Update 29th June 2017

Have a great summer and we look forward to starting the new term on Wednesday 16th August 2017!

School of Rugby Awards Evening – Thursday 29th June

Follow this link for photographs: School of Rugby

House Competition

Students in Castle, the winners of the House Competition, enjoyed a great day at Ryze on Wednesday 28th June.

 

 

New Depute Head Boy and Head Girls

Congratulations to our new Depute Heads:

  • Anique Burke
  • Caitlin Daff
  • Zosia Kuczok
  • Lewis Thomson

Paired Numeracy – S6 Volunteers

Please could all students who are interested in helping with the Paired Numeracy group attend a meeting in the Maths base on Monday 21st August at lunchtime.

Please see Ms Sweeney, Miss Williams or Mrs Payton if you have any queries.

DPS p7 Show

Mr Raffaelli and Mrs Slowther had a great afternoon at the p7 Dunbar Primary School Show and Leavers’ Ceremony on Wednesday 28th June.  Well done to everyone involved!

 

Morocco Trip

You can follow the group live on twitter during the expedition – @DGSMorocco17

Saying Goodbye to Members of Staff

The following members of staff are retiring:

  • Isobel Knox, Pupil Support
  • Barbara Leslie, School Office
  • Sheila Morrison, Science Technician

We have also said our fond farewells to the following temporary staff:

  • Julia Abrahams, Art
  • Heather Leith, English
  • Anna Simoni, English
  • Tess Watson, Biology
  • Karen Whyte, Chemistry

We would also like to congratulate the following teachers who have successfully completed their initial teacher training:

  • Neil Donald, PE
  • Izzy Kerr, Drama
  • Jay Hart, History
  • Cameron Hutton, Music
  • Ashley McDonald, Geography

Our sincere thanks to all of them and best wishes for the future!

Well Done

To Caroline Laird who has just been awarded a place at the MGA Academy Theatre School in Edinburgh commencing in September. She has also successfully gained a place with Captivate Theatre over the Summer Holidays, and will be rehearsing and performing with a cast in the Edinburgh Fringe at the Rose Theatre, Rose Street, in a Performance of “Annie”.  Congratulations Caroline!

Preparing for Next Session

Uniform

Please ensure that appropriate uniform has been obtained before the beginning of next term.  If you are in any doubt as to what constitutes uniform, please follow this link: Parental Information

Please note that black or grey denim trousers or black trainers with any different coloured motifs or laces are not part of our uniform agreement.

School uniform already ordered can be collected from the school office during the in-service days on Monday 14th from 1.30pm or Tuesday 15th August 2017.

Please note that it is agreed school policy that parents/carers will provide students NOT wearing school uniform with a note.  Any parent/carer who does not wish to support East Lothian’s policy should contact the school to discuss with one of the Senior Management Team.

Water Bottles/Food

It is an educational fact that the drinking of water throughout the day can support the learning process.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to school, which can be filled up from one of our three chilled filtered units.  Please note that the office cannot provide students with cups or bottles.  The consumption of fizzy drinks or juices is not permitted during lessons.  Energy drinks will be confiscated from students for collection at the end of the day.  No students should be bringing hot food from LOOKs into the school.  Students will be asked to leave the school grounds to consume this.  Finally, no food, especially hot, should be consumed in the school hall, library, changing rooms, stairs and stairwells and corridors.  Any consumption of food or drink in a classroom has to be agreed and supervised by a member of staff.

Please can students remember their smartcards or PINs as this can cause a delay in the Bistro queues which are set to get longer and longer.  Any student who does not have their card can apply for a new one – remember this also gives you reductions in many retails outlets!  Students who turn up at the Bistro from Monday 21st August without their card or PIN will be asked to go to the end of the queue and only dealt with if time allows.  Those who arrive with money, will be sent to the social area to load their accounts.  So, please get yourselves organised over the holidays. Students also need their smartcards in the library to have books issued.

Equipment

Please check that all students have equipment needed for their classes, for example, pens, pencils, rulers etc., and an appropriate school bag.

PE Kit and Deodorants

Students need to bring appropriate kit for both indoor and outdoor activities.  Examples include shorts, tracksuit trousers, T-shirt, sweatshirt, trainers and football boots.  Students should not use spray deodorants in the changing rooms as this may trigger other students’ asthma or other conditions.  Valuables should ideally be left at home, or handed to your PE teacher at the start of the lesson for safe-keeping.

Dates for Your Diary

Morocco Expedition until 7th July
Last Day of Term Fri 30th June
In-service Days Mon 14th & Tues 15th August
School Uniform collection Mon 14th PM / Tues 15th August
Students resume Wed 16th August

PTA Afternoon Tea with Prosecco and Promises

  • Saturday 9th September 3pm-5pm
  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • £10 ticket    over 18s only

This very popular fun event is back.  An enjoyable way to raise funds to enhance the learning experience of our children in the school while catching up with your friends after the long holidays.  Please come and buy your tickets from the school office as soon as possible.

Battlefields 2018

We launched Battlefields 2018 at assembly last week.  Letters went home with new S3 students: Battlefields 2018

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

  • DGS Summer Reading Slam
  • House Points Update
  • Bake Sale Update

Finally, thanks for all the support from students, parents and carers.