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Update 17th November 2017

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!

Congratulations

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.

Expansion Update

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

 

 

Defence Team

Gemma Armstrong, Louise Duguid, Cameron Elliot

Awards

  • 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.

S1 Reports

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!

Christmas Dances

    • 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.

School Photographs

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.

Taekwondo Update

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!

Tuesday 21/11/2017

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 addressesWe 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

Local Event:

#Notafavour Campaign

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

Battlefields Payments

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
£495                            £450                                                    Total 

Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School

The email address: achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk 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 achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

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

Update 10th November 2017

Expansion Update

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 on Friday 17th November.

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.

Overseas Visitors

We welcomed a group of 20 Chinese head teachers from the Hang Zhau region who were visiting Scotland as part of a fact-finding study visit. The visitors had an opportunity to hear about our school curriculum and also the Scottish Government and East Lothian Council’s approach to educational improvement. They were very engaged and impressed with the school and our students. As a mark of appreciation, the school was gifted a number of lovely items including a traditional bamboo flute and a silk scroll depicting the Quing Ming Festival. We would like to wish them all the best for the rest of their visit and a safe journey home.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meeting

The next meeting  is on Thursday 16th November at 7pm in the Staffroom.  The agenda can be read here: Parent Council. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.

Letter from the Scottish Government

Please see letter from the Scottish Government for your attention: Empowering Schools A Consultation on the Provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

Battlefields Payments

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
£495                            £450                                                    Total 

Well Done to Students

Swimmer Update

S4 student Edward Alsop was competing at the North District Open in Inverness last weekend with the East Lothian Swim Team.  His achievements in swimming over the last year have earned him a place in the Scottish Senior Bronze squad, meaning he benefits from advice from the Scottish Performance Swimming coaches.

At the competition, he improved his 400m freestyle (16 lengths of the pool) by 15 seconds, posting a time of 4:06.55, the fastest time by any Scottish 15 year old this year.  It also ranks him 6th in Britain for that age & event.  He also improved times in other events, putting him 2nd in Scotland (15yrs) for 100m and 200m butterfly and 4th for 400m Individual Medley (4 lengths of each of the 4 strokes). Well done Edward!

Taekwondo Update

S1 students Ryan and Kyle Campbell recently competed in the British Championships in Bath. Well done to Ryan who achieved a Gold in patterns and a Silver in sparring, and to Kyle who achieved a Silver in patterns and a Bronze in sparring. Good luck to both boys who are heading to Barcelona to compete in the Challenger Cup on Saturday 11th November.

Silver Arts Award

Isaac Love has received his certificate for his Silver Arts Award from Leeds Chapel FM, a community radio and arts centre. He volunteered offering support to the next generation. He worked hard and attended on a weekly basis and enjoyed working behind the scenes in creating stimulating radio programmes and exploring social justice issues. This award is similar to the DoE award but has an arts focus.

DGS SOR Update
Results v Lasswade 4/11/2017:

  • S1 W 36-7
  • S2 W 50-0
  • U15 L 80-5
  • U16 W 50-0
  • U18 L 45-34

The U16s lost in their Quarter-Final game against Marr College through in Troon. The final score was 34-25. The boys have performed extremely well throughout the Scottish Schools Cup & Shield competitions and although they are disappointed to go out at this stage of the national competition, they should be proud of their performances and it has been a great learning experience for everyone involved. Big thanks to Robert Ramage & Barry Armatage for all their hard work with this group.

This weekend’s SOR Outlander Conference fixtures:

  • S1 & S2 v Linlithgow (away)
  • All 0930 KO

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 addressesWe 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

Children in Need 17th November – student events

Extended Interval

50p to enter the hall to see our Teachers being gunged.

Dress Down Day

£1 to Dress Down.  Please remember to bring PE kit if you have PE on Friday.

Bake off Competition

Please hand in Pudsey and Children in Need themed cakes to Miss Williams in M13 by the end of registration on Friday 17th.  Prizes are available for the best taste and best design. (You can hand them in at the end of the day on Thursday 16th if easier).

Stalls in the Social Space

  • Games
  • Cakes
  • Pudsey Merchandise
  • Voting- choose who you would like to see gunged, 10p a vote!

Opportunities – please also see our Careers Page :

Recruitment has started for the 2018 intake of apprentices for Torness Power Station. For further information, please visit www.edf-energy.com/careers/early-careers  and https://www.edubuzz.org/midaendeastvacancies for more information.

Information days are being held on Saturday 11th November 2017 and Sunday 10th December 2017. There are 4 sessions each day 09.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 1.00p.m. and 2.30 p.m.  To book on to one of these sessions, students should email gillian.farquhar@edf-energy.com

Local Event:

DGS Science Department Annual Quiz Night – Friday 10th November Royal British Legion Dunbar

The Science Department at Dunbar Grammar School would like to invite you to our annual Quiz Night. Quizmaster Addie will keep you on your toes with a general knowledge quiz not to be missed. Tickets are available from the school office or from a Science teacher for just £3.00 each. All money raised will be used by the Science Faculty to purchase additional resources. We are looking for teams of up to 6. Over 18s only. *Tickets will be available on the door*

#Notafavour Campaign

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

S4 Work Experience Week Mon 13th – Fri 17th Nov
DYW Regional Conference Mon 13th Nov
Charles River AH Biology Trip Mon 13th Nov
AH Biology Zoo Trip Thurs 16th Nov
Maths Challenge Trip Thurs 16th Nov
Children in Need Friday 17th Nov
Tarmac Trip – Higher Engineering Science Friday 17th Nov
Greenock Prison Trip Tues 21st Nov
S3 Reports home with students Tues 28th Nov
Girls into Physics Trip Wed 29th Nov

Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School

At Dunbar Grammar School we recognise the importance of celebrating our students’ achievements both within and outside of school.

We’re looking to promote and celebrate the learning that takes place beyond the classroom and the skills and attributes that are developed as a result. The response so far has been great, please keep the information coming!

For this we need your help!

A new email address: achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk 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 achievements@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

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
  • Sew Your own  Christmas Stocking
  • DGS Live Lounge
  • Scottish Teenage Book Prize Books
  • Maths/Chemistry/Modern Studies Study Groups
  • Mental Health Group