Achievements and Successes 2016-2017

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Congratulations to Alex Gibb in 2C5 – 2nd June 2017

He competed in The British Northwest Youth Tour, a 3 day road cycling event from 27th to 29th May and achieved 7th place overall.  A fantastic achievement, well done!

Students Raise Money for RUSH – 26th May 2017

Well done to a group of students from S1, S2 and S3: Cameron Bell, Jessica Crosbie, Nicholas Davidson, Ripley Curtis, Marco Horn and Aimee Watson, who participated in the “Gung Ho” fun 5K on 13th May. They raised just under £500 for the Research to Understand Stroke due to Haemorrhage (RUSH) programme.   For over a decade, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have been doing research to better understand the causes and consequences of bleeding in the brain. The RUSH programme is dedicated to better understanding what causes brain haemorrhage and what influences its outcome.

Visit the RUSH website

Well Done to S2 Student

Ripley Curtis and his two East Lothian Orienteering team mates placed 5th in the Scottish National Orienteering 2017 Championships in the Junior 36 Relay.  The event took place on Sunday 21st May in Binning Wood.  Well done Ripley!

Little & Large Cooking Competition

On Thursday 25th May, S2 pupil Milly Boyle and Dunbar Primary 6A pupils Paige Elston Woods and Oliver Moises went forward as the Dunbar Cluster representatives  to the final of this competition at Musselburgh Grammar.

They did extremely well and Musselburgh Grammar and Campie Primary were the eventual winners.

All pupils left the competition with their own apron, a snack pack, their food and a certificate.  Well done to all pupils!

S1 Dragons’ Den – 11th May 2017

Congratulations to S1 Dragons’ Den group ‘Outshine;’ Abigail Sheridan, Angus Williams, Abby Perdue, Malgosia Jablonska and Sam Cruickshank who have won Dunbar Grammar Dragons’ Den 2017.   The event, which took place on Wednesday 10th May, saw teams from each first year class compete against each other to be crowned winners.

Using their skills and knowledge from the S1 Technologies Course students were challenged to come up with an innovative robotic or technological device that would meet the needs of its user.

After deliberating, the Judges announced ‘Outshine’ as the overall winners.  The group designed a robot called ‘The Home Doctor’; a new eco-friendly, robotic assistant made to improve the lives of the elderly, ill and disabled.

Sincere thanks go to our judges for their support with the event and providing the pupils with some fantastic feedback; Debbie Hadden – former Royal Bank of Scotland Project Manager; Max Sykes – Account Director, Cannon UK; Jamie McLean – Business Operations Analyst, IBM; and Claire Slowther – Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Grammar.

Well Done – 5th May 2017

To student Lewis Campbell, who has achieved a silver award in the Scottish Mathematical Council Mathematical Challenge, Lothian & Borders: 2016-2017.  Congratulations to Lewis!

East Lothian Theatre – 28th April 2017

On the 29th March the senior Dunbar group from the East Lothian Youth Theatre performed their original show “unconscious” which explored the dangers of drug use. The group raised £200 which is going towards their fund for the national festival of youth theatre which they are attending in July and performing this piece.  Well done to everyone involved!

Well Done – 21st April 2017

To Edward Alsop who competed at the Scottish National Age Groups Swimming Championships in Aberdeen on 31st March – 2nd April.

Qualification for this meet is tough and to make the final top 10 is a huge achievement.  The East Lothian team of 32 came 11th in Scotland with 12 medals between them.

Edward did very well, improving his personal best times and setting 3 new East Lothian records:

  • 100m butterfly – Bronze
  • 400m Individual Medley – Bronze
  • 50m Butterfly – 4th
  • 1500m Freestyle – 5th
  • 200m Butterfly – 7th

Congratulations to Edward!

East Lothian Showcase Concert  – 24th March 2017

Well done to all the musicians and instrumental staff who took part in the East Lothian Showcase concert in front of a packed Brunton Theatre audience on Wednesday 15th March. The participants were a credit to the school and all their hard work and dedication to rehearsals really paid off. A massive well done to everyone involved.

Sports Update

Well done to the Basketball and Badminton players last week, report and photographs can be seen here:  Basketball – Badminton Reports

Surfing Success

Well done to DGS students who competed in the Momentum 20th Anniversary Surf Competition last weekend at Pease Bay, showing hard work and dedication: Malcolm Todd, Elliot Young (2nd Juniors), Noah Carter (3rd Juniors) and Lia Harris (3rd year Juniors).  Full write up can be read here:

Dunbar Cluster P7 Tag Rugby Festival

Six DGS students recently helped out at the Dunbar Cluster P7 Tag Rugby Festival. Although a bitterly cold morning we had over 150 students take part from both Dunbar Primary and West Barns. The six students contributed massively to the success of the morning through their refereeing and game coaching skills and was great to see them being positive role models to the P7 students who will be making the transition to DGS after the summer break.

Pictured – Ben Chisholm, Ryan Sutherland, Ben Pickles, Archie Williams, Andrew Readman and Thomas Leitch. All enjoying a hot drink and raiding the biscuit tin!



Ben and Archie refereeing the tag games




Assemblies were led this week by Nancy Bird, Isla Welsh, Marissa Kelly, Beth Mackay, Jen Morris, Ellie Richards and Cara Fidelo.  They have led truly inspirational assemblies on women’s rights around the world and discussed the importance of having an annual international women’s day.  A huge congratulations to these students – you were amazing!

Bake On – 17th March 2017

Photographs from our Bake On competition in aid of Comic Relief:












DGS Radio – 3rd March 2017

Episodes 1-4 of the DGS Radio show are available to listen to via this link  These shows have been created and recorded by S1-S3 students and cover all topics from politics, current affairs, news, music charts, musical performances and much more.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Evening

The Annual Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Evening to celebrate the bronze, silver and gold participants took place on Thursday night.  The assembled audience was given presentations from a range of students talking about their experiences leading towards the awards.  The awards were presented by Diann Govenlock, Team Leader Community Development East Lothian Council: 39 received their Bronze Award from the School and 4 from the Community Group, whilst 23 received their Silver Award.

The students ran the event and the evening finished off with some photo opportunities and drinks and nibbles organised by two of our new Bronze group.  This was a very successful, enjoyable evening.  Thanks again to everyone involved in the DoE awards scheme whose continued support is crucial.

Scottish Teenage Book Prize

Congratulations to author Claire McFall who has been awarded this year’s Scottish Teenage Book Prize for her third novel, Black Cairn Point. She visited the school in February for a library event to speak to our S1s (and those reading the shortlisted books for this award) about her writing, and we were held spellbound by her amusing anecdotes and fascinating information about being an author. There was time after the talk to chat with students, including S3 student Jasmine Pritchard.



A big congratulations to all involved in last weeks Scottish Schools’ Cheerleading Competition at Denny High School. The standard of our routine this year was really high and it was a fantastic night!  All here at DGS are so proud of the commitment and effort the students put in.  Keep up the good work and bring on next year!

Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association Update

Well done to students Charlie Hamilton and Eloise Gray who have been selected to attend the SSAA Coaching Day, following their performances in the SSAA championships.

Good Luck – 24th February 2017

To Elliot Young who is competing for Scotland in the Surfing Nordic Games this weekend in Norway.

East Lothian Cross-Country Championships – 10th February 2017

Dunbar Grammar continued our success at the East Lothian Cross Country Championships winning 7 of the 8 team trophies. The senior boys were unlucky to finish as runners up by 3 points (the equivalent of one runner finishing 2 places higher).

To add to this Michael Wimbledon-Hall, Flora Richards, Alex Gibb and Fraser Kelly won individual golds in the S1 Boys, S2 Girls, S3 Boys and Senior Boys events respectively.

Many congratulations to the team for all their hard work in running laps of the school grounds in curricular PE sessions!



Coca Cola Competition Finals – 3rd February 2017

Well done to Mrs Lancaster’s S3 Business Students; Andrew Readman, Rhian Dowding, Rowan Armatage, Annabel Stewart, Cameron Bullen and Ryan Marshall who attended The Real Business Challenge Scottish National Final. The event took place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Coca-Cola European Partners who run the event challenged students to come up with a proposal for a fundraiser that would raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Great Britain in their local area.

The teams’ proposal included a Mini Olympics Event to be held at Hallhill Sports Centre followed by a meal and quiz night.  They planned to raise funds through entry fees and spectator fees.  They came up with the idea to invite former pupil Maria Lyle, who won three medals at the Paralympics in Rio last year, to be their star guest.  They chose local icon ‘Sammy the Seal’ from Dunbar Harbour as their mascot for the event.  Sammy would visit all Primary Schools in the area to raise awareness of Special Olympics Great Britain and they planned to create Sammy merchandise such as plush toys, t-shirts and keyrings to be sold to raise further funds.  To promote the Special Olympics Great Britain they designed a bus stop poster, radio advertisement and infographic.

They worked alongside business mentor, Jennifer McKay a Sales Manager from Coca-Cola European Partners.  Jennifer was impressed with their team spirt and ability to meet the deadlines set for the challenge.

This really was a memorable experience for the students and they rose to the occasion, being excellent ambassadors for the school and East Lothian.

Good Luck

To S1 boxer Taelor Snaith who is competing in the Golden Girls’ Championships in Sweden this weekend!

S6 Quiz Masters – 27th January 2017

Depute Heads, Joshua Locke and Jodie Russell, accompanied Mrs Fell and Mrs Payton to the annual Dunbar Rotary Club Primary 7 Quiz night on Thursday evening. Teams from the catchment area competed and Joshua and Jodie proved able quiz masters. Everyone left feeling they knew a bit more than when they arrived.



British TeamGym Squad Selection

Congratulations to Ben Jones and Aimee Watson (both S3) who have been selected to join the British Performance Development TeamGym Squad.   This is to train and prepare for the team that will represent GB at the next TeamGym European Championships in 2018.   Good luck Aimee and Ben and keep up the hard work!

Well Done – 13th January 2017

To Samantha Kaszuba who has been named as the Northern Area’s Navy Board Cadet for 2017. This is a prestigious award and a fantastic achievement!

Charity Committee Update

The Charity Committee is supporting Macy, a child in the Dunbar Community, who is hoping to have an operation in America to help improve her scoliosis. The operation will cost the family over £130,000.

S1 students Rebecca Piner and Marnie Sanderson organised a collection at the School Concert and raised £403.94.  This is an amazing amount of money, well done girls!

Thanks to everyone who attended the concert and for being so generous and giving to this very worthwhile cause:

November’s Active East Lothian Volunteer of the Month Award

Congratulations to Deonne McNeill and Blythe Hardy who won November’s Active East Lothian Volunteer of the Month Award for their work with girls’ football in the school! Click on the picture for more details:


Well Done to Surfers – 22nd December 2016

Seven young Scots have just returned from competing in the European Junior Surf Championships held in Agadir from 3-11 December. Clover Christopherson (14), Mikey Wimbledon-Hall (12) and Oisin Strachan (17) accompanied by team coach Sam Christopherson, all from Dunbar,  travelled to Morocco on Dec 1st where they met up with the rest of the team from Thurso and Tiree.

All team members performed exceptionally, charging big waves and making tough paddle outs, exceeding all expectations and reaching new personal bests, with 2 of the team, including Mikey, getting through to the quarter finals (through 4 rounds).  Mikey finished 11th in Europe in the Under 16 Bodyboarding aged just 12yrs, Clover 9th in the Ladies Bodyboard U18 aged just 14yrs and Oisin 19th in the U18 Men’s Bodyboard. The team finished 9th overall out of 16 nations. This is a fantastic achievement and reflects a combination of raw talent and hard work and really sets a high baseline for the future of surfing in Scotland. The Scottish youngsters are young and inexperienced on the international competition scene and this is the first time that Scotland has had a junior team competing at European level. The youngsters learned so much from the experience and have come back keener than ever for international competition.

And now it’s back home and back to the big blue training room to prepare for the 2018 Euro juniors in Norway!

More information and pictures can be seen here:  Eurojunior 2016

SAGT Quiz – 16th December 2016

Well done to the following students who took part in the Geography Quiz at Heriot’s on Tuesday 13th December: Ripley Curtis, Zak Burton, Rhian Dowding, Eva Dowding, Alison McLuckie and Robert Henderson.  The students were an asset to the school, and one of the teams made it to the regional final. Congratulations to them all.

Coca-Cola Challenge

coca-cola-2016-17Congratulations to Mrs Lancaster’s S3 Business Students; Andrew Readman, Rhian Dowding, Rowan Armatage and Ryan Marshall who have qualified for the Real Business Challenge Scottish National Final. The event will take place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Coca-Cola European Partners challenged students to come up with a new juice drink brand that has clear health benefits, is sustainable and a great commercial proposition.   The team’s drink ‘Carnival Sport’ was chosen amidst 1,000 entries. They now have the chance of working alongside business mentors from Coca-Cola European Partners on a new challenge, a live project to be announced on the day.  Good Luck!

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge – 26th November 2016

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school students.

The senior Maths challenge took place recently.  This is a 90 minute multiple choice challenge that tests not just knowledge, but lateral thinking and problem solving skills.

We were very successful again this year:

  • Richard Mullender – GOLD and Best in Year
  • Jamie Payton – GOLD
  • Nathan Cox – Silver
  • Lewis Campbell – Bronze

Well done to all senior students who took part!

Well Done

To S5 student Zosia Kuczok, who has just been successful with her application onto the 2016-17 Amnesty Youth Advisory Group.  She will represent UK young people at meetings in London which will take place 6 times over the next year.  The standard and quantity of applications was very high, so huge congratulations to Zosia!

Well Done to Students – 18th November 2016

Two of our students, Brodie Reekie and Caroline Laird, are performing in the pantomime Aladdin at The Brunton theatre this Christmas.  The dates of their performances can be viewed here: Dates

Break a leg girls!

Well Done to Students

Two of our students, Brodie Reekie and Caroline Laird, are performing in the pantomime Aladdin at The Brunton theatre this Christmas.  The dates of their performances can be viewed here: Dates

Break a leg girls!

Well Done to the Following Students – 11th November 2016

East Lothian & Borders Schools Swimming Competition Results:

  • Oliver Alsop 1C4: 100 Back – 4th; 100 Free – 7th
  • Justin Tait 2c3: 100 Breaststroke – Gold; 100 Fly – Silver; 200 IM – Silver
  • Edward Alsop 3C4: 400 IM – Gold; 100 Fly – Silver; 100 Free – Gold

The students will find out later in the year if they will be representing DGS in the Scottish Schools Finals in January.

S3/4 Netball

Students played brilliantly against Ross High winning one game 11-7 and a close second game.  Well Done, Girls!

Mid & East Lothian U14 Quaich Champions






U15 Green Conference Champions






U15 Girls’ Basketball

  • Dunbar 1 v Mary Erskine 2 : 48-30
  • Dunbar 2 v Mary Erskine 1 : 34-21

Well Done!

House Captains – 4th November 2016

Please see the attached document with House Captains/Vice-Captains: House Information 2016-2017

Congratulations – 28th October 2016

michael-mcphillipsTo Michael McPhillips in S6 who won a canon camera at a recent Finance Workshop for Business Education students, delivered by Lyn Holmes, Financial Director of Canon UK.

At the start of the workshop, Lyn advised students to treat it as a job interview, make an impression and stand out from the crowd.  Michael was chosen as he showed flare, initiative and good questioning technique. 

Thank you to Canon UK for providing this valuable experience for our students and for such a generous award.  We look forward to developing our partnership with Canon UK and appreciate their continued support with our programs.

Senior Drama Showcase 2016 – 14th October 2016






Congratulations to all the performers who performed their end of unit pieces on the 10th and 11th October.  It was a resounding success! House points to all.

Musical Performance


picture3Congratulations to all the performers who performed at the Belhaven concert on the 12th October.  Also, a resounding success! House points to all.


Model United Nations General Assembly – NBHS – 7th October 2016

mun-picFive Senior Modern Studies pupils proudly represented Dunbar Grammar School at the conference on Friday 30th September. Ruth Patterson, Elly Cornwall, Eilidh Hunter, Fergus Spowart and Adam Hodgson acted as delegates from South Africa while debating issues such as human rights, the environment and a volcanic emergency in the USA with students from all over Scotland. The event was a great success with our delegates performing brilliantly amongst some very experienced MUN debaters. Well done!

Charity Thank You

A big thank you to all of you who dressed down on Friday 20th of September, we raised £647.38.  This will be split between Jeans for Genes Day and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Good Luck

To students Eva Smith and Syvlie Fennell who are representing DGS at the Midlothian Schools’ Competition for trampolining today at Lasswade.

Enterprise Maths Competition – 30th September 2016

Well done to Ben James Dorin, Tom Mullender, Sandy Purves and Rowan Daff who participated in the Lothian-wide Enterprise Maths Competition. Although they didn’t win overall they did come first in 2 rounds: the speed round and the paper airplane competition!

Pretty Mudder Success

Four of Dunbar Grammar’s S3 girls took part in the 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge on Saturday 17th September in Edinburgh and have raised to date over £700 with more money still coming in.   They were Emily MacGregor, Eva Smith, Sylvie Fennell and Aimee Watson.  Well done girls!

S4 Piper

S4 student, Connor Tierney, went to Kaimes Special School  on Wednesday 28th September to do the piping at their Boat Turning ceremony.  Their pupils were delighted and inspired by this new experience – it made the Boat Turning event just all the more exciting.  Connor is a credit to himself, his family and the school. Well done Connor!

County Sports Update – 15th September 2016

Congratulations to the County sports team who won the overall trophy in the rescheduled county sports’ competition held on Tuesday.  It was a great day with Dunbar Grammar School students breaking five county records!

New county records:

  • Emily MacGregor – S2 Girls 300m – 46.85s
  • Eloise Gray – S2 Girls 100m – 13.01s
  • Fraser Kelly – S3 Boys 800m – 2 mins 17.35s
  • Cameron Steven – Senior Boys – 1500m – 4 mins 06.97s
  • S2 Girls 4 x 100m Relay – 56.24s

Well done to all who participated!

Dunbar School of Dancing Update – 9th September 2016

Well done to our students achieving the following:

  • Lauren Everard  Grade 7  95.   This is the highest score in the school for the second year running
  • Abigail Everard Grade 7  93

Those were the top two in the school

  • Lauren Everard  Intermediate 89
  • Abigail Everard  Intermediate 89
  • Olivia Laird        Intermediate  82

This is a vocational exam where marks like this can be achieved by students in full time training.  To get marks like this in S3 in part time training is exceptional!

  • Lauren and Abigail both successfully auditioned for Scottish Ballet Senior Associates and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Isla Tierney and Alex Paterson both successfully auditioned for Scottish Ballet Mid Associates
  • Alex Paterson competed in the Royal Academy of Dancing Junior Awards competition last Sunday and won the Grade 5 class trophy.  This is a full day of dance held every 2 years, with students from all over Scotland selected to participate.

Well done to them all!

Well Done to S1 Surfer

Well done to Elliot Young who competed in the Scottish Surfing Federation Gathering of the Clans 2016 (Scottish Inter-Club Championships) at Tiree Surf Club in August.  Elliot put on fantastic performances throughout the contest to make the final and finish in 4th place. Congratulations Elliot!

Good luck to Elliot who will be competing in the Junior World Championships for Team Scotland in the Azores next weekend!

Well done – 2nd September 2016

To the Following Former Students who gained the following awards in June 2016:

  • Fraser Maddox, Degree of Master of Arts in Economics, Upper Second Class Honours at the University of Aberdeen
  • Lisa Jane Stuart, Degree of Batchelor of Science in Genetics, Upper Second Class Honours at the University of Aberdeen
  • Liam John Brown, MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Distinction at Heriot Watt University

Please also see Achievements and Successes for 2015-2016: Achievements and Successes 2015-2016