Update 30th September 2016

S1-S3 Curriculum Evening

We held an information evening for parents and carers of S1/2/3 students on Thursday 29th September.   Please see the following powerpoint presentation from the evening to learn more about our curriculum structure at DGS:

Curriculum Information Evening

Information Update

A pack went home with all students this week containing a school closure form, a mandate form for the School Council 200 Club, a form for completion if a weekly newsletter is requested and an Annual Data Check form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned before the October break.

If you have no email address, it is essential that you inform the school. Where this is the case, we will provide a printout of this weekly information update to students on a Monday morning in their registration folder.  A printout is only available to families who do not have access to email.  The weekly email information is automatically updated on our website.

Temporary DHT Appointed

We are delighted to congratulate Ed Offer on being appointed as temporary DHT.

Enterprise Maths Competition

Well done to Ben James Dorin, Tom Mullender, Sandy Purves and Rowan Daff who participated in the Lothian-wide Enterprise Maths Competition. Although they didn’t win overall they did come first in 2 rounds: the speed round and the paper airplane competition!

Positive Mental Health Awareness Week

The week beginning Monday 10th October is Dunbar Grammar School’s Positive Mental Health Awareness Week.

Two of our senior students have arranged for speakers to come in to present to all year groups and there will be an emphasis on promoting positive mental health throughout many classes.  We are offering an array of additional activities both during and after school, such as baking, knitting, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and sporting activities, to name a few.

If any parent or carer has an area of expertise that they feel would complement this programme (yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, relaxation etc.) and would like to volunteer to run, or assist with a session after school, we would welcome your input.

Please contact Mr Scott (PT Health and Wellbeing) if you would like to be involved mscott@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Plant Science Master Classes at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

There are a series of four lectures and tutorials taking place on the topic of Climate Change and Food Security at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.  They are suitable for students studying Higher Biology.  The first session is on Wednesday 16th November, 17:00-19:30pm.  If students are interested or require more information, please can they see their Biology teacher.

Pretty Mudder Success

Four of Dunbar Grammar’s S3 girls took part in the 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge on Saturday 17th September in Edinburgh and have raised to date over £700 with more money still coming in.   They were Emily MacGregor, Eva Smith, Sylvie Fennell and Aimee Watson.  Well done girls!

Cycling/Scooting and Skateboarding to School

As you are aware the school is a supporter of young people coming to school under their own wheel power.  However, can we please remind students that all bikes and scooters need to be secured during the school day using an appropriate lock.

It is extremely important for the health and safety of our students and pedestrians that careful attention is given to road usage whilst cycling.  No Grammar School student should be using their bike on the pavements.

S4 Piper

S4 student, Connor Tierney, went to Kaimes Special School  on Wednesday 28th September to do the piping at their Boat Turning ceremony.  Their pupils were delighted and inspired by this new experience – it made the Boat Turning event just all the more exciting.  Connor is a credit to himself, his family and the school. Well done Connor!

DGSC Update

The next DGSC meeting is open to all parents and carers, on Monday 10th October, 7-9pm in the Staff Room.

Discussion topic: Anti-social behaviour and updating the school’s Anti-Bullying & Equalities-Policy and its implementation, a copy of which can be accessed here: http://www.edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar/wp-content/blogs.dir/1325/files/2009/11/Anti-Bullying-and-Equalities-Policy.pdf. A county-wide review of all school’s Anti-Bullying & Equalities Policies is currently underway so this is an opportune time to discuss this.

Lost Property

The lost property collected to date will be recycled after the October break.  Please phone the office if you would like to come in to arrange a time to look for any missing property.

Personal Statement Help

Edinburgh University has offered to deliver a workshop on how students can make their personal statements stand out. For more detail on how to apply, follow the link below:



Anyone interested in becoming an invigilator to support the National and Higher examinations on behalf of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at the Grammar School, please give details to the school office.  These will then be passed onto the SQA on your behalf.

Careers Update

Apprenticeship Information Days: EDF Energy is holding two information days for applicants to its successful Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship scheme.  Advert goes live on 1st November 2016 and will close on 15th January 2017.
The information days will prove invaluable to anyone considering a career with EDF Energy.  Come along, find out more and meet the team at the Torness Visitor Centre on Saturday 5th  November or Sunday 4th December.  There will be three sessions on each day – 9:30 , 11:00 and 13:00
Spaces are limited and you MUST book.  More information: EDF Open Days
To book, please call Ashleigh Dickson on 01368 873847  or email: ashleigh.dickson@edf-energy.com,   www.edfenergy.com/apprentices

Please see the Careers page for more opportunities.

Dates for Your Diary

School Mock Court Case Project 5th & 12th & 31st Oct
AH Biology Trip NMS Wednesday 5th Oct
‘Suppliant Woman’ Drama Trip Thursday 6th Oct
DoE Silver and Gold Trip Fri 7th – Sun 9th Oct
Positive Mental Health Week Mon-Fri 10th-14th Oct
S1, S4, S6 School photographs Wednesday 12th Oct
Finish for October break Friday 14th Oct
In-Service Monday 24th Oct
Students resume Tuesday 25th Oct

DGS Sports Update

Details on the DGS Team App including how to upload it, can be found here: DGS Sport. Please also see DGS Sports

Please also see Information Sheets for our most up-to-date Information Sheet including updates on lunchtime and after school clubs and:

  • Yearbook deposits
  • Digital Ambassadors Needed
  • Skills Scotland Event
  • Belhaven Concert
  • Finance Workshop
  • House Points Update
  • Talent 2030 Competition
  • Breakfast & Lunch Clubs
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Update 23rd September 2016

S1-S3 Curriculum Evening

We are holding an information evening for parents and carers of S1/2/3 students on Thursday 29th September from 6-7pm.   This is an opportunity to come and learn more about our curriculum structure at DGS.  Letters went home with students on Tuesday 13th September: S1-3 Curriculum Evening Letter

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