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Digital reporters Cari, DJ and Evan record an interview with Local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Digital reporters Cari, DJ and Evan record an interview with Local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Vikki Bunce Interview

This afternoon local Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce visited the Computing department. Cari Wilde a keen hockey player herself and a member of the school Digital Commonwealth team interviewed Vikki about her career to date. The interview was filmed by Cari's team mates Evan Roberston and DJ Bradley. Vikki had very interesting answers to the well considered interview questions posed by Cari. The team will edit the video footage and we will share the finished film with the school when it is complete.

Evening Telegraph photographer with local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Evening Telegraph photographer with local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce.

Photo opportunity

Today an Evening Telegraph photographer came to the Computing Department to take some photos of local Scottish Commonwealth Games Hockey player Vikki Bunce handing over prize money to Evan, Cari and DJ. The pupils were key members of the Digital Commonwealth group that through their hardwork and creativity won first place in 2 out of the 3 categories in a national competition. The money we have received will go towards purchasing new film-making, sound recording and green screen equipment and software to help take Digital Media forward as a subject area in the school.

P1 Nativity at St Andrew's RC Primary

P1 Nativity at St Andrew's RC Primary

Holly and Lee outside St Andrew's

Using the skills gained from their NPA in Digital Media,Lee Bachelor and Holly Kelly filmed 'Shine Star, Shine' the P1 nativity at St Andrew's RC primary today. Lee and Holly will edit the video footage and we will make DVDs for the primary school to sell to parents. The two S6 pupils were praised for their maturity and professionalism and it is great to see them using their talents to help one of our feeder primary schools.

Christmas Cyber Security Lectures at Abertay

Christmas Cyber Security Lectures at Abertay

Police Scotland

On Wednesday 17th December our S4 National 5 Computing Science pupils attended the Christmas Cyber Security Lectures at Abertay. Pupils listened to talks from Dr Natalie Coull on Ethical Hacking, NCCGroup on Social Engineering and Police Scotland about the career opportunities and the risks we all face online. Pupils also heard from Dr Karen Petrie of Dundee University who gave a talk on “The women of station X” and the event closed with a hilarious “Detonate”  quiz from Brian Higgins of Cyber Security Challenge UK.

GameMaker STEM Challenge Scotland 2014

GameMaker STEM Challenge Scotland 2014

Finalists with panel of judges

Our two teams competed in the national final yesterday in which they had to pitch their game to a panel of software company professionals. Laser Games (DJ Bradley, Evan Robertson, Jacob Christie, Josh Wyness and Declan Shafi) came second place and received £30 of Amazon vouchers and £300 worth of software each. Gangsta Games (Cale Anderson, Paul Jackson and Joshua Cairns) came third and received £20 of Amazon vouchers and £200 worth of software each. Both teams of S1 and S2 pupils performed brilliantly and held their own against teams of mainly S4 pupils and had a great time in the YoYo games headquarters on the riverfront in Dundee.

Scottish Parliament Visit

Higher Modern Studies pupils visited the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 11 December.

This visit involved a tour of the Parliament Building followed by a chat with local MSP Jenny Marra and an opportunity to sit in on First Ministers Questions Time.

Iain Smart from Hacksoc

Iain Smart from Hacksoc

Iain delivering his talk

Today we were lucky to get a visit from Iain Smart a third year Ethical Hacking student at Abertay and a member of the Ethical Hacking society Hacksoc. Iain explained to our S4 National 5 students what Ethical Hacking is, what the course involved and what the career prospects were like for graduates from the course. Iain also took the students through some basic programming in a language called Python.

Dr Rachel Menzies visits St Paul’s

Dr Rachel Menzies visits St Paul’s

Dr Menzies helps Darren and Abbie with their Super Mario tune

St Paul’s Computing department was lucky to have a visit from Dr Rachel Menzies, a lecturer at Dundee University School of Computing.  Dr Menzies worked with the pupils using our programmable Arduino boards. Pupils got to try out wiring up and programming LEDS and some even got round to programming their own tunes through speakers that they wired up to the boards.

Digital Commonwealth / Young Scot Legacy Event

Three of our Digital Commonwealth team - Cari Wilde, Evan Robertson and DJ Bradley were invited down to The Shore to share their experiences of this project. The pupils got a chance to offer their ideas on how to engage young people over the themed events planned in Scotland over the next four years starting with the Year of Food and Drink in 2015 and culminating in Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018. The pupils also received a Young Scot goody bag for taking part.

P6/7 Open Evening Scratch programming taster

P6/7 Open Evening Scratch programming taster

Ali helping our visitors with their game.

Parents and pupils from our feeder primary schools took part in Scratch programming workshops, ably assisted by two S3 Computing pupils John and Ali. Parents and pupils alike did a great job of programming a character that moved around the screen.

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