All the latest news from Douglas Ewart’s High School pupils during the autumn term.
Enterprising Maths Competition
On Thursday 25th September 2014 our team: Ben Moore S4, John Walker S4, Jacob Beaddie S3 and Findlay Sloan S3, welcomed teams from 9 other secondary schools in the region to contest the shield for the Regional Enterprising Maths Competition, open to S3 & S4 pupils.
There were three rounds: team round, practical round & finally a relay round when the team divided into pairs. DEHS fared well in all rounds to come 2nd, after a close fought tiebreaker with Kirkcudbright Academy.
Both DEHS and Kirkcudbright will represent the region in the national finals which will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre on the 18th November 2014. We are already planning our tactics and looking forward to using our maths skills again!
Dumfries Higher Education Conference
Higher education is a major step for most pupils; that’s why knowing about different choices can help greatly. From local Dumfries colleges up to St. Andrews University and down to Cumbria and Newcastle, the Dumfries Higher Education Conference – on the 8th of September 2014 – gave a wide variety of choices for the young students of Dumfries and Galloway.
DEHS S5 & S6 gained lots of advice (and free pens and prospectuses) from the many stands in the grand hall. Many students already knew what questions to ask, the majority just wanting to see what higher education places suit them the best. But for the small number of people who were still unsure of their future it guaranteed a chance to gain more knowledge about suitable courses. Whether it was the military, agriculture, beauty or more academic degrees there was certainly a wide range of information for the teenagers of Dumfries and Galloway.
By Cerys Whitehurst
Something new is happening each week at DEHS: mentoring. A new mentor scheme has been created for the pupils, a half-hour lesson each week in which small groups of students from the same year group meet. The classes act as a discussion group; almost similar to a small version of primary school ‘circle-time’. Recent topics for the mentor lesson revolve around discussions about our learning and helping pupils understand their role in the school community. So far the scheme has been successful and the students are enjoying getting to know their mentors.
By Cerys Whitehurst
Three members of staff and thirty-seven pupils are all quite excited about Wednesday 8th October! Not because it is getting near to the October Break, but because we are heading off to London! Yes, it is a 6am start. Yes, it is nine hours plus on the bus – with ‘comfort stops’. Yes, the staff may be grumpy from sleep deprivation. But – it is two nights, two West End shows, the Harry Potter Experience and a chance to see the sights and sound of London.
This will be our fifth trip in the past eight years and every year the pupils have not let us down with their behaviour, sense of enjoyment and appreciation of what is on offer. We expect the same from this year’s merry bunch! Upon our return we will try to encourage several of our coach-trippers to write their own review of their London Experience; hopefully with pictures to match. Until then –hold the front page and stand by in the printing room!
European Day of Languages
On Friday 26th September DEHS celebrated European Day of Modern Languages. Many faculties incorporated learning about languages into lessons. Pupils and staff tested their knowledge about languages by taking part in quizzes and the canteen served up a European feast for lunch.
Douglas Ewart High School 5 - Wallace Hall 0
Our U14s team kicked off their league campaign with a sensational 5-0 win against Wallace hall on Wednesday 24th September. The man of the match was Jack Marshall, who scored a hat-trick; other goals came from Kian Dingwall and Euan Sneddon.
Coach Mr R Miller, Physics Teacher, was impressed by the professionalism of the team and spirit in which the game was played. Well done boys!