Update 8 March 2019

Please note that Friday 15th March is NOT a dress down day. Students should wear school uniform as normal.

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

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.


The itinerary and kit list was handed out at the parent/carers evening on Wednesday: Itinerary

A reminder that the full balance is due to be paid by 29 March.

The Learning Resource Centre (Library)

Our new Learning Resource Centre will be available for senior students to use for study from 4-5pm Monday – Thursday. Further information will follow.

S1 – S2 Spring Fling

The students had a great night at the Spring Fling on Thursday. Well done to the S6 students who organised the event!




A massive congratulations to the schools cheerleading team coming 3rd in the Scottish Schools Cheerleading competition on Friday 1 March.

The team was made up of all junior students in S1 and S2 competing against students up to S6, so this is a fantastic achievement.

Thanks again to the girls for all their hard work and I am so glad it paid off!

If any new students would like to join the  cheerleading group, come along on a Tuesday after school to the small gym between 4.00pm – 5.00pm from Tuesday 19 March.

Coach Miss Stalker

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.

Other Information

  • There is a Raising Teens with Confidence course for parents and carers.  Please see the attached for more details: Raising Teens With Confidence leaflet
  • Oliver! auditions
  • LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Evening – this is on Wednesday 27 March 2019 7-9pm at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus (Riccarton). If you are a parent or carer of a LEAPS-eligible S5 pupil, and they are thinking about college or university, this event is for you. Find out more and register online: www.leapsonline.org/parents

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 for 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

Go4SET Trip Thurs 14 Thurs
S3 Vaccinations Thurs 14 March
Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Evening Thurs 4 April
Leavers’ Ceremony Fri 5 April
Break for Easter Fri 5 April
Staff & Students resume Tues 25 April
S6 Prefect’s Meal Tues 25 April

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

California 2020

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

Invigilator Opportunities

Thank you to everyone who contacted the school regarding invigilating this session. Your details have been passed on to the SQA and you should hear from them over the next couple of weeks.