Kingussie High School has just started up a film club. It is taking place on Wednesday lunchtimes (in the old music room) and is directed by James Finlayson, one of the sixth years. He is going to teach a small group of interested first to third years the basics in filmmaking and hopefully help them to make a short film. Anyone who would like more details, please speak to James or to assistant director, Mr Mackintosh.
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!
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.
Rock Challenge is a national Competition where the pupils create an eight-minute dance-drama based performance on a theme of their choice. They have to create the set, props, costumes, hair and make-up, lighting, choreography, drama and pick the soundtrack that they want to use to put their theme and key message across.
Kathleen Cameron leads the KHS Rock Challenge project and co-ordinates a massive team of volunteers who all help to get the 35 KHS pupils ready to perform in front of a large audience at Eden Court in Inverness. This year the journey began back in October 2013. The team picked their title and theme of their performance love and loss and together explored emotions and the themes of war, love and bereavement.
Once the theme had been picked chorography started to help tell their story supported by Dance Teacher Mrs Jo Muculloch. Meanwhile back stage Mr Scott Sangster (Youth Worker) and PC Stuart MacKellaig (Community Police Officer) worked with the with stage crew to produce the props and stage set. We were also grateful to Mrs Jane Macdonald and Ms Tanya O’Brian (both parents) who came on board and supported wherever they were needed! There was a slight disaster at the start of the year when Jo Muculloch left Kingussie to go to Dubai (nothing to do with Rock Challenge) but luckily Miss Carrie Ann Wield (a local volunteer) stepped into Jo’s shoes to ensure the performance was finished and polished.
In the build-up to the event lots of other people stepped into help as well for example Mrs Donna Stobie (another local volunteer) advised and made some of the costumes and The 52 Squadron (Aviemore) Air Cadets provided the team with combats suits which looked just fantastic on the stage. Three days before the event local Mr Geordie Haggerty (from Aviemore taxis) kindly donated his van to get the set, props and costumes to and from the school to Eden court.
On event day things got off to a bad start with the bus arriving an hour late but we got there in the end and the rest of the day went smoothly. Rehearsals went well with our performers looking really good well-polished. Our stage crew worked hard to get everything looking slick and our lighting team had everything running smoothly by the second run though. By 4.30 pm it was time for Kingussie High to start to get ready for their performance and we had been picked as first on out of all of the secondary schools.
The team hit the stage at about 7.30 to perform in front of a full auditorium. School staff, parents and friends had all journeyed from Kingussie to watch the performance and they weren’t disappointed. Headteacher Mr Bray, who was in the audience said, “all the hard work paid off. It was executed perfectly and was an emotional performance. The symbolic use of white tissues being waved at loved ones and they departed to fight for their country and the use of a wall of poppies to represent Flanders Fields was a moving tribute to those who have been lost fighting and those who are still fighting to keep the world a safer place.”
At the final results Kingussie narrowly missed 3rd place by 3.5 points coming 4th overall (behind Alness, Charlston and Dingwall). But they also received two prestigious awards for ‘Costume Character’ and ‘Performance Skills’.
Miss Cameron the event coordinator and team leader said, “I took 35 wonderful students to Eden court and was so proud of each and every one for their commitment and performance. You are all stars and many thanks. I also have to thank Kingussie High School for their support, and allowing the students to be involved. The team was in high spirits and loved being on stage. I have already been asked, ‘can we do it again next year,’ by many of the pupils”.
One final thanks has to go to Truffolicious who kindly donated chocolate bars, chocolate lollies, and their truffles for the team!
Scott Fryatt, Craig Smillie and James Finlayson (all in S5) were recently set a challenge to make a video about the school as part of the media group. The video was premiered in assembly last week and had pretty much all of the staff and pupils in stitches. If you don’t know the school and pupils involved then you might struggle with some of the off-the-wall humour. As school we pride ourselves on high standards (just look at the production quality) and not taking ourselves too seriously (we think that bit speaks for itself!). Well done boys – a great effort!
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.
It has been a tough couple of years for Christmas Concerts at Kingussie High School as the assembly hall was out of action while the new extension was being built.
But last Wednesday the concert was back in spectacular festive style. Masterminded by the brilliant Miss Lucy Hodes (the Kingussie High Schools Music Teacher) along with the support of instrumental instructors Mr Lewis Barclay, Ms Olivia Ross, Mr Colin McLean and Ms Heather Hook the performances were nothing less than breath-taking.
The evening opened with music from the Kingussie High School Pipe Band who were all looking very smart in their kilts, ties and black shirts. Next the Senior Choir did an excellent rendition of ‘Good Moring Baltimore’. The opening acts set the tone for an evening that just seemed to get better and better.
The performances included pupils from every year group in the school including the S1 – S3 Music Groups. There were also a number of solo performances from Malissa MacDonald, Megan Sinclair, Ruairidh MacDonald, Sarah Jane Noble, Kirsty MacKintosh, Rhona Convery, Katie Macdonald, Erin Watson, Vicky Stables, Niamh Burnside, Isla Wilson and Eleanor Hickey.
In both the first and second act there was also input from the S1/S3 Drama Group who skilfully read, ‘The Night before Christmas’ and ‘A Carol of Flanders’ which contributed to the warm festive feel that permeated from the evening.
The whole evening was glued together by Kingussie High Schools very own ‘Ant and Dec’, our Headboy and Headgirl, Harry Grant and Eilidh Prescott. Who skilfully linked the acts together using a range of humour, bad jokes and a quick costume change (they presented the whole of the second act dress as Santa and Rudolf!).
After some good old audience participation and a ‘sing-along’ of a few Christmas classics including ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. Tabitha Brown wrapped the evening up with a solo of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
Approximately 100 pupils were involved in the production and as well as those performing others took responsibility for posters, ticket sales and the live editing of the event so that it could be seen on the ‘big screen’ at the back of the hall.
Full list of all performers:
Kingussie High School Pipe Band:Ross Weir, Shaun Grover, Scott Aisthorpe, Sam Appleby, Iain Robertson, Agnesa Palugova, Heather Wisely, Mark Waters, Andrew Kennedy, Eilidh Weir.
Senior Choir: Christina Sheffield, Eilidh Prescott, Robyn Gunning, Tabitha Brown, Rhona Convery, Vicky Stables, Huw Mitchell, Anna Daniello Cook.
S1/3 Drama and English Pupils: Megan Sinclair, Monique Raranga, Matilda Keegan, Megan Shiells, Jennifer Buchan, Hannah Robertson.
S1 Music Group: Dylan Sinclair, Kiera Stewart, Sophie Godsman, Brooke Allan, Erin Ferguson, Olivia Wilson, Katie Matthew.
S2 Music Group: Daniel Brown, Luke Morrison, Flossie Keegan, Shania Strachan, Skye MacDonald, Georgia Musgrove, Kaitlin Welsh.