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 hit the dec...
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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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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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