Parents and Staff Win Badminton Tournament
Our Annual Badminton event took place on Monday with an invitation to our parents to join staff versus the students. It proved to be a winning combination with Parents & Staff beating the Students 21 games to 10. We also welcomed P7 pupil, Sebastian Lindl who will be joining the club next session. Many thanks to the parents and staff who supported the badminton club members ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 14/05/2013 19:53 PM
Merryn Somerset Webb - Speakers for Schools
We were very fortunate recently to have Merryn Somerset-Webb visit the school to provide our S5 and 6 students with an insight into progression into the world of work with a particular emphasis on how the current economic situation will affect them in the next few years.
Merryn joined us as one of the "Speakers for Schools" volunteers, an independent charity which provides inspirational speakers for schools. Deans Community High ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/05/2013 13:41 PM
S1-2 Rugby Team - Current Champions
Deans S1-S2 students played their socks off at the recent WL Secondary School Competitions at Whitburn Academy. Current champions of the secondary “B League".
Team Deans: Robert Marnie, Ben Scott, Ayden Greer, Callum Wardlaw, Robert Corner, Jack Dunlop, Grant Crosbie, Adam Wilson, Sean Thomson, Kyle Dwyer, Rogerio Carimo & Robbie Sinclair. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/05/2013 11:58 AM
Deans On Top - WL Secondary Sports League
Deans Community High School maintains 1st position in the West Lothian Secondary School Sports League! Deans has had a number of success stories in terms of sporting competitions that have contributed to our current position in the league. Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved. The current top four schools are: 1st - Deans CHS 216 pts (4 wins) 2nd - Linlithgow Academy 190 pts (2 ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/05/2013 11:56 AM
The following students represented Deans in the WL Secondary School Golf Championships at Harburn Golf Club. Overall fifth in West Lothian with a challenging course. Team Deans were: Jack Morgan (36), Kyle Totten (39), Ryan Jackson (16), Connor Bryon (39), Ryan Lees (24), Adam Munroe (27) & Calum Stevenson (38) Well done boys! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/05/2013 11:33 AM
Netball Team Perform Well at Tournament
Team Deans S1-S3 girls competed in the WL Secondary School Competition at Whitburn Academy recently and were Runners up - 11 secondary schools entered the competition. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/05/2013 11:31 AM
Jodie invited to Scottish Parliament Reception
Jodie Nicol was invited to an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament by the Holocaust Educational Trust. Jodie is an ambassador for Holocaust education. Alex Salmond announced continuing financial support for the work of 'Lessons from Auschwitz'. The reception was attended by ambassadors and school coordinators from throughout Scotland, MSPs, representatives of Scotland's Jewish community, including a couple who, as ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 08/05/2013 15:41 PM
West Lothian Online Study Support
The Online Study Support resource can be accessed at bit.ly/wlonlinesupport The main study support resource does not require any password or login details. If students wish to participate on the collaboration areas they will need to know their glow login details.
There are study support resources for Higher English, Mathematics and Computing. Each of the subject areas also offer the opportunity for peer-peer and teacher-student ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 30/04/2013 10:24 AM
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
The BSkyB's the Limit
Last Thursday our Hospitality students were treated to a VIP tour of BSkyB restaurant facilities by Executive Chef, William Thomson. Students were given exclusive access to behind the scenes of a catering establishment producing quality, healthy food daily for their 3,000 employees. Sustainability is high on the agenda of this world-wide company with state-of-the-art recycling ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 29/04/2013 09:03 AM
Science Club Goes Gardening
We will be doing Gardening club activities in Science Club over the next few weeks. Growing tallest sunflower, making scarecrows, growing tomatoes, potatoes and flowers, and many other tasks. Wednesday lunchtime in Science and the school garden. See you there! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/04/2013 13:00 PM
English Premier League Tour
Over the Easter weekend 22 students and three staff members took part in the English Premier League Tour.The weekend comprised of stadium tours, training, a football tournament and an English Premier League match.The students had the opportunity to receive training from the Manchester City coaches and had stadium tours at the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford, and also the Stadium of Light home of Sunderland ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/04/2013 12:16 PM
Talented Golfers Required S1-6
Could any student golfers please contact Miss Davey in the P.E. Department as soon as possible. Players are required for a golf tournament on Thursday 9 May. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 16/04/2013 12:00 PM
A Thank You Message from Sandy Hook
Hello! I am a resident of Sandy Hook for over 22 years and the mother of two alumni of Sandy Hook Elementary School. (They are now in college.) I am also a volunteer with the Newtown Documentation Project. You can see a video about our project at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M--NqepsIE As you will see, we have been receiving thousands upon thousands of cards, letters and pieces of artwork and as volunteers we are ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/03/2013 12:16 PM
Visual Merchandising Stars
The S5/6 Retailing class put their new found knowledge and skills in Visual Merchandising into practice when they were given a range of retail plinths, Body Shop products and a design brief to create an attractive display for either a Valentines or Easter display. The students did a stunning job and demonstrated their excellent creativity and team working skills. More photos in the BIT section of the website.
Well done ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/03/2013 09:06 AM
School Bus - 10 Journey and Cash Fare Increases
Please find below increases to the price of 10 journey tickets for use on school buses and increases in cash fare prices. These increases which have been approved by the council will come into force on 1st April 2013.
New price from 1st April 2013
10 Journey book of 10 £ 5.69 Term Passes Term 1 £ 92.78 Term 2 £ 65.95 Term 3 £ 51.42 All Terms £ ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 25/03/2013 14:34 PM
Thanks to Simon Thomas of REMAX Livingston
Thanks to Simon Thomas of Remax Livingston for his talk to all S3 and S5/6 Business students on franchising, marketing and CVs. It was a very enoyable and interesting presentation. All students who took part got lots of useful information about running a business and how the franchise model actually works. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/03/2013 20:08 PM
Little Shop of Horrors
We all know the story. Boy meets unlucky girl... Boy falls in love with girl... Boy and girl are eaten by a huge, green, singing, alien monster plant...
Deans CHS production of a Little Shop of Horrors was simply fantastic. Well done to all the cast and crew who brought this wonderful story to life. The creativity and skills on show were a credit to our school, staff and students. Well done to all involved!!!
The energy ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/03/2013 20:01 PM
We're Collecting Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers
Please help us get active by handing in your Sainsburys Active Schools Vouchers to reception or Mr Steele in the Science Department. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/03/2013 19:39 PM
Comic Relief - Thanks for Your Support!
Well done to all involved in the Comic Relief fundraisers. Dress up 80's or red, red cakes and tuck stall. We raised over £650. Thanks to everyone who supported us! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/03/2013 19:32 PM
LSOH - Congratulations to all involved!
Congratulations to all involved in this year's musical production of 'Little Shop of Horrors.' The show was humourous, heart-breaking and, above all else, wonderfully entertaining with the cast and crew demonstrating the amazing talent that exists in Deans.
The cast and crew of 'Little Shop of Horrors' wish to thank everyone who helped to make the production such a success. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 22/03/2013 19:45 PM
Visit to Queens Medical Research Institute
Students enjoyed a visit to Queen's Medical Research Institute - Centre for Regenerative Medicine. The students saw first hand the research aimed at developing new treatments for major diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, and liver failure. It was fascinating and we would like to thank everyone at the centre for giving up their time and also the ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 20/03/2013 11:24 AM
Sportathon a Big Hit with Students and Staff
160 students are taking part in our first ever Sportathon event from 8pm - 8am tonight. Students are participating in a wide range of activities they choose from basketball, gymnastics, swimming, zumba, high jump and lots more! We've been overwhelmed by the number of students keen to take part in sport in our so called "games console generation". Mrs Cook, Headteacher said, "I've really enjoyed seeing so many young people ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 14/03/2013 22:59 PM
Retail Class Organise Staff Masterchef Event
S6 Retailing students – Sarah Phillips, Shannon McMillan, Shannon Rahman and Ilona Stewart - organised a ‘Staff Masterchef’ event as part of their course work. The event was a great success! We would like to say a big thank you to our five senior management judges; Mrs Cook, Mr Hamilton, Miss Porteous, Miss Mordaunt, Lisa Goodman and also to Alison McCormack and Connor Stewart for helping take photographs and video ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 14/03/2013 10:25 AM
Thanks to Schuh head office for a brilliant excursion
The S5/6 Intermediate 2 Retailing class would like to thank the team at Schuh Head Office in Deans Industrial Estate, especially David Spencer, Product and Marketing Director, who arranged a very informative and interesting morning of presentations and tour of the warehouse. The students particularly enjoyed learning about the process involved in designing Schuh’s own brand of shoes from the inspiration stage through to the ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 12/03/2013 20:44 PM
S3 Hospitality Students Tackle Enterprise Challenge
Over fifty S3 Hospitality students were joined by Royal Bank of Scotland staff to tackle an “Enterprise Challenge” as part of the Moneysense for Schools programme.
Each team appointed a Project Manager, Finance Officer, Catering Consultant and Marketing Executive to form a catering company then competed against each other to win a contract to supply food, drinks and entertainment for a dinner dance for 100 people. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 11/03/2013 07:14 AM
Winter Ready - West Lothian Council
Whether at home, at work, in the community or out on the road, we all need to consider how we - our employees, colleagues, supporters, suppliers, members, service users or customers - could be affected. You can get involved by sharing information, making plans, taking action and by visiting the Safer Scotland, government website: http://www.readyscotland.org/ and the West Lothian Council website: ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 11/03/2013 06:41 AM
Careers Drop-in Sessions for Leavers
Evelyn Rogers, our Careers Adviser from Skills Development Scotland, is holding drop-in sessions every Thursday from 3.30pm onwards in Mr Gray's classroom for students leaving school. You can use IT for typing up CVs or accessing the internet. If you need any careers advice, support with CVs, applications, etc. just come along to the drop-in on Thursdays after school. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 04/03/2013 19:19 PM
Show Racism the Red Card
S2 students successfully participated in Show Racism the Red Card workshops. These activities were a mixture of practical team building exercises and classroom based work. The workshops were taken by two ex-footballers Michael Weir (Hibs) and Gary Mackay (Hearts), who achieved a great rapport with the students and were very impressed with the young people at Deans. The vast majority of students found this a very enjoyable and worthwhile ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 04/03/2013 16:20 PM
Great Performance at Handball Tournament
Nine of our budding Handball players from S4 attended a National Tournament at Ravenscraig. The players have picked up the sport very quickly over the past few weeks with coaching from Alan Stokes (regional development officer). The boys played magnificently and qualified from their group with a 6-3 win over Belmont and a draw against Calderglen. They unfortunately went on to lose their semi-final and after a closely fought ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 04/03/2013 15:53 PM
F1 In Schools Success at Regional Competition!
Congratulations to team Promethium in their recent achievements at the regional F1 in School finals! The team which was made up of three senior students (Marc Stockwell S6, Ryan Blacklaws S6 and Gavin Newton S4) amazingly only started the team in October last year. The challenge included designing, manufacturing and racing a miniature formula 1 car at high speed along a race track against competitors from other schools across Scotland. The team ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/02/2013 16:03 PM
Engineering Students Visit local Engineering Firm
The S5/6 Intermediate 2 Engineering class recently enjoyed visited Ebara Pumps in Livingston for an insight into how the skills they have been developing in class are applied in Industry. The boys were treated to a full tour of the site from Ebara site Manager, Mr Craig Peachey. The group were given the opportunity to see the full process of industrial pumps arriving at the workshop before being refurbished and shipped to a range of companies ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/02/2013 16:03 PM
Thank You to F1 in Schools sponsors!
Team Promethium would like to thank all of the sponsors who have supported them in their recent efforts to reach the regional finals. The team, who have had an extremely successful first year in the challenge, required sponsorship from local businesses to purchase materials that were needed to manufacture their car. The money that is left over from this year will go towards supporting the team as they prepare for the challenge in 2014. This ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/02/2013 15:58 PM
Cast Entertain the Crowds at Asda
The cast of 'Little Shop of Horrors' were on fine form on Friday as they spent the afternoon performing in Asda fundraising for this year's school musical. Students sang and danced their way through musical numbers from the show, entertaining the crowds and collecting money from generous members of the public. The students would like to thank the staff at Asda and everyone who donated. Their performances of 'Little Shop of Horrors' will ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 25/02/2013 09:34 AM
Health and Wellbeing Campaign
Deans Community High School are going to run a campaign based around positive messaging on nutrition and health, physical activity and food waste reduction. Students will display information on a Health and Wellbeing notice board displayed in the street, as well as forming a committee to promote healthy eating and participation in physical activities. Students are aiming for a Gold Dairy Council Health & ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/02/2013 13:22 PM
Tristan Cooks His Way to Young Chef District Final
S3 Hospitality student, Tristan Steinemann, came up trumps as joint winner of the Rotary Young Chef 2013 Central Area Final with his healthy Scottish menu of Smoked mackerel pate, fillet of venison in an Arran mustard sauce with a haggis, turnip and potato timbale and a raspberry and crème fraiche roulade.
Howden Park Bistro’s Head Chef judged this event and praised the exceptionally high standard of cooking produced in two hours ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 08/02/2013 21:29 PM
Deans Community HS Filmmakers Need your Vote!
After impressing the Scottish Youth Parliament with their story board for an anti knife film our S2 students went on to produce the film. It can be viewed on the WE-CTV website (link below) and voting is open NOW.
If the Deans entry can qualify in the top 5 then it will progress to the national final.
Deans are in the Region 1 competition and the link to voting is at the bottom of the videos page.
Well done ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 08/02/2013 11:08 AM
Deans Wins School of the Month Award
Deans has picked up January’s BADMINTONscotland School of the Month Award in recognition of its excellent school badminton programme.
The award, presented by Coaching and Development Officer John Shearer, recognises the tremendous efforts of staff and pupils within the school who have been involved in the delivery the of school’s badminton clubs, charity badminton fundraising events, West Lothian Secondary Championships and many ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 29/01/2013 10:39 AM
Come along to Fox Friday this week!
A variety of FREE fun activities from 12.30 - 5.00pm, including football, volleyball, badminton,table tennis, music, jewellery making and more! Lunch is also included for FREE! See you in the Cafe at 12.30pm and remember to bring your friends. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 15/01/2013 09:23 AM
Battlefields Trip 16-22 June - space available!
A space has become available please see Mrs Hodgson ASAP if interested. The visit to the Battlefields of World War 1 is from 16-22 June 2013. This will include 3 days of visits and guided tours around significant Great War sites in both Belgium and northern France and is guaranteed to be a most memorable and moving experience. We will also spend one day sightseeing in Paris and one at Disneyland Paris.
Students not only develop a better ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/01/2013 20:46 PM
Nicole Wins National Build a Heart Competition
Scottish pupils shine in national science competition to ‘build a heart’ - Teenagers in Scotland take first and second place in British Heart Foundation competition - A Deans Community High School student beat thirty entries to take first place in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) ‘Build a Heart’ competition. The competition – where students use items from around the house to recreate a pumping ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 07/01/2013 12:35 PM
Shakespeare Comes to Deans!!!!
Seriously scary witches, a scheming manipulative wife, murder, treason and William Shakespeare's dark poetry of supernatural terrors - Macbeth has it all. The DCHS production of Macbeth was a triumph!!!Lewis Strachan, in the title role, led the brilliant ensemble cast with maturity, confidence and style. He showed the character's vaulting ambition, sadistic ruthlessness and anguished vulnerability in a perceptive, measured and sensitive ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/12/2012 11:26 AM
Stellar Awards and Celebrating Success Winners!
At the Stellar Awards on Thursday evening, the great achievements of our students were recognised: Highest attainment in S4 -Nicole Serzhantova, Team of the Year - Friday Night Project, Team of the Year - DCHS Pipes and Drums, Team of the Year - Olympic Cooking Team, Equality and Diversity - Polly Wong and Patti Kosciuk and Sporting achievement: Craig Maclean. (Click on picture to see all winners) Well done to all these ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 27/11/2012 21:53 PM
Sporting Success for Deans
Students participated in a multi-sport event at Inveralmond CHS on Friday afternoon. Olympic judo silver medallist Gemma Gibbons was there to support the students, as well as Clyde, the 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot.
Students participated in 4 activities:
S3-S6 Girls FootballNicola Kellock, Mirren Rennie, Alison Mulraney, Nikisha Wright, Jade Farquhar, Georgia Samson, Rebekah Black, Chloe Lamond, Nicole Woodward. Our girls ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 27/11/2012 21:21 PM
West Lothian Construction Challenge Winners
Congratulations to the Deans Community High School construction challenge team who won the West Lothian heat of the Construction and Built Environment Challenge. The team of ten S2 students took part in the event held at West Lothian College, and completed tasks that were similar to those they may come across in the construction industry. After a very close run competition with teams from Armadale Academy and St Margaret’s Academy, Deans ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/11/2012 20:39 PM
S1 Badminton Club visit Scottish Internationals
The S1 Badminton Club students had an action-packed trip to the new Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the Scottish International Badminton Championships. They had a 2-hour badminton workout in the fabulous Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (surrounded by cyclists) followed by an hour of watching competitive play from the top ranking players in the world. Our students will have the opportunity for competitive play in the West Lothian ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 26/11/2012 11:04 AM
Library Resource Assistants Awards Ceremony
Members of Library Resource Assistant teams have been presented with their Library Awards by Mrs Cook. This is in recognition of their contribution to the Library at lunchtimes and break (and often before and after school). Working towards these awards involves developing a range of skills including team building; regular attendance; customer service and knowledge of Library stock.
All of these students are to be congratulated for giving ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 19/11/2012 10:46 AM
Royal Regiment Musicians Coach Wind Band
The music department enjoyed a visit from the royal regiment. The day was extremely successful for the wind band with side by side coaching as the soldiers put our students through their musical paces. After a day of coaching there was a performance from a composite band of our own students and royal regiment musicians. The first year enjoyed a fantastic concert. Items included 'Zoro' and a medley of Abba tunes. The army also introduced their ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 19/11/2012 10:45 AM
Head teacher's drop-in sessions
First Tuesday of each month between 4 and 5.30pm. An opportunity for parents/carers to call in without an appointment to discuss any school-related matter they are concerned about. ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 15/11/2012 20:23 PM
Money Week Winners - Best of British!
The winning team in the Deans Community High School Maths Money Week project was "Best of British", consisting of Anna Cockerham, Robert Corner, and Megan Percy. They did a fantastic job presenting their cafe business facts and figures to the 'Dragons Den' judges. The business people were very impressed with the standard of presentations. Thanks to the judges (pictured with the winning teamm), Anne-Marie Findlay - RBS, Julie ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 14/11/2012 13:20 PM
Rotary Young Chef Competition 2013
With only 4 marks dividing the 1st and 4th places, winners of the Rotary Young Chef club Livingston round were Cameron Fleming (S5 Broxburn Academy) and Tristan Steinemann (S3 Deans CHS). Shannon Rahman (S6 Deans CHS) and Bobby Fairley (S5 Broxburn Academy) were close runners-up. Tristan and Cameron will now compete against the Whitburn Rotary club winners. Good luck to them both! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 05/11/2012 19:45 PM
Touch of Hope Children's Home - Uganda
Today 2.3 Million Ugandan children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, one of the highest figures in the world. Many of these children are now living on the streets of Kampala or in the city slums where living conditions are almost uninhabitable and they are lonely, scared, hungry and often abused. Last year, Rita Kisitu, the mother of a Deans Community High School student, made the huge decision to return to her homeland of Uganda and set up ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 25/10/2012 21:25 PM
West Lothian Schools Cross Country
Fifty six students represented Deans at the Cross Country Championships held on Dechmont Law. All students taking part were a credit to the school and had some great runs, both individually and in teams. Erin Rafferty was a stand out performer winning gold in the S3 girls race! ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/10/2012 11:33 AM
Money makes the world go round
To coincide with West Lothian council’s Money Week Deans Community High School held its second annual Money Week. We decided to concentrate our efforts on second year students again this year, with all groups experiencing activities dealing with money in every subject.
The following are examples of the activities that took place in various subjects. They worked out the cost of products and designed logos in CDT, costed and made a movie in ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 24/10/2012 11:04 AM
Autumn Newsletter has been posted home
Newsletters have been posted out to all parent/carer addresses on our system. The information includes news, contacts and important dates and information. A copy is also uploaded in the 'Information' section at the top of the website. As an eco-friendly school, we will not be sending out any more copies of newsletter, dates, etc. This will help us reduce our postage and photocopying costs. These documents can be ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 13/10/2012 18:05 PM
Record results for Deans Community High School
Deans Community High School students achieved their best ever results in the recent SQA examinations. 85% of S4 students achieved 5 or more qualifications at General level or above, and 41% achieved 5 or more qualifications at Credit level or above. In S5, 29% achieved 3 or more Highers. Results at all levels represented an improvement on all previous years, and this superb achievement reflects the hard work and commitment of ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 07/09/2012 21:26 PM
Recognition of Commitment Award - UNICEF UK
Deans Community High School has received a recognition of commitment award from UNICEF UK. This is to recognise the work and commitment being shown on the journey to becoming a rights respecting school.
WHAT IS UNICEF UK’s RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS AWARD? The award recognises achievement in putting the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, ...Read More
Posted by: Alison | 27/08/2012 19:53 PM