Update 29th May 2015

S1 Activities Week Update

Please note that East Linton students will be dropped off in East Linton at approximately 12.45pm today, Friday 29th May, on the way home from Edinburgh.

S1 students have all been enjoying a fun-packed week of activities, including Foxlake, skiing and a visit to Blair Drummond Safari Park.  Also, a reminder some students have still not paid the full amount, please can this be handed in as soon as possible, cheques payable to ‘East Lothian Council’.

Sports Dates Date Changes

  • S1 & S2: Mon 1st June & Tues 2nd June, the timetable is outside the PE Base.
  • Seniors Sports Day: Tuesday 9th June (sign up by Monday 8th June).  Old S6 are allowed to sign up

S1 Reports 2015 – Parent/Carer Views

Please find examples of the recommended new S1-2 report and the old S1-3 report attached:  New and Old Style reports

We would welcome any comments or feedback.

S1 Activities Week – Parent and Carer Perspective

Each year we feel it is important to evaluate the S1 Activities Week experience with a view to potentially to alter or amend future programmes. Therefore your feedback and comments are extremely valuable.

The following questionnaire is designed to gather feedback from Parents and Carers. We will be seeking student opinions separately.  This is a 9 question survey and should not take more than a few minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMNNDQT

S5/S6 Induction Day and New Timetable

Tuesday 2nd June and Wednesday 3rd June mark the official end of examination leave and are Induction Days for the new S5 and S6 students respectively.   Students were given letters before the Easter break:

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.

New prefects will be able to try on sample blazers for size on these days.  Orders can be placed from then on until Tuesday 22nd June, £30 each, cheques made payable to ‘East Lothian Council’.

S5s are also welcome to try on and order plain blazers if they decide they do not want to apply to be a prefect.  These blazers will cost £25.

Please can students arrive at school for 8.40am wearing full school uniform.

Little & Large 2015 Final Competition

On Tuesday 19th May the Home Economics Department held the Dunbar Cluster heats of the Little & Large Cookery Competition.  Lachlan Stewart, Megan Stoddart, Hannah Dickson, Lauren Everard, Olivia Laird and Abbey McArthur all took part along with their 2 Primary 6 pupils.  Olivia Laird’s team won through to the final.

As co-winners of last year’s competition the 2015 final was hosted by Dunbar Grammar School on Thursday 28th May, where all 6 East Lothian Secondary Schools were competing.

Olivia Laird’s team was judged a very close second and the team were highly commended by the judges for their organisation and teamwork. Preston Lodge and Cockenzie Primary School were the eventual winners.

A very special mention should also be given to the students of 2p4 and 2p5 who acted as hosts on the day, meeting and greeting our visitors and providing hospitality, they were a credit both to the Grammar school and to themselves.


Well done to Ashley Fairbairn, 3C1, who has been selected as Dunbar Lifeboat Queen 2015!

California 2016

There will be a meeting in T12 on Tuesday 9th June at lunchtime for all students going on the California Trip.

At the meeting we will discuss our plans to have a BBQ at the beach on 26th June, (the last Friday before the end of term).

S3 (New S4) Ceremony Wednesday 10th June

As part of Curriculum for Excellence, we are holding an S3 Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the broad educational phase.  Students will be presented with their S3 profiles during a ceremony full of exciting displays of talent.  Letters of invitation will come home with S3 students on Monday 1st June.

Higher Maths Statement from the SQA

Please find below statement received by the Head of Education, Darrin Nightingale, from the SQA in response to concerns regarding this year’s Higher Mathematics examination:

“We recognise that the exams period is a stressful time for young people and their parents. We are aware of the concerns many of them have raised on online petitions about the Higher Maths exams and we want to reassure them.

As is the case every year, we do not set the pass mark or the number of marks required for each grade until the marking process is complete, later in the summer. This procedure ensures that we have the necessary statistical information on how the exam performed and whether it was harder than intended. Only then will we set the marks required for each grade.

We would therefore expect someone who got an A, B or C grade last year to receive the same result this year.

These rigorous processes are in place to ensure that no-one will be disadvantaged.”

Cash Register

The Learning Support department would like to source a second-hand electronic cash register to help students with money sense.  If anybody has one which they are willing to donate to the school, could they please contact Sandra Park at the school.

DGSC (Parent Council) Update

Please find the draft minutes from the last meeting held on Wednesday 20th May 2015: Draft Minutes

Locker Keys

Please can all students who are leaving school this session return their locker keys to the school office during study leave. A £5 deposit will be returned to those students who hand in their key by 5th June 2015.


For more information on a cleaning vacancy at DGS, please contact Jim Falconer on 07909 681 403.

Dates for Your Diary

New Timetable starts Monday 1st June
New S5 Induction Day Tuesday 2nd June
S3 Rural Skills Tuesday 2nd June
New S6 Induction Day Wednesday 3rd June
DoE Bronze 1 4th-5th June
P7 Visit Tuesday 9th June
S3 Ceremony Wednesday 10th June
DoE Bronze 2 11th – 12th June
Royal Highland Show Trip Thursday 18th June
Silver & Gold Assessed DofE 19th – 23rd June

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

  • Awards Evening Trophies
  • The Backpack Project for Mary’s Meals
  • Young Writer of the Year 2015
  • Breakfast Club

Other documents of interest:


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Battlefields Update

The Battlefields troops are expected home between 9.15 and 10.00 pm.

The Battlefields troops are en route as planned.  A round robin phone system will be set up once they are in the UK and nearer home, giving estimated arrival time.

We shall update later today.

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