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Senior Phase Course Choice Process

Course Choice booklets will be issued to students at the beginning of February.   Curriculum Information Evening is on Wednesday 18 February 2015 from 6.00 -7.00pm in the Theatre.   Opportunities to: ~  find out more about the Senior Phase Curriculum and wider learning opportunities for senior students, eg. WL Campus, QMU Academies Programme.   ~ ask SMT any questions you may have about the Senior Phase ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 29/01/2015 09:56 AM

New Parents Evening Booking System

After a successful pilot, we will be using a new, intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system for our parents' evenings. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and receive an email confirming your appointments.   You will also be able to add a short message for the teacher.   We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.   A pdf guide to ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 28/01/2015 10:41 AM

New Programme of Classes Now Available

A new programme of community classes for adults and children is now available.  Classes at Deans include ESOL. Pottery, Yoga, Gymnastics, Craft, Swimming Lessons, 50+ Keep Fit, Creche and Parent & Toddler Drop In.  Classes at Inveralmond include Hairdressing, Beauty, Dressmaking/Soft Furnishings, Pilates, Floral Arts, Guitar and Adult Learn to Swim.  An information leaflet for Deans And Inveralmond classes has been uploaded in ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 28/01/2015 10:41 AM

Houston Students Still Top Merit Chart!

Houston students are top of the Merit Chart again 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 | 26/01/2015 10:06 AM

Congratulations to the S3 Netball Team

Our S3 netball team won all their games on Friday afternoon in the West Lothian East Conference, beating St Margarets, Bathgate and Inveralmond.  This gave us 11 points towards the school sports league.   Please congratulate the students involved:Gabrielle McClymont, Megan McGovern, Leigh Douglas, Jemma Gilbertson, Karolina Soja, Lola Aluko, Lucy Carroll ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 26/01/2015 10:00 AM

Deans Sporting Stars in Pole Position

The West Lothian Schools Sports Partnership League is now past the half way point of session 2014-2015 and Deans are currently leading the way! With St Kentigren's and Armadale not too far behind us in second and third we will need all the fantastic work and effort from Students and Staff to continue as we seek to win the Championship having come so close in previous years. Make sure you speak to the P.E. Dept if you want to be part of ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 26/01/2015 09:49 AM

Careers Fair - Thursday 5 March

Deans CHS Careers Fair will be held on THURSDAY 5 March 2015 from 5pm – 7pm   This is a unique opportunity for students and parents/carers to gather information about future career paths.   The following is only a selection of Universities, Colleges, Businesses, Support and Training providers who will be in attendance   * Queen Margaret, Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian, West of Scotland, Napier, St Andrews, Stirling, ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 26/01/2015 09:49 AM

Prelim Timetable for S5 and S6 Students

S5 and S6 students have been issued with a copy of the Prelim Timetable.  A PDF copy has also been uploaded in the School Information Section at the top of this website under Exam Information. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 19/01/2015 15:29 PM

Young Carers Lunchtime Drop-in

Are you a young carer?  A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps to look after a member of their family who is ill or disabled.  If you think you are a young carer, please come along to see Kevin or Wilma.  We will be in tutor room 3 in the support area from 1.10 to 1.50pm on the following dates:  Thursday 15th & 29th January, Thursday 12th & 26th February and Thursday 12th & 26th March.  Meet ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 12/01/2015 15:07 PM

Rebecca Passes Grade V Theory with Distinction

Rebecca Pennykid recently passed Grade V theory of the Royal Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She gained an excellent mark of 93 out of 100, which means she was awarded a pass with Distinction. Well done Rebecca, as this now enables her to continue with practical exams up to Grade VIII ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 22/12/2014 14:42 PM

WL Band Crowned Pipe Band of the Year

West Lothian Schools Pipe Band were crowned 'Pipe Band of the Year' at Saturdays MG Alba Scots Trad Music awards. This award is a massive achievement and is a great way to finish off what has be an exceptionally historic and successful year for the Band! ​Please congratulate the students involved in the band. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 15/12/2014 15:34 PM

Pipe Band Success for Students

It was a very successful day for a number of our students competing with the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band who were taking part in the annual junior solo competition at Craigmont High School, Edinburgh.    Event 3 (15 and under MSR) Bagpipes (28 competitors) 4th Ben ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 15/12/2014 15:33 PM

Senior Wind Band Win Gold Award

The school's senior wind band competed in The Scottish Concert Band Festival and achieved a gold award for the second year in a row! Ryan Dudgeon was also awarded a special solo playing prize. It is a fantastic achievement and testimont to all the hard work that goes in during lessons, rehearsals each week and at band camp. The whole band would like to say a big thanks to Jennifer Kelly for conducting and Carolyn Scobie for supporting ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 15/12/2014 15:29 PM

Portrait Prize Winner

The winner of the Art Department Portrait Prize Draw was  Jackie Shuker, DCHS, English Department.  The draw took place at the Christmas Fair on 6/12/14. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 11/12/2014 10:56 AM

Christmas Fair - thanks for your support!

Thanks to everyone who donated goods and prizes to help make the Fair a success again this year, we raised almost £1000 on the day.  A big thanks also to staff, students, parents and our community who supported the fair again this year, helped on the day or came along and spent some money!   ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 11/12/2014 10:55 AM

Senior Handball Team Win West Lothian Finals

The Deans S5/6 handball team overcame some tough opposition to win the School Sports Partnership handball finals held at the school recently.      In their first match, the team were losing by two goals at half-time but managed to rally to a 12-10 win against Inveralmond CHS.     Deans then played Whitburn, who they had lost 11-8 to in the National qualifiers at Napier University recently. However, in the end ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 05/12/2014 09:27 AM

Festive Performance at the Hilcroft Hotel

Well done to Mrs Scobie's senior brass ensemble who enjoyed giving a festive performance to staff and clients at the Hillcroft Hotel in Whitburn on Friday night. As the guests enjoyed their meal the group played a selection of Christmas music to celebrate the start of advent. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 01/12/2014 11:35 AM

Deans CHS Team Win WL Handball Trophy

Deans S1-2 team arrived at Armadale hoping to retain the West Lothian trophy which they won last year. The defending champions played exceptionally well from start to finish, scoring a total of 40 goals and conceding only 7.      Deans started their winning streak with an 8-1 win against home team Armadale, with Take Hirooka opening the scoring. Deans' second game saw them beat St Kentigern's in a one-sided match which ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 27/11/2014 09:00 AM

Another Successful Deans CHS Band Camp

Students and staff enjoyed a weekend full of rehearsing and adventure packed activities. The Windband were rehearsing for the up-and-coming SCBF festival.   The Soul Destroyers prepared a new set list and everyone enjoyed an afternoon of adventure activities  and team bonding exercises.  Well done to all the students and staff involved!  ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/11/2014 15:32 PM

Students Win Gold at Brass Band Championships

Ryan Dudgeon S6 and Holly Groves S3 were both performing with West lothian Schools Brass Band in the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships in Perth. The West Lothian Schools band recieved Gold and 1st place in the senior section.  Well done also to Kate Robertson S5 and Holly Groves S3 who also competed with Whitburn Youth Band in the Championships, the Whitburn band won gold and first prize in the development section against 14 ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/11/2014 09:02 AM

Winter Ready West Lothian

West Lothian Council is geared up to cope in the event of severe weather this winter.   The council launched its Winter Ready West Lothian 2014 campaign recently, which highlights the preparations being made for possible severe weather and encourages local people to prepare now. It is backed by West Lothian Community Planning Partners, such as Police Scotland and Fire and Rescue Scotland.   As of November 2014, the council ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 24/11/2014 11:56 AM

Watch ROBUS live in Abu Dhabi

Type 'F1 in Schools World Finals Abu Dhabi 2014' into youtube to see ROBUS racing live in Abu Dhabi.  Follow them on facebook:  or on twitter: @robusf1 ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 16/11/2014 13:41 PM

Handball Teams All Qualify for National Finals

All three Deans handball teams have qualified for the national finals to be held early next year at Ravenscraig Sports Centre.  The S1/2 team and the S3/4 team went unbeaten in the qualifiers, while the S5/6 team only lost once (against Whitburn Academy!).     The S1/2 team are looking to keep a hold of the national trophy, while the S3/4 and S5/6 teams are looking to improve upon last year's 3rd and 5th ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 14/11/2014 21:10 PM

Well done to our Stellar Award Winners

Congratulations to the following teams and individuals who were presented with winners and commended awards at last night's West Lothian Council Stellar Awards Ceremony at Howden Park Centre.  Team of the year awards:  Dairy Council - Healthy Living, Bright Ideas - Enterprise, Team ROBUS - F1 in Schools - Enterprise, S1/2 Handball - Sport, Dance - Expressive Arts.  Individual achievement awards:  Craig McLean - Sport, Lauren ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 14/11/2014 12:17 PM

And they're off...

Team ROBUS have left the building... and are currently on a flight to Dubai due to arrive at 8.10am on Friday morning.  After arriving they have to register and submit cars by 6pm on Friday.     The F1 in Schools World Finals Competition starts on Sunday 16 November when the teams have to set up their pit displays at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi before the opening ceremony at 1.00pm.  Judging and racing commences at 2.00pm and ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 13/11/2014 21:08 PM

Students enjoy Visit Scotland Lecture

Last week Judy Barrie from Visit Scotland was delighted to deliver a speech to National 5 Travel and Tourism students at Deans Community High School.  Ms Barrie is a Regional Executive with the Scottish Tourism Sector and delivered a lecture on tourism and the tourism industry in Scotland. It was a fantastic opportunity to establish links between the students and Visit Scotland and for creating opportunities for possible future employment. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 11/11/2014 11:45 AM

Students Launch Light Up Malawi Project

Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Eco-Schools Scotland programme are leading the Scotland Lights Up Malawi Project. This is a programme that aims to highlight issues around energy, poverty, climate change, solar light, global citizenship and sustainability.  Deans CHS students, Amy Ferguson, Kim Macmillan, Adam Nicol and Howard Burdon joined Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf at the launch of this year’s ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 10/11/2014 11:56 AM

Senior Football Team Receive Free Strips

Youth Football Scotland were at Deans Community High School last month as the school's senior team were presented with their brand new strips as part of the Trans World Soccer 'Strips for Trips' campaign.   Deans Community High School have organised a TWS trip with some of our S1/2 pupils.  As part of the 'Strips for Trips' campaign, the Deans Community HS senior team were presented with a free set of strips, to the delight of the ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 01/11/2014 19:29 PM

London Trip - 23-25 June 2015

The S3/S4 trip to London is being organised and places are being offered to students with no demerits on our behaviour system first. There are only 40 spaces available on this trip and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The dates for the trip this year will be Tuesday 23rd June – Thursday 25th June 2015.  The total cost of this trip will be £300 which includes: • Return coach travel from the ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 15/10/2014 09:42 AM

Q Place - Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm

Come along to the Library after school on Thursdays... Questions about God, Life and the Bible? Join us to explore your purpose in life. This is an opportunity to ask the BIG question about Life, Death, Who am I, Why am I here? Where do I go after I die? So join us for snacks and some sensational conversation. This group is open to ALL DCHS students no matter what your beliefs are, Religion is or not, Faith?, ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 14/10/2014 15:41 PM

Successful Bridge Building Activity

Thanks to Jed, who emailed this report about the bridge making activity in XL,  "we had to split into groups to make a bridge. We used straws, paper and sellotape.  We all worked as a team on the bridge and did a plan about how we were making it. There was two teams and whoever had the best bridge, that didn't break was the winnner. When the bridge was finished we did a  test with a model car.  If it crossed the bridge safely ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 14/10/2014 10:44 AM

S2 Engineering Roadshow

The Engineering Construction Industries Training Board Roadshow was in school presenting to S2 students. The project provided them with information regarding career paths and engineering opportunities which are on offer for those seeking to attend University or become a Modern Apprentice.  Our S2's enjoyed the presentation and felt it was a worthwhile experience.    ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 14/10/2014 10:35 AM

Access 2 Employment

Jamie Bryant from West Lothian's "Access 2 Employment" has been working with the Enterprise and Employability class recently.  He discussed the benefits of producing a high standard of application form and improving your  "Additional Information" sheets and CV's.  The class found this to be most useful and benefitted from Jamie's experience of being someone who interviews people for jobs. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 14/10/2014 10:34 AM

Amsterdam Trip - Thank you!

Students going on the Amsterdam trip have now paid their deposits.  The next payment deadline is 1 December for £100.  This can be paid up in smaller amounts weekly/monthly using student payment cards. Thank you for making payments promptly by the due date.   ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 03/10/2014 11:45 AM

Midnight League - Free Football for 12-17 year olds

Free Football for 12-17 year olds. Simply turn up at your chosen venue as a team or as an individual and be guaranteed free football.  Sessions are organised by qualified SFA coaches. Starting Friday 3rd October until Friday 12th December 2014 at Deans Community High School – 7.00-9.00pm. Sessions are fortnightly (Friday Night Project). For more details see poster in the Extra Curricular section of the ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 29/09/2014 12:40 PM

Democracy at Deans!

Students of Deans Community High School practiced democracy on Wednesday 24 September when they voted for their Student Council representatives.  Almost all students from S1-S6 voted throughout the morning for the favoured candidates of their year group.  The existing student council organised and manned the polling station.  All were impressed by levels of participation and the maturity of the vast majority of students ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/09/2014 10:19 AM

The P.E. Department need Golfers - S1-6

We need golfers for the West Lothian Schools Golf Championships on Tuesday 7 October.  Any S1-6 students interested should contact the P.E. staff ASAP!  Thanks  ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 25/09/2014 09:51 AM

Numeracy Skills Update

Numeracy is an essential life skill for all students. Students need to be confident and competent in their numeracy skills to be able to function responsibly in everyday life and cope in the world of work. All staff and departments have responsibility for promoting the development of numeracy in their subjects, using numeracy skills in ways that are relevant to the students so that they are more motivated to learn these skills and understand why ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 23/09/2014 14:34 PM

Calum is the Scottish Youth Champion 2014

Calum Stephen won the Scottish National 2014 Fly Fishing Youth Championship last weekend, catching 15 fish on the day with 24 over the two days.  There were over 25 boys fishing in the competition.   The Scotland team for 2015 was also chosen from their scores over the two days. Well done to Calum and the rest of the 16 team members chosen.  All boys who participated, all fished well.   In August 2014 at Grafham water ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 10/09/2014 13:06 PM

Former Students Share University Experience

Three former Deans Community High School students returned to school this week to share their further and higher education experiences with senior phase Science students.   The former students, Mark Lang, currently studying for a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University, Kieran Glencross, currently studying Aircraft Engineering at The University of West of Scotland and Adam Williamson ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 09/09/2014 10:31 AM

The Benefits of Volunteering for Students

Mr Jim McGregor from the Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian came in to school last week to discuss the advantages and benefits of becoming involved in volunteering. Jim spoke to the class about the skills and experiences which can increase a persons confidence and self esteem when looking for employment. Jim also discussed how employers are more interested in the other aspects of the whole person and not just the academic qualifications they ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 09/09/2014 10:27 AM

We're Collecting Let's Grow Vouchers

Deans Community High School is collecting Morrison's Lets Grow Vouchers.  Please hand any vouchers into Reception or Mr Steele in the Science Department. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 09/09/2014 10:05 AM

Another Excellent Year for Deans Exam Results!

Deans students have done extremely well in the SQA exams this year and have have succeeded in gaining yet another bumper set of results.    This was the first year of the new National Qualifications and I am delighted to let you know that that more students than ever have achieved success. Over 93% of S4 achieved 5 or more National 4 passes, and 43% achieved 5 or more National 5s. S5 were equally impressive, with the greatest number ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 05/09/2014 10:52 AM

Visit our Deans in the Great War Exhibition

The History Department are presenting a project called ‘ Deans in the Great War’ which looks at those who went to war in 1914.    The exhibition, in our Gallery, will run for two weeks.  It will be open at lunch times and will be staffed at other times as required.  From Monday 8 -Thursday 11 September, we are opening from 6.00-7.00pm to welcome our community along to view the exhibition.  There will be a ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 03/09/2014 14:54 PM

Students off to the Battlefields

A group of students and staff left Deans early on Sunday to enjoy a week long Battlefields tour.  The party arrived safely yesterday and are heading to Bruge, Passchendaele and Langemarck today.  Hopefully they'll keep us updated with pictures and information along the way. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 01/09/2014 10:38 AM

Students Take Part in New CBBC T.V. Drama

Over the summer holidays, nine S3 and S4 Drama students got the opportunity to take part as extras in the filming of a new CBBC T.V. Show "EVE". Students spent a day on set filming classroom scenes in the Maths department whilst learning about the different jobs in a T.V. crew. The students would like to thank the production company for offering them this exciting opportunity. Look out for the Deans students when "EVE" airs later in the ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 16/08/2014 21:59 PM

Team ROBUS Supercar Carwash - Thank you!

Well done Team ROBUS... and thanks to everyone who supported the 'Supercar carwash' event at the school on Saturday.  Team ROBUS raised almost £1800 on the day!  This will be used to support their trip to Abu Dhabi for the F1 in Schools World Finals in November.  Thanks again to everyone who supported the event.  ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 11/08/2014 20:01 PM

School Uniform Reminder

Please remember all students must wear school uniform.  An information leaflet detailing our School Uniform policy can be found in the 'School Information' section of the website.   Our School Uniform:   Deans CHS jumper/tank-top or plain black jumper/cardigan.     Plain black school trousers or skirt.     Tights should be black or neutral.     White ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 06/08/2014 08:11 AM

Remember online Uniform Ordering is Now Available

Online ordering of uniform is now available from Border Embroideries with free delivery to the school.  We have a limited stock of garments available in school.  School ties are only available from the school. ...Read More

Posted by: Alison | 06/08/2014 00:03 AM

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

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

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

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 - 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

Mini News

Apprentice Vacancy - Software & web Developer-Schuh

An advert for an apprentice vacancy with Schuh - Software & web developer - has been uploaded in the Wider Opportunities/Careers section of the website. (at foot of web page)  For more ...Read More

Handball Club cancelled this week

The handball club is cancelled on Thursday 29th January due to a competition going on in the games hall.  Handball is on Thursdays after school from 3.30-5.00pm. ...Read More

Army Jobs Fair - names to Mr Gray

  Army Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on 10 March 2015 FOR 2015 SCHOOL LEAVERS! Mr Gray needs names of students who want to go along by 30 ...Read More

Assemblies this week

Assemblies this week will take place as follows:-   Monday C Group Tuesday D Group Wednesday H Group Thursday S5/6 ...Read More

Netball - Tuesdays after school

Netball starts again on a Tuesday after school. ...Read More

SDS - Job Vacancies updated - 6 Jan

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

Ukulele Group - Wed lunch

Come along to the Ukulele Group which takes place every Wednesday lunchtime from 1:30pm in Music 1.  No experience required and you don't even need a Ukulele to join.   All welcome!  ...Read More

Education Scotland Email Update for Parents/Carers

Education Scotland are starting a new termly email update service specifically for parents and carers.    To subscribe to this new email update please visit the sign-up page on ...Read More

School Chaplain Drop-in

Our school chaplain is Rob Bell.  Rob is available in Deans Community High School to support students, staff and the community.  Rob takes regular assemblies, runs the Q Place after school ...Read More

Debating Club - Tuesdays - all welcome!

Tuesday lunchtimes in Mr Rooney's room.  All welcome... we need new S1 students to come along ...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

Indoor Tennis on Fridays - S1 & 2

Indoor Tennis is on Fridays at 12.30pm for S1 and 2 students.  It will be in the small gym and you don't need a racket or to have played before.  It's a chance to hit lots of tennis balls ...Read More

Parent Support Group - Wednesday mornings

The Parent Support Group is on Wednesday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30am.  All welcome!  ...Read More

Library Opening Times

The Library is open Monday to Thursday 8.00am-4.30pm (break & lunch) and Friday 8.00am - 10.25am & 10.40am - 1.15pm.  The Chess League is starting again this week. ...Read More

Table Tennis Club

Table tennis club is in the dance studio on Monday lunchtimes. ...Read More

S1 & 2 Rugby

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

Badminton Clubs

Our badminton club for S1 & 2 is on Mondays after school and for S3-6 on Wednesdays from 15:45 – 16:45. ...Read More

Gymnastics Club - Wednesdays

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

After School Basketball

After school basketball for S1-3 is on Friday after school and S4-6 is on Tuesday after school. ...Read More

Swimming - Mon, Thurs, Fri

Our swimming pool is available for students to enjoy an after school swim on Mondays & Thursdays from 3.30-5.00pm and Fridays from 12.30 - 5.00pm. ...Read More

Football Teams - Fridays After School

All football teams train or play matches on Friday afternoons. 12.45-3.00pm. ...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

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

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

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

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

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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