Update 24 May 2019

S3 Ceremony

The S3 ceremony will take place on Tuesday 28 May from 2.15pm – 3.50pm at the school.  Invite letters for all S3 parents/carers have been given to S3 students: S3 ceremony.

2019-2020 Session Dates

2 additional in-service days have been added for next session on the following days:

  • Tuesday 22 October 2019
  • Tuesday 7 January 2020

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:

Letters went home with students this week: School & Bus Timings

Home to school transport changes for the common school day can be seen here:

Public Bus Service
  Monday to Friday      
  Eve 120 Borders 253 East Coast Buses X7      
East Linton 08.08 0815 0815
DGS 08.21 0828  0828
  Monday to Thursday Friday
  Eve 120 Borders 253 East Coast Buses X7 Eve 120 Borders 253 East Coast Buses X7
DGS 15.35 1540 0815 12.30 1226 1230
East Linton 15.48 1553 0828 12.43 1239
Contracted Routes till end of June
Eve Coaches Pickup Point Current New time 01/06   Changed by End of day
Route 151 Little Spott 0800 0750 10mins 1530
The Halls 0810 0800 1530
Spott 0820 0810 1530
The Doon 0822 0812 1530
Easterbroom House 0825 0815 1530
 Route 152 Thorntonloch holdings 0750 0730 20mins 1530
Dunglass South Lodge 0755 0735 1530
Dunglass Estate 0757 0737 1530
Bilsdean 0800 0740 1530
Birnieknowes 0802 0742 1530
Blackcastle 0808 0748 1530
Branxton 0809 0749 1530
Thornton Glen 0810 0750 1530
Crowhill 0815 0755 1530
Innerwick Top End 0817 0757 1530
Innerwick Main Bus Stop 0819 0759 1530
Innerwick Kirkbrae 0820 0800 1530
Top of Pinkerton 0825 0805 1530
The Stables 0827 0807 1530
Newtonlees 0830 0810 1530
Route 154 Sunnyside 0805 0750 15mins 1530
Beilgrange 0810 0755 1530
Stenton Arts Gallery 0820 0805 1530
Stenton Main Bus Stop 0820 0805 1530
Equestrian Centre 0822 0807 1530
Pitcox 0823 0809 1530
South Belton Cottages 0825 0810 1530
Lyntoun Private Hire            
Route 153 5mins 1530
Route 155 5mins 1530
Torrance Taxis
Route 156 5mins 1530

Any questions can be directed to transportservices@eastlothian.gov.uk

S1 Reports

Full reports were given to S1 students today. Please contact your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any queries.

Sporting Achievements

If you have any information on DGS students’ sporting achievements out with school, we would love to hear from you. This would be any pupil participating at County level or above.  Please email smarnoch@elcschool.org.uk with details and photos before 31 May to be included in the Sports Awards Evening.

Head and Depute Boy/Girl Timeline 2019

The following timetable will be explained fully at the S6 Induction morning.

  • Tuesday 4 June – Application forms issued for Head and Depute candidates
  • Friday 7 June – Return applications
  • Monday 10 June – List of candidates for Head Boy/Girl issued
  • Wednesday 12 June – Hustings (extended assembly for S5 & S6 students) and Group task.
  • Thursday 13 June – Head Boy/Girl interviews with Ms Slowther and former Head Boy & Girl
  • Friday 14 June – Depute interviews announced
  • Monday 17 June – Interviews for Depute Head Boys/Girls

Maths Textbooks

If you still have a National 5 or Higher Maths textbook, please can you bring it back to your teacher as soon as possible.

Percussion Lessons

We are awaiting a start date for the new percussion teacher. If your son/daughter has received fewer than 30 drumming instrumental lessons in the session, please contact the IMS mailbox ims@eastlothian.gov.uk

S1 Band

The music department is looking to recruit members for the S1 band to perform at the P7 transition event on the 5 June.

If you would like to be involved in this, please speak to a member of the music department or come to a meeting in Mr Stewart’s room on Wednesday 29 May at Lunchtime.

S4 Students Who are not on Exam Leave

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

Charity Update

Well done to the S6 students who organised a charity leg wax in May. They raised £165 for the Sick Kid’s Asthma Department!

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:


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)

Donations of raffle prizes from staff and parents/carers would be very much appreciated. Please hand these in to the School Office.

Assemblies for Next Week:

  • Monday :        S3
  • Tuesday –     no assembly
  • Wednesday – no assembly
  • Thursday –    S1
  • Friday –           S2

Dates for Your Diary

Please note that Monday 27 May is a normal school day.

S3 Ceremony Tues 28 May
DofE Bronze 1 Thurs 30 – Fri 31 May
New Timetable starts Mon 3 June
New S5 Induction Day Mon 3 June
New S6 Induction Day Tues 4 June
P7 Parent/Carer Information Evening Wed 5 June
DofE Silver Expedition 1 Fri 7 – Sun 9 June
DofE Silver Expedition 2 Sun 9 – Tues 11 June
P7 Transition Fri 14 – Tues 18 June
S6 Prom Fri 14 June
Sports Awards Tues 18 June
DofE Bronze 2 Thurs 20 – Fri 21 June
Morocco Expedition 21 June – 6 July
House Trip Mon 24 June
Break for summer Fri 28 June