Update 24th August 2018

Calendar for session 2018 – 2019: 2018-19 Calendar

Staffing News

On Monday, Ms Laura Illingworth took up post as Acting PT Social Subjects.  This is to replace Mrs Hamilton who is now Acting Depute Head Teacher.

On Wednesday Mr Richard Maxton took up his post as Depute Head Teacher.

Today we said farewell to Ms Graziella Gungui (Acting PT Health and Wellbeing) who has been with us for the past five years.  We wish Ms Gungui all the best in her new post.  From Monday, Mr Paul Sutherland will be Acting PT Health and Wellbeing.

The Head Boy/Girl Team this year is:

  • Head Boy:  Ben James-Dorin
  • Head Girl:  Hannah Dickson
  • Depute Head Boys: Alastair Campbell and Jack Miller
  • Depute Head Girls: Olivia Laird and Catriona McPheat

Battlefields 2019

We launched Battlefields 2019 before the summer. The £100 deposit is now due and there is a Parent/carers’ Information Evening on Tuesday 28 August from 6-7pm in the assembly hall.

Awards’ Evening

The Annual DGS Awards’ Evening is an important event in our school calendar.  It offers us the opportunity to celebrate the talents, successes and achievements of our students.

This year, due to the ongoing expansion works, we are unable to host our Awards’ Evening in the Games Hall. However, we believe it is critically important that we continue to celebrate the high number of student achievements. Therefore, we will adopt a different approach to this event this year.

On Wednesday 12th September we will have an Awards’ Evening celebrating the achievements and efforts of students.  This will be held in Dunbar Parish Church from 7pm – 9pm.  Prize winners will be notified of full event details shortly.

In late September (date TBC next week) we will have a special event celebrating the Sporting Achievements of our students.  More information on this exciting evening will follow shortly.

Communication with the School

The school operates a system whereby you will receive an email every Friday from the school with updated news about events, and links to relevant information on our website. We have found that a few minutes each week glancing at our website to be one of the most effective ways of communicating with parents/carers and students.

New S1s with no email on their primary school record will be issued with a hardcopy of this on the following Monday, to allow parents/carers time to contact the school with email addresses if they have one.  If you continue to require a hardcopy of our weekly updates, due to not having internet, please inform the school office on 01368 863 339, and your son/daughter will be given one each Monday following the Friday update.

Contacting Staff at School

It is important that parents/carers can contact school staff.  There are various means of doing this:

  • By telephone on 01368 863 339
  • By email – dunbar.gs@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk. We would ask that parents and carers do not email subject teachers directly, instead please insert the member of staff you would like to contact in the subject line of the email.

East Lothian Instrumental Music Services

Parents/carers received information prior to the summer holidays regarding the changes to East Lothian’s Instrumental Service. Returning students (including our new S1s who received lessons in P7) should hand in their application forms to either the school office or their music instructor; alternatively the form can be completed online. Please ask your child to inform their music instructor if they no longer wish to continue their lessons. Information about auditions will be given out shortly to students who would like to receive lessons.

Please use the link below for further information:


Education Maintenance Allowance

The EMA Application process for the 2018/19 School Session is now open, the application form and guidance notes can be downloaded from here: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/emaforms

Applications must be received by 30 September 2018 in order for the payments to be backdated to the start of term.

If you have any questions please contact the EMA Team: 01620 82 7581 or email emas@eastlothian.gov.uk

Visitor of Photography Students

Adventurer/photographer and wildlife conservationist Nigel Kuhn came in to school on Wednesday to speak to our Higher Photography students. He talked to them about his involvement with the Chengeta Foundation in Malawi.

Dates for Your Diary

Battlefields’ Parents’ Eve Tues 28 Aug
2Moro’s Driver – S6 Wed 29 Aug
S2 Museum of Flight Trip Thurs 6 Sep
Awards’ Evening Wed 12 Sep