Update 1st July 2016

Have a great summer and we look forward to starting the new term on Wednesday 17th August 2016!

House Competition

RyzeStudents in Victoria, the winners of the House Competition, enjoyed a great day at Ryze on Wednesday 29th June.



EU Referendum Debate

Students Heather Cameron and Zosia Kuczok organized our own EU Referendum Debate on Thursday 23rd June.   There was a good turnout of students, both juniors and seniors, and some great debate and discussion.

Saying Goodbye to Members of Staff

The following members of staff are retiring:

  • Anne Johnston, Librarian
  • Brigitta Murray, Modern Languages
  • Annette Rawson, PT Guidance

We are also saying goodbye to the following, heading for pastures new:

  • Lucy Anderson, Biology
  • Ashling Dolan, Maths
  • Louise Farquhar, Music
  • Emma Murray, Pupil Support Worker

Temporary Staff

  • Euan Bruce, English
  • Margaret Stuart, Art

We would also like to congratulate the following teachers who have successfully completed their initial teacher training:

  • Sally Copeland, English
  • Amanda Davidson, RME
  • Douglas Findlay, Modern Languages
  • Lisa Johnston, Modern Studies
  • Colin Levey, PE
  • Cheryl Ligertwood, Maths
  • Aidan Lindsay, Biology
  • Chris Morrison, Geography
  • Jennifer Rourke, History
  • Paul Sutherland, PE
  • Andrew Taylor, Music

Our sincere thanks to all of them and best wishes for the future!

Well Done to S6 Student

We are really proud of Samantha Kaszuba in S6 who was selected to take part in a midnight vigil at the National War memorial to remember the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  Students and staff who have been on the Battlefields experience will never forget the fallen.  Well done Samantha.



To Carly Peters who is part of Totally Sound (Canongate Youth Project) and recently performed at their end of term gig. You can see Carly perform via the link below:


Students’ Exhibition

A group of very talented S4 students have put together a fantastic display for the Dunbar Town House’s summer exhibition.
The exhibition is called Castles, Conflict and Community and pieces together elements of Dunbar’s complex relationship with military conflict from the wars of independence to the First World War. Our students’ reflections on their experiences on the Battlefields is central to the exhibit and their thoughts play a huge role in questioning the ‘glory’ of conflict.
So well done to Erin McEwan, Emily Reid, Coleen Brennan, Euan McFayden, Holly Nicolson and Anna Lyle.  They will be attending the grand opening on Monday night.  The free exhibit is on all summer so do pop in!

Staff/Student Matches

Congratulations to staff and students who took part in our annual end of term staff/student matches.  Ask the students for results!

PTA Afternoon Tea with Prosecco 

This PTA fundraiser is on Saturday 27th August from 3-5pm in Belhaven Church Hall.  Tickets are available from the school office £10, over 18s only.

Careers Information

Information for Parent/Carers of Students Applying to  College and/or University

We have put together a timeline of preparation and completion of the university/college application process through UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Students have been issued with this in paper form, but it is also accessible below.  This will also allow you to keep a check on whether your son/daughter is keeping to important deadlines etc.  For any further information please contact the Guidance Team.  Guidance.  UCAS Timeline 2016

Preparing for Next Session


Please ensure that appropriate uniform has been obtained before the beginning of next term.  If you are in any doubt as to what constitutes uniform, please follow this link: Parental Information

Please note that black or grey denim trousers or black trainers with any different coloured motifs or laces are not part of our uniform agreement.

School uniform already ordered can be collected from the school office during the in-service days on Monday 15th afternoon or Tuesday 16th August 2016.

Please note that it is agreed school policy that parents/carers will provide students NOT wearing school uniform with a note.  Any parent/carer who does not wish to support East Lothian’s policy should contact the school to discuss with one of the Senior Management Team.

Water Bottles

It is an educational fact that the drinking of water throughout the day can support the learning process.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to school, which can be filled up from one of our three chilled filtered units.  Please note that the office cannot provide students with cups or bottles.  The consumption of fizzy drinks or juices is not permitted during lessons.


Please check that all students have equipment needed for their classes, for example, pens, pencils, rulers etc., and an appropriate school bag.

PE Kit and Deodorants

Students need to bring appropriate kit for both indoor and outdoor activities.  Examples include shorts, tracksuit trousers, T-shirt, sweatshirt, trainers and football boots.  Students should not use spray deodorants in the changing rooms as this may trigger other students’ asthma or other conditions.  Valuables should ideally be left at home, or handed to your PE teacher at the start of the lesson for safe-keeping.

S1 Activities Week

A reminder some students have still not paid the full amount, please can this be handed in as soon as possible, cheques payable to ‘East Lothian Council’.

Local Information

Holiday meals






Dates for Your Diary

Last Day of Term / Dress Down £1 Fri 1st July
SQA Results Tues 9th August
In-Service days Mon 15th – Tues 16th August
Students resume Wed 17th August
School Mock Court Case Project Wed 31st August

Finally, thanks for all the support from students, parents and carers. 

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Update 24th June 2016

House Competition

Students in Victoria will enjoy the prize trip to Ryze on Wednesday 29th June.  Letters for this trip were handed out to students last week, returns are due for students to take part: Ryze Letter to Parents

Battlefields 2017 Continue reading

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