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Four Kingussie High School pupils are among the first in Scotland to be named as My World of Work School Ambassadors.

The pilot programme from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is inspired by the web service myworldofwork.co.uk, which offers careers information, advice and resources for an individual at any stage of their education or working life.

Pupils in six schools in Scotland will get the chance through the pilot to build on lessons they are already learning in classrooms, developing the career management skills they need to make informed decisions about their future.

The School Ambassadors will bring the online world of My World of Work into the real world of their school through a series of events and presentations across the academic year. This will include interactive sessions with younger pupils to introduce them to the service and the My Strengths tool, talking to their teachers about the resources in My World of Work’s Partner Zone, and making a video diary of their experiences.

16 year old My World of Work School Ambassador Rebecca Gale from Kingussie High School said: “I’m really enjoying being a My World of Work School Ambassador because I get to take part in events and I get to take a leadership role. Since joining I have learned that I love working in groups and discussions, leading me into an interest in marketing and working with others.”

The Kingussie High School pupils are also using their My World of Work School Ambassador experience towards earning Saltire Awards, and have already been awarded the Team Challenge Saltire Award. Each participant will also receive three thousand Young Scot points for completing the programme.

My World of Work School Ambassadors are given dedicated support from SDS staff throughout the pilot, including training sessions, face-to-face time for discussion and ideas, group work, and practical resources and support materials.

SDS Depute Director of Digital Services George Boag said “The energy and dedication of the pupils who’ve volunteered to become My World of Work School Ambassadors is so impressive. Not only are they building up their own skills and confidence, they’re also making a vital contribution to the wider school community, and I want to thank them for getting involved with such gusto. I’d also like to thank all of our partners taking part in this pilot for their help in developing such a worthwhile programme.”

Our Christmas dances are one of the Highlights of the year at Kingussie High School. Build up to the dances starts weeks in advance when the PE Department modify their curriculum  to include ‘Social Dance’ and we put on a couple of extra dance classes for both senior students and staff to remind them of some of the classic dance steps.

Decoration of the dance area is also a project in itself and this year Miss Katie Thompson (from the Art Department) and her Monday Lunchtime Art Club made some great new decorations and up-cycled a lot of old ones. This combined with hundreds of fairy lights, an inflatable snowman and the dressing of the school hall under the watchful eye of Mr Andy ‘Versace’ MacDonald and Mr Kenny  ‘Gok Wan’ Reid simply transformed the hall.

Live music is an important feature of KHS School Dances and as has become tradition this year the music was provided by Tom Cruikshank and his band. Dances included some good old Scottish favourites such as Highland Scottische, Strip the Willow, Dashing White Sargent, Canadian Barn Dance and the evening finished with a St. Bernard’s Waltz followed by Auld Lang Syne.

Dances were called by Acting Head of PE Mr Scott Douglas, PE Teacher Miss Kirsty Deans and Head of Guidance MrKenny Deans. “I was really impressed with how well all the kids danced at both the junior and senior dance,” saidMr Douglas, “those extra dance classes have obviously paid off”.

Headteacher Mr Ollie Bray seemed delighted with the evening, “Our young people danced professionally, behaved appropriately and looked absolutely fabulous. They were a real credit to their parents and Kingussie High School. Dances like this are important to us, not only do they pull the whole school community together but also when pupils leave the school they often tell us that the ability to be able to get up and dance at a wedding or a ceilidh are some of the most valuable social skills that we have taught them.”

In between dances there was a break to give the band (and the dancers) a rest where pupils were able to have a buffet style snack.

“We have a truly committed staff here at KHS,” said Mr Bray, “some of them have given up three evenings in a row this week to support our students at dances and the Christmas Concert. I want to thank everyone who have been involved. The buzz of these Christmas events are just one of the things that makes KHS a very special place to work.”

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Yesterday, the Spanish class went on a trip to “La Tetera”, a Spanish tapas bar in Kingussie. The class got to experience a small taster of the Spanish culture through food and language. They had Lentejas y chorizo sopa con pan (Lentil & Chorizo soup with bread) for starters then moved on to a range of tapas including “Tortilla” (like an omelette), Pastelo de atun (Tuna Pie) and Patatas Bravas (Potatos with a red sauce).  Although the food may not have always been to the classes taste they all tried it and attempted to order in Spanish.

Lots of interest in the home made Christmas Decorations from Shining Enterprise (one of the KHS Young Enterprise Groups) at the KHS Parent Council Coffee Morning on Saturday in Talla Nan Ros, Kingussie and also in Inverness at the Christmas Market.

At Talla Nan Ross stock was completely sold out and the group even took a couple of back orders!

Shining Enterprises will also be selling their wears at the Kingussie High Schools Christmas Concert on Wednesday night.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Parent Council Coffee Morning – over £300 was raised for the Support Centre.

Nearly 500 people packed into the Iona Community Gallery for the week long Kingussie High School ‘High Art’ Exhibition last week. Exhibition curators Mr Davie Douglas (Head of Art at KHS) and Miss Katie Thompson (Art Teacher) were absolutely delighted with the turn out and community support.

“Putting on an exhibition is a lot of hard work,” said Miss Thompson, “but the opportunity to showcase the talent that we have at the school within the local community gallery and the individual pupil reward of having the work on display is well worth it.”

Siobhan Keegan’s Advanced Higher Work titled ‘The Selkee’ seemed to be particularly popular with the visitors. Siobhan graduated from the high School in June 2014 and is now studying illustration at Aberdeen University. Other advanced Higher work on display included Jessica Convery and Jessie McFadyen who have both also gone on to study art related degrees. Lauren Gunning (a current Advanced Higher Student at the school) also had some of her recently developed abstract portrait paintings on display.

But it wasn’t just senior pupils who had their work exhibited and there was a wide variety and amount of work from all year groups within the school. The quirky ‘Highland Coows’ made by the current S2 Students were also very popular with visitors as was their paper Jewelry.

New to the exhibition for this year was also a dedicated area showcasing the work of the schools photography students. Rona Stewart’s photograph taken in Malawi received a lot of very positive comments as did James Finlayson’s ‘Night Sky’ photograph.

“The photography course is a new part of our school curriculum,” said head of Art Mr Davie Douglas, “but we have been really pleased by the quality of the work of all of our photography students and it is great to be able to include them in the exhibition this year.”

Speaking about the event Headteacher Ollie Bray Said, “It was super to see so many people and such community support at the opening night of our ‘High Art’ Exhibition. Our Hospitality students also did a great job of keeping the guests fed and watered as they had a chance to look at the work from over 70 of our most artistically talented Students. We really believe in the importance of providing students with authentic audience at Kingussie High School and this collaboration with the Iona Community Galley has allowed us to do this in truly spectacular way.”

Craig Brown - former Scotland Manager




We are Delighted to announce that Former Scotland and Aberdeen Football Manager, Craig Brown will be our speaker at our Sports Dinner on Thursday 23rd April in the MacDonald Resort, Aviemore.

It promises to be a great evening as we celebrate the success of our pupils in sport as well as raise funds to support the P.E Extra Curricular Programme.

If you would like to buy a ticket for the evening get in touch with the P.E Dept. as soon as possible to secure your seat!

1 Ticket – £30
Family of 4 – £110
Table of 10 – £280
All Adult Table (Corporate Table) – £400

The evening will include a 3 course meal, an awards ceremony, fundraising events and of course a speech from Craig Brown.

Don’t Miss this event! Get your tickets now!