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Senior Phase Tracking Reports
The SP reports were issued to students this week, this is the first of three planned reports this year. The accompanying letter can be found here:
Additionally, an explanation of the bands used for target and working grades is below:
|1||Upper band A|
|2||Lower band A|
|3||Upper band B|
|4||Lower band B|
|5||Upper band C|
|6||Lower band C or N4 pass|
‘How to Pass’ Parent Information Evening – 17 November 2021, 6-8pm
In order to support pupil learning and success in their prelims and SQA exams, Dunbar Grammar School is holding an information evening for all parents and carers of students sitting National 5s and Higher qualifications in May 2022.
The evening will happen online and is intended to inform parents and carers of S4/5/6 students about the courses their children are studying, the assessments, course materials, timelines, and how they can help their child to achieve their potential in their exams. More specifically, this will include a subject specific focus on strategies and techniques that students can utilise to develop their learning at home.
Further information will be provided next week regarding the format for the evening.
A reminder that the student flu vaccinations will take place on Monday for those who have already returned the paperwork. We can not take vaccine requests on the day.
Within S3 RMPS we are moving on to the topic of Euthanasia. This is in line with the moral issues that we have been exploring this year. If your child has any concerns over this topic please ask them to let their teacher know or speak to their guidance teacher. Please also feel free to contact Mr Sutherland (PT HWB) if there are any concerns.
Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event 2021
Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event is hosted by DYW and features a range of employers from across Scotland. This is a great opportunity for parents/carers and young people to find information about different career options and next steps. The Parents’ Evening will be on Monday 15 November at 7 pm.
Parents are able to book by using the following link and clicking on the booking tab. Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Events – DYW – Scotland
Schools Asymptomatic Testing Programme
- Students over the age of 12 can sign up themselves and those under 12 require parental consent. If any student would like to sign up, but has not already done so should complete the form: online consent form
- The link for recording results is here: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
- Going to School – COVID 19 – Oct 2021 Toolkit
- The Parent Club webpage on testing is here: COVID-19 testing for staff and pupils | Parent Club.
Stars of the Week
Ms Mackenzie (Home Ec)
- ‘Miss McKenzie is so kind every time I walk into her classroom. She would help you with anything and has a great sense of humour. She is also an amazing health and well-being teacher and I love the challenges she creates for us!’
- ‘Miss Mackenzie has went above and beyond since starting here at DGS; her enthusiasm is infectious and she is doing all she can to give pupils the best start by running the breakfast club. Lots of her pupils have also commented on how friendly, approachable and smiley she is – she is an amazing member of the team!’
- ‘Ms MacKenzie is a permanent source of positivity around the school and she truly brightens every day. Her effort with the breakfasts for students has been incredible and is so well appreciated by so many young people. She is very supportive of other staff, always going out her way to put a smile on your face – especially with surprise hot chocolates! Grace, thank you so much for what you do for us all.’
- ‘Miss MacKenzie is such a kind person, her efforts with the school breakfast club have blown me away. I can see what an amazing boost it has been for the students in the morning. She’s always happy and smiling, a wee ray of sunshine!’
Ms Mackenzie – you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!
Mr Offer (DHT)
- ‘Mr Offer does a lot for our school. Students comment on how busy he is, yet the fact he always has time to say good morning or ask how you are. Mr Offer works extremely hard and really deserves to be recognised.’
- ‘He’s always very encouraging and very kind’
- ‘Mr Offer always has time for pupils, he is always around the school helping people. He is really kind’
- ‘He is a deputy head but also a really good teacher with lots of stories’
Mr Offer – you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!
This week we have 3 Student STARS (one carried over from last week)
Jayden Anderson S2 (Effort)
- Jayden has been a superstar in Science recently! He has worked hard individually, but has also made an effort to support other members of the class who needed some assistance. He happily spent time with them and made sure they understood the task. Keep up the good work, Jayden!
Lauren Gilmour S1 (Support)
- Lauren is a fantastic student and has just had her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust. Little Princess Trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other conditions. This is such a selfless and kind thing to do and we are all so impressed. She is a shining DGS STAR!
Heidi Jackson S6 (Effort)
- Heidi is an absolute superstar in the Home Economics department! Her effort levels in class have been fantastic, she is always so polite and respectful. She has been a brilliant help to Mrs Martin this week, giving up her free time and helping out in the department. Heidi is a real DGS STAR who really deserves some recognition
ELC are consulting to see if the community would like to keep the Spaces For People initiatives and are also inviting views on the 20mph limits. It is important that young people have a voice in this so the survey has been emailed to students.
There is a real opportunity here to make important speed safety changes in Dunbar and to keep the few Spaces for People initiatives which materialised.
We can confirm that we will be holding National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Prelims in January. These will begin after Monday 10 January. We are currently planning our timetable for these assessments, these will be shared with students and parents and carers in December. This is to ensure that our the specific details of our assessment plan is compliant with the most up to date Scottish Government covid guidance for schools. If you have any questions around this, please contact Mr McBride.
- COVID19 vaccines for 12-15 year olds will not be delivered via schools. The link below gives locations for drop-ins:
- More information can be read here: www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccineyoungpeople
Clubs and Study Support Information
- Study Support – Live Webinar Lessons – Access the webinars from Digital learning from Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar | e-Sgoil using your Glow log in details (please contact the school office for Glow details if you don’t have them)
- DGS Study Clubs Booklet – Google Docs
- DGS Extra-Curricular Clubs – Google Docs
Other Information / Opportunities
- Awards’ Event – please see the following link to watch the 2021 DGS Awards’ Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxLcrIhj55Y
- S6 Summer Leavers Awards – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM2gDgOLJJY
- Lost Property – we have a large amount of lost property at present. Students who have lost items of clothing should come to the school office, as left items will be recycled at Christmas.
- School Flu Vaccine Programme Parent FAQs
- 21-11-02 Information Sheet
- How to apply or renew free school meals and school clothing grants | Free school meals and clothing grants | East Lothian Council
- Vacancy Newsletter – 29102021
- Career Help: https://www.edubuzz.org/midandeastvacancies/
LGBT+ Survey for At Home Adults
Inclusion is are core value here at DGS and as part of a joint East Lothian council, Scottish Government and Youth Scotland LGBT+ initiative, we are moving towards being accredited with LGBT+ Charter status. Therefore, we would like to ask you a few standard questions about your understanding of LBGT+ support and activities in our school community.
Please complete the following survey: https://forms.gle/JySdreHbtsxfDXmt5The
- Public consultation on our draft attendance policy: Included, Engaged and Involved. A Positive Approach to Promoting Attendance School Attendance can be made via the East Lothian Council consultation hub: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/new-school-attendance-policy/
- Consultation closes on 16 November 2021.
Meetings are 7pm – 8.30pm on Google Meet.
Meetings are run by the Parent Council and attended by Mrs Slowther, a Depute Head Teacher, a Teacher representative and the Senior Student Leaders.
At each meeting we also invite a Principal Teacher to come along and share information about both their Faculty and area of whole school responsibility, and have an additional general topic for discussion.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
|Date||Principal Teacher presentation||Additional presentation and discussion topic|
|Thurs 11th Nov 2021||Chris White
|Approaches to closing academic attainment gaps|
|Tues 14th Dec 2021||Emma Claus
|Broad General Education (BGE) curriculum review|
|Wed 12th Jan 2022
|Suzanne Hamilton (Social Subjects)||Approaches to developing confidence and wider skills|
|Thurs 10th Feb 2022
|Promoting respect – positive relationships|
|Wed 9th Mar 2022||Clair Fruish
|Support and challenge in teaching and learning|
|Wed 6th Apr 2022||Ian Davies
|Equality, Diversity and Inclusion|
|Thurs 5th May 2022||Paul Sutherland
(Health and Wellbeing)
|ELC Anti-Bullying policy|
|Wed 8th June 2022||Elaine Taylor (Technologies)||Teacher cover provision|
We have an “Attendance” inbox for parents to email with student absences/appointments. Please email with a return date, or email each day: email@example.com