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Money raised for the school goes towards projects which will help develop the education that our pupils need to enable them to overcome personal difficulties and give them hope for a better future. In particular we are concentrating our efforts in preparing our older pupils for life beyond school and into the world of further education or employment.

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about how you can support the school please contact:

Rosie Galloway
School Administrator
r.galloway@dunedin.edin.sch.uk

The following are opportunities we would not have been able to offer the pupils without generous funding from trusts and friends of Dunedin.

Pupils at Dunedin had the opportunity to participate in a series of high quality drama workshops run by the professional creative team at The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

Throughout the school year we endeavour to keep our pupils as active as we possibly can, even in spite of the more inclement weather in the winter months. 

During inclement weather, being unable to go outdoors can be very frustrating. Our school is very small and pupils like to be able to have their own space to chat and basically not be “supervised” for a short time.

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Due to our holistic approach to teaching outdoor education and school trips play an important part in pupils’ personal and educational experience at Dunedin. 

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Funding towards the Drake Music programme has been crucial in allowing us to enrich our curriculum.  It has meant that we can work in partnership with another organisation (Drake Music Scotland) to provide access to group music sessions with professional musicians.  This project not only enables our young people to develop their creative skills in a nurturing environment but also help in improving the social skills and confidence of all who attend.

These sessions were particularly valuable for one of our leavers who has attended Drake music for two years.  She has thrived in this setting and became a more confident and independent individual because of it.  She has learnt multiple instruments and had one to one tuition on song writing.  This experience has been such a success for her  that it has encouraged her to go into the performing arts.  The skills gained and experiences that she had during these sessions has prepared her for the level of work and demands of the college course she is moving on to.

Many of our young people face significant barriers which make it difficult for them to engage in school and in the community.  Undertaking creative activities can play a key role in overcoming these barriers.  It is thanks to generous donations that we are able to fund the Drake Music programme.

Due to Covid we are not able to offer these sessions to pupils at the moment but we plan to continue with them at the Drake Music studios once restrictions allow and look forward to when our pupils will again be able to benefit from this fantastic resource.

Learning at Dunedin is very much geared to the individual and is increasingly reliant upon the use of computer technology.

Through many generous donations we have increased and upgraded our IT systems so that every pupil has a laptop that can be used at school or at home.  The school has modern high-speed internet access that allows everyone to be on-line at the same time and we have software systems (especially Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace for Education) that supports teaching and learning both in school and at home.

 

Much of our IT equipment was purchased second hand and upgraded in school and we are committed to the sustainable use of technology.  Our philosophy is one of upgrade, repair, reuse and recycle.

Some pupils at Dunedin experience a range of challenges associated with poor working memory. This means that they can struggle to remember what they are currently working on, things they have just learned, and have difficulty in remembering instructions and so completing tasks.  By improving working memory we can significantly improve the educational experience for these pupils.  This is an on-going project at Dunedin School and has proved remarkably effective in improving the educational performance of these pupils.

The refurbishment of Liberton Bank House as the new Dunedin School was made possible by many generous donations from many supporters.  We have created a fully functioning school for 21 pupils with individual needs.  We now have 5 teaching rooms which incorporate space for home economics, IT, sciences, library, art, languages, music, history, geography and a whole range of other activities.  In addition we have modern loos, an administrative space, secure storage and a garden that is becoming a tremendous teaching and learning resource. 

Contributors

2020-21
Lady Marian Gibson Trust
JTH Charitable Trust
The Nairn Family Trust
PF Charitable Trust
Cruden Foundation
Three Monkies Trust
Barclays
The Robertson Trust

2019-20
The Adamson Trust
Cruden Foundation
The Evelyn Drysdale Charitable Trust
Edward Gostling Foundation
Dr Guthrie’s Association
Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust
PF Charitable Trust
Robertson Trust
The Saints and Sinners Club
Spifox
The Tillyloss Trust
WCH Trust for Children

2018-19
The  JTH Charitable Trust
The David Doig Foundation
Dr Guthrie’s Association
The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
The Tulip Charitable Trust
John Watson’s Trust
The Saints and Sinners Club
Cruden Foundation
The Adamson Trust
The Evelyn Drysdale Charitable Trust
The Tillyloss Trust

2017-18
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
The JTH Charitable Trust
The David Doig Foundation
The J K Young Endowment Fund
Dr Guthrie’s Association
The Daisy Chain Trust
The Evelyn Drysdale Charitable Trust
John Watson’s Trust
Sandra Duffy
The Lady Marian Gibson Trust
The Nimar Charitable Trust
Sir James Miller Edinburgh Trust
The Saints and Sinners Club
The Tillyloss Trust