Well done to the school Gymnastic Team (Lottie Convery, Jill Brodie, Emily Tate, Daniella Strachan, Rachel Young, Hannah Maciver, Hollie Gibson and Joanna Kinnear) – they all did fantastically well at The Scottish Schools Gymnastics Highland Heats.
Lottie was awarded Silver and Hannah a Bronze for the vault.
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.”
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.
Great to see some of the work of our Nat4/5 pupils up in The Iona Gallery as part of the Homecoming Textiles Exhibition. Well done again to Flossie Keegan who designed the poster for the Exhibition as well. Soon the work will be sent to be put on display in Canada!
Yet another excellent result for the under 16 football team tonight with Kingussie beating Grantown 8-2. Kingussie showed their intentions right from the start putting a lot of pressure on the Grantown defense. After only a few minutes Stuart Mitchell scored is third goal in 3 games before Jake Reynold-Jones went on a mazy run from the half way line passing 4 or 5 defenders before slamming the ball into the top corner! A Ben Mitchell Penalty and a superb free kick from Sean Carson saw the boys go 4 up before Grantown pulled one back. The second half continued like the first with Kingussie on the attack and it didn’t take long to extend the lead with goals from Craig Johnstone, Iain Robinson and further 2 from Jake Reynold-Jones. Grantown pulled a late goal back but it was another great performance from the boys and man of the match Jake Reynold-Jones! Keep it up!
Great to see two of our pupils doing so well in Kickboxing Competitions across Scotland. A couple of weekends ago Ethan Kerr (S5) and Kieran Christie (S1) traveled down to Arbroath to compete in a kickboxing competition. Kieran performed brilliantly well in his first ever non-club competition by achieving a third place. Ethan was also placed in his section and achieved a second. Then last weekend both boys traveled up to RAF Kinloss to compete in the charity open. Kieran fought really well again and this time he achieved a 2nd place. Ethan also had a good couple of fights and by the end of the day he also achieved a 3rd place and a 1st place. Well done guys!
It is always great to hear about the successes of our pupils both inside and outside of school time.
Here is a picture of the talented Rona Strivens (S6) yesterday she won the British Jersey for the Youth DownHill (Mountain Biking) – she is sharing the podium with cycling legends Rachel Atherton and Josh Bryceland.
You might have mistaken Kingussie High School for a fun fair if you drove past on the 18th June. Water Balloons flew through the air, a Bouncy Castle filled the skyline and the smell of BBQ Burgers wafted across the school field. “We wanted to do something different,” explained Headteacher Ollie Bray, “in exchange for all of our leavers agreeing to respect the schools learning and physical environment. We agreed that we would have a bit of controlled nonsense after their SQA exams and before their formal graduation ceremony in the evening.”
All of the S6 leavers were invited back into the school for an afternoon of fun and over lunchtime there was a staff vs pupils football match which the rest of the school came out to watch. After lunch when the rest of the school was back in lessons Depute Head Mr Ian Adamson took over the school field with S6 leavers and organised a water fight and a number of other games. There was also a Bouncy Castle and music. “It was such an awesome way to finish school,” said former Headboy Harry Grant, “No one quite new what to expect – but you can’t go wrong with a bouncy castle!”.
At 3.30 when the rest of the school headed for their buses the outgoing S6 were joined by staff for a BBQ, cutting of their graduation cake and yearbook signing. “We were delighted with how the afternoon went,” said Mr Adamson, “they have been such a brilliant year group and it has been a real privilege to spend time with them during my first year in Kingussie.”
In the evening all of the graduates were invited back into school with their parents for the school’s annual prize giving and graduation ceremony. As part of the proceedings each graduate was presented with a Graduation Scroll from Mr Bray and their Guidance Teacher (Mrs Duthie or Mr Deans) shared with the assembled audience where they were transitioning to after school. There was a wide range of positive destinations with some young people entering employment; some starting an apprenticeship; some were heading to college and some moving away to university.
In his graduation speech (his first as headteacher) Mr Bray encouraged the graduates, “not to get bogged down with the small things in life,” and, “whatever happens and no matter how busy life becomes to always make time for a coffee, iron-bru or a beer with your friends.” In a powerful and pertinent closing remark he said, “Enjoy life while you can. Sure, parents might sometimes be a pain, and it might seem that we always nagged you at school. Indeed from time-to-time you might have even found life a little depressing. But someday you will smile at your memories and realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. Good luck class of 2014.”