Update 5th May 2017

S1 Activities Week

Final letters with detailed information for each day will be handed out to students on Tuesday 8th May.  If there are any problems with payments, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Slowther to discuss how we might help.

East Linton students will be dropped off in East Linton at approximately 12.45pm on Friday 19th May, on the way home from Edinburgh.

S2 Activities Week 15th – 19th May

All S2 students will be given letters with details of their activities on Wednesday 10th May.  This letter contains all of the information for the week including any kit that is necessary.  Please ensure that you keep an eye on the weather and that appropriate clothing is worn.  Also, think of sunscreen in the event of sunshine!  In the event of any student being absent, parents/carers should contact the school in the normal way.

As part of S2 Activities Week, students are taking part in a Science trip on Wednesday 17th May called ‘Broken Bodies’ hosted by Queen Margaret University.  Please see the attached letter given out to students, please note that returns and payment are now due: Broken Bodies Letter

Battlefields Trip 1

Please can students going to Battlefields meet at 9.15 am in the school car park on Sunday 14th May.  Please can you park cars in the car park at the side nearest the school, away from the coaches.

Please check the website next week for return arrangements.  On return, if cars can park at the far side, furthest away from the school, to give the coaches access.

Battlefields Trip 2

Please can students going to Battlefields meet at 9.15 am in Hallhill car park on Monday 15th May.

Please check the website next week for return arrangements.  Coaches 2 and 3 will drop off students in the DGS car park.  Please park cars in the DGS car park at the far side, furthest away from the school, to give the coaches access.

S1-3 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 culminate in a ceremony to mark the end of the Broad General Education Phase on Wednesday 7th June (details to follow).

S1s are completing Presentation profiles – they are displaying work they are proud of or highlighting skills/achievements they are proud of.

S2s are completing Reflection profiles – they are reflecting on their skills and identifying targets for improvement.

S3s are completing Progression profiles – they identify their latest and best achievements, reflect on how their skills have developed and identify areas for development.

Well Done

To student Lewis Campbell, who has achieved a silver award in the Scottish Mathematical Council Mathematical Challenge, Lothian & Borders: 2016-2017.  Congratulations to Lewis!

Notice to Parents/Carers from NHS

We have received information from our colleagues within NHS Scotland concerning a social media ‘game’ called the Blue Whale Challenge. This activity encourages young people to self-harm followed by sending a picture as proof. There are no reported cases in Scotland, however, we would like to make you aware of this and if you have any concerns your child may be at risk, please get advice by contacting your child’s Guidance Teacher.

Our schools provide children and young people with information on keeping themselves safe within the Health & Wellbeing curriculum delivered within schools. East Lothian Council also promotes the safe use of the internet and if you wish to access further information on the safe use of technology online see www.getsafeonline.org

School Clothing Grants and Free School Meals

We want to ensure that you are not missing out on any potential entitlements. One important area is free school meals.  Access to free school meals is an important part of the health and wellbeing of students at Dunbar Grammar School. If your son or daughter is entitled, we want to help you overcome any problems you might have with the application process:

This letter will go home with students on the following dates:

  • S1 – Friday 5th May
  • S2 – Monday 8th May
  • S3 – Tuesday 9th May

Local Information:

Dates for Your Diary

Premier League Experience Trip Saturday 6th May
Study Leave S4 Tues 2nd  May – Fri 2nd June (new S5)
Study Leave S5/6 Tues 2nd  May –Mon 5th June (new S6)
Battlefields Group 1 Sun 14th – Fri 19th May
Battlefields Groups 2 & 3 Mon 15th – Sat 20th May
S1 & S2 Activities Week Mon 15th – Fri 19th May
In-Service day Mon 22nd May

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. If a student is unwell on the day of an examination and cannot attend, a note from the Doctor must be obtained and the school informed immediately.  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 Mr Offer on the school number ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM.  If you have any question or queries, please contact Mr Offer.

S5/S6 Induction Day and New Timetable

Monday 5th June and Tuesday 6th 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 their Wider Experience, 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.

Bronze Training Dates and Information

Training dates and activities:

  • May 24th First Aid
  • May 31st  Kit issue for trip 1
  • Trip 1 – 1st and 2nd June
  • June 21st Kit issue for trip 2
  • Trip 2 – 22nd and 23rd June
  • June 28th Review Session

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
  • Awards Evening Trophies


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Update 28th April 2017

A reminder that the school is closed to students on Monday 1st May for the public holiday.  We look forward to welcoming students and staff back on Tuesday 2nd May.

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 Tuesday 2nd May if you require this service.

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