Week Beginning 10th December

Another very busy week at Dunblane High School as edge ever closer to the Christmas break.  Below is just a small flavour of what took place last week and what is to come in our final week of the term.

S3 & S4 Christmas Dance

On Tuesday night we held a fantastic Christmas Dance for pupils in S3 and S4.  Mr Watson was a tremendous MC for the Scottish Country Dancing and Mr Smith (our own resident DJ) did a great job with the disco.  Thanks to all that attended and for the excellent behaviour shown throughout the night.

S2 Football

Our S2 Football team were unfortunately defeated on Tuesday night to a last minute goal against Musselburgh Grammar School in the 4th Round of the Scottish Cup,losing the match 2-1.

P7 Christmas Party

As part of the transition programme, we hosted a Christmas party for all our Primary 7 pupils on wednesday afternoon in the Murray Hall.  Thanks to Mr Ritchie and Mrs McLachlan for leading the pupils through the dances.

 Christmas Ball

We held our annual Christmas Ball for our senior students last night.   Over 200 pupils attended the event, including Senior Prefects from the other Stirling Secondary Schools. A great amount of time was given to the event by DHS staff and FES staff who transformed our Atrium and the Murray Hall to look resplendent.  Thank you to all the staff who gave their time so generously last night.

Christmas Jumper Day

Many pupils and staff took part in Christmas Jumper Day today, to raise money for Save the Children.  Over £300 was raised so thank and well done to all who participated.

Dragon’s Den

Well done to all S1 pupils who have been involved in Dragon’s Den.  Today one selected group from each PSR class pitched towards the Dragon’s, trying to sell their product to them to entice investment.  Well done to the winning team of Joseph Duncan, Rhys Gibbs, Finlay Spence, Alex Brimlow and Jamie McOuat.

Modern Languages Competition

Well done to Sophie Bowie, Patrick Scott, Victoria Hibberd, and Abbie Porter – 3K2 and Elise Rutherford, Chris King, Marnie Thomson and Nicole Devlin, 3R1.   Through Modern Languages, they entered a competition to  design a storyboard which was based on the theme of migration and welcome/Sustainable Tourism, or Trade, and had to incorporate a foreign language. and they have progressed through to the National final.  They have now been invited to a whole-day film making workshop in Edinburgh, where  6 teams from across Scotland will spend the day working with media professionals to shoot and edit the films they outlined in their storyboards. 

Next Week 

17th – S1 & S2 Christmas Dance

18th – Christmas Lunch

19th – Christmas Concert

20th – S1 Interim Reports Issued

21st – Cathedral Service, end of term 1pm. 

I sent out an email to all parents/carers this week in relation to the arrangements for the Cathedral Service.  If you did not receive the email, please contact the school office.

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Mr S. MacKay, Head Teacher.

Week beginning 3rd December

Dear Parent/Carer

Once again we have had a very busy week at Dunblane High School,  I have captured some of the events below for your information.

Dunblane Diner

On Wednesday, the school had its first pop up diner.  The diner was run by  our very talented hospitality students in SD5 & S6.  They were suitably assisted by Mrs Scoles and Mrs Murray from our HE Team and by professional chef Mark Heirs.  The Hospitality students created a fantastic 3 course fine dining menu and the diner received rave reviews.  One satisfied customer is quoted below.

‘I would like to thank all of the staff at the Dunblane Diner for the excellent service I received today. All staff where very attentive and my food was delicious. The food was well presented, the diner decor was lovely and the live music was a nice touch. I would definitely return to the diner’.

Waiting Staff at the Dunblane Diner
Entrance to the pop up restaurant

Mock Trial Competition

Well done to the Mock Trial Team who competed at Glasgow’s High Court on Saturday. They won all 3 of their heats, but agonisingly missed a place in the final by a mere 1/2 point.  It was a fantastic performance nonetheless by our senior students.

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Congratulations to the pupils and staff who took part in the the fantastic performance at the Albert Halls in Stirling on Tuesday night.

S2 Football

The S2 Football team were unlucky to be defeated 5-3 by St Modan’s High School this week.

Prelims 

The Prelim Timetable was issued to all pupils in S4-S6 on Wednesday.  A copy of this will be on the school website in due course.  Prelim examinations commence on the 14th January.

S3 Reports

Pupils in S3 received their code today in order for you to access their full S3 Report on Eduporting.  

S6 Parents Evening

Thank you to all parents & carers who attended the S6 Parents Evening on Thursday night.  There was a 76% attendance on the night and some very positive comments were made.  Thank you.

S2 – Stirling Castle

After much preparation, our S2 pupils were at Stirling Castle today, performing a range of Shakespeare plays to friends, family members and tourists.

School Concert

The Dunblane High School Christmas Concert takes place on Wednesday 19th December.  Tickets go on general sale from Monday morning. Tickets are £3.

Christmas Dances

The S3 & S4 Christmas Dance takes place on Tuesday 11th December, 7pm -9.30pm. Tickets are still on sale.

The S5 & S6 Christmas Ball takes place on Thursday 13th December, 7pm -11pm. Tickets are on sale until 11am Monday.

Cathedral Service – Early Notice

We will finish on Friday 21st December in the usual fashion, with a Service at Dunblane Cathedral.  All pupils in S1-S5 will be expected to attend, unless parents/carers have contacted the school to inform us otherwise.  More details will be shared next week with all year groups and an email will be send out to parents/carers with specific details.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Week Beginning 26th November

Dear Parent/Carer

S5 pupils were out on Work Placements this week.  We look forward to their return on Monday.

Chrome books were issued to all S1 pupils on Wednesday.  We hope that these devices will augment learning in school and at home.

The S1 boys football team secured a 3-3 draw away to Balfron High School on Wednesday  night.  Well done.

The Senior Boys Football Team had a fantastic 5-2 victory over Bannockburn High School on Tuesday night.

Our S6 Council (Head Boy/Girl and Deputes) attended an S6 Conference at Balfron High School on Wednesday.  The focus was to share how they are involved in leadership within their school and how they can work together to ensure learner voice is impacting on the improvement agenda in their school.

Our Junior Young Enterprise team were at the Dunblane Extravaganza and contributed to a successful evening by selling a range of Christmas goods.

We hope that the young people have enjoyed the last two days and have been productive and looked after their health & well-being.  Staff at Dunblane High School during the Inset days have been focussing on Learning & Teaching and how we can continue to improve engagement within the classroom.

Next week we welcome S6 Parents/Carers for the information evening on Thursday night.

Tickets for all the Christmas Dances will be available for pupils to purchase from next week, as will tickets for the School Concert, which takes place on Wednesday 19th December.

Have a nice weekend.

Week beginning 19th November

Chemistry Competition

On Thursday night, Dunblane High School entered a team of four pupils into the Royal Society of Chemistry “Top of the Bench” competition.  The competition involved the team carrying out sophisticated chemical reactions against the clock.  Marks were awarded for practical skills, teamwork and accuracy.  The team put in an amazing performance defeating the 10 other mid-Scotland teams and have qualified for the National Final in Birmingham next year.  Our success is testament to the hard work, ingenuity and teamwork of Abigail Middleton(S4), Rachel Kettlewood(S3), Oliver Brooks(S3) and  Euan Hooks(S2).  Well done team!

Chromebooks

Thank you to all parents/carers of S1 pupils who attended the Chromebook Information Evening on Wednesday Night.  Chromebooks will be issued to each S1 pupil on Wednesday 28th November.

S5 Parents Evening

Thanks also to all parents/carers of our S5 pupils who attended Parents Evening last night.  There was an 87% turn out and lots of positive comments from the evaluation forms.

Macrobert Theatre

Our S1 pupils attended the Macrobert Theatre today to watch ‘Sleepin Cutie’ and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Students in S5 & S6 studying Media, were also at the Macrobert Theatre today as part of their course, viewing a special screening of ‘Searching’ starring John Cho.

Work Placement

Next week we have all of our S5 students on Work Placement visits.  We wish them well and we are sure they will enjoy the week and benefit greatly from this experience.

November Holiday

I am sure that you are all aware that pupils are on holiday next Thursday and Friday, as staff at the school have two days of In-service training.

Parking

Finally, can I thank all visitors to our school who do not use the disabled parking bays at the front of the school, unless they are entitled to.  We have a number of young people who get dropped off and picked up by parents/carers who are entitled to and need to use the disabled parking bays.  This is critical to the health & safety of our young people. I would encourage us all not to use these spaces unless we have that entitlement and we possess a blue badge for our car.

Have a great weekend.

Week beginning 12th November

Good afternoon.  We have had an action packed week and here is a flavour of some of the events and activities which have taken place..

Charities

Pupils were encouraged today to augment their uniform with something yellow to support Children in Need.  Five S1 pupils, Molly Holmes, Julie Kuipers, Jade Driver, Ailis Frize and Chiara Sellars held a bake sale at break time, with all proceeds  going to Children in Need.

Shoe Box Appeal – Monday  is the last chance to return a gift filled shoe box. If anyone fills a shoe box over the weekend they will be greatly received by Mrs McDougall on Monday.

Excursion – Almost all of our S2 pupils today visited Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh as part of their Geography course.

Mental Health Ambassadors

Two of our Mental Health Ambassadors, Harriet Duffus in S6 and Amy Campbell in S5 presented today at the working Together Meeting in the Albert Halls.  They spoke about their very direct involvement in the recruitment process to find a digital company to develop a digital aid to support mental health in young people across Scotland.

Mock Trial- Advocate Mentor

Also today, we had a mentor session for our senior students who are involved in the Mock Trial Competition.

Badminton

Congratulations to our Under 16 Badminton team.  They were placed first overall this week at the Stirling Badminton Championships and won many of the the individual and doubles titles.  Full list of results can be found @dhssport twitter feed.

Football

This week our Senior boys recorded an impressive 5-1 win in the league versus McLaren High.  Our S2 team defeated Airdrie Academy 7-2 in the Scottish Cup. Unfortunately, our S3 team were beaten 2-0 by Bannockburn High.  

Well done to both Cameron Murray and Nathan Gilhooly (S6) who both performed well for the Regional Senior Boys Football Team this week in the 4-0 defeat of South Lanarkshire.

Basketball – On Tuesday our Senior Boys Basketball Team were defeated by a strong North Inch Community Campus, 77-50.

Sports Leaders 

This week, our S3 Sports Leaders held a tennis festival at the tennis club for over 140 Primary pupils in Dunblane.

Our S4 Sports Leaders held a multisport festival which was attended by over 130 P6 pupils from our cluster primaries.

I hope you all have a nice weekend.

Week beginning 5th November 2018

This is the first Friday HT blog and I hope that it gives you a flavour of Dunblane High School.  I hope to post every Friday, where possible, to keep you informed of some of the activities at DHS.

Football

We had three football matches this week.  The Senior boys drew 3-3 with Stirling High School, whilst our S2 team and S3 team suffered narrow defeats to Wallace and St Modan’s High respectively.

Excursions

On Tuesday we had over 30 senior pupils attend a French trip to Glasgow.  The young people watched De Toutes Nos Forces and visited a French restaurant, Chez Joules, where they enjoyed a 2 course meal.

On Thursday night, we had 26 pupils from the Higher Drama Class attending the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to see ‘The last Witch’ by Rona Munro. 

Today,  seventeen S4 pupils from the Skills Course attend an excursion at Fir Park Ski Centre, taking part in team building activities.

Staff

Today we bid farewell to Mr Munro from the Science department.  Mr Munro was a student teacher with us in for a spell in 2016/17 and then a Probationary teacher with us last year.  We are very grateful for all he has done in his time at the school and we wish him well in his new post at Lornshill Academy.

Armistice Service

Today we held an Armistice Service in the school.  The service was attended by S2 pupils who took part in the battlefields in May and we also welcomed members of the British Legion.  Mr McRobbie gave a very powerful reading over the tannoy in relation to the impact that WW1 had on the Dunblane Community.  S5 pupil Amy Campbell performed a lament on the bagpipes and a number of S2 pupils performed a reflective reading at the service.  Thank you to Mr McRobbie for leading the service and to all young people who participated.

Parent Council

Finally, just a reminder that there is a Parent Council Meeting on Monday 12th November at 7pm in the  McCarron Room.  All are welcome.

Dunblane High School – Head Teacher Weekly Update

Dear Parents/Carers

In an attempt to move with the times, I am introducing a weekly Head Teachers blog to replace the termly newsletter.  It is my intention to blog on a Friday to update you on the events of the week.  I hope that this will prove to be an informative and interesting read. 

Staffing

Just a quick update on staffing.   Our new staff who started in August have settled in well to the school and are very much playing a full role in improving our school.  We have however, recently had two valued members of staff retiring.  Mr Futter, one of our technicians retired at the start of the October holiday.  Mr Futter had been a technician at the school since 1991 and we thank him for his service and wish him well for his retirement.  Miss McHardy from the Modern Languages department has also retired from Dunblane High School.  She retired on the 2nd November.  Miss McHardy taught at Dunblane High since 1989 and we thank her for her service and wish her well for her retirement too.

First weekly blog will be posted this Friday.