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Houses of Parliament visit

Eighteen senior pupils and two staff took the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament in Sept. As well as the parliamentary building tour, the pupils took a flight on the London Eye, shopped on Oxford Street and went to see a west End Show: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - sweet!
Throughout the two day visit the pupils behaved well and were a credit to themselves and the school. Thanks to local MP Jim McGovern for arranging the HoP tour.

MSP Joe Fitzpatrick visits MHS

Constituency MSP Joe Fitzpatrick visited MHS on Friday 6 December to speak with senior pupils. After a break introduction, Joe went 'open to question' fielding, not unsurprisingly a range of questions relating to the independence referendum.
The Modern Studies Department again thanks Joe for his support and co-operation.

Jim McGovern MP Visits Menzieshill HS

Jim McGovern MP Visits Menzieshill HS

Jim is pictured with senior pupils Bethany Forbes and Kirsty Menzies

As a follow-up to the S5/6 visit to the Houses of Parliament tour in September, Jim McGovern MP visited Menzieshill School on Friday 13 December. After a brief introduction, Jim invited questions from a large group of S4-6 pupils. Issues raised by pupils included the 2014 referendum, MPs pay, the ways and issues on which MPs represent their constituents and the debate over votes at 16 years of age.
The Modern Studies Department would like to thank Jim for his support.

S3 visit the Scottish Parliament

S3 visit the Scottish Parliament

The pupils with Alex Salmond

This year, 39 S3 pupils took part on the visit to the Scottish Parliament which took place on 3 October. After listening to First Minister's Question in one of the meeting rooms, the MHS group then had the chance to question local MSP Joe Fitzpatrick on issues of concern to them including 'the bedroom tax', the Waterfront development and, of course, the independence debate. Several pupils, including John-Paul Sinclair and Ruairdh Lowson, deserve special mention for questions asked.
Following questions, Joe took the group on a tour the parliament including taking time in the Chamber where Joe explained some of the ways and areas in which MSPs worked. Finally, the group were very fortunate when First Minister Alex Salmond came over to speak with the group and to answer a number of further questions. All in all a very successful and memorable visit.
Once again, the Modern Studies Department thanks local MSP Joe Fitzpatrick and his parliamentary colleagues Tom and Douglas for organising and leading our S3 visit to the Scottish Parliament.

PC Sturrock visits Menzieshill High

 PC Frank Sturrock dropped in to MHS to answer questions from the Modern Studies S4 class as part of their AVU. Questioned about his views on the death penalty to the legalisation of cannabis, Frank later tweeted on the quality and range of the pupils’ questions.  The department would again like to thank Frank for taking the time to visit.

London 2013

London 2013

The pupils at the Houses of Parliament

18 pupils took the opportunity to visit London on the annual Modern Studies visit to the Houses of Parliament. In addition, the group took time to go shopping on Oxford Street, take a flight on the London Eye, check out the London Dungeon and take in a performance of Mamma Mia. Quite an intense 24 hours.

Feedback was very positive from the pupils involved. All said enjoyed themselves and felt they learned something. The pupils were also complimented on their good behaviour and questions from the parliamentary guides. Well done to each of you, you were a credit to the school and yourselves.

Thanks once more to local MP Jim McGovern for arranging the visit to the HoP. Jim will follow up with a visit to MHS next January.

Police Scotland (Tayside Division) Visit to Modern Studies

PCs Kevin O'Donnell, Jim Mitchell and Frank Storrier visited the Modern Studies Department (5 June) to lead a group / role play learning experience highlighting the ways in which the police respond to a large scale emergency, why the support of the public is important in ensuring effective policing and why it is important for the both the public and the police to react in a fair, balanced and impartial manner. Feedback from the S3 and S4 pupils involved was positive in what was a different but interesting way of learning. A special mention to Callum Ewan and Niamh Brunton who were 'promoted' on the day to Chief and Deputy Chief Constable for an excellent press briefing.
PC Storrier who is the community police officer who is the community police officer for this area of Dundee will return to speak to S4 pupils next session on the role of a community police officer. Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work.

S1 visit to Camperdown Park

S1 visit to Camperdown Park

Sixty S1 pupils were given the chance to visit Camperdown Park as part of a cross-curricular Social Subjects event. After a series of learning activities that had a focus in Geography, History and Modern Studies, the pupils then had the chance to play rounders, football or visit the wildlife centre. Although there was heavy shower around lunchtime, it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the pupils (and staff!). Feedback on the day was generally very good with pupils making connections in their learning, as well as keeping fit and enjoying themselves. Well done to everyone who took part. Behaviour was very good and it was great to see so many of our young people joining in and having fun.

S4 Powerpoint Challenge

Molly Fowlie, Callum Ewan and Liam Dunn represented Menzieshill HS in the annual Powerpoint Challenge. Hosted by the Claverhouse Training Group, teams of three pupils from schools across the city are challenged to research and present on a Standard Grade Modern Studies issue. Although ‘Team Menzieshill’ did not win, they did come a creditable joint-second overall.

Bradley wins national award

National Award Winner – S3/4 Powerpoint Investigation

Congratulations to Bradley Evans who was awarded first prize in a national Modern Studies S3/4 PPt. Competition. Bradley’s entry on ‘The ways Government helps dependent groups’, was judged as, “Accurate, thoroughly researched and well-presented and fully deserving of an award.”

Bradley is pictured with DHT Mr Andy Creamer who presented the award.