Update 26 October 2023

Important Information Out This Week

Supporting your S3 Learner
The presentation from this event will be shared next week.

S1 Parents Evening
S1 Parents/Carers Evening is on Thursday 2nd November. The online booking system opened on Tuesday 24th October  and students will book slots through their edubuzz account.  Senior students are fundraising for the end of S6 event and will be providing baked goods and hot beverages for a donation.  The PTA will also be selling raffle tickets for the Christmas Market.

S2 Parents Evening
S2 Parents/Carers Evening is on Tuesday 7th November. The online booking system will open on  Monday 30th  October  and students will book slots through their edubuzz account. Senior students are fundraising for the end of S6 event and will be providing baked goods and hot beverages for a donation. The PTA will also be selling raffle tickets for the Christmas Market.

Annual Data Forms with PC A (replaces PC1 form) and Photograph Permission forms were sent out to parent/carers of all students.  Please complete and return to school as soon as possible.

Invigilators Wanted Invigilators play an important role in maintaining the quality of qualification assessment.  We are always looking to increase our team of invigilators for the forthcoming prelims and examinations.  If you are interested in finding out more about what this role would entail, please contact Jackie Gourlay (Business Manager) at jgourlay@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk


The Dunbar Grammar School Association has organised a Christmas Market in the school’s social hub on Thursday November 23 between 6pm and 8.30pm including stalls selling unique, locally made gifts, hot dogs, cakes and festive drinks. There will be games organised by pupils and Christmas ornaments designed and made in the school.

To help make the night a success the DGSA would love help in the following ways:

  1. volunteers to sell raffle tickets on the parents evenings of Thurs Nov 2 and Thurs Nov 7 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
  2. volunteers to help on Nov 23 on stalls or in the kitchen depending where you would like to be
  3. companies to sponsor one of the pupil competitions concluding at the Christmas market such as design the school Christmas card/ or the Great DGS Xmas Bake Off
  4. donations of exciting, new prizes for the raffle (no booze please)

If you can assist with any of the above or would like to suggest another means of support please email helenschoen@hotmail.co.uk very soon

Calling All Parents – S3 Careers Awareness Day 2023

Dunbar Grammar School are hosting an S3 Careers Awareness Day on Tuesday 21st November 2023 from 9.30 am till 12.30 pm.
We would be delighted to have some parents within our school community involved.
Could you inspire our young people by sharing your career journey, a typical workday, education requirements, details of any apprenticeships/training schemes your organisation offers and more?
This is an opportunity for our students to speak with someone whose career choice interests them and to explore areas they may not have considered before.
The format of the day will be a carousel – informal chats with small groups of students round a table.
We would appreciate your willingness to support and be involved in this event.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Andrea Lancaster via the school email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk or school office 01368 863339


Assemblies next week will be led by Mr Maxton.  They will be held the Assembly Hall and will focus on cycle safety.
Monday – S1
Tuesday – S2
Friday – S3

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)

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

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.  If they are not claimed in November,  we will donate them to the Primary School

Student Information Sheets  23-10-24 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 at 7pm in the Conference Room beside the school office.  All parents and carers are warmly invited to attend.

Parent/Carer Consultation – NHS

The parent consultation came about as a result of a coalition of NHS Boards commissioning independent research to explore with parents and carers a number of themes: How they support their child’s learning at home in terms of relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) topics; what they know and think about the RSHP learning going on at school; how they want home and school to work together (so that children and young people get the best learning experiences); and finally, what would help parents and carers at home in their role as their child’s teacher on all these matters.

The project is called the Chat and it is a new parental engagement project looking to find out what parents and carers want and need to support their child’s learning around RSHP.

There are a number of ways that parents/carers can get involved. The first opportunity is to be part of a group conversation about this area of learning. This can happen in different ways, described here:

An opportunity for parents and carers to get involved in the Chat.

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

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

Careers/Opportunities/Further Study

SAAS Funding Information Sessions for Students and Parents/Carers

Discover STEM Day, which will take place at the University of Dundee on Wednesday 30 November 2022, running from 10am – 2.30pm.  Spaces are limited, please sign up using Discover STEM 2023 | University of Dundee, UK

BBC Early Career Schemes Higher and Graduate Apprenticeships

Scottish Government Procurement Apprenticeship

Opportunities October 2023

Christmas Recruitment – 2023 Christmas Recruitment

East Lothian Works Vacancies Job vacancies – East Lothian Works | East Lothian Council

NHS Virtual Work Experience NHS Healthcare Careers Virtual Work Experience – Allied Healthcare Mentor (alliedhealthmentor.org)

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

At The Glasgow School of Art campus in Garnethill we’re hosting open day events for prospective applicants who are interested in studying at the GSA. We’d be delighted if schools and colleagues in our network could share information about our October Open House events with prospective students who may be interested in studying art, architecture or design disciplines. glasgowschoolofart.cmail20.com/t/r-e-tillurky-nljnidhid-h/

Community Information

Brunton Performing Arts Network – Now Accepting New Members!
Unlock your creativity and join The Brunton’s Performing Arts Network.
We’ve got workshops happening across East Lothian in theatre, dance, musical theatre and more, for young people aged 5 – 18.
We keep costs low and welcome everyone!
Taking part in creative activities is fun and helps build confidence, fuels your imagination and develops skills that are useful in all areas of life. As well as developing a range of acting and performance skills, you will meet new people, build confidence, and above all, have fun!

Each group is run by experienced and qualified drama, dance and musical theatre professionals who work as freelance performance artists and have a wealth of knowledge and talent which they enjoy sharing with all of our groups. Classes currently take place in:

  • Dunbar
  • Haddington
  • Longniddry
  • Musselburgh
  • Prestonpans
  • Pencaitland
  • Aberlady

For full details or to join us for a free taster session please email: youththeatre@eastlothian.gov.uk

Dunbar Rotary in partnership with the school and Connected Community’s are organising gifts this year for families who are affected by the current cost of living crisis.  It is a difficult time of year and it can put a strain on finances for families to find extra funds for gifts.  The Dunbar Rotary have organised an Angel Tree service for the last 2 years and families have really appreciated the help.  If you wish to take part please email your details including Age, gender of your children and gift preference to connect-dunbar@eastlothian.gov.uk  It is completely confidential as connected community’s will manage the mail box and the Angels who buy the gifts will only have the age, gender and gift preference.  You will see the Trees in various places around the town.
This email is for use by the parent or legal guardians of Children who are participating in gifts from the Angel Tree Christmas 2023.
Any information we have of you will be held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The personal data collected on this application will be held securely and will only be used for administrative purposes relating to your consent.
You have the right to request a copy of the information we hold on your child and to request corrections or deletions of it.
East Lothian Council Connected Community’s  is the ‘data controller’ for your child’s information and can be contacted at any time on the email connect-dunbar@eastlothian.gov.uk
We will only keep your child’s details for as long as necessary after which your details will be destroyed.  You can also contact Helen Harper Community Development Officer at Bleachingfield centre countess crescent Dunbar EH42 1DX   phone Mobile  07970189321 if you have any questions.



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)

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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