News from DGS


As part of this year’s Dunoon Film Festival, S3 pupils from DGS organised a special screening of the Japanese cult classic animation ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ for local primary school pupils and DGS Learning Centre students.

Working with festival curators Sean and Corrine, pupils from the school’s S3 Administration & IT class carried out a range of activities to prepare for the exclusive screening at the Burgh Hall. This included the design and production of promotional posters and developing a fun and creative competition for the young audience to enter.
The screening proved to be a fantastic experience for all involved, with the DGS pupils acting as hosts to the primary visitors throughout the morning.

David Mitchell, Head Teacher commented:
“I would like to thank everyone involved at the Dunoon Film Festival for giving our young people the opportunity to make a contribution to this fantastic weekend of events. I was particularly pleased that pupils from DGS were able to assist with the delivery of an experience for our partner primary pupils. I would like to remind the primary schools who attended that all competition entries must be received by Mr Gallanagh, here at DGS by Monday, 29 September”.

S1 pupils at Dunoon Grammar School participated in an energetic and creative ‘Playfair Day’ last Friday, 12 September 2014.
The aims of the day was to illustrate to pupils that it is often better to work together and that everyone is different and has something of value to contribute.
Playfair Day included a range of guest from the local community speaking to the pupils about the importance of teamwork and individuality. The pupils also took part in a range of fun activities and tasks to reinforce the key messages of the day.
Mrs Thomson from the school’s Drama Department, who organised the day commented ‘Playfair should encourage people to be proud of being an individual. I was delighted with the enthusiasm and application shown by our new S1 pupils”.
Head Teacher David Mitchell added
“I would like to thank all the staff and pupils involved in this successful event. I would also like to thank our community partners who took the time to contribute in such a valuable way. I am confident this experience will have a lasting positive impact on the values and attitude of our new S1 cohort”.

DGS Head Masters have it nailed
Students at Dunoon Grammar School’s very own hairdressing salon – Head Masters – are celebrating the addition of a new service, their very own nail bar.
Specialising in the use of nail gel, the students have received tuition on how to apply the hard wearing nail decoration and instruction on the use of a range of associated professional standard items of equipment. Costing only £5 for a session, the nail bar is available at DGS Monday to Friday via prior appointment through tutor Honor McCutcheon.

Honor commented
“Our new nail bar will broaden the skills set of the students involved and in turn will broaden future options for the students as they progress into the world of work.”
The hairdressing salon at DGS has and continues to receive great support from local businesses including The Beauty Box, ‘Aff yer Heid’ and Pink Fizz.
Leighann Stirling, a student in the salon added
“I really enjoy working in the nail bar. It gives me and my fellow students the opportunity to apply and increase our skills in a real world situation. Working in the nail bar is like nothing I have experienced before”.
Head Teacher David Mitchell added
“I am delighted that our in-house hair dressing salon has extended the range of services on offer with the introduction of the nail bar. This additional resource provides a rich learning experience for the students involved that will enhance skills and equip learners with experiences that will be of benefit to their next step to college or the world of work”.

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