Solutions not Sides

Recently we were very fortunate to have a visit from Solutions Not Sides who came to talk to us about the situation in Israel/Palestine. The senior PSE class have been looking at this topic for the last few weeks so they were very interested to have the opportunity to talk with a Palestinian and an Israeli. As well as gaining a deeper understanding of the issues facing both si...
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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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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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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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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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Geography trip to EAE

Recently the Geography department went on a field trip to EAE Distributions and met with the director for an informative talk and tour of the workplace.  EAE was of particular interest to the Geography department due to its sustainability initiatives and commitment to green energy.  After the trip Blake wrote up this excellent report:      
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Found Poetry

In English some of the pupils have been experimenting with Found Poetry and have created some fantastic short poems.  Below is a poster displaying all the poems and a little information on what Found Poetry is. Here is a closer look at the poems that were written.  These poems are connected by the theme of Alice in Wonderland and are linked to our drama worksho...
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