All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

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.

Sunny In Dunny – Episode 4 – Chris Laidlaw by DGS Radio _ Free Listening on SoundCloud

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.

THERE ARE REFURBISHED TESTED AND WORKING LAPTOPS  FROM DUNBAR COMMUNITY COUNCILAVAILABLE AT JOHN MUIR CAMPUS FOR ANY FAMILY REQUIRING ONE. CONTACT MR MACRURY

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.

 

 

 

Drop Off and Pick Up at John Muir Campus

Drop Off and Pick Up at John Muir Campus

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

 Drop Off  for all P1 to P3– soft start 8.40 – 9am

Thanks to all parents – the drop-off today 23rd February 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

Our challenge – 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 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. (Monday to Thursday)

11.50 – 12 Friday

 Primary 2   – 2.50pm – 3pm 10mins – only P2 parents should be near the gates and on the paths) (Monday to Thursday)

12.00  – Friday

Primary 3 – Home time 3pm onwards

12.10 – Friday

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.

Weekly update 19th February

Dear Parents,

This is a long update and there is some repeat of information already sent out via email. We are committed to getting as much information to parents in as many ways as possible in what is a very challenging time for all.

We are delighted to be opening our doors to welcome back  for our Nursery P1-P3  children next week whilst also acknowledging the disappointment that may be felt by some of our older children and families. We hope that this is the beginning of getting the whole school up and running fully and can’t thank you all enough for your continued support during these challenging times. As always should you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Due to the amount of information in this update the Parental Feedback presentation on Remote Learning will be on next weeks update.

Angus MacRury DHT. 

Parents Nights Reminder

Remember that you need to sign up through your child’s Edubuzz account and NOT your own email.

If you have used your own personal email please cancel the appointment and book the same slot using your child’s account. Full details and video are at the end of this weekly update.

Staff Testing in schools

Please find a link to a letter about staff testing.  Nursery to P3 and a letter from Lesley Brown (Executive Director of Education)

Parents Letter – Testing

Letter to Parents and Carers of N to P 3 children from Jason Leitch

JL-letter-18-February

Letters from Lesley Brown

Please find below, a link to a letter from Lesley Brown, Executive Director – Education and Children’s Services

FEB PARENT-CARER LETTER

FEB 21 LEARNERS LETTER

It’s ok to worry about going back to school resource  pack for parents

A resource pack for parents to help prepare their children for going back to school.

Publisher: NHS Education for Scotland (NES)

42624c7d-0e6d-4cdb-8c7c-0dd9f9552240_267443 – Parents

Hub Provision@ Lochend

Our in school hub provision will continue to run at Lochend Campus for P4 to 7 pupils alongside our Nursery – Primary 3 pupils
returning. There is no need for families to reapply for spaces and children should enter Lochend Campus via the main school entrance as usual. There will be staff present at the gates to meet and greet.

School Lunches

School lunches are now available to order via iPay for week commencing 22nd February for all of our
Nursery – Primary 3. Please remember if your child requires a packed lunch for a Friday, can you please ensure you order it .

Re-opening Update from Head Teacher 18th February

18th February 2021

Dear John Muir Parents, Carers and Pupils

I am delighted to be writing to you detailing the arrangements for the return of our school pupils as from Monday 22nd February 2021. Nursery pupils will return on the same day and we will be sending a letter detailing these arrangements separately.

Some of this information relating to starting back will be new, but the majority of the health and safety procedures are very similar to those we had from August – December, and they are in place so that you and your child/children can feel safe and supported to return to Dunbar Primary School.

There will be ‘soft start’ 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.

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.

Please read the information carefully in the box as they relate to specific stages and timings/

 For All P1 – P3 Pupils  from Monday 22nd February 2021 until arrangements change:

 

Monday  – Thursday Friday
Start Times:

P1, P2 & P3 soft start 8.40am – 9.00 am

Pupils will be dropped off at the main gate and make their way to their specific entrance, then enter the classroom to wash hands. The class teacher will supervise washing hands and pupils will have activities to work on until all pupils have arrived.

 

 

Staggered Finish Times:

P1 will be dismissed  at 2.40am

P2 will be dismissed  at 2.45am

P3 will be dismissed  at 3.00pm

 

 

P1 & P2 pupils will be dismissed from the gates once the pupil has identified the person collecting them, or in the case of P3 pupils we have your permission to allow them to walk home.

 

Start Times:

 

P1, P2, P3 soft start 8.40am – 9.00 am

 

 

As Mon- Thurs

 

 

Staggered Finish Times:

P1  will be dismissed at 12.00

P2 will be dismissed at 12.00

P3 will be dismissed  at 12.10

 

 

 

 

 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 you were able to drop your child a short distance from the main gate – watch them go in and then leave. Our gate area was very busy last term with parents waiting with dogs, chatting with friends which then meant pupils struggled to find a clear path in and parent who did send them in from a distance were unable to see the gate.

Our soft start means that you can drop P1-P3 pupils off between 8.40 – 9.00 am – brothers and sisters can walk in together, once in the gate they all know where to go and there will be members of staff on the gate and at the main doors to ensure pupils get to their classrooms – we hope this will reassure you so you do not need to stand and watch them in.

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, around 8.55am and we will be able to spend time with you and them without lots of other parents and pupils around.

In School learning

For the first few days there will be 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.

We ask that soft toys, playground games or ‘things to show’ are not brought in until further notice.

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 might 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 the 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, and hand washing may require to be supervised for younger children.

 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 for the purpose of attending in-school learning 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 John Muir 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. Pupils will continue to have their lunch in the classroom until the weather is warmer. The outdoor zones will have activities that allow for social games. All classes will move around the areas during each week.

 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 these are kept in the safe in class at J Muir and in the pupil’s tray at Lochend, and a spare one should be made available for our First Aid rooms.

 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 children 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. As it is still muddy we would be grateful if pupils coming in in boots or wellies has 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 first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school 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 box by email or by phoning the school.

Parents Evenings

Hopefully everyone has signed up for their son/daughter’s appointment, if not please do so by Friday 19th February at 12.00. I know teachers are looking forward to meeting you over the next two weeks to discuss progress and next steps. This is our first time trying on-line meetings so please keep your fingers crossed for good connections.

I am really looking forward to seeing all of our pupils on Monday and having them all back together.

Yours sincerely Helen Gillanders Headteacher

Arrangements for Parent Nights for Primary 1- Primary 7 pupils

 We have organised for these parent nights to go ahead, using Google Meet, week beginning

Monday 22nd February and week beginning Monday 1st March.

Meetings will be arranged as follows:

  • Parents will log in using their child’s edubuzz details (the username and password your child uses to access google classroom).
  • On your child’s google classroom stream, look for a link to take you to the appointment booking system.
  • Appointment times will be posted on : Tuesday 16th February at 8.30am
  • Use the online system to book an appointment on either of the two days and choose a time that suits you.
  • On the day of your appointment you will log in again using your child’s edubuzz details and click on the google meet link.  The link can be found in your child’s Gmail messages or google calendar.

We have created a video to show you how to book an appointment and what to do to get onto Google Meet to see and speak to the class teacher.

Timetable of Parent Night Meetings

Stage  Dates Time SLT member on duty in school
Primary 1 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders
Primary 6 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Eeles
Primary 7 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Miss Eunson
Primary 4 Weds 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30 pm Mr MacRury  Mrs Percy-Davis
Primary 5 Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Kelly
Primary 2 Mon 1st & Tues 2nd March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Wight/Mrs Gillanders
Primary 3 Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders/Mrs King

Booking a Parents’ Evening Appointment – YouTube

 

Return to School Arrangements P1 to P3

18th February 2021

Dear John Muir Parents, Carers and Pupils

I am delighted to be writing to you detailing the arrangements for the return of our school pupils as from Monday 22nd February 2021. Nursery pupils will return on the same day and we will be sending a letter detailing these arrangements separately.

Some of this information relating to starting back will be new, but the majority of the health and safety procedures are very similar to those we had from August – December, and they are in place so that you and your child/children can feel safe and supported to return to Dunbar Primary School.

There will be ‘soft start’ 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.

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.

Please read the information carefully in the box as they relate to specific stages and timings/

 For All P1 – P3 Pupils  from Monday 22nd February 2021 until arrangements change:

 

Monday  – Thursday Friday
Start Times:

P1, P2 & P3 soft start 8.40am – 9.00 am

Pupils will be dropped off at the main gate and make their way to their specific entrance, then enter the classroom to wash hands. The class teacher will supervise washing hands and pupils will have activities to work on until all pupils have arrived.

 

 

Staggered Finish Times:

P1 will be dismissed  at 2.40am

P2 will be dismissed  at 2.45am

P3 will be dismissed  at 3.00pm

 

 

P1 & P2 pupils will be dismissed from the gates once the pupil has identified the person collecting them, or in the case of P3 pupils we have your permission to allow them to walk home.

 

Start Times:

 

P1, P2, P3 soft start 8.40am – 9.00 am

 

 

As Mon- Thurs

 

 

Staggered Finish Times:

P1  will be dismissed at 12.00

P2 will be dismissed at 12.00

P3 will be dismissed  at 12.10

 

 

 

 

 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 you were able to drop your child a short distance from the main gate – watch them go in and then leave. Our gate area was very busy last term with parents waiting with dogs, chatting with friends which then meant pupils struggled to find a clear path in and parent who did send them in from a distance were unable to see the gate.

Our soft start means that you can drop P1-P3 pupils off between 8.40 – 9.00 am – brothers and sisters can walk in together, once in the gate they all know where to go and there will be members of staff on the gate and at the main doors to ensure pupils get to their classrooms – we hope this will reassure you so you do not need to stand and watch them in.

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, around 8.55am and we will be able to spend time with you and them without lots of other parents and pupils around.

In School learning

For the first few days there will be 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.

We ask that soft toys, playground games or ‘things to show’ are not brought in until further notice.

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 might 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 the 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, and hand washing may require to be supervised for younger children.

 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 for the purpose of attending in-school learning 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 John Muir 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. Pupils will continue to have their lunch in the classroom until the weather is warmer. The outdoor zones will have activities that allow for social games. All classes will move around the areas during each week.

 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 these are kept in the safe in class at J Muir and in the pupil’s tray at Lochend, and a spare one should be made available for our First Aid rooms.

 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 children 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. As it is still muddy we would be grateful if pupils coming in in boots or wellies has 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 first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school 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 box by email or by phoning the school.

Parents Evenings

Hopefully everyone has signed up for their son/daughter’s appointment, if not please do so by Friday 19th February at 12.00. I know teachers are looking forward to meeting you over the next two weeks to discuss progress and next steps. This is our first time trying on-line meetings so please keep your fingers crossed for good connections.

REMINDER (Angus MacRury, DHT )

Remember that you need to sign up through your child’s Edubuzz account and NOT your own email.

If you have used your own personal email please cancel the appointment and book the same slot using your child’s account. 

I am really looking forward to seeing all of our pupils on Monday and having them all back together.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Headteacher

Parents Night and YouTube video-How to book

Headteacher: Mrs H Gillanders

Dear Parent and Carers

Arrangements for Parent Nights for Primary 1- Primary 7 pupils

 We have organised for these parent nights to go ahead, using Google Meet, week beginning

Monday 22nd February and week beginning Monday 1st March.

Meetings will be arranged as follows:

  • Parents will log in using their child’s edubuzz details (the username and password your child uses to access google classroom).
  • On your child’s google classroom stream, look for a link to take you to the appointment booking system.
  • Appointment times will be posted on : Tuesday 16th February at 8.30am
  • Use the online system to book an appointment on either of the two days and choose a time that suits you.
  • On the day of your appointment you will log in again using your child’s edubuzz details and click on the google meet link.  The link can be found in your child’s Gmail messages or google calendar.

We have created a video to show you how to book an appointment and what to do to get onto Google Meet to see and speak to the class teacher.

Timetable of Parent Night Meetings

Stage  Dates Time SLT member on duty in school
Primary 1 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders
Primary 6 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Eeles
Primary 7 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Miss Eunson
Primary 4 Weds 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30 pm Mr MacRury  Mrs Percy-Davis
Primary 5 Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Kelly
Primary 2 Mon 1st & Tues 2nd March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Wight/Mrs Gillanders
Primary 3 Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders/Mrs King

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Weekly update 05 February

Update From Mrs Gillanders

We are very grateful for the feedback you sent in from our ‘remote learning’ survey. It is positive to see that you have noticed the changes that we have put in place to improve the sessions from last year. I will share the results and comments with you on the main school edubuzz here  next session.

Pupils will return to school after the half-term break on Tuesday 16th February, either remote learning at home or in the Hub at John Muir Campus.

Following the First Minister’s message on Tuesday, children in early learning and childcare and in Primary 1-3 are now scheduled to make a full return to nursery and school from 22 February. These decisions will be confirmed on Tuesday 16 February – providing sufficient progress in tackling the virus has been made. We are still waiting for further guidance from the Scottish Government, and these are expected on Tuesday 16th February. It is my intention to write to you on or before Friday 19th February to give you our detailed arrangements for Dunbar Primary School.

I would also like to thank all of the staff at our school who have once again risen to the challenge of providing remote learning, supporting the pupils in the Hub and managing their own family situations. They have been a true team and I know ‘our’ children have benefitted from their skills, time and efforts over the past few weeks. I know that the comments you have sent to staff directly or to the SLT regarding the work, support and little extras the school have provided, have been a real boost and we really enjoy reading them.

I wish that the holiday coming up was different, but I think we all know that staying in as much as possible, not mixing with others, and following the rules will keep us all safe and will hopefully bring about some changes later in the year that will  be very welcome and support all our health and well-being.

Finally, please have a look at this week’s assembly – it was created some P6 and P2 pupils, Mrs Walton and Mr Taylor. It is great to see that the work we are teaching on resilience is making a difference – some great ideas and well done!

Assembly link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/19t8LwEMv79YooheSbnSAEBgMKwWAah5J/view?usp=sharing

Play Scotland Consultation

Dear Primary Child Parent

Play Scotland is producing a report for the Scottish Government to help inform the refresh of the Play/Leisure Time Strategy.

We understand that young people might not use the word “play” – please think of it as recreation, leisure time, free time throughout.

This follows up an earlier report sent to the government in March 2020.  This latest report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on play and is being finalised in early Spring 2021. Play Scotland would like this report to be informed by the views of children and young people, so we are asking you to help us by completing this survey which closes 8th February.

The questions in the survey are general themes.  Please adapt and use language and methods that work for your children/young people or yourself as a young person.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CYPsurveyEL

On behalf of Play Scotland, thank you so much for your help.

Arrangements for Parent Nights for Primary 1- Primary 7 pupils

 We have organised for these parent nights to go ahead, using Google Meet, week beginning

Monday 22nd February and week beginning Monday 1st March.

Meetings will be arranged as follows:

  • Parents will log in using their child’s edubuzz details (the username and password your child uses to access google classroom).
  • On your child’s google classroom stream, look for a link to take you to the appointment booking system.
  • Appointment times will be posted on : Tuesday 16th February at 8.30am
  • Use the online system to book an appointment on either of the two days and choose a time that suits you.
  • On the day of your appointment you will log in again using your child’s edubuzz details and click on the google meet link.  The link can be found in your child’s Gmail messages or google calendar.

We have created a video to show you how to book an appointment and what to do to get onto Google Meet to see and speak to the class teacher.

Timetable of Parent Night Meetings

Stage  Dates Time SLT member on duty in school
Primary 1 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders
Primary 6 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Eeles
Primary 7 Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Miss Eunson
Primary 4 Weds 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30 pm Mr MacRury  Mrs Percy-Davis
Primary 5 Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Feb 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Kelly
Primary 2 Mon 1st & Tues 2nd March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Wight/Mrs Gillanders
Primary 3 Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th March 3.30pm – 6.30pm Mrs Gillanders/Mrs King

East Lothian Council – Internal Vacancy
A secondment opportunity for the post of Acting Depute Head Teacher, Dunbar Primary School (John Muir Campus) has arisen. 
This secondment is from as soon as possible until the end of session 2021 or the earlier start of the preferred candidate.
 
If you would like to apply for this secondment please complete a Personal Profile Form and return it to the relevant person (speak to your Line Manager for this information).
 
The closing date is Tuesday 16 February 2021 (4.00 pm).    
 
Interviews will take place virtually on Monday 22 February 2021.
 
Further information regarding Dunbar Primary School can be found at:-  Dunbar Primary School | Standing together. Facing the future. (edubuzz.org)
 
Applicants must obtain approval from their line manager before submitting an application for any secondment opportunity.  

Google Site: Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Point

It’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health week and I am excited to launch our new  Google Site: Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Point – http://links.edubuzz.org/mhwb-info 

The Google site contains up-to-date information for children & young people, families, and school staff around a variety of mental health and wellbeing topics. It provides information and resources to sign-post to, as well support in having conversations around mental health.

You will also find key information on the Mental Health and Wellbeing single point of access (SPA) and the most current request for assistance (RFA) form.

There is a page introducing our Mental Health Youth Work team and we plan to update this with information and supports on offer.

This site will be ever-growing and updating.

Dr Lynne Binnie

Education Service Manager – Inclusion & Wellbeing

Weekly Update 29th January

Dear Parents and Carers,

Remote Learning Survey

many thanks to the parents who responded to our recent survey. Initial feedback has been broadly positive and we are endeavouring where possible to make tweaks and adjustments where parents have expressed concerns. More information soon.

Parents Nights via Google Meets Notification

We are in the process of arranging parents consultations for late February and early March. Details will be posted out shortly and be available here. We will be using Google Meets to conduct them and have created a video to support parents on how to book a slot. The video will also be posted here.

February Holiday Break

The school will be closed from Friday 5th February till Tuesday 16th February.  There will be no school running  for all children. We will find out on Tuesday 2nd February from the Scottish Government what learning will look like from 18th February. Any notifications regarding any return t school will come directly from the school and local Authority. These will be posted here too.