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Fostering- Are you who they are looking for?

Are you who they’re looking for?

We urgently need more people to take the plunge and find out about fostering with East Lothian Council.

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:

‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. The demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.

‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our current foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’


To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team (including, training, home visits and remuneration), please go to or  phone us on 01620 827 643

Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2018

Every March people around the world demonstrate their solidarity – calling for greater action on climate change – by switching their lights out for an hour.

How can we get involved in making real local and global change?

On Saturday 24th March bring your unwanted clothing to one of the Zero Waste Shops in Dunbar (2 Countess Crescent EH42 1DX) or Musselburgh (175 High Street EH21 7DE) or take them to any of the BIG PICK textile banks at East Lothian Recycling Centres.

Did you know that today’s textile industry is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gasses / co2 emissions on Earth?

This is due to:

  • the huge size and scope of the textile industry as well as the many processes and products that go into the making of textiles and finished textile products; and,
  • the transportation of textiles into, around and out of our country to other countries for disposal.

What Miixer CIC are doing about it?

Miixer CIC is a unique, local, not for profit social enterprise, working in partnership with East Lothian Council to collect local textiles with the aim of keeping them in our area for local benefit e.g. all school uniforms are free and food bank customers get free clothes.

How does Miixer CIC differ from other textile collection organisations?

Other companies and charities ship local textiles out of our area for use and disposal in other parts of the world. All this transportation of textiles results in not only massive amounts of co2 emissions and loss of a local resource for local benefit.


For more information:

Elaine Albano Retirement


After 39 years working at Dunbar Primary school, which included a period as a Community School teacher at Dunbar Cluster Schools, Mrs Elaine Albano has decided to retire. She has been outstanding, both in her role as class teacher and as our first ever Principal Teacher Inclusion, Equity and Support. There are thousands of pupils and hundreds of families who have been supported by her through her wise words, her common sense approach and her unflappable nature. We as a school and community have benefitted from her experience and commitment. There is an invitation for former pupils/families that she has worked with over the years to come along on Wednesday 28th March at 2pm for a group photograph at John Muir Campus.



New Appointment

Our new PT Inclusion, Equity and Support will be Mrs Caroline Wight who will start with us on Monday 16th April. She has already met with Mrs Albano to ensure she is aware of planned meetings coming up, and we will ensure she is fully supported whilst getting to know the pupils, staff and community of Dunbar.

Weekly Diary 19th March

Monday 19th March

9-3pm – Purple Pinkie @ Dance Studio (Lochend)

9am –  P3 Relax Kids @ Drama Room

P2D trip to Victorian School/ return approx. 2pm

6 – 7pm Sex Education talk for P1 – P7 in the hall John Muir

Tuesday 20th March

AM & PM – Easter Decoded P7 @ Parish Church

Euro Quiz Team to competition

3.30 P4A Meet the Teacher

9am – P2C trip to the Victorian School/ return approx. 2pm

2.00 Tai Kwan Do Group Drama Room

Wednesday 21st March

ALL DAY – QMU Opera P5 @ Dance Studio

Rabbani Hassan in for Islam talk with P6 in Gym Hall

9am – P2F trip to the Victorian School/ return approx 2pm

Thursday 22nd March

9am – P2A trip to the Victorian School/ return aprrox 2pm

2.00 Tai Kwan Do Group Drama Room

Friday 23rd March

Sport Relief – Wear something sporty and bring a donation ( Both Campuses)

9.30am start – Whole School Assembly @ JMC

Garden Revamp Meeting Library 9am (John Muir)


Additional Funding Available to Schools


Forms and guidance available at above link or at the school.

Dunbar Primary School receives £1200 funding from the Scottish Government for each pupil between P1 and P7 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding and schools use the money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement.

If you are eligible for free school meals (see eligibility criteria below), please apply for your child(ren). Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having the free school meal every day, we would encourage you to apply so that the school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding to support learning.

We want to ensure that you are not missing out on any potential entitlements. One important area is free school meals. Access to free school meals is an important part of the health and wellbeing of students at Dunbar Primary School . If your son or daughter is entitled, we are happy to support you to overcome any problems you might have with the application process. Please contact Mrs Albano at John Muir Campus (01368863773) or Mrs Kelly at Lochend Campus (01368860997) to discuss.

Anyone wanting further information should contact Education on (01620) 827782 or 827827 or email

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Children in P1, 2 and 3: All pupils in Primary 1, 2 and 3 will be entitled to a free school meal (but not free school milk).

Parents/Carers receiving the following benefits should continue to complete a free school meal application form to ensure they are not charged for school milk:

• Income support
• Income based job seekers allowance
• Universal Credit (from the 1 August 2017 you will only be entitled to Free School Meals if you are in receipt of Universal Credit and your monthly earned income is less than £610)
• Employment support allowance (income related)
• 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 £6,420

Parents who do not want their child to take up their free school meal should let their school know as soon as possible.

Free school meals ensure that children receive a free, balanced and healthy meal during the school day if they need it. This service is delivered discreetly so that it is not obvious to other children that your child is receiving this service.

Click on link below to download form and guidance.


John Muir Campus- Gardening Project

John Muir Campus- Gardening Project

Launch Meeting:  Friday 23rd March 9am

  • We are planning to improve and enhance our Courtyard Garden to make this a more inspiring and creative place in which our pupils can learn
  • We already have some volunteers who would like to get involved and some fantastic offers with help rebuilding our planters and creating a sandpit.
  • We are going to meet on Friday 23rd March at 9am in the Library at John Muir Campus.
  • Please come along for a chat about the plans and to get involved! If you can’t make it, we will still keep you informed of our plans so you can come along and help at a later date.Your help: and that could be some of your spare time to clear our garden, helping create some of the new learning spaces…….. all would be so gratefully received so please come along! Thank you- All the Teachers at JMC




Wednesday 28th March 2018 @ 2.00pm John Muir Campus

As Mrs Albano is retiring after 39 years within Dunbar Primary and the Cluster we would like to have a photo opportunity with as many former pupils/families that she has worked with over the years. Anyone who is able and would like to come along would be more than welcome. If you have children here and would like them to be part of the photograph then please collect and bring them along too. The more the merrier! This will be a lovely reminder of her memories at Dunbar Primary School.