School Fair, Saturday 31st May 2014, 2 – 4pm

Poster school fair 2014

Many thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to help at the School Fair, taking place on Saturday 31st May from 2pm – 4pm.

 We are still need more helpers, so if you could spare a small amount of time that would be much appreciated!   The link to help is below:

Alternatively you can email and we will get back to you.

Remember donations eg books and toys can be left at John Muir campus, we are particularly looking for home baking eg scones or tray bakes which can be handed in on the day.

All proceeds go to the school with funds this year buying resources for teachers to use so that they can create an outdoor classroom for the children.  This includes things like weather proof cushions to sit on, an outdoor white board and educational activities that can be taken outdoors.

Thanks for all your help, the fair wouldn’t happen without you!

Tapestry for John Muir Festival

Thanks to all the parent volunteers, teachers and pupils for their hard work in creating the tapestry for the John Muir Festival .  It was a great hit when displayed at Our Lady of the Waves church hall during the opening of the John Muir Way.

The tapestry will be displayed again at the school fair on 31st May 2014 for another opportunity to see this great collaborative project.

Date for your diary

SCHOOL FAIR – 31ST May 2014

Volunteers wanted  – Please see your emails with detail (DPS sent 02/5/2014)

Anyone requiring a stall for school fair please email






 mathletes pic

 Ready, Steady, Count!

The DPS Parent Council would like to invite your child to take part in Mathletes 2014.  This week of maths activity is an addition to Together We Count and aims to get those maths brains fit and agile.  All your child needs to do is complete the maths activities each night for a week.

Mathletes will run from Monday 12th May – Monday 19th May.  From Monday to Thursday, each night pupils will complete a maths activity (there’s a different one for each night) and once finished they colour in a lap of the running track on the sheet provided.  Over the weekend the pupils then choose another activity to do; this might be adding up the weekly shop, baking, playing a game etc.  Each day, pupils bring in their running track and talk about the activity and at the end of the week receive their certificate and reward.  The teachers have devised the different activities for each different age group and full details of the activities will be provided.

There’s no sponsorship involved and, other than reading, the pupils will have no other homework during their maths workout.

The most important part is to get those maths brains active and have some numbers fun.  Please take a part in the workout, working with your child as they complete the activities (race against them, challenge them?!), it’d be great to see as many families as possible get involved.  Some maths websites are listed below with lots of information and other activities for your child (and you!)

So, on your marks, get set, count…….!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Lisa Lumby

Websites:Together We Count section of the Primary School website:

Parent Council – shortlisted for “Parents as Parents in Learning Award”!!

Dear Dunbar PS parents,

At the end of 2012, DPS Parent Council made the following 4 nominations for the Scottish Education Awards:

1. Head Teacher of the Year Award: Helen Gillanders as for managing the
creation and operation of our wonderful two campus school so amazingly well.
2. Lifetime Achievement Award: Pam Clark, for being such a remarkable
teacher and person, whose loved by everyone.
3. Aiming High Award: Dunbar PS – after all, our school is the biggest and the best!
4. Parents as Partners in Learning Award: Dunbar PS Parent Council – we do so much, so well!

Despite our best efforts, due to intense competition, only the Parent
Council was shortlisted – we’ve made it through to the final 3 , which is
amazing. Please see the website

We’ll find out whether we’ve won at the awards ceremony in Glasgow on Monday 10 June and will let you know how we do asap!

The Parent Council has been extremely busy and due to the extraordinary hard work and dedication of many remarkable parents, had delivered lots of different activities and initiatives this school year.

Because we’ve been so busy, I’ve just not managed to produce termly newsletters as hoped.  Instead please see the attached report that I produced for the Scottish Education Award Assessors, prior to our Assessment Meeting on the 23 April 2013.  Apologies for the length but I kept it as short as possible!  Dunbar PS Parent Council Overview Report for Scottish Education Awards 2013

HUGE thanks to the parents, grandparents and pupils that spoke to the
Assessors during the 3 hour meeting.

Many thanks


Dee Davison


Winning Raffle tickets

Those who arrived at SciFest today by bus had the chance to collect a raffle ticket. The raffle was drawn by Stephen Bunyan and the winning ticket is:

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If you have this ticket please contact the school or email to claim your prize. The winner of the bike raffle was David Third.