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Pupils took part in a mock interview at Douglas Ewart High School

Pupils took part in a mock interview at Douglas Ewart High School

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On Monday the 9th of November, S3 pupils from Douglas Ewart High School started a week of fundraisers for charities Clic Sargent and Mind.

Clic Sargent is a charity supportingfamilies of children with cancer, providing houses nearby hospitals for them to stay in.

Mind helps educate people about suicide prevention and mental illnesses. They raised a total of £300 for each charity.

S3 pupils had lots of different events going on throughout the week; including a big truth and dare game, guess the baby competition, how many balloons were in the car, boys wear make-up, a bake sale and a non-uniform day on Friday to finish it all off.

The pupils really enjoyed organising these events and learned lots about how much work goes into organising events.

One pupil said “I thought that this was a really great idea as everybody enjoyed the challenges and quizzes and we had great fun making them”.

It was an awesome experience and they were very happy with the amount they raised.

Thank you to everyone who gave donations and took part in the activities. We raised £600 for two great charities.

For the 3rd year in a row, Douglas Ewart made it through the regional rounds to be one of two schools to represent Dumfries & Galloway at the Scottish Finals of the Enterprising Maths Competition.

Congratulations this year go to Christopher Milles and Findlay Sloan S4 and Harry Brown & Joshua Milles S3 who successfully competed at the event held at the Science Centre in Glasgow on Tuesday 17th November.

They came 13th out of a field of 58 schools with Glasgow Academy, Loretto & Millburn Academy (Inverness) in 1st - 3rd places.

On Wednesday 25th November, John Hughes and Lewis Wallace S6 and Donald Robinson & John Walker S5 gave a very creditable performance at the regional finals of the Senior Team Maths Challenge held at the West of Scotland University in Paisley.

They were placed 5th out of 16 schools with Glasgow Academy in the top spot.

Earlier in the month, on Thursday, 6th November, the individual UK Senior Maths Challengewas held at the school with 15 pupils taking part.

Five pupils scored enough points to qualify for certificates which were awarded as follows: Silver: John Hughes & Lewis Wallace S6, John Walker S5; Bronze: Elliot Gray S5, Jacob Beaddie S4. Well done to all!

As part of the maths curriculum in S3, pupils have been discussing the importance of maths in the real world, focussing on the maths & numerical skills required for different career paths.

They have heard interesting talks from Kerry Hughan, the school cook, Shalla Gray, a parent, on running a business & Colin Forbes, team leader of D & G roads department.

If you use maths skills in your job and would be willing to give a 10/15 minute talk to pupils in their classes, then Helen Waddell, PT Curriculum Maths, would be delighted to hear from you via the school office on 01671 403773.