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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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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