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Animation from Activities Day

Last Tuesday a small group of pupils worked in the department with Mr Bolton and Mr Stewart on small animation projects.  This was part of the school’s Activities Day’s program.  Below are some pictures of the kids in action with their animations to follow.dscf0620.JPG dscf0621.JPG dscf0622.JPG dscf0623.JPG

And here are some of the animations created:

Scott and Daniel – “Meteor Time”

Gordon and Callum – “Half Life Adventures Part 1

Gordon and Callum – “Half Life Adventures Part 2

Fraser and John – “A bad day”

Quicktime is required on your computer to view these videos! 

NB – Animations created using “I can Animate” and music created using “Garage Band”.

S3-6 Exams April-May 2008

As the exam season is upon us our S3-6 pupils will be sitting various internal and external examinations over the next month or so. 

Those pupils who are sitting exams are strongly encouraged to prepare fully.  This includes attempting past paper questions and revising key terms.

As a department we will be running revision classes for the S4-6 pupils who are sitting the SQA exams in May and details of the days and times of these will follow soon.

If you are looking for course notes to revise with we recomend you follow the links below. These are useful for S3 as well as S4-6.

Revise computing
BBC Bitesize revision (Standard Grade only)

We also recomend any of the computing revision books displayed on

Standard Grade Computing revision books
Higher Computing revision books
Information systems past papers

Please remember that all staff are available at any break or lunchtime if you have any quick questions regarding these exams.

Try your best, don’t panic!

Good Luck!!!


S3 Exams


Friday 25th April
Period 2 & 3 in the Hall
Dr Strain, Mr Stewart, Mr Bolton (Friday Class)


Monday 28 April
Period 2 & 3 in the Hall
Mr Bolton (Monday Class), Mr Lynch


SQA Exams 

S4 Standard Grade
Monday 12th May

All pupils sit General.  See your teacher to find out if you are sitting Foundation or Credit. 




S5-6 Computing 
Monday 2nd June 2008 


Intermediate 2

S5-6 Information Systems
Monday 19th May


Intermediate 2


World of Computing 11/4/08: Virtual Human Brain

Its been a while but we are back with some more articles from the media.

This week is particularly of interest to our higher computing group who are working on the artificial intelligence unit.

Artificial human brains may sound like something out of a science fiction film but its a lot closer than you may imagine.  The article below from the Guardian explains more about it and the companies performing the research.

Click here to read more

S1 Town task

As part of our graphics work in S1, some classes have been participating in a group activity putting the girls vs the boys in a competition to design the best town.  1B  and 1D were the first to complete the task and their towns are below.


1B Boys

1B Girls



1D Boys

1D Girls

1D boys

1D girls

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Lunchtimes in the Computing Department


For: S1 & S2 pupils ONLY

Tuesday Lunchtimes

(Mr Lynch’s Room)

 Thursday Lunchtimes

(Mr Boltons Room)



For: Members doing work for MGS Radio  ONLY

Monday Lunchtimes

(Mr Lynch’s Room)

 Thursday Lunchtimes

(Mr Lynch’s Room)

  • Eating is permitted although NOT at computer desks.  Centre desks may be used.

  • ALL rubbish must be removed.  Failure to do so may result in the removal of these facilities at lunchtimes.

  • S4-6 pupils working on projects/coursework have priority use and my use the facilities at any time so long as they have prior permission/appointment.


Times may vary.  The computing department reserve the right to cancel either club with no notice.

Choose Computing

It’s amazing to think but we are already preparing for next year.  All S2 pupils are getting ready to make their subject choices for the next two years, and naturally we would encourage everyone to consider Computing.  Why you may ask?  Well Standard Grade computing is a course full of interesting work, real life problem solving and inspiring content.

dscf0002.JPGOver the two years pupils will learn more about computer systems, how they influence society and how the new technologies around us improve our lives.  We will study computer applications and general purpose packages.  We will look in depth at computer systems and the software that controls them.  We will study how computers impact workplaces and home life.  There will also be an opportunity to design and create computer programs from scratch.  


The question we are always asked is why choose Computing?  Allow us to answer that question.

dscf0001.JPGComputers, whether we like it or not, are a major part of modern society.  Other subjects will, quite rightly, show you how to use specific programs for their specific needs.  Even at home you will use computers and will feel very confident with them.  Only in computing though do we teach you the background of where computers come from to help you understand the things you may take for granted.  The skills you will learn in computing can be used in any job.  Be it a trade, an office or even the armed forces.  If it’s university or college you are heading to then again the skills and knowledge you will learn with us will have a positive impact on any course be it Medicine, Engineering or Literature.

harddisk.jpgObviously there are careers to be had in Computing.  You can become a computer programmer (yes! including games), a computer engineer, a web site builder or even an IT support technician.

All we would say is think about choosing computing!

World of Computing 16/01/08: “Something in the air”

Last week we looked at some of the new technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show ’08 in Las Vegas.  This week we continue with the theme of new technology.

This week Apple (creators of the ipod and imac) have been showcasing some of their new products.  The “MacWorld” show in San Fransisco has a history of groundbreaking announcements.  Last year we saw the iphone launched and previous to that the ipod and the imac.  As a result there has been some excitement about this years product.

The Boss of Apple, Steve Jobs, didn’t disappoint with the unvailing of the worlds thinest laptop.  At less than 2cm thick it does not have a CD-ROM Drive or DVD-Drive but it is in fact completely wireless.  It sounds like a great gadget and clearly you will want one.  Well at nearly £1,200 for the basic model it is not cheap.  If you do like the sound of it click here to find out more or click here to read more about the macWorld event.