Pupils from Harris Academy were involved in a workshop with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). This workshop took place in Blairgowrie High School and culminated in a performance with the RCS students and pupils from Harris, Baldragon and Blairgowrie. The morning featured sectional rehearsals followed by a Q&A session organised by Skills Development Scotland and students/tutors from the RCS.
The students from the RCS performed some of their ensemble pieces. The highlight of this section was a performance by Lawrence Gill, one of the tutors at the RCS, who played “The incredible disappearing clarinet”, where he took pieces off his clarinet and ended up with only the mouthpiece. Very entertaining!
Arran Laing was awarded instrumentalist of the Year 2019. Well done to Ciar Milne, Cameron Clark and Rael Watt who took part along with 7 other musicians across the city.
Well done to Rosie Dignan who took part in the vocalist of the year competition. Lara from St John’s was awarded this year’s winner, but Rosie sang incredibly well.
Remembering Srebrenica Conference
On Tuesday the 18th of June, Advanced Higher RMPS, Modern Studies and History pupils from Harris Academy welcomed a small group of pupils from across Scotland to take part in the Remembering Srebenica pupil conference. In the 1990s a savage war tore apart the Former Yugoslavia. Europe's most recent act of genocide was a focal point of this tragic conflict, yet today relatively little is known about it. This conference was to raise an awareness of that genocide and the lessons that we can learn from it.
Guests included John Clark a forensic pathologist based in Glasgow. John was talking to our pupils with regards to how has used his expertise to assist various international organisations and individuals around the world, including an appointment as Chief Pathologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Marsaili Fraser who was head of the political department in the office of the EU Special Representative in Bosnia, seconded by the UK government, and was a political advisor to Lord Paddy Ashdown when he was High Representative in Sarajevo. Marsaili talked to the pupils about why we need to understand genocides such as Srebrenica
Robin Macpherson, assistant Rector, History teacher and board member of RSS who has taken pupil trips to Sarajevo and Srebrenica spent some time with the pupils developing an understanding of propaganda in small groups.
Our pupils also heard from Robert McNeil MBE a forensic technician who has helped gather evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide on behalf of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He was deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo numerous times between 1996 and 2002, working mainly with victims found in mass graves.
ENTERPRISING MATHEMATICS IN DUNDEE - MATHS
This remarkable competition can actually trace its origins to the Tayside Region. Heats are held throughout the country and the winning teams are invited to take part in the National Final. Each entered team should consist of four pupils, at least two from S3 and at most two from S4.
Harris Academy secured 1st and 2nd place in the regional competition in Dundee. A very proud Mrs Christie and a fantastic poster as well.
From there, they developed their very own lesson on the life of Anne Frank, focusing on prejudice, stereotypes and the dangers of modern media. They delivered their lesson to Camperdown Primary School’s Primary 6 and 7 classes, as well as Invergowrie Primary School’s primary 7’s, and it was AMAZING! There are definitely some natural teachers amongst our Ambassador’s and they did a fantastic job of guiding the pupils through the activities and kept them engaged and entertained. It’s been a pleasure working with them, and hopefully their journey with the Anne Frank Trust isn’t over.
The Anne Frank Trust work concluded this year with our very own Mrs Lee being asked to address the Scottish Parliament regarding her journey with the charity over the last 10 years. From her own experience as an Anne Frank Ambassador to someone who now works with and encourages our young people to make a difference in the world in which they live.
S1/S2 Modern Studies Quiz
The annual S1/S2 Modern Studies quiz allowed two teams from Harris to compete against other schools from across Dundee. One of our teams finished a very respectable 3rd in the quiz, in what was a closely fought competition.
CHEFS CLUB - HOME ECONOMICS
Over the last year we have had some very enthusiastic pupils attending chefs club. These pupils had a great learning opportunity when a chef from the local Hilton hotel came in and gave them a demonstration of how to make Stir fry. They have shown a great level of commitment and skills and it showed in the dishes they made.
A selection of our final cakes from Practical Cake craft.
ART - THE ARCHIE FOUNATION; CHILDRENS HEALTHCARE IN SCOTLAND
The ‘Berry Nabbler’ A huge Congratulations to Mrs. McCormack! One of the chosen artists for the 2019 National ‘Oor Wullie’ bucket trail. Barra Berries in Aberdeen are the proud sponsors and you can find this amazing Wullie at Barra Castle Farm shop, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie AB51 0BB.
Concept -The design was inspired by a childhood memory, which people of a certain age will remember! I wanted the public to see my design and reminisce; think about the experience of going to the berries and enlighten the younger generation to what we got up to! Hopefully my Oor Wullie evokes some fun childhood memories in you!!
ART - NATIONAL GALLERIES COMPETITION
Well Done S1 class 1E. Class group competition entry to the National Galleries of Scotland Art competition. Mixed media piece – Mono print and paper collage inspired in their natural environment.
ART - RECOGNSING POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENT
Pupils enjoying their rewards during lunchtime ‘Art Club’. Louise and Kayla S2 enjoying hot chocolate after collecting 10 positive reward stickers on their Art & Design loyalty card. Pupils are offered a safe and nurturing environment to work on Broad General Education unit work and/or to enhance their artistic skills and abilities.
YPI - CITIZENSHIP
YPI or Youth Philanthropy Initiative is the flagship initiative of The Wood Foundation in Scotland. Since 2008 young people participating in YPI have directed nearly 4 million pounds to local charities. This year the RME and History department at Harris Academy worked together on a citizenship course for second year pupils to have the opportunity to take part in YPI. Six groups of pupils took part in the school finals in front of a panel of Judges who decided that first place and £3000 should go to The Stuart Gordon Fund (Niamh Brown, Ruby MacDougall, Anna Fettes).
It was a fantastic afternoon and the weather was great! Dundee City Council supplied us with equipment and Clean Up Scotland gave us the rather fetching yellow tabards. It was amazing the amount of rubbish that was collected in just a short space of time and we found some rather odd items including part of a hoover! Our pupils did an amazing job and were a credit to the school! The Geography department would like to carry out more beach clean ups in the future so keep your eyes peeled for further events to get involved in.
OUR VIDEO REVIEW OF 2018
BREAKTHROUGH MENTORING PROGRAMME
Created with an image by Flipboard - "untitled image"