As you will be aware, the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II was announced yesterday evening. The Queen gave a lifetime’s service to the nation and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. The DGS community offer sincere condolences to the Royal Family.
East Lothian Council has set up a dedicated webpage – Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II | East Lothian Council – with tributes from the Provost and Lord-Lieutenant. There is also a link to an online book of condolence where people can send their own message of condolence to the Royal Family.
Flu Vaccine Forms for all students will be distributed on Monday in Registration Class – please return by 23 September 2023
No Access through Belhaven Hospital Grounds
Please note that from Monday students should not walk through the grounds of Belhaven hospital due to building works which will be starting there
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
Possible S4/5 Residential Trip
We are making some initial enquiries into a potential S4/5 residential experience in June 2023. It is important to stress that this is not a confirmed trip. At this stage, we just need to ascertain the level of interest to work out if the trip would be viable.
We are looking to run this towards the end of term in June 2023. Student numbers will be limited by the number of staff who would be able to be released during term time to accompany and supervise. This is why we need to ascertain interest levels.
The possible options we are exploring are a cultural trip to either Paris or Berlin and would cost approximately £600.
If you are interested in your young person potentially taking part in this experience, we would be grateful if you could complete this form https://forms.gle/vRHPN1gHQhmpzX5g9 by Friday 16th September
Parent Council – DGSC
We are looking to widen parent and carer attendance at Dunbar Grammar School Council (DGSC) meetings.
This form gives more information about the meetings, seeks your view on the best format and allows parents and carers to express an interest in attending. https://forms.gle/QF6u9E8hiu7RV5TA6
Scholar Information Session for Parents and Carers
Scholar is a fantastic resource to support S4/5/6 students in their studies at N5/H/AH level. They will be holding an online information session for parents and carers on Wednesday 14th September 2022 to provide an overview of SCHOLAR and how it can support young people in S4-S6, as well as answer any questions. The registration link is: https://SCHOLARParentsCarers14Sep22.eventbrite.co.uk.
Rights Respecting School
This week Mr Sutherland has been focusing on Rights Respecting School award during assemblies. We are happy to announce that we now have a monthly update of everything related to this RRS award. Please feel free to try some of these activities at home and keep up to date with what is going on in DGS regarding Rights Respecting School.
Just 4 weeks into term we have noticed that for a small number of S4/5/6 students the standard of uniform has started to slip. We would like to request parental support to ensure that your young person comes appropriately dressed to school. A copy of the uniform policy can be found here School Uniform Description 22-23 but in essence all students should wear a shirt and tie (blazer or plain jumper on top is optional) OR a DGS sweatshirt or polo shirt.
School jumpers wanted
We are always looking to top up our in-school supply of DGS sweatshirts (especially larger sizes). If you have any school jumpers which are too small for your young person and would like to donate these to the school uniform supply. They can be handed into the school office at any time.
19th DGS Battlefields experience 2023
Please see the latest letter for S3 Students which was sent on 8th September
On Wednesday 31st 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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:
- Ask your child to sign into Google using their EduBuzz account
- Complete the consent form by following this link (this has also been shared on the year group Google classrooms)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Request for school to issue short-term prescribed medication
- Request for school to issue long-term prescribed medication
- Request for school to issue long-term ‘as required’ prescribed medication
- Request for school to issue non-prescribed medication
- Request to school for medication to be carried and self-administered by pupil
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
Young persons’ free bus travel scheme
All 5-21 year olds resident in Scotland are eligible from 31 January 2022 for Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel, using a National Entitlement Card with the free bus travel product on it.
Children under 16 years old will need their parent/guardian to apply on their behalf and provide approval for free bus travel to be enabled on their child’s card.
If you are aged 12-15 and apply for your own card, the card will NOT come with the free bus travel product. Do not attempt to use one of those cards on the bus as it will not work getyournec.scot
High School Meals Price List for 2022/2023
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
Art and Design – SQA Folios
Return of National 5 and Higher – Art and Design Portfolios from Academic year 2021/2022.
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.
Student Information Slides 22-09-06 Plasma Info Sheet
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.
Clubs and Study Support Information
- DGS Sports Clubs are open for booking please click on https://eastlothian.bookinglive.com/home/active-schools/active-schools-dunbar-grammar
- Please feel free to come along and try even if you haven’t signed up DGS Sports Clubs
Assemblies for Next 2 Weeks
Monday S2 in Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton
Tuesday S3 in Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton
Wednesday S4 in Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton
Thursday S5 in Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton
Tuesday S6 in Assembly Hall with Mr Maxton
Wednesday S1 in Games 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
Please be aware of temporary traffic and pedestrian disruption on Beveridge Row if you use this route to school.
- EL Works Vacancy newsletter 09092022
- DDI Data Science Course (SCQF Level 5)A4 DDI Poster v3A4 DDI Dates Cohort 1 – Lvl 5- 12 weeks
- Modern Apprenticeship information: www.apprenticeships.scot/become-an-apprentice/modern-apprenticeships/
- Edinburgh College website https://www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/
- Career Help: https://www.edubuzz.org/midandeastvacancies/
- ELC Young Carers Service: Who is a Young Carer? | Young Carers | East Lothian Council
- How to apply or renew free school meals and school clothing grants: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210557/schools_and_learning/11899/free_school_meals_and_clothing_grants/2
- Resources for Parents/Carers of Anxious Students
- Please see the following website for first time applications for Young Scot free travel for under 22s: getyournec.scot.
Senior Student Study Resources
- Please email with a return date, or email each day: email@example.com