Update 24th October 2014

New Telephone System

We are in the process of setting up a new telephone system. This will enable incoming calls to be directed to various options, cutting down any delays in speaking to the relevant party.

S3 Tracking and Monitoring Update Reports

These went home with your son/daughter today, Friday 24th October, along with a letter detailing the changes in the system as per the below. Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

Please note that the definitions of the terms have been changed, unfortunately we are not able to remove the old definitions from the forms. From now on the following explanations will apply:

  • 1=Excellent means exceeding expectations
  • 2=Good means consistently performing well
  • 3=Inconsistent means generally good, however, some reminding is occasionally required
  • 4=Needs improvement would indicate that interventions/sanctions have been required

S1 Activities Week

Letters went home with students today, 24th October, regarding the S1 Activities Week in May, including details of payments due. Cheques made out to “East Lothian Council” please. A copy of the letter can be found here: Initial S1 Activities Week Letter

If there are any problems with payments, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Slowther to discuss how we might help.

DGS Radio Interview

The following link includes the radio interview between Hal Stewart, BFBS Presenter & Producer – UK, with S5 student Kirsten Fell and Headteacher Paul Raffaelli. This was broadcast on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) on 8th October as a result of Kirsten speaking at the WW1 Commemoration Service at Glasgow Cathedral on 4th August. If you scroll down to the list of episodes at the bottom, then click on his Wednesday part 3 programme, just after half way through (about 34 mins).


Students Wow at Rotary Dinner

Four of our students attended the Rotary dinner on Monday 20th October and gave presentations on their activities and achievements:

  • Maria Lyle talked about her amazing achievements and confidently answered questions from the Rotarians.
  • Emily Wilson-Beales and Matthew Barnott gave a presentation on the Rotary Youth Leader Award week they participated in over the summer.
  • Sam Laing talked about his experience of the Challenge Enterprise Weekend.

They all gave confident and articulate presentations and we have received great feedback from those who attended the dinner. Well done!

Young Writer of the Year

Congratulations to S3 student Heather Cameron, who’s poem ‘At The Waterhole’ won the Secondary Poetry prize for East Lothian in the Young Writer of the Year competition. A great achievement Heather, well done!

School Photographs

Proofs and order forms for S1/4/6 photographs have been handed out this week.

Poppy Scotland

We will be selling poppies to students and staff from next week in aid of Poppy Scotland.

Show My Homework

Students can log on to Show My Homework using their edubuzz logins. By clicking on the logo, students and parent/carers can access the site; letters went home with students before the October break containing temporary logins and passwords for parent/carers. If you are experiencing any difficulties with having more than one child at the school, please contact the office.

The Show My Homework app is also now available for download onto Apple or Android phones and tablets.

Information Update Reminder

A pack went home with all students before the October break containing a school closure form, a mandate form for the School Council 200 Club, a form for completion if a weekly newsletter is requested, the Show My Homework letter and a Seemis form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate and signed.

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.

S1 Open Evening Feedback

Following our Open Evening for S1 Parents/Carers on Monday 6th October, we would appreciate some valuable feedback. Please note the survey closes on Friday 31st October: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KJK587J

PTA Meeting
The PTA are meeting on Monday night the 27th October in the downstairs of the Volunteer Arms at 7pm. We would love for more people to come and join us. If you would like more information, then contact Jane on 860804.

Election to the Scottish Youth Parliament

Following the Referendum it has been very encouraging to see how young people of Scotland engaged in the debates and the election itself. Young people have shown themselves to take their role in political life seriously and can positively engage in political debate.

The Scottish Youth Parliament sits in the Parliament chamber at Holyrood, and is made up of elected MSYP’s from all over Scotland. Members have to be between 14 and 25 years old and serve for a period of two years.

The Scottish Youth Parliament holds elections every two years. The next elections to the Scottish Youth Parliament will take place in March 2015. In order to get young people to register their interest to represent the East Lothian young people, they must complete a Candidate Expression of Interest Form by Friday 31st October.

If any student would like to consider putting themselves forward for election, please note the quick turn-around for this and see Mr Woof for further information.

Music Extra-Curricular Groups




Junior Choir S1-S3 Tuesday 1.20pm Miss Cox G37
Staff/Senior Choir S4-6 Wednesday 1.20pm Mrs Farquhar G36
Soul Band Wednesday 1.20pm Mr Stewart G37
Staff Band Monday 4pm Mr Stewart G37
Wind/Brass Ensemble/Band Thursday 1.20pm Mrs Hood/Mr Farren
Senior Vocal Group TBC Mrs Farquhar

Battlefields Trip

A reminder that pink parental confirmation slips with non-refundable deposits are now due in for S3 students. Any parent/carer unable to do so, should contact the school office to discuss how we might help.

Blanket PC1 Form for Trips During the School Day

There are still several Blanket PC1 forms which are outstanding. These cover 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 so as not to delay any trip organisation.

Please see the following link for the school calendar: School Calendar 2014-15

Other Information:

  • Please see the attached with a poster for a short film competition through Countryside Learning Scotland: CFC Poster
  • Please see the following website for information on the Fertile Ground Conference, environmental art towards change on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October 2014: http://northlightarts.org.uk/

Dates for Your Diary

DoE Silver & Gold Practice Fri-Sun 24-26 Oct
National Archives History Trip Wed 29th Oct
S4 Rural Skills Tues 4th & 18th Nov
S3 Rural Skills Thurs 6th & Tues 18th Nov
Forst Trip Sat 8th – Sat 15th Nov
S4 Work Experience Mon 10th – Fri 14th Nov
Skills Scotland Careers Convention Thurs 13th Nov

Senior Higher/Further Education Information Evening

This event took place on Tuesday evening (7th Oct), and having had experience of this being a well-attended event in the past, the turnout was rather low.

We would like to continue to offer this evening, but if there is anything we need to change or add so that more parents are encouraged to attend, we would be grateful for any suggestions or feedback.

The following websites were mentioned at the event and might be worth a look:

Study Clubs

Please find a copy of our latest Study Club Booklet: 2014-15 Study Clubs booklet

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

  • House Captains
  • House Competition

Fixtures for this session:

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New Telephone System

We are currently experiencing problems with our telephone system. If you need to contact the school please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Apologies for any inconvenience caused in the meantime.

We are in the process of setting up a new telephone system. This will enable incoming calls to be directed to various options, cutting down any delays in speaking to the relevant party.

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