The School Blog…

Getting out there…

It seemed slightly surreal recently to be setting off with nearly the whole school for a summer residential camp in Glencoe.  The last time we did this seems so long ago and much covid water has passed under the bridge since then.  But our pupils were soon making up for lost time as they jumped, and plunged, slide and climbed, walked and tubed, chairlifted and skimmed stones around the very sunny, warm environs of Glencoe and Kinlochleven.  Pupils did things they never thought they would do and some found that they were born to do these very things.  Staff tried to keep up as best they could but sometimes our best just wasn’t good enough (or so our pupils kept telling us!).  A massive thank you to Andy and Stevie at Hebridean Pursuits for again making it all happen, for all the fun and for keeping is all safe.  Until next year…




















































































































Some may have deemed it inevitable, given our school’s connection to Arthur Conan Doyle, that at some point a crime would be committed, and blood would be spilt!  Not for real though I hasten to add, purely in the pursuit of Science.  Amanda, along with a number of our budding criminologists, have been investigating the physics of blood spatter, and understanding what forensic science can reveal about a crime scene.  A gory mixture of syrup, cornflower, and red and blue food colouring substituted for the real thing, and an energetic application of said mixture, reminiscent of Jackson Pollock at his finest, gave plenty of evidence to work with.  Fortunately no clothes were harmed in the making of this lesson and the evidence has a been handed over to our Art department for further examination.

 












It’s choccy time

Sometimes it is just tough being a pupil at Dunedin School.  Imagine having to miss classes to go to a Chocolatarium!  Finding out all about where chocolate comes from.  How chocolate is made.   Tasting lots of different chocolates.  Making your own chocolate.  How could we possibly ask this of our pupils I hear your ask.  Well, we did you know, but fortunately our pupils are made of stern stuff, and pushed on through the disappointment of missing classes.  Why chocolate though?  Fairtrade Fortnight is why.  In school pupils have been exploring the concept of Fairtrade and how it impacts on the lives of the farmers, workers and communities who are part of the Fairtrade system.  Visiting the Chocolatarium was a great way to bring Fairtrade to life and to find out how we as individuals can impact positively on the lives of others around the world.

Biology and burns

When a potential new member of staff is contemplating joining Dunedin there are always two things that we warn them they must be prepared for;  they will have to don a wetsuit and jump into a freezing cold Highland burn when we go canyoning on the school residential;  there will be a blog post.  Surprisingly the freezing cold Highland burn seems never to a be a problem but a blog post!  No, please, not a blog post, anything but a blog post.  Well Amanda, take a deep breath, brace yourself, because here it is.  As it happens the burn is never as bad as you think it is going to be, and nor is this post.  All we really want to do is to wish you a big hearty Dunedin welcome as you don the Science and Biology mantle.  Now, about that wetsuit…