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

S4/5/6 Monitoring & Tracking Update Reports

These reports went home with S4, S5 and S6 students on Thursday 22nd September with a letter explaining content and frequency of report.  Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucas-personal-statement-workshop-tickets-27300339049

Anti-Bullying Policy

East Lothian Council is seeking the views of key stakeholders in order to ensure that the new Anti-Bullying Policy being developed meets the needs of all children and young people.  Over the next two weeks a sample of staff and students at DGS will complete an on-line survey.  The classes selected at random for this are 1C1, 2C2, 3C3, 4C4 and 5C5, however other students can access the survey through the link below if they wish to share their views. We are seeking views of all members of the school community.  The following link takes you to the consultation hub page which includes the parent survey: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/anti-bullying-policy-consultation

Former Student at Paralympics

Well done to Maria Lyle who has won the Bronze medal in the Women’s 100m, Bronze in the Women’s 200m and Silver in the 4 x 100m Relay!  Well done Maria, amazing achievements!  We are all so proud of you.

Dress Down Day

Today we are having a Dress Down Day today.  Funds raised will be split between Youth Cancer and Jeans for Genes charities.  Total raised will be updated soon.

Lego Therapy Thanks to John Lewis

John Lewis have kindly donated Lego construction kits to Dunbar Grammar.  There are many benefits of Lego play for all students; they are motivated by these Lego tasks due to the highly structured, predictable and systematic construction involved in the completion of these sets.  Lego therapy provides an ideal approach to enable them to improve their social, team working skills, patience, listening, collaborative working, and problem-solving skills.

Students work together with an emphasis on verbal and non-verbal communication, joint attention, task focus and sharing.   Working together can be problematic for most, but more so for students on the Autistic Spectrum. Lego therapy can help them use language negotiation and compromise to settle problems through the therapeutic benefits of play.  This helps students develop in a natural way to help communication with others, expression of feelings and modification of behaviour where necessary.

We have a number of students who will greatly benefit from this kind donation.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meetings

Please follow the link for the draft minutes of the Parent Council Meeting and AGM held on 1st September: Draft Minutes.  The next meeting will be held on Monday 10th October 2016.

DGS Open Texas Scramble 2016

The Parent Council would like to encourage everyone to support this event by registering a team of up to 4 players ASAP with Winterfield Golf Club or by donating raffle prize items, including vouchers for specialist services that you could provide such as gardening, hairdressing, beautician, tutoring etc. Please hand these in directly to Winterfield Golf Club House.  We would be really grateful for all donations and if you could also attend this event, buy raffle tickets and cheer on the teams.

Careers Update

Please see the Careers page for updates on opportunities.

Home Economics and Technologies Payments

A reminder that these payments are now due.  Separate payments for these would be appreciated.

Local Information

Dates for Your Diary

PTA Meeting Monday 26th Sep
Edinburgh Mosque Trip Wednesday 28th Sep
School Mock Court Case Project Wed 28th Sep, 5th & 12th Oct
DoE Bronze Trip 2 Thurs/Fri 29th – 30th Sep
S1-S3 Curriculum Information Evening Thursday 29th Sep
North Berwick MUNGA Friday 30th Sep
DoE Silver and Gold Trip Fri 7th – Sun 9th Oct
Positive Mental Health Week Monday 10th Oct
S1, S4, S6 School photographs Wednesday 12th Oct
AH Biology Trip NMS Wednesday 12th Oct
Finish for October break Friday 14th 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:

  • House Points Update
  • Awards Evening Photographs
  • BAE Engineering Open Evening
  • Tobacco Education Policy Student Group
  • Comic Book Club
  • Instrumental Lessons Meeting
  • Mamma Mia! Trip
  • Lunchtime Clubs
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Update 15th September 2016

There is an S6 University applicants Parents’ Information tonight, Tuesday 20th September, at 6.30pm in the assembly hall Continue reading

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