Update 10 May 2019

To all students on activities week next week, wherever you will be, have a great time and enjoy your experience!

Hard copies of the news is available from the school office.  The next weekly email will be sent on Friday 24 May.

Battlefields 2019

Students are able to hand in pocket money to their bus leader on Sunday/Monday.

You can follow the progress of this year’s trip by following the Twitter account @DGSbattlefields.

Battlefields Trip 1 (Buses A and B)

Please can students going to Battlefields meet at 9.30am at the latest in the DGS car park on Sunday 12 May.  Please can you park cars in the car park in designated spaces away from the coaches which will be parked where the school buses normally park. In the event of no spaces being available, please park on the street.

Please check the website next week for return arrangements. The coaches will be returning to Hallhill on Friday 17 May at approximately 3pm.

Battlefields Trip 2 (Buses C and D)

Please can students going to Battlefields meet at 9.30am at the latest in Hallhill car park on Monday 13 May.

Please check the website next week for return arrangements. The coaches will be returning to Hallhill on Saturday 18 May at approximately 3pm.

S2 Activities Week

East Linton students will be dropped off in East Linton at approximately 1-1.15pm on Friday 17 May, on the way home from Edinburgh.

Please ensure that you keep an eye on the weather and that appropriate clothing is worn.  Also, think of sunscreen in the event of sunshine!  In the event of any student being absent, parents/carers should contact the school in the normal way.

S1 Activities Week

S1 students will be taking part in a range of activities based in school and the local area. Students should ensure they bring a water bottle, a snack and are appropriately dressed for the weather. Sensible footwear is crucial as activities may involve walking.

Youth Games

Could all S1 and S2 students that are taking part in the Youth Games on Tuesday 21 May please return their PC1 and letter to PE or the school office no later than Wednesday 15 May.

All pupils participating in Youth Games MUST register in Game Hall on Tuesday 21 May.

SQA Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service

This SQA service supports candidates who have been unable to attend an externally assessed timetabled examination, or whose performance in an externally assessed timetabled examination may have been fundamentally affected as a result of an incident beyond their control. The service exists to support only those candidates who have suffered an exceptional circumstance, such as bereavement or a medical condition. If a student is unwell on the day of an examination and cannot attend, a note from the Doctor must be obtained and the school informed immediately.  It is always recommended that a candidate sits the examination where possible. Sitting the examination does not exclude the candidate from having an exceptional circumstances request submitted on their behalf.

If you believe that your son/daughter is eligible for this service, please contact Mr Offer on the school number ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM.  If you have any question or queries, please contact Mr Offer. Please see the documents below:

Common School Day

A reminder that we will move to the common school day with the new timetable from Monday 3 June 2019.  Below is a reminder of the new period times:

Home to school transport changes for the common school day will be published on the 20 May 2019. The reason for this is to stop any confusion with the existing routes/services and link with the new bus pass program. Any questions can be directed to transportservices@eastlothian.gov.uk

S4 Students Who are not on Exam Leave

Students will be following the programme attached: S4 Non Exam Leave Programme 2019

S3 Ceremony – Save the Date

The S3 ceremony will take place on Tuesday 28 May from 2pm – 3.45pm at the school.  Invite letters for all S3 parents/carers will be issued soon.


Schoolpay is an easy and convenient way of paying for school meals and school trips. See below for details of how to sign up:

Other News/Information

DGSA Bunko Night – Friday 31 May – 7pm, Stenton Village Hall

Join  us for what’s guaranteed to be an evening of fun and laughter to raise funds for our school! No previous Bunko experience required as this fast paced dice game is easy to learn and all about luck not skill!

  • Tickets £10 to include a glass of fizz and nibbles.
  •  Prizes – Bar – Raffle
  • Contact Michelle Mallen (07535 434285) or Verity Sinclair (07941 157785)

Dates for Your Diary

Battlefields Group 1 Sun 12 – Fri 17 May
Battlefields Group 2 Mon 13 – Sat 18 May
Activities Week Mon 13 – Fri 17 May
In-Service Day Mon 20 May
East Lothian Games Tues 21 May
S3 Ceremony Tues 28 May
New Timetable starts Mon 3 June
New S5 Induction Day Mon 3 June
New S6 Induction Day Tues 4 June
P7 Transition Evening Wed 5 June
P7 Transition Fri 14 – Tues 18 June

DGS Sport and Active Schools

Here at DGS we value parent’s feedback to all school matters and we would be very grateful if you could complete the short DGS Sport and Active Schools survey. Please click on the link below:

Study Help for Senior Students

Exam Booster Sessions

Exam booster sessions have been organised to help with revision. Please see the timetable: EXAM BOOSTER SESSIONS

The Learning Resource Centre (Library)

Our new Learning Resource Centre is available for senior students to use for study during term time from 4-5pm Monday – Thursday. Students will need to sign in at the school office to use this facility.