Children in Need
We held the following events to raise funds:
- 10p to vote and 50p to see our teachers being gunged
- Dress Down Day
- Bake off Competition
- Stalls in the Social Space
- Beatles Tribute Band – Jack Totten, Lewis MacPherson, Loris Amendola and Hamish Gill
The total raised so far is £1,275!
To Paul Brandt who has been appointed Principal Teacher of Computing at Lochgelly HIgh School. He will take up his new post on Monday 11th December. We wish him all the best in his future career.
Work is forging ahead with the expansion programme. Work has started on the extension to the staffroom and the Music/Drama link to the main school. The new Advanced Higher Lab is due for completion and handover next week.
More information, including plans can be seen here: Expansion Page
Beginning and End of School Day
As a result of the expansion programme, parking is severely restricted at the school. This is particularly evident at the start and end of the school day when large numbers of staff and students are arriving and leaving the school premises at Summerfield Road.
Thanks to students for following our request to push bikes until outside of the school grounds and past the exits. This has improved the safety of students whilst exiting the school enormously. We are currently discussing with the Roads Department to get the 20 mph max signs activated. In the meantime, it would be very helpful if drivers could reduce their speed when passing the school at the start and end of the day.
It would also greatly help us manage this temporary situation if parents and carers could find alternatives to accessing the school car park when dropping off or picking up students. Thank you for your support in this matter and apologies for any inconvenience during this period.
Cycling to School
We are very keen to encourage as many students as possible to walk or cycle to school. Please encourage all students cycling to school to wear appropriate headgear and clothing. During the dark winter months, it is particularly recommended to wear reflective clothing and to use bike lights. It is our school policy that all students must dismount from their bikes once entering school grounds. There are bike racks in front and behind the school, to which bicycles should be padlocked. The school will investigate any problems, but cannot accept any responsibility for any damage or loss.
Please encourage your son/daughter to give careful consideration as to where and how they ride their bikes and encourage them to be polite to and mindful of pedestrians in the wider community (for example no student at DGS should be cycling on the pavement or doing wheelies on the main road!).
Mock Court Competition
Well done to our students who entered this year’s Mock Court Competition. We were delighted when one of our teams progressed from the East of Scotland regional finals at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to the National finals in the City Chambers, Glasgow, presided over by the Right Honourable Sir David Edward (European Judge, retired), and the Right Honourable Lady Dorrian (Lord Justice Clerk). On Wednesday night, at a black tie gala evening in the Signet Library in the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh, the results were announced. We were overjoyed to learn that our students had won first place, resulting in them progressing to represent the UK at a Mock Court Competition in New York, next June. Students will spend a week in New York and have the opportunity to attend a New York school for 2 days as well as taking in the sights.
In addition, two of the students, Zosia Kuzok and Anique Burke have progressed to a final selection panel this Sunday which will identify 6 students to make up a team at an international competition in 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands at The European Court of Human Rights!
We held a special assembly today where Gerald Murphy, Chairman of the School Mock Court Case Project, and Sherriff MacFadyen addressed our S3,5,6 students and presented the trophy to the winning Pursuers’ Team.
Here is a list of the participants, followed by the awards.
The Pursuer’s Team
Morgan Forbes, Olivia Laird, Roman Burke, Anique Burke, Zosia Kuczok and Finlay McConnachie
Gemma Armstrong, Louise Duguid, Cameron Elliot
- Dunbar Grammar Scottish Champions 2017
- Zosia Kuczok Rising Star and Best Pursuer’s Solicitor for East Of Scotland
- Gemma Armstrong Best Defence Drafts Award for East Of Scotland
Needless to say we are very grateful to Ms Illingworth, and Ms Hepburn who have supported our students all the way and of course we are very proud of all our students. Well done to all!
School Assessment Timetable
At assemblies next week, S4,5,6 students will be given out a detailed list of assessments for the rest for the session, leading to the final SQA examinations in May. They will also be given a letter explaining the school’s position regarding prelims, following discussion with the Parent Council and Student Representatives.
On Wednesday 15th November full reports were issued to all S1 students. Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.
Model UN Conference
Dunbar Grammar School students participated in an impressive Model UN event at North Berwick High School last week where they represented New Zealand in a variety of debates. Alistair Fell, Heather Cameron, Manon Wimbledon-Hall, Max Peterson and Conor Watt-Douglas competed against teams from all over Scotland in a number of individual debates followed by a General Assembly debate on North Korea testing nuclear weapons. Heather Cameron’s efforts were rewarded when she was given a prize for Best First Time Delegate in her committee. The event was opened by Iain Gray MSP and BBC journalist Glenn Campbell concluded the event with a Q&A session about his experiences. Well done to all the students who took part!
- S1 & S2 – Tuesday 12th December. 6:30 – 9:15pm.
- S3 & S4 – Monday 18th December. 6:30 – 9:30pm.
- S5 & S6 – Thursday 14th December. 6:30 – 9:45pm.
Tickets are £3:50 and will be on sale from Thursday 23rd November in the social space at break times & lunchtimes.
The photograph orders have been sent away, so any new orders will need to be sent direct to Tempest Photography.
Message from the School Nursing Team
We have been asked by the school nursing team to make parents and carers aware that the occurrence of head lice is becoming more common in secondary schools. Regular detection combing is the best way to keep head lice under control and students should be encouraged to do this regularly, preferably weekly.
They have also asked us to remind everyone of the importance of regular handwashing in controlling infection, particularly during the winter when coughs, colds and bugs are more prevalent. Students should be reminded to wash their hands thoroughly before coming to school and when they get home.
S1 student Arun Miller travelled to Barcelona to compete in the Challenger Cup on Saturday 11th November. He won a silver medal in sparring. Well done Arun!
DGS SOR Update
Last weekend’s results vs Linlithgow:
- S1 L 15-11
- S2 W 19-17
- U15 L Match unfulfilled
- U16 W Match unfulfilled
- U18 W Match unfulfilled
This weekend’s fixtures are against Trinity Academy.
- S1 & S2 home @ Winterfield 0930 KO
- U16 & U18 away 1000 KO
This is the last week of the Mitsubishi Outlander Conference fixtures for DGS. The school are currently sitting top of the table so a big weekend ahead for all teams!
Dunbar RFC alongside Scottish Rugby are holding a parent & player workshop at DGS 6-8pm. The evening will look at various topics including positive coaching, the values in which we play, coach and support and how to support players off field. This evening is open to all parents and players who currently play for the school rugby teams.
Students Performing in Panto
Two of our S1 students, Orla Gibson and Niamh Langley, are performing in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast at The Brunton theatre this Christmas. The dates of their performances can be viewed here: Panto Dates
Break a leg girls!
Food Bank Collection
DGS Learn to Succeed & JMA groups are collecting for East Lothian Food Bank who help people in crisis. Please help to make sure they have a Christmas dinner by donating food from the list to make up Jingle Bags. Boxes will be in the social space from Monday. Please see: Food bank
Information Update (URGENT)
We still have several outstanding Seemis forms, which are required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned, with email addresses. We also need the Emergency Closure form.
We also have several outstanding PC1s which were due back for each student; copies can be downloaded here: Blanket PC1
As a Tobacco-free Charter Supporter, we know that giving young people cigarettes is not doing them a favour.
For more information, please see the following site www.#notafavour.scot.
Dates for Your Diary
|Greenock Prison Trip – POSTPONED||Tuesday 21st Nov|
|English Trip – ‘The Crucible’||Wednesday 22 Nov|
|Higher RMPS trip – Budhist centre||Thursday 23rd Nov|
|Cooldown Crew||Mon 27th Nov – Fri 1st Dec|
|S3 Reports home with students||Tuesday 28th Nov|
|S3 Girls into Physics Trip – PLHS||Wednesday 29th Nov|
|Geography Rivers Fieldtrips||Mon 4 – Tues 5 Dec|
|Go4SET Programme Trip||Thursday 7 Dec|
|RMPS Conference||Monday 11 Dec|
|S1/2 Christmas Dance||Tuesday 12th December|
|S6 Prefect meal||Wednesday 13th Dec|
|S5/6 Christmas Dance||Thursday 14th Dec|
|S3/4 Christmas Dance||Monday 18th Dec|
A reminder of the payment schedule for the Battlefields 2018 is below. If for any reason you have missed a scheduled payment, please submit the payment or contact the school if you are having difficulties.
Please also note that there is no payment due at the end of December.
|Payment||Children in receipt of free school meals||To reach the school on or before:|
|£100||£100 per child||31st August|
|£70||£60 per child||29th September|
|£70||£60 per child||31st October|
|£70||£60 per child||30th November|
|£70||£60 per child||31st January|
|£70||£60 per child||28th February|
|£45||£50 per child||29th March|
Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School
The email address: email@example.com has been set up to allow students and parents/carers to share student achievements with us and to help inspire others.
Please let us know of any achievements that you feel should be shared within our school by emailing achievements, photographs etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also see Information Sheets for our most up-to-date Information Sheet including updates on lunchtime and after-school clubs and:
- House Points Update
- Calling All Writers, Poets and Film Makers
- S6 Yearbook Quotes