Update 11th September 2014

A reminder that the school is closed on Friday 12th and Monday 15th September for the September Weekend.  Please note that the school is open as normal on 18th September 2014.

Attainment & Achievement Awards Evening

We held our annual Attainment and Achievement Awards Evening last night, Wednesday 10th September.  A great time was had by all, pictures to follow.  Thanks to everyone who was involved in putting together this fantastic evening.  A copy of the presentation can be found here:  PowerPoint 2014

Seafood In Schools Event

On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th September Dunbar Grammar School hosted this event to promote the importance of seafood in the diet and the seafood industry to the economy.  All our cluster primary 5 pupils and our S1 students took part in the event along with S4 students from our Home Economics Department.  We’ve had great feedback from the event. 

Dunbar School Council Reminder

The next Dunbar School Grammar School Council (DGSC) meeting is being held on Wednesday 17th September, AGM at 6.30pm, full meeting at 7pm. Agenda will can be seen here:  Agenda. We would like to extend a very warm invitation to new members of the Parent Forum to come and join us. Please just turn up on the evening at the school to find out what it’s all about.

Jeans for Genes Day – Friday 19th September 2014

Jeans for Genes is a national charity which raises money to fund care and support for children and families affected by Genetic disorders, many of which can seriously affect a child’s life. It also funds vital research into the causes and potential cures of these conditions. Students and staff have been asked to pay £1 to dress down.  Please remember your PE kit.  Please note if you choose not to contribute to the charity, full school uniform should be worn.

New Telephone System

We are in the process of installing a new telephone system, which will hopefully go live next week.  This has involved some period of time when our phones were down, for which we apologise. This will enable incoming calls to be directed to various options, cutting down any delays in speaking to the relevant party.  It would be useful to get some feedback from parents and carers once the system is up and running. 

Show My Homework

All students have now had presentations from Mrs Mackie on our new electronic homework system Show My Homework. Please see the presentation and letter if you wish to have more information. A hardcopy of this letter will be going home in the near future:

DGS Students – Pedal for Scotland

Last weekend 4 of our DGS students joined almost 10,000 cyclists to complete the 50 mile journey from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Well done to Rebecca Greaves, Ben James-Dorin, Tom Mullender and Angus Welch! They finished their day by cycling back to Dunbar from Drem station. An amazing 60 miles of cycling! Well done!

Road Safety

Following a couple of near misses this week where students ran onto the road from between parked cars, please can we remind students to be vigilant when crossing roads, especially during busy times and if listening to music.  Also, please can parent/carers be extra careful when driving near the school, especially if parking on Summerfield Road, and be aware of students walking and cycling on the roads.  We would also ask cyclists to follow the Highway Code and signal to pedestrians and motorists.

Student Rule Reminders:

  • Out of Bounds:  No student (including S5-S6 and prefects) is allowed out of school at morning break.  This of course means that Looks is out of bounds.  Equally the house next door, where the caravan is parked behind the Music department, and the car park are out of bounds at all times.
  • Play Fighting:  It is our experience that so-called play-fighting usually ends up in serious fall-outs between parties.  It is therefore not allowed.
  • Reception:  Please remind students that they are not allowed to congregate/meet in the reception area.  This area is too small and can become very congested.  Any student wishing to go to the office should queue round the corner from the reception window.  The blue chairs are only for guests and students who are unwell.
  • Uniform:  All students are reminded that they should bring a letter from their parent/carer if they are not wearing full uniform.  Any doubt as to what constitutes uniform, please follow this link:  Uniform.  Any prefect not wearing full uniform will be asked to go home and change where possible, and run the risk of their prefect status being withdrawn.
  • Prefect duties:  These are an essential part of running the school and we are very grateful to the contribution made by our students.  It is however crucial that these are carried out without fail, and in the case of any students unable to carry out a duty, they should seek to find a replacement and report this to the senior prefect and Mrs Mackie.

Course Changes

The coursing for this year is now completed.  This means that no student will be allowed to change courses unless in exceptional circumstances.  If you consider there is a reason, then an initial conversation should take place with Guidance, and then a meeting with Mrs Slowther if the Guidance teacher supports the change.

House Captain

The role of House Captain is very important in terms of the running of extra-curricular activities in the school, of which we are very proud.  This is also an excellent position to include in any personal statement or job application.  In order to maximise our applications this year, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday 16th September.  Forms can be collected from the office and should be returned by the end of day on Tuesday to the office.

Blanket PC1 Form for Trips During the School Day

All students were issued with a Blanket PC1 form last week. This covers 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: General PC1 – Blank

Sports Update

There are no fixtures this weekend.

Last week’s results:

  • S1 DGS Rugby vs Preston Lodge HS won 28-4
  • U15 Rugby vs Preston Lodge HS lost 56-21
  • S1 DGS Hockey vs Ross High School lost 2-0
  • S2 DGS Hockey vs Ross High School lost 2-1
  • S3  DGS Hockey vs Ross High School won 4-1

 NHS Lothian Update

Please see attached letter from NHS Lothian in relation to Immunisation for secondary students:  Letter

Job Opportunities

Texas Scramble September 2014

The Texas Scramble is on Saturday 20th September, more information and entry forms are available on the website: http://winterfieldgolfclub.info/ If any parent/carer would like to contribute to the raffle, please hand in any items to the school office, or directly to a member of the DGSC.

Dates for Your Diary

September Weekend Holiday Fri/Mon 12-15th Sep
Staff & Students Resume Tues 16th Sep
Mock Trial Competition Wed 17th/24th Sep & 1st Oct
Senior Students’ Torness Trip Thurs 18th Sep
Jeans for Genes Day Fri 19th Sep
DoE Bronze Thurs 25-26th Sep
AH Geog Trip Fri/Sun 26-28th Sept
School Photographs Thurs 2nd Oct
DoE Bronze trip Thurs/Fri 2-3rd Oct

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

  • Well done to Teachers
  • Academy Classes
  • Linguachallenge
  • Edubuzz Updating
  • Bikes and Scooters in School
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Update 5th September 2014

Attainment & Achievement Awards Evening

Students nominated to receive an award will have received an invitation. Replies should be returned to the office as soon as possible please. Due to the number of people involved in the evening, we can only allocate two seats per family.

Show My Homework

S1,2,4,5,6 had presentations this week from Mrs Mackie on our new electronic homework system Show My Homework.  She will be meeting with S3 next week.  Please see the presentation and letter if you wish to have more information.  A hardcopy of this letter will be going home with students next week:

S2 Build a Business Challenge – Napier University

8 of our S2 students participated in an enterprise challenge held at Napier University which saw them compete against 11 other schools across Scotland.  The challenge involved students coming up with an idea for a Festival, looking at all the marketing that would be involved in setting up a business, including finance.  Our students came up with a unique idea for an East Lothian Food & Drink Festival called Food Fest and worked incredibly well throughout the day.  It was an extremely close competition, and although we did not win, there were many positive comments about the commitment, determination and drive of Dunbar Grammar students.  Congratulations to Hannah Dickson, Angus Welch, Lachlan Stewart, Zoe Appleby, Matthew MacKay, Tanith McGlinchey, Fraser Kelly and Cameron Elliot for taking part and being a real credit to the school!

Challenge Enterprise 2014

Challenge Enterprise 2014 is being held on Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th October at Stirling Youth Hostel.  This  is a weekend programme organised by the Rotary for 16-18 year olds.  It is aimed at students who “have the ability and desire to become the next generation of business leaders.” The weekend consists of a variety of events and activities designed to prepare students for roles as business leaders.  If you would like to be considered for a place – please give your name to Miss Williams by Thursday 11th September.

Apology from First Bus Manager

First Bus would like to apologise for the disruption caused on Monday due to only one bus arriving at East Linton to pick up students.  This then led to a period of time when students/parents/carers did not know what to do, resulting in some students waiting at the bus stop and some going home.  The reason for the disruption was put down to 4 buses at the Musselburgh depot being out of commission.  Following discussion with Transportation, we have asked for the following procedures to be put in place, and a letter has been sent to all East Linton parents/carers to this effect: 

  1. In the event of a problem at the Musselburgh depot, First Bus will call Transportation and Dunbar Grammar School leaving a message on our answering machine if necessary.
  2. Students should wait at the bus stop for 15 minutes and then contact the school for an update.
  3. In the case of bad weather, students should seek shelter with fellow students and wait for a text update which will intimate the time that a bus will be arriving.

Hopefully none of the above will be required, but at least we now have a clear procedure which will minimise the disruption to the education of any students.  If you have any concerns about buses in the future, please contact Transportation on 01620 827 700, and let the school know on 01368 863 339.

Seafood In Schools Event

On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th September Dunbar Grammar School are hosting this event to promote the importance of seafood in the diet and the seafood industry to the economy.

All our cluster primary 5 pupils and our S1 students will be taking part in the event along with S4 students in the Home Economics Department.

There is also a community event on Tuesday evening from 4.15-5.45 pm where parents/carers can come along and take part in workshops and taste some of the seafoodMore informtion can be found here: www.seafoodinschools.org

Blanket PC1 Form for Trips During the School Day

All students were issued with a Blanket PC1 form last week. This covers 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: General PC1 – Blank

Seasons

Seasons for Growth  is a peer support educational programme which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people coping with significant loss and change in their lives, usually as a result of death, separation or divorce. Marie Prior, Enhanced Support Officer and Richard Taylor, Church’s Youth Worker are trained as “Companions” and are offering this programme to Dunbar Grammar School students. This school session, priority will be given to the current S1, S5 and S6. However, all year groups have been made aware of this programme through assembly. If you think that your young person could benefit from this programme, please encourage them to speak to their guidance teacher, Marie or Richard. Further information is available at www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk

EscapeFinding out more about adolescence can help parent/carers better understand and cope with the changes that their young person undergoes.

Our 6 week Course offers an opportunity for you to explore new methods and strategies for dealing with teenage behaviour, helping you maintain, control and influence in your young person’s life.

For more information or to book a place contact: Marie Prior, Enhanced Support Officer. Tel: 01368863339

Next Course Starts: Wed 24th September 2014, 10am-12noon Bleachingfield Community Centre, Dunbar.

Sports Update

Last week’s results: DGS U18 Football vs Firrhill HS 4-0

This week’s fixtures:

  • S1, S2 & U15 DGS Rugby vs Preston Lodge HS
  • 10:00am KO @ PL High School
  • S1, S2 & S3 DGS Hockey vs Ross High School
  • S1 & S2 09:30am Start @ Hallhill 2G Pitch
  • S3 10:00am Start @ Hallhill 2G Pitch

Well Done

To former student Corey Downie who graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a Degree of MEng Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations to Corey.

Dunbar School Council Reminder

The next Dunbar School Grammar School Council (DGSC) meeting is being held on Wednesday 17th September, AGM at 6.30pm, full meeting at 7pm. Agenda will be published soon. We would like to extend a very warm invitation to new members of the Parent Forum to come and join us. Please just turn up on the evening at the school to find out what it’s all about.

Opportunities

Fort Kinnaird will be commencing their Christmas Temp recruitment process (along with recruiting for some of the new companies moving in) from 29th September – 7th November 2014, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.  The Recruitment & Skills Centre can be found in the corner of the Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, in a red brick building called Fleming House.

Referendum Debate

16/17 year old students are invited to a televised BBC debate in The Hydro in Glasgow on Thursday 11th September. Join 12,000 students from across the country! Anyone who is eligible to vote and who wishes to attend, please Mrs. Fell or Mrs. Luke as soon as possible. Bus leaves DGS at 10.30am, home approximately 8pm.

Texas Scramble September 2014

The Texas Scramble is on Saturday 20th September, more information and entry forms are available on the website: http://winterfieldgolfclub.info/

Dates for Your Diary

Seafood in Schools Event Tues/Wed 9-10th Sep
Mock Trial Competition Wed 10th/17th/24th Sep & 1st Oct
BBC First Time Voters Debate Thurs 11th Sep
September Weekend Holiday Fri/Mon 12-15th Sep
Staff & Students Resume Tues 16th Sep
Senior Students’ Torness Trip Thurs 18th Sep
Jeans for Genes Day Fri 19th Sep
DoE Bronze Thurs 25-26 Sep
AH Geog Trip Fri/Sun 26-28th Sept

Active School’s Update

Sport’s and Physical Activity Consent forms can be collected from outside the PE base.

DGS Rugby & Hockey

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

  • Awards Evening Rehearsal
  • Linguachallenge
  • Your School Magazine Needs You!
  • Congratulations to Student Swimmers
  • Chemistry Drop In Sessions
  • Biology Drop In Sessions
  • Physics Help Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Oliver! Auditions
  • Edubuzz Updating

 

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