Update 2nd December 2016

Senior Phase Curriculum Evaluation – Students

All S4/5/6 students, please complete this survey by Monday 5th December:


Thank you

Senior Phase Curriculum Evaluation – Parent/Carers

In 2013 we devised a unique and bespoke Senior Phase Curriculum Framework for Dunbar Grammar.  This process was completed in collaboration with staff, students and parents.  Three years on, we are now in a position to evaluate this and make any enhancements for the future.  The first phase of the parental evaluation is to issue questionnaires to all parents/carers who have a son/daughter in S4/5/6, please take a few minutes to complete this survey:


Alternatively, the following letters and questionnaires went home with senior students on Tuesday 22nd November: S5/6 Parental Feedback  We would be grateful if you could please complete and return this to the school office ASAP.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meeting

The next meeting is being held on Tuesday 20th December at 6.30pm in the library, all parents and carers are welcome to attend.  This will be shortened meeting in order to allow attendance at the School Christmas Concert.  The agenda will be published soon.

The draft minutes from the meeting on 8th November can be read here: Draft Minutes

Christmas Concert Tickets

The school Christmas Concert is on Tuesday 20th December at 7pm.   Tickets will be available to purchase next week.

Cluster P7s have been invited to attend the dress rehearsal during the afternoon.

Dunbar Dance Show

Wishing all Dunbar students the best of luck in their dance show this weekend!

Battlefields Update

The third payment was due on Friday 25th November: £70 (£60 for those in receipt of free school meals).  Online payments can be made here: Online Payments;  cheques made payable to East Lothian Council please.

Head of Education Appointment

The Selection Panel met this week to hold interviews for the post of Head of Education. Fiona Robertson was the successful candidate and has duly been appointed to the post.   

Thanks to Elly Cornwall who was on the East Lothian Council Student Selection Panel and who, to all accounts, represented the school admirably.

DGS Education Tobacco Policy

Lesley Gillies and Tracey Miller have been working with NHS Lothian and ASH Scotland to produce a Tobacco Education Policy for DGS (below) which focusses on prevention, education and supportive enforcement. Parents/carers, students, teaching and non-teaching staff were consulted widely and there is overwhelming support for this document. Please contact either of the two policy leads if you would like to discuss this further.

The policy has been launched to students this week and will be followed by a two week amnesty period during which time the policy will remain in draft form (until Friday 16th December) to allow for additional feedback to be taken into consideration. From Monday 19th December the policy will be implemented.

Christmas Dances

Tickets for the Christmas Dances are being sold for students to purchase in the social space at break and lunchtime, £3.50 each.  Dates of the dances are:

  • S1/2 – Tuesday 13th December 6.30-9.30pm
  • S5/6  – Thursday 15th December 6.30 – 10pm
  • S3/4 – Monday 19th December 6.30-9.30pm

There will be a tuck shop each night selling drinks and snacks.  Please note that there will also be free fruit on offer!

East Lothian Needs Foster Carers Now

We urgently need new foster carers in East Lothian.  Fostering with East Lothian Council means great support, great training and a good financial package. More importantly, as part of our fostering team, you’ll be doing something fantastic, helping children and young people from East Lothian to stay in East Lothian, close to the people that are important to them – helping them to feel safe, loved and nurtured in your home.  Do this for East Lothian children in need. Foster East Lothian!

To find out more phone us on 01620 827 643 or visit East Lothian Council’s fostering web site at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/fostering

Careers Update

  • A Careers Information Brochure was handed out to all S3 students on Wednesday 30th November.
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Creative Digital Media – Please find link below for a fantastic modern apprenticeship opportunity with SQA, Shawfair: Salary £16,150.  Closing date 12 December 2016.  Entry requirements 2 Higher, one must be English. https://jobs.sqa.org.uk/vacancy/modern-apprentice-creative-digital-media-285573.html

Other Information

S3/S4 East Linton Students

The Perryman’s Bus to school will pick up at East Linton at a new time of 8.18am from 12th December 2016.

Dates for Your Diary

Higher RMPS Conference Monday 5th Dec
AH Biology Trip NMS Wednesday 7th Dec
S1 Parents’ Evening Thursday 8th Dec
S3/4 East Linton Bus Change Monday 12th Dec
Christmas Lunch Wednesday 14th Dec
Mamma Mia! Trip Wednesday 21st Dec
Last Day of Term Thursday 22nd Dec

Information Update (URGENT)

We still have several outstanding Seemis forms, which are required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned, with email addressesWe also need the Emergency Closure form.

We also have several outstanding PC1s which were due back for each student; copies can be downloaded here: PC1 for 2016-2017

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
  • Help Raise Funds
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Christmas Lunch Menu
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Update 26th November 2016

All S4/5/6 students, please complete this survey by Monday 5th December:


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