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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


Reminder. Grandparents Day

Where:    Dunbar Primary School at John Muir Campus.

When:     Wednesday 10th October from 9.00 – 9.45am.

Why:         We would like to invite our Grandparents to

come in and see how we are developing our learning

NB: some classes will be at PE and Music


Where:    Dunbar Primary School at Lochend  Campus.

When:     Thursday 11th October from 9.00 – 9.45am

Why: We would like to invite our Grandparents to

come in and see how we are developing our learning

NB: some classes will be at Science, PE and German

Refreshments will be served from 9.45 – 10.30 on both sites in the Dining Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Managing Head Lice infection in Children

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Dear Parents/Guardian

Managing Head Lice Infection in Children

The Scottish Executive has issued advice about head lice infection. This is based on a report, the 1998 Stafford Report, “Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Head Lice”.  For your information, I have set out the main aspects of this new advice. The advice is still lengthy so it may be useful to highlight the key changes that it will make:-

  • The responsibility for checking for, and dealing with, head lice infection will lie with parents or carers.
  • Neither the school nurse, nor any other member of the school staff will check for, or deal with head lice infection.
  • The school will not issue letters alerting you to head lice infections in your child’s class. Head lice infections are now so common that such letters could be issued on a daily basis.
  • If any member of the school staff notices that a child has a head lice infection, they will inform the parents or carers of that child.
  • Because infections are now so common, you should check your child’s hair on a weekly basis.
  • If you find any sign of head lice infection you should treat it using one of the methods set out below.

Head lice

Head lice are small, six legged wingless insects which are pin-head size when they hatch. Less than match-head size when fully grown and are grey/brown in colour.  They lie on or very close to the scalp at the base of the hair.  Eggs are laid in sacs which are very small and well camouflaged.  They are securely glued to hairs where they hatch after a period of 7-10 days.  Nits are the empty egg sacs, which are white and shiny – they are often easier to see than head lice themselves. **A head lice infection cannot be diagnosed unless a living louse has been found on the head.**


The primary responsibility for the identification, treatment and prevention of the head lice in a family lies with the parents. Regular checking of the children’s heads is important, but it is a parental responsibility.


Weekly checking, by “wet combing” is an effective means of detection.

“Wet combing” involves washing the hair and applying conditioner, then combing through with a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles. Taking a section at a time, a fine tooth detection comb is then pulled downwards through the hair, keeping the comb close to the scalp (where head lice are often located).  The comb is checked for lice after each section.  The comb must be fine enough to catch the lice and a pharmacist should be able to recommend a comb for this purpose, if parents are in any doubt.  This process should be completed weekly.  If head lice are found, all other family members should be checked and, if necessary, treated.  Checks should be continued following treatment to ensure that it has been effective and to detect any re-infection.


Once infection is detected, there are two treatment approaches. One is the use of insecticide lotions and an alternative is removal by wet combing, sometimes called ‘bug busting’.  Both methods require continued combing to remove any unhatched egg

Re-infection can occur if a child has direct head to head contact with someone else who has head lice. It is likely that a child will become re-infected unless the whole family, and all those who have been in close contact with the child, have been checked and, if lice are found, treated.

   Insecticide treatment should never be used as a preventative measure as the use of  An alternative option for dealing with head lice is wet combing, sometimes called ‘bug busting’. This is a non-chemical approach that involves mechanical removal of all lice from the hair after the hair has been washed and conditioned. With the conditioner still in, the hair is combed gradually using a fine tooth comb, section by section, in order to remove the lice.‘Bug busting’ is time consuming and to be effective, must be carried out every 3 days for up to 3 weeks to remove newly hatched lice. Insecticide treatments offer a more immediate solution to a head lice infection, but some parents may have concerns about using these sorts of treatments.

The ‘Bug Buster Kit’ is now available for prescribing by health professionals. Only one kit is required for a family and it is reusable. The kit, which includes an illustrated guide and combs, is available from some pharmacies and by mail order from: Community Hygiene Concern (Charity Reg No: 801371)LONDONHelp Line: 020 7686 4321 

If parents have any enquiries relating to any other the above please contact the school directly or The Scottish Executive Health Department, Women and Children’s Unit, St. Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG.


GTCS Award for Dunbar Primary School

Excellence in Professional Learning Award for Schools and Learning Communities

Tonight, 20th September, the SLT and members of staff accompanied by Fiona Robertson, Head of Education will be attending The GTC SCOTLAND Excellence in Professional Learning Awards 2018 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Glasgow ,to receive the Excellence in Professional Learning Award for Schools and Learning Communities Award.

The SLT are proud of all staff who have made this award possible for the school and community and would  like to dedicate the award to everyone who works in Dunbar Primary School. They are the difference that makes Dunbar Primary School such a wonderful place to learn in, for both our pupils and staff.

Below are the Key Strengths identified by the panel 

Key Strengths

The panel enjoyed the structure of the day and would like to commend Dunbar Primary School on the following observed key strengths:

Prior to the event the documentation and the visual materials provided the panel members with a brief insight to Dunbar Primary School and gave a flavour of the excellent professional learning opportunities available for staff and pupils.

The panel were very appreciative of the open, honest and reflective nature of the school community. All staff, pupils, parents and partners spoke of their pride in the school as a learning community and a place to learn.

Through the various conversations it was very evident that the whole school community appreciate the inspirational leadership of the Headteacher and consider her an excellent professional learning role model.

Leadership of and for learning

There is a strong strategic and holistic vision of professional learning. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Principal Teachers (PTs) were considered to be strong enquiry role models who support staff to build capacity both within and outwith the learning community.

There was also strong evidence that professional learning is collaborative, staff are encouraged to take an enquiry approach. Staff are actively encouraged to take risks and are supported to bring forward new ideas. New members of staff feel very welcomed and a strong induction process helps to ensure consistency in approaches to learning and teaching across the school.

Professional Standards & Policy

Gatekeeping by the SLT supports the development of teacher agency and builds capacity to ensure a strong focus on learning and teaching through appropriate professional learning. There was evidence of an embedded culture of coaching and staff were supported to reflect on their own professional learning using coaching wheels. Tracking meetings of pupil progress are used to inform the professional learning of staff and also supported the professional review and development process.

Learning that deepens knowledge and understanding

There is a culture of creating space and time for staff to engage fully in professional learning including more in-depth learning e.g. practitioner enquiry. This time and space is greatly appreciated and valued by staff who feel that they are positively encouraged to undertake practitioner enquiry and to take ownership for and lead of their own and others’ learning. Through this professional trust staff have a ‘can do‘ attitude to professional learning. Connectedness of learning and pedagogies across pupil and teacher learning was evident and some students saw teachers as learners.

Learning by enquiry

There are multiple enquiry role models at all levels of the staff team and teachers are engaging in practitioner enquiry which is relevant to their own learning and have the autonomy to work collaboratively or individually. Teachers are encouraged to ask questions, critically engage with policy and take risks in their own learning. This fosters collaboration and professional dialogue. The impact of practitioner enquiry is beginning to be recognised and its association with student learning.


The culture of sharing staff learning between and beyond school is a strength in this learning community. Regardless of the challenging circumstances, there are multiple opportunities for professional dialogue, informal and formal, within and outwith the school community, and there is some evidence this is extending to pupils particularly in upper stages of primary.

Engaging with and involving the community and partners in pupils’ learning and acknowledging learning beyond the school gates is to be commended.

Teacher and Student Learning

There is a strong sense of teacher-as-learner and an interconnected relationship between their learning and the learning of their pupils is beginning to emerge.



Instrumental Music Tuition- Important Information Update for P4-P7 Parents from East Lothian Council

Instrumental Music Tuition

Important Update

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

We are writing to advise you of the following important updates in relation to your engagement with the Instrumental Music Instruction service.

Submission of registration forms – returning pupils

With the introduction of charging for the service it is vital that all pupils who want to continue to receive instrumental instruction are formally registered and with this in mind we have extended the deadline for submission of registration forms for returning pupils to Tuesday 18 September 2018. With this in mind we are confident that this extension will allow sufficient time for all registration forms for returning pupils to be returned. However, for those who do not return their forms, it will not be possible for music tuition to continue and parents/carers will be advised accordingly.

Submission of registration forms – new pupils

Instrumental instructors are currently undertaking selection procedures for new pupils entering the service with the submission of registration forms having already started and this will continue in the coming days/weeks. Schools will by now have informed parents/carers of the selection process which is underway. The pupils selected will receive a registration form which needs to be completed by the parent/carer, signed off by the Music Instructor and then submitted to the Education Department as soon as possible for processing.

Payment for tuition

First payments will now be made from 15 October 2018 and not 15 September 2018 as previously indicated. This change to the payment schedule will enable all parents/carers to use the new online payment system which East Lothian Council is currently rolling out across the county. This new online payments system has a range of new features and in due course will also have the ability for parents to make automatic recurring payments, to improve the user experience further. Notification of when this new feature is available will be advised at the appropriate time. Page 2 of 2

IN THE MEANTIME PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION LETTER AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FROM US. This information will explain how, where and when to make payments. A confirmation letter with a payment schedule will be issued over the coming weeks. Lessons will still continue for returning pupils during this period as long as a registration form has been submitted.

Please note, the revised payment periods will now be: Option 1: 10 monthly payments.

Payments will begin in October and be paid by the 15th of each month on an ongoing basis up to and including July 2019.

Option 2: 3 termly payments.

Payable October 15th, January 15th and April 15th.

Option 3: I wish to pay the full amount in 1 payment.

Payable by October 15th.


Information Update – Instrumental Music Tuition 11-09-18FINAL