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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The Lost Valley

Our residential trip this year to Glencoe was bathed in sunshine with a little breeze ensuring there was few midgies to ruin the outdoor fun.  On our first afternoon we walked up into the so called Lost Valley, steep walking and some scrambling allowing us to navigate through the remnants of an ancient landslip that once blocked this glen.  The local knowledge of Andy Spinks an...
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Indoor Karting

There was great excitement among our pupils when it was announced that one of our summer term activities was to be indoor karting!  Little did we know the depth of driving talent that we harboured and, though many had never driven before, everyone very quickly got to grips with the techniques required to put in faster and faster lap times.  Congratulations to all our budding Le...
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Climbing at EICA Ratho

We had a really good turnout of pupils and staff for our visit to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho.  The size of the Arena and the height of the climbing can be very daunting to a first timer but this did not hold our pupils back.  Great fun was had in both climbing and abseiling, as well as learning some rope management and belaying skills. ...
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Archery

A huge thank you to the folks from the Scottish Archery Centre for once again coming to school to teach our pupils Archery.  Pupil and staff alike get the opportunity to test their bowing mettle under expert guidance and it is always very rewarding to see how much everyone improves as the session progresses.    
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Leadership Day at Harlaw

Harlaw Reservoir in the Pentland Hills was the setting for our Leadership Day challenge. This challenge was an opportunity for pupils to be out of a school setting and work collaboratively to achieve team goals, in this case to gather the clues necessary to compute a combination allowing them to open a safe containing a team prize. Each team was issued with a 1:2...
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DoE practice expeditions

Recently some of our pupils have been out in the wilds of the Borders undertaking their practice Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.  They have been very lucky with the weather with mostly sunny and dry (if not warm!) days.  Long distances and heavy rucksacs were borne with a good deal of stoicism though the finishing points of their expeditions where reached somewhat grateful...
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Jupiter Artland visit

Jupiter Artland has been on our horizon for some time and we were very pleased to have one of their staff come into school to examine with our pupils the concepts behind sculptural art forms.  This was then followed by a school visit to Jupiter Artland where, in conjunction with Jupiter Artland’s staff, pupils explored the thoughts, ideas and meanings behind many of the sculptu...
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5 Sisters Zoo Trip

On Thursday 8th February the whole school went on a trip to the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian. The zoo was an ideal location to build on the pupils’ experiences of biodiversity and adaptation, which is part of all the Biology courses they are studying. The pupils and staff really enjoyed this trip.  There were opportunities to walk around and see all the interesting anima...
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