Update 14th October 2016

October Break

Don’t forget that we finish today, Friday 14th October, for the October break.  Students resume on Tuesday 25th October.

Mental Health Awareness Week – Healthy Reading List

There have been many activities going on around the school this week raising awareness of how to maintain good mental health. It is not uncommon for many of us, adults and young people alike, to have periods in our lives when our mental health is not as good as we’d like and, currently, access to services for mental health issues is difficult. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Lothian have recommended a list of resources for use with or by children and young people to help with mild mental health problems: Healthy Reading Resource List.  All of the resources on the list are available for borrowing from any East Lothian Public Library. Schools also have a small selection available.

There are also a number of websites that can be recommended:

You can contact your child’s guidance teacher with any queries.

DGS Radio

A group of eager S1 and S2 students have created the first ever pre-recorded DGS Radio Show.  The students worked hard creating jingles, writing scripts and recording the shows which range from politics talk to the current top 10. Please give it a listen by following this link:


Well done to contributors: Max Wood, Lorel Hawthorn-Buchanan,  Jen Morris, Caitlin Tsang,  Justin Tait, Malcolm Byrnes, Ben Cartwright, Caroline Laird, Millie Wood, Holly Furby, Mackenzie Duncan, Olivia Campbell, Alex Thorburn, Martha Macdonald, Rowan Robertson, Abigail Arthur, Elana Kerr, Thomas Calder, Brodie Reekie, Jack Moore, Lewis Coulter and Cara Fidelo.

School Photographs

Proofs and order forms for S1/4/6 photographs will be distributed soon.

Senior Drama Showcase 2016






Congratulations to all the performers who performed their end of unit pieces on the 10th and 11th October.  It was a resounding success! House points to all.

Musical Performance






picture3Congratulations to all the performers who performed at the Belhaven concert on the 12th October.  Also, a resounding success! House points to all.






Modern Languages – Dictionaries

We have been given a special offer of 50% off Collins Modern Languages dictionaries.  The deadline for orders to be in is 28th October.  Dictionaries available are:

  • For S1/S2/S3 (the smallest version with smaller type) Collins School Mini dictionary:  German/French £2.50
  • For S1/S2/S3 (a slightly larger version, larger type) Collins School dictionary: German /French £3.50
  • For S4/S5 Collins French/Spanish Pocket dictionary:   £4.50
  • For S5/S6 Collins French/Spanish Dictionary and Grammar:  £6.50
  • For S4/S5 Collins German Pocket dictionary:   £5.00
  • For S5/S6 Collins German Dictionary and Grammar:  £7.50

If you would like to purchase a dictionary, please either print off the appropriate letter below or write a note with the name of your and the dictionary you would require, and return with payment to your child’s teacher by Friday 28th October.


A reminder that the third payment is due on 28th October and a reminder that the second payment was due on 30th September.  Cheques made payable to ‘East Lothian Council’ please, on-line payments can be made here: On-Line Payments

Christmas Bazaar

Come along on the 2nd November from 7-9pm and start your Christmas shopping.  With a variety of stalls there will be something for everyone.  Profits from this PTA event go directly to enhance the learning experience of all children in the school.  Adults can enjoy a glass or two of prosecco while they shop, tea, coffee and juice will also be available.  Tickets can be purchased from the school office shortly or on the door on the night.  Please contact Jane McIntyre on 01368 860804 if you need any more information.

Dates for Your Diary

Finish for October break Friday 14th Oct
In-Service Monday 24th Oct
Students resume Tuesday 25th Oct
Bannockburn Trip Thursday 27th Oct
School Mock Court Case Project Mon 31st Oct, Thurs Nov 3rd
Forst Trip Fri 4th – Fri 11th Nov
Geography Field Trip Fri 4th – Sun 6th Nov
Nat 5 RMPS Trip Tuesday 1st Nov
Trossachs Walk Trip Thursday 3rd Nov
Skills Scotland Careers Convention Tuesday 8th Nov

Show My Homework

Please contact the school if you have any problems with the system or if you need one login for more than one sibling.  Letter for parent/carers: Show my Homework Instructions

Home Learning Resources

We have collated a list of books and websites to support study for senior phase students.  Please see the following:  Home Learning Resources For The Senior Phase

Information Update

A pack has gone home with all students 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.

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.

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:

  • House Points Update
  • Moroccan Quiz Night
  • Board Game Club
  • Skills Scotland Open Evening

DGS Parent Council Update

Annual Report

The DGSC Annual Report, including the DGSA Sub Committee Report, is now available on the Parent Council page of the DGS website.

Fundraising and Expenditure

The DGSC (Parent Council) and the DGSA (Association responsible for fundraising and social events) carry out a significant amount of fund-raising each year to assist the school in various ways. These are the most recent funding requests that have been supported.

DGSA (Association responsible for fundraising and social events)

Funding awarded at the September meeting

All 6 requests received were approved

Total value £1,174.62

Active Sports Co-ordinator SLR camera £426.98
Duke of Edinburgh Group Shelter £189.99
Maths Support Resources and equipment £187.90
Drama Drama trip costs £150
Science – Biology Soil Moisture Meters £149.75
Maths Happy Cubes £70


DGSC (Parent Council)

Funding awarded at the October meeting

5 of 6 requests received were approved & one was deferred

Total value £3,045

Modern Languages Set of 10 Chrome Books plus Charging Station £2,280
Science – Physics 3 TSA Units (Time, Speed, Acceleration & GM Counter) £465
Support for Learning Lego Kits to help  students with Autism and other related conditions £150
Technologies Young Enterprise New Business – The Bridge to Nowhere Longboards £100
Modern Languages Twin Town Host Hampers: Food hamper gifts for twin town hosts during trip to Lignieres, France £50
Technologies 3D Printer and consumables. This decision was deferred as DGSC is happy to provide matched funding when funding from an external source is sought and secured £2,000

Our next DGSC meeting, open to all parents, is on Tuesday 8 Nov, 7-9pm in the Staff Room

Discussion topic: Presentation on Scholar by Mike Falconer

Dee Davison & Lawrence Tierney, Co-Chairs Dunbar GS Parent Council & S2 Parents

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Update 7th October 2016

Positive Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week 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.

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