All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Weekly Update 11.02.2022

School February Break

The school will be closed for February holiday from today 11th February till Tuesday 22nd February. The 21st February is an In-service day for all teaching staff in East Lothian.

Dunbar PS Bikeability Volunteers required for 22nd, 23rd and 24th February

We are happy to announce that we can have parent helpers with our Billability Training for P7. The classes are going out with 3 trainers from Cycling Scotland but we need to have 3 other helpers to assist whilst the children are out on the road. Teachers will also be present. If you can help it would be very much appreciated. email me anytime during the holidays at: amacrury@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk  and I will get back to you. Call  01368860997 on 21st February if you can do any other days, half days or all days. A group call has also gone out today for this.

Breaktime: 10.45-11am / Lunchtime: 12.45-1.30pm

Date Class School staff /community partners: 

min 6 

Support Cycling Scotland Support OL Overview of session
Tuesday 22 Feb 2022 P7a 0900-1035

P7b 0900-1035

P7c 1105-1235

P7d 1105-1235

P7e 1330-1500

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Bike skills review and Level 2 Intro road session
Wed 23 Feb 2022 P7a 0900-1035

P7b 0900-1035

P7c 1105-1235

P7d 1105-1235

P7e 1330-1500

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BHJ

 

 

Observation, U turns, where to ride on road

Negotiate different road layouts

Thurs 24 Feb 2022 P7a 0900-1035

P7b 0900-1035

P7c 1105-1235

P7d 1105-1235

P7e 1330-1500

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BHJ

 

 

Priorities and communication on roads

Journeying

P7a 30 / P7b 32 / P7c 32 / P7d 30 / P7e 28

Pavement widening works planned for Countess Road, Dunbar

Works to permanently widen the pavement to the west of the pedestrian crossing on Countess Road, Dunbar will be carried out in the week beginning 14 February during the school holidays, weather permitting.

Cllr John McMillan, Economic Development and Transportation spokesperson said: “The Spaces for People programme in 2020 funded temporary measures to create additional room for social distancing in our towns. As the pandemic recedes, we are learning from our experiences of how public spaces were used over the last few years and we are considering which of these provided sufficient benefit to make permanent.

“One such scheme was the widening of footways along Countess Road in Dunbar to make space for children going to school. The online consultation in November last year found that 81% of respondents were in favour of keeping or enhancing the section the west of the crossing and 80% supported keeping or extending the one to the east. However it is recognised that the bolt-down bollards currently in place on the eastern side have caused some difficulties for firefighters accessing the station and these will be removed until an appropriate permanent scheme can be designed.

POLICE SURVEY

This is a request from the Police Scotland Community Planning Officer for East Lothian.

Below is a link for the Your Police survey which runs until the 31 March 2022.

Please feel free to complete, and share far and wide amongst contacts, particularly young people and harder to reach communities.

There is also an option for an easy to read version, and BSL, and an email option to complete over the phone. We rely on the public’s input to help shape our policing priorities in each area, and it is so important for everybody to have their say.

Signalalong Workshops for parents

 

ELC Young Carers

 

ELC Young Carers Service has recently launched a poster campaign across all schools to encourage young carers to identify themselves. The ELC Young Carer website has also been updated and can be found here: Who is a Young Carer? | Young Carers | East Lothian Council

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RAILWAY SAFETY

Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in your local area, Network Rail in partnership with Learn Live are working to help raise awareness to students across the UK educating them about the dangers of the train tracks through interactive digital delivery.

Watch the free safety videos by just entering the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the I am registered field when you first watch the videos.

Please note these are the recommended age ranges, we would always advise you to view the clips first to gauge suitability

Please click on the link below to view the relevant safety video:

Primary school version: Age 7- 11 (with subtitles)

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-primary-school-safety-talk/

https://learnliveuk.com/i-am-train-safe/

 

 FUNDING AWARDS AVAILABLE FOR VISUAL ARTISTS AND CRAFT MAKERS

The Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards scheme (VACMA) is managed by East Lothian Council Arts Service in partnership with Creative Scotland, providing funding for artists and craft makers living or working in East Lothian. The next deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 March 2022, 5pm.

Emerging artists and new graduates can apply for £500, with £750 bursaries available for more established practitioners.

Applicants are asked to detail their creative practice, what the bursary will enable them to do and how this will help support their skills and development.

The application form and guidelines can be found on the Arts Service pages of East Lothian Council’s website, here https://bit.ly/2K51olF

The VACMA funding is available to artists and makers to support their practice.  For further information about the application process, please email artsservice@eastlothian.gov.uk .

SCOTLAND CYCLE REPAIR SCHEME

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY DROP IN FEB-APR 2022

Please see link to the speech and language therapy drop in dates for pre-schoolers.

Weekly Update 04.02.2022

Dear Parents

Due to unforeseen circumstances the weekly update was temporarily suspended in September. We are re-introducing it from today and we will hopefully bring items in the school and beyond to your attention. Remember every year stage has a Twitter Feed and you can find out about things specific to your child year stage there.

REMINDER Parent/Carer Evenings  – Mon 7th – Thurs 10th February 2022

Appointment times for John Muir, The Cove and Lochend pupils were opened on Google  last Friday, please can we ask you to book a slot so that we can share the progress your son/daughter has made since we talked with you in October. Lochend Parents Nights 7th and 8th February, John Muir 9th ands 10th.February. If you have not made an appointment please do so as soon as possible.

We are really keen to get you into school to see what has been going on. Twitter and our school website cannot replace the great stuff going on in the classrooms and I am hoping that very soon we will be able to invite you into school so you can actually look at the pupils’ jotters, pictures, writing , models, etc. and really get to see what they have been doing at DPS.

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING – TUESDAY 8th FEBRUARY 7PM ONLINE

The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Tuesday 8th February at 7pm.  The Agenda and Minutes of the previous meeting can be found below:-
Parent Council meetings are open to everyone.  Please e-mail
if you would like to attend.

Safer Internet Day

Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, and there are some great tips and conversation-starters to be found here. The Safer Internet Centre aims to make the internet not only a safer place for children and young people, but also a place where they can maximise the benefits they can get from online activity. We recommend it!

Dunbar Cluster Active Schools

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Financial Advice

An updated East Lothian Council Financial Support
programme is available to assist those who may
currently be experiencing financial hardship. Thisincludes information about assistance with meeting fuel costs. The Council can help if you’re struggling to find out what
you’re entitled to. There’s lots of information available, but it can be difficult to know what type of help may be available to. East Lothian Council offer free, impartial and confidential
advice and support. They can let you know what benefits you may be entitled
to and in some cases, can help you to apply if you’re unable to complete an application yourself. Links to the Council’s welfare advice and financial support services, and a useful booklet, can be found below.

Welfare Advice and Financial Support | East Lothian Council

Welfare Leaflet Winter 2021

DPS Uniform Bank

We would encourage all parents to use the uniform back to reduce waste, not just families struggling financially. If you have any things in particular you are looking for you can email DunbarUnifromRecycling@gmail.com. There is a range of clothing and shoes available. Thanks must go to volunteer Anna Carpico for making this possible.Free Scho

Free School Meals (P6 and P7) and Clothing Grants

East Lothian Council offers a Free School Meal and an £120 Clothing Grant to carers who receive one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but NOT Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £16,105
  • Child Tax Credit AND Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £7,500
  • Universal Credit – where your monthly take home pay does not exceed £625

This support is delivered discreetly so it is not obvious to peers if your child is receiving this. We would encourage families with children in receipt of free school meals in P1-P5 to still apply as there are a number of other benefits to the grant which otherwise can’t be accessed.

You can access the form online by searching ‘Free School Meals East Lothian Council’ online. Please contact Depute Amanda-Jane Thomson should you wish support to apply.

School Meals Reminder for all Parents with pupils in P1-P5

From this January 2022, every child at a local council school can get free school lunches during term-time in Primary 1 to 5. This applies to all children in these years – your family’s financial circumstances do not matter. You cabn order meals here: SchoolPay | East Lothian Council

EAST LOTHIAN ACTIVE SCHOOLS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ACCESS FUNDS AND KIT STOP

The Kit Stop is an East Lothian based sports recycling programme designed to collect pre-loved sports kit and equipment and redistribute it back into the local community.  You can read more about it here.  Donations can be made at any of the points on themap

Information about the physical activity access funds can be found here.

For individual applications, please complete the application form which can be found here

We are recruiting  Come and join Head to @myjobscotland for more details

 

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SCHOOL SESSION DATES 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25

Please find approved school session dates for the following years 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 below. These are also available on the ELC website

School dates 2022-2023 word format

2022-2023 session dates – calendar format

School dates 2023-2024 word format

2023-2024 session dates – calendar format

School dates 2024-2025 word format

2024-2025 session dates – calendar format

These dates were approved by Education Committee on 23 November 2021

Return to School Guidance 5th January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

There will be an update published on the school website and sent to all parents and carers on Monday 3rd January regarding return to school guidance for pupils of Dunbar Primary/Nursery.

As you will appreciate we are in a dynamic situation and any local school guidance published tomorrow may be superseded by updated National Guidance prior to Wednesday 5th January. If this is the casse we will update as a matter of priority.

H Gillanders, Headteacher

Weekly Update 16.09.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Some of the following Items appear on the school Newsletter issued 15th September.

Full Newsletter available below:

September 2021 Newsletter

SCHOOL LUNCHES and SCHOOL DAY

As from Tuesday 21st September we are able to put in place some changes to the school routines following guidance from the Health Protection Team and East Lothian Council. We will be using our dining halls at both campuses and we will be able to remove class bubbles.  This will mean that our morning breaks and lunchtimes will move to one session.

Menus will go home with pupils today. Remember that ALL P4 pupils are now entitle to free  a school meal.

Our timings will therefore be from Tuesday 21st September:

P1 P2 P3 P4 – P7
Soft Start Time 8.45am – 8.55am 8.45am – 8.55am 8.45am – 8.55am 8.45 – 8.55am
Break Time 10 – 10.15am  or 10.15 – 10.30am 10.45 – 11am
Lunch 11.45 – 12.45pm 12 – 1pm 12.15 – 1pm 12.45 – 1.30pm
Leaving Time 2.45pm

(12.00 Friday)

2.50pm

(12.10 Friday)

3.10pm

12.20pm Friday)

3.10pm

(12.20pm on Friday)

 Please can we ask that pupils are in the school building by 8.55am – this is important as formal lessons will start at this time and we need your help and support so latecomers do not miss out on vital learning experiences and the important information at the start of the day.

 School Improvement Plan 2021-22 and Standard and Quality Report  2020-21

Unfortunately, the current COVID restrictions mean that I am unable to meet you all in the hall at each campus and talk to you about our whole school plans for the coming year and to reflect on last session. We have produced a family friendly version of our School Improvement Plan for 2021/22 and our school Standards and Quality Report which looks back to 2019/20, which we can all acknowledge was the very strangest of times. Full versions of both documents are below.

Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher.

School Improvement Plan 2021-22

DPS SIP 2020 & 2021 (inc Cove & Nursery)

Standards And Quality Report 2020-21

DPS S&Q Report 2020 & 2021

Important Dates for Diaries

Friday 17th September and Monday 20th September are both school holidays

Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th October are P1 – P3 Parent Night appointments via Google Meet – info will be sent out

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th October are P4 – P7 Parent Night appointments via Google Meet – info will be sent out

Wednesday 13th October – Flu Vaccination in school for pupils if parents/carers requested

Monday 18th October to Monday 25th October (inclusive) is the October ½ term break.  Pupils return on Tuesday 26th October.

School Uniform

Prior to the start of this term we have been much more relaxed about our school uniform, however I now feel that as from October 26th we want to welcome all our pupils back in school colours and taking a pride in the DPS uniform.

We hope you will agree that wearing the uniform in school creates a pride and ethos of belonging and we hope it supports you at home knowing that the rules of wearing red, black grey and white items are what we expect.

A reminder though that hoodies are not part of our school uniform but can be worn as part of P.E kit.

The Vaccination Bus will be at Fort Kinnaird this weekend, so if you still need your Covid jab, why not drop in. More info about all vaccination opportunities at bit.ly/3rAqryz

 

Documents home this week:

NHS Lothian : Letter to Schools Sept 2021

Scottish Government Covid Update

The latest Scottish Government Update advised that all current mitigations in schools (including face coverings) will remain in place until at least the October Holidays https://www.gov.scot/news/school-safety/

Information Update

A pack is going home with students over the next few weeks containing a PC1 and an Annual Data Check form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned. Packs will contain photo permission forms and school closure forms if we do not hold a copy on file.

If you have no email address, it is essential that you inform the school. Where this is the case, the weekly email information is automatically updated on our website.

NHS Flu Vaccinations 13th October in both Campuses

The deadline for returning the vaccination forms has been extended. Please return these to the school office asap. All willing school staff will also be vaccinated on this day.

Angus MacRury, DHT

School Improvement plan and Standards and Quality Report

Dear Parents and Carers,

Unfortunately, the current COVID restrictions mean that I am unable to meet you all in the hall at each campus and talk to you about our whole school plans for the coming year and to reflect on last session. We have produced a family friendly version of our School Improvement Plan for 2021/22 and our school Standards and Quality Report which looks back to 2019/20, which we can all acknowledge was the very strangest of times. I will arrange for these to be sent to you via email. Full versions of both documents are below: Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher.

School Improvement Plan 2021-22

DPS SIP 2020 & 2021 (inc Cove & Nursery)

Standards And Quality Report 2020-21

DPS S&Q Report 2020 & 2021

School Lunches update 15th September

As from Tuesday 21st September we are able to put in place some changes to the school routines following guidance from the Health Protection Team and East Lothian Council. We will be using our dining halls at both campuses and we will be able to remove class bubbles.  This will mean that our morning breaks and lunchtimes will move to one session.

Our timings will therefore be from Tuesday 21st September:

  P1 P2 P3   P4 – P7
Soft Start Time 8.45am – 8.55am 8.45am – 8.55am 8.45am – 8.55am   8.45 – 8.55am
Break Time 10 – 10.15am  or 10.15 – 10.30am   10.45 – 11am
Lunch 11.45 – 12.45pm 12 – 1pm 12.15 – 1pm   12.45 – 1.30pm
Leaving Time 2.45pm

(12.00 Friday)

2.50pm

(12.10 Friday)

3.10pm

12.20pm Friday)

  3.10pm

(12.20pm on Friday)

 Please can we ask that pupils are in the school building by 8.55am – this is important as formal lessons will start at this time and we need your help and support so latecomers do not miss out on vital learning experiences and the important information at the start of the day.

 

Weekly Update WB 13th September

Dear Parents and Carers

I am sure many of you will be glad to see that this weeks update is a shorter one. Remember that the school will be closed on Friday 17th and Monday 20th September for the September weekend.

NHS Flu Vaccinations Reminder and date

The deadline for returning the vaccination forms has been extended and can still be returns to the school. Please return these to the school office asap. Vaccinations will be on Wednesday 13th October in both Campuses.

Parent Council Meeting

There will be a parent council meeting on Tuesday 14th at 7pm. See the SPS parent Council Facebook page on how to join.

COVID Current Local Mitigations at Dunbar Primary School

We will continue to discuss with the Local Health Protection Team regarding removing the current mitigations in place at Dunbar Primary School. We are currently planning that on the Tuesday 21st September we will be able to remove the requirement for bubbles and as a result we will be able to introduce hot school meals in both Campuses as well as some other things within the school day.

We will inform parents and Carers on Thursday 16th as by then we will have a clearer picture of whether we will be removing the mitigations. Details of the removal of mitigations in primary schools is provided on the link below.

Primary schools | Back to school in East Lothian | East Lothian Council

Draft Poverty Plan Survey

Closes 26 Sep 2021

Opened 5 Aug 2021

Overview

Tackling the causes and effects of poverty in East Lothian is one of the, if not the, most important priorities for East Lothian Council as we begin to recover from the COVID pandemic.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”      Nelson Mandela

Following publication of the East Lothian Poverty Commission report in 2017 much has been done over the last few years to reduce poverty and inequalities, but much more still needs to be done.

The pandemic and lockdowns have increased poverty in East Lothian. (Read the leaflet, ‘Poverty in East Lothian’ for more information.) So it is vital that we put in place a new Plan to reduce poverty and improve the economic and life chances of all our citizens.

A Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 has been prepared for the Council by a working group including representatives from key council services, NHS Lothian and community and voluntary groups.

The Draft Plan sets out objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years.

The Draft Poverty Plan and a summary easy read version are available to download below.

Please read the draft plan before answering the questions in this consultation. Please let us know if you need the document in an accessible format.

Draft Poverty Plan With Action Plan Final Draft

Draft Poverty Plan Summary-Final Draft

East Lothian Poverty Commission Report 2017

Poverty In East Lothian

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Update 06.09.21

Dear Parents and Carers

It is another long one this week so grab a drink of something and give yourself 20 minutes to relax and read the latest weekly update for parents. Along with the year stages newsletters that went out today we have certainly given you all plenty of homework this week.

A big thank you to all the Parents and Carers who attended the Meet the Teacher Virtual Sessions this week.

A MacRury, DHT.

NICOLA MCDOWELL (Head of Education) LETTER TO PARENTS/CARERS

Dear Parents and Carers,
We were delighted to welcome children and young people back to school at the start of the newterm in August. We are extremely grateful to you as parents and carers for your understanding and ongoing supportthrough what has been a very difficult 18 months for everyone as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for education and learning have been significant and far-reaching.
It has also been a very challenging period for our Education and school teams who have carried out tremendous work to continue providing high-quality learning for children and young people across
East Lothian. We are all hopeful that the session ahead will be an opportunity for everyone to re-connect in the classroom and benefit from learning alongside and seeing their friends, classmates and teachers. With us now being several weeks into the new school term, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few important aspects in relation to what is currently happening in our schools. See FULL LETTER BELOW

LETTER-TO-PARENTS-CARERS-FROM-NICOLA-MCOWELL-2.9.21

FLU VACCINATION LETTERS ISSUED LAST FRIDAY

PLEASE RETURN ALL FORMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you would like support contact the school office.

The flu vaccine is now being offered to all primary and secondary school pupils in Scotland. 
The flu vaccine will reduce the risk of your child getting or spreading flu to friends and family who are at greater risk from flu and coronavirus, such as grandparents or people with health conditions.
From academic year 2021/22, the flu vaccine is available to all primary and secondary school pupils.
Nasal flu vaccine will be provided for most pupils.
Please note that for the very few pupils who require the flu vaccine injection for clinical or religious reasons, the Community Vaccination Team will provide injections in school, on the day of the school session.
Community Vaccination Team (CVT) clinics will be offered to children who can not receive for clinical reasons, are home schooled or who miss their session date.
Please fill in the consent form that your child brought home last Friday and return the completed form to the school asap!

YEAR STAGE NEWSLETTERS

These have been sent out to all year stages today. There is a lot of information about the school year specific to your child year stage. Please have a wee break and read.

CONGRATULATIONS MARIE LYLE

We are all delighted at Dunbar Primary school that Mar1a secured 2 bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Well done Maria we are all very proud of your achievements.

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Thank you everyone for your support! I love your postersRed heart

Maria

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS & CLOTHING GRANTS

To find out more information on how to apply for Free School Meals & Clothing Grants please click on the following link:-

How to apply or renew free school meals and school clothing grants | Free school meals and clothing grants | East Lothian Council

NEW SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

We have just received delivery of the new school lunch menus and these will be issued shortly but for now, please CLICK HERE to view  the menu to  have a look at with your child/ren.

We will not be starting the Menu until local restrictions are lifted at the school as we are still not able to allow class bubble mixing in the dining room. We hope that we shall be able to proceed after the September  weekend, 21 September. This is subject to Local Health Protection Team approval.

Please remember:

  • that all Nursery, P1, P2, P3 and 4s are entitled to a free school lunch
  • lunches  must be ordered and paid for (if required) on Schoolpay
  • Friday lunch must be ordered by the Wednesday before 10am

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

East Lothian Family/Carer Information Sessions

East Lothian Families/carers of children and young people (up to 18 years old) with or without a diagnosis of ASD are invited to attend any of the following Family Information Sessions. 

Please note these sessions are for adults only. 

Due to the pandemic these sessions will not be in person but take place virtually.

To book a place and more information – please see details below and  on the link 

Flyer – Family Info Sessions 2021

To book a place for your household, please e-mail FamilyInformationSessions@eastlothian.gov.uk

with your name, contact daytime telephone number, which session(s) you wish to attend.  An e-mail confirmation will be sent advising whether or not your booking has been successful

***places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis

PARENT ANXIETY WORKSHOP – INFORMATION SHEET (LIVE EVENTS)

Parent-Anxiety-Workshop

Free Bus Travel for young people

On 27 July, the Scottish Government announced plans to begin the new Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme from 31
January 2022, and this information has
been shared with us:

What you need to know
The Scottish Government and its partners at the Improvement Service, National Entitlement Card Programme Office
and Young Scot are working at pace to deliver the new scheme.
This means all residents of Scotland aged 5-21 will benefit from the new scheme at the same time – from 31 January 2022.
The scheme is a crucial step in embedding more sustainable travel behaviours from a young age, as well as opening up opportunities and access to education, leisure and work.

How can I apply for the scheme? Can I apply for the scheme now?

Young people aged 5 – 21 will be able to travel using the new free bus scheme from 31 January 2022 using the National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot branded NEC. However, work is still ongoing to finalise the application process. We recommend waiting until further information on how to apply for and access the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme is provided later this year. Please check the Transport Scotland website for updates.

This scheme was announced in January 2020, why is it not being launched until January 2022?

The timeline is consistent with post-COVID public commitments to implement the scheme for under 19s this financial year. The new Scheme will also now include all young people aged under 22 from day one, subject to Parliamentary approval of legislation to be laid in August which will include 19 -21 year olds in the Scheme.

Will children be safe travelling on the bus?

Parents or guardians will be required to approve applications for young people under the age of 16 to ensure that they can exercise their responsibility for their children’s safety. This includes providing approval for existing cardholders to access the scheme.
Transport Scotland is working with Barnardo’s Scotland to ensure sufficient guidance is provided to bus operators in
advance of January. Transport Scotland and its delivery partners will review how the approval arrangements work in practice after the
first year the Scheme is in operation. What impact will the scheme have school transport provision? Only registered local bus services are included in the scheme, meaning dedicated school transport services are not covered. Transport Scotland and its delivery partners are working with representatives of ATCO/COSLA to consider the potential impacts of the introduction of the scheme on school transport provision. Further information Any other queries regarding the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme should be directed to Transport Scotland at
concessionarytravel@transport.gov.scot.

Brunton Performing Arts Network helps young people build confidence, nurture creativity, develop new skills and, above all, have FUN!

Brunton Performing Arts Network, run by the Brunton Theatre Trust(formerly known as East Lothian Youth Theatre Network), offers young people aged 5-18 the opportunity to participate in weekly drama, musical theatre and dance sessions across East Lothian. The new term has just launched and we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to join us in September!
Joining a group can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing bybuilding self-confidence, developing new skills, reducing social isolation and above all having FUN!
Our network of classes are designed to nurture creativity and provide a safe space for all, to explore their talents and learn the skills required to grow into a confident young performer.
Our classes currently take place in the following locations:
Musselburgh
Tranent
Port Seton
Prestonpans
Longniddry
Haddington
Dunbar
All of our classes are led by experienced and qualified industry professionals who have worked as freelance
performance artists and have a wealth of knowledge to share with their groups. Brunton Theatre Trust also deliver
classes for adults through our Brunton Players community theatre group. To find out more about joining our network, please email:
youththeatre@eastlothian.gov.uk or alternatively you can call 0131 653 5245.
Further information on all classes can be found by visiting:
The Brunton: Website
Best wishes,
Amy Robinson
Development Officer Dance & Drama
The Brunton and East Lothian Council Arts Service
The Brunton | Ladywell Way | Musselburgh | EH21 6AA
DL: 0131 653 5279 | Admin: 0131 665 9900 | Box Office: 0131 665 2240
www.thebrunton.co.uk | www.facebook.com/thebruntonmusselburgh | www.twitter.com/thebrunton
Brunton Theatre Trust is a registered Scottish Charity SC022422

Dates for your Diary

Friday 17 September Holiday
Monday 20 September Holiday
Thursday 30 September
Friday 15 October All Break
Monday 25 October In-service Day
Tuesday 26 October All students return to school

Weekly Update 27th August 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a busy week here in Dunbar Primary School but the children are settling  back well.

As we approach the end of our second week I am so happy to say how well the children have returned to school and
nursery with their teachers and staff.

The new P1s are amazing us all with their eagerness to learn and how well they are doing already after just a few days in school. SUPERSTARS.

There is a lot in this weeks update so grab a coffee or tea and give yourselves 15 minutes.

Angus J MacRury DHT.

FLU VACCINATION LETTERS BEING ISSUED TODAY

The flu vaccine is now being offered to all primary and secondary school pupils in Scotland. 
The flu vaccine will reduce the risk of your child getting or spreading flu to friends and family who are at greater risk from flu and coronavirus, such as grandparents or people with health conditions.
From academic year 2021/22, the flu vaccine is available to all primary and secondary school pupils.
Nasal flu vaccine will be provided for most pupils.
Please note that for the very few pupils who require the flu vaccine injection for clinical or religious reasons, the Community Vaccination Team will provide injections in school, on the day of the school session.
Community Vaccination Team (CVT) clinics will be offered to children who can not receive for clinical reasons, are home schooled or who miss their session date.
Please fill in the consent form that your child brought home today and return the completed form to the school asap!

 

 

5th Grade Virtual – Meet the Teacher | White Oak Intermediate School

Meet the Teacher 2021 PDF

Please click on the link above to view our Meet the Teacher information.

ELC Documents out  to parents since return:

Lunches

Please ensure you order your child’s school lunch on School Pay. It helps us greatly too if you indicate on School Pay if your child is having a packed lunch brought from home. If you wish your child to have a packed lunch on a Friday, you MUST order this before 10am on a Wednesday morning. East Lothian Schools will be reinstating the use of dining halls for school lunches on Monday 6th September.

However due to the current levels of Covid in the Dunbar Community and School Campuses we have been advised by the Head of Education to postpone the use of out dining hall and mixing of groupings at Dunbar Primary School until advised to do so by the Local Health Protection Team.

Once we are allowed it will enable the full hot menu to be offered, which is fully compliant with the new Scottish Government Nutrition Guidelines.

The new menu will be issued to children next week.
2 portions of vegetables to be available with every lunch. We will therefore be serving hot soup every
day in addition to salad or vegetables with a Main Meal. This is included in the price.
1 portion of fruit to be available with every lunch. This is included in the price also. Please note that the
home baking/pudding recipes have a portion of fruit included already. Water and Milk only to be served.

Please note the price of a Primary School Lunch is now £2.15

Libraries: Young People’s Services

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Enhanced Bookbug sessions can be arranged for new parents, children with additional support needs or parent/carers who would find an open session difficult to attend.  We can do these as closed sessions at your location or in a library.  We can arrange a group zoom session for a few weeks to begin with to ease families in before arranging an in-person session.

Bookbug bags are gifted at 6 weeks and MMR by Health Visitor, in ante-preschool year by nursery/childcare setting, in P1 by school.  Read Write Count bags are gifted in P2 and P3. We have spares of these bags for any family who hasn’t received them.  We also have Gaelic bags for families who are or would like to be dual language.  For children with additional support needs extra tactile books can be requested.

The Bookbug co-ordinator has resources such as stickers, books and other materials which can be used as a support bag for families or for those working with families. Contact me at cmesser@eastlothian.gov.uk

For those children born since January 2020 we offer a baby dedication service. A library book has a special label welcoming the child and this can be borrowed by the family. A keepsake postcard with details of the book is posted to the family.

We have story sacks and large story books which can be borrowed for use with families or groups and we’re happy to work with groups of families at any point.

Our coping collection of books in Library HQ or in libraries are specifically catalogued with the topics they address and can be found through Search results for coping (capitadiscovery.co.uk). These are mainly stories and a small selection of non-fiction aimed at children and young people but to be read with them with the potential to support conversation. Topics included are: Autism, ADHD, Bereavement, Disability, New Baby, Family Break-Up and more. We’re keen to expand the titles we have so please do feel free to contact us with suggestions for issues you feel would be helpful to address with families.  We can also recommend titles to use for specific circumstances so please do feel free to call or email to discuss.

We have a Raising Children collection which has been in libraries for some years but not well used so we have made the decision to keep just a few copies of each title and offer the rest out for support workers and others working directly with families to have.  This list will be circulated at the end of August via Morven Ross.

Boardmaker communication software is available for use in Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Prestonpans and Tranent libraries. 2 copies of the Talkability book are available to be borrowed through Library HQ for someone to work through with a family.

The Education Professional Service collection is maintained by Education and titles are available for loan through Library Headquarters. They are aimed at colleagues in education but can be borrowed by anyone.  You can find details of the titles available in our catalogue.

We’ve been working extensively on Outreach over Summer 2021 and are keen to do more as we’d like families to become comfortable with us first in spaces they use before welcoming them into libraries. If you have any activities you’d like us to bring a pop-up library to or any families you’d like us to help support please contact cmesser@eastlothian.gov.uk

Schools Library Service

We provide a project and fiction service to schools and childcare settings across East Lothian. A box of books and artefacts can be provided for a term for specific projects or a box of fiction titles appropriate to the class can be loaned. For specific groups of children we can take specialised requests. Contact Susan Boylan at sboylan@eastlothian.gov.uk for more information.

If you’d like to come along and see what we have available at Library HQ or discuss further how we can help you in supporting families please contact me at cmesser@eastlothian.gov.uk

Covid In Schools Update

The Scottish Government have communicated to schools that the majority of the safety measures in place in schools will continue for the first 6 weeks and will then be reviewed. Below is a reminder of the safety measures:

  • P1-P3 parents, P4-P7 parents should ‘stop, drop, hug and go’ at the school gates.
  • Please continue to wear face masks near the school grounds – at drop off and pick up and if in the reception area. The exception would be if you are exempt from wearing a face mask due to health reasons.
  • Staff will continue to carry out Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly, distance 1m from other staff members and continue to wear face masks (unless exempt).
  • Until 21st September  at Dunbar Primary School  lunches will be eaten in the classrooms. School lunches can be ordered through your child’s schoolpay account.
  • Enhanced cleaning of the building throughout the school day will continue.

I am sure that you will have seen on the news and social media, that to try and cut down on the amount of times that whole classes are self-isolating, there will be a change to the process to managing outbreaks. Close contacts will still be asked to self-isolate, however following a negative PCR and no symptoms present, the child would be able to return to school. A close contact is now defined as:

  • Living in the same household
  • Having had a sleepover
  • Intimate contact

As has been the case up to now, please do not send your child to school if they are showing any Covid symptoms, the whole family should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. Please also notify the school office if a child is absent due to this and of the result once received back from the NHS.

If a positive case associated with Dunbar Primary School  is identified you will be issued with a letter to ‘Warn and Inform’ you. As usual, school will liaise with the Covid Education Lead at East Lothian Council and Public Health Scotland.

How and where to get a test

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

The number of Positive Cases is in the Dunbar community are increasing as indeed the whole of the country Please be aware if the following information.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (the most common of which are a continuous cough, fever/high temperature, loss of/change in sense of smell or taste)  you should make an appointment through the NHS Inform website or telephone: 0300 303 2713 (open 7am-11pm. You will be advised where to go for a test. If you test positive, you must self isolate – support is available.

Getting tested if you have no symptoms of COVID-19

Almost 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to others. While good progress is being made with the rollout of the vaccination programme, the virus still poses a risk. That’s why local arrangements are in place for people without symptoms to get tested. Testing can help us to move to an even less restrictive way of life. It means you can find out if you are positive – even if you’ve received vaccination – and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus, by self-isolating.

Options include visiting our testing centre in Musselburgh where you can get tested or collect a kit to take home, attending a mobile testing unit (see further details of both below), ordering home delivery of a testing kit online or collecting a testing kit from a local pharmacy.

Test centre for East Lothian residents with no symptoms

A COVID-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms is located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, Musselburgh.

Getting tested is quick and easy. No appointment is required and you can get tested more than once. The facility is open to everyone from East Lothian as long as you don’t have symptoms – a fever, cough, or loss or change of smell. If you do have symptoms, you need to book a test elsewhere.

You can also visit the facility to collect a test kit to take home.

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

Find out more about the test centre.

Watch a video about community testing.

Mobile testing units

It’s also possible, even if you have no symptoms, to get tested at one of the mobile testing units currently being deployed around East Lothian. You don’t have to live in the community being visited on a particular day to get tested there. The current schedule is below. Times of operation are 10am to 6pm unless otherwise stated:

Thursday 26 August; Friday 27 August

  • Port Seton Centre
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington *closes at 5.30pm

Saturday 28 August; Sunday 29 August

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent *closes at 5pm

Monday 30 August

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • The Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington * closes at 5.30pm

Tuesday 31 August; Wednesday 1 September

  • Prestonpans Community Centre
  • The Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington * closes at 5.30pm

Thursday 2 September; Friday 3 September

  • Port Seton Centre
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington * closes at 5.30pm

Saturday 4 September; Sunday 5 September

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent * closes at 5pm

Sunday 5 September

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent

Walk-in appointments are available. While appointments are not needed they are preferable as this will save yourself time. Bookings can be made from 6pm on the day prior to when you get tested online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

Home delivery of rapid lateral flow test kits

Another option if you have no symptoms is get home test kits delivered to your home. Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests online

Pick up a test kit from a local pharmacy

A number of pharmacies in East Lothian have stocks of rapid lateral flow test kits, which are suitable for home testing if you have no symptoms. You can check your nearest collection point online.

What happens if I do test positive for COVID-19?

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

Other helpful telephone numbers:

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

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

What happens if I test negative?

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

What happens if I’m asked to self isolate because I’m a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

It’s very important that you stay at home (self-isolate) if:

  • you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’ve had a positive test result
  • someone you live with has symptoms but has not yet been tested or received their test result

If you were identified as a close contact before 9 August 2021 and are still self-isolating on or after the 9th, you can end self-isolation as long as you:

  • are fully vaccinated – this means you’ve received 2 doses from the NHS and have had your second dose more than 14 days ago
  • have received a negative PCR test result
  • do not have, or develop, symptoms

A guide is available on the NHS Inform website.

The on-line consultation on the Draft East Lothian Poverty Plan 2021-2023 is now live

From Paolo Vestri, Service Manager – Improvement, Policy & Communications, Communities & Partnerships, East Lothian Council

Tackling the causes and effects of poverty in East Lothian is one of the, if not the, most important priorities for East Lothian Council as we begin to recover from the COVID pandemic.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”      Nelson Mandela

Following publication of the East Lothian Poverty Commission report in 2017 much has been done over the last few years to reduce poverty and inequalities, but much more still needs to be done.

The pandemic and lockdowns have increased poverty in East Lothian. (Read the leaflet, ‘Poverty in East Lothian’ for more information.) So it is vital that we put in place a new Plan to reduce poverty and improve the economic and life chances of all our citizens.

A Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 has been prepared for the Council by a working group including representatives from key council services, NHS Lothian and community and voluntary groups.

The Draft Plan sets out objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years.

It can be accessed using the following link.

A Good Start Programme

Providing Baby Massage, & other useful information about Weaning, Brain Development & Play details below.

A good start

AGS poster

School Session Dates

These have been reviewed and are are follows.

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Dear Parent/Carer

 

Recently, we published evidence that cells use the chloride from salt to fight viral infections. Also, nasal irrigation with salt water helped reduce the cold in adults. Hence, we are now testing if salt water nose drops helps children fight the cold.

 

If you have a child under 7 years of age, you may be able to join the fight. The Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh are doing a study of salt water nose drops to see if it helps get rid of the cold faster. Your child does not need to have a cold right now to take part!

 

You can join right now by calling/texting 07973657457 for an appointment to sign up and to be taught what to do the next time your child has a cold. Your child does not need to attend.

 

Families completing the study will receive travel expenses and a £30 voucher to compensate for any inconvenience.

 

Further information is in the attached flyer or at www.elviskids.co.uk ; Twitter: @elviskids; Facebook: Elvis Kid

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