Rotary Musician of the Year
Grace Dobson (S6), Rosie Dignan (S6) and Sarah Mathieson (S5) took part in the Rotary Club of Dundee Musician of the Year competitions. Grace has been selected to go through to the next round and we wish her well. Huge congratulations to Rosie and Sarah who sang so well on the night.
S3 Panto – Land of the Lamp
All S3 pupils have taken part in preparing and presenting for the S3 Panto. Pupils have taken on several roles from acting to production. We are very grateful to the staff and pupils who have volunteered to help on during the performances. Over 200 primary 7 pupils from our associated primary schools will attend the afternoon performance. The evening performances take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December at 7pm in the school atrium. Tickets are available from the Drama Department.
Christmas Carol Concert
A small group of young people from our Youth Theatre will perform a short extract from Scrooge at the service.
Our senior pupils sit their practical formal assessment on Friday 7th February 2020. The final practical exam will take place between Monday 10th February and Friday 24th April. The exact date will depend on the visiting assessor’s availability.
Extra-curricular activities next term
Monday lunch time S1-S3 Drama Club
Tuesday lunch time Film Club
Thursday lunch time (S4 – S6) Senior Youth Theatre
Friday lunch time Musical Theatre Group (in collaboration with our Drama department)
N5 Drama candidates are able to book rehearsal space by arrangement in preparation for their practical exam.
On the 17th and 19th of September, pupils from the Higher Geography class and the Higher Environmental Science class, along with Mrs Leppard, Miss Quirk, and Mr McGowan, took a trip across the Tay to Tentsmuir in Fife. The aim of the trip was to carry out fieldwork on plant succession on coastal sand dunes for the assignment for both courses. The pupils worked in groups on the beach and sand dunes at Tentsmuir, measuring slope angles and distances, and recording information on landforms, vegetation and soils along a transect in order to test the theories of sand dune succession that they had been learning about in the classroom.
We were lucky to get some dry, sunny weather on both days, even if it was a bit blustery down on the beach! The groups worked well together, learning to use instruments and fieldwork equipment they hadn’t used before and recording their findings as they moved through the dunes, from the sea to the forest. They rewarded themselves with crepes from the Crepe Shack while we took a break, before completing the fieldwork and heading back over the Tay Bridge to Dundee. The pupils have now taken their data back to the classroom, processed and analysed it and have completed their assignments ready to be sent off to the SQA. Hopefully, they will have found this experience particularly valuable in bringing the classroom alive, allowing them to see first-hand what they’ve been learning about and also bringing them together to work as a team and get to know their fellow classmates.
Dynamic Earth Trip S2
On Friday 4 December, a group of eager S2 pupils set off on our annual trip to Dynamic Earth. S2 classes had been studying Earth Forces and a trip to Dynamic Earth is the perfect opportunity to allow pupils to gain a hands on experience in to the formation of our planet. As soon as we arrived at Dynamic Earth we went in to the “360° Showdome”, where we watched an exciting movie on Supervolocanoes.
As a group we became time travellers for the day and went back in time to the beginning of earth. We then witnessed how our planet changed into what we know today – we even had to hold on tight as the ground shook beneath our feet in our very own earthquake experience!! We were slightly disappointed that we were not able to see the giant iceberg as it had melted – that’s climate change for you! The end of our journey brought us in to the tropical rainforest, where we witnessed a thunder and lightning storm and learned all about the many different animals that make the rainforest their home. The pupils had worksheets to fill in as they travelled through the different exhibitions – their task was to find facts to “wow” their friends and family.
After all that time travelling, we stopped for a look around the fantastic gift shop and then boarded the bus. It was a great experience, the pupils were well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their day as time travellers.
The V&A Dundee welcomed Media students to the Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition. Students were able to take advantage of the fantastic resource to research their assignment. The different stages of creation and the place of videogames in society was of particular value.
Primary 7 Maths Challenge 2019
Nearly 270 young people from our associated primary schools took part in our annual P7 Maths Challenge at Victoria Park Primary School. Primary 7 pupils worked together, as part of a team, to gain as many points as possible and win the challenge. The challenges included; tower building using newspapers, a variety of puzzles and the 24 game. Primary 7 pupils had their first opportunity to meet new friends before they start Harris Academy in August 2020. Our S6 pupils led this event and were a credit to the school – we thank them for their contribution and for ensuring P7 pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable and positive start to their transition activities.
S1 Outdoor Education
These are just some of the comments made by our S1 pupils who are currently approaching the end of their 6-week Outdoor Education Experience. Three groups of S1 pupils have already benefitted from this initiative with a further two groups due to start in early January 2020. Whilst the key aim of the programme is to help build confidence; emphasis is also placed on interpersonal skills such as listening to each other, showing empathy and working as a team. A variety of activities have been undertaken this term including: mountain-biking, caving, gorge-walking, archery and climbing walls. Many thanks to our partners at Ancrum Outdoor Centre and Community Learning Development for providing these opportunities.
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