East Lothian Council

Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown has written to families following the announcement from the Depute First Minister this afternoon that councils should plan for pupils to return to school full-time from August if it is safe to do so. 

Dear parents & carers,

You may be aware that the Depute First Minister has, this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school in August. He has indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools in August if it safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and based on the scientific and health advice. He has confirmed that the plans we were putting in place for blended learning will be a contingency and will be essential preparation in case they are needed.

We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on this full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can. We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10th August and pupils will return on the 12th August.

We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child / children. We are committed to sharing information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.

Kind regards,

Lesley Brown

Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services






Dunbar Primary ARCH Fortnight






Dunbar Primary School ARCH Fortnight 15th – 26th June 2020

Activities will be posted to all pupils via Google Classroom.

Parents can access the activities  for the two weeks below.

For the final two weeks of term, we are providing a variety of activities linked to our school values, which are:

Ambition, Resilience, Community, Happiness (ARCH)  A is for AMBITION  Ambition means really wanting to do or achieve something.   R is for RESILIENCE  Resilience means being able to bounce back – not giving up if something is difficult, coping when something doesn’t  go the way you want it to, talking about how you are feeling and giving things your best shot.   C is for COMMUNITY  A Community is a group of people living or working together in the same area; we are all part of the community of  Dunbar Primary School – we help each other and we solve problems together.   H is for HAPPINESS  Happiness is a feeling connected to lots of things – when we do well in our learning, when we play with our friends,  when we have our favourite dinner, when we are content.

DPS ARCH Fortnight Early Level (1)

Early Example

Dunbar Primary School ARCH Fortnight 1st Level

First Level Example




DPS ARCH Fortnight 2nd Level 15th – 26th June 2020

Second Level Example



Scotland Learns : Parents and Carers Newsletter 5

We are delighted to bring you the latest edition of the Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter. You can see the latest issue of this newsletter here.

Scotland Learns Parents and Carers Newsletter 5

In this edition there are:
new learning activities on literacy, numeracy, Gaelic, as well as health and wellbeing;
advice for supporting children with dyslexia;
information on transitions for young people starting and leaving secondary school;
a new resource on supporting young carers in education at this time;
a great creativity challenge

Parent Council Message – Community Video

A message from our Parent Council:

As we come to the end of this record breaking first ever lockdown experience, we would like our wonderful pupils, school workers, parents and teachers to come together in a digital project to celebrate one of our schools best community traditions…..we lent this tradition to the clap for carers, now its time to clap for our school and in particular our P3’s and P7’s.

We would like you to video yourselves clapping and celebrating, this can be with your family, siblings or just yourself. The videos only need to be short, anything from 15 seconds to a minute long but importantly must not exceed 100MB (you may need to help your parents with this!)

Videos can be recorded using your phone, tablet or computer and must be no more than 100MB.

They should be sent to: info@dunbarmusicschool.com
Closing date for videos: Friday 19th of June

Parent/Carer Survey

A message from East Lothian Council:

Our Headteachers and school staff are currently progressing their plans to welcome children and young people back into school in August. To help us get this as right as we can for children and young people we would appreciate your views.

We would be most grateful of you could complete this short survey regarding your child’s return to school in August by Monday 15 June 2020 4pm.

Paper copies are available from your school by request.