Update 31 January 2020

Course Choice Information for 2020-2021 can be viewed: here

Staffing Update

This week we welcomed Anna Malengou, Teacher of Physics, who started with us on Thursday 30 January.

Current S2 students – Personalisation Options for S3

In S1 and S2 students will have experienced Faculty Common Courses and Subject Specialist Courses from all areas of the curriculum. As students progress into S3 we will be asking them to make subject choices within Faculty areas. This will allow students to continue to have as broad an experience as possible in each Faculty before focussing on certificate courses in S4-6. Information went home this week. Please note that the information for CDT has been updated from the booklet that went home. As a result of this change, if there any amendments to course choice returns, students please see Mr Maxton.

Please note that returns are due back on Monday 3 February.

S4, S5 & S6 Parent/Carers’ Consultation Evenings

Letters about our senior phase parents and carers consultation evenings will be issued next week. This year we have changed the format to a combined senior phase event. Therefore parents and carers of students in S4, S5 and S6 can select to attend a consultation evening on Thursday 20 or Monday 24 February.

Current S3, S4 & S5 Subject Choice Parent/Carers’ Information

S3 students and their parents/carers have been invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.   Letters with the dates and times of each student’s interview will be given to students next week.

Coursing interview letters for S4 and S5 students have been given to students this week. Students and parent/carers are invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and make final selections.  Letters regarding these S4 and S5 coursing interviews went home with students this week: S4 and 5 Interview Options – Parent Letter

Selection Process Timeline:

Event Date for S3 into S4 Date for S4 into S5 Date for S5 into S6
Parents Information Evening 21st January 2020 21st January 2020 21st January 2020
Likely Level of Study Issued 27th  January 2020 7th February 2020 7th February 2020
Parents/Carers Consultation Evening 28th January 2020 20th & 24th February2020 20th & 24th February 2020
Course Choice interviews 18th–21st  February 2020 25th February – 2nd  March 2020 25th February –2nd  March 2020

Vaccinations – Monday 3 February

S3 students will be receiving their booster vaccinations on Monday 3 February. It would be helpful if students wear short sleeved shirts.

Road Safety

Many parents and members of the local community have expressed their concerns about road safety at the Countess Road crossing next to the John Muir Campus. As you may have seen, on Wednesday 22 January, Mrs Slowther met with Mrs Gillanders, Head Teacher at Dunbar Primary School, S6 students, representatives from East Lothian Council and Dunbar Community Council and local Police Officers to look at the problems at this crossing and discuss options for making it, and the surrounding area, safer.

It was agreed that over the next few months, engineers at East Lothian Council would look at a number of measures to improve road safety in this area. Both schools want to work with students, parents, residents and the Council to reach a solution which they are happy with. As with all road schemes, there may be some delays as it goes through any required planning processes, but you will be kept informed and have a chance to comment on the measures put forward.

In the near future, students from both schools will be filming the crossing on a Friday lunchtime when it is at its busiest so that everyone can see the problems at their worst. It was noticed last Wednesday that some students and parents were not obeying road safety rules.  We are very proud of the number of students who walk, cycle and scoot to school and want you all to stay safe.

Parents and Carers of S4,5,6 Music Students

We will be holding our annual DGS Music Department Senior Recital Performance on Wednesday 5 February 4:30pm

This is a live performance from our S4,5,6 Music pupils in the new social space.

A common concern among students sitting practical exams is how nervous they become when asked to perform in front of the examiner.  The Senior Recital performance is designed to allow pupils to combat these nerves in a relaxed and supportive environment.  The event will start at 4:30pm and should finish at approximately 5:30pm.  We would appreciate your support in both encouraging your son/daughter to take part in this event, and in you coming along to hear the performances.

A letter was sent home with your son/daughter on Wednesday 22 January: Recital Evening Letter

S2 Activities Week 2020

Please note if paying by instalments, that the next payment is now due.

Assemblies next week

  • Monday – S1 in Games hall
  • Tuesday -S2 in Assembly hall
  • Wednesday –  S3 in Assembly hall
  • Thursday- S6 only in Assembly hall
  • Friday -S4/5 in Games hall

Dates for Your Diary

Teen booster/ACWY vaccinations Mon 3 Feb
Music Recital Evening Wed 5 Feb
Course Choice Booklets available on our website and Likely Levels of Study issued – S4/5 Fri 7 Feb
Finish for February break Fri 7 Feb
In-service Mon 17 Feb
Students resume Tues 18 Feb
S3 Coursing Interviews Tues 18 Feb– Fri 21 Feb
Senior Parent/Carer Consultation Evening – S4,5,6 Thurs 20 & Mon 24 Feb
S4/5 Coursing Interviews Tues 25 Feb– Mon 2 March

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

Other information, events and opportunities:

Interested in starting a course at Edinburgh College in 2020? Come along to our campus open days.

Campus open days are a great opportunity to speak to teaching staff about the courses we offer, entry requirements, application hints and tips and finding the right course for you. Staff will also be on hand to give you guidance on funding, fees and student support during your time at college.

Open Day Dates and Times

  • 30 January 2020 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm – Milton Road Campus
  • 1 February 2020 10.00 am – 2.00 pm – Granton Campus
  • 22 February 2020 10.00 am – 2.00 pm – Sighthill Campus
  • 29 February 2020 10.00 am – 2.00 pm – Midlothian Campus

For more information about our courses contact courseinfo@edinburghcollege.ac.uk or call 0131 669 4400.

Revised School Dates

Following the decision taken by the Full Council at its meeting on 29 October 2019, a consultation exercise was undertaken with parents/carers in relation to an additional day’s leave on 8 May 2020 to coincide with VE Day 75 celebrations. The outcome of this consultation was an overwhelming support for an additional day’s school closure on Friday 8 May 2020 with the retention of the already agreed school holiday closure on Monday 4 May 2020. Approval was sought from Scottish Government for this additional day’s closure and this approval has now been received. For clarity, schools will be closed on Monday 4 May 2020 and on Friday 8 May 2020. The attached were given to all students this morning:

Student Absences

If your son/daughter is absent from school, please send a message detailing the reason for absence and anticipated date of return to 07860 049 053.

You can still contact us by telephone or email if you prefer.

Payments to the School – Schoolpay

A reminder that payments are cashless for regular payments.  Parents and carers should sign up to 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