Update 23 August 2019

Important Dates for UCAS

Monday 26 August

All students applying to university this year are required to meet their guidance teacher in the library period 2. They will be given important information about the process and will be able to make a start on their application.

Wednesday 28 August

There will be a drop in for parents and carers between 4-6pm in the social space next to the school office. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about the process and discuss how best to support your child.

Tuesday 17 September

Students thinking about applying to University will attend the UCAS Higher Education Convention, our slot is between 10.30am and 12.30pm. There is a bus booked to take us and bring us back to school. Pupils are required to sign up for this themselves and information on how to do this can be found on the UCAS 2020 google classroom, code 7l7j9d.

Nigel Kuhn Visit

Nigel Kuhn (conservationist, photographer, filmmaker and adventurer) has been visiting Dunbar Grammar School this week.   In addition to senior workshops, there have been presentations, Q&A sessions and workshops for pupils from a variety of ages and subject areas.

Pupil Showcase (all welcome)
Friday 23 August -3pm-4pm – DGS school Hub
Join us to celebrate and share the work of our pupils undertaken this week.

Edinburgh Book Festival

At the Edinburgh Book Festival trip this week we heard fascinating accounts of colonial life and history from authors of young adult books, Candy Gourlay and Elizabeth Jones, then went to an interactive fun event where Thomas Clark, translator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid into Scots, spoke about the popular series, giving us a bit of a language lesson at the same time. Our students were game to try anything and Jamie Humphreys, Annie-Rose Dickson and Ollie Marshall were brave enough to appear on stage to respectively act a scene, answer a quiz and quiz the audience. It was a wonderful outing and author Thomas Clark afterwards sent a message praising our students.

DGSC AGM and Meeting

The Dunbar Grammar School Council (Parent Council) is due to meet on Tuesday 27 August at 6.30pm for their AGM and at 7pm for the first meeting of the session. All parents and carers are warmly invited to join this group or attend.

College Announcement

SCP courses and Foundation Apprenticeships start on Tuesday 27 August.

DGS Expedition – June/July 2021 – Launch Evening

Following on from the successful Morocco expedition this summer, there will be a parents’ and pupils’ information evening on Tuesday 27 August to launch the next DGS World Challenge expedition which will take place in June/July 2021.

The expedition is open to all pupils in current S4 and S5.

Representatives from our expedition partner World Challenge as well as school staff and former participants will be on hand to present the expedition and answer questions. If you are unable to attend, but would like information, please contact Mr Martin.

  • Time – Tuesday 27 August – 6.30-7.30pm
  • Location – DGS – The Hub (new social space)

Battlefields 2020

We launched Battlefields 2020 at assembly before the summer break.  There is an information evening on Tuesday 27 August.

Challenge Enterprise 

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October at Carronvale House, Larbert.

The weekend is designed for 16 – 17 year olds who are interested in pursuing a career in Business. It incorporates team challenges, talks and the opportunity to network with business leaders.  The costs are covered by our local Rotary group.

If you are interested in taking part in this can you see Miss Williams for further information.

The deadline for noting interest is Friday 30 August.

Library Books

Parents and Carers: can you help? A large number of DGS library books are overdue or missing. We would very much appreciate it if you would help find them (under beds is a common place to do so!) and hand them in either to the school office or at Dunbar or East Linton Library. Thank you!

DGS Sport Extra Curriculum Clubs

For all info on DGS Sport Extra Curriculum clubs please click on link

Or look on our DGS Sport page on DGS website.

For more details contact our Active School Coordinator Scott Marnoch on smarnoch@elcschool.org.uk

Assemblies Next Week

  • Monday  – S1 in Assembly hall
  • Tuesday – S2 in Assembly hall
  • Wednesday – S3 in Assembly hall
  • Thursday – S4 in Assembly hall
  • Friday – S5/6 in Games Hall

Dates for Your Diary

DGS World Challenge Information Evening Tues 27 Aug
DSGSC AGM Tues 27 Aug 6.30pm
DGSC Meeting Tues 27 Aug 7pm
Battlefields Eve Tues 27 Aug
UCAS Drop In Tues 28 Aug
2moros Driver Wed 28 Aug
Awards’ Eve Wed 11 Sep
DGSA Prosecco Afternoon Tea Sat 2 Nov

Also, see our latest information sheet for students: Info Sheet

Raising Teens with Confidence  Course

Please see : RTWC leaflet DGS sept19

SchoolPay

Schoolpay is an easy and convenient way of paying for school meals

Other News/Information

PANTOMIME CHORUS AUDITIONS 2019 – CINDERELLA

  • Friday 30 August, 1.30-3.30pm at The Brunton, Musselburgh
  • Each year a chorus of local performers support The Brunton’s professional pantomime cast. Working in rotation, these groups play a crucial role in the show.
  • Successful performers must commit to ALL rehearsals on a Monday and Tuesday from September (times to be confirmed on audition date), October holidays, dress rehearsal dates from w/c November 18th and show dates from 26 November 2019 – 4 January 2020.
  • Who can audition? Young people in P4-S4, resident in East Lothian who can sing, dance and act.
  • Audition places must be booked on 0131 665 9900 / info@thebrunton.co.uk by Thursday 29 August at 4pm, leaving the participant’s name, DOB, address, telephone number and school.

Update 16 August 2019

A very warm welcome back.  In particular, welcome to our new students and staff!

Change to your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher

Mr Darren Martin has joined the Pupil Support Faculty from 14 August. He has taken over the following classes, as their Guidance Teacher:

  • 1C7       (Previously with Mrs Wood)
  • 1C8         (Previously with Ms McDonald)
  • 2C6        (Previously with Mrs Scott)
  • 2C7         (Previously with Mrs Wood)
  • 3C7        (Previously with Ms McDonald)
  • 5C5        (Previously with Ms McDonald)

This arrangement will be for the 2019/20 session. Mr Martin is looking forward to this new role and will work closely with the other Guidance teachers to ensure continuity of support for all students.  Mr Martin can be contacted by email at dmartin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or by calling the school on 01368 863 339. The voicemail messages are in the process of being updated.

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