Update 25 October 2019

Whole School Photograph

We have the whole school photograph on Tuesday 29 October in the morning. We would ask all students to wear full school uniform. A reminder of the school uniform policy can be read here: School Uniform Description 19-20.

Ties can be purchased from the school office or online for £6 from the school shop in schoolpay.

DGSC Meeting and Presentation for Parents and Carers

Our next DGSC meeting (Parent Council) will be on Tuesday 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. Please see the agenda here.

Twinning Visitors

We were delighted to welcome visitors from our French twinning town Lignieres. Our students did a great job of giving tours of our school and Joe welcomed our guests with an amazing performance on the bagpipes.




Consulate Visitor

      This morning we were delighted to welcome Ellen Wong, Principal Officer of the US Consulate. Our Higher Modern Studies and Politics students really enjoyed her engaging and interactive presentation. Thank you to John McMillan for arranging this.

S3 Monitoring & Tracking Reports

These were given to S3 students on Thursday 24 October. Please contact your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher if you have any queries.

BGE Profiling

S1 – S3 students were given a presentation at assemblies this week regarding profiling. All students now have log in details to access their individual profiles and can add to these throughout the year.

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! If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please hand them in to the school office.

Cycling to School

We are very keen to encourage as many students as possible to walk or cycle to school.  Please encourage all students cycling to school to wear appropriate headgear and clothing.  During the dark winter months, it is particularly recommended to wear reflective clothing and to use bike lights.   It is our school policy that all students must dismount from their bikes once entering school grounds.  There are bike racks in front and at the side of the school, to which bicycles should be padlocked.  The school will investigate any problems, but cannot accept any responsibility for any damage or loss.

Please encourage your son/daughter to give careful consideration as to where and how they ride their bikes and encourage them to be polite to and mindful of pedestrians in the wider community.

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property at present which will be recycled on Friday 8 November. If you would like to check for items, please speak to the school office to arrange a suitable time to come in.

Bus Pass Smartcards

Please do not keep your bus pass next to your mobile phone as this can damage the bus pass chip.

Change to payments to school – Schoolpay

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

From next week, 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

Order forms for S1 and S4 have been distributed. Order forms for S6 photographs should be arriving soon.

Poppy Scotland

Next week we will be offering poppies to students and staff.  All donations will be gratefully received and passed on to Poppy Scotland.

S2 Activities Week 2020

Students were given letters to take home with details, including payment details: Initial letter – Activities Week.  Returns are now due back.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Maxton at the school.


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?

Assemblies 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

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