Update 13th January 2017

A very warm welcome back and Happy New Year.  We hope you all had an enjoyable break.

Senior Prelims

Senior Prelims started on Monday 9th January, timetable attached:  DGS Senior Phase Prelims 2017.

S4 & S5 Subject Choice Parents’ Information Evening

This is on Tuesday 17th January at 6pm.  Letters went home with current S4 & S5 students on Tuesday 10th January: S4,5 Parents’ Info Eve

S4/5 Selection Process Timeline:

  • January/February – Information in PSE
  • Tuesday 17th January  – S4/5 Parents’ Information Evening
  • Course Choice Booklets available and Likely Levels of Study issued
  • Thursday 9th February –  S4 Parent Consultation Evening
  • Tuesday 21st February –  S5 Parent Consultation Evening
  • 1st – 3rd March – S4/5 Coursing Interviews

S3 Course Choice Parents Information

The Information Evening is on Thursday 19th January, letters went home with students on Wednesday 11th January: S3 Parents’ Info Eve.  It is an opportunity for students/parents/carers to find out more information regarding the selection of courses for the senior phase. The evening will include some presentations.  Prior to and after this meeting, students will be researching course options and possible pathways and discussing the whole process during PSE classes.  We will be inviting students with their parents/carers to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.

S3 Selection Process Timeline:

  • January/February – Information in PSE
  • Thursday 19th January 6pm – S3 Parents’ Information Evening
  • Course Choice Booklets available and Likely Levels of Study issued
  • Wednesday 1st February –  S3 Parent Consultation Evening
  • 21st-24th February – S3 Coursing Interviews

Guidance Staff Update

As from Monday 16th January, Iain Robertson will be Acting PT Pupil Support in Lesley Gillies’ absence.  Any guidance queries for Lesley Gillies should be directed to Iain Robertson (telephone option 2 then 2).

Claire McDonald will be Acting PT Guidance.  Any guidance queries for Iain Robertson should be directed to Claire McDonald (telephone option 2, then 4).

This arrangement will continue until the Easter break in the first instance.


Congratulations to Deonne McNeill and Blythe Hardy who won November’s Active East Lothian Volunteer of the Month Award for their work with girls’ football in the school! Click on the picture for more details:


Well Done

To Samantha Kaszuba who has been named as the Northern Area’s Navy Board Cadet for 2017. This is a prestigious award and a fantastic achievement!

Anti-Bullying Information

The Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver Parent Workshops in East Lothian.  The content will cover:

  • Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
  • Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
  • Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
  • Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
  • Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flourish

There will be workshops on Wednesday 15th March 2017. One at 12.30-2.30pm at the Corn Exchange in Haddington and another at 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.

We can offer 40 places on each workshop, so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If  oversubscribed, additional workshops may be offered.

If interested, please e-mail anti-bullying@eastlothian.gov.uk stating what time you would like to attend.

Also, following on from an Initial Consultation in October 2016 we are now seeking parents views on the draft East Lothian Anti-bullying Policy “Respect for all”. You can view and comment on this at  https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/anti-bullying-policy-consultation/

East Lothian Council Governance Consultation

Please find attached the governance consultation submission from ELC: East Lothian Council Response Final


Charity Committee Update

The Charity Committee is supporting Macy, a child in the Dunbar Community, who is hoping to have an operation in America to help improve her scoliosis. The operation will cost the family over £130,000.

S1 students Rebecca Piner and Marnie Sanderson organised a collection at the School Concert and raised £403.94.  This is an amazing amount of money, well done girls!

Thanks to everyone who attended the concert and for being so generous and giving to this very worthwhile cause:  https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=search&term=fund-spine-surgery-for-macy

Dates for Your Diary

Prelim Exams Mon 9th Jan – Mon 23rd Jan
S4/5 Parents’ Information Evening Tuesday 17th Jan
S3 Parents’ Information Evening Thursday 19th Jan
AH Modern Studies HMP Greenock trip Tuesday 24th Jan
AH Biology Taxonomy Conference Wednesday 25th Jan
Primary 7s Transition Day Thursday 26th Jan
S3 Parents’ Consultation Evening Wednesday 1st Feb

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

  • House Points Update
  • DGS 2017 School Show
  • CWGC Centenary Interns Programme
  • Science Summer School at Edinburgh Zoo
  • Summer Space School at Strathclyde University
  • Recycling Competition
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Update 22nd December 2016

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 9th January 2017

Congratulations to Deonne McNeill and Blythe Hardy who won November’s Active East Lothian Volunteer of the Month Award for their work with girls’ football in the school! Click on the picture for more details: Continue reading

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