Update 19th January 2018

Expansion Update

  • The foundations are nearing completion with the steel super-structure currently being erected.
  • The design and construction team met with Faculty Heads to confirm fixtures and fittings for the new classrooms and learning areas.
  • The next progress meeting has been moved to Tuesday 23rd January, after which we will be in a position to give more of an update.
  • Work is ongoing to create a link between the Music & Drama department and the front entrance (due for completion post-Easter break).
  • Work in ongoing on the extension to the staffroom (due for completion post-February break).

To view updated plans, please click here: Expansion Page

S4 & S5 Subject Choice Parent/Carers’ Information Evening

This was on Tuesday 16th January.  The presentation from the evening can be found here:

S4/5 Selection Process Timeline:

  • January/February – Information in PSE
  • Tuesday 6th February – Course Choice Booklets available and Likely Levels of Study issued
  • Thursday 8th February –  S4 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening
  • Tuesday 20th February –  S5 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening
  • 28th Feb – 2nd March – S4/5 Coursing Interviews

S3 Course Choice Parent/Carers’ Information

We held a S3 Course Choice Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 18th January. The presentation from the evening can be found here:

Students and their parents/carers are being invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.   Letters regarding these S3 coursing interviews went home with students on Thursday 18th January:  Course Option Interviews Choice Parent LetterIt would be very helpful if parents/carers could ensure that returns indicating your preference for interview times are back no later than Thursday 25th January.

S3 Selection Process Timeline:

  • January/February – Information in PSE
  • Wednesday 24th January – Course Choice Booklets available and Likely Levels of Study issued
  • Wednesday 31st January – S3 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening
  • 20th – 23rd February – S3 Coursing Interviews

Recital Evening Exam Practice: Wednesday 7th February 6:30pm

Each year DGS Music Department host a Recital Evening for students who are preparing for their N5, Higher or Advanced Higher Performance Exam. This evening gives them the chance to perform in front of their invited friends and family in a supportive and informal environment. It helps them to prepare for their final exam and gives vital performance experience. It is strongly recommended that all students sitting N5, Higher or Advanced Higher (Performing) present something at this event.

Please sign up in the Music department by 31st January.

Vaccination Forms

MenACWY forms have been handed out to some students.  Please can forms for S3 students be returned to the school office ASAP.  Forms for catch up students will be handed out next week.

To receive these vaccinations, these forms must be returned.

S3 Battlefields

Students going to Battlefields made their friendship choices on Wednesday 10th January during assembly.  Letters went home with the students, including the payment schedule.  There are 2 forms to be completed and handed back to the school office, along with 2 passport photographs and European Health Insurance cards by Thursday 1st March.

Morocco 2018

Following on from the successful Morocco Expedition in 2017, DGS will be running another expedition to Morocco in conjunction with World Challenge in June/July 2019. This trip is open to all current S4 and S5 students.

There will be a parents/carers’ information evening on Thursday 25th January starting 18:30 prompt. Mr Martin and Miss Stalker will be there together with Mr Robertson and a representative from World Challenge. The evening will provide students and parents/carers with an overview of the expedition and provide details on the fundraising, training and preparation aspects of the expedition.

If anyone is interested in the trip but is unable to attend the parents’ evening, please contact Mr Martin on dgdmartin@edubuzz.org to receive an information pack.

Free School Meals

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.

How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?

Please visit our website www.eastlothian.gov.uk  to check your eligibility and download an application form.

Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.

Good Luck

Best of luck to Zosia Kuczok who is going to The Hague next week to represent the UK in the International Moot Court competition. This is the first time the UK has been invited to take part and they will be competing against 14 other teams including Argentina, Germany, Mongolia, Russia, USA, South Africa and Azerbaijan. In preparation for the competition, the team attended the Court of Session last weekend and Zosia was named Best Speaker on both days. Best of luck to all involved! For more information about the competition please go to http://www.scottishlegal.com/2018/01/10/scots-pupils-become-first-uk-invited-hague-moot-competition/

DPS Quiz Masters

Senior students, Joanna McPhillips and Matthew Mackay accompanied Mrs Payton and Mrs Fell to the annual Primary Seven Rotary Quiz Evening, on Wednesday night. Joanna and Matthew proved very competent quiz masters, ably assisting on the night and were a credit to the school. The quiz saw teams from the cluster Primary Schools do battle in this hotly contested competition, with Dunbar Primary coming out as winners this year.

School of Rugby Update

Result – Sunday 14th Jan

  • Dunbar U16 26 – 19 Gala U16

This weekend’s fixtures vs. Peebles HS – CANCELLED

DGS will be presented with the Outlander Conference winner’s trophy Wednesday 24th January at 6pm in the Assembly Hall in Dunbar Grammar. All players are required to bring along their playing shorts and socks to allow for photographs. All parents/carers and supporters are encouraged to come along to celebrate the achievement of all DGS SOR teams.


Next Week Assemblies

  • Monday  –           S5 coursing in the Games Hall
  • Tuesday –           S2 Personalisation Assembly in the Games Hall
  • Wednesday-     S3 coursing in the Games Hall
  • Thursday –          No Assembly
  • Friday    –             S4 coursing in the Games Hall

Dates for Your Diary

AH Biology trip to Kindrogan Fri 19th Jan – Sun 21st Jan
DGSC meeting Monday 22nd Jan
Go4SET Trip Tuesday 23rd Jan
Course Choice Booklets available & Likely Levels of Study to S3 students Wednesday 24th Jan
P7 Hopes & Fears Transition Morning Thursday 25th Jan
Morocco Parents’ Information Evening Thursday 25th Jan
S3 Parent Consultation Evening Wednesday 31st January
Course Choice Booklets available & Likely Levels of Study to S4/5 students Tuesday 6th Feb
Break for February holiday Friday 9th February
In-Service Monday 19th February
Students resume Tuesday 20th February
S5/6 Parents’ Consultation Evening Tuesday 20th February

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
  • S6 Yearbook Paragraphs
  • Medic Mentor Event
  • East Coast FM Opportunity

Update 12th January 2018

A very warm welcome back and Happy New Year.  We hope you all had an enjoyable break.

Expansion Update

It was comforting to come back after the festive period and see the steel structure of the new building emerging before our eyes. The design and construction team will be meeting with Faculty Heads next week to confirm fixtures and fittings for the new classrooms and learning areas. The next progress meeting has therefore been moved to Tuesday 23 January, after which we will be in a position to give more of an update.

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