Update 22nd June 2018

Results and Post-Results Service

A letter was given out to all new S5 and S6 students this week regarding SQA results and the post-results service: Post Results Letter 2018

Reminder that the results are due for publication on Tuesday 7 August.

House Prize 2017-2018

Congratulations to Lauderdale who edged ahead from their nearest rival at the last moment. As a prize, all staff and students from Lauderdale will have the opportunity of attending ‘Jump In’ in Musselburgh on Wednesday 27 June. Letters went home with students on Tuesday, returns are essential for students to take part: House trip letter

S2 Reports

Full reports for old S2 (new S3) students were handed to students on Tuesday 19 June. Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

S2 Expressive Arts Electives

Our new S2 students have been busy in Expressive Arts this week choosing their electives for session 2108-19. Please click on the link for information on the elective choices: S2 Expressive Electives – parents carers

If your child has not yet made any choices due to absence, please ask them to see Mrs Cairns, PT Expressive Arts; or email fcairns@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk  with your child’s name,  ‘P’ class,  and their order of preference for each block e.g.

  • Name   class
  • Block 1:  1st choice –  Art, 2nd choice  – Drama, 3rd Choice  – Music
  • Block 2: 1st Choice –Drama, 2nd choice – Music… etc.

A reminder of the Plans for the End of Term

All Advanced Higher, Higher and S5 National 5 long courses will have work posted on Show My Homework and Google Classroom for the last week of term (Monday 25th – Friday 29th June).  This work will not involve any active teaching input, thus releasing staff to pack or cover displaced classes whose classrooms are being packed up.  All of these students will be doing independent work, set by their subject teachers and supervised in the Assembly Hall and Social Space, enabling us to cope with the reduction of available classrooms and teachers. Students will have access to IT, including Chromebooks, during this period.

Exercise Safe Sanctuary

100 of our S6 students will be involved in an ELC Emergency Planning event in Dunbar and Haddington on the morning of Tuesday, 26th June.  Details can be read here: Schools Brief Overview of Ex Safe Sanctuary 2018

S3 (New S4) Ceremony

On Wednesday 20 June we held our S3 Ceremony.  Students were presented with certificates marking the end of their Broad General Education phase.  On this day we celebrated the talents and successes of this year group.  The event was well attended by parents and carers.  The audience was impressed by the many moving performances from the students who took a lead role in organising the whole event.  A big thank you to all the students involved, staff helpers and parents/carers.  The full programme can be seen here: S3 Ceremony Programme

Your son or daughter has been working on a personal profile all year. This profile is a reflection of their achievements and experiences  from the broad general education. The profile is stored on Edubuzz, East Lothian Council’s secure online cloud. If you wish to see the profile ask your child to share it with you on gmail or they can download a copy for you to keep on your computer’s hard drive.  We recommend that all parent/carers have a good look at these as they represent an excellent record of students’ progression throughout the first 3 years at Dunbar Grammar School.

We are always striving to improve and would therefore appreciate any feedback on this year’s event.  Any suggestions or comments, please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Battlefields 2019

We launched Battlefields 2019 at assembly this week.  Information went home with new S3 students:

Medicines Held in School

As we are now nearing the end of the school year, it is our policy to return all medication to the student’s home.

If you are not happy for your child to take their unused medication home, please contact Tracy Gillespie in the school office to arrange to collect it.

All other medication will be returned to students on Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June. Any medications not collected or returned will be destroyed.

If your child still requires to have medication in school please complete the appropriate form from the links below and send it in at the start of the next term along with the medication:

California Trip

We wish our group of student, ex-student and staff travellers to California a safe and amazing trip!

Preparing for Next Session

Uniform

Please ensure that appropriate uniform has been obtained before the beginning of next term.  If you are in any doubt as to what constitutes uniform, please follow this link: Parental Information

Please note that black or grey trousers, including denim, are acceptable, however, these must not be ripped.

Black trainers with any different coloured motifs or laces are not part of our uniform agreement.

School uniform already ordered can be collected from the school office during the in-service days on Monday 13 from 1.30pm or Tuesday 14 August.

Please note that it is agreed school policy that parents/carers will provide students NOT wearing school uniform with a note.  Any parent/carer who does not wish to support East Lothian’s policy should contact the school to discuss with one of the Senior Management Team.

Water Bottles/Food

It is an educational fact that the drinking of water throughout the day can support the learning process.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to school, which can be filled up from one of our three chilled filtered units.  However, this should be done before classes or during break and lunchtime, not during class time. Please note that the office cannot provide students with cups or bottles.  The consumption of fizzy drinks or juices is not permitted during lessons.  Energy drinks will be confiscated from students for collection at the end of the day.  No students should be bringing hot food from LOOKs into the school.  Students will be asked to leave the school grounds to consume this.  Finally, no food, especially hot, should be consumed in the school hall, library, changing rooms, stairs and stairwells and corridors.  Any consumption of food or drink in a classroom has to be agreed and supervised by a member of staff.

Please can students remember their smartcards or PINs as this can cause a delay in the Bistro queues which are set to get longer and longer.  Any student who does not have their card can apply for a new one – remember this also gives you reductions in many retail outlets!  Students who turn up at the Bistro without their card or PIN will be asked to go to the end of the queue and only dealt with if time allows.  Those who arrive with money, will be sent to the social area to load their accounts.  So, please get yourselves organised over the holidays. Students also need their smartcards in the library to have books issued.

Students entitled to concessions

As a school community, we would encourage all parents/carers to check their eligibility for concessions. These cover school meals, uniform, and in some cases travel. See below for application form.

Equipment

Please check that all students have equipment needed for their classes, for example, pens, pencils, rulers etc., and an appropriate school bag.

PE Kit and Deodorants

Students need to bring appropriate kit for both indoor and outdoor activities.  Examples include shorts, tracksuit trousers, T-shirt, sweatshirt, trainers and football boots.  Students should not use spray deodorants in the changing rooms as this may trigger other students’ asthma or other conditions.  Valuables should ideally be left at home, or handed to your PE teacher at the start of the lesson for safe-keeping.

The Parent and Carers’ Survival Guide

This leaflet has been put together for our new parents and carers to enhance the transition to secondary school:

PTA Afternoon Tea with Prosecco

  • Sat 8th September 3pm-5pm
  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • £10 ticket    over 18s only

This very popular fun event is back.  An enjoyable way to raise funds to enhance the learning experience of our children in the school while catching up with your friends after the long holidays.  Please come and buy your tickets from the school office as soon as possible.

Opportunities and Local Events

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

If you would like to sign up to this year’s group you must collect a letter from Miss Williams during registration or on your way to Maths. Spaces are limited to 42. Students must collect and return a slip which will then go into a hat after the summer.The deadline for returns is 21 August.

Dates for Your Diary

A reminder that Friday 29 June is the last day of term and a dress down day; students please give £1 at registration.

German Exchange trip Mon 25 June
East Lothian Exercise Safe Sanctuary Tues 26 June
House Trip Wed 27 June
Break for the summer Fri 29 June
In-service Days Mon 13 / Tues 14 August
Students resume Wed 15 August

Please also see Information Sheets for our most up-to-date Information Sheet including updates on lunchtime and after-school clubs and:

  • Final House Points
  • Awards Evening
  • Depute Head Boy/Girl Positions
  • New S6 Lockers