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.

Zoo and Environmental Skills Training (ZEST)

ZEST 2015

Accompanied by Mrs Adamson, our Zoo and Environmental Skills Training (ZEST) group who normally work with The Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig were at Edinburgh Zoo last Thursday presenting their conservation projects to other ZEST Schools and ZEST mentors.

Sam, Steph and Erin did brilliantly well and as an added bonus Sam won the overall award for ‘Most Improved ZEST Student’. Well done to everyone involved – and special thanks to Jasper from the Wildlife Park.ZEST 1

KHS at Kingussie Food on Film

Kingussie High School were delighted to have a big role in this years Food on Film Festival. For the opening night at the Iona Gallery Art Teacher Miss Katy Thompson worked with our S3 Elective class on Fish and Feathers themed pieces including the creation of some rather spectacular fascinators and head wear! The school was also lucky enough to be donated some slide stills from Kate Swan the producer of the film ‘Kiss the Water’ that was shown during the opening night.

On Friday our Creative Industries students organised and hosted their own film evening. During the evening they showcased previous films that had been created by former pupils for former festivals and also premiered their own short film ‘The Wolf of Walls Street’. Former pupil Huw Mitchel (now studying at UHI: Inverness College) was also presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award during the evening (not bad for the 19 year old!).

Pupils were back in action in the Festival Food Hall on Saturday helping set things up but also helping with live demonstrations and serving tasty samples to the hundreds of people that came through the doors during the day.There are many more photos on the Festival Gallery on their website www.kingussiefoodonfilm.co.uk

Inter-generational Digital Learning Project

We have started an exciting new inter-generational project (in partnership with BIG in Highland) looking at how we can support older learners in Aviemore and Kingussie to get to grips with the Internet and help them keep in touch with their families. First training session was yesterday!
Students also gain hours for their Saltire Award.

Art Department receive a gift from Em Cooper

The Art Department received a very exciting delivery last week from Kate Swan, the producer of the film ‘Kiss the Water’ which is showing at the Iona Gallery on the 5th February to launch the Kingussie Food on Film Festival this year.

She has sent us some of the animation slides used in the movie created by Em Cooper.

The S3 Design students have been working hard to finish their hat designs for the evenings exhibition which will be on display alongside work from Grantown Grammar, artist Angus Grant as well as other local artists and crafts-people. Get your tickets quick from the Caberfeidh Bookshop.