End of term column from DEHS pupils tells of latest goings-on

Jason Copeland
Jason Copeland

The Inspire-Aspire awards exist to promote citizenship, ambition and inspiration in young people throughout the Commonwealth.

Douglas-Ewart High School entered into the awards for the first time this year and all pupils in S2 and S3 were introduced to the awards in their Humanities classes. Each pupil had a “poster” to complete and in this “poster” pupils were to consider and then evaluate themselves in terms of their strengths and weaknesses.

The next task was to think of a person who inspired them and to this end the pupils were introduced to the Commonwealth, its history and what it means to be a part of it today.

Naturally, as the Commonwealth Games were coming up, we could also focus on this aspect of the Commonwealth.

Once they had chosen their inspiring person, pupils had to research their person and other zany or inspiring quotes.

Then came the difficult part: to think of how they as individuals could contribute to the world as a global citizen both now and later in their lives.

When we had all the completed posters, they had to be judged and six winners from each year group were sent to Glasgow, along with 30,000 other entrants from Britain and the Commonwealth for judging by the Inspire-Aspire committee. 

To our delight the Douglas-Ewart had three winners! - Katie Hudson, Iona McPhillips and Jason Copeland.

The winners went to Glasgow on 16th June and had their certificates and medals presented to them by Marc Beaumont of the BBC.

They were accompanied by proud members of their families and all reported back that they had enjoyed a “wonderful day” in the Halls of Glasgow University.

Royal Highland Show

On Thursday 19th June the S2 Geography class accompanied by Mrs McColm, Miss Garrity and Miss Spratt visited the Royal Highland Show. It was a great chance to see many of the exhibits from livestock to the food hall. The pupils conducted themselves well and a great day was had by all.

Wizard of Oz

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th June DEHS Drama Club put on a fabulous performance of “The Wizard of Oz” transporting the audience from Newton Stewart to Oz. The hard work of the cast, drama teachers, Miss Munro and Mr McClymont, and music teachers, Mrs Junor and Mr Hart, made sure that the performance was polished and professional.

Behind the scenes a dedicated team of staff and pupils worked hard to prepare sets, props and make sure everything ran smoothly backstage.

Congratulations on to all the cast and crew, we look forward to seeing your next performance!

Thank you for reading our column over the last few months, we are looking forward to our summer holidays but will be back in August with more news from DEHS.