Update 26 October 2018

Study Clubs

Please see our study support and revision clubs leaflet: 2018-19 Study Clubs booklet

School Calendar 2018-2019

Please find a copy of our school calendar: 2018-19 Calendar

Expansion Update

The new area of the school will be handed over to us on Monday 12th November.

The new area will not be open to students on 12th and 13th November to allow staff to move into their new rooms.  On Wednesday 14th November, we will suspend timetable for the first three periods and carry out an induction/orientation for all students.  The new area will be open from break time.

Between now and Christmas, the final stages of work will be carried out.  Two new Science labs will be created and the Temporary Unit will be removed.

Our official opening will be (provisionally) Saturday 26th January.

Common Secondary School Day

On 12 June 2018 a paper was presented to Cabinet seeking approval to undertake a feasibility study and consultation on the introduction of a Common Secondary School Day and potential resultant benefits for Primary education. A feasibility consultation document has now been prepared and a feasibility consultation has commenced.

East Lothian Council Education Service would like to hear your views on the feasibility consultation, which will run until Sunday 11 November.

More information can be found, along with an online survey, on the Consultation Hub by following the link below:

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/commonsecondaryschoolday/

DGSC Update

At the DGSC AGM and the first meeting of this school year, Dee Davison and Lawrence Tierney stepped down as Co-Chairs of the Parent Council after 3 years. We would like to invite parents and carers to attend our monthly meetings and to request nominations for the Chair / Co-Chairs of the DGSC Parent Council. Please email nominations to our Clerk, Judy, at parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk The dates of our next meetings are:

  • Monday 29 October, 7-9pm, agenda can be read: Here
  • Tuesday 20 November, 7-9pm

PCR Workshop

DGS students from our Higher and Advanced Higher Biology classes attended ‘A Question of Taste’ PCR workshop, organised by The University of Edinburgh, at the National Museum of Scotland. Our students gained hands-on experience of modern biotechnologies, allowing them to identify, isolate and visualise their own Brussels-sprout-tasting gene in their DNA, which supports their studies of genetics in school.

DGS Science Department Quiz Night

It’s back and better than ever! We will be holding our 4th annual quiz night on Friday 9 November at the Dunbar British Legion from 7-10pm. Tickets are £3.00 each and available from the school office. Teams can be up to 6 in size. Age 16+. All proceeds will be used to provide amazing resources to make Science at DGS even better. Please note that this is a general knowledge quiz – it isn’t a Science quiz (we might ask a couple of Science questions though….). There will be a raffle and games on the night too, so don’t miss out.

UCAS 2018-2019  – Update for parents and carers

Any student who is applying to university this year should now have started on their UCAS application. They will be supported by a member of staff, either their Guidance teacher or another member of staff and they have all been informed who their mentor is.  Students are required to meet with them for support in writing their personal statement. The students should have provided their mentor with a first draft of their personal statement and be working on the second draft which is due the 12 October. The final draft is due 26 October. In most cases the mentor will also be writing the reference for the student and if not it will be the guidance teacher.

You can support your child in this application process by:

  • Reading their personal statement before they submit it to their mentor.
  • Encouraging them to continue completing all sections of their application
  • Go online to www.ucas.com/parents where you find lots of useful information, resources and videos.
  • Asking your child to invite you to the UCAS Google classroom. On this you will find a timeline along with any additional information that they may need to complete their application.

School Photographs

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

S4 Work Experience

Each year, our S4 cohort, participate in a week of work experience. This year, this will take place during the week beginning 12 November. Hopefully your son or daughter will already have had some conversation with you about this as we have been preparing for it since August. Letters with details have been given to all S4 students.

If you have any questions about the work experience arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s guidance teacher.

S2 Activities Week

Returns for Activities Week are now due back S2 Activities Week Letter.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Maxton at the school.

Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group

Since their launch in February this year, the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group has been busy investigating different aspects of the digital world – particularly around how young people can support each other around their digital rights, the role that businesses can play in realising young people’s rights, what cyber resilience means to young people, and how innovative technology can help young people exercise their rights in the digital world.

The Youth Leaders are keen to hear from the young people of Scotland, to inform their investigation. They have recently launched an online survey to gather thoughts, opinions, and experiences of young people about their digital world. You can find their survey here:

https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90079315/5Rights-Your-thoughts-about-the-digital-world-and-your-digital-rights

Home Economics Payments

A reminder that there are still outstanding payments due for Home Economics, Hospitality and Health & Food Technology.

Local Events:

Dates for Your Diary

Geography Kindrogan Trip Fri 2 – Sun 4 Nov
RMPS Trip to Mosque Mon 5 Nov
Skills Scotland Job Fair Thurs 8 Nov
History trip to Stewart Melville Thurs 8 Nov
S4 Work Experience Mon 12 – Fri 16 Nov
Children in Need Fri 16 Nov

Online Payments

The new online payments system for schools, IPayimpact, went live on Tuesday 25 September.  Every student has been given a letter with instructions for parent/carers and a unique ID for them to log in to the new system. If you have not yet activated your account, it’s quick and easy to do.  Setting up your School Pay Account

Information Update

A pack is going home with students over the next few days containing a school closure form, a mandate form for the School Council 200 Club, new photo permission form for S1s, an email and NHS form and an Annual Data Check form which is required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned as soon as possible.

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.

Parental Consent Forms

Blanket Parental Consent forms have been handed out to students.  This form covers most trips and DGS Sports for the session 2018-2019, so it is important that they are completed and returned as soon as possible: Blanket PC1