Balance Bikes

Great work from the 2015/16 Sport and Recreation Students, who have just finished the first block of Balance Bike sessions at Aviemore Primary School.

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

Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Success

DofE Silver

What a great few days the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Groups have had. Seventeen of our pupils passed their Silver Award and we also had six passes at Gold Level. The assessor was very positive about the groups organisation, humour and navigation skills.

Well done to everyone involved and particular thanks to our staff and volunteers Ollie Bray, Scott Douglas, Nicki Diggins, Mark Diggins, Bob Kinnaird and assessor John Patchett.

More photos over on our Facebook Page.

Ski Team Success in Cairngorm Qualifier

SKi Team - March 2015

Absolutely amazing day last Friday at the Scottish Ski Schools Association Cairngorm qualifier.

2nd prize was awarded to Kamara Tait-Davis in the the girls novice group and Tallia Tait-Davis, Tyrawa-Tait-Davis and Lottie Convery will be joining her next week at Nevis range after winning 1st girls novice team!

All raced incredibly well against some very stiff competition and thanks to some glorious weather a cracking day was had by all!

Strathpuffer Success

Congratulations to Kirsty Adam, John Aisthorpe and Scott Aisthorpe for taking part in the Strathpuffer last weekend, a 24 hour mountain bike endurance race, the hardest Mountain bike race in the UK….

Check out the BBC The Adventure Show to see if you can see Kirsty and Scott

Thursday Afternoon – Outdoor Skills

Mr Bray and Miss Seymour have been working with groups of S3 on camping and outdoor skills (good preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh Award later in the year). Today as well as looking at stoves, filtration and water purification we group made hot chocolate by melting snow.

KHS and GGS Ski Trip

Despite what the media says the snow conditions are pretty good in parts of the Alps at the moment and last week 44 pupils from both Grantown Grammar and Kingussie High School headed to Risoul (Forêt Blanche region in the Southern Alps) to slide on the snow on both boards and skis. This is the first time that Grantown and Kingussie have teamed up for a ski trip but it really was a winning formula that kept the cost down and allowed all participants to make the most of the conditions.

“What I love about taking pupils from Grantown and Kingussie skiing,”

said Headteacher Ollie Bray,

“is the look on the instructors faces when they realise that we have kids that can ski and that can ski well! We just don’t have typical school groups and that allows the French instructors to progress their skiing to the next level.”

During the week participants skied a variety of piste and off-piste runs as well as having an opportunity to explore the freestyle snowparks and also get a shot on the giant airbag.

As well as skiing the group participated in a wide variety of Après-ski activities including bum-boarding, ice skating, the luge and a mini winter olympics. The 2016 joint school Ski trip will be advertised in February.