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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Dunedin Masterchef

Our Home Economics pupils continue to broaden their repertoire of dishes, and recently have been working on mains courses.  Dishes put before the judges included Spaghetti Bolognese, grilled Chicken Kebabs with Sweet Potato wedges, Leek & Potato Soup and "Mac 'n Cheese.  The verdict, judging by the empty plates was "delicious".        
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The Atco Project

Two of our pupils are working on a project to strip-down, repair and rebuild the engine from a classic 1962 Atco lawnmower.   As they progress they have been learning how its 4-stroke Villiers engine works, how to use the tools necessary to remove and rebuild the engine and learning about the importance of maintaining and servicing engines.  Most recently they derived the displ...
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Make-up Artistry

A number of our pupils are currently undertaking a short artistry course in make-up for photography and film.  Some (reasonably) willing members of staff have been acting as models for our pupils to practice their skills on!  The two images below are from an Avatar themed session.  Can you spot the difference? Thank you very much to Alexis Aitchison for giving of her time an...
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Coffee Morning Baking

Our Health & Food Technology teacher, Gill, and her pupils were very busy in the weeks leading up to our recent charity coffee morning.  Tania, Daniel, Tyler, Jack and River worked independently and in groups to produce various cakes, scones and fruit kebabs.  The excellent baking talents of all these pupils was crucial in the delivery of such a successful fundraising event...
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