Update 24th April 2015

Battlefields Trip Information Evening

Please note the Battlefields Information Evening for parents and carers is on Monday 27th April at 6pm at the school.

S3 Profiling Week

S3 profiling, as part of Curriculum for Excellence, will begin next week, starting on Monday 27th April with an extended registration.  Throughout the week students will be asked to reflect on their experiences and progress in learning in each of their subject areas.  They will record these in a booklet which they will then transcribe into an electronic version during technology lessons the following week.  Students have been encouraged to reflect on their learning throughout their broad education phase (S1-S3) and to record examples of their best practice and progress over this period.  Completed profiles will be handed out to S3 students at a ceremony on 10th June, more details of which to follow.

SQA Timetables

Individualised timetables were given out to S4-S6 students on Tuesday 21st April.  Students have been asked to note that the start and finish times may differ from the formal timetable published by the SQA.  Any student who loses their individualised timetable can check the examinations noticeboard.

S4 students have been given information about their preparation for their forthcoming examinations, including remembering to:

  • check their time and location of their examination and seat number
  • arrive in plenty of time for their examination
  • bring all of their required materials: pen, pencils, calculator, dictionaries etc.
  • either do not bring a mobile phone or to hand it in at the office
  • contact the doctor for a medical note if unwell and unable to sit the examination
  • behave in an exemplary fashion

School Transport for Students Taking Examinations

If you already get transport provided to and from school you should use this transport as you would on a normal school day. You can, of course, make your own arrangements. The arrangements for Fridays are different. If you finish an examination after the normal school closing time transportation can be arranged if required – please inform the school office if you require this service by Friday 24th April.  East Linton bus passes can be used between 7.30-9.30am and 2.00-5.00pm.

If you already get transport provided to and from school and you have examinations on the 18th May, please let the school office know as there will be no normal transport on these days. Transport can be arranged but only if you notify the school office by Friday 24th April.

S4 Students not on Examination Leave

Students who are sitting less than 3 National 5 Examinations are expected to attend school during the examination period.   They will complete an alternative programme as detailed below:

Dates Details
Mon 27 April – Fri 1 May Students will use this time to complete any final unit assessments or added value units.  The times when each student was detailed in a letter issued this week.  Students should arrive at 9am in full uniform and will be dismissed when they have completed all required work.
Monday 4 May Public Holiday.
Tues 5 May – Fri 15 May Students will follow an in-school programme involving lessons/activities from all Faculty areas.  Details of this will be released next week.  Students should arrive at 8.40am in full uniform.
Mon 18 May Public Holiday.
Tues 19 May – Fri 22 May Students will follow an in-school programme involving lessons/activities from all Faculty areas.
Mon 25 May – Fri 29 May Activities week – No S4 students are required in school.
Mon 1 June Start new timetable.

Leavers’ Ceremony

We had our annual Leavers’ Ceremony today, Friday 24th April.  This was attended by our S3 students, parents/carers and some members of staff, who enjoyed information on the future positive destinations of our students, and performances by various groups and individuals.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our leavers the very best for the future, and we look forward to seeing our S6 students at the Leavers’ Prom on Thursday 4th June.


Next week we will be trialling a positive focus on student uniform.  Students will be given 2 house points for each day they come to school dressed in uniform (10 points available per student).  Can we please remind parents/carers that any student not wearing uniform should carry a note from home.

E-Safety Advice

Please see the following for safer internet/responsible use guidelines for parent/carers:

Lost Property

The lost property unit is due to be emptied the week beginning 5th May. If you wish to look for any items of clothing please arrange for a time, in the next week, with the school office. The clothing will then go to the local recycling centre.

S1 Activities Week

A reminder that the final payment of £20 is due by Tuesday 5th May.  Please make cheques payable to ‘East Lothian Council’.  Details will be coming out soon with consent returns which are necessary for the day trips which are taking place this week.  We should have already received the initial Parental Return, detailing skiing ability and confidence in water.

Congratulations to Anna Richards 5C3

We are delighted to  Anna Richards in 5C3 has been successful in securing a place in the Sutton Trust USA Summer School, where she will spend some time at Harvard, Yale and MIT.  There is a really challenging selection procedure for these places, so Anna has done extremely well.  Well done Anna!

Badminton Scottish Secondary Schools’ National Championships

In the Scottish Secondary Schools’ National Badminton Championships at Linwood in March, students from DGS achieved the following successes:

  • Alastair Campbell (S2)  –  runner up for the U14 Boys’ Singles title to the current Scotland no. 1.  He reached the semi-finals in the U14 Boys’ Doubles with partner Cameron Pike (S1).
  • Lewis Campbell (S4) – reached the last 16 in the U16 event in Linwood, but lost out in a tight match to the 5th seed from Stewart’s Melville.

Well done boys!

Scottish Schools Badminton Union (SSBU) Age Group Singles Events

Congratulations to Alastair Campbell who was the winner of the U15 Boys’ Singles event held recently at Ravenscraig. He was also a double winner in the U14 event at Wishaw a few weeks earlier, winning both the U14 Boys’ Singles and then the U14 Boys’ Doubles titles with his regular badminton partner from North Berwick.

DGS Results and Fixtures Bulletin: DGS Results Fixtures Bulletin

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

School Goldfish

There are a number of well educated goldfish available for relocation to a good home due to overpopulation in the school pond. Any financial donations would be welcome to go towards a new filter system. Please contact the school office to note an interest in the first instance.


Good Luck to all S4, S5 and S6 students about to sit their exams and very best wishes for the future to all our leavers

Dates for Your Diary

Battlefields Information Evening Monday 27th April
P7 Transition Event Wednesday 29th April
P6 Enterprise Day Thursday 30th April
May Holiday Monday 4th May
S3 Rural Skills Tuesday 5th May
Learn to Succeed Overnight Camp & Day Walk 11th-12th May
S2 Personalisation Biology Trip Thursday 14th May

S5/S6 Induction Day and New Timetable

Tuesday 2nd June and Wednesday 3rd June mark the official end of examination leave and are Induction Days for the new S5 and S6 students respectively.   Students were given letters before the Easter break.
During these days students will be given information about their new timetable and will be required to sign a school contract, which identifies our expectations of them, and expectations they have of us.   Students will also have the opportunity to apply for prefect positions, and in the case of S6 students, to apply for the senior prefect posts of Head and Depute Head Boy and Girl.  S6 students will also be required to identify what they will be doing for community experience and school service, which is a compulsory part of the S6 curriculum.  Again, students will be encouraged to apply for the volunteer awards (Saltire Awards) for all S6 students who successfully complete their service.

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

  • Overdue Library Books
  • World Book Night
  • Awards Evening – Trophies
  • Breakfast Club

Other documents of interest:

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Battlefields Trip Information Evening

Please note the change in date and venue for the information evening for parents/carers to Monday 27th April at 6pm at the school.  There is no meeting on Thursday.

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