Update 20 November 2020

Information Sent Out this week:

Children in Need Update

We made a total of £1,154 for Children in Need. Well done to everyone involved!

Festive Friday

This year we will be running a ‘Festive Friday’ for the 3 Fridays in December (the first Festive Friday will be Friday 4th December) . Students will be able to add something festive to their uniform such as a Christmas jumper/t shirt, some tinsel or even a Christmas hat/headband!

We would like to make old jumpers that are no longer worn or wanted available to any student who needs/would like one.

If you have an old jumper lurking at the back of your wardrobe that you would be happy to donate to the school please ask your young person to hand it into reception.  We will then wash and quarantine all of the jumpers before giving them to students.

Art Material Packs

Senior Art Material Packs are now ready for collection from the Art department. Sincere apologies for further delays with the BGE Material Packs.  We will update you as soon as we can.

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


East Lothian Council are now accepting EMA applications for January Starts for 2020/21.

The EMA form is now online:  https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ema-apply-now

Consultation on Free Bus Travel

The Scottish Government plan to launch a new national travel concession scheme to provide free bus travel for young people under the age of 19. They anticipate that legislation to underpin the scheme would be required to be laid in Parliament in early 2021 and the scheme would come into effect later in 2021.

For the next six weeks (until Monday 7th December), Transport Scotland are running a consultation in regards to this scheme to gather information on the most appropriate ways to provide this free travel to best suit young people. They are hoping the consultation will reach as many members of the public as possible, especially to those who will be impacted by the proposals, including children and young people, their parents and carers and people who work with children in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Home Economics/Hospitality/Health & Food Technology Payments

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.


The school handbooks were given to all S1 students today.

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:


Callum Craig (Technician) SUPPORT

Since taking on the additional role of Art and Design Technician, Callum has embraced his new responsibilities with commitment and dedication. He has been a tremendous support to the department by using his initiative and skills to help make the department a much more manageable working environment with a lot less clutter and a lot less broken bits! He was a stalwart during the recent department clear-out. We can’t thank him enough and are delighted to have him as part of our team!

 Karen Bain (Reprographics) EFFORT

Every single time I walk into the reprographics room, Karen is working away tirelessly in there. From copying and organising materials to completing her administrative duties, she is on the go all day. But no matter how busy she is with work, Karen will always make time to smile, say hello and check how you are doing.

Her efficiency, organisation and warm manner are all very much appreciated – one of the unsung heroes of DGS!

 Gillian Williams (Maths) Effort/Support

  • Miss Williams is a brilliant maths teacher.  She is really kind and lovely.  She makes sure I understand the work. 
  • Ms Williams helps all of her students
  • For working so hard on children in need. And also being an amazing supportive teacher.
  • Ms Williams’ hard work and enthusiasm has helped to raise a huge amount of money for Children in Need and has made today fun for everyone.
  • Ms Williams has given such great effort and enthusiasm towards children in need today. She definitely deserves acknowledgement and a massive thank you for organising everything. 🙂
  • For working so hard on children in need. And also being an amazing supportive teacher.
  • Ms Williams has been an amazing lead for D of E for many years.  She has tirelessly and selflessly supported hundreds of young people through the award.  She has given up so many evenings and weekends for her students.  Her commitment is incredible. She continually goes above and beyond and does so quietly, never looking for recognition.  But she deserves it! She is simply wonderful.


Karly Conn (S5) Support

Karly has been leading girls rugby and her level of support she has provided to new S1s and giving them confidence during the sessions has been amazing! She is becoming a strong role model for girls within the school.

 Enzo Percy-Davis (S2) Inclusion

Enzo is such a delight to have around the school, in my class but especially in tennis club. He shows such empathy and inclusion to all levels of players and is quick to adapt the level he is playing at to ensure all students get a fair chance at the game. He is very polite and well-mannered and gives 100% whatever the task. I think Enzo fully represents all the RISE values. 

Other Information

  • 20-11-17 Information Sheet
  • The National Parent Forum of Scotland are looking to capture the views of the Parents and Carers of pupils sitting Highers and/or Advanced Highers, to help them establish how COVID has impacted on their learning and preparation for their exams in 2021Here is the link to our survey which has a closing date of  the 30th November 2020:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3HFM9K9

Online Learning Information


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