Newsletter November

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: (or find the link on our twitter page or school website).

Find the rest of the Newsletter here: 2 November Newsletter 2018

Resilience Screening 20th November 2018


We  have organised a screening of the Resilience documentary at John Muir Campus on Tuesday 20th November at 18:15. 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. THIS IS OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS IN THE DUNBAR CLUSTER

Tickets/Booking for non DPS staff can be obtained through Eventbrite. Click image above or link below.

The child may not remember, but the body remembers.

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.



HARVEST ASSEMBLY in John Muir and Lochend

Dear Parents and Carers

Harvest Assembly and Collection for Dunbar Foodbanks

We will be holding our Harvest Collection and Assembly on Friday 26th October.

This is a very special assembly where we think about all the wonderful foods that we grow and enjoy both locally and around the world.

It is also an opportunity to think about others who may not, for lots of reasons, have enough food to feed themselves and their families. We can all help in a small way by donating a food item to Dunbar Basics Bank. The children are encouraged to bring in an item to our assembly.

Please find a ‘shopping list’ of items that the Basics Bank would love to receive.

Thanks so much for your support.

A J MacRury , DHT.

Tinned Chilli Con Carne, Tinned Mince, Tinned Chicken Curry, Tinned Chicken in White Sauce, Tinned Stew,Tinned Pies,Tinned Fish,Tinned Soups,Tinned Ravioli, Tinned Spaghetti, Tinned Spaghetti Bolognese, Tinned Macaroni Cheese, Tinned Baked Beans with Sausages,  Tinned Hot Dogs,Tinned Meatballs, Tinned Haggis, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Custard, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tinned Potatoes,  Tinned Vegetables, Tinned Tomatoes, Tinned Beans, Tinned Ham, Jars of pasta/curry sauce, Breakfast Cereal, Diluting Juice, Carton Juice (not refrigerated), Dried Rice, Pasta, Lentils, Stock Cubes, Jam, Teabags, Coffee, Sugar, Long-life Milk, Spray deodorants, Shaving Foam, Shampoo, Shower Gel, Soap, Soap Powder (smaller boxes/bottles best), Toilet Rolls, Toothpaste.


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


Reminder. Grandparents Day

Where:    Dunbar Primary School at John Muir Campus.

When:     Wednesday 10th October from 9.00 – 9.45am.

Why:         We would like to invite our Grandparents to

come in and see how we are developing our learning

NB: some classes will be at PE and Music


Where:    Dunbar Primary School at Lochend  Campus.

When:     Thursday 11th October from 9.00 – 9.45am

Why: We would like to invite our Grandparents to

come in and see how we are developing our learning

NB: some classes will be at Science, PE and German

Refreshments will be served from 9.45 – 10.30 on both sites in the Dining Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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.


Standing together. Facing the future.