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!

Mystery Skype with @LemanManhattan

Mystery Skype

What an exciting afternoon Mr McLagan’s 1X Geography class had recently during their very first ‘Mystery Skype’.

This is where pupils had to ask questions to find out where the school was using atlases, Google maps and a clue or two!

Unfortunately we did not guess the correct school, and it turned out to be Léman Manhattan Preparatory School – but we got fairly close and ended up only a few blocks away!

Pupils in both schools found this lesson fun and engaging, and even learnt a fact or two about each other! Mr McLagan – get planning some more!

Narrowing the information down

Check the School Bag: S3, S4 & S5 Curriculum Information Evening and Health Survey

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Mr Bray has sent a letter home to all parents of S3, S4 and S5 Students about the curriculum structure for next year. The letter also reminds parents about the curriculum information evening  on the 4th March at 7pm where we will share more information about subject choice and the courses that are on offer next year.

Digital School Bag

Students in S3, S4 and S5 will make their final subject choices around the middle of March. You can access the letter directly here.

There is also a letter that has gone home about a survey that we have been selected to complete on “Health Behavior in School Aged Children”. This is an important letter as it contains a slip for parents to opt out of the survey. You can access the letter directly here.

You can read a digital copy of the letters in the Digital School Bag. 

New ‘Friends of KHS’ Lucky Numbers Draw

KHS Parents

Would you like the chance to win some money and at the same time help raise funds for Kingussie High School?

The parent council have set up a Lucky Number Draw (similar to the 100 club idea). There are many areas waiting for funding. Our priorities at the moment are canteen furniture, curtains for the stage/assembly hall and display boards all around the school.

 50% of money raised will go directly to the school and 50% will be used as monthly prize money.

Once a month the numbers will be drawn at the Parent Council meeting and prizes will be issued by cheque.

There will be a first, second and third prize – the prize money will be broken down into 60% for first prize, 30% second prize and 10% third prize. Prize amounts are dependent on how many numbers there are in the draw. Only paid up numbers will be entered into the draw.

Numbers will be sold for twelve draws in the year costing a total of £12 with the first draw in March 2014. Numbers can be sold to anyone over 18’s – please encourage family and friends to buy a number.

Please return the form (download from here) by Thursday 13th February with your payment to be included in all twelve draws. You will be notified by e.mail/telephone of the number you’ve been allocated.

Winning numbers will be notified on the School web site and by e.mail/telephone.

Cheques will be issued in the name of the holder of the number. Members may have more than one number – please feel free to copy/fill out as many applications as you need.


Please complete the application slip (download from Digital School Bag) and return to The Treasurer, Kingussie High School Parent Council, c/o Kingussie High School, Ruthven Road, Kingussie, PH21 1ES by the Thursday 13th February 2014.

Cheques should be made payable to Kingussie High School Parent Council.



S3, S4 and S5 Parents – check the schoolbag! (or read the digital copy online)

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Mr Reid (Depute Head Teacher) has sent a letter home to all parents of S3, S4 and S5 Students. The letter explains how we are starting to develop our curriculum structure for next year. The first part of this is trying to find out the subjects that young people want to study.

The letter also highlights an information evening on the 4th March at 7pm where we will share more information about subject choice and the courses that are on offer next year.

Digital School Bag

Students in S3, S4 and S5 will make their final subject choices around the middle of March.

You can read a digital copy of the letter in the Digital School Bag. 

You can access the letter directly here.

2013 Christmas Assembly [and flash mob]

Christmas Assembly

As with most schools the last day of term at this time of year means a Christmas Assembly. Our assembly this year was put together by Mrs Rossi with input from Miss Hodes. It was a great blend of festive messages but also a bit of fun.

The senior choir got everyone warmed up with, ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ and then following Mr Bray’s brief introduction there were a number of readings reminding us of the historical context of the Nativity Story as well as readings from St. Luke. These were all expertly delivered by Harry Grant(S6), Eilidh Prescott (S6), Katy Falconer (S1) and Kiera Stewart (S1).

Next up was Rev. Alison Burnside (our local Minister) who provided a good philosophical perspective on how people think about Christmas in different ways and on why Christmas is and should be important.

Ruairidh McDonald followed next with a solo performance of, ‘One in Royal David’s City’ and the round of applause he received provided lots of evidence that he had done a brilliant job.

The comedy trio of James Findlayson  (S5), Craig Smiley (S5) and Scott Fryatt (S5) then performed an amusing sketch which exposed a few myths about Santa (or Nick as he liked to be called), including where he came from (Turkey) and how he came to drop presents down the chimney in the first place.

Then it was time for another voice solo, this time it was the turn of Vicki Stables repeating her performance from the Christmas Concert,  “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”.

Finally, the choir closed the preceding’s (or so we thought) with ‘Away in a Manger’.

Mr Bray stood up to give the vote of thanks and then started to waffle on about some education statistics – at which point he was ‘flash mobbed’ by a pile of Senior Pupils and Staff who sung their own version of ‘Feed the World’. Anyway, Mr Bray was in on it  because he had his own verse to sing (if only he could sing in tune!).

Next there was sing-off between Mr Bray’s side of the audience and Mr Adamson’s side of the audience in the Kingussie High Schools version of the 12 days of Christmas.

  • 12 pens and pencils12 Pens and Pencils
  • 11 commendations
  • 10 e1 trackings,
  • 9 study sessions,
  • 8 long assemblies,
  • 7 unplanned visits,
  • 6 good work stickers,
  • 5 central detentions,
  • 4 undone ties
  • 3 red jackets,
  • 2 fast tracks
  • and a homework diary!!


In the end we concluded the sing-off was a draw, it is Christmas after all. Some photos of the merriment below…

Have a great Christmas from all at Kingussie High School!