The Dunedin Blog…

Eyes on the prize

This pupil is about to connect with the airborne ball and send it out and  beyond the waiting fielders.  What ball you say? It is there, believe me, and your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to spot the ball in  flight.  We are so lucky to have the Inch Park on our doorstep and we continue to discover more and more that we can do in the grounds.  Rounders is proving to be a hit (a “hit”, nice one – the editor),  but whether it be walks, football, frisbee or class fieldwork, the park always provides a welcome change of pace from the classroom. 

In the field…

Sunny September weather is just what the teacher ordered for Nat 4 and Nat 5 Geography fieldwork.  Pupils visited a number of sites on the Braid Burn, collecting primary water flow data and assessing river bed composition.   Back in the classroom this data will be used to explore and categorise the nature of the river at these points. An important learning point during the work was also that, when the water is deeper than the height of your wellies, your feet will get wet (yes, you know who you are, don’t deny it!).

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Mark Twain once opined about a certain sport and a good walk ruined but this is not a view our Photography pupils would hold with.  Opportunities abound when out and about with a golf club camera in hand and imagination switched to Full Ahead.  Composition is everything though and you need to be prepared to get into the right position to get that perfect shot. 

King of the Castle

Like many of you during these challenging times we have taken the opportunity to get up close and personal with our local area,  to explore and find those hidden gems that we didn’t realise were on our doorstep.  And, would you believe it, there was an adventure just waiting for us!  Pupils (and staff) had great fun rediscovering their inner clamberiness (new Dunedin word alert) and, be in no doubt, slides are for all ages.

What’s happening?

A massive well done to all our pupils and staff for the positive way in which everyone has embraced the changes brought about by the current situation.  We are learning all the time and, as government advice also evolves, we continue to review and update how we are doing things.  You are getting updates direct from school but these are also posted in the Back to School section of our website.  Click on the masked teacher (I wonder who it could be?) to find out more. 

Balls please…

Johanna Konta’s and Andy Murray’s we may not be but, if giving it a go was the arbiter of success, we would be contenders.  We are very lucky to have a tennis club right on our doorstep and what a great way to get some great exercise, inhale lungfuls of fresh air and physically distance all at the same time.  Just a reminder though, your correspondent is not, I repeat, not a ball boy — I’m afraid those years are long gone!

Ready and waiting

Well, the day is just about upon us, we’re back to school. Yippee!  We are excited – hope you are too.  Things will be a little different, but hey, that’s to be expected.  If you want a sneaky look at what we have been up to while you’ve been away why don’t you click on school and see our specially made video (thanks Anne).


Summer reading

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are” someone famous once said.  The summer holidays though! What better time to read for ourselves, to read for pleasure, and enjoyment, to learn new things, to explore others’ worlds, to escape ours for an hour or two.   What to read you ask? (You did ask, didn’t you?) Click next door for loads of ideas.

PS If you read that laugh out loud classic, I Swapped my Brother on the Internet, please don’t actually swap a sibling on the internet.

Cake time!

Yum, more cakes.  We haven’t had any for a while and then, like buses, two come along at once – baked to celebrate the arrival of the summer holidays (we will grab any excuse to “celebrate” if cakes are involved).  They look delish – well done to our pupil bakers, and have a great summer holiday. 

Party time

Well Dunedin pupils, the summer holidays are nearly upon us and that is as good an excuse for a party as any (not that we ever need an excuse!).  Come and join in our end of year party next Wednesday, 24th June at 11am.  Details will be winging their way to you shortly so keep your eye on your school email.  Click on the party hat to find out more.

See you there.

School start date

Dunedin School is planning to re-open for the Autumn term, 2020-2021, on Wednesday, 19th of August.  To see further information about re-opening, and contact details should you like more information or have any questions, please click on the calendar image.

Newsletter #3

It’s that time again, newsletter time.  Now, a warning to start with, there are jokes in this edition but, please, I take no responsibility for them.  On a positive note though, don’t miss the revealing interview with Rosie – I mean, who would have thought it!  No, shhhh…  can’t say more here, click left to get the goss.

19cm and rising

Steve, our Chemistry teacher, seems like a man happy in his work. Don’t be misled though – a serious scientific experiment is underway.  Notice the row of sunflowers to his left, whose development is now under strict observation.  An apical height of 19cm Steve tells me.  Apical height you ask? Check in next week when Steve will tell us more. 

Pen to paper

A blank page, a story to write, and searching for inspiration?  Sometimes it is best to just put pen to paper and see what flows out, something our S3 pupil has done here to great effect.  Definitely a page turner, though it is a work in progress so you will need to keep your eye out for the next installment.

Ahead of the game

Do you like what we did there? Ahead of the game. A head. Head – do you get it? Oh never mind!  Instead, why don’t you click on this excerpt from a stunning set of paintings by one of our senior pupils. 


Well I never knew that. Did you? In water!  Pull the other one I can hear you saying.  No, honest, just mousey on over and click on the bagel if you don’t believe me.

Another wonderful video contribution from the team that brought you Caking the bake.  Just what’s needed if you’re feeling the strain of lockdown.

Happy Birthday

A big super-duper ukelele Happy Birthday from everyone at Dunedin to Ciara – 17 today.  You can click on the candles (I wouldn’t) if you would like to hear a birthday message (really, no, I just wouldn’t) for Ciara from staff (ok, if you must, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!).

We hope you have a fantastic day and, if you happen to get a cake, save some for us.


A simple remit it may seem but if your task is to photograph “reflections and shadows”, just where would you start?  Inspiration is not a problem for this pupil though – we are loving the range of subject matter in these images and, if you click on the left, know you will too.  Fantastic work.

Newsletter #2

Have you heard?  Our second summer term newsletter is now up and live.  Some good to know stuff, some fun stuff, and a competition!  Haven’t you read it yet?

Brace yourself!

Dystopian it may be, but one pupil has let their imagination run riot developing a full suite of futuristic warrior characters.  Click on the link (if you dare) to get a taste of some more of these characters.

(User warning – not to be viewed whilst drinking your hot cocoa before bed!)

Our phone is down!

BT are doing some work to our landline at the moment so unfortunately it is not working.  Sorry about that.  In the meantime if you need to get in touch please email us at or call the school mobile on 07518 051277

Other places

Who hasn’t been daydreaming just a little bit during lockdown, about places you would like to be, people you would like to be with, things you would like to be doing? One of our pupil’s has put those musings into collage form – why don’t you check it out? Note though that baby goats are not cute. Not cute I tell ya!

Caking the bake

There’s just no two ways about it, we are partial to a good cake here at Dunedin. Lockdown means we won’t get to enjoy a slice (or two!) of this particular one but why not whet your appetite anyway by joining our pupil as she conjours it up. Oh, and the video making is pretty exceptional as well.

Feeling peckish?

Don’t click here then, you might want to eat the page!  Pupils have been hard at work at home, cooking and baking for HE and VE (Home Economics and VE Day).  Well done to all our budding chefs, it all looks so tasty.

PS. I’m away to raid the fridge.

Missing you

The Summer term is in full swing, or it should be, and so all our staff have a message for you. Click on the image to see what they’re saying.

Newsletter #1

What’s happening, what’s going on? We’ve started a newsletter. Click on the pic to find out what’s what!