You might have mistaken Kingussie High School for a fun fair if you drove past on the 18th June. Water Balloons flew through the air, a Bouncy Castle filled the skyline and the smell of BBQ Burgers wafted across the school field. “We wanted to do something different,” explained Headteacher Ollie Bray, “in exchange for all of our leavers agreeing to respect the schools learning and physical environment. We agreed that we would have a bit of controlled nonsense after their SQA exams and before their formal graduation ceremony in the evening.”
All of the S6 leavers were invited back into the school for an afternoon of fun and over lunchtime there was a staff vs pupils football match which the rest of the school came out to watch. After lunch when the rest of the school was back in lessons Depute Head Mr Ian Adamson took over the school field with S6 leavers and organised a water fight and a number of other games. There was also a Bouncy Castle and music. “It was such an awesome way to finish school,” said former Headboy Harry Grant, “No one quite new what to expect – but you can’t go wrong with a bouncy castle!”.
At 3.30 when the rest of the school headed for their buses the outgoing S6 were joined by staff for a BBQ, cutting of their graduation cake and yearbook signing. “We were delighted with how the afternoon went,” said Mr Adamson, “they have been such a brilliant year group and it has been a real privilege to spend time with them during my first year in Kingussie.”
In the evening all of the graduates were invited back into school with their parents for the school’s annual prize giving and graduation ceremony. As part of the proceedings each graduate was presented with a Graduation Scroll from Mr Bray and their Guidance Teacher (Mrs Duthie or Mr Deans) shared with the assembled audience where they were transitioning to after school. There was a wide range of positive destinations with some young people entering employment; some starting an apprenticeship; some were heading to college and some moving away to university.
In his graduation speech (his first as headteacher) Mr Bray encouraged the graduates, “not to get bogged down with the small things in life,” and, “whatever happens and no matter how busy life becomes to always make time for a coffee, iron-bru or a beer with your friends.” In a powerful and pertinent closing remark he said, “Enjoy life while you can. Sure, parents might sometimes be a pain, and it might seem that we always nagged you at school. Indeed from time-to-time you might have even found life a little depressing. But someday you will smile at your memories and realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. Good luck class of 2014.”
More photos on our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/kingussiehigh – many thanks to Tesco’s in Aviemore for their donation towards the BBQ.