S1-S3 Curriculum Evening
We held an information evening for parents and carers of S1/2/3 students on Thursday 29th September. Please see the following powerpoint presentation from the evening to learn more about our curriculum structure at DGS:
A pack went home with all students this week 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.
Temporary DHT Appointed
We are delighted to congratulate Ed Offer on being appointed as temporary DHT.
Enterprise Maths Competition
Well done to Ben James Dorin, Tom Mullender, Sandy Purves and Rowan Daff who participated in the Lothian-wide Enterprise Maths Competition. Although they didn’t win overall they did come first in 2 rounds: the speed round and the paper airplane competition!
Positive Mental Health Awareness Week
The week beginning Monday 10th October 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.
If any parent or carer has an area of expertise that they feel would complement this programme (yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, relaxation etc.) and would like to volunteer to run, or assist with a session after school, we would welcome your input.
Please contact Mr Scott (PT Health and Wellbeing) if you would like to be involved firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Pretty Mudder Success
Four of Dunbar Grammar’s S3 girls took part in the 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge on Saturday 17th September in Edinburgh and have raised to date over £700 with more money still coming in. They were Emily MacGregor, Eva Smith, Sylvie Fennell and Aimee Watson. Well done girls!
Cycling/Scooting and Skateboarding to School
As you are aware the school is a supporter of young people coming to school under their own wheel power. However, can we please remind students that all bikes and scooters need to be secured during the school day using an appropriate lock.
It is extremely important for the health and safety of our students and pedestrians that careful attention is given to road usage whilst cycling. No Grammar School student should be using their bike on the pavements.
S4 student, Connor Tierney, went to Kaimes Special School on Wednesday 28th September to do the piping at their Boat Turning ceremony. Their pupils were delighted and inspired by this new experience – it made the Boat Turning event just all the more exciting. Connor is a credit to himself, his family and the school. Well done Connor!
The next DGSC meeting is open to all parents and carers, on Monday 10th October, 7-9pm in the Staff Room.
Discussion topic: Anti-social behaviour and updating the school’s Anti-Bullying & Equalities-Policy and its implementation, a copy of which can be accessed here: http://www.edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar/wp-content/blogs.dir/1325/files/2009/11/Anti-Bullying-and-Equalities-Policy.pdf. A county-wide review of all school’s Anti-Bullying & Equalities Policies is currently underway so this is an opportune time to discuss this.
The lost property collected to date will be recycled after the October break. Please phone the office if you would like to come in to arrange a time to look for any missing property.
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:
Anyone interested in becoming an invigilator to support the National and Higher examinations on behalf of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at the Grammar School, please give details to the school office. These will then be passed onto the SQA on your behalf.
Apprenticeship Information Days: EDF Energy is holding two information days for applicants to its successful Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship scheme. Advert goes live on 1st November 2016 and will close on 15th January 2017.
The information days will prove invaluable to anyone considering a career with EDF Energy. Come along, find out more and meet the team at the Torness Visitor Centre on Saturday 5th November or Sunday 4th December. There will be three sessions on each day – 9:30 , 11:00 and 13:00
Spaces are limited and you MUST book. More information: EDF Open Days
To book, please call Ashleigh Dickson on 01368 873847 or email: email@example.com, www.edfenergy.com/apprentices
Please see the Careers page for more opportunities.
Dates for Your Diary
|School Mock Court Case Project||5th & 12th & 31st Oct|
|AH Biology Trip NMS||Wednesday 5th Oct|
|‘Suppliant Woman’ Drama Trip||Thursday 6th Oct|
|DoE Silver and Gold Trip||Fri 7th – Sun 9th Oct|
|Positive Mental Health Week||Mon-Fri 10th-14th Oct|
|S1, S4, S6 School photographs||Wednesday 12th Oct|
|Finish for October break||Friday 14th Oct|
|In-Service||Monday 24th Oct|
|Students resume||Tuesday 25th Oct|
DGS Sports Update
Please also see Information Sheets for our most up-to-date Information Sheet including updates on lunchtime and after school clubs and:
- Yearbook deposits
- Digital Ambassadors Needed
- Skills Scotland Event
- Belhaven Concert
- Finance Workshop
- House Points Update
- Talent 2030 Competition
- Breakfast & Lunch Clubs