All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

May Newsletter and Important Dates

The May Newsletter is available on the Newsletters Page. Find below important dates for this term.



Fri 3rd/Mon 6th
  • Bug Busting Weekend (3 – 5 May)/Monday 6 May – Holiday
Friday 17th
  • P3 Pupils dismissed from Lochend Campus at 12.20
  • Bee Happy Day (pupils come dressed as a bee or flower or wear something that makes them happy).
Monday 20th
  • Victoria Day (Schools Closed)
Tuesday 21st
  • In-Service Day
Monday 27th
  • P3 Parents and Pupils  Transition  Evening at  Lochend Campus (6-8)
Wednesday 29th
  • East Lothian Meadowbank Athletics Finals (AM)
Friday 31st


  • P3 to Register at Lochend Campus (8.45) dismissed from John Muir Campus as normal
  • P7 Cluster Transition Event (Swimming) – to meet at Pool  (1.00-3.00)
Monday 3rd
  • Summer Musical Concert at John Muir Campus (6.30)
Wednesday 5th
  • P7 Parents Information Evening at DGS (6.00 to 8.00)
Friday  7th
  • Dunbar Reads Together Celebration for Pupils (9.00 to 11.30)
Monday 10th
  • P5 sports day (1.30 start) – Lochend Campus
 Tuesday 11th
  • P7 Sports Day (1.30 start) – Lochend Campus
Wednesday 12th
  • P6 Sports Day (1.30 start) – Lochend Campus
Friday 14th 
  • Reports Issued  (P7 Reports issued on Thursday 13th)
  • P7 Pupils Visit to DGS – Register at Lochend Campus dismissed from DGS
  • P4 Sports Day (10.30 start)
Monday 17th
  • P7 Pupils Visit to DGS – Register and dismissed from DGS
Tuesday 18th
  • P7 Visit to DGS – Register and dismissed from DGS
  • Pupils Meet Their New Teacher
  • P1 sports day (1.15 start)
 Wednesday 19th
  • P2 sports day (1.15 Start)
Thursday 20th P3 sports day (1.15 Start)
Wednesday 26th


  • P7 Leavers Show at John Muir Campus for Parents (1.30)
  • P7 Leavers Dance at Lochend Campus (6.30 to 8.30)
Friday 28th
  • Last Day (P7’s and P3’s clapped out of each campus)
  • (Pupils Resume on Wednesday 21stAugust)

Dunbar SciFest 2013

This weekend saw 1000’s of visitors come to SciFest 2013 at Dunbar Primary School. The Event was covered by The Scotsman this morning. The reviews from the children in the school was that it was a fantastic weekend.

You can also view a comprehensive set of photographs from the event here:

Many thanks to all the organisers of the event. A wonderful time was had by all.

Read more about Dunbar SciFest


Red Nose Day 2013

Well done for all the crazy hair, the red noses, the outfits and last but not least the fantastic baking brought in by lots of parents and children.  All the money raised will be donated to Comic Relief.




SciFest Friday 15th March

Tomorrow we will be hosting 4 Science stage shows for schools at Dunbar PS’s 2 campuses.

Lochend campus for  P4 – P7 pupils: 2 x Dr Bunhead “Dr Bunhead’s Exploding Energy Show”

John Muir Campus for  Nursery & P1-3 pupils: 2 x Science Shows for Schools

“The Best Bubble Show”


Accelerated Reader Facts for Dunbar Primary

This year so far the children at Dunbar Primary School have read 8095 books containing 106,653,921 words.

50% of pupils at the in P3-7 who are on AR have taken at least 1 quiz in the last 30 days.

70% of our pupils averaged at least 85% on the quizzes.

Well done. Keep up the hard work and keep reading


The Big Pedal update. Dunbar is 3rd!

Great to see all those bikes in the bike racks today and yesterday! We’re now in 3rd in the large primary school place in The Big Pedal! Dunbar Grammar are also 3rd in their category Can we get to first place?

 The lollipop lady has said her job has been so much easier this week with significantly fewer cars. She asked us to pass on her thanks to the children for persuading their parents to cycle to school.

On Friday David Gilmore from ELC is setting up a time lapse camera to record the children and parents arriving on their bikes at the John Muir Campus. This will record over 30 minutes and will be available here as a short 1 minute clip. So even if the weather is like today please take the bike.



Dunbar SciFest 2013

Dunbar Sci-Fest School Programme Monday 11th March – Friday 15th March

We are delighted that this year the Dunbar Sci-Fest have provided a free interactive science show for every pupil from Nursery – P7. The themes include Magnets, Future Earth, Wonderful Water and Body Builders. We are also looking forward to the Friday when both campuses will have a fun filled science show  – Nursery  –P3 will be watching ‘The Best Bubble Show’ and P4-P7 can look forward to ‘Dr Bunhead’s Exploding Energy Show’

For more information about the amazing things that will be happening at the Dunbar Sci-Fest on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March go to: or click the poster above. This will take you to their website and from there you will be able to download a “whats on guide” for the weekend.


The Big Pedal. Upcoming Events

Big Pedal –

Superhero Day is on Tuesday 12th March

Bling Your Bike’ is on Tues 19 March

Once again we are taking part in The Big Pedal and we really appreciate your support in encouraging your child/children to cycle to school. As we get more points for bikes our slogan remains ‘scooters are super but bikes are better’ – if you come on your bike it’s worth almost double points – parents count too so make sure your child includes you in their class numbers.

Our big push to win a stage, (and the fame and glory for the school) is Friday 8th March, so bikes out of the sheds by that day please. Superhero Day is on Tuesday 12th March – pupils can come dressed as a superhero but riding a bike with their cape (if part of their outfit) could be dangerous so it would be advisable to keep this in their school bag until required.

‘Bling Your Bike’ is on Tues 19 March and there will be Easter Egg prizes for the best ‘blinged’ bikes at each stage.