RMPS visit from Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation

Jewish Wedding

Recently, as part of our RMPS programme two members of Scotland’s Jewish Community visited the school. Mr and Mrs Taylor, representatives of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation, spend all day working with classes from S1 to S4.

Pupils were given a really fascinating insight into Judaism – its traditions, rituals, practices, beliefs and values.

There was lots of classroom fun: a Jewish Wedding was enacted in classes as well as the synagogue Torah procession. Pupils also learned about the history of Judaism and about Judaism in Scotland today.

So successful was the day that Mr Mrs Taylor have promised to make their visit an annual part of KHS’s Religious, Moral and Philosophical calendar.

S2 Culloden

Photo 3 - Culloden Dressed Up

Our Social Subjects Department like to take as many opportunities as possible to get pupils from Kingussie High School out and about. Regular readers of the ‘catch-up’ will know all about the work they already do with the St. Andrews University Geo-Bus and the local Geography fieldwork projects to Aviemore and the River Gynack. Recently, in History, S2 have been studying the Jacobites – in particular the 1745 Rebellion that was led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie. As part of their Studies Mrs Kath Lothian (History and Modern Studies Teacher at KHS) organised a trip to Culloden for the whole year group and they had a great time. First of all there was an opportunity to learn more about the battle with one of the Historic Scotland Education Officers and then there was a chance for pupils to explore the many exhibits in the visitors centre. The last part of the day was another education workshop, but this one involved drama and some roleplay. Overall it was a fantastic day out with Historic Scotland Staff reporting excellent standards of behaviour and not bad acting ability from some KHS pupils!

S2 Visit to Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth

Fantastic trip with our S2 to Dynamic Earth yesterday.

Although it was an early rise it was definitely worth it! Pupils participated in a Global Warming workshop looking at the consequences of Climate Change in different regions of the world – followed by a tour of the centre and a visit to the gift shop and cafe.

Thanks to Mr McLagan for organizing the bus (and the rest of the social subjects department).

Skype in the Classroom Map (thank you @SkypeClassroom)

Mystery Skype Map

The nice folks at Skype in the Classroom have been kind enough to give us a Mystery Skype Map for the recognition of all the good work we are doing with Skype in school. Mr McLagan (Geography Department) has got it up on his classroom wall and over the coming weeks / months we will be adding to the map as we connect with other schools globally.

The first school we connected to was Woodhaven Middle School in Alberta, Canada – you can read a little more about that in this older news item.

S1 Geography Experiment with Convection Currents (@SpanglerScience)

S1 Geography - Weather

In Geography S1 pupils are currently learning about weather and 1Y tried a crazy experiment to help them understand convection currents!

Warm (red) water did not mix with cold (blue) water when sitting on top – plenty of evidence for this in the photo above!

Thanks for the inspiration Steve Spangler. Lots more  great weather experiments for you to try over at www.stevespanglerscience.com

S1 Geography Class ‘Skype’ with Canada [Geography]

Geography Skype Call with Canada

There is no doubt about it the world is becoming a smaller place and as Mr Bray said at assembly last week, ‘well geography still matters, distance matters less’. A great example of this is technology such as Skype. Last week S1 Geography classes Skyped with Woodhaven Middle School in Edmonton, Canada.

The purpose of the Skype was to discuss differences in the weather in different parts of the world. It would be fair to say that pupil son both sides of ‘the pond’ enjoyed the experience.

Skype is just one of the technologies that we are starting to embrace at Kingussie High School – we have lots of Skype calls planned between now and the summer.