Children’s University

February 2017
Information for Parent/Guardians

Hello from us here at Queen Margaret University, the Children’s University for East and Mid Lothian!  Please see below some helpful information about Children’s University and some dates for your diary:

*New Validated Learning Activities!*
Local Libraries
Head on down to your local library and take part in fun and educational activities AND get credit for it in your passport!

In School Activities
There are activities going on in your school before, during lunchtime and after school where you could collect credit on your passport! Ask your school for more details!

A bit further afield…
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho
You can now collect CU Scotland credits at EICA: Ratho, and experience an adrenaline high as you explore and challenge yourself, all while you’re having lots of fun with your friends.  With ‘Clip and Climb’ sessions you can challenge your friends and challenge yourself. EICA: Ratho also has excellent bouldering facilities for those who would love a new challenge.  Head to EICA: Ratho’s website for more information on the venue.

Free Online Activities
Children’s University Scotland have been working with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and the Scottish Book Trust to make the Children’s University Reading Challenge!  Passport Holders can collect a total of 9 credits – one for each challenge. Each reading-themed activity will help bring your favourite books to life: from reading aloud to your friends, to writing your alternative ending, and delving into your next book in weird and wonderful places.

Can’t find an activity on the system?
Download an activity sheet and send back to us.  Please see our Terms and Conditions for validating activities here

*Graduation at QMU!*
Next Queen Margaret Children’s University Graduation Ceremony: Saturday 18th March
Deadline to log your hours: Monday 6th February.  After the deadline, you will receive an invitation through your school

*Need help with the Epassport?*
I can’t log in to the e-passport- contact Hayley on
I can’t find an activity on the epassport- Try using the SEARCH icon on the right hand side of the screen and type in the activity name OR where the activity takes place


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Summer Activity Challenge 2016: Summer Challenge


Dear Parents/Carers

07 September  2015

Welcome back after the holidays and we hope that your children were all able to start using their passports and try out the website. We are aware that some of the out of school activities taking place around Dunbar are not yet included. For all the parents who have emailed school asking for assistance then please be reassured that we have passed on your queries to Callum Maguire at Queen Margaret University. His team oversee and accredit any activities outwith schools for Lothian and Borders. We are able to accredit school clubs but not external ones.

Please contact Callum if you are accessing any clubs that are not aware of this new initiative and would like to be included. Callum would then take forward the accreditation and add to website lists.

 Callum would need to know

  • Name of Activity
  • Where it takes place
  • When it takes place
  • How long it lasts for and
  • Ideally a contact name/ for the activity

Please feel free to contact him with any queries/questions and as many clubs and activities that you know of. His email address is

We will be looking at the after school activities and break/lunch clubs in the near future as they begin to get up and running. Gareth Hill, our Active Sports Coordinator will also be working closely with us. We hope to identify a Children’s University day each term where your child will be able to bring their passport into school and celebrate their learning with the rest of their class. We will also use time during some assemblies throughout the year to share our experiences and encourage more pupils to sign up.


Please feel free to contact the staff below, who are responsible for leading this initiative within school, with any further queries you may have.

  • Elaine Albano (Principal Teacher), Heather Robertson (P7 Class teacher) and Charlotte Jordan (P1 Class teacher)

Please email Dunbar Primary School and your queries will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member.


Elaine Albano

PT Inclusion

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to invite all interested parents/carers to come along on Tuesday 23rd June 2015 at John Muir Campus at 6.30pm to find out more information about a new scheme that pupils at Dunbar Primary will have the opportunity to join.

We are working alongside our colleagues at Queen Margaret University to launch their Children’s University Passport with our P1 – P6 pupils. This scheme embraces lifelong learning and out of school learning with credits that over time build up to a graduation ceremony at QMU for all successful learners. Celebrating learning in all its’ varied forms fits very neatly into our school ethos and values.

The children record their credits gained from the varied out of school opportunities that they take part in, including visits to museums/exhibitions etc. There are all sorts of clubs and establishments nationally that have been validated and therefore any visits can be credited by their staff directly onto each child’s individual passport.

A Frequently asked Questions Guide as available below.


A copy of the parent consent form is available below.

Parental consent form CU June 2015

Find below a parents guide. which was issued at the information evening.

parents guide

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