Update 2 September 2022

Issues with Guidance Phones

If you are trying to contact the Guidance Team, we are aware there may be in intermittent issue with the phone and messaging service – please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk in the meantime

S4 Work Experience

S4 work experience will be taking place over 2 weeks in November. 4C1,2,3 & 4 will be going out for a week beginning the 7th of November and 4C5,6,7& 8 will be going out for a week beginning the 14th of November. All pupils have been issued with log in details in PSE this week. Over the course of the next few weeks they will be planning what placement is best for them. We encourage pupils to find placements at companies that they have a genuine interest in so that they get the most from it. There is an expectation that all pupils go out on work experience as it is an important part of the curriculum for preparing them for life post school.

Pupils who have found a self- found placement should send this link to the employer once they have agreed to take them. https://tinyurl.com/Eastlothianworkplacement

Art and Design – SQA Folios

Return of National 5 and Higher  – Art and Design Portfolios.

Pupils should sign up with their name and Scottish candidate number, in the art department. Please contact Mrs Cairns (PT Expressive Arts) with any queries.

This costs £3.91 and is payable through School Shop in SchoolPay . Please note this has to be paid by 23rd September. 

19th DGS Battlefields experience 2023

On Wednesday we welcomed our S3 parents to hear more about the Battlefields 2023 experience.  We were delighted to see so many of you. Here is a copy of the slides shown.

Parents version Battlefields parents evening LAUNCH ONE

Please note the deposit deadline is 15th September

Cost should not be a barrier to anyone going. We offer a reduction for students in receipt of Free School meals Other supports are available and we can help you – let us know if you have not done so already. If you have concerns about future payments please let us know by emailing battlefields@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

S3 Battlefields Experience Launch Letter

We really need to confirm numbers and so, if you have not done so already, please complete this brief survey to confirm if you would like your young person to take part in this experience. https://forms.gle/FuLadjuVVcsK2MCM8.

If you would like a copy of the original letter, please contact pupilsupport@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Financial support will be provided for all families in receipt of Free School meals and Clothing grants.(https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210557/schools_and_learning/11899/free_school_meals_and_clothing_grants) For families not in receipt of free school meals but for whom payments will be challenging there are other sources of financial support we can put you in touch with. This is one of the questions on the form.

Thank you,

Mr. Offer

Google Guardian Summaries

Guardian summaries allow parents to receive regular updates by email of assignments posted to students on their Google classrooms.  The summaries allow parents to keep track of any upcoming, late or missing assignments and if you have a Google email account you can also manage the frequency of such updates.  To sign up for guardian summaries, students must give consent by filling in the consent form linked below.  It is important that they supply an accurate parental email address on this form as this will be the address used to invite their guardians.  To set this up, follow these steps:

  1. Ask your child to sign into Google using their EduBuzz account
  2. Complete the consent form by following this link (this has also been shared on the year group Google classrooms)

Lost Property

Lost property is starting to build, please ask students to go to the office after Registration Tuesday to Friday if they think they have lost something.  Please ensure student items and clothing are labelled.  Unclaimed items will go to charity over the October holidays.

S6 Students

Just a reminder that ALL S6 must attend registration every day.  This is an important time to pass on crucial information and for member of staff to be able to catch up with students.

Email – Please ensure parent/carer emails are up to date and if amendments are required please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Parent Council – DGSC

Our Parent Council meets every month and is open to all parent and carers. Meetings are from 7pm – 8.30pm. They cover a range of matters and are a great opportunity for parents and carers to find out more about the school and also have their say.  Our September meeting on Wednesday 7th September will also include a 30 minute AGM at the start so will begin at 6.30pm.  This will be held in the Conference room beside the school office (Main Entrance). If you are interested in attending, can you please email  parentcouncil@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and agenda items will be sent to you in advance.  Alternatively, you can just come along on the evening.  We would also like to draw to attention to parents and carers that nominations for Chair will be taken at the AGM.

Medicines Held in School

If your child still requires to have medication in school please complete the appropriate form from the links on our website and send it in at the start of the next term along with the medication:

Hayward Review – Scottish Qualifications and Assessment

Scotland’s qualifications (including exams & the ways young people are assessed) are under review! Connect and NPFS are working together to hear the views of a wide range of parents and carers.

A short survey on the draft ‘vision & principles’ for the review: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YFSK9NW

Sign up for more info here https://mailchi.mp/connect.scot/z7v7b34ii8

There’s also a closed FaceBook group for parents and carers to discuss the review – Reforming Scottish Qualifications: The Hayward Review https://www.facebook.com/groups/3548602345460604

Young Scot /Smart cards

It is important that all students have, and carry with them, their young scot/smartcard. These are required for bus transportation and also to purchase food from the Bistro and Hub.  If any student requires a replacement, they can collect a form at the office or print off the attached: Replacement smart card form

Dunbar Grammar School Association 200 Club

The Dunbar Grammar School 200 Club’s aim is to raise funds for the school. The funds are then available to enhance the educational experience of students at the school and are used to purchase items not available through normal budget streams. Full details of winner’s names will be available on the school website.

The draw is open to parents, carers, grandparents, teachers, staff, friends and family are all welcome to join.  As this is a registered lottery, you must be aged 18 years or over.

The cost of each entry is £2.50 per month, any individual can hold multiple entries.  The draw takes place monthly.

To join all you need to do is complete the Standing Order Mandate and return it to the School Office: DGSA 200 Club Mandate Form

ELC Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Point         Info Point

Helping with the cost of living crisis_leaflet_Summer 2022

School Uniform Information

The following letter was emailed to parents and carers on Tuesday 28 June: Uniform Letter June 2022

Student Information Slides

22-08-30 Plasma Info Sheet

Parents Portal

East Lothian Council has introduced  Parentsportal.scot for P1 to S6 pupils. This is a new digital service to help replace the traditional school bag run, by providing direct communication to parents through a growing set of online services, using one single login.

The portal has been developed to help provide parents with a clear insight into their child’s education and to support transactional communications between them and the school.

Registration for a Parent’s Portal customer account uses the MyGovScot myaccount service. This is a secure and trusted service provided by the Scottish Government. Most parents have already registered with myaccount to use the SchoolPay online payment system and you can use the same login details for the Parent’s Portal.

S5/S6 Survey

There is a survey on the council’s online consultation page for people aged 16-30. Young people face particular challenges when they want to move away from the family home, including – affordability, lack of choice, and access to support. The Housing Strategy Team would like to hear about young people’s needs, experiences and aspirations of living in East Lothian. So please feel free to share with school children aged 16+ where appropriate: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/housing-environment/housing-needs-of-16-30-year-olds/

Clubs and Study Support Information

Assemblies for Next Week

Monday              S2 in Assembly Hall with Mr Sutherland

Tuesday              S3 in Assembly Hall with Mr Sutherland

Wednesday       S4 in Assembly Hall with Mr Sutherland

Thursday            S5 in Assembly Hall with Mr Sutherland

Friday                  S1 in Games Hall with Mr Sutherland

S6 in Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) applications are now open.  Information and Guidance Notes are available on the website www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ema



Other Information


Senior Student Study Resources


Contacting teachers/Queries

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