Update 30th January 2015

Please note that all DGS Hockey this weekend is cancelled.

Severe Weather Information Reminder

Please follow this link for a reminder of our Severe Weather policy:  Severe Weather PolicyPlease ensure that contact details are up-to-date. If any details have changed, please inform the school ASAP as we may have to contact you at short notice in times of severe weather.

Severe weather information for staff can be accessed through elnet: https://elcintranet.eastlothian.gov.uk/

S3 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

This is being held on Monday 2nd February.  Letters were issued to students on Monday 26th January. Please speak to your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any questions.

S3 Course Choice Information

Students and their parents/carers are being invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.   Letters regarding these S3 coursing interviews went home with students today, Friday 30th January: S3 Coursing Interviews.  Interview timings returns are due back by Wednesday 4th February.  Selection Process Timeline:

  • Monday 26th January – Course Choice Booklets and Likely Levels of Study were issued
  • Monday 2nd February 6-8pm –  S3 Subject Consultation Evening
  • 23rd-27th February – S3 Coursing Interviews

Music Performance

A few of our students played at Dunbar Garden Centre last Friday, 23rd January to entertain the public.  Thanks to the students involved.

Transition

A group of our S2 students went to Dunbar Primary School on Thursday 29th January to meet p7 students as part of the Primary Transition Programme. They met with p7 pupils from each of the cluster primary schools and answered questions relating to the move to the grammar school.  Our S2s did a great job and their visit was much appreciated by the primary pupils.

Breakfast Club

brek clubBreakfast Club started on Wednesday 28th January sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dunbar and Asda and was a huge success – 24 breakfasts were served.  We have a selection of cold breakfast foods and hot and cold drinks.  The options include cereal, breakfast bars, toast and fruit with a selection of drinks at a cost of 50p (students receiving free school meals are entitled to a free breakfast).  This is for as much as you want.  Breakfast Club will run every Wednesday from 8am to 8:30am.

Kirsten Fell and the Peacejammers

Battlefields Update

Letters will be going home with S3 students on Monday 2nd February, including the payment schedule.  There are 2 forms to be completed and handed back to the school office by the 4th March 2015.

DGSC (Parent Council) Update

At the meeting held on Thursday 29th January, it was agreed that the School Parent Council would contribute £800 towards Easter Revision for students sitting their National and Higher examinations in May.  The school is grateful for this support and the continued support of staff who are willing to give up their Easter break to make this popular provision such a success.

This funding is through the 200 Club and provides a whole range of support for students at the Grammar school.  If you would like to join the 200 Club, please complete the following form and return to the school office:

At the meeting last night it was suggested that we might look for a local person with experience of making funding applications to help secure funding.  Anyone interested in giving up some time to complete applications should contact DGSC directly by parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk.

Real Business Challenge 2014/2015

A group of our students have made it through to the Scotland Real Business Challenge Final 2014/15.  There was a great deal of competition again this year and our students deserve a huge amount of credit for qualifying.  Well done and good luck to them for the final on Wednesday 4th February.

S5 Student Leader

S5 student Sarah Brown has been successful in her application to be a Student Leader at the summer school with Gordonstoun International Summer School.   There were over a hundred applications from schools across the UK and less than 40 places so she has done extremely well! Congratulations Sarah!

For more information on Dunbar students’ and staff achievements, please see our Achievements and Successes Page

S4 Parents’ Consultation Evening – Advance Warning

This is being held on Thursday 11th February.  Letters will go home with students next week.

S1 Activities Week Payment

A reminder that the next payment instalment of £10 is due on Monday 2nd February.

Sports Update – Fixtures for Saturday 31st January

Please note that all DGS Hockey this weekend is cancelled.

Please follow this link for results and fixtures: DGS Results Fixtures Bulletin

Local Opportunities

Please see the attached for details regarding a Trainee Painter position:  Edinburgh Guarantee_Paintshop

Local News

Sci festPlease see the attached for detailed information about Dunbar SciFest 2015SciFest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break for February

A reminder that we break for the February holidays on Friday 13th February.  This is a dress down day, please can students bring £1 to dress down.

Dates for Your Diary

Next payment due for S1 Activities Week Monday 2nd Feb
S3 Parents/Carers’ Consultation Evening Monday 2nd Feb
S4 Rural Skills Tues 3rd Feb/Tues 24th Feb
Scotland Real Business Challenge Final Wednesday 4th Feb
S3 Rural Skills Thurs 5th Feb/Tues 24th Feb
Girls into Physics and Engineering 2015 11th February
S4  Parents/Carers’ Consultation Evening Thursday 12th Feb
Break for February Half Term Friday 13th Feb

Electronic Registration and TruancyCall

It is crucial that parents/carers inform us in advance if a student is unable to attend or is likely to be late.  If we are not informed of an absence or lateness in advance, parents/carers will receive an automatic text through our system, TruancyCall.  In the event of receiving one of these automated messages, it is really important to respond by text or phone.  If you do not respond by 12 noon, TruancyCall may be followed up by a phone call.

Any absence should still be followed up by a letter on the return of the student.Parents/carers can inform the school of any absences, either by an advance letter/email eg. for an appointment, or by telephone on the day of the absence.  If any student chooses not to return after lunchtime, having not signed out, parents/carers are expected to call the school.  This is a statutory requirement and is crucial for the health and safety of students.

Please ensure that contact details are up-to-date. If any details have changed, please inform the school ASAP as we may have to contact you at short notice in the case of your child being taken unwell at school.

Other documents of interest:

Please also see the Information Sheet which includes updates on lunchtime and after school clubs, plus:

  • DGS Book Group
  • California Trip 2016
  • Ukulele Players!
  • Drop-In Breakfast Club
  • Edubuzz Sites Updates

‘STARS IN THEIR EYES’ IS CALLING YOU!!

singingCalling all parental performers! Is your light hidden under a bushel? Is there a stifled singer desperate to get out? Or are you just up for a good laugh with friends and family?DGSA is holding a ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ fundraiser at The Royal British Legion, Dunbar on Friday 8th May and we are calling for potential performers to get in touch with us. Please contact Jane McIntyre (or any member of the DGSA on 860 804.  No real talent needed – just a whole lot of enthusiasm (and maybe a small entourage!). Choose your favourite group or solo singer and away you go. . .

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Update 23rd January 2015

Severe Weather Information Reminder

Please follow this link for a reminder of our Severe Weather policySevere Weather PolicyPlease ensure that contact details are up-to-date. If any details have changed, please inform the school ASAP as we may have to contact you at short notice in times of severe weather. 

Severe weather information for staff can be accessed through elnet: https://elcintranet.eastlothian.gov.uk/ Continue reading

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