Update 28th August 2015

One Whole Week In

After a very busy 8 days, we are now finalising course choice and timetable for all of our students.  We are now looking forward to working hard with our students, staff, parents and carers, and thank you for your continued support.

Attainment & Achievement Awards Evening

Students nominated to receive an award will have received an invitation this week.  Replies should be returned to the office by Monday 31st August please.  Due to the number of people involved in the evening, we can only allocate two seats per family.

S1 Maths Classes 2015-16

The following letter has been sent home with all S1 students today to explain the way we have arranged our S1 classes this year:  S1 Maths Letter to Parents.  If you feel you would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr White, Faculty Head for Maths.

Blanket PC1 Form for Trips During the School Day and Extra-Curricular Sports

All students were issued with a Blanket PC1 form this week.  This covers most day trips throughout the year, which are within an hour’s travel from the school, and also extra-curricular sports including hockey, rugby, football, golf and basketball.  Please can these be completed fully and returned to the office as soon as possiblePC1 form

Dunbar School Council Update

The next Dunbar School Grammar School Council (DGSC) meeting is being held on Tuesday 15th September, AGM at 6.30pm, full meeting at 7pm.  Agenda will be published soon.  We would like to extend a very warm invitation to all parent/carers to come and join us.  Please just turn up on the evening at the school to find out what it’s all about.

Please note that the DGSC have called an extra-ordinary meeting on Thursday 10th September in Dunbar Grammar School hall at 7pm to discuss school funding and plans for extension.  This meeting will be attended by Local Councillors and is open to all Parents and Carers.

Show My Homework

We are in the final stages of moving the system forward and hopefully the system will go live next week.  S1 students will be given passwords shortly.  Apologies for any disruption, please continue to note homework in jotters/telephones until the system goes live.

Congratulations to New Depute Head Boys and Girls

Interviews took place on Wednesday and the following candidates were successful in joining the team as below:

  • Head Boy – Oisin Strachan
  • Depute Head Boy – David Darling
  • Depute Head Boy – Jonathan Barley
  • Head Girl – Kirsten Fell
  • Depute Head Girl – Kaleena Hanvidge
  • Depute Head Girl – Mary Legge
  • Depute Head Girl – Lucy Mackay

Well done to everybody involved in the interviews.

Seasons for Growth

Following the launch of the Seasons for Growth Programme at the start of last session, three programmes were delivered throughout 2014/15.  This educational peer support programme for young people who have experienced bereavement or loss will be available again this year.

Feedback from last year included:


  • “definitely worth it”
  • “I learned that others are in the same position as me”
  • “I learned not to bottle my feelings up”
  • “The companion was very nice and easy to talk to, listened well and understood”
  • “the companion doesn’t push you into doing or saying anything you don’t want to”


  • “It is a good programme to offer. We can forget how it affects children because of how we feel ourselves. Grateful for this positive experience”

Full details about  the programme are available at the following link:


or by contacting Marie Prior or your child’s Guidance Teacher at Dunbar Grammar.

Extra-Curricular Update

Dunbar Grammar School PTA

We held our annual Afternoon Tea with Prosecco on Saturday and raised the amazing sum of £1,136. We would like to thank all the bakers, sandwich makers and people who came and bought tickets and raised this amazing sum of money.  We also had generous donations from many people and businesses for the raffle including The Dunmuir Hotel, The Rocks Restaurant, 1650 Coffee Shop, Love Sweets, Peter Whitecross Butchers, Bright and Beautiful Cleaning, The Store, Tippecanoe and The Royal Macintosh Hotel.

We are holding our next meeting in the Volunteer Arms on Wednesday 16th September at 7pm.  Please come and join us as we are a small, friendly fun group of parent/carers wanting to help DGS give our children the best education possible.  Our school needs YOU! (we need you too)  If you want more information please contact Jane on 860804.

Bistro Menu – please see below

Bistro Spring-Summer 2015-16

East Lothian on the Move Event

ELC has appointed Peter Brett Associates to run six consultation events across the Area Partnerships to engage with residents on sustainable/active travel issues, feeding into the local transport strategy.  Please see the attached poster for details of the Dunbar event: East Lothian on the Move.  More information can be found on the ELC website: http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/news/article/1994/east_lothian_on_the_move

Dates for Your Diary

AH Biology Field Trip Fri 28th – Sun 30th Aug
Higher Education Convention Monday 31st Aug
2Moros Driver Wednesday 2nd Sept
DoE Navigation Training Friday 4th Sept
S5/6 Coca Cola Factory Visit Wednesday 9th Sept
S3 Learn to Succeed Day Walk Thursday 24th Sep
DoE Bronze Practice 1 Thurs 24th – Fri 25th Sept

Communication with the School

The school operates a system whereby you will receive an email every Friday from the school with updated news about events, and links to relevant information on our website. We have found that a few minutes each week glancing at our website to be one of the most effective ways of communicating with parents/carers and students.

We do appreciate that some people do not have access to either email or internet (we realise that they won’t pick up this communication!).  If you know of anybody in this position, please pass on this information.  If you require a hardcopy of our weekly updates due to not having internet, please inform the school office on 01368 863 339, and your son/daughter will be given one on the following Monday.

Attendance and Punctuality

This year we launched our new policy on attendance and punctuality.  This links in with the policy launched last year in the cluster primaries.  As you will now be aware, absence and lateness have a direct impact on attainment.  For this reason, there will be an increased focus on attendance and punctuality.  At the beginning of the school day and after lunch there is a 5 minute warning bell which is to alert students to the start of lessons.  Any student arriving after the 8.40am bell or the 2.10pm bell will now be automatically marked as late.  Equally, any student arriving late from another class without a note will be marked as late.  Students who consistently attend and are punctual will be given increased recognition in the form of house points.  We are also considering attendance and punctuality when deciding prefects and other privileges.  Full guidelines for parent/carers will be published shortly.

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

  • Longboard Building Club
  • Art and Design portfolio work
  • Scalextric 4 Schools
  • New Amnesty International Group
  • The Scripture Union Group
  • Fancy learning Italian?
  • Breakfast Club – Wednesdays 8.00-8.30am
  • Time for S1-3 students to update Edubuzz sites
  • Homework Help


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Update 21st August 2015

A very warm welcome back.  In particular, welcome to our new students and staff.

Examination Results

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