Update 22 September 2023

Important Information Out This Week

How to Pass Evening for Senior Students, Parents and Carers
Wednesday 27 September at 6pm.    – How to Pass Letter 2023
There will be an S6 baking and hot beverage sale at the How to Pass Evening to raise funds for S6 Leavers Event, please bring change and thank you for your support.

School Photographs 

The school photographer will be in school on Wednesday 11th October for S1 S4 and S6 students.  Please ensure that your young person attends in full school uniform.

N5 Assessment Calendar

In order to support students to plan their revision as well as understand what is required of them in terms of coursework for SQA courses we have created an Assessment Calendar.  Guidance teachers will be working with students to engage with the assessment calendar and provide support to students as required.  The calendar can be found on the year group Google Classroom.
Assessment dates are always under review depending on the ‘live’ progress being made by groups of students.  For this reason the calendar is only to be used as a guide and assessment dates may change depending on the judgement of the teacher.  Where assessment dates change sufficient notice will be given by the class teacher.
Some assessments are either class tests, SQA units or Assignment deadlines.  If there is any uncertainty about what type of assessment is taking place then please encourage the student to speak to their class teacher.
Some assessments will take place during the prelim diet in January.  However, for simplicity, these are not listed.  Prelim timetables will be issued later this term which will provide more information on the assessments taking place during that two week period

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 email address which matches the stored e-mail address on your school record.  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)

Mobile Phone Policy Review Group
This term we have introduced a revised mobile phone policy School Policies
As the term progresses, we are keen to establish a working group of parents, students and staff to evaluate this new policy.
We would anticipate meeting every second month, starting in October.  Meetings will take place in school from 6pm – 7pm.
If you are interested in joining this group, please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk and details of the first meeting will be sent to you

Work Experience for S4 Students
The following classes will be on work experience on the week of 6th November 4C1/4L1/4V1/4W1

The following classes will be on work experience on the week of 13th November 4C2/4L2/4V2/4W2

Further information from pupil support will follow

Sports Buses Sponsorship

We are extremely proud of the high numbers of young people who participate in extra curricular sports.  We really value the opportunities for them to be able to complete against other young people across the county and beyond.  At present we charge £3 per student to travel to fixtures.  With rising costs of bus hire we are seeking companies to sponsor our sports buses to allow this travel to continue and to be subsidised.  If any company is interested in supporting this please contact admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Study/Revision Sessions 2023 – 2024 – updated
Please note some of the clubs require students to sign up in advance

Extra-curricular clubs 2023-2024

2023 – 2024 Study Clubs Booklet

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.

Lost Property

Lost property is starting to rapidly build up, we have a number of winter coats to be claimed.  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.

Assembly – in Assembly Hall
Assemblies next week will be led Morag McEwan and will focus on positive mental health.
Monday – S1
Tuesday – S2
Wednesday – S3
Thursday – S4
Friday –  S5
There will also be a S6 Assembly on Thursday in the Atrium about the Leavers Event

The STARS of the week are……..
Staff – Jackie Gourlay (Business Manager)
Nomination said…….
‘Jackie goes above and beyond every day, and nothing every seems to be problem for her. She is often having to deal with last minute information, which she does in a timely, respectful and professional way. I appreciate how approachable she is when you are needing something i.e. cover. She evidences our school values every day.’
Jackie– you are a DGS Star, thank you for all you do!

Students – 
Cheryl-Ann Daley (S3) Effort
Cheryl-Ann has 2 nominations!
‘Cheryl-Ann has been a reliable help at breakfast club. She is always cheerful in the mornings and happy to do any of the jobs required to ensure breakfast selection is available. Cheryl-Ann always puts in lots effort in her HE lessons even though she finds some aspect challenging.’
‘Cheryl-Ann approaches Maths with a positive attitude every lesson. She is always determined to fully understand the work covered, and asks great questions. Her jotter is exemplary and reflects this dedication. Well done Cheryl-Ann’
Sam Moffat (S5) Effort
Sam is doing a great job in Higher English so far. He is a very hard worker and always tries to do his best. He is coping extremely well with a difficult text, and working well to produce a thoughtful piece of persuasive writing for his folio. I appreciate all his effort so far, he is doing a great job! Well done Sam!

Student Information Sheets 23-09-19 Plasma Info Sheet

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.

The next meeting is on Monday 30th October, more details to follow

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

BE Uniforms
Reduced price ordering windows:
1 October to 15 October
15 December to 7 January
22 April to 19 May


East Lothian Works Vacancy Newsletter 22092023

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Early Career opportunities at SSEN Transmission

Scotland’s Rural College SRUC | Open Days

Borders College Applications for full-time courses starting in August 2024.  Applications will open from 12 January 2024

DYW Roadshow Wednesday 4 October  9:30am-2:30pm at the O2 Academy Edinburgh If you’re 16-24 and looking to find your next step, provides face to face interactions with employers and education/training providers offering jobs, apprenticeships, training, volunteering, college and university courses https://buff.ly/3PryPi2

NHS Lothian Healthcare Apprenticeship if you are 16-24 year have ever considered a career in healthcare, now’s the time! Our Modern Apprenticeship adverts go LIVE Friday 1 September for more information and to apply: https://careers.nhslothian.scot/apprenticeships/

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.

Lay Member Volunteering
Closing date: 29th September 2023
The Inspectorate of Education is actively recruiting members of the public to join our school inspection teams as Lay Members.
Lay Members take a particular interest in aspects of school life, including relationships between staff and pupils and schools’ partnerships with parents and the local community. You will spend one day in the school.  You will make a positive and valuable contribution to improving Scottish education bringing a new perspective to our work.  You will contribute to the overall work of a school inspection team, resulting in a published report for parents. The report identifies strengths and areas for improvement and help schools to improve the experiences and achievements of children and young people.
We are looking for people form a variety of backgrounds, with different skills, experience and knowledge.  Our Lay members team will benefit from a membership drawn from a range of life experiences.
Further information about responsibilities and application form can be found on Current vacancies | About Education Scotland | Education Scotland
To apply for this exciting volunteering opportunity please complete the application form and submit to Guch Dhillon (Head of Scrutiny) at guch.dhillon@educationscotland.gov.scot

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

Senior Student Study Resources

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