Category Archives: Notices

Lochend Library Helpers

Please contact Miss Eeles at Lochend Campus (01368 860997)  if you can help every week (or on rotation with another parent/grandparent) during:

Wednesday 1.30 – 2pm

Thursday 1.30 – 2pm

The Primary 4s have recently started using Accelerated Reader so this would be a huge help to us!  If you can only volunteer for a short time, e.g. November – December then please let us know.

Thank you!


Parental Involvement Survey

A survey is being conducted by the Parental Involvement Team at East Lothian Council Education Department. The results of the survey will inform their next steps in updating the current Parental Involvement Strategy for East Lothian.

Parents and carers are the most important influence throughout a child’s education and parental involvement in learning makes a real difference to children’s achievements. Everyone benefits (children, parents and teachers) when parents and schools work effectively together to support learning.

Parent Councils help parents and carers to become more actively and effectively involved in their children’s learning. They were established under the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 in recognition of the important role that parents can play, both in their own children’s learning, and in the life of a school. Parent Forum is the collective name for every parent, carer or guardian at a school.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you have time:

Easter Activities

easter decoded Passover easter decodedWe are taking part in various Easter activities this week.

P1 pupils visited Lochend for a P7 buddy visit to create Easter puppets and cards, P7 visited the Parish Church for an ‘Easter Decoding’ event and P4C have created Easter chicks using their knowledge of whole shapes and fractions.

P1 – P7 will also attend an Easter service at Belhaven Church this week.



The Magic Lantern Tickets and Background



Please book your tickets online this weekend for The Magic Lantern next weekend (Sat 7 & Sun 8 March, 6.30-8pm) and please forward this post to all your family, friend and  work colleagues and encourage them to book too!

The Magic Lantern tickets must be bought in advance, as the number of places is limited and demand is growing. (A limited number of tickets will also be available on Sat 7 & Sun 8 at 6.30pm at the Dunbar Garden Centre car park.) We will control access to the road to Barns Ness and only our buses will be able to drive down to the lighthouse. Given how cold it has been, we have reduced the show duration so that it will end at 8pm. Eve Coaches will come onsite from 7.30pm, so if your children do get too cold, they can warm up on the bus!


If you sign up to be a Magic Lantern evening volunteer by midnight Monday 2 March, you can get a free Adult ticket for the Media Preview evening on Thursday 5 March.



Dunbar SciFest Team of volunteer parents have worked really, really hard to secure funding and organise this very special and unique evening event. ONLY if this year’s light projection and installation event is a success, will we be able to progress our plans to double the scale of this evening event annually, projecting onto Torness power station in 2016 (as part of Scottish Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design) and to the Dunbar Harbours in 2017 (as part of Scottish Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology).

If this becomes an annual event, it has the potential to have a hugely positive economic impact on Dunbar and we have been inspired by the following:

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award winning sound and light show, attracted just over 46,500 visitors to the Highland Perthshire area over a 24 night run in 2014. This event that has awarded Scotland’s Best Cultural Event three times in the last four years. Visitor numbers in 2014 increased by 16% from 2013. It is predicted that the event’s impact on the local tourism economy is now in the region of £2 million per annum, with almost 50% of all visitors to the event choosing to stay overnight in the area on their visit and 90% citing the event as their main reason for visiting the area this autumn.The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s ‘Night in the Garden’ secured £56K in funding (£25,000 from Homecoming Scotland as a 2014 event plus an additional £31K of other sponsorship). It attracted 23,076 visitors over 23 nights between 30  October and 23 November 2014 and generated £200K net revenue. It was the busiest November in the RBGE since records began in 1901. This installation was designed by Dunbar resident Malcolm Innes, Light Artist, who is also designing The Magic Lantern for Dunbar SciFest and installed by Black Light, who’s Founder and Managing Director, Gavin Stewart is also a Dunbar resident.



Tweet Tweet from York…

We had such a great response on twitter during P7 Camp that we will be tweeting next week from York!  We will tweet daily updates and photos of the P5 visit.

Twitter is a great way for us to instantly share information and our fantastic achievements with parents and the public.  We currently have over 200 followers.

You don’t even need a twitter account, although it will allow you to ‘follow’ us if you do!

To view our twitter feed simply click on or search for @dunbarprimary





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.