Update 7 February 2020

We would like to wish all students, staff and parents and carers an enjoyable half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday 18 February.

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

A reminder of our severe weather policy: https://www.edubuzz.org/dunbargrammar/parental-information/severe-weather-info/

S4, S5 & S6 Parent/Carers’ Consultation Evenings

Letters about our senior phase parents and carers consultation evenings were given to students on Thursday 6 February. 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 S3 student’s interview were given to students this week.

S4 and S5 students and their parent/carers are 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 S4 and S5 student’s interview will be given to students the week beginning Tuesday 18 February.

S4/5/6 Tracking & Monitoring Reports

These were handed to students today, Friday 7 February, along with Likely Levels of Study. Please contact Guidance if you have any queries.

Selection Process Timeline:

Event Date for S3 into S4 Date for S4 into S5 Date for S5 into S6
Likely Level of Study Issued 27th  Jan 2020 7th Feb 2020 7th Feb 2020
Parents/Carers Consultation Evening 28th Jan 2020 20th & 24th Feb


20th & 24th Feb 2020
Course Choice interviews 18th–21st  Feb 2020 25th Feb – 2nd  March 2020 25th Feb –2nd  March 2020

 University of Oxford, Residential Summer School Sunday 21 June to Friday 26 June 2020

We are delighted to announce that East Lothian Council will be collaborating with Exeter College and St Benet’s College, of The University of Oxford on a fully funded residential experience, for two S3 pupils from each of East Lothian’s secondary schools. The successful candidates will become Oxford students from Sunday 21st June to Friday 26th June 2020. More information can be read here: Oxford Summer School

Foxlake Cross Country

This week DGS were crowned East Lothian Cross Country Champions, so the trophy returns to DGS!! The pupils were outstanding throughout the day and a massive credit to the school!For each age group we placed 1st overall in S1 Boys and Girls, S2 Girls, S3 Boys and Girls, Senior Boys and Girls. The S2 boys were placed 2nd overall. Massive team effort from all involved!!Individual winners have been promoted on our DGS Sport Instagram Account (give us a follow!)Podium Winners can be found on the Achievements Slide.Many DGS pupils finished 4th, 5th, 6th etc just missing out on a podium spot! However, this was the influential factor in DGS’s overall success!

HappyFest 2020

We’re all looking forward to HappyFest, our pupil-led event organised as part of LGBT+ History month to raise awareness and challenge prejudice. It is a community event that celebrates creative expression and the arts. This is the third year of HappyFest – previous events have been well received by young people, their families and the wider community. Our programme showcases a wide range of talent – both from within our school community and outwith. We’re proud of the work that our students and staff do to ensure that we are inclusive.

S2 Activities Week 2020

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

Assemblies week beginning 18 February

  • Tuesday -S1 in Assembly hall
  • Wednesday –  S2 in Assembly hall
  • Thursday- S3 only in Assembly hall
  • Friday -S5/6 in Games hall

Dates for Your Diary

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
HappyFest Wed 19 Feb
Senior Parent/Carer Consultation Evening – S4,5,6 Thurs 20 & Mon 24 Feb
S4/5 Coursing Interviews Tues 25 Feb– Mon 2 March
Author visit Mon 2 March
English Prelims – RUAE Mon 2 – Thurs 5 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