All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

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

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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

Weekly Update 26 March 2021

Copy of Message from Helen Gillanders


This time last year we were going into an Easter holiday that was very worrying and very restrictive in what we c
ould or couldn’t do. Hopefully, as the vaccine roll-out makes good progress and the hard work we have all put into keeping each other safe has paid off, we can soon meet more family and friends and experience some of the activities we have missed so much. I am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather so that at least we can all get out in the fresh air and sunshine and make the most of our play-parks, gardens and local area. It almost feels like our usual school now that we have all our pupils and staff back in from Nursery, The Cove and P1-P7. Pupils have really enjoyed meeting up with their friends and ‘playtime’ is everyone’s favourite part of the school day! We have all been impressed with the determination and maturity shown by all our pupils. Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher.

Staffing Update

Mrs Susan Hagart, our Depute Head Teacher who has responsibility for The Cove has decided to take early retirement at the end of the school year, in June. She has been part of East Lothian Council for 33 years and joined us at DPS in 2011 when The Cove opened following its move from Musselburgh Burgh Primary School. We will miss her so much, her experience and calm and caring ways have always been valuable to us all.

March Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

Autism Awareness Week

29th March to 4th April is World Autism Awareness Week 2021. One in every 100 children in the UK is Autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place. At Dunbar Primary School we have always been an Autistic friendly school.
Our teachers are skilled and continue to build professionally in Autism friendly classroom practice.  We  use visuals and visual timetables to support our  learners with consistent communication and routines. This session we successfully introduced the Zones of Regulation as another highly effective tool to support all our learners with their emotional regulation.

If you have any questions about Autism or any other Additional Support Needs, please contact school Mrs Wight at John Muir Campus, Mrs Kelly at Lochend Campus or Mr MacRury .

Easter Holidays

Just a reminder that the last day of this term is Thursday 1st April. School and nursery will reopen on Tuesday 20th April.

Positive Covid 19 Tests during Easter Break

If your child / young person tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday period please email the details to, covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk. Only if you have no access to email then call East Lothian Council on 01875 613921.

Holiday Dates Upcoming

May Day Holiday – Monday 3rd May

In-service Day – Monday 24th May

Last Day of Term – Friday 25th June

Final Day Fun- Easter Hat/Bonnet Competition

Help us raise funds for the school by joining in our Easter Bonnet/Hat competition. We would love to see your fanciest, wackiest and most inventive Easter headgear possible- our theme is to make it out of sustainable and recycled materials as much as possible. Please wear on the last day of school (Thursday 1st April) when judging will take place with prizes for each year group, kindly donated by The Royal Mackintosh.

We have set up a School Pay section (similar to the Red Nose Day fund) to make payment for this activity with a suggested donation of £1.

Nursery pupils will be able to take part in this activity within class with a prize for the Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday cohort.

Easter Holiday Fun – little things to fill the days and support Dunbar Primary

1) EASTER CRAFT BAG SURPRISE – INCLUDING GOOGLE MEET WITH PRIZES.  Book one of 60 craft bag surprise kits for children to be delivered to your door. Contains four different craft activities including a squishy to decorate and even a little chocolate. Also included is an invite to a Google meet with a scavenger hunt and a chance to win prizes on April 13 or 14 or 15 at 4pm. All you need to provide is some felt tips, a little parental supervision and FULL contact details. One craft kit per child.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 60. To book pay £5 via school pay – who will pass us your contact details so we can deliver. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

2) FIND THE DECORATED ROCKS HIDDEN AROUND DUNBAR.

Special rocks painted with an Easter theme are being hidden around Dunbar on Good Friday. On the back are instructions to take to Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch for a prize. If a Dunbar Primary pupil finds one with the instructions on the back, collect the rock and take it to Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch to claim your prize. Photos of the rocks and some hints where they are hidden will be posted on the Dunbar Primary School Rocks Facebook page and the Dunbar Primary School Parent Council Facebook page. YOU MUST HAVE THE ACTUAL ROCK TO CLAIM A PRIZE – NOT A PHOTO! Good luck.

3) STORY TRAIL. Collect a story trail to complete by walking Dunbar high street. Copies will be available from the school offices next week and Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch during the Easter holiday. Those who complete the trail and the challenge at the end can hand their entry into Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch where it will be entered into a competition. Lots of little prizes to be won and there’s a bigger prize for the very best when you return to school.

All organised by Dunbar Primary School Parent Council and supported by BeGreen and Asda.

 

Weekly Update 19.03.2021

Medical Information Forms

Please see attached a Medical Information form which needs to be signed and returned to school. This form is the blue form sent out by the offices this week.

It is vital that we have up to date medical information on your child and we are informed of any change of circumstances.

The information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence and only shared with staff members who require the information to support your child.

Please return this form, as soon as possible and no later than Thursday 1st April.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Andrew McCulloch, School Business Support Officer in the first instance.

An Electronic Version of the form is available below.

BLANK Medical Information FORM (1)

Medical Information

We have now added a  Medical Information tab on the School Website with accessible forms that parents are required to complete if they wish school staff to administer medication at school. Paper copies are available from the school. This part of the website also includes information on Specific Medical Conditions and Care Plans.

Non-prescribed Medication

Any medication not requiring a medical or dental practitioner’s prescription is defined as non-prescribed medication (e.g. paracetamol). School staff will not administer nonprescribed medication to pupils unless Form 1/Request for school to issue non-prescribed medication (Appendix 3) has been completed and signed by the parent/carer. The head teacher/designated person must also agree that it is necessary for the medication to be administered in school/on educational excursions.  

Routine Prescribed Medication

Any medication requiring a medical or dental practitioner’s prescription is defined as prescribed medication. This includes:

  • medication where a specified dose is taken at a specified time and
  • medication where the dose and time taken change according to symptoms and/or test results.

If it is necessary for this medication to be administered during school hours, the parent/carer must complete and sign the appropriate form before any medication can be administered. The flow chart in Appendix 1 identifies which form is required in which circumstances and Appendices 4 – 7 are blank examples of each type of form:

  • Form 2/Request for school to issue short-term prescribed medication (Appendix 4)
  • Form 3/Request for school to issue long-term prescribed medication (Appendix 5)
  • Form 4/Request for school to issue long-term as required prescribed medication       (Appendix 6)

Very Important Information

The medication must be supplied in the dispensing container with  the original  pharmacy label attached stating the pupil’s name, date of birth, name of medication, time/frequency and route of administration. The statement ‘As Directed’ is not acceptable. Medication that is not supplied to school in the dispensing container with the original dispensing label should NOT be accepted.  i.e. Pill boxes or other packages. ( I know of at least 4 where this is or has been the case.

We thank you for your support with this.

ASDA Donations-Thank You

We would like to say a massive thank you to ASDA in Dunbar for kindly donating 5 Dell computers to the school to enhance 5igital Inclusion.

ASDA have also been providing the school with snacks, breakfast goods and drinks to help provide food for children who require it at school. This has been very much appreciated by the children who have benefitted.

Red Nose day 2021

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Thank you to Mrs Gray for organising Red Nose day activities for the classes. They also had a Red Nose day Assembly and watched Rangy, The Squirrels and Barney crack some awesome jokes. The Dunbar Gruffalo also made an appearance from Lochend Woods with a poem. The children were also shown Ethan’s Story which is available below. Thank you also for the beautiful balloon  arch donated by a parent to the school this morning. Wonderful

Meet Ethan | Red Nose Day 2021 – YouTube

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘The Sick Kids’)

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘The Sick Kids’)
closes on 23 March. Children’s A&E is moving.

If your child or young person needs to go to the Emergency Department, from 8am on Tuesday 23 March, you must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

Main Switchboard Telephone Number:
0131 536 1000

Royal-Hospital-for-Children-and-Young-People

Support for Parents

Children 1st
Parent line
Call: 08000 28 22 33
(Mon-Fri; 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun; 9am-noon)
Email: parentline@children1st.org.uk
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
Parent line
0808 802 5544
(Free Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)
Email: Parents Email Service
Young Minds is available for parent who are worried about their child, and looking for some advice, to contact. For more information, visit:
Helpline – YoungMinds.
Young Minds
https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents
Helpfinder
Young Minds Helpfinder is an interactive questionnaire. It provides you with their most relevant tips, advice, and where to get support for your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dunbar Primary School Help

Dunbar Primary School  can help you too. Contact, 01368863777 John Muir or 01368860997 Lochend. We have Marie Prior our Enhanced Support Officer that can help as well as SLT and Support for Learning staff.

Support for Children

Childline 0800 1111 9am-3.30am
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; Message boards | Childline.

Weekly Update 10.03.2021

Welcome back to P4 to P7 on  Monday 15th March

We are looking forward to welcoming out P4 to P7 pupils next week and all the teachers are excited to coming back too. SLT  will be at the gate from 8.30am to welcome the children. If you wish to chat to anyone contact the school office on 01368 860997 and they will put you through to either Mrs Eeles, Miss G Eunson or Mr MacRury.

It will be great to have our 1019 children in P1 to P7 back. We will also be welcoming a number of new pupils this week.

We currently have 188 children attending our Early Years provision too.

Medical Updates

There will be letters coming out to all parents asking for medical updates this week. It is critical that if your child has an existing medical condition or newly diagnosed that this information is shared with the school. We will also be asking parents to update  existing Care Plans for children with severe allergies ( anaphylactic) , Asthma  and Epilepsy and other specific medical diagnoses. It is once again critical that these are returned to the school. If your child has recently being diagnosed with any medical need that requires a care plan please contact Mr MacRury.

Medical Forms

We will be putting a section on or website after April for forms that we require for the administration of medication. We are exploring whether we can do this through a Google form too to make the process easier for parents.

Laptops

We still have some laptops that have been refurbished by Dunbar Community Council that can be used by pupils to access their learning through the internet. Contact the office in both campuses if you require one for your child.

P7 Transition to Dunbar Grammar School

Here is the first in a series of transition videos that Dunbar Grammar School  are  sharing for P7 students at ⁦@DunbarPrimary⁩ ⁦@EastLintonPS⁩ ⁦@TeamWBPS⁩ ⁦@Innerwickprim⁩ ⁦@StentonPrimary https://youtu.be/beUmRmRFCM8 

DGSC Meeting for new S1 parents 2021-22

On Tuesday 16th March there will be an online Meeting of the Parent Council – Dunbar
Grammar School Council (DGSC) from 7pm – 8pm. If you would like to attend, please email
parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

THIS IS ACOPY OF THE RETURN TO SCHOOL LETTER POSTED LAST WEEK

Dear Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils,

The advice that follows is subject to continued reductions in prevalence and community transmission of the virus, no significant changes in the evidence, and reassurance that appropriate infection prevention and control mitigations are in place both within schools and ELC settings, and in the wider community.

At long last we can welcome you back to school after your 8 weeks of remote learning, but this is subject to the advice above from the Scottish Government. We are all really looking forward to seeing you back in your classes and having fun with your classmates in person rather than over ‘google meet’.

There will be ‘soft start’ each day for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings.

As before, all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will be splitting our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils’ staff will have contact with.

For All P4 – P7 Pupils from Monday 15th March 2021 until arrangements change:

 

Start Times Mon- Thurs Friday         Staggered Finish
 

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

   

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.10pm (Friday)

 

 

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

Enter school between :

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

   

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3.10pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.20pm (Friday)

 

Pupils should be dropped off at Hallhill (or the school gates if you are walking) and make their way to their class entrance.

 

We ask that parents do not use the staff car park to drop pupils off unless arranged in advance for specific reasons agreed by the school.

 

The school gates will be closed, and only opened at 8.35am so please do not send your child to school before this time.

 

       

Finish:

 

We ask that parents arrange to meet pupils at Hallhill cark park or at a pre-arranged place.

 

Parents should not use our Lochend staff car park unless previously agreed by school.

 

 

 

 

The First Minister made it clear that alongside the factors we are putting in place in schools, one of the most important actions was for parents to keep 2m apart and minimise the contact they have at the school gate and in the community.

 

We would really appreciate it if all children used either of the gates to come into school and not the car park.

 

Unless you have a disabled sticker or you have arranged permission in advance with the school, you are unable to use the school carpark to drop your child off at school.  Both the front and back gate will be open for pupils to enter the school grounds.

 

There will be members of staff on the gate and at the classroom doors to ensure pupils get to the right room.

 

P4 & P5 – lessons start at 8.45am

P6 & P7 – lessons start at 8.55am

 

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, at 8.55am and a member of the Senior Leadership Team or support staff will be able to spend time with you and your child without lots of other pupils around.

 

In school learning

For the first few days there will be a focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom, teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  Over the following weeks pupils will engage in new learning, and re-visit the learning since January in different contexts.  Teachers will assess where pupils are in specific areas and what areas should be revised and the needs of the pupils based on observations and class activities.

 

What pupils need to bring each day

They should bring a waterproof jacket or coat, named water bottle, snack and lunch box. Gloves and hat if it is cold.

 

Classroom

Movement through the school will be limited and most children will spend their time in their classroom and outdoors.   There will be markings in the school building and playgrounds to support pupils moving around in their bubbles.

 

Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing. An extra jumper in the school bag will be useful on colder days.

 

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.

 

Hand washing

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing nose *after sneezing or coughing *after going to the toilet *

Staff Testing

Staff working in school are now taking part in the Asymptomatic testing programme as an added precaution to reduce contact with adults who may be carrying the virus without knowing.

 

Access to Toilets

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing after visiting the toilet.

 

Outdoors / Wider Access

In order to limit the number of people in the building, no parents or carers are allowed access until the restrictions are changed. Contact with the school must be made either by phone or by e-mail.

 

Playgrounds will only be accessed by children and staff, and only an emergency will trigger a need for anyone else on site so that carefully calculated capacities can be maintained.  Access to the building will be strictly controlled.

 

Physical Distanced Evacuation Arrangements

Staff will try where possible to keep a 2m distance from pupils. They will be required to maintain a 2m distance from other adults in school. We will hold a practice fire drill for Lochend Campus during the first week at school.

Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities will be reviewed in light of any changes with a review of Personal Evacuation Plans undertaken as part of the planning process.

Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will still be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. Each class is allocated a playground zone and we change this rota every 2 weeks.  Pupils will continue to eat their lunch in the classroom.  Once the pupils are finished their lunch indoors, if they have one snack left, e.g. a piece of fruit, a packet of crisps or a biscuit then they can take this outdoors with them to finish there (just like they would eat one playtime snack outdoors at break earlier in the day).

 

First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required, staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 2m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.  If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email at the school office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school, we should have two in school – one will be kept in the pupil’s classroom tray and a spare one will be kept in our Medical Room.

 

If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area and (asked to) avoid touching surfaces.  Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting parents and carers.

 

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our pupils to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We encourage pupils to wear their outdoor PE kit on the days when they have PE and the class teachers will provide more details about this when we return.  Shoes – the grass can get quite muddy so we would be grateful if pupils could wear appropriate shoes for this, e.g. boots or wellies on a wet day.  They can also bring another pair of shoes to change into should the need arise.

 

Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with you and want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. Currently, we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. With this in mind we are still asking you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school or school grounds, we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368860997).

 

In the first instance please contact the school office or the Year Stage Head:

P4 – Mr MacRury

P5 – Mrs Kelly

P6 – Mrs Eeles

P7 – Miss Eunson

 

Well done to our pupils who have really stuck at it even when lots of them were ‘fed up’.  The new skills they have developed and the resilience they have shown is very positive. This has been a challenging situation and we want to thank parents and carers for the support you have given your children.  We appreciate it and we are really glad to be getting them back.

 

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Weekly Update 05 March

Dear Parents

Find below this weeks update. Sorry it is a long one again. It contains a great deal of information and  some highlighted events and resources.

Angus MacRury DHT

Arrangements for P4 to P7 return 15th March 2021

Dear Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils,

The advice that follows is subject to continued reductions in prevalence and community transmission of the virus, no significant changes in the evidence, and reassurance that appropriate infection prevention and control mitigations are in place both within schools and ELC settings, and in the wider community.

At long last we can welcome you back to school after your 8 weeks of remote learning, but this is subject to the advice above from the Scottish Government. We are all really looking forward to seeing you back in your classes and having fun with your classmates in person rather than over ‘google meet’.

There will be ‘soft start’ each day for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings.

As before, all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will be splitting our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils’ staff will have contact with.

For All P4 – P7 Pupils from Monday 15th March 2021 until arrangements change:

Start Times Mon- Thurs Friday         Staggered Finish
 

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

   

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.10pm (Friday)

 

 

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

Enter school between :

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

   Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3.10pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.20pm (Friday)

 

Pupils should be dropped off at Hallhill (or the school gates if you are walking) and make their way to their class entrance.

 

We ask that parents do not use the staff car park to drop pupils off unless arranged in advance for specific reasons agreed by the school.

 

The school gates will be closed, and only opened at 8.35am so please do not send your child to school before this time.

 

       Finish:

We ask that parents arrange to meet pupils at Hallhill cark park or at a pre-arranged place.

 

Parents should not use our Lochend staff car park unless previously agreed by school.

 

 

 

 The First Minister made it clear that alongside the factors we are putting in place in schools, one of the most important actions was for parents to keep 2m apart and minimise the contact they have at the school gate and in the community.

We would really appreciate it if all children used either of the gates to come into school and not the car park.

Unless you have a blue badge or you have arranged permission in advance with the school, you are unable to use the school carpark to drop your child off at school.  Both the front and back gate will be open for pupils to enter the school grounds.

 There will be members of staff on the gate and at the classroom doors to ensure pupils get to the right room.

P4 & P5 – lessons start at 8.45am

P6 & P7 – lessons start at 8.55am

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, at 8.55am and a member of the Senior Leadership Team or support staff will be able to spend time with you and your child without lots of other pupils around.

In school learning

For the first few days there will be a focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom, teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  Over the following weeks pupils will engage in new learning, and re-visit the learning since January in different contexts.  Teachers will assess where pupils are in specific areas and what areas should be revised and the needs of the pupils based on observations and class activities.

 What pupils need to bring each day

They should bring a waterproof jacket or coat, named water bottle, snack and lunch box. Gloves and hat if it is cold.

Classroom

Movement through the school will be limited and most children will spend their time in their classroom and outdoors.   There will be markings in the school building and playgrounds to support pupils moving around in their bubbles.

 Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing. An extra jumper in the school bag will be useful on colder days.

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.

Hand washing (Clicking this links to guidance that you may wish to revisit with your child)

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing nose *after sneezing or coughing *after going to the toilet *

Staff Testing

Staff working in school are now taking part in the Asymptomatic PCR testing programme as an added precaution to reduce contact with adults who may be carrying the virus without knowing.

Access to Toilets

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing after visiting the toilet.

 Outdoors / Wider Access

In order to limit the number of people in the building, no parents or carers are allowed access until the restrictions are changed. Contact with the school must be made either by phone or by e-mail.

Playgrounds will only be accessed by children and staff, and only an emergency will trigger a need for anyone else on site so that carefully calculated capacities can be maintained.  Access to the building will be strictly controlled.

Physical Distanced Evacuation Arrangements

Staff will try where possible to keep a 2m distance from pupils. They will be required to maintain a 2m distance from other adults in school. We will hold a practice fire drill for Lochend Campus during the first week at school.

Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities will be reviewed in light of any changes with a review of Personal Evacuation Plans undertaken as part of the planning process.

Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will still be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. Each class is allocated a playground zone and we change this rota every 2 weeks.  Pupils will continue to eat their lunch in the classroom.  Once the pupils are finished their lunch indoors, if they have one snack left, e.g. a piece of fruit, a packet of crisps or a biscuit then they can take this outdoors with them to finish there (just like they would eat one playtime snack outdoors at break earlier in the day).

First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required, staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 2m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.  If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email at the school office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school, we should have two in school – one will be kept in the pupil’s classroom tray and a spare one will be kept in our Medical Room.

If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area and (asked to) avoid touching surfaces.  Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting parents and carers.

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our pupils to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We encourage pupils to wear their outdoor PE kit on the days when they have PE and the class teachers will provide more details about this when we return.  Shoes – the grass can get quite muddy so we would be grateful if pupils could wear appropriate shoes for this, e.g. boots or wellies on a wet day.  They can also bring another pair of shoes to change into should the need arise.

Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with you and want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. Currently, we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. With this in mind we are still asking you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school or school grounds, we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368860997).

In the first instance please contact the school office or the Year Stage Head:

P4 – Mr MacRury

P5 – Mrs Kelly

P6 – Mrs Eeles

P7 – Miss Eunson

Well done to our pupils who have really stuck at it even when lots of them were ‘fed up’.  The new skills they have developed and the resilience they have shown is very positive. This has been a challenging situation and we want to thank parents and carers for the support you have given your children.  We appreciate it and we are really glad to be getting them back.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Red Nose Day: Red Nose Day is here again and on Friday 19th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

People across the UK will be dressing up, donning noses and generally being silly and having fun and we are going to join in!

We will all be back at school. YEE HA!

The theme of this year’s Red Nose Day is all about the power of humour in helping us all get through tough times. Many will agree that we could all do with a bit of a laugh now more than ever and this year’s Red Nose Day aims to harness the power of humour, bring a smile to folk’s faces and raise funds for those who might be struggling due to the effects of Covid-19.

We are all being Superheroes at the moment and trying our best to keep things going. The Comic Relief website is suggesting that pupils dress up as a Superhero – and there are activities to work on. Pupils (and staff who want to!) could dress up as a superhero. I’m also suggesting we say wear anything that is funny / makes someone smile.  Lots of people are more than happy to wear a T-shirt but draw the line on the underpants on top of tights. So an alternative could be wearing a funny T-shirt / a wig / any dressing up costume. We are hoping that this level of variety will allow everyone to take part without having to go out and buy costumes – with a suggested donation of £1 for Comic Relief for anyone who is able to donate.

There has been a fund set up on the SchoolPay website called 2021 Red Nose Day. Any staff or pupils can make a donation through that if they wish.

We have not bought any Red Noses to sell school this year so we need to tell pupils to look out for noses when they are out shopping. The noses cost £1 each.

This year these are plastic free and have a nature theme and there are some tips on how best to enjoy your Nose safely: (not a line I imagined ever writing!)

Wash your hands regularly – especially before and after using your Nose.

Ensure the Nose is kept in a safe and clean place when not in use.

Follow a one nose per Nose rule.

There are lots of ways to enjoy your Nose if you don’t wish to wear it on your nose.

There will be a special Red Nose day Assembly on 19th featuring Barney the Bear, Rangy the Orang-utan, the Gruffalo and some rather silly Red Squirrels. Look out for the 100 really bad jokes! (Apologies in advance.)

Kind Regards,

Jayne Gray, Principal Teacher. Fundraising co-ordinator

Angus J MacRury, DHT

Brunton Puppet Animation Festival 

Every Easter The Brunton and ELC Arts Service bring the Puppet Animation Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, to East Lothian. These imaginative and playful, high quality performances and workshops are ideal for primary school age children and usually take place in venues across the County.

This year the Puppet Animation Festival is going ONLINE with two fabulous performances to watch through The Brunton’s website and two fun workshops to take part in via Zoom.

Book here

The Incredible Tale of Robot Boy (Theatre Rites) will be on Saturday 10 April at 11.30am & 2pm for ages 8 plus.

In the most extraordinary high-tech laboratory, a team of the world’s top scientists are attempting the impossible, to create a robot with a real brain. Their aim is to push the boundaries of scientific discovery. They succeed and Robot Boy is born. A poetic story about humanity, responsibility and life with dazzling puppetry, interactive film and performance.
Theatre-Rites is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, known for their puppetry and object manipulation work and for creating innovative theatre for children and adults. Watch the trailer here.

The Selfish Giant (Tessa Bide Productions) is on Saturday 17 April at 11.30am & 2pm for ages 3 plus.

Inspired by the touching children’s story The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of audience interaction are used to explore an unusual friendship and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.

Tessa Bide Productions launched in 2021 and are Bristol’s leading family theatre experts. They have toured extensively across the UK and internationally to great acclaim. Watch the trailer here.

Tickets for The Incredible Tale and Robot Boy and The Selfish Giant are just £5 each (plus booking fee). This is per viewing – regardless of the number watching together at the same time.

Two fun and interactive workshops presented by Temporary Commons offer the chance to stay connected and get creative. Bookers will receive a pack with all the materials needed as well as a Zoom link to join the workshop online, led by professional puppet creators.

Sing Song Bird Puppet workshop is on Saturday 10 April at 10am & 3.00pm, for ages 8 plus.

Using collage and pop-up card folding techniques, participants will make a bird puppet with a moving beak. These birds love to sing, squawk and chatter. The birds sing a simple song which will be shared at the end of the workshop.

Wibble Wobble Clown workshop is on Saturday 17 April at 10am & 3.30pm, for ages 5 plus.

These puppets are collages made from simple shapes, then assembled with split pins. Once they’re made, the clowns will parade, to test their tipple topple, wibble wobble.

Each workshop costs £10 per participant, which includes postage of all the materials needed as well as access to the professional led online workshops.

Book online here or call 0131 653 5245 Mon-Fri 10am – 3pm

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are appealing for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website www.thebrunton.co.uk 

1140 Hours – Nursery

Dear Parents and Carers

1140 – Easter 2021

In response to questions from parents and carers we are sending out short follow up to the communication regarding the offer of additional funded Nursery hours.

The additional hours below will be offered from the 19th April 2021 for all children attending Dunbar Nursery, if you choose to accept the extended you will still have the option for a later starts and earlier collection times. We will share what this will look like as soon as it is available.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday (Alt)
Mon/Tues

Group

9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 (every 2nd Friday)
Wed/Thurs Group 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00

To enable us to gage the demand for nursery hours during July and August could you please complete the survey below:

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/elc-easter-2021/

Survey

Survey Option 1:

Accepting additional during term time and during the summer weeks

Survey option 2:

Keeping the current hours during term time and during the summer weeks

Accepting neither option means that you will keep the current nursery hours during term time only.

Accepting either option 1 or 2 means that you will be unable to access any funded hours at another ELC setting.

Could you please complete the survey fully to ensure that you are able to see all the options available and submit it by Monday 8th March 2021

Please note these hours will only be available if there is a reasonable demand for places.

We are currently working on what the nursery day will look like and will be contacting you shortly with further information.

If you have any further questions regarding the 1140 hrs please contact me by email dunbar.ps@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk or telephone 01368863773.Y

ours sincerely

Charlotte De’ath, Nursery Centre Manager

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING – 9TH MARCH 2021

The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Tuesday  9th March 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 March 21

DPPC MINUTES FEBRUARY 2021

Free Courses for Parents

Find below free courses for parents resident in Scotland.

Helping your child with their worries about going back to primary school

With the P4 to P7 scheduled to go back on 15th March this may be  helpful

After so long juggling day-to-day life with primary schools closed, you may have mixed emotions about schools reopening, and feeling a bit out of practice when it comes to the school routine. It may feel a bit daunting for your child too. It’s perfectly natural for your child to have lots of questions.

That’s why Parent club have pulled together information, advice and tips to tackle any worries about going back to primary school. Click logo or link below.

https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/helping-your-child-with-their-worries-about-primary-school?dm_i=LQE,79AOK,27L6RM,TF9XM,1

East Lothian’s Learning Estate Survey

Share your views on our East Lothian’s Learning Estate

An online questionnaire to gather the views of local communities on the council’s existing learning estate went live on Monday (22 February 2021).

Phase 1 of the Learning Estate Review pre-consultation has been designed to offer schools and communities the opportunity to share their opinions on the condition of the existing learning estate. The pre-consultation will also gather views on how well the school estate supports learning.

The questionnaire will run from 22 February – 15 March on the council’s Consultation Hub, to provide an easy and accessible way for people to participate.

Phase 2 of the process will involve a series of online community engagement workshops, which will run from 10 – 28 May.

The survey is available to view here and was made live for responses from Monday 22 February 2021.

Weekly update 26th February

Drop Off and Pick Up at John Muir Campus -Revised Times

Thanks to everyone for wearing a mask and keeping to the 2m rule!

 Drop Off – soft start 8.40 – 9am

Thanks to all parents – the drop-off today was much smoother and chilled – no waiting around and pupils were really resilient and independent.

Lots of you did a ‘Drop & Go’ and it meant we had so much more room for pupils to walk in and for Parents and Carers to stand much further away and see them into the gates.  Still a reminder that we would appreciate if you left after dropping off and did not wait at the railings.

 Pick Up – Can we try and solve this problem together?

Our challenge for school and parents/carers is to get this right.  It needs to be safe for everyone, no crowding at the gate, only coming to the gate when your class is coming out and maintain the 2m distance from everyone.

 This might mean you have to wait much further back on the grass before the P2 or P3 classes come out and then move forward.  It might mean you wait at the Bleachingfield and only walk over when your year stage is coming out.

What we need to do is to stop everyone coming at the same time and crowding round the gates – it is making it impossible for the pupils and staff to spot parents and means it takes so much longer.

Please can I ask for your cooperation and patience by keeping spaced out at all times, waiting to arrive until the right time and leaving straight away to make room for other parents.

Pupils will come out at the following time:

Primary 1   – 2.35 – 2.45pm    10 mins – only P1 parents should be near the gates and on the paths

 Friday 11.50 – 12 noon

Primary 2   – 2.50pm – 3pm    10mins – only P2 parents should be near the gates and on the paths

 Friday 12 noon

Primary 3  – 3pm onwards     P3 parents – lots of you have made arrangements to meet you child/children at Hallhill, Bleachingfield or given permission to cycle/scoot/walk home on their own – this is so helpful.  Please send in a note if you want to start this with your son/daughter.

Friday 12.10 p.m.

East Lothian Learning Estates Survey

East Lothian Council’s vision is to develop a modern, safe, sustainable learning estate that enhances and supports communities while improving the lives of families equally no matter what area they are in. We’re now undertaking a pre-consultation activity which will help to inform a review of our Learning Estate.

An online survey has been created to gather views from the community. This feedback will help inform how we move forward with a full Learning Estate Review.

The pre-consultation public survey will be open from Monday 22nd February until Monday 15th March, during which time the survey will be accessible on the East Lothian Council Consultation Hub.

More information and the online survey can be found at https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/learning-estate-review-pre-consultation

If you have any queries please contact learningestatereview@eastlothian.gov.uk

Reminder

Early identification of Covid cases is essential; more so than ever with the return to school of Nursery to P3 and
with the view to P4-P7 returning at some point in the future. Please see below for information about what to do should your child or anyone else within your household display any Covid-19 symptoms.

Children who develop symptoms in school/nursery

Any child who displays symptoms of Covid-19 will be taken to a designated room where they can safely remain
separate from others. The Parent/Carer will be called to collect them (unless we have another designated
emergency contact – please make sure that the school office holds the most up to date information on their
files). Whilst awaiting collection, our immediate priority will be to keep your child comfortable and supported, whilst
remaining 2m away from others. The staff supporting your child will wear PPE, which will be removed and disposed of responsibly before they return to normal duties. The desk area and any other areas that have been accessed (i.e. toilets) will be thoroughly cleaned. These enhanced measures have been introduced to reduce risk
and possible transmission. If your child/young person is showing symptoms while at home. If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not send them to school. You should inform the
school office of their absence, in the usual way.

Next Steps
Whether your child has developed symptoms at school or at home it is essential that you arrange a test for your
child. This can be done online at www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 028 2816. You son/daughter should then isolate, at home, until they receive a result. They can only return to school if they have a negative result from this test.

Self-isolating due to suspected or confirmed Covid-19 in the household
If a member of your household is showing symptoms then your child must remain at home until either the member of your household has received a negative test result or for 10 days if positive result. You should report your child’s absence to school in the normal way and follow all self-isolation guidance from NHS Inform. If a member of your household receives a positive test then your child/young person must self-isolate for 10 days. The isolation period includes the date of your last contact with them and the next ten full days. They do not need to be tested unless they have symptoms.

Further information is available at www.nhsinform.scot

Self-isolating following a contact from Test and Protect
If you have to isolate because you have been contacted by Test and Protect please clarify with them the impactson your child’s school attendance. Current guidance states that only direct contacts need to self-isolate. If your child was in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, then they should also self-isolate. If not, they
can return to school/nursery, providing that they and or the other members of the household are not displaying symptoms. If you have any questions regarding remote learning for P4-P7 or the return to school please do not hesitate to get in touch  with the school.

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Keeping it Sunny in Dunny

Keeping it Sunny in Dunny is a podcast from Miss Galbraith and Miss
Carnie at Dunbar Grammar School with a focus on Health and wellbeing. Each episode they
interview a different guest. This week they had an inspirational
interview with Chris Laidlaw the former Rugby Development Officer at Dunbar Rugby Club. The episode can be listened to here and they can be followed on Twitter @SunnyinDunny

Remote Learning at Dunbar Primary School

Remote Learning Feedback

Please find above the feedback on our Remote Learning at Dunbar Primary School.

In total there were 353 returns to the survey which is a great response from 1018 children’s families. As well as positive comments there were a number of areas for future development and these will be looked at in due course within the Remote Learning Group in school and  the Parent Council.

A  significant number of parents commented on issues regarding availability of technology, slow internet speeds time constraints, balancing a number of children with personal work demands and trying to have as much as a normal life as possible.

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A selection of positive comments

We are very grateful  the whole P1 staff for the fantastic work they have planned and the google meets which our sons really enjoy. Thank you.

I think you are doing a grand job this lockdown. Thank you.

Home schooling has been more organised this time.

Having the full week of tasks on a Monday is very helpful and much appreciated. Thank you!

DPS teachers are amazing!

They work this time seems very well organised and really appreciate all the hard work that has quite obviously gone into this. Hope it isn’t for too much longer!!!

I am pleased with the flexibility offered by work handed out at the start of the week to be submitted by end of the week. Much easier to home school around work.

The teachers and school are doing a great job. Very supportive and engaging.

I’m pleased that the work for the week is being set on Sunday, it helps to identify any areas that might required extra support/time and plan for them accordingly.

Receiving the work on a Sunday evening has been a game changer for me. I have time to print, read and prepare for the week. This week has been even more focused after receiving the hub timetable as now I have an understanding of the amount of work that is needed to be done each day. The school seems to be understanding of us working parents and that we are all trying our best. Some help with how to teach them to spell and explain their workings would be helpful.

Much better contact and communication with class teacher this year compared to last and having 3 times a week whole class meetings suits my child well to have virtual contact with his school friends and lovely teacher. We appreciate all the hard work that you are doing. Thank you 😊

Items for development and discussion and future development

I would be interested to know why Google Classroom was the education platform of choice. It is not the best for layout and seems ‘clunky’ to use. Other schools are successfully using Microsoft Teams which I use at work and feel perhaps would have been more user friendly for an education platform with the calendar and alerts for example. 

The amount of worksheets and links to external resources can be a bit confusing and hard to keep a track of what has been done and how to submit it.

The online emphasis is a barrier to learning. We do not have a computer, but my child was lucky enough to be provided with a Chromebook from the school. That said, navigating the online resources when it’s something we are not familiar with and trying to do that when she has two younger siblings who also need attention, I find more time is spent ‘faffing‘ than actually learning. That then creates a good degree of pressure and stress within the family, as we constantly feel we are underperforming. Perhaps it’s I as a parent, that largely feels I am underperforming, but that in its self certainly affects the children. My  children is also aware herself of the amount of work that she ISN’T getting through. So ultimately, the focus becomes quite negative.

We are just finding it very difficult juggling shift work, working from home and supporting our children with their work. My son is still at an age where he requires support and guidance when doing his work. Our worry is that he is missing huge amounts of learning.

Too many emails. I don’t think you can expect a Primary child to read 22 emails on a Monday morning and organise their work from a weekly timetable. I’ve had to assist in breaking down tasks and planning what needs done and when, as well as reminding them to upload, submit and then mark it done on the weekly tasks list. Could also do with meeting links appearing long before the meeting, not a few minutes before as with several children it’s hard to keep track of who needs to sign into a meeting and when, especially with times changing from week to week.

Angus J MacRury DHT.