Update 8 February 2019

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

A reminder of our severe weather policy: https://www.edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar/parental-information/severe-weather-info/

How to Pass Information Evening

Please follow the link for presentations from the evening:  How To Pass Information

The Hub

Our new catering facility, The Hub, is located in the new social space and will be open from Tuesday 19 February. It offers sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes, salads, drinks and snacks.

Electoral Registration

We had the Electoral Registration at school on Thursday 7 February. The organisation comes into schools to help maximise the number of students registered to vote.

Current S4 Course Choice Information

Course Choice Booklets are available on our website now. Likely Levels of Study and Coursing Interview letters were issued today, Friday 8 February.

S4 Parent/Carer’s Consultation Evening

This is on Thursday 21 February; letters were issued to students on Thursday 7 February.

Current S5 Course Choice Information

Course Choice Booklets are available on our website now. Likely Levels of Study were handed to students today, Friday 8 February. 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 will be sent out after the February break.

S4/5/6 Tracking & Monitoring Reports

These were handed to students today, Friday 8 February. Please contact Guidance if you have any queries.

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. These are taking place between Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 February.

S3 Parent/Carers Consultation Evening

On Wednesday 6 February we held our S3 Parents and Carers Consultation Evening. We always welcome feedback, if you could spare a few moments to complete the 3-question survey below, this would be appreciated:


Student Attendance

Our Pupil Support staff meets regularly with relevant Depute Headteachers to discuss attendance of students on their caseload. As a result, attendance letters may be sent home to highlight the current attendance level of some of our students.

This is considered a supportive and informative method of communication with parent/carers and used merely to highlight attendance levels of some students. We recognise that, for various reasons, there will often be legitimate circumstances which result in absence from school and always take this into account when letters are issued.

If we require any further input or intervention, a member of Pupil Support will make further contact with home.

Vaccination Forms

Vaccination forms have been given to students this week. Please can they be signed and returned by Friday 22 February.

RYLA 2019

What is Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)?

  • This is a week-long residential incorporating outdoor skills and leadership development. This is paid for by the Rotary Club in Dunbar.
  • This is open to S5 students who will be aged 15-17 in July.
  • It also counts as a residential for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The dates are below:

  • Boys’ Week:          Saturday 13 July – Saturday 20 July 2019
  • Girls’ Week:          Saturday 20 July – Saturday 27 July 2019

If you would like to put your name forward or if you would like more information, please see Miss Williams by Friday 22 February.

There will be a short interview with one of the Rotary representatives after this date.

Parental Engagement Strategy

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 22 February, 2019. Parent/carers only need to complete one survey if they have multiple children at your school.

Assemblies Week beginning 19 Feb

  • Tuesday S1 in Assembly Hall
  • Wednesday S2 in Assembly Hall
  • Thursday S3 in Assembly Hall
  • Friday S4 in Assembly Hall

Leaver’s Ceremony

S6 students will finish on Friday 5 April. All other students will return after the Easter holidays on Tuesday 23 April.  Exam leave for relevant students will commence on Wednesday 24 April (the first exam is Thursday 25th). The Leavers’ Ceremony will be on Friday 5 April.


Dates for Your Diary

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 Vaccinations Thurs 27 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.