Update 3 November 2023

Important Information Out This Week

Supporting your S3 Learner
Please see the presentation from the event 2023Supporting your S3 Learner

S2 Parents Evening
S2 Parents/Carers Evening is on Tuesday 7th November. The online booking system will opened 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.

Senior Phase Tracking & Monitoring
S4, S5 and S6 students received their Monitoring and Tracking Report this week. Please see the accompanying letter Senior Phase Reporting letter v2 nov24

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

Bonfire Season
Please see attached joint letter from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and East Lothian Council regarding Bonfire Season
PSOS SFRS ELC Joint Letter 2023
958344_SCT0823217052-001_Firework Campaign Artwork A4_P3 (1)
958344_SCT0823217052-001_Firework Campaign Artwork A5_P3 (2)

Children’s Rights Celebration Event
Ross High School is hosting a special afternoon event on 17 November where children and young people from across East Lothian will show how their work on Children’s Rights is benefiting everyone. It’s a celebration of children’s rights and pupil voice with lots of ideas for families, classrooms, organisations and community groups. It’s also a chance to learn more about the things that matter to East Lothian’s young people.
The organisers would love it if as many children, young people, parents and carers as possible can come along. With lots of other stalls, schools and groups there will be plenty to see, learn and get involved in. Refreshments will be available.
Friday 17 November 1.30pm-3.30pm, Ross High School, Tranent.

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.

S4 Work Experience
Our S4 cohort are due to take part in a work placement as part of our Work Experience Programme within the next two weeks. See below for details.
Week beginning 6th November  4C1, 4L1, 4V1 and 4W1
Week beginning 13th November and 4C2, 4L2, 4V2 and 4W2
There will be some exceptions to this due to employer capacity.
Your child will bring home a Job Card with information about their placement over the next few days. If, for any reason, they are unable to attend their work placement on any day, they need to get in contact with the employer to make them aware. This information on their Job Card.
We hope that they have a fantastic week. If you have any questions or concerns around work experience or do not wish your child to attend this experience, please get in touch with their Guidance Teacher.

Flu Vaccinations.  
These will be in school on 13th and 14th November. For students on work experience or who are absent, there will be a mop up session on 29th November.

Assemblies this week- Cycle Safety
Key messages

Wear a helmet! This is the best way to keep yourself safe.
Mornings and after school are busy time with younger children heading to school, this means roads and pavements are more congested. So if on the road be more aware and just get off your bike if on pavement
Friday’s are especially busy as both DGS and the primary finish at the same time. I know no one in this school would intentionally seek to hurt anyone in this way but we all need to think about our actions on the way home after school to keep the community safe.
Darker mornings/nights Harder to see cyclists without lights on bikes and teenagers all in black clothing. Invest in a set of good bike lights they are not too expensive.
Do not use your phone and cycle at the same time!
Be considerate and respect other road users don’t expect them to let you do your thing just because you are younger and on a bike!!
Make sure your bike is road worthy and also look in to investing in a good bike lock following some bike thefts here at DGS over the past couple of years. Be aware of how and where you lock your bike up. Look at registering your bike on National cycle database who link in with police.

Assembly – Week beginning 6 November
Next week we have our first HOUSE assemblies of the year.  The schedule is

Monday – Castle in the GAMES HALL
Tuesday – Lauderdale in the GAMES HALL
Wednesday – Victoria in the GAMES HALL
Thursday – Winterfield in the GAMES HALL
Friday – S5 (S6 Dalguise Launch) in the Atrium

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)

S6 YearBook
The fund is now available in SchoolPay for parents/carers of our S6 students to purchase the Yearbook. Please note the fund will close at the end of January.

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 23-10-31 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.

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

Christmas Recruitment – 2023 Christmas Recruitment

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

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

Community Information

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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