On Tuesday 25th January the conditions at the Lecht ski
centre were particularly 'Scottish'. Blue skies and powder snow?
Of course not. Slabs of ice and rain were the order of the day.
Eight hardy S1 and S2 pupils competed in the Scottish schools ski
championship. To their credit, there was not a whimper about the
long wait at the top as the gales made a mockery of their Gore-Tex.
Welcome to the blog of the Learning
Teaching Scotland Nova Scotia trip. This blog has been set up to
keep a daily diary of the SCIPD study visit. Furthermore, it
provides weblinks to the Scottish and Canadian Education
Establishments involved as well as partner organisations, places of
cultural interest and more.
done to Katy Homyer who has been awarded a British Olympic
Association Olympic Passport following recommendation by British
Snowsports. This is awarded to athletes likely to appear at a
future Olympic Games. It gives the athlete support and privileges
in their training. Katy has regularly helped her school colleagues
by coaching at the after school roller ski club. There have been 34
sessions this school year. Katy recently won the British Under 18
Roller Ski Championship – the fourth year in a row that she has been
British Champion. Last season she gained a qualification for the
European Youth Olympics and she awaits the announcement of the
British Team this coming December. Her father will be the Cross
Country Ski Team lead at Liberec, Czech Republic, where the EYO will
take place next February. more ........
FUNDRAISING FOR INDONESIA
years can provide a chance to gain experience and try new things
before following through with other plans. Some people use them for
work, others for travelling. Project Trust is a charity that
organises gap years of voluntary work abroad, and I have been lucky
enough to be selected for an eight-month project in Indonesia next
year. It’s very exciting be able to go on this adventure. To get
there I have to raise £4130, which is a daunting feat, but
fundraising events and donations are helping me to get there. MORE.......
Kingussie High School
is one of 28 secondary schools in the Highland Council area. We have a
school roll of around 440 pupils. This roll is expected to rise to
approximately 500 in the next few years.
Our current building dates from 1970 but there has been a secondary school
here since the time of the Columban missionaries.
Our pupils come from a very wide geographical area and their parents from
all walks of life. We aim to create a happy, learning school with as good
examination results as possible, educating pupils in the widest sense
whatever their ability. Our Gaelic motto " Gu Dichiollach" (see crest on
homepage) means "With Diligence".
include: a main teaching block which has recently had a major window
replacement programme carried out and is heated by a newly installed biomass
boiler; a number of very dilapidated ‘temporary’ huts; and two playing
fields - one floodlit. The number of pupils means we are under great
pressure for space and we hope to have a new block built by The Highland
Council in the near future.
We have six associated primary schools - Aviemore, Alvie (at Kincraig),
Dalwhinnie, Gergask (at Laggan), Kingussie and Newtonmore.
We have a wide programme of extra-curricular activities (see specific page)
covering many sports and leisure activities.
Our curriculum is developing to take account of current national Curriculum
for Excellence guidelines. In essence this is common to most Scottish
schools. We are developing outdoor learning to take particular advantage of
our natural surroundings, for example all S1 pupils have a residential week
in the Badaguish Outdoor Education Lodges. With music being a major interest
in our area, members of staff have built very effectively on this to create
a choir and folk-group which have achieved notable successes.
Having a particular interest in the being an outward-looking school, which
influences our curriculum in many ways, we are developing links with the
Muloza Community Day Secondary School in southern Malawi, and with Lynghoj
Efterskole in Denmark which involve a variety of activities and visits in
both directions. We also make use of technology to have e-links with schools
in Italy and Poland. Our pupils take part in a successful annual ski trip to
To enquire about school
closure information please phone:
Highland Council number:
0870 054 6999
Enter the school's own
pin number when prompted:
Press 1 for severe
weather and 3 for general information
UNSCHEDULED/EMERGENCY CLOSURE INFORMATION
Should it be necessary for the school to close at short notice
for any unforseenreason and pupils have to be
sent home, it is the policy of the school to only phone parents
of pupils living in outlying areas or off the main bus route or
with specific known circumstances. All other parents are asked
to ensure that their child knows what to do and where to go in
such circumstances. Please ask your child to contact the school
office if they are unsure about access to home should such an
event occur. If possible the Groupcall system will be used to
text/call parents to alert them to any unexpected closure.