Update 13 November 2020

Please see the following letter from Lesley Brown, Head of Education & Children’s Services: Letter 18/11/20

Revised school dates for 2020-2021

S1/2 Information Evening

Thank you to all of those who attended. The staff really enjoyed connecting with parents and carers. One of the key messages of the evening was keeping in touch and regular communication. For any general queries, please contact admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk, for any Pupil Support queries please email dgspupilsupport@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk.

The Information Sheets, which Mrs Slowther made reference to in the meeting, can be viewed here:  20-11-10 Information Sheet

Children in Need – Friday 13th November

We have held several events to raise money for Children in Need today, including: Dress Down Day for £1, sweets and arm bands sale, and a very brave member of staff, Mr Morrison,  has shaved his own head! Over £1,000 was raised, and photos of Mr Morrison’s haircut will follow next week.

School catering next week

Please note that the Hub will be closed next week at break and lunch.  This will mean that the Bistro will be particularly busy.  We wanted to make families aware, as some students may prefer to bring a packed lunch.

DGSC (Parent Council)

The next meeting of the Parent Council (DGSC) is on Monday 14th December, and we are looking for a new chair! If you are interested in attending or would like to find out more information about being the chair, please email parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Art Material Packs

Senior Art Material Packs are now ready for collection from the Art department.

BGE Material Packs are expected next week; we will let students know the details for collection as soon as we have them delivered.

Thank you for your patience. Mrs Cairns, PT Expressive Arts

Update on Bike Security from Police Scotland

Following recent bike thefts in the area, we have been asked by Police Scotland to advise students that all bikes should be locked when stored in the bike shelters at school.  The best type of lock is a ‘D lock’ as these are very difficult to cut.

Instrumental Music Service

We are delighted to be able to share the details of next week’s Digital Residency with the Royal Marines Band Service. Instructors should also be sharing these links with those pupils involved this week. This will be another superb opportunity for many of our young musicians to work with some of the finest military musicians in the country. Feedback from the Royal Air Force collaboration was superb and we are all very excited about our next performance of Thriller!

Here are some details for the online workshop below with links. Can pupils please join these meets via their edubuzz e-mail.

16 Nov                 17:00-18:00 – Thriller – Percussion Live Workshop from RM Studio – meet.google.com/sai-baij-szp

18:15-19:15 – Thriller – Brass Live Workshop from RM Studio – meet.google.com/ibk-vqmm-hmh

17 Nov                17:00-18:00 – Thriller – Woodwind Live Workshop from RM Studio – meet.google.com/zzh-nsnm-hdv

18:15-19:15 – Thriller – Strings Live Workshop from RM Studio – meet.google.com/hzd-vdai-ijt

18 Nov                18:00-19:00 – Advanced Wind/Brass/Percussion – Hymn to the Fallen – Coaching on approach to recording and performance leading to Q&A with pupils. A directed conversation on what Remembrance means to pupils and the Marine Band Musicians. Opportunity to record John Williams Hymn to the Fallen for a collaborative project with several other Local Authorities – meet.google.com/ovr-cqzo-nuy

The following link contains all the Thriller files required for participation in our project – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1drLJFx0H9QYIj0ivJ-VmaWlKBp2EqJpg?usp=sharing

Can pupils please submit their Thriller recordings by 20th November. Instructors will be happy to assist with sending these files in lessons if required.

Home Economics/Hospitality/Health & Food Technology Payments

Please note that letters regarding payment for the above subjects will be sent home with students this week and next.  Payments must be made by the on-line payment system, SchoolPay, which can be accessed via the East Lothian Council Website.  SchoolPay is set up via a unique reference number for each student.  If you require this to be set up please contact the School Office.

Handbooks

The school handbooks will be handed to all S1 students next week. Apologies for the delay due to the current situation.

DYW Event

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) are preparing to launch an equalities focused week of events and social media campaign across Scotland on w/c Monday 16th November 2020. The week campaign will be aimed at employers, parents, carers and young people that promotes, illustrates and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

They will be using #ajobforeverybody to share stories and experiences which prove that everyone can contribute and be of benefit to employers.

They will also be using #myskillsmakeme to allow people from all backgrounds to highlight their skills and encourage them to think aspirationally about their career pathways.

Look out for updates on the Dunbar Grammar Twitter page or follow the DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Twitter page.

DGS Sport Update

DGS Sport Wednesday Mile straight after school. Open to all students wishing to run 1 mile and gain House Points for their House.

For more info speak to PE.

Information regarding N5, Higher and Advanced Higher Assessments/Prelims

The letter below explains the east Lothian Council approaches to assessments and prelims this year: SQA 2020 2021 prelim letter

Mrs Devlin (Guidance Teacher)

A reminder that 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.

DIGITAL DROP-IN

MYPAS are excited to announce a new way for young people to contact us.  Our Digital Drop-In is available for young people, aged 12-21 within the Midlothian and East Lothian areas.

Young people will be able to chat with a MYPAS worker about any issue which is having an impact on their health and wellbeing, e.g. mental health, substance use, relationships, worries about school/college/work, etc.

Drop-ins will run on Mondays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, starting on Monday 26th October 2020.

Young people can access the Digital Drop-In by going to our website (www.mypas.co.uk) and clicking on the Chat button during the above times.  All conversations are confidential and we will not ask for any contact details.

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.

Stars of the Week

The winners for this week are below:

Staff

Mrs Hamilton (Support)

  • ‘During lockdown/ home schooling she not helped me with geography but was very supportive. Throughout S5 she was really supportive, and helped me with issues that weren’t geography related, making the situations much easier’
  • ‘Mrs Hamilton has helped me with work in class and with homework and I enjoy being in her class’
  • ‘she supports everyone in the class and if you are struggling she spends the time to go over the work with you and help you in any way she can.’
  • ‘She’s always very supportive throughout everything. She is genuinely such an amazing teacher, and I don’t think I’d be where I am in school today without her!’

 Mr Fendick (Support)

  • ‘He always tries hard to teach us’
  • ‘Mr Fendick creates an enjoyable learning environment to support all his pupils on top of giving each pupil the individual help they need while teaching at three levels in the same class.’
  • ‘he is very patient with the advanced higher graphics class and is always very supportive and reassuring :)’
  • ‘He is a good teacher’
  • ‘Because he has been supporting me in advanced graphic communication and also with my UCAS application.’
  • ‘he was very supporting when I was struggling with my work. he supports me whenever I need it’

Students

Ruaridh Page (S4) Effort

Ruaridh is very committed to his work. He joined the class in late September, and had to catch up with an entire unit of work! He came to supported study every week, and obtained a B at his first test! I am very impressed with how quickly you managed to catch up on your work Ruaridh, well done! You can be proud!

Arlo Treacy (S1) Effort

Arlo is absolutely amazing. He is so focused and hard working. He keeps the most beautiful jotter, is always the first one to finish a task, and the quality of his work is incredible. Well done Arlo!

Dog Fouling

Please do not exercise your dog on the school playing fields at any time.

Other Information

Lothian Public Sector Equality Duty Consultation

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies (such as councils and the health service) to publish equality outcomes at least every four years. Equality outcomes aim to achieve specific and identifiable improvements in people’s life chances, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations.

Working in partnership – East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian Councils (including their education authorities and Midlothian’s licensing board), NHS Lothian and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership have developed a set of draft equality themes and outcomes. These are based on research and evidence from different sources and on conversations with services and organisations that work to help and support people.

Each organisation will ultimately be responsible for their own outcomes and action plan. However, we hope to identify common outcomes that we can work on together. There may also be opportunities for us to work towards the same equality theme but focus on different actions to achieve it, depending on our differing remits, geographies, resources and your feedback.

We want people with a variety of life and personal experiences to share their thoughts on the draft themes and outcomes. Your views will help shape and influence the development of the final outcomes and help us to agree actions that can make a difference to people’s lives.

Please give us your views

Online Learning Information

Attendance

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