We have been working to come up with a snappy song to sing about Ringo! It’s sung to the tune of “Bingo was his name-o”.
The RRS team will organise an assembly in the new year and we can sing along to Ringo’s song!
We are looking for some volunteers to come & do some secret wrapping in school. Friday 30th November & Friday 7th December are the dates we are looking for helpers & anytime you can lend a hand between 8.45am & 12. All resources are provided as will be tea & coffee.
Please click on the link below to view our 2018 Christmas Countdown:
Dear Parents and Carers,
Find below an extract from our latest Newsletter
Rights Respecting School Bronze Award
Dunbar Primary School has successfully achieved the first stage of the Rights Respecting School Award! We were delighted to achieve the Bronze Award this term, recognising us as a ‘Rights Committed’ school. The Rights Respecting School ambassadors, along with Mrs Whitehead (P6 class teacher), are now busy creating the winter RRS Newsletter. This is due out towards the end of term and will give you more information about this fantastic achievement.
Friday 16th November – Children in Need and Dunbar Christmas Lights Fundraising
We are planning a dress down day (your choice of PJs, onesies, casual clothes etc.) for a small donation on Friday 16th November to raise money for Children in Need and Dunbar Christmas Lights. There will also be a cake stall on this day for both John Muir & Lochend Campus. All cakes will cost between 20p – 50p. Baking donations (nut free) are welcomed on the Thursday or Friday morning. All money raised will be split 50/50 between Children in Need and Dunbar Christmas Lights.
‘Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ Screening
We have organised a screening of this documentary at John Muir Campus on Tuesday 20th November at 6.15pm. 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. To book, please click on: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-the-biology-of-stress-and-the-science-of-hope-tickets-51804687214?aff=ebdssbdestsearch (or find the link on our twitter page or school website).
Find the rest of the Newsletter here: 2 November Newsletter 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.
Click on the link below to view this year’s checklist:
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:-
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.
Please click on the link below to view our first Rights Respecting School (RRS) newsletter created by the RRS Ambassadors and Mrs Whitehead (P6E class teacher).
Mrs Bennett gave a presentation at the September Parent Council meeting about her role this year and our plans for raising attainment in numeracy and mathematics.
Please click on the link below to view the presentation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bennett at Lochend Campus on 01368 860997.
Please click on the link below to read our latest newsletter:
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.