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South Of Scotland Transport Survey for Young People

The Workforce Mobility Project would like young people to complete a short five minute survey. This is a great opportunity to highlight the transport and digital barriers and challenges which impact you and your families.

This survey is for all young people, and is asking about all forms of transport, from walking, public transport, personal car use and all points in between. It is also important to hear the voices of young people who might otherwise be ignored, such as young people with disabilities, and their experience of transport in the area.

This survey is for all young people, and is asking about all forms of transport, from walking, public transport, personal car use and all points in between. It is also important to hear the voices of young people who might otherwise be ignored, such as young people with disabilities, and their experience of transport in the area.

Continue reading South Of Scotland Transport Survey for Young People

Weekly Update 26 March 2021

Copy of Message from Helen Gillanders


This time last year we were going into an Easter holiday that was very worrying and very restrictive in what we c
ould or couldn’t do. Hopefully, as the vaccine roll-out makes good progress and the hard work we have all put into keeping each other safe has paid off, we can soon meet more family and friends and experience some of the activities we have missed so much. I am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather so that at least we can all get out in the fresh air and sunshine and make the most of our play-parks, gardens and local area. It almost feels like our usual school now that we have all our pupils and staff back in from Nursery, The Cove and P1-P7. Pupils have really enjoyed meeting up with their friends and ‘playtime’ is everyone’s favourite part of the school day! We have all been impressed with the determination and maturity shown by all our pupils. Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher.

Staffing Update

Mrs Susan Hagart, our Depute Head Teacher who has responsibility for The Cove has decided to take early retirement at the end of the school year, in June. She has been part of East Lothian Council for 33 years and joined us at DPS in 2011 when The Cove opened following its move from Musselburgh Burgh Primary School. We will miss her so much, her experience and calm and caring ways have always been valuable to us all.

March Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter

Autism Awareness Week

29th March to 4th April is World Autism Awareness Week 2021. One in every 100 children in the UK is Autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place. At Dunbar Primary School we have always been an Autistic friendly school.
Our teachers are skilled and continue to build professionally in Autism friendly classroom practice.  We  use visuals and visual timetables to support our  learners with consistent communication and routines. This session we successfully introduced the Zones of Regulation as another highly effective tool to support all our learners with their emotional regulation.

If you have any questions about Autism or any other Additional Support Needs, please contact school Mrs Wight at John Muir Campus, Mrs Kelly at Lochend Campus or Mr MacRury .

Easter Holidays

Just a reminder that the last day of this term is Thursday 1st April. School and nursery will reopen on Tuesday 20th April.

Positive Covid 19 Tests during Easter Break

If your child / young person tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday period please email the details to, covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk. Only if you have no access to email then call East Lothian Council on 01875 613921.

Holiday Dates Upcoming

May Day Holiday – Monday 3rd May

In-service Day – Monday 24th May

Last Day of Term – Friday 25th June

Final Day Fun- Easter Hat/Bonnet Competition

Help us raise funds for the school by joining in our Easter Bonnet/Hat competition. We would love to see your fanciest, wackiest and most inventive Easter headgear possible- our theme is to make it out of sustainable and recycled materials as much as possible. Please wear on the last day of school (Thursday 1st April) when judging will take place with prizes for each year group, kindly donated by The Royal Mackintosh.

We have set up a School Pay section (similar to the Red Nose Day fund) to make payment for this activity with a suggested donation of £1.

Nursery pupils will be able to take part in this activity within class with a prize for the Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday cohort.

Easter Holiday Fun – little things to fill the days and support Dunbar Primary

1) EASTER CRAFT BAG SURPRISE – INCLUDING GOOGLE MEET WITH PRIZES.  Book one of 60 craft bag surprise kits for children to be delivered to your door. Contains four different craft activities including a squishy to decorate and even a little chocolate. Also included is an invite to a Google meet with a scavenger hunt and a chance to win prizes on April 13 or 14 or 15 at 4pm. All you need to provide is some felt tips, a little parental supervision and FULL contact details. One craft kit per child.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 60. To book pay £5 via school pay – who will pass us your contact details so we can deliver. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

2) FIND THE DECORATED ROCKS HIDDEN AROUND DUNBAR.

Special rocks painted with an Easter theme are being hidden around Dunbar on Good Friday. On the back are instructions to take to Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch for a prize. If a Dunbar Primary pupil finds one with the instructions on the back, collect the rock and take it to Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch to claim your prize. Photos of the rocks and some hints where they are hidden will be posted on the Dunbar Primary School Rocks Facebook page and the Dunbar Primary School Parent Council Facebook page. YOU MUST HAVE THE ACTUAL ROCK TO CLAIM A PRIZE – NOT A PHOTO! Good luck.

3) STORY TRAIL. Collect a story trail to complete by walking Dunbar high street. Copies will be available from the school offices next week and Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch during the Easter holiday. Those who complete the trail and the challenge at the end can hand their entry into Lauderdale Park Cafe hatch where it will be entered into a competition. Lots of little prizes to be won and there’s a bigger prize for the very best when you return to school.

All organised by Dunbar Primary School Parent Council and supported by BeGreen and Asda.

 

Weekly Update 19.03.2021

Medical Information Forms

Please see attached a Medical Information form which needs to be signed and returned to school. This form is the blue form sent out by the offices this week.

It is vital that we have up to date medical information on your child and we are informed of any change of circumstances.

The information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence and only shared with staff members who require the information to support your child.

Please return this form, as soon as possible and no later than Thursday 1st April.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Andrew McCulloch, School Business Support Officer in the first instance.

An Electronic Version of the form is available below.

BLANK Medical Information FORM (1)

Medical Information

We have now added a  Medical Information tab on the School Website with accessible forms that parents are required to complete if they wish school staff to administer medication at school. Paper copies are available from the school. This part of the website also includes information on Specific Medical Conditions and Care Plans.

Non-prescribed Medication

Any medication not requiring a medical or dental practitioner’s prescription is defined as non-prescribed medication (e.g. paracetamol). School staff will not administer nonprescribed medication to pupils unless Form 1/Request for school to issue non-prescribed medication (Appendix 3) has been completed and signed by the parent/carer. The head teacher/designated person must also agree that it is necessary for the medication to be administered in school/on educational excursions.  

Routine Prescribed Medication

Any medication requiring a medical or dental practitioner’s prescription is defined as prescribed medication. This includes:

  • medication where a specified dose is taken at a specified time and
  • medication where the dose and time taken change according to symptoms and/or test results.

If it is necessary for this medication to be administered during school hours, the parent/carer must complete and sign the appropriate form before any medication can be administered. The flow chart in Appendix 1 identifies which form is required in which circumstances and Appendices 4 – 7 are blank examples of each type of form:

  • Form 2/Request for school to issue short-term prescribed medication (Appendix 4)
  • Form 3/Request for school to issue long-term prescribed medication (Appendix 5)
  • Form 4/Request for school to issue long-term as required prescribed medication       (Appendix 6)

Very Important Information

The medication must be supplied in the dispensing container with  the original  pharmacy label attached stating the pupil’s name, date of birth, name of medication, time/frequency and route of administration. The statement ‘As Directed’ is not acceptable. Medication that is not supplied to school in the dispensing container with the original dispensing label should NOT be accepted.  i.e. Pill boxes or other packages. ( I know of at least 4 where this is or has been the case.

We thank you for your support with this.

ASDA Donations-Thank You

We would like to say a massive thank you to ASDA in Dunbar for kindly donating 5 Dell computers to the school to enhance 5igital Inclusion.

ASDA have also been providing the school with snacks, breakfast goods and drinks to help provide food for children who require it at school. This has been very much appreciated by the children who have benefitted.

Red Nose day 2021

Image

Thank you to Mrs Gray for organising Red Nose day activities for the classes. They also had a Red Nose day Assembly and watched Rangy, The Squirrels and Barney crack some awesome jokes. The Dunbar Gruffalo also made an appearance from Lochend Woods with a poem. The children were also shown Ethan’s Story which is available below. Thank you also for the beautiful balloon  arch donated by a parent to the school this morning. Wonderful

Meet Ethan | Red Nose Day 2021 – YouTube

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘The Sick Kids’)

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘The Sick Kids’)
closes on 23 March. Children’s A&E is moving.

If your child or young person needs to go to the Emergency Department, from 8am on Tuesday 23 March, you must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

Main Switchboard Telephone Number:
0131 536 1000

Royal-Hospital-for-Children-and-Young-People

Support for Parents

Children 1st
Parent line
Call: 08000 28 22 33
(Mon-Fri; 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun; 9am-noon)
Email: parentline@children1st.org.uk
Children 1st Parentline can support families in East Lothian struggling with money worries, family troubles, or feeling low. For more information, visit: Children 1st Parentline – Parenting Help, Advice & Support | Children 1st

Young Minds
Parent line
0808 802 5544
(Free Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)
Email: Parents Email Service
Young Minds is available for parent who are worried about their child, and looking for some advice, to contact. For more information, visit:
Helpline – YoungMinds.
Young Minds
https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents
Helpfinder
Young Minds Helpfinder is an interactive questionnaire. It provides you with their most relevant tips, advice, and where to get support for your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dunbar Primary School Help

Dunbar Primary School  can help you too. Contact, 01368863777 John Muir or 01368860997 Lochend. We have Marie Prior our Enhanced Support Officer that can help as well as SLT and Support for Learning staff.

Support for Children

Childline 0800 1111 9am-3.30am
Childline
Children and young people can contact Childline with any worries or
concerns. There is also an online message board to speak with other young people in similar situations to yourself; Message boards | Childline.

Weekly Update 10.03.2021

Welcome back to P4 to P7 on  Monday 15th March

We are looking forward to welcoming out P4 to P7 pupils next week and all the teachers are excited to coming back too. SLT  will be at the gate from 8.30am to welcome the children. If you wish to chat to anyone contact the school office on 01368 860997 and they will put you through to either Mrs Eeles, Miss G Eunson or Mr MacRury.

It will be great to have our 1019 children in P1 to P7 back. We will also be welcoming a number of new pupils this week.

We currently have 188 children attending our Early Years provision too.

Medical Updates

There will be letters coming out to all parents asking for medical updates this week. It is critical that if your child has an existing medical condition or newly diagnosed that this information is shared with the school. We will also be asking parents to update  existing Care Plans for children with severe allergies ( anaphylactic) , Asthma  and Epilepsy and other specific medical diagnoses. It is once again critical that these are returned to the school. If your child has recently being diagnosed with any medical need that requires a care plan please contact Mr MacRury.

Medical Forms

We will be putting a section on or website after April for forms that we require for the administration of medication. We are exploring whether we can do this through a Google form too to make the process easier for parents.

Laptops

We still have some laptops that have been refurbished by Dunbar Community Council that can be used by pupils to access their learning through the internet. Contact the office in both campuses if you require one for your child.

P7 Transition to Dunbar Grammar School

Here is the first in a series of transition videos that Dunbar Grammar School  are  sharing for P7 students at ⁦@DunbarPrimary⁩ ⁦@EastLintonPS⁩ ⁦@TeamWBPS⁩ ⁦@Innerwickprim⁩ ⁦@StentonPrimary https://youtu.be/beUmRmRFCM8 

DGSC Meeting for new S1 parents 2021-22

On Tuesday 16th March there will be an online Meeting of the Parent Council – Dunbar
Grammar School Council (DGSC) from 7pm – 8pm. If you would like to attend, please email
parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

THIS IS ACOPY OF THE RETURN TO SCHOOL LETTER POSTED LAST WEEK

Dear Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils,

The advice that follows is subject to continued reductions in prevalence and community transmission of the virus, no significant changes in the evidence, and reassurance that appropriate infection prevention and control mitigations are in place both within schools and ELC settings, and in the wider community.

At long last we can welcome you back to school after your 8 weeks of remote learning, but this is subject to the advice above from the Scottish Government. We are all really looking forward to seeing you back in your classes and having fun with your classmates in person rather than over ‘google meet’.

There will be ‘soft start’ each day for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings.

As before, all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will be splitting our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils’ staff will have contact with.

For All P4 – P7 Pupils from Monday 15th March 2021 until arrangements change:

 

Start Times Mon- Thurs Friday         Staggered Finish
 

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

   

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.10pm (Friday)

 

 

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

Enter school between :

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

   

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3.10pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.20pm (Friday)

 

Pupils should be dropped off at Hallhill (or the school gates if you are walking) and make their way to their class entrance.

 

We ask that parents do not use the staff car park to drop pupils off unless arranged in advance for specific reasons agreed by the school.

 

The school gates will be closed, and only opened at 8.35am so please do not send your child to school before this time.

 

       

Finish:

 

We ask that parents arrange to meet pupils at Hallhill cark park or at a pre-arranged place.

 

Parents should not use our Lochend staff car park unless previously agreed by school.

 

 

 

 

The First Minister made it clear that alongside the factors we are putting in place in schools, one of the most important actions was for parents to keep 2m apart and minimise the contact they have at the school gate and in the community.

 

We would really appreciate it if all children used either of the gates to come into school and not the car park.

 

Unless you have a disabled sticker or you have arranged permission in advance with the school, you are unable to use the school carpark to drop your child off at school.  Both the front and back gate will be open for pupils to enter the school grounds.

 

There will be members of staff on the gate and at the classroom doors to ensure pupils get to the right room.

 

P4 & P5 – lessons start at 8.45am

P6 & P7 – lessons start at 8.55am

 

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, at 8.55am and a member of the Senior Leadership Team or support staff will be able to spend time with you and your child without lots of other pupils around.

 

In school learning

For the first few days there will be a focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom, teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  Over the following weeks pupils will engage in new learning, and re-visit the learning since January in different contexts.  Teachers will assess where pupils are in specific areas and what areas should be revised and the needs of the pupils based on observations and class activities.

 

What pupils need to bring each day

They should bring a waterproof jacket or coat, named water bottle, snack and lunch box. Gloves and hat if it is cold.

 

Classroom

Movement through the school will be limited and most children will spend their time in their classroom and outdoors.   There will be markings in the school building and playgrounds to support pupils moving around in their bubbles.

 

Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing. An extra jumper in the school bag will be useful on colder days.

 

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.

 

Hand washing

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing nose *after sneezing or coughing *after going to the toilet *

Staff Testing

Staff working in school are now taking part in the Asymptomatic testing programme as an added precaution to reduce contact with adults who may be carrying the virus without knowing.

 

Access to Toilets

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing after visiting the toilet.

 

Outdoors / Wider Access

In order to limit the number of people in the building, no parents or carers are allowed access until the restrictions are changed. Contact with the school must be made either by phone or by e-mail.

 

Playgrounds will only be accessed by children and staff, and only an emergency will trigger a need for anyone else on site so that carefully calculated capacities can be maintained.  Access to the building will be strictly controlled.

 

Physical Distanced Evacuation Arrangements

Staff will try where possible to keep a 2m distance from pupils. They will be required to maintain a 2m distance from other adults in school. We will hold a practice fire drill for Lochend Campus during the first week at school.

Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities will be reviewed in light of any changes with a review of Personal Evacuation Plans undertaken as part of the planning process.

Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will still be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. Each class is allocated a playground zone and we change this rota every 2 weeks.  Pupils will continue to eat their lunch in the classroom.  Once the pupils are finished their lunch indoors, if they have one snack left, e.g. a piece of fruit, a packet of crisps or a biscuit then they can take this outdoors with them to finish there (just like they would eat one playtime snack outdoors at break earlier in the day).

 

First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required, staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 2m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.  If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email at the school office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school, we should have two in school – one will be kept in the pupil’s classroom tray and a spare one will be kept in our Medical Room.

 

If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area and (asked to) avoid touching surfaces.  Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting parents and carers.

 

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our pupils to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We encourage pupils to wear their outdoor PE kit on the days when they have PE and the class teachers will provide more details about this when we return.  Shoes – the grass can get quite muddy so we would be grateful if pupils could wear appropriate shoes for this, e.g. boots or wellies on a wet day.  They can also bring another pair of shoes to change into should the need arise.

 

Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with you and want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. Currently, we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. With this in mind we are still asking you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school or school grounds, we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368860997).

 

In the first instance please contact the school office or the Year Stage Head:

P4 – Mr MacRury

P5 – Mrs Kelly

P6 – Mrs Eeles

P7 – Miss Eunson

 

Well done to our pupils who have really stuck at it even when lots of them were ‘fed up’.  The new skills they have developed and the resilience they have shown is very positive. This has been a challenging situation and we want to thank parents and carers for the support you have given your children.  We appreciate it and we are really glad to be getting them back.

 

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Weekly Update 05 March

Dear Parents

Find below this weeks update. Sorry it is a long one again. It contains a great deal of information and  some highlighted events and resources.

Angus MacRury DHT

Arrangements for P4 to P7 return 15th March 2021

Dear Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils,

The advice that follows is subject to continued reductions in prevalence and community transmission of the virus, no significant changes in the evidence, and reassurance that appropriate infection prevention and control mitigations are in place both within schools and ELC settings, and in the wider community.

At long last we can welcome you back to school after your 8 weeks of remote learning, but this is subject to the advice above from the Scottish Government. We are all really looking forward to seeing you back in your classes and having fun with your classmates in person rather than over ‘google meet’.

There will be ‘soft start’ each day for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings.

As before, all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will be splitting our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils’ staff will have contact with.

For All P4 – P7 Pupils from Monday 15th March 2021 until arrangements change:

Start Times Mon- Thurs Friday         Staggered Finish
 

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

 

Lessons start at 8.45am

 

   

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.10pm (Friday)

 

 

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

Enter school between :

 

8.45 – 8.55am

 

Lessons start at 8.55am

 

   Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 3.10pm (Mon – Thurs)

 

Pupils will be dismissed at 12.20pm (Friday)

 

Pupils should be dropped off at Hallhill (or the school gates if you are walking) and make their way to their class entrance.

 

We ask that parents do not use the staff car park to drop pupils off unless arranged in advance for specific reasons agreed by the school.

 

The school gates will be closed, and only opened at 8.35am so please do not send your child to school before this time.

 

       Finish:

We ask that parents arrange to meet pupils at Hallhill cark park or at a pre-arranged place.

 

Parents should not use our Lochend staff car park unless previously agreed by school.

 

 

 

 The First Minister made it clear that alongside the factors we are putting in place in schools, one of the most important actions was for parents to keep 2m apart and minimise the contact they have at the school gate and in the community.

We would really appreciate it if all children used either of the gates to come into school and not the car park.

Unless you have a blue badge or you have arranged permission in advance with the school, you are unable to use the school carpark to drop your child off at school.  Both the front and back gate will be open for pupils to enter the school grounds.

 There will be members of staff on the gate and at the classroom doors to ensure pupils get to the right room.

P4 & P5 – lessons start at 8.45am

P6 & P7 – lessons start at 8.55am

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, at 8.55am and a member of the Senior Leadership Team or support staff will be able to spend time with you and your child without lots of other pupils around.

In school learning

For the first few days there will be a focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom, teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  Over the following weeks pupils will engage in new learning, and re-visit the learning since January in different contexts.  Teachers will assess where pupils are in specific areas and what areas should be revised and the needs of the pupils based on observations and class activities.

 What pupils need to bring each day

They should bring a waterproof jacket or coat, named water bottle, snack and lunch box. Gloves and hat if it is cold.

Classroom

Movement through the school will be limited and most children will spend their time in their classroom and outdoors.   There will be markings in the school building and playgrounds to support pupils moving around in their bubbles.

 Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing. An extra jumper in the school bag will be useful on colder days.

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.

Hand washing (Clicking this links to guidance that you may wish to revisit with your child)

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing nose *after sneezing or coughing *after going to the toilet *

Staff Testing

Staff working in school are now taking part in the Asymptomatic PCR testing programme as an added precaution to reduce contact with adults who may be carrying the virus without knowing.

Access to Toilets

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing after visiting the toilet.

 Outdoors / Wider Access

In order to limit the number of people in the building, no parents or carers are allowed access until the restrictions are changed. Contact with the school must be made either by phone or by e-mail.

Playgrounds will only be accessed by children and staff, and only an emergency will trigger a need for anyone else on site so that carefully calculated capacities can be maintained.  Access to the building will be strictly controlled.

Physical Distanced Evacuation Arrangements

Staff will try where possible to keep a 2m distance from pupils. They will be required to maintain a 2m distance from other adults in school. We will hold a practice fire drill for Lochend Campus during the first week at school.

Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities will be reviewed in light of any changes with a review of Personal Evacuation Plans undertaken as part of the planning process.

Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will still be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. Each class is allocated a playground zone and we change this rota every 2 weeks.  Pupils will continue to eat their lunch in the classroom.  Once the pupils are finished their lunch indoors, if they have one snack left, e.g. a piece of fruit, a packet of crisps or a biscuit then they can take this outdoors with them to finish there (just like they would eat one playtime snack outdoors at break earlier in the day).

First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required, staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 2m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.  If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email at the school office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school, we should have two in school – one will be kept in the pupil’s classroom tray and a spare one will be kept in our Medical Room.

If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area and (asked to) avoid touching surfaces.  Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting parents and carers.

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our pupils to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We encourage pupils to wear their outdoor PE kit on the days when they have PE and the class teachers will provide more details about this when we return.  Shoes – the grass can get quite muddy so we would be grateful if pupils could wear appropriate shoes for this, e.g. boots or wellies on a wet day.  They can also bring another pair of shoes to change into should the need arise.

Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with you and want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. Currently, we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. With this in mind we are still asking you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school or school grounds, we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368860997).

In the first instance please contact the school office or the Year Stage Head:

P4 – Mr MacRury

P5 – Mrs Kelly

P6 – Mrs Eeles

P7 – Miss Eunson

Well done to our pupils who have really stuck at it even when lots of them were ‘fed up’.  The new skills they have developed and the resilience they have shown is very positive. This has been a challenging situation and we want to thank parents and carers for the support you have given your children.  We appreciate it and we are really glad to be getting them back.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Red Nose Day: Red Nose Day is here again and on Friday 19th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

People across the UK will be dressing up, donning noses and generally being silly and having fun and we are going to join in!

We will all be back at school. YEE HA!

The theme of this year’s Red Nose Day is all about the power of humour in helping us all get through tough times. Many will agree that we could all do with a bit of a laugh now more than ever and this year’s Red Nose Day aims to harness the power of humour, bring a smile to folk’s faces and raise funds for those who might be struggling due to the effects of Covid-19.

We are all being Superheroes at the moment and trying our best to keep things going. The Comic Relief website is suggesting that pupils dress up as a Superhero – and there are activities to work on. Pupils (and staff who want to!) could dress up as a superhero. I’m also suggesting we say wear anything that is funny / makes someone smile.  Lots of people are more than happy to wear a T-shirt but draw the line on the underpants on top of tights. So an alternative could be wearing a funny T-shirt / a wig / any dressing up costume. We are hoping that this level of variety will allow everyone to take part without having to go out and buy costumes – with a suggested donation of £1 for Comic Relief for anyone who is able to donate.

There has been a fund set up on the SchoolPay website called 2021 Red Nose Day. Any staff or pupils can make a donation through that if they wish.

We have not bought any Red Noses to sell school this year so we need to tell pupils to look out for noses when they are out shopping. The noses cost £1 each.

This year these are plastic free and have a nature theme and there are some tips on how best to enjoy your Nose safely: (not a line I imagined ever writing!)

Wash your hands regularly – especially before and after using your Nose.

Ensure the Nose is kept in a safe and clean place when not in use.

Follow a one nose per Nose rule.

There are lots of ways to enjoy your Nose if you don’t wish to wear it on your nose.

There will be a special Red Nose day Assembly on 19th featuring Barney the Bear, Rangy the Orang-utan, the Gruffalo and some rather silly Red Squirrels. Look out for the 100 really bad jokes! (Apologies in advance.)

Kind Regards,

Jayne Gray, Principal Teacher. Fundraising co-ordinator

Angus J MacRury, DHT

Brunton Puppet Animation Festival 

Every Easter The Brunton and ELC Arts Service bring the Puppet Animation Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, to East Lothian. These imaginative and playful, high quality performances and workshops are ideal for primary school age children and usually take place in venues across the County.

This year the Puppet Animation Festival is going ONLINE with two fabulous performances to watch through The Brunton’s website and two fun workshops to take part in via Zoom.

Book here

The Incredible Tale of Robot Boy (Theatre Rites) will be on Saturday 10 April at 11.30am & 2pm for ages 8 plus.

In the most extraordinary high-tech laboratory, a team of the world’s top scientists are attempting the impossible, to create a robot with a real brain. Their aim is to push the boundaries of scientific discovery. They succeed and Robot Boy is born. A poetic story about humanity, responsibility and life with dazzling puppetry, interactive film and performance.
Theatre-Rites is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, known for their puppetry and object manipulation work and for creating innovative theatre for children and adults. Watch the trailer here.

The Selfish Giant (Tessa Bide Productions) is on Saturday 17 April at 11.30am & 2pm for ages 3 plus.

Inspired by the touching children’s story The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of audience interaction are used to explore an unusual friendship and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.

Tessa Bide Productions launched in 2021 and are Bristol’s leading family theatre experts. They have toured extensively across the UK and internationally to great acclaim. Watch the trailer here.

Tickets for The Incredible Tale and Robot Boy and The Selfish Giant are just £5 each (plus booking fee). This is per viewing – regardless of the number watching together at the same time.

Two fun and interactive workshops presented by Temporary Commons offer the chance to stay connected and get creative. Bookers will receive a pack with all the materials needed as well as a Zoom link to join the workshop online, led by professional puppet creators.

Sing Song Bird Puppet workshop is on Saturday 10 April at 10am & 3.00pm, for ages 8 plus.

Using collage and pop-up card folding techniques, participants will make a bird puppet with a moving beak. These birds love to sing, squawk and chatter. The birds sing a simple song which will be shared at the end of the workshop.

Wibble Wobble Clown workshop is on Saturday 17 April at 10am & 3.30pm, for ages 5 plus.

These puppets are collages made from simple shapes, then assembled with split pins. Once they’re made, the clowns will parade, to test their tipple topple, wibble wobble.

Each workshop costs £10 per participant, which includes postage of all the materials needed as well as access to the professional led online workshops.

Book online here or call 0131 653 5245 Mon-Fri 10am – 3pm

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are appealing for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website www.thebrunton.co.uk 

1140 Hours – Nursery

Dear Parents and Carers

1140 – Easter 2021

In response to questions from parents and carers we are sending out short follow up to the communication regarding the offer of additional funded Nursery hours.

The additional hours below will be offered from the 19th April 2021 for all children attending Dunbar Nursery, if you choose to accept the extended you will still have the option for a later starts and earlier collection times. We will share what this will look like as soon as it is available.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday (Alt)
Mon/Tues

Group

9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 (every 2nd Friday)
Wed/Thurs Group 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00 9.5hrs between 8.00-18.00

To enable us to gage the demand for nursery hours during July and August could you please complete the survey below:

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/elc-easter-2021/

Survey

Survey Option 1:

Accepting additional during term time and during the summer weeks

Survey option 2:

Keeping the current hours during term time and during the summer weeks

Accepting neither option means that you will keep the current nursery hours during term time only.

Accepting either option 1 or 2 means that you will be unable to access any funded hours at another ELC setting.

Could you please complete the survey fully to ensure that you are able to see all the options available and submit it by Monday 8th March 2021

Please note these hours will only be available if there is a reasonable demand for places.

We are currently working on what the nursery day will look like and will be contacting you shortly with further information.

If you have any further questions regarding the 1140 hrs please contact me by email dunbar.ps@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk or telephone 01368863773.Y

ours sincerely

Charlotte De’ath, Nursery Centre Manager

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING – 9TH MARCH 2021

The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Tuesday  9th March at 7pm.  Please e-mail parentcouncil@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk if you would like to attend.  Click below for the agenda and minutes of the previous meeting.

Agenda March 21

DPPC MINUTES FEBRUARY 2021

Free Courses for Parents

Find below free courses for parents resident in Scotland.

Helping your child with their worries about going back to primary school

With the P4 to P7 scheduled to go back on 15th March this may be  helpful

After so long juggling day-to-day life with primary schools closed, you may have mixed emotions about schools reopening, and feeling a bit out of practice when it comes to the school routine. It may feel a bit daunting for your child too. It’s perfectly natural for your child to have lots of questions.

That’s why Parent club have pulled together information, advice and tips to tackle any worries about going back to primary school. Click logo or link below.

https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/helping-your-child-with-their-worries-about-primary-school?dm_i=LQE,79AOK,27L6RM,TF9XM,1