Update 1 September 2023

Important Letters Out This Week

Flu Vaccine Letters – Flu Vaccine letters went out to all students this week.  Please complete and return to school before 8 September. If your young person has not brought the letter home then they are available at the school office.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Qualifying Expedition Gold DofE Sept 2023 Letter to Parents v3

Battlefields Experience 2024 for S3 Students

Please complete the following form if you have not done so already, so that we can finalise numbers for Battlefields Experience 2024 for our S3 students.
Please complete it even if your young person is not going so that we know of this decision.
Please complete as soon as you can to give us an idea of your intentions.

We will hold our first Battlefields parents evening on Wednesday 6th September here at DGS (6pm-7pm).

You will find out more about the experience and hopefully have all of your questions answered. We will also provide payment schedules at that time including the first deposit deadline by the end of September

Art Folios from 2023 

Students can get their art portfolios back from the SQA at a cost of £3.91 and this is payable through School Shop in SchoolPay.  The deadline for paying is 26 September.

The STARS of the week are……..

Darren Martin (Pupil Support)
Nominations said…….
‘Thank you Mr Martin for all your effort towards our incredible S6 PGL trip. We know it took a lot of work and MANY MANY emails, but it’s built some great memories’
‘Mr Martin definitely deserves star of the week for always making me feel respected. He always has a minute to talk to me, even when he is really busy and always makes me feel better. He is respectful, kind and trustworthy :)’

Darren– you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!

Gabriel Burton (S2) Effort

‘I would like to nominate Gabriel for his effort in Social Subjects. Every lesson he goes above and beyond what is expected in class and is always willing to push himself in everything he does. Not only that, he is also willing to help others in class and have encouraging things to say to others who might need a smile to their face. Gabriel you are an absolute ray of sunshine and you truly deserve this. Well Done!’

Jodi Smith-Lang (S3) Effort
Jodi is just one of those pupils you can always rely on to complete all tasks to the best of her ability, to give everything a go with a positive approach and a smile on her face. She works solidly throughout the year. She produced a beautiful self-portrait print this week.

To nominate a STUDENT – https://forms.gle/v1qwVy3kdcWTGnxX9
To nominate a MEMBER OF STAFF – https://forms.gle/Ri6qtntxbmqus5Zq6

Lost Property

Lost property is starting to rapidly build up.  Please ensure your young person’s clothes are labelled.  If students have lost their property, please ask them to see Ms Smith at break on Tuesday to Friday at the school office

S1 Parents : P7 Group Photograph

If you ordered a Group photography at Dunbar Primary School last term, please ask  your person to come to the school office at the end of the school day to collect it

Assembly – in Assembly Hall
Assemblies next week will be led by Douglas Hamilton from East Linton Church. All will be in the Assembly Hall
Monday – S1
Tuesday – S2
Wednesday – S3
Thursday – S4
Friday –  S5 (S6 should come down at 8.40am and will miss the first 10 mins of P1)

Student Information Sheets
23-08-29 Plasma Info Sheet

What to do if your young person is unwell

If your young person is unwell and cannot attend school please email attendance@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or call 01368 863339 or text 07860 049053.  It is important that you give a reason for the absence.

If your young person feels unwell throughout the day, they should report to the main office and Mrs Gillespie our Student Welfare Assistant will support them. If we feel that they are too unwell to be in school, a member of the office staff will contact you.  Please ensure your contact details are up to date.

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 e-mails for further information and consider attending to become involved with your school community. This is not a fundraising group.
Google Meet online 7 pm – 8.30 pm please see the Agenda.  If you would like to attend please email allison1314@gmail.com if you wish to attend
Agenda for DGSC AGM and General meeting Sept 2023

Free school meals and school clothing grants


If you are unable to complete online application forms please ask for a paper application at the school office. If you have any queries or having difficulty completing the form please email freeschoolmeals@eastlothian.gov.uk

Active Schools

Active Schools Surfing and Wakeboarding goes live to book on 1st September at 6.00pm. To book your place use link below:
All our other DGS Sports Clubs are up and running, to book your child’s place at a club use link below:
For any questions on this please email our Active School Coordinator Scott Marnoch smarnnoch@elcschool.org.uk

Any pupils looking to enter the Scottish Schools Athletics Road Race on the 4th October please see Mr Marnoch in PE before the 7th September.


East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter 01092023

Apprenticeship Opportunity Howdens Howdens Joinery Co. Careers (changeworknow.co.uk)


Community Information

Wondrous Woods Are offering 200 discount codes to get 10% off on Fridays and Sundays using the code DUNBARGRAMMER (we are aware this has been mis-spelt)

Dunbar Music Festival
Dunbar Music Festival is happening once again from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September 2023.
There are lots of opportunities to enjoy a wide range of music, with 36 gigs happening in 16 venues.
If you want to enjoy sessions with your family, some gigs worth looking out for are:
The ELJam Youth Bands Showcase around Saturday lunchtime at the Parish Hall includes several bands from Dunbar Grammar as well as talent from other high schools across the county
Three great gigs in Lauderdale Park Saturday and Sunday with refreshments available from Wishing Tree Cafe
Shunpike Social Club – a 30 piece brass ensemble on the move in Lauderdale
Two laid back acoustic sessions at Dunbar Garden Centre
Martha Cornish performing solo at The Dolphin Inn
Many more gigs are happening day and night in pubs and hotels across town.
Depending on the time of the gig and your age, some of these may be suitable to enjoy as a family.
Check with the venue if in doubt about age and entry restrictions.
Explore the whole free programme, at https://bit.ly/DMF23-DGS
Dunbar Music Festival is a registered charity, run by local volunteers passionate about bringing the community together to enjoy live music.

Connecting Dunbar to Tranent
AECOM has been commissioned by East Lothian Council to provide technical support on proposals to deliver a high quality and inclusive active travel corridor between Dunbar and Tranent; further details are available on the project website: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/dunbar-to-tranent
As part of initial work, we are keen to receive comments from stakeholders to understand problems and opportunities related to walking, wheeling, cycling, public transport and placemaking along the study corridor.
Online Survey, which can be accessed at the following link: https://online1.snapsurveys.com/Dunbar-To-Tranent
The survey will be available until 11:59pm on Friday 15th September 2023.
Pop-up events will also be held at the following locations and times:

  • Haddington: Square in front of Corn Exchange, Tuesday 29th August, 12pm to 4pm
  • East Linton: The Mart, Thursday 31st August, 12pm to 4pm
  • Tranent: High Street near Jackie Crookston Statue, Tuesday 5th September, 12pm to 4pm:
  • Dunbar: Corner of High Street and Silver Street, Thursday 7th September, 12pm to 4pm

The study team will be in attendance and members of the public and stakeholders are invited to drop by at any time during these hours and share their thoughts on transport related problems and opportunities on the study corridor.     Please note that there will be a second round of engagement, which is programmed to take place in the autumn; this will focus on potential proposals.

What to do if you are worried about a young person

If you have any safeguarding or child protection concerns about any young person please contact one of the Designated Members of Staff (DMS) for Child Protection.
DGS Child Protection Poster

Contacting teachers/Queries
Please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or pupilsupport@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

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 email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and we will be in touch to arrange a meeting

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