Slow down, you’re going too fast

Recently our pupils in computing have been enjoying playing with Scalextric in class.  It was playing with a purpose though, utilising a number of BBC Micro:bits and infrared beam detectors to simulate roadside speed detectors.  Pupils developed code using Microsoft's MakeCode blocks editor to run all aspects of the detection system including speed detection and readouts, happy...
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Sky Academy Studios

The highlight of this school week was a visit to the Sky Academy Studios in Livingston.  This was an opportunity for our pupils to experience the end to end process required to create content for television, and to find out about the different job roles involved in making this happen.   Our visit was preceded by two workshops in school were pupils worked together to develop, st...
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Working hard in the workshop

Our Craft, Design and Technology classes are a great opportunity for pupils to learn and develop practical, hands-on skills.  Pupils get to work with a variety of hand and power tools,  identifying the right tool for a particular job and learning how to use them safely and effectively. Pupils also get to achieve finished items in the Art and Design classes, ranging from lightin...
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Goodbye Connie

This week is a sad week for both staff and pupils here at Dunedin as we are losing Connie, one of our Learning Assistants.  Connie is due to have a baby shortly and is moving back to her home town.  Connie has been a fantastic member of our team and will be greatly missed.  Good luck for the future Connie and please come visit when baby is born.    ...
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Getting science(y) at the GSC

Just before the half-term break we had a whole school trip over to the Glasgow Science Centre.  As well as being booked into the Planetarium for an Astronomer led show, The Solar System and Beyond, pupils were able to explore, try out and learn from the interactive exhibits in the Science Centre.   A big well done to our senior pupils who took on the responsibility of organisin...
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Spring Term in Full Swing

It has been a busy start to the Spring term at Dunedin with the Christmas break now but a distant memory.  Pupils are working hard in class and those taking exams this year are already looking forward to prelims!  Our extra-curricular activities continue apace with badminton, local walks, music with Drake and horse-riding every week.  Looking ahead we have Boxercise taster sess...
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Coasteering

As summer slips by and the chillier mornings of autumn descend upon us it may seem a strange idea to go and jump into the sea.  That however is what some of our intrepid pupils decided to do this week, safe in the knowledge that this time of year is when the North Sea is actually at its warmest - those Geography lessons paying off! Stevie and Sally from Strive were our guide...
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Muffins & more…

The end of our first full week back at Dunedin and the summer holiday is already but a distant memory.  Pupils are settling into their classes, afternoon activities are underway, walls have been climbed (at Alien Rock), gorgeous muffins baked in the kitchen, SCP courses started at Edinburgh College - and that's only in the first week and a half! Planning is ongoing for...
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Outdoor Education at Dunedin

Throughout the school year we endeavour to keep our pupils as active as we possibly can, even in spite of the more inclement weather in the winter months.  Weekly walks exploring Edinburgh's green spaces are a staple of our school week, as well as regular badminton sessions.  These are supplemented by visits further afield, to Jupiter Artland for example or ice skating, trips o...
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Canyoning

Dunedin Residentials always culminate in a canyoning trip, with pupils and staff donning wetsuits and appropriate safety gear before entering an icy cold river, jumping into plunge pools, sliding down naturally worn waterslides and crawling under waterfalls - all in the name of fun.  The idea of canyoning is a daunting one and it can very much be a journey of discovery for pupi...
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