Achievements and Successes 2015-2016

Well Done to S6 Student – 1st July

We are really proud of Samantha Kaszuba in S6 who was selected to take part in a midnight vigil at the National War memorial to remember the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  Students and staff who have been on the Battlefields experience will never forget the fallen.  Well done Samantha.


To Carly Peters who is part of Totally Sound (Canongate Youth Project) and recently performed at their end of term gig. You can see Carly perform via the link below:

Well Done To Lewis Paul – 24th June

Lewis won our Literacy competition for his wonderful poem to narrate the silent short film ‘Skeleton Dance’.   Lewis performed his poem at our Cabaret evening on Wednesday.

Huge Congratulations

To Maria Lyle, as last week she won not 1, not 2, but 3 gold medals at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Grossetto, Italy!  Maria claimed victory in the 100m, 200m and the 4 x 100m final in which the GB team set a new world record with a time of 53.17 seconds.

It’s a great honour for Dunbar Grammar School to have a world class athlete in our ranks and we are delighted to announce that she is now preparing for the Paralympics in Rio!

DGS Team 3rd at National Geography Quiz Finals – 10th June

Geog Quiz picOn Tuesday 7th June the Dunbar Grammar School SAGT Geography Quiz team travelled to Gryffe High School in Renfrewshire for the Worldwise Quiz finals, having qualified in great drama in the East of Scotland heats in March. Hamish Gill (S5), Alastair Campbell (S4) and Rhian Dowding (S3), competing against 12 qualifier schools from all around Scotland, got off to a sensational start and by the half way point were in a clear lead in first place. The top 4 teams then went forward to the overall final where Dunbar were neck and neck right up to the final round where the team finally came a superb third. Mr Morrison said he was immensely proud of the team and how well they had represented the school in every way, in both the heats and the finals where they had impressed everyone with their wide knowledge and calm teamwork. For any budding quizzers, the deciding question was “which city’s name means ‘trees grow from water’ in the native language?”. Answers on a postcard!

Well done Hamish, Rhian and Alastair!

Well Done – 3rd June

To student Aaron Lough who took part in the Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) Junior Athletics Championships on Wednesday 1st June at Grangemouth.  He came second in the 200m and was awarded Bronze in the javelin.  Congratulations Aaron!


To Joanna McPhillips who has been voted in as this year’s Dunbar Lifeboat Queen!

Good Luck

To Maria Lyle who is competing for GB at the IPC European Championships this weekend.

Motor Cycle Project

There was an awards ceremony on Tuesday 31st May celebrating the success of this year’s motorcycle project group.  Well done to all!

Intergenerational Work

A group of our Learn to Succeed students have been working with residents at Southfield Court, Lammermuir House and Dunbar Day Centre to improve cross-generational links.  In recognition of this they have been given an Outstanding Achievement Award for Building Successful Partnerships through Intergenerational Work.  Well done to all staff and students involved.

Football Success – 27th May

A group of our students took part in a Secondary School Regional 5-A-Side Tournament which took place over 4 days since February.  Well done to team players Kacper Marczynski, Kyle Smith, Jordan Black, Ross Penny and Fraser Darling, who won the tournament!  Congratulations boys!

S2 Activities Week Scavenger Hunt – Winners!

Well done to Niamh Drever, Zach Cosgrove, Annabel Stewart, Clover Christopherson and Lily King: the winning team from the ‘Kiwis’.  Their prize is lunch at Umberto’s with Mrs Hamilton.

Congratulations to Abbey Ellis 3C6!

Abbey has completed 200 hours of volunteering with the Saltire Award from February 2015 to April 2016.  Well done Abbey!

Good Luck to S1 Student – 29th April

Good luck to Iona Goldie who has been selected to play for Scotland in the Under 12 Basketball Team this week.

My World of Work Ambassadors (MyWoW) – 22nd April 2016

MWOWOn 20th April the students listed below were presented with certificates by Skills Development Scotland in recognition of the work they carried out to raise awareness and encourage the use of the MyW0W web service, which supports effective career planning.  In addition, the school was presented with a plaque to mark the occasion.

DGS was part of a two year pilot, during this time the students attended weekly training sessions delivered by Gordon Craig, SDS, in collaboration with Lesley Gillies, PT Pupil Support. The students then delivered sessions to parents/carers, students and staff.  Guidance staff use the materials to support career planning.

Well done to the ambassadors: Lucy Mackay, Jade Paterson, Taylor Campbell, Oisin Strachan, Conal Prior, Sam Laing and Anna Richards.

Head Girl

Our Head Girl, Kirsten Fell, gave a presentation on her Battlefields experience at a meeting of the Dunbar Rotary Club on Monday evening.  The presentation went down really well by those in attendance, and as a consequence, Kirsten was awarded a copy of a biography of The Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy V.C. D.S.O. M.C. 1863-1918 “It’s Only Me” by David Raw, who was most impressed with Kirsten’s professionalism, flair, sensitivity and skill.  He also gifted a copy to our school library.

Badminton Success

Euan CampbellLast weekend Euan Campbell, S1 Pais athlete, had a fantastic weekend at the U13 Scottish National Badminton Championships winning the Scottish National U13 Singles title, beating the top seed in the semi-final, before winning the final without dropping a set.  He was also seeded 3/4 in the boys doubles and won his second National title with his regular partner from Bonnyrigg.  Well done Euan!

Alastair Campbell has been selected to play for the Scotland U16 Badminton Team in the Four Nations’ Quadrangle Competition in the Isle of Man next week.  Euan has also been selected to play for the Lothian Team in the Isle of Man.  We wish you both the best of luck!

Well Done To Rogan

S5 student, Rogan Paul, completed his ski instructor’s course during the Easter holidays.  He is now a PSIA Level one ski instructor and Rogan is now considering using this qualification to apply for a job in Colorado in 2017.  Well done Rogan!

Surfing Success – 15th April 2016

Students Malcolm Todd and Clover Christopherson took part in the Scottish Surf Championships in Thurso during the Easter holidays. Malcolm Todd finished 4th in the Under 14 surfing division and Clover finished 2nd in the Under 14 and 2nd in the Under 18 Ladies.  Clover has also been selected to compete for Scotland later this year in the World Championships in the Azores and the Europeans in Morocco.  Both students are part of the Coast to Coast Junior Development Team.  Well done Malcolm and Clover!

Harbour Lights Thank You

We received a letter of thanks to our Peace Ambassadors Group for their generous help in raising £150 for the Harbour Lights Youth Group.  The letter can be read here: Harbour lights.  Well done to all those involved!

Secondary School Football Success – 11th March 2016

FootballA group of our students took part in a Secondary School Regional Football 5-a-side Competition and Festival on Thursday 10th March.  Well done to all students who took part, especially our S3 team and the S1/2 combined team who won their respective categories.



Peace Ambassadors

cakesWell done to our Peace Ambassadors who held a cake sale and raised £71 for The Harbour Lights Youth Club.

East Lothian Cross-Country Championships – 4th March 2016

A massive well done to all students involved in the recent East Lothian Cross-Country Championships at John Muir Park on the 6th February. Dunbar Grammar had a fantastic representation at the event including some outstanding results. Special mention to the following students:

  • Lucy Allan – U17W & East Lothian Champion
  • Roman Burke – U17M Runner up & East Lothian Champion
  • Fraser Kelly – U15B & East Lothian Champion
  • Iona Goldie – U15G & East Lothian Runner up
  • Cameron Bullen – U15B & East Lothian Runner up
  • Calum McCullough – U13B & East Lothian Runner up

Well done to all who took part, and remember if you are interested in getting involved in cross country, a good place to start is with the Friday mile every Friday morning 8am at the back door of the school.  Mr. Levey

DRC Juniors  |  Awards 2016

Well done to the following students who received awards at the Dunbar Running Club Awards Night 2016 this week:

  • U13 yrs girls – Mia Wyatt
  • U15 yrs girls – Catriona McPheat
  • U15 yrs boys – Fraser Kelly + Cameron Bullen
  • Club Champion – Eloise Gray

Scottish Schools’ Athletics Results – 26th February 2016

Well done to the following students who competed in the Scottish Schools’ Athletics:

  • Fraser Kelly   –  U16 boys 1500m, a new personal best (PB).
  • Catriona McPheat  –  U16 girls 200m, a PB and U16 girls 300m, a PB which took her into the semi-finals where she came third.
  • Eloise Gray  –   U16 girls 200m, a PB which took her into the semi-finals and U16 girls 60m – came 2nd in her heat and ran a PB in her semi-final.  She still has 3 years at u16!
  • Cameron Steven  –  O16 boys 1500m and O16 boys 800m  –  ran 1.59.81 in his heat to take him to the A final as third seed and then won silver with a time of 1.55.94, which is his fastest indoor time this season.
  • Charlie Hamilton –  U16 boys 60m Hurdles, just outside his PB which he had only set last Sunday, so impressive consistency.
  • Jordan Robbins – U16 boys 60m Hurdles, a PB.
  • Marissa Kelly  –  U16 girls 800m, an indoor PB, a very mature run for an S1.

Well done to everyone!


To Abbey Ellis who has completed 100 hours volunteering and has completed the Ascent with the Saltire Awards.  Well done Abbey!

Good Luck

To Rebecca Craig who is competing for the Scottish Karate Federation in the Ishoj Cup this weekend in Denmark.

Basketball Update – 29th January 2016

  • S1 Girls – They have qualified for the last 16 of the Scottish cup.  They will play their next game on Monday 25th January in the games hall 4:30pm tip off.  All support welcome!
  • U15 Girls – They also qualified for the last 16 of the Scottish cup.  Unfortunately they lost their game to Mary Erskine on Tuesday 19th January.
  • Senior Girls – They won their last 16 game by 1 point and have progressed to the quarter final (very close and exciting game).  They will play Park Mains in the quarter finals on Wednesday 10th February, tip off 4:30pm.  This game will be at home.  Again, all support welcome.  Park Main are meant to have 6 Internationals but I know the girls will give them a game.

All girls have conducted themselves in an exceptional manner.  A real credit to themselves and the school.

Well Done to S1 Students

On Wednesday evening two S1 students, Adam Barnes and Connor Gibson, accompanied Mrs Fell and Mrs Payton to the Primary School to act as quiz masters in the annual Primary School Quiz, run by Dunbar Rotary Club. This saw teams from all the catchment Primaries competing in teams to win the first stage of this competition. This year it was won, once again, by Dunbar Primary School.

The boys did themselves and the Grammar School proud as they  competently delivered their sections of the quiz. Well done to you both!

Well done – 22nd January 2016

To the following students who have excelled in Badminton competitions over the past few months:

  • Euan Campbell (S1) 
  • Gregor Ronan (S1)
  • Alastair Campbell (S3) 
  • Lewis Campbell (S5)

Details can be seen here: Badminton Successes.  Congratulations boys!

Well Done – 15th January 2016

To Justin Tait (S1) and Edward Alsop (S2) who recently competed for DGS in the East Lothian and Borders Schools Swimming Championships, achieving 4 silvers, a bronze and 4th place between them.  Edward will now go on to represent the school, swimming in Glasgow at the national Scottish schools competition on 30th January.  Congratulations boys and good luck to Edward!

Congratulations – 4th December 2015

To Eilidh Newton, Bethan Richards, Olivia Laird and Lauren Everard in S3 for getting into the U16 East Lothian Hockey Development Squad.  Well done girls!

Congratulations – 13th November 2015

DGS would like to say a massive well done to all who took part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.

  • Nathan Cox, Rogan Paul and Tom Wight will receive a Bronze award.
  • Richard Mullender and Lewis Campbell will receive a Silver award.
  • We are extremely proud to announce that Jamie Payton will receive a Gold award and has qualified for the first round of the British Maths Olympiad.

Thanks to Ms Dolan for organising this.

Good Luck – 6th November 2015

Good luck to student Rebecca Craig who is competing in the World Karate Federation Championships in Indonesia next week.

S4 Student Wins Double Silver – 30th October 2015

Huge congratulations to student Maria Lyle who has won two silver medals representing Great Britain in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.  More information can be viewed here:

Good Luck

To student Rebecca Craig who is competing with the Scottish Karate Federation for the European Wado Cup in Luxembourg at present.

Mock Trial Competition – 23rd October 2015

Well done to all students who took part in the Mock Trial Competition before the October break, especially Kirsten Fell who won the award for best witness.   All students showed fantastic confidence, team working and public speaking skills.

Well Done

Congratulations to Heather Cameron on winning one of only 10 places in the ‘My Scotland’ political essay competition. This required her to write about what she thinks Scotland will look like in 20 years’ time and what politicians should do. The essays were judged by a panel including East Lothian MSP Iain Gray, Patrick Maguire from a sponsoring solicitor’s company, the Scottish Political Editor of The Times, and a Head Teacher.
Heather will now attend a one day event this Saturday, 24th October, in Edinburgh where she will take part in training sessions on politics delivered by guest speakers, speech-writers and campaigners. Four students will then be selected for a place in the final where they can deliver their speech at a conference and take part in a week’s work experience with a law firm or newspaper.  Good luck Heather!

S4 Student Featured on the BBC

Maria Lyle who is currently representing Great Britain in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha was featured on a BBC television programme last Saturday 17th October.   The programme showed a short Bio of Maria Lyle and can be viewed here:

Congratulations – 2nd October 2015

To S1 student Alex Gibb who won 3rd place in the U12s Youth Series Criterium Cycle Race last weekend.  This was his first cycle race, so well done Alex!

Dress Down Day

A big thank you to everyone for dressing down last Friday.  £709.36 was raised, to be split between Teenage Cancer Trust and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCGL).

£243.04 Raised for Brake – 25th September 2015

Thanks to staff and students who have donated the above amount to Mrs Miller for the Blacklight Run this weekend. The run is in memory of Josh Stewart and the money raised will go to the road accident charity, Brake.

Dunbar School of Dancing Update – 11th September 2015

Seven of our students attended the Royal Academy of Dancing Senior Awards day at Dance Base in Edinburgh on Sunday.  This is a day of dance held every 2 years for students of Intermediate Foundation level and above.  The students do 4 classes throughout the day.  This year they had 1940’s dance, Jazz, Repertoire and the Ballet class was Judged by one of Scottish Ballet’s principal dancers Eve Mutso.  This competition is attended by students from all over Scotland and Abigail Everard came runner up in the Intermediate 2 class.  With standards at such a high level this is a massive achievement.

The other students attending were Lauren Everard, Olivia Laird, Bethan Richards, Marni Saunders, Erin McEwan and Alison McLuckie.

Abigail and Lauren Everard also both gained the highest marks we have ever had for their exam this year, both gaining 95 at Grade 6 level.  It’s very rare to get over 90 in an RAD exam, and Olivia Laird also got 91.

Abigail also successfully auditioned for Scottish Ballet’s Senior Associates and started her first class last Saturday.  Both Abigail and Lauren auditioned for places at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland too and started there last Tuesday.  Julie Friar.

A huge well done to the girls!

Well Done! – 4th September 2015

Kaleena HanvidgeCongratulations to S6 student Kaleena Hanvidge who was runner up in the 17 years Scottish National Highland Dancing Championship at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.




To Cameron Steven who has been selected to represent Scotland at the Sainsbury’s Youth Games in Manchester today in the 800m.  He has had an extremely successful season where he has won a silver medal in the Scottish Schools Championships, a bronze at both the Schools International Athletic Board (SIAB) and Celtic Games, a gold at the Scottish Championships and a gold at the English Championships.  Good luck to Cameron, and to Maria Lyle who is also competing today.

 Please also see Achievements and Successes for 2014-2015: Achievements and Successes 2014-2015