Soul Destroyers Win Day at Recording Studio
Congratulations to The Soul Destroyers who came 2nd out of 25 groups in the West Lothian Battle Of The Bands competition at the Bathgate Regal Theatre tonight. Having won through the heats back in March they competed against another 6 bands in the finals. They have now won a day session in a professional recording studio. The Soul Destroyers are: James Rowland, Chloe McCord, Ryan Dudgeon, Megan Witherspoon, Kayleigh ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 01/07/2014 12:10 PM
Do You Love Badminton Winners
Zoe Fletcher and Heather King's art entry to the "Do you love badminton?" Badminton Scotland competition was announced the WINNER of the Secondary Schools section. The girls will receive a pack of goodies, the club will get free entry to the Badminton Carnival in November PLUS a free coaching day/health day for next session. BIG THANK YOU to Paul Sinclair for creating the badminton posts and to Aaron Leary for producing a ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 01/07/2014 11:58 AM
Deans Awarded Gold School Sport Award
Deans CHS has been awarded a Gold School Sport Award from Sport Scotland. This is awarded for achieving excellence in physical education and school sport. The hard work from students this year in terms of extra-curricular sport has been outstanding. Well done to all involved in this excellent achievement! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/06/2014 10:42 AM
Dechmont Students Top Merit Chart!
Dechmont students are top of the Merit Chart this week. Well done to all students receiving merits for Positive Behaviour, Effort, Didbook Skills or Ethos/Wider Achievement! What House will get most merits this week?
Many students across the school received merits for this week... congratulations to Alix Weir 2H1 who had the most overall merits for this week. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/06/2014 09:07 AM
Amsterdam Trip for S1-3 Students
Trip to Amsterdam for S1-3 students.
24-30 May 2015.
Includes visits to Anne Frank's house, Ajax stadium, Science Museum, Water Park, Peace Palace at the Hague, the Zoo and lots more.
Overnight ferry from Hull. For more information see Mrs Hodgson. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 23/06/2014 22:38 PM
Summer Safe West Lothian
West Lothian Council, supported by its Community Planning Partners, has launched a 'Summer Safe' campaign which aims to help everyone, and in particular children and young people, to have a safe fun summer.
The aim of the campaign is to ensure that everyone has a safe fun summer and that whether activities are planned, or not, someone takes a few minutes to make sure that everyone is safe.
West Lothian Council has ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 18/06/2014 10:33 AM
Online Uniform Ordering is Now Available
Online ordering of uniform is now available from Border Embroideries with free delivery to the school. Deliveries to Deans CHS will be around 28th of the month (except June), delivery to a home address is also available for a small charge.
We have a limited stock of garments available in school. School ties are only available from the school.
http://www.border-embroideries.co.uk/select-school.php ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 16/06/2014 09:33 AM
Adam and Ryan helped Scotland team to Victory!
Scotland have won the LD Home Nations Championships for the second time. The Scottish FA/Scottish Disability Sport Under-19 squad had two Cedarbank @DCHS pupils representing their country in Belfast. Adam Smith and Ryan Dickson helped the team to victory in 3 matches: Northern Ireland 1 - 5 Scotland, Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Scotland, Wales 1 - 1 Scotland.A fantastic experience and achievement for both boys! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 07/05/2014 15:42 PM
Hayley completes Race for Life in Glasgow
Well done to Hayley Ross (S3), who completed a Cancer Research Uk's Race for Life in Glasgow on Sunday. Hayley was running in memory of her uncles and raised over £100. Hayley said, " It took me 25 minutes to complete the course, it was worth it to raise money for Cancer Research UK". ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 07/05/2014 09:07 AM
Holocaust Educational Trust Reception
Vikki Bryce and Mrs McNicol were invited by the Holocaust Educational Trust to an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament. Vikki Bryce and Kayleigh Kildae visited Auschwitz as school ambassadors for Lessons From Auschwitz. Vikki had the opportunity to meet Henry and Ingrid Wuga, who had been part of the Kindertransport.We also met Derek Coupar, former Head Boy and former chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament as he is currently ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 27/04/2014 23:32 PM
Music Students Pass their ABRSM Exams
Congratulations to the following students who recently passed The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Graded Exams
Special mention to Kerri McIver who passed her grade 5 theory with merit obtaining 84%. Kerri is now planning to go ahead and sit her grade 6 ABRSM exam on Trombone.
Well done to... Hannah Baillie Grade 2 Trumpet Pass with Merit, Megan Baird Grade 2 Trumpet pass, Leigh Douglas Grade 3 Trumpet ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 23/04/2014 22:48 PM
School Garden Club - Monday Lunchtimes
The School Garden Club is on Monday lunchtimes in the garden. Bring your lunch!
A group of staff and students have worked very hard with our local community to create our beautiful garden and this resource will enhance our curriculum and support wider achievement. If any community groups are interested in using the garden please contact Graeme Steele in the Science Department. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 21/04/2014 21:34 PM
Royal Pipe Band Association Competition
Forty members of the West Lothian Schools Piping and Drumming programme took part in the annual Royal Scottish Pipe Band Associations Lothian and Borders Branch competition, held at The James Young High School. All the members played in the solo events in the morning with a mini band competition taking place in the afternoon. The following students from Deans were taking part. (students pictured at rehearsal in ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 04/04/2014 11:35 AM
Well Done S2 News Team!
Well done to the students involved in the BBC Schools Report News Day. Students worked really hard all day preparing news and organising students and staff for interviews. They enjoyed learning new skills such as presenting, camera work and other technical skills.
Click on the BBC Schools Report link at the side to view their News Report.
Special thanks to Bethany (S5) for supporting the news team all day and ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 27/03/2014 22:42 PM
Revision in a Nutshell - National 5 Support
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has prepared a series of revision support materials for learners who are about to sit the new National 5 Qualifications. The Revision in a Nutshell subject guides cover 20 of the most popular subjects. A leaflet with more information on how to access the material is being issued to students this week. It has also been uploaded in the School Information and Study Support sections of the website. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/03/2014 19:53 PM
Craig Wins Double Gold in Record Times
Craig McLean (S4) was in outstanding form at the recent Brodie's Scottish Schools' Swimming Championships at East Kilbride. He won the 200m backstroke in 2m12.27s and the 100m freestyle in 53.97 secs, breaking both records. Craig said, "it's always good to swim for the school and I'm delighted to break records in both my events. Everyone at my school is very supportive. They give me time off and manage to help me balance ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/03/2014 12:02 PM
Thanks for getting our F1 Team on Track!
Deans Community High School and F1 in Schools team ROBUS would like to say a massive thank you to Jewson Building materials for assisting them with the procurement of materials to make their very own race track.
The team have been looking at a range of ways to help them in the design and testing aspect of the challenge, including producing their own wind tunnel, using specific flow dynamic software and racing their cars using a track.
With ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 25/03/2014 21:06 PM
WL Wind Band Ensemble Achieve Gold Plus Award
A number of our senior students performed in Perth with the West Lothian Schools Wind Ensemble (current featured band of the month on the Scottish Concert Band Festival website - www.scottishconcertbandfestival.com).
This group performed very well and came away with a well-deserved Gold Plus - representing Deans in the band are Sarah Harley, Hannah Aitken, Eilidh Kyle, Summer Ashbee, Kerri McIver and James ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 21/03/2014 12:09 PM
Wind Band Achieve Silver Plus Award
Our Wind Band achieved a Silver Plus Award at the Scottish Concert Band Festival at Perth Concert Hall. It was a fantastic achievement and we should all be very proud of our young musicians for their efforts. A big thanks also to Jennifer Kelly for leading them and Robert Fraser our brass instructor for assisting. Also many thanks to all other staff for their support and encouragement! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 21/03/2014 11:55 AM
SCHOLAR - Parent Information Leaflet
SCHOLAR is one of the world’s largest school e-learning education programmes, with over 100,000 users in more than 400 schools and colleges in Scotland. Created by Heriot-Watt University based in Edinburgh, SCHOLAR provides computer-based learning materials to support teaching and learning in Maths, Sciences, Languages and Business subjects. The SCHOLAR programme is designed to encourage student independent learning supported by a ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 18/03/2014 13:39 PM
Team ROBUS are going to Abu Dhabi World Finals!
Team ROBUS emailed this report from Birmingham: After our regional success, we were invited to the National Finals at the Big Bang Fair in the Birmingham NEC. We were again judged on our car design, race, pit display, portfolio and a verbal presentation. Andrew Denford, the F1 in Schools Chairman informed us that we were the highest scoring Scottish team and were therefore invited to represent Scotland at the F1 in Schools World ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 15/03/2014 19:31 PM
Giant Heptathlon Team Win Regional Final
As our S1/S2 Giant Heptathlon won the West Lothian event, they qualified to represent West Lothian in the regional event, held at Meadowbank Arena, Edinburgh. They faced tough competition from schools such as Lasswade High School and Craigmount High School. The students involved competed in events such as the 30m sprint, 60m hurdles, standing long jump and the endurance challenge. They worked extremly hard and were highly ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 14/03/2014 10:24 AM
ROBUS - update from Birmingham
Team ROBUS are managing to update us on their progress in Birmingham via Twitter. Keep up to date by following ROBUS - @robusdeanschs. You can also follow the school on twitter @deanschs. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 14/03/2014 09:29 AM
170 History students attend Conference!
This annual event hosted at DCHS provides West Lothian school students with valuable insights into the forthcoming higher exam, ideas for effective revision and techniques to improve their grades. The speaker was John Kerr who is an examiner and author of the course textbooks. He is pictured here with some of our S5 students who will soon be putting his advice into practice! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 10/03/2014 09:07 AM
Team ROBUS Win Through to National Final
The F1 in schools event was held at Fife College last week and the teams competing came from all over Scotland. Teams were judged on the engineering of their car, their pit display, a verbal presentation and their car's speed. We scored highly on engineering, portofolio and team identity and won the award for Best Sponsorship and Marketing. Out of six teams, we finished in second place meaning we recieved an invitation to the national finals in ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 02/03/2014 22:10 PM
Craig is Recognised for Outstanding Achievement
In recognition of his achievements in swimming in 2013 Craig McLean was awarded the Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council Junior Sports Personality "Asda, St Leonard's Trophy". This is awarded to a young person of 16 years of age and under who has shown qualities of endeavour in sport and whose standard of performance has improved that year.
Craig's swimming achievements in 2013 are listed below:
January saw Craig represent ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 02/03/2014 22:09 PM
S3/4 Handball Team came Third in National Finals
Our S3-S4 Handball team came 3rd in Scotland on Friday at the S3-S4 National Competition held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre. Deans were up against some very strong teams, but managed a win in the semi final play offs, beating Belmont High School on penalties. It was nail biting stuff! Well done to all the students involved: George Darrossa, Emils Saripo, Daniel Brolls, Jamie Black, Anton ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/02/2014 11:19 AM
Deans Sportswear - Be part of our Winning Team!
Deans Community High School Sportswear is now available. Be part of our winning team! Available from Physical Education Department - £15. See P.E. staff for more information. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/02/2014 10:28 AM
Handball Team Win National Title at Ravenscraig
After qualifying for the nationals at Napier University last year, our S1/2 handball team arrived at Ravenscraig Sports Centre on Friday confident that they could bring the national trophy back to Deans.
The boys played Our Lady's in the final, who they had drawn 8-8 with in the round robin earlier in the day. The final proved to be just as nerve-wracking. In a closely fought battle, our team were eventual victors as they ran down the ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 10/02/2014 11:47 AM
Deans Still On Top - WL Secondary Sports League
Deans continues to maintain 1st position in the West Lothian Secondary School Sports League. Another 1st position at the West Lothian Badminton Championships last week increased our lead.
The current top four schools are: 1st - Deans CHS 326 pts (7wins) 2nd - St. Margaret's 257 pts (1 win) 3rd - St. Kentigern's 193 (0 wins) 4th - Inveralmond 186 pts (0 wins).
The seven wins we have achieved so far this ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 03/02/2014 11:30 AM
S2 STEM Event a Great Success!
All S2 students at Deans Community High School took part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event in the school theatre. The event involved over 25 'ambassadors', who have close links with the different business and industry groups associated with the STEM area. This included Civil Engineers, Process Scientists, Mechanical Engineers, Biochemists and even some university students who are studying STEM based ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 03/02/2014 10:54 AM
Almond Engineering Support F1 Teams
Deans Community High School is working with one of their business links, Almond Engineering, to support two teams entered in the F1 for Schools competition. Stephen Burrows (Designer) and Chris Smith (Chairman) recently met both teams to give some support on material selection and designing for manufacture. Both teams of students, based within the Design, Manufacture and Graphics department, have been able to apply a range of skills ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 16/01/2014 17:06 PM
Well Done to our School Merit Winners!
Students were recognised for behaviour, effort and ethos at S1 & S2 Award Assemblies. The results were based on the number of school merits that students had accumulated over the last term. The following students were awarded with Vue Gift Vouchers for the most merits in their year group. S1 - Stephanie Aitken (1C1) 23, Abby Irvine (1C1) 23. Martin Drury (1D1) 21. S2 - Abigail Coen (2H1) ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 19/12/2013 21:35 PM
More Sporting Success for Deans
Our S1/S2 giant heptathlon team were 1st out of all West Lothian schools and will now be representing West Lothian in the regional final. The team were:Euan McGill, Kyle Buckle, Ben White, Connor Graham, Kierran Symonns, Cameron Mein, Martin Drury, Kieran Allan, Melissa Rajek, Jemma Gilbertson, Eireann Sheridan, Gabrielle McClymont, Megan Anderson, Rachel Thom & Charlie Laurie
Our table tennis team were also 1st in West ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/12/2013 10:27 AM
Gold Award for Senior Wind Band
Congratulations to Deans Community High School Senior Wind Band who achieved a Gold Award for their performance at the Scottish Concert Band Festival. This was a regional event for bands from Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Senior Wind Band will now go on and perform at the nationwide event in the Perth Concert Hall this Spring.
Just to add to this fantastic achievement from the Senior Wind Band, several of our students ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 10/12/2013 18:34 PM
Deans Win West Lothian Dance Competition
Deans performed extremely well at the West Lothian Dance Championships - winning three out of four categories.
All eleven schools in West Lothian participated and dancers performed in front of a packed theatre and three highly respected judges.
Deans were awarded best junior team (Lauren Wilson, Leona Dempsey, Lauren Davren, Rachel Conway, Beth Brown and Leah Hall.) We were also awarded best senior team (Jade Scally, Leigh ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 08/12/2013 20:21 PM
Deans Dominate WL Basketball Finals
Congratulations to the Senior Boys Basketball Team who put in an outstanding shift to win the West Lothian Schools Basketball Finals.Having won the previous two qualification rounds, Deans were first up in the Semi Finals against St Kent's. After a slow start, Deans pulled out the win 20-11 with all seven players contributing well.
In the Final, we were up against St Margaret's who clearly fancied themselves to ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 08/12/2013 20:13 PM
Construction Challenge Winners
Ten students took part in the annual Construction Challenge Competition at West Lothian College. Deans students were up against students from Armadale and West Calder. The team finished in first place completing two challenges in record breaking time. A total of sixty students from six schools took part in the challenge.
The event was designed to provide students with an opportunity to sample construction based activities in ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 25/11/2013 12:09 PM
Senior Boys Basketball Team Win Round 2
The Senior Boys Basketball team worked very well together to win all their Round 2 games against Inveralmond, The James Young, St Margaret's and Broxburn. Good play from Calum Drury and George Darrosa along with some inside help from Morgan Landels enabled the Deans squad to scrape a one point win over rivals St Margaret's whilst comfortably defeating all the other teams through their defensive effort. The boys now face Armadale, St ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 12/11/2013 15:08 PM
Higher Chemistry Students Enjoy Visit to Shin Etsu
The Higher Chemistry Class visited Shin Etsu recently to take a very enjoyable and educational tour of the water treatment area of the facility. Anne Anderson, Martin Murray and Stewart Cook were on hand to welcome the students and staff from Deans and Robert, Brendan and Colin form the water treatment area gave the students a detailed tour of the plant. Students were able to access parts of the buildings that many Shin Etsu staff ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 28/10/2013 14:26 PM
Annual Sponsored Walk - Well Done!
Well done to all the students who completed the walk. Thanks to S1 students who were sponsored to complete the walk to help raise funds for our activity days at the end of term. A special mention for the S1 boys pictured, who were first back as they chose to run the course! Also a big thanks to all the senior students and staff who helped organise the event. Well done everyone! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 11/10/2013 11:03 AM
Senior Basketball Team Win on Their Debut
The twelve boys in the S5/S6 basketball team – which includes six S3/S4 players – won the opening round of games in the West Lothian Schools S5/S6 League defeating James Young, Inveralmond and Broxburn. The only defeat of the first round for the young team was to St Margaret’s in a game where they did not take care of the basketball well enough and missed too many easy chances. Fortunately, St Margaret’s also lost a game ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 06/10/2013 23:56 PM
Scottish Parliament Visit
Intermediate 2 and Higher Modern Studies students attended the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh after a (very wet) political walking tour. Once there, we were fortunate enough to spend time with not only one MSP but two. As well as Neil Findlay coming to speak to the students, Angela Constance also stopped by which led to quite an interesting debate taking place, fuelled by excellent questions from pupils. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/09/2013 13:09 PM
Calum is Scotland's Youth Fly-Fishing Champion
Calum Stephen lifted the title of Scottish Youth Fly-fishing Champion on Sunday the 1 September 2013. This open competition is held annually and the top 16 anglers make up the Scottish Youth Team to compete in International competitions the following year. Calum has now represented Scotland for 3 years and has been Scotland’s' top rod at the Home Internationals in both 2011 and 2013 before winning the ultimate accolade this year ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 18/09/2013 15:58 PM
Sophie's Commitment and Hard Work Pays Off
One of the most effective ways for young people to gain employment is through work experience placements. In January 2012, a former student of Deans Community High School – Sophie Anderson – was successful in being offered a 6-month Get Ready for Work placement at Blackburn House Equestrian Centre through the local training provider BLES (Blackburn Local Employment Scheme).
Sophie was linked in to this placement by her More ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 18/09/2013 15:57 PM
Continuing Success in Art & Design
On Friday Mr Pepperell met up with senior Art & Design students at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to undertake research for their Higher Design Unit projects. Working on designs for personal projects in areas ranging from textile design and graphics to industrial design and architecture. The students obviously made the most of their visit, clearly enjoying themselves and demonstrating the drive, commitment and ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 12/09/2013 21:02 PM
Pipe Band Success for Deans Students
West Lothian Schools Pipe Band (Deans Community High School band members: Ben Scott, Ryan Wotherspoon, Holly Harrison, Caitlin Smith, Lucy Carroll, Rachel Thom, Lee McIver, Cameron Runciman, Declan Baggott, Matthew Johnston, Owen Turnbull, Calum Binn) finished a very successful competition season, at the Cowal Championships in Dunoon. The band finished the season with their ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 12/09/2013 21:02 PM
Exam Results - Best Year Yet!
I am extremely proud of the fantastic SQA examination results achieved by our students this year. It is the best set of external examination results ever at the school and all students and staff are to be congratulated upon a magnificent outcome.
I am delighted that over 86% of S4 achieved 5 or more general grades, and 48% achieved 5 or more credit grades. S5 were equally impressive, with the greatest number ever ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 04/09/2013 12:42 PM
Craig Lifts Two National Titles in Record Time
Deans student Craig McLean (14) was in top form at the British National Age Group Championships at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield from 24-28 July 2013.Craig, a member of Carnegie Swimming Club and part of the Excellence in School Sports Programme, has been in tremendous form this season. With six swims at this competition resulting in six final appearances, it was the manner in which he won the first two events that ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 21/08/2013 21:48 PM
Curriculum for Excellence Explained
The latest useful documents for parents have come from the National Parent Forum of Scotland. They have produced a series of A4 sheets entitled 'Nationals in a Nutshell' for subject areas at National 4 and National 5. To download your copies, visit: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/NPF/nationals-in-a-nutshell/
Posted by: Alison | 29/04/2013 16:01 PM