Update 1 February 2019

Course Choice information for 2019-2020:  Please follow this link

How to Pass Information Evening

Thank you so much to all the parents who attended the How to Pass evening on Thursday night. It was lovely to see so many come along and speak to teachers in order to help their pupils succeed in their exams. A big thank you to all the staff who delivered presentations and made the night such a success.

Dunbar Grammar Welcomes Doddie Weir

The school community raised £1102.52 for the My Name’5 Doddie foundation through a dress down day, bake sales and donations from the School of Rugby presentation evening.

Doddie shared his experiences of living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at a special assembly, held in the school’s new social hub. He spoke of the work that his foundation is doing to raise funds for research into this incurable disease, including gene therapy, and to support people living with MND. Pupils also had the opportunity to put their own questions to Doddie in a Q&A session, covering his rugby career, Six Nations predictions and his positive attitude in the face of his devastating diagnosis. Doddie explained that it is the same determination that drove his rugby career that is fuelling his charity work and his desire to further research into a possible cure. He encouraged pupils to make the most of all opportunities and experiences offered to them and discussed the benefits of sport for health, wellbeing and being part of a supportive community.

Doddie was invited by S1 pupil Holly Berry-Shotton, a member of the school’s active Charities Committee. Holly’s Grandad lives with MND and she, along with her fellow committee members, were keen to raise awareness as well as money for this cause. Following a discussion with her parents, Holly emailed My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Doddie explained it was this personal approach that led to his visit: “This is the first time I have gone to a school after receiving an email from a pupil. Holly’s message spoke about her Grandad and the work Dunbar Grammar pupils were doing to raise awareness and funds. I’m really grateful to her and the school for inviting me and for all that they’ve done,” he said.

Holly said: “I was delighted to hear Doddie Weir was taking the time to come to Dunbar. He’s a lovely man. I’m also very excited to share the information and videos with my Grandad.”


Technologies Faculty – Arrangements for SQA assignments

The internal assignments for National 5 Engineering Science, Graphic Communication and Computing Science will take place between Tuesday 19 February and Friday 8 March 2019.  These assignments have to be done under exam conditions and adhere to a strict time frame.

Students who follow a short course in any of these subjects will, as well as their normal class time, be required to attend the CDT/Computing department at the following times.

It is vital that students attend all classes during this time. All assignments must be completed and returned to the SQA before the end of March.   Poor attendance could result in adversely affecting your child’s final grade.

Computing Science

Wednesday Period 7 20 February 2019

27 February 2019

Tuesday Period 6 and 7 5 March 2019

Engineering Science

Tuesday Period 7 19 February 2019

26 February 2019

Thursday Period 3 and 4 21 February 2019

28 February 2019

Graphic Communication

Wednesday Period 6 and 7 20 February 2019
Thursday Period 4 21 February 2019

28 February 2019

Monday Period 5 and 6 25 February 2019

4 March 2019

Electoral Registration

We have the Electoral Registration coming into school next Thursday 7 February at break.  The organisation comes into school to help maximise the number of students registered to vote.

Current S4 & S5 Subject Choice Parent/Carers’ Information Evening

Students and their parents/carers are being invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.   Letters regarding these S4 and S5 coursing interviews went home with students this week:

Returns indicating your preference for interview times are due back now.

S4/5 Selection Process Timeline:

  • Course Choice Booklets available on our website and Likely Levels of Study issued next week
  • Thursday 21 February –  S4 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening
  • Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 Feb – S4 Coursing Interviews
  • Thursday 28 Feb – Fri 1 March – S5 Coursing Interviews

S4 Parent/Carer’s Consultation Evening

This is on Thursday 21 February; letters will be issued to students next week.

Current S3 Course Choice Parent/Carers’ Information

Students and their parents/carers have been invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.  Letters with interview times went home with students today.

Letters were handed out to students on Wednesday 30 January with information on the Parent’s Consultation Evening on Wednesday 6 February from 5.30 – 8pm.

S3 Selection Process Timeline:

  • Course Choice Booklets are available on the school website now: Link 
  • Likely Levels of Study were issued on Wednesday 30 January
  • 19 – 22 February – S3 Coursing Interviews

Vaccination Forms

Vaccination forms will be given to S3 students next week. Please can they be signed and returned by Friday 22 February.

East Lothian Cross-Country Championships

On Wednesday 30 January a team of 60 students from across the school attended the East Lothian Cross Country Championships. It was a fantastic day for the Dunbar team winning 6 of the 8 team events as well as a barrage of golds, silvers and bronzes across all age groups.

Maths on Twitter

Our Maths department is now on Twitter! Follow them here: @DGSMathsDept

Parental Engagement Strategy 2017

East Lothian Council is seeking responses to help evaluate the impact of the six strands of the strategy for schools, parent council members and the wider parent forum.

Please complete the survey: http://links.edubuzz.org/pestrategysurveyforparents

The survey will be open for completion until Friday 22nd February, 2019.  Parent/carers only need to complete one survey if they have multiple children at your school.

Information Update (URGENT)

We still have several outstanding Seemis forms, which are required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned, with email addressesWe also need the Emergency Closure form.

We also have several outstanding PC1s which were due back for each student; copies can be downloaded here: Blanket PC1

Local Events

DGS calendar for the year: 2018 – 2019 Calendar

Break for February

A reminder that we break for the February holidays on Friday 8 February.  Please note that Monday 18 February is an In-Service day, so the students resume on Tuesday 19 February.

Assemblies Next Week

  • Monday          S1 in Assembly Hall
  • Tuesday         S2 in Assembly Hall
  • Wednesday   S3 in Assembly Hall
  • Thursday       S4 in Assembly Hall
  • Friday             S5/6 in Games Hall

Dates for Your Diary

Safer Internet Day Tues 5 Feb
Go4SET competition Thurs 7 Feb
Scottish Schools Athletic Championship – meeting for participants on Monday breaktime in small gym Wed 6 Feb & Thurs 7 Feb
S3 Parents’ Consultation Evening Wed 6 Feb
Break for February holiday Fri 8 Feb
In-Service Mon 18 Feb
Students resume Tues 19 Feb
S3 Coursing Tues 19 – Fri 22 Feb
S4 Parents’ Consultation Evening Thurs 21 Feb
S4 Coursing Mon 25 – Wed 27 Feb
S5/6 Parents’ Consultation Evening Tues 26 Feb
S5 Coursing Thurs 28 Feb – Fri 1 March

S3 Battlefields

There are 3 forms to be completed and handed back to the school office, along with 3 passport photographs and European Health Insurance cards by Friday 22 February. If you mention the photographs are for Battlefields at Dunbar Post Office, they will give you a discount. Please note that the correct website for European Health Cards is : www.nhs.uk/ehic

Please note that the trip must be paid in full by 29 March 2019.

Invigilator Opportunities

We are currently looking for new invigilators for the SQA exams in May, including a Chief Invigilator. If you are interested, please contact Michael Graven, Business Manager, at the school.