The Dunedin Blog…

Nice ice... We are always up for a challenge here at Dunedin and this one was to transform delicate, thin slivers of ice into this pleasingly angular, if ephemeral, sculpture.  Winter has finally struck and one pupil took the opportunity to be icily creative.  Don't be fooled by simplicity of form though, the interplay of friction (or lack of), longitudinal instability and...
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We’re going to the Zoo…

Pupils and staff went along to a Zoos and Conservation workshop at Edinburgh Zoo this week.  As well as the workshop there was some time to look around the zoo itself, though the wintery weather  made the Budongo Trial the primary attraction, being indoors.  The chimpanzees though were pleased to see our pupils.
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In the Woods (part 1)

This week some of our pupils started a programme of volunteering with the Green Team, working outdoors on a conservation project.  This week's session was very much an introduction to the project and was located in a woodland on the eastern side of Edinburgh.  Pupils were introduced to some of the tools that they will use over the coming  weeks and explored how to light a fire ...
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Pancakes on the run

Pancake day has a habit of becoming pancake week at Dunedin, and this year was no exception.  Pancakes were the order of the day, every day in the kitchen, with a variety of traditional (and not so traditional) fillings satisfying both pupils and staff.  Pancake rivalry even extended outside with a staff/pupil pancake race - where a pancake or two allegedly may have h...
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Hard at work in CDT

Pupils continue apace in the workshop, learning wood working skills whilst making pencil cases.  As well as gaining  experience in using tools such as mitre saws, planes and clamps, they have had ample opportunity to take onboard that age old adage of "measure twice, cut once"! It is not just working with wood though.  When your art teacher is a keen potter i...
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When Santa comes to town…

The Autumn term is a long one and so it is always a pleasure when Santa finally comes to town - it marks the end of term and signals a well deserved break for pupils and staff.  As is his want he usually brings a sack full of presents (though his days of squeezing down the chimney may be past!).   Class work tends towards a Christmas theme as well, be it making cakes in the ki...
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Glenkinchie Distillery

This week pupils and staff had a very informative visit to Glenkinchie Distillery.  This inter-disciplinary visit covered aspects of the Home Economics and Geography curriculum, and Developing the Young Workforce.  As well as exploring how whisky is made, pupils found out about the supply chain in place to ensure timely and uninterrupted provision of raw ingredients and the si...
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Visit from past pupil

Congratulations to past student, Richard, who has fulfilled his life long dream of being a train driver.  From leaving school at 16 he started as a ticket collector on a station and worked his way up to become a guard and has recently qualified as a train driver. This required passing several exams and interviews and shows what can be achieved if you stick at it and don't give...
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Coffee Morning

The Friday before the Autumn half-term holiday is now firmly established in the school calendar as the day of our annual Coffee Morning, raising funds for a charity chosen by our pupils.   This year pupils chose to raise funds for Cancer Research, continuing on from last term's Pentlands sponsored walk. As well as choosing the charity pupils are responsible for planning the ev...
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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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A Good Night’s Sleep

Recently we ran a session for parents on "How to get a Good Nights Sleep", looking at the importance of good sleep for young people and exploring ideas around improving sleep habits. Click on the link above to download the presentation and accompanying information. A great additional resource is Sleep Scotland, who can be contacted on 0800 138 6565, Mon-Thur -10am-4pm.
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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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Sponsored Walk

Tuesday the 18th of June dawned dry and warm, a perfect day for our pupils' sponsored walk.  The planned route crossed over the Pentland Hills from south to north, starting at Nine Mile Burn and snaking a path around Braid Law and West Kip to finish at Threipmuir Reservoir, where a barbecue awaited.  Well done to all our pupils who took part and for raising over £250 for Cancer...
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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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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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