Update 29th April 2016

A reminder that the school is closed to students on Monday 2nd May for the public holiday.  We look forward to welcoming students and staff back on Tuesday 3rd May.

S1 and S2 Reports Evaluation

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Over the course of this session we have been exploring ways of improving our reports in S1 and S2 and enhancing the data we gather about how students are progressing through the Broad General Education Phase.

It is vital that we are getting it right and we need your feedback on what has been done well and what needs improving for next year so that we can make changes before the Summer holidays.

Your feedback forms part of a triangle of feedback that we will receive from students and teachers also.  This survey should take no more than 10 minutes and remember, the more you tell us the more improvements we can make.

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Parental Focus Groups for S1 and S2 Parent/Carers

There is a focus group for parents and carers of S1 and S2 students on Tuesday 24th May at 6pm and Wednesday 25th May at 2.15pm.  This is to discuss the reporting system and to acquire further feedback.

S2 Tracking & Monitoring Update Reports

S2 students were issued with Monitoring and Tracking Reports on Wednesday/Thursday.  Please speak to your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any questions.

SQA Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service

This SQA service supports candidates who have been unable to attend an externally assessed timetabled examination, or whose performance in an externally assessed timetabled examination may have been fundamentally affected as a result of an incident beyond their control. The service exists to support only those candidates who have suffered an exceptional circumstance, such as bereavement or a medical condition. It is always recommended that a candidate sits the examination where possible. Sitting the examination does not exclude the candidate from having an exceptional circumstances request submitted on their behalf.

If you believe that your son/daughter is eligible for this service, please contact Mrs Slowther on the school number ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM.  If you have any question or queries, please contact Mrs Slowther.

S5/S6 Induction Day and New Timetable

Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June mark the official end of examination leave and are Induction Days for the new S5 and S6 students respectively.   Students have been given letters:

During these days students will be given information about their new timetable and will be required to sign a school contract, which identifies our expectations of them, and expectations they have of us.  Students will also have the opportunity to apply for prefect positions, and in the case of S6 students, to apply for the senior prefect posts of Head and Depute Head Boy and Girl.  S6 students will also be required to identify what they will be doing for community experience and school service, which is a compulsory part of the S6 curriculum.  Again, students will be encouraged to apply for the volunteer awards (Saltire Awards) for all S6 students who successfully complete their service.

P6 Enterprise Day

P6 Enterprise Day (2)P6 Enterprise DayFor the 9th year running, all of our cluster schools brought their P6 pupils to Dunbar Grammar School for the Enterprise Activity on Wednesday 27th April.  Not only does this give the pupils an insight into the world of work, but it is the beginning of the transition programme for coming to the Grammar School.  A great day of fun was had by them all.

P7 Transition Event

A group of S1 and S2 students along with a teacher from each faculty went to Dunbar Primary School on Thursday 28th April to take part in a transition event for our future S1s. The P7 pupils from all of the cluster primary schools attended the event, they split into mixed groups to enjoy a secondary school experience meeting some of our teachers and students, and learning about the different subjects they will be studying when they come to Dunbar Grammar School.  This year we decided to look at the transition of curricular skills and chose ‘Communication’ as the theme. In the afternoon they participated in team sports at DGS.  All agreed that it had been a fun and a worthwhile event for everyone involved.  We look forward to the next transition events, including a Friday visit with their Guidance teacher, followed by the visit to us in June for their two day class experience.

Leavers’ Ceremony

We had our annual Leavers’ Ceremony today, Friday 29th April.  This was attended by parents/carers and members of staff, who enjoyed information on the future positive destinations of our students, and performances by various groups and individuals.  We would like to thank the S6 committee team for all of the work they have put in across the year, and in particular, for the fantastic leavers’ ceremony.  We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our leavers the very best for the future, and we look forward to seeing our S6 students at the Leavers’ Prom on Friday 3rd June.

S3 Profiling Week

S3 profiling, as part of Curriculum for Excellence, began this week on Monday with an extended registration.  Throughout the week students have been asked to reflect on their experiences and progress in learning in each of their subject areas.  This will cumulate in a ceremony to mark the end of the Broad General Education Phase on Wednesday 8th June.

Named Person for School Leavers

From 31 August 2016, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act will commence. This Act states that every young person in Scotland is entitled to the support of a Named Person until the age of 18. For those young people attending school, your Named Person is likely to be your Guidance Teacher and details of this will be made available to you very soon.  If you leave school before your 18th birthday, your Named Person will transfer from school staff to a member of staff who works in the Local Authority where you live.  Please refer to the attached leaflet explaining the support that the Named Person can offer you, should you need it. At East Lothian Council, you can contact the Named Person Service at the email address namedpersonservice@eastlothian.gov.uk . Further details of the Named Person Service for school leavers in East Lothian will be made available over the next few months.  More information can be found here: Named Person Information

East Lothian Youth Games

Well done to all the students who took part in the Youth Games on Wednesday 27th April.  DGS was awarded second overall.  Thanks to the staff and volunteers who helped on the day.

Good Luck to S1 Student

Good luck to Iona Goldie who has been selected to play for Scotland in the Under 12 Basketball Team this week.

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

S4 Students not on Examination Leave

Students who are sitting less than 3 National 5 Examinations are expected to attend school during the examination period.   They will complete an alternative programme, as detailed below:

Dates Details
Wed 4th May – Fri 6th May Students will use this time to complete any final unit assessments or added value units. Students will receive times when they are expected to be in school.
Mon 9th May – Fri 13th May Students will follow an in-school programme involving lessons/activities from various faculties
Mon 16th May – Fri 20th May Activities week – No S4 students are required in school
Mon 23rd May Public Holiday
Tues 24th May – Wed 1st June Students will follow an in-school programme involving lessons/activities from various faculties
Thurs 2nd June Senior Induction


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.

S1 Activities Week

A reminder that the full payment is now due.  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.  We should have already received the initial Parental Return detailing swimming ability.

Local News

Dunbar Tennis Club Open Event Saturday 30th April 2pm – Always wanted to try tennis?  Come along to our open event this Saturday, no need to have your own racket we have equipment available to borrow at the club, coaches are organising some fun play for all ages and abilities.  Bring a friend or two and not only enjoy some tennis but the view – refreshment will be provided.

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Good Luck to all S4, S5 and S6 students about to sit their exams and very best wishes for the future to all our leavers

Dates for Your Diary

May Holiday Mon 2nd May
Study Leave for S4/5 Students starts Wed 4th May
Museum of the Mound Trip Wed 4th May
Premier League Experience Trip Sun 15th May
S3 Battlefields Trip Sun 15th-Fri 20th May
S1 and S2 Activities Week Mon 16th-Fri 20th May
New S5 Induction Day Thurs 2nd June
New S6 Induction Day Fri 3rd June

Parent/Carer Survey about School Libraries

East Lothian Library Service is reviewing library services in schools.  Please take the time to complete the survey below as your views will help us to develop school libraries for all young people in East Lothian.  The survey is open until 9th May.  http://edubuzz.limequery.org/index.php/391933/lang-en

School Transport for Students Taking Examinations

If you already get transport provided to and from school you should use this transport as you would on a normal school day. You can, of course, make your own arrangements. The arrangements for Fridays are different. If you finish an examination after the normal school closing time, transportation can be arranged if required – please inform the school office ASAP if you require this service.  East Linton bus passes can be used between 7.30-9.30am and 2.00-5.00pm.

If you already get transport provided to and from school and you have examinations on the Monday 23rd May, please let the school office know as there will be no normal transport on these days. Transport can be arranged but only if you notify the school office ASAP.

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

  • Charity Collection for Ecuador Relief
  • Dunbar Twinning Association
  • Robert Muchamore Event
  • Dunbar Short Film Competition
  • Study Clubs
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Update 22nd April 2016

School Transport for Students Taking Examinations

If you already get transport provided to and from school you should use this transport as you would on a normal school day. You can, of course, make your own arrangements. The arrangements for Fridays are different. If you finish an examination after the normal school closing time, transportation can be arranged if required – please inform the school office by Friday 29th April if you require this service.  East Linton bus passes can be used between 7.30-9.30am and 2.00-5.00pm. Continue reading

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