All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

DunBear Park Proposals

Proposals for DunBear Park set to go on display

For Community Information







The public will have the chance to view proposals and provide comments on the delivery of a low carbon community at Hallhill, Dunbar (site area above).

Part of the Hallhill development, DunBear Park has been designed around The DunBear sculpture.
Built on the success of the sculpture, the development will assist in creating jobs and delivering housing for key workers. It will also play a major role in supporting the economic recovery from the current COVID-19 crisis, in which the construction sector could play a major part.

The sculpture pays tribute to Dunbar-born naturalist John Muir, credited with playing a key role in the establishment of national parks around the world.

With the temporary suspension of public consultation events for major planning applications by the Scottish Government due to COVID-19, these have moved online through production of a dedicated website highlighting development proposals.

The DunBear Park website can be accessed at and the consultation event will take place from 2pm to 8pm on Wednesday 3rd June. Consultants will be available to answer any questions, receive feedback between these times and feedback can be submitted via the website.

Conscious that not everyone has internet access information hard copies of consultation boards and feedback forms can be obtained following the event by writing to: DunBear Park, c/o Orbit Communications, 4 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JE or by telephone: 0131 202 3259.

Feedback can be submitted up to Friday 26th June.

Virtual meetings have already taken place with representatives from local community councils and other key stakeholders.

DunBear Park is a 54.3-acre mixed-use development that will provide a variety of retail, office, leisure, distribution and residential opportunities, as well as community uses.

This includes retail and leisure units, drive-thru units, a hotel, offices, a nursery, care home and elderly amenity flats, as well as industrial and storage units. An innovation centre will also assist in accelerating the business growth of entrepreneurs, business start-ups and SMEs.

The plans also include 100 low carbon affordable homes for rent. These will be aimed at key workers, such as NHS staff, police and care workers and will be delivered without any government subsidy.

East Lothian Council currently has a Housing List with 3,444 applicants and in addition a study carried out for the Council identified a need for over 4,000 homes for mid-market rent.

DunBear Park will adopt innovative low carbon technology to generate renewable heat and power on site, ensuring minimal impact on the environment. Since commencing work in 1999 the Hallhill mixed-use development has delivered considerable retail and leisure opportunities.

Over the years it has grown and brought major economic benefits to Dunbar and East Lothian. An independent economic assessment identified that over 600 jobs have been created, 1,524 homes have been built or are under construction and over £30m is being contributed into the local economy every year (Mackay Consulting 2018).

Speaking on behalf of Hallhill Developments Ltd, Ken Ross commented:

“We are delighted to be putting forward our proposals to the local community for this exciting low carbon development and look forward to its involvement in shaping these proposals.

“DunBear Park will assist in creating jobs and delivering much-needed housing for key workers. It will also assist in supporting the construction-led recovery from the current crisis.

“We are seeking to deliver is an exemplar development, which not only Dunbar, but East Lothian and Scotland can be proud. The support of the community will be crucial in achieving this.”

Alex Orr
Managing Director,

Orbit Communications
4 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JE
Telephone: 0131 603 8996 Mobile: 0771 891 3299

Letter from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education) to parents/carers

Letter from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education) to parents/carers in East Lothian following the First Minister’s announcement on Thursday 21st May 2020. 

Monday 25 May 2020
Dear Parent / Carer,
Following the announcement by the First Minister yesterday about the phased reopening of schools, we know that you will have lots of questions about when and how our children and young people will return to schools across East Lothian.
In her statement, the First Minister reported that teachers and other staff will return to schools during June to prepare classrooms for the new term and a different model of learning. It was announced that schools will reopen from 11 August, however, to allow appropriate physical distancing, children would return to a blended model of part-time in-school and part-time at-home learning. I would highlight that 11th August is earlier than our planned date of 19th August for pupils to return to school after the summer holidays.
In East Lothian, our Education Service is considering the implications of this announcement and has already started to plan for the reopening of schools and early learning and childcare settings in August as outlined by the First Minister. We are reflecting on the yesterday’s announcement and are awaiting guidance from the National Education Recovery Group next week which will help us determine and confirm more specific details of the arrangements which will be shared with you as soon as we can.
It was also announced that, where possible, there would be transition support for children going into primary 1 or moving from primary 7 to secondary school. In East Lothian, our schools already provide a range of transition opportunities and these have continued during the lockdown period with many schools providing distance creative and innovative transition activities. In the coming weeks, we will also consider those children who may benefit from further transition support.
During June and over the summer, we will continue to provide emergency childcare provision for the children of key workers and we will be in contact with parents and carers about the arrangements for this in due course.
I would like to thank all parents, carers, children and young people for their patience and understanding as we work through a very complex situation. I know this has been a difficult and uncertain time and we are committed to sharing further information with you as soon as we can.
Kind regards,
Lesley R. Brown | Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services|

Expressive Arts Week at Dunbar Primary School 25th-29th May

Dunbar Primary School
Expressive Arts Week 25th – 29th May 2020

To keep learning interesting and engaging, this week we have planned an Expressive Arts Week.
Expressive Arts covers the four curricular areas of Art, Drama, Music and Dance.

We have prepared a variety of indoor and outdoor activities shared across all year groups, suitable for families to do together. Some can be done indoors and some outdoors.

As always, these are optional and there is no pressure to complete a set amount of activities per day – it is up to each individual family how and when they complete an activity, if any.
We hope you will enjoy some of the activities on offer!

Mrs Mailer has also produced an easy to follow guide to Samba.

Dunbar Primary School Expressive Arts Week




Scotland Learns- Parents Newsletter 3



In this issue there are:


Great new learning activities on Literacy and Numeracy,
tips for staying safe online, advice on supporting your child’s social and emotional needs, new Gaelic learning activities and
there is also a creativity challenge to invent your own National Holiday.

This newsletter is specifically for parents and carers. The activities do not require lots of materials and the tasks are designed to encourage children’s creativity and independence.

You can see previous editions of this newsletter on our Scotland Learns website.

Parents Newsletter 3

Scotland Learns-An Education Scotland weekly newsletter for parents and carers.

What is this?
Find ideas, hints and tips for parents and carers, including activities that children can do on their own or families can do together.

In these uncertain times, parents, carers and families are under a lot of pressure, especially in supporting children to continue to learn. No-one expects parents and carers to take the place of teachers.
This weekly newsletter has ideas, hints and tips for parents and carers, including activities that children can do on their own at home or families can do together.
These activities are intended to complement the activities provided by your school and help your child have a broad range of learning experiences during the school closures. Follow this link to subscribe to the Parents and Carers newsletter.



Supporting Home Learning at Dunbar Primary School

Supporting Home Learning@ Dunbar Primary School
Please find information regarding some of the changes we have put in place in connection with your valued feedback from our recent parental questionnaire.
Please be aware that not every year stage works in exactly the same way, as teachers are working hard to put in place what works best for their age and stage. Our teachers are working very hard to get to grips with a lot of new digital skills as we go along!
Thank you for your feedback, and we will continue to learn and improve the ways we are offering distance learning.

YOU SAID – You would like some of the tasks read out loud.
WE DID- We have now started to use Screencast O Matic to do this.

YOU SAID – You would like to know when Google classroom tasks are going to be set each day.
WE DID- We have introduced daily or weekly timetables.

YOU SAID – You would like more typing skills tasks because you are typing a lot at the moment.
WE DID-We have changed our ICT plans to suit this.

YOU SAID – you would like more links to the BBC Bitesize resources.
WE DID- We have incorporated these more regularly in tasks set.

YOU SAID – You would like us to organise the ‘to do’ section so it is clearer for you to see what tasks you still have to complete.
WE DID- We have made sure to do this to make tasks clearer.

YOU ASKED- You asked for more support for ASN children.
WE DID- Support classrooms had already been set up for children with ASN from P4-7 who were attending support groups. Mrs Kelly has now opened these up to any child who feels they need extra help. These have resources, recommended websites, and the chance to ask other for extra support.

YOU ASKED- You asked for a chance to see the teachers more.
WE DID- Lots of teacher’s have now begun uploading video content of themselves, either reading stories, introducing lessons or just sharing news.

We have posted details to the Google Classrooms and below to help parents to learn how to edit PDF documents: this is available on Tablets and phones only

Meeting Teachers- Children would like the opportunity to talk to their teachers- Teachers are beginning to try out Google Meets to find what works best for their learners.

Technical Issues- Some of the IT issues have made tasks difficult – We are increasingly trying to offer more offline tasks – outdoor learning, art, etc.

Weekly Planning- It helps to plan the week when you know what is coming up at the start of the week – some year stages are trying out a weekly overview on a Monday to give more guidance on this,
Daily Planning- Other stages are setting a regular range of activities at the start of each day.