Update 31st October 2014

New Telephone System

We are in the process of setting up a new telephone system. This will enable incoming calls to be directed to various options, cutting down any delays in speaking to the relevant party. Options are listed below:

  • 1 to report student absences
  • 2 for Guidance
  • 3 for the Sports Coordinator
  • 4 to report staff absences
  • 5 for the School Office

We would like to apologise for any teething problems with this new system and would welcome any feedback from parents and carers at dunbar.gs@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Advanced Notice – Curriculum for Excellence Evening

We are holding a Curriculum for Excellence Information Evening on Thursday 20th November for P6-7 and S1-3 parent/carers at Dunbar Grammar School.  More information to follow.

Visit By Education Scotland

Education Scotland are visiting 50 schools around Scotland to gauge progress with CfE and the new qualifications.  DGS are pleased to be selected as one of these schools and we will be welcoming Val Corrie on Tuesday to meet with our Senior Leadership Team and a group of students.

S1 Tracking and Monitoring Update Reports

These went home with your son/daughter today, Friday 31st October, along with a letter detailing the changes in the system as per below. Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

Please note that the definitions of the terms have been changed, unfortunately we are not able to remove the old definitions from the forms. From now on the following explanations will apply:

  • 1=Excellent means exceeding expectations
  • 2=Good means consistently performing well
  • 3=Inconsistent means generally good, however, some reminding is occasionally required
  • 4=Needs improvement would indicate that interventions/sanctions have been required

Lost Property

Lost property will be displayed in the foyer for students and parent/carers to collect from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 November from 3.50pm to 4.20pm.  Students who rely on transport after school should come to the office to arrange an alternative time.

Any lost property not collected by Friday 7 November will be donated to charity.

Home Connect for Accelerated Reader

As some of you know, Home Connect lets students show people what books they have been reading and how they have done in Accelerated Reader quizzes, via the Internet at home or anywhere they have Internet access. Part of this program lets students set up email accounts for parents, carers, other family members and friends. Each time students take quizzes, reports about their achievements are sent to the people they have chosen. We have made a start with some S1 classes this week and will gradually cover all of S1-S3 over the next two weeks. Students are being given letters to take home explaining the details. You can view the letter here: Home Connect letter tinyurl.  Each student will note their log on details on their copy of the letter.

School Photographs

Proofs and order forms for S1/4/6 photographs were handed out last week.  Please return order forms to the office by Friday 7th November.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Please find a copy of our Extra-Curricular Club Booklet: Extra Curricular activity book

Please see the following link for the school calendar: School Calendar 2014-15

Dates for Your Diary

S4 Rural Skills Tues 4th & 18th Nov
S3 Rural Skills Thurs 6th & Tues 18th Nov
Forst Trip Sat 8th – Sat 15th Nov
S4 Work Experience Mon 10th – Fri 14th Nov
AH Biology Workshop Thurs 13th Nov
Stewart’s Melville Higher History Conference Thurs 13th Nov
Skills Scotland Careers Convention Thurs 13th Nov
Children in Need Fri 14th Nov

Poppy Scotland

We will be selling poppies to students and staff next week in aid of Poppy Scotland.

S1 Activities Week

Letters went home with students on 24th October regarding the S1 Activities Week in May, including details of payments due.  A copy of the letter can be found here: Initial S1 Activities Week Letter.  The parental consent form and deposit are due in by Monday 10th November.

If there are any problems with payments, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Slowther to discuss how we might help.

Show My Homework

Students can log on to Show My Homework using their edubuzz logins. By clicking on the logo, students and parent/carers can access the site; letters went home with students before the October break containing temporary logins and passwords for parent/carers. If you are experiencing any difficulties with having more than one child at the school, please contact the office.

The Show My Homework app is also now available for download onto Apple or Android phones and tablets.

Study Clubs

Please find a copy of our latest Study Club Booklet: 2014-15 Study Clubs booklet

Information Update Reminder

A pack went home with all students before the October break containing a school closure form, a mandate form for the School Council 200 Club, a form for completion if a weekly newsletter is requested, the Show My Homework letter and a Seemis form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate and signed.

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.

Battlefields Trip

A reminder that pink parental confirmation slips with non-refundable deposits are now due in for S3 students. Any parent/carer unable to do so, should contact the school office to discuss how we might help.

Blanket PC1 Form for Trips During the School Day

There are still several Blanket PC1 forms which are outstanding. These cover most day trips throughout the year, which are within an hour’s travel from the school. Please can these be completed fully and returned to the office as soon as possible so as not to delay any trip organisation.

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

  • Scottish Children’s Book Awards Nominations 2014
  • Children in Need
  • DGS School Radio

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Update 24th October 2014

New Telephone System

We are in the process of setting up a new telephone system. This will enable incoming calls to be directed to various options, cutting down any delays in speaking to the relevant party.

S3 Tracking and Monitoring Update Reports Continue reading

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