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Update 22nd June 2018

Results and Post-Results Service

A letter was given out to all new S5 and S6 students this week regarding SQA results and the post-results service: Post Results Letter 2018

Reminder that the results are due for publication on Tuesday 7 August.

House Prize 2017-2018

Congratulations to Lauderdale who edged ahead from their nearest rival at the last moment. As a prize, all staff and students from Lauderdale will have the opportunity of attending ‘Jump In’ in Musselburgh on Wednesday 27 June. Letters went home with students on Tuesday, returns are essential for students to take part: House trip letter

S2 Reports

Full reports for old S2 (new S3) students were handed to students on Tuesday 19 June. Please contact the Guidance Department if you wish to discuss any issues.

S2 Expressive Arts Electives

Our new S2 students have been busy in Expressive Arts this week choosing their electives for session 2108-19. Please click on the link for information on the elective choices: S2 Expressive Electives – parents carers

If your child has not yet made any choices due to absence, please ask them to see Mrs Cairns, PT Expressive Arts; or email fcairns@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk  with your child’s name,  ‘P’ class,  and their order of preference for each block e.g.

  • Name   class
  • Block 1:  1st choice –  Art, 2nd choice  – Drama, 3rd Choice  – Music
  • Block 2: 1st Choice –Drama, 2nd choice – Music… etc.

A reminder of the Plans for the End of Term

All Advanced Higher, Higher and S5 National 5 long courses will have work posted on Show My Homework and Google Classroom for the last week of term (Monday 25th – Friday 29th June).  This work will not involve any active teaching input, thus releasing staff to pack or cover displaced classes whose classrooms are being packed up.  All of these students will be doing independent work, set by their subject teachers and supervised in the Assembly Hall and Social Space, enabling us to cope with the reduction of available classrooms and teachers. Students will have access to IT, including Chromebooks, during this period.

Exercise Safe Sanctuary

100 of our S6 students will be involved in an ELC Emergency Planning event in Dunbar and Haddington on the morning of Tuesday, 26th June.  Details can be read here: Schools Brief Overview of Ex Safe Sanctuary 2018

S3 (New S4) Ceremony

On Wednesday 20 June we held our S3 Ceremony.  Students were presented with certificates marking the end of their Broad General Education phase.  On this day we celebrated the talents and successes of this year group.  The event was well attended by parents and carers.  The audience was impressed by the many moving performances from the students who took a lead role in organising the whole event.  A big thank you to all the students involved, staff helpers and parents/carers.  The full programme can be seen here: S3 Ceremony Programme

Your son or daughter has been working on a personal profile all year. This profile is a reflection of their achievements and experiences  from the broad general education. The profile is stored on Edubuzz, East Lothian Council’s secure online cloud. If you wish to see the profile ask your child to share it with you on gmail or they can download a copy for you to keep on your computer’s hard drive.  We recommend that all parent/carers have a good look at these as they represent an excellent record of students’ progression throughout the first 3 years at Dunbar Grammar School.

We are always striving to improve and would therefore appreciate any feedback on this year’s event.  Any suggestions or comments, please email admin@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Battlefields 2019

We launched Battlefields 2019 at assembly this week.  Information went home with new S3 students:

Medicines Held in School

As we are now nearing the end of the school year, it is our policy to return all medication to the student’s home.

If you are not happy for your child to take their unused medication home, please contact Tracy Gillespie in the school office to arrange to collect it.

All other medication will be returned to students on Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June. Any medications not collected or returned will be destroyed.

If your child still requires to have medication in school please complete the appropriate form from the links below and send it in at the start of the next term along with the medication:

California Trip

We wish our group of student, ex-student and staff travellers to California a safe and amazing trip!

Preparing for Next Session

Uniform

Please ensure that appropriate uniform has been obtained before the beginning of next term.  If you are in any doubt as to what constitutes uniform, please follow this link: Parental Information

Please note that black or grey trousers, including denim, are acceptable, however, these must not be ripped.

Black trainers with any different coloured motifs or laces are not part of our uniform agreement.

School uniform already ordered can be collected from the school office during the in-service days on Monday 13 from 1.30pm or Tuesday 14 August.

Please note that it is agreed school policy that parents/carers will provide students NOT wearing school uniform with a note.  Any parent/carer who does not wish to support East Lothian’s policy should contact the school to discuss with one of the Senior Management Team.

Water Bottles/Food

It is an educational fact that the drinking of water throughout the day can support the learning process.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to school, which can be filled up from one of our three chilled filtered units.  However, this should be done before classes or during break and lunchtime, not during class time. Please note that the office cannot provide students with cups or bottles.  The consumption of fizzy drinks or juices is not permitted during lessons.  Energy drinks will be confiscated from students for collection at the end of the day.  No students should be bringing hot food from LOOKs into the school.  Students will be asked to leave the school grounds to consume this.  Finally, no food, especially hot, should be consumed in the school hall, library, changing rooms, stairs and stairwells and corridors.  Any consumption of food or drink in a classroom has to be agreed and supervised by a member of staff.

Please can students remember their smartcards or PINs as this can cause a delay in the Bistro queues which are set to get longer and longer.  Any student who does not have their card can apply for a new one – remember this also gives you reductions in many retail outlets!  Students who turn up at the Bistro without their card or PIN will be asked to go to the end of the queue and only dealt with if time allows.  Those who arrive with money, will be sent to the social area to load their accounts.  So, please get yourselves organised over the holidays. Students also need their smartcards in the library to have books issued.

Students entitled to concessions

As a school community, we would encourage all parents/carers to check their eligibility for concessions. These cover school meals, uniform, and in some cases travel. See below for application form.

Equipment

Please check that all students have equipment needed for their classes, for example, pens, pencils, rulers etc., and an appropriate school bag.

PE Kit and Deodorants

Students need to bring appropriate kit for both indoor and outdoor activities.  Examples include shorts, tracksuit trousers, T-shirt, sweatshirt, trainers and football boots.  Students should not use spray deodorants in the changing rooms as this may trigger other students’ asthma or other conditions.  Valuables should ideally be left at home, or handed to your PE teacher at the start of the lesson for safe-keeping.

The Parent and Carers’ Survival Guide

This leaflet has been put together for our new parents and carers to enhance the transition to secondary school:

PTA Afternoon Tea with Prosecco

  • Sat 8th September 3pm-5pm
  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • £10 ticket    over 18s only

This very popular fun event is back.  An enjoyable way to raise funds to enhance the learning experience of our children in the school while catching up with your friends after the long holidays.  Please come and buy your tickets from the school office as soon as possible.

Opportunities and Local Events

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

If you would like to sign up to this year’s group you must collect a letter from Miss Williams during registration or on your way to Maths. Spaces are limited to 42. Students must collect and return a slip which will then go into a hat after the summer.The deadline for returns is 21 August.

Dates for Your Diary

A reminder that Friday 29 June is the last day of term and a dress down day; students please give £1 at registration.

German Exchange trip Mon 25 June
East Lothian Exercise Safe Sanctuary Tues 26 June
House Trip Wed 27 June
Break for the summer Fri 29 June
In-service Days Mon 13 / Tues 14 August
Students resume Wed 15 August

Please also see Information Sheets for our most up-to-date Information Sheet including updates on lunchtime and after-school clubs and:

  • Final House Points
  • Awards Evening
  • Depute Head Boy/Girl Positions
  • New S6 Lockers

Update 15th June 2018

Two Exciting Announcements from Dunbar Grammar!

  1. Congratulations to our new Head Girl and Head Boy!

Well done to Hannah Dickson and Ben James Dorin who were appointed Head Girl and Head Boy for the session 2018 to 2019.

It was a very thorough and intense process with a hustings, a group task, student and teacher vote and two rounds of interviews.

Thanks to Alistair Fell, Heather Cameron, Mr Raffaelli, Mr Offer and Mrs Hamilton for helping with the interview process.

Every single candidate impressed with their attitude and commitment to the school and made us incredibly proud of them.

Unsuccessful candidates are automatically entitled to go through to the Depute interview stage.

Well done to all concerned.

Mrs Slowther

2. House Prize 2017-2018

Congratulations to Lauderdale who edged ahead from their nearest rival at the last moment. As a prize, all staff and students from Lauderdale will have the opportunity of attending Jump In in Musselburgh on Wednesday 27th June.

Mock Court Team has done it again!

They are now the Transatlantic Moot Court Champions 2018. Our students competed against students who attend a school which specialises in preparing students for a career in law. This makes their success even more impressive. The students will be presented with an award next week from the Dunbar Community Council.  We also want to thank the DGSA for their invaluable support with the costs of train fares to the tutorials and trials. This has ensured that all students can participate in this competition.

We are very proud of them. They are a credit to their parents, school and community.

Wider Achievement Prospectus for 2018 – 2019:

All of our S6 students are required to enhance their course by choosing a wider achievement experience. Please see attached this year’s prospectus offered to S6: Wider Achievement Prospectus 2018-2019

Link for Students

All of our new S4s were required to complete the new Standardised Testing for the Scottish Government. Please see a student link below for more information:

https://standardisedassessment.gov.scot/access-scottish-national-standardised-assessments/

Plans For The End of Term

As you will be aware we have a major expansion underway at the school and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding.  We have done everything in our power to protect teaching and learning during this period and can announce that the SQA examinations have been very successful with no interruption as a result of the building work.  As we approach the end of term we have a major decanting exercise to hand over to the construction team those areas of the school yet to be finished.  There is an enormous amount of work planned for the summer but we do need your help and support. As a number of classrooms, stores and bases (total 26) will have to have their contents packed up and relocated, these will not be available for classes to use. As a result, 22 teachers will need to be released from teaching to pack up these classrooms, bases and stores.  In order to release staff to pack up and move, the number of classrooms available for teaching will reduce significantly. In order to address this situation, we have come up with the following plan:

All Advanced Higher, Higher and S5 National 5 long courses will have work posted on Show My Homework and Google Classroom for the last week of term (Monday 25th – Friday 29th June).  This work will not involve any active teaching input, thus releasing staff to pack or cover displaced classes whose classrooms are being packed up.  All of these students will be doing independent work, set by their subject teachers and supervised in the Assembly Hall and Social Space, enabling us to cope with the reduction of available classrooms and teachers. Students will have access to IT, including Chromebooks, during this period.  This process worked very well during the ‘snow days’ with parents/carers reporting a huge amount of work covered.  In addition to this, one fifth of the school will be on the House trip on the Wednesday and 100 of our S6 students will be involved in an ELC Emergency Planning event in Dunbar and Haddington on Tuesday, 26th June.  Details of this event to follow.

This has been a very interesting period in the school which will result in a fantastic facility for future students.  I hope I, and Mrs Slowther, can count on your continued support for this final phase.

Expansion Update

Our DGSC were invited to a tour of the extension area. They were very impressed with the area and excited for the students.

To view updated photographs of the extension, please click here: Expansion Page

New S1 Visit

We have had our new S1s visiting the school today. They were welcomed by Mr Raffaelli in the Games Hall before splitting into their C classes to meet with their new classmates and some Register and Guidance Teachers.  We look forward to welcoming them back on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June when students will experience their new timetable.  Students to arrive for 8.35am for registration in the Assembly Hall on Monday.  Students will be dismissed at 3.50pm.

S3 Ceremony

Invitations went home with students last week inviting parents and carers to the S3 Ceremony on Wednesday 20th June at 2pm at Dunbar Parish Church.  Please can reply slips be returned to the school office as soon as possible.

Loud & Proud

Dunbar Grammar School welcomed Edinburgh’s Loud & Proud Choir as part of an afternoon organised by the LGBT+ group within the school. The first part of the concert involved various students from the school and songs sung by the Loud & Proud Choir, interspersed with some personal reflections on their lives. The concert was attended by our new S3 students who responded very positively. Thanks to all involved who organised this.

Chinese Headteachers Visit

Dunbar Grammar School welcomed its second group of Head Teachers from China, here on a study visit to look at Curriculum for Excellence. The group from Zhejiang province were very impressed with Dunbar Grammar School and its students and will return to China with lots of new ideas.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

If you would like to sign up to this year’s group you must collect a letter from Miss Williams during registration or on your way to Maths. Spaces are limited to 42. Students must collect and return a slip which will then go into a hat after the summer.

The deadline for returns is 21st August.

School Uniform

Order forms can be collected from the school office. The deadline for orders is Thursday 21st June.  Collection will be from 1.30pm on Monday 13th August 2018 from the school office.  Please note that any students not wearing uniform should carry a note from their parent/carer.

PTA Afternoon Tea with Prosecco

  • Sat 8th September 3pm-5pm
  • Belhaven Parish Church Hall
  • £10 ticket    over 18s only

This very popular fun event is back.  An enjoyable way to raise funds to enhance the learning experience of our children in the school while catching up with your friends after the long holidays.  Please come and buy your tickets from the school office as soon as possible.

Lost Property

Our lost property will be recycled at the end of June. If you would like to check for lost items, please arrange through the school office before Friday 22nd June.

Opportunity and Local Events

  • Lemac in Haddington are undergoing an expansion and are looking to recruit around 25 production operatives. No specific experience is required and the vacancies are suitable for people of all ages including school leavers. Having studied practical technical subjects is an advantage but not essential. Send CV to liz.smith@lemac.com
  • Vacancy for a school leaver at Belhaven Smokehouse. No specific qualifications required. Need to be reliable, trustworthy, hard-working and able to work without supervision and as part of a team. If interested call Mr Dave Pate on 01368 864025
  • East Lothian Council’s Arts Service has programmed a fun packed summer of creative activities for 5 – 18 year olds to fill the holidays. The programme includes: themed multi arts camps, youth theatre, musical theatre, streetdance, computer animation, outdoor theatre and more.We are really keen that young people and their adults here about these activities, so we have sent you, via ELC print unit, our Summer Arts Activities leaflets to distribute to your pupils. Please do look out for them.All activities are booked online at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/summeractivities and a pdf of the leaflet can also be downloaded from East Lothian Council’s website: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210604/arts_and_entertainment/12102/arts_and_entertainment_services/10

Dates for Your Diary

P7 Transition Day Mon 18 June & Tues 19 June
S3 Ceremony Wedn 20 June
California Trip Thurs 21 June
Bronze D of E Thurs 21 June
German Exchange trip Mon 25 June
House Trip Wed 27 June
Break for the summer Fri 29 June

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
  • Awards Evening