Update 20th April 2018

Expansion Update

To view updated photographs, please click here: Expansion Page

SQA Timetables

Individualised timetables will be given out to S4-S6 students next week.  Students have been asked to note that the start and finish times may differ from the formal timetable published by the SQA.  If this is the case, it is the school timetable which is correct. Any student who loses their individualised timetable can check the examinations noticeboard each day.

Please note that there is no school transport on Friday afternoons and during the School Holiday on 21st May (Chemistry AH/Higher and N5 exam). Anyone requiring transport at these times should contact the school office to make arrangements by Tuesday 1st May.

S4-S6 Text Books

Please can S4-6 students return all textbooks to the library before Friday 27th April (next Friday). Students on study leave who require accessing any of their subject textbooks prior to the examination can borrow the textbooks through the librarian in the normal way up to the day of the examination.

Study Leave for S6 Students

We have agreed with S6 students that their last official day in school will be Friday 27th April.  On this day there will be a variety of activities, including the Leavers’ Ceremony and Concert, to celebrate their time at Dunbar Grammar School.   Letters were given to students on Thursday: S6 Leavers’ Letter.  Any parents/carers of students who are leaving are requested to return the tear-off slip so that we can reserve a free ticket.  Students will be asked to collect reserved tickets from the office from Wednesday 25th April.

Study Leave – S5/6 Students

Study leave for S5 and S6 students starts on Monday 30th April.

Any S5 and S6 student who wishes to study in school during this period must sign in and out at the school office for a minimum of half a day at the following times:

  • Beginning of school day
  • Lunchtime
  • End of school day

Any student signing in to study is required to wear full school uniform.

Please note students who are coming in to school for an examination are not required to sign in or to wear school uniform.  Equally, they should not wander around the school between examination papers, unless they have arranged a meeting with a member of staff.  Please note also that members of staff may not be teaching in the same areas due to changes in timetable and development tasks, and it is, therefore, always advisable to make an appointment with members of staff in advance.  Letters will go home with students next week.

Study Leave – S4 Students

For those S4 students taking 3 or more National 5 courses which involve an external examination, study leave starts on Monday 30th April.

Any student who wishes to study in school during this period must sign in and out at the school office for a minimum of half a day at the following times:

  • Beginning of school day
  • Lunchtime
  • End of school day

Any student signing in to study is required to wear full school uniform.

Please note students who are coming in for an examination are not required to sign in or to wear school uniform.  Equally, they should not wander around the school between examination papers, unless they have arranged a meeting with a member of staff.  Please note also that members of staff may not be teaching in the same areas due to change in timetable and development tasks, and it is, therefore, always advisable to make an appointment with members of staff in advance.  Letters will go home with students next week.

S4 Students Who are not on Exam Leave

They will be given a letter with more detail about the in-school programme next week.

Battlefields

We held a parent/carers’ evening on Thursday 19th April, at which a presentation was given by Mercat Tours International, along with the final details for those students heading off in the footsteps of the PALS brigade. If you were not able to attend the parent/carers’ evening, please pick up the information from the office.

Please note that the itinerary handed out on Thursday night included a Passport in the Packing Check List. This is not required as the students are on a group passport.

A medical form was handed out on Thursday evening, please ensure that it is completed and handed into the office by Friday 27th April.

PTA Table Top Sale and Coffee Morning

  • 21st April 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • Admission free
  • £3 for teas and home baking

Please come along and bring your friends on the 21st April and support our fundraising event.  Admission is free with home baking, teas and coffee for £3.

Pocket money toys, candy floss, sweet stalls and glitter tattoos for sale too.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meetings

The next meeting is being held on Thursday 26th April at 7pm in the staffrooom, all parents and carers are welcome to attend.  Agenda can be read here.   Draft minutes from the meeting on 20th March can be read here: Draft Minutes

The Big Pedal is Back

The Big Pedal starts Monday April 23rd and lasts for 2 weeks. This is the time each year where we encourage students and staff to get their bikes out of storage, pump up those tyres and enjoy the spring weather while they cycle to and from school. Last year DGS finished 16th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland! For every day a student cycles to school for the 2 weeks of the competition they will get 1 house point. Staff will receive 10 house points for each day they cycle!

With building work still ongoing please take care when entering and leaving the school grounds on your bike and walk your bike once inside the grounds. Please also remember to lock your bike up while you are in school.

S1 Activities Week

S1 Activities Week this year will involve a range of activities within the school and the local area. There is no cost to parents/carers and details will be published shortly.

S2 Activities Week

We still have some S2 Activities Week payments outstanding, please can these be handed in ASAP.

Next Week Assemblies

  • Monday  –          S3 assembly hall
  • Tuesday  –          S4 assembly hall
  • Wednesday –    S6 assembly hall
  • Thursday –         S5 games hall
  • Friday    –            S6 leavers ceremony

Dates for Your Diary

S6 Prefects’ Meal Wednesday 25th April
Leavers’ Ceremony Friday 27th April
Study Leave S4 Mon 30th April – Mon 4th June (new S5)
Study Leave S5/6 Mon 30th April  – Tues 5th June (new S6)
May Day Bank Holiday Mon 7th May
In-Service Day Tues 8th May
East Lothian Games Thurs 10th May
Dragon’s Den Fri 11th May
Battlefields Group 1 Sun 13th – Fri 18th May
Battlefields Groups 2 Mon 14th – Sat 19th May
S1 & S2 Activities Week Mon 14th – Fri 18th May
School Holiday Mon 21st May
New S5 Induction day Tues 4th June
New S6 Induction day Wed 5th June

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
  • The Big Pedal
  • Stone Stacking
  • S1 Interhouse Unihoc
  • Trophies
  • Apprenticeship opportunities

Update 29th March 2018

We would like to wish all staff, students and parent/carers all the best for the forthcoming holiday.  We will see you all back at DGS on Monday 16th April.

Expansion Update

To view updated plans, please click here: Expansion Page

Easter Revision

Class lists for the revision sessions offered during the Easter holidays are displayed on the examination notice board.  Students are asked to enter by the Student Entrance to be registered.  You will not be able to move around the school, other than to go to the revision room, including accessing lockers.

Signing up for a course is seen as making a commitment.  Attendance is therefore compulsory and the school will contact home if a student fails to turn up.  If students are unable to attend due to illness, please telephone the school and let us know in advance.

S4/5/6 Reports

Monitoring and Tracking reports were given to S4, S5 and S6 students on Tuesday 27th March. Please speak to your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any questions.

Study Leave for S6 Students

We have agreed with S6 students that their last official day in school will be Friday 27th April.  On this day there will be a variety of activities, including the Leavers’ Ceremony and Concert, to celebrate their time at Dunbar Grammar School.   More details to follow shortly.

Uniform Survey

A number of years ago, we conducted a community consultation on school uniform, which showed a huge majority in favour of retaining uniform at Dunbar Grammar School. A further consultation in 2015 confirmed this and has resulted in some small changes.

Our school community is significantly expanding and the 2018-19 session will see the school move into our new school extension. We would like to take this opportunity to seek the views of all students, staff and parents/carers on our existing uniform policy.  The results of this consultation will shape any potential revisions to our future policy.  Therefore your views are extremely important to us.

This survey will take around 5 minutes to complete and can be found via the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5CG9TQT

S4/5/6 students have been completing surveys this week and S1/2/3 students will have the opportunity to express their views after the Easter holidays.

Reminder – German Exchange Payments

  • March payment of £100 is due by 26th March
  • April payment £100 due by 23rd April
  • May payment £80 due by 28th May

School Session Dates for 2019/2020

The consultation on School Session Dates for 2019/2020 will be open on the Council’s Consultation Hub from Tuesday 27th March 2018 until Friday 4th May 2018.  The consultation on the draft school session dates for 2019/2020 is to seek stakeholder views.  Our neighbouring authorities, City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council have set, or are in the process of setting, their session dates and these dates are available on the respective websites.  The East Lothian Council draft dates for 2019/2020 have taken cognises of our neighbouring authority dates and very much align with City of Edinburgh Council dates. A copy of the draft dates are here: ELC – Draft School Dates 2019-2020

The link to the consultation hub is –  https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/

Lost Property

We have a large amount of PE lost property. This will be passed to charity during the Easter break. If you would like to look for items, please contact the school office to arrange a time to come in.

SQA Results Information

If you wish to get your SQA results by text or email, please register at www.mysqa.info. Please note that students must register by 5pm on Tuesday 17th July.  Students will need their Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) to register.

S3 Battlefields

Please can outstanding European Health Cards be handed in after the Easter break?

Events/Local Information

 

PTA Table Top Sale and Coffee Morning

  • 21st April 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • Admission free
  • £3 for teas and home baking

Please come along and bring your friends on the 21st April and support our fundraising event.  Admission is free with home baking, teas and coffee for £3.

Pocket money toys, candy floss, sweet stalls and glitter tattoos for sale too.

DGSC Parent Council

A Selection & Recruitment Training session will take place on 24th April (6.30-9pm) at Dunbar PS (John Muir Campus). All parents/carers are welcome to attend – please book your place now by emailing parentcouncil@eastlothian.gov.uk. Two parents will take part in the new Head Teacher recruitment campaign. During the interview process, the 2 Parent Representatives will ask the candidates questions and set in-tray exercises and the DGSC would welcome your suggestions for the topics that you would like candidates to address. Please email suggestions to parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Dates Your Diary

Break for Easter Thursday 29th March
Easter Revision Tuesday 3rd April – Thursday 5th April
Staff & Students Resume Monday 16th April
S2 LTS Day Walk Friday 20th April
DGSC Meeting Thursday 26th April

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
  • Apprenticeship opportunities