All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

It Takes a Village! P3 Nativity Play 2012

This year our P3 Classes will be performing the new Christmas Nativity, “It takes a village.”All Children from the school will watch the performance on Monday 10th December.  P3 Parents /Grandparents  are invited to join us in the main hall at John Muir Campus at 9.15 for performance on Tuesday 11th December.  In total the children will perform this play to over 1000 people across three shows. As they say…. ” Break a Leg.”

Coffee and Tea will be served afterwards in the school dining area. All welcome.

Reading Conference for Parents

Reading – What’s my role? Saturday 29th September 10.00am – 3.00pm, The King James Hotel, Edinburgh

The Literacy Team at Education Scotland is hosting a free conference for parents.

Once children have mastered the basics of learning to read, many parents are concerned about how best to develop their child’s skills and encourage a love of books.  The conference will support parents in helping children to successfully negotiate an information rich world and to become readers for life.

Nicola Morgan, the award-winning author, will deliver the keynote address.  The conference will explore some of the perceived barriers to reading and discuss how parents can best support their children.

This ties in neatly to the Dunbar Reads Together project and could provide parents with an ideal opportunity to further enhance reading at home.

Click here to register for the event or call Margaret McGuinness on 0141 282 5064.

Dunbar Reads Together Event


Dunbar Reads Together:

It is coming!     The most exciting community reading event Dunbar has ever seen, all free and all to benefit our children!    Launch date is Monday September 10th.   Every child and every adult should be trying to read together at least once a week and ideally three times.    Doesn’t matter what you read, where you read or how you read – just enjoy the words.   Together we aim to raise the reading attainment of each child who takes part, it is that simple.    Further information at Meet the Teacher and information leaflets are coming.   We hope this will be a great year for everyone Reading Together in Dunbar!    Any queries to Lindsey Barley 860997 (Lochend Campus).

As part of Dunbar Reads Together we are holding an invited community event in the Dunbar Primary Lochend Campus on Thursday 23rd Aug at 7pm. Parents will be hearing about Dunbar Reads Together on Meet the Teacher nights in September. This is an exciting community and school improvement initiative and we hope that parents will enjoy the reading challenges ahead.



Olympic Torch Visit

As well as the Little People of the World event today we were honoured by a visit from Ken Reid. Ken took the torch through the streets of Musselburgh last week. Ken spoke to all the classes about his experiences and how he managed to run with the torch despite his blindness. He then visited the little peopleof the world and was treated to the Haka from some children in P3. Thank you Ken. Wonderful.

Little People of the World

Over the last few weeks all the classes at Dunbar Primary School have been researching a country that will participate in the London Olympics this year. As part of the theme Dunbar Parent Council have secured funding to make an art installation of figures who represent the Nations of the World. Over the last few weeks parents have been working with all classes and the results are truly superb.


Little People of the World Olympic Project

Cursive Script at Dunbar Primary School

Don Ledingham, Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services for East Lothian Council and Director of Education and Children’s Services for Midlothian Council, visited Dunbar Primary School today to look at the success of the introduction of cursive script to the school nearly three years ago.  The evidence is very clear, the children through the school are more confident and willing to access writing by using cursive script. Presentation of work is exceptional and early evidence suggests that spelling has also improved.  Don met and spoke with pupils who had been taught cursive script and was astonished with the ability and standard of written work they are producing.

Trudy King and Lindsay Barley were interviewed by Don on the success of the programme.

A great deal of credit has to go to all the staff at Dunbar Primary School who have made this such a groundbreaking and successful programme.

Their interview can be viewed here

Diamond Jubilee Holiday for Schools

Dear Parents and Carers

We have received official confirmation from East Lothian Council that an additional holiday has just been granted to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This is now in line with most Local Authorities in Scotland Schools will be closed on Tuesday 5th June as well as Monday 4th June.

We have put this post up to allow parents the opportunity to make any unscheduled childcare arrangements for Tuesday 5th May 2012.

A MacRury(DHT) on behalf of H Gillanders (HT)