Update 11 October 2019

October Break

Don’t forget that we finish today, Friday 11 October, for the October break.  Students resume on Wednesday 23 October.

Have a great holiday!

Well Done to our new House Captains

Victoria’s House Captains:

  • Jennifer Gordon
  • Clover Christopherson
  • Lily King

Winterfield House Captains:

  • Captains: Nancy Bird and Niamh Socha
  • Vice Captains: Holly Jackson and Natalie Newman

Castle House Captains:

  • Zola Lorimer
  • Andrew Hall

Cromwell House Captains:

  • Euan Campbell
  • Fionny Davison
  • Rhian Dowding
  • Lara Gribble

Lauderdale House Captains:

  • Captains: Nina Harrower and Isla Tierney
  • Vice Captains: Elana Kerr and Wendee Williams

Congratulations to them all. Thank you to the House Coordinators for carrying out the selection process and for working with them throughout the year.

Musical Performance

Thank you to all of our performers and technical team for another outstanding evening of entertainment at the Belhaven Concert on Wednesday. The diversity of talent amongst the young people here at Dunbar is something to be celebrated. We are incredibly proud of you – well done!

S2 Activities Week 2020

We launched our S2 Activities Week 2020 last week at assembly.  Students were given letters to take home with details, including payment details: Initial letter – Activities Week.  Returns are due back on Wednesday 23 October.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Maxton at the school.

S1 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening

This is being held on Wednesday 23 October from 5 – 7.30pm.  Letters have been issued to students: S1 Parents Eve Letter. Please speak to your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any questions.

DGSC Meeting and Presentation for Parents and Carers

Our next DGSC meeting (Parent Council) will be on 29 October. We will have a special presentation from 7pm – 8pm around Google Classroom and Scholar. The main part of the meeting will run from 8pm – 9pm. We would warmly invite all parents and carers to attend this presentation, with an option to stay for the meeting if they wished.

S3 RME Topic

After the holidays S3 students will be moving on to the topic of Euthanasia. If anyone has any concerns or questions, please contact Mr Sutherland.

Change to payments to school – Schoolpay

Thank you to all of you who have already signed up for Schoolpay.

From 28 October 2019 all schools will be going cashless for all regular payments and if you haven’t already done so, you will need to sign up to use Schoolpay to make payments into school using the link below to register https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210622/schoolpay

The school office will be able to help you to sign up if you need assistance, just ask.  You can also contact the dedicated On Line Payments team on Tel: 01620 827562 or email onlineschoolpayments@eastlothian.gov.uk who will be happy to help you. Please see the attached letter: Letter

School Photographs

The school photographer was in school on Wednesday 9 October to photograph students in S1, S4, and S6. Order forms will be distributed after the October break.


The next payment instalment for Battlefields is now due.

Information Update

We still have outstanding PC1s and Annual Data Check forms which are required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned. Please can they be handed in ASAP.

DGSA Prosecco Afternoon Tea

DGSA Prosecco Afternoon Tea and Auction – Saturday 2 November, 3-5pm, Belhaven Church Hall.  Tickets (£10) are on sale now from the school office or Michelle Mallen (07535 434285).  This is always a sell-out event so get your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out!

Assemblies the week beginning 23 October

  • Wednesday        – S1 in Assembly Hall
  • Thursday             – S2 in Assembly Hall
  • Friday                    – S3 in Assembly Hall

Dates for Your Diary

Finish for October break Fri 11 Oct
In-service Days Mon 21 – Tues 22 Oct
Students resume Wed 23 Oct
AH Physics Trip Wed 23 Oct
S1 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening Wed 23 Oct
War Memorial Rededication Mon 28 Oct
Environmental Science Fieldtrip Wed 30 Oct
Geography Trip Fri 1 – Sun 3 Nov
H/AH The Exorcist Drama Trip Wed 6 Nov
N5/H French Trip – La Famille Belier Thurs 7 Nov
S4 Work Experience (4C1-4C3) Mon 11 – Fri 15 Nov
S4 Work Experience (4C4-4C6) Mon 18 – Fri 22 Nov
AH Prison Trip Tues 19 Nov

Also, see our latest information sheet for students: Info Sheet

Scottish Youth Parliament

SYP exists to provide a national platform for young people to discuss the issues that are important to them and campaign to effect the change they wish to see. SYP’s vision for Scotland is of a nation that actively listens to and values the meaningful participation of its children and young people.  Our goal is to make this vision a reality, in order to ensure Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up.

SYP has just released its latest consultation survey – #WhatsYourTake.  This survey is for young people in Scotland aged 12 – 25 to complete.  SYP wants to know young peoples’ views on some key issues which will feed back to decision makers.  These surveys can be completed online at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/A0X20/

S4 Work Experience

Letters have been given to all S4 students regarding a week of experience in November: S4 Work Experience

UCAS Information

The UCAS website has lots of information for parents and carers in order to help you support your child in the application process. This can be found by following the link below:


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