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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

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 | 25/03/2014 20:50 PM

Cairnpapple House Students Take Top Spot!


Cairnpapple House 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? ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 23/03/2014 23:07 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

Mathletics Goes Live in Deans


All S1 and S2 students now have access to the next generation, award winning online Maths program 'Mathletics'.  This website allows S1 and S2 students to enagage in fun online activities which will help to consolidate the learning done in class.  Students can also work on topics covered in classtime; on set tasks as well as play live against students from all over the world. Mr Duncan, PTC Maths said, "Mathletics is a fantastic tool ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 10/09/2013 19:10 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

School Partnership with Almond Engineering


Deans has recently developed a partnership with Livingston based engineering firm, Almond Engineering Ltd.  The local firm, which is based in Kirkton Campus, has donated a range of materials to the schools Design, Manufacture and Graphics department and has offered to support school initiatives, such as the F1 in Schools Challenge.  David Dodds, business link and DMG teacher said "establishing partnerships with local businesses is key ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 21/08/2013 21:39 PM

Advice on University from Former Students!


Two former students returned to Deans in the final week of term to offer advice to Senior Phase Science students on life at University. Mark Lang, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University and Cory Dunnigan, studying Medicine at Edinburgh University, popped into the Science Department to offer their advice and experience. The boys, who have always had a keen interest in the Sciences, left Deans in 2011. Both ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 06/08/2013 10:39 AM

Successful Start to the Season for Pipe Band


The last 3 weekends have seen the members of the West Lothian Schools Novice Juvenile Pipe Band take part in the West Lothian Highland Games, The British Pipe Band Championships and Shotts Highland Games.  It has been a very successful start to the 2013 Pipe Band Season for the band, playing in five events over the three weekends and receiving five prizes. The results were:- West Lothian Highland Games, 18th May 3rd ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/06/2013 10:16 AM

Meghan Picks Up Award at City Chambers


Meghan Shortel of 4D3 was a finalist in the Inspire - Aspire values competition. Meghan attended the award ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers and received a bronze award out of around 25, 000 entries!  She was presented with her certificate by Olympic rowing gold medallist Katherine Grainger and Sir Craig Reedie. Meghan's mum, gran and Mrs Emmettt were delighted to see her receive the award. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/06/2013 10:10 AM

Students Train with World Champion Kick Boxer


Students enjoyed a training session with Sam Allan, ISKA Kickboxing World Champion.  They learned more about the training and techniques required.  Full contact kickboxing began in the USA in the early 1970s as full contact karate.  The first world championships of full contact karate were held in Los Angles in 1974. The first champions became legends: Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace and Jeff Smith. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/06/2013 00:30 AM

Clyde Drops in on Deans Annual Sports Day


Our Annual Sports day today was a great success.  Thanks to all students and staff who made it such an enjoyable day.  Students were delighted to meet Clyde, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Mascot who dropped in on our sports day and even competed in the 100 metres race.  Results and more photos will be available next week after the medal ceremony.   ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 07/06/2013 12:56 PM

Birds of Prey Swoop in on Deans


Another activity on offer for students during activity days was falconry.  Students learned lots of interesting facts about owls, hawks, falcons and more from Clyde Valley Birds of Prey.  The students really enjoyed learning how to handle the birds correctly!  ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 06/06/2013 14:27 PM

Rockets and Sunshine for Activity Days!


One of the activities on offer for students was making and launching rockets.  Students enjoyed launching their rockets in the sunshine, while others measured the speed and height they reached. Thanks to Mrs Walker and Mr Coupar from the Science Department for passing on their rocket launching skills to another group of happy rocketeers! ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 06/06/2013 14:16 PM

Edinburgh Zoo Competition Finalist


Congratulations to Ross Hudson 1H1 who was one of five finalists in the ‘Next 100 years’ competition for Edinburgh Zoo’s Centenary.  Although he did not win the overall competition his presentation on his article of Edinburgh Zoo in 2113 was a credit to himself and the school.  Congratulations also to Olivia Scott 1H1 and Adam Nicol 1H1 who were awarded ‘Commended Entries’ for their articles.  We all ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 05/06/2013 11:21 AM

Knightsridge Win Primary Maths Challenge


Mr Sharkey and Dr Taylor of the Mathematics Department hosted the first Primary Maths Challenge this week.  Four of our cluster primary schools took up the invitation to send teams of P6 and P7 students to compete in problem solving challenges. Some impressive Maths skills were on display and a great time was had by all. The competition was won by Knightsridge students Sean Rand, Michael McLean, Bronagh McKenzie and Brendan Magadu. Mrs Cook ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 30/05/2013 13:09 PM

Street Cred Street Clean Poster Competition


Well done to Caitlinde Wood who won first prize in the poster competition organised by the WLC Street Cred Street Clean litter and clean-up initiative.  The winning poster is being displayed around the local area.  Caitlinde was happy to receive her prize of a £50 shopping voucher presented by Mrs Cook!   ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 29/05/2013 12:20 PM

Inspire - Aspire Awards National Finalists


Congratulations to Callum Paterson and Meghan Shortel who have been selected as national finalists in the Inspire -Aspire Awards.  They have been invited to The Glasgow City Chamber’s on 18 June to receive certification and possibly an award from Olympian Katherine Grainger and Sir Craig Reedie from the IOC.  S3 students entered the Inspire-Aspire Awards through a project in PSE. Good luck at the awards! ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 29/05/2013 12:10 PM

West Lothian Schools Pipe Band Success


The West Lothian Schools Pipe Band came 3rd place in a very strong Novice Juvenile Grade at the West Lothian Highland Games. They also came 4th in the Juvenile Grade, which is a level higher than they play in. The following students were involved from Deans CHS: Ben Scott, Ryan Wotherspoon, Holly Harrison, Caitlin Smith, Lucy Carroll, Rachel Thom, Lee McIver, Declan Baggott, Cameron Runciman, Thorben Wilson, Matthew Johnston, Owen ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 26/05/2013 21:22 PM

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

Golf Championship


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

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/   ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 29/04/2013 16:01 PM

Mini News

SDS - Job Vacancies updated

Remember the Snippets Vacancies document is uploaded in the Wider Opportunities/Careers section at the foot of this web page.  This document produced by Skills Development Scotland ...Read More

School Transport prices from 1 April 2014

New prices for school transport from 1st April 2014 - 10 Journey book of 10 - £ 5.89    Term Passes - Term 1 £ 96.02, Term 2 £ 68.26, Term 3 £ 53.22, ...Read More

Cluster and Senior Wind Band

Our Cluster and Senior Wind Band performed at a local care home last week.  The residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance! ...Read More

Easter School Timetable

The Easter School timetable was issued to S4, 5 and 6 students on Fri. 21 March.  A copy is uploaded in the Information Leaflets and Study Support sections of the website.  ...Read More

Great Learning in Scotland - CfE Leaflet

A leaflet, 'Great Learning in Scotland', about what is happening in school education now and how CfE benefits your child has been uploaded in the Information section of the website. ...Read More

School meal price increase after Easter Holiday

School meals will increase to £1.95 (secondary schools) from Tuesday 22 April 2014 ...Read More

Get along to Rugby Training - Mondays for S1-4

Rugby training takes place on Mondays after school (from 17 March).  Old and new players wanted.  Get some friends and come along!!!    ...Read More

Parent Council Meetings

The next Parent Council Meeting is on Tuesday 18 March from 6.00 - 8.00pm.  New members always welcome! Our parent council are strong supporters of the school and engage in many fund raising ...Read More

LEAPS S5 Parents Evenings

LEAPS S5 parents events are being held on 3 March at Heriot Watt (Edinburgh) 7pm - 9pm 6 March, Stirling Uni, 7pm - 9pm 10 March Heriot Watt/Borders College (Galashiels) 7pm - 9pm. All the ...Read More

Library Opening Times

The Library is open Monday to Thursday 8.00am-4.30pm (break & lunch) and Friday 8.00am - 1.15pm.  The computers are available for you to use for homework and study. Overdue books - please ...Read More

Twitter: @deanschs

Remember to follow Deans Community High School on Twitter.  Click on the twitter link on the homepage of the website.  @deanschs  ...Read More

Higher English Support

HIGHER ENGLISH SUPPORT CLASSES: Every Friday from 12.30pm - 1.30pm We will focus on Close Reading skills, Critical Writing and examination techniques. In English Dept with Mrs Harper-Kyle, Miss ...Read More

Higher English Masterclasses

HIGHER ENGLISH MASTERCLASS 3: Critical Essay - choosing questions. Friday 21/2/14 from12.30pm - 2.00pm. HIGHER ENGLISH MASTERCLASS 4: Close Reading - sentence structure and tone. Friday ...Read More

H English Easter School

HIGHER ENGLISH EASTER SCHOOL: Tuesday 14/4/14 from 9.00 am - 2.30pm Final exam preparation, close reading and critical writing skills. ALL WELCOME!!!! Mrs Harper-Kyle, Miss Shuker and Mr ...Read More

S1 Micro Tyco Teams

Any S1 students interested in registering a team for Micro Tyco must do so ASAP. Teams should be no larger than 5 members, all from the same house (though can be from mixed tutor classes). Friday is ...Read More

S5 - Interested in studying Law?

Could any S5 students interested in studying Law please see Mrs Hodgson about registering to attend a Law Society Open Day. This will be very important  when filling in future UCAS ...Read More

Table Tennis Club

S1-2 table tennis club is in the dance studio on Monday lunchtimes and S3-4 on Thursday lunchtimes.  Time: 1.20-1.50.  ...Read More

Badminton Club on Mondays after school

Our badminton club is on Mondays after school from 15:45 – 16:45. ...Read More

Swimming - Mon and Thurs

Our swimming pool is available for students to enjoy an after school swim on Mondays & Thursdays from 3.30-5.00pm. ...Read More

Netball - Tuesdays after school

Netball is on a Tuesday after school. ...Read More

After School Basketball

After school basketball for S1-3 is on Wednesdays 3.45 - 4.45pm and S1-2 on Fridays from 12.45 - 2.00pm. ...Read More

Gymnastics Club - Wednesdays

The after school gymnastics club is on Wednesdays from 3.45 - 5.00pm.  All students welcome! ...Read More

Girls Football - Thursdays After School

Girls Football is on Thursdays after school. ...Read More

Handball on Thursdays

Handball is on Thursdays from 3.30-5.00pm. ...Read More

Football Teams - Fridays After School

S1 - 4 football teams train or play matches on Friday afternoons. 12.45-3.00pm. ...Read More

Money Week Activities

Students in S2 took part in money week across a range of subjects. The theme for this year's event was poverty. In Mathematics students took part in the Chain Game, an activity developed by UNICEF ...Read More

Junior Choir - Monday Lunchtime

Junior choir rehearsal on a Monday lunch time - 1:20pm sharp.All S1 - S3 students welcome.  See Mrs Gordon if interested. ...Read More

Senior Choir - Tues. Lunchtimes

The Senior Choir takes place in Music Room 1 on Tuesday lunchtimes. All senior students doing voice for a music exam are expected to attend and all S4-S6 are welcome. ...Read More

Percussion Ensemble

For Percussion students of Ms Naish.  The Percussion Ensemble is on Fridays at lunchtime for half an hour. We'll be starting with a Japanese Taiko Drumming piece!  Please come to the music ...Read More

Biology Int 2 Revision

Intermediate 2 Biology catch up/revision sessions will be held in the Science Dept. on Thursdays after school.  First session on Thursday 26 September. ...Read More

Debating Club - all welcome!

Thursday lunchtimes in Mr Rooney's room.  We need new S1 students to come along! ...Read More

Senior Brass Band

Every Monday after school with Mr Fraser in Miss Duncan's Room ...Read More

Senior Wind Band now on Thursdays

Senior Wind Band rehearsals are on Thursdays in the Theatre from 3.30 - 5.30pm.  First rehearsal will be 29 August. ...Read More

Deans Cluster Band

Starts Friday 6 Sep 1PM. This ensemble is aimed at S1/2 and feeder Primary 6/7. Letters will be issued to parents in due course. ...Read More

S1 and S2 Homework Club

Why not come along to the S1 and S2 homework club every Tuesday 3.30 - 4.30pm in the Library.  ...Read More

Wind Ensemble Students Win Gold Plus Award

Well done to the following students who travelled to Perth to perform in the Scottish Concert Band Festival finals at the weekend as members of the West Lothian Wind Ensemble.  They received a ...Read More

Ben Pipes his way to First Prize

Well done to Ben Scott 2C3 who won first prize in his category at the recent Burns Federation event at St. Kentigerns Academy. ...Read More

Rebecca's on Song!

Congratulations to Rebecca Pennykid who successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Choir of Scotland (girls).  Well done Rebecca! ...Read More

S2 Design and Manufacture Club

The S2 Design and Manufacture club is on Monday lunchtimes in the CDT department. ...Read More

S3/4 Craft & Design and Design & Manufacture

Craft and Design/Design and Manufacture After school class every Tuesday - S3/4.  There will now be an afterschool class running for ALL S3/4 students studying Craft and Design or Design and ...Read More

Graphic Communication - S3/4 After School Class

There will now be a class running for ALL S3/4 students studying graphic communication on Tuesdays after school.   Support avaliable in all aspects of the course and homework.  ...Read More

24 Hour CCTV Cameras in Operation

Please note the school is covered inside and out by 24 hour CCTV cameras.  These cameras are monitored and record and store activity in and around the building. ...Read More

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