Weekly Update 11.02.2022

School February Break

The school will be closed for February holiday from today 11th February till Tuesday 22nd February. The 21st February is an In-service day for all teaching staff in East Lothian.

Dunbar PS Bikeability Volunteers required for 22nd, 23rd and 24th February

We are happy to announce that we can have parent helpers with our Billability Training for P7. The classes are going out with 3 trainers from Cycling Scotland but we need to have 3 other helpers to assist whilst the children are out on the road. Teachers will also be present. If you can help it would be very much appreciated. email me anytime during the holidays at: amacrury@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk  and I will get back to you. Call  01368860997 on 21st February if you can do any other days, half days or all days. A group call has also gone out today for this.

Breaktime: 10.45-11am / Lunchtime: 12.45-1.30pm

Date Class School staff /community partners: 

min 6 

Support Cycling Scotland Support OL Overview of session
Tuesday 22 Feb 2022 P7a 0900-1035

P7b 0900-1035

P7c 1105-1235

P7d 1105-1235

P7e 1330-1500







Bike skills review and Level 2 Intro road session
Wed 23 Feb 2022 P7a 0900-1035

P7b 0900-1035

P7c 1105-1235

P7d 1105-1235

P7e 1330-1500







Observation, U turns, where to ride on road

Negotiate different road layouts

Thurs 24 Feb 2022 P7a 0900-1035

P7b 0900-1035

P7c 1105-1235

P7d 1105-1235

P7e 1330-1500







Priorities and communication on roads


P7a 30 / P7b 32 / P7c 32 / P7d 30 / P7e 28

Pavement widening works planned for Countess Road, Dunbar

Works to permanently widen the pavement to the west of the pedestrian crossing on Countess Road, Dunbar will be carried out in the week beginning 14 February during the school holidays, weather permitting.

Cllr John McMillan, Economic Development and Transportation spokesperson said: “The Spaces for People programme in 2020 funded temporary measures to create additional room for social distancing in our towns. As the pandemic recedes, we are learning from our experiences of how public spaces were used over the last few years and we are considering which of these provided sufficient benefit to make permanent.

“One such scheme was the widening of footways along Countess Road in Dunbar to make space for children going to school. The online consultation in November last year found that 81% of respondents were in favour of keeping or enhancing the section the west of the crossing and 80% supported keeping or extending the one to the east. However it is recognised that the bolt-down bollards currently in place on the eastern side have caused some difficulties for firefighters accessing the station and these will be removed until an appropriate permanent scheme can be designed.


This is a request from the Police Scotland Community Planning Officer for East Lothian.

Below is a link for the Your Police survey which runs until the 31 March 2022.

Please feel free to complete, and share far and wide amongst contacts, particularly young people and harder to reach communities.

There is also an option for an easy to read version, and BSL, and an email option to complete over the phone. We rely on the public’s input to help shape our policing priorities in each area, and it is so important for everybody to have their say.

Signalalong Workshops for parents


ELC Young Carers


ELC Young Carers Service has recently launched a poster campaign across all schools to encourage young carers to identify themselves. The ELC Young Carer website has also been updated and can be found here: Who is a Young Carer? | Young Carers | East Lothian Council



Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in your local area, Network Rail in partnership with Learn Live are working to help raise awareness to students across the UK educating them about the dangers of the train tracks through interactive digital delivery.

Watch the free safety videos by just entering the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the I am registered field when you first watch the videos.

Please note these are the recommended age ranges, we would always advise you to view the clips first to gauge suitability

Please click on the link below to view the relevant safety video:

Primary school version: Age 7- 11 (with subtitles)





The Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards scheme (VACMA) is managed by East Lothian Council Arts Service in partnership with Creative Scotland, providing funding for artists and craft makers living or working in East Lothian. The next deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 March 2022, 5pm.

Emerging artists and new graduates can apply for £500, with £750 bursaries available for more established practitioners.

Applicants are asked to detail their creative practice, what the bursary will enable them to do and how this will help support their skills and development.

The application form and guidelines can be found on the Arts Service pages of East Lothian Council’s website, here https://bit.ly/2K51olF

The VACMA funding is available to artists and makers to support their practice.  For further information about the application process, please email artsservice@eastlothian.gov.uk .



Please see link to the speech and language therapy drop in dates for pre-schoolers.

Weekly Update 04.02.2022

Dear Parents

Due to unforeseen circumstances the weekly update was temporarily suspended in September. We are re-introducing it from today and we will hopefully bring items in the school and beyond to your attention. Remember every year stage has a Twitter Feed and you can find out about things specific to your child year stage there.

REMINDER Parent/Carer Evenings  – Mon 7th – Thurs 10th February 2022

Appointment times for John Muir, The Cove and Lochend pupils were opened on Google  last Friday, please can we ask you to book a slot so that we can share the progress your son/daughter has made since we talked with you in October. Lochend Parents Nights 7th and 8th February, John Muir 9th ands 10th.February. If you have not made an appointment please do so as soon as possible.

We are really keen to get you into school to see what has been going on. Twitter and our school website cannot replace the great stuff going on in the classrooms and I am hoping that very soon we will be able to invite you into school so you can actually look at the pupils’ jotters, pictures, writing , models, etc. and really get to see what they have been doing at DPS.


The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Tuesday 8th February at 7pm.  The Agenda and Minutes of the previous meeting can be found below:-
Parent Council meetings are open to everyone.  Please e-mail
if you would like to attend.

Safer Internet Day

Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, and there are some great tips and conversation-starters to be found here. The Safer Internet Centre aims to make the internet not only a safer place for children and young people, but also a place where they can maximise the benefits they can get from online activity. We recommend it!

Dunbar Cluster Active Schools



Financial Advice

An updated East Lothian Council Financial Support
programme is available to assist those who may
currently be experiencing financial hardship. Thisincludes information about assistance with meeting fuel costs. The Council can help if you’re struggling to find out what
you’re entitled to. There’s lots of information available, but it can be difficult to know what type of help may be available to. East Lothian Council offer free, impartial and confidential
advice and support. They can let you know what benefits you may be entitled
to and in some cases, can help you to apply if you’re unable to complete an application yourself. Links to the Council’s welfare advice and financial support services, and a useful booklet, can be found below.

Welfare Advice and Financial Support | East Lothian Council

Welfare Leaflet Winter 2021

DPS Uniform Bank

We would encourage all parents to use the uniform back to reduce waste, not just families struggling financially. If you have any things in particular you are looking for you can email DunbarUnifromRecycling@gmail.com. There is a range of clothing and shoes available. Thanks must go to volunteer Anna Carpico for making this possible.Free Scho

Free School Meals (P6 and P7) and Clothing Grants

East Lothian Council offers a Free School Meal and an £120 Clothing Grant to carers who receive one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but NOT Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £16,105
  • Child Tax Credit AND Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £7,500
  • Universal Credit – where your monthly take home pay does not exceed £625

This support is delivered discreetly so it is not obvious to peers if your child is receiving this. We would encourage families with children in receipt of free school meals in P1-P5 to still apply as there are a number of other benefits to the grant which otherwise can’t be accessed.

You can access the form online by searching ‘Free School Meals East Lothian Council’ online. Please contact Depute Amanda-Jane Thomson should you wish support to apply.

School Meals Reminder for all Parents with pupils in P1-P5

From this January 2022, every child at a local council school can get free school lunches during term-time in Primary 1 to 5. This applies to all children in these years – your family’s financial circumstances do not matter. You cabn order meals here: SchoolPay | East Lothian Council


The Kit Stop is an East Lothian based sports recycling programme designed to collect pre-loved sports kit and equipment and redistribute it back into the local community.  You can read more about it here.  Donations can be made at any of the points on themap

Information about the physical activity access funds can be found here.

For individual applications, please complete the application form which can be found here

We are recruiting  Come and join Head to @myjobscotland for more details


View image on Twitter

SCHOOL SESSION DATES 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25

Please find approved school session dates for the following years 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 below. These are also available on the ELC website

School dates 2022-2023 word format

2022-2023 session dates – calendar format

School dates 2023-2024 word format

2023-2024 session dates – calendar format

School dates 2024-2025 word format

2024-2025 session dates – calendar format

These dates were approved by Education Committee on 23 November 2021

Dunbar Garden Centre

We would like to say a BIG thank you to Dunbar Garden Centre for donating a huge amount of daffodils! Pupils will plant them in our school grounds over the next few weeks.

Thanks to Miss Armstrong for organising this.

Return to School Guidance 5th January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

There will be an update published on the school website and sent to all parents and carers on Monday 3rd January regarding return to school guidance for pupils of Dunbar Primary/Nursery.

As you will appreciate we are in a dynamic situation and any local school guidance published tomorrow may be superseded by updated National Guidance prior to Wednesday 5th January. If this is the casse we will update as a matter of priority.

H Gillanders, Headteacher

Happy Holidays

Dunbar Primary School would like to wish all our children, parents and carers a very happy holiday and we hope you have a fantastic time whatever you may be doing.

We are mindful that the situation with the new COVID-19 variant is changing day by day but it is planned that the school will reopen on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

If your child / young person tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday period please email the details to:


If you have no access to email then call East Lothian Council on 01875 613921.

All the best!