UNICEF’s Day for Change 2012

Education through Sport

 Dear Parents and Carers

On Friday 3rd February, our school will be supporting UNICEF’s Day for Change and we very much hope that you will join us in supporting this worthwhile, fun and educational event. It is a great opportunity for our pupils to learn about and raise money for children in other parts of the world.

 The idea is very straightforward. In return for a donation of £1 to help UNICEF’s vital work, your child will join the pupils and staff of the school by changing their day  – change their hair or clothes!

 Two pupils will get to be Headteachers for the day whilst Mrs Gillanders goes back to class!

 By taking part in this important day, we can help support UNICEF’s work, using sport and play to transform the lives of children.

Why are we doing it?

 As you know, 2012 is a key year for sports. Not only will sport and the achievements of the world’s top athletes at the London 2012 Games inspire schools and children around the world, but it has a much wider importance – it is also an effective way of transforming the lives of children and their communities.

 Play and sport are not only a fundamental right for children, but also vital elements in the health happiness and well-being of children and young people. UNICEF is using sport as an effective tool to help achieve goals in health, education, gender equality, HIV and AIDS, child protection and child development.

 More than half of Uganda’s population is under the age of 14 and live on less than $1.25 a day[1]. Poverty, conflict and social stigma mean that many children do not complete their primary education. Children often have to work and live in dangerous conditions.

 This is wrong. By taking part in Day for Change, we will be helping transform children’s lives through the power of sport.

 We will post photographs of our Day for Change on this site later.


Rights Respecting School Committee


Day for Change 3rd February

As part of our Rights Respecting Schools focus we are taking part in the Day for Change. You can find out more information about this on UNICEF’s website.


The ballot will be drawn by Mr MacKenzie and Mrs Hackett on Monday 30th January and the two winners will be told that day! One winner for John Muir Campus and one winner for Lochend Campus. Mrs Gillanders will meet the lucky winners for a Senior Management Team Meeting on Wednesday 1st February at 8.45am to discuss your very important duties on The Day for Change – Friday 3rd February.

As well as this special job opportunity we are inviting children and teachers to change something for that day e.g. your hair, clothes, etc. As part of this we would like pupils to bring in a donation of £1. The donations will go towards providing sports resources for schools in Uganda.

News Release: Consultation on new development plan

East Lothian Council is seeking the views of residents and others on future land-use and development in East Lothian as it prepares a new Local Development Plan.

The plan will eventually replace the East Lothian Local Plan 2008.

Councillor Barry Turner, the Council’s planning spokesman said: “The Council is interested in hearing the views of everyone with an interest in East Lothian. We want to know what aspirations you have for the way your area might develop over the next ten years or so, and what planning issues you think may need to be addressed in the new plan. Continue reading News Release: Consultation on new development plan

Learning Room

Weekly Drop in Session for Parents and Carers

 Come and find out some more on :

Thursday 26th January – Cursive Writing

Thursday 2nd February – Phonics & Tallying

Thursday 9th February – Taking Away/Decomposition

(More to follow)

 John Muir Campus

 Free crèche and coffee

 No need to book just come along at 9am

Blue Monday

Monday 16th January is meant to be the most miserable day of the year… but at Dunbar Primary School we want to change that and make it the happiest/kindest day of the year instead. Pupils and staff need to come into school that day wearing their brightest clothes, those that make them smile – no charge – just for fun! We will also be carrying out ‘random acts of kindness’; where you make someone’s day by being kind, helpful or complimentary.

Roof Damage

Following the high winds last Tuesday you may well be aware that the roof of the new Lochend Campus suffered some damage.

The roof now has a temporary repair and we are hopeful that work will begin within the next few weeks to restore it to its former state.

We have worked closely with East Lothian Council and their Health and Safety Department and the roofing and building contractors contractor to ensure that the school is safe for the pupils return.

We look forward to seeing all our pupils at both campuses at 8.45am tomorrow.

Mrs Helen Gillanders