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Coffee and Conservation

Coffee and conversation?  Coffee and conservation?  Conversing about conservation over coffee?  Cake, coffee, conversation and conservation?  Cookies, cake, coffee… 

It feels a long time ago now I know but back in the halcyon days of late Autumn our pupils made the decision that they would like to raise funds to support the Marine Conservation Society.  Our annual coffee morning was the means to this end and, guided by the experienced hand of our Health & Food Technology teacher (and organiser par excellence) Gill, they swung into action.  Come the day the sun shone, tables were laden, and guests, pupils and staff enjoyed a morning of chat and excellent fare.  Speaking of par excellence, one of the highlights of the morning was the pupil address to our guests.  Our pupil this year, Ida, brought the house down with a speech of humour with a serious edge, focusing on the damage being done to our oceans and how we all might contribute to alleviating that damage.

Fast forward to this term and we were pleased to welcome Caitlin Godfrey from the Marine Conservation Society to Dunedin School.  Caitlin spoke about the work that the MCS does and how all of as individuals can help that work.  Caitlin was pleased to accept a donation of £365.20 on behalf of Dunedin School.

And what of the future?  We are looking forward to a whole school day out next term to a local beach to carry out a beach clean-up.  There will very definitely be conservation happening.  I would imagine there will be conversation as well.  Coffee and cake? I very much hope so.

A  residential in late September you say!  Really!  Are you sure?

Yes, we know.  Summer’s on the wane with Autumn in ascension and, yes, there’s a good chance it will be cold and wet.  Well, very wet it was at times but the enthusiasm and energy of our pupils, combined with the experience and local knowledge of Andy and his team from Hebridean Pursuits, meant everyone had a splashingly good time.  Flexibility was the name of the game on the worst weather day and a last minute plan to escape the wilds of Glencoe to the coast near Oban resulted in a day of sun, sand and seal-like behaviour from pupils and staff alike.  To those jumping from the highest of the sea cliffs, we salute you.  To those folks jumping from a sensible, lower height, we commend you.  To those watching from the sidelines (i.e. your erstwhile blogger), well done you!

Down to the river

The North Esk, as it winds its way through Roslin Glen, is as picturesque a location as any budding photographer could want.  And our photographers recently chose this location to explore and develop their skills.   One of those photographers takes up the story.

“Back in September a group of Dunedin photographers headed to Roslin Glen to capture some amazing pictures. We explored a range of different techniques; the main one being Long Exposure, along with leading lines, face framing, exploring different textures and detail to focus. Our main photoshoot was at the river using long exposure. I really enjoyed this trip, and enjoyed exploring my camera and using new techniques I’ve never used before.”

Check out some of their images below:

This is London calling

This is London calling.  This is London calling. Do you read me?  Do you read me?

Recently Dunedin pupils and staff ventured south to experience the sights, sounds and smells of London.  Fortunately we were accompanied by two renowned correspondents, Grace and Jaime, who have submitted the following report for your delectation:

Day 1: On the 20th June Dunedin embarked on its biggest adventure. 11 pupils and 5 teachers board the 09.00 train to London’s Kings Cross.  We killed time by playing hangman and card games. When we arrived at King’s Cross, we saw platform 9 ¾ for all the Harry Potter fans. We put our bags in to storage and walked to the British museum where we saw Egyptian mummies, artefacts from ancient Japan, the Rosetta stone and the ancient Greek Elgin marbles. Then we got the over ground train to Catford where we stayed.  When we arrived, we found our rooms and explored the house whilst Amanda ordered everyone pizzas. However, there was a mistake with one of the pupil’s pizzas; they delivered a very plain pizza with just tomato sauce, but Vicky saved the day.  Later that evening Vicky told a bedtime story whilst   some people sat outside and chatted. Everyone eventually went to bed by 10 pm.

Day 2: on the 21st June everyone awoke from their beauty sleep and had a luxurious breakfast made by the one and only Cathy and Vicky (toast and box cereal!)  Everyone got ready and we made lunch and headed for the over ground train to Thames Link.  As we walked out the station we got a spectacular view of the Shard. We then walked to the Tower of London where we saw the Crown Jewels, Beef Eaters and the famous Ravens. We then went to the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula where Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Jane Grey are buried before splitting in to smaller groups. Some of us went to the torture tower and the bloody tower whistle others went to the army museum and tried on a 40 kg bag that they have to carry in the army. After the Tower of London, we met Vicky’s son Daniel and went on a tour boat along the Thames. We started from Tower Bridge and got off near the parliament. We scampered through the crowds to Parliament Square, where we spilt into two groups, one group went back to the accommodation whilst the other group carried on walking to Buckingham Palace. On our way we stopped at St James park for a refreshing ice cream or ice lolly. We carried on walking   to the Palace and took many photographs. On our way back, we passed high commissions and Embassies. Finally, we took the over ground train back to Catford where we were staying. Some pupils made a lovely spaghetti bolognaise for dinner. Later that evening some people played games and some people relaxed.

Day 3: on the 22nd June, the last day of our adventure, we went to Madam Tussauds where we saw lots of famous people such as Mo Farah, the royal family, Freddie Mercury, Taylor Swift and loads more. There was a taxi ride through time in London which was very interesting. After that we went on the underground to King’s Cross to pick up our luggage and we had lunch.  Before getting the train back to Edinburgh, some people explored King’s Cross station and bought some souvenirs. At that point we boarded our train back to Edinburgh. Some people chatted and some slept. When we arrived at Waverly Station we were met by Cathy’s daughter Vicky. We then waited for taxis to take us back to school. At that point everyone was exhausted but had a great trip and an amazing experience.