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Update 16th March 2018

A reminder of our severe weather policy:


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jackie Gourlay and Leigh Leslie as Business Support Administrators, these posts came about as a result of the retirement of Christine Bowman and the imminent retirement of Ann Penman who will be leaving us at Easter along with Alison Drummond, Home Economics teacher. We would like to wish them all the best for their retirement.

Mr Raffaelli also announced his intention to retire at the end of the school session which will result in a recruitment campaign being established to find his successor.

Expansion Update

To view updated plans, please click here: Expansion Page

S3 Battlefields

There are 2 forms to be completed and handed back to the school office, along with 2 passport photographs. These must be handed in as soon as possible to enable us to process our passports in time. It goes without saying that, without a passport, your son/daughter will not be able to travel.

S4 & S5 Subject Choice Coursing

S3 Coursing Interviews have been taking place this week from Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th March.  If you have any issues regarding the final choices, please contact your son/daughter’s Guidance Teacher in the first instance.

Easter Revision

Easter Revision classes will be taking place this year from Tuesday 3rd April to Thursday 5th April.  Places will be limited so it is important that students sign up as soon as possible, returns are due back on Friday 16th March.  Timetables and sign-up sheets were handed out to students today, 9th March: Easter Revision

Class lists for the sessions will be displayed on the examination notice board next week.  Students are asked to please check that their name is on the list for the subjects they have chosen.

Prelims Working Group

We would like to invite parents/carers to join us in a short-life working group looking at prelims. Our Senior Leadership Team recognise that following this year’s experience we need to review our practice regarding assessments and prelims. Mr Offer will be leading the group to look at our school’s approach to prelims, and hopes to meet at the school on 27th March from 1:20 – 2:10pm. We would love parents/carers to be represented at this meeting, along with our student council and teacher representatives. Please contact Mr Offer at the school if you are interested in participating.

SQA Results Information

If you wish to get your SQA results by text or email, please register at Please note that students must register by 5pm on Tuesday 17th July.  Students will need their Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) to register.

Senior Phase Assessments

The next few weeks are a critical period for our senior students in their preparations for Final Examinations in May.  They will be completing courses, finishing SQA Unit assessments and also submitting key pieces of coursework which will be sent to the SQA or will be marked internally.  It is of paramount importance that students invest their time and energies in the next month into these formal SQA assessments, as many have a direct contribution to their final grades. Therefore, to support our senior students, the Senior Leadership Team have agreed that for the next 3 weeks, there will be no non-SQA tests or assessments. 

The only assessments which will take place before the Easter break are:

  • SQA Unit assessments for Advanced Higher, Higher or National 4
  • SQA Unit assessments for a small number of National 5 candidates who currently have a Working Grade of a 8 or 9
  • SQA assignments (which count towards the final grade)
  • SQA internally assessed course components (which count towards the final grade)

The attached document summarises the assessments which each subject is required to complete.  Please note that in some cases, these may already have been completed earlier in the term: SQA Assessments and Assignments

East Lothian Youth Summit 2018

The first East Lothian Youth Summit 2018 took place at the Brunton Hall on Wednesday 7th March. This inaugural summit will hopefully create a benchmark for youth engagement across Scotland, and lay the foundations for a proposed bi-annual event. Please see the attached for more information: ELYS School

Raising Teens with Confidence

There is a Raising Teens with Confidence course for parents and carers starting on Thursday 3rd May.  Please see the attached for more details: Raising Teens With Confidence Leaflet


The Recruitment and Selection Training course is being delivered at Dunbar Primary School, this coming Monday, 19th March 2018 from 6.30pm – 9pm.

School of Rugby

Opportunities and Careers

  • Apprentice Roofers
  • Electrical Mechanical Apprenticeship Opportunity – Virgin Trains East Coast has 2 positions for Electrical/Mechanical apprenticeships with plenty of scope for career advancement. Because there is always a huge interest, it is important that all candidates meet the minimum criteria before applying for these apprenticeships to avoid disappointment at the first hurdle.  Application should be made on the Virgin Trains East Coast website ‘About Us’ section.

Are you looking for an apprenticeship?

The Foundation Apprenticeship recruitment campaign, led by SDS, went live on Monday 12 March. Contact details below –

Assemblies – Mental Health Week

  • Monday –S1 – Assembly Hall
  • Tuesday – S2– Assembly Hall
  • Wednesday – S3 – Assembly Hall
  • Thursday –S 5/6– Games Hall
  • Friday –S4 – Assembly Hall


Table Top Sale

The PTA are holding a table top sale!

  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • Saturday 21st April
  • 9.30am -12.30am

If you would like to book a table/space, please email Jane at or call 860804.

Dates Your Diary

Social Subjects Innerwick Study Trip Fri 17th – Sat 18th March
SAGT Geography Quiz Tuesday 20th March
Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Evening Thursday 22nd March
Break for Easter Thursday 29th March
Easter Revision Tuesday 3rd April – Thursday 5th April
Staff & Students Resume Monday 16th April

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
  • Mental Health Week Timetable of Events
  • Study/Assignment Support – Graph Comm, Eng Science, D&M, Practical Woodwork
  • Apprenticeship opportunities

Sports Fixtures for the Weekend

Due to the forecast for inclement weather this weekend, it is unlikely that fixtures will take place, please check the App for further details.

Update 9th March 2018

A reminder of our severe weather policy:

S3 Battlefields

There are 2 forms to be completed and handed back to the school office, along with 2 passport photographs. These must be handed in by Wednesday 14th March to enable us to process our passports in time. It goes without saying that, without a passport, your son/daughter will not be able to travel.

S4 & S5 Subject Choice Coursing Continue reading Update 9th March 2018