Update 14th November 2014

New Telephone System

Our telephone issues have now been resolved.  Options are listed below:

  • 1 to report student absences
  • 2 for Guidance
  • 3 for the Sports Coordinator
  • 4 to report staff absences
  • 5 for the School Office

We would like to apologise for teething problems with this new system and would welcome any feedback from parents and carers at dunbar.gs@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Fiona O’Donnell Visit

Fiona O’Donnell, MP for East Lothian, visited the school this morning. This was for this year’s Parliament Week, which is taking place between 14-20 November. The theme this year is ‘Do Democracy’ and so Fiona offered to come to school to speak to some students.

Children in Need

We have been holding various events today in aid of Children in Need:

  • Extended Interval – students paid 50p to enter the hall to see our House Super Hero Quiz
  • Pudsey Birthday quiz – Guess his Birthday and win a bear
  • Dress Down Day – £1 to Dress Down
  • Cake competition – judging the best Pudsey designed cakes.
  • Dress Down Day – £1 to take part

Drama Showcase of Work – Tuesday Evening 18 November

Parents and carers of students taking the S3 personalisation classes, the National and the Higher classes have been invited to see the performances that the students have been working on. It is a showcase of their own devised performances, which will be assessed as part of their courses.  Details in the invitation.

S2 Parent/Carers’ Consultation Evening

Letters went home with students on Tuesday 11th November regarding the Consultation Evening on Wednesday 19th November:  S2 Parents Eve.  If you have any queries, please contact your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher.

Curriculum for Excellence Evening

We are holding a Curriculum for Excellence Information Evening on Thursday 20th November for P6-7 and S1-3 parent/carers at Dunbar Grammar School.   Letters with details went home with students on Monday 3rd November: CfE Eve 20 NovPlease note that this meeting will be targeted at parents/carers, there will be other opportunities for students in the coming months.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meeting

The next meeting is being held on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at 7pm in the Staffroom, all parents and carers are welcome to attend.  The agenda can be viewed here: Agenda.

Individual Honours

Rugby – Five talented U16 Rugby players from Dunbar Grammar School; Finlay Darrah, Struan Fenn, Cammie McFadyen, Jordan Lister & Ross Blair were selected for the current East Lothian/Borders District Academy.  They have been attending a gruelling schedule of evening and weekend training.  As a result of their hard work, all five have been selected to play in the Inter District Fixtures against Caledonian Rugby, Glasgow Warriors & Edinburgh Rugby.  Additionally, Finlay Darrah was selected as captain and has done so very well for all three of their annual fixtures. DGS are extremely proud of you boys, keep up the hard work.  This is a huge achievement for these boys and for Dunbar RFC.

Arthur Sinclair continues to climb up the ladder towards elite Rugby, retaining his selection for the U18 East Lothian/Borders Academy.

Football – Following selection for the Lothian Schools Senior Football Squad, Jamie Chapman has played particularly well in a series of matches. His most recent call-up resulted in a 2-0 victory over the Independent Schools Select Squad on Wednesday 12th November. Jamie impressed his coaches and received specific individual praise for his excellent performances.

Congratulations boys for your achievements so far and continue your hard work: DGS is behind you all the way.

Congratulations to S1 Gymnast

Aimee Watson (1C2) recently attended a national level gymnastics competition representing Lasswade Gymnastics Club and the East of Scotland Area.  Aimee was one of twelve gymnasts selected from the East of Scotland to compete in this event.   She competed at National Level 4 and finished with 2 bronze medals – one for A-Bars and one for Floor.

Dunbar School Swim Team Make a Splash!

A team of swimmers represented Dunbar Grammar School at the recent East Lothian and Borders Schools Championships.  They all performed very well and brought back an impressive medal haul.  Those competing were: Edward Alsop, Angus Welch, Abbey McArthur, Arabella Baptie, Bethan Richards and Anna Richards. Congratulations swimmers!

*As a school we strive to recognise all team and individual honours, in all sports. If you feel we have missed an opportunity to celebrate the success of our young people, please let us know as soon as possible and we will strive to include this information in future correspondence. Please email your information to smcnee@elcschool.org.uk and jgourlay@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk with the subject/heading ‘DGS Hall of Fame’.

For latest fixtures, results to date and news of a captains’ meeting, please see the Extra-Curricular page.

Note: S3-S6 Girls Football Fixture scheduled for Thursday 27th November vs Prestonlodge High School. 16:30 KO @ Preston Lodge High School. All players should meet Miss Heron at G16 (PE Classroom) on Monday Lunchtime for 13:50.

Graphic Novels to help bring Science to Life

The Science department is delighted to receive class sets of graphic novels funded by the DGSA. These novels include titles such as “Vampires and Cells” and “Werewolves and States of Matter” from the “Monster Science” series. They will be used to help develop literacy in the Science curriculum while supporting the topics in class.

Thanks to the DGSA for providing us with this valuable resource.

School Photographs

The order for student photographs has been sent away. Anyone still wishing to place an order should send the order direct to the company.


  • Please see the link for details: Scottish Space School 2015  More information will be given to S5 students during a forthcoming assembly.
  • Torness power station will be holding three information days about its very successful apprenticeship scheme on Saturday 8 November 2014, Saturday 6 December 2014 and Saturday 10 January 2015 to let prospective recruits know more about it. These will start at 10.00 in the morning, take place in the visitor centre and last for about two hours until 12.00. You must book a place in advance.  For more information, please look at http://edfenergy.presscentre.com/content/detail.aspx?ReleaseID=769&NewsAreaId=2

Dates for Your Diary

S4 Rural Skills Tues 18th Nov
S3 Rural Skills Tues 18th Nov
Drama Showcase of Work Tues 18th Nov
S2 Parent/Carers’ Consultation Evening Wed 19th Nov

S1 Activities Week

A reminder that the parental consent form and deposit are now overdue. If there are any problems with payments, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Slowther to discuss how we might help.

Study Clubs

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

Information Update (URGENT)

We still have several outstanding Seemis forms for each student, which are required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned.

Please return the Emergency Closure Form for your son/daughter if you do not wish them to be sent home in the case of the school being closed in an emergency.  Please also see our Severe Weather Policy.

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.

Fixtures for this session:

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Please find a copy of our Extra-Curricular Club Booklet: Extra Curricular activity book

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

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

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Update 7th November 2014

Advanced Notice – Curriculum for Excellence Evening

We are holding a Curriculum for Excellence Information Evening on Thursday 20th November for P6-7 and S1-3 parent/carers at Dunbar Grammar School.   Letters with details went home with students on Monday 3rd November: CfE Eve 20 NovPlease note that this meeting will be targeted at parents/carers, there will be other opportunities for students in the coming months.

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