Update 30 October 2020

Please see the letter from Lesley Brown, Head of Education &  Children’s Services, East Lothian Council:  Letter 2.11.20

Face Coverings

We are continuing to encourage all students, wherever possible, to remember to bring their own face coverings to school. Most students already do this every day. However, a small, but significant, minority of students regularly forget to bring a face covering to school, and we are handing out around 150 disposable face coverings to more than 80 students each day. We are finding that it is predominately students in S1/2/3 who are arriving at school without a face covering. We will always supply face coverings to students who forget one, but we would ask students, parents and carers to check that at least one face covering is in every school bag each day.

Our other key focus is to encourage as many students as possible to wear reusable face coverings, rather than disposable ones. There is much greater awareness now around the environmental impact of so many disposable coverings being discarded, and we are keen to do our bit.

Students who have a medical reason for not wearing a face covering have been provided with exemption cards.

If an individual student is not in a position to provide themselves with any sort of face covering we will work with students and families to find good long term solutions.

Mrs Devlin (Guidance Teacher) – Update to working arrangements

From Monday 16th November, Mrs Devlin (Guidance teacher) will be working from home.  She can be contacted by email at cdevlin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Please note that Mrs Devlin’s school answering machine will not be in operation.  If any parents/carers would like to speak to her, please contact the main office and they will ask her to call you back.

S1/2 Parents Evenings

We would usually have parent/carer consultation evenings for S1 and S2 students in the Autumn term.  Due to the current restrictions, we have made the decision to postpone these until Term 3 (After Easter).  Tracking reports will still be issued  in early December for both year groups.

However, we recognise the importance of offering an opportunity for parents and carers to engage with school during the next term.  Therefore, we have decided to host an online information evening for parents and carers of S1 and S2 students. This will take place on Tuesday 10th November from 7pm – 8pm on Google Meet.  The event will be hosted by the leadership team (Mrs Slowther, Mr Offer, Mr Maxton and Mr McBride).  Parents and carers can submit questions in advance and suggest areas which they would like to hear about. Letters will go home with S1 and S2 students.

If you would like to attend this could you please email dgsnewsletters@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk with the following information

  • The name of your child (in S1 or S2)
  • Your email address (which the invitation to join the meeting will be sent to)
  • Any questions you would like to have answered or any topics you would like to know more about

Free School Meals

The facilities team will deliver free school meals to the homes of students who are isolating to make sure they are still received. Please call or email our school office if this applies to you. Parents/carers with a child who is isolating should not visit the school building.

Lost Property

Between August and Half Term we have accumulated a vast array of lost property – school uniform, coats/jackets, PE kit, trainers etc.

Ms Smith will be available on Tuesday 3rd November and Tuesday 10th November periods 1 and 2 in the main office to help any student look for ant lost items.  Students should register with their class teacher and proceed to the office if they have lost an item and would like to check if it is there.  Any items which have not been claimed by Friday 13th November will be donated to a local clothing bank.

Awards’ Ceremony

Further sporting achievements:

If anyone would like a copy of the programme, please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Stars of the Week

The winners for this week are below:

Staff

Stevie Elms (Support)

  •  ‘He goes above and beyond making sure all his pupils are okay he always checks up on the kids and he’s someone good to go talk to’
  • ‘Because if there is something wrong he always finds a way to make me feel better’
  • ‘I nominated Mr Elms because he is very good to talk to when you need some support’
  • ‘always helpful and there for a chat’
  • ‘Great teacher always knows how to cheer us up after a bad day’
  • ‘Raising awareness of mental health year in, year out!’
  • ‘Stevie is continuously supportive of our young people and their wellbeing.  He has most recently started to raise money for a mental health charity by dying his hair weekly. His supportive and empathetic nature makes him the perfect candidate for star of the week!’

The second staff STAR of the week will be announced on Monday

Students

Caroline Laird S6 (Effort)

Caroline has excelled in the start of her Advanced Higher course, even though there are limitations on how theatre can happen during Covid. Rather than be recorded during class time, Caroline recorded her own monologue at home  during the October break to ensure the standard wasn’t compromised between live and recorded performance. This commitment evidences how much she cares in the quality of the work she submits.

Declan Montgomery S5 (Respect)

‘It has been a pleasure to be part of Declan’s journey through DGS and I am so proud of him!  I am always impressed with his respect for staff and the commitment to his learning. He is always the first to say “Hi Miss, how’s your day?” etc. in the corridors and is generally so polite.’

Policy Consultations

East Lothian Council is seeking feedback for the following draft policies: ‘Included, Engaged & Involved: Inclusion, Equality and Accessibility for All’ and ‘Respect for All: Promoting Positive and Respectful Relationships in All our Schools’.

Copies of the draft policies and surveys will be live on the Consultation Hub from Thursday 29th October until Thursday 12th November.

Cycling Safety

We have received several concerns around students cycling the wrong way up the road in Lammermuir Crescent in the morning.  This is a one way system and cars are facing bikes, cycling the wrong way.  This is a very dangerous situation. We ask that all parents and carers of students who cycle to school,  remind them that they must follow all rules of the road.

We have also had a few concerns from members of the public regarding students cycling on pavements.  We would also remind students that this is highly dangerous and is considered an offence under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

Next week, Mr Offer will be leading an online assembly on cycling safety.

Other Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Learning Information

Attendance

Please email attendance@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk  with student absences/appointments.