S4/5/6 Monitoring and Tracking Reports
These were given to students on Tuesday 12th December. Please contact Guidance if you have any queries.
Where a student is working below their targets (by at least 1 grade) in 4 subjects for S4, in 3 subjects for S5 and in 2 subjects for S6, they have, or will be issued with a letter, following an intervention meeting with one of the Senior Management Team. At this meeting they will have been encouraged to consider and note some strategies they might put into place.
If you would like to discuss any element of your son/daughter’s progress, please contact their Guidance Teacher in the first instance.
Congratulations to Mike Scott who has been appointed as Depute Head Teacher at Musselburgh Grammar. Mr Scott will be a great loss to all of us, however, we do have him for a bit longer as he is not due to take up post until February 2018.
Following the monthly meeting last Tuesday, we can report that the building programme is going to plan. The extended staffroom should be ready for handover after the February break, and the “Music link”, which at last will enable students to access Music and Drama without accessing the assembly hall, is due to be handed over after the Easter break. The super-structure for the extension will be erected early 2018.
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. Following a telephone call from a concerned member of the public regarding DGS students walking en masse in the middle of the road in Lammermuir Crescent, we would ask parent/carers to remind students to follow the bylaw and use the pavement. We will also be mentioning it to students next week.
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, please use bike lights and consider wearing reflective clothing. 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!).
DGSC (Parent Council) Meeting
The next meeting is being held on Wednesday 20th December at 6.30pm in the staffroom, all parents and carers are welcome to attend. This will be a shortened meeting in order to allow attendance at the School Christmas Concert. The agenda and draft minutes from the meeting on 16th November can be read here: Parent Council.
Christmas Concert Tickets
This is your last chance to buy tickets for the school Christmas Concert on Wednesday 20th December at 7pm. Tickets are available to purchase from the school office: £6 adult, £4 concessions. Please be quick to avoid disappointment, as this concert often sells out and tickets are unlikely to be available on the evening of the concert!
MenACWY forms were handed out to students this week. Please can forms be returned to the school office by Monday 18th December.
Our thanks go out to The Bistro staff who provided our students and staff with a delicious Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 13th December. We also had a lunch with our S6 prefects to thank them for their help throughout the year.
Tickets for the S3/4 Christmas Dances are on sale to students in the social space at break and lunchtime, £3.50 each. The dance is being held on Monday 18th December 6.30-9.30pm. There will be a tuck shop selling drinks and snacks. Please note that there will also be free fruit on offer!
The S1/2 dance was on Tuesday and the S5/6 dance was on Thursday, and everyone had a great night! Thanks to all involved, and particular thanks to Mr Fraser.
Arrangements for Last Day of Term
The last day of term, Friday 22nd December, will be a dress down day. Please bring £1 to registration to dress down. Proceeds will go towards school funds for inclusion.
From 9am until 10am there will be a final viewing of the S6 Show to S5/6 students. After break, students will have the option of taking part in the annual S1-S6 ceilidh (a spectacle to be believed!), or for those who would prefer not to dance, alternative arrangements will be put in place. Please ensure that students bring bottles for water and appropriate footwear.
Students will be dismissed as usual at 12.30pm when the school, including the office, will close for the festive period.
The lost property collected to date will be recycled after the Christmas break. Please phone the office if you would like to come in to arrange a time to look for any missing property before end of day Thursday 21st December.
Well Done To Students
On Saturday 2nd December, S2 student Rebecca Piner had 12 inches cut off her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust. This hair will be used by the Trust to make a long hair wig for a girl who has sadly lost her hair through treatment for cancer. In addition to this, Rebecca has also sought sponsorship and has raised over £200 so far for the charity. Many thanks to all the students, parents and teachers at DGS who have supported Rebecca.
Well done to Kyle Campbell who fought in Wishaw last Saturday in the WKA kickboxing fight for a Scottish title and won.
Alastair Campbell, as part of the Scotland U17 Junior Badminton Team, travelled to Prague for the European U17 Junior Badminton Championships. Alastair played in both the team event and the singles and doubles in the individual events. Team Scotland won their 3 group stage matches to progress to the ¼ finals where they met ¾ seeds France. The team upset the seeding to beat France 3 -0 and claim a bronze medal position and a match with top seeds Denmark in the semi-finals. Denmark however proved a bit too strong in the semi-finals and went on to beat Turkey in the finals. This is the first time Scotland has won a medal at the U17 European Junior Team Championships. 36 European countries sent teams to the event in November 2017.
3 days after his return to Dunbar, Alastair went on to win a hat-trick of titles at the West of Scotland U17 Junior Championships in Glasgow.
Well done everyone!
Food Bank Collection
DGS Learn to Succeed & John Muir Award 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 listed in the attachment to make up the Jingle Bags. There is a box in the social space. Please see: Jingle Bag List
Dates for Your Diary
|S3/4 Christmas Dance||Mon 18th Dec|
|Parent Council Meeting||Wed 20th Dec 6.30 – 7pm|
|Christmas Concert||Wed 20th Dec 7pm|
|Shrek Trip – The Playhouse||Thurs 21st Dec|
|Finish for Christmas break||Fri 22nd Dec|
|Students and staff resume||Mon 8th Jan|
|S2 Reports due home||Tues 9th Jan|
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
Recognising Student Achievements at Dunbar Grammar School
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
- Shrek Trip details
- DGS Morocco Expedition 2019
- Childcare Apprenticeships
- STEM Placements
- Scottish Space School
- LRC Update
- CyberFirst Girls’ Competition