Glenkinchie Distillery

This week pupils and staff had a very informative visit to Glenkinchie Distillery.  This inter-disciplinary visit covered aspects of the Home Economics and Geography curriculum, and Developing the Young Workforce.  As well as exploring how whisky is made, pupils found out about the supply chain in place to ensure timely and uninterrupted provision of raw ingredients and the si...
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Visit from past pupil

Congratulations to past student, Richard, who has fulfilled his life long dream of being a train driver.  From leaving school at 16 he started as a ticket collector on a station and worked his way up to become a guard and has recently qualified as a train driver. This required passing several exams and interviews and shows what can be achieved if you stick at it and don't give...
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Coffee Morning

The Friday before the Autumn half-term holiday is now firmly established in the school calendar as the day of our annual Coffee Morning, raising funds for a charity chosen by our pupils.   This year pupils chose to raise funds for Cancer Research, continuing on from last term's Pentlands sponsored walk. As well as choosing the charity pupils are responsible for planning the ev...
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A Good Night’s Sleep

Recently we ran a session for parents on "How to get a Good Nights Sleep", looking at the importance of good sleep for young people and exploring ideas around improving sleep habits. Click on the link above to download the presentation and accompanying information. A great additional resource is Sleep Scotland, who can be contacted on 0800 138 6565, Mon-Thur -10am-4pm.
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Water of Leith

Each year we run an interdisciplinary project that involves pupils from all years and which culminates in a sharing event for parents, carers and friends of the school.  This year our theme has been the Water of Leith, and throughout the year pupils have had the opportunity to explore the natural and human history of the river and its surrounding environment.   A key aspect ha...
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Sponsored Walk

Tuesday the 18th of June dawned dry and warm, a perfect day for our pupils' sponsored walk.  The planned route crossed over the Pentland Hills from south to north, starting at Nine Mile Burn and snaking a path around Braid Law and West Kip to finish at Threipmuir Reservoir, where a barbecue awaited.  Well done to all our pupils who took part and for raising over £250 for Cancer...
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Sun & sand on the Residential

(And some rain too!) Pupils and staff had a challenging but enjoyable sojourn to Glencoe for Dunedin School's annual residential.    Activities included hillwalking, rockclimbing and coasteering, with a bonus visit to Blair Drummond Safari Park.  A late afternoon walk up to Stob Mhic Mhartuin via the Devil's Staircase kicked off proceedings in a slightly damp way, but sunshine ...
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Making music with Drake

Each year a number of our pupils get the opportunity to be involved with making music through our relationship with Drake Music Scotland.  Drake's innovative approach means that no matter someone's previous experience or ability they can contribute in a meaningful way to the creation and playing of music.  This year our pupils have gone for a very rocky/poppy piece, a paean to ...
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Matilda

The highlight of our return to school this week (apart from actually returning to school) was an evening school trip to see the stage musical Matilda at the Edinburgh Playhouse.   Pupils and staff enjoyed a raucous evening of song and laughter in Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book.  The late finish did mean that there were a few bl...
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Pachyderm(atology)

Pachydermatology (we know it is not a real word but we like it) is the art of designing and making elephant themed handbags.  Our pupil, Ciara Louise, is a fine exponent of the pachydermatologist's art, learning and applying new skills whilst working on this project, including designing her pattern, dyeing and cutting material, using a sewing machine and braiding and attaching ...
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