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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


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.


School Improvement Plan 2018-19 and Sand Q Report 2017-18

Dear Parents

Please find below the School Improvement Plan and the Standards and Quality report  from improvement priorities last Session for Dunbar Primary School. Below is the opening statement of the Standards and Quality Report which introduces the context of the school and community. Paper copies are available from the school on request.

Context of the School

Dunbar Primary School is a very large school split over two campuses; the role continues to rise as additional housing is planned for Dunbar. We currently have 1248 pupil, 36 classes in the main school and 8 classes in our nursery. John Muir Campus houses our nursery with a roll of 240, P1-P3 classes of 390 pupils and our Wraparound care facility. We also have an Authority Communication Base for primary pupils; all pupils allocated a mainstream class and where possible, depending on the severity and need, we aim to integrate them into class as much as possible. Lichen Campus has 20 classes for P4-P7 of 572 pupils. 

The Headteacher has no class commitment; there are 5 deputies all with 0.2FTE FTE, two based at each campus and one who has responsibility for the Cove. The school is also supported by two full-time PT Inclusion and Support at each campus and a full-time PT who has responsibility for the nursery and one other PT with full-time class commitment. Pupils are supported by 3 full and 3 part time additional support needs auxiliaries and the equivalent of ten full-time classroom assistants.

We see ourselves as community school and work hard to engage with and support the community of Dunbar. We have very supportive and proactive parents, a large and enthusiastic volunteer network and pupils who are engaged and motivated to learn.

Final Copy SIP 18 – 19 FINAL

Final DPS S&Q 2017-18 FINAL

Accelerated Reader Home Connect

Is your child taking part in Accelerated Reader? Did you know you can go to a website called Home Connect to see their reading results and progress? It’s very simple to do…

Click on the link above and simply enter your child’s username and password (all pupils should know this) and you will be able to:

  • review results on AR quizzes taken in school
  • view the number of books read, words read and quizzes passed
  • see a virtual bookshelf showing the books your child has read

You will also see a link to ‘E-Mail Setup’ at the top of the page that gives you the chance to sign up to recieve an e-mail every time your child takes a quiz to share the results with you instantly!

You can find more Accelerated Reader information in our ‘RESOURCES’ section of the school website.

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

Snow Day Activities and Websites

All East Lothian Council schools, nurseries & specialist education provision will remain CLOSED to pupils on Friday 2 March due to adverse weather.

Some activities and learning you you could do whilst not at school and once you have enjoyed the snow.

* Make a fort in your house with bed sheets and read a book inside

* Make some paper snowflakes

* Build a family of snowmen of different heights, try to build them in order from tallest to shortest

* Draw a snow day picture of you in the snow. What are you wearing?  Can you label your drawing?

* Create a snow animal, e.g. a snow cat or snow rabbit

* Help an adult to clear the paths outside your house

* Go on website and choose some maths/numeracy games to play

* Help an adult to prepare  breakfast/lunch/dinner. You could write down all the ingredients.

* You could write a story with FROZEN as the title

* Write a shopping list based on the things that you are running out of at home.

* Make a bird feeder, fill it with seeds and dried fruits and put it in your garden or window sill.

* Draw or paint a snowy scene from your house.

* Write a letter to your teacher telling them all the things you have being doing whilst off.

* Write 10 snow jokes.

See photos for more ideas:

For P1 to P3 try the following sites:

You need to register for this site but it is free and gives a huge selection of ebooks. It also has maths and literacy activities. You can also download an app for Android and IOS.