All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Friday 24th June – Double date for your diary


Sports Day – 9.30 am at the school playing fields.  Home Baking

& refreshments available.


School BBQ in the Evening 6.00-8.00

Proving to be a very popular event as it’s a great chance for the whole school community to get together at the end of another busy year. 

More details on both these events to follow and obviously are dependant on the weather.

If you are able to help at either of these events please speak to any member of the Parent Council

Parma Ham Night – Thursday 9th June 7.30-9.00 pm

Come along to experience a taste of the Mediterranean.  Included in the ticket price of £5 (available at door) you will be able to take away some high quality Parma Ham, which will be hand sliced for you on the night, a mouth watering recipe book to add to your collection, and a chance to sample some fantastic wines and ports.  Additional stalls will be provided by Jamie at Home and Rock Lobster Chocolates.

There will be an international food quiz and there will be a chance to win tickets to the Taste of Edinburgh Festival (1-3 July) either by winning the quiz or a separate raffle.

So come along for a fantastic foodie night.

All money raised will go towards the West Barns Playground Fund.

Dunbar Primary School Parent Council Sci-Fest Invite

Dunbar Primary School  Parent Council invite you and your school’s parents to a social evening at the Rocks Hotel.

Wednesday 18th May  7.30pm

A celebration of the 2011 SciFest and welcoming your involvement for 2012

Following the wonderful success of Dunbar Parent Council Science Festival, we would like to invite all interested parties from our cluster schools’ to join us for an evening of drinks and hospitality at the Rocks Hotel.  Ideally this would include your Parent Council chair person as well as others from your Parent Forum who have something to offer.  We know there are many parents in our community with a wide range of experience they could bring to make next year’s event just as successful but bigger!

We were so delighted with the response of the whole community that we have already started making plans for the 2012 event.  There are lots of exciting opportunities and we want to welcome parents from the cluster to join us with the development of the 2012 event.

Science Club

We would also like to start a monthly science club in Dunbar and will be looking for helpers to set this up.  Obviously we will need people with skills other than a science base; e.g. administrative, manpower for the running of the club, etc.  If you know of anyone who may like to be involved in any way do contact us.

if you haven’t yet looked at our web-site, find out more about Scifest activities and plans at

Annie Beatty (Dunbar Primary PC Chair)                                      April 2011

Parent Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Parent Council will be held on Thursday 12th May at 7.15 pm in the school.   All parents are welcome to attend. Minutes of the last meeting of 15th March can be found here.

The Agenda for the meeting on the 12th of May is available here.

Spring Ceilidh

The Spring  Ceilidh was a great success with lots of super dancing, fantastic food, a great raffle, as well as a chance to win a bottle of whisky.  A good time was had by all who attended and £317.12 was raised towards the West Barns Playground Fund.  The Parent Council would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to making the first West Barns Spring Ceilidh such a good night.

Innerwick Parent Council Spring Fair

We would like to inform everyone that Innerwick  Parent Council are organising a Spring Fair which is to be held in Innerwick Village Hall on Saturday 2nd April 2011 from 10.00 – 12.00.  THis is on the same day as our ceilidh and another great thing to do in the morning.

Tickets are being sold for the event and cost £1.00 each for an adult and 50p each for a child. You can pay at the door.

We hope that you are able to support this fantastic fundraising event.

Digital Parenting Publication

???Parent Focus, in conjunction with Vodafone have worked to develop a magazine for parents which is full of information about technology. It covers all of the things a parent needs to know including how to set parental controls, managing mobile phone costs and understanding social networking as well as great advice from Professor Tanya Byron and Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet.

The magazine is free and copies can be ordered by sending the order form to; –

Awards for all, West Barns Play Ground


We have been awarded the full grant of £10,000 by ‘Awards for All’. to improve the playground art West Barns Primary school.
The Parent Council and school are now liasing with a company Scotplay. They met with members of the Pupil Council last Friday and will foward a visual design and costings for a really good trim trim trail and playground equipment.

Scottish Government Technology for Learning Strategy – Survey

Scottish Government Technology for Learning Strategy

There is an opportunity for all parents and carers to influence the Scottish Government’s Technology for Learning strategy via a short survey.

Further information can be found at “Blog post at Engage for Education”:


In Scotland, we have already made significant progress with embedding technologies into everyday learning, however we need to continue to build on this.

That is why the Scottish Government is developing a Technologies for Learning Strategy that will aim to further the use of technology in learning and assessment in a practical and organised way for the benefit of Scotland’s learners and Scotland’s economic growth.

We want to find out more about how technologies are already being used for teaching and learning. If you are a parent/guardian or a teacher/practitioner you can help us by completing a quick and easy, anonymous survey. Your views and opinions will help us with developing the strategy.

Please select the right survey for you and remember to complete it by 27 April 2011:

Technologies for Learning survey for parents and guardians:

If this is something that interests you we would encourage you to take the time to complete the survey.