Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities visits KHS to launch Academy9 (@transcotland)

Academy 9

The Academy9 programme was launched yesterday at Kingussie High School by Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.

The ‘Academy9’ programme will give pupils in schools along the A9 between Perth and Inverness the opportunity to learn more about the massive engineering project, apply mathematical, scientific and design aspects of the scheme to their schoolwork, and secure future training and job opportunities. It will also provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the engineering challenges of duelling this vital route.

ConstructionAs the work is stepped up across the programme, there will also be opportunities for training and apprenticeships culminating in the chance to work on the A9 Dualling programme or other major projects.

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities. said:

“Dualling the A9 represents the largest and one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history – through this pioneering initiative it is also an investment in the next generation of engineers, designers and construction workers.

The A9 Dualling programme offers a great opportunity to engage and educate with pupils able to apply mathematical, scientific and design aspects of this massive engineering scheme to their schoolwork as well as secure future training and job opportunities.

Not only will the Academy9 programme offer students the opportunity to learn about the dualling programme and the many challenges involved, it will also provide them with the opportunity of training and apprenticeships with the ultimate goal of getting them ready for a career in engineering.

We are starting the programme with 9 year olds – the so-called “A9’ers” who are due to leave school in 2025. These students will get design and construction experience which could influence their future career choices. The programme will also be available to older students giving them an opportunity to be trained and work on the A9 dualling programme.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in work to dual the A9 with construction set to start shortly on the first section between Kincraig and Dalraddy, and design work progressing well across all the other sections.

Today’s launch shows just one of the many exciting benefits the A9 Dualling programme is delivering for local communities, with more educational, training and employment opportunities expected as the work accelerates.”

As well as an address from Mr Brown the event itself involved all of the Primary 5 Pupils from the Kingussie Associated School Group taking part in construction related teamwork activities to learn more about the A9 and the construction industry. The activities were lead by S3 Mentors from Kingussie High School.

Headteacher, Mr Bray said

“I am incredibly proud of all of the young people who took part in the event today. Our S3 mentors were just excellent with the P5 pupils and they had a brilliant time working in teams with their polder peers. For many of the P5s this will be their first visit to KHS and I am delighted it has been such a positive experience for them.

As a school we are looking forward to building on the momentum of Academy9 as we are conscious that the A9 duelling will be a big part of our lives for the next ten years. We have already re-introduced construction skills into the curriculum and we look forward to working with our partners at Inverness College: UHI to introduce a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.”

More pictures over on our Facebook Page.

Eilidh gets interviewed for BBC Alba.

Eilidh gets interviewed for BBC Alba.

Celebrating Achievement in the Lower School

As KHS we use an electronic sticker system to reward learners in S1 – S3. Stickers and postcards are given out for good and for wider achievement. Each sticker and postcard is worth a certain amount of points that the pupil is responsible for logging the points on the computer.  At the end of each term the house group with the most points is given a reward and also the top boy and girl in each year group is also given a prize and a certificate.

The winners of last terms reward stickers were given their prizes at assembly recently. Well done to all pupils who have been earning stickers and logging them on their accounts. Pictured with their certificates and £10 vouchers are Erin Miller, Ruaridh Malcolm both S3, Matilda Keegan, Finlay Guy both S2, Tor Brown and Charlotte Convery both S1. Well done and keep up the good work.

Rona Strivens (S6) wins the British Jersey for the Youth DownHill (Mountain Biking)

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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.

Well done Rona! Just brilliant!

“Back to the 80s” – School Show 2014

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Last week Kingussie High School (in fact most of the Strath) was buzz following the student performance of ‘Back to the 80s – the totally awesome musical’. The last musical the school performed was well over a decade ago and it was clear that Kingussie High was back on the scene in spectacular style.

Back to the 80’s tells the story of the 1989 graduating class of William Ocean High as seen through the eyes of the narrator, Corey Palmer Sr (played by Geography Teacher Mr Chris McLagan), who is now living in the year 2001.

The 17-year-old Corey (played by Huw Mitchell) is madly in love with his next-door neighbour, Tiffany Houston (played by Tabitha Brown), one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she barely notices this, as she is too busy swooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael (played by Craig Smillie) and his friends are athletic and good-looking – kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Farrah McFerrin III (played by Christina Sheffield), whose best friend is her computer, and who believes the crazy notion that one day CDs will replace cassette tapes. Follow these characters as they decide who should become student president and who they should take to the prom while enjoying classic 80’s song such as ‘Kids in America’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ and a full 80s megamix!

Photo 3 - 80s - the GeeksOther members of the main cast included Katie Macdonald, Caitlin Holmes, Megan Sinclair, Robyn Gunning, Daniel Brown, Julia Falconer, Kira Gordon-Atherton, Ethan Jack, Ruairidh McDonald, Eilidh Prescott and Iona Write. Member of staff, Ginny Fenton and Sharon Shaw, also played the role of high school teachers during the performance and had the audience in stitches. Lots of other students and staff from the school were involved in either the chorus, back stage, front of house, guest voice overs or in the live band. It really was a ‘whole school’ performance.

Julia Falconer (who played the role of Kourney Keaton) was amongst the cast who really wowed crowds with her vocal talent (including Kids in America) commented that, “the whole experience was a roller coaster by my favourite memory was dancing and singing to ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’.” Iona Write (who played Laura Wilde) agreed, “Even though the geeks didn’t get allowed to the party, I love ‘dancing on the ceiling’.”

The show was choreographed by Ms Heather Cooney (from Eden Court) and directed by the schools music teacher Miss Lucy Hodes who said, “I am so pleased with how the performance went, the kids were just brilliant. They have been rehearsing for months and all of that hard work paid off on opening night when the cast received a standing ovation. They are already asking what we might put on next year!”

Headteacher, Ollie Bray, was equally complimentary, “we are so proud of everyone who took part in the show. Kingussie High School has so much talent and it is our job as a school to show it off. The school show is just one of the ways that we do this. I personally want to thank all of the staff and the cast who made the performance such a success. I also want to thank the pupils, families and local community for supporting the school by coming to watch it and making it a ‘sell out’ on the Friday night.”

Loads more photos over on our Facebook Page –

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KHS star in ‘Heritage’ as part of the the Badenoch and Strathspey Youth Theatre

Youth Drama

Congratulations to the cast of ‘Heritage’ who put on a fantastic performance of their show last night as part of Badenoch and Strathspey Youth Theatre.

The show had the audience shocked and laughing in equal measure and will be performed again at Eden Court on 16th April as part of a youth theatre festival. Well done to all the cast and director Lorraine Hemming of Eden Court for all their hard work.

More photos over on our Facebook Page.

More Saltire Awards presented to KHS Students

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At Kingussie High School we are keen that everyone gets the recognition that they deserve. One of the ways that we do this is by awarding Saltire Awards for Volunteering. We recently awarded four new awards to the senior students pictured above with Mr Bray.

  • Edward Brown – for 200 hours of volunteering
  • Kirsty MacKenzie for 50 hours of volunteering
  • Sofia Burnett for 50 hours of volunteering
  • Rebecca Doughery for 25 hours of volunteering

“Back to the 80s” Rehearsals Kick Off!

School Show Practice One

Keep the 11th, 12th and 13th June free in your diary for our Summer Show “Back to the 80s” – we held the first ‘on stage’ rehearsal last week and the key cast are now working hard behind the scenes (along with a heap of very committed staff!) to get the show in tip top condition ready for the summer spectacular!

The actors, dancers and singers seem to be falling comfortably into their roles and it should be an absolutely cracking performance!

More details to be released over the coming weeks / months – watch this space (you can also ‘like us’ on Facebook to get the latest news.

Plant and Animal Cells – with a twist [Science]

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After learning about the differences between plant and animal cells in class the Miss Seymour’s 1 Feshie Class were set a homework task to ‘imagine that a Science Museum has asked you to make a model cell for a display’.

They could choose whether they wanted to make a plant or an animal cell but they had to be able to describe the different features of their model either verbally, by using labels or a key.

The whole class made an excellent effort but the overall winners of the task were voted for by their classmates- Dylan scored an outstanding 42 stars for his cake animal cell, Karolina scored 26 and Robyn 24 stars for their model plant cells!

Biology Cells 2


Pictograms brighten up the corridors

Paulina Palugova, Megan Sinclair, Caitlin Holmes and Callum Lyon show off some of the chosen pictograms.

Paulina Palugova, Megan Sinclair, Caitlin Holmes and Callum Lyon show off some of the chosen pictograms.

Mr Douglas (PT of Art) has been working with his tutor group on a project to select some new signage for the school using pictograms. The pictograms (representing each subject in the school) were created by the current S3 and S4 pupils as part of their core work in Art and Design.

As part of the project a small group of learners presented back at a S1 – S3 assembly explaining how the final designs were chosen and where they had decided to put the signage in the school.

Overall the project was a great success, has brightened up the corridors and will be built on over time.

The following learners were successful in getting their pictograms chosen to be used this year – Paulina Palugova , Megan Sinclair, Kirsty Adams, Gabriella Ordys, Scott Aisthorpe, Amber Bruce, Daniel Thain, Katie MacDonald, Shannon Burn, Micheala Mitchell, Calum Grant, Zara McLauchlin, Nyree Wilson, Calum Lyon, Evie Joy, Katrina Courts, Camryn Swan and Iona Wright.

Some of them are shown below: