Update 27th March 2015

Easter Revision

Class lists for the revision sessions offered during the Easter holidays are displayed on the examination notice board.  Students are asked to please check that their name is on the list for the subjects they have chosen.  A few of the sessions were oversubscribed and places were allocated on a first come, first served basis, or students may have been allocated an alternative session.  Apologies to those students who were unable to be placed in a session.

Signing up for a course is seen as making a commitment.  Attendance is therefore compulsory and the school will contact home if a student fails to turn upIf students are unable to attend due to illness, please telephone the school and let us know.

Exam Preparation

The following presentation was delivered to all S4/5/6 students this week containing important information for students preparing for their exams: Preparing for your exams

In addition, students were issued with their ‘Your Exams 2015′ booklet from the SQA, copies are available at the school office.  Personalised exam timetables will be issued shortly.

Also, see our Guidance page for Revision Tips.

School Day Timings – Parental View

This session we moved to a 7 period day with 50 minute lessons.  This means that there must be a 3 period block in the day.  Last year we sought views of parents/carers, students and staff to decide on the best timings of this 3 period block.  It was unanimously agreed that 3 periods in the afternoon would not be the preferred option.

Before Christmas we trialled having a 3 period block in the middle of the day.  Post-Christmas we have been operating with the 3 period block at the start of the day.

The general feeling amongst staff and students is that this 3 period block at the start of the day is preferred.  However, before we make a final decision we must consult all stakeholders.

For this reason we will continue to operate with the 3 period block at the start of the day until the change of timetable in June.  We will seek views of staff, students and parents/carers during this time to decide on the final model.

We would be grateful if you could take a minute to complete this one question survey to allow us to gather your views on this matter.  The survey will close on Friday 24th April 2015https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KTF6VQ7

The 2 models are detailed below:

Model A (current model)

Registration        8.40 – 8.50

Period 1               8.50 – 9.40

Period 2               9.40 – 10.30

Period 3               10.30 – 11.20

Break    11.20 – 11.40

Period 4               11.40 – 12.30

Period 5               12.30 – 1.20

Lunch    1.20 – 2.10

Period 6               2.10 – 3.00

Period 7               3.00 – 3.50

Friday Finish at 12.30

Model B (model trialled before Christmas)

Registration        8.40 – 8.50

Period 1               8.50 – 9.40

Period 2               9.40 – 10.30

Break    10.30 – 10.50

Period 3               10.50 – 11.40

Period 4               11.40 – 12.30

Period 5               12.30 – 1.20

Lunch    1.20 – 2.10

Period 6               2.10 – 3.00

Period 7               3.00 – 3.50

Friday Finish at 12.30

Study Leave – S4 Students

For those S4 students taking 3 or more National 5 courses which involve an external examination, study leave starts on Monday 27th April, letters will be given to students on Monday 30th March.

Any student who wishes to study in school during this period should sign in and out at the school office for a minimum of half a day at the following times:

  • Beginning of school day
  • Lunchtime
  • End of school day

Students are NOT allowed to sign in and out more than once in the school day.  Any student signing in to study is required to wear full school uniform.

Please note students who are attending to sit examinations are not required to sign in or to wear school uniform.  Equally, they are not allowed to wander around the school between examination papers, unless they have arranged a meeting with a member of staff.  Please note also that members of staff may not be teaching in the same areas due to change in timetable and development tasks, and it is therefore always advisable to make an appointment with members of staff in advance.

Study Leave – S5/6 Students

Study leave for S5/6 students starts on Monday 27th April, letters will be given to students on Monday 30th March.

Any S5/S6 student who wishes to study in school during this period should sign in and out at the school office for a minimum of half a day at the following times:

  • Beginning of school day
  • Lunchtime
  • End of school day

S5 Students are NOT allowed to sign in and out more than once in the school day.  Any student signing in to study is required to wear full school uniform.

Please note students who are attending to sit examinations are not required to sign in or to wear school uniform.  Equally, they are not allowed to wander around the school between examination papers, unless they have arranged a meeting with a member of staff.  Please note also that members of staff may not be teaching in the same areas due to change in timetable and development tasks, and it is therefore always advisable to make an appointment with members of staff in advance.

School Books Borrowed by Senior Students

S4-S6 students must return all Library and Textbooks which they have borrowed before they go on exam leave.   Any student who does not return the textbook(s) will be asked to meet the cost of a replacement.  All students with overdue books have been given individual letters with details of the books they have to return listed. There are currently £900 of Library Books and £850 of Textbooks on loan to our senior students.  Please encourage students to check at home for any school books and return them as soon as possible.

Leavers’ Ceremony

This is taking place on Friday 24th April.  Students will be given letters with the details on Wednesday 1st April.

Student Uniform Poll Results

We now have the results from the proposal to add a non-braided blazer as an optional extra to uniform for S1-S4 students.

  • Students For – 53%, Against – 47%
  • Parents/Carers For – 61%, Against – 39%
  • Staff For – 79%, Against – 21%

Please note that the wearing of a blazer would be an optional extra to the existing uniform policy.  More details will follow next term.

Rugby Stars

He did it!! S5 student Finlay Darrah has been selected in the final 26 man squad for Scotland U16’s after his excellent performance in the warm-up match vs Newcastle Falcons last Sunday 22nd March.  We wish Finlay all the best for the upcoming Scotland U16 Rugby campaign!

S1 Basketball

We’re 2nd in Scotland!! The S1 girls played extremely well this Wednesday 25th March against Wallace HS in the Scottish Cup Final. Unfortunately they did lose to Wallace High School who were an extremely well drilled team. The DGS Girls were brilliant and yet again a credit to themselves!  They worked really hard and have made their school and supporters very proud.  Special mention to Ruth Patterson & Katrina Maguire who have coached the students this seasons – cool, calm, inspirational, brilliant! Well done girls.

Senior Football

Our senior footballers are on the road to glory yet again!! Despite a bumpy league campaign this season, this could be credited to their first season at senior football, they are on their way to more silverware in the Lothian Cup. The semi-final will be played at Forrester Park Astro pitch on Friday 24th April. We will be arranging a supporters’ bus for anyone who is interested, please see Sean McNee in the PE department.

Congratulations!

To Rebecca Craig 5C1 who competed in the Swedish Karate Cup 2015 last weekend.  She won gold in the Kumite Female Junior under 59 kilos; and she was part of Team Kumite Female Seniors which won gold. Well Done Rebecca!

Sports Results/Fixtures

Please see the attached for the results/fixtures bulletin: DGS Results Fixtures Bulletin

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

Battlefields Trip Information Evening

There will be an information evening for parents/carers on Thursday 23rd April at 6pm at Belhaven Parish Church.  Students will be notified when we resume after Easter.

DGSC (Parent Council)

The last Parent Council meeting was held Wednesday 25th March 2015.  The minutes will be published soon.

S1 Activities Week

A reminder that the next payment of £15 was due by Wednesday 1st April.  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.  A reminder of the proposed payment schedule:

Date Payment
By Monday 10th Nov 2014 £10
By Monday 1 Dec 2014 £10
By Monday 2 Feb 2015 £10
By Monday  2 March 2015 £10
By Wednesday 1 April 2015 £15
By Tuesday 5 May 2015 £20

Trophies

If you are in S4, S5 or S6 and received a trophy at last September’s Awards’ Evening, please could you return it to the school office before study leave begins on 24th April.

STARS IN THEIR EYES

  • Friday 8th May 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Royal British Legion Dunbar
  • £5

Come and help the PTA to raise some money while having fun and being entertained by 8 wonderful acts.  Who will win? Only you, the audience, can decide.  Tickets are available from PTA members and also at the school office.  For further information, please call Jane on.

Opportunities: For more information on a 20 hour a week cleaning vacancy at DGS, please contact Jim Falconer on 07909 681 403.

Dates for Your Diary

Students Break for Easter holiday Wednesday 1st April
In-Service Day Thursday 2nd April
Easter Revision Tues 7th – Thurs 9th April
Samye Ling Trip 14-15th April
Students and Staff resume Monday 20th April
S3 Rural Skills Thursday 23rd April
Battlefields Information Evening Thursday 23rd April
Leaver’s Ceremony 10am Friday 24th April
Last Timetabled day for S4-6 Friday 24th April

Please note that the next weekly email will be sent on Wednesday 1st April 2015

Other documents of interest:

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

  • In S1 and a fan of Anthony Horowitz
  • Big Pedal House Points
  • Unicef Quiz Night
  • Grease Sewing Team
  • School books
  • S6 Prom
  • Grease Rehearsals
  • The Drop-In Breakfast Club
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Update 20th March 2015

    Coca Cola Business Challenge Final

Coke ChallengeA group of our S3 students travelled to London this week to take part in the Coca Cola Business Challenge final, after winning the regional final for Scotland.  The girls won the Public Vote Award for their pitch given at the Parliamentary Reception.  The girls were a real credit to the school, mingling with some of the country’s most influential people and speaking confidently and passionately about their business concept.  The feedback received from numerous people was excellent, with the students demonstrating a high level of expertise and creativity.  Everyone was completely blown away by the girls professionalism on the day and the confidence they exuded.  The competition was very intense and the girls really held their own throughout the 2 days.  Well done Amelia Govan, Zosia Kuczok, Anique Burke, Manon Wimbledon-Hall and Heather Cameron, we are very proud of you all! Continue reading

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