Friday, August 29, 2014

Latest News 2013/2014



D U N B L A N E     H I G H     S C H O O L

2013 - 2014

~ 40th Session ~

This session is a significant one in our school's history. Dunblane High became a High School in August 1974 under the leadership of Mr John McCarron the first Head Teacher.  2013-14 is therefore the 40th session of our school.  We are hoping to mark this milestone in a number of ways throughout this session including raising awareness amongst pupils of the school's heritage and publishing the newly agreed 'School Aims'.  We would welcome suggestions from our school community (past and present) as to what we might do to mark this milestone. Please email suggestions/ideas to the address on the Home page.

S6 Council 2013-14

Left to Right: Aaron Crowe Depute Head Boy; Sarah Patrick Depute Head Girl; Jamie McGeown Head Boy; Sarah Huggett Head Girl;Louise Howard Depute Head Girl & Jack Gater Depute Head Boy






Tuscany 2014

80 pupils and staff are preparing to travel to Tuscany in June to perform in 4 prestigious venues.

A fantastic holiday opportunity has been gifted by Mr Campbell, who has a luxury self catering cottage on the Isle of Harris. He has opened this to auction for the 11th to 18th October. You can bid for this by emailing a closed bid to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit the website for more details:


The distribution of the Information Leaflets below is being led by Education Scotland, commencing the week beginning Monday 20 January 2014. SQA leaflet for parents on the new qualifications.- Pointers for parents and pupils on revision;- Assessment in a Nutshell;- Joint letter from NPFS & ADES; Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) has been working with the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS), Scottish Government, Education Scotland and SQA to develop a package of resources for parents and carers of all S3 and S4 pupils. The packs are currently being prepared and will contain the following:






All parents of S3 & S4 will be issued with hard copies of the above documentation when available to the school. In the meantime parents are able to access them by downloading the pdf versions above.

Tuesday 17 June

Scottish Schools Team Championships

On Wednesday 11 June, 16 Dunblane HS pupils travelled to Edinburgh Commonwealth Pool to participate in the annual Scottish Schools Team Championships event.  This event is hugely supported by a large number of schools throughout Scotland with the majority of the participating schools having pools with an active swim programme – it goes without saying the competition was going to be tough.

As a school we had representation from our S1 Girls, S2 Girls, a combination of S3/S4 Girls Team plus an Open Boy’s relay team.  The DHS swimmers swum exceptionally well producing individual PBs which is outstanding given it was impossible for them to practise as a team.  Our S2 Girls relay team secured a place in the final of the Freestyle event placing 7th and improving on their heat time too.  They were very unlucky not to gain a place in the Medley final, Banchory Academy beating them by a  10th of a second!  The Boys Open team produced outstanding performances, making the final in their Freestyle relay event keeping the likes of George Herriot’s and High School of Glasgow out of the final, placing a respectable 6th.  They also secured their place in the final of the Medley event improving on their heat time by 3 seconds placing a close 5th ahead of Queen Anne HS, Robert Gordon’s and James Gillespies.

The atmosphere heated up during the day and it was wonderful to see our outstanding pupils support each other which became very infections.  So much so, we joined forces with the only other State School attending from Forth Valley, St Modan’s (like us having no swimming pool).  Both schools made sure that the “shout out” for Dunblane and St Modan’s was well heard!

S1 Girls Team:                  Rhian Davies, Francesca Bailie-Sharp, Harriet Duffus, Kayleigh Davidson

S2 Girls Team:                  Kayleigh Fraser, Katie Chaplin, Jodie Murray, Alice Greenan

S3/S4 Girls Team:             Rosie Stanger, Meg Sandstrom, India Adams, Sara Morrison

Open Boys Team:            Angus Cameron, David Hughes, Stuart Myles, Jamie Murray


Friday 13 June

Sports Day 2014

Despite poor weather the sports heats took place as planned for our talented athletes. Final events will take place on Monday 16 June (better weather anticipated) for

S1: Hurdles Final (Boys & Girls)

S2: Hurdles & Javelin Final (Boys & Girls)

S3: Hurdles, Javelin, Discus & Relay

Senior: Hurdles, Javelin, Discus & Relay Finals


Congratulations to our S6 Girls, Holly Cunningham, Jessica Murray and Caitlin Fotheringham for the delicious bake sale to raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Canoe Expedition and also the Likhubula Link. Sales today alone raised a massive £308.

Monday 9 June

I present to you twenty-one of Scotland's toughest, bravest and most weather-hardened young men: the winners of not just one, not two but ALL THREE BB Kilbryde Hike categories! Full results below.
What makes their triple victory - in the expedition, junior and senior hike categories - all the more remarkable is the incredibly tough weather conditions the boys fought against on Saturday. Yes, that monsoon you thought was bad in Dunblane was twice as bad - and twice as long - down in East Ayrshire. Whilst boys from some other teams were packing it in halfway through the Saturday route, our young men were showing a resilience and determination that, according to the hike's long-time organiser, Stuart McIlroy, hasn't been seen (or needed) in twenty-odd years, so miserable were the conditions. 
There is no doubt that it would have been easy - and forgiveable - to chuck it in such circumstances, but that never crossed the minds of these troopers and by Sunday, in one category, they were literally the last complete team standing. We are exceptionally proud of everyone of these guys. As officers who did the same events as boys ourselves, we know the exhilaration and exhaustion that they felt all at once yesterday, but none of us ever knew the level of success that we are seeing our Dunblane boys having these days. Huge congratulations for the efforts you put in to training in advance, practising your map-reading skills, supporting one another through thick and thin and doing yourselves and the BB company proud. 
Here's to defending those trophies in 2015 and for many years to come! If you weren't there this weekend, consider getting involved next year and competing for the silverware as well!

Thursday 5 June

Dunblane High pupils can make their voices heard to SQA regarding the National Course assessments by completing the online survey below.

Copy the link and paste into URL to make it 'live'!!

Wednesday 14 May

Health & Wellbeing at Dunblane High School Smile

Our New S2 will take part in a Health & Wellbeing Day in school following a range of activities (see attached programme) designed to enhance their experience of and educate our pupils in healthy aspects of life! Pictures to follow!


Andy Murray comes to Dunblane High to receive the Freedom of the City of Stirling

Andy Murray visited his old school - Dunblane High- to formally receive the Freedom of the City of Stirling. Andy is only the third person to receive this honour, which took place in the Murray Hall which was named after him '

Mr Frank Lennon, Head Teacher, stated: "It is appropriate that this ceremony is taking place in the Murray Hall, named so before any Grand Slams or Olympic gold medals were won.

"In this sense, the school recognises the aspiration, dedication, effort and family support that has characterised Andy Murray's success. These are ideals to genuinely inspire our young people."

Mr F P Lennon greets Council  visitors for the event.

Friday 4 April

Tree of Knowledge Workshop for S4 SQA Students

All our S4 students were in the Murray Hall today for a presentation from the professional organisation theTree of Knowledge (TOK) prior to their Easter Break.

TOK  aims for pupils - "help to make a difference to the world we live in and to do so, we believe we need to encourage, empower and motivate forthcoming generations. We deliver fun, continuous, sustainable learning that helps pupils and teachers share knowledge and work together. Whether it be team building games, enterprise courses, confidence building, or simple motivational speaking, we passionately want to help young people throughout the world to help themselves, making the most out of their lives"

It was a fun presentation with a serious message for all involved. It was entitled 'Laugh in the Face of Exams' and whether that is achievable or desirable is yet to be to seen Smile

Presenter Andrew Blyth taking our S4 through some difficult hand coordination manoeuvores as a fun part of the day!

Thursday 3 April


Sammy McKinney, Albert Roux and Elizabeth Hughes

Tweeted picture Pupils from Dunblane High were invited to Andy Murray's Cromlix House.

Elizabeth Hughes and Sammy McKinney, both of S2, were privileged to be invited to the opening of Cromlix House on April 1st by Mrs Judy Murray.

Along with pupils from the surrounding primary schools, Elizabeth and Sammy took part in some practice of tennis skills led by Mrs Murray and although the weather was not too kind, good fun was had by all. Once out of the cold, Chef Albert Roux chatted to pupils in the cosy drawing room by the log fires, telling them of his love for Scotland and all things Scottish. He praised the local produce, explaining that he will use as much local and seasonal produce as he can in the Cromlix Menus.

Elizabeth and Sammy were lucky to be chosen to be photographed in the new dining room along with Chef Roux and we look forward to seeing these shots soon. The finale to the event was a sumptuous three course dinner seated round the large oval table in the private dining room. Both Mrs Murray and Chef Roux joined pupils for a beautiful meal seated round the large oval table in the private dining room.

Wednesday 2nd April

DHS  Forth Valley Inter School Champions 2014

A huge congratulations to our Senior Boys Football team for winning the Forth Valley Inter Schools Championship 2-1 against Stirling High School on Tuesday 1 April at Alloa FC Park.

It was a very tense game against a very skilled and strong team from Stirling High, but goals from Connor McKenzie within the first minute and finally from Sean Brown ensured the cup was coming to Dunblane. The second half was a very tight game in which Dunbalne fought hard to hold their lead despite some nail biting moments around the Dunblane goal mouth!

They are the first Senior Team to win the cup for the school Laughing

The 'Man of the Match' was our fantastic S5 goalkeeper Callum Davison who dealt with the volley of attacking moments as Stirling High fought well to try to equal the score!

The team completed the 15 game season winning 14 and only losing 1.

We had a great group of pupils as our travelling support on the day, but a special thanks must go to Mr Andy Ritchie who has led this team for the last 6 years!

Tuesday 25th March


In preparation for our 2015 expedition to South Africa, some of our S4 and S5 pupils were recently given the opportunity to try scuba diving. Along with pupils from Wallace High School (who will also be going on the expedition), 16 of our pupils donned full scuba attire in order to search for marine life in Wallace High School's swimming pool. Next summer, 24 Dunblane High School pupils will spend two weeks in South Africa, and one of these weeks will involve scuba diving to study the biodiversity and coral reef conservation of the Sodwana Bay. Many thanks to the Stirling Sub-Aqua Club for giving our pupils such an wonderful and unforgettable experience.

Laura Cranston S5 (left) in action

Catriona Scott is fully attentive!

Alain Kadar (right)

Some underwater instruction for Kirsten Mackie (Right)

Ruaridh Lindsay getting used to the environment!

Wednesday 12 March

Scottish Schools Swimming Championships

More than 700 students took part in the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships at the Dollan Aquatic Centre in East Kilbride on Friday 7tH March. Over 90 secondary schools and 85 primary schools were represented from Thurso and Stornoway in the north to Kelso and Dumfries in the south.

Dunblane High School had a very successful competition represented at the Championships by the following pupils in the 15-16 age group.

S4 Rosie Stanger achieved 10th place in the 100m Butterfly

S5 Angus Cameron achieved 12th place in the 200m Freestyle

S4 David Hughes achieved 11th place in the 100m Butterfly and an impressive 7th place in the 200m Butterfly.

S4 Jamie Murray achieved 10th place in the 100m Backstroke

All our young athletes showed tremendous sportsmanship and encouragement and support to each other throughout the competition and were a credit to themselves, their club and Dunblane High school.

Thursday 27 February

On Wednesday 26 February, Dunblane High School played host to the English Speaking Union’s Juniors’ Debate.  Kayleigh Fraser (S2) and Helena Wilson (S3) competed against two teams from Morrisons’ Academy and one from Balfron HS.  The opposed the motion: This House believes that China should abandon its one child policy.

Both girls researched the topic and prepared for the debate extremely well.  They spoke eloquently and convincingly as to why China should keep the one child policy, and participated fully in the debate offering points of information to undermine the opponents’ argument.

Unfortunately they were not successful in making it through to the next round but they will undoubtedly go on to more success in future debating competitions

Helena and Kayleigh with all the competitors

Dunblane High School Debating Club



Monday 17 February

From today we will have a special focus on standards of uniform for S1-S5 students. Please read the Parental letter below for details. Many thanks in anticipation of your support!


Monday 10 February

Battlefield Trip 2014

A Parental Briefing will be held in school on Monday 3 March starting at 7.00pm

Thursday 6 February

Please click on the link below to access information regarding the Dunblane Centre February Break Youth Activities


Wednesday 5 February

Tuscany Tour Group June 2014

Our talented students taking part in the Tuscany music tour leaving on Wednesday 18 June have assembled together for their first official photograph. Some were taking part in the school Cross Country event, so an updated one will be taken very soon.

Don't they look impressive!

Pupil Consultation on Laigh Hills Park unblane

Our pupils Council met today with Mr Jon Clarkston from Connon Design Architects in Cumbernauld to give their input into the redevelopment of the Laigh Hills.

Mr Clarkston commented after the process...."Your students were all very polite, enthusiastic and engaged very well in the work we were asking them to be involved in. We will  analyse the information gathered and report back to the project steering group with their comments in order to help steer the strategic landscape masterplan for the Laigh Hills Park"

Anyone wishing to make a further comment, then please see  the survey monkey questionnaire link below (cut & paste into your url)

Mr Jon Clarkston addresses the Year Councils.

S6 Council in action!

Opinions taken by all year groups by the representative of Connon Design.


Wednesday 29 January 2014

S5 & S6 HEALTH & WELLBEING DAY - Monday 3 February

The programme of events for this HWB Day can be accessed through the link below as well the information being available in the SQA Noticeboard!



S6 pupils who have been allocated to the Active Stirling session in the morning will a need a P.E kit.  S6 pupils should report to PSR classes as normal to be registered.'
S5 pupils should report directly to the Murray Hall for PSR where they will be registered.  Each S5 pupil should bring P.E kit to school as there will be a sports session as part of the day.

Please check lists below for specific groupings for events Smile

S5 Ramoyle & Sheriffmuir Girl Groups

S6 Cookery, Heartstart & Sporting Groups

Monday 27 January

Ready Steady Bake Tongue out

Some S4 Students were celebrating a friends birthday this week during our lunchtime. It is a common feature of the school that delicious homebaked creations are shared amongst friends - and possibly passing teachers. To show the standard of some of these 'bakes' please see the pictures below.

A work of art that was demolished with great gusto!




Watch this space for some future - healthy?- creations as they appear!




Tuesday 14 January 2014

It has been brought to our attention by some S6 students that there are some 'rouge' driving licence adverts that will leave you without the service you have signed up for as well as no return of your money. It appears to be in the small print, in that what they are offering - is not the case. Some students have lost £50 as a result of this 'scam'. For any provisional drivers out there, please click below to see the name(s) of the offenders marked with a red cross. Please alert anyone to this information that may be in this position.


Friday 20 December

Mrs Kurilla's MAD (Make a Difference) Group raised £50 from kind donations from S1-S3 pupils for the Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal. All money will be donated - as well as the many parcels already collected from all year groups - to Start Up Stirling food bank.

The tree below shows all the self designed  'wishing' baubles placed on the tree from the pupils which includes wishes for peace for all and a safe and happy New Year for those who's lives have been particularly difficult and challenging in 2013.

Thursday 19 December


A great time was had by our senior students last night at our senior Christmas Ball which took place in DHS. Despite the stormy weather pupils arrived well groomed in their Christmas outfits and enjoyed the dancing and festive fare.

Our Atrium transformed for the evening

Social Dancing in swing!

Many thanks to our Staff Elves for helping on the night. Don't they look lovely!

Tuesday 17 December


The first phase of the Forth Valley Alcohol Initiative got underway last week with the official launch of the campaign 
In consultation with the  Corporate Communications Division of Police Scotland , Education Services and  partners have  produced a  newsletter for parents/carers highlighting the current campaign across Forth Valley targeting 13-17 year olds and alcohol consumption. School shave been asked to share these details with parents.                             Please access below:


Badminton Success for DHS

S2 Pupils Sammy McKinney and David Nairn were crowned Regional U14 Champions! 12 of our pupils took part in the Central Schools Badminton Championships on 11/12/13, competing against 6 schools from Stirling, along with Clackmannan Schools and Dollar Academy.

Well done to Mathew McKinney & Daniel Stansfield for reaching the U19 Boys Doubles Semi-final. Sammy McKinney and David Nairn dominated the boys U14 competition, with David reaching the singles Semi-final and  Sammy reaching the Final. The boys teamed up in the Doubles and were crowned Champions!                                         TThey have been invited to participate in the Scottish National Championships due to be held on the 8/9.03.14 at the Bells Sports Centre in Perth.

Big congratulations to the following for qualifying for the Regional event and taking part: Liam Goodfellow, David Clark, Kyle Middleton, David Nairn, S. McKinney, Caitlin Fotheringham, Daniel Stansfield, Matthew McKinney, Iona O’Lenskie, Molly Illingworth, Hannah Chance and Sarah Woolman.

Tuesday 10 December


A group of our S3 girls took part in, and won, a Global Citizenship Competition yesterday. The ‘Who Needs Education?’ Conference was held at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow and was attended by nine finalist schools from across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Alba Escala, Laura Paton, Christy Cunningham and Catriona Glen have been busily preparing their presentation for a number of weeks, only occasionally seeking advice from teachers and the Dunblane Likhubula Partnership.

On the day they were accompanied by the Likhubula Lion (Kitty McKee). They delivered their pitch clearly and confidently, winning the judges over with a simple yet effective idea to place a school nurse in our link school Chambe High School. They received excellent feedback about the clarity of the idea and their passionate attitude towards the welfare of the pupils in our partner school.

The girls were winners twice over as they not only received a trophy (now displayed in the foyer) for coming first in the junior final but were also selected against stiff competition from the senior winners (S5/6 students from Holyrood High, Glasgow) as overall winners. Their prize is to receive £500 from the Wood family Trust to go towards implementing their project.

From Left to Right representing DHS: Mrs A McEwan, Christy Cunningham, Laura Paton, Alba Escala & Catriona Glen and Jenny Barr from the Dunblane Partnership.


Girls with winning trophy and cheque for £500

Tuesday 3 December

Start-Up Stilring with DHS MAD (Make a Difference) Group

DHS Students will be making a donation this Christmas to the Start-Up Stirling local food bank for those less fortunate this month. We are looking for food with a long shelf life (e.g. canned foods) also dried pasta, rice, long life food treats (i.e. cookies & sweets). Last date for donations is Friday 13 December.

Donations can go directly to Start-Up Stirling (cut and paste link below into URL) or handed into the School Main Office

Monday 2 December

National 5 Prelims now underway!

Our S4 students have experienced their first taste of a National 5 Examination with SQA Invigilators within the Main SQA Examination Hall for English. Great attendance and great focus from all our young people (seen below). We wish them well in the weeks ahead (finishing Friday 13 December)


A huge 'Well done!' to Mr Harrington's MAD group and some other keen S6 pupils who came down to the Discover Dunblane Christmas Extravaganza to steward the event and meet guest of honour, Judy Murray. Several of the retailers on the High Street have been in touch to pass on their thanks and say that they couldn't have done it without the input of the MAD group. DHS shows its community (and festive) spirit once again!

Some of our ever helpful S6 students with Judy Murray

Thursday 28 November

Dunblane High School pupils continue to excel in debating; most recently as part of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament which took place at Braes High School on 27 November. Two senior teams took part – Team A: Daniel Stansfield and Anna Stein (S5) and Team B: Morgan Brown and Jamie McGeown (S6). All four pupils impressed with their depth of knowledge and their ability to eloquently put forward their arguments. They opposed the motion: This House believes that the UK should have boycotted the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Both teams, unanimously, won the heat and are therefore through to the next round. Another resounding success for the school’s debating club.

From Left to Right: Daniel, Anna, Morven & Jamie


Friday 22 November


Ms Kurilla's S6 MAD (Make a Difference) group organised a range of fund raising activities for the Movember Campaign Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health and our MAD sixth years were playing their part in some vital FUN(draising) during lunchtime today.

Activities included; Guess the weight of the 'moustache' cake, guess the number of sweeties, pin the moustache on the teacher, cake stalls, nail painting and throw the sponge and pie flanning of a group of 3 MAD S6 boys. The pictures below show some of the main events!

'Mo're  Cakes on sale!

Depute Head Boy Jack Gater (centre) with S6 MAD Students Danile Fenn-Tye (left) & Jack Moore

Another pair of MAD sixth years: Ellen Couper & Cameron Phillips

Our 'Mo Bro' staff from left to right: Dr Murray (Maths), Mr Lunan (Technology) , Mr Tully (FES); Dr Irvine (Social Subjects/Science);                                                             Mr Hawk and Mr Browne (Physics)

Senior student Cameron Brough S6 is shown no mercy by a younger pupil who wins his turn in the 'PIE the S6 Student' lottery!

Oliver Clarke - middle S6 student-was an earlier victim Yell

Our Depute Head Boy Aaron Crowe mid 'pie'ing

From Left to Right: MAD S6 boys Oliver Clarke, Aaron Crowe & Cameron Brough brave the extreme temperatures after being drenched in artic water!

Wednesday 20 November

Please click the link below if you wish a copy of the Parents' Private Bus Service letter iissued to all DHS students today via their schoolbag.


Monday 18 November

Please find below an information leaflet from Stirling Council regarding the Budget Setting Process and how it may impact on your son/daughter's education.

Stirling Council Briefing note for Parents

Friday 15 November

Charity Bake Sale in aid of the victims of the Phillipine Tyhoon Disaster

This charity bake sale was organised by Ellen Stirling of S5 and fully supported by her tremendous bunch of S5 friends who worked all week organising the sale to raise much need funds for the Haiyan Typhoon disaster victims.

Today, thanks to the generosity of all pupils, staff and many many parents who donated, texed and retweeted information allowing such an amazing response,  a grand total of £1043.97 was raised for the RED CROSS to help these people who are in such desperate need.

If there has been any greater sum of money raised in such a short space of time in DHS, I’m not aware of it,  I very much doubt it!

We want to acknowledge our grateful thanks to everyone who responded to Ellen’s fantastic initiative and to say that DHS is very proud of our young people at this time.

Ellen Stirling (4th from left) with her intrepid band of S5 helpers - cakes behind!

Just a small sample of the cakes pre-devouring!

Thursday 14 November

Stirling Secondary Schools U14, U16 & U19 Badminton Success for DHS

Another excellent performance yesterday in the Stirling Secondary Schools Badminton Competition. DHS had 4 boys enter the U16 competition; Leo McArdle S3, Rowan Exton S3, Iain Davies S4 and Jamie Patterson S4. Up against a strong field of 20 entrants from 6 different schools, Jamie Paterson came runner up in the singles. Iain Davies and Jamie Paterson also came runners up in the doubles, both qualify to represent Stirling in the central competition on Wednesday 11th December where they will compete against the best players from Falkirk and Clackmananshire schools.

We also had 8 S5 entrants in the U19 competition, 3 boys; Mathew McKinney, Daniel Stansfield and Jamie Braidwood. And 5 girls; Caitlin Fotheringham, Sarah Woolman, Molly Illingworth, Hannah Chance and Iona O'Lenskie.

U19 Boys:Mathew McKinney came Runner Up in the Singles. Mathew McKinney and Daniel Stansfield Won the doubles.

U19 Girls: Caitlin Fotheringham reached the semi-finals of the singles.

Molly Illingworth and Sarah Woolman came Runners Up in the doubles. Hannah Chance and Iona O'Lenskie came 3rd in the doubles.

Jamie Braidwood and Caitlin Fotheringham came Runners Up in the Mixed Doubles.

All 8 entrants have qualified for the Central Finals!Laughing

Across the whole school U14 (last week), U16 & U19. 20 pupils represented the school and all enjoyed the fantastically run event. Of our 20 entrants, impressively, 15 pupils have qualified to represent the council in the Central Finals at the PEAK on Wed 11th December where they will compete against Falkirk and Clackmananshire Schools and have a chance to qualify for the Regional Finals.

Happy U14 Winners above

Wednesday 13 November

Many thanks for the great response from our DHS pupils for the Shoebox Appeal -(see details of appeal below 6/11/13). Here below, our pupils are collecting completed boxes for the uplift van.

Some of the array of completed boxes collected in Social Subjects

Pupils outside the main door ready to load the van

Let's hope these gifts make a real difference to some less fortunate boys and girls this Christmas!


Huge congratulations to Helena Wilson (S3) and Kayleigh Fraser (S2). The two pupils competed in the ESU Debating Juniors Competition at Bellshill Academy on 11 November. The team did an excellent job speaking eloquently and coherently in opposition to the motion that 'This House believes all Scottish cities should introduce congestion charges'. The judges were impressed by their ability and Helena and Kayleigh won their round; therefore moving on to the next round of the competition. A huge accomplishment. We shall keep you updated with how they get on.

Franscesca McDermid (S2) and Emily Wilson (S1), both members of the debating club, went along to support their peers and learn about competitive debating.

Helena Wilson & Kayleigh Fraser at the podium

left to Right: Our Team: Emily Wilson; Helena Wilson; Kayleigh Fraser & Franscesca McDermid

Monday 11 November


The school carried out a short remembrance ceremony today Monday 11 November 2013

This comprised of a wreath laying ceremony at the main entrance commenced at 10.30am with pupils and members of available staff in attendance.

Pupils attending the ceremony were from the current S2, S3 and S4, and those who were on the Battlefields trip in April.  The S6 pupil council were also  in attendance.

Following the wreath laying ceremony, there was a traditional 2 minutes silence.



Thursday 7 November

'Green Tree School Award' for new National Course  S4 Class

The environmental science class have been quite heavily involved in conservation work as part of working towards the John Muir Award.  This conservation work has involved establishing a conservation garden within the school grounds and visiting Argaty Red Kite conservation trust.  Recently we took delivery of 450 saplings from the woodland the students will be given Gold status and the school will be presented with an engraved plaque. Well done to all involved Laughing


Wednesday 6 November


Clare Stansfield and Abie O’Sullivan (both 3K2) represented Dunblane High School in the first round heats of the ESU Juniors Debating Competition that took place at Blairgowrie High School on 31 October 2013.  They presented a very convincing and interesting argument against congestion charges in Scottish cities.  Both did an excellent job but, unfortunately this time, were unsuccessful in getting through to the next round.  The judges praised all the secondary school pupils on the high standard of debating.

Abie debating her point at the lectern

Line up of debators with Clare left and Abie on the far right. Well done to both girls for taking part in what was a very close fought debate.

Tuesday 5 November


Mrs Stocker and some of our S6 MAD Group are inviting DHS pupils to take part in this years Shoebox Appeal. Pupils have been spoken to by S6 via their assamblies and have been given the information required to support such a worthwhile cause.

Students, staff and any parents can help us this year by filling a box.  It’s very easy to put some basic items together; - a leaflet given the information on what should/should not be included is accessed through the link below!.

It’s not difficult to choose gifts for someone who has so little.  Things we take for granted can often be luxuries for people living in desperate poverty.

Boxes will go to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine this year.

By filling a shoebox you can bring some joy and laughter to someone this Christmas


Friday 1 November

Staff & S6 Halloween Charity Catwalk

Good fun was had by all DHS pupils during lunchtime today as a group of our shy and retiring teachers 'strutted their stuff' on our Halloween Catwalk.

Teachers walked in time to some great sounds, including hits by Beyonce (Dr Irvine) and K C & the Sunshine Band (Mr Ross). Main Prizes were given to Mrs Ferrir & Dr Irvine with overall winner Mr Smith (as Jack Gater S6 Council member - see picture) who showed our young people exactly how it's done! The total raised for Strathcarron Hospice was £200 from donations at the door.

Mr Smith above compering the show as 'Jack'

Science staff ensemble!

S6 Judging Panel


Monday 28 October

A copy of the 'bus' letter issued to DHS pupils on 25/10/13, regarding the impact of the removal of the Council subsidy for the S8 bus can be accessed above.

Friday 25 October

'Lab in a Lorry' visited DHS this week giving pupils from S1 & S2 the opportunity to try a wide range of exciting experiments

One of the experiments focussed on practicals using sound. An experiments pupils were most enthusiastic about was using sound vibrations to resonate a wine glass so violently that it could shatter.

Pupils also investigated the progression of camera technology ranging from the first types of camera invented up to modern day digital cameras. Giving the pupils an opportunity to build their own pin-hole camera.

As well as this pupils then investigated how our homes consume power and how we can make them more energy efficient. One of the practicals pupils worked on was the science of wind turbine design.

Friday 4 October

S5 Wider Achievement Assembly

As well as some DOE Bronze Awards and some light entertainment acts the main focus was a 'battle' of the PSR Classes who were each represented by a team of 4 players in an exciting quiz. Categories included SPORT, MUSIC, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE and the popular pressure round of 'Lay the Egg' - tennis ball between knees which has to be dropped into box against the clock!!!!

PSR Class Teams get ready to go in the Murray Hall

Contestants line up for 'Lay the Egg' competition Surprised

So close, but no prize here!

Winning team seated from left to right: Matthew Peters; Daniel Polatjko; Kirsten Mackie & Rachel Kelly surrounded by their grateful 5R2 classmates

Friday 13 September

Awards Ceremony 2012-13

Our Annual Awards Ceremony took place last night in Dunblane Cathedral. Our Guest of Honour was the former minister of Dunblane Cathedral the Rev Colin McIntosh.

Please click on the link below for the programme listing all our prize winners including our Dux Medallist SARAH KELLY.

Pictures of the event to follow soon


Left to Right: Councillor Mike Robbins Provost of Stirling, Catriona McDonald awarded the McCarron Medal, Sarah Kelly Dux Medallist

Jennifer Ross Proxime Accessit and Mr Robin Iffla Dean of the Guildry of Stirling

Academic Colours (Grade A in all 5 Higher Subjects at one sitting)

Left to Right:

Connor Jaffray, Lewis Gibbons, Ellen Couper, Scott Cocker,  Katy Smith, Ziad Farhan-Alanie, Eilidh Ironside Jack Gater and  Rachel Hamilton, Eilidh Ironside.




Personal Achievement Colours:

Back Row L-R:   Megan Gouw, Kate Mason, Joe Young, Rebecca Shepherd, Sarah Hugget & Rebekah Mitchell. Front Row L-R: Natalie Aitkman,  Kim Galloway, Abi Stevenson Duckworth, Emilie Turner, Sarah Patrick, Emily Howitt & Jessica Whittaker.

Acrewood Nursery School visit

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to give the Science department's animals a home for the school holidays. This summer, the staff and pupils of Acrewood Nursery kindly offered to look after some of our Giant African Landsnails and did a wonderful job! The children enjoyed learning about some of our other animals, particularly our bearded dragon lizard, when they visited the school this week.

In the Science Dept to meet the animals

Miss Murney (Science Dept DHS) shows the nursery boys and girls our Bearded Dragon lizard

Monday 9 September

BGE Science: Parallel Circuits

All S2 pupils as part of the BGE in Science (Science Street) are given the challenge to plan and build house and associated electrical circuit. This involves the construction of various rooms within the house.

The challenge was to successfully build a house and wire it safely so that all the rooms can have their lights controlled individually. This challenge was taken up by some of our 2f girls who designed and wired this fantastic house.

Left to Right: Kayleigh Fraser, Millie Spinks & Catherine Duncan

Electrifying all rooms!

Lounge with roaring fireplace, widescreen TV and scatter cushions

Toilet with tiled floor and silver accessories

State of the art kitchen

All rooms light up using parallel circuits constructed and wired by the girls. Look out Scottish Electric and Stewart Milne :)

Friday 6 September

Third year recently set up and ran very successful French cafés , during which they welcomed guest and served a variety of French cuisine.

The cafés operated entirely in the French language , giving pupils a valuable opportunity to practice their linguistic skills. The pupils had to come up with the name of their café design the logo and the menus. For a period the community of DHS was invited for un petit déjeuner à la francaise at " bon appétit café", "le Café Paradis" or "Le petit gout de France", , to name a few. As you can see our S3 pupils fully enjoyed the experience

Soyez bienvenus au cafe

nous avons une gamme de mange

S6 and Mrs Sadek-Kirk

Tuesday 3 September

Our new S1 DHS pupils are taking part in team building & developing interpersonal skills activities (CfE/HWB) at Team Ranch in Inchture, Perth.

Each pupil will enjoy a full 1 day programme (from 3 -5 September), with Mrs Hansom and the S1 PSR Team overseeing the activities.


Friday 30 August

After 18 months of planning, preparation and fund-raising, 16 senior pupils and 2 members of staff spent almost 3 weeks of their summer having the experience of a life-time in rural Honduras. In addition to attending lectures and working with conservation scientists to collect field data, 10 of our pupils successfully achieved the PADI Open Water qualification in scuba diving, whilst 2 of our experienced divers passed an elective in Carribean Reef Ecology. As well as studying and protecting the biodiversity of this beautiful country, we had the opportunity to reside with local families, gaining an amazing insight into Honduran culture. All 16 pupils showed tremendous courage, resilience and humility throughout the expedition and were truly an asset to the school and community. We owe an enormous thank you to everyone who supported us on this unbelievable journey.

Thursday 29 August

All S4 took part in their Year Group a Health & Wellbeing Day. Please click on the link below to access the full programme followed by some pictures of our students enjoying the day

S4 HWB Programme 29/8/13

Students listening to Mr Craig Mathieson our motivational speaker about his experiences as an Explorer in the South Pole.

Girls pounding the treadmill.

'How to Iron a Shirt' - Mr Smith (Maths/Computing)making sure their is no excuse left for our S4 boys to get their parents to do this for them!

Mr Noakes (Faculty PT: Humanities) making sure that appropriate standards are met :)

Self Defence lesson thanks to the local Dunblane Tae Kwon Do Club

Mr Ross (Science Faculty) demonstrates how to change a tyre

Wednesday 28 August

National 5 Biology: Kingsbarns Beach Field Trip

Despite foggy conditions on Kingsbarns Beach in St Andrew's Fife, 70 of our new S4 pupils - undertaking the new National 5 Biology course-  carried out the a range of environmental activities with enthusiasm and skill. The purpose of the expedition was to carry out sampling techniques, find and identify organisms and to identify human impacts on the local environment as part of the National 5 course.

The pupils carried out all activities with enthusiasm and successfully found a host of interesting animals and plants along the shoreline. Despite these foggy and cold conditions the pupils maintained the highest standards of behaviour and effort throughout the day and their positive attitude contributed to a fun and successful day.


Tuesday 20 August

We welcome our new S1 Year Group to Dunblane High School. Here they are pictured at their first Year Group Assembly in the Murray Hall looking extremely impressive in their DHS uniforms.