Update 14 May 2021

Covid Update

On Monday 17 May East Lothian officially moves into Level 2. However, all current restrictions and mitigations in school, including the wearing of face coverings, will remain in place. We are awaiting an update from the Scottish government on this and will notify you of any potential changes in due course.

Senior Phase Assessments

If you have any matters around assessments which they would like to discuss or require any advice or support, they should not hesitate to contact us at admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Sharing of Marks During the Assessment Window

As the assessment window continues, we recognise that students may feel differently about receiving their marks from each of their assessments.  In line with the SQA guidance, marks and/or percentages will be available once they have been marked by teachers and students may choose to have this information as soon as it is available or wait until the end of the assessment window.  This is completely voluntary and dependent upon each young person’s wishes.  However, to assist students and parents in interpreting this information in relation to their overall grades we have produced this document which summarises the various marks and weightings associated with each assessment.

We hope that this will assist pupils and parents in interpreting their results and understanding how their final grades will be calculated.  We realise this is a challenging time for students, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any queries regarding assessments.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u_pEHzKJioJPkJbXuFIs4bM935Ik7Bpuh_6VgHNidh4/edit?usp=sharing

Change of Timetable

East Lothian Council has confirmed that the school will change timetable on Monday 14 June 2021.

Provision for Senior Phase Learners from e-Sgoil

Senior Phase Assessments

A copy of the senior phase assessment timetable can be found here.

Senior Phase Study Zones

The atrium and library computing suite are available to senior students for independent study at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • Friday 12.30 – 2.30pm

Standards and Quality Report and a School Improvement Plan

We are at the point of the school year when the leadership team are evaluating progress over the past year and identifying priorities for next year.  This process involves writing a Standards and Quality Report and a School Improvement Plan.

It is really important that the views and opinions of parents and carers are reflected in both of these.  We have therefore created a short survey to allow you to offer feedback on key areas of the school and share any view on priorities for next term.  This survey has been emailed to parent and carers this week. We will also be carrying out a similar survey with students over the next few weeks.

Stars of the Week

The winners for this week are below:

STAFF

Lyndsey Combe Home Ec (SUPPORT)

Student nomination said;

  • ‘I feel as though she supports pupils not just in that subject but in everything. Miss Combe is always checking up on students and making sure they are feeling good! She truly works so hard at keeping all of her students on track.’
  • ‘Always helps with all work and making sure you are prepared’
  • ‘Miss Combe always make sure all of her students are keeping well and happy. She goes out of her way to make sure everyone understands and completes their work to the best ability.’

Thank you !

The second staff STAR will be shared on Monday

STUDENTS

Abigail Sheridan S5 (Inclusion and Support)

Abigail is such a supportive pupil. She goes out of her way to help everyone. She is exceptionally hardworking and talented but always has time to help others and is unfailingly generous and helpful. She is also very unassuming so I would like to highlight one of our amazing superstars who fully deserves being in the spotlight. Well done Abigail, you are truly a star!

Dale Whitecross S4 (Effort)

Dale is one of my N5 who work consistently very hard all the time. I see him 6 times a week and he just never wastes one minute in class and keeps revising no matter what! I am so impressed by his maturity and his commitment to his work! You are truly a star Dale!

Jemma Brown S4 (Respect)

Jemma is always so happy, polite and helpful. She is always striking up conversation, the first to help with organisation and equipment. After saying I was going to nominate Jemma, all of the PE dept have backed this up, and repeated what a “good egg she is”.

Charlie Hutchinson S1 (Effort)

Charlie has been showing some cracking analysis skills this week. No matter how big or small the task, he gives it maximum effort and thought in class. Keep up the great work, Charlie!

Dunbar Basics Bank -more than just food!

Sometimes everyday life is a struggle and, for many families, Covid has made getting through each day even more difficult!

Are you struggling to pay bills and make ends meet?

Dunbar Basics Bank (the Foodbank) can help you. We can give you food and support to give you a leg up and help you get back on your feet.

Our service is, of course, totally confidential.

If you think we can be of help, please contact Kirsty McLuckie at the school and she will point you in the right direction. kmcluckie@edubuzz.org  01368 863339

LFD Testing

  1. Testing continues to play an important role, in and out of schools/settings, in our fight against COVID-19. Staff should continue to test themselves and report results, and are asked to encourage young people in secondary schools to do likewise. Testing and self-isolating can help limit the likelihood of the virus getting into schools/settings, and help mitigate the impacts if/when it does. Vaccinated staff and pupils should continue to test in line with NHS advice.
  2. Please ensure that all test results, whether positive, negative or void, are reported using the digital portal or telephone service (119). Reporting test results can be done from mobiles, online or by phone, and should be completed straightaway. Reporting not only supports contact tracing in the event of a positive case, but assists our collective understanding of rates of infection in communities and schools/settings across the country. If we only record positive results, the level of COVID-19 cases in schools/communities may look worse than they really are. Health professionals can use the information provided by the testing programme to spot patterns and outbreaks more quickly and accurately, and ensure better targeting of responsive and preventative action, helping reduce the risk of future lockdowns.
  3. Please ensure that, if you have a positive LFD result, you self-isolate immediately, report it and book a confirmatory PCR test. Self-isolation is vital to help limit the potential spread of the virus in your school/setting and wider community. Taking a PCR test is really important – PCR tests are more accurate than LFD tests, and can help identify whether your positive result is incorrect (a false positive). If the PCR test is negative, in most cases you and your contacts will be able to end self-isolation subject to further advice from Test and Protect.

There is support available to households who have to self-isolate and who need help. This includes: the Self-Isolation Support Grant which provides £500 to those who earn less than the real living wage and have to self-isolate. Practical support is also available, including food or essential medicine deliveries, through the local self-isolation assistance service. You can either contact your local authority directly or contact the Coronavirus National Assistance helpline – available at 0800 111 4000, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, to find out more.

Schools are maintaining their remote learning offers for students who have to self-isolate, to ensure as little disruption to their learning as possible. Schools can also make full use of the flexibility permitted by the Alternative Certification Model.

  1. Please report any faulty test kits, to help us ensure the testing programme remains safe and effective. Individual users can do so by calling 119 or by using the MHRA Yellow Card reporting system if there have been adverse incidents as a result of problems with test kits. Schools and local authorities can do so by calling the NSS Helpline on 0800 028 2816 or emailing nss.Covid19TestingSupport@nhs.scot.
  2. There is now guidance available in a range of different formats. These include:

(i) information aimed at secondary school pupils, developed with Young Scot;

(ii) a How To Test video with BSL and subtitles; and

(iii) Instructions for Use in languages other than English.

Other Information / Opportunities