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The BIG Pedal 2019

It’s that time of year again! The Big Pedal is running from 25th March – 5th April.

In the past this has only counted cycling and scooting to school however this year it also includes walking too!

 We will gather the data in for the 10 school days the BIG Pedal runs for and hopefully win a great prize.

 The JRSOs will be promoting it this week too so they will talk at assembly on Friday and our pop up cones for the crossing.

 Belhaven Bikes are kindly coming to check bikes at Lochend on Monday 1st April.

More information Here:



Primary One Bookbug Bags

We are delighted to announce that Bookbug will once again be gifting a Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag to every P1 child in Scotland during Book Week Scotland, 19-25 November.  This Bookbug Bag will help to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home. This bag also allows your child to take part in the The Bookbug Picture Book Prize. They can use the voting slip to vote for their favourite book from the bag, encouraging their love of reading by celebrating their choices.

How do I get my Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag?

Dunbar Primary School P1 Bag will gift the bag to children during Book Week Scotland, 19-25 November 2018.


What does the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag include?

This year’s P1 Family Bag includes:

Read, Write Count Bags

What is Read, Write, Count?

This week pupils in  P2 and P3 will be bringing home their Read, Write Count gift bags.

What is Read, Write, Count?

Read, Write, Count is a new campaign to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children by providing advice and support for the families of children in Primary 1, 2 and 3. It a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise attainment for all and close the attainment gap.

Read, Write, Count aims to build on the success of the PlayTalkRead and Bookbug programmes in the early years and encourage parents and families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives. For many years, Bookbug has gifted a bag of books to all P1 students throughout Scotland. Now, through the Read, Write, Count campaign, all P1 to P3 children will receive a free bag with books, counting games and writing materials  this week at Dunbar Primary School

Research tells us that parental involvement in children’s learning is one of the best ways to improve educational outcomes for all children. Read, Write, Count is about giving parents the confidence to get involved and provides resources to support learning at home.

The campaign is being delivered by Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust.

To find out more about the campaign and see the advice and tips for parents, visit

Read, Write, Count bags

Children in Primary 2 and 3 will receive a Read, Write, Count bag in the autumn of this year. In it are books, fun counting games and materials for writing.

Free bags of books and other learning materials have been given to children from birth to Primary 1 for a number of years with Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug programme. Since 2015, these bags have had extra writing and counting materials from the Read, Write, Count campaign.

The bags are a great way to inspire parents and children to read, write and count together and are a great first step in increasing children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Book Week Scotland is a national celebration of books and reading. During Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust holds around 800 book events all over Scotland with schools, libraries, bookshops and many others. Gifting the bags during Book Week Scotland can draw pupils’ and parents’ attention to this national celebration and encourage them to participate in the week’s events, laying the groundwork for further engagement in reading. In school, Book Week Scotland can provide a platform for lots of activities celebrating books, and there are competitions, games and things to do online, including free online author events




Resilience Screening 20th November 2018


We  have organised a screening of the Resilience documentary at John Muir Campus on Tuesday 20th November at 18:15. It’s an excellent film which explains Adverse Childhood Experiences, their relevance to the children we teach and the possible impacts they can have later on in life.  There is no cost to book. Donations welcome on the night. THIS IS OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS IN THE DUNBAR CLUSTER

Tickets/Booking for non DPS staff can be obtained through Eventbrite. Click image above or link below.

The child may not remember, but the body remembers.

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.



Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2018

Who are Blythswood Care?

Since 1966, Blythswood Care has combined the Christian message with practical help for those in need. Whether through filled shoeboxes at Christmas, relief and development aid or social projects for young and old, Blythswood brings hope to thousands in Europe, Africa and Asia. Blythswood is committed to long-term care projects in Romania, enabling disadvantaged children and young people fulfil their potential. With the support of people like you, Blythswood provides loving care for body and soul.

Pupils received a leaflet today giving lots of information about the Christmas Shoebox Appeal and we talked about it in assembly today at John Muir and Lochend Campus.

The collection date for shoeboxes is two weeks today:  Friday 26th October 2018.  You can hand them in to John Muir or Lochend office any time before then.

Thank you!

Click on the link below to view this year’s checklist:

Shoebox 2018