Achievements and Successes 2016-2017

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SAGT Quiz – 16th December 2016

Well done to the following students who took part in the Geography Quiz at Heriot’s on Tuesday 13th December: Ripley Curtis, Zak Burton, Rhian Dowding, Eva Dowding, Alison McLuckie and Robert Henderson.  The students were an asset to the school, and one of the teams made it to the regional final. Congratulations to them all.

Coca-Cola Challenge

coca-cola-2016-17Congratulations to Mrs Lancaster’s S3 Business Students; Andrew Readman, Rhian Dowding, Rowan Armatage and Ryan Marshall who have qualified for the Real Business Challenge Scottish National Final. The event will take place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Coca-Cola European Partners challenged students to come up with a new juice drink brand that has clear health benefits, is sustainable and a great commercial proposition.   The team’s drink ‘Carnival Sport’ was chosen amidst 1,000 entries. They now have the chance of working alongside business mentors from Coca-Cola European Partners on a new challenge, a live project to be announced on the day.  Good Luck!

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge – 26th November 2016

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school students.

The senior Maths challenge took place recently.  This is a 90 minute multiple choice challenge that tests not just knowledge, but lateral thinking and problem solving skills.

We were very successful again this year:

  • Richard Mullender – GOLD and Best in Year
  • Jamie Payton – GOLD
  • Nathan Cox – Silver
  • Lewis Campbell – Bronze

Well done to all senior students who took part!

Well Done

To S5 student Zosia Kuczok, who has just been successful with her application onto the 2016-17 Amnesty Youth Advisory Group.  She will represent UK young people at meetings in London which will take place 6 times over the next year.  The standard and quantity of applications was very high, so huge congratulations to Zosia!

Well Done to Students – 18th November 2016

Two of our students, Brodie Reekie and Caroline Laird, are performing in the pantomime Aladdin at The Brunton theatre this Christmas.  The dates of their performances can be viewed here: Dates

Break a leg girls!

Well Done to Students

Two of our students, Brodie Reekie and Caroline Laird, are performing in the pantomime Aladdin at The Brunton theatre this Christmas.  The dates of their performances can be viewed here: Dates

Break a leg girls!

Well Done to the Following Students – 11th November 2016

East Lothian & Borders Schools Swimming Competition Results:

  • Oliver Alsop 1C4: 100 Back – 4th; 100 Free – 7th
  • Justin Tait 2c3: 100 Breaststroke – Gold; 100 Fly – Silver; 200 IM – Silver
  • Edward Alsop 3C4: 400 IM – Gold; 100 Fly – Silver; 100 Free – Gold

The students will find out later in the year if they will be representing DGS in the Scottish Schools Finals in January.

S3/4 Netball

Students played brilliantly against Ross High winning one game 11-7 and a close second game.  Well Done, Girls!

Mid & East Lothian U14 Quaich Champions






U15 Green Conference Champions






U15 Girls’ Basketball

  • Dunbar 1 v Mary Erskine 2 : 48-30
  • Dunbar 2 v Mary Erskine 1 : 34-21

Well Done!

House Captains – 4th November 2016

Please see the attached document with House Captains/Vice-Captains: House Information 2016-2017

Congratulations – 28th October 2016

michael-mcphillipsTo Michael McPhillips in S6 who won a canon camera at a recent Finance Workshop for Business Education students, delivered by Lyn Holmes, Financial Director of Canon UK.

At the start of the workshop, Lyn advised students to treat it as a job interview, make an impression and stand out from the crowd.  Michael was chosen as he showed flare, initiative and good questioning technique. 

Thank you to Canon UK for providing this valuable experience for our students and for such a generous award.  We look forward to developing our partnership with Canon UK and appreciate their continued support with our programs.

Senior Drama Showcase 2016 – 14th October 2016






Congratulations to all the performers who performed their end of unit pieces on the 10th and 11th October.  It was a resounding success! House points to all.

Musical Performance


picture3Congratulations to all the performers who performed at the Belhaven concert on the 12th October.  Also, a resounding success! House points to all.


Model United Nations General Assembly – NBHS – 7th October 2016

mun-picFive Senior Modern Studies pupils proudly represented Dunbar Grammar School at the conference on Friday 30th September. Ruth Patterson, Elly Cornwall, Eilidh Hunter, Fergus Spowart and Adam Hodgson acted as delegates from South Africa while debating issues such as human rights, the environment and a volcanic emergency in the USA with students from all over Scotland. The event was a great success with our delegates performing brilliantly amongst some very experienced MUN debaters. Well done!

Charity Thank You

A big thank you to all of you who dressed down on Friday 20th of September, we raised £647.38.  This will be split between Jeans for Genes Day and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Good Luck

To students Eva Smith and Syvlie Fennell who are representing DGS at the Midlothian Schools’ Competition for trampolining today at Lasswade.

Enterprise Maths Competition – 30th September 2016

Well done to Ben James Dorin, Tom Mullender, Sandy Purves and Rowan Daff who participated in the Lothian-wide Enterprise Maths Competition. Although they didn’t win overall they did come first in 2 rounds: the speed round and the paper airplane competition!

Pretty Mudder Success

Four of Dunbar Grammar’s S3 girls took part in the 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge on Saturday 17th September in Edinburgh and have raised to date over £700 with more money still coming in.   They were Emily MacGregor, Eva Smith, Sylvie Fennell and Aimee Watson.  Well done girls!

S4 Piper

S4 student, Connor Tierney, went to Kaimes Special School  on Wednesday 28th September to do the piping at their Boat Turning ceremony.  Their pupils were delighted and inspired by this new experience – it made the Boat Turning event just all the more exciting.  Connor is a credit to himself, his family and the school. Well done Connor!

County Sports Update – 15th September 2016

Congratulations to the County sports team who won the overall trophy in the rescheduled county sports’ competition held on Tuesday.  It was a great day with Dunbar Grammar School students breaking five county records!

New county records:

  • Emily MacGregor – S2 Girls 300m – 46.85s
  • Eloise Gray – S2 Girls 100m – 13.01s
  • Fraser Kelly – S3 Boys 800m – 2 mins 17.35s
  • Cameron Steven – Senior Boys – 1500m – 4 mins 06.97s
  • S2 Girls 4 x 100m Relay – 56.24s

Well done to all who participated!

Dunbar School of Dancing Update – 9th September 2016

Well done to our students achieving the following:

  • Lauren Everard  Grade 7  95.   This is the highest score in the school for the second year running
  • Abigail Everard Grade 7  93

Those were the top two in the school

  • Lauren Everard  Intermediate 89
  • Abigail Everard  Intermediate 89
  • Olivia Laird        Intermediate  82

This is a vocational exam where marks like this can be achieved by students in full time training.  To get marks like this in S3 in part time training is exceptional!

  • Lauren and Abigail both successfully auditioned for Scottish Ballet Senior Associates and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Isla Tierney and Alex Paterson both successfully auditioned for Scottish Ballet Mid Associates
  • Alex Paterson competed in the Royal Academy of Dancing Junior Awards competition last Sunday and won the Grade 5 class trophy.  This is a full day of dance held every 2 years, with students from all over Scotland selected to participate.

Well done to them all!

Well Done to S1 Surfer

Well done to Elliot Young who competed in the Scottish Surfing Federation Gathering of the Clans 2016 (Scottish Inter-Club Championships) at Tiree Surf Club in August.  Elliot put on fantastic performances throughout the contest to make the final and finish in 4th place. Congratulations Elliot!

Good luck to Elliot who will be competing in the Junior World Championships for Team Scotland in the Azores next weekend!

Well done – 2nd September 2016

To the Following Former Students who gained the following awards in June 2016:

  • Fraser Maddox, Degree of Master of Arts in Economics, Upper Second Class Honours at the University of Aberdeen
  • Lisa Jane Stuart, Degree of Batchelor of Science in Genetics, Upper Second Class Honours at the University of Aberdeen
  • Liam John Brown, MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Distinction at Heriot Watt University

Please also see Achievements and Successes for 2015-2016: Achievements and Successes 2015-2016


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