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Summer school fun at Dunbar

Published Monday 10th July 17

Dunbar Summer School Fashion

Fifteen local children – who are participating in the Dunbar Summer School 2017 – have graduated from Dunbar Fashion School having spent last week designing and making their own clothes.

All children spent the week with Jacqui Burke, owner of Dunbar Fashion School, and her staff. They learned how to develop designs using mood boards, selecting the correct materials and using different machinery to make the clothes.

The graduation ceremony was held on Friday 7th July in the Fashion School in Dunbar and was attended by families as well as members of the local Area Partnership.

The ceremony included a fashion show which the children put on, with each child parading down a specially designed cat-walk.

Jacqui Burke presented each child with a certificiate of achievement in recognition of their hard work throughout the week.

Pippa Swan, Chair of the Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership, presented each child with a trophy celebrating their attendance at, and graduation from, the summer school.

The Dunbar Summer School 2017 is a fully funded initative from Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership. It is aimed at helping to improve the attainment and achievement for local youngsters living in or going to school in the area, who may not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in such activities.

In addition to the Fashion School, students could choose to attend free week long courses at either Foxlake Adventures or Coast to Coast surf School.

In total 118 local children will benefit from attending the summer school which is running over the school summer holidays.

All children attending courses receive breakfast, lunch and two snacks on each day of their course as part of an initiative to help reduce holiday hunger.

Pippa Swan, Chair of the Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership, said:

“The Area Partnership has been delighted that the first week of the summer school 2017 has gone so well. All the children who attended this first week have had great fun and we would like to thank Jacqui Burke and her staff at the fashion school, as well as those at Foxlake Adventures and Coast to Coast surf school for helping to make this first week such a success. The feedback from parents so far has been fantastic and it has been great to see the children develop throughout the week gaining confidence, making new friends and learning new skills. At the fashion school graduation ceremony it was really wonderful to see their amazing designs as well as watching them on the cat-walk today.”

Stuart Gibb, Area Manager, said:

“This is the first summer school delivered by Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership and it has already got off to a great start. The initiative has been eight months in the planning to ensure that it gives children a fantastic and fun experience but, more importantly, to ensure that it helps to improve the children’s attainment and achievement potential over the school summer holidays. The Area Partnership has received incredible feedback from both children and their parents so far and look forward to continuing this success over the coming weeks ”

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