Update 29th September 2017

S4/5/6 Monitoring and Tracking Reports

These reports went home with S4, S5 and S6 students today. Please see the following letter explaining content and frequency of the report:  Senior Phase Reporting letter Sep 2017.  Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

Expansion Update

Good news! All of the paperwork is now in place for the next phase of the expansion programme to begin. We will continue to prioritise health and safety and teaching and learning and update you on works being carried out. Here is what is planned from Monday 2nd October until 24th October:

  • Library is being emptied and Converted into 3 temporary spaces; 2 classrooms and 1 IT area (Ms Aitken and Ms Reid will occupy the 2 classrooms from 24th October).
  • Group Workroom (Ms McLuckie’s room) is also being converted into a classroom which will be occupied by Mrs Kyle.
  • The Maths Base will be converted into a seminar room to replace room M24.
  • The Advanced Higher Lab will be created with the installation happening the week beginning 6th November, ready for occupation Monday 13th November.
  • From Friday 13th October, the compound, including the end-lane of the car park, will be created.  Parking will, therefore, be restricted until the project is complete. We would ask parents/carers/visitors to try and avoid using the school car park during this period. Unfortunately, students will not be able to park in the car park during the period of this project, as they have the option of using school transport.  The lane onto Belhaven Road will be closed until further notice, as will the entrance from Lammermuir Crescent.
  • Please note that as a result of the compound being set up, all students and staff will be required to access and exit the school grounds from the Summerfield Road entrance.

It is our intention that all staff and students will be introduced to the temporary fire evacuation arrangements on Tuesday 24th October, after returning from the break.

Message about the School Library

The library will be closed until after the October holidays in order for internal work to take place.

If students have books to return, they can be brought to the library for a quick return, or handed in to the school office or the public library.

The library will re-open after the October holidays, but will have reduced space until the new Learning  Resource Centre has been built. We’ll have some choice of books but not as many as usual, so if students cannot find books, please ask for them to be requested from other libraries.

We’ll keep you updated of any other important changes regarding the library. We’ll still be reading for the Teenage Book Prize: please give your name to Mrs Fry or your English Teacher if you’d like to take part.

Apologies for the disruption. We’ll do our best to keep you supplied with the resources you need.

Information Update

A pack went home with all students this week containing a school closure form, a mandate form for the School Council 200 Club, a form for completion if a weekly newsletter is requested and an Annual Data Check form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned by Tuesday 24th October.

If you have no email address, it is essential that you inform the school. Where this is the case, we will provide a printout of this weekly information update to students on a Monday morning in their registration folder.  A printout is only available to families who do not have access to email.  The weekly email information is automatically updated on our website.


Environmental Science Trip

Last weekend, a group of 11 students from the National Environmental Science course took part in a field trip based in Innerwick. On Friday they spent the afternoon with the staff at the Tarmac Dunbar Cement Works – a fascinating tour of their quarry and the cement factory. Everyone looked the part in hi-vis jackets and hard hats! Over the rest of the weekend the students had a chance to see different power generation facilities at Torness Nuclear Power Station and Aikengall Windfarm. They also studied biodiversity and water quality in local rivers as well as setting bug traps in the woods.

Many thanks to the staff at Tarmac and EDF Torness for giving us an insight into their world of work and explaining how their facilities operate.

Maths Enterprise Competition

Well done to students Conor Gibson, Euan Campbell, Sandy Purves and Rowan Daff who took part in the Maths Enterprise Competition on Thursday and came 2nd place in all of Edinburgh and Lothians! Fantastic achievement boys!

Emily MacGregor 4C2

Emily has successful graduated from the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers training academy. She was one of a small number of young people who managed to complete the course in its entirety. Emily has had the opportunity to take part in activities and volunteering and helping the public at The Edinburgh Tattoo, East Fortune Air Show, Edinburgh Marathon, local events and taking part in the National Weekend at Scotland’s Police Training College. Congratulations and well done Emily!

DGSA Meeting

The next DGSA (PTA) meeting is on Wednesday 4th October in the Volunteer Arms at 7pm.

Home Economics Payments

  • Please note that S1/2/3 Home Economics and Health & Food Technology payments are now due.
  • If you are paying in instalments for Hospitality, the next instalment is now due.

If you have any concerns regarding the above, please contact Ms Gungui, PT Health & Wellbeing (Acting).

Lost Property

The lost property collected to date will be recycled after the October break.  Please phone the office if you would like to come in to arrange a time to look for any missing property.

S2 Activities Week

S2 Students have been given letters to take home with details of S2 Activities Week 2018, including a payment plan: S2 Activities Week Letter.  Returns are due back on Monday 9th October.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Robertson at the school.

Dates for Your Diary

AH English Library Visit Fri 29 Sep
Mock Court Case 4 & 11 Oct
AH Biology PCR workshop  Wed 4 Oct
S4 “True to Life” exhibition visit Thurs 5 Oct
Higher English Theatre Visit Thurs 5 Oct
 Silver/Gold DofE Fri 6 –Tues 10 Oct
 Kite Runner Theatre Trip Mon 9 Oct
School Photographs Wed 11th Oct
Belhaven Concert  11th Wed 11th Oct
Finish for October break Friday 13th Oct

Alton Towers Bus Man Trip Thurs 12th Oct

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
  • Clubs

Education Maintenance Allowance

An EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance)  is a weekly payment of £30 paid directly to eligible students who are continuing in post-compulsory education (i.e. beyond the age of 16). Summer leavers (those born between 1st March 1998 & 30th September 2001) will now have received a pack inviting them to submit their application. We need to receive the completed application into our office by 30th September – any awards received after this date will not be backdated to the start of term.

Winter leavers, remaining at school who will be eligible for an award from January, will be sent an application form directly by the team in late November. If you need an application form, these are available from the EMA department (emas@eastlothian.gov.uk) or online www.eastlothian.gov.uk/emas



Seasons for Growth is a peer support, educational programme which aims to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people coping with significant loss and change in their lives, usually as a result of death, separation or divorce. Marie Prior, Enhanced Support Officer, is a trained “Companion” and offers this programme to Dunbar Grammar School students. If you think that your young person could benefit from this programme, please encourage them to speak to their Guidance Teacher or to Marie Prior. Further information is available at: www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk

Raising Teens with Confidence Course

Please see the attached for more information on the above course: