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Barrie





The House System at Dumfries Academy was re-launched in 2012 and three new Houses created: Barrie, Haining and Laurie.


HOUSE CAPTAINS

S1     Thomas Siddons  
          Emily Bonar
S2     Kian Dempster
          Megan Robertson
S3     Sean Oliver
          Erin Marshall
S4     Luke Caughey
          Rowan Wilson
S5     Thomas Walter
          Zoe Cross
S6     Henry Sharp
          Anna Brown




Sir James Matthew Barrie is probably the most famous graduate of Dumfries Academy. He attended school here for 5 years between 1873 and 1878. He was 13 when he started, and left when he was 18. J.M. Barrie later said that his time at Dumfries Academy was the ‘happiest of his life’.

His first friend at the Academy was a boy called Stuart Gordon. His father, James Gordon, owned Moat Brae House. Barrie, along with Stuart and Stuart’s brother Hal, used to play pirates in the gardens of Moat Brae. This was where Barrie’s imagination was ignited. Barrie began to write stories. His first ever published story appeared in Dumfries Academy’s school magazine. It was called ‘Recollections of a School Master’.

With the ambition to become a writer, Barrie left Dumfries Academy at the age of 18 to study English Literature at Edinburgh University. His play, ‘Peter Pan’, opened in London in 1904. The novel followed in 1911. By this time, Barrie was a famous writer.

Of course, being a famous former pupil makes Barrie a good choice for one of our House names. Fame isn't everything, though. Barrie also represents some of our school's values. He wasn't the best student in the school, academically. He received awards, but never a 1st place. But he was ambitious. He knew he wanted to be a writer, so he helped form the school's magazine, where his 1st story appeared. He also helped launch the Drama Club, where he was able to stage his 1st play at the age of 15. The reviews for this play weren't favourable, but Barrie wasn't put off - he simply tried harder. His ambition took him to university in Edinburgh and, eventually, to a world famous story in Peter Pan.

It isn't just Barrie's ambition that makes him an important choice though. He was also compassionate. His success as a writer meant he was able to donate to a number of different causes. In this way, he helped look after other people.





House Points

Barrie

3294

Haining

4736

Laurie

3429