Update 27th October 2017

Expansion Update

The library has now been converted into 2 temporary English classrooms and an IT resource area.

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. We have been speaking to students all week in assemblies regarding safety, and in particular have been asking all students riding bikes and scooters to follow the school policy of pushing their bikes until outside the school grounds. However, having monitored the situation this week at the end of the school day, we have now asked students to push school bikes/scooters until past the vehicular exits to the school car park, unless they are prepared to cycle on the road. 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.

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.

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

School Photographs

Proofs and order forms for S1 and S4 photographs were handed out this week.     Please return order forms to the office by Friday 10th November.

Poppy Scotland

We will be offering poppies to students and staff from next week.  All donations will be gratefully received and passed on to Poppy Scotland.

DGSC (Parent Council) Meetings

The draft minutes of the DGSC meeting held on 5th September can be read here: Minutes

DGS Radio

The DGS Radio team have been busy recording live sessions over the past few months. They have created a monthly Live Lounge session within the school which encourages musical performances of all ages and types. They have also recorded the performances of the recent Belhaven Church concert. If you would like to listen to any of these recordings then please click on the following link to hear the results of all their hard work:  https://soundcloud.com/dgsradio

Information Update (URGENT)

We still have several outstanding Seemis forms for each student, which are required to be checked by parent/carers, updated as appropriate, signed and returned.

Please return the Emergency Closure Form for your son/daughter if you do not wish them to be sent home in the case of the school being closed in an emergency.  Please also see our Severe Weather Policy.

If you have no email address, it is essential that you inform the school. Where this is the case, we will provide a printout of this weekly information update to students on a Monday morning in their registration folder.  A printout is only available to families who do not have access to email.  The weekly email is automatically updated on our website.

School of Rugby Update

21 students from DGS took part in a ‘Start Coaching Rugby Course’  on Monday 23rd October. All students showed great maturity in delivering parts of sessions to their peers throughout the morning and will now look to help out at various events and sessions on the rugby calendar throughout the year. Well done to everyone who took part!

SOR Fixtures 28/10/2017 – 1000 KO

  • All teams vs Knox Academy
  • S1, S2 & U15 (home)
  • U16 & U18 (away)

U16s Scottish Shield result

  • Berwickshire HS 7 – 76 Dunbar GS

Another great victory for the DGS U16 team who are now into the quarter final of the national shield competition where they will take on Marr College away.

Good Luck

To Elliot Young in S2 who is competing in the UK Pro Surf Tour at present.

S1 Parents / Carers – Family Learning

We would like to warmly invite parents / carers of our new S1s to attend our next Family Learning working group meeting.   In particular, we are keen to hear your views on how we can support families to help develop their children’s learning.  Our next meeting is on Friday 10th November at 1pm.  Please contact Mrs Cairns if you able to attend.  We would also welcome any views from parents / carers who are unable to attend the meeting.  fcairns@dunbargrammar.elcschool.org.uk

Battlefields 2018

Thank you to everyone who has paid the first two instalments.  A reminder that the third payment is due on 31st October.  Cheques made payable to ‘East Lothian Council’ please, on-line payments can be made here: On-Line Payments.

S2 Activities Week

Returns for all S2 students are now due back: Initial S2 Activities Week Letter.  If you have any queries, please contact Mr Robertson at the school. A reminder of the proposed payment schedule:

Date Payment
By Monday 9th October 2017 £35
By Monday 6th  November 2017 £10
By Monday 4th December 2017 £10
By Monday 5th February 2018 £10
By Monday 5th  March 2018 £10
By Thursday 29th March 2018 £10

Lost Property

There are several jackets in the lost property, please come to the school office if you have lost a jacket.

Opportunities – please see our Careers Page and below for details on the following

School Winter Menu

Autism Pathway Programme

Child Sexual Exploitation Leaflet for Parents/Carers

#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.

Coffee Morning – Saturday 4 November 2017 11am -1pm

There is a Coffee Morning in aid of West Barns Christmas Lights at West Barns Village Hall. Come along for delicious home-baking, refreshments, and a good old chat with your neighbours.

All monies raised on the day will be donated to the Christmas Lights Committee to upgrade the lights in the village. Everyone welcome!

Dates for Your Diary

Loretto Acting Workshop Monday 30th Oct
Go4SET launch Tuesday 31st Oct
Edinburgh Mosque Trip Tuesday 31st Oct
Mock Court Case Trials Wed 1st / Thurs 2nd Nov
West Barns Primary STEM Event Wednesday 1st Nov
Environmental Science Farm Trip Thurs 2nd Nov
Geography Field Trip Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Nov
Skills Scotland Jobs Fair Thursday 9th Nov
Model United Nations Conference Friday 10th Nov
S4 Work Experience Week Mon 13th – Fri 17th 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 Fri 17 Nov

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
  • Autumn Beach Clean
  • Dunbar Senior Drama Showcase
  • S6 Yearbook
  • Les Miserables Auditions
  • School Choir
  • World Town Planning Day Competition
  • Linguachallenge
  • Breakfast Club