Important Information Out this Week:
S4/5/6 Changes to Recommended Level of Study
All students should have received their likely levels sheet detailing their recommended levels for further study for those progressing into S5 and S6 as well as a note of any advised changes to their current levels in the subjects they are sitting this year. Some S6 students also received a letter if their teachers were recommending changes to their levels of presentation this year. The deadline for responding to these changes is Friday 17th March, thereafter we will progress with any proposed changes unless we have received correspondence from you. If you have any queries about your child’s level of study this year please contact us as soon as possible
S2 Personalisation Course Choices
Please see the letter sent to S2 parents/carers today regarding S3 Personalisation Options. This is for our S2 students as they move into S3 in the next academic year. The link to the google form for students to make their personalisation options will be sent to their edubuzz account on Monday 20th March and has to be completed by Friday 24th March.
Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel
The week of 20th- 31st March Dunbar Grammar pupils and staff will be participating in SUSTRANS Big Walk & Wheel to school week. We want to get as many people coming to school via walking, cycling or scootering so we can get DGS one of the top schools Nationally in this event.
Please can you encourage your child to participate in this event and also explain the benefits of traveling to school in the most environmentally friendly ways possible.
All pupils will be able to record their travel with their registration teachers and this will be recorded to SUSTRANS
School College Partnership, East Lothian Works, and Foundation Apprenticeship courses for next year.
The SCP Edinburgh College offer on the website has been updated. Mr Maxton will contact students who have already applied for courses that are no longer available to apply for. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
An East Lothian Works course is a course run by the employability arm of East Lothian Council on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Please see a list of them above. Please note that you should look at the Senior Phase courses. If you are interested in these please see Mr Maxton for more information or ask at your course choice interview.
East Lothian works also run 4 Foundation Apprenticeships. There is a Powerpoint attached above which explains them. Again please see Mr Maxton if you would like to apply for one or discuss at your Course Choice meeting.
If you have any questions regarding any of this please see Mr Maxton ASAP.
Study Club/Extra Curricular Booklet Lunch & Extra Curricular Study Clubs
Parental Engagement Strategy
The Parental Engagement Strategy was launched in 2017 and aims to ensure that all Parents/Carers are encouraged and supported to engage as partners in their children’s learning, and to become involved in the life of the school. The strategy also ensures that it can continue to build on good practice and create further opportunities for our parents and schools to work together. There are 6 strands to the strategy and we are seeking responses to evaluate the impact of each of them. The Full strategy document is available at Parental Engagement Strategy | Parental Involvement | East Lothian Council.
Parental Engagement Strategy – Questions for Parents: Parents only need to complete one survey if they have multiple children at your school, but will need to complete more than one survey for children at different schools. The survey results will be collated on a school basis which will be shared with the HT and Chair of the Parent Council to support any actions arising shortly after the closure of the surveys.
Your DGSA Need You!
The DGSA is the fundraising group of the Parent Council and needs your help more now than ever! Our current Chair, Treasurer and other members are leaving after many years as their children will be moving on from school – so we desperately need new members to take the group forward!
As school budgets are stretched to the limit, we help by raising much needed funds to purchase equipment and create opportunities which support and enhance the educational experience of all our students at DGS.
Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds to support the school, funding school trips and equipment for art, science, sports, maths, music, tech, home economics, learning support, drama, Duke of Edinburgh and much more.
We couldn’t do this without our lovely group of parent and carer volunteers! We are all juggling busy lives with work and family but every little helps so even if you can only spare a couple of hours once a year it will make a huge difference and all our children will benefit!
If you can join us please email email@example.com and we will get in touch with you.
DUNBAR GRAMMAR SCHOOL COUNCIL
The DGSC is a group comprising parents, the Headteacher, Deputy Head teacher and Teacher representatives, Pupil representatives, Local Councillors and Clerk. Meetings are open invitation and take place either in the school or online. See school emails for further information and consider attending to become involved with your school community. This is not a fundraising group. For further details e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunbar Grammar School Council 8th Feb 2023 meeting overview
The next meeting is Thursday 20th April and will be in person
S6 Leavers Ceremony
The confirmed date is 21 April 2023 in the morning. Further information to follow nearer the time.
The deadline for paying for the S6 Prom is Friday 31st March 2023 and this costs £60 and is payable through SchoolPay. A suggested payment of £20 per month has been set up or the balance can be paid in full.
28 – 31 March please come to the office and ask for Mrs Smith if you would like to look through lost property. After this date it will be bagged and sent away.
All named items will be returned to students.
Easter Camp Neurodiversity
Team United, in partnership with NHS would like to invite Neurodivergent young people aged 10 to 16 years to their Football Easter camp – Dunbar morning and Haddington afternoon session. The event is FREE.
Registrations are essential and please email Connor@teamunited.org.uk for further information
Cancer Research Concert Please see a forthcoming concert organised by one of our students. Any students interested in performing should email Lauren below
Seabird Centre Easter Activities Seabird_Easter_Fun
Youth Photography Competition Youth Vision Photo Competition Poster v3
Venturing Out Easter 2023 Activities for 8 – 14 year olds
Venturing Out – Easter 2023 PDF
Student Information Slides – 23-03-14 Plasma Info Sheet
- DGS Sports Clubs are open for booking please click on https://eastlothian.bookinglive.com/home/active-schools/active-schools-dunbar-grammar
- DGS are starting up a new Running Club on Friday mornings pre school. For details please use link below:https://eastlothian.bookinglive.com/home/active-schools/active-schools-dunbar-grammar/new-page-3/
- EL Works Vacancy newsletter 17032023
- Horticulture, Garden Design and Landscape Construction courses at Oatridge College Oatridge Taster Day Poster
- East Lothian Council Apprenticeships ELC Apprenticeships Poster 2023
- Apprentice Welder – Prestonpans https://www.apprenticeships.scot/vacancy-details/?refCode=151478
- Energy Apprenticeship https://www.ogtap.co.uk/
- Various Apprenticeships at Scottish Water – https://scottishwater.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/External_Careers?q=Modern+Apprentice
- HSBC Modern Apprenticeships are now open for Applications! HSBC’s Modern Apprenticeships provide you with a permanent contract entry-level role, giving the opportunity to gain working experience whilst studying towards professional qualifications. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as support and encouragement to develop and progress your career within HSBC.Applications are now open across various locations and areas across the bank, all with an expected start date of July 2023! Click here to find out more and to submit your application; or scan the QR code to access the HSBC Apprenticeship webpageApplication deadline: 26 March 2023. We would encourage you to apply sooner rather than later. Good luck! If you have any questions, please email: email@example.com
- Scottish Seabird Centre – Café Assistants
Our café has one of the best views in the town and we’d love you to come and work with us!
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team and can offer part time positions across the weekend during term time and more hours during the holidays.
We pay above the minimum wage and offer great discounts on our boat trips and in the centre.
Come and work with us and know that you are contributing to the main purpose of our charity – Inspiring and educating people about the Scottish marine environment, motivating them to care for it.
If you are aged 16+, let us know why you’d like to join us by sending in your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply or renew free school meals and school clothing grants
If you have any queries or having difficulty completing the form please email email@example.com
If you would like information in your own language or format (e.g. Braille), please phone 01620 827199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) applications are now open. Information and Guidance Notes are available on the website www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ema
Don’t miss out: Education Maintenance Allowance
Young people aged between 16 and 19 who are currently in full-time education or undertaking an Activity Agreement may be entitled to a £30 per week payment.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a means-tested award providing financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning. It also applies to those who are in Home Education.
Students who turned 16 on or after 1 October 2022 can now apply:
- Apply before 28 February 2023 to have the payments backdated to the start of January term
- Apply before 31 March 2023 to receive the allowance during the current academic year. Please note that any applications received between 1 March and 31 March will not be backdated; payments will be made from the date the application is received
- Applications received after 31 March will not be processed and EMA will not be paid.
Senior Student Study Resources
Please email with a return date, or email each day: email@example.com
Getting in touch
We are really keen to chat to our parents and carers. If you would like to discuss anything with a member of the Senior Leadership Team, we are happy to chat over the phone, via Google Meet or in person. Please just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch to arrange a meeting