please e-mail   parentcouncil@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk 

The Agenda (including the link to join the meeting) and minutes of the previous AGM can be found here:-

AGM Agenda 30th August 2022

AGM Minutes 2021 (Draft)

School Diary Dates

Year Stage dates will be on your stage Newsletter.

Tuesday 30th August Parent Council Meeting 7pm Online

Friday 16th to Monday 19th September 2022 – September Holiday Weekend
Friday 14th October 2022 – last day of term
Monday 24th October 2022 – In Service Day

 

Return to school update 08.08.22

School Return

The school will re-open for pupils on Wednesday 17th August 2022.

If you have uniforms to pick up both offices will be open from 9.00am on Monday 15th August and Tuesday 16th August,

You will also see below that the Uniform Bank is open at JOHN MUIR Campus for all ages from 10am till 2pm on both these dates. Many thanks to Dunbar Parent Council for organising this.

UNIFORM BANK

Weekly Update 24 06.22

P7 Leavers Disco

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Last night we had a brilliant return to our P7 Leavers Disco. The weather was great, the music was banging and the pupils had a ball.

Many thanks to the P7 team Shirley and Hazel in the Office, Graham and Kim the Jannies, All the support staff who decorated the hall and foyer and to David Currie for the music.  A special thanks to the Factory Shop for the discount on the balloon arch.

Thank you to all our wonderful parents who joined us at the end for some ceilidh dancing. (See Pictures below)

P7 Leavers Assembly and Pipe out reminder

P7A, 7B, and 7C Leavers Assembly will be at 9.15am.

P7D and P7E will be at 10.30-11.15am

Maximum of 2 adults per child.

P3 Clap out is at 11.40 am at John Muir Campus

Clapping and piping P7 out times are 12.05 at Lochend.

P7 Parents are kindly asked to line the area from gate towards the school building.

Pupils in P6 -P4 will be lining out from school front door.

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Dunbar Rotary Quiz

Team Two from DPS won the Dunbar Rotary Quiz and Tem one were joint 3rd. Congratulations Cameron, Naomi, Alex and Isaac for you achievement.

HMIE recovery Visit Note

Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education (HM Inspectors) have prepared this document following a recent visit to Dunbar Primary School and Nursery Class that they carried out along with officers from East Lothian Council.

Dunbar Primary School and Nursery Class self-selected for a recovery visit, which was arranged to meet the needs of their individual circumstances. Activities undertaken during the visit were discussed in advance with the head of establishment and with local authority officers. Taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic, some activities have been carried out remotely.

Read the full note here:  Visit – East Lothian Council – Dunbar Primary School – 5553024 – Publication – Updated Final Note of Recovery Visit

School Milk Payments

Two funds have now been setup for School Milk starting on 17/08/22:-

School Milk 22/23 Full Year at a cost of £47.50 (covers Term 1, 2 & 3).

School Milk Term 1 22/23 and it covers Term 1 only at a cost of £20.50.

Both funds are now open and close on 15/7/22.  If you require to pay for milk then please select only one of these funds.  Both funds will remain open until 15/7/22 and you must pay online through School Pay as no cash or cheque payments will be accepted.

If using a mobile phone and have difficulty seeing the milk fund:-

  • Click on the 3 lines on the top right hand corner of the page
  • Select Accounts
  • Click on your child’s account

The next screen should list all the available funds and you should see School Milk 22/23 Full Year and School Milk Term 1 22/23.

Please do not pay milk to Preorder school meals as this fund is for school lunches only and payment for milk only relates to P1 – P7

Brunton Summer Activities

Depute Head Teacher Vacancy

We are looking for a permanent Depute Head Teacher to join our big team @DunbarPrimary! Click on the link below for all the details & get in touch if you would like more information https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/east-lothian-council/jobs/depute-head-teacher-dunbar-primary-school-281914 

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Uniform bank information

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June Newsletter Update

Dear Parents and Carers

This school session, has seemed to last for ever, but also its over in a flash! It is hard to remember that we were still social distancing, teaching in rows and putting in our recovery programme following two remote learning periods due to COVID19.  Gradually as the year has gone on we have almost returned to what appears to be ‘normal school life’ and I have been delighted to see parents, carers and grandparents back for at Sports Days and we are able this year to mark the P7 leavers with a dance, assembly and of course our traditional ‘clapping out ceremony,’, more details of the last day at the bottom on this letter.

Recovery Visit – East Lothian Council – Dunbar Primary School – 5553024 – Publication – Updated Final Note of Recovery Visit

We requested a Recovery Visit from HMIe, we wanted to share what we are doing in school, gather valid feedback from the inspection team and use this to shape our School Improvement Plan to ensure we are putting in place the supports to enable every pupil to achieve their potential. The visit was very positive and we were able to share our next steps and receive very useful support and advice. The full report can now be found on the school website.

 

Meet the Teacher in August – Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th

After positive feedback from last year’s session we have decided to go ahead with on-line 1:1 meetings with class teachers via Google Meet. It is relaxed and informal and is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and talk about your child. We want to get to know them, and you, at the start of term. More details will come to you from 15th August.

 

Staffing Update

The DHT who was due to start at Lochend in August has decided to withdraw, the post has been re-advertised and we will be interviewing in early September. In the meantime I will be appointing a temporary Principal Teacher, until the new DHT starts. This will be filled internally from a member of DPS staff to ensure we have an SLT member for Primary 6 and to support new initiatives next session. Vikki Henderson is leaving the Nursery to take up a post at Law Primary Nursery.

Some of our classroom assistants and ASN staff are also leaving so we say goodbye to Mrs Murray, Mrs Fraser Mrs Wallace and Mrs Greig.  Last year the Scottish Government gave all schools funding to buy in additional support staff for 1 year to support the ‘recovery phase’ following Covid19. There were temporary posts and whilst we are very sad to see these staff leave it was always part of our staff and pupil planning.

Next session we are planning our own ‘ARCH Learning Programme’ which will enable more learners to access more life-skills training, qualifications linked to community activities and support to enable them to access class activities to meet individual needs. We will share much more about this next session.

Volunteers – Snack Trolley and Reading volunteers needed for next term

Thanks to all the parents, carers and community helpers who have supported classes on trips out recently – great to have you back as we couldn’t do them without you!  Also thanks to those who replied when we sent out an email last term for volunteers, however in order to run our snack trollies we need at least another 6 at each campus – please can you call either office to give name, day/s you can help out and a telephone number  – we will come back to you.  Reading volunteers are an essential mainstay or our school and we would like to encourage you back if you did it before or we will be running some training if you fancy helping out some of our pupils with their reading practice. Please can you contact your child’s new teacher after the summer holiday – it is so rewarding and even 1 hour can make a massive difference.

‘DPS Expectations’ -an accepted standard or a way of being or doing things in our school

Next August we will return to school (fingers crossed) without restrictions and as a staff are really looking forward to starting the year when we get back to our normal ways. Covid19 did impact on school life in the past two years, and sometimes not in a positive way.

We will be begin the session on Wednesday 17th August as a fresh start, which will include sharing our ‘DPS expectations’ with our whole school community so that everyone is very clear about the rules and beliefs we have in our school regarding behaviour, uniform, attendance, moving around school, bikes & scooters and engagement in learning. In order that everyone succeeds and enjoys being at Dunbar Primary School as staff, pupils and parent/carers we all need to ensure that we understand what is expected, everyone is consistent in insisting on these expectations so that we can focus on the main purpose of being in school – learning.

To support our start of term please ensure the following:

  • We ask that DPS school uniform must be worn at all times – we have lots of uniform that is in excellent condition so please collect from us if you need any. School colours are black, red and grey and what we accept is in on the school website. We are proud of our school and uniform is the way to show and share this.
  • We will continue to ask pupils to come in their PE kit on days they have lessons, however we will now ask that they wear a school sweatshirt or cardigan during the day. A reminder that hoodies are not part of the school uniform.
  • For everyone’s safety bikes and scooters cannot be ridden in the playground, all pupils and adults must get off at the gate and wheel their bike/scooter to the racks – not leaving them on the grass.
  • Doors open at both campuses at 8.45am – pupils should be at school for this time; the expectation is that pupils will be in their class by 8.55am. It is a life skill to be on time and we want to encourage and instil this in our pupils; the teachers will be starting the learning at 8.55am and we need you to support us with this.

Returning to school on Wednesday 17th August 2022

P2 pupils will arrive at school for 8.45am and will leave at 2.50pm in the usual way.                       P2 leave at 12.00 each Friday

P3 – P7 pupils will arrive at school for 8.45am and will leave at 3.10pm in the usual way.              P3-P7 leave at 12.20 each Friday

* New Primary 1 pupils will have different start and leaving times for the first few weeks of school and this will be sent in a separate letter.

Last day arrangements – Friday 1st July

The Parent Council agreed that we would finish slightly earlier on the final day so that we are able to clap out Primary 3 and Primary 7 pupils.

Arrangements for John Muir

P3 pupils will be clapped out of school at 11.40am – P3 parents need to be waiting on the grass so they can collect their child as they leave the gates with their teacher.

P1 will then leave straight afterwards supervised by their teachers, and finally, P2 pupils will be escorted to the gates to meet whoever is collecting them.

Arrangements for Lochend

Parents are encouraged to come into the playground and line the path from the red road to the gates from 11.50 onwards.

P4-P6 pupils and teachers will form a leaving corridor from the back playground to the red road.

P7 pupils will be clapped out at 12.05 from their classrooms to the main gates, followed by P4, P5, P6 pupils.

I would like to thank you for your support over this challenging year and I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday over the next few weeks.

Finally, our Primary 7 pupils leave to start a new chapter in their lives, it does not seem five minutes since they started in Primary 1, and I have really enjoyed seeing them grow and develop and I am very proud of all they have achieved. Good luck to them and to all of our staff leaving Dunbar Primary School this year, we wish you all the best!

Mrs Helen Gillanders

Head teacher

Note of HMIE Recovery Visit Dunbar Primary School and Nursery

Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education (HM Inspectors) have prepared this document following a recent visit to Dunbar Primary School and Nursery Class that they carried out along with officers from East Lothian Council.

Dunbar Primary School and Nursery Class self-selected for a recovery visit, which was arranged to meet the needs of their individual circumstances. Activities undertaken during the visit were discussed in advance with the head of establishment and with local authority officers. Taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic, some activities have been carried out remotely.

Read the full note here:  Visit – East Lothian Council – Dunbar Primary School – 5553024 – Publication – Updated Final Note of Recovery Visit

Weekly Update 02.06.2022

Dear Parents Carers,

Short but Sweet this week- Just like me!

The Queens Platinum Jubilee

I remember meeting the Queen in 1977 outside Kelvingrove Museum on the eve of her Silver Jubilee. I cant believe it is now the Platinum Jubilee and she has not been in contact with me. All the best Ma’am.

Just a reminder that school and nursery will be closed on Friday 3 June 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We hope you have a lovely long weekend.

Dive in to Marine Fest at the Scottish Seabird Centre

4 – 12 June

Head to the Seabird Centre this June to enjoy a host of family friendly events. From guided rockpooling and crafting fun with make mess matter, to workshops with the Fun Scientists, storytelling, puppet shows and drop-in sessions with the Lobster Hatchery and the team from Dynamic Earth. There’s plenty for the adults to enjoy too from foodie pop-ups, live music and author talks to the stunning Our Plastic Ocean exhibition. Find out more and book tickets at www.seabird.org/events/56

DGSC Meetings

Meetings are 7pm – 8.30 pm on Google Meet, the next meeting is on the 8th June.

Meetings are run by the Parent Council and attended by Mrs Slowther, a Depute Head Teacher, a Teacher representative and the Senior Student Leaders.

At each meeting we also invite a Principal Teacher to come along and share information about both their Faculty and area of whole school responsibility, and have an additional general topic for discussion.

Please email parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Dunbar Grammar School Open Morning – Saturday 11th June

After 2 years of COVID mitigations,  we are desperate to open our doors back up to parents and carers and offer an opportunity for the whole DGS community to reconnect.

We are therefore delighted to be able to host an Open Morning on Saturday 11th June from 10am – 12pm.  This will offer the opportunity for parents and carers to visit the school and have a student led tour around the building. The leadership team will also be on hand to answer questions and have a chat.

More information: 2022 Open Doors leaflet

Sports Day Dates

Lochend Campus

Primary 4 – Friday, 17th from 9.15am PLEASE NOTE MORNING FOR P4

P4/5 Will be doing Sports day with the P4 group on Friday 17th with P4.

Primary 5 – Wednesday, 15th from 1.30pm

Primary 6 – Tuesday, 14th from 1.30pm

Primary 7 – Thursday, 16th from 1.30pm

John Muir Campus

Community Potted Sports Festival

Week Beginning 20th June 2022.

A letter has been sent out to all  P1-P3 parents this week. A copy below with link to Google Form,

P1-3 Sports

Nursery Tree planting for Platinum Jubilee

Some of the Seashore and Haven children went to visit Lammermuir House this morning to help plant a tree to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Thank you for having us! We can’t wait to watch the tree grow!

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DPS Wellbeing Allotment JM Campus

Great news! Planting started at our DPS Well- being Allotments Thanks Nicola Scott for all your hard work so far.

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Weekly Update 27.05.21

Dear Parents Carers

School Fair-Thank You

On behalf of the school I would like to thank the Parent Council and members of DPS community for what was an outstanding School Fair. The Number of parents, grandparents, members of the community coming through the gates last Saturday was truly a milestone from where we were the past two years.  The amount of baking and the quality was incredible. Well done everyone.

I heard the burgers were great but the coffee was better!

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Mrs Hay, Miss Thompson and Mrs Gillanders getting soaked.

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Friday 3rd June 2022 – Jubilee Holiday

 
To mark the occasion of the Queen’s 75 year reign, all schools have been awarded a holiday on this day.
The school and the nursery are  closed on this day. Pupils and children should not attend.

JOHN HOME ROBERTSON CUP 2022

On Wednesday 25th  P7 girls and P7 boys participated in this competition, which was taking place for the fist time in 3 years..  In blowy and rainy conditions the girls were runners up, not losing a game but pipped on points. The boys matched this with runners up with six victories from eight games missing losing only by one goal in both defeats. Windygoul Primary being the cup winners. We are hugely proud of both teams. Thanks to Miss Crosbie P7b and Carol Silver for taking them to this tournament.

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Sports Day Dates

Lochend Campus

Primary 4 – Friday, 17th from 9.15am PLEASE NOTE MORNING FOR P4

P4/5 Will be doing Sports day with the P4 group on Friday 17th with P4.

Primary 5 – Wednesday, 15th from 1.30pm

Primary 6 – Tuesday, 14th from 1.30pm

Primary 7 – Thursday, 16th from 1.30pm

John Muir Campus

Community Potted Sports Festival

Week Beginning 20th June 2022.

A letter has been sent out to all  P1-P3 parents this week. A copy below with link to Google Form,

P1-3 Sports

 

Dunbar Civic Week 11-19th June

I know there are many people excited about  Dunbar Civic Week 11th-19th June but do you know the History:

Dunbar Civic Week was established in 1970 to mark the 600th anniversary of the granting by King David II, King of Scots, of the Royal Charter creating the Burgh of Dunbar.

Civic Week is a celebration of our wonderful, growing community and an entertaining programme of events is put on by various community groups. These events reflect and celebrate the richness of our community life – its history, culture and people – and provide opportunities for people to come together and have some fun.

We were planning for this year’s celebrations to be bigger than ever, starting with a parade from Victoria Harbour to Bleachingfields commencing at 1200 on 13th June, with a Fun Day of events to follow with lots of entertainment for young people. There will be a packed program of events throughout the week, ending with a thanksgiving service at the Harbour Battery on Sunday 21st June

For More Info in what is on see, some highlighted Events below.

: Dunbar Civic Week – Dunbar Civic Week 11-19 June 2022

DUNBAR CIVIC WEEK PRESENTS

BIG BAIRNS LITTLE BAIRNS 11-19 JUNE 2022

Clubbing with your kids!

18 June 2022 – 14:00-16:00 The Strawberry Barn

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Weekly update 20.05.2022

School Fair Saturday 21st May

Please can adults and children bake for the school fair bake stall on Saturday. Prizes for the best cupcakes, traybakes and cookies. Deliver to John Muir campus by 1pm Saturday. Fair runs 1pm – 3pm.

Diary Dates

Please can adults and children bake for the school fair bake stall on Saturday. Prizes for the best cupcakes, traybakes and cookies. Deliver to John Muir campus by 1pm Saturday. Fair runs 1pm – 3pm.

Monday 23rd May 2022 – Staff In Service Day
 
The school and the nursery are  closed on this day. Pupils and children should not attend.
Friday 3rd June 2022 – Jubilee Holiday
 
To mark the occasion of the Queen’s 75 year reign, all schools have been awarded a holiday on this day.
The school and the nursery are  closed on this day. Pupils and children should not attend

Sports Day Dates

Lochend Campus

Primary 4 – Friday, 17th from 9.15am PLEASE NOTE MORNING FOR P4

P4/5 Will be doing Sports day with the P4 group on Friday 17th with P4.

Primary 5 – Wednesday, 15th from 1.30pm

Primary 6 – Tuesday, 14th from 1.30pm

Primary 7 – Thursday, 16th from 1.30pm

John Muir Campus

Community Potted Sports Festival

Week Beginning 20th June 2022.

Year Stage  information still to be finalised.

Dunbar Grammar School Open Morning – Saturday 11th June

After 2 years of COVID mitigations,  DGS are desperate to open their doors back up to parents and carers and offer an opportunity for the whole DGS community to reconnect.

They are therefore delighted to be able to host an Open Morning on Saturday 11th June from 10am – 12pm.  This will offer the opportunity for parents and carers to visit the school and have a student led tour around the building. The leadership team will also be on hand to answer questions and have a chat.

More information about this event will follow.

Relay For Life

Relay for Life Dunbar is an exciting new 24 hour walking event taking place at Hallhill on 25/26th June 2022. It is a fun, free and family friendly event with teams taking turns to walk round the track for a full 24 hours to raise funds for live saving cancer research work in Scotland! We aim to celebrate cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones and join together in the fight to beat cancer.

As well as the teams, on Saturday, there will be stalls, entertainment, food and children’s activities open to the whole community, and we’d love you to come along. More info on facebook @relayforlifedunbar or email relaydunbar@gmail.com

A special Candle of Hope ceremony will take place where the track will be lit up from 9pm with candle bags decorated or dedicated by children, families and community groups. You can buy a bag (suggested donation £5 but any donation large or small very welcomed) and decorate it then return it to the school ideally by end May, or hand it into Be Green in the High Street. Or if you’d like to dedicate a bag to a loved one, or with a message of hope, please donate here and email us with the dedication and we can put it on a candle bag for you: https://relay.cancerresearchuk.org/site/TR?fr_id=2110&pg=entry

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more, have an idea to help us raise even more funds, or to help out on the day! Thanks for reading. Together we can beat cancer!

Elaine Lennon, Chair – Relay for Life Dunbar

Dyslexia Scotland and Dyslexia Scotland South East
Information for parents

Did you know that Dyslexia Scotland is Scotland’s national charity for children and adults with dyslexia and those who support them?
Our aim is to help people reach their potential and we do this in a number of ways. Our volunteer led branches, including Dyslexia Scotland South East, are an important way to share experiences and let people know that they’re not alone. Dyslexia Scotland South East covers Edinburgh, Mid and East Lothian. We don’t always have the answer, but knowing that you are not the only one experiencing difficulties can be the first step on the road to making things better.

Dyslexia Scotland South East

Free School Meals-School Clothing Grants

Dunbar Civic Week 2022

 

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Worried or Anxious Children- Help and support is available

MuirField Riding Therapy

Weekly Update 13 05.2022

Our 2022 School Fair poster created by a Primary 5 pupil! WOW!

P7 Transition

There will be a letter to all P7 parents distributed by the Primary School next week with an invite to an S1 presentation from the SLT at Dunbar Grammar School on Wednesday 1st of June.

Sports Day Dates

Lochend Campus

Primary 4 – Friday, 17th from 9.15am PLEASE NOTE MORNING FOR P4

Primary 5 – Wednesday, 15th from 1.30pm

Primary 6 – Tuesday, 14th from 1.30pm

Primary 7 – Thursday, 16th from 1.30pm

John Muir Campus

Community Potted Sports Festival

Week Beginning 20th June 2022.

Year Stage  information still to be finalised.

 

Vacancies at Dunbar Primary School

We are looking for a Principal Teacher (start asap) & a Depute Head Teacher (start August) to join our fantastic team! . Please go to

@myjobscotland for more details or click the links below. We warmly welcome enquiries from interested candidates. Please contact Mrs Gillanders (HT)

SCHOOL CAR PARK (LOCHEND CAMPUS)

Once again, may we remind everyone that the school car park is for the use of school staff and visitors to the school only and parents/carers are NOT permitted to use the car park, unless by prior agreement with the the school office or  SLT. There is a real health and safety risk. There are plenty of spaces ay Hallhill.
We would really appreciate your support in trying to make this better. Also please do not park in the Disabled parking
bay unless you have made an arrangement with the school.

SCHOOL TERM DATES FOR 2022-23

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Venturing Out

Please see below details from Venturing Out CIC with information on what is available as part of their summer holiday programme being run in partnership with the Council’s Outdoor Learning Service.  The activities went live for booking from 6pm on Friday 6th May 2022

HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME

We are noticing an increase in the number of children that are being taken out of school for family holidays during term time. Whilst we appreciate that sometimes this is unavoidable, we would like to remind parents that permission to take holidays during term time MUST be requested from the Head Teacher in writing. Generally, unless there are exceptional circumstances, family holidays in
term time will be unauthorised and marked as such on a child’s Attendance Record.

PARENTS PORTAL – COMING SOON

Parents Portal is a new way for parents to access information on their children, interact with their school and easily access other school services. By using a single login, parents will be able to update
their own and their children’s details, report absences, look up their children’s reports, access SchoolPay, the school calendar and much more.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Just a reminder that our school uniform, which is
supplied by Patricia Bewsey Designs, is available to
order on line at: www.garmentprinter.co.uk
or by phone: 07970920431 or facebook.com/PatriciaBewseyDesign
Patricia supplies a number of schools in the East Lothian
area so please be aware that she is very busy during the
run up to the summer holidays.

School Meals Menu

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