Social Subjects updates

Updated: Jun 23

RSGS Essay Competition

Congratulations to Zoe Park who has entered our Royal Scottish Geographical Society Essay writing competition


Dunfermline to Kyiv

As part of our work to raise awareness of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as a school we set ourselves the target of covering the 1694 miles from the school to Kyiv in a school week. Pupils and staff went out to cover the distance around the school. After just two days the school had beat this target! This was an amazing feat and showed just how committed staff and pupils are to supporting people caught up in this crisis. Along with the walk the school undertook fundraising to donate to helping the people of Ukraine.


Citizenship Day- World Refugee Day

The Social Subjects and RMPS Faculty took the lead on organising and creating a Citizenship Day tied to the theme of World Refugee Day for all of S2. Every subject in the school got involved in delivering a themed lesson raising awareness of the difficulties that refugees can experience. It was an incredibly successful and emotive day with pupils enjoying the opportunity to learn about such an important issue.


P7 Visit 2022

In Social Subjects and RMPS we had designed specific lessons to welcome in person our new S1 pupils during their three-day visit. This included an amazing and informative scavenger hunt around the school which provides an excellent starting point for our new S1 pupils. We look forward to seeing them in August.


Mental Health Awareness Week

In Social Subjects and RMPS we joined in the whole school focus on discussing and supporting Mental Health Awareness Week. For our faculty we focussed on mindful colouring in and kahoots to bring up and support discussions around mental health.


YPI 2022

All S3 pupils this year undertook the YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) they had to research a local charity, contact them and then advocate on their behalf for £3000. The standard from all pupils this year was incredibly high. Dunfermline’s Rotary Club along with Mr Buchanan had the difficult task of judging our finalists. Sophia and Mya advocating for Choices won the funding. However due to the generosity of the local Rotary Club every charity in the final received a generous donation. Mrs McLean and the winning team then attended the national YPI event in Perth which was a hugely inspiring day!


S1 and S2 Reward Trip

Throughout this year pupils in S1 and S2 classes have been gathering points in classes across the faculty. As a result of some exceptional work we took the winning S1 and S2 classes to Dynamic Earth. We can’t wait to see how many points the classes get next year!


Donald Dewar Final

The schools debating Society had had a very successful year. After several rounds of competition our senior debating team of Andrew Bell and Rachel McGrath reached the Law Society Donald Dewar Final. This was held in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament. Despite not winning the school and debating club are incredibly proud of them! The debating club thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Parliament and the chance to sit in the famous chamber.


Edinburgh Geography Trip

The Geography Department has recently taken all S3 pupils on an educational tour of Edinburgh's new and old town. We did an open top bus tour and then environmental quality analysis of three different areas in the city.


RSGS talks and Essay writing competition

DHS is proud to welcome the RSGS talks back for another season. Also our pupils are entered in the RSGS essay writing competition. Good luck to our finalists who have entered the RSGS' essay writing competition on Scotland's Future.


Dynamic Earth Trip for S1+S2 top classes

Classes that earned the most points were rewarded with a trip to Dynamic Earth. Well done 2B1 and 1Q2!


Earth and Beyond Club Young Environmentalists News!

Congratulations to our Earth and Beyond Club members Zoe and Sasha who with the help of their club mates produced an absolutely brilliant news report for the Rotary Club's Young Environmentalist Competition. Their news report on climate change and the importance of tackling this global challenge is first class. Well done - what a fantastic effort from these talented youngsters!


Royal town Planning Institute commends DHS pupil!

The Royal Town Planning Institute has commended Keira McCrudden who reached the last 21 finalists with a certificate celebrating her achievement. Fantastic effort Keira we're so proud of your effort!


Emergency First Aid Course

On Friday 10th December we took part in a full day Emergency First Aid Course as part of our Health Elective. We started the day by looking at DRS ABCD which stands for Danger, Response, Shout, Airways, Breathing, Circulation and Defibrillator. We learned how to take care of casualties who are breathing normally by putting them into recovery position which is a lifesaving skill.

Next, we looked at what to do if the casualty isn’t breathing normally and how to do CPR. We learnt hands only CPR. This means that we used chest compressions only and did not use rescue breaths due to the pandemic. Heart attacks can be identified by if a person is complaining of chest pains that can travel into other areas of the body like pins and needles. We learnt about using ‘W’ position meaning that their knees are up and their back is against a wall before calling 999.

We then went on to talk about seizures and what procedures to go through when this happens. We then went onto look at bleeding, nose bleeds, bandages, shock and burns. It was a very full day. I found the course so interesting and I would now feel confident in dealing with a first aid situation. I would really recommend this course to others – it could literally be a life-saver!

Raegan Swanson, S5


COP 26 Pupil Project

Recently, we took part in the COP 26 inspiring futures climate change conference, which aimed to attract future generations and highlight the scale of the global climate crisis. As part of the event, 10 S2 and S3 students were chosen to represent Dunfermline High School in the world’s most significant summit on climate change. Throughout the day, we took part in leadership discussions with worldwide leaders and global experts on climate change to grow our understanding of the importance of climate change. As part of the day, we learned some of the key attributes required to live a more sustainable life and limit our impact on the already fragile planet. By 2050, Britain as a

whole should be taking out as much carbon dioxide as we are putting in at today's levels. This is a huge feat and will take society to work together to help achieve this goal. Additionally, we have begun to think about our impacts on the planet and our effects of climate change. Through the upcoming club, we will be looking at starting at DHS; we hope to build a more sustainable and environmentally conscious school. This will take a huge effort from the whole school community and benefit not just the students of the DHS but also the wider society. We have already begun thinking about initiatives with our teachers, and we are empowered to continue to make these changes. Furthermore, we have created a forest of promises in B210, highlighting what climate change impacts we can individually make, to

make a global difference. This also presents the opportunity to remind fellow students on a daily basis of what they can do to improve their impacts on the planet. Over the coming weeks at DHS, we plan to roll out a wider school COP 26 legacy project where each teacher is given the opportunity to highlight what they are doing to try and reduce their footprint and further another suggestion of what they change. This will raise the profile of climate change at DHS and hopefully bring about the changes that we as students are rooting for. Overall, the day we spent at the youth summit was highly influential and eye-opening and allowed us to grasp the true impacts on the planet, and it has empowered us to become the citizens of the future.


Check out our YPI page for details of this year's chance to win £3000 for your chosen charity

S3 pupils at Dunfermline High School started work on their Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) projects just before we returned to school after Lockdown 2. Pupils have worked hard under challenging circumstances to design digital presentations in preparation for a remote Final which took place on Wednesday 23 June.

This year 4 groups reached the final and I am delighted to say that Happy Days Club was the winning charity, who will now receive £3000 from The Wood Foundation.


Take a look at our Sharing Success page with examples of great pupil work from S1 and S2!


Thanks to our wonderful senior pupils Rhiannon, Amelie and Zeenat for starting our Social Subjects club with S1 and S2 pupils.


The Royal Institute of Town Planners is running a competition for S2 pupils to plan a sustainable town project poster. Good luck to all our entrants!





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