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There were woops of excitement as students from ‘the Straths’ largest secondary school opened their exam results on Tuesday morning.

“We are absolutely delighted with the results,” said headteacher Ollie Bray, “the pupils from Kingussie High school who sat exams this year have a lot to be proud of. Overall and accumulatively attainment has risen again this year (creating a three year positive trend) and we are confident that our attainment will continue to rise in future years. A massive thanks needs to go to all of the very hard working staff that we have at Kingussie who have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to ensure that all of our pupils achieved their potential in this year’s exam diet.”

This is the first year that pupils have had an opportunity to sit the new New Advanced Higher Qualifications, the second year for new Higher Qualifications and the third year of new National 5 Qualifications (which replaced the old Standard Grade System for the first time two years ago).

“Overall we are very pleased with both our National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results,” said Depute Head Teacher and SQA Co-ordinator Mr Andy Brown, “This is the third year of the new National 5 qualifications and there has definitely been a ‘raising of the bar’ when you compare National 5 to the old Standard Grade system. The pupils at Kingussie have certainly risen to the challenge and attainment is on the up.”

Attainment is also on the rise at Higher and Advanced Higher Level with notable subject successes in English, PE and across the sciences. Depute Head Ian Adamson adds,

“It is great to see our pupils continue to raise to the challenge of Higher and Advanced Higher level courses. In the build up to the examinations I noticed a real sense of our young people wanting to do well and ‘upping their game’ after the preliminary examinations in February.”

Although all of the pupils at Kingussie should be very proud of what they have achieved the following young people in S4 and S5 did particularly well



Victoria Christie – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, Graphic Communication, Modern Studies and Physics).

Alexandra Munro – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Graphic Communication).

Cerian Rimmer – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, French, Modern Studies and Physics).

Tyrawa Tait-Davis – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History and Physics).

Islay Watson – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education).


Sam Appleby – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Education).

Daniel Donald – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics).

Beth Mickel – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics).

Hannah Robertson – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Art & Design, Drama, French and History) and one National 5 at Grade A (Psychology)

Caitlin Holmes – Four Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Human Biology and Physics) and one Advanced Higher at Grade A (Music).

Paulina Palugova – Six Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, French, Human Biology and Physics).

Monique Raranga – Six Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Art & Design, Graphic Communication, Human Biology and Physics).


Many of the outgoing S6 will also be delighted with their performance and as a result have secured places in a number of Scottish Universities University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow St. Andrews University, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Stirling University and Edinburgh Napier. A special mention should go to outgoing S6 Ellie Tait who achieved two Grade A passes at Advanced Higher as well as an additional two Grade A passes at Higher Level. She goes on to study veterinary Medicine at the University of Bristol.

The 2016/2017 KHS Ambassador Application Form is available here: http://goo.gl/forms/vAYuaS0KmWBe1e2H2 (kingussiehigh.org.uk email address needed to access the page).
Please make sure that you have read the job description and that you take this into account when you answer the application questions. The full job description can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QYvCGOq_pWZ4iFazG97mCcYJ2BaINHpZn3olTHZJNpw/edit?usp=sharing
Applications must be submitted by 12noon on Thursday 30th June 2016. Interview will take place after the summer holidays.
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The KHS Head Boy, Depute Head Boy, Head Girl and Depute Head Girl Application Form is available here:http://goo.gl/forms/63iGVrAsp8Xyehwa2 (kingussiehigh.org.uk email address needed to access the page).

Please make sure that you have read the job description and that you take this into account when you answer the application questions. The full job description can be found here: https://docs.google.com/…/1Ogq7KI1XJT2EGGyUil26YiS8FT…/edit…

Applications must be submitted by 12noon on Tuesday 28th June 2016.

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Kingussie’s Got Talent is shaping up to being a great night! The event will take place on Thursday 23rd June at 7pm and will cost £5 adults or £3 for concessions. Tickets will be available on the door.

To enter KGT, please click on the link below to complete a short entry form.



It’s set to be a brilliant night of entertainment – though it’s yet to be confirmed if trained dog acts will be allowed on the new staging!


Thursday the 28th of April will see hundreds of school pupils taking part in a celebration of sport at Kingussie High School in an event organised by the High Life Highland Community Sports Hub in Aviemore as well as school staff. The club sport event will involve dozens of club coaches and national governing bodies of sport working with the school to deliver over 20 activities to over 250 school pupils.

Kingussie High School has supported a number of current and former pupils to become world class athletes.  With 15 Olympians coming from Badenoch & Strathspey; the local area and its schools have produced more Olympians per head of population compared to anywhere else in the UK.   This was recognised in 2007 when Lord Coe unveiled a bronze statue in Aviemore to celebrate the Olympic achievements of athletes from Badenoch & Strathspey.

The club sport event has been organised to help inspire the next generation of sports stars by giving them the opportunity to try new sports and find out about further opportunities to take part in sport.  Each pupil has selected 3 different sessions and will receive 30mins of coaching in a range of sports, from cycling to tennis, football to dance.

Donald Hall, Community Sport Hub officer at High Life Highland stated This event is a great example of what a Community Sport Hub can achieve by working in partnership to encourage school aged children to get more involved with sport and physical activity opportunities taking place in the local area.  It will help establish new links between clubs and the school so that there is a strong sporting legacy for the future.”

10329237_792177284247905_9105836638261447066_nDavid Smith, who won Gold in rowing at the 2012 London Paralympics, was a former pupil of the school.  Several other former pupils went on to become Olympians and are now working as professionals in the sports industry, these include Andrew Freshwater (1998 Olympics), Lesley McKenna (2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics) and Noel Baxter (2002, 2006 Olympics).   Baxter now works with the British Ski team coaching the next generation of Olympians and stated “School sport played an important part in my development as a young athlete.  The PE department supported me and the school allowed me to train and compete abroad.  I was able to take part in a range of sports offered by the school and local clubs which helped me to develop my all round athletic ability”

Each pupil will receive a flyer on local sporting opportunities and given the chance to join clubs and get involved in new sports.   It is hoped that new links will be established between the school, sports governing bodies and local clubs so that a sporting pathway will be further developed.   Sports ambassadors from the school will be identified as a future point of contact together with the PE department and Active Schools Coordinator. Ollie Bray, Headteacher at Kingussie stated  The school really believe that sport and physical activity can have a very positive impact on the educational attainment and health of our pupils.  We are delighted to be working with the Aviemore Community Sport Hub and a range of clubs & partners to develop this unique initiative and give our pupils further opportunities to get involved in local sport”

sportscotland, the national agency for sport is supporting this initiative and a partnership manager will be coming along to support the day.  Sports development staff and PE teachers from other schools will also be in attendance so they can develop similar initiatives in other schools throughout the Highlands.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland’s Chief Executive, said Community Sport Hubs are a great legacy success story and have delivered a huge boost to community sport in every local authority area in Scotland. There are almost 1,000 clubs and 115,000 members across the Hubs, which offer a wide range of sports and activities, and this is providing more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part.”

The Aviemore Community Sport hub, part of the Scottish Government &  sportscotland legacy 2014 project is delivered locally by High Life Highland is working in partnership with school staff and Active Schools to pull together the club sport day.12028720_728813807250920_3632741093065108829_o (1)

Rocket Science


Pupils from Kingussie High School’s Science Club are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity and have landed back on Earth on the 4th of March.  The seeds will be arriving in Kingussie on the 18th of April ready to start the experiment on the 19th. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Kingussie will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Miss Seymour, Science Teacher at Kingussie High School, says:

“We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the global scientific community”.

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience


… and help us build a fantastic bike pump track and outdoor gym for the whole community at Kingussie High School.

Cycle Friendly Kingussie and Kingussie High Schoolare delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the ‪#‎bagsofhelp‬ scheme from those lovely people at Tesco. We are going to be building a bike “pump track” and outdoor gym at the High School for the use by the whole community and our visitors.

Kingussie High School, who recently achieved the Cycle Friendly Schools Award, will host this exciting new facility which will be available for the whole community and is particularly aimed at giving young folk in the area somewhere to get active, acquire new skills and build confidence.

The scheme is guaranteed £8,000 but this could be £10,000 or £12,000 depending on the outcome of a public vote which Tesco shoppers in Aviemore can take part in from 27th February to the 6th March, as three successful projects in the Strath go head to head to see how much they get. With £30,000 guaranteed to be invested in local community projects though everybody is a winner

Ollie Bray, Head Teacher, Kingussie High School said today

“We are absolutely delighted that this scheme can now become a reality, we have been promoting cycling as part of our curriculum for some time now. Our pupils are already working with Primary School children to teach them to use balance bikes. Having this fantastic facility at the High School, at the heart of our community, will ensure that it is available to young people from all over Strath. If the public gets behind us and votes for the project then the additional funding will help us to add additional features to the track and gym as well as helping volunteer pupils and members of the community so they can deliver mountain biking and outdoor gym sessions.”

Tesco has teamed up with greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Rona Strivens, the Straths very own mountain bike super star and ex Kingussie High pupil said

“This is a brilliant initiative and I cannot wait to try it out. To give pupils at the school and folk in the wider community access to this facility is fantastic and will hopefully encourage more young people to get out on their bikes. I only wish the school had this when I was there!”