All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Weekly update 26th June

It is the Holidays!!

Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all your continued support, and well done to all our pupils for their hard work, progress and achievement over the last school year. We look forward to welcoming new pupils into Primary One in August and wish all our Primary Sevens well as they move on to Grammar School and beyond.

Arrangements for returning to school in August 2021
We are looking forward to welcoming our children back into school on Wednesday 18th August.
Monday 16th August – In-service Day (closed to children)
Tuesday 17th August – In-service Day (closed to children)
Wednesday 18th August – All P2 to P7 return. P1 will receive a letter with dates and times during the holidays.

The School Year

Richard Taylor  has kindly created a 5 minute assembly showing lots of photos and video clips from this session

Soft Start and timings (Exact timings will be published 9th August 2021)

Children are welcome to arrive at school between 8.35–9.00am through their allocated door for a soft start. Children in P1-P7 do not line up in the mornings, but come straight into school

New P1 children will receive a letter of the start days and times for their child during the summer break.

Dunbar Primary School Photography competition winners

Morning,

The Parent Council ran a photography competition recently and lots of our pupils took part 🙂
There’s an 8 minute video showing the entries and winners! 

(40) DPS 2021 PhotoCompVid – YouTube

A3 Postcard Poster

Drowning Prevention Week

It’s Drowning Prevention Week and we’ve been asked to share some resources with you. Please have a look at the royal lifesaving society uk website and consider how we can best be safe in the water over summer.

Contacting Us

A reminder, like always, that if you would like to contact us, please email: admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk and your email will be passed on to the appropriate member of staff.  The email system will not be manned during the summer break.

Reminders

PE Kits: On PE days children should come to school wearing: a PE kit (shorts/joggers/leggings and a t-shirt). We will send details of your child’s PE slots in the new term.
Other items to bring to school: Your child should bring; a named water bottle, outdoor coats/jackets and wellies as required. Please ensure all items are clearly named.
Snacks: P1 & P2 children will receive free fruit for snack on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

School Meals: Please remember to use your ipay account to pre-order school lunches.

School lunches will continue be served in classrooms from Wednesday 18th August to Friday
3rd September.
Our expectation is that dining halls will re-open on Monday 6th September, guidance permitting and following updated risk assessment. Further confirmation will be issued prior to
this date.

COVID INFECTIONS

Anyone testing positive for COVID -19 during the holidays, please email covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

 

Weekly Update 11 June 2021

Newsletter

I want to start by thanking you all for your support over the past term as we all try to keep your children, our pupil’s, safe in school. I really appreciate that anyone picking up pupils are keeping a 2m distance and wearing face coverings.

Covid-19 As you will be aware there have been a number of positive cases in both Campuses, which has resulted in us having to self-isolate classes, together with class teachers, members of the support team and our office staff. Please can you help the school by continuing to ensure you do not send a pupil to school who is not well, or you suspect have the symptoms of Covid 19. Please take them to be tested.  I really want to keep the school open until the last day of term so we can finish the term this year by saying goodbye and good luck to P3 as they move campus, and to P7 as they move to Dunbar Grammar School and beyond. Read more below……………………

June 14 Newsletter

Be safe at the beach

When warm weather arrives the beach is a popular destination for many people however playing or swimming in the sea is not the same as being in an indoor swimming pool.

Waves can be great fun but are also unpredictable. Always supervise children playing in waves as they can easily lose their balance if struck by a larger wave.

Inflatable toys, dinghies or lilos are a well-known hazard – with many incidents of people on inflatables blown out to sea. They are not designed for use in open water and should be restricted to sheltered and confined spaces only such as rock pools.

You might want to enter the sea simply to ‘cool off’ but the water may be much colder than expected. The average sea temperatures in the UK are just 12°C  – below 15°C is defined as cold water which can seriously affect your breathing and movement.

Be also aware of tides, and if planning a walk across a beach, check when the incoming tide is expected so you are not cut off.

Finally remain aware of hidden dangers and don’t swim near or dive from rocks or cliff faces. Check safety notices at beaches which may indicate specific local hazards.

If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Treasure Hunt

Civic Week Treasure Hunt Competition  This will run throughout Civic Week, from last Saturday 12-19 June – details attached.  There are lots of prizes to be won

Civic Week Treasure Hunt Poster

Civic Week Treasure Hunt Entry form

P7 Leavers Photographs

The P7 supplement is appearing in the Courier and Musselburgh Courier on Thursday, June 17.

Matilda

Brunton Theatre Summer School are looking for enthusiastic individuals between the ages of 8 and 18 to star in our production of MATILDA JR. – one of the UK’s best-loved musicals.

Overseen by a professional production team, the 2-week Summer School will culminate in 6 fully-staged performances of MATILDA JR. on The Brunton stage.

Throughout an intensive rehearsal period, participants will also take part in drama games, workshops, improvisation, vocal technique classes, movement and much, much more. Not only will participants get to perform on The Brunton stage, they will also develop many invaluable life skills along the way.

Daily rehearsals will take place at The Brunton.

The cost for the 2-week Summer School is £175.00. Some assisted places are available.

To register your interest, or for more information, please email:
BruntonSummerSchool@gmail.com

Weekly Update 04 June 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

COVID TESTING IN DUNBAR

INFORMATION FROM ELC FOR PARENTS

A mobile testing unit will be returning to Dunbar from today (Wednesday, 2 June) – two days earlier than planned – following a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the local area

The mobile unit will be sited in the car park at Dunbar Leisure Pool and will be open from 10am to 6pm daily up to and including Sunday, 7 June. 

It’s possible to have the virus without knowing – so people can get tested here to help stop the spread, even if they’ve received their vaccination. You can get tested more than once.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, said:

“In recent days some new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Dunbar area. While the numbers are still relatively low, it underlines the fact that transmission of the virus remains a real risk.

“Almost 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones and people in the community.

“Good progress is being made in suppressing COVID – as reflected by East Lothian’s move to Level 1 later this week – and with the rollout of the vaccination programme, but localised increases in virus prevalence show we must all remain on our guard.

“A mobile test unit had been due in Dunbar for a further three days from Friday, but will now be back in the town from Wednesday – two days earlier than originally planned.

“By visiting the mobile people can find out if they are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“In the coming days, units will also be in Tranent, North Berwick, Port Seton, Haddington and Whitecraig. We’ll confirm the plans for next week in the days ahead.

“Meanwhile, our testing centre at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre in Musselburgh, aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms, continues to be open from Tuesday to Saturday (11am-6pm). No appointments is required.”

The revised mobile testing unit schedule for the rest of this week is:

Wednesday, 2 June; Thursday, 3 June

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Port Seton Centre
  • The Mercat Bar & Grill, Whitecraig
  • North Berwick Community Centre
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Friday, 4 June

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • North Berwick Community Centre
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Saturday, 5 June; Sunday, 6 June

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent

Walk-in appointments are available on the day. Alternatively bookings can be made from 6pm on the day before you want to take a test either online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

More information on testing options is available at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/testing

We are looking for a Depute Head Teacher – Dunbar Primary School

This post will initially be located within the John Muir Campus and pupil support is part of the remit.

Dunbar Primary School is a very large school split over two campuses; the roll continues to rise as additional housing is built in Dunbar. We currently have over 1,200 pupils from Nursery – Primary 7.

John Muir Campus currently has fifteen P1 – P3 classes and five rooms in our nursery.  We also have an Authority Communication Base (The Cove) within John Muir Campus for primary pupils.  All pupils in The Cove are allocated a mainstream class and where possible, depending on the severity and need, we aim to integrate them into class as much as possible. For more information or to apply click HERE.

We are looking for a Classroom Assistant (2 posts) – Dunbar Primary School

Job Details

To support the quality of teaching and learning to pupils and assist in the promotion of pupil development through support and involvement in learning activities.

2 x Temporary posts until 30th June 2022
Term time – 39 weeks per year
Days and hours  of work:
To work over 5 days – to be confirmed with successful applicants
To start 16th August 2021

For more information or to apply click HERE.

We are looking for ASN Auxiliary – Dunbar Primary School

To provide care and assistance to individuals and small groups of pupils with additional
support needs.

Temporary until 30th June 2022
This post is term time – 39 weeks per year
Days & Times to be confirmed.
To start 16th August 2021

Interviews to take place on Thursday 24th June

For more information or to apply click HERE

We are looking for ASN Auxiliary (4 posts) – Dunbar Primary School (The Cove) Applications Close 6th June

To provide care and assistance to individuals and small groups of pupils with additional support needs.

4 Temporary post until 30th June 2022
Term time – 38 weeks per year
Days and hours of work to be agreed with successful candidates
To start ASAP or 16th August 2021

For more information or to apply click HERE

DUNBAR CIVIC WEEK

£100, £50 & £25 prizes to be won in our #BestDressed house, window & #scarecrow competition! Get your entries up and photos in by 10th June. did we mention we also have a Treasure Hunt competition? Details to follow

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From Dunbar Grammar P7 Transition

We held our Parents/Carers transition evening on Monday 31 May, please find the presentation from the evening, and documents below:

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Covid Testing in Dunbar

INFORMATION FROM ELC COUNCIL FOR PARENTS AND STAFF

A mobile testing unit will be returning to Dunbar from today (Wednesday, 2 June) – two days earlier than planned – following a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the local area

The mobile unit will be sited in the car park at Dunbar Leisure Pool and will be open from 10am to 6pm daily up to and including Sunday, 7 June. 

It’s possible to have the virus without knowing – so people can get tested here to help stop the spread, even if they’ve received their vaccination. You can get tested more than once.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, said:

“In recent days some new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Dunbar area. While the numbers are still relatively low, it underlines the fact that transmission of the virus remains a real risk.

“Almost 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones and people in the community.

“Good progress is being made in suppressing COVID – as reflected by East Lothian’s move to Level 1 later this week – and with the rollout of the vaccination programme, but localised increases in virus prevalence show we must all remain on our guard.

“A mobile test unit had been due in Dunbar for a further three days from Friday, but will now be back in the town from Wednesday – two days earlier than originally planned.

“By visiting the mobile people can find out if they are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“In the coming days, units will also be in Tranent, North Berwick, Port Seton, Haddington and Whitecraig. We’ll confirm the plans for next week in the days ahead.

“Meanwhile, our testing centre at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre in Musselburgh, aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms, continues to be open from Tuesday to Saturday (11am-6pm). No appointments is required.”

The revised mobile testing unit schedule for the rest of this week is:

Wednesday, 2 June; Thursday, 3 June

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Port Seton Centre
  • The Mercat Bar & Grill, Whitecraig
  • North Berwick Community Centre
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Friday, 4 June

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • North Berwick Community Centre
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Saturday, 5 June; Sunday, 6 June

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent

Walk-in appointments are available on the day. Alternatively bookings can be made from 6pm on the day before you want to take a test either online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

More information on testing options is available at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/testing

Weekly update 28th May 2021

Dear Parents Carers

This week it is a short one. Enjoy the sun.

Important Information- NHS Letter

All parents in P4-P7 (Lochend Campus) should have received an email today from NHS Lothian Health Protection Team. It is critical that you read this letter as it sets out  all the information  in regards Covid protections in place this time.

Parent Council Meeting (Dunbar Grammar S C) for current P7 Parents

The next Parent Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st June at 7pm on Google Meet.  Parents and carers are warmly invited to attend.  If you would like to attend, please email parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and  a meeting invite will be sent to you.

A massive THANK YOU to:

Taylor Wimpey, Torness-EDF ,ASDA, Dunbar
Round Tablers,  Dunbar Rotary and Dunbar Parent Council for their generous donations this week to our P7 activities week.
We had great fun at the silent disco on Wednesday with ice lollies to keep us refreshed. 

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Photography Competition

P1 – P7 Photography Competition  The theme is: MY DUNBAR  Great prizes!! More information below

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P7 Transition Activities Week

A big shout out THANK YOU to Mrs Lyle, Jamie and Karl for organising and leading our orienteering, rugby and football sessions this week. They all had great fun!!

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Weekly update 21st May 2021

Dear Parent Carer,

IN-SERVICE DAY – MONDAY 24TH MAY

Just a reminder that school is closed to pupils on Monday 24th May as it’s an in-service day for staff.

Water Bottles

Could Parents and Carers please ensure their child bring their own filled water bottle to school every day. The children can refill in the school using out cold water bubblers.

COVID19 Update

 

I’m sure that the change in restrictions was welcomed by many families on Monday. It is a long awaited sign of progress in the right direction. However, I feel it is important that I emphasise that although there are changes to our family, community and social lives, schools still have very detailed guidelines which have not changed significantly. This means that although there are some changes, much of what we currently have in place is still relevant. I am aware that your children will feel that for a long time there has been extra rules and processes in place.

We take our responsibilities very seriously and follow all required protocols for the protection of all at Dunbar Primary School.

I ask that you support your child in understanding that the procedures we have in place are still required and as soon as we can operate in a different way – we will. I ask that you support the following key messages.

Be alert to any symptoms of Covid-19 and follow the current guidance in isolating and arranging a test. It is imperative that you alert the school as soon as possible of a positive result. This then allows us to complete our track and trace procedures in good time.

In Dunbar Primary School  School we:

Continue to promote good respiratory and hand hygiene.
Have enhanced cleaning protocols and well ventilated learning spaces. Operate a ‘bubble’ system. This means that children belong
to a class bubble and where possible they remain within
that for the duration of the day.

I know that children may have friends and siblings in other bubbles, and at times are finding it very hard in the playground,  but for now we must keep the children in class groups. I ask politely to  talk to your child behind why the school has to have to operate in this way.

ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING CENTRE FOR ALL EAST LOTHIAN RESIDENTS

Friday, 21 May; Saturday, 22 May; Sunday, 23 May- Dunbar Leisure Pool

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones and people in the community. That’s why local arrangements are in place for people without symptoms to get tested. This means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

Home delivery of rapid lateral flow test kits

Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests online

Asymptomatic testing centre for all East Lothian residents

A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms opens in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April. The facility is located located at the previous Stoneyhill Community Centre.

Getting tested is quick and easy. No appointment is required. Its launch is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.

COVID-19 does still present a significant risk. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

The facility open to everyone from East Lothian as long as you don’t have symptoms – a fever, cough, or loss or change of smell. If you do have symptoms, you need to book a test elsewhere.

Opening hours are 11am-6pm (Tuesday to Saturday). Address: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

Find out more about the test centre.

Watch a video about community testing.

Mobile testing units in East Lothian

Two mobile Covid-19 asymptomatic testing units are currently being used to help identify positive cases and break chains of transmission. Testing is only for people without symptoms (see further information on this page about what to do if you have symptoms). You can visit for a test more than once.

The mobile testing units will be available from 10:00am to 6:00pm at:

Tuesday, 18 May; Wednesday, 19 May; Thursday 20 May

  • The Mercat Bar & Grill, Whitecraig
  • Port Seton Centre

Friday, 21 May; Saturday, 22 May; Sunday, 23 May

  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool

Walk-in appointments – are available on the day. Alternatively bookings can be made from 6pm on the day before you want to take a test either online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

What happens if I test positive?

You will need to self-isolate. Practical, confidential support is available within the testing facility, to support you and your household, if you test positive. We can give you advice on different financial help which is available. If you need general advice (not health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty you can:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

  • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
  • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
  • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

Further information on wraparound support available for self-isolation can be found by calling the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.

What happens if I test negative?

You should continue to follow all national guidance including following current restrictions and physical distancing. Although you may not have the virus at this time, it is still circulating and there is a risk of catching it.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 a different type of test should be taken. You can make an appointment through the NHS Inform website or telephone: 0300 303 2713 – the phone line is available between 7:00am and 11:00pm Monday to Sunday.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate.

Dunbar Primary Forest School Group

Great afternoon at Forest school on  Tuesday – making super progress on our habitat piles! Everyone agreed we would have loved spending the whole day working on it! We also tried ‘Hedge Mustard’ and nibbled on Dandelion and Daisy petals too!

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Weekly Update 14 May 2021

We are looking for a DHT for The Cove Communication Provision

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the Senior Leadership Team of Dunbar Primary School with a remit of responsibility for The Cove Communication Provision. The Cove was established in 2011 and currently accommodates 27 young people of primary age with autism, learning disability, communication disorders, high levels of sensory needs and anxiety.

The Cove Communication provision includes 5 classrooms, a Soft Play, a Sensory room, a kitchen and a garden space.  It also has access to a generous playground that wraps around the school offering a large grassy area, a quiet garden, a picnic area and a climbing area.  The pupils enjoy trips out of school to the local shops, nearby Bleachingfield Park, Dunbar Leisure Pool, Hallhill Sports Centre and the local library.  Excellent links have been established in the local community where opportunities to practice skills in a real life setting can be supported.

Pupils in The Cove have a place in their mainstream class and attend mainstream classes as best meets their needs.  This is either in the same campus or over at Lochend Campus which hosts the Primary 4-7 pupils.  The inclusion is meaningful and begins after close liaison with the teachers and families.  It is based on the needs, interests and strengths of the pupils and collaboratively planned by all. All pupils have an individualised educational programme of learning based on East Lothian’s Curriculum Frameworks and CfE. The focus for IEPs is on communication, independence, Health and Wellbeing and meaningful inclusion.

Partnership working is essential and many pupils have multi-agency plans that are created in collaboration with pupils, parents, staff and where necessary external agencies such as Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapy and CAMHS.

The Cove has evolved over the past 10 years and continues to make strong links with the families, other agencies, the mainstream classes and the community. The whole focus is to have the child at the centre. The Cove is nearing capacity and is ideally placed for an experienced ASN practitioner to take staff and pupils on to the next phase of an exciting and rewarding journey.

Click heading or HERE for more details

Covid Update

On Monday 17 May East Lothian officially moves into Level 2. However, all current restrictions and mitigations in school, including the wearing of face coverings for staff in will remain in place. We are awaiting an update from the Scottish Government on this and will notify you of any potential changes in due course.

Dunbar Basics Bank 

Sometimes everyday life is a struggle and, for many families, Covid has made getting through each day even more difficult!

Are you struggling to pay bills and make ends meet?

Dunbar Basics Bank (the Foodbank) can help you. We can give you food and support to give you a leg up and help you get back on your feet. Our service is, of course, totally confidential.

If you think we can be of help, please contact  Marie Prior at the school and she will point you in the right direction. Her Number is 01368860997

Dunbar Primary School Parent Council Community Lottery

Support local causes and win prizes of up to £25,000!
We now have a East Lothian Community Lottery page!50% of all tickets sold from our page go to us!
PLUS 10% goes to other local good causes!
Support us and win prizes – WIN WIN!

See all details on the poster below. Click on the link to enter.

launched-on-east-lothian-community-lottery – digital

ONLINE PARENT COUNCIL MEETING – 11TH MAY AT 7PM

The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Tuesday  11th May at 7pm.  Please e-mail parentcouncil@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk if you would like to attend.  Click below for the agenda and minutes of the previous meeting.

Agenda May 21

MINUTES APRIL 2021

MUSICAL THEATRE ONLINE CLASSES ARE BACK

After a hugely successful pilot, our Musical Theatre Online Classes are back! Due to phenomenal demand, our next 6-week block will begin later this month.

Participants will learn songs from the most famous musicals and develop their vocal technique under the professional leadership of Musical Director, Tommie Travers. The classes will also cover how to act through song, whilst exploring the themes and musical genres covered in each new piece. This will encourage group discussion and will enhance participants’ emotional understanding and communication skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their own homes via a professional sound setup over Zoom, with live piano accompaniment. Each Zoom session will aim to strike a balance between informative teaching, and fun and lively group interaction. The aim is to provide a friendly, safe and supportive environment for these young people to have fun, develop their voices and ultimately sing – something that we know children are really missing at the moment.

Classes are open to young people aged between 8 and 16 years old, and will run for 6 weeks from either Tuesday 18 May or Thursday 20th May 2021.

We are offering the same classes twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays), so participants can chose the day that suits them best:

Tuesdays:
Dates: 18th, 25th May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd June
8-12 year olds (Primary) 4.30pm-5.30pm
12-16 year olds (Secondary) 5.30pm-6.30pm

Thursdays:
Dates: 20th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June
8-12 year olds (Primary) 4.30pm-5.30pm
12-16 year olds (Secondary) 5.30pm-6.30pm

Places cost just £24 for the 6-week block, plus an additional £1.50 booking fee

Please note, when booking online, the system will only display the start date of the class you select but you will be booking the entire 6-week block.

We are anticipating a high demand for these classes, and would suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out as spaces are limited.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Amy, our Development Officer of Dance and Drama: youththeatre@eastlothian.gov.uk

Primary 8-12 year olds Tuesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm Book Now
Secondary 12-16 year olds Tuesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm Book Now
Primary 8-12 year olds Thursdays 4.30pm-5.30pm Book Now
Secondary 12-16 year olds Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm Book Now

Click the above Book Now links to secure your place or alternatively visit our website – The Brunton: Website

Brunton Youth Theatre welcomes back face to face classes, across East Lothian.

Brunton Theatre Trust is delighted to announce that youth theatre classes across East Lothian, will resume this month, with groups meeting in person, following all Scottish Government, Covid-19 secure guidance.

In March 2020 all youth theatre classes were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the last year Brunton Theatre Trust has delivered most of these classes online over Zoom. However, following the announced relaxation of restrictions this month, classes can once again resume face to face in Dunbar, Haddington, Tranent, Longniddry, Prestonpans and Musselburgh.

Brunton Youth Theatre Network (formerly known as East Lothian Youth Theatre), offers young people across East Lothian, aged 5 – 18, who are looking to develop their acting skills, the opportunity to participate in weekly drama sessions. Classes are designed to nurture creativity and talent through improvisation activities, characterisation, drama games, devising and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with scripts and texts to build on performance skills.

A spokesperson for Brunton Theatre Trust said:

“Joining a youth theatre group can have a positive impact on Health and Wellbeing by building self-confidence, making new friends, developing new skills, reducing social isolation and above all having fun.”

All classes are led by experienced and qualified drama professionals who work as freelance performance artists and have a wealth of knowledge and talent.

Classes can be booked online at www.thebrunton.co.uk or by calling 0131 653 5245.

 

 

 

Pennypit Trust Friday Giveaways

Giveaway Friday! Between 11am and 2pm  starting today. The PennypitTrust are holding a car boot sale type event at the Pennypit Car Park on North Grange Avenue. There’ll be lots of childrens/
adults clothes, school uniforms, baby items, household items,
games and gifts as well as food that will be given away for FREE.

This week is Mental Health Awareness week!
(10th– 16th May 2021)

Our Assembly this week in school looked at the themes of sharing, caring, helping others, being resilient, love and being strong. Two of the videos used in the Assembly used nature to convey the message that all of the things listed above can make us feel better inside and help our happiness.

This year’s National focus for mental health awareness week is on Nature – being in nature can really improve our mood and help us to focus on the moment and be aware of our environment.
Have a read about some Top Tips for connecting with nature to help
improve or maintain positive mental health!
MHAW21_TOP_TIPS_ENGLAND.indd (mentalhealth.org.uk)

Being connected to nature is important for our health and mind – the better relationship you have with nature, the more you will feel the benefits! We don’t need to go far or exciting places to be close to nature, in fact we can appreciate and be close to nature by walking outside our front doors, or while walking home from work or school!
Being connected to nature is about how much we notice, think about and appreciate our surroundings. Try walking outside right now and taking notice of your environment – the weather, the plants, wildlife and how you feel while you are outside.

 

 

Weekly Update 9th May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

New Covid-19 test centre for East Lothian residents ready to open

 

A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus will open in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April.

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.

The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, opens from 12-6pm on Friday, 30 April. It will be open again from 11am-6pm on Saturday. Thereafter the opening hours will be (Tuesday-Saturday) 11am-6pm. No appointment is required.

The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.

People can also order free lateral flow home test kits test themselves twice-weekly. More information is online.

Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:

“The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.

“It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and, it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

“Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus.

“We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect

 Q&A

What happens at the test?

The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.

When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.

The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register.

You will be directed to a booth where you will get instructions on how to take the test.  Staff are on hand to help. A swab is put into a tube and taken away by a member of staff to be analysed.

After you have taken the test please return to your home or car and stay there until you receive your test results. Please do not go shopping to carry out any other activities until you receive your test results.

You will receive your results approximately 45 minutes after you take the test.

If you don’t have a mobile phone, a member of staff will ask you to wait in a designated area. Please wait here until a member of staff tells you your results.

What happens if the test results are negative?

This would mean that you are not carrying the virus at that time but please continue to follow the public FACTS public health guidance and any other relevant protection measures in place in the local area.

What happens if the test results are positive?

You need to take what is called a PCR test to confirm your positive test results. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

If your PCR test is then positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you receive the result of your PCR test. NHS Test and Protect will then contact you and ask you to identify any close contacts you may have been in touch with. Everyone in your household and any other close contacts will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your PCR test.

What happens if the test results are void?

You will need to take what is called a PCR test. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

How can I get tested if I’m not able to visit the facility in Musselburgh?

Mobile test units are currently being deployed in local communities. You can take a rapid test at one of the mobile units. View the current schedule here.

Alternatively, you can also order free lateral flow home test kits test. More information is online.

What should I do if I do have symptoms of COVID-19?

As the Stoneyhill facility is for asymptomatic testing only, if you have symptoms of COVID make an appointment elsewhere through the NHS Inform website:

Self-help guide: Access to testing for coronavirus | NHS inform

Or telephone: 0300 303 2713

The phone line is available between 7 am and 11 pm Mon – Sunday

If you have tested positive for COVID, you must self isolate.

If you need general advice (not Health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty either:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

  • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
  • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
  • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

SNSA For P1, P4 and P7

SCOTTISH NATIONAL STANDARDISED ASSESSMENT (SNSA)

Online Copy of Information Leaflet sent out to parents of P1 , P4 and P7 today.

What is SNSA?

In session 2017/18 the Scottish Government introduced a new system of standardised assessments, called the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA), which replaced the variety of other standardised assessments that were used in local authorities across Scotland. The new system is being delivered in all Scottish Primary and Secondary Schools and will involve all children at the P1, P4, P7 and S3 stages of their education, focusing on aspects of reading, writing and numeracy. Last year many schools did not manage to do these assessments due to the school closures as a result of lockdown.

What will SNSA involve in my child’s school?

  • The assessments are completed online and will be automatically marked by the system, providing teachers with immediate feedback. The assessments do not have any pass/fail mark, as results are used to help teachers plan the next steps in learning for each child in order to help them make the best possible progress.
  • SNSA is an adaptive system, which means that all pupils are challenged and receive an assessment suited to their ability. It is designed so that if a child is struggling with the initial questions being asked, it will make subsequent ones easier. Similarly, if the child copes well with the initial questions, it will make subsequent questions more challenging.
  • Children do not have to revise or prepare for the assessments. They are designed to be used as part of normal teaching and learning and the information that they provide will be used in the same way as other assessment information which arises from day to day teaching and learning activities.
  • The assessments do not have a time limit attached to them, however, the majority of children will complete an assessment in no more than 45 minutes. Pupils in P1 will take 2 assessments (one in literacy and one in numeracy) and pupils in P4, P7 and S3 will take three assessments (in reading, writing and numeracy).
  • The assessments are designed, as far as possible, to be appropriate for use with all children. Children who require additional support will be able to receive the support they normally receive in the classroom when completing the assessments.

What does SNSA mean for Parents/Carers?

The information that is generated from SNSA adds to the range of other assessment information arising from normal teaching and learning activity. As such, it is primarily designed to be used by teachers to assist them in identifying strengths and areas for development and for planning next steps in learning. As part of the range of assessment information available, SNSA will also assist teachers in assessing when key stages in learning, such as when a Curriculum for Excellence Level has been achieved.

The information arising from SNSA will also play a role in informing the normal engagement processes with parents/carers (Parents’ Evenings, Reporting processes etc.) about their children’s learning, which will take place in each school.

Where can I find out further information about SNSA?

The Scottish Government have created a dedicated website at https://standardisedassessment.gov.scot

When will students be doing their SNSA in Dunbar Primary School?

We will be completing these assessments between 10th May and 10th June 2021. This will start with P7 moving on to P4 and P1 around the weeks beginning 24th May Students will come in groups and complete the assessment in one of our computer suites on a PC or Chromebook. Some children will have support for these assessments.

If you require further information regarding these Assessments please contact Mr MacRury on 01368 860997.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (10th
– 17th May). The words ‘mental health’ get used a lot more now a days than in the past.

Our mental health is a bit like a rollercoaster – sometimes it goes up (we feel amazing and like we can achieve everything we want to), and sometimes it goes down (where we might feel the opposite and worry a lot, feel down, and feel dysregulated). Often our up and down moments can change at times where something has happened – below are some examples. Usually it isn’t just one thing that makes your mental health decrease, and sometimes there is no obvious cause. Whether you know the reason or not, it’s important to remember that it isn’t your fault and that things can get better. It is a normal to experience both positive and negative aspects in our life – the negative moments won’t last forever, but it can start to become a problem when;
It is happening for a long period of time
 We don’t have healthy coping strategies – or are using unhealthy coping strategies
 It is affecting aspects of our lives – school/work, relationships, doing things we enjoy
 You find yourself doing things that worry you

So, what is mental health?

Mental Health is all about how we feel, think and act. We
can have good and bad mental health days. It is important to know we all have mental health and mental health does not mean mental illness, or ill health.

Most of us will struggle with our mental health at some point, and what helps one person might not help everyone! Just like our physical health, when we become ill it is not our fault, but we do need to seek support and advice to help you feel better. Trust your instincts – if you notice a negative change in how you are feeling,
thinking or acting then speak to someone you trust or contact one of the organisations listed below to have a confidential conversation.
The earlier you reach out and speak about any concerns around ill health, the more likely you are to get the right
help.

Mental Health Support for Parents

Children 1st Parentline can support families in East Lothian struggling with money worries, family troubles, or feeling low. For more information, visit:
Children 1st Parentline – Parenting Help, Advice & Support | Children 1st

Young Minds

Young Minds is available for parent who are worried about their child, and looking for some advice, to contact. For more information, visit:
Parent line
0808 802 5544
(Free Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)

Support for Children and Young people

Childline 0800 1111
9am-3.30am
Childline | Childline
Children and young people can contact Childline with any worries or
concerns. There is also an online message board to speak with other young people in similar situations to yourself.

 

Many Thanks Danni Spencer – Mental Health Youth Worker Preston Lodge High School for the text above.

 

Weekly Update 30 04 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

May Holiday

The school is closed for the May Holiday on Monday 3rd May. School resumes on the 4th May for all pupils. Here is a summary of dates for your diary

May Day Holiday – Monday 3rd May
In-service Day – Monday 24th May
Last Day of Term – Friday 25th June

Staff Car Park  and Accessible Parking @ Lochend Campus

Unless you have a prior arrangement (usually children  with  ASN or Medical needs. The Staff car park and the zone beyond the paved Crossing point are NOT a safe drop off point for children. there is a brilliant Car park at Halhill for this.

We are aware that an increasing number of parents are using this area more and more frequently.  This is potentially endangering children in the school community. If you need to gain access  in the event of an emergency this should still be communicated to the school via a phone call.

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood programme

As you may know, East Lothian Council schools are using the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood  programme (RSHP) to support our teaching in the Health and Wellbeing aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

We are in the process of implementing the programme across the school.  There was  previous post on the updates about this.

The full programme, including lesson plans, is available on their website https://rshp.scot/ and we encourage you to have a look and discuss with your children what they have been covering at school.

Early Level covers Nursery to P1, First Level is P2-P4 and 2nd Level is P5-P7.

The programme is aimed at delivering Beginning to the first stage within a level (for example P2 for First Level) and Progression 2 for the last stage within a level (for example Progression 2 for Second Level in P7).

Please contact the school if you have any question or any other reason related to this programme.

Bikeability

The P6 Bikeability dates  for P6 this session are:
Week 1:
Monday 31st May (9 – 12pm)
Tuesday 1st June (9 – 12pm)
Wednesday 2nd June (9 – 12pm)
Thursday 3rd June (9 – 12pm)
Week 2:
Monday 7th June (9 – 12pm)
Tuesday 8th June (9 – 12pm)
Wednesday 9th June (9 – 12pm)

Nursery , P3 and P7 Transition

This term the children in Nursery, Primary 3 and  Primary 7 will be involved in a variety of transition activities to prepare them for moving onto Primary 1, Primary 4 and S1.
For Nursery
Please keep your eyes peeled for Information from the school and Nursery Website.
Primary 3
We are finalising the programme for P3 and this will be issues very shortly via the usual channels
 Primary 7
you will get an update on this shortly.
Whilst most of these will be online, we do hope to arrange some face to face visits from the staff at Dunbar Grammar. There will also be a Transition Twitter page set up by DGS later this
term to keep everyone informed and up-to-date. More details to follow.

B2b Sounds Stories Film Project

Our current P5 are  to take part in an animated film project
with Dave Trouton from the Youth Music Initiative and in collaboration with professional film makers, Jonathan Charles and Simone Bloomfield. We are one of 4 schools who have been chosen to take part.
Each school will take on a ‘department’ within the film making process and will work together to produce an animated film which will be premiered and shared with the school community at the end of term. We are doing the sound part of the project.
We are working with Longniddry, Macmerry and Innerwick Primary schools on this exciting project.

The P5 classes enjoyed their listening walks this week.  Here are some pupils from P5b sharing stories about the outdoors.

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Rotary Primary School Quiz 2021

We are delighted our P7’s could take part in the annual Rotary Primary School Quiz today. The event ran a little differently this year with teams staying in their own school buildings and bubbles. Our 5 DPS teams represented their classes proudly. Scores are now being collated

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Active Schools Dunbar

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Weekly update 23 April 2021

Welcome Back

It has been a lovely start to the summer term with all of the children back together  in both Campuses and the glorious weather that we have been having in the holidays is continuing and is meaning that there are a lot of outdoor learning opportunities happening across the school. Some P6 and P7 classes this week have moved their desks out for part of the day, this has been great for them and fantastic to see.

Thank You

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring the safety of
our children staff and families at drop off and pick up. A reminder of the measures in place for all to adhere to below.
*Face masks must be worn by all adults unless medically exempt at drop off. Please remember to give the children space to see at the end of the day.
*Adults to maintain 2m distance between all adults and children not in their household.
*P4-7 pupils to access the playground independently and fat the correct times. There was a group call reminder about this.

ACTIVE SCHOOLS UPDATE UPDATE

Surfing, Wakeboarding, P1-P7 Golf are all full
Spaces in every other class.
Click onto link below for full list of activities. https://eastlothian.bookinglive.com/home/active-schools/active-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website for Parental Information CSE

Scared. Powerless. Confused. Angry. Just some of the things you or your child may be feeling if you suspect that you or someone you care about is at risk of  CSE.

This  website will explain what to look out for and how to stay safe. It will tell you about the advice and support available if you or a loved one is affected. And we’ll make sure that the one thing you no longer feel in all of this is alone.

This website is suitable for:

  For age appropriate children, young people, parents/carers and staff
·       It offers explanations of what CSE is
·       Who is at risk – anyone – and how it can take place
·       Reminder for parents/carers about keeping your child/young person safe on line
·       Where to get help if you are worried