KHS visit Edinburgh Books Festival (@edbookfest)

Edinburgh Book Festival

On Wednesday last week a group of enthusiastic young folk and four teachers from Kingussie High School blazed a new trail by making a trip to the Edinburgh Festival for the day.  Organised by the library staff, the first stop was the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where pupils had the choice of talks by either acclaimed Young Adult author, Patrick Ness, or much-loved author/illustrator, Debi Gliori.  

While Ness entertained the packed main theatre with his irreverent wit, Gliori held her audience entranced as she told the story of her life through a series of sketches.  As well as the talks, pupils revelled in browsing and buying books from the wonderful Book Tent and having lunch in the sunshine in Charlotte Square Gardens.  

After that, the party trooped across town, enjoying the street art and performers, taking photos and collecting show leaflets!  Mid-afternoon they joined a full house at the Pleasance Theatre, to watch ‘Hotel Paradiso’, an award-winning comic mask show that told the tale of a crazy family feuding and fumbling their way through the running of their hotel.  

The busy day ended with a walk back to the station and just enough time to buy dinner before piling on the train home.  It was a jam-packed expedition with loads to see and do and a brilliant way to enjoy Scotland’s world-famous festival city.  

Pupils declared it a success and are keen to go ahead next year, with lots of ideas and plans for making it even better, so watch this space…

Front row seats for brilliant illustrated talk by Debi Gliori
Front row seats for brilliant illustrated talk by Debi Gliori

KHS Headteacher visits new UHI: Inverness College Campus

As we work to develop our partnerships with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Mr Bray was one of the first to get a look around the new multi-million pound Inverness College Campus at the weekend. We are currently working to develop and widen our range of Senior School Courses in full partnership with UHI – hopefully we will have some exciting announcements in the New Year regarding Hospitality, Engineering, Forestry and how you might be able to start your degree in S6.

School Opens for pupils on Tuesday 19th August at 08:55 – see you then!

2014 Planners

First of all what a great set of exam results from Kingussie High School – the best in a number of years and something we should be very proud of as a school community.

As some of you might know we have had a bit of flooding following the rain earlier in the week. Luckily both Mr Adamson and Mr Reid have had their rubber gloves on and have been mopping like Jedi masters and everything is just about back to normal (thanks also to the industrial cleaning team and our brilliant janitors!).

As a result we look forward to welcoming back all the staff on Monday 18th August for a day of in-service training and all our pupils on Tuesday 19th August at 08:55h. In particular we are looking forward to welcoming all our new staff (who we will introduce here soon) and our new S1 pupils.

See you next week for what is already shaping up to be a very exciting year at KHS!

Please note – any late pupils will be expected to sit through my holiday snaps!

Mr Bray (Head Teacher and Head Lifeguard – KHS)

KHS April 2014 Newsletter [digital edition]

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Kingussie High School Newsletters have gone digital.

There are a number of reasons for this.  One of the reasons is to cut down on expensive printing costs (we are quite sure that letters don’t always make it home!) and secondly we are trying to share our good news stories and information more regularly using our website (kingussiehigh.org.uk), our Facebook group (facebook.com/kingussiehigh) and our regular four weekly page in the Strathy newspaper (The Kingussie catch-up).

As and when a newsletter becomes available (we publish five times a year) we will let you know about it via our websiteFacebook groupStrathy page and Twitter stream.  We will also send you an email (as long as we have your email address).  If you want to add yourself to our email distribution list simply fill in the form at www.kingussiehigh.org.uk/newsletter.

You can view our April Digital Newsletter below – or you can download it from the digital schoolbag.

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“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.

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:

Kingussie won the Wade Cup on Friday 29th November at Dunbarry Park, Kingussie.

Wade Cup Win

A bitterly cold wind and some driving rain made playing shinty possibly the second best option after actually being at classes! However, we are made of stern stuff in Badenoch and the competition began with Kingussie beating a combined Kinlochleven/Ardnamurachan team 1-0. It should have been 10-0 and we will put the misses down to being rusty due to the shinty season ending donkies ago!

Boy did the rain fall and the wind blow and the soup being provided by our very own ‘dinner lady ‘in the shape of Mr Adamson was a great tonic. Much appreciated by the Kingussie team and even some of our long standing rivals from Lochaber!

Next up was Charleston and they were soon dispatched 3-0. Sam Richardson added three goals to his single in the previous match.

Not sure if you get the picture yet but it was Baltic in the extreme though Mr Anderson was cosy enough with his thermals, a t-shirt, sweat shirt and two mountain jackets. Rhuaridh Anderson knicked his gloves so it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Lochaber were next on the agenda and once our anti-freeze got into the joints we polished them off with yet another (very sweet) 3-0 victory. So it was three straight wins, seven goals scored and none conceded. Sam Richardson scoring six altogether whilst James Falconer pitched in with a single. Throughout our defence was rock solid but man of the tourney was Craig Ritchie.

The presentation was made by Tommy Wade, and it was nice to see the Scottish Cup for schools shinty being lifted by Captain Robert Mabon before it made its way to  it’s natural resting place  in the cabinet of KHS. The entire squad were yet again a credit to themselves, their shinty clubs and the school throughout the day. Well done to all.

Many thanks to Davie Anderson and Ronald Ross for refereeing and for Michael Ritchie for his assistance with the team.

Final Positions:
Kingussie 6pts
Kinlochleven/Ardnamurchan 4pts
Lochaber 2pts
Charleston 1pt

More information over on shinty.com

Wade Cup Team