Weekly Update 27th August 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a busy week here in Dunbar Primary School but the children are settling  back well.

As we approach the end of our second week I am so happy to say how well the children have returned to school and
nursery with their teachers and staff.

The new P1s are amazing us all with their eagerness to learn and how well they are doing already after just a few days in school. SUPERSTARS.

There is a lot in this weeks update so grab a coffee or tea and give yourselves 15 minutes.

Angus J MacRury DHT.

FLU VACCINATION LETTERS BEING ISSUED TODAY

The flu vaccine is now being offered to all primary and secondary school pupils in Scotland. 
The flu vaccine will reduce the risk of your child getting or spreading flu to friends and family who are at greater risk from flu and coronavirus, such as grandparents or people with health conditions.
From academic year 2021/22, the flu vaccine is available to all primary and secondary school pupils.
Nasal flu vaccine will be provided for most pupils.
Please note that for the very few pupils who require the flu vaccine injection for clinical or religious reasons, the Community Vaccination Team will provide injections in school, on the day of the school session.
Community Vaccination Team (CVT) clinics will be offered to children who can not receive for clinical reasons, are home schooled or who miss their session date.
Please fill in the consent form that your child brought home today and return the completed form to the school asap!

 

 

5th Grade Virtual – Meet the Teacher | White Oak Intermediate School

Meet the Teacher 2021 PDF

Please click on the link above to view our Meet the Teacher information.

ELC Documents out  to parents since return:

Lunches

Please ensure you order your child’s school lunch on School Pay. It helps us greatly too if you indicate on School Pay if your child is having a packed lunch brought from home. If you wish your child to have a packed lunch on a Friday, you MUST order this before 10am on a Wednesday morning. East Lothian Schools will be reinstating the use of dining halls for school lunches on Monday 6th September.

However due to the current levels of Covid in the Dunbar Community and School Campuses we have been advised by the Head of Education to postpone the use of out dining hall and mixing of groupings at Dunbar Primary School until advised to do so by the Local Health Protection Team.

Once we are allowed it will enable the full hot menu to be offered, which is fully compliant with the new Scottish Government Nutrition Guidelines.

The new menu will be issued to children next week.
2 portions of vegetables to be available with every lunch. We will therefore be serving hot soup every
day in addition to salad or vegetables with a Main Meal. This is included in the price.
1 portion of fruit to be available with every lunch. This is included in the price also. Please note that the
home baking/pudding recipes have a portion of fruit included already. Water and Milk only to be served.

Please note the price of a Primary School Lunch is now £2.15

Libraries: Young People’s Services

Bookbug Sessions in all libraries Bookbug sessions | Bookbug | East Lothian Council

Enhanced Bookbug sessions can be arranged for new parents, children with additional support needs or parent/carers who would find an open session difficult to attend.  We can do these as closed sessions at your location or in a library.  We can arrange a group zoom session for a few weeks to begin with to ease families in before arranging an in-person session.

Bookbug bags are gifted at 6 weeks and MMR by Health Visitor, in ante-preschool year by nursery/childcare setting, in P1 by school.  Read Write Count bags are gifted in P2 and P3. We have spares of these bags for any family who hasn’t received them.  We also have Gaelic bags for families who are or would like to be dual language.  For children with additional support needs extra tactile books can be requested.

The Bookbug co-ordinator has resources such as stickers, books and other materials which can be used as a support bag for families or for those working with families. Contact me at cmesser@eastlothian.gov.uk

For those children born since January 2020 we offer a baby dedication service. A library book has a special label welcoming the child and this can be borrowed by the family. A keepsake postcard with details of the book is posted to the family.

We have story sacks and large story books which can be borrowed for use with families or groups and we’re happy to work with groups of families at any point.

Our coping collection of books in Library HQ or in libraries are specifically catalogued with the topics they address and can be found through Search results for coping (capitadiscovery.co.uk). These are mainly stories and a small selection of non-fiction aimed at children and young people but to be read with them with the potential to support conversation. Topics included are: Autism, ADHD, Bereavement, Disability, New Baby, Family Break-Up and more. We’re keen to expand the titles we have so please do feel free to contact us with suggestions for issues you feel would be helpful to address with families.  We can also recommend titles to use for specific circumstances so please do feel free to call or email to discuss.

We have a Raising Children collection which has been in libraries for some years but not well used so we have made the decision to keep just a few copies of each title and offer the rest out for support workers and others working directly with families to have.  This list will be circulated at the end of August via Morven Ross.

Boardmaker communication software is available for use in Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Prestonpans and Tranent libraries. 2 copies of the Talkability book are available to be borrowed through Library HQ for someone to work through with a family.

The Education Professional Service collection is maintained by Education and titles are available for loan through Library Headquarters. They are aimed at colleagues in education but can be borrowed by anyone.  You can find details of the titles available in our catalogue.

We’ve been working extensively on Outreach over Summer 2021 and are keen to do more as we’d like families to become comfortable with us first in spaces they use before welcoming them into libraries. If you have any activities you’d like us to bring a pop-up library to or any families you’d like us to help support please contact cmesser@eastlothian.gov.uk

Schools Library Service

We provide a project and fiction service to schools and childcare settings across East Lothian. A box of books and artefacts can be provided for a term for specific projects or a box of fiction titles appropriate to the class can be loaned. For specific groups of children we can take specialised requests. Contact Susan Boylan at sboylan@eastlothian.gov.uk for more information.

If you’d like to come along and see what we have available at Library HQ or discuss further how we can help you in supporting families please contact me at cmesser@eastlothian.gov.uk

Covid In Schools Update

The Scottish Government have communicated to schools that the majority of the safety measures in place in schools will continue for the first 6 weeks and will then be reviewed. Below is a reminder of the safety measures:

  • P1-P3 parents, P4-P7 parents should ‘stop, drop, hug and go’ at the school gates.
  • Please continue to wear face masks near the school grounds – at drop off and pick up and if in the reception area. The exception would be if you are exempt from wearing a face mask due to health reasons.
  • Staff will continue to carry out Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly, distance 1m from other staff members and continue to wear face masks (unless exempt).
  • Until 21st September  at Dunbar Primary School  lunches will be eaten in the classrooms. School lunches can be ordered through your child’s schoolpay account.
  • Enhanced cleaning of the building throughout the school day will continue.

I am sure that you will have seen on the news and social media, that to try and cut down on the amount of times that whole classes are self-isolating, there will be a change to the process to managing outbreaks. Close contacts will still be asked to self-isolate, however following a negative PCR and no symptoms present, the child would be able to return to school. A close contact is now defined as:

  • Living in the same household
  • Having had a sleepover
  • Intimate contact

As has been the case up to now, please do not send your child to school if they are showing any Covid symptoms, the whole family should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. Please also notify the school office if a child is absent due to this and of the result once received back from the NHS.

If a positive case associated with Dunbar Primary School  is identified you will be issued with a letter to ‘Warn and Inform’ you. As usual, school will liaise with the Covid Education Lead at East Lothian Council and Public Health Scotland.

How and where to get a test

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

The number of Positive Cases is in the Dunbar community are increasing as indeed the whole of the country Please be aware if the following information.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (the most common of which are a continuous cough, fever/high temperature, loss of/change in sense of smell or taste)  you should make an appointment through the NHS Inform website or telephone: 0300 303 2713 (open 7am-11pm. You will be advised where to go for a test. If you test positive, you must self isolate – support is available.

Getting tested if you have no symptoms of COVID-19

Almost 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to others. While good progress is being made with the rollout of the vaccination programme, the virus still poses a risk. That’s why local arrangements are in place for people without symptoms to get tested. Testing can help us to move to an even less restrictive way of life. It means you can find out if you are positive – even if you’ve received vaccination – and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus, by self-isolating.

Options include visiting our testing centre in Musselburgh where you can get tested or collect a kit to take home, attending a mobile testing unit (see further details of both below), ordering home delivery of a testing kit online or collecting a testing kit from a local pharmacy.

Test centre for East Lothian residents with no symptoms

A COVID-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms is located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, Musselburgh.

Getting tested is quick and easy. No appointment is required and you can get tested more than once. The facility is open to everyone from East Lothian as long as you don’t have symptoms – a fever, cough, or loss or change of smell. If you do have symptoms, you need to book a test elsewhere.

You can also visit the facility to collect a test kit to take home.

Opening hours are 11am-6pm (Tuesday to Saturday). Address: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

Find out more about the test centre.

Watch a video about community testing.

Mobile testing units

It’s also possible, even if you have no symptoms, to get tested at one of the mobile testing units currently being deployed around East Lothian. You don’t have to live in the community being visited on a particular day to get tested there. The current schedule is below. Times of operation are 10am to 6pm unless otherwise stated:

Thursday 26 August; Friday 27 August

  • Port Seton Centre
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington *closes at 5.30pm

Saturday 28 August; Sunday 29 August

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent *closes at 5pm

Monday 30 August

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • The Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington * closes at 5.30pm

Tuesday 31 August; Wednesday 1 September

  • Prestonpans Community Centre
  • The Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington * closes at 5.30pm

Thursday 2 September; Friday 3 September

  • Port Seton Centre
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington * closes at 5.30pm

Saturday 4 September; Sunday 5 September

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent * closes at 5pm

Sunday 5 September

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent

Walk-in appointments are available. While appointments are not needed they are preferable as this will save yourself time. Bookings can be made from 6pm on the day prior to when you get tested online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

Home delivery of rapid lateral flow test kits

Another option if you have no symptoms is get home test kits delivered to your home. Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests online

Pick up a test kit from a local pharmacy

A number of pharmacies in East Lothian have stocks of rapid lateral flow test kits, which are suitable for home testing if you have no symptoms. You can check your nearest collection point online.

What happens if I do test positive for COVID-19?

You will need to self-isolate. Practical, confidential support is available within the testing facility, to support you and your household, if you test positive. We can give you advice on different financial help which is available. If you need general advice (not health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty you can:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

  • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
  • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
  • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

Further information on wraparound support available for self-isolation can be found by calling the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.

What happens if I test negative?

You should continue to follow all national guidance including following current restrictions and physical distancing. Although you may not have the virus at this time, it is still circulating and there is a risk of catching it.

What happens if I’m asked to self isolate because I’m a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

It’s very important that you stay at home (self-isolate) if:

  • you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’ve had a positive test result
  • someone you live with has symptoms but has not yet been tested or received their test result

If you were identified as a close contact before 9 August 2021 and are still self-isolating on or after the 9th, you can end self-isolation as long as you:

  • are fully vaccinated – this means you’ve received 2 doses from the NHS and have had your second dose more than 14 days ago
  • have received a negative PCR test result
  • do not have, or develop, symptoms

A guide is available on the NHS Inform website.

The on-line consultation on the Draft East Lothian Poverty Plan 2021-2023 is now live

From Paolo Vestri, Service Manager – Improvement, Policy & Communications, Communities & Partnerships, East Lothian Council

Tackling the causes and effects of poverty in East Lothian is one of the, if not the, most important priorities for East Lothian Council as we begin to recover from the COVID pandemic.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”      Nelson Mandela

Following publication of the East Lothian Poverty Commission report in 2017 much has been done over the last few years to reduce poverty and inequalities, but much more still needs to be done.

The pandemic and lockdowns have increased poverty in East Lothian. (Read the leaflet, ‘Poverty in East Lothian’ for more information.) So it is vital that we put in place a new Plan to reduce poverty and improve the economic and life chances of all our citizens.

A Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 has been prepared for the Council by a working group including representatives from key council services, NHS Lothian and community and voluntary groups.

The Draft Plan sets out objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years.

It can be accessed using the following link.

A Good Start Programme

Providing Baby Massage, & other useful information about Weaning, Brain Development & Play details below.

A good start

AGS poster

School Session Dates

These have been reviewed and are are follows.

Copy of ELC School dates 2021-2022 calendar formatELC School dates 2021-2022 word format – REVISED at Aug 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

 

Recently, we published evidence that cells use the chloride from salt to fight viral infections. Also, nasal irrigation with salt water helped reduce the cold in adults. Hence, we are now testing if salt water nose drops helps children fight the cold.

 

If you have a child under 7 years of age, you may be able to join the fight. The Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh are doing a study of salt water nose drops to see if it helps get rid of the cold faster. Your child does not need to have a cold right now to take part!

 

You can join right now by calling/texting 07973657457 for an appointment to sign up and to be taught what to do the next time your child has a cold. Your child does not need to attend.

 

Families completing the study will receive travel expenses and a £30 voucher to compensate for any inconvenience.

 

Further information is in the attached flyer or at www.elviskids.co.uk ; Twitter: @elviskids; Facebook: Elvis Kid

ELC School dates 2021-2022 word format – REVISED at Aug 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Session 2021-22 Session Dates revision

Dear Parents/Carers

At this morning’s meeting of East Lothian Council a paper on a revision to the School Session Dates for 2021/22 was approved.

There have been a number of significant date changes that parents with prior arrangements may wish to take note of.

TERM 1 Staff In-service Day 1

Staff In-service Day 2

Monday

Tuesday

16

17

August

August

2021

2021

  Pupils Resume Wednesday 18 August 2021
  Autumn Holiday (schools closed) Friday 17 September 2021
  Autumn Holiday (schools closed Monday 20 September 2021
  All Return Tuesday 21 September 2021
           
  All Break Friday 15 October 2021
  Staff In-service Day 3 Monday 25 October 2021
  Pupils Resume Tuesday 26 October 2021
  Term Ends Friday 17 December 2021
  Term 1 = 80 pupil days

Term 1 = 83 staff days

       
TERM 2 All Resume Wednesday 5 January 2022
  All Break Friday 11 February 2022
  Staff In-service Day 4 Monday 21 February 2022
  Pupils Resume Tuesday 22 February 2022
  All Break Friday 8 April 2022
  Good Friday – 15 April 2022

Easter Monday – 18 April 2022

 

Term 2 = 62 pupil days

Term 2 = 63 staff days

       
TERM 3 All Resume (Staff and Pupils) Monday 25 April 2022
  May Day (Schools closed) Monday 2 May 2022
  All Resume Tuesday 3 May 2022
  Staff In-Service Day 5 (pupil holiday) Monday 23 May 2022
  Pupils Resume Tuesday 24 May 2022
  Term Ends

 

Terms 3 = 48 pupil days

Terms 3 = 49 staff days

Friday 1 July 2022

ELC School dates 2021-2022 word format – REVISED at Aug 2021Copy of ELC School dates 2021-2022 calendar format

Meet the teacher Information for parents

Dear Parents/Carers

This is a copy of the poster sent out to all P1-P7 parents on Monday 23rd August

We are trialling something completely new this year for Meet the Teacher & will gather feedback after the event.
Parents/Carers will be invited to sign up & attend a 10 minute Google Meet with their child’s class teacher after school hours on the following dates:
Monday 30th Aug: P1 – P3
Tuesday 31st Aug: P1 – P3
Wednesday 1st Sep: P4 – P7
Thursday 2nd Sep: P4 – P7
Our new Meet the Teacher session will be very relaxed & informal. It is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher & talk about your child. We want to get to know them, and you, at the start of term. We would love to chat about:
1. Your child’s hobbies & interests (in & out of school)
2. Your child’s strengths
3. Your hopes for the year ahead
Year stage newsletters will be sent home via email on Friday 3rd September with lots of information for the 2021-2022 session.
If you have any questions about our Meet the Teacher event, please do not hesitate to contact the school office & you will be passed on to the relevant member of staff.

  • Parents/Carers will log in using their child’s edubuzz details (the username & password they use to access google classroom) to book an appointment.
  • The appointments will go live on Wednesday 25th August at 4pm so you can book a time the following week to suit you. Look on your child’s google classroom for the link.
  • On the day of your Meet the Teacher session, you will need to log in again using your child’s Edubuzz details & click on the google meet link. The link can be found in your child’s Gmail inbox or google calendar.

We have created a short video to show you how to book an appointment:

 

Free School Meals extended to P4 from August 16th

Dear Parents and Carers of P1 to P4

Universal free school lunches have now been extended to include children in P4 from 17th August 2021.

Free school meals in Primary 1 to 4

From  August 2021, every child at Dunbar Primary School can get free school lunches during term-time in Primary 1 to 4. This applies to all children in these years – your family’s financial circumstances do not matter.

 

 

NEW UPDATE For Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils P4-P7

THE PREVIOUS POST FROM 11th AUGUST HAS BEEN UPDATED BELOW

Monday 16th August 2021

UPDATED LETTER

Dear Lochend Parents, Carers and Pupils,

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and pupils are looking forward to returning on Wednesday 18th August. This letter gives you some information regarding start and finish times and the arrangements we will have in place for the next 4-6 weeks as we welcome pupils back but still remain focused on keep adults and children safe.

We will continue with our ‘soft start’ for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings.

The Scottish Government have advised that we can start to remove the bubbles over the next month. We will look to do this but until then all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will continue to split our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils’ staff will have contact with.

For All P4 – P7 Pupils from Wednesday 18th August 2021 until arrangements change:

 

  Staggered Start Times (same as last session)

Monday – Friday

 

Staggered Finish (same as last session)
 

Primary 4 and Primary 5

 

 

 

Enter school between:

 

8.35 – 8.45am

P4 & P5 pupils will be dismissed at 3pm (Mon-Thurs)

 

* Friday dismissed at 12.10pm

 

 

Primary 6 and Primary 7

 

Enter school between:

 

8.45 – 8.55am

P6 & P7 Pupils will be dismissed at 3.10pm (Mon-Thurs)

 

* Friday dismissed at 12.20pm

 

Pupils should be dropped off at Hallhill or make their own way to the gates and then go to their specific entrance.

 

Parents cannot use the staff car park to drop off or collect pupils unless arranged in advance for specific reasons agreed by the school.

 

The school  car park gates will be closed at 8.35am

  We ask that parent/carers arrange to meet pupils at Hallhill cark park or at a pre-arranged place.

 

We are asking that parents do not use our staff car park or cross the ‘Red Road’ to collect pupils – unless arrangement agreed with school staff, e.g. use of the disabled bay.

 

 

 

We would really appreciate it if all children used either of the gates to come into school and not the car park.

Unless you have a disabled sticker or you have arranged permission in advance with the school you are unable to use the school carpark to drop or pick-up at school.  Pupils must either be dropped off at Hallhill to walk in the main gate or they can come on bike, scooter, rip-stick or walk and use either gate.

 Pupils all know where to go but there will be members of staff on the gate and at the main doors to ensure pupils get to their classrooms. Whilst we have a soft start in place we expect P4 & P5 pupils to be in class by 8.45am and P6 & P7 pupils to be in class by 8.55am to ensure that lessons can start promptly.  We will contact you if your child is regularly not at school by this time so you are aware.

If you have a child who is anxious or worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, around 8.55am and we will be able to spend time with you and them without lots of other pupils around.

First 3 weeks

For the first few weeks there will be focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom, teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  It is also a time to remind pupils of our expectations regarding behaviour using our 3 rules – Ready Respectful Safe. Teachers will also be providing activities to assess where pupils are in their learning, to plan for next steps.

 What pupils need to bring each day

They should always bring a waterproof jacket or coat, named water bottle, snack and lunch box. We will be using out outdoor areas much more again in the coming session and we will always try an ensure pupils have an outdoor break and lunchtime – so just in case it does rain, please send them with a waterproof.

Classroom

Movement through the school will still be limited and most children will spend their time in their classroom and outdoors. We will likely be able to put pupils into groups not just rows from the start of term. There will be markings in the school building and playgrounds to support pupils moving around in their class groups.

Ventilation in buildings

Staff will still be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing. An extra jumper in the school bag might be useful on colder days.

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings).

Hand washing

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food   *after blowing the nose   *after sneezing or coughing    *after going to the toilet

Staff Testing

Staff working in school will continue to take part in the Asymptomatic testing programme as an added precaution to reduce contact with adults who may be carrying the virus without knowing.

Access to Toilets

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on hand washing after visiting the toilet.

 Outdoors / Wider Access

In order to limit the number of people in the building, no parents or carers are currently allowed access until the restrictions are changed. Contact with the school must be made either by phone or by e-mail. Playgrounds will only be accessed by children and only an emergency will trigger a need for anyone else on site so that carefully calculated capacities can be maintained.  Access to the building will be strictly controlled.

Physical Distanced Evacuation Arrangements

Staff will try where possible to keep a 1m distance from pupils. They will be required to maintain a 1m distance from other adults in school. We will hold a practice fire drill for Lochend Campus during the first week at school. Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities will be reviewed in light of any changes with a review of Personal Evacuation Plans undertaken as part of the planning process.

 Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will still be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. Pupils will continue to have their lunch in the classroom initially, but we hope to re-introduce our Dinner Hall in September.  Each class will move playground zones every fortnight until playground zones are removed.

First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 1m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.

If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email to the school, website  and office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school these are kept in the pupil’s tray at Lochend, and a spare one should be made available for our First Aid room.

 If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area and (asked to) avoid touching surfaces.  Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting home.

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would now actively encourage our children to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We encourage pupils to wear their outdoor PE kit on the days when they have PE (two days a week).  Teachers will let pupils know when their PE days are each term.  If pupils are coming in boots or wellies please ensure they have another pair of shoes to change into.

 Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with you and want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. Currently, we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. With this in mind we are still asking you to ‘phone first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.  If you are visiting the school we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin box by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school on 01368 860997.

 

In the first instance please ask to speak with your child’s class teacher with regards to homework, friendship concerns, curricular issues etc.

If you would like to discuss something else with a member of the Senior Leadership Team, please contact the Year Head of your child’s stage:

 P4 – Miss Eunson                       

 P5 – Mrs Kelly                              

  P6 – Mrs Eeles                                          

P7 – Mr MacRury

 Our Meet the Teacher session this year will be different – our teachers are really keen to get to know you and your child, and to create a partnership between home and school.   We have decided to run individual on-line sessions of 10 minutes via Google Meet. You will receive more information once we return to school but these will be held for Lochend Parents during the week beginning 30th August.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this year will all be spent learning and having fun in our school building.  We will be planning for those learning opportunities we love to provide for our pupils where they can move around the classroom, work in groups and get out and about in their community and beyond. I look forward to seeing you all in person as soon as we can arrange, based on the new guidance, so I can share our plans for the coming year.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Gillanders

Headteacher

Updated 16 Aug 2021 Letter for Lochend Parents and Pupils

URGENT UPDATE P2 and P3 Parents, Carers and Pupils

Wednesday 11th August 2021

Dear John Muir P2 and P3 Parents, Carers and Pupils

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and are looking forward to returning on Wednesday 18th August. This letter gives you some information regarding start and finish times and the arrangements we will have in place for the next 4-6 weeks as we welcome pupils back but still remain focused on keeping adults and children safe.

We will continue with our ‘soft start’ for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and we are staggering the dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils, parents and staff.  We would be very grateful if parents would stick to these timings – all pupils need to be in school by 8.55am.

The Scottish Government have advised that we can start to remove the bubbles over the next month. We will look to do this but until then all pupils will remain in their own class registration group for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes. We will be splitting our break and lunchtimes to allow the pupils more space in the playground and to limit the numbers of pupils staff will have contact with.

 

For All P2 and P3  Pupils from Wednesday 18th August 2021 until arrangements change:

 

Monday – Thursday Friday
Start times:

P2 & P3  8.40am – 8.55am

P1   8.40am – 8.55am **

**P1 will have different start / finish times Weds 18th – Fri 20th

These time have been sent in a specific letter to each P1 parent/carer

 

Start times:

P2 & P3  8.40am – 8.55am

P1            8.40am – 8.55am **

Staggered Finish Times:

P1 will be dismissed at 2.40pm**

P2 will be dismissed at 2.50pm

P3 will be dismissed at 3pm

P1 & P2 pupils will be dismissed from the gates once the pupil has identified the person collecting them, or in the case of P3 pupils we have your permission to allow them to walk home.

 

Staggered Finish Times

P1 will be dismissed at 12

P2 will be dismissed at 12.05

P3 will be dismissed at 12.10

Our soft start means that pupils can come in between 8.40 – 8.55am.  They all know where to go but there will be members of staff on the gate and at the main doors to ensure pupils get to their classrooms.

We are expecting pupils to be in class by 8.55am to ensure that lessons can start promptly. If you have a child who is anxious, worried or needs some support, please come along toward the end of the soft start, around 8.55am and we will be able to spend time with you and them without lots of other pupils around.

First 3 weeks

For the first few weeks there will be a focus on ensuring that children are aware and follow the health, safety and well-being measures in place. In the classroom teachers will be giving pupils the chance to reconnect with their friends, engage in activities that are aimed at making them feel welcome, secure and happy to be back at school.  It is also a time to remind pupils of our expectations regarding behaviour using our 3 rules – Ready Respectful Safe. Teachers will also be providing activities to assess where pupils are in their learning and challenges and targets. It will also allow our new Primary 1 pupils to settle in and get to know our school layout.

 What to bring to school

Pupils will need to bring a school bag which contains their named water bottle, snack, and packed lunch, if not being provided by school. ( New parents to our school should receive details about iPay accounts in the first week back)

Pupils should also have a spare set of clothes and outdoor waterproof jacket, as they will be spending time outdoors even in light rain. We ask that no toys or electronic games are brought into school – there will be specific days when these are allowed, we do this so no one has to worry about losing things in school that are precious or valuable to them.

Naming Items

Please can we ask you to ensure that you put names on scooters, bikes, lunch boxes, school bags, cardigans and sweatshirts, PE kit, wellies – things get lost and it is so much easier to return them if they are named.

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our children to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We do not want anyone not to come to school due to having no uniform or wanting to wear something else to help them feel comfortable, this will be fine for the first term. We realise that this pandemic has put some of our families under additional financial pressure. We have a selection of uniform available from our uniform bank at the Bleachingfield Centre, which can be given out to any families that this would help, please contact the school office.

Wellies/Shoes

If your child comes to school in boots or wellies we ask that you pack or leave at school and additional pair of comfortable shoes, as doing PE in these are not comfortable and they make it difficult to sit easily on the carpet.

We don’t change into indoor shoes when the pupils come in so they need to be wearing a pair of comfortable shoes suitable for the weather that day.

PE kit

We ask that on the 2 days each week that your child has PE they come to school wearing their PE kit and trainers. This ensures we do not have to spend lots of time getting changed in and out of clothes and that more time is given to the learning instead. Class teachers will send information relating to when you child has PE.

Snack Trolley

As we are currently unable to allow adult volunteers into the building we will not be running the snack trolley. I hope to be able to give you a date soon of when this will be available. In the meantime please provide you child with a snack for breaktime.

 Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. We have created outdoor play areas that will be allocated on a rota basis. These spaces will have activities that allow for social games. All classes will move around the areas on a weekly basis. Pupils will continue to have their lunch in the classroom initially, but we will start re-introducing our dining room again over the next month. Lunch will be provided by parents or the school if you are ordering via Ipay, or for all P1-P3 pupils free if ordered. This will ensure that we have capacity for our pupils to eat safely while maintaining social distance and hygiene measures.

Free Fruit

Primary 2 pupils get a piece of fruit provided 3 times a week. Teachers usually fit this into the afternoon session to keep pupils’ energy levels up and as part of a socialisation session.

 Keeping Pupils safe in school:

Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing.

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.

Hand washing

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing the nose *after sneezing or coughing    *after going to the toilet

Access to Toilets 

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on washing hands.

 First Aid, Medication, Personal Care & PPE

Staff have been issued with disposable gloves and aprons for all first aid and personal care tasks. Where required staff will deal with first aid requirements and personal care at as ‘safe’ a distance as possible however you will appreciate that the 2m rule is not possible here especially when TLC is also required.

 If your child requires to have medication in school you must ensure you have completed the appropriate paperwork for school staff to be able to administer this.  Forms are available for asthma, prescribed and non-prescribed medication by email at the school office.  If your child requires to use an inhaler in school these are kept in the, and a spare one in their  teacher’s desk at John Muir and another should be made available for our First Aid room.

 If a pupil attends the school with symptoms of cough and/ or high temperature, they will need to go home immediately.  If they need to wait to be collected by their parent or carer, they will be isolated in a private, well ventilated room/area. Isolation rooms will be cleaned after use in keeping with National Guidance.

School staff will be vigilant to any potential signs of Covid-19 and will always err on the side of caution in contacting parents and carers

 Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with parents and carers, and we want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. However, as part of the current guidelines we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. Therefore, we are still temporarily suspending our ‘drop in’ and open door approach and will be encouraging you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.

If you are visiting the school we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368 863773).

In the first instance please contact the school office or the stage line manager:

 P1 – Mrs Hay

P2 – Mrs Kavanagh

P3 – Mrs Gillanders

Our Meet the Teacher session this year will be different – our teachers are really keen to get to know you and your child, and to create a partnership between home and school.   We have decided to run individual on-line sessions of 10 minutes via Google Meet. You will receive more information once we return to school but these will be held for John Muir parents  and carers during the week beginning 30th September.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this year will all be spent learning and having fun in our school building.  We will be planning for those learning opportunities we love to provide for our pupils where they can move around the classroom, work in groups and get out and about in their community and beyond. I look forward to seeing you all in person as soon as we can arrange, based on the new guidance, so I can share our plans for the coming year.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Headteacher

August 2021 Letter for P2 P3 John Muir Parents and Carers

URGENT INFO-Primary One Letter

Primary One Parents Letter,

This email was sent out via Groupcall email on Monday. This online version is for Parents and Carers who may not have received or seen it

Monday 9th August 2021

Dear Primary 1 Parents, Carers and Pupils

I am delighted, at last, to be able to write to you detailing the arrangements for the Primary 1 pupils to start school with us on Wednesday 18th August 2021.

It is really important that your son/daughter knows which class they are in P1a or P1b, etc., when they arrive at school on Wednesday. We want to get them to their class teacher and move each group into their classroom as soon as possible. It will be useful to put a label on their water bottle and school bag with their name and class.

You will have been aware from the media and guidance given from the Scottish Government that the arrangements that were in place in school last session will remain for at least the next 4-6 weeks.  We will continue with class bubbles, handwashing, and lunches will still be in the classrooms. There is still a recommendation that 2m remains in place until further notice so this will still apply to adults in school and outside when ‘dropping off and collecting pupils’. We are encouraged to continue to use virtual arrangements for parental engagement sessions so our Meet the Teacher in September will be on-line this session.

We will continue with a ‘soft start’ for all pupils to reduce the need for lining up and to stagger the arrival and dismissal of stages to ensure this is safe for pupils and staff. This means that P1 pupils will come to the gates and will walk in themselves to their classroom. No lining up – they go in wash hands and the class teacher will meet and greet and they will start an activity planned for this first 20 mins.

Pupils will remain in their own class registration group (or class bubbles) for classroom activities, breaks and lunchtimes.  This really helps the class settle, develop classroom relationships and a sense of community. We will continue to split our break and lunchtimes to allow the P1 pupils more space in the playground.

Monday 16th August and Tuesday 17th will be staff in-service days to allow for final preparation and planning. All P1 pupils will have three days at school this week.

For the first 3 days of term the following timings and arrangements will be in place to ensure our P1 pupils have the space and time in the morning to say ‘bye’ to the adult looking after them, and then be supported by staff to find their teacher.

 

We know that the first day is exciting, and fingers crossed they are not up too early!  However, sometime children don’t want to let you go. You will know your son/daughter best and we will be on hand to support and work with you to encourage them into class without making it more anxious for them or you.

 

Wednesday 18th /Thursday 19th & Friday 20th August

Pupils arrive to meet teacher Pupils dismissed from gate by teacher
P1a  P1b  P1c 9.05am 2.35pm

Friday 11.50

P1d  P1e  P1f  P1g 9.15am 2.45pm

Friday 12.00

 

·       On their first day the pupils will be greeted by SLT, Nursery Nurses and Support Staff, they will meet their class teacher in the playground and taken along to their classrooms.

·       Pupils will not be required to line up at all.

·       Once they arrive at their classroom their class teacher will support everyone in washing their hands and getting settled and getting to know one another.

·       This means that parents and pupils will need to say ‘goodbye’ at the main school gates rather than coming into the main playground.

·       We appreciate this may be difficult for some children but there will be lots of us to help and support. If you get the chance before they start back, please  bring your son/daughter to the school gates and talk them through what will happen – practice the ‘kiss and hug goodbye routine’.

·       We appreciate this is different but we are looking to managing the safety of pupils and staff and reduce the contact with adults from difference households and we know that pupils like having space rather than waiting in a crowded playground.

·       Please can we ask that you use the whole of the grass area to wait for pupils coming out rather than crowding the front gate are, as pupils find it difficult to see their parent/carer.

 

Monday 23rd August onwards – the P1 pupils will be part of the main school ‘soft start’. There are always members of the Senior Leadership Team and support staff who will help P1 pupils to get to the right classrooms.

Monday – Thursday Friday
Start times:

P1 soft start with P2 & P3  8.40am – 8.55am

Start times:

P1 soft start with P2 & p3 8.40am – 8.55am

Staggered Finish Times:

P1 will be dismissed at 2.40pm

P2 will be dismissed at 2.50pm

P3 will be dismissed at 3pm

P1 & P2 pupils will be dismissed from the gates once the pupil has identified the person collecting them, or in the case of P3 pupils we have your permission to allow them to walk home.

 

Staggered Finish Times

P1 will be dismissed at 12

P2 will be dismissed at 12

P3 will be dismissed at 12.10

 

What to bring to school

Pupils will need to bring a school bag which contains their named water bottle, snack, and packed lunch, if not being provided by school. (Parents should receive details about iPay accounts in the first week back)

They should also have a spare set of clothes and outdoor waterproof jacket, as they will be spending time outdoors even in light rain. We ask that no toys or electronic games are brought into school – there will be specific days when these are allowed, we do this so no one has to worry about losing things in school that are precious or valuable to them.

 

Naming Items

Please can we ask you to ensure that you put names on scooters, bikes, lunch boxes, school bags, cardigans and sweatshirts, PE kit, wellies – things get lost and it is so much easier to return them if they are named.

School Uniform

School uniform plays an important part of creating a positive school ethos and we would encourage our children to wear our school uniform and colours so that they feel part of the school community. We do not want anyone not to come to school due to having no uniform or wanting to wear something else to help them feel comfortable, this will be fine for the first term. We realise that this pandemic has put some of our families under additional financial pressure. We have a selection of uniform available from our uniform bank at the Bleachingfield Centre, which can be given out to any families that this would help, please contact the school office.

Wellies/Shoes

If your child comes to school in boots or wellies we ask that you pack or leave at school and additional pair of comfortable shoes, as doing PE in these are not comfortable and they make it difficult to sit easily on the carpet.

We don’t change into indoor shoes when the pupils come in so they need to be wearing a pair of comfortable shoes suitable for the weather that day.

PE kit

We ask that on the 2 days each week that your child has PE they come to school wearing their PE kit and trainers. This ensures we do not have to spend lots of time getting changed in and out of clothes and that more time is given to the learning instead. Class teachers will send information relating to when you child has PE.

Snack Trolley

As we are currently unable to allow adult volunteers into the building we will not be running the snack trolley. I hope to be able to give you a date soon of when this will be available. In the meantime please provide you child with a snack for breaktime.

 Break and lunch times

Break and lunch times will be staggered to reduce the number of children in the playground at one time. We have created outdoor play areas that will be allocated on a rota basis. These spaces will have activities that allow for social games. All classes will move around the areas on a weekly basis.

All pupils will eat their packed lunch in their classroom for at least the first 4 weeks, this will be provided by parents or the school if you are ordering via Ipay, or for all P1-P3 pupils free if ordered. This will ensure that we have capacity for our pupils to eat safely while maintaining social distance and hygiene measures.

Free Fruit

Primary 1 pupils get a piece of fruit provided 3 times a week. Teachers usually fit this into the afternoon session to keep pupils energy levels up and as part of a socialisation session.

 Keeping Pupils safe in school:

Ventilation in buildings

Staff will be asked to ensure good ventilation by keeping windows open and where possible not closing the doors of small rooms.  Pupils and staff will spend more time outdoors, with weather appropriate clothing.

Cleaning routines

All areas will be cleaned daily by cleaning staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness, using methods and cleaning products in keeping with national guidance (COVID-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings). Additional cleaning will take place at lunchtimes and cleaning materials will be available in every classroom and for use by janitors during the day as required.

 

Hand washing

Stocks of soap will be checked, and replenished, before the start of every day.  All classrooms have access to warm water and soap. Hand sanitiser will be available at each usable entrance point to the building, unless there is immediate access to soap and water in these areas.  Stocks will be checked every day. Pupils and staff will wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol hand sanitiser, when:

*entering the building   *before eating or handling food *after blowing the nose *after sneezing or coughing    *after going to the toilet

Access to Toilets 

Pupils’ access to toilets will be carefully managed to ensure good health and hygiene. There will be a strong emphasis on washing hands.

 Meet the Teacher

We know that knowing our pupils really well is vital in supporting them in school. We also want to create a successful partnerships with you, as you will be key to your child’s learning and progress at home, so the Primary 1 teachers are looking forward to getting to know you too.

You will be contacted by school within the first week of term with more details so that we can set up an appointment for an individual on-line meeting with each pupils’ parents/carers. You and their teacher will have a 10 minute meeting via Google Meet to chat about school routines, how your son/daughter has settled in and for you to ask any questions and feel supported in the early days of them starting at Dunbar Primary School.

 Meeting with staff/Visiting the school

We really value our relationships with parents and carers, and we want to provide opportunities to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. However, as part of the current guidelines we are required to limit the amount of people who are coming in and out of the school buildings. Therefore, we are still temporarily suspending our ‘drop in’ and open door approach and will be encouraging you to ‘phone or email first’. This enables us to plan for meetings in a safe way for everyone.

If you are visiting the school we would ask that you wear a face mask, as you would currently in any public building to help keep everyone in our school community safe.

If you have any questions or need to contact us, you can do so in the usual way – by contacting the school office admin team by email (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) or by phoning the school (01368 863773).

Mrs Hay will be the DHT responsible for Primary 1, and we are both really looking forward to seeing all of new Primary 1 pupils on the 18th August.  We have been focusing our efforts to make our school a happy, nurturing and safe space where they can enjoy learning and playing with their class mates.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

Headteacher

Letter to P1 parents August 2021 start

Weekly update 26th June

It is the Holidays!!

Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for all your continued support, and well done to all our pupils for their hard work, progress and achievement over the last school year. We look forward to welcoming new pupils into Primary One in August and wish all our Primary Sevens well as they move on to Grammar School and beyond.

Arrangements for returning to school in August 2021
We are looking forward to welcoming our children back into school on Wednesday 18th August.
Monday 16th August – In-service Day (closed to children)
Tuesday 17th August – In-service Day (closed to children)
Wednesday 18th August – All P2 to P7 return. P1 will receive a letter with dates and times during the holidays.

The School Year

Richard Taylor  has kindly created a 5 minute assembly showing lots of photos and video clips from this session

Soft Start and timings (Exact timings will be published 9th August 2021)

Children are welcome to arrive at school between 8.35–9.00am through their allocated door for a soft start. Children in P1-P7 do not line up in the mornings, but come straight into school

New P1 children will receive a letter of the start days and times for their child during the summer break.

Dunbar Primary School Photography competition winners

Morning,

The Parent Council ran a photography competition recently and lots of our pupils took part 🙂
There’s an 8 minute video showing the entries and winners! 

(40) DPS 2021 PhotoCompVid – YouTube

A3 Postcard Poster

Drowning Prevention Week

It’s Drowning Prevention Week and we’ve been asked to share some resources with you. Please have a look at the royal lifesaving society uk website and consider how we can best be safe in the water over summer.

Contacting Us

A reminder, like always, that if you would like to contact us, please email: admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk and your email will be passed on to the appropriate member of staff.  The email system will not be manned during the summer break.

Reminders

PE Kits: On PE days children should come to school wearing: a PE kit (shorts/joggers/leggings and a t-shirt). We will send details of your child’s PE slots in the new term.
Other items to bring to school: Your child should bring; a named water bottle, outdoor coats/jackets and wellies as required. Please ensure all items are clearly named.
Snacks: P1 & P2 children will receive free fruit for snack on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

School Meals: Please remember to use your ipay account to pre-order school lunches.

School lunches will continue be served in classrooms from Wednesday 18th August to Friday
3rd September.
Our expectation is that dining halls will re-open on Monday 6th September, guidance permitting and following updated risk assessment. Further confirmation will be issued prior to
this date.

COVID INFECTIONS

Anyone testing positive for COVID -19 during the holidays, please email covidinschools@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

 

Weekly Update 11 June 2021

Newsletter

I want to start by thanking you all for your support over the past term as we all try to keep your children, our pupil’s, safe in school. I really appreciate that anyone picking up pupils are keeping a 2m distance and wearing face coverings.

Covid-19 As you will be aware there have been a number of positive cases in both Campuses, which has resulted in us having to self-isolate classes, together with class teachers, members of the support team and our office staff. Please can you help the school by continuing to ensure you do not send a pupil to school who is not well, or you suspect have the symptoms of Covid 19. Please take them to be tested.  I really want to keep the school open until the last day of term so we can finish the term this year by saying goodbye and good luck to P3 as they move campus, and to P7 as they move to Dunbar Grammar School and beyond. Read more below……………………

June 14 Newsletter

Be safe at the beach

When warm weather arrives the beach is a popular destination for many people however playing or swimming in the sea is not the same as being in an indoor swimming pool.

Waves can be great fun but are also unpredictable. Always supervise children playing in waves as they can easily lose their balance if struck by a larger wave.

Inflatable toys, dinghies or lilos are a well-known hazard – with many incidents of people on inflatables blown out to sea. They are not designed for use in open water and should be restricted to sheltered and confined spaces only such as rock pools.

You might want to enter the sea simply to ‘cool off’ but the water may be much colder than expected. The average sea temperatures in the UK are just 12°C  – below 15°C is defined as cold water which can seriously affect your breathing and movement.

Be also aware of tides, and if planning a walk across a beach, check when the incoming tide is expected so you are not cut off.

Finally remain aware of hidden dangers and don’t swim near or dive from rocks or cliff faces. Check safety notices at beaches which may indicate specific local hazards.

If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Treasure Hunt

Civic Week Treasure Hunt Competition  This will run throughout Civic Week, from last Saturday 12-19 June – details attached.  There are lots of prizes to be won

Civic Week Treasure Hunt Poster

Civic Week Treasure Hunt Entry form

P7 Leavers Photographs

The P7 supplement is appearing in the Courier and Musselburgh Courier on Thursday, June 17.

Matilda

Brunton Theatre Summer School are looking for enthusiastic individuals between the ages of 8 and 18 to star in our production of MATILDA JR. – one of the UK’s best-loved musicals.

Overseen by a professional production team, the 2-week Summer School will culminate in 6 fully-staged performances of MATILDA JR. on The Brunton stage.

Throughout an intensive rehearsal period, participants will also take part in drama games, workshops, improvisation, vocal technique classes, movement and much, much more. Not only will participants get to perform on The Brunton stage, they will also develop many invaluable life skills along the way.

Daily rehearsals will take place at The Brunton.

The cost for the 2-week Summer School is £175.00. Some assisted places are available.

To register your interest, or for more information, please email:
BruntonSummerSchool@gmail.com