All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Community Beach Clean East Beach

Surfers Against Sewage are planning to run a community ‘Big Spring Beach Clean’ at East Beach on Saturday 21st April, 11-1pm.  Meeting point is at south end of beach near Dunbar golf course road.  As Dunbar Primary are official ‘SAS Ocean Guardians’, it would be  great if as many pupils as possible their families to come along and support this event.

Weekly Diary Dates 26th March

Monday 26th

9 – 1pm P2E Victorian school trip

Tuesday 27th

Church Services 10.15am

9.30 – 10.15      P5 and P7A, P7B and P7E classes (Leaving Lochend Campus straight after registration by 9.00am)

11.00 – 11.45    P6 and P7C and P7F classes (Early Break in P7/P5 area of playground at 10.15. Leaving from lines at 10.30)

9am –Pre School nursery ELC photos

Wednesday 28th

Church Services

P1 and 2 to Dunbar Parish Church –leave just after 9 (9.30-10.15)

9.30 – 10.15       P1 and P2

11.00 – 11.45     P3 and P4 (P4’s will have an early Break in P7/P5 area of playground at 10.15. Leaving from lines at 10.30)

Thursday 29th

Eco Committee: ‘Save the Hare Day’ at Lochend Only – pupils can wear rabbit/bunny ears (or anything related to rabbits!) & give small donation.

Friday 30th



 Happy Easter Everyone – enjoy the break!

School returns on Monday 16th April for ALL

Fostering- Are you who they are looking for?

Are you who they’re looking for?

We urgently need more people to take the plunge and find out about fostering with East Lothian Council.

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:

‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. The demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.

‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our current foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’


To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team (including, training, home visits and remuneration), please go to or  phone us on 01620 827 643

Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2018

Every March people around the world demonstrate their solidarity – calling for greater action on climate change – by switching their lights out for an hour.

How can we get involved in making real local and global change?

On Saturday 24th March bring your unwanted clothing to one of the Zero Waste Shops in Dunbar (2 Countess Crescent EH42 1DX) or Musselburgh (175 High Street EH21 7DE) or take them to any of the BIG PICK textile banks at East Lothian Recycling Centres.

Did you know that today’s textile industry is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gasses / co2 emissions on Earth?

This is due to:

  • the huge size and scope of the textile industry as well as the many processes and products that go into the making of textiles and finished textile products; and,
  • the transportation of textiles into, around and out of our country to other countries for disposal.

What Miixer CIC are doing about it?

Miixer CIC is a unique, local, not for profit social enterprise, working in partnership with East Lothian Council to collect local textiles with the aim of keeping them in our area for local benefit e.g. all school uniforms are free and food bank customers get free clothes.

How does Miixer CIC differ from other textile collection organisations?

Other companies and charities ship local textiles out of our area for use and disposal in other parts of the world. All this transportation of textiles results in not only massive amounts of co2 emissions and loss of a local resource for local benefit.


For more information:

Elaine Albano Retirement


After 39 years working at Dunbar Primary school, which included a period as a Community School teacher at Dunbar Cluster Schools, Mrs Elaine Albano has decided to retire. She has been outstanding, both in her role as class teacher and as our first ever Principal Teacher Inclusion, Equity and Support. There are thousands of pupils and hundreds of families who have been supported by her through her wise words, her common sense approach and her unflappable nature. We as a school and community have benefitted from her experience and commitment. There is an invitation for former pupils/families that she has worked with over the years to come along on Wednesday 28th March at 2pm for a group photograph at John Muir Campus.



New Appointment

Our new PT Inclusion, Equity and Support will be Mrs Caroline Wight who will start with us on Monday 16th April. She has already met with Mrs Albano to ensure she is aware of planned meetings coming up, and we will ensure she is fully supported whilst getting to know the pupils, staff and community of Dunbar.

Weekly Diary 19th March

Monday 19th March

9-3pm – Purple Pinkie @ Dance Studio (Lochend)

9am –  P3 Relax Kids @ Drama Room

P2D trip to Victorian School/ return approx. 2pm

6 – 7pm Sex Education talk for P1 – P7 in the hall John Muir

Tuesday 20th March

AM & PM – Easter Decoded P7 @ Parish Church

Euro Quiz Team to competition

3.30 P4A Meet the Teacher

9am – P2C trip to the Victorian School/ return approx. 2pm

2.00 Tai Kwan Do Group Drama Room

Wednesday 21st March

ALL DAY – QMU Opera P5 @ Dance Studio

Rabbani Hassan in for Islam talk with P6 in Gym Hall

9am – P2F trip to the Victorian School/ return approx 2pm

Thursday 22nd March

9am – P2A trip to the Victorian School/ return aprrox 2pm

2.00 Tai Kwan Do Group Drama Room

Friday 23rd March

Sport Relief – Wear something sporty and bring a donation ( Both Campuses)

9.30am start – Whole School Assembly @ JMC

Garden Revamp Meeting Library 9am (John Muir)