Update 1 March 2019

A reminder that students bringing bikes to school should always bring a lock to secure the bike.

Opportunity for S3 Students

For the first time in Scotland, a college of the University of Oxford has offered a fully-funded residential experience, for two S3 pupils, in each of East Lothian’s six secondary schools, to become an Oxford Student from Sunday 23 June- to Friday 28 June 2019. Letters can be collected from the school office: Oxford Summer School

Notes of interest should be with Mr Maxton Monday at 3.50pm.

Contact Details

A reminder that if parents/carers change their contact details they should inform the school so we can update our records.  This is especially important to ensure we have up to date emergency contact information.

Battlefields Parent/Carers

A reminder that we are holding a Battlefields parent/carers evening on Wednesday 6 March 6pm at Belhaven Church. This is an important event for parents and carers of S3 students attending Battlefields in May.

Current S4 Course Choice Information

S4 Coursing Interviews have been taking place this week from Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 February.  If you have any issues regarding the final choices, please contact your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher in the first instance.

Current S5 Course Choice Information

S5 Coursing Interviews are taking place from Thursday 28 Feb – Monday 1 March.  If you have any issues regarding the final choices, please contact your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher in the first instance.

Rights Respecting Schools Award

Dunbar Grammar School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK. Pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

Education Maintenance Allowance

An EMA is a weekly payment of £30 paid directly to eligible young people who are continuing in post-compulsory education (i.e. beyond the age of 16). The deadline for EMA is fast approaching, 31 March.  No applications for the 2018/19 school year can be processed after this date.

Application forms are available from:  https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/EMA or contact us below:

  • Contact:         Email: EMA@eastlothian.gov.uk
  • Telephone:  01620 827 581

S1 – S2 Spring Fling

Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday breaktime.

Digital Day

In November 2018 Dunbar Grammar School was involved in Digital Day where our pupils competed against other schools nationally. This involved them completing digital challenges set by BBC Studios, THE FA and Vodafone.

After the judges deliberated into the new year, out of the 150 schools that competed Dunbar Grammar School’s FA Challenge was shortlisted to the top 10 schools. This is a fantastic achievement!

Well done to the winning group: Chloe, Hannah, Abbie, Sophia and Becca.

Thanks again to Nick Craig our industry specialist (www.mackerelmedia.co.uk)  for his help on the day.

S5/6 Parent/Carers Consultation Evening

On Tuesday 26 February we held our S5/6 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:

Happy Fest 2019


On Wednesday 27 February, we hosted Happy Fest, an evening of free entertainment. Everyone agreed that it was a resounding success!  Well done to everyone involved!

Art & Design

The Art & Design department now has an Instagram page. Please follow us on “dgsartanddesign” to see the wonderful work our pupils create!


School Trips

We are keen to review school trips for S4-S6 pupils at Dunbar Grammar School and would be grateful if you could complete this 4 question survey:

California 2020

Deposit cheques are ready for collection for students not attending California.

Education Local Improvement Plan 2018/19

Please find attached a copy of the Education Local Improvement Plan 2018/19: ELC Education Service Plan 2018-19.

School of Rugby – Prosecco Afternoon Tea – Saturday 23 March

What better way to show your support than coming along to the School of Rugby’s inaugural Prosecco Afternoon Tea (3.00 – 5.00 pm) in Belhaven Church Hall?  Tickets are great value at £10 and can now be purchased from the school office. Over 18s only.

Dunbar Grammar School Community Chicken Coop

Now that the building works are done and the landscaping is nearing completion, we are looking forward to the return of the community coop! If you are interested in learning how to keep chickens and have roughly a half an hour a week to spare, we want to hear from you. Full training is provided and, in exchange for a monthly contribution of just £5, you will be able to enjoy some therapeutic time with the hens and a weekly supply of fresh free-range eggs!

If you are interested please follow the link to complete an application ( https://form.jotformeu.com/90394716490362 )or email Janet McDougall Welch at dgjmcdougall@edubuzz.org


There are currently 2 Modern Apprentice posts being advertised on ELHA website (see vacancies in the “about us” section) and will be on Limelight Careers website shortly. If you know anyone who might be interested in either of these posts, (Corporate Services & Asset Management) please ask them to send their CV direct to Limelight Careers.  Their e-mail address is Veronica@limelightcareers.co.uk

The Big Pedal 2019

The Big Pedal is a national competition to encourage school students to cycle to school. Last year DGS had over 12% of students cycling and we placed 3rd in Scotland for secondary schools.

As the weather gets nicer and the days get longer more and more pupils and staff are taking to their bikes for a blast of fresh air before school. The Big Pedal runs from March 25 until April 5 so now is the time to check out those bikes that have been in the back of the garage or shed all winter. Pump up the tyres and enjoy the sunshine!

If you live a bit closer to school you may wish to walk! This year for the first time all walking journeys will be counted too! So if cycling isn’t your thing you can still get take part and earn house points.

Assemblies Week Beginning 4 March

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

Dates for Your Diary

S5 Coursing Mon 4 March
Spring Fling Thurs 7 March
Go4SET Trip Thurs 14 Thurs
S3 Vaccinations Thurs 24 March
Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Evening Thurs 4 April
Leavers’ Ceremony Fri 5 April
Break for Easter Fri 5 April

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 ASAP please.

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.