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 addresses. We also need the Emergency Closure form.
We also have several outstanding PC1s which were due back for each student; copies can be downloaded here: Blanket PC1
Work is forging ahead with the expansion programme. Work has started on the extension to the staffroom and the Music/Drama link to the main school. The new Advanced Higher Lab is almost complete and ready for full use.
More information, including plans can be seen here: Expansion Page
Beginning and End of School Day
As a result of the expansion programme, parking is severely restricted at the school. This is particularly evident at the start and end of the school day when large numbers of staff and students are arriving and leaving the school premises at Summerfield Road.
Thanks to students for following our request to push bikes until outside of the school grounds and past the exits. This has improved the safety of students whilst exiting the school enormously. We are currently discussing with the Roads Department to get the 20 mph max signs activated. In the meantime, it would be very helpful if drivers could reduce their speed when passing the school at the start and end of the day.
It would also greatly help us manage this temporary situation if parents and carers could find alternatives to accessing the school car park when dropping off or picking up students. Thank you for your support in this matter and apologies for any inconvenience during this period.
Cycling to School
We are very keen to encourage as many students as possible to walk or cycle to school. Please encourage all students cycling to school to wear appropriate headgear and clothing. During the dark winter months, it is particularly recommended to wear reflective clothing and to use bike lights. It is our school policy that all students must dismount from their bikes once entering school grounds. There are bike racks in front and behind the school, to which bicycles should be padlocked. The school will investigate any problems, but cannot accept any responsibility for any damage or loss.
Please encourage your son/daughter to give careful consideration as to where and how they ride their bikes and encourage them to be polite to and mindful of pedestrians in the wider community (for example no student at DGS should be cycling on the pavement or doing wheelies on the main road!).
School Assessment Timetable
At assemblies this week, S4,5,6 students have been given out a detailed list of assessments for the rest for the session, leading to the final SQA examinations in May. They were also given a letter explaining the school’s position regarding prelims, following discussion with the Parent Council and Student Representatives.
DGS Amnesty Group
The Amnesty Group meet weekly on Monday Lunchtimes in M15. Elena Soper attended this week as a visiting speaker from Amnesty UK. She spoke to the group about the origins of Amnesty International, the causes they support and what we as a group can do.
Heather Cameron (Head Girl) invited Iain Gray (MSP) and we were delighted he could attend. The group would like to thank both Elena and Iain for their contributions and their encouragement.
The amnesty group is currently supporting the annual ‘Write for Rights’ Campaign. The group is keen to forge links in the community so if there are any local issues which the group can support please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- S1 & S2 – Tuesday 12th December. 6:30 – 9:15pm.
- S3 & S4 – Monday 18th December. 6:30 – 9:30pm.
- S5 & S6 – Thursday 14th December. 6:30 – 9:45pm.
Tickets are £3:50 and will be on sale from Thursday 23rd November in the social space at break times & lunchtimes.
Clover Christopherson S4, Mikey Wimbledon-Hall S2 and Noah Carter S5 travelled to Bundoran, Ireland, last weekend to compete at the Irish/Scottish Celtic Surf Cup. Clover took 1st place in Girls’ Under 16 Surfing, 3rd in Girls’ U18 and 4th in both Ladies’ Bodyboarding and Women’s Open. Mikey took 3rd in U14 Boys’ Surfing and U18 Boys’ Bodyboarding and 4th place in U18 Boys’ Surfing. Clover was the only member of the Scottish team who won her category, out of 9 categories overall. All enjoyed meeting and competing against members of the Irish Surf Team who achieved 3rd place overall at the European Surf Championships held in Norway last month. A great experience and achievement for our Scottish Surf Team juniors.
S1 Performance in London
S1 student Lucy Kilfara is going to London this weekend to perform on Sunday at Her Majesty’s Theatre (where “Phantom of the Opera” is performed the other days of the week.) Lucy will be playing one of the female leads in a musical called “The Lazy Ace”, and singing a solo. Break a leg Lucy!
Family Therapy is a free and confidential service offered at Dunbar Grammar for students and their families. It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy useful as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.
What difficulties can be helped by Family Therapy?
- Child, adolescent and adult behaviour difficulties
- Parenting issues
- Couple relationship difficulties
- Illness and disability in the family
- Separation, divorce and step-family life
- Eating disorders
- Fostering, adoption kinship and the needs of ‘looked after’ children
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- The effects of trauma
If you think this service might be helpful or you have any further queries. Please contact Lesley Gillies PT Pupil Support at Dunbar Grammar. More information can be read here: East Lothian Therapeutic Services Family Therapy Leaflet
Food Bank Collection
DGS Learn to Succeed & JMA groups are collecting for East Lothian Food Bank who help people in crisis. Please help to make sure they have a Christmas dinner by donating food listed in the attachment to make up Jingle Bags. There is a boxes in the social space. Please see: Food bank
Good luck to all performers raising money for the DGSA, who are taking part in Stars in Their Eyes at Stenton on Saturday night!
Engineering the Future for Girls @ the University of Strathclyde
18th-22nd June 2018
Please find attached a leaflet describing the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde’s 1 week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June): Engineering the Future for Girls 2018
Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices.
The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils are expected to make their own way to and from the University of Strathclyde campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre each day. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week and if attendees wish to stay in accommodation in the City Centre during the week, it is the responsibility of the pupil and their parent/guardian to organise and pay for this.
Pupils should apply at http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls using the online application form. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2017. A confirmation email is sent upon receipt of application. The selection panel will meet in January to review the applications received and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 January 2018. An automated email is sent to teachers informing them of the application submitted and requesting a supporting statement. The supporting statement for each student should be submitted online using a designated link by 15 December 2017, for the application to be considered.
If you would like any further information on the Summer School then please email: email@example.com
As a Tobacco-free Charter Supporter, we know that giving young people cigarettes is not doing them a favour.
For more information, please see the following site www.#notafavour.scot.
Dates for Your Diary
|Cooldown Crew||Mon 27th Nov – Fri 1st Dec|
|S3 Reports home with students||Tuesday 28th Nov|
|S3 Girls into Physics Trip||Wednesday 29th Nov|
|Geography Rivers Fieldtrips||Mon 4 – Tues 5 Dec|
|Go4SET Programme Trip||Thursday 7 Dec|
|S1 Parents’ Evening||Thursday 7 Dec|
|S1 WW1 Christmas Truce Event||Friday 8th Dec|
|S1/2 Christmas Dance||Tuesday 12th Dec|
|Christmas Lunch||Wed 13th Dec|
|S5/6 Christmas Dance||Thurs 14th Dec|
|S3/4 Christmas Dance||Mon 18th Dec|
|Parent Council Meeting||Wed 20th Dec 6.30 – 7pm|
|Christmas Concert||Wed 20th Dec 7pm|
|Shrek Trip – The Playhouse||Thurs 21st Dec|
Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School
The email address: firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up to allow students and parents/carers to share student achievements with us and to help inspire others.
Please let us know of any achievements that you feel should be shared within our school by emailing achievements, photographs etc. to email@example.com
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
- Calling All Writers, Poets and Film Makers
- S6 Yearbook Quotes