Update 24th November 2017

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 addressesWe 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

Expansion Update

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 msweeney@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or adavidson@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Christmas Dances

    • 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.

Surfing Success

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

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
  • Self-harm
  • 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

Good luck to all performers raising money for the DGSA, who are taking part in Stars in Their Eyes at Stenton on Saturday night!

Opportunity:

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: engineeringthefutureforgirls@strath.ac.uk

#Notafavour Campaign

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: achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk 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 achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

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

Update 17th November 2017

Children in Need

                                

 

 

 

We held the following events to raise funds:

  • 10p to vote and 50p to see our teachers being gunged
  • Dress Down Day
  • Bake off Competition
  • Stalls in the Social Space
  • Beatles Tribute Band –  Jack Totten, Lewis MacPherson, Loris Amendola and Hamish Gill

The total raised so far is £1,275!

Congratulations

To Paul Brandt who has been appointed Principal Teacher of Computing at Lochgelly HIgh School. He will take up his new post on Monday 11th December. We wish him all the best in his future career.

Expansion Update

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 due for completion and handover next week.

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!).

Mock Court Competition

Well done to our students who entered this year’s Mock Court  Competition.  We were delighted when one of our teams progressed from the East of Scotland regional finals at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to the National finals in the City Chambers, Glasgow, presided over by the Right Honourable Sir David Edward (European Judge, retired), and the Right Honourable Lady Dorrian (Lord Justice Clerk).  On Wednesday night, at a black tie gala evening in the Signet Library in the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh, the results were announced.  We were overjoyed to learn that our students had won first place, resulting in them progressing to represent the UK at a Mock Court Competition in New York, next June. Students will spend a week in New York and have the opportunity to attend a New York school for 2 days as well as taking in the sights.

In addition,  two of the students, Zosia Kuzok and Anique Burke have progressed to a final selection panel this Sunday which will identify 6 students to make up a team at an international competition in 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands at The European Court of Human Rights!

We held a special assembly today where Gerald Murphy, Chairman of the School Mock Court Case Project, and Sherriff MacFadyen  addressed our S3,5,6 students and presented the trophy to the winning Pursuers’ Team.

Here is a list of the participants, followed by the awards.

The Pursuer’s Team

Morgan Forbes, Olivia Laird, Roman Burke, Anique Burke, Zosia Kuczok and Finlay McConnachie

 

 

Defence Team

Gemma Armstrong, Louise Duguid, Cameron Elliot

Awards

  • Dunbar Grammar             Scottish Champions 2017
  • Zosia Kuczok                      Rising Star and Best Pursuer’s Solicitor for East Of Scotland
  • Gemma Armstrong         Best Defence Drafts Award for East Of Scotland

Needless to say we are very grateful to Ms Illingworth, and Ms Hepburn who have supported our students all the way and of course we are very proud of all our students.  Well done to all!

School Assessment Timetable

At assemblies next week, S4,5,6 students will be given out a detailed list of assessments for the rest for the session, leading to the final SQA examinations in May. They will also be given a letter explaining the school’s position regarding prelims, following discussion with the Parent Council and Student Representatives.

S1 Reports

On Wednesday 15th November full reports were issued to all S1 students.  Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

Model UN Conference

Dunbar Grammar School students participated in an impressive Model UN event at North Berwick High School last week where they represented New Zealand in a variety of debates. Alistair Fell, Heather Cameron, Manon Wimbledon-Hall, Max Peterson and Conor Watt-Douglas competed against teams from all over Scotland in a number of individual debates followed by a General Assembly debate on North Korea testing nuclear weapons. Heather Cameron’s efforts were rewarded when she was given a prize for Best First Time Delegate in her committee. The event was opened by Iain Gray MSP and BBC journalist Glenn Campbell concluded the event with a Q&A session about his experiences. Well done to all the students who took part!

Christmas Dances

    • 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.

School Photographs

The photograph orders have been sent away, so any new orders will need to be sent direct to Tempest Photography.

Message from the School Nursing Team

We have been asked by the school nursing team to make parents and carers aware that the occurrence of head lice is becoming more common in secondary schools.  Regular detection combing is the best way to keep head lice under control and students should be encouraged to do this regularly, preferably weekly.

They have also asked us to remind everyone of the importance of regular handwashing in controlling infection, particularly during the winter when coughs, colds and bugs are more prevalent. Students should be reminded to wash their hands thoroughly before coming to school and when they get home.

Taekwondo Update

S1 student Arun Miller travelled to Barcelona to compete in the Challenger Cup on Saturday 11th November. He won a silver medal in sparring. Well done Arun!

DGS SOR Update

Last weekend’s results vs Linlithgow:

  • S1 L 15-11
  • S2 W 19-17
  • U15 L Match unfulfilled
  • U16 W Match unfulfilled
  • U18 W Match unfulfilled

This weekend’s fixtures are against Trinity Academy.

  • S1 & S2 home @ Winterfield 0930 KO
  • U16 & U18 away 1000 KO

This is the last week of the Mitsubishi Outlander Conference fixtures for DGS. The school are currently sitting top of the table so a big weekend ahead for all teams!

Tuesday 21/11/2017

Dunbar RFC alongside Scottish Rugby are holding a parent & player workshop at DGS 6-8pm. The evening will look at various topics including positive coaching, the values in which we play, coach and support and how to support players off field. This evening is open to all parents and players who currently play for the school rugby teams.

Students Performing in Panto

Two of our S1 students, Orla Gibson and Niamh Langley, are performing in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast at The Brunton theatre this Christmas.  The dates of their performances can be viewed here: Panto Dates

Break a leg girls!

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 from the list to make up Jingle Bags.  Boxes will be in the social space from Monday. Please see: Food bank

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 addressesWe 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

Local Event:

#Notafavour Campaign

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

Greenock Prison Trip – POSTPONED Tuesday 21st Nov
English Trip – ‘The Crucible’ Wednesday 22 Nov
Higher RMPS trip – Budhist centre Thursday 23rd Nov
Cooldown Crew Mon 27th Nov – Fri 1st Dec
S3 Reports home with students Tuesday 28th Nov
S3 Girls into Physics Trip – PLHS Wednesday 29th Nov
Geography Rivers Fieldtrips Mon 4 – Tues 5 Dec
Go4SET Programme Trip Thursday 7 Dec
RMPS Conference Monday 11 Dec
S1/2 Christmas Dance Tuesday 12th December
S6 Prefect meal Wednesday 13th Dec
S5/6 Christmas Dance Thursday 14th Dec
S3/4 Christmas Dance Monday 18th Dec

Battlefields Payments

A reminder of the payment schedule for the Battlefields 2018 is below. If for any reason you have missed a scheduled payment, please submit the payment or contact the school if you are having difficulties.

Please also note that there is no payment due at the end of December.

Payment     Children in receipt of free school meals    To reach the school on or before:
£100 £100 per child 31st August
£70 £60 per child 29th September
£70 £60 per child 31st October
£70 £60 per child 30th November
£70 £60 per child 31st January
£70 £60 per child 28th February
£45 £50 per child 29th March
£495                            £450                                                    Total 

Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School

The email address: achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk 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 achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

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