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 pencils
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!
It has been a tough couple of years for Christmas Concerts at Kingussie High School as the assembly hall was out of action while the new extension was being built.
But last Wednesday the concert was back in spectacular festive style. Masterminded by the brilliant Miss Lucy Hodes (the Kingussie High Schools Music Teacher) along with the support of instrumental instructors Mr Lewis Barclay, Ms Olivia Ross, Mr Colin McLean and Ms Heather Hook the performances were nothing less than breath-taking.
The evening opened with music from the Kingussie High School Pipe Band who were all looking very smart in their kilts, ties and black shirts. Next the Senior Choir did an excellent rendition of ‘Good Moring Baltimore’. The opening acts set the tone for an evening that just seemed to get better and better.
The performances included pupils from every year group in the school including the S1 – S3 Music Groups. There were also a number of solo performances from Malissa MacDonald, Megan Sinclair, Ruairidh MacDonald, Sarah Jane Noble, Kirsty MacKintosh, Rhona Convery, Katie Macdonald, Erin Watson, Vicky Stables, Niamh Burnside, Isla Wilson and Eleanor Hickey.
In both the first and second act there was also input from the S1/S3 Drama Group who skilfully read, ‘The Night before Christmas’ and ‘A Carol of Flanders’ which contributed to the warm festive feel that permeated from the evening.
The whole evening was glued together by Kingussie High Schools very own ‘Ant and Dec’, our Headboy and Headgirl, Harry Grant and Eilidh Prescott. Who skilfully linked the acts together using a range of humour, bad jokes and a quick costume change (they presented the whole of the second act dress as Santa and Rudolf!).
After some good old audience participation and a ‘sing-along’ of a few Christmas classics including ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’. Tabitha Brown wrapped the evening up with a solo of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
Approximately 100 pupils were involved in the production and as well as those performing others took responsibility for posters, ticket sales and the live editing of the event so that it could be seen on the ‘big screen’ at the back of the hall.
Full list of all performers:
Kingussie High School Pipe Band:Ross Weir, Shaun Grover, Scott Aisthorpe, Sam Appleby, Iain Robertson, Agnesa Palugova, Heather Wisely, Mark Waters, Andrew Kennedy, Eilidh Weir.
Senior Choir: Christina Sheffield, Eilidh Prescott, Robyn Gunning, Tabitha Brown, Rhona Convery, Vicky Stables, Huw Mitchell, Anna Daniello Cook.
S1/3 Drama and English Pupils: Megan Sinclair, Monique Raranga, Matilda Keegan, Megan Shiells, Jennifer Buchan, Hannah Robertson.
S1 Music Group: Dylan Sinclair, Kiera Stewart, Sophie Godsman, Brooke Allan, Erin Ferguson, Olivia Wilson, Katie Matthew.
S2 Music Group: Daniel Brown, Luke Morrison, Flossie Keegan, Shania Strachan, Skye MacDonald, Georgia Musgrove, Kaitlin Welsh.
Mr Douglas (PT of Art) has been working with his tutor group on a project to select some new signage for the school using pictograms. The pictograms (representing each subject in the school) were created by the current S3 and S4 pupils as part of their core work in Art and Design.
As part of the project a small group of learners presented back at a S1 – S3 assembly explaining how the final designs were chosen and where they had decided to put the signage in the school.
Overall the project was a great success, has brightened up the corridors and will be built on over time.
The following learners were successful in getting their pictograms chosen to be used this year – Paulina Palugova , Megan Sinclair, Kirsty Adams, Gabriella Ordys, Scott Aisthorpe, Amber Bruce, Daniel Thain, Katie MacDonald, Shannon Burn, Micheala Mitchell, Calum Grant, Zara McLauchlin, Nyree Wilson, Calum Lyon, Evie Joy, Katrina Courts, Camryn Swan and Iona Wright.
It was pretty nippy last week at the school’s annual inter-house cross country event but it was great to see so many people take part despite the conditions. Some say the cold might have even helped everyone run just that little bit faster? Certificates were awarded in assembly this week. The picture above is of our S1 – S3 learners who gained a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place for the respective year groups, also pictured are Mr Bray and Mr MacKay.
Here is a full list of everyone who crossed the line in first place:
A bitterly cold wind and some driving rain made playing shinty possibly the second best option after actually being at classes! However, we are made of stern stuff in Badenoch and the competition began with Kingussie beating a combined Kinlochleven/Ardnamurachan team 1-0. It should have been 10-0 and we will put the misses down to being rusty due to the shinty season ending donkies ago!
Boy did the rain fall and the wind blow and the soup being provided by our very own ‘dinner lady ‘in the shape of Mr Adamson was a great tonic. Much appreciated by the Kingussie team and even some of our long standing rivals from Lochaber!
Next up was Charleston and they were soon dispatched 3-0. Sam Richardson added three goals to his single in the previous match.
Not sure if you get the picture yet but it was Baltic in the extreme though Mr Anderson was cosy enough with his thermals, a t-shirt, sweat shirt and two mountain jackets. Rhuaridh Anderson knicked his gloves so it wasn’t all plain sailing.
Lochaber were next on the agenda and once our anti-freeze got into the joints we polished them off with yet another (very sweet) 3-0 victory. So it was three straight wins, seven goals scored and none conceded. Sam Richardson scoring six altogether whilst James Falconer pitched in with a single. Throughout our defence was rock solid but man of the tourney was Craig Ritchie.
The presentation was made by Tommy Wade, and it was nice to see the Scottish Cup for schools shinty being lifted by Captain Robert Mabon before it made its way to it’s natural resting place in the cabinet of KHS. The entire squad were yet again a credit to themselves, their shinty clubs and the school throughout the day. Well done to all.
Many thanks to Davie Anderson and Ronald Ross for refereeing and for Michael Ritchie for his assistance with the team.
We really see the importance of STEM Education at Kingussie High School. As part of our work in this area we recently entered a competition to win some LEGO® MINDSTORMS® STEM Resources. Part of the competition process was producing a short video on what winning would mean to the school.