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WEBINAR session with Professor Ken Muir for parents/carers – Reform of THE Scottish qualifications authority and Education Scotland

About this Event

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announced on 22 June 2021 the intention to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and remove the function of school inspection from Education Scotland.   Professor Ken Muir, University of the West of Scotland, has been appointed to act as an independent advisor to the Scottish Government to consider and advise on the implementation of these changes and consider all functions currently delivered by both the SQA and Education Scotland.

Professor Muir wants to hear the views and ideas from all those with an interest in Scottish Education.   This webinar is an opportunity specifically for parents and carers with children and young people in education, to hear first-hand about this reform work, to express views and ideas about the kind of education system we want to see in Scotland for the future and to ask questions of Professor Muir.

When

The virtual webinar session will take place on Wednesday 27th October from 6 30 p.m. till 8 p.m.

How to book

Please use the link below to sign-up for the event.   The event will be held via Microsoft Teams Live and the link to join will be sent the day before to the email address used by participants to register

Please click here to book – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/193601315747

Update 15 October 2021

A reminder that we finish for the October break today, Friday 15 October, and students resume on Tuesday 26 October 2021

Documents home this week:

A document containing links to each teachers’ booking pages has been sent to all S1 student EduBuzz accounts.  Please note that you must ask your child to make a booking using their own EduBuzz account, bookings from unrecognised e-mail addresses will be declined by the teacher.

S3 Tracking Reports

These were handed out to S3 students on Tuesday 12 October.

LGBT+ Survey for At Home Adults

Inclusion is are core value here at DGS and as part of a joint East Lothian council, Scottish Government and Youth Scotland LGBT+ initiative, we are moving towards being accredited with LGBT+ Charter status. Therefore, we would like to ask you a few standard questions about your understanding of LBGT+ support and activities in our school community.

Please complete the following survey:  https://forms.gle/JySdreHbtsxfDXmt5The 

DGSC Meetings

Meetings are 7pm – 8.30pm on Google Meet.

Meetings are run by the Parent Council and attended by Mrs Slowther, a Depute Head Teacher, a Teacher representative and the Senior Student Leaders.

At each meeting we also invite a Principal Teacher to come along and share information about both their Faculty and area of whole school responsibility, and have an additional general topic for discussion.

Please email parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Date Principal Teacher presentation

 

Additional presentation and discussion topic
Wed 6th Oct 2021

 

Pam McIntosh

(Pupil Support)

Additional support needs / Pandemic recovery plan
Thurs 11th Nov 2021

 

Chris White

(Maths)

Approaches to closing academic attainment gaps
Tues 14th Dec 2021

 

Emma Claus

(Modern Languages)

Broad General Education (BGE) curriculum review
Wed 12th Jan 2022

 

Suzanne Hamilton (Social Subjects) Approaches to developing confidence and wider skills
Thurs 10th Feb 2022

 

Fiona Cairns

(Expressive Arts)

Promoting respect – positive relationships
Wed 9th Mar 2022

 

Clair Fruish

(English)

Support and challenge in teaching and learning
Wed 6th Apr 2022

 

Ian Davies

(Science)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Thurs 5th May 2022

 

Paul Sutherland

(Health and Wellbeing)

ELC Anti-Bullying policy
Wed 8th June 2022

 

Elaine Taylor (Technologies) Teacher cover provision

The Bistro

Please see the attached for the menus in The Bistro: High School 3 week 21- 22 Menu

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property at present. Students who have lost items of clothing should come to the school office, as left items will be recycled at Christmas.

Stars of the Week

STAFF 

Ms Williamson (Pupil Support)

Nominations said

  • ‘Ms Williamson is kind and always prepared to listen to her students. She makes her students feel heard and takes measures to put them at ease. It was sad to see her leave the biology department as she is such a wonderful educator, but she is the perfect person to be a guidance teacher and to support the students of DGS!’
  • ‘I think that she is a brilliant guidance teacher and she is always kind and respectful’
  • ‘She’s always nice and I think she has really taken the new guidance role in her stride! Lessons with her are never boring and at the end of a lesson she always talks to students to check in on them J’
  • ‘Ms Williamson is a great Biology teacher who really cares about her students and works hard for them’
  • ‘She is really lovely and always happy and smiling’

Ms Williamson – you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!

Ms Jack (History)

Nominations said

  • ‘Miss Jack has tried her best to make me feel comfortable to be able to talk to her and she is so good at supporting me’
  • ‘Ms Jack is an amazing history teacher – she makes sure everyone is understanding and explains and teaches so well. She dedicates time to do exam questions to make sure we are fully prepped for exams and gives us treats on that day too!!’
  • ‘she’s extremely supportive of everyone in the class and helps them when they’re in need. She’s lovely to be around and makes the class a nice environment to be in.’
  • ‘Miss Jack is really kind and always includes everyone. Her lessons are really interesting and she is one of favourite teachers’
  • ‘Miss Jack brings so much passion and creativity to her lessons; it is clear she invests a great deal of time in her planning to include all members of her class. I am often along the corridor and hear her classes chattering away happily and very engaged. Her ideas are a continued inspiration to me; craft modelling, a history of Pringles, plasticine models, ping pong balls and Pictionary to name just a few of her teaching methods! What’s more, she is truly a kind and considerate teacher who has only been too willing to share her ideas and resources with others. Thank you Miss Jack for your infectious enthusiasm. (And selfishly… please never stop with your wonderful ideas!)’

Ms Jack – you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!

STUDENTS

Kyrie Wybrow  and Grace Robertson S2 (Support)

Rain, hail, high winds or snow, these two little rays of sunlight give up their break and lunch time to look after our four legged furry friends.  They ensure they are walked and look after them very well.  They also are happy to take along other students who also want to walk with the dogs, however Grace and Kyrie are always constant,  reliable, responsible and most importantly willing to pick up Poo!  Bella, Ruby, Breeze and Dilly all love these girls and so do we, it enables us to have our break and lunch without our fur friends wanting to eat most of it!! !  I can’t praise them enough for doing this no matter what the weather is like they are always there.

Brodie Boyle S3 (Support)

Brodie is always a well-mannered and conscientious pupil. She is helpful and considerate. In particular, this week she stepped up to take on a role at breakfast club which was hugely appreciated. Without her help we would have struggled, due to the numbers we had. Afterwards, she was concerned about those missing out so also thoughtfully took toast and juice around other classes for us. Such a kind suggestion. Thank you Brodie for being an absolute STAR!

Murray Langley S3 (Support)

Murray has been instrumental in running breakfast club this week. He showed great responsibility using the grill, listened and followed instructions well and overall was a huge support to the staff. Thanks to him; we handed out over 100 cups of juice and slices of toast each day. If it were not for volunteers like Murray giving up his time then the breakfast club could not get off the ground; nor can it  continue. We are so very grateful for you giving up your morning Murray…. you are truly a STAR!

Active Schools Update – CrossFit Teens

  • At East Rocks, we want to make sure that our kids and Teens get the opportunity to access fitness. Amazing, exciting and progressive fitness.
  • Our teens sessions are specifically designed for young people aged 13 and up.
  • This is for you if you play a sport and want to develop strength, speed, agility and an unfair advantage!
  • This is for you if you haven’t found your sport yet and want to explore training with weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, jumping – for fun!
  • This is for you if you want to get fit in a supportive, encouraging environment using functional fitness that will benefit you in everyday life.
  • To get involved, drop us a message or email alison@gotraineastrocks.com
  • Sessions are every Thursday at 7pm.

Breakfast Club

We are trialling a ‘grab and go’ free small breakfast (slice of toast and orange juice) from the hatch outside G20 (by The Hub) each morning next week from 8.15 – 8.25am. All students are welcome, please use the student entrance at The Atrium.

Vaccines

Study Clubs and Study Support Information

Mathematics Information Evenings – presentations

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Information – Update

These packs are now due to be returned.

Other Information / Opportunities

Venturing Out CIC – October Holiday Activities!

Get the kids outdoors and adventuring this October Holidays with Venturing Out!

Venturing Out are running October Holiday Activities for children aged 8 to 14. All activities take place in East Lothian and include activities such as Bushcraft, Trail Cycling, Water Activities, Mini Expedition and Rock Climbing. Full information on all holiday activities can be found here: Outdoor activity camps for kids East Lothian and Edinburgh — Venturing Out

For further information, you can email claire@venturingout.org.uk

Scottish Youth Climate Summit Registration

Join the COP26 Local Champions Network

Young Scot Hive (#YSHive) are looking for young people from across Scotland aged 11-25, to be part of the COP26 Climate Co-Design Group as Local Champions.  Please see the attached: COP26 Local Champions Network

Attendance

We have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email with a return date, or email each day: attendance@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk