Update 13th October 2017

October Break

Don’t forget that we finish today, Friday 13th October, for the October break.  Students resume on Tuesday 24th October.

Have a great holiday!

Expansion Update

The library has now been emptied and is well underway to being converted into 2 temporary English classrooms and an IT resource area. These will be ready for use after the October break.

Please remember that there will be no access to the school for students or staff from the lane onto Belhaven Road and the entrance from Lammermuir Crescent until further notice.

More information can be read here: Expansion Page

Retiring After 37 Years

Phil Robertson, CDT Teacher within the Faculty of Technologies, retires from Dunbar Grammar today after 37 years of service. We will all miss his fantastic contribution to the school and wider community and we would like to wish him all the best in his retirement.

Business Management Trip

On Thursday a group of 30 senior Business Management students enjoyed a visit to Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire.  Students had the opportunity to find out about the marketing strategies used by Alton Towers before taking part in an exciting workshop to promote one of their most famous rollercoasters – Oblivion. Students came up with some fantastic ideas and demonstrated excellent creativity and team work skills. We would like to thank Laura at Alton Towers for all her help and providing us with such an engaging and interesting experience.

S3 Monitoring and Tracking Reports

These went home with S3 students today. Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meetings

The next DGSC meeting is on Monday 23rd Octoberplease note this is a new date for this meeting. It will be at 7pm in the staffroom.  All parents and carers are welcome to attend.

S5 Students

Are you in S5 and thinking of applying to University to study a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) course?  EDT offer week long summer schools at a variety of universities all over the UK.  This gives you the opportunity to “try before you apply” and find out if it really is the right course for you.  See www.headstartcourses.org.uk or Miss Jones (M3) for more information.

S1 Parents / Carers – Family Learning

We would like to warmly invite parents / carers of our new S1s to attend our next Family Learning working group meeting.   In particular, we are keen to hear your views on how we can support families to help develop their children’s learning.  Our next meeting is on Friday 10th November at 1pm.  Please contact Mrs Cairns if you able to attend.  We would also welcome any views from parents / carers who are unable to attend the meeting.  fcairns@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Battlefields 2018

Thank you to everyone who has paid the first two instalments.  A reminder that the third payment is due on 31st October.  Cheques made payable to ‘East Lothian Council’ please, on-line payments can be made here: On-Line Payments.

Information Update

A pack went home with all students 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.

S2 Activities Week

Returns for all S2 students are now due back: Initial S2 Activities Week Letter.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Robertson at the school.

School Photographs

Proofs and order forms for S1/4/6 photographs will be distributed soon.

Musical Performance

Congratulations to all the musicians who performed at the Belhaven concert on Wednesday 11th October.  It was a resounding success!

S2 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

This is being held on Wednesday 25th October from 5.30 – 8pm.  Letters were issued to students on Tuesday 10th October. Please speak to your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any questions.

Cycling Champion

Alex Gibb (3C5) recently won the Scottish U14 road cycling championship to top off what has been a great season’s racing. He also won the bronze medal at the Scottish Youth Track Championships and placed in the top 10 in all 3 British Championship events that he rode during 2017. He also placed 10th at the Errigal International Youth Tour in Southern Ireland. He goes into the U16 category next year and hopes to achieve further success at Scottish and British level.

Gold Medal at Saltire Open Gymnastics

Well done to Aimee Watson (4C2) and the rest of her team who won a gold medal in the Saltire Open Gymnastics competition at the weekend.   There was some tough competition, but Aimee and the rest of her team performed extremely well, demonstrating some amazing tumbling skills and a fantastic floor routine.   The team is now focusing on preparing for the Scottish Open early in the new year and are hoping to qualify for the British Championships in the summer of 2018.   Well done and good luck to all!

Gold Medal Winner at Hillend Ski Slalom Race

Well done to Murdo Watson (1C2) who won the Under 14 gold medal at the weekend in the Craig Macfee Classic Slalom race at Edinburgh’s Hillend dry ski slope.   Murdo is one of the youngest competitors in this age category and faced some tough competition. Starting the second run 0.5 seconds behind the leader, Murdo nailed his technical skiing, generating enough speed to come back and take the overall lead, winning by just 0.1 seconds!   Murdo’s focus now turns to winter and racing on snow, starting off with a week’s training in Austria during the October break.   Good luck Murdo!

Duke of Edinburgh Success

Last Sunday Alex Love-Rodgers was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, which he has worked for with the 1st Dunbar Boys Brigade. Well done Alex!





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.

Safety Concern: Asbestos – East Fortune Hospital

Further to articles seen on the news and in the Courier last week, we have been asked to highlight the dangers of derelict buildings, specifically in our area, the old East Fortune Hospital.

There have been recent reports of local youths hanging around the hospital grounds. This gives cause for concern due to the risk of being injured, but also that the property contains asbestos and as such, could cause serious health issues.

When out and about please read and adhere to any warning signs that you see. They are there for your safety.

Thanks, PC Johnston, Youth Community Officer

Opportunities – please see our Careers Page for details on the following

Raising Teens with Confidence Course

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

Some quotes from parents who have attended Raising Teens with Confidence:

  • “Excellent Course”
  • “Really recommend it, very fun, light-hearted and informative”
  •  “Would definitely recommend this to any parent with teenagers or children about to become teenagers”

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

Workshops for Parent/Carers

Dates for Your Diary

Finish for October break Friday 13th Oct
In-service Monday 23rd Oct
Students resume Tues 24th Oct
Mock Court Case Wed 25th Oct, 1st/8th/15th Nov
S2 Parent/Carers’ Consultation Evening Wed 25th Oct
Cockpit Drama Trip Thurs 26th Oct 
Geog Field Trip Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Nov
Skills Scotland Job Fair Thurs 9th Nov
S4 Work Experience Week Mon 13th – Fri 17th Nov
Charles River Biology Trip Mon 13th Nov
Biology Zoo Trip Thurs 16th Nov
Maths Challenge Trip Thurs 16th Nov
Children In Need Fri 17th Nov

Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School

At Dunbar Grammar School we recognise the importance of celebrating our students’ achievements both within and outside of school.

We’re looking to promote and celebrate the learning that takes place beyond the classroom and the skills and attributes that are developed as a result.

For this we need your help!

A new 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
  • S6 Yearbook
  • Captivate Theatre Auditions
  • Go4SET