The High School of Glasgow News http://www.glasgowhigh.co.uk/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT umbraco Up-to-date information on what is happening at The High School of Glasgow en S5 Pupil Wins Expedition Video Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2018/january/far-frontiers-video-competition-winner/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2018/january/far-frontiers-video-competition-winner/ S5 pupil Andrew Taylor was one of 34 High School pupils who visited Kinyerere Primary School in southern Uganda as part of a community service project last August and while there, decided to document his African Adventure.

Andrew was delighted to hear from Far Frontiers, the company who helped to arrange the expedition, that his video had been chosen as the winner of their 2017 video competition. This competition sees pupils from schools around the UK try to capture the amazing experiences they have whilst taking part in these overseas adventures, with Andrew's video particularly praised for its editing and the sheer amount of effort he had clearly put into it. 

You can enjoy Andrew's video below, documenting a fascinating insight into the High School pupils' time in Uganda - the work they did, the fun they had, the people they met and the lives that were touched.

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Christmas Carol Service 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/christmas-carol-service-2017/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/christmas-carol-service-2017/ The autumn term came to a close today with the annual High School Christmas Carol Service, bringing together pupils, staff, parents and guests for another enjoyable event.

The service began with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, the first verse being sung by Florence Gibson (S6). The singing of further Christmas carols including 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' and 'Silent Night', were intermingled with readings from pupils of each year group - Ben Stevenson (Transitus), Mawa Irfan (S1), Sebastian Harten (S2), Marni Robertson (S3), Bharath Mukunda Das (S4), Juliet Nilsen (S5) and Aiden White (S6). The final reading was delivered by Biology teacher Dr Linda Nicholl.

The audience were also treated to performances from the School Canto Choir of the sacred 16th Century Christmas Carol 'Gaudete', accompanied by drummer Oliver Warden (S5), and 'Carol of the Star' by Donald Moore, before the Address was delivered by Minister of New Kilpatrick Church, Reverend Roddy Hamilton.

As is traditional, the service came to a close with an exuberant rendition of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ from a packed Assembly Hall, with just enough time left for the Senior Orchestra to perform 'Sleigh Ride', sending the High School community home in the festive spirit as they bid farewell to 2017 at the School.

The five specially designed covers for this year's Order of Service were created by Transitus pupils Kate Bowman, Dylan Burrell, Poppy Campbell, James John-Charles and Ben McDonnell.

  


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all
from The High School of Glasgow!

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Belle of The Ball-et http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/transitus-pupil-stars-in-prestigious-ballet-competition/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/transitus-pupil-stars-in-prestigious-ballet-competition/ Transitus pupil Olivia Moulsdale travelled to Paris last month to participate in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition.

Competing in the Pre-Competitive Age Division, Olivia had the chance to perform three dances: Bluebird variation from Sleeping Beauty, Peasant Pas variation from Giselle, and her contemporary piece, La Vie En Rose.

She received some very positive feedback and achieved respectable scores from the thirteen-strong judging panel, including the Director of Paris Opera Ballet School, Elisabel Platel, as well as representatives from the Royal Ballet, Zurich Dance Academy and John Cranko School of the Stuttgart Ballet.

The competition Olivia faced was of an incredible standard, as proven by the nine year old Belarusian winner who already dances with the Bolshoi! Although Olivia was unable to qualify for the finals in New York, she danced beautifully, enjoying an incredible experience at an international competition and mixing with some of the best up-and-coming dancers in the ballet world.

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Bannerman Fundraising Week 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/bannerman-fundraising-week-2017/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/bannerman-fundraising-week-2017/ Bannerman Ho-Ho-House put on a fantastically festive Fundraising Week recently, raising over £4,000 for Glasgow's Starter Packs charity.

Starter Packs is a Govan-based charity providing all the essentials for those living in social housing and 'in need of a hand up' - items such as bedding, cooking and cleaning equipment and toiletries. The aim is to make sure that these individuals make a success of having their own home and don't slide into homelessness.

Bannerman's appeal was simple - 'Buy-a-Van with Bannerman' aimed to raise a share of the money to allow the charity to purchase a new van for delivering these starter packs throughout the city. They did this through a number of enjoyable activities throughout an extended fortnight of fundraising.

For the more active amongst the School, games of 'football darts' and Santa's Dangerous Delivery, a festive-themed assault course in the Sports Complex on Tuesday; For the gamers, a Fifa World Cup, proving once and for all who was the king of football gaming; For the more musically-inclined, Bannerman Buskers provided entertainment throughout the entire week, while the some of the efforts put forward by staff and pupils in last week's Rap Battle could generously be described as 'entertaining' too! All of this was topped off with a wonderfully festive Christmas market last week, with stocking fillers and tasty seasonal treats on sale.

At last count, Bannerman House had raised the fantastic total of £4,301 for Starter Packs. Well done to all involved on this inspiring effort for a worthy cause.

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Tis' The Season! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/christmas-choral-concert-2017/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/christmas-choral-concert-2017/ Hundreds of pupils and staff from both the Junior and Senior Schools came together to deliver a rousing evening of festive music at Glasgow Cathedral last night for the annual High School Christmas Choral Concert. 

On a suitably wintery evening, the High School community wrapped up and packed into the beautiful venue for a mixture of festive tunes. The evening began with a 16th century Christmas Carol 'Gaudete' performed by the Canto, before first half performances from the 40-strong Junior School Chamber Choir, the 60 person Junior Choir and the Intermediate and Chamber Choirs, performing a mixture of traditional and more modern songs, accompanied by the talented High School Orchestra. Interspersed with the choirs were performances by the School String Ensemble, featuring solo violin performances by Ella Fraser (S5) and Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S4).

The second half of the show echoed the Chamber Choir's participation in last month's 'Messiah from Scratch' concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with the Senior Choir, featuring a smattering of Senior School staff, taking on excerpts from Handel's masterpiece. This section came to a close with a rousing conclusion of 'Hallelujah'.

The Senior Choir then brought proceedings to a spirited close with some slightly more modern Christmas hits - the double bill of 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' and 'Sleigh Ride'!

Well done to all involved on another captivating Choral Concert, from the pupils throughout the Junior and Senior Schools to the conductors, directors, coaches and accompanists who made the evening possible and put a merry spring in the step of the High School community as Christmas approaches.

(Click on the links in bold & underlined within the article to see excerpts from the Choral Concert)

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What a Weekend! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/impressive-showings-at-national-sporting-competitions/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/impressive-showings-at-national-sporting-competitions/ High School pupils defied a bitterly cold wintery weekend to impress at national rowing and swimming championships, as well as winning multiple medals at a West District cross country competition.

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Fifth Year rowing squads headed to the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Olympic Park in London to compete in the British Indoor Championships on Saturday, following on from winning Gold at last month's Scottish Schools' Indoor Rowing Championships.

Taking part in a competition featuring Olympic cyclist-turned-rower Sir Bradley Wiggins, High School pupils enjoyed competing against the cream of the British crop. In the Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' 8 Minute Relay races, the Scottish Gold medal winning teams gave it their all, with the S5 Boys' teamAngus BarrettBen HuttonScott McDonald and Tommy Whitelaw - finishing 8th out of 21 teams and the S5 Girls' teamAlice BaxendaleJasmine GillespieHelena Gronski and Millie Haldane - finishing 9th out of 45 teams.

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There was also a High School presence at the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships, taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh over the weekend. Again, the quality on show at the championships was of the 'impressive' variety - summed up perfectly by the presence of Commonwealth champions and GB Olympians Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch.

Therefore it was no mean feat for Anna Fleming (S6) to reach multiple finals throughout the course of the championships, particularly impressing to win Silver in the 100m Individual Medley, as well as boasting 5th place finishes in both the 100m and 50m Butterfly events.

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Despite the plummeting temperatures, some particularly brave High School pupils did face up to the icy weather, with a number competing in the Lindsays West District Cross Country Championships at Irvine Moor Racecourse on Saturday.

Anya MacLean (S2) continued an impressive year in athletics as she won Gold in the U15 Girls race, while Lorn Webster (S5) and Fergus Currie (S1) finished as runners-up in the U17 and U13 Boys' races, winning Silver medals.

These individual results also contributed towards U15 Girls' team Silver and U17 Boys' team Gold for their running club Garscube Harriers.

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Up for the Cup! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/bp-hockey-cup-final-victory-for-1st-xi/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/bp-hockey-cup-final-victory-for-1st-xi/ The Girls' Hockey 1st XI battled hard to win the BP Cup Final on Tuesday night under the floodlights of The National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.

The girls have been in excellent form, having reached the final of this competition with a narrow 1-0 victory over Jordanhill School last month, as well as recently reaching the upcoming semi-final of the Schools' Scottish Cup.

In Tuesday's Final encounter against the girls of St Aloysius' College, the High School XI found themselves in a closely contested encounter. Nevertheless, with the backing of a number of High School pupils and staff passionately cheering the girls on, Captain Lucy Williamson was inspired to make the difference, scoring the decisive goal with a penalty stroke in a 1-0 victory, bringing the trophy back to Old Anniesland.

Congratulations to Lucy Williamson (Captain; S5), Rebecca McInnes (Vice Captain), Eilidh Gilchrist (both S6), Katie Allison, Rachel BannatyneEve Downie, Catriona James, Daya Panesar, Cate SibbaldKiera Smith, Sarah Turnbull (all S5), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Yemisi Edgar, Anna Pover and Charlotte Simmers (all S4).

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Capital Gains! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/debating-victory-for-s4-pupil/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/december/debating-victory-for-s4-pupil/ Fourth Year pupil Doaa Shabbir was victorious at the St Andrew's Day Debate at the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh last week.

Doaa was paired with Edinburgh University student Mark Wilson as they came together to participate in three debates in which they were placed 1st and 2nd, with the third debate a closed result.

By virtue of these excellent performances, Doaa and Mark were one of four teams to qualify for the final. They competed in the Main Debating Chamber at the Parliament, proposing the notion of a universal basic wage, arguing their points well enough to overcome the other finalists and be crowned overall winners.

Doaa attended a St Andrew’s Day reception on Thursday 30th November at Edinburgh Castle, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also in attendance.

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National Achievement for HSOG Hockey Stars http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/national-achievement-for-hsog-hockey-stars/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/national-achievement-for-hsog-hockey-stars/ Exciting times are afoot for High School hockey with involvement in the latter stages of national cup competitions, as well as seven girls recently being selected to represent Scotland hockey squads for the coming year.

Old Anniesland played host to a Scottish Cup quarter final victory for the 2nd/3rd Year side yesterday - they will be looking forward to an upcoming semi-final encounter after achieving a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Fettes College of Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, the 1st XI side will also be hoping to reach a Scottish Cup semi-final as they take on The Mary Erskine College in the U18 Scottish Cup quarter final. However, the team currently have more pressing matters...they will be competing under the floodlights of Glasgow Green on Tuesday in the BP Cup Final where they will take on St Aloysius' College for the right to be crowned BP Cup champions for 2017.

If you can, make sure you get along to support the girls - the match begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday 5th December.

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High School hockey teams have clearly been clicking this term, due in no small part to the talent of many individuals. This has been recognized recently in seven girls being selected to represent Scotland at various age levels. 

  • Lucy Williamson (S5), Georgia Crooks, Charlotte Simmers (both S4) and Jessica Mitchell (S2) were selected to represent the Scotland U16 national squad;
  • Kiera Smith (S5) was selected to be part of the Scotland U18 academy squad;
  • Mhairi Crooks (S4) and Zara Kennedy (S2) will participate for the Scotland U16 academy squad.

Keep an eye on the website and High School social media channels in the new year for updates on how the girls get on representing their country.

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Men Should Weep http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/men-should-weep/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/men-should-weep/ This year's Senior Drama Production saw fifteen pupils perform ‘Men Should Weep’, a moving play depicting the harrowing effects of poverty-stricken life in the East Side of Glasgow during the depression of the 1930s.

The story portrayed a matriarch who holds together a Glaswegian family of seven children in a tenement slum, coping with unemployment, TB, errant children, prying neighbours and a 'difficult' sister. Bleak, forthright and without sentimentality, the play was nevertheless tempered by a spirited sense of humour as well as a final note of optimism for the future.

The performances took place over three suitably murky nights last week, with audiences thoroughly enjoying captivating performances from all involved.

The cast were: Eilidh Gilchrist as Lizzie, Lauren MacDonald as Granny, Ciara McCusker as Lily, Zoe Robertson as Maggie (all S6), Angus Barrett as John, Neve Ferguson as Isa, Annabel Mooney as Jenny, Kai Ross as Alec, Emma Bulloch, Millie Haldane and Millie Rayner as Neighbours, Rhys Evans and Sam Morton as Removal Men (all S5), Ben Taylor (S1) as Earnest and Greta Stakis (Transitus) as Edie.

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Rowing For Gold http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/rowing-for-gold/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/rowing-for-gold/ Four High School rowing squads have followed a dedicated and intense programme of early morning training throughout the term, culminating in two teams winning national Gold medals at the Scottish Indoor Championships at Ravenscraig Sports Facility in Motherwell last week.

Aiming to repeat their runaway success as last year's S4 Scottish Champions, the S5 Boys' Team of Angus BarrettBen HuttonScott McDonald and Tommy Whitelaw were once again clear winners in the 2km race. In fact, they were even able to beat their own School record by over seven seconds, streaking to the line in 5:47.9 and becoming Scottish champions for the second year in succession.

Click here to see the boys in action on their way to victory.

Not to be outdone, The S5 Girls' Team of Alice BaxendaleJasmine GillespieHelena Gronski and Millie Haldane finished their 2km race in a new girls' relay record of 6:59.6 to also become Scottish champions for 2017.

Click here to see the girls as they became Scottish champions.

The S4 Girls' 2km Team of Roma Lynch, Aoife Petrie, Anna Pover and Ciara Rogers began the day in fine style, getting onto the podium with a 3rd place finish, while the Open Boys' 3km Team of Archie Campbell (S6), Ross Flanagan, Ben Taylor and last minute replacement, Russell Tong (all S5), secured a highly impressive 5th place finish.

In the S5 Boys' 6 minute Individual Event, creditable efforts saw Scott McDonald finish in 5th position and Ross Flanagan finish 10th.

The two Gold medal winning sides are pictured above with Rowing Coordinator Mr Phil Moon

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High Five! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/high-five/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/high-five/ A High School Guitar Quintet competed at the inaugural Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Schools’ Guitar Ensemble Competition in early November, part of the RCS’ annual Big Guitar Weekend.

Consisting of Sixth Year pupils Adam Frizzell, Murray MacKay, Eoghan O’Neill, Mark Ramsay and Aiden White, the ensemble were tasked with impressing a judging panel that included RCS staff and prominent chamber musicians from the UK, chaired by Professor Allan Neave, Head of Guitar and Harp at the Conservatoire.

The quintet, who were tutored by the School's classical guitar specialist tutor Mr Andrew Robinson, clearly hit the right note with the panel of judges as they finished the day as national runners-up, with an ensemble from Stewart's Melville College taking the overall crown.

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Autumn Sporting Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/autumn-sporting-updates/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/autumn-sporting-updates/ Swimming

Pupils achieved some excellent results at the Scottish National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Competition on Sunday 29th October.

Third Year pupil Tabitha Steven had an excellent day, finishing second in Scotland in both the U15 Figures and U15 Solo competitions, while Emily Gill of Transitus was second in the U12 Duet competition. There was also an impressive third place finish for Tabitha, Gabriella Smart and Lana Wallace (both S3) in the U15 Free Competitive Team competition.

However, the undoubted highlight of the day was the Gold medals won in the Combination Team competition - Tabitha and Gabriella finished in first place in this event, meaning they were the best team in Scotland and the second best in the entirety of the United Kingdom!

Elsewhere, Sixth Year swimmer Anna Fleming competed at the North District Open Championships last weekend, achieving second place finishes in the 100m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke events, as well as third and fourth place finishes in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle events respectively.

Badminton

Fifth Year pupil Rachel Sugden (pictured above) represented Scotland at the U19 World Junior Team and Individual Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia last month. Rachel was part of the Scottish team who finished second in their group in the Mixed Team Championships, as well as competing in the Womens' Singles and Mixed Doubles competitions in the Individual Championships, reaching the second round of the latter.

Next up for Rachel is the European U17 Team and Individual Championships, taking place next week in Prague, Czech Republic. Rachel will again represent her country as they face Slovakia, Austria and Croatia in their group section, with the opening encounter with Slovakia taking place on Tuesday 21st November. She is the 11th seed in the Womens' Singles competition and will also compete in the Women's Doubles competition.

Football

Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks (both S4) and Christina Miller (S3) have all been selected to represent the Scottish Independent Schools' FA Girls' U16 team to take on the 'Auld Enemy', England, at St George's Park in mid-December.

Hockey

The 1st XI navigated their way comfortably through their BP Cup group section, finishing top with two wins and a draw and qualifying for a semi-final with either Kelvinside Academy or Jordanhill School later this month. Their excellent start to the season continues with a match in Perth against Strathallan School in the Scottish Cup tomorrow afternoon.

Tennis

The team of Cate Sibbald (S5), Zara Hyslop, Claudie Quinn (both S4) and Charlotte Sim (S3) defeated Douglas Academy in the first round of the Scottish Tennis Cup competition in early November.

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String Star http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/string-star/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/string-star/ Fifth Year violinist Ella Fraser was recently offered a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 2018.

In addition to becoming a part of the orchestra, Ella has also been asked to take on the role of string leader. This is a position which unique to the National Youth Orchestra and means that Ella will have the additional responsibility of supporting the Principal of her section as well as receiving additional training to develop leadership skills so that she can "carry confidence, positivity and excellence through the section.

Ella's first involvement with the National Youth Orchestra will be as part of their winter residency which runs over the new year, culminating in concerts at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester (5th January), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (6th January) and the Barbican in London (7th January). The Orchestra will perform Liadov's The Enchanted Lake, Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

Ella will continue with the orchestra throughout 2018, with further performances in Birmingham and London later in the year.

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Annual Remembrance Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/remembrance-service-2017/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/remembrance-service-2017/ The High School community took part in a poignant Remembrance Service this morning, with pupils and staff from both the Senior and Junior Schools joined by distinguished guests to pay tribute to those who fell during World War I and II.

Sixth Year pupil Andrew Cross got the service underway, performing the Introit on saxophone, accompanied by Mr Frikki Walker. The Rector gave an introduction, followed by Fifth Year pupils Catriona James and Findlay Currie talking to the audience about the tragic toll that the World Wars took on all who experienced it. They discussed a High School family, the Andersons, who lost both a father and son throughout the two World Wars.

Reverend Graeme Wilson of Bearsden Cross Church led us in prayer before a reading from School Captain Eilidh Gilchrist. Reverend Wilson delivered the Main Address, discussing the importance of remembering those lost during the Wars. He illustrated this beautifully with the tale of a courageous soldier who left the relative safety of the trench in the middle of a battle in order to rescue his injured comrade and friend, strewn on the battlefield. When he reached his injured friend, barely conscious, he was able to utter the words "I knew you would come". Although the stricken soldier had succumbed to his wounds by the time he had been dragged back to the trench, it had been worth it to the brave soldier to know that he had provided his friend with this moment of peace. He had not been forgotten - he had been remembered.

Following this moving address, the Rector, Reverend Wilson and guests, alongside staff and pupil representatives of the School congregated at our War Memorial, arriving to the sounds of ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest’, performed by S6 piper Murray Walker. School Captain Adam Frizzell laid a wreath on behalf of the School at the 1914-1918 First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Craig MacDonald, incoming President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, laid a wreath at the 1939-1945 Second World War Memorial, on behalf of former pupils of the School.

After a moment’s silence to remember the nearly 700 former High School pupils who died throughout both Wars, ‘The Last Post’ was performed by Amy Provan, Zoe Robertson, both of S6, Angus Barrett of S5 and Cameron Crooks of S4. The Benediction followed the final hymn, marking the end of an emotional morning for all at the High School as we remembered the fallen.

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Mountains of Medals at Swimming Finals! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/glasgow-swimming-finals/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/november/glasgow-swimming-finals/ High School pupils took home 23 individual and 10 team medals, a total of 33 medals overall, in the Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals earlier this week at Drumchapel Pool.

Some impressive performances in the pool led to 13 Gold, 9 Silver and 11 Bronze individual and team medals being won, with many pupils successful in multiple events.

Medalists were as follows:

Gold

  • Anna Fleming (S6) - O16 100m Freestyle (Winning the Founders Cup)
  • Eilidh Davidson (S4) - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • Anya MacLean (S2) - U14 100m Freestyle (Winning the Daily Record Cup)
  • Aurelia Tiffoney (S2) - U14 50m Breaststroke
  • Fergus Currie (S1) - U13 50m Backstroke
  • Jamie Ritchie (S1) - U13 50m Breaststroke
  • Open Girls’ RelayLayla BraidwoodBeth Camilleri, Gemma Campbell and Anna Fleming (All S6) (Winning the Primrose Challenge Bowl) 
  • Open Boys’ Relay - George Cooper, Andrew Cross (both S6), Michael Kourouklis (S4) and Sam Camilleri (S3)
  • U16 Girls’ Relay - Eilidh Davidson, Morgan Ritchie (both S4), Alex Jones and Ellie Murphy (both S3) (Winning the T S Turnbull Trophy)
  • U16 Boys’ Relay - Adam Ivins, Adam Kennedy, Ben Willett (all S4) and Adam Insall (S3)
  • U14 Girls’ Relay - Anna Ivins, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean, Aurelia Tiffoney (all S2) (Winning the Sports Shop Cup)
  • U16 Girls’ Lifesaving Shield - Eilidh Davidson and Roma Lynch (S4)
  • U16 Boys’ Lifesaving Shield - Adam Ivins and Adam Kennedy

Silver

  • Anna Fleming - O16 100m Butterfly
  • Johnny Meek (S2) - U14 100m Breaststroke
  • Aurelia Tiffoney - U14 50m Freestyle
  • Eva James (S1) - U13 50m Butterfly
  • Jamie Ritchie - U13 50m Freestyle
  • Kirsty Wicklow (S1) - U13 50m Breaststroke
  • U14 Boys’ Relay - James Ballantyne, Johnny Meek, Danny Petrie and Matthew Provan (all S2)
  • U13 Girls’ Relay - Louisa Brown, Eva JamesAnna McCallum and Kirsty Wicklow (all S1)
  • U13 Boys’ Relay - Fergus Currie, Toby Gleave, Jamie Ritchie and Gavin Scott (all S1)

Bronze

  • Beth Camilleri - O16 100m Freestyle
  • Adam Kennedy - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • Morgan Ritchie - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • Ben Willett - U16 100m Backstroke
  • Kirsty Jones (S2) - U14 50m Breaststroke
  • John Mitchell (S2) - U14 50m Backstroke
  • Louisa Brown - U13 50m Butterfly
  • Fergus Currie - U13 50m Freestyle
  • Kiera Davidson (S1) - U13 50m Breaststroke
  • Eva James - U13 50m Backstroke
  • Kirsty Wicklow - U13 50m Freestyle

     

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40th Anniversary Celebration Ball http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/40th-anniversary-celebration-ball/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/40th-anniversary-celebration-ball/ A few weeks ago, The High School hosted its 40th Anniversary Celebration Ball at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a fantastic evening which was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. We wanted to share some images from a special evening as well as updating you on the fundraising efforts on the night.

The Ball not only saw us celebrate an important milestone in the history of the High School but also raise money for the School Bursary Fund. We are delighted to be able to report that the event raised over £25,000, which will go towards helping to provide a High School education for those who need it most.

Our thanks go to all those who donated a prize and took part in the various fundraising activities on the night. It really was a wonderful way to celebrate the High School of Glasgow.

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Topflight Hockey Heroes! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/topflight-hockey-heroes/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/topflight-hockey-heroes/ The 1st XI girls' hockey side excelled at the Topflight Schools' Nations Tournament over the weekend to finish third overall in the UK. The tournament brought together the top 16 teams from throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales to compete for the crown of the best schools' hockey side in the UK.

The team had a long and challenging day at Clydesdale and Hutchesons' Grammar School on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Dollar Academy and 4-2 to Wallace High School of Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Despite this difficult start, the team rallied to win 4-1 against King Edward's School of Southampton, with the wide winning margin proving crucial. The High School team ended up level on points with Wallace High and King Edward's Schools, but advanced from the section in second position by way of goal difference, qualifying for the quarter finals.

A refreshed side, aided by a number of reinforcements due to injury, took on Regent House School of County Down, Northern Ireland, the following morning at Glasgow Green. An impressive 3-0 victory took the girls to a semi-final encounter against Banbridge Academy, also of Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, the run ended there, with the girls losing 2-0 to a strong Banbridge side.

The final encounter for the HSOG side saw them compete against Bandon Grammar School of County Cork, Ireland in a 3rd/4th place play off. The High School side delivered some excellent hockey to see off their opponents and finish the demanding weekend in third position overall, an excellent achievement.

The High School team consisted of Lucy Williamson (Captain; S5), Rebecca McInnes (Vice Captain), Eilidh Gilchrist, Amy Reid (all S6), Katie Allison, Rachel Bannatyne, Eve Downie, Catriona James, Daya Panesar, Cate Sibbald, Kiera Smith, Sarah Turnbull (all S5), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Yemisi Edgar, Roma Lynch, Anna Pover and Charlotte Simmers (all S4).

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Amazing Human http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/amazing-human/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/amazing-human/ Third Year skater Juliana Sweeney-Baird was featured recently on BBC Three's 'Amazing Humans' series, telling the story of her travels around the world competing in ice skating competitions whilst dealing with a rare genetic disorder that limits her sight. You can watch this inspiring video below.

 

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The Fraser Lecture 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/the-fraser-lecture-2017/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/the-fraser-lecture-2017/ The 2017 Fraser Lecture was delivered yesterday by acclaimed Political Historian and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, Sir Anthony Seldon.

Sir Anthony's lecture put a smile on the faces of all in attendance during a fascinating afternoon at the Senior School. This was apt, given his topic of discussion - 'Happiness'. Sir Anthony is a Board member of the organisation Action For Happinessa movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society, backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics and social innovation. Simply, their aim is to try to create more happiness in the world around them. With the imminent opening of the Health and Wellbeing Centre at the Senior School, Sir Anthony's lecture could not have been more timely!

Sir Anthony not only delivered a lecture for pupils and staff during the afternoon, but was also generous enough to return to the Senior School in the evening, giving the wider School community the chance to hear him talk.

The High School is very grateful to Sir Anthony for giving of his time and hope he will return soon to put further smiles on faces!

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National Success for S1 and S2 Runners http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/national-success-for-s1-and-s2-runners/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/national-success-for-s1-and-s2-runners/ High School runners took home national team and individual medals in the Scottish Schools' Road Race at Falkirk Stadium earlier this week.

With approximately 150 runners competing in each race, competition on the day was very stiff. However, The High School runners competed excellently to take home Gold medals in the S2 Girls' team race. The team consisted of Second Year girls Annabel DaviesKirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean, Lucy Sillars, Aurelia Tiffoney, as well as Louisa Brown and Anna McCallum of First Year, who qualified for the S2 team due to their dates of birth, with the fastest four finishers' times counting towards the overall team result.

Anya MacLean's performance was of particular value to the team success, as she won Gold in the S2 Girls' individual race. This completed an impressive week for Anya, who finished third in the 12-15 Years race at The Great Scottish Run on Sunday 1st October.

There was also success for the boys, with Fergus Currie winning an individual Silver medal in the S1 Boys' race.

 

 

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West District Runners Up http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/west-district-runners-up/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/west-district-runners-up/ The 1st XI continued their excellent start to the hockey season yesterday, coming mightily close to victory at The West District Senior Tournament.

The team began their season with four wins from four coming into the tournament at The Glasgow Academy and continued this good form with two wins over Kelvinside Academy (1-0) and St Aloysius’ College (2-0), and a scoreless draw with Craigholme School in the group section.

This set up a semi-final encounter with the hosts, with the girls seeing them off 1-0 to reach the final. Unfortunately, in an incredibly tight match St Aloysius’ gained revenge for their section defeat, winning 1-0 and leaving the HSOG girls with hard-earned Silver medals on the day.

The team consisted of Lucy Williamson (Captain) (S5), Rebecca McInnes (Vice Captain), Eilidh Gilchrist (both S6), Katie Allison, Rachel Bannatyne, Eve Downie, Catriona James, Daya Panesar, Cate Sibbald, Kiera Smith, Sarah Turnbull (all S5), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Anna Pover and Charlotte Simmers (all S4).

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Brilliant Boating! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/brilliant-boating/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/brilliant-boating/ First Year pupil Oban Duncan competed for Scotland and iPowerboat in the 16th annual RYA Honda RIB Championships at the Southampton Boat Show last month.

The Championships sees competitors up to sixteen years of age participating in Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB), light manoeuverable crafts that can hit up to 25mph! The intention is to introduce children to powerboats, allowing them to demonstrate their skills at the helm, training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.

Oban, the 2015 and 2017 RYA Scotland Regional RYA Honda RIB Challenge champion, set the pace in the U12 category, with her time going unbeaten throughout a large portion of the day. Unfortunately, one competitor was able to overhaul her time, meaning Oban finished in second place overall.

She had qualified for these national championships courtesy of winning the Scottish Area Final for Age 8-12 at Port Edgar Watersports, South Queensferry, in June this year.

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Transitus Art Award http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/transitus-art-award/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/october/transitus-art-award/ Emily Gill of Transitus was awarded a Silver Medal at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum's annual Art Competition for Young People 2017 Award Presentation last week.

Last session, Emily was amongst a group of children from Junior 6 who took part in the competition which had nearly 4,000 entries in total with Emily's entry deemed good enough to earn her a place in the Silver award category.

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Inter-District Hockey Selection http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/inter-district-hockey-selection/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/inter-district-hockey-selection/ Fourteen girls have been chosen to compete in the Inter-District Hockey Tournament at Glasgow Green over this weekend.

West U18 team: Rebecca McInnes (S6), Eve Downie, Daya Panesar and Kiera Smith (all S5).

West U16 team: Lucy Williamson (S5), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Anna PoverCharlotte Simmers (all S4) and Christina Miller (S3).

South West U18 team: Eilidh Gilchrist (S6) and Rachel Bannatyne (S5). Rachel will Captain the South West team.

West/East/Midlands Hybrid U16 team: Alex Jones (S3) and Zara Kennedy (S2).

Pictured above is this year's First XI squad, containing many of the girls selected for the Inter-District Tournament. Pictured below is the West District U16 Girls - Georgia, Mhairi, Lucy, Charlotte, Christina and Anna

Meanwhile, in boys' hockey, Ben Mitchell (S3) represented the U16 West team who finished as runners up at the Inter-District Tournament on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of September.

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40th Anniversary Assembly http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/40th-anniversary-assembly/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/40th-anniversary-assembly/ Pupils, staff, former pupils and invited guests of The High School celebrated 40 years of the Senior School at Old Anniesland this morning with a special anniversary assembly.

Taking place exactly 40 years to the day since the grand opening of the new building, guests enjoyed a fascinating morning, with the Rector explaining more about the Senior School at Old Anniesland and its growth over the years, from a humble space in which the current Library area acted as an Assembly Hall, Gymnasium and Lunch Hall (all in the space of a single day!) to today's incarnation, which will shortly see the addition of a brand new Health and Wellbeing Centre. The Rector commented:

"The High School is Scotland's oldest continuous school. From our origins in the 12th century, The High
 School of Glasgow has been an important part of Glasgow's and Scotland's story. Today, the High School
 of 2017 stands as a living recognition to the foresight and dedication of those who saved the school in
 the 1970s and to all those who have since supported the school.
"

Clyde House Captain, Jessica Mendonca-Gray delivered the same prayer that was given during the grand opening of the School at Anniesland in 1977, before the Rector introduced a BBC news report from 40 years ago today, covering the opening by former Prime Minister, Lord Home of the Hirsel.

Fifth Year pupil Ella Fraser played two poignant pieces on the violin, accompanied by Head of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, before Senior Deputy Rector, Mr Kenneth Robertson, delivered a unique spoken word version of the School song 'Ad Summan Scholam'. The entire Assembly Hall then joined together to sing the song with gusto, bringing an end to a special morning at the School.

The celebrations will continue this week with an Expressive Arts Exhibition on Friday evening and Saturday morning, displaying the talents on show at the School from the Art and Music Departments, as well as showcasing the skills of the High School's Hospitality students. They pre-empted tomorrow's exhibition, baking a cake and presenting it to Lord Macfarlane following the 40th Anniversary Assembly!

The celebrations will come to a spectacular head at the Celebration Ball at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday evening.

Photos by Robert Perry

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Commemoration & Thanksgiving Service 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service-2017/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service-2017/ On Thursday 21st September, Senior and Junior School pupils, along with staff, parents and friends of the School, gathered at Glasgow Cathedral for our annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving service, in celebration of the history of the High School.

The service began with a beautiful introit of 'Sursum Semper', performed by the School Brass Ensemble, composed and directed by Mrs Claire Mitchell. In a late change to the schedule our service was led by Reverend Mark Malcolm of Chyrston Parish Church, who welcomed all in attendance before the singing of The School Song.

Rector, Mr John O'Neill, emphasised the importance of the School's history, particularly in this, the 40th year of the Senior School at Old Anniesland, before new School Captains, Eilidh Gilchrist and Adam Frizzell, talked further about the history of the School, dating back nearly 900 years.

Readings were delivered by Mr Forbes Dunlop, President of The Glasgow High Club, and Mrs Gail Morrans, Deputy Head Teacher of the Junior School, whilst Deputy Rector at the Senior School, Ms Sharon Gibson, gave the prayer.

The School Chamber Choir performed 'Cantate Domino', arranged and directed, as ever, by Mr Frikki Walker, with accompaniment from Mrs Gillian Daly, percussion by Ailsa McClymont of Sixth Year and Oliver Warden of Fifth Year, and bass guitar by Ben Litherland, also of Fifth Year. The main address was delivered this year by Reverend Mark Malcolm, discussing the vital importance of belief.

The ceremony acted as a fitting send-off for the pupils before the holiday weekend.

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European Karting Champion http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/european-karting-champion/ Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/european-karting-champion/ Angus Moulsdale (S3) was recently crowned IAME X30 European Karting Champion for 2017, the culmination of six month of racing throughout mainland Europe.

Angus participated in the final race weekend last weekend in Castelletto, Italy, with two point-scoring races that, when combined with the scores from previous rounds in Genk, Belgium, in March; Salbris, France, in May; and Wackersdorf, Germany, in July, would decide which racer took home the X30 Euro Series title.

Angus previously won the second round in Salbris, and went in to the weekend leading the Championship. In between the third round of races and the weekend in Castelletto, Angus' preparation saw him compete at the DKM German Championship in OKJ karting, finishing 7th from over 80 drivers, as well as finishing 8th in the British Kartmasters Grand Prix, gaining him free entry to the X30 World Championships at Le Mans.

Angus started the weekend in Castelletto well, displaying great speed in each of the eight practice sessions. However, he was only able to finish 9th in timed qualifying. Despite this setback, he performed well in the heats and managed to gain third position for the first final of the weekend, in particularly wet conditions. Angus was able to win the pre-final by a significant 15 second margin, pushing him towards the overall title.

This impressive victory meant that Angus started the main final from pole position and while he started quickly, he drove a clever tactical race, finishing in 3rd, a position that Angus knew was sufficient to win the Championship. Angus drove wisely and dealt maturely with the pressure of being Championship leader, deciding not to push for the race win, preserving third position to win the overall title!

Angus is clearly not resting on his laurels - he will compete this weekend at the OKJ World Finals at PFI in Lincolnshire, before racing at the X30 World Championships in Le Mans, France, next month.

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Summer Musical Achievements http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/sounds-of-summer/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/sounds-of-summer/ High School musicians kick-started the 2017-18 session with some fine achievements during the summer.

Helena Downie (S2) achieved Grade 8 with Distinction in violin earlier this summer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was also one of many High School pupils who performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh in July.

The 100-strong orchestra included violinist Helena, along with Ben Litherland (S5) on bassoon, Tanya Smoli (S5) and Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S4) on violin, Jessica Insall (S4) on trombone, Samantha Insall (S4) on viola, Matthew Litherland (S3) on French horn, Amelia Neilson (S3) on clarinet, Danny Petrie (S2) on percussion and Zixuan Yao (S1) on violin. They performed a variety of pieces including Copland's Appalachian Spring Orchestra Suite and Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto.

Elsewhere, Maryam Khan (S4) was the youngest member of the Scottish Opera Connect course during the summer. During the course auditions were held for the Scottish Opera Chorus cast and Maryam was successful in her audition, meaning she will be the youngest cast member in the 2018 Scottish Opera Production.

Well done to all of our musicians on their achievements - setting the tone for another musically marvellous year!

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A Selection of our Sporting Summer http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/a-selection-of-our-sporting-summer/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/a-selection-of-our-sporting-summer/ Badminton

Rachel Sugden (S5) has picked up where she left off last session with further badminton success. She won the Ladies' Singles competition at the BABOLAT French U17 Invitational Tournament in Bordeaux in mid-August, without dropping a single set on her way to victory.

At the FZ Forza Irish U19 Open in Lisburn last weekend, Rachel and her partners reached the semi final and quarter finals of the Mixed and Ladies' Doubles competitions, as well as reaching the quarter final of the Ladies' Singles event.

Rachel has also been invited to play for the Scotland team at the U19 World Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in October.

Hockey

Lucy Williamson (S5) and Georgia Crooks (S4) were selected for the Scotland Under 16 team to play in three matches against Ireland at Glasgow Green in July. The first match on the Friday was won 2-1 by the Scottish side, with Lucy scoring. The other two games over the weekend ended with a 0-0 draw and another victory, 2-0 this time, on the Sunday.

Along with Charlotte Simmers (S4), Georgia competed for the Caledonian Cougars U15 side at the Futures Cup in St Albans in late August where she was named as Scotland U15's Player of the Tournament. She also represented the Scotland U18 side in the UK School Games at Loughborough University at the beginning of September.

Meanwhile, former pupil Ellie Hutcheson (Class of 2015) played several matches for the Scotland Under 21 team this summer and was selected for the Scotland U21 team who travelled to Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, to compete in the EuroHockey Junior Championship II.

Athletics

Alice Baxendale (S5) represented Scotland in Athletics at the event, finishing fourth in the girls' discus competition.

Lorn Webster (S5) won an individual Silver medal in the Boys' U17 race at the Scottish Athletics Trail Championships which took place in Srathmiglo, Fife on Saturday 2nd September. In the team event, Lorn and two other runners won team Gold for his running club, Garscube Harriers.

Two young triathletes competed for Scotland in the Inter Regional Championships at a scorching hot Mallory Park on Monday 28th August. In the Tri Star 2 Junior races, Fergus Currie of S1 competed exceptionally to finish in 9th position overall, while Coryn MacLean of Transitus was able to finish inside the top 30.

Commonwealth Youth Games & Junior Wimbledon

Finally, congratulations go to Hamish Stewart, who left the school this summer, and Anna Fleming (S6) who were part of Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July. Not only did they represent the team with pride, but they also brought home some medals!

Hamish was able to see off all comers to win Gold in the Mens' Singles competition, following hot off the heels of reaching the second round of Junior Wimbledon weeks earlier. Meanwhile, Anna was part of the 4x100m Freestyle team that won Bronze, as well as finishing 4th in the 50m Butterfly, 5th in the 100m Freestyle and reaching the final of the 100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle competitions.

Hamish and Anna won 2 of Scotland's 21 medals, nearly a tenth of the overall haul! They helped Team Scotland finish fourth in the final medal table.

You can read more about Team Scotland's success by clicking here and can watch a BBC Scotland profile of Hamish Stewart's budding tennis career by clicking here.

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Maths Whizz! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/maths-whizz/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/september/maths-whizz/ Last session Ibrahim Faisal (S1) excelled in Mathematics competitions, taking home a Gold award in the Primary Maths Challenge and winning a Silver medal in the follow-on round for those who achieved particularly high scores in the Maths Challenge.

Ibrahim was selected this summer to represent an eighteen-strong UK team (thirteen of whom were from Scotland) at the World Mathematical Olympiad in Beijing, China, in August.

While even being selected would represent success for some, Ibrahim clearly had other ideas - he managed to win a Bronze medal in the individual competition, one of only six members of the UK team to do so. He was also top scorer in the Bronze medalist group, a fine achievement!

Ibrahim can be seen below receiving his award. 

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Uganda 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/august/uganda-2017/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/august/uganda-2017/ 34 pupils and 4 staff journeyed to southern Uganda in the summer of 2017 to rebuild a derelict block of three classrooms at Kinyerere Primary School near the town of Masaka.

Over £7,000 was raised to rebuild the classroom block, provide desks, milking goats, education and sporting supplies, a small library, solar power to the classroom block and piglets and an enclosure for another local school.

Team HSOG learned to make concrete and plaster by hand. The outside of the classroom block had to be plastered and concrete floors had to be laid, with the inside and outside painted with undercoat and then top coat. Each of the three classrooms were decorated, while the gable end of the exterior of the building was adorned with an African version of the High School emblem.

The project did not end there though! 30 new desks were built, sanded and varnished, while football posts were put up and soon put to good use! A solar panel was installed, providing light to each of the three classrooms as well as exterior lighting that will allow for the school to be used in the evenings for teaching and by the local community.

Milking goats were donated to provide milk for the school children and to allow for the purchase of maize to give each child a school lunch. Each of the 320 pupils also received a pack containing jotters, pens, pencils, rulers, rubber and a sharpener, as well as a pair of school shoes and a t-shirt. Football strips were donated to Kinyerere, as well as three other schools.

Lessons were taught in sport, music, telling the time, dancing and geography, as well as a dental hygiene lesson. Games were played, there was much dancing, singing, drumming and general fun, and HSOG pupils were invited to church, where they were blessed for their generosity. The team also created a small library for the school and provided an array of educational resources for learning and teaching. Water butts were purchased and guttering installed shortly after HSOG's departure, allowing for the collection of rain water for hygiene and watering the school allotment.

High School pupils also had the opportunity to visit local families. This was a humbling experience, appreciating the hardships which they face, but all with a smile! To round off a fabulous trip, the group enjoyed a safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and chimp tracking, finding a group of chimpanzees hanging out in the forest!

Some of Team HSOG shared their experiences at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, en route home, after a life-changing trip. There are also images from the trip below. 

   

   

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SQA Results 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/august/sqa-results-2017/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/august/sqa-results-2017/ From the Rector, Mr John O'Neill

Congratulations are deservedly due to our hardworking Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year pupils on achieving an excellent set of SQA results for themselves and the School.

 

In Fifth Year, where our open presentation policy once again saw almost all pupils sit 5 Highers or more,  pupils achieved on average 4.8 Higher passes each.  70.3% were grade A passes and the overall pass rate this year was 97%.  

39 pupils secured 5 or more Higher passes at grade A.

 

Our Fourth Year performed very highly, with an excellent 98.7% pass rate; 86.3% at grade A

58 pupils gained 8 or 9 National 5 grade A passes.

 

At Advanced Higher, our Sixth Year performed extremely well with a pass rate of 94.2% with 62.3% at grade A.   26 pupils gained 3 or 4 A grades at Advanced Higher level.

 

These excellent results reflect the commitment, hard work and talent of our young people.   Well done to all and our teaching staff deserve to take credit for their positive contribution to such outstanding results.

 

Full Results Analysis

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Eric A Harle (1923 - 2017) http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/july/eric-a-harle/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/july/eric-a-harle/ The School was saddened to hear of the death, after a short illness, on 17 July 2017 of Mr Eric Harle, former Headmaster of Drewsteignton School and the first Rector of the new independent High School of Glasgow.

 

Eric A Harle was born in 1923 and attended Portsmouth Grammar and Winchester College before graduating with a 1st in Mathematics from Clare College Cambridge. He began his teaching career at Monmouth School before moving to Wycliffe College where he served as Head of Mathematics for 21 years before moving to Scotland in 1971.

Mr Harle was appointed as Headmaster of the new senior school of Drewsteignton for pupils in primary 5 to S2 in 1971 at the buildings now occupied by our Junior School in Ledcameroch Road, Bearsden. Throughout the early 1970s he was involved in the discussions between the Directors of Drewsteignton and the High School of Glasgow Club to create a new independent High School.

The old High School of Glasgow closed its doors on 30 June 1976 and on 1 July 1976, the new independent High School of Glasgow came in to being with Mr Harle taking on the title of Rector of the new school.

 

Eric Harle would serve as Rector of The High School of Glasgow for seven years between 1976 and 1983 during which time the development of the site at Old Anniesland moved apace, with the work done by Norrie Thomson and the Appeal Committee, with the opening of the main buildings, Assembly Hall, Science and Arts blocks all during Eric’s time as Rector.

It wasn’t however just bricks and mortar that are Mr Harle’s legacy to the current school. The establishment of the House System under the guidance of Audrey Whitefield, the growth in numbers, the development of sport and academic excellence all began during Eric Harle’s time as Rector in those fledgling years of the new independent High School. Many former pupils will remember trips he organised with his wife, Ruth, to France and Switzerland.

As Brian Lockhart states in his history of the High School, The Town School, “In an awkward transitional period from the old to the new High School, Eric Harle can be credited with producing a sound base for the developing new School. He was always supported in this objective and achievement by his loyal wife, Ruth. He was at his best when planning complicated future building arrangements, for then his rigorous mathematical training came into its own.” “Harle’s blueprint opened the way for further building. This was to be his lasting contribution and legacy. He had also played and important part in his years as Rector (1976-1983) in bringing together two very different traditions. On his retirement he had achieved a balance of the caring Christian ethos of Drewsteignton with the corporate character of the High School. As time went on, it began to appreciate how he had laid the important foundation for the development of a special school.”

 

On his retirement he moved with his family back to Gloucestershire where he and Ruth enjoyed their retirement, whilst still keeping a keen interest in the School. Eric died at the age of 94 and just weeks before his 67th wedding anniversary.

Eric is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Elizabeth and sons Timothy and Jonathan and the thoughts and sympathies of the whole High School community go out to the family at this difficult time.

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Prizegiving 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/prizegiving-2017/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/prizegiving-2017/ The 2017 Senior School Prizegiving took place on Thursday 22nd June at Old Anniesland as the School celebrated the year's academic achievers.

A trumpet fanfare by Roberto Muscatelli, James Stewart (both S6) and Zoe Robertson (S5) welcomed invited guests to the ceremony. Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, and Rector, Mr John O'Neill, both spoke about the highs of the past year at the School before warmly welcoming this year's Guest of Honour. Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is India’s richest self-made woman and Chairwoman and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. She was attending the Prizegiving ceremony with her husband Mr John Shaw, a former High School pupil and Vice Chairman of Biocon Ltd.

Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Kiran is recognized as a thought leader who has built a globally recognized biopharmaceutical enterprise that is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering best-in-class therapeutics to patients across the globe. Ms Mazumder-Shaw spoke of her career and the massive changes that have happened in the world throughout her lifetime, as well as the importance of positivity and the need for individuals to not only identify the world's problems but also to attempt to find a way to solve them. 

The prizegiving ceremony followed on - You can view the full list of Prizewinners for 2016-17 by clicking here.

The House Awards were as follows:

  • The Sanderson Trophy for Academic Success - Moore House
  • The Angus Cameron Quaich for Games - Bannerman House
  • The Hagart Rosebowl for Extra-Curricular Achievement - Moore House
  • The Inter-House Shield - Bannerman House

This year's Vote of Thanks was delivered by Girls' Captain Stephanie Wood, before Rev Dr Laurence Whitley gave the Benediction at his final High School Prizegiving before retiring from his role as Minister of Glasgow Cathedral next month. A traditional and rousing rendition of our School Song brought the ceremony to an end, with Mr Frikki Walker playing a triumphant piece on the School organ, written especially by S6 pupil Christopher O'Leary, as the gathered crowd said goodbye to Leavers and to the 2016/17 session.

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye and wish every success to our 6th Year leavers, the Class of 2017, who have been excellent representatives of the High School. We hope everyone else has an enjoyable summer break and look forward to welcoming pupils back to school for the 2017/2018 session on Tuesday 22nd August.

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Summer Sporting Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/summer-term-sporting-updates/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/summer-term-sporting-updates/ Hockey

Seven High School hockey stars were selected to compete in the U14 Inter-District Tournament at the National Hockey Academy in Edinburgh last month. The tournament saw eight sides involved, covering the regions of Scotland - West, South West, East, South, Midlands, Highland, North and a combined team made up from West/East/Midlands players.

Alex Jones, Anna Smith (both S2) (above left), Zara Kennedy and Jessica Mitchell (both S1) (above right) were part of the victorious West District side who defeated their counterparts from the South district in a closely contested final. Ellie Murphy (S2) and Lucy Sillars (S1) also competed for the East/West/Midlands Combined side, whilst Maia Gillespie (S2) represented the South West District team.

Meanwhile, Lucy Williamson (S4), Georgia Crooks and Charlotte Simmers (both S3) were all selected as part of two Scotland U16 squads who competed in matches against Ulster U17 and U16 sides in Belfast this weekend.

Sailing

Gordon Sivarajan (S3) (pictured below left) finished second overall in a recent qualifier at Rutland Water for the UK Laser 4.7 World Championships squad. He therefore continues as part of the RYA UK National Junior Squad who will head to Belgium for this summer’s World Championships. In addition, on the strength of his progress, Gordon has been invited to be part of the RYA Scotland Elite Programme for the 2017/18 season.

His younger brother Alex (Trans) (pictured below right) continues to be part of the RYA Scotland Development Team for Optimist sailing and is part of the Scottish Squad for the British National Championships this summer. Earlier this year he was part of Team Scotland at the 2017 Eric Twiname Championships, a competition between teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and six 'zones' from England.
 

Powerboating

Oban Duncan (Trans) (pictured below) regained her Scottish Junior powerboat title after winning the Scottish RYA Honda Championships in Queensferry. This regional event acted as a qualifier for the national final that will be held in Southampton in September. Before then, Oban will compete at the UK P1 Offshore Powerboat Championships in Greenock this weekend.

Badminton

Akshat Gupta (Trans) and Zu-An Chen (J6) represented the School in the Scottish Primary School Badminton Championships at Bell's Sports Centre, Perth on Saturday 6th May. Akshat and Zu-An teamed together to win Gold in the Boys' Doubles competition, with Akshat also taking home a Bronze medal in the Boys' Singles competition.

Rowing

In the Scottish Schools' Championships at Strathclyde Park earlier this month, Natalie Smart (S5) won Gold in the J18 Eights, while Ciara Rogers (S3) won Silver in the J14 Singles and Quads and Bronze in the J14 Doubles.

Triathlon

Representing Fusion Triathlon Club, Transitus pupil Fergus Currie competed excellently at the Strathclyde Park Triathlon Festival in late May to win the Tristar 2 race by a single second! Fergus led after the initial 0.3km swimming stage of the event, but fell narrowly behind after the 5.5km cycle. However, he was able to claw back the leader in the 1.5km run and overcame him to finish first in a time of 23 minutes exactly. Fergus will now go forward to represent Scotland in the Inter-Regional Championships at Mallory Park, Leicestershire, on 28th August.

Fergus, alongside sisters Anya (S1) and Coryn MacLean (J6), also competed at the ITU World Triathlon in Leeds. Fergus finished in sixth in the Tristar 2 Boys' race, only 30 seconds behind the overall winner, with Anya and Coryn finishing 17th and 21st in the Tristar 3 Girls' and Tristar 2 Girls races, respectively.
 

Football

The U15 Girls' team competed excellently to finish in joint third position at the Scottish Schools' Finals on Tuesday 6th June. The only independent school to reach the Scottish Finals, the girls won three and lost two matches on the day, narrowly missing out on top spot in their group and the chance to play in the final.

Elsewhere, Mhairi Crooks (S3) was invited to represent the SFA West Region at their U16 National Performance Camp at Tulliallan last weekend and Finn McRobb (S3) represented Celtic U15s as they competed against teams from throughout Europe in a tournament in Großenkneten, Germany in early June. After a successful weekend, his Celtic side defeated Pallokerho Keski-Uusimaa of Finland to finish third overall.

Tennis

The High School Senior Boys' Tennis team of Euan Gibson-Smith (S6), Matthew Gibson-Smith, Mark Ward and Thomas Whitelaw (all S4) recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory over Mackie Academy in the semi-final of a rain-drenched Scottish Schools Team Championships on Thursday 8th June...so rain-drenched in fact, that the final could not take place!

Therefore, they took on The Tennis Academy, Merchiston Castle School, in the final a few days later at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh. The team, with the addition of Conor McGrath Williams (S4), fought hard but eventually lost out to an extremely strong Merchiston side.

Back in May at the High School Invitation Tennis Tournament, the girls' team of Sammy Bell (S6), Zara Hyslop, Claudie Quinn (both S3), Charlotte Sim (S2), Aimee Anderson and Katie McCall (both S1) overcame opposition from The Glasgow Academy, St George's School, Craigholme School, Hutchesons' Grammar School, Jordanhill School, George Watson's College and Lomond School to be crowned overall winners. Charlotte and Zara also won the U15 section.

Cricket

The 1st VI were runners up at The Glasgow Academy Sixes tournament earlier this month, losing narrowly to George Watson's College in a competitive final.

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Karting King! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/karting-king/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/karting-king/ Angus Moulsdale (S2) was victorious in the second round of the X30 Junior European Series Kart Prix Competition in Salbris, France last month.

This means that after two races, Angus currently sits second in the overall standings for the competition.

Meanwhile, Angus participated in the 3rd and 4th Rounds of the German ADAC Championship this weekend. This championship runs across the year and has ten finals over five weekends, with equal points available in each of the events. Angus was able to finish in first and third positions in the two finals.

This acted as excellent preparation for the third round of the X30 Junior European Series Kart Prix Competition at Wackersdorf, Germany in July, before the final round in Castelletto, Italy in September.

Angus is pictured below with a couple of rather impressive looking trophies!

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Swing and More at Oran Mor http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/swing-and-more-at-oran-mor/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/swing-and-more-at-oran-mor/

A delighted audience were treated to an entertaining evening of hits from the Swing era and beyond at 'Swing and More at Òran Mór' last Monday.

Over 30 pupils performed as part of the School Jazz Band, directed by Mr Raymond McKeown, and the newly formed ‘Bluenotes’ Quintet, featuring Henry Lafferty, Adam Stanley (both S6), Jack Bestow, Oscar Wainwright and William Xu (all S5). Solo singers thrilled the audience with their mature performances of hits including 'New York, New York' and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'. The singers were Beth Cairns (S6), Millie Haldane, Pippa Newbery, Kai Ross and Jai Tyagi (all S4).

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Summer Term Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/summer-term-updates/ Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/summer-term-updates/ Biology

A record number of High School pupils competed in the British Biology Olympiad prior to the Easter break, with four pupils winning Gold awards. 

To add to this success, The High School was informed recently that it was the top scoring school in Scotland for the 2017 Olympiad competition, the second year in a row that this has happened. Along with this accolade has come an invite to this year’s Royal Society of Biology Education Awards Ceremony in July.

Music

Jack Myles and Jemma Tosh (both S4) will perform with the SambaYaBamba Youth Band in George Square on Tuesday 20th June as part of World Refugee Day.

On Friday 2nd June, a High School Percussion Ensemble, led by Mr Lachie Birch, performed alongside an ensemble from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department in 'The Rhythm of Life' percussion concert. Taking place in New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden, the 15 pupils contributed to an exciting evening of music, with £1,400 raised on the night for Christian Aid.

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

S1 and S2 pupils enjoyed great success in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, resulting in an impressive 20 Gold, 22 Silver and 13 Bronze awards being won.

Particular congratulations go to Gold award winners: Alice Basu, John Greene, Ralph Hemsley, Adam Insall, Cameron James, Catriona Mackenzie, Aditya Mahesh, Millie Marriott-Laurie, James Miles, Kai Morgan, Luca Pacitti, Ailun Peng, Adam SefcikMarni Robertson (all S2), Annabel Davies, Aarya Gambhir, Amirah Khatoon, Tanvi Mantry, Kenny McClymont and Matthew Provan (all S1).

A special mention must go to Ralph Hemsley, who was awarded 'Best in School' and Annabel Davies who was awarded 'Best in S1'.

The top performing pupils were invited to take part in the challenging and prestigious follow-on rounds -Ralph and Aditya will sit the Junior Olympiad, while Alice, John, Adam, James, Luca, Ailun, Annabel and Aarya have all qualified for the Junior Kangaroo competition. We look forward to hearing the results!

Chess

Ritvik Maheshwari (Transitus) was invited by Chess Scotland to compete against 35 other children from throughout Scotland at the Primary School Individual Championships in Ayrshire in early June. Ritvik competed well to secure a third place finish on the day.

To add to this, he has been chosen to be part of Scottish Junior Team to participate in this summer's Glorney-Gilbert International Tournament. Taking place in Cardiff from 24-26th July, the competition will feature teams from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France.

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Senior School Sports Day http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/sports-day-2017/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/sports-day-2017/ Senior School Sports Day 2017 took place on Tuesday 13th June at Old Anniesland.

The Pipe Band opened proceedings with a rousing performance enjoyed by all in attendance before High School athletes competed in a wide variety of sports, from the 100m sprint to long distance races, all the way through to a highly charged tug-of-war! Athletes fought for overall awards at each age group as well as many other trophies on the day.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Mile Cup: Boys – Lorn Webster (S4); Senior Girls – Tori Maguire (S6)
  • Senior Boys – James Stewart (S6); Senior Girls – Oli Crawford (S6)
  • S3 Boys – Luke Armstrong; S3 Girls – Claudie Quinn
  • S2 Boys – Douglas Kelly; S2 Girls – Anna Smith
  • S1 Boys – Maxwell Wang; S1 Girls – Anya MacLean
  • Transitus Boys – Fergus Currie; Transitus Girls – Kirsty Wicklow
  • Inter-House Championship Shield – Moore House
  • S3 Girls’ Hurdles Cup – Charlotte Simmers
  • S3 Girls’ Throwing Cup – Claudie Quinn
  • Pentland Quaich (Senior Boys’ 100m) – Vittorio Giambastiani (S6)
  • The Former Pupils Cup (Senior Boys’ 200m) – James Stewart
  • The Scott Cup (Senior Girls’ Hurdles) – Oli Crawford
  • Burma Bowl (Senior Boys’ Field Events) – James Stewart
  • Discus Statue – James Stewart
  • Senior Girls’ Athletics Salver (Senior Girls’ Throwing Events) – Alice Baxendale (S4)
  • The Millenium Rose Bowl (Senior Girls’ 100m) – Jessica Mendonca-Gray (S5)

Some images from the day can be seen below.

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High School Charity Golf Day 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/hsog-charity-golf-day-2017/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/hsog-charity-golf-day-2017/ The second annual High School of Glasgow Charity Golf Day took place on Friday 9th June at Milngavie Golf Course. 88 golfers came together as part of 22 teams to compete for the High School's very own Claret Jug while at the same time raising money for The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the School's new Health & Wellbeing Centre.

Golfers were welcomed to the club by the School Pipe Band, setting the scene for a fun day that saw participants not only competing for overall victory, but also in competitions throughout the course, including closest-to-the-pin, longest drive and 'beat the pro' challenges, with prizes on offer on nearly every hole! Unfortunately, nobody was able to hit the hole-in-one that would have scored them a brand new car, generously provided by Arnold Clark.

Once the on-course action had come to an end, the day concluded with a dinner, raffle and charity auction. A variety of generously donated prizes were on offer, including four-ball rounds of golf at courses throughout the country, a match day experience for an Arsenal football game of one's choice at the Emirates Stadium in London and signed flags from the recent Open Championships at Royal Troon and St Andrews signed by golfing legends Darren Clarke, Gary Player and Tom Watson.

Congratulations to the overall winning team Ellmoll 2, captained by current parent Andrew Black, with teammates Niall Fraser, Jamie McCormack and Jamie Scott. They were victorious with an overall net score of 53.4.

Thanks to everyone involved in the running of the day, as well as to those who so keenly participated, the day was a great success, with over £6,000 raised for SAMH and the Health & Wellbeing Centre.

Particular thanks go to Lord and Lady Macfarlane for being with us on the day, the Adair Family for all their help in making sure the day ran smoothly, current parents Joe and Wendy Walsh and former pupil Stuart Laing from Laings of Glasgow for providing the beautiful claret jug trophies and former pupil Duncan Frew and the staff of Badaboom for the complimentary on-course bar. Thanks also to David Murdoch from Arnold Clark for organising the hole-in-one competition, current parent Andrew Thomson of Thompson Quarries, former pupil Euan Sutherland of Superdry, former pupil James Durward of Rettie Bearsden LLP and Capital Solutions for their support, as well as to all who kindly donated prizes for the raffle.

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Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/commonwealth-youth-games-2017/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/commonwealth-youth-games-2017/ Hamish Stewart (S6) and Anna Fleming (S5) will be part of a squad of 41 Team Scotland athletes who will head to this summer's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas next month.

Tennis star Hamish has had a fantastic year on the court, with victories in London, Denmark and Cyprus, as well as reaching the finals of other competitions throughout Europe. He has also represented the West of Scotland team and holds a place in the top 200 of the World Junior Rankings.

Meanwhile, swimmer Anna has excelled in the pool this session, with multiple titles won at the Scottish National Short Course, Scottish National Swimming and British Summer Championships. Anna has also been a regular in the Junior Scottish and British swim teams.

Having proven themselves to be amongst the elite of Scottish youth sport with various national successes throughout the year, these selections are testament to Hamish and Anna's hard work and impressive dedication to their chosen sports.

The Commonwealth Youth Games is a six day event that aims to develop young athletes, giving them invaluable experience of an overseas competition against the cream of the Commonwealth crop and hopefully preparing them for a future in their chosen sport.

Team Scotland will be managed by Colin Gregor, Former Scotland Rugby Sevens Captain and will depart for the Bahamas on 14th July. Good luck to Team Scotland, and particularly to Hamish and Anna!

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MusicFest Final 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/musicfest-final-2017/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/musicfest-final-2017/ An enthusiastic audience enjoyed a memorable night at last week's MusicFest Final.

The evening was divided into two sections, 'Solo' and 'Ensemble', and saw Transitus-S6 pupils, selected from two previous rounds of auditions, taking part in a night of impressive musical performances, including a rousing final performance on the piano from Mr Neil McFarlane, attending his final MusicFest as a High School Music teacher!

This year’s external adjudicator was Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A pianist and composer, Professor Sharkey was previously Director of John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute from 2006-2014 and served as Director of Music at the Purcell School of Music in London. He was also Head of Academic Music at Wells Cathedral School, where he started the school’s composition department. He maintains his performing profile in the United States and Europe, coaching chamber music, masterclasses and summer festivals. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and the University of Cambridge.

Professor Sharkey was left with the difficult job of deciding who should receive the awards in the Junior Solo, Intermediate Solo, Senior Solo and Ensemble categories. After careful consideration, he decided the following:

  • Fraser MacAulay Award for Outstanding Musicianship in the Junior Category - Amelia Neilson (S2)
  • Barnaby Archer Award for Outstanding Musicianship in the Intermediate Category - Ella Fraser (S4)
  • Marianne Rawles Award for Outstanding Musicianship in the Senior Category - Samrat Majumder (S6)
  • Peter Douglas Award for the Most Outstanding Ensemble - The Jazz Funk Group, consisting of Henry Lafferty, Christopher O'Leary, Adam Stanley, James Stewart, Ruairidh Wallace (all S6), Andrew Cross and Aiden White (both S5).
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Gilbert Murray Essay Prize Winners http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/gilbert-murray-essay-competition/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/gilbert-murray-essay-competition/ For the second year running, S6 pupil Mira Mansfield was a prize winner in the Gilbert Murray National Classics Essay Competition. Her prizewinning entry, a philosophical dialogue on ancient democracy, was especially commended as the "outstanding submission this year".

However, the awards did not end there - S3 pupil Ben Willett was also awarded a prize for his essay, while S6 pupil Kimberley Wong was awarded a Certificate of Merit.

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Scottish Swimming Champions http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/scottish-swimming-champions/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/scottish-swimming-champions/ Nearly 20 High School swimmers competed at the Scottish Schools' Team Relay Championships on Wednesday 7th June in Edinburgh, with success in the 12 and Under Boys' competitions.

The team of Fergus Currie, Jamie Ritchie (both Trans), Milo Harris and David McCallum (both J6) were crowned Scottish champions in both the 12 and Under Boys' Freestyle and Medley Relay competitions, taking home the Daily Record trophy for their success in the Freestyle event.

Elsewhere, two girls' teams swam well to finish 5th and 6th in their events.

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Junior Drama Production - Lord of the Flies http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/junior-drama-production-lord-of-the-flies/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/junior-drama-production-lord-of-the-flies/ This year's Junior Drama Production saw thirteen S1 and S2 pupils star in an adaptation of William Golding's classic novel 'Lord of the Flies'. Taking place over two nights earlier this week, the story focuses on the frightening descent from civility to savagery after a group of school children become stranded on a desert island without adult supervision. 

The lead roles of 'Ralph', the de facto leader and 'Piggy', his trusted confidante and apparent voice of reason, were played expertly by Michael Alba and James Sibbald (both S2), respectively, with Gregor Howie (S2) playing 'Jack', a power-hungry boy who believes he should be the leader, supported by the sinister 'Rachel', brought to life by Christina Miller (S2). The other stars of the show included Amy Gilson-Barnett, Ralph Hemsley, Emily Provan, Ivan Wainwright (all S2), Finlay Davison, Catriona GallagherLibby Morgan, Danny Petrie and Findlay Rayner (all S1).

Audiences were treated to thoroughly enjoyable performances, punctuated by chaotic dances, raucous chanting and the eating of 'pig guts' (which may have managed to turn a few of the audiences' stomachs!), as well as some more sombre and emotive moments from our talented young cast. This was a passionate performance from the entire cast, one which will never be forgotten!

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Transitus Bake Off Final 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/transitus-bake-off-final-2017/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/transitus-bake-off-final-2017/ Last week's hotly contested Transitus Bake Off Final saw 13 finalists battle it out for the title of Bake Off Champion 2017!

This year's final was judged by owner of Cookie Catering, Jenny Provan, recently crowned Rotary UK Young Chef of the Year 2017, S2 pupil Tabitha Steven and S6 Advanced Higher Health and Food Technology pupil and owner of online cake company BakeHeart, Chloe Trott.

The standard this year was exceptionally high and the finalists were thoroughly prepared for the challenge, producing bakes to a saleable standard in a very tight competition.

The judges were very impressed with the presentation of all the bakes but eventually came to a decision. They awarded the overall title for 2017 to Christina Brincat for her Lime and Blueberry Drizzle Cake, noting "the flavour of her cake and attention to detail was outstanding".

The judges also gave special mentions to Amy Ashton, who produced a delicious Pavlova "in meticulous style", to Freddie Dean for his delicious Almond Cake, to Amy Liu for her Rosewater and Raspberry Sponge and to Rosie Wallace for her Lemon Surprise Cupcakes.

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Transitus Participate in 'Go Yellow' Charity 5k Walk http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/transitus-enjoy-go-yellow-charity-5k-walk/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/transitus-enjoy-go-yellow-charity-5k-walk/ Transitus pupils had an enjoyable stroll around a sunny Bellahouston Park on the last day of May as they took part in The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice ‘Go Yellow’ sponsored 5k walk.

Once again sponsored by Glasgow Taxis, this year's event saw more than 1500 children from 27 schools throughout Glasgow and East Renfrewshire donning the famous yellow caps and participating in the 'Go Yellow' walk, with HSOG Transitus pupils enjoying a pleasant morning at the event. This was the 15th year of 'Go Yellow', as the charity continues to raise money to go towards their new hospice within the grounds of Bellahouston Park, which is expected to open next year.

After the 5k had been completed, pupils enjoyed a number of fun games, a climbing wall and an inflatable fun run, as well as roaring on their favourite local mascot in the fantastic mascot race. 'Sparky', of SP Energy Network, came out on top this year, besting 'Champ' from Glasgow Life, 'Webster' of Queens Park Football Club and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice's own 'Harvey the Hospice Heart'!

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S1 Visit Raasay http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/raasay-2017/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/june/raasay-2017/ S1 pupils took part in the annual HSOG trip to Raasay last week, taking turns to visit the island in two groups, with each spending five days enjoying the beautiful outdoors!

Pupils and staff enjoyed staying at the spectacular 17th century mansion, Raasay House, a great base from which they could get into the great outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery.

As ever, all adventurers had to endure the eclectic Scottish weather, with a healthy mix of rain and shine punctuating a fun-filled programme of activities that included rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and sailing. As is tradition, the final evening for both groups saw pupils braving the chilly Scottish waters to take part in the traditional pier jump!

You can see what they got upto in the images below.

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Activities Week 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/activities-week-2017/ Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/activities-week-2017/ Transitus-S3 pupils took part in a scorching hot Activities Week from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th May, with pupils taking part in a variety of activities both in and out of school.

Transitus pupils were here, there and everywhere throughout the week as they enjoyed trips to visited Bothwell Castle a Geography trip to Aberfoyle, a Science Department trip to Mugdock Country Park and an Economics Fieldtrip to New Lanark.

S1 pupils loved their time in Raasay, as well as taking part in a fascinating cross-curricular eco project on the topic of 'water'. One activity saw 1st Year pupils writing and performing an Eco Rap! After a lesson on the history of rap music, pupils worked in groups to come up with a rap containing an Eco message. After a little practice, they performed them live with a backing track and mic.

S2 pupils took part in community projects, as well as visiting The National Museum of Flight near Edinburgh, whilst
S3 pupils took part in an Active Sports Day and visited The People's Palace in Glasgow, with many pupils also heading out into the scorching heat on Duke of Edinburgh Awards Bronze practice ventures.

Both S2 and S3 pupils also enjoyed a variety of PSE and elective activities including a day of S2 mindfulness including Metafit and Yoga, Body Balance and the chance to sample a wide range of sports, from basketball and golf to tennis and squash.

The fun did not end there though - pupils were able to sample a bit of everything: crochet for beginners, a cupcake masterclass, a pizza making class, the chance to build a PC, model making classes, a light and sound masterclass, script reading and writing and a cultural tour of Glasgow - This was only a handful of the enjoyable activities on offer!

Pupils have now returned to school, suitably refreshed and raring to go for the last few weeks of the 2016/17 session!

 

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Tabitha Crowned UK Rotary Young Chef Winner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/tabitha-crowned-uk-cooking-champ/ Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/tabitha-crowned-uk-cooking-champ/ (Image courtesy of Alice Boucher Photography)

S2 pupil Tabitha Steven achieved UK-wide success on Saturday as she became the youngest participant to ever win the Rotary Young Chef UK Final at Lincoln College.

Having qualified for this stage by finishing as runner up in the Glasgow District Final and winning over judges to win the Scottish Regional Final last term, Tabitha was one of only eight participants from an initial pool of over 5,000 competitors! Not only that, Tabitha was the youngest of the eight at only 13 years old! Tabitha was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glasgow to take part in the national final.

This proved to be no obstacle to her as she blew the judges away with her starter of new season asparagus soup, followed by a main of seared sea bass with courgetti, served in a tomato and basil sauce and a vanilla panna cotta served with summer berries and a baked crumb for dessert.The judges could not find fault with Tabitha's dishes, awarding her 1st place! At 13 years of age, she became the youngest ever win of the RIBI competition. Her teacher and mentor, Mrs Sellar, spoke of her pride in Tabitha's achievement, commenting that it was "truly inspiring to see Tabitha’s commitment and enthusiasm at all stages of the Rotary Young Chef Competition."

Tabitha's victory saw her win a host of prizes including the trip of a lifetime to the competition's sponsors, Fillipo Berio's olive grove in Tuscany where she will experience authentic Italian cooking and tuition at a Michelin star restaurant! 

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Wonderful Word Wizards! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/four-trophies-won-at-national-spelling-bee/ Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/four-trophies-won-at-national-spelling-bee/ Four High School pupils succeeded at the Word Wizard Spelling Bee Final at the Scottish Parliament on Friday 12th May.

Lujine Ibrahim, Doaa Shabbir (both S3), Charlie Campbell and Mariam Ibrahim (both S2) competed against S1-S3 pupils from schools throughout Scotland in a competition that saw participants having to learn 225 words in a foreign language and be able to translate and spell more words in a minute than their fellow competitors.

Lujine, Doaa, Charlie and Mariam had clearly put the groundwork in, as each headed home with a trophy in tow! Doaa gained a 1st place finish in the Intermediate Spanish competition, with Lujine gaining 1st place in the Intermediate German competition. Charlie finished 2nd in the Intermediate Spanish competition whilst Mariam was 2nd place in the Intermediate French competition.

The contestants were also joined on the day by two S1 pupils, Annabel Davies and Tanvi Mantry, who had competed in the earlier rounds of the competition and came along to support the trophy winners! They can all be seen below.

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Goodbye Yellow Walk-Way! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/work-begins-on-health-and-wellbeing-centre/ Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/work-begins-on-health-and-wellbeing-centre/ Over the years, thousands of pupils have passed through the yellow walkway at the Senior School.

Today, we waved it goodbye as the School makes way for its new Health and Wellbeing Centre at Old Anniesland, due to open in November 2017.

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HSOG Charity Golf Day Appeal http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/hsog-charity-golf-day-appeal/ Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/hsog-charity-golf-day-appeal/ With just 5 weeks to go until The HSOG Charity Golf Day on Friday 9 June at Milngavie Golf Club, the school need your help!

To maximise fundraising efforts for the Health and Wellbeing Centre at the Senior School and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), the school are looking for golf related raffle/auction prizes. Please get in touch if you are able to assist with this request.

If you are keen to support the Charity Golf Day, you can make an online donation here. All donations will be split evenly between the Health and Wellbeing Centre and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

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Corporate sponsorship is available for a fee of £250. This will include a sponsored hole with a banner (supplied by the sponsor) placed on the chosen hole. A full page advert will be placed in the competition brochure and all sponsors will be mentioned on the School website as a corporate supporters of the event. Competitors will be provided with a goody bag on arrival, in which a flyer/business card can be included.

The fee also includes a competition on the sponsored hole, with a prize awarded to a competitor for one of the listed competitions below. If you had a prize in mind, the school would be happy to accommodate this.

  • Nearest the pin in 2 shots
  • Nearest the pin with tee shot
  • Longest drive on the fairway

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Finally, there is still time to participate! There is one team spot available - make sure you don't miss out by contacting The Development Office via email - development@hsog.co.uk or by calling 0141 435 5707.

Thank you for your support.

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Hitting The Right Note http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/s6-musician-in-national-music-performances/ Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/s6-musician-in-national-music-performances/ S6 pupil Christopher O'Leary has been busy in the world of Scottish music recently.

Prior to the Easter break, Christopher took part in the Glasgow Music Festival, placing in a number of the competitions. He achieved 2nd places in Songs from the Shows (17 & 18 years) and Open Brass Solo Class, and 3rd places in 18 and Under Vocal Duets (with former High School pupil Kirsty Stirling), Male Voice Solos (18 and Under), Art Song (18 and Under) and Woodwind and Brass Concerto.

During the Easter break, Christopher played First Horn in the Senior National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Concert at Glasgow City Halls. The evening was inspired by 'The Americas', under the baton of conductor Maxime Tortelier, with Christopher also playing a challenging solo from Hanson's Symphony on the night.

A few nights later at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, he was invited, along with nine other members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, to sing with the popular group Public Service Broadcasting in a sold out concert as part of the International Science Festival. The NYCoS choir sang all the singles from their album 'The Race for Space' on a very memorable occasion.

Christopher will also travel to Berlin with NYCoS during this summer, as well as performing with the choir in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in August. The choir will be joined by the Montiverdi Singers and Trinity Boys' Choir, under acclaimed conductor Sir John Eliot-Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, in a performance of Berlioz's 'The Damnation of Faust'.

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Uganda Second Hand Clothing & Footwear Appeal http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/uganda-community-service-expedition-second-hand-clothingfootwear-appeal/ Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/may/uganda-community-service-expedition-second-hand-clothingfootwear-appeal/ This summer a team of 34 pupils and 4 staff from the Senior School head to Uganda to undertake an ambitious community service project. 'Team Uganda' will be rebuilding a classroom block of three classrooms at Kinyerere Primary, a rural primary school in southern Uganda, as well as setting up a milking goat scheme. Further details can be found here.

The 320 children aged 6-14 who attend the school mainly come from subsistence family backgrounds, some walking over an hour to attend school. Despite primary education being 'free' in Uganda, they must bring with them basic school supplies in order to attend classes and have basic clothes.

Whilst visiting the school last October, a local guide and the Headteacher provided insight on what would be useful items to take to the school during HSOG's stay. The pupils, especially the boys, love football and would be delighted to receive any old football tops as well as general children’s t-shirts. Children's sandals, jelly shoes or crocs, trainers and gym shoes are also useful as many of the children don’t have shoes, yet they walk long distances over rough paths.

If you have any such items for children aged 6-14 years and would like to support this project then please place them in a bag and hand them in at the Reception at either the Senior School or the Junior School Office by Thursday 1st June with a label title ‘Uganda’. Previous appeals for winter clothing for the High School expeditions to Morocco have been highly successful and the pupils and families have been extremely grateful of the generosity shown by the HSOG community.

Many thanks for your support on behalf of Team Uganda and the pupils of Kinyerere Primary School.

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Playing it Cool! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/multiple-successes-at-skating-championships/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/multiple-successes-at-skating-championships/ S2 ice skater Juliana Sweeney-Baird has had an eventful and successful time with recent skating events.

Juliana was invited to be part of the honoured guest program at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Austria in mid-March, where she met former Olympic and World Ice Dancing champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

More recently, during the Easter break, Juliana took part in four days of competition at the British Inclusive Skating Championships in Glasgow, placing first in all of her events in the Advanced Novice age category.

She won Gold in the Level 5 Compulsory Elements, Level 5 Free Skating, Level 3 Free Dance and Level 2 Synchro with her team 'Iskate Stars'. In individual competition, Juliana was victorious in the British Solo Dance, British Inclusive Skating and British Inclusive Skating for Genes Championships, a total of seven successes over the course of the Championships!

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Golden Skiing Performances! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/team-and-individual-skiing-golds/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/team-and-individual-skiing-golds/ High School pupils were victorious at yesterday's Scottish Schools Snowsports Association Primary Indoor Green Mountain Competition.

145 skiers participated in the event at Snow Factor, Breahead, which replaced the outdoor events cancelled earlier in the session due to poor snow conditions. The High School Primary ski team of Fergus Currie, Kirsty Wicklow (both Trans) and Max Clark (J6) (pictured above) were in 2nd place following the first run before attacking the slope again after lunch.

The afternoon saw some outstanding skiing, allowing the High School team to pip Carbridge Primary School in the overall standings, as well as Fergus Currie's contribution to HSOG team Gold also winning him individual Gold in the boys' competition!
  

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Awe-sum Achievements! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/maths-competition-successes/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/maths-competition-successes/ Transitus-S4 pupils excelled in Mathematics competition last term, taking home over 85 awards in the UK Intermediate and Maths Association Primary Maths Challenge competitions and various follow-on rounds.

In February, 60 pupils, took part in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge, with a total of 7 Gold, 21 Silver and 19 Bronze awards won. Gold Awards went to:

  • Jay Tyagi (S4), who was also awarded 'Best in Year'
  • Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin (S3), who was also awarded 'Best in Year'
  • Lucy Ashton (S3)
  • Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S3)
  • Rohan McMillan (S3)
  • Ben Willett (S3)

A special mention must go to S2 pupil Aditya Mahesh who not only achieved a Gold award but also the 'Best in School' award.

Over 200,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge, with the top scoring pupils invited to take part in a follow-on round. Aditya, Daniel and Lucy competed in the Intermediate Olympiad Competition and all achieved Certificates of Merit. Reuben, Ben and Jay all received Certificates of Qualification as they took part in the Intermediate Kangaroo Competition.

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In the Maths Association Primary Maths Challenge, Transitus pupils received 7 Gold, 12 Silver and 20 Bronze awards, with Gold awards being won by:

  • Fergus Currie
  • Ibrahim Faisal
  • Akshat Gupta
  • Charlie Horn
  • Rory Paterson
  • Polly Quaile
  • Zixuan Yao

Ibrahim Faisal (pictured above with his PMC Gold Award) achieved a particularly high score and qualified for the PMC follow-on round where he competed excellently to achieve a Silver medal.

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HSOG Partake in Poignant Battlefields Trip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/battlefields-trip-2017/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/battlefields-trip-2017/ During the Easter break, 95 pupils and 10 staff members spent a memorable week-long trip visiting the Battlefields of Belgium and France. Although only away for a few days, the S3 and S4 pupils packed in a lot in their short time there, visiting many memorials to those who fell during the Great War.

Numerous pupils had the opportunity to read poems, play instruments or sing songs at various sites throughout the trip (the High School twitter feed - @HSofG - has some of them). Several of our pupils were honoured to play at the Menin Gate and you can hear piper Lawrie Bell talking about his experience of a piping mishap on John Beattie's radio show - you can listen by clicking here - Lawrie's section is from 53-60th minute of the show and is available to listen to for the next few days! Mr Broadbent was also lucky enough to be able to give the exhortation during the ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Many pupils visited graves and memorials for their relatives who fought in World War I. As well as visiting Theipval Memorial, which displays the names of 72,000 Allied soldiers who died on the Somme with no known grave, there was also visits to WWI trenches, the Pool of Peace, Vimy Ridge, the Loos Memorial, which commemorates the Battle of Loos (often known as ‘the Scottish Battle’) and Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest commonwealth cemetery anywhere in the world, with nearly 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of men with no grave.

On the final day of the trip, The party hosted a ceremony for the nearly 500 former pupils of the High School who fell during the war. Pupils and staff marched to the drums and pipes, two pupils delivered readings and the group were led in the singing of the School song. A very memorable and moving speech by Mr Broadbent brought proceedings to a close, reminding everyone of the value of family, in all its senses, before a wreath was laid. This brought to an end an emotional but fulfilling week for High School pupils.

You can see a selection of images from the trip below.

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Courting Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/rachel-sugden-achieves-national-badminton-success/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/rachel-sugden-achieves-national-badminton-success/ S4 pupil Rachel Sugden won the Scottish U17 Girls' Singles title at the National Junior Badminton Championships, just prior to the Easter break.

Taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell, Rachel was involved in three separate competitions over a busy weekend of badminton.

She justified her number one seeding in the U17 Girls' Singles event by making her way through to the final and overcoming 2nd seed Lauren Middleton in straight sets to net the Girls' Singles title. Rachel also reached the semi final of the U17 Girls' Doubles competition with partner Alice Campbell and the quarter final of the U17 Mixed Doubles competition with Joshua Apiliga.

Rachel also went further afield during the Easter break as she competed at the European Junior and European Junior Team Championships in Mulhouse, France. Her singles victory led the Scottish side to a victory over Portugal in the group stage of the Team Championships, whilst Rachel also reached the last 32 of the Junior Championships.

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SingFest 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/singfest-final-2017/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/singfest-final-2017/ The 2017 SingFest Final took place at the Senior School on Friday 21st April, with singers from Transitus to S6 displaying their vocal talents for an excited audience. 

Following two rounds of auditions prior to the summer term, selected finalists participated on the evening in three categories: ‘Solo Classical’, ‘Solo Theatrical’ and ‘Ensemble Singing.’ The evening also saw a performance by the School Chamber Choir.

Mr Jamie MacDougall, the nation's voice of classical music on BBC Radio Scotland, acted as adjudicator for the night. Jamie has worked with some of the world’s top orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the RSNO, the SCO and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and frequently presents and sings at the BBC Proms in the Park from Glasgow. He was given the tricky task of choosing the performers who displayed the most outstanding musicianship, while also looking out for younger performers who displayed outstanding potential. In the end, he awarded the following:

  • Awards for Outstanding Potential: Rebecca McInnes (S5) and Scott Hornell (S4)
  • The Iain Paterson Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Classical Solo Singing: Mira Mansfield (S6)
  • The Nadine Livingston Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Theatrical Solo Singing: Millie Haldane (S4)
  • The Peter Douglas Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Ensemble Singing: S6 Ensemble - 'And So It Goes', featuring Beth Cairns, Calum Esler, Duncan Fraser, Heather Kelly, Michael Macnaughton, Victoria Maguire, Mira MansfieldTiffany Nelson, Christopher O'Leary and Ruairidh Wallace

The victors can be seen above, and images of the night's performers below. Fortunately, there isn't too long a wait for another night of High School Musical competition - MusicFest takes place at the Senior School on Thursday 8th June!

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Easter Sporting Trip to Portugal http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/portugal-hockey-rugby-tour-2017/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/portugal-hockey-rugby-tour-2017/

The Girls 1st XI Hockey and Boys 1st XV Rugby squads enjoyed an eventful 5-day trip to Portugal during the Easter break, competing in some competitive sporting fixtures and enjoying the Lisbon sunshine!

Pupils and staff may not have relished the 3am wake-up call in order to catch their 6am flight, but were in a better mood when they arrived at the Hotel Aldeia Dos Capuchos Golf & Spa, just south of Lisbon. The flights were simply too early for the tour mascots (pictured below), who missed the flight! Thankfully, they arrived the next day!

Throughout their five day stay, pupils made the most of the excellent training facilities, working hard on their hockey and rugby skills in the breathtaking surroundings of the Jamor Sports Complex, which sits in the shadow of the scene of Celtic's 1967 European Cup triumph. The boys XV competed in three matches against very tough opposition, including the Portugal U18 team, and ended their tour on a high, defeating local side Tecnico 49-27. On the hockey front, both the 1st and 2nd XI sides took part in matches, with the 1st XI ending the tour unbeaten, including an impressive 6-0 victory over the Porto U18 Select XI.

It wasn't all hard work for pupils, as they also had time to visit Carcavelos Beach for some surf lessons, tour The Stadium of Light, home of S.L. Benfica football club, enjoy a guided tour of Lisbon itself and spend an exciting afternoon taking part in treetop activities at Cascais Tree Adventure Park.

Some images from a highly enjoyable trip can be seen below.

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Springboard FutureChef National Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/gr-ate-effort-at-national-cookery-competition/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/gr-ate-effort-at-national-cookery-competition/ Isabella Harten (S4) competed well to finish 4th at the Springboard FutureChef National Final just prior to the Easter break.

Isabella won through to this stage by winning the school heat, the local final and the regional competition in Glasgow earlier in the year to be one of only twelve competitors (and one of two Scots!) taking part in a hotly contested national final at Westminster Kingsway College in London, hosted on the day by celebrity chef and Springboard FutureChef Chairman, Brian Turner CBE.

Mentored by High School Health and Food Technology teacher, Mrs Jen Sellar and Executive Head Chef at Rangers Football Club, Jav Aziz, Isabella was tasked with impressing a panel of twelve judges that featured the great and the good of the cooking world including Head Judge and Culinary Director of Sodexo Uk and Ireland, David Mulcahy, award winning Executive Chef of the Royal Garden Hotel in London, Steve Munkley and familiar faces from the world of TV cookery shows such as former Scottish Young Chef of the Year, Adam Handling, Executive Head Chef of the Michelin starred Northcote restaurant, Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Chef Patron of Cafe Spice Namaste, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL.

After a hectic morning of cooking, Isabella presented her dishes to the judges - a main course of seared seabass with vegetable hotch potch and sundried tomatoes, and a dessert of mandarin tart, chocolate sorbet and textures of raspberry. The twelve judges were suitably impressed with Isabella's cooking that they awarded her 4th place, an impressive feat given the overall competition started with 9,150 competitors!
 Just for reaching the final, Isabella received a multitude of exciting prizes including a commemorative plate and medal, a personally embroidered apron and chef jacket, and the chance to enjoy a hotel/kitchen learning experience with Firmdale Hotels, led by Group Executive Chef Robin Reed and Group Kitchen Trainer Stephanie Carisier.

The Springboard FutureChef competition has not only improved Isabella's cookery skills but also helped develop other skills essential for her future, such as working as part of a team in a busy kitchen environment, planning and organizing her portfoilo of dishes and preparing a plan of work to meet the challenges of the competition. The competition has also seen her work hard with other competitors, well respected chefs and industry officials and has given her the confidence to participate in interviews with celebrities and media organisations to celebrate her success.

Isabella can be seen below with her mentor, Jav Aziz, as well as with her fellow FutureChef Finalists. 

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Glasgow Music Festival 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/glasgow-music-festival-2017/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/april/glasgow-music-festival-2017/ As ever, High School musicians were widely represented in competitions at the Glasgow Music Festival, with some impressive successes.

Duncan Fraser (S6) achieved success in multiple competitions - 1st Place in the Modern Woodwind and Brass Solos, 2nd Place in Open Chamber Music and 3rd Place in Open Woodwind and Brass. Meanwhile, younger sister, Ella Fraser (S4), achieved a 1st Place in the Unaccompanied Bach competition, as well as a 2nd Place in Open Concerto Class & Violin Solos.

Christopher O'Leary (S6) achieved 2nd places in Songs from the Shows (17 & 18 years) and Open Brass Solo Class, and 3rd places in 18 and Under Vocal Duets (with former High School pupil Kirsty Stirling), Male Voice Solos (18 and Under), Art Song (18 and Under) and Woodwind and Brass Concerto.

Amy Ashton (Trans) picked up a 2nd Place finish in Non-Traditional Clarsach and a 3rd Place finish in Intermediate Clarsach, while Zixuan Yao (Trans) won 2nd Place awards in Unaccompanied Bach and in Violin Duets A, alongside fellow Transitus pupil Polly Quaile.

There were also 1st Place finishes for:

  • Màiri Callan (S5) - Clarsach Solo;
  • Sam Greene (S4) - Jazz Piano;
  • Duniya Majumder (S3) - Piano Solos A;
  • Tanvi Mantry (S1) - Classical Solo;
  • Kirsty Chalmers (Trans) - Beginners Clarsach;
  • Eva Shepherd (Trans) - Viola Solos D.

2nd Place finishes for:

  • Rebecca McInnes (S5) - Theatrical Solo;
  • Sebastian Schneeberger (S4) - U18 Male Voice;
  • Maryam Khan & Lois McColl (both S3) - Intermediate Duet;
  • Catriona Gallagher (S1) - Songs from the Shows;
  • Shreya Marshall (S1) - Classical Solo;
  • Christina Brincat (Trans) - Intermediate Clarsach;
  • Maya Marshall & Nimrita Samra (tied) (both J4) - Beginners Clarsach.

and 3rd Place finishes for:

  • Shannon McNulty (S4) - Opera Solo;
  • Louise Dickson (Trans) - Violin Solos F;
  • Alexa Marshall (J6) - Beginners Clarsach.
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Senior Orchestral Concert http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/2017-senior-orchestral-concert/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/2017-senior-orchestral-concert/ The High School Music Department's Senior Orchestral Concert took place in the beautiful surroundings of Glasgow University Chapel earlier this week.

Over 50 pupils, alongside further players including High School staff and tutors, made up the Senior Orchestra, as they performed a full length “Classic FM” style programme, featuring works by Vivaldi, Beethoven and Sibelius, amongst others. 

S6 pupils Duncan Fraser (clarinet), Samrat Majumder (classical guitar) and Christopher O’Leary (French horn) each performed a movement from a solo concerto at the concert which brought a fitting end to a successful musical spring term.

If you happened to miss it, you can enjoy excerpts of the talented pupils of the High School in action below.

Scroll right to the bottom for the full 16 minutes of 4th Movement of Sibelius' Symphony No.2, performed by the High School Orchestra!

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Finlandia


Guitar Concerto in D Major


Clarinet Concerto in F Minor


Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb Major


1st Movement of Symphony No.5 in C Minor


2nd Movement of Symphony No.4 in A Major


3rd Movement of Symphony No.7 in A Major


4th Movement of Symphony No.2

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Marathons for Mary's Meals! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/biology-teacher-to-run-two-marathons-for-charity/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/biology-teacher-to-run-two-marathons-for-charity/ Head of Biology, Mr Martin Dougall is bravely taking on not one, but two marathons in the space of a month, in order to raise money for charity.

On Sunday 23rd April, he will take on the famous London Marathon before heading back up north for the less famous, but no less challenging, Stirling Marathon on Sunday 21st May.

Mr Dougall is hoping to raise money for Mary's Mealsa Scottish charity who aim to provide school children in developing countries with at least one proper meal a day, which they get when they come to school. You can give to their cause by donating at www.marysmeals.org.uk/fundraising/project/martin-dougall/london-marathonAny donations would be very gratefully received!

The whole School community wish Martin well in London and Stirling.

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Cheque Mates! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/law-house-fundraising-total/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/law-house-fundraising-total/ Law House were recently able to hand over a cheque for £4,453.40 to the Scottish Huntington's Association, following their successful Fundraising Week earlier in the term.

Back in February, Law House put on a week of fundraising events, including a gruesome 'Bushtucker Trial', in order to raise as much as they could for the voluntary organisation which provides support and advice for individuals and families living with Huntington's disease.

With participation from pupils and staff in the week's events, as well as through generous donations from the wider School community, Law House were able to raise the impressive total of £4,453.40 for the Scottish Huntington's Association.

You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.hdscotland.org

Well done Law House!

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Spring Hockey Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/recent-hockey-news/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/recent-hockey-news/ As we head towards the Easter break, High School hockey teams have had a bittersweet time in recent tournaments, reaching the finals of four competitions but finishing as runners-up in each.

Meanwhile, three pupils have been chosen to represent Scotland squads over the Easter holiday.

You can read more about recent hockey events below.

HSOG Sevens

At the High School's annual Hockey Sevens Tournament, the girls' 'A' team of Sammy Bell (captain), Fiona Baillie, Oli Crawford (all S6), Rebecca McInnes, Amy Reid (both S5), Katie Allison, Eve Downie, Kiera Smith, Sarah Turnbull and Lucy Williamson (all S4) were unfortunate to finish as runners-up.

Having gone through their section undefeated with wins over St Aloysius' College (1-0) and Morrison's Academy (2-1), as well as a 0-0 draw with St George's School, the girls overcame Kelvinside Academy in the semi final before losing 1-0 to St Columba’s School in the final, ending the day as Silver medalists.

West District Sevens

In the West District Sevens Tournament on Wednesday 22nd March, the High School were represented by teams in both the 'A' and 'B' competitions, with both reaching their respective finals.

The 'A' team of Sammy Bell (Captain), Fiona Baillie, Katie Bulloch, Oli Crawford, Stephanie Wood (all S6), Rebecca McInnes (S5), Eve Downie, Kiera Smith, Sarah Turnbull and Lucy Williamson (all S4) won their section with a 5-1 win over Lomond School, a 1-1 draw with Craigholme School and a 1-0 win against Hutchesons' Grammar School. A 2-0 semi final victory over St Aloysius' College meant the team would face Craigholme School once again in the 'A' competition final. Unfortunately, this time, the girls didn't quite have enough, losing 1-0 and ending up with Silver medals.

In the 'B' competition, the team of Mirrin Gillespie (Captain, S6), Eilidh GilchristIsla Petrie, Amy Provan, Amy Reid (all S5), Rachel Bannatyne, Emma Bulloch, Catriona James, Daya Panesar and Cate Sibbald (all S4) also ended the day as Silver medalists. They came through their section with comfortable wins over Lomond School (5-0) and Jordanhill School (5-1) and a draw against Hutchesons' Grammar School (0-0). The girls defeated The Glasgow Academy 2-0 on running penalties, following a tight 0-0 draw in the semi final, before losing narrowly in the final to Hutchesons' Grammar School.

West District 1st Year Tournament

The Girls' Hockey 1st Year side reached the final of the West District 1st Year Tournament on Saturday 18th March.

The team of Lucy Sillars (Captain), Ellie Adair, Aimee Anderson, Sophie Bell, Grace Campbell, Annabel Davies, Holly Gilles, Kirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean, Jessica Mitchell, Iona Reid, Hannah Ritchie and Annabelle Robertson reached the final without conceding a goal, with 4-0 victories over Lomond and Jordanhill Schools and a 0-0 draw with Hutchesons' Grammar School in their section.

A 1-0 semi final victory over Kelvinside Academy set up a final against The Glasgow Academy. However, the girls narrowly lost 1-0, ending the tournament as Silver medalists.

National Age Grade Representation

Lucy Williamson (S4) and Georgia Crooks (S3) have recently been selected for the Scotland U16 hockey team. They will travel with the U16 squad to participate in a match against their Welsh counterparts during the Easter break.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Simmers (S3) has been selected for the Scotland U16 Development squad and will compete in the HDM Tournament in the Netherlands in April.

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Fundraising for Children's Charity http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/fundraising-for-childrens-charity/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/fundraising-for-childrens-charity/  

Computing teacher Mr Iain Purdie is putting his hair on the line in his fundraising efforts for a Vietnamese Children's Charity!

Just after the Easter break, Mr Purdie is planning on losing the head and face fuzz. And the chest fuzz. And the leg fuzz. But only if people deem it financially worthwhile! He will be doing it in aid of Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, a Vietnamese charity that looks after the wide-ranging needs of street children. You can read more about the work the charity does at
www.bluedragon.org.

Mr Purdie has set up a MyDonate page for the cause with a plethora of different hair loss options, dependent on how much he can raise!

You can give to this great cause by visiting his fundraising page at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/iainpurdie.

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Celebration Ball - Sold Out! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/celebration-ball-sold-out/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/celebration-ball-sold-out/ Tickets have now sold out for the Celebration Ball at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in September.

If you have not secured tickets, but are still interested in attending the event, please email: celebrationball@hsog.co.uk to be added to the reserve list.

Reserve list tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, if tickets become available.

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Olympiad Gold! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/british-biology-olympiad-medal-success/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/british-biology-olympiad-medal-success/ A record number of High School pupils took part in this year's British Biology Olympiad, achieving considerable success.

21 pupils took part this year and of the 7,500 participants nationwide, Ross Lilley, Saumya Maheshwari, Joseph McGrath Williams and Joe Vaughan (all S6) were in the top 6%, meaning they were awarded Gold medals for their performances. 

Junwen Chen and Adam Stanley (both S6) also scored extremely highly and were awarded Silver medals, with Hiba Alhasso, Matthew Tang (both S6) and George Cooper (S5) achieving Bronze medals.

Henry Lafferty (S6) and William Xu (S5) were highly commended, while a further five pupils - Beth Cairns (S6), Andrew CrossAdam Frizzell, Varnit Gupta and Jiangmin Hou (all S5) - also received commendations for their performances.

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Scottish Schools' Plate Winners http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/scottish-schools-plate-winners/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/scottish-schools-plate-winners/ The Girls' Hockey 1st XI battled to victory in the Plate Final at a rain-soaked Scottish Schools' Finals Competition at Glasgow Green on Friday evening.

Having reached the final following victories over Peebles High School and The High School of Dundee in the quarter and semi finals, the girls took to a blustery and soaking Glasgow Green pitch on Friday evening to take on Robert Gordon's College.

The girls took an early two goal lead with goals from Sarah Turnbull and Sammy Bell. However, they were pegged back early in the second half, with the game eventually ending 2-2 and running penalties being required to decide who would take home the Plate. It was the High School team who took advantage, achieving a 4-2 penalty victory, with goalkeeper Daya Panesar in particularly impressive form and Oli Crawford, Sarah Turnbull, Sammy Bell and Fiona Baillie sealing the win.

The High School winning side were Sammy Bell (Captain), Stephanie Wood (Vice Captain), Fiona Baillie, Katie Bulloch, Oli Crawford, Mirrin Gillespie, Tori Maguire (all S6), Rebecca McInnes (S5), Katie Allison, Eve Downie, Catriona James, Daya Panesar, Cate SibbaldKiera Smith, Sarah Turnbull and Lucy Williamson (all S4).

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Tabitha Wins Rotary Chef Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/national-cooking-competition-success/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/national-cooking-competition-success/ S2 pupil Tabitha Steven achieved national success in the Rotary Young Chef Scottish Regional Final at Dundee College last weekend.

Tabitha prepared and cooked the same three course menu that saw her reach this stage, having taken on the feedback from judges in the regional final - a starter of Jerusalem artichoke soup with saffron and thyme, a main course of sea bass served with 'courgetti', bound with a tomato pesto sauce and garnished with basil oil, and a dessert of vanilla panna cotta served with rhubarb compote and baked crumble.

This time around, the judges praised her for her perfect seasoning, with her soup starter particularly praised for its "perfect execution."
 
The eight competitors were all complimented by the judges but Tabitha came through as the overall winner. This was particularly noteworthy given it was an 'open' competition, with competitors of any school age able to take part, and many were a few years Tabitha's senior.

Tabitha will now go forward to represent Scotland in the National Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition at Lincoln College on Saturday 13th May 2017. She will be one of only eight finalists from an initial 5,000 competitors.

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Notes on Pupil Music Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/music-department-spring-updates/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/music-department-spring-updates/ In the February ABRSM examinations, Senior School pupils achieved 12 Passes, 11 Merits and 9 Distinctions

Adam Stanley (S6) (pictured above) and Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S3) achieved Grade 8 with Distinction awards in piano and violin respectively. In itself, this is an excellent achievement. However, with respect to Adam's achievement, this is now his fourth Grade 8 with Distinction award, following on from three separate awards achieved last session in violin, tuned percussion and drum kit. Adam also performed marimba in the final round of the prestigious West of Scotland Schools Orchestra Leader and Concerto Competition at Glasgow City Halls in early February.

Samrat Majumder (S6) won 1st prize earlier this term at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Guitar Competition, his third consecutive success in the event. He will appear at Glasgow's West End Festival later this year as part of his prize. Samrat also won 2nd prize at the 9th International RAGO Junior Guitar Solo Competition in Stuttgart, Germany at the end of February and was recently awarded a four year scholarship by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to undertake the Bachelor of Music course in Classical Guitar Performance.

Maryam Khan (S3) was accepted to the Scottish Opera Connect course for 16-21 year olds. Despite Maryam only being 14 years old, the organisers were so pleased with her audition that they made an exception to include her. Maryam is already a member of the National Children's Choir of Great Britain and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Matthew Provan (S1) was asked to be the piper at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Kinsale, County Cork on Friday 17th March. He will wear the High School Pipe Band tartan as he takes to the parade with Kinsale locals, as well as almost 60 delegates from Newport, Rhode Island, which is twinned with Kinsale.

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Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/scottish-schools-pipe-band-championships/ Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/scottish-schools-pipe-band-championships/ High School musicians achieved notable national success at the Scottish Schools' Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh on Sunday 11th March.

Whilst the School Fusion Freestyle Group could not quite achieve a third Freestyle title in a row, they were able to finish in a commendable third position in the Freestyle competition. The Freestyle competition is a chance for Pipe Bands to join with other musicians in order to showcase the versatility of pipes and the imagination of the musicians.

Performing an original piece called "Slave Ship Zong", the Fusion Group, consisting of Jamie Miller, Beth Cairns, Mira Mansfield, Ross Mitchell, Christopher O'Leary, Stewart Steven, James Stewart, Rachel Whitelaw (all S6), Jack Bestow, Màiri Callan, Archie Campbell, Oscar Wainwright, Murray Walker (all S5), Ross Flanagan, Catriona James (both S4) and Cathal Callan (S2), combined a variety of instruments and musical styles in their performance, which you can watch above.

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There was also a third place finish in the Junior B Pipe Band Competition – The shield winning performances by the School Pipe Band of Stewart Steven (Pipe Major), Ross Mitchell (both S6), Archie Campbell, Murray Walker (both S5), Lawrie Bell, Ross Flanagan, Matthew Gibson-Smith, Catriona James, Guy Shafar (all S4), Ben Willett (S3), Cathal Callan (S2) and Matthew Provan (S1) can be watched above.

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Clyde Fundraising Week 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/clyde-fundraising-week-2017/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/clyde-fundraising-week-2017/ Clyde House are fundraising this week in support of the Erskine, a veterans charity who recently celebrated their 100th year!

Erskine provides nursing and medical care for former members of the Armed Forces, re-building shattered lives, restoring dignity and providing first class care to ex-service men and women, both young and old. While many of Erskine's residents fought in the World Wars, the charity are also looking after young men and women who have come to them from more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Erskine’s person-centred care is tailored to the needs of each individual veteran. They not only provide accommodation, but also recreational facilities, social activities, entertainment and organised day or evening trips. The charity also has a skilled team providing everything from physiotherapy and speech/language therapy to podiatry and enhanced medical care on-site. Their vision is to ensure that each of their 1,000+ residents enjoy the best quality of life possible.

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Throughout this week, Clyde House will host several events throughout the school to raise money for the charity:

Monday

Monday will see pupils have the chance to gain revenge on teachers who have gone OTT on homework with a 'Soak the Teachers' event! Monday lunchtime will also see brave pupils and staff take on the Clyde House Military Assault Course!

Tuesday

A Cake and Candy spectacular will take place in the Stand at break on Tuesday, with a Treasure Hunt to work off the sweeties at lunchtime! 

Wednesday

Wednesday will be a quieter day in Clyde House's Fundraising Week due to the High School Hockey and Rugby Sevens taking place - come along and cheer the HSOG teams to victory!

Thursday

Thursday is the Clyde House Show with their very own Big Brother Live Final!

Friday

Pupils and staff will get a second chance to indulge their sweet tooth on the final day of Clyde's Fundraising Week - Clyde House's all-day Ice Cream Parlour will put smiles on faces, come rain or shine! A staff vs S6 pupils football match will bring the week to a fitting end.

Throughout the week there will also be charity wristbands for sale at £1, along with other fun activities including a 'guess the number of sweets in the jar' competition, guess Clyde's mascit Clyde-o-saurus' birthday, assembly shout-outs and a video game competition to find out who is the king of FIFA!

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Should you wish to donate you can do so on Clyde House's JustGiving page - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Clyde-House-HSoG

Keep your eye on Clyde House's Twitter feed during the week - www.twitter.com/Clyde_HSofG

Best of luck to Clyde House on a fun-filled week!

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Seventh Heaven! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/victory-at-hutchesons-sevens-hockey-tournament/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/victory-at-hutchesons-sevens-hockey-tournament/ The High School Girls' Hockey 1st team added another trophy to the cabinet at the Hutchesons' Grammar School Sevens Tournament yesterday.

The team of Sammy Bell (Captain), Fiona Baillie, Katie Bulloch, Oli CrawfordStephanie Wood (all S6), Rebecca McInnes (S5), Katie Allison, Eve Downie, Sarah Turnbull and Lucy Williamson (all S4) navigated comfortably through their section with a 1-0 win over Jordanhill School, a 2-0 win over Hutchesons' 'B' side and a 2-1 win over Craigholme School.

A 1-0 semi final victory against Kelvinside Academy meant the girls would face hosts Hutchesons' Grammar School in the final. An exciting game ended 1-1 in regular time, leading to golden goal extra time. Captain Sammy Bell stepped up to the plate to score a dramatic reverse stick shot winner to lead the High School side to victory.

The sevens side will be back in action next week as the High School hosts its annual Hockey and Rugby Sevens tournament on Wednesday 15th March.

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Made of the Write Stuff! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/poppyscotland-letter-writing-competition/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/poppyscotland-letter-writing-competition/ S2 pupil Marni Robertson (above, right) has achieved the distinction of being named runner up in the Secondary School Category of the Poppyscotland 'Letters Home' Competition 2016, whilst fellow S2 pupil Amelia Neilson (above, left) was also shortlisted into the final 24 entries.

The Letter Home Competition gave children the opportunity to reflect on what life was like at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. They were invited to write their own letter home, describing life in a trench and their thoughts on war, while considering the effect these words would have on their families.

The judging panel was made up of television presenter Kirsty Wark, CEO of Poppyscotland, Mark Bibbey, Chair of the Scottish Writers Centre, Ruby McCann and Learning and Volunteer Coordinator for Poppyscotland, Yvonne Caddell. They chose two winners (in the Secondary School and Primary School categories) and six runners-up from a shortlist of 26 entries, whittled down from over 1,000 original entries from schools throughout the country.

Marni's letter, entitled 'Wishing for Home', earned her an official Poppyscotland Runner Up/Highly Commended Certificate and a £30 book token. Her 'letter home' read: 

"Dearest Catherine,

How are you keeping as of late? I myself am well, though the proverbial storm rages on here in France.
In fact, just yesterday, 
we advanced towards the German trenches and succeeded in capturing most of
the area, although a small section remained in enemy hands. It is rather warm in temperature here
compared to back home – there is a distinct lack of the trademark rain of Maryhill. I hope you are not
experiencing a cold spell or any of the aforementioned rain; as you deserve a pleasant summer.

I received the food package you sent to me several weeks ago – it was rather delicious! I was, however,
selfish with the marmalade, and kept it all for my own consumption. The woollen socks were also well
received and several more pairs would be appreciated! They are exceedingly comfortable, especially as
my feet are getting increasingly cold and soggy in these slippery trenches. As for packages, I would like
some more of the aforementioned socks, as well as some food, jam and the like and maybe some crackers,
also, I am nearly out of cigarettes too, would you perhaps be able to send a few?

Although I am doing fine at the moment, I am fearful on occasion, when in the midst of battle. Then my
pleasant thoughts of you and the children make me wish for home more than ever. And how are my little
ones? Send my love to Hugh, my big boy, darling David and of course wee Flora, light of my life. Tell them
their daddy sends kisses from France. If you wish, you can tell them this somewhat entertaining tale of a
humorous mix up in the trenches the other day…

It was in the evening, and I was selected, along with a few other of the Maryhill lads, to dig a new trench.
We began as usual digging a cavernous hole in the trench wall. Then we hear a noise. A sort of squeaking.
I let out a yelp: the rats were back again! We brave soldiers were not disheartened, however, and simply
continued digging as thankfully the nest had not been broken. By the end of our shift, the commander
was inspecting a fine, if slightly oddly shaped new trench; oddly shaped because of a lone pillar left in the
middle. Our commander resolved to remove this useless pile of muck. He hefted his shovel, struck the dirt
and screamed like a wee lassie. Rats poured out of the hole like water from a tap. He then promptly
fainted. It was quite a laugh!

We have had word that the “big push” will happen soon. I certainly hope so, as I dearly wish to see you
again. I have learnt a few French words in my time here, and I shall end my letter thus: au revoir ma chérie,
et tout ma amour de France.

Lance Corporal McIntyre, or your loving husband Daniel xxx"

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SSAA National Cross Country Medal Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/national-cross-country-medalists/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/national-cross-country-medalists/ Hot on the heels of success at the Glasgow Cross Country Championships on Friday 24th February, High School pupils achieved national success at the Scottish Schools Athletics Association Cross Country Championships at Deans Community High School in Livingston over the weekend.

The U14 Girls' team of Ellie Adair, Annabel DaviesKirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean and Lucy Sillars (all S1) won team Gold, with the top 4 finishers in the team counting towards the team's final position. Anya Maclean also ran well enough in the U14 Girls' race to win individual Silver, in a fortnight that has already seen her win a Gold and two Silver cross country medals at recent events!

The O17 Girls' team of Iona Fraser, Mirrin Gillespie, Tori Maguire (all S6) and Amy Reid (S5) were also Silver medalists, whilst the U17 Girls finished 4th, the U15 Girls finished 6th, the U17 Boys finished 7th, the U15 Boys finished 9th and the U14 Boys finished 11th overall.

(Thank you to Mr Alan Kinghorn for the fantastic photographs of our muddy S1 boys below!)

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Schools' Finals Goes Swimmingly! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/glasgow-primary-schools-swimming-finals/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/glasgow-primary-schools-swimming-finals/ A last minute change of venue didn't deter or distract the High School's J5, J6 and Transitus swimmers as they impressed at the Glasgow Primary Schools' Swimming Finals on Monday 27th February to bring home 21 individual and 6 team medals, with many pupils winning multiple medals throughout the day. 

Individual Gold medals were won by Transitus pupils Fergus Currie (12 Years Backstroke) and Jamie Ritchie (12 Years Breaststroke), J6 pupils Dylan Burrell (11 Years Breaststroke), David McCallum (11 Years Freestyle & 11 Years Backstroke) and Coryn MacLean (11 Years Freestyle) and J5 pupils Derek Mickel (10 Years Freestyle) and Eklavya Singh (10 Years Backstroke).

Team Golds were won by the 11 Years Boys Relay team of Zander Buxton, Milo Harris, David McCallum and Matthew Tames (all J6), winning the Milne Trophy, the 10 Years Boys Relay team of Sandy Fraser, Jack McLeod, Derek Mickel and Mark Zimmer (all J5), winning the R.W. Smith Memorial Trophy, and the 10 Years Girls Relay team of Grace Noonan (J6), Aliyah Lamb, Erin Morgan and Kirsty Pollock (all J5), winning the Robert Smith Memorial trophy.

Other medals won on the day

Silver:

  • Fergus Currie (Open Fly)
  • Jamie Ritchie (12 Years Freestyle)
  • Kirsty Wicklow (Trans) (12 Years Breaststroke)
  • Coryn MacLean (11 Years Backstroke)
  • Sandy Fraser (10 Years Breaststroke)
  • Zak Mickel (10 Years Backstroke)
  • 12 Years Boys Relay team - Fergus CurrieToby Gleeve, Jamie Ritchie and Gavin Scott (all Trans)
  • 12 Years Girls Relay teamSophie Kemsley, Anna McCallumMaria Murio-Fernandez and Kirsty Wicklow (all Trans)
  • 11 Years Girls Relay team - Elizabeth Perrett (Trans), Emma Dry, Coryn MacLean, and Louise Mitchell (all J6)

Bronze:

  • Kiera Davidson (Trans) (12 Years Breaststroke)
  • Milo Harris (11 Years Freestyle & 11 Years Backstroke)
  • Louise Mitchell (J6) (11 Years Freestyle)
  • Derek Mickel (10 Years Backstroke)
  • Eklavya Singh (10 Years Breaststroke)
  • Sandy Fraser (10 Years Freestyle)

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Celebration Ball http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/celebration-ball/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/celebration-ball/ The High School of Glasgow invites you to join us at our Celebration Ball on Saturday 30 September 2017 in the stunning setting of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

This special Black Tie event, almost 40 years to the day after the official Opening of the Senior School at Old Anniesland, will recognise the long and illustrious history of the High School and look forward to the next chapter.

Tickets are priced at £75 per person and include a prosecco reception, a three-course meal and live entertainment. After dinner there will be a short live auction, with all proceeds going towards the High School of Glasgow Educational Trust Bursary Fund. We are anticipating this will be a extremely popular event, to avoid disappointment, please book your place as soon as possible.

To book your tickets: please email celebrationball@hsog.co.uk with your name, contact details and the number of tickets you require - tables seat a maximum of 10. We will contact you via email to confirm your booking and give you payment instructions. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We hope this will be a memorable evening, attended by former pupils of all ages, current and former parents, Governors, Trustees, current and former staff and friends of the High School.

So…get in touch with your contemporaries and contact classmates you haven’t seen in years - let’s bring generations of the High School family together and celebrate this great School in style!

Sursum Semper

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Glasgow Hawks vs Royal Navy XV http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/glasgow-hawks-vs-royal-navy-xv/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/glasgow-hawks-vs-royal-navy-xv/ Glasgow Hawks vs Royal Navy Senior XV
Wednesday 8th March, 7:30pm, Old Anniesland

  
Old Anniesland will play host to a much-anticipated rugby match between the Glasgow Hawks and The Royal Navy’s Senior XV on Wednesday 8th March.

The match will not only act as the maiden fixture for the Hawks’ 2017 season, but also help to raise money for the Craig Hodgkinson Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The Craig Hodgkinson Trust is named after former Royal Marine and Hawks Player Craig Hodgkinson, who tragically died playing rugby for the Royal Navy from an unknown cardiac defect. The Hodgkinson family set up a trust in Craig’s memory to provide defibrillator equipment to sports team, clubs and communities across the UK. The Trust’s aim is to save as many of the 1,500 lives lost to cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year.

Craig’s parents Diane and John Hodgkinson will present the trophy in their son’s name to the winning team on the night. The teams last met in 2007 when they contested a memorial match for Craig.

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Cross Country Champs! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/success-at-glasgow-cross-country-championships/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/success-at-glasgow-cross-country-championships/ High School runners achieved success at the Glasgow Primary and Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships at Nether Pollok on Friday 24th February.

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Primary Championships

In the Primary Schools' Championships, team Golds were won by:

  • P7 (Transitus) GirlsKiera Davidson, Elizabeth Hamilton, Anna McCallum, Maria Murio-FernandezKirstie Souter and Kirsty Wicklow;
  • P5 BoysHarrison BruceJames ClarkAndrew CoxCameron DaviesSandy Fraser and Harry Hose;
  • P5 GirlsRosie Goold, Lucy Howie, Hannah MacDonald, Libby MacFadyen, Erin Morgan and Kirsty Pollock.

Individual Gold medals were won by Kirsty Wicklow in the P7 Girls' race and Harrison Bruce in the P5 Boys' race, with Fergus Currie winning Silver in the P7 Boys' race, Maria Murio-Fernandez winning Bronze in the P7 Girls' race and Libby MacFadyen also winning Bronze in the P5 Girls' race.

The P6 Girls team of Kate Bowman, Emma Dry, Sarah Hannah, Coryn MacLeanGeorgia Rose and Bea Wainwright also won team Bronze medals.

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Secondary Championships

Later that afternoon in the Secondary Schools' Championships there were team Gold medal wins for:

  • Senior Boys Tom Armstrong, George Cooper, Alan Graham (all S5), Rhudi Baume-KennedyBen Hutton and Ben Taylor (all S4);
  • Senior Girls (pictured above) - Oli Crawford, Iona Fraser, Mirrin GillespieTori Maguire (all S6), Amy Reid and Tanvi Zachariah (both S5);
  • S4 Girls (pictured below) - Molly AlbaRachel Bannatyne, Eve Downie, Helena Gronski, Millie Haldane and Rachel Sugden.

Anya Maclean won an individual Gold in the S1 Girls' race and was part of the S1 Girls team, alongside Ellie AdairAnnabel Davies, Kirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy and Lucy Sillars, who won team Silver.

Team Bronze Medals were won on the day by

  • S3 Boys - Ross Gray, Panos Kourouklis, Mack LockhartJack Lord, Gordon Sivarajan and Ben Willett;
  • S3 Girls - Zara Hyslop, Roma Lynch, Claudie Quinn, Ciara RogersMeghna Sharma and Charlotte Simmers;
  • S2 Girls - Sophia Bell, Alex Jones, Ellie Murphy, Gabriella Smart, Tabitha Steven and Isla Stirling;
  • S1 Boys - Sebastian HartenMichael Kennedy, Sholto Kinghorn, Michael Latter, Shaun McNulty and Maxwell Wang.

Individual Bronze medals were won by Tori Maguire (S6) in the Senior Girls' race, Alan Graham (S5) in the Senior Boys' race, Rachel Sugden in the S4 Girls' race and Alex Jones in the S2 Girls' race.

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Scottish Championships

On the following day, representing Garscube Harriers Running Club, Anya Maclean (S1, pictured below) added to her medal collection by claiming Silver in the Scottish National Cross Country Championships U13 Girls' competition at a rather muddy Callendar Park in Falkirk.
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Gold-Plated Performance! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/girls-reach-plate-final/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/girls-reach-plate-final/ The Girls' Hockey 1st XI reached the Final of the Scottish Plate Competition in Dundee yesterday afternoon.

Following on from a comprehensive 8-1 quarter final victory over Peebles High School just before Christmas, the 1st XI - Sammy Bell (Captain), Stephanie Wood (Vice Captain), Fiona BaillieKatie Bulloch, Oli Crawford, Mirrin GillespieTori Maguire (all S6), Rebecca McInnes (S5), Katie Allison, Eve DownieCate SibbaldKiera SmithSarah Turnbull and Lucy Williamson (all S4) - returned from Dundee yesterday with a 4-0 win over the High School Of Dundee and a place in this month's final.

They will now take on Robert Gordon's College of Aberdeen in the Final on Friday 17th March at Glasgow Green.

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Spring Sporting Round-Up http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/spring-sporting-round-up/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/march/spring-sporting-round-up/ Sailing

Gordon Sivarajan (S3) has continued to participate in various sailing events this term. He took part in a National Junior Squad training weekend at Hayling Island Sailing Club in January and will travel to Queen Mary Sailing Club near London in late March to participate in a qualifying event for selection to represent Great Britain at the Laser 4.7 World Championships before heading to Datchet Water Sailing Club, west of London, for another qualifying event, this time for the Laser 4.7 Summer National Junior Squad at the beginning of April. 

Gordon has also qualified to participate in the Laser 4.7 Youth Championships & Trophy 2017 in Murcia, Spain, in mid-April. A very busy few months for him!

Karting

Angus Moulsdale (S2) competed at the European X30 Winter Cup in Valencia, Spain, in February. After racing in multiple qualifying heats, he began the first final in 3rd position and led for most of the race, unfortunately just being squeezed out on the final corner of the final lap to finish in 2nd place. In the second final, despite starting on the front row, Angus unfortunately began on the dirty side of the track, meaning he was to eventually finish the race in 7th position. The competition acted as a great experience for Angus, who will go on to participate in Round 1 of the RGMMC European Championship in Genk, Belgium, in late March, his first time racing on this track.

Tennis

Hamish Stewart (S6) won the Nike Invitational Winter National Tour Finals Boys' U18 competition in London in early February and was part of the West of Scotland team that won a round robin tournament at the Aegon U18 Winter County Cup at the weekend. Hamish's excellent form means he now sits 185th in the International Tennis Federation World Junior rankings.

Badminton

At the Glasgow Schools’ Championships in late January, Guan-An Chen won Gold in the U19 Boys' Singles competition and Silver in the U19 Boys' Doubles competition along with his partner Jay McMillan (both S4). Saana Suvarna (S4) won Bronze in the Girls’ Singles competition.

The High School had two teams competing at the Scottish Schools' Team Quaich competition at Bell's Sports Centre in Perth on Tuesday 28th February. The U19 team - Sophie Bentinck, Abhishek Gambhir, Euan Gibson-Smith (all S6), Guan An-Chen, William Xu (both S5), Emily Sillars, Rachel Sugden and Sanaa Suvarna (all S4) - finished in joint 5th position, whilst the U14 side - Douglas KellySarah PatersonJames Sibbald (all S2), Angelina AntomarlinKenny McClymontLucy SillarsAmena Shaikh and Maxwell Wang (all S1) - finished joint 7th.

Akshat Gupta (Trans) was part of the Scottish national squad that travelled down to Milton Keynes to compete at the U13 Gold Junior tournament in late February.

Hockey

After trials, Fiona Baillie (S6) was selected to represent the West District U18 Indoor Hockey team, competing in the Indoor Inter-District Tournament earlier this month.

Football

Cameron Crooks (S3) competed for the Boys' Glasgow Schools' side on Friday 24th February.

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Done the Double! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/double-success-for-hockey-girls/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/double-success-for-hockey-girls/ Following on from victory in the 2nd XI West District Hockey Tournament last week, the 3rd Year A side - Roma Lynch (Captain), Abby Bremner, Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Yemisi Edgar, Lucy Gardner, Zara Hyslop, Samantha Insall, Jennifer LaffertyPippa Meek, Aoife Petrie, Anna Pover, Meghna Sharma and Charlotte Simmers - continued in a similar vein, winning the West District Junior Tournament on Saturday 25th February.

Having impressively come through their section with three victories over St Aloysius' College (2-0), Craigholme School (6-0) and Jordanhill School (4-1), the girls set up a Final with The Glasgow Academy by defeating Hutchesons' Grammar School 3-2 on running penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regular time. The Final was a more comfortable affair, with the High School side winning the trophy after a 2-0 victory.

The 3rd Year A side are pictured above with the West District Junior Trophy.

The day previously, the High School had two Transitus sides competing at The Glasgow Academy Primary 7 Tournament. Transitus B won their section, defeating Hutchesons' Grammar School B and St Aloysius' College A, and drawing with Hutchesons' A. Unfortunately, their momentum couldn't lead them to overall victory, as they lost on running penalties to Dollar Academy A in the quarter final. 

The Transitus A team finished as runners-up in their section, meaning they entered the Plate competition. Hutchesons' will have been sick of the site of the High School sides as the Transitus A side knocked out Hutchesons' B in the quarter final and Hutchesons' A in the semi final!This led to a Plate Final against St Aloysius' College, with the team of Amy Ashton, Kiera Davidson, Elizabeth Hamilton, Eilidh Hill, Amy Liu, Anna McCallum, Maria Murio-Fernandez, Eva Shepherd, Kirstie Souter and Kirsty Wicklow ending up victorious after a 1-0 success.

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Hockey Girls Net Another Trophy http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/west-district-2nd-xi-victory/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/west-district-2nd-xi-victory/ The Girls' 2nd XI Hockey side came up trumps at the West District 2nd XI Tournament earlier this week at Old Anniesland.

The team - Eilidh Gilchrist, Isla Petrie (Joint Captains), Amy Provan, Amy Reid, Ellie Scott (all S5), Rachel Bannatyne, Emma Bulloch, Jasmine Gillespie, Jura GillespieCatriona James, Marina MacLeodDaya Panesar, Cate Sibbald and Emily Taylor (all S4) - won the tournament without conceding a goal throughout the five games that took them to victory, even going so far as to not concede in a running penalty shoot out Final victory over Hutchesons' Grammar School!

After a 0-0 draw, goalkeeper Daya Panesar saved every Hutchesons' penalty, allowing joint Captain Eilidh Gilchrist to score the winner and bring home the trophy that Hutchesons' had held for the past two years.

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Law Fundraising Week 2017 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/law-fundraising-week-2017/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/law-fundraising-week-2017/ Law House are fundraising this week in support of the Scottish Huntington’s Association, a voluntary organisation which provides support and advice for individuals and families living with the disease.

Huntington’s Disease (or 'HD') is a degenerative condition that causes damage to certain areas of the brain. It prevents information from being transported efficiently in the brain and leads to physical, psychological and emotional problems, such as a loss in thought processes and basic muscle control. It is an inherited condition, meaning each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the affected gene. Anyone with the affected gene will develop HD, with thousands of people in Scotland currently living with this risk. As yet, there is no cure.

The Scottish Huntington’s Disease charity provides vital services to help support those diagnosed with HD. They provide a care framework for HD families to ensure anyone affected by the disease in Scotland receive the best possible care. They also provide financial advice for those diagnosed with HD to provide information, confidential advice, guidance and support to people living with Huntington’s disease on a range of financial issues.

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Throughout this week, Law House will host several events throughout the school to raise money for the charity:

Monday

Law House are fully aware of the pain of having to do the beep test at the beginning of each year - so on Monday, they will exact some revenge. Come along to the Sports Complex and watch various teachers and  keen beans from S6 complete their very own beep tests. At break in the Stand, pupils will be invited to guess how many beeps each teacher will manage to complete. Alternatively, pupils can sponsor a teacher directly to reach a specific target!

Tuesday

A Cake and Candy spectacular will take place in the gallery area of the Stand at break on Tuesday. S5 have been baking tirelessly to make this year one to remember so make sure to come along and bag some delicious goodies.

Wednesday

The ‘Law Mid-February Madness’ event will take place on Wednesday lunchtime, with games to be played and prizes to be won. Come along to play 'Candy Pong', 'Beat the Goalie' with a twist (literally) and many other fun goings on.

Thursday

Have any teachers been piling on the homework? Or have Sixth Years sent you to the back of the lunch queue? Well this is your chance for revenge by voting for them to eat a hearty six course meal with some “interesting” ingredients! Tickets will be on sale throughout the week for Law House's very own 'I’m A Celebrity Bushtucker Trial' on Thursday lunchtime in the Assembly Hall. A team of S6 pupils will compete against a brave team of teachers to see who will be crowned the rulers of the jungle with pupils and staff having the chance to vote for who will compete during the week.

Friday

On Friday, room W3 will be transformed into 'Old Jo’s Diner', a restaurant providing all the American classics, from waffles and chocolate fountains to Krispy Kreme donuts. The restaurant will run throughout the day - make sure to beat the queues and grab some donuts before they run out!

There will also be charity wristbands and badges on sale all week.

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You can help Law House in their Fundraising Week by donating to their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LawFundraising2017.

Your donations would be gratefully appreciated.

Good luck Law!


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Small Works, Big Impressions! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/art-competition-winners/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/art-competition-winners/ There was success for Advanced Higher Art pupils at this year's Glasgow Schools' Small Works Exhibition.

Three S6 pupils had their work included in the exhibition at the Glasgow Art Club, which displays examples of the best design, drawings, paintings, photography, print making and mixed media from pupils of Glasgow based schools.

Kelly Clayton (above, centre) won the overall top award, winning a year's free membership to the Glasgow Art Club. Chloe Trott (above, far right) was highly commended in the painting category, whilst Ruth Taylor (above, 2nd from left) was also highly commended in the mixed media category.

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Serving Up Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/national-cookery-competition-successes/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/national-cookery-competition-successes/ There was great news from the High School's Health and Food Technology department this week, with successes in two separate cookery competitions for two HFT pupils.

Future Chef Competition

Isabella Harten (S4) won the Springboard FutureChef Regional Competition at the City of Glasgow College on Thursday 2nd February. Her menu - a main course of smoked haddock three ways - cullen skink risotto with pan fried haddock fillet and smoked fish scotch egg, and a dessert of coconut panna cotta with a mango gel, caramelised pineapple, brandy snaps, Malibu syrup, chocolate panes and toasted coconut - was widely praised by all four judges, who were unanimous in their decision to award Isabella victory, something that has never before happened in the competition.

She will now go on to represent Scotland at the Future Chef Final at Westminster Kingsway College in London on Monday 27th March where her and two guests will stay in a 5 Star Hotel and dine in some of London's finest restaurants. Isabella will be one of twelve competitors in the final, from an initial 8,000 throughout the UK who began the competition last year and will have to impress industry and celebrity chef judges by making a two-course meal using a 'basket of ingredients' which she will get to see a few weeks prior to the final.

Isabella said "I'm very excited about going to London for the final and am looking forward to doing my very best. I really enjoyed working with my mentor chef (and Executive Head Chef at Rangers Football Club) Jav Aziz." She was also invited to attend the Future Chef Fundraising Dinner at the prestigious Prestonfield House Hotel on Thursday 9th February.

Rotary Young Chef Competition

Meanwhile, Tabitha Steven (S2) was runner-up in the District Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition on Wednesday 1st February at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride. Tabitha prepared and cooked a three-course menu - a starter of Jerusalem artichoke soup with saffron and thyme, a main course of sea bass served with 'courgetti', bound with a tomato pesto sauce and garnished with basil oil, and a dessert of vanilla panna cotta served with rhubarb compote and baked crumble. The chef judges said “Tabitha worked calmly and methodically, and her starter and main course were cooked and seasoned to perfection with lovely textures”.

She will now represent the West of Scotland in the Scottish National Final in Dundee on Thursday 9th March. Tabitha commented "I am really excited about going through to the next stage of the competition and showing my skills, which are improving each time I compete."

Some more images of Isabella and Tabitha, along with the food they cooked, can be seen below.

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Empowerment Firewalk http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/health-and-wellbeing-awareness-week/ Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/health-and-wellbeing-awareness-week/ As part of our Health and Wellbeing Awareness Week, 41 pupils and 10 staff bravely took part in an Empowerment Firewalk on Tuesday Evening. 

Organised by Headstrong and Mr Brian Costello (who had delivered a very entertaining morning Assembly earlier that day) pupils were challenged to put mind over matter in braving both the cold February evening and a walk over burning hot coals in the 'Walk of Champions' Firewalk!

In between the fire being lit and the flames dying down, pupils and staff also took part in an arrow exercise, putting mind over matter in allowing an arrow placed on the participants' windpipe to be broken with a sharp thrust.

Congratulations to all who took part in this enriching evening which displayed the strong power of mindfulness.

A selection of photographs from the evening can be found below - for a fuller set of photographs, have a look at our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheHighSchoolofGlasgow)

See if you can spot a loved one/brave soul!

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Health & Wellbeing Awareness Week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/health-wellbeing-awareness-week/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/february/health-wellbeing-awareness-week/ This week the School community will take part in our Health and Wellbeing Awareness Week.

In morning assemblies throughout the week, pupils will listen to a variety of speakers on health and wellbeing, including Laura Sharpe from See Me Scotland, Brian Costello from Headstrong and some special guests at the final assembly of the week! There will also be presentations from school staff in the form of Ms Wilma McDougall, on ‘Music and Mental Health’, and Miss Jane McAteer on ‘Mindfulness’.

In addition, there will be various events taking place throughout the school to promote the importance of mental health, including a screening of the Pixar animation ‘Inside Out’, Meditation, Yoga and Zumba taster sessions in the school Gymnasiums and Drama Studio and a whole school sing-a-long session in the Assembly Hall. On Tuesday evening, S6 pupils will have the chance to take part in an ‘Empowerment Firewalk’, organised by the Headstrong charity. You can find out more about this by clicking here.

Keep an eye on the website and our social media outlets for more throughout the week!

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Czech Mate! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/s6-pupil-continues-excellent-tennis-form/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/s6-pupil-continues-excellent-tennis-form/ Sixth Year pupil Hamish Stewart had numerous successes last term, winning multiple tournaments throughout Europe. He has started this year in a similar vein, with some excellent tennis seeing him through to two finals at the recent I.CLTK Cup tournament in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hamish fought his way past Czech, Dutch, German and Estonian opponents but unfortunately came up just short against fellow Brit Aidan McHugh in the Boys' Singles Final, losing narrowly, 7-5, 6-4.

There was no time for grudges though...Aidan was also Hamish's partner in the Boys' Doubles Final, in the match proceeding the Singles Final! Having previously come through three rounds, tiredness perhaps caught up with the boys as they lost out 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 in the Final to a Czech/German pairing.

Hamish's excellent recent form has propelled him towards the top 200 in the World Junior rankings and he will be hoping to continue the upward trend as he competes at the National Tour Finals in London at the end of this week and the West of Scotland U18 Winter County Cup later in February. He will also train with the LTA before competing in further ITF tournaments in March.

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Making a Splash! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/medal-success-in-the-pool/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/medal-success-in-the-pool/ High School pupils took home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Scottish Schools' Swimming Championships in East Kilbride on Friday 27th January.

Transitus pupil Jamie Ritchie won Gold in the U12 50m Breaststroke, finishing in joint first place after recording the exact same time as his competitor!

S2 swimmer Douglas Kelly won a Silver medal in the 13-14 Years 200m Individual Medley, recording a new personal best time, before returning in the evening session to take Bronze in the 13-14 Years 100m Breaststroke.

Rounding off the medal haul was Transitus pupil Fergus Currie, who took Bronze in the U12 50m Backstroke. S6 pupil Jamie Miller also competed well, finishing 6th in the 17-19 Years 100m Freestyle.

The swimming continues this week, with the Primary Schools' Heats taking place at Drumchapel Pool on Wednesday. 

(Transitus medalists Jamie Ritchie and Fergus Currie can be seen with their medals above.)

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Badminton Quaich Victory http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/top-b-racquet/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/top-b-racquet/ The High School's badminton stars were successful at the Glasgow Secondary Gibb Memorial Quaich on Wednesday 25th January.

The team - Sammy Bell, Abhishek Gambhir, Euan Gibson-Smith (all S6), Guan-An Chen, William Xu (both S5), Emily Sillars, Rachel Sugden and Sanaa Suvarna (all S4) - defeated Cleveden Secondary School 13-2 to win the U19 team Quaich.

Next up on the badminton calendar is the National Gibb Memorial Quaich, which will see both the High School U14 and U18 sides representing the Glasgow region at the Scottish event at the end of February.

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Achieving their Goals! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/international-and-club-football-selection/ Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/international-and-club-football-selection/ After a successful regional tournament and participation in recent trials, S3 pupils Georgia and Mhairi Crooks saw off competition from around the country as they were selected to represent the Scottish Schools Under 15 girls' international football squad. The High School are the only school with multiple girls participating in the 18 person squad.

The girls will now represent the Scottish Schools side throughout this season, with the upcoming Bob Docherty Tournament, a training camp in Jersey and various warm up matches on the horizon.

Further to that, Georgia, Mhairi and S6 pupil Oli Crawford have all been selected to represent the SISFA U18 side in a game against Australia on Thursday 26th January in Edinburgh.

Oli had further good news earlier this week as she learned she had been promoted to the Glasgow City FC first team squad, having come through the ranks of their youth team.

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Marvellous Musicians! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/nyos-and-nycos-selection/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/nyos-and-nycos-selection/ National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

S6 pupil Rachel Whitelaw (violin) has been selected to represent the NYOS Symphony Orchestra this year, the flagship orchestra of NYOS for participants aged 25 and under. The School are also represented by three S6 pupils in this year's NYOS Senior Orchestra, which brings together the best young musicians in Scotland over 13 year of age - Duncan Fraser (clarinet), Christopher O’Leary (French horn) and Adam Stanley (percussion) will take part throughout this year, while Adam and Christopher have also been selected as reserves for the Symphony Orchestra.

The NYOS Junior Orchestra acts as a first step for young musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, before hopefully advancing to the Senior and Symphony Orchestras. Again, the School are very well represented in the Junior Orchestra, with eleven pupils selected - over 1/10th of the entire Orchestra! Those chosen were S4 pupils Ben Litherland (bassoon) and Tanya Smoli (violin), S3 pupils Eilidh Davidson (cello), Reuben Gilson-Barnett (violin), Jessica Insall (trombone) and Samantha Insall (viola), S2 pupils Matthew Litherland (French horn) and Amelia Neilson (clarinet), S1 pupils Helena Downie (violin) and Danny Petrie (percussion) and Transitus pupil Zixuan Yao (violin).

Amelia Neilson has also been selected, alongside fellow S2 pupils Amy Gilson-Barnett (cello) and Ella Smoli (violin), for the NYOS Training Orchestra, which aims to prepare younger musicians for entry into the NYOS Orchestra.

A selection of those chosen can be seen in the picture above.

 

National Youth Choir of Scotland

High School pupils have also been chosen to represent the various National Youth Choirs of Scotland for 2016/17.

After successful auditions, the School is represented by S6 pupils Mira Mansfield and Christopher O'Leary in the Main Choir (for singers aged 16-25 years old).

Anjali Gupta (S5), Millie Haldane (S4), Maryam Khan (S3) and Amy Higgins (S2) were selected for the National Youth Girls’ Choir of Scotland (12-16 years old) while Adam Insall and Andrew Whitelaw (both S2) were selected for the National Youth Boys' Choir of Scotland (10-16 years old).

Yemisi Edgar (S3), Annabel DaviesTanvi Mantry and Shreya Marshall (all S1) were selected for the NYCOS Training Choir.

Some of the NYCOS participants can be seen in the image above.

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Back of the Net! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/regional-success-for-s3-footballers/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/regional-success-for-s3-footballers/ High School footballers Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks and Yemisi Edgar (all S3) were part of the SSFA West side who won the SSFA U15 Regional Crossover Final Shield earlier this week.

The SSFA West side defeated the regional team from the North of Scotland 2-1, with Yemisi providing the assist for the West's first goal at the beginning of the second half. The North team equalised before West got the winner with just 3 minutes to go!

The girls can be seen above with the U15 Shield.

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Rook-ie Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/rook-ie-success/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2017/january/rook-ie-success/ Transitus pupil Ritvik Maheshwari was part of the Scottish chess team who were victorious at the Liverpool Quadrangular Tournament prior to the Christmas break.

Competing in early December against teams from North of England, English Midlands and Wales, Ritvik was part of a ten-person Under 12 team. He took part in three individual matches, winning once, drawing once and losing once.

This contributed to three U12 victories and success at this age level, which in turn led to overall victory for the Scottish side in the combined standings.

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Christmas Carol Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/christmas-carol-service-2016/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/christmas-carol-service-2016/ The autumn term came to a close today with a traditional Christmas Carol Service which saw pupils, staff, parents and guests belt out festive tunes in the Senior School Assembly Hall.

The service began with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, with the first verse being sung by S6 pupil, Emily Gilbride. Further traditional carols were interspersed with readings from pupils of each year group - Ritvik Maheshwari (Transitus), Aarya Gambhir (S1), Gregor Howie (S2), Aneliese Lapping (S3), Jai Tyagi (S4), Sophie Crawford (S5), Duncan Fraser (S6) - as well as from Head of Careers, Mr Robin Broadbent. The Chamber Choir, along with Percussionists Abhishek Gambhir, Adam Stanley (both S6) and Ailsa McClymont (S5) performed 'Where Riches is Everlastingly'.

The service was presided over by School Chaplain and Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley, who also led us in prayer and gave an Address on the 'tangles' that can occur during the festive period. The service came to a close with a hearty rendition of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, and the Blessing from Dr Whitley.

The audience were sent home with big smiles on their faces after a performance of 'Jingle Bells' from the Jazz Band and Vocal Soloists Beth Cairns (S6), Millie Haldane, Pippa Newbery and Kai Ross (all S4). The retiring offering was in aid of the Save the Children charity.

The five specially designed covers for the Order of Service were created this year by Transitus pupils Amy Ashton, Divyakshi Goyal, Elizabeth HamiltonEva Shepherd and Zixuan Yao.

   

The High School of Glasgow wishes everyone a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Going for Gold! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/art-competition-winner/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/art-competition-winner/ One we missed earlier in the term - Congratulations go to Elizabeth Perret (now in Transitus) who won a Gold medal in the Glasgow Museums Schools' Art Competition 2016.

Although Elizabeth won the award last session while at the Junior School, she was presented with her medal this term, at the end of September, at an awards ceremony held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Well Done to Elizabeth!

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Autumn Term Sporting Round Up http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/autumn-term-sporting-round-up/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/autumn-term-sporting-round-up/ Football

A hat-trick of High School girls were recently called up to face England in an Independent Schools football match.

S3 pupils Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks and Yemisi Edgar were all selected for the Scottish Independent Schools Football Association (SISFA) U16 squad. Georgia and Mhairi previously represented the SISFA side in last year's match against England, whilst all three girls were part of the High School Sevens sides who won the SISFA U18 and U15 titles last session.

They faced the Auld Enemy at St George's Park National Football Centre on the 14th December. Despite leading at half time, the Scottish side was pegged back and eventually fell to a 3-1 defeat. Nevertheless, this was a great experience for the girls.

Swimming

Anna Fleming (S5) competed at the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh between 9th-11th December, winning six national junior titles (50m, 100m and
200m Freestyle, 100m and 200m Individual Medley and 50m Butterfly) and breaking the Scottish National Short Course junior record for the 50m Freestyle with her time of 25.61 seconds.

Anna was also one of only five girls selected by Scottish Swimming to travel with the Junior British team to the Ontario Junior International Competition in Canada later in December
and has been invited to attend the Geneva International Meet in January.


Rowing

Eight rowers competed at the 2016 British Rowing Indoor Championships at Lee Valley VeloPark in London in mid-December. Both the S4 Boys’ and S6 Girls’ teams showed great commitment, with the boys - Angus Barrett, Ross Flanagan, Ben Taylor and Thomas Whitelaw - finishing a respectable 10th in a field containing mainly older teams. The girls’ team of Abi Campbell, Lauren Durnin, Mirrin Gillespie and Stephanie Wood went one better on last year, competing excellently to finish in 4th position, covering a school record distance.

 

Badminton

Rachel Sugden (S4) recently won both the Girls' Singles and Doubles competitions at the U17 East of Scotland Championship, the U17 Singles title at a Gold Star event in Milton Keynes and the West Dunbartonshire Junior Sports Personality of the Year! She will be taking part in tournaments throughout Europe next year, starting with a competition in Sweden at the end of January.

Rugby

Sandy Greig (S4) was one of 50 players from around the country selected to be a part of the Scotland U16 Development Squad. Sandy will take part in five training camps from January to March in the lead up to potential selection for the Scotland age grade side competing at the Four Nations Tournament in Wales in March 2017.

Synchronised Swimming

Gabriella Smart (S2) finished 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the Duet event at the National Synchronised Swimming Championships. Fellow S2 pupils Tabitha Steven and Lana Wallace finished 2nd in Scotland in the Competitive Team and Recreational Team events, respectfully. Tabitha was also selected to compete with Synchro Caledonia at the 2016 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in early December.

Cross Country

Alex Jones (S2) and Anya MacLean (S1) represented Garscube Running Club at the British Cross Country Finals in Liverpool in late November.

Hockey

The Girls 1st XI put on an excellent display to defeat Peebles High School 8-1 in the Scottish Plate quarter final on Monday 12th December. They go on to compete in the semi final early next year.

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Spreading the Festive Cheer! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/spreading-the-festive-cheer/ Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/spreading-the-festive-cheer/ Transitus pupils and the Senior Brass Ensemble ventured out of School on Thursday 15th December in order to spread the festive cheer around the city!

They performed for patients at Gartnavel Hospital before heading to the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow City Centre to entertain Christmas shoppers.

This all happened in aid of Ronald McDonald House, a charity that enables families to maintain a degree of normal life while their child is undergoing medical treatment in hospitals across the UK.

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Annual Christmas Lunch Extravaganza! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/cracking-christmas-lunch/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/cracking-christmas-lunch/ Christmas cheer spread throughout the High School yesterday as pupils and staff indulged in the annual Christmas Lunch feast!

School Chef, Mr Allan James, along with his Kitchen staff, put together a traditional Christmas meal with all the trimmings – turkey, gravy, stuffing, pigs-in-blankets, carrots, roast potatoes and brussel sprouts - as well as some delicious desserts for after.

Snazzily-Jumpered Staff and Sixth Year helpers buzzed around, keeping everything orderly as streams of pupils excitedly anticipated their delicious meal.

Pupils also partook in a specially organised raffle, with prizes including boxes of sweets, DVDs and other fun goodies. Pupils took a load off afterwards, enjoying a Christmas movie in the Assembly Hall.

With only a handful of days left of term, the School community is looking forward to Tuesday's Carol Service, before pupils and staff head home for a well deserved Christmas and New Year break.

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Skiing Victories http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/skiing-victories/ Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/skiing-victories/ S4 pupil Helena Gronski achieved some excellent victories in skiing events earlier this term.

Helena participates in British Nordic Skiing, the sport of cross country and roller skiing, and is part of the British Nordic Development Squad, the squad for more junior skiers who are not yet of the physical maturity or technical ability to compete at a more senior level.

Helena competed in Norway, Germany and Sweden throughout the 2015/2016 winter session and, after a summer of hard training, was victorious at a London Regional Nordic event at the beginning of October. At London's Olympic Park, she overcame racers from all over the UK to win the half hour classic-style race in the 14-17 years age group. Later that month, again in London, she competed in a slightly more gruelling four hour race! Once again, Helena was able to oust her opponents, winning the 14-17 years age group competition, having covered over 50 kilometres!

Helena's next ventures with the BNDS will see her attend a training and race camp in Norway in mid-December.

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Christmas Concert 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/christmas-concert-2016/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/christmas-concert-2016/ The Senior School hosted the 2016 Christmas Concert on Friday 9th December at Old Anniesland.

The night saw hundreds of High School musicians performing for a captivated audience. The talents of the Junior Choir, Junior Orchestra, Concert Band, Senior Brass, Junior Fiddles and Guitars, and Percussion Ensembles were all very well received throughout the evening. They performed an enjoyable mixture of festive tunes, ranging from traditional Christmas songs to a Junior Guitar Ensemble version of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'! The collection on the evening was in aid of Playlist For Life and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

The audience were also treated to spectacular improvisations from the talented virtuoso 'Harry the Piano', who took audience requests on tunes and styles and combined them in fashions not often heard at a festive concert! Earlier in the day, he had given an improvisation workshop to Higher and Advanced Higher musicians before delivering the Friday lecture to 6th Year pupils, discussing his successful career in the Arts.

The festive cheer continues this week, with Transitus Carol Singers performing at Gartnavel Hospital and the St Enoch Centre later this week and the annual Carol Service bringing the term to an end on Tuesday 22nd December.

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Rugby Round-Up http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/rugby-round-up/ Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/december/rugby-round-up/ It has been quite the week for rugby at the High School, with a visit from former Scotland International Alastair Kellock and participation in two national finals at Murrayfield.

On Wednesday 7th December, Alastair Kellock, former Captain of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland International, attended morning assembly. He was there to present 1st XV Captain Stuart Ferguson (S6) with the White Conference Shield, which was won during this term with participation from boys at all age levels. Pupils were excited to meet Mr Kellock and took the chance to have a word with the 56 times capped Lock.

Mr Kellock had taken the time during assembly to offer words of inspiration and encouragement to the U16 and 1st XV rugby sides, who competed at Murrayfield later that day in the Scottish Schools' Cup Plate Finals.

The U16s took to the field first, facing Earlston High School. Despite taking an early lead, they were quickly pegged back and eventually lost out, 12-26.

The 1st XV competed in the early evening, taking on local rivals Hutchesons' Grammar School in the U18 Plate Final. The game swung from end to end, with the HSOG side taking the lead three times in the first half alone. Hutchesons' led at half time and extended their lead early in the second half. Despite narrowing that lead and applying late pressure, the High School side were just unable to get over the line again, losing the game 18-23.

Pupils had a fantastic day and were given a very vocal backing from an impressive travelling support from the School. They will have learned from their experience in these national finals and are already looking forward to next year's competition!

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Moore House Fundraising Week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/moore-house-fundraising-week/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/moore-house-fundraising-week/ Our second Fundraising Week of the 2016/17 session is already underway, with Moore House doing the honours throughout this week.

Moore House Captain, Iona Fraser, has taken the time here to tell us more about what has been happening and what is still to come, in Moore's efforts to raise money for the charity Place2Be:

"This week Moore House are fundraising for Place2Be, the UK's leading in school children's mental health
service. 
They work in schools throughout the country, helping children in tough situations such as those
experiencing family breakdown, neglect and even abuse. Last week a group of pupils from 6th Year Moore
visited Place2Be's services at a local Glasgow school, meeting with children who have benefited from
Place2Be's services.

We have been fundraising throughout the week - there have been pedal go-kart races all week, Monday
lunchtime saw us host the Moore Pointless Quiz and on Tuesday 
pupils took part in a Moore assault
course. Today we are showing a Christmas film and tomorrow 
we are holding a Battle of the Bands
competition with both teachers and pupils battling it out to 
be crowned the best band at the High School!
Finally, on Friday we are holding the annual Moore 
Dodgeball tournament.

Whilst raising money from the various in-school events, Moore House are also hoping that you will be able to help out for this most worthy cause, and give generously to their fundraising campaign. If you would like to help out, you can visit Moore House's Virgin Money Fundraising Page by clicking here.

To learn more about the excellent work that Place2Be do throughout the UK, you can visit their website at www.place2be.org.uk

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2016 Christmas Cards http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/2016-christmas-cards/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/2016-christmas-cards/ Before you know it, Christmas will be here! Don't panic though, here at the High School of Glasgow, we are happy to help you in some small way!

The High School of Glasgow Christmas Cards are here and available to order. Designed this year by S6 pupil, Kelly Clayton, these lovely Christmas Cards are available to buy in packs of 8, for the bargain price of £5 a pack.

The card is 140x140mm, with the inner message reading "Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"

All proceeds will go to charity.

Orders can be placed with any member of the School Art Department or by emailing admin@hsog.co.uk, with the subject matter "Christmas Cards".

Orders can be collected by pupils or staff, from the Art Department.

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Senior Musical Production - West Side Story http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/senior-musical-production-west-side-story/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/senior-musical-production-west-side-story/ The Senior Musical Production, 'West Side Story', saw pupils and staff come together to enthrall audiences over its four night run in the Senior School Assembly Hall.

Directed and Produced by Senior Deputy Rector, Mr Kenneth Robertson, with Musical Direction from Head of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, 'West Side Story' is a contemporary adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the action transported to a mid-20th century New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in an all-singing, all-dancing epic.

The lead roles of the doomed lovers 'Tony' and 'Maria' saw S6 pupils Christopher O'Leary and Emily Gilbride flex both their acting and singing muscles. Kai Ross (S4) played, 'Riff', the leader of the Jets, Duncan Fraser played 'Bernardo', leader of the Sharks and Mira Mansfield (S6) playing 'Anita', Bernardo's girl. The large cast even had room for four members of staff, including Mr Robertson, to show off their stage skills!

The cast on-stage were supported by a 20-strong band, including current pupils and staff, as well as outside musicians, playing the famous songs including 'Tonight', 'Maria', 'I Feel Pretty', 'Somewhere' and 'America'. Highly energetic dance numbers were choreographed by Mrs Linda Smith, sound equipment and lighting design were provided by Mr Steve Robb from Live Systems and the set was designed and supplied by Jack Murdoch.

The show wouldn't have been a success without the tireless backstage work of staff and pupil volunteers; from the Stage Crew, Light and Sound Crew and Costuming by the School Art Department, to the Make-Up Team and Front of House Staff.

You can see pictures from the production in the gallery below.

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Smash Hit! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/smash-hit/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/smash-hit/ S6 pupil Hamish Stewart quickly followed up his recent first ITF Tennis title with a second and even more impressive success, this time at the Ayia Napa Protaras Junior Tournament in Cyprus earlier this month.

Hamish, starting as the tournament number 2 seed, overcame opponents from Poland, Moldova, Great Britain and Italy, before facing fellow Brit Aaron Hepburn in the Boys' Singles competition final. A confident 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory meant Hamish had won his second ITF tournament in the space of a month!

To add to this, Hamish and partner Jacob Fearnley were also able to overcome opponents from throughout Europe in order to win the Boys' Doubles competition, again with a straight sets final victory, 6-3, 6-2, over their Greek counterparts.

Hamish also competed at the Nike Junior International Competition in Liverpool from 21st-25th November. Despite another excellent effort, Hamish's impressive 15 match unbeaten run came to an end in the final, where he lost out over three sets to fellow Brit and 2nd seed Adam Jones.

(Photo courtesy of Tennis Scotland)

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Serving Up Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/serving-up-success/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/serving-up-success/ S4 pupil Isabella Harten won the local heat of the 'Future Chef' competition by a single mark at City of Glasgow College on Thursday 17th November.

The competition, which sees competitors from local schools prepare and cook a two course menu, was judged by the Executive Head Chefs of the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow and Carrigan's, a privately owned restaurant in Blantyre. In awarding Isabella 1st place, they described her dessert, a Coconut panna cotta with mango gel, caramelised pineapple and coconut flakes, as "faultless", with one judge claiming it was 'the best dessert he has ever tasted in the 'Future Chef' competition' and that he 'would be very proud to serve it in his own restaurant.'

The judges also commented on Isabella's main course of smoked haddock three ways - cullen skink risotto with pan fried haddock fillet, smoked fish scotch egg and a parsley oil that it was "of a high standard" and used techniques "which even professional chefs find challenging." They commended the dish for its flavours and good seasoning.

Health and Food Technology teacher, Mrs Jen Sellar, who helped Isabella prepare for the competition, said:

"I am very proud of Isabella to get to this stage of the competition. She has to be commended for her
commitment, not only in practicing her dishes at school and at home, but also in taking the time to visit
Executive Chef, Jav Aziz, at Ibrox Stadium, who mentored her through some of the more difficult
techniques and garnishes used in her dishes. Well done on a 
great achievement."

Isabella now advances to the Scottish Regional Final, again held at the City of Glasgow College, on 2nd February 2017.

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Made of the White Stuff! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/hsog-win-rugby-white-conference/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/hsog-win-rugby-white-conference/ After completion of the five rounds of conference rugby fixtures, it is now official - The High School of Glasgow have won the Scottish Schools' White Conference competition!

The conference system works by taking the aggregated results from each set of fixtures, from the 1st XV all the way down through the age groups to S1 sides, and combining them in order to come up with an overall total (you can find more details about how the conference system works and how each side got on by clicking here.) 

After five weekends of competitive fixtures against neighbouring schools George Heriot's School, The Glasgow Academy, Hutchesons' Grammar School, Kelvinside Academy and St Aloysius' College, our boys pipped closest rivals, George Heriot's, by two points! Having finished 5th last season, victory is a testament to all the hard work, not only of the boys involved at all age levels, but of the staff who helped coach and encourage them.

This marks an exciting time for rugby at the School, with the U16s having recently achieved an exciting 29-24 victory over Hawick High School to join the 1st XV in taking their place at Murrayfield Stadium on Wednesday 7th December for the Scottish Schools' Plate Finals. The U16s will take on Scottish Borders side Earlston High School, whilst the 1st XV face Glasgow neighbours Hutchesons' Grammar School.

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Teamwork Adds up to Victory! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/teamwork-adds-up-to-victory/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/teamwork-adds-up-to-victory/ The team of Junwen Chen, Keshav Mahendra (both S6), Guan-An Chen and William Xu (both S5) recently achieved victory at the UKMT Senior Maths Team Challenge regional heat at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley.

The competition, which was also won by the High School team last year, sees pupils completing a variety of challenging questions against the clock. The team kept in contention in the opening two rounds, before dominating in the final relay round, completing all four puzzles and scoring two time bonuses to clinch victory.

The boys will now go on to represent Glasgow at the National Final in London in February - training begins immediately!

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2016 Mod Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/2016-mod-success/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/2016-mod-success/ As has become an annual tradition, siblings of the school were recently successful at the Royal National Mod. The competition, which took place this year in Stornoway from the 14th-22nd October, showcases and celebrates Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, providing opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.

This year, there was first place finishes for not one, not two, but three members of the Callan family!

Màiri Callan (S5) excelled, outdoing her success from last year's competition. She placed:

  • First in Age 13-15 Girls' Traditional Singing, winning the traditional Silver Medal,
  • First in Age 13-15 Girls' Prescribed Song, winning the An Comunn Silver Medal and finishing as joint winner of the MacLeod Memorial Quaich,
  • First in U18 Open Self Accompanied (on Clarsach) Singing, retaining the Glendale Quaich she won in last year's competition,
  • Second in U18 Open Advanced Clarsach.

Màiri become the first ever person to win two Silver Medals in the same year!

Mìcheal Callan (S6) placed first in Age 16-18 Boys' Traditional Singing, winning the Neil MacLaine Cameron Memorial Trophy, whilst Cathal Callan (S2) achieved a first place in Age 13-15 Open Poetry Recitation and a second place in Age 13-15 Boys' Traditional Singing.

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Annual Remembrance Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/remembrance-service-2016/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/remembrance-service-2016/ The 2016 Remembrance Service took place today, with pupils and staff joined by invited guests to pay tribute to those who fell during World War I and World War II. Distinguished guests on the day included the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, Mr Ronnie Gourley and Honorary President of the School, Rt Hon Lord Macfarlane.

The service began with the Introit, S5 pupil, Màiri Callan, performing 'Oh Danny Boy', self-accompanied on the clarsach. The Rector gave an introduction before two S6 pupils, Christopher O'Leary and Craig Alexander talked to us about former High School pupil and former Prime Minister, Andrew Bonar Law, discussing the sad loss of two of his sons, Charles and James, during World War I.

School Chaplain, Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley, led us in prayer before School Captain, Jamie Miller delivered the reading. Dr Whitley gave the Address, discussing his personal connections to Andrew Bonar Law and World War I and reminding us never to forget those who were lost - to learn as much as we can about those who fell during both Wars.

The Rector, Dr Whitley and guests, alongside representatives of the school staff and pupil representatives congregated at our War Memorial, arriving to the sounds of ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest’, performed by S6 pupil Stewart Steven on Bagpipes. School Captain, Stephanie Wood, laid a wreath on behalf of The School at the 1914-1918 First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Gourley, President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, laid a wreath at the 1939-1945 Second World War Memorial, on behalf of former pupils of the School.

After a moment’s silence to remember the nearly 700 former High School pupils who died throughout both Wars, ‘The Last Post’ was performed by Roberto MuscatelliJames Stewart (both S6), Amy Provan, Zoe Robertson (both S5) and Angus Barrett (S4). The Benediction followed our last hymn, marking the end of the service. 

As ever, we are extremely grateful to Dr Whitley for leading us so ably in tribute and to all those who helped and and performed on the day. Thank you to all those who joined us on this most poignant day to help us remember the fallen.

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Fantastic 1st XV! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/fantastic-1st-xv/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/fantastic-1st-xv/ Our High School rugby side is currently on a bit of a roll!

Yesterday saw Old Anniesland play host to the Scottish Schools' Plate semi final, with the 1st XV taking on Gordonstoun School. Despite falling behind, the boys fought back to overcome their opponents, 24-18. They will now go on to face Hutchesons' Grammar School in the Scottish Schools' Plate Final at Murrayfield in early December.

The 1st XV were also in action at the weekend, along side all other age group sides, as they took on The Glasgow Academy. The SRU covered the games and have posted an excellent article, summarising how they got.

You can click here to read the SRU piece.

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Golden Effort at Swimming Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/golden-effort-at-swimming-finals/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/golden-effort-at-swimming-finals/ The annual Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals on Monday 31st October saw High School pupils achieve an excellent haul of 21 individual medals, 8 relay and 2 Lifesaving medals - a grand total of 31 medals!

Anna Fleming (S5) had a very successful day, picking up Gold medals in both the Open 100m Butterfly and the Over 16 100m Freestyle, winning the Founders Cup in the process. Anna was also a part of the Gold medal winning Open Girls' Relay team, alongside Lauren Durnin (S6), Beth Camilleri (S5, who also won Gold in O16 100m Backstroke) and Kiera Smith (S4). They were awarded the Primrose Challenge Bowl for their victory.

Other trophies were won by Alex Jones (S2) in the U14 100m Freestyle (Daily Record Cup), Ellie Murphy (S2) in the U14 50m Breaststroke (Alastair Short Cup), the U16 Girls' Relay team - Catriona James (S4), Lucy Kemsley, Roma Lynch and Pippa Meek (all S3) (T.S. Turnbull Trophy), the U14 Boys' Relay team - Sam Camilleri, Finn Harris, Adam Insall, Douglas Kelly (all S2) (South Side Cup) and the U14 Girls' Relay team - Alex Jones, Christina Miller, Ellie Murphy, Anna Smith (all S2) (Sports Shop Cup).

Douglas Kelly (S2) set a new record time for his Gold Medal-winning swim in the U14 100m Breaststroke, whilst there were also Gold medals for Jamie Miller (S6) in the O16 100m Breaststroke, Eilidh Davidson (S3) in the U16 100m Breaststroke, Finn Harris (S2) in the U14 50m Backstroke, Adam Insall (S2) in the U14 50m Breaststroke, Zara Kennedy (S1) in the U13 50m Butterfly and Adam Ivins and Adam Kennedy (both S3), who won the U16 Boys' Lifesaving Shield.

The High School's haul was completed by five individual, four relay and one lifesaving shield Silver medal, as well as a further five individual Bronze medals.

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The Fraser Lecture 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/the-fraser-lecture-2016/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/the-fraser-lecture-2016/ The 2016 Fraser Lecture was delivered this afternoon at the Senior School by Mr Raymond Williamson, former Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the School and former Lord Dean of Guild of the City of Glasgow.

Mr Williamson’s fascinating lecture entitled 'Some reflections on practising law for 50 years' saw him discuss all kinds of issues from throughout his 40 year career at MacRoberts Solicitors and his time as an Employment Judge, as well as touching on his time at the High School. He focused on the significant changes that have taken place in both the field of Law and in society over the last 50 years and shared tales about his dealings with some of the great and good of Scottish life! He also took time to answer questions from our 6th year pupils following his lecture.

Mr Williamson is a former pupil and current Trustee of the High School and has served on the Board of the RSNO and acted as Chairman of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He received the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow Award for Culture in 2010. We thank him for taking the time to deliver this enjoyable lecture.

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Autumn Sporting Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/autumn-sporting-updates/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/november/autumn-sporting-updates/ The nights may be getting darker, but pupils have been busier than ever during the Autumn Term, competing and succeeding in a multitude of sports.

Indoor Rowing

The High School had over twenty pupils competing at the Scottish Schools' Indoor Rowing Competition on Friday 28th October, with some excellent results for our pupils. The S4 Boys' team of Angus Barrett, Ross Flanagan, Ben Taylor and Thomas Whitelaw (pictured above) excelled to finish nearly 10 seconds clear of nearest competitors Lomond School. There were also excellent 2nd place finishes for High School teams in the Open Girls' and S5 Girls' races, and a 3rd place finish in the S4 Girls' race.

Football

After the selection of Peter Mackay (S6) for the U18 Independent Schools National Team in September, fellow S6 pupil Paul McKendry has followed in his footsteps, as he was selected for the SISFA U18 team last month.

Rugby

Sandy Greig (S4) featured in an age-grade double header, which leads towards international age-grade selection for the 2016/17 season. He represented the West U16 side in games against an East of Scotland side at Scotstoun and Netherdale. The first game at Scotstoun was won 24-12 by the East team, with the return match seeing the East side win 19-5 in Galashiels, meaning the East team took home the trophy.

Skating

Juliana Sweeney-Baird (S2) will be representing the Inclusive Skating Scotland and GB teams at international skating competitions in the very near future. She will firstly compete for the Scottish team in Iceland this weekend, before heading to Finland to represent the GB side on 8th/9th December and to Canada from 16-19th December. Juliana was crowned the British Inclusive Skating Novice Champion back in April and will be hoping to skate just as well when she represents her country and Great Britain on a world level. Good luck Juliana!

Skiing

After victories in the Primary and Secondary Autumn Dual Slalom Competitions earlier in October, the Primary and Senior 1st teams competed last week at the Autumn Dual Slalom Finals, taking place at SnoFactor, Braehead. Whilst the Senior team finished outside of the top 4 positions, the Primary side of Amy Ashton, Fergus Currie, Nial Marshall (all Trans) and Max Clark (J6) skied particularly well to finish in 3rd and pick up national Bronze medals.

Tennis

Hamish Stewart (S6) won his first ITF Junior Tennis title at the Yonex HRT Autumn Cup in mid-October in Denmark. Competing at Hørsholm Rungsted Tennis Club, just north of Copenhagen, Hamish, starting as the 11th seed at the tournament, overcame a variety of opponents from throughout Europe, culminating in an excellent straight-sets victory over Swede Mikko Malinen in the Final.

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Bannerman Raise over £4,500 for Charity! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/bannerman-raise-over-4-500-for-charity/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/bannerman-raise-over-4-500-for-charity/ Bannerman House have gone above and beyond once again in their Fundraising Week efforts, with recent events having raised over £4,5000 for the Build Africa charity.

Amongst other appeals, Build Africa work to raise the participation of girls in education in sub-Saharan Africa. An educated girl is one of the most powerful agents of change in the developing world because she will help to break the cycle of poverty in her community: educated women are less likely to marry against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; more likely to have healthy babies; and more likely to send their children to school. When all children have access to a quality education it creates opportunities in generations to come. However, according to UNICEF figures, girls are 1.7 times more likely to be illiterate across the developing world, and sub-Saharan Africa, where our campaign is focused, has proved to be one of places that is most resistant to change. In this part of the world, 9.5 million girls will never set foot in a classroom, and for those that do, many will have done so for the last time before they are of secondary school age.

Their 'Let Lassies Learn' charity week engaged the entire High School community with events which included the Bannerman Buskers, some alfresco Ceilidh Dancing, a Big Bannerman Quiz entitled ‘Universally Challenged’ and a Novelty Olympics. The highlight of the week was undoubtedly Bannerman’s ‘Car Park Karaoke’, which saw pupils and staff display their vocal talents for all to hear! You can watch these masterpieces by clicking here!

Well done and thank you to all those who participated, donated and enjoyed Bannerman's Fundraising Week! there is still the opportunity to add to the cause by visiting Bannerman's Just Giving page here and donating.

#LetLassiesLearn
#NotJustAHouseAHome

                  

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Winners on the Water http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/winners-on-the-water/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/winners-on-the-water/ High School pupils have achieved impressive results in recent rowing and sailing events.

Gordon Sivarajan had some sailing success throughout the summer and is already excelling once again, early in the new season. Having completed the first two UK Laser 4.7 ranking events, Gordon has been selected for the Royal Yachting Association 2016/17 UK Junior Squad for Laser 4.7. Only the top eight boys under 15 years of age in the UK are selected for this squad. Gordon will be involved in six UK Laser training camps in England over the winter period, with the first of these taking place at Weymouth and Plymouth National Sailing Academy in a couple of weeks time.

Alex Sivarajan (Transitus) has been selected for the RYA Scottish Optimist Development Team for 2016/17. Similarly, he will be involved in six training weekends with Scotland coaches over the winter, taking place at the Scottish Sailing Institute in Largs.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 8th October at Bardowie Loch, near Milngavie, the High School had three teams competing at the Clyde Cruising Club's inter-schools Laird Trophy competition. Particular congratulations go to the team of Zoe Wheel (S5) and Andrew Cross (S4), who finished in 3rd position, and Finlay Hamilton (S6) and Tony FitzGerald (S4), who finished 5th.

At the Scottish Schools' Rowing Head of the River event on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October at Dullatur, there was success for High School pupils, racing as part of Glasgow Schools' Rowing Club teams. Laoise Rogers (S5) was victorious in the WJ18 category in the coxed Four, Natalie Smart (S5) won as part of the WJ16 Quad and Ciara Rogers (S3) achieved victories in both the WJ14 Quad and Doubles races. Full results from this event can be found by clicking here.

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Aidan to Tackle Rugby Role http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/aidan-to-tackle-rugby-role/ Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/aidan-to-tackle-rugby-role/ S6 pupil Aidan FitzGerald has recently been named as one of the first members of Scottish Rugby Union's Youth Panel, an exciting initiative that will see his views influence the future of Scottish rugby.

Aidan is one of sixteen individuals, aged from 14-20 years old, who make up the panel, formed after a selection process from hopefuls submitting recorded video applications through Youtube. The panel is made up of eight girls and eight boys, who form a wide geographical representation of the country and who represent rugby both on and off the field.

In a series of meetings at Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Scottish rugby, the SRU state that:

"the youth panel will act as a voice for young people within Scottish Rugby and will enable members of the panel to inform the implementation and development of Schools and Youth programmes".

The hope is that these youngsters' opinions will influence the game going forward, whilst also developing new skills and bolstering the CV of the likes of Aidan, for a possible future in the sport. The panel will meet three times a year, with Aidan able to serve for a term of two years.

The first meeting of the panel took place last week and saw some famous faces offering their support and knowledge to the panel including Scotland's record points scorer and Scottish Rugby Ambassador, Chris Paterson, current Scotland players Alasdair Dickinson and Claire Bain, and the Heads of Schools and Youth and Womens and Girls' Rugby, Colin Thomson and Sheila Begbie. You can read more by clicking here.

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HSOG Club Dinner 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/club-dinner-2016/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/club-dinner-2016/ The Glasgow High School Club Dinner on Friday 7th October brought together the great and good of the High School community, including friends and former pupils, as well as current staff members and our school captains, to enjoy a memorable evening of food, music, toasts and entertainment. 

Guests were welcomed by Piper, Stewart Steven (S6), before a drinks reception in The Jimmie Ireland Stand. The Top Table included The President of The Glasgow High School Club, Mr Ronnie Gourley and his wife Wilma, Rector, Mr John O’Neill and his wife Maureen, Mr Donald Wilson (current Chair of Kelvinside Academy's Board of Governors and former GHK rugby player) and his father Brunton, Mr Allan Snedden (President of West of Scotland Rugby Club and current parent) and his wife Shona and our School Captains Stephanie Wood and Jamie Miller. They were piped in to the Assembly Hall, with further music played on the night by talented pianist and S4 pupil, Sam Greene. The night was once again catered for by School chef, Mr Allan James.

The entertainment continued after dinner with a number of toasts, firstly from Mr Gourley, giving the toast to The Queen, followed by a toast to the School and the Club by Mr Wilson. The initial reply was given by Mr O’Neill, with our School Captains also sharing their experiences as current pupils of the High School. A toast to our guests was proposed by Mr Snedden before the evening concluded with a vote of thanks from former President of the High School Club, Mr Alistair Wood. As ever, we ended on a high, with a rousing rendition of our School Song, 'O Alma Mater'.

The night was organised by Dinner Convenor for the Club, Mr Kerr Docherty, with able assistance from The School Development Office, in the shape of Development Director, Mrs Karen McDonald and Development Officer, Mr James Brechany. We’d like to extend our thanks to those involved in the organisation and running of the event and to all those who attended.

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Bannerman House Fundraising Week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/bannerman-fundraising-week-201617/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/bannerman-fundraising-week-201617/ The first fundraising week of the 2016-17 session is finally upon us, with Bannerman House having the honour of leading the way.

Bannerman House is once again supporting the charity Build Africa in its work to raise the participation of girls in education in sub-Saharan Africa. An educated girl is one of the most powerful agents of change in the developing world because she will help to break the cycle of poverty in her community: educated women are less likely to marry against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; more likely to have healthy babies; and more likely to send their children to school. When all children have access to a quality education it creates opportunities in generations to come. However, according to UNICEF figures, girls are 1.7 times more likely to be illiterate across the developing world, and sub-Saharan Africa, where our campaign is focused, has proved to be one of places that is most resistant to change. In this part of the world, 9.5 million girls will never set foot in a classroom, and for those that do, many will have done so for the last time before they are of secondary school age.

Bannerman House is attempting to raise £6000 to fund an already successful Build Africa programme to raise girls’ participation in education in three communities, through a combination of teacher training, parental engagement, and local campaigning. Although they'll have a shorter week than usual, you can bet that they will pack in everything in their week, entitled 'Let Lassies Learn'.

Monday lunchtime will see some al fresco ceilidh dancing, with a sponsored Strip the Willow in the School playground, while Tuesday is the day for all the sweet-tooths out there - the Retro Sweetie Shop is open all day in W3! The catchily-titled 'Universally Challenged' will see any school brainboxes put to the test on Wednesday lunchtime, while a non-uniform day and the Bannerman Novelty Olympics on Thursday will bring the week to a close. As is tradition with Bannerman fundraising weeks, the Bannerman Buskers will be popping up all around the school at interval and lunchtimes, whilst a new addition this year sees pupils and staff (or those brave enough...) afforded the opportunity to show off their ample vocal talents in 'Car Park Karaoke'.

As ever, we hope you will be able to give generously to this fantastic cause. Get involved and help Bannerman House support Build Africa. To learn more about the charity, you can visit the Build Africa website at www.build-africa.org. To donate to Bannerman's cause, you can visit their JustGiving page by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

#LetLassiesLearn
#NotJustAHouseAHome

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Bronze for the Boys! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/sssa-dry-slope-championships/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/sssa-dry-slope-championships/ A busy week for High School skiers concluded on Sunday 9th October with Bronze medals being won at the Scottish Schools' Snowsports Association Dry Slope Championships at Midlothian Ski Centre, Edinburgh.

Six High School teams entered the various age-group competitions, with some excellent performances at a tough event, including the Senior Mixed team finishing just outside of the medals in 5th position and a 7th place finish for the Senior Girls' side seeing them come up just one position short of qualifying for the British Championships. The Minor boys' team of Harry Pover, Maxwell Wang (both S1), Fergus Currie and Nial Marshall (both Trans)(pictured above) skied well to secure 3rd place and win themselves Bronze medals.

Our skiers will be back in action soon, with two teams competing at Dual Slalom National Finals at the end of October, having been victorious at the recent Primary and Secondary Autumn Dual Slalom competitions.

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Superstar Skiers http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/superstar-skiers/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/superstar-skiers/ It might not quite be winter yet, but our High School skiers are already hitting top form, with victories in yesterday's Primary and Secondary Autumn Dual Slalom competitions.

Taking place at Bearsden Ski Club, the Primary team of Fergus Currie, Nial Marshall, Kirsty Wicklow (all Trans) and Max Clark (J6) (pictured above) achieved the remarkable feat of winning 7 out of 7 races in the Primary Dual Slalom event! They will now go on to compete at the National Finals, which take place at SnoFactor, Braehead, on Wednesday 26th October.

An equally strong performance came from the Senior 1st team of Marcus Forbes (S6), Isla Petrie (S5), Seamus Keaney (S4) and Ewan Forbes (S3) as they competed against a high quality field of competitors in the Secondary Dual Slalom competition.

While the 2nd and 3rd teams finished 4th and 6th respectively, the 1st team were victorious after defeating the highly rated Bearsden Academy team in a tense competition ski-off. Marcus, Isla, Seamus and Euan will now go on to the National final, again at SnoFactor, Braehead, on Thursday 27th October.

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Karting King! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/karting-king/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/karting-king/ Angus Moulsdale (S2) achieved great success in karting throughout the Summer, resulting in him qualifying to compete at the upcoming World Finals Championships.

Having advanced at the beginning of 2016 from the Cadet category to Junior X30, Angus competed at the Spanish National Kart Championship during the summer, finishing 16th out of 60 entrants in the competition for drivers aged 13-17 years old. This performance was particularly impressive given he had never raced at Zuera (Zaragoza) before, as well as having deal with 40-45 degree heat on the track and not being race fit, having been out of the kart for over three weeks through injury. He also gained this position coming from a start at the back of the grid due to a mechanical failure in his kart during the Pre-Final.

The following week, Angus competed for his team, Fusion Motorsport, in the final round of the European Championship for Junior X30 karting at the same circuit in Zaragoza. Taking on some of the best karters in the world at his age level (including competitors from as far away as Hong Kong and Venezuela!), Angus fought his way through the field to finish in an excellent 6th position.

Angus also competed at the 2016 Kart Masters British Grand Prix at the PF International Kart Racing Circuit in Lincolnshire from 5th-7th August. The top 10 finishing drivers in the British Grand Prix get an invitation and paid entry to participate in the World Finals Championship at Le Mans. Angus raced well to finish 10th out of a field of 60 competitors, meaning that he qualified for the most prestigious race event of the year. He will travel to France next week to take part in the competition which attracts the most elite drivers from across the world. 

Well done to Angus on this and all of his achievements on the track - we wish him well at Le Mans and on his promising future in karting.

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Power Boat Racing Achievements http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/power-boat-racing-achievements/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/october/power-boat-racing-achievements/ Transitus pupil Oban Duncan achieved a rather more unique sporting success during the Summer break.

Oban was victorious in the P1 RIB Challenge at the Powerboat P1 Superstock event which took place at Cardiff Bay over the weekend of 26th-28th August. She raced fantastically to defeat competitors from around the world, in the process, setting a world record for the course!

Oban also recently returned from Sri Lanka where she became the first Union Internationale Motonautique Propstars Ambassador. The UIM are the international governing body for powerboat racing. She has now been invited to Fujairah in Abu Dhabi from 17-23rd October, where she has been asked to give a presentation to the Youth Development Programme delegates, as well as demonstrating her skills on the water throughout the week.

On Sunday 23rd October the UIM final General Assembly will take place where all delegates from around the world will meet. Oban has been asked to give a short presentation to the entire Assembly - the first 10 year old to ever do so from any country!

Well done to Oban on all these fine achievements - we wish her the best of luck in this very exciting opportunity during the October week break!

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The Lees Lecture - Mr John Shaw http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/the-lees-lecture-mr-john-shaw/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/the-lees-lecture-mr-john-shaw/ Our Friday Lecture Series continued today with The Lees Lecture, delivered by Vice Chairman of Biocon Limited and former pupil of the High School, Mr John Shaw.

Mr Shaw has occupied his current role at Biocon, India's largest biopharmaceutical company, in Bangalore for the past 18 years, alongside his wife, Kiran Mazumder-Shaw, the Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon.

We were delighted that Mr Shaw was able to share his wealth of experience with our 6th Years in his lecture entitled 'Reflections of a Global Executive'. He took pupils through his career, from leaving the High School at Elmbank Street in 1966, via his studies of Modern History and Political Economy at Glasgow University and working his way up the ranks at Coats Patons, to his current position as Vice Chairman of Biocon Limited. He focussed particularly on sharing his experiences of working around the globe, having worked in financial and general management positions in Latin America, Africa, and Europe, throughout his career.

Our thanks go to Mr Shaw for his fascinating lecture and particularly for flying half way across the world to deliver it to our 6th Year pupils. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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Sporting Stars! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/districtregional-sporting-selections/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/districtregional-sporting-selections/ High School pupils have once again impressed outwith the confines of the School, with many pupils recently achieving regional and district selections in hockey, football and rugby.

Hockey

Congratulations and good luck to the nine girls who have been selected to compete in the Inter-District Hockey Tournament this weekend at Glasgow Green. Seven teams compete at the annual tournament - West, South West, East, Midlands, North, Highland and South - with tournaments taking place for girls at various age groups.

Fiona Baillie and Sammy Bell (both S6) have been selected for the West District U18 team, while Katie Allison, Lucy Williamson (both S4), Georgia Crooks and Anna Pover (both S3) will represent the West U16 side. Mirrin Gillespie (S6) and Eilidh Gilchrist (S5) have been selected for the South West District U18 team and Rachel Bannatyne (S4) will act as Vice-Captain for the South West U16 team.

Meanwhile, Lucy Williamson (S4) and Georgia Crooks (S3) have been selected by the Scotland U16 hockey team manager, Justine Westwood, to be a part of the Caledonian Cougars side who will compete at the upcoming Hockey Futures Cup at St Albans from 26-29th October 2016. The Futures cup is the English regional competition designed to identify the players of the future and gives players an opportunity at a younger age to experience high level competition, to understand the level of competition that exists for GB selection in the future and hopefully impress watching coaches. This is the first time a Scottish side has competed.

Football

Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks and Yemisi Edgar (all S3) were selected for the SSFA West Regional Girls’ U15 football squad. They will represent the West Region in the Scottish Schools FA International selection process for the national U15 team. These games will form part of the selection process for the U15 International squad, with successful players being invited to a final trial in January. The U15 Scottish Schools’ Girls team will play in the Bob Docherty Tournament in The Republic of Ireland this year, with warm up games taking place in Jersey.

After taking part in trials, Cameron Crooks and Connor Garrett (both S3) have been selected to represent the Glasgow Schools' U15 football side. Further to this, this is the first time that High School pupils have had representation at this level. Given that Glasgow is the largest region in Scotland, to be selected from such a large pool of players is an excellent achievement for Cameron and Connor.

After a trial in St Andrews in early September, Peter Mackay (S6) has been selected for the U18 Independent Schools National Team. He was one of only 16 boys selected from across the entire country.

Rugby

Murray Godsman (S5) has been selected for the West U18 rugby team, whilst Sandy Greig (S4) has been selected for the West U16 side, to compete in two East vs West U16/U18 matches, on the 16th and 23rd of October. The boys will also take part in training sessions in the run up to these games. This is a great honour and indicates the dedication that Murray and Sandy have contributed in their efforts to represent the West regional side.

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Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Activities http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/gold-dofe-residential-activities/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/gold-dofe-residential-activities/ Achieving a Gold Award in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is no simple feat...it requires a lot of effort and the willingness to throw yourself into unfamiliar experiences. While Bronze and Silver awards require participants to take part in volunteering, a physical and skills section, and taking part in an expedition, achieving a Gold award means taking part in a 'Residential Section'. This involves spending five days and four nights away from home, on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award website describe it thusly:

"It’s a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience.  It may be that you want to build on a talent you’ve
 developed in another section, 
learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something
 to help others.  From learning to snowboard in Scotland 
to helping at a children’s camp, from working
 with the National Trust to helping on an urban recycling project, or from learning 
French in Paris to
 sailing a tall ship, there are loads of exciting possibilities to find the activity that’s just right for you.
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Recently, S6 pupils, Ross Mitchell and David Sim, have partaken in Gold DofE Residential outdoor learning experiences.

Here, Ross tells us about his time aboard a ship at the Tall Ships Races 2016, which took Ross from Lisbon to Cadiz:

"I went on a tall ship which was built to accommodate able and disabled crew. I had a huge amount of fun
 as I helped crew the ship by adjusting sails, helming the ship, keeping watch and helping my blind buddy
 who I was paired with.

 I met new people and became friends with a whole range of people with different personalities. It was
 hard work but overall it was an 
absolutely brilliant experience and one I would love to do again."

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David Sim took on a very different residential section, volunteering at the National Trust for Scotland Trailblazer Camp in the Highlands of Scotland: 

"During the summer holidays, I signed up for the National Trust for Scotland Torridon and Inverewe
 Trailblazer Camp
 for my Gold residential section.

 The camp lasted for a week and there were seven of us in the group from the UK and the Netherlands.
 We all met in 
Edinburgh and set off in the minibus to the Highlands of Scotland through some stunning
 scenery. We stayed in a
 bunkhouse on the Torridon Estate, which was basic but comfortable.

 During our stay, we helped with conservation work by maintaining and building upland footpaths, helping
 with invasive 
species control by cutting back gorse bushes and repairing fences. We were responsible for
 cooking our own meals 
and tidying up. This also gave us a chance to get to know each other. We also had
 the opportunity to climb a Munro,
 go sea kayaking and take part in target shooting with the local game-keeper,
 all of which were great fun.

 I really enjoyed meeting new people and working with them on all the tasks. I learnt new skills and enjoyed
 exploring 
an area of Scotland that I hadn’t visited before."

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You can see images below from Ross and David's exciting residential trips below. 

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Commemoration & Thanksgiving Service 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service-2016/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service-2016/ On Thursday 22nd September, Senior and Junior School pupils, along with staff, parents and friends of the School, gathered at Glasgow Cathedral for our annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving service, in celebration of the history of the High School.

The Senior Brass Ensemble kicked off proceedings with 'A Joyous Fanfare', a piece composed and conducted by Mr Kevin Price, before an introduction from our School Chaplain and the Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, the Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley. The Rector of the School, Mr John O'Neill, welcomed us, before our new School Captains, Stephanie Wood and Jamie Miller talked a little about the history of our School, dating back nearly 1000 years.

Readings were delivered by Mr Ronnie Gourley, President of The Glasgow High Club, and Miss Heather Fuller, Head Teacher of the Junior School, whilst Deputy Rector at the Senior School, Mr Graeme Robertson, gave the prayer.

The School Choir performed the traditional Scottish song 'The Servant', arranged and directed by Mr Frikki Walker, with accompaniment from Mr Neil McFarlane, before the main address was delivered by Reverend Graeme Wilson of Bearsden Cross Church. In an Olympics-related address, he discussed his connections with a Paralympic medal-winning table tennis player, and the power of motivation in achieving one's goals.

A final hymn and the Benediction from Rev Dr Whitley brought the ceremony to a close with the service acting as a fitting send-off for the pupils before the holiday weekend.

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S4 Hospitality at One Devonshire Gardens http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/s4-hospitality-at-one-devonshire-gardens/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/s4-hospitality-at-one-devonshire-gardens/ S4 Hospitality pupils have recently cooked themselves up a great opportunity!

Each Friday, they will have the chance to attend Hotel Du Vin, One Devonshire Gardens, during their timetabled afternoon Hospitality classes. Pupils will get the opportunity to learn from professional chefs and practice their food preparation techniques in the excellent environment of an acclaimed professional kitchen, as well as experiencing the the high standards of a busy restaurant environment and observe other departments of the hotel.

Miss Moore, Head of Health and Food Technology, commented:

"This is a great opportunity to reinforce the skills taught in class and develop new skills.
  It will significantly enhance their exposure to the skills required by National 5 Hospitality."

The above picture shows pupils after their introductory visit on Friday 16th September.

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Book Fest Big Friendly Read! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/book-fest-big-friendly-read/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/book-fest-big-friendly-read/ We are delighted to report that last week's Book Fest celebration, a week of fun events put on by the English Department and School Library that celebrated all things reading, was a great success.

There were so many events throughout the week, with visits from local authors and former Glasgow Warriors players, to The Big Book Quiz, to a book sale throughout the week in the Library.

On Friday, we welcomed Mr Graeme Marshall of the Scottish Refugee Council to the School to lead us in assembly. He told us all about the charity and the good they do. We were delighted that through these events throughout the week, the School was able to donate 300 children's books to the charity, which will go to refugee families in Scotland. Pictured above are Pupil Librarians, Zoe Magee and Jerry Chen (Both S6), who handed over our gift to Mr Marshall.

You can find out more about the Scottish Refugee Council by visiting - http://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/

A highlight of the week was the 'Big Friendly Read', which took place on Tuesday 13th September. Pupils and staff of the Senior School take turns to read extracts from their favourite Roald Dahl stories, in honour of the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl.

You can watch some clips below of our more willing participants! 

Transitus pupil, Divyakshi Goyal, reading from her favourite Dahl story, Danny the Champion of the World.

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English teacher, Mrs Janet Muir, reading from her favourite Dahl story, Little Red Riding Hood.

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S1 pupil, Jenna Padget, reading from her favourite Dahl story, Matilda.

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English teacher, Mr Gareth Baynham, reading from his favourite Dahl story, The Witches.

 

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Opening of New Artificial Pitch http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/opening-of-new-artificial-pitch/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/opening-of-new-artificial-pitch/ On Friday 9 September, the official opening of the new artificial pitch at Old Anniesland took place.

On an extremely wet evening, the School 1st XI and GHK braved the elements to battle out a 1-1 draw - a fair result given the tough conditions.

After the match (and in the warmth of the Jimmie Ireland Stand!) former Rector, Mr Colin Mair, officially opened the new artificial pitch, praising all those involved in this fantastic development.

The new pitch completes a three-year programme of major ground works at Old Anniesland. The sports grounds, are used not just by the school. They are also home to Glasgow Hawks and GHK, and are used by local schools, football teams, community groups and the Scottish Rugby and Hockey Unions.

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Book Fest - 12th-16th September http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/bookfest-2016/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/bookfest-2016/ To celebrate reading and to help the Scottish Refugee Council, our School Librarians, supported by the English Department, are this week hosting Book Fest. From Monday 12th-Friday 16th September, there will be a plethora of events hosted throughout the school.

The events for the week are as follows:

Monday Lunchtime – Book Groups

The first group will be hosted by Mr Inglis and will feature special guests from the The Glasgow Warriors rugby side, who will be discussing their reading habits.

  • Former Warriors player Colin Gregor played for Scotland 'A' and Captained the Scotland 7s side at two Commonwealth Games. He is the most capped player ever in Scottish 7s, playing in three World Cups and scoring over a thousand points. He is now a  commentator on 7s and Pro 12 games for Sky Sports and the BBC, a 'Champion' for the Winning Scotland Foundation and Runs the PHIT fitness class in the West End of Glasgow.
  • Gary Strain has played for Glasgow Warriors, Newcastle Falcons and RC Massy Essone in the last decade and currently plays for and occupies a coaching role at Glasgow Hawks. He has also represented Scotland at U20, U19 and U18 levels.

The second group will be hosted by Mrs De Groot who will hope to cast a spell over those who wish to come and consider the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter saga.

Tuesday Lunchtime – The Big Friendly Read

Pupils are invited to come along with their favourite Roald Dahl book and to read an extract from it. This will be filmed and the final video will make its way onto the school website to celebrate the Centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

In addition, our talented School chef, Mr Allan James, will be selling 'Bruce Bogtrotter chocolate cake' in the stand for £1.10 a slice. 50p from every slice sold will be donated to the Scottish Refugee Council, who are trying to create a library of children’s books for young refugees in Scotland.

Wednesday Lunchtime – The Big Book Quiz

The Big Book Quiz will take place in the Assembly Hall with all sorts of questions relating to books and reading. Any team of four is welcome to take part. The entry fee is one picture book to be passed on to the Scottish Refugee Council. Of course, there will also be spectacular prizes for the winning team!

Thursday Lunchtime – New and Second-hand Book Fayre

The School Library will host a sale of new and second-hand books. Staff and pupils are welcome to come along. Donations of second-hand books will also be warmly welcomed.

Friday – Writers’ Day

Friday will see three writers visiting the school.

  • In the morning, Cathy Forde will work with a group of S3 pupils in a workshop to create some new writing;
  • At lunchtime, Cathy McPhail, writer of books for younger readers and teenagers, will give a talk in A4 about her work;
  • At the end of the day, S5 pupils will attend a talk by Lisa Ballantyne, a successful local crime writer, who will be discussing her work.

So, come along, take part, and engage your inner reader!

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Summer Sporting Stars! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/summer-sporting-stars/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/summer-sporting-stars/ Many pupils spent their summer participating and excelling in a variety of sports. Here are some examples of the wide array of sporting successes High School pupils achieved over the last few months.

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Tennis

Hamish Stewart (S6) had a successful week in Cyprus as he participated in both the Boys' Singles and Doubles competitions at the ITF Aphrodite Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Doubles competition saw Hamish and partner Ewen Lumsden overcome Cypriot and Italian opposition to reach the Final, where they faced their British teammates Douglas MacIntosh and Aidan McHugh. Unfortunately, they came up just short, going down 7-5, 7-5 in a hard-fought Final.

Hamish competed very well in the Singles competition too, coming through three qualifying rounds that saw him defeat Cypriot, Italian and South African opposition. In the competition proper, Hamish knocked out the tournament number one seed and boys' world 185 seed from Cyprus. He reached the semi final, losing out in a competitive match against his Doubles partner, Ewen Lumsden.

Conor McGrath Williams (S3) has been selected to represent the U16 Central District tennis team. He will be part of a side that will compete at Strathallan at the end of September.

Swimming

At the end of June, Anna Fleming (S5) won four Junior Titles (50m/100m Freestyle; 50/100m Butterfly) and set a new Scottish Junior record in the 50m Fly race in the Scottish National Swim Championships at Tollcross Swimming Pool.

At the British Summer Championships in Sheffield at the end of July, Anna won a Gold & three Silver medals in her age group. Her Gold medal swim in the 50m Fly race saw her agonisingly miss out on the 15 Years old British record by 0.06 seconds! Her time was, however, an improvement on her own Scottish Junior record.

Regional Rugby Representation

Rugby stars Stuart Ferguson (S6), Callum Coats and Murray Godsman (both S5) were all selected as part of the U18 Glasgow & The West starting XV who faced an Edinburgh side in the BT Sport Rugby Academy Age-Grade Regional Finals Day at Murrayfield Stadium on Sunday 21st August.

With Mixed results in previous rounds, the Glasgow & the West side faced Edinburgh in the 3rd/4th place match, with the game ending in a 19-19 draw. Murray played as Full Back, Stuart was the Hooker and Callum was the Number 8.

Athletics Success

Alice Baxendale (S4) won a Gold and Bronze medal at the Scottish Age Group Athletics Championships on Saturday 20th August, with Anya MacLean (S1) also winning a Bronze in the U13 1500m race.

Anya has also been selected for the U12 Scotland Triathlon team and competed against England, Ireland and Wales on Sunday 4th September at Strathclyde Park in Glasgow.

Football Selection

Georgia Crooks (S3) has been invited to attend the Scotland Womens' U15s Football Training Camp at the new Oriam National Performance Centre at Heriot Watt University in September.

Gymnastics

Jude Bannatyne (S1) was afforded an excellent opportunity as he attended a gymnastics training session in late August with Paul Hall, leader of the Scottish National Performance Programme.

Cricket Century

High School cricketer Sam Greene (S4) recorded an impressive unbeaten century for West of Scotland Cricket Club against Helensburgh on the 24th June. This wasn't the first time Sam had achieved this feat, having previously done the same in a fixture for the School against The Glasgow Academy last May.

Golf

Well done to Liam Taylor (S1) who finished in a very creditable T16th position at the Scottish U14 Junior Championship at Glencorse Golf Course, Penicuik, on Friday 26 August.

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High School pupils are already recording further sporting successes and we've barely began our Autumn Term!

Keep your eyes peeled on the website for more!

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Unite Against Cancer Charity Dinner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/unite-against-cancer-charity-dinner/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/unite-against-cancer-charity-dinner/ As many parents will remember, the School community was highly supportive in June 2012 when the Smith family suffered the tragic loss of their son, Christopher, who had attended the High School from Kindergarten through till Sixth Year. In memory of his younger brother, Colin Smith set up the Unite Against Cancer charity, in order to support further cancer research.

On Saturday the 5th of November, Unite Against Cancer will be hosting their 3rd charity dinner at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow.

The evening will commence at 6:30pm with a champagne reception in the main foyer. The MC will then invite guests into the function room at 7:15pm, with dinner being served at 7:45pm.

Dinner will be followed by a presentation from The University of Glasgow, a silent auction and a main auction. To round off the evening, Glasgow’s ‘Funknation’ will be performing.

The dress code for the evening is ‘black tie’.

Tickets are £60 and can be purchased by clicking here or can be booked directly with the charity at emailing events@unitecharity.com.

Unite Against Cancer look forward to welcoming you on Saturday the 5th of November for what will be a fun-filled evening all in aid of a great cause.

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Friday Lecture Series - Rossie Stone http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/friday-lecture-series-rossie-stone/ Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/friday-lecture-series-rossie-stone/ We were delighted to welcome back Former Pupil, Rossie Stone (class of 2010) to the High School to give the first Friday Lecture of session 2016-17.

Rossie recently launched Dekko Comics, a fun visual alternative to learning and revising and he talked to Sixth Year pupils about it in his lecture entitled "Comic-Revision to pass exams with".

The comics are intended to aid visual learners, including individuals who suffer with dyslexia or autism and those simply who struggle with homework and may find a more visual medium easier to learn from. These came from Rossie's experiences himself, who struggled with concentration at school but used these techniques to turn himself into a star pupil!

The comics have been tested on five different Schools in Scotland, including here at the High School, and have been well received by pupils at both Junior and Senior School age.

Our thanks go to Rossie for this fascinating lecture and for taking the time to engage and inspire our Sixth Year pupils. We wish Rossie every success as he looks to expand on his initial success through a Kickstarter project - you can read more about the project by clicking here.

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Summer Choral and Orchestral Performances http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/summer-choral-and-orchestral-performances/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/september/summer-choral-and-orchestral-performances/ This summer saw High School pupils taking part in a multitude of events as part of the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choirs of Scotland. 

The NYOS Junior Orchestra performed at Perth Concert Hall on July 22nd and featured 8 High School musicians from an orchestra of 97: Eve Downie on oboe and cor anglais, Ben Litherland on bassoon (both S4), Eilidh Davidson on cello, Reuben Gilson-Barnett on violin, Jessica Insall on trombone, Samantha Insall on viola (all S3), Danny Petrie on percussion (with a very prominent performance including his off-beat cymbal crashes in Brahms' Hungarian Dance) and Helena Downie on violin (both S1).

The NYOS Senior Orchestra performed in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, at the Royal Concert Hall, at the end of July. These performances featured Christopher O'Leary on horn, Adam Stanley on percussion, Rachel Whitelaw on violin (all S6) and recent Leaver Patrick Finn (Class of 2016), also on violin.

NYCOS singers have also been busy with various choirs performing all over the world this summer! Christopher O'Leary sang with the NYCOS Elite Choir in America on Independence Day. Meanwhile, Emily Gilbride, Mira Mansfield (both S6) and recent Leaver Kirsty Campbell-Birkett (Class of 2016) were part of the National Girls' Choir who sang with acclaimed conductor John Eliot Gardiner in 'St Matthew Passion' by Bach, at the Edinburgh Festival on Saturday 13th August.

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Eastern Delight! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/august/china-2016/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/august/china-2016/ High School pupils were fortunate enough to head all the way across the world to visit China this summer.

They began in the capital, Beijing, where they went to the famous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, learning something new about China's culture and history at each new site. They took part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, attended a Kung-Fu show, rode rickshaws around the narrow streets and made good progress on their chopstick skills throughout! There was also the chance to visit Buddhist and Taoist temples and learn some Mandarin before heading to one of the world's most famous sites - The Great Wall of China.

An overnight train to Xi’an meant pupils could brave the scorching heat to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, as well as taking in the traditional Chinese buildings including the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell Tower of Xi’an, followed by the busy Muslim street market filled with colourful foods including fresh noodles, traditional sweets and crabs.

Another overnight train took the party to their final destination, the vibrant Shanghai. Pupils climbed the famous Pearl TV oriental tower, the sixth tallest TV and radio tower in the world. While some simply took in the panoramic view of the city, others were brave enough to wander onto the glass floor with the stomach-churning drop visible directly beneath their feet!

The final day in China saw some last minute shopping before a river cruise along the Bund, enjoying the breath-taking night-time view of the skyscrapers illuminating the city. An unforgettable experience!

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SQA Results 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/august/sqa-results-2016/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/august/sqa-results-2016/ From the Rector, Mr John O'Neill

Congratulations are due to our hardworking Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year pupils on achieving an excellent set of SQA results for themselves and the School.

 

In Fifth Year, pupils achieved on average 4.9 Higher passes each.  72.7% were grade A passes, the highest in the School's history, and the overall pass rate this year was 96%.  

50 pupils out of 97 secured 5 or more Higher passes at grade A.

 

Our Fourth Year performed highly, with an excellent 97.9% pass rate with 85.4% at grade A

60 pupils gained 8 or 9 National 5 grade A passes.

 

At Advanced Higher, our Sixth Year performed well with a pass rate of 92.3% with 56.9% at grade A.   13 pupils gained 3 or 4 A grades at Advanced Higher level.

 

These excellent results reflect the commitment, hard work and talent of our young people.   Well done to all and our teaching staff deserve to take credit for their positive contribution to such outstanding results.

 

Full Results Analysis

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Mrs Milne Cycles to Paris! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/august/mrs-milne-cycles-to-paris/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/august/mrs-milne-cycles-to-paris/ Our congratulations go to Business Studies and Economics teacher, Mrs Milne who this summer completed a charity cycle all the way from London to Paris!

Mrs Milne aimed to raise £1,000 for the charity Unite Against Cancer, which was founded in March 2012 by one of our Former Pupils, Colin Smith (Class of 2006). The inspiration behind setting up the charity was his brother Christopher Smith’s battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he sadly succumbed to in June 2012. Unite Against Cancer raises money to fund research into new cancer treatments, and to educate and inform on cancer prevention. You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.unitecharity.com.

On a beautiful day in late July, she cycled up the Champs Élysées, to much applauding from locals, circled the Arc de Triomphe and came over the finishing line at the Eiffel Tower, bringing an end to her 300-mile trip!

In doing so, Mrs Milne exceeded her target of raising £1,000 for Unite Against Cancer. However, there is still time to congratulate Mrs Milne for this feat - you can still visit her Just Giving page here to donate further and raise even more money for a worthy cause.

  

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End of Term Musical Achievements http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/end-of-term-musical-achievements/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/end-of-term-musical-achievements/ Ella Fraser meets Nicola Benedetti
Following on from leading the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain Main Orchestra in a concert in April, Ella Fraser (S3) had a unique recent opportunity - interviewing world-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti! She headed to London on Tuesday 14th June and to the studios of Classic FM radio station, where she was given a tour of the studios, before getting the chance to interview her hero! This was all happening as part of a week of programming about the National Children's Orchestra and will be aired at some point this week.

West of Scotland Schools' Orchestra Trust Performances

Pupils of the High School were part of two high quality performances on 10/12th June at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. On Friday 10th, Jessica Insall (S2) was part of the West of Scotland Schools' Concert Band, while, on Sunday 12th, Patrick Finn (S6) and Duncan Fraser (S5) performed in the West of Scotland Schools' Symphony Orchestra.

Notes from Scotland Composition Competition

Jessica Insall has also had recent further musical success - her composition, entitled "El Photocopier" was one of five selected for performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra players at the final of the Notes from Scotland Composition Competition on Saturday 18th June at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. The competition by the RSNO, in partnership with the Festival of Architecture 2016, invited young composers, aged 12-18, to write a 2-5 minute piece of music for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet of their choice, inspired by one of five examples of the country's greatest contemporary architecture. Despite losing out to an 18 year old from Orkney, Jessica deserves our congratulations on being selected from thousands of entrants throughout the country, competing with finalists many years her senior.
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Prizegiving 2015-16 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/prizegiving-2015-16/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/prizegiving-2015-16/ The 2016 Senior School Prizegiving took place on Thursday 23rd June at a sunny Old Anniesland as we celebrated this year's academic achievers, as well as saying a fond farewell to the retiring Mrs Karen Waugh, Head of the Junior School, and Mrs Maggie Price, Deputy Rector at the Senior School.

After a Piping tribute to Mrs Waugh, the service began with the hymn "Now Thank we all our God", before a prayer from School Chaplain, Rev Dr Laurence Whitley. Addresses from the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, and Rector, Mr John O'Neill, paid tribute to Guest of Honour, Mrs Waugh, departing after 15 years of outstanding leadership at Ledcameroch Road, as well as discussing what had happened throughout the School during the 2015-16 session.

In response to our 2015-2016 Annual Fund appeal for donations towards a new School minibus, Mr Adair was also able to reveal to the School community that the School have acquired a minibus, generously supported by Arnold Clark.

Our Guest of Honour, Mrs Waugh gave an inspiring and heartfelt speech before our departing School Captains, Iona MacKillop and Matthew Miller, began the presentation of prizes.

A full list of Prizewinners for 2015-16 can be viewed by clicking here.

Our House Awards were as follows:

  • The Sanderson Trophy for Academic Success - Law House
  • The Angus Cameron Quaich for Games - Bannerman House
  • The Hagart Rosebowl for Extra-Curricular Achievement - Law House
  • The Inter-House Shield - Bannerman House

Matthew Miller gave the Vote of Thanks to our Guest of Honour, before a traditional and rousing rendition of our School Song brought the ceremony to an inspiring end.

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye and wish every success to our 6th Year leavers, the Class of 2016, who have been tremendous representatives of the School. For all those leaving us - go forth and prosper!

For everybody else, we hope you have an enjoyable and restful summer break and we look forward to seeing you all return to the School on Tuesday 23rd August.

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Glorious Victory for the School Staff http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/2016-staff-vs-pupils-golf-competition/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/2016-staff-vs-pupils-golf-competition/ Staff of the Senior School put their pupil counterparts in their place with a crushing victory in the annual Staff vs Pupils Golf Competition on Tuesday 21st June.

A nervous-looking pupil side ventured to Milngavie Golf Course to face a composed staff team, brimming with confidence (and talent), after their excellent victory last year. After such a comfortable victory last year, there was only one option this time around - to embarrass their pupil counterparts even further.

Once again, our staff dominated. Cruelly, the staff did not feel like letting pupils even gain a single point this time around, whitewashing them with a 4-0 victory!

Mr Arthur Baillie and Mr Ford were the biggest victors, winning 5&4 against Neil Forsyth and Charlotte McCluskey (both S6), whilst Mr Barrett and Mr Brechany won 4&2 against Matthew Dalrymple and Elliott McCluskey (both S6). Mr Ross Baillie and Mr Campbell won 2&1 against Murray McVicar (S5) and Liam Taylor (Transitus), with Mr Birch and Mr McKeown putting the final nail in the coffin of the pupil side, winning 1up against Ian Black (S6) and Ewan Docherty (S4).

A hearty congratulations to the Senior School staff on yet another glorious performance, and, of course, commiserations to our young golfers - Once again, more practice is clearly required.

Next year perhaps...?

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Summer Term Sporting Successes http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/various-summer-sporting-competitions/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/various-summer-sporting-competitions/ Rowing

Ciara Rogers of S2 picked up multiple medals at the Scottish Rowing Championships from Friday 10th-Sunday 12th June at Strathclyde Park. Ciara won Gold medals in the Women's Junior U13 Singles and Doubles races, a Silver medal in the WJ14 Quad and a Bronze medal in the WJ14 Doubles.

We also wish Ciara the best of luck as she has been selected by Glasgow Schools' Rowing Club to attend a trial for a GB Junior team in late June.

Tennis

At the annual Craigholme Tournament, all of our tennis couples played well, with the Intermediate Couple of Cate Sibbald and Helena Gronski (both S3) and the Junior Couple of Claudie Quinn (S2) and Charlotte Sim (S1) both winning their sections and being presented with trophies.

The Primary Couple of Katie McCall and Annabel Davies (both Transitus) finished 2nd overall, whilst the Senior Couple of Sammy Bell and Katie Forrest (both S5) finished 4th in their section.

Overall, the High School team finished in 2nd position.

Triathlon

Transitus pupil Anya MacLean competed at the Leeds ITU Triathlon on Saturday 11th June, running excellently to win the U12 title! Congratulations to Anya, who has also recently qualified to represent Scotland in her age group later on in the year.

Swimming

The Scottish Schools’ Team Swimming Championships took place on Wednesday 15th June at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Well done to the S3/S4 Girls’ 200m Freestyle Relay team of Beth Camilleri, Anna Fleming (both S4) Catriona James and Kiera Smith (both S3), and the S1 Boys’ 200m Freestyle Relay team of Sam CamilleriFinn Harris, Douglas Kelly and Scott Williamson, who both swam very well to win Silver medals.

Well done also to the S1 Girls’ 200m Freestyle Relay team of Alex JonesChristina Miller, Ellie Murphy and Anna Smith, who won Bronze medals. 

A great team effort from pupils of all age groups meant that we finished in 3rd position overall.

Karting 

S1 pupil Angus Moulsdale was invited to race in the inaugural IAME European Open Championship Event at PF International Kart Circuit over the weekend of Friday 17th-Sunday 19th June. Angus competed well in various races throughout the 3 day event.

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Summer Athletics Finale http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/final-athletics-event-of-the-term/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/final-athletics-event-of-the-term/ At the Glasgow Schools' Multi-Events Competition, the final athletics competition on the summer calendar, on Monday 20th June at Hutchesons' Grammar School, pupils accrued an impressive haul of 14 medals.

Particular congratulations go to Gold medalists Mirrin Gillespie (S5) in the Senior Girls event, James Stewart (S5) in the Senior Boys event and Douglas Kelly in the S1 Boys event.

There were also Silver medals for Iona MacKillop (S6)(Senior Girls), Ewan Docherty (S4)(Senior Boys),  Ben Hutton (S3 Boys), Emily Taylor (S3 Girls) and William John-Charles (S1 Boys) and Bronze medals for Sammy Bell (S5)(Senior Girls), Aidan FitzGerald (S5)(Senior Boys), Sarah Turnbull (S3 Girls), Graeme Macdonald (S2 Boys), Claudie Quinn (S2 Girls) and Lucy Critchley (S1 Girls).

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Midsummer Madness 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/midsummer-madness/ Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/midsummer-madness/ The Home and School Association's annual end-of-term summer fair, Midsummer Madness, took place at Old Anniesland on Friday 17th June.

Although we could not replicate the beautiful sunny days of a fortnight ago, the stormy skies held out, allowing the crowd of over a thousand people to enjoy a great evening.

As well as the attractions from previous events, this year also saw a thrilling stunt bike display by The Clan and a well contested Bake Off competition. Judges for the evening, Miss Heather Fuller, the incoming Junior School head teacher, and Gillian McCort of ‘Cupcakes by Gillian’ eventually decided that Janet Litherland, Iona Sneddon and Sam Camilleri were winners of the cupcake, tray bake and individual cake categories, respectively.

Battle of the Bands was a hard fought contest again this year with Emma Caldwell winning the public vote and a prize of a half day rehearsal session in the Berkeley Studio, Charing Cross, and Entry Room being the judge's choice (judged by Frances McKee of The Vaselines) snd winning a day at ‘La Chunky’ Recording Studios.

The event also gave the Home and School Association the opportunity to hand over a cheque for the excellent amount of £21,688 to Bobath Scotland. This money was raised at the Ladies Charity Lunch back in March of this year.  

The evening was a great success and the Home and School Association would like to thank all those who contributed their time and talent to the organisation and running of the most enjoyable evening. 

Some images from the evening can be seen below.

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Senior School Sports Day http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/sports-day-2016/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/sports-day-2016/ Senior School Sports Day 2016 took place on Tuesday 14th June at Old Anniesland.

The beautiful weather of the previous week may have abandoned us but conditions were still favourable for our athletes as they competed in a variety of events. 

The Pipe Band performed for spectators and, as is tradition, Chef Mr Allan James produced a mountain of delicious strawberry tarts for pupils and staff, as athletes geared up to compete in various events sprint and relay races, hurdles, the long jump, tug-of wars and many others fun competitions. 

Congratulations to the winners on the day:

  • Mile Cup: Boys – Spencer Brown (S6); Girls – Tori Maguire (S5)
  • Senior Boys – Lewis Cunningham (S6); Senior Girls – Iona MacKillop (S6)
  • S3 Boys – Lorn Webster; S3 Girls – Millie Rayner
  • S2 Boys – Graeme Macdonald; S2 Girls – Lucy Gardner
  • S1 Boys – Douglas Kelly; S1 Girls – Alex Jones
  • Transitus Boys – Maxwell Wang; Transitus Girls – Anya MacLean
  • Inter-House Championship Shield – Bannerman House
  • S3 Girls’ Hurdles Cup – Sarah Turnbull
  • S3 Girls’ Throwing Cup – Alice Baxendale
  • Pentland Quaich (Senior Boys’ 100m) – Lewis Cunningham
  • The Former Pupils Cup (Senior Boys’ 200m) – Lewis Cunningham
  • The Scott Cup (Senior Girls’ Hurdles) – Iona MacKillop
  • Burma Bowl (Senior Boys’ Field Events) – James Stewart (S5)
  • Discus Statue – James Stewart (S5)
  • Senior Girls’ Athletics Salver (Senior Girls’ Throwing Events) – Sammy Bell & Stephanie Wood (both S5)
  • The Millenium Rose Bowl (Senior Girls’ 100m) – Hannah Stewart (S6)

Well done to all those who organised and oversaw the day, as well as to those who took part in a great day of fun and competitive action.

Some images from the day can be seen below.

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Junior Musical Production http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolour-dreamcoat/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolour-dreamcoat/ This High School Junior Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, took place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June and was an absolute triumph!

Directed by Mr Alasdair Hawthorn, with Musical Direction from Mrs Jane Tierney, Transitus-S2 pupils gave an incredibly energetic, colourful and fun-filled performance. Based on the Biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis, it tells the story of Jacob and his twelve sons. His brothers’ jealousy leads Joseph through the trials of slavery, loneliness and despair before hope is finally restored and he becomes the Pharaoh’s right-hand man.

The cast gave it their all, with eight wonderful narrators leading the audience through the many twists and turns in the plot. The brothers provided hilarious antics and superb drama, together with star turns from Joseph himself, Potiphar (aka. Donald Trump!), Mrs Potiphar and the Pharaoh, together with the wonderfully colourful chorus, displaying a spectacle of sparkling singing and lively choreography.

The band gave a fabulous backing to the well-known songs, which had the audience clapping along with great gusto. The cast and chorus clearly enjoyed every minute of the performance, as did everyone who managed to come along to the production.

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Individual & Team Athletics Successes http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/summer-athletics-updates/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/summer-athletics-updates/ Scottish Schools' Relay Championships

On Friday 3rd June, at the Scottish Schools' Secondary Relay Championships at Hutchesons' Grammar School, the O17 Girls' team of Iona MacKillopHannah Stewart (both S6), Mirrin Gillespie (S5) and Millie Rayner (S3) won Gold. The U15 and U14 Boys' teams came 4th and 5th, respectively, in their events.

The next day, at the Primary Schools' Relay Championships, the Transitus Girls' side finished 4th, whilst the Transitus Boys' team was 5th in the Scottish finals.

Glasgow Primary Schools' Competitions

At the Glasgow Primary Athletics Heats, also on Friday 3rd June at Scotstoun, Jude Bannatyne came 1st in the Cricket Ball Throw event, Anya MacLean was 2nd in the 600m race and there was a 2nd place finish in the Boys' Relay event for the team of Jude BannatyneKenneth McClymontFindlay RaynerTaylor Sarafilovic and Maxwell Wang (all Trans).

All of these competitors, plus others who finished 3rd and 4th in their events, qualified for the Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals, again, at Scotstoun, on Wednesday 15th June. Maxwell Wang won a Silver medal in the Boys' 80m competition, Jude Bannatyne won Bronze in the Cricket Ball Throw event and the Boys' Relay team (with Liam Taylor replacing Findlay Rayner from the team that finished 2nd in the heats) also won Bronze medals. There were also medals for Junior 6 pupils - Anna McCallum winning Silver in the 600m competition and Kwesi O'Hare winning Bronze in the Cricket Ball Throw event. The J6/Transitus Boys' team finished 3rd overall, while the Girls' team finished 5th.

Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals

At the Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals at Scotstoun on Monday 6th June, pupils achieved an incredible haul of 22 Gold, 23 Silver and 20 Bronze medals, with many involved in multiple successes. Particular congratulations go to Gold medalists:

  • Senior Girls' Relay team - Iona MacKillop (also 80m Hurdles), Hannah Stewart (both S6), Mirrin Gillespie (S5) and Jessica Mendonca-Gray (S4);
  • S6 - Josh Oxby (Shot);
  • S5 - Stuart Ferguson (Javelin), James Stewart (High Jump);
  • S4 - Zelda Smyth (High Jump);
  • S3 - Angus Barrett (80m Hurdles & Javelin), Alice Baxendale (Discus), Ben Hutton (High Jump), Lorn Webster (800m);
  • S2 - Lucy Ashton (Shot), Connor Garrett (Long Jump), Panos Kourouklis (1500m), John Paterson (Shot), Anna Pover (High Jump);
  • S1Boys' Relay team - Michael Alba (also Long Jump), Wiliam John-Charles (also 100m), Douglas Kelly and Ryan Street (also Javelin); Alex Jones (800m), Charlotte Sim (Discus).
  • (A full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists can be found here)

In the overall team standings, the S3 Boys' (captained by Lorn Webster), S2 Boys' (captained by Ross Gray), S1 Boys' (captained by Douglas Kelly) and the S1 Girls' (captained by Alex Jones), all achieved excellent 1st place finishes. The Senior Boys' and S2 Girls' sides were 2nd and the Senior and S3 Girls' teams finished 3rd overall.

Scottish Schools' Individual Championships

At the Scottish Schools' Individual Championships at Grangemouth on Friday 10th-Saturday 11th June, Angus Barrett (S3) won Gold in the U15 Javelin competition, whilst Alice Baxendale (S3) won Gold in the U15 Discus and Silver in the U15 Shot events.

S1-S3 League Finals

At the S1-S3 Athletics League Finals at Hutchesons' Grammar School on Monday 13th June, there was great success for all of the High School sides. The S1, S2 and S3 Boys', as well as the S3 Girls' teams all finished in 1st position, whilst the S1 and S2 Girls' teams both finished 2nd.

Members of the victorious S1/S2/S3 Boys' teams are pictured above.

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High School Charity Golf Day 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/hsog-charity-golf-day-2016/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/hsog-charity-golf-day-2016/ The first ever High School of Glasgow Charity Golf Day took place on Friday 10th June at Milngavie Golf Course. Organised by the Development Office, 88 golfers came together as part of 22 teams, to compete for the honour of being the first names on the coveted Claret Jug, as well as to raise money both for Unite Against Cancer and the High School Bursary Fund.

Golfers were welcomed to the club by the School Pipe Band, setting the scene for a fun day that saw participants not only competing for overall victory, but also in competitions throughout the course, including closest-to-the-pin, longest drive and 'beat the pro' challenges, with prizes on offer on nearly every hole! Unfortunately, nobody could conquer the 16th hole, where a brand new Vauxhall Corsa, generously provided by Arnold Clark, was on offer to anyone who could achieve a hole-in-one. More practice clearly required!

Once the on-course action had come to an end, the day concluded with a dinner, raffle and charity auction. A variety of generously donated prizes were on offer, including four-ball rounds of golf at courses throughout the country, two tickets to The 145th Open at Royal Troon, a golf bag and golf balls, vouchers for various restaurants and shops and signed and framed Barcelona, Celtic and Rangers tops (amongst many many more prizes!)

Congratulations to the overall winning team The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, captained by current parent, Stuart McNellan, with teammates Ian Cairns, Stephen McCaw and Nindy Sondh, who were victorious with an overall net score of 52.8.

Thanks to everyone involved in the running of the day, as well as to those who so keenly participated, the day was a great success, with over £6,000 raised for Unite Against Cancer and the School bursary fund.

Particular thanks to Joe and Wendy Walsh and Stuart Laing from Laings of Glasgow for providing us with the beautiful trophies, to Duncan Frew of Badaboom for the on-course bar, to Stewart MacAulay and David Murdoch from Arnold Clark for the hole-in-one competition, to Thompson Quarries and Cairnhill Structures for sponsoring the first and eighteenth holes, respectively and to David Snodgrass for the beat the pro competition.

Plans are already underway for the 2017 event and we look forward to seeing who will get their hands on the trophy!

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Mathematics Competition Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/maths-competition-results/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/maths-competition-results/ UKMT Individual Maths Challenge

At the UK Maths Trust Individual Maths Challenge, S3 and S4 pupils were awarded a total of 10 Gold, 23 Silver and 11 Bronze awards in the Intermediate Challenge. Gold awards went to Tom Barrett, Guan-An Chen, Varnit Gupta, Sean Lai, Laoise Rogers, William Xu (all S4), Paul Dewhurst, Callum Docherty, Rohan Gupta and Jay Tyagi (all S3). William Xu received the 'Best in School' award.

In the Junior Challenge, S1 and S2 pupils were awarded 19 Gold, 11 Silver and 18 Bronze awards, with Gold awards won by Lucy Ashton, Jonathan Bentinck, Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin, Cameron Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Reuben Gilson-Barnett, Jessica Insall, Samantha Insall, Áine Macpherson, Bharath Mukunda Das, Lois McColl, Rohan McMillan, Pippa Meek (all S2), Omar Alvi, Adam Insall, Cameron James, Aditya Mahesh, James Miles and Marni Robertson (all S1). Lucy Ashton was awarded 'Best in School'.

British Olympiad & Kangaroo Competitions

The top performing pupils from the UK in each age group of the UKMT Maths Challenge were invited to take part in the next round of the British Mathematical Olympiad or Kangaroo. The School were delighted that so many pupils were selected to take part in these challenging and prestigious competitions.

  • Cammy Sriram (S6), Junwen Chen, Abhishek Gambhir and Keshav Mahendra (all S5) received certificates of qualification in the Senior Olympiad. Duncan Fraser and Joseph Petrie (both S5) received a certificate of qualification in the Senior Kangaroo.
  • William Xu (S4) received a certificate of merit in the Intermediate Olympiad. Tom Barrett, Varnit GuptaLaoise Rogers (all S4) Paul Dewhurst, Callum Docherty, Rohan Gupta and Jay Tyagi (S3) received certificates of qualification in the Pink Kangaroo.
  • Lucy Ashton, Cameron Crooks, Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin (all S2), James Miles and Aditya Mahesh (both S1) will all sit the Junior Olympiad in June. Reuben Gilson-Barnett, Lois McColl (both S2) and Adam Insall (S1) have all qualified for the Junior Kangaroo. We look forward to hearing the results!


Scottish Mathematical Council Maths Challenge Awards

Ella Smoli Scottish Mathematical Council Maths Challenge Awards Silver Certificate WinnerIn the Scottish Mathematical Council Maths Challenge Awards Junior Division (open to S1 and S2 pupils), Ella Smoli (pictured above) and Ailun Peng (both S1) were awarded Silver and Bronze certificates, respectively.

In the Middle Division (S3/S4 pupils), George Cooper was awarded a Gold certificate, whilst Guan-An Chen and Jiangmin Hou (both S4) received Silver certificates.

In the Senior Division (S5/S6 pupils), Junwen Chen (S5) was awarded Gold, with Cammy Sriram (S6), Abhishek Gambhir and Keshav Mahendra (both S5) receiving Silver certificates.

In the Primary Challenge (Transitus pupils) Shria Crossan, Annabel Davies, Aarya Gambhir, Holly Gilles, Tanvi Mantry, Jenna Padgett and Danny Petrie all won Gold certificates (pictured in main image above). Ellie Adair, Mhairi Dunn, Olivia Easson, Arian Ghasemi, Amirah Khatoon and Isabelle Rajan won Silver and Mackenzie Bruce, Finlay Davison, Hannah MacDonald, Anya MacLean, Shaun McNulty and Matthew Provan won Bronze certificates.

Gold award winners attended a ceremony at Strathclyde University on Friday 10th June to receive their certificates and the coveted SMC Challenge mug!

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Success in Art Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/transitus-art-competition-success/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/transitus-art-competition-success/ Transitus pupil Libby Morgan designed a poster for an Edinburgh Fringe Competition which has been chosen for inclusion in the Fringe Schools' Poster Exhibition.

Her work was selected from over 4,900 entries and will be on display at Dynamic Earth from 24th May until 29th August 2016. Well done Libby!

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School Receive Diabetes Care Award http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/diabetes-uk-good-care-award/ Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/diabetes-uk-good-care-award/ Coinciding with Diabetes Week, which runs from Sunday 12th to Saturday 18th June, we were delighted to recently receive the Diabetes UK Good Care in School Award, which celebrates schools that provide great care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

On Friday 10th June, Rupert Pigot from Diabetes UK was welcomed to the Senior School at Old Anniesland. Mr Pigot led the morning assembly informing pupils and staff about the effects of diabetes on young people before making the Award to the Junior School and Senior School staff who provide care and support for pupils with Type 1 diabetes.

Having been nominated by a parent, the School were recognised following an assessment panel decision by Diabetes UK, becoming the first school in Scotland to receive the honour.

The award was accepted at assembly by Senior School Nurse, Mrs Jane Sim, and from the Junior School, First Aider, Mrs Vivien Reddie, Classroom Assistants Mrs Rhona Gilmour, Mrs Lesley Grier, Mrs Jane Livingston, Mrs Elaine Muscatelli, Mrs Lea Ross and Mrs Ann Woolard, and members of the Out of School Care Team, Mrs Marsali Duncan and Mrs Elaine Gibson.

For more information on the Good Diabetes Care in School Award, you can visit www.diabetes.org.uk/school-award.

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Bake-Off Final 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/bake-off-final/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/bake-off-final/ The Great Transitus Bake-Off took place at the School last week, with pupils again impressing with their excellent baking skills.

Mr Andrew Beattie, Head Chef from The Cook School Scotland, came to judge the final, which saw twelve finalists taking part after coming through preliminary rounds earlier in the term. Mr Beattie was impressed with all participants' skill and organisation, which saw each produce delicious bakes, making the final judgement an extremely difficult one for Mr Beattie!

After some tough deliberations and plenty of tasting, Zara Kennedy was crowned the overall winner of The Transitus Bake-Off 2016. She impressed the judge with her delicious Oreo Cupcakes. Jessica Mitchell was chosen as the runner up having made a Chocolate and Orange Cake with Chocolate Ganache.

Well done to all those who competed - you can see the finalists in action, as well as a selection of their tasty creations, in the images below.

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Kuk Sool Won (Korean Martial Arts) http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/korean-martial-arts/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/korean-martial-arts/ S1 pupil Louis Kennedy competed at the Kuk Sool Won European Championships in Norwich on Saturday 4th June. He won a Gold medal for his age group in Sparring and also won two Bronze medals for Form and Technique.

This came after he had previously picked up two Gold medals for Sparring during the Scottish Championships at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell on Saturday 28th May. Well done to Louis on both his national and international success.

Kuk Sool Won is a Korean martial art in which students can compete in three disciplines: Sparring, Form and Technique. When they achieve Black Belt level they can also compete in two weapon disciplines. For more information, you can visit the Kuk Sool Won website at http://www.kuksoolwon.com

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MusicFest Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/musicfest-2016/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/musicfest-2016/ The final of MusicFest took place at the Senior School on Thursday 9th June.

Two preliminary rounds earlier in the term had led to the evening's finalists - 10 solo musicians and 4 ensembles - taking part in an enjoyable night of music, featuring an array of musical performances from pupils in Transitus-S6. The night also featured an impressive performance from the High School Freestyle Pipe Band of their winning entry from this year's Scottish Pipe Band Championships.

The adjudicator was Scottish classical composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan CBE. Mr MacMillan, an acclaimed international composer, has held many prominent positions throughout his career, including composer and conductor for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000-2009 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonie between 2009-2013. He received a CBE in 2004 and a Knighthood in 2015.

Sir James McMillan was immensely impressed at the passion displayed and the outstanding standards of music-making and after enjoying an evening of enchanting performances, he awarded the following:

  • Awards for Outstanding Potential - Christopher O'Leary (S5), Ella Fraser (S3) and Helena Downie (Trans)
  • The Peter Douglas Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Ensemble Performance - The Baroque Trio: Duncan Fraser (S5), Ella Fraser and Helena Downie
  • The Fraser MacAuley Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Solo Performance (Junior Section) - Duniya Majumder (S2)
  • The Barnaby Archer Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Solo Performance (Intermediate Section) - Andrew Cross (S4)
  • The Marianne Rawles Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Solo Performance (Senior Section) - Samrat Majumder (S5)
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Gilbert Murray Classics Essay Winner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/gilbert-murray-essay-competition/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/gilbert-murray-essay-competition/ S5 pupil Mira Mansfield won the prize at this year's Gilbert Murray Classics Essay Competition. Mira's prize-winning entry, on the representation of women in classical literature, was especially commended as the “outstanding submission this year”. This is the first year in which a £50 prize has been awarded for the most outstanding entry, with everybody from the school delighted that Mira has received the top honour.

Certificates in the competition went to Ela Sefcikova, Murray Webster (both S6) and Kenny Sweeney-Baird (S4). 

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Excellent Performance in Scottish Tennis Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/scottish-schools-tennis-finals/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/scottish-schools-tennis-finals/ The Senior Boys' Tennis team came agonisingly close to victory in the finals of the Scottish Schools' Championships yesterday in Edinburgh.

After qualifying for Finals Day with a victory over Linlithgow Academy in April, the team of James Shemilt (S6), Hamish Stewart, Euan Gibson-Smith (both S5) and Thomas Whitelaw (S3) recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory in the semi-final over Mearns Castle High School.

The final saw the High School team up against the Tennis Academy, Merchiston Castle School. James Shemilt and Hamish Stewart picked up great singles' victories as well as a doubles win, with the match eventually being tied 3-3. This led to a dramatic 'championship shootout' - two players from each side took part in a tie break up to 10. At the first turn around James and Euan were 4-2 up but by the 2nd, they were down 8-4. They fought back to 9-9 but could not quite get over the line, eventually losing 11-9. They literally could not have come any closer to victory!

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International Badminton Competitions http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/international-badminton-participation/ Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/international-badminton-participation/ Over the weekend of Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd May, Rachel Sugden (S3) continued her national representation of Scotland in badminton competitions at Scotstoun. 

Friday saw Rachel compete in a Scotland team featuring three Scottish boys and three Scottish girls in the Glasgow International Youth Team Event - group success and a semi-final victory meant the Scotland side were within a whisker of victory. Unfortunately, they came up against a strong Viby BK team (from Denmark) to whom they lost narrowly in the final.

There were similar close margins at the Glasgow International Youth Championships over the following two days as Rachel took part in both the Girls' Singles and Doubles U15 competitions.

In the Girls' Singles U15 competition, Rachel qualified top of her section, defeating English and French opponents. She received a bye through round 1 of the knockout stage (due to being the second seed), then moved through the quarter final and the semi final, with a 3-set victory over an English opponent and a straight sets win over a French opponent. Rachel came up against the number one seed, Clara Graversen, from Denmark, in the final, unfortunately falling to a 21-18, 21-8 defeat.

Rachel teamed up with English counterpart Chloe Hunt (who she defeated in the quarter final of the Singles' competition) in the Girls' Doubles U15 competition, defeating all-English and all-Scottish sides to finish top of their group and qualifying for the knockout stages. Rachel and Chloe faced French opposition in the quarter final, winning over three sets, before exiting in the semi-finals against the 1st seeds, and eventual winners, from Denmark.

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Transitus Take Part in Charity 5k http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/go-yellow-charity-walk/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/go-yellow-charity-walk/ Transitus pupils enjoyed a day basking in the glorious Glasgow sunshine as they took part in The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice ‘Go Yellow’ sponsored 5k walk in Bellahouston Park yesterday.

More than 1500 children from around the Glasgow area donned yellow caps, with our Transitus classes keeping active in the Glasgow sun in order to raise money for the charity, with the Go Yellow walk, sponsored this year by Glasgow Taxis, now in its 14th year. 

After the 5k had been completed, pupils were free to enjoy themselves in the park, where there were fun games, a trampoline and bouncy castle and the chance to cheer on local mascots, including the charity's own, Harvey, Partick Thistle's Kingsley, Rangers' Broxi Bear and Scottish Power's Sparky, in a Mascot race!

Well done to all the Transitus pupils on doing their bit for this cause!

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Girls win SISFA U15s Title! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/done-the-double/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/june/done-the-double/ There has been further success in the field of girls' football recently, with the U15 7-a-side team winning the Scottish Independent Schools' Football Association U15 title. This comes hot on the heels of the U18 side winning the U18s competition back in March.

The team of Lucy Williamson (Captain), Helena GronskiEmily SillarsSarah TurnbullEmily Taylor (all S3), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi CrooksYemisi Edgar (all S2), Christina Miller and Jennifer Cuthill (both S1) faced Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh recently for the semi final, running out comfortable 5-2 victors. 

They advanced to face George Heriot's School in the final at Old Anniesland, with the girls again playing well to win 4-1, thanks, in no small part, to a Mhairi Crooks final hat-trick! Coach, Mrs Mhairi Peek, was delighted with the efforts of the girls and the fact they had added to the success of the U18 girls' side.

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Glasgow Schools' Golf Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/scottish-schools-golf-championship-victory/ Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/scottish-schools-golf-championship-victory/ Matthew Dalrymple (S6, pictured above) was victorious at the Glasgow Schools' Golf Championships at Milngavie Golf Course on Thursday 26th May. Murray McVicar (S5) and Charlotte McCluskey (S6) were runners up in the boys' and girls' competition, respectively.

Good luck to Matthew, as he goes on to represent the Glasgow region at the Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Schools Championships at Murrayshall Golf Course, Perth, over two days in early June.

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Activities Week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/activities-week/ Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/activities-week/ Transitus-S3 pupils took part in the annual Activities & Enrichment Week from Monday 23rd-Thursday 26th May, with pupils taking part in a wide variety of activities in school, as well as venturing out on various trips throughout the week.

Transitus pupils have visited Bothwell Castle and New Lanark, and ventured out to Aberfoyle on a Geography trip, rounding off their week with an all-day Science fieldwork day on Thursday.

After a great week in Raasay, S1 pupils took part in eco-project and IT sessions throughout the week.

S2 pupils visited Antonine Wall and the Falkirk Wheel on Monday, before a week of PSE projects and elective sessions which included morning 'Body Balance' sessions, a visit to the driving range, touch rugby, basketball, a light and sound masterclass, history model making, a cupcake masterclass and a basque strongman event, amongst many others! Resiliance and Mindfulness sessions on the final day of Activities Week ranged from the one extreme of active and chaotic bubble football, to rather more sedate yoga!

S3 pupils took part in a similar variety of electives, whilst also taking part in IT and PSE sessiosns, active sports days and DofE Grouse and Ptarmigan practice ventures.

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Pupils had an enjoyable week, returning after the holiday weekend with renewed enthusiasm for the final four weeks of the 2015/16 session!

Some images from Activities Week can be seen below.

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Scottish Karate Champion http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/scottish-karate-champion/ Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/scottish-karate-champion/ Be careful not to get on the wrong side of Junior School pupil Eva Shepherd (J6) - she recently achieved national success in Karate!

Despite 10 year old Eva competing in the 10-15 year old kata, and facing off against many competitors much older than her, she came through the tournament to win Gold and be crowned Scottish Karate Champion!

Congratulations to Eva on this excellent victory.

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S1 Visit Raasay http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/raasay-2016/ Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/raasay-2016/ In mid-May, S1 pupils took part in our annual trip, once again spending five days on the beautiful island of Raasay.

A jam-packed programme of enjoyable activities saw the children rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, sailing and taking part in a challenging all-day expedition. After long days of tiring activities, pupils took part in more sedate evening games, beach art and raft building. The final evening saw pupils braving the chilly Scottish waters to take part in the traditional pier jump!

Residing in the magnificent 17th century mansion, Raasay House, pupils and staff alike were able to enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery, with Deputy Rector Mrs Price meriting a special mention - she was attending her final Raasay trip before her retirement this summer! All in all, it was a splendid way for S1 pupils to relax and have fun after the stress of the May exams!

You can see pictures from throughout the trip below.

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District Hockey Representation http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/hockey-district-representation/ Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/hockey-district-representation/ Eight High School hockey players competed at the U14 Girls' Inter-District Tournament in Edinburgh on Sunday 15th May.

Lucy Williamson (Vice Captain) (S3), Georgia CrooksMhairi CrooksAnna PoverCharlotte Simmers (all S2) and Christina Miller (S1), were selected to play for the West District side, whilst Samantha Insall (S2) and Anna Smith (S1) played for the combined team (made up from the West, East and Midlands districts).

With eight districts competing (North, South, Highland, South West, West, East, Midlands and a Combined Team), the West side finished as winners of Pool A, before defeating East district in the semi final. Unfortunately, the final saw them come up short on last year's victory, as they suffered a 2-0 loss to the Midland team. The WestEastMid came out on top in the 5th/6th place match, with a 3-2 victory in the shootout after a goalless draw.

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National Badminton Victories for Rachel http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/national-badminton-victories/ Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/national-badminton-victories/ Rachel Sugden (S3) achieved success on two fronts at the U15 Home Nations Quadrangular tournament at Scotstoun over the weekend of Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May. Not only was Rachel part of the Scotland side that won the team championship, she was also victorious in the girls' singles competition.

The Scotland team achieved comprehensive 9-0 victories over Ireland and Wales, before Rachel clinched the winning point in her girls' singles tie to secure a 6-3 victory over England, confirming the Scottish team's overall success. Rachel's straight games win meant that Scotland retained the team title, having won it in Milton Keynes in 2015.

She was not finished there though, overcoming opponents from England in both round 2 and the quarter finals of the girls' singles competition (having received a 1st round bye), before defeating an Irish opponent in the semi final. This set up a final with her Scottish teammate, Rachel Cameron, of George Heriot's School, which Rachel again came through in straight sets, to become the girls' singles champion.

Rachel's excellent form has clearly not gone unnoticed, as she has been selected to represent Scotland this weekend at the Glasgow International Event, which again takes place at the Glasgow School of Sport & National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun. Good luck to Rachel, hopefully there is further success to come!

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Junior School News http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/updates-from-the-junior-school/ Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/updates-from-the-junior-school/ Art Club Display

Fourteen Junior School pupils recently had their artwork displayed at the prestigious Art Club on Bath Street, Glasgow. Amy AshtonKirstie SouterElizabeth Perrett (all J6), Sarah HannahOlivia McDonald, Tessa Quaile (all J5), Freya Easson (J3), Cameron Faulds-Rae (J2) and Niamh Ronaldson (J1) were amongst 170 entries in the Exhibition of Primary Works.

Three Junior School pupils gained 1st places in their respective age categories and a further two were highly commended. Amy Liu won the Primary 6 category with a pastel and charcoal drawing of a magpie, Struan Smith won the Primary 5 category with a black ink drawing of a Kelpie and Eilidh McCance won the Primary 1 category with a wax resist picture of an owl. Elizabeth Hamilton (J6) and Zac Mickel (J5) were also highly commended.

Eilidh McCance - Art Amy Liu - Art Struan Smith - Art

 

Burns Concert

Burns Concert ParticipantsFour Junior School pupils performed at the World Burns Federation Concert in Edinburgh on Saturday 7th May. Well done to J6 pupils Amy Ashton and Zixuan Yao, who performed musical pieces on the harp and violin, respectively, to J5 pupil, Emily Gill, who performed a piano piece, and to J4 pupil, Eklavya Singh, who recited the famous Burns poem 'To a Louse'.

 

Eco Committee

Eco-Committee 1 Eco-Committee 3

Pupils from the School's Eco Committee joined together with Keep Scotland Beautiful for a National Spring Clean week. Pupils donned their volunteer bibs and armed themselves with litter pickers and bin bags to help clear litter in the school grounds and the surrounding area of Ledcameroch Road. The pupils of the High School are proud of their Green Flag status and endeavour to do their bit to help the environment, in order to keep Scotland beautiful!

 

Horse Riding Trials

Charlie Meeke - Horse RidingCongratulations to Charlie Meeke (J4), who collected nine rosettes after taking his horse 'Beauty' through a number events at the Caspian Horse trials in Derby last weekend.

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Percussion Performances & EIF Selection http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/percussion-performances-eif-selection/ Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/may/percussion-performances-eif-selection/ Both the Senior and Junior Percussion Ensembles, directed by Mr Lachie Birch, were invited to perform at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire Percussion Extravaganza Concert on Saturday 30th April. Both ensembles performed brilliantly, with infectious energy and excellent stage presence! Percussionists, Abhishek Gambhir and Adam Stanley (both S5), who study at the Junior RCS, were also invited to perform solo pieces at the concert.

Elsewhere, after attending the NYCOS Girls Choir Easter course, Millie Haldane (S3) has been invited to sing as a part of a smaller select choir at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. Taking place at the Usher Hall on Sunday 14th August, Millie will be singing in Elgar's 'The Apostles', performing alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and international vocal soloists, with the acclaimed Edward Gardner OBE conducting.

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National Sailing Selections http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/national-sailing-selections/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/national-sailing-selections/ Gordon Sivarajan (S2) has been invited to take part in the 2016 GBR Team Selections for World, European, Development and Flanders GBR teams. The event, which is to be held on the Olympic course at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this weekend, sees the top 80 optimist sailors in Britain participating.

Gordon was also runner-up in the recent Royal Yachting Association Scotland Winter Academy Series, Optimist Class, while his brother Alex Sivarajan (J6) finished 6th. Alex has been asked to represent Scotland in the Eric Twiname Championships, an annual sailing competition between Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, over the weekend of 7-8th May. 

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Ella Leads the Orchestra! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/leader-of-the-orchestra/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/leader-of-the-orchestra/ Ella Fraser (S3) was invited to lead the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain Main Orchestra in a concert at the Colston Hall, Bristol, on Saturday 9th April.

After days of preparation and rehearsal, Ella led the 106 members of the orchestra in performances of pieces including Elgar's In the South and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite No 1. Head of Music at the School, Mrs Sarah Stuart, said "this is an immense achievement and puts Ella firmly on the map as one of the UK's top violinists for her age group." 

The orchestra is made up of the best young musicians aged 14 and under in the UK and this will be Ella’s last year participating in the NCO. In the summer, she will spend nine days at Rossall School in Lancashire, with a concert taking place at Preston Guild Hall, before a final concert at the Barbican Centre, London, in December.

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Vainglory European Winter Champions http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/european-gaming-success/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/european-gaming-success/ Alessandro Palmarini (S5) has recently been involved in a rather more unique High School success story - Alessandro and his teammates, who make up 'Team Secret', were recently crowned the Vainglory European Winter Champions at London’s Gfinity Arena, an event which was broadcasted to over 50,000 viewers throughout the world.

Vainglory is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game played on handheld devices, in which teams use strategy and teamwork in order to battle to survive (you can find out more here - http://www.vaingloryleague.com/). Alessandro and his two team-mates came into the tournament as returning champions from the Autumn Championship and emerged after a three day tournament as the best of the eight competing teams, whittled down from an initial 700 teams from throughout Europe who had initially applied to compete.

In an exciting final, Team Secret won 3-0 against SNOW Tsunami in a best of five competition, securing Alessandro a share of the significant cash prize. The team were even invited to compete in the World Championships in Korea this month - unfortunately for Alessandro, SQA Examinations have taken priority!

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Athletics & Cross-Country Successes http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/athletics-and-cross-country-victories/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/athletics-and-cross-country-victories/ Auldhouse/Minerva Cup Competition

Over 100 S1-S6 athletes were involved in the Minerva Cup/Auldhouse Cup Indoor Athletics Competition at the Emirates Arena on Thursday 21st April. The girls' team finished 2nd in the Auldhouse Cup competition, while the boys' team, captained by S6 pupil, Josh Oxby, went one better, winning their competition and retaining the Minerva Cup.

Pictured above are Spencer BrownJosh MacGowan, Josh Oxby, Calum WardenLewis Cunningham, Archie Campbell and Vittorio Giambastiani, from the Minerva Cup-winning team.

Trans Girls Primary Cross Country Winners

Scottish Primary Cross-Country Championships

Meanwhile, at the Scottish Primary Cross-Country Championships in Kirkcaldy on the morning of Saturday 23rd April, the Transitus girls' team of Francesca Deane, Annabel Davies, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean and Lucy Sillars (pictured above) saw off opposition from over 25 other teams throughout Scotland to win Gold medals. Zara Kennedy finished 5th overall at her age level and Anya MacLean ran exceptionally well to win an individual Silver medal. Elsewhere, there were good performances in the J6 races, with the girls finishing 5th overall and the boys finishing 4th.

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SingFest http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/singfest/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/singfest/ The Final of SingFest 2016 took place in the Senior School Assembly Hall on Friday 22nd April, with 17 singers taking part in an entertaining evening of music. 

After competitive 1st and 2nd rounds earlier in the year, the finalists on the evening participated in the ‘Classical Solo’, ‘Theatrical Solo’ and ‘Vocal Ensemble’ competitions, with Mr Graham Dickie acting as adjudicator. Mr Dickie is the Artistic Director of MTC at the Dance School of Scotland, as well as being the founder and director of the national Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year Award.

The Intermediate Chamber Choir set the scene for the evening, performing 'Jubilate', a song attributed to Mozart, and also performed during the final adjudication, entertaining the audience with a traditional Jamaican song and an upbeat syncopated song, !CAntar!, featuring singers from S2-S4.

An evening of crowd-pleasing performances meant Mr Dickie was faced with some tough decisions! In the end, he awarded the following:

  • Awards for Outstanding Potential went to Amelia Haldane, Kai Ross and Sebastian Schneeberger (all S3).
  • The Iain Paterson Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Classical Solo Singing went to Emily Gilbride (S5).
  • The Nadine Livingston Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Theatrical Solo Singing was awarded to Kirsty Campbell-Birkett (S6)
  • The Peter Douglas Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Ensemble Singing was won by Archie Campbell, Anjali Gupta, Catriona Walker and Zoe Wheel (flute)(all S4).

Well done to all those who participated on the night and to the Music Department on putting together an entertaining evening of song.

The victors can be seen above, and images of the night's performers below. Fortunately, there isn't too long a wait for another night of High School Musical competition - MusicFest takes place at the Senior School on Thursday 9th June!

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Boys Represent Scotland U16s http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/international-rugby-participation/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/international-rugby-participation/ Stuart Ferguson (S5) and Murray Godsman (S4) pulled on their U16 Scotland tops to represent Scotland Blue at the Conwy International Rugby Festival in Wales over Easter.

After a gruelling process to make it to this stage, the boys were excited to be a part of the national U16 side and whilst the Scottish side faced a difficult time against Welsh, French and Italian sides, the boys played well and learned a great deal, with Murray being voted the Players’ Player of the Tournament for Scotland Blue U16.

(Photos courtesy of Murdoch Ferguson)

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Colorado Ski Trip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/ski-trip-to-colorado/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/ski-trip-to-colorado/ At the end of Spring term, 26 S1-S2 excited skiers departed on a ski trip to Winter Park in Colorado.

With plenty of fresh powder, the skiers enjoyed the excellent conditions and got stuck in to their daily 5-hour sessions. The instructors at Winter Park complemented the pupils on their skiing ability and said they were a pleasure to work with!

The fun didn't stop in the evening - After an exhausting day skiing, pupils relaxed in the outdoor pool and hot tub, enjoyed a movie night, visited the local ten-pin bowling alley, went tubing, toasted marshmallows on the fire at a s'mores party and enjoyed dining out at Smokin' Moe's and Pizza Pedlar'.

An enjoyable week was had by everyone!

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Classics Trip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/classics-trip-to-italy/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/classics-trip-to-italy/ At the end of March, 47 S4-S6 pupils, Classics department staff, Mr Milligan, Mr Ingham and Mrs Roarty, as well as Mrs Ingham of St Columba’s school and former High School teacher Mrs Campbell, embarked on the Classics trip to Italy.

Two days were spent in the Italian capital, Rome, visiting famous classical sites such as the Circus Maximus, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. From there the group travelled south, using the beautiful coastal resort of Sorrento as a base from which to visit the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserved for centuries under the fallout from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The group also survived a trek up to the crater of the volcano.

The trip provided an excellent opportunity for pupils to develop their appreciation of classical culture and its legacy for the modern world. You can see some images from the week below.

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Skating Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/star-skater/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/star-skater/ S1 pupil, Juliana Sweeney-Baird, achieved impressive successes during the Easter break.

Competing at the Inclusive Skating Event 2016 at Braehead Curling Ice Rink between 8th-10th April, Juliana not only became the British Inclusive Skating Novice Ladies Champion but also the British Blind Sport Novice Ladies B5 Champion. Congratulations to her on these excellent achievements!

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Superb Swimmers! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/making-a-splash/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/making-a-splash/ Anna Fleming (S4) and Douglas Kelly (S1) won multiple medals and broke various records at the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships at the start of the Easter break.

Over the course of the 5-day event, Anna, representing the City of Glasgow Swim team, gained four Gold medals (16 Years 100m & 50m Freestyle, 16 Years 100m & 50m Butterfly), broke two Scottish records and was awarded the trophy for the best U17 girl of the meet, whilst Douglas, representing Milngavie and Bearsden Swim Team, picked up a total of seven Gold medals throughout the event. His Gold medals came in the Boys 11-13 200m, 100m & 50m Freestyle, 100m & 50m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 50m Butterfly events, breaking five Scottish records in the process! He also won Silver in the 100m Backstroke and Bronze in the 50m Backstroke event.

Anna also swam at the British Olympic Trials last week, winning a Bronze medal in the 100m free European Junior Final (breaking an age-group record in the process) as well as being placed 5th in the 50m 19 and under Target Tokyo Final (swimmers aiming for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020!)

Meanwhile, S1 pupils, Gabriella Smart, Tabitha Steven and Lana Wallace, were selected for the West District side who were victorious at the Inter-District Championships in Buckie in mid-March. Gabriella and Tabitha were part of the West team who finished 1st in both the team event and the overall combined events at level 3/4/5, while Lana Wallace was part of the West team who also finished 1st in the team event and 1st in the overall combined events at level 1/2.

(Photographs courtesy of Scottish Swimming)

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Charity Cycle http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/london-to-paris/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/april/london-to-paris/ Business Studies and Economics teacher, Mrs Lin Milne, is currently in training to participate in a gruelling charity bike ride this summer, taking her all the way from London to Paris!

She will set off on Wednesday 20th July, with the aim of reaching Paris four days later on Saturday 23rd. Her journey will take her from London to Calais, Calais to Arras, Arras to Creil and, finally, from Creil to Paris, a total of nearly 300 miles!

Mrs Milne is raising money for the charity Unite Against Cancer, which was founded in March 2012 by one of our Former Pupils Colin Smith (Class of 2006) and funds research into new cancer treatments, while educating and informing on cancer prevention. The inspiration behind setting up the charity was his brother Christopher Smith’s battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he sadly succumbed to in June 2012. Unite Against Cancer raises money to fund research into new cancer treatments, and to educate and inform on cancer prevention. You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.unitecharity.com.

Any donations for this worthwhile cause would be very much appreciated by Mrs Milne. If you would like to donate, you can visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Lin-Milne1.

On behalf of Mrs Milne, thank you very much for your support!

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Glasgow Music Festival 2016 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/glasgow-music-festival/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/glasgow-music-festival/ After a busy Spring term for the Music Department, there has also been some excellent news in the form of many successes at the Glasgow Music Festival, which ran from 5th - 19th March.

Christopher O'Leary (S5 - pictured above left) was a 'Last Night of the Festival' finalist as well as gaining 1st place finishes in Brass Solos Open, Male Vocal Solos (U18) and Songs from the Shows (15-16), a 2nd place finish in Woodwind & Brass Premier and a 3rd place finish in Intermediate Vocal Duets, alongside former pupil Kirsty Stirling.

Ella Fraser (S3) also had multiple successes, achieving a 1st place finish in String Modern Solo, 2nd place finishes in Piano Solos A and String Solo Premier and a 3rd place finish in Violin Open Solo.

The High School Senior Brass Ensemble were also successful, achieving a 1st place finish in the Brass Ensemble Class competition.

Well done to all those who achieved top 3 finishes: 

  • 1st Place:
    • HSOG Senior Brass Ensemble - Brass Ensemble Class
    • Christopher O'Leary (S5) - Brass Solos Open, Male Vocal Solos (U18) and Songs from the Shows (15-16)
    • Màiri Callan (S4) - Traditional Scottish Songs
    • Ella Fraser (S3) - String Modern Solo
    • Jai Tyagi (S3) - Songs from the Shows (U14)
    • Duniya Majumder (S2) - Piano Solos A
    • Kirsty Jones (Trans) - Piano Solos
  • 2nd Place:
    • Inez Gallagher (S6) - Traditional Clarsach Solos Open
    • Christopher O'Leary - Woodwind & Brass Premier
    • Ella Fraser - Piano Solos A and String Solo Premier
    • Millie Haldane (S3) - Songs from the Shows (U14)
    • Sebastian Schneeberger (S3 - pictured above right in rehearsals) - U18s
  • 3rd Place:
    • Inez Gallagher - Non-Traditional Clarsach Solos Open
    • Christopher O'Leary - Intermediate Vocal Duets (with FP Kirsty Stirling)
    • Kimberley Wong (S5) - Piano Solos A
    • Màiri Callan - Intermediate Solo Clarsach
    • Rebecca McInnes (S4) - Songs from the Shows (U18)
    • Ella Fraser - Violin Open Solo
    • Rebekah Bryson (S2) - Clarsach Solo C
    • Jessica Insall (S2) - Modern Woodwind & Brass Solos and Open Brass Solo
    • Duniya Majumder - Romantic Piano Solos
    • Lois McColl (S2) - Songs from the Shows (U14)
    • Alex Jones (S1) - Piano Solo
    • Sebastian Harten (Trans) - Piano Solos
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'No Strings Attached' concert http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/no-strings-attached/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/no-strings-attached/

The Music Department's 'No Strings Attached' concert, featuring Jazz and Wind Bands, Percussion Ensembles and Pipe Bands, took place at the Senior School on Wednesday 23rd March.

Junior and Senior School musicians were put through their paces in the concert as a packed Assembly Hall of parents and friends of the School enjoyed the musical extravaganza. The show saw performances from the Junior School Wind Band, directed by Mr Raymond McKeown and Ms Elspeth Carnall, the Jazz and Senior Concert Bands, performing a selection of tunes from Les Misérables, both directed by Mr Raymond McKeown, the newly formed Junior School iPad Ensemble and Junior Percussion Ensemble, playing the Mission Impossible theme, directed by Mr Lachie Birch, the Junior Wind Band, directed by Ms Michelle McCabe and the Junior and Senior Pipe Bands, playing a selection of traditional songs, directed by Mr Gordon Brown and Mr Gordon Lawrie.

All of the groups combined at the end of the evening to perform a rousing and emotionally charged rendition of 'Highland Cathedral'. Only one string player was allowed to play throughout the evening, but bass guitarist James Stewart (S5) also doubled up as a trumpeter!

You can see some highlights from the evening in the videos below.

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Pair Chosen for Scotland U16 Rugby Team http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/international-rugby-selection/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/international-rugby-selection/ It has been a year of hard work and excellent opportunities for some of the High School's young rugby players, two of whom, Stuart Ferguson (S5) and Murray Godsman (S4), have recently been selected for the Scotland U16s team.

A number of pupils were originally put forward by the school to partake in an U16s Glasgow Hurricanes training camp during the 2015 Easter holidays. They commented that they immediately noticed the step-up in intensity and skill levels that playing with some of the best players in Glasgow provided. Pupils survived the dreaded ‘cut’ and were given the opportunity to showcase their skills to the Glasgow selectors, competing in several matches against other sections of Glasgow, the ‘Giants’ and the ‘Chiefs’.

In the summer, Stuart Ferguson (S5), Calum Coats, Ewan Docherty and Murray Godsman (all S4) were chosen to participate in Glasgow training and after surviving another two cuts, were picked for a round robin-style tournaments against other areas of Scotland; Borders, Caledonia and Edinburgh, culminating in a 3rd place playoff match on the outer pitches at Murrayfield.

From these games, the Scottish Rugby Union coaches picked out two Scotland squads; Reds and Blues, to train regularly, before travelling to Wales in April 2016. Murray, who plays for Glasgow Hawks and Stuart, who represents West of Scotland, were picked for the Scotland Blues team. They will head to the Conwy International Rugby Festival in Wales during the Easter break as part of the Scotland U16s squad.

This is an excellent opportunity for Stuart and Murray to play at highest possible level of rugby for their age. In an assembly, the Rector described it as a great achievement", and pointed out that the boys had "shown great endeavor” to gain the opportunity to represent Scotland on the international stage. Well done to Stuart, Murray and all those who supported them in their hard work.

(photos courtesy of Murdoch Ferguson)

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Pipe Band Championship Victory http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/two-in-a-row-for-pipe-band/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/two-in-a-row-for-pipe-band/ The High School Pipe Band were victorious in the ' Freestyle' competition, for the second year running, at the annual Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh on Sunday 13th March.

The Freestyle competition sees pipe bands join forces with other instrumentalists to showcase the versatility of pipes and the imagination of the music departments that come up with the piece of music. The original piece performed by our band, entitled “Tro na Linntea (Through the Generations)”, merged bagpipes with brass instruments, drums, bass guitar and even beatboxing, encompassing a wide range of musical styles and providing the innovative and fun approach that is emphasised within the freestyle competition.

With the help of former pupil Harry Mackenzie filling in on bagpipes due to a finger injury sustained by regular piper Archie Campbell, the band, consisting of Ian Black, Andrew Holt, Matthew Miller, Alastair Morrison (all S6), Mira MansfieldRoss Mitchell, Chris O'Leary, Stewart Steven, James Stewart (all S5), Màiri Callan, Archie CampbellMurray Walker (All S4), Catriona James (S3), Jessica Insall (S2) and Harry Mackenzie, fought off competition from 10 other schools from throughout the country, impressing the judges enough to retain the Freestyle competition crown, having previously won it in 2015.

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Excellent Efforts from Hockey Sides http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/s1-s2-hockey-victories/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/s1-s2-hockey-victories/ 1st Year West District Tournament

The 1st Year 'A' hockey side (pictured above) won the West District 1st Year Tournament on Saturday 12th March. The team of Lily Paterson (Captain), Christina Miller (Vice-Captain), Amy Gilson-Barnett, Constance Campbell, Jennifer Cuthill, Maia Gillespie, Alex Jones, Bailey Mulvey, Ellie Murphy, Charlotte Sim, Gabriella Smart, Anna Smith, Iona Snedden and Isla Stirling, achieved two draws and a victory in their group section, before overcoming St Aloysius' College 3-0 on running penalties in the semi-final, following a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper, Amy Gilson-Barnett, saved all of the St Aloysius' penalties! Amy excelled again in an exciting final with Glasgow Academy, making several saves as our girls showed composure to win 3-1 on running penalties after another goalless draw.

2nd Year Hutchesons' Grammar School Tournament

2Nd Year Hockey Winners ImageThe 2nd year ‘A’ hockey team played very well on Tuesday 15th March to win the Hutchesons’ Grammar School S2 Tournament. They won two and drew one of their group matches to win the section, before defeating St Aloysius’ College, 2-0 in the semi-final. This set up a final with St Columba's School, in which the girls performed excellently, picking up a 3-1 victory and becoming champions. The only goal the girls conceded throughout the entire tournament was in the final! Well done to Mrs Cannon and her team - Roma Lynch (Captain), Abby Bremner, Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Zara Hyslop, Samantha Insall, Jennifer Lafferty, Roma Lynch, Lois McColl, Pippa Meek, Aoife Petrie, Anna Pover, Claudie Quinn, Ciara Rogers and Charlotte Simmers.

Boys' Hockey Sevens Tournaments

Boys Hockey Runners Up ImageThe boys' hockey side competed in the Hutchesons' Grammar School Boys' Hockey Sevens Tournament on Wednesday 9th March and at The Glasgow Academy Boys' Hockey Sevens Tournament a few days later on Saturday 12th March. The team of Shubhan Agwan, Euan BodieGeorge GeddesMatthew Miller, Alistair Morrison, James Shemilt (all S6) and Roberto Muscatelli (S5) were unlucky to finish as runners-up on both occasions.

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Girls Win National Sevens Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/girls-win-national-sevens-football-tournament/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/girls-win-national-sevens-football-tournament/ The Girls 7-a-side football side were victorious at the Scottish Independent Schools’ Football Association U18s Tournament at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh on Monday 14th March.

The tournament, which took a league format, saw the team of Oli Crawford (Captain), Sammy Bell, Mirrin Gillespie, Stephanie Wood (all S5), Sarah Turnbull, Lucy Williamson (both S3), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Yemisi Edgar (all S2) and Christina Miller (S1), pick up three impressive victories - 1-0 over George Watson's College, with Captain, Oli Crawford scoring the winner; 3-0 over Strathallan school thanks to a Mhairi Crooks hat-trick; and 6-0 over Greenfaulds High School, with Oli and Sammy Bell scoring twice each, and Georgia Crooks and Christina Miller both scoring.

Their coach, Mrs Mhairi Peek, was full of praise for the girls, describing them as "excellent all over the pitch" and commending their victory without conceding a single goal throughout the tournament.

The next SISFA finals tournament sees the U13 girls' side compete in mid-May.

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Gimme Shelter Appeal http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/bannerman-fundraising-week/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/bannerman-fundraising-week/ This year's Bannerman Fundraising Week, 'Gimme Shelter', is aiming to raise money for Glasgow Night Shelter.

The shelter "provides an overnight place of safety for people who, due to their immigration status, cannot access normal homeless services and, without the night shelter, would be forced to sleep rough in the streets of Glasgow.They provide hot food and somewhere to stay for destitute men. However, they are currently unable to provide the equivalent for destitute women. You can find out more about the charity by visiting http://glasgownightshelter.org/.

After visiting and volunteering at the shelter recently, Bannerman House pupils decided that they would like to help the charity as they seek to open a facility for vulnerable and destitute women in Glasgow. 

Throughout the week, there will be a variety of fun activities. There has already been an Easter Egg Hunt on Monday, as well as today's ice cream parlour for those with a sweet-tooth! Other activities over the next week include a stand-up comedy afternoon, a sponsored sleepover, Bannerman buskers, the chance to send an Easter egg to a special someone and their own versions of the hit gameshows 'Ninja Warrior' and 'Lip Sync Battle'.

There is even a Bannerman charity music single which is available to purchase at http://bannermanhouse.bandcamp.com/releases.

If you would like to contribute to Bannerman House's fundraising efforts, you can do so by donating at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bannermanhouse.

On behalf of everybody in Bannerman House, thank you for your generosity!

Keep your eyes peeled for an update on Bannerman House's 2015 appeal on the website soon!

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S3 Hockey Scottish Semi-Finalists http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/scottish-semi-finalists/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/scottish-semi-finalists/ After qualifying for the Scottish Finals by winning the West District tournament last week, a combined S2/S3 girls' hockey side competed at the S3 Scottish Hockey Finals on Thursday 10th March at Glasgow Green.

Similarly to last week, the girls topped their section without conceding a goal, picking up 1-0 victories over Strathallan School and Marr College and a 2-0 win over Galashiels Academy. Unfortunately, in a very close semi final against Dollar Academy, the girls suffered a narrow 3-2 loss.

Congratulations to the squad in reaching a Scottish semi-final: Lucy Williamson (Captain), Katie AllisonRachel BallantyneEmma BullochEve Downie, Jasmine GillespieCatriona JamesMarina MacLeodDaya PanesarMillie RaynerCate SibbaldKiera SmithLara StreetSarah Turnbull (all S3), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Samantha Insall and Anna Pover (all S2).

The team is pictured above with their West District title, minus the S2 players

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Fearann Anna Connections Concert http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/fearann-anna-connections/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/fearann-anna-connections/ On Thursday 3rd March, the High School's Music Department put on their own version of Celtic Connections, entitled "Fearann Anna Connections". Taking place in the school Assembly Hall, the concert attracted hundreds of parents and friends of the School to enjoy a night of Gaelic, traditional and modern Scottish music, performed by hundreds of High School musicians.

The event was kindly sponsored by Tunnocks, who donated 500 Tea Cakes for the evening, not all of which got eaten by our young musicians in the image above!

The show began with a welcome from piper Stewart Steven (S5), with Law House Captain Patrick Finn (S6), acting as our Master of Ceremonies throughout the night. The audience were treated to performances by the 96-strong Junior String Orchestra (lead by S2 pupil Reuben Gilson-Barnett), the Junior/Senior Guitar Ensembles, the Junior Brass Ensemble, the Junior Fiddle Group, the Junior Choir, the Clarsach Ensemble, and the Senior String Orchestra (lead by Patrick Finn).

As well as these group performances, there were also solo acts, including a vocal and clarsach solo by Màiri Callan (S4), a violin solo by Ella Fraser (S3), accompanied by Mr Neil McFarlane on piano, and a clarsach duo performance by Inez Gallagher (S6) and former pupil Robyn Harris (class of 2014).

The collection for the night was for Playlist for Life, a charity supported by Alzheimers' Scotland. You can find out more by visiting - http://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/.

Congratulations to the Music Department on an excellent evening of Music! (The full programme from the event can be seen below.)

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Recent Musical Achievements http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/music-updates-march-2016/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/music-updates-march-2016/ Christopher O’Leary

Fifth Year pupil, Christopher O'Leary (pictured above left) has been invited to sing with the National Youth Choir of Scotland's Main Choir. He has been invited to travel to America with the Main Touring Choir this summer, effectively jumping straight to the elite team - An incredible achievement for a 16-year-old tenor!

They will be performing at Chicago's Grant Park Festival on 4th July (Independence Day!) before an audience of up to 20.000 people! They also travel to the Grand Teton Festival in Wyoming, performing under the esteemed Scottish Musical Director of the festival, Donald Runnicles OBE.

He was also invited to perform with NYCoS in France and at the London Proms this summer, though prior commitments with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland meant he could not attend. Similarly, Christopher also had to turn down a place in the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra due to his other selections. He also spent a weekend before the Prelims in January rehearsing with NYCoS, and was the youngest in that choir at 16 years old.

Adam Stanley

To achieve one Grade 8 with distinction in ABRSM exams is quite the feat...this session, Fifth Year pupil Adam Stanley (pictured above right) achieved two! Adam has recieved Grade 8 distinctions in both violin and percussion in ABRSM exams over the last few months. Congratulations to him on this huge achievement.

UPDATE: Not content with two Grade 8 with distinctions, Adam has gone on and completed a hat-trick for the session! Last week, he gained his Grade 8 with distinction in drum kit in Trinity Rock and Pop Exams.

Sara Pearce

Congratulations to former pupil Sara Pearce (class of 2015), who has recently been selected for an ABRSM Silver Award, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in her Grade 8 Singing exam in 2015. Well done to Sara on this national recognition of her fine singing ability.

ABRSM Results

In the ABRSM exams in February, pupils achieved 10 passes, 15 merits, 10 distinctions, yet another excellent total for High School musicians.

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Success at Glasgow Schools' Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/glasgow-schools-swimming-finals/ Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/glasgow-schools-swimming-finals/ Junior 6 pupil, Fergus Currie (pictured above), competed recently for his club in a swimming gala at The Matt Busby pool in Bellshill, winning three Gold and one Bronze medal in the 10 Years and under category, quite the haul for the 10 year old!

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Fergus set the bar for his fellow High School pupils, who won a total of 25 medals at the Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals at Drumchapel Pool days later on Monday 29th February. Pupils from Junior 5, Junior 6 and Transitus competed at the event, with all contributing to a haul of 8 Gold, 14 Silver and 4 Bronze medals over the course of the day.

Gold medals went to Fergus in the 11 Years Backstroke and Elizabeth Perrett in the 10 Years Backstroke and J5 pupils Dylan Burrell in the 10 Years Breaststroke (winning the Alasdair Short trophy), Coryn MacLean in the 10 Years Freestyle and David McCallum in both the 10 Years Backstroke and 10 Years Freestyle. Team Gold went to the 10 Years Girls Relay side of Elizabeth Perrett (J6) Georgia Bell, Coryn MacLean and Louise Mitchell (all J5). 

Other medals went to:

  • Transitus - Jude Bannatyne (Silver in 12 Years Breaststroke), Zara Kennedy (Silver in Open Fly, Bronze in 12 Years Backstroke), Anya MacLean (Silver in 12 Years Breaststroke, Bronze in 12 Years Freestyle) and John Mitchell (Bronze in Open Fly); Silver in 12 Years Girls’ Relay (Ellie Adair, Anna Ivins, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean)
  • J6 - Fergus Currie (Silver in Open Fly) and Jamie Ritchie (Silvers in both 11 Years Breaststroke and 11 Years Freestyle); Silver in 11 Years Boys’ Relay (Fergus Currie, Liam McColl, Jamie Ritchie, Ben Taylor) and Silver in 11 Years Girls’ Relay (Kiera Davidson, Eva James, Sophie Kemsley, Anna McCallum)
  • J5Zander Buxton (Silver in 10 Years Backstroke), Zak Changizi (Silver in 10 Years Breaststroke), Milo Harris (Bronze in 10 Years Freestyle), Coryn MacLean (Silver in 10 Years Breaststroke) and Louise Mitchell (Silver in 10 Years Backstroke); Silver in 10 Years Boys’ Relay (Dylan Burrell, Zander Buxton, Zak Changizi, David McCallum)
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Mr MacGregor to run Ultra Marathon! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/charity-ultra-marathon/ Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/charity-ultra-marathon/ Mathematics teacher, Mr Dougie MacGregor, will be taking part in his first 'Ultra Marathon' on Saturday 2nd April in order to raise money for the charity Unite Against Cancer.

Mr MacGregor will brave the unpredictable Scottish Springtime weather to run a 55 mile course between Glasgow and Edinburgh, beginning in Ruchill Park, Glasgow, before taking in the Antonine Wall and the Falkirk Wheel and leading competitors towards the finish line in the heart of Edinburgh.

Unite Against Cancer was founded in March 2012 by one of our Former Pupils Colin Smith (Class of 2006) and funds research into new cancer treatments, while educating and informing on cancer prevention. The inspiration behind setting up the charity was his brother Christopher Smith’s battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he sadly succumbed to in June 2012. Unite Against Cancer raises money to fund research into new cancer treatments, and to educate and inform on cancer prevention.

Any donations for this worthwhile cause would be very much appreciated by Mr MacGregor, so let's support him in this rather daunting race trek! If you would like to donate, you can visit Mr MacGregor's JustGiving page by visiting - www.justgiving.com/Dougie-MacGregor.

For more information on the Ultra Marathon event and the Unite Against Cancer charity, you can visit their websites at www.resoluteevents.co.uk and www.unitecharity.com, respectively.

On behalf of Mr MacGregor, thank you very much for your support!

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Friday Lecture Series http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/friday-lecture-series-the-mair-lecture/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/friday-lecture-series-the-mair-lecture/ The High School was delighted to welcome former pupil and current parent and Governor, Professor Anton Muscatelli, back to the school on Friday 4th March, to deliver the inaugural lecture named in tribute to someone you may just remember...

Mr Muscatelli, who is the current Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, having occupied the role since 2009, delivered The Mair Lecture, in honour of former Rector, Mr Colin Mair, who we were also delighted to have the presence of on Friday afternoon.

His lecture, entitled "Inequality: Causes and Cures" marked a highly rewarding afternoon for our Sixth Year pupils. Our thanks go to him for taking the time to talk to and answer the questions of our Sixth Years and to Mr Mair for taking time out from last summer's retirement to come and see us!

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3rd Year/Trans Hockey Efforts http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/hockey-updates/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/hockey-updates/ 3rd Year

The Third Year ‘A’ side (pictured above) took part in the West District Tournament on Monday 29th February, performing well to win the overall title without conceding a single goal throughout!

The team of Lucy Williamson (Captain), Katie AllisonRachel Bannatyne, Emma BullochEve DownieJasmine GillespieCatriona JamesMarina MacLeodDaya PanesarMillie RaynerCate SibbaldKiera SmithLara Street, Emily Taylor and Sarah Turnbull, coasted through the group stage, winning the section with three victories over Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Lomond School and St Aloysius’ College.

A 2-0 victory over Jordanhill School set up a final with Hutchesons’ Grammar, with the girls winning it comfortably, 2-0. The team has therefore qualified for the Scottish Finals on Thursday 10th March, where they will be the West District’s representative.

Transitus

The Transitus hockey team also had a busy weekend at the end of February, as they competed in the Glasgow Academy and George Watson’s tournaments on concurrent days.

At the Glasgow Academy tournament, the team finished second in their group, before defeating George Watson’s College 3-0 in the quarter final and achieving a running penalties victory over Mary Erskine School, after a 1-1 draw, in the semi. Unfortunately, the team could not go that one step further, losing on running penalties to Kelvinside Academy in the final, after a 0-0 draw in regular time.

The same girls travelled through to Edinburgh the next day for the George Watson’s College tournament, again finishing as runners-up in their group. They then defeated St Mary’s School and George Heriot’s on running penalties to win the Plate trophy.

Mrs Romana Owen, who accompanied the girls at both tournaments, was pleased with the efforts from the team of Lucy Sillars (Captain at GA), Zara Kennedy (Captain at GW), Iona Reid (Vice-Captain at GA), Ellie Adair (Vice-Captain at GW), Aimee Anderson, Sophie Bell, Grace Campbell, Annabel Davies, Anya MacLean, Jessica Mitchell and Annabelle Robertson in a busy weekend of competitive hockey.

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Glasgow Schools' Cross-Country Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/cross-country-champs/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/cross-country-champs/ There was great success for the High School, both in team events and individually, in the recent Glasgow Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Nether Pollok, with a total of seven team and two individual medals being won.

Gold medals went to the Senior Girls and Senior Boys teams, as well as the S3 Girls and S2 Boys teams (pictured above), whilst Anya MacLean (Trans) won an individual Gold. The S4 and Transitus Girls’ teams won Silver medals, the S2 Girls’ won Bronze and Alex Jones (S1) won individual Bronze.

The runners will be back in action this week, competing in the Scottish Schools' Championships in Irvine.

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Rugby Balls Donated to Charity http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/kit-aid/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/kit-aid/ The High School of Glasgow and the GHK Rugby Club recently pooled resources to make a sizeable donation of rugby balls to the SOS Kit Aid charity.

The SOS Kit Aid organisation recognises that sport has the ability to change lives and tries to help this come true by recycling sports kit for the benefit of young people in the United Kingdom and overseas. The High School rugby balls will now travel the world, being used in training and matches from the UK to as far away as Kenya, Cambodia and Mongolia!

Pictured above is Charlie Campbell, the High School’s 2nd Year Rugby Captain, who helped organise the collection alongside Mr Scott Inglis, who coaches both at the school and for the GHK Rugby Club.

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Iceland Trip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/iceland-trip/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/march/iceland-trip/ 50 pupils and 5 staff ventured to a rather chilly Iceland during the half-term holiday.

The group's Icelandic adventure began with a trip to the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, to the south of Reykjavik. They enjoyed the mineral rich blue waters, which are heated to approximately 38 degrees centigrade.

After a night in the capital, Reykjavik, the tour party began their journey east towards the Solheimajokull glacier to explore the moulins and crevasses of the glacier. There was also the chance to explore the outwash plains, see the volcanic and glacial features of southern Iceland, marvel at the calving icebergs at Jokulsarlon, witness the power of the destructive waves at Vik, and walk over and behind waterfalls, seeing first-hand the impact of volcanic eruptions, such as the infamous Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010 which caused chaos for air travellers throughout the world.

The final day of the trip saw the group visit a geothermal park to enjoy boiled eggs cooked in the water accompanied by lava bread, visit a greenhouse town and taste the produce, experience a geyser and the stunning Gulfoss waterfall, stand at Pingvellir, where the North American and Eurasian plates are being wrenched apart and bathe in the geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon. 

You can see some images of the trip below.

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NYOS and NYCoS Selection http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/nyos-and-nycos-selection/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/nyos-and-nycos-selection/ National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

The School are well represented in the NYOS Senior Orchestra, which brings together the best young musicians in Scotland over 13 year of age, with S6 pupil, Patrick Finn (violin), and S5 pupils, Christopher O’Leary (French horn), Adam Stanley (percussion) and Rachel Whitelaw (violin), invited to take part this year. S5 pupil, Duncan Fraser (clarinet), has been selected as a reserve.

The NYOS Junior Orchestra is for pupils aged 8 and over, and acts as a first step for young musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, before hopefully advancing to the Senior and Symphony Orchestras. Again, the School are very well represented in the Junior Orchestra, with eleven pupils selected, and one in reserve. This means that High School pupils make up over 1/10th of the entire Orchestra! S3 pupils, Eve Downie (oboe), Ella Fraser (violin), Ben Litherland (bassoon) and Mairi Ross (bassoon), S2 pupils, Eilidh Davidson (cello), Reuben Gilson-Barnett (violin), Jessica Insall (trombone) and Samantha Insall (viola), S1 pupil, Amelia Neilson (clarinet) and Transitus pupils, Danny Petrie (percussion) and Helena Downie (violin) were selected. S1 pupil, Matthew Litherland (horn) has been chosen as a reserve.

Transitus pupil, Annabel Davies (violin), has been selected for the NYOS Training Ensemble, which aims to prepare younger musicians for entry into the NYOS Orchestra.

A selection of those chosen can be seen above.

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National Youth Choir of Scotland

High School pupils were also chosen to represent the various National Youth Choirs of Scotland. After successful auditions, Kirsty Campbell-Birkett (S6) and Mira Mansfield (S5) were selected to be a part of the Main Choir (for singers aged 16-25 years old), with Lucy McVicar (S6), Emily Gilbride (S5) and Archie Campbell (S4) selected for the Training Choir (16-19 years old). Archie was also chosen alongside Scott Hornell (S3) and Andrew Whitelaw (S1) for the National Youth Boys’ Choir of Scotland (10-16 years old), whilst Millie Haldane (S3), Maryam Khan (S2) and Amy Higgins (S1) were selected for the National Youth Girls’ Choir of Scotland (12-16 years old).

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Scottish Schools' Alpine Race Victory http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/peak-performance/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/peak-performance/ The High School Junior ‘A’ team were victorious in the Scottish Schools’ Alpine Race at Glencoe yesterday.

The ‘A’ team, consisting of Harry PoverMaxwell Wang (both Trans), Fergus Currie and Nial Marshall (both J6), became West of Scotland Champions, with Fergus Currie the overall fastest boy, and Maxwell Wang and Harry Pover 2nd and 3rd fastest, respectively. They will now go on to compete on Wednesday 2nd March in the Scottish Schools' Alpine Race Final at Nevis Ski Centre.

The ‘B’ team of Helena Downie (Trans), Amy Ashton, Jamie Ritchie (both J6) and Max Clark (J5) also skied well on the day, with Amy Ashton finishing as the 3rd fastest girl overall.

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West District 2nd XI Runners Up http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/west-district-2nd-xi-hockey/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/west-district-2nd-xi-hockey/ The Girls’ Hockey side were unfortunate to finish as runners-up in the West District 2nd XI tournament yesterday afternoon at a sunny Old Anniesland.

The team, consisting of Mara Crombie (Captain), Kirsty Campbell-BirkettGiovanna GiambastianiCharlotte McCluskeyHannah Stewart (all S6), Abigail CampbellKatie ForrestMirrin Gillespie (all S5), Eilidh GilchristRebecca McInnesIsla PetrieAmy Provan, Amy Reid and Ellie Scott (all S4), qualified from their section with two victories from three matches, before defeating Glasgow Academy 1-0 in the semi-final.

Their opponents in the final were Hutchesons’ Grammar School, who had inflicted a narrow 1-0 defeat on them during the group stage. Despite matching them for effort and skill throughout and earning a 0-0 draw in regulation time, the girls cruelly suffered a narrow running penalty loss.

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Charity Golf Event http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/hsog-charity-golf-day/ Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/hsog-charity-golf-day/ The Development Office is delighted to announce the inaugural High School of Glasgow Charity Golf Day on Friday 10 June 2016 at Milngavie Golf Club. This event is open to the whole School community and we would love to see a mixture of former pupils, former parents, current parents and friends taking part on the day and supporting the event.

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Unite Against Cancer will be our charity partner for the event. Unite Against Cancer was founded in March 2012 by one of our Former Pupils Colin Smith (Class of 2006). The inspiration behind setting up the charity was his brother Christopher Smith’s battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he sadly succumbed to in June 2012. Christopher himself was a Former Pupil of the High School of Glasgow, as well as his two sisters Clara, and Caroline Smith.

Unite Against Cancer raises money to fund research into new cancer treatments, and to educate and inform on cancer prevention. To date, the charity has raised over £120,000 and now funds The Christopher Douglas Smith Masters’ Scholarship in Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

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Alongside Unite Against Cancer, the event will be raising funds for The High School of Glasgow Bursary Fund. The Educational Trust is committed to adding to the capital available in the Bursary Fund so that it can offer bursary assistance to anyone who has reached the School’s academic standards, regardless of circumstance or background.

In recent years the School has witnessed an increase in the number of bursary applications, and we would like to be able to respond positively to as many deserving cases as possible. Pupils already at the High School are also eligible for bursaries when a degree of financial need has arisen. The Bursary Fund enables a young person, who would not otherwise have this opportunity, to access a life-changing High School education.

We would be delighted if you would join us at Milngavie Golf Club on Friday 10 June 2016 to support two very worthy causes.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is £300 per team of 4.

Every participant will be welcomed to Milngavie Golf Club from 11.30am with a hot filled roll and a cup of tea/coffee as the signing in takes place in the clubhouse. Should you wish, there will also be a glass of prosecco available before setting off on to the course at 12.30pm (alternatively you can wait until after your round of golf!). The golf will start at 1pm and everyone will be entered in to all the on-course competitions, you’ll have the chance to win a car, provided by Arnold Clark, should you get a hole in one at the 16th hole (see photo below). There will also be nearest the pin, longest drive, closest to the line and similar challenges on most holes. After making your way back to the clubhouse and freshening up, you will be welcome to your first drink as part of your entry fee and a 2 course meal will be served at 6.30pm. After the meal we will have our prize-giving ceremony and competitors will be most welcome to enjoy the rest of their evening in the clubhouse.

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How to book your place

To book your team of 4, please get in touch with the Development Office. We can be contacted by email: development@hsog.co.uk or telephone: 0141 954 9628.

We are limited to 18 teams taking part on the day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Event Format

The competition will take the format of a Texas Scramble, with a tee off time at 1pm.

For those unfamiliar with a Texas Scramble, all members of the team tee off. Then one of these drives is chosen to be used for the next shot, all members of the team place their balls where the chosen drive ended up and all the team play a second shot from this spot. From these second shots, one is chosen and all play a third shot from there – and so on until the ball is holed. Each team returns one score for each hole and the team with the lowest score for the round wins. At least four drives from every team member must be used during the course of the round. The handicap for each team will be determined by taking 1/10th of the combined four handicaps.

Sponsorship

To enable us to maximise our fundraising for Unite Against Cancer and The High School of Glasgow Bursary Fund, we would welcome any individual or business who may wish to sponsor the event to get in touch. We hope to have a silent auction/raffle on the day with prizes available for the winning team and for individual competitors on selected holes.

If you would like to donate a prize, or discuss sponsorship at any level, please get in touch with the Development Office: development@hsog.co.uk

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Junior School Head Teacher Appointment http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/junior-school-head-teacher/ Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/junior-school-head-teacher/ Following a thorough and exhaustive selection process, the Board of Governors has appointed Miss Heather Fuller, Deputy Head Teacher of the Junior School, as Head Teacher of the Junior School to succeed Mrs Karen Waugh on her retirement in August 2016.

Heather Fuller was educated at Bearsden Academy and graduated with a B.Ed. (Hons) with distinction in teaching in Primary Education from the University of Strathclyde. She joined the High School Junior School as Deputy Head Teacher in 2015, having spent most of the previous two years working at a national level as a Development Officer for Assessment at Education Scotland. Prior to this national experience she had taught for 13 years at Hamilton College. Miss Fuller also participated in a Scottish International Study visit to the highly regarded educational system of Ontario, Canada.

In her time at the High School she has developed a good knowledge and understanding of the ethos and tradition of the High School. In addition her experience of primary education throughout Scotland has provided her and the High School with valuable insight into learning and teaching.

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Unite Against Cancer Charity Dinner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/unite-against-cancer-charity-dinner/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/unite-against-cancer-charity-dinner/ As many parents will remember, the School community was highly supportive in June 2012 when the Smith family suffered the tragic loss of their son, Christopher, who had attended the High School from Kindergarten through till Sixth Year. In memory of his younger brother, Colin Smith set up the Unite Against Cancer charity, in order to support further cancer research. 

Annually, the charity host a Charity Dinner which this year will be held at the Hilton Grosvenor Glasgow on Saturday 19 March 2016. The evening will commence at 6.30pm with a drinks reception in the main foyer. Guests will then be ushered through to the function room at around 7.15pm, with dinner being served at 7.45pm. Dress code for the evening is black tie. 

Dinner will be followed by a presentation from The University of Glasgow, a silent auction and a main auction, and to round of the evening, Scotland’s premier motown band, Stax of Motown will be performing.

Tickets for the event are £60 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.co.uk, or by clicking on the following link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unite-against-cancer-charity-dinner-2016-tickets-19242217992.

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Friday Lecture Series http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/the-easton-lecture/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/the-easton-lecture/ Former High School pupil and Speaker of the House of Keys, Mr Stephen Rodan, visited Old Anniesland on Friday 5th February, to deliver the inaugural Easton Lecture as part of the school's Friday Lecture Series.

Mr Rodan delivered an interesting lecture, entitled "From Elmbank Street to The House of Keys", to S6 pupils and various interested members of staff. As well as this, we were honoured to have the presence of Former Rector, Mr Robin Easton, after whom the lecture is named, along with his wife, Eleanor. Mr Rodan was also kind enough to take the time to chat with pupils afterwards.

Mr Rodan is the current Speaker of the House of Keys, for the constituency of Garff, on the Isle of Man, having been elected to the role in 2006.

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Badminton Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/badminton-championships/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/badminton-championships/ High School pupils won 5 individual and 4 team medals at the Glasgow Schools’ Badminton Championships on Saturday 30th January at Bellahouston Academy.

Abhishek Gambhir (S5) won Gold in the U19 Boys’ Singles competition, while Guan-An Chen (S4) won Gold in both the U16 Boys’ Singles and the U16 Boys’ Doubles, along with partner, Ewan Docherty (S4). They overcame Jay McMillan and Scott McDonald (both S3) in the final, meaning they received Silver medals. Jay also received a Silver medal in the U16 Boys’ Singles, losing out to the aforementioned Guan-An. Silver medals also went to Sanaa Suvarna (S3) in the U16 Girls’ Singles, and Meghna Sharma and Maryam Khan (both S2) in the U14 Girls’ Doubles, while Bronze medals were awarded to Abhishek Gambhir and Saumya Maheshwari (S5) in the U19 Boys’ Doubles and Cameron Virdee (S2) in the U14 Boys’ Singles competition. 

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Board of Governors Update http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/board-of-governors-update/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/board-of-governors-update/ A message from Mr Brian Adair, regarding recent changes to the Board of Governors:

"As Chair of the Board of Governors, I apologise for not earlier intimating important changes which took place at the Board meeting on 15th December 2015.

Firstly, Raymond M Williamson retired from the Board after 28 years of service the last 10 of which were as Vice-Chair. He was a great servant of the School and in addition to his service as a Governor he was also Secretary of the FP Club for many years. I would also want to put on record his exemplary service to the City of Glasgow which was rewarded by his appointment as Lord Dean of Guild, which resulted in his being Glasgow's Second Citizen.

Secondly, the Board were pleased to appoint Stewart J MacAulay as Vice-Chair, he having served as a Governor since 2009. Stewart is a former pupil and former parent, and is married to Katy and lives in Bearsden. He is currently a Director of Arnold Clark in Glasgow. The Board wished him well in his appointment.

Yours sincerely,

Brian C Adair
Chair of the Board"

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Success in the Pool http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/swimming-success/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/swimming-success/ Three medals were won last weekend at the Scottish Schools’ Swimming Finals, which took place at Tollcross Swimming Centre. Douglas Kelly (S1) won a Silver medal in the 13-14 Boys’ 100m Breaststroke, as well as a Bronze medal in the 13-14 Boys’ Individual Medley, whilst Junior School pupil Jamie Ritchie (J6), won a Bronze medal in the Boys’ U12 50m Breaststroke race. Elsewhere, there were 6th and 7th place finishes, respectively, for the Girls’ and Boys’ Relay teams.

Elsewhere, at the 18th Euro Swim Competition in Luxembourg in late January, Anna Fleming (S4) swam in 5 events as well as two Mixed Relay events. She won the Junior Gold medal in 50m Butterfly as well as achieving a new Scottish Junior Record. She was also 4th in both the 50m Freestyle & 100m Butterfly and 5th in 100m and 200m Freestyle races. 

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S1 pupil Competes at Rotary Young Chef District Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/rotary-young-chef-competition/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/rotary-young-chef-competition/ Tabitha Steven (S1) took part in the Rotary Young Chef District Final at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride on Wednesday 27th January.

12 year old Tabitha had qualified for this competition after victory at the local heat back in November. Like the local heat, Tabitha was once again up against competitors many years her senior, all of whom had won their respective heats. She was challenged to cook a three-course meal (which you can see below) in two hours and although Tabitha was not placed in the top two, the judges ‘highly recommended’ her efforts, an accolade received by no other contestants but herself, the winner and the runner-up.

Health and Food Technology teacher, Mrs Jen Sellars, who prepared Tabitha for the competition as well as accompanying her on the day, said:

I was very impressed with Tabitha at every stage of this competition, she was focussed, well organised and had excellent ideas to support the competition to its final fruition. She was the youngest contestant in this competition and being 'Highly Recommended' by the judges proves that she was a serious contender. I was delighted with her achievement, and I am excited about her prospects for the future.

Tabitha will soon attend a Rotary Club of Glasgow lunch, where she will receive her prizes for winning the local heat, including a set of chef whites, a trophy and a day of work experience at the Marriott Hotel.

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Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/sainsburys-active-kids-vouchers/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/sainsburys-active-kids-vouchers/ The time has come once again for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme to be launched. The scheme aims to help inspire children to lead healthier lives by encouraging them to eat well and live well. We support these aims at the High School of Glasgow and will be supporting the scheme by collecting vouchers.

How to get involved

Until 3rd May 2016, Active Kids vouchers can be collected at all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online. One voucher is earned for every £10 spent in a single transaction at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, and one is earned for every £5 spent in a single transaction at Sainsbury’s Locals.

To get involved, we’d ask you to collect as many Active Kids vouchers as possible and donate them to the school. These vouchers can then be exchanged by us for an exciting range of equipment to help encourage pupils at the school to become fit and active. In previous years, we have been able to use the vouchers to purchase two tents for Duke of Edinburgh Award outings, as well as various items of sports equipment for use in PE lessons.

We would greatly appreciate your efforts in collecting and donating these vouchers to the school. Vouchers can be donated at the Junior School or in the boxes located at the Main Reception and Medical Office at the Senior School. 

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S6 Lecture from Sally Magnusson http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/sally-magnusson-lecture/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/sally-magnusson-lecture/ Broadcaster and Writer, Mrs Sally Magnusson, visited the school yesterday to deliver a fascinating lecture to our S6 pupils.

Mrs Magnusson, who is also a former parent of the school, came to talk about the incredible power of music for sufferers of dementia. She has personal experience of the disease, having written the book 'Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything', an account of her own mother's struggle with dementia.

Mrs Magnusson founded the Playlist for Life charity, which aims to give dementia sufferers access to a playlist of personally meaningful music from their past, with the hope that it can improve their present mood, awareness, ability to understand and think and sense of identity and independence. You can find out more about the charity by following this link.

The School are delighted that Mrs Magnusson has agreed to return soon to help promote the charity and appeal for old/unwanted iPods, which can then be recycled for use within the Playlists for Life project.

So, if you have old or unwanted iPods, please start looking them out now!

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Transitus Girls Hockey Victory http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/transitus-score-a-victory/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/february/transitus-score-a-victory/ The Transitus girls’ hockey side were victorious yesterday at the Jordanhill Hockey Tournament.

They competed in a group section alongside Craigholme, Lomond and Jordanhill Schools, comfortably winning each match to finish as group winners. A narrow 1-0 semi-final victory over Glasgow Academy led to a final clash with Kelvinside Academy. A hard fought game ended scoreless but the team kept their composure to win on penalties, emerging as overall champions.

PE teacher, Mrs Romana Owen, who accompanied the girls at the competition, was full of praise for the successful High School team, represented by Anya MacLean (Captain), Grace Campbell (Vice-Captain), Ellie Adair, Aimee Anderson, Sophie Bell, Annabel Davies, Zara Kennedy, Jessica Mitchell, Iona Reid, Annabelle Robertson, Nandni Salwan and Lucy Sillars.

The Transitus side will next be in action this Saturday, taking on Hutchesons' Grammar School at Old Anniesland. 

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First Lego League Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/january/first-lego-league-trophy-win/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/january/first-lego-league-trophy-win/ A team of seven pupils from the school’s Computing Club won the Project trophy at the First Lego League (FLL) competition in Dundee at the weekend.

The competition tested them in four different heat sections: the Robot Game, which saw the team build, test and program an autonomous robot in order to solve a set of missions, a Project in which the team investigated and solved a real-world problem through the upcycling of old computer components, Technical Design and Core Values. Despite being the first time the High School has entered a team in the competition, they were victorious in the Project section and came second in the Robot Game section.

Computing teacher, Mr David Muir praised the seven pupils who made up the team: Harry Bell (S2), Daniel AultSam CamilleriRalph HemsleyCameron Hornell, Rory Kooner and Angus Moulsdale (all S1). He pointed towards their "hard work, planning and testing" for the weeks prior to the competition, and on the day itself, as key to their success.

The FLL competition is designed to challenge young people to think like scientists and engineers, with this year’s ‘Trash Trek’ theme exploring the world of waste management.  

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New Year Sports Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/january/sporting-success-2016/ Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/january/sporting-success-2016/ We might only be days into the new year but already we have a fine list of sporting achievements and national squad selections to tell you about from before Christmas and into the current Spring term.

  • Well done to S2 pupils, Georgia and Mhairi Crooks (pictured above), who represented the Scottish Independent Schools Football Association U16 side against their English counterparts in mid-December. Although the Scottish team suffered a 3-0 defeat (losing two early goals in typical Scottish fashion!), Georgia and Mhairi performed well and enjoyed the fantastic facilities on hand at St George’s Park National Football Centre in Staffordshire.
  • In November, swimmer, Anna Fleming (S4) became the fastest 15 year old girl in the UK. Now, she is setting more records in the pool! Between 11-13th December, Anna competed in the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh, swimming excellently to win Gold Medals in the Junior Category (U16) in all five of her events (50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and the 100m Butterfly), and setting a new Scottish age group record in the 50m Butterfly event. She was also a part of the City of Glasgow Junior Girls’ Relay team who won Gold in the 4x100m Freestyle race. Anna then took part in the British National Short Course Winter Meet in Sheffield, where she won Silver Medals in the Junior Category in all three events in which she competed (100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly). Her times in each of these events were new Scottish age group records and her time for the 50m Butterfly was a new Scottish Junior record. Even more impressively, her times of 55.61 seconds for the 100m Freestyle and 27.11 seconds for the 50m Butterfly leave her currently ranked second in the all-time British Swimming rankings for girls aged 15 years in each of these short course (25m pool) events.  
  • Rachel Sugden (S3) had many successes in Badminton last term, including winning a Gold Star event and competing internationally for Scotland at age-group level (more on that here). Rachel is continuing to rack up the air miles this term as she has been selected to represent Scotland in the European U15 Championships, taking place in Kazan, Russia, from 19-21st February. She was one of four selected to represent the Scottish U15 team by coach Diana Koleva. We wish Rachel the best of luck at the tournament in February.
  • Congratulations to Helena Gronski (S3) who has been selected to train and race with the British Nordic Youth and Development Ski Squads. We wish her all the best on this excellent opportunity as she attends training/racing camps both in mid-February and early April. 
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Awards in Mathematics Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/january/maths-challenge-awards/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2016/january/maths-challenge-awards/ Once again, pupils of the school have enjoyed great success in UK-wide Mathematics competitions.

Over 82,000 pupils from across the UK entered this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge competition, with the top 10% receiving a Gold certificate, the next 20% Silver and the next 30% Bronze. Our S5 and S6 pupils achieved 8 Gold, 11 Silver and 8 Bronze awards. Congratulations to our Gold award winners: James Shemilt, Cammy Sriram (both S6), Jerry Chen, Duncan Fraser, Abhishek Gambhir, Keshav Mahendra, Chris O’Leary and Joseph Petrie (all S5), with Abhishek Gambhir receiving the Best in School award for the highest mark.

By virtue of their overall mark in the competition, James Shemilt, Cammy Sriram, Jerry Chen, Abhishek Gambhir and Keshav Mahendra qualified for the British Maths Olympiad competition, while Duncan Fraser, Chris O’Leary and Joseph Petrie qualified for the Senior Kangaroo competition, both of which took place in December.

In the Primary Maths Challenge competition, Transitus pupils received 6 Gold, 10 Silver and 11 Bronze awards. Well done to all who took part, in particular, Gold award winners: James Ballantyne, Mackenzie Bruce, Holly Gilles, Amirah Khatoon, Danny Petrie and Kevin Ren.

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Christmas Carol Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/christmas-carol-service-2015/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/christmas-carol-service-2015/ We marked the end of the 2015 Autumn Term today with our annual Christmas Carol Service, bringing together pupils, staff, parents and guests to sing festive tunes in the Senior School Assembly Hall.

Our service began with the carol ‘Once in Royal David’s City,’ the first verse being sung beautifully (in a last minute change to the schedule!) by S6 pupil, Lucy McVicar. We continued with further carols, interspersed with readings, this year delivered by Jessica Mitchell (Transitus), Matthew Taylor (S1), Anika Bali (S2), Guy Shafar (S3), Beth Camilleri (S4), Samrat Majumder (S5) and Antonia Macfarlane (S6). The audience was also treated to wonderful performances of ‘While Shepherds Watched’ and ‘Let Christians all with Joyful Mirth’ by our School Chamber Choir.

As usual, the service was presided over by School Chaplain and Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley. He led us in prayer and gave an uplifting main address about the power of belief to a busy hall, before Deputy Rector, Mrs Maggie Price, attending her final Christmas Carol concert before her retirement next summer, recited Liz Lochhead’s poem ‘In the Mid-Midwinter’. The service was brought to a close with a hearty rendition of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, and the Blessing from Dr Whitley. Before pupils headed home for a deserved Christmas break, we were treated to a fantastic performance of the traditional Christmas song, ‘Sleigh Ride,’ by our Senior School Orchestra. The retiring offering was in aid of the Save the Children charity.

Thanks must go to all those who helped organise and prepare for the Carol Service, particularly Deputy Rector, Mr Graeme Robertson, Director of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, Chamber Choir Director and Organist, Mr Frikki Walker and Accompanist, Mr Neil McFarlane. Thanks also go to Mr Paul Toner for organising the readers in our service, as well as to the Art Department for their contribution, with four wonderful and specially designed covers for the Order of Service created by Transitus pupils Ellie Adair, Hannah MacDonald, Freya MacPherson and Libby Morgan (These can be seen in the gallery below).

On behalf of The High School of Glasgow, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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Annual Christmas Lunch Extravaganza! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/fantastic-festive-feast/ Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/fantastic-festive-feast/ As we approach the Christmas holiday, pupils and staff alike partook in our annual Christmas lunch feast.

School chef, Mr Allan James, put together a very traditional Christmas meal with all the trimmings – turkey, gravy, stuffing, pigs-in-blankets, carrots, roast potatoes and brussel sprouts, as well as some delectable chocolate fudge cake for dessert.

Pupils also had some festive fun, with the chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes, including boxes of sweets, DVDs and games, and entertainment in the form of a Christmas movie in the Assembly Hall.

Our unending gratitude goes to Mr James and his kitchen staff, who dished out well over 600 plates of food - no mean feat! Thanks also go to Mrs Price, Mr Robertson and all the staff and Sixth Year volunteers who helped out in the organisation and smooth running of the lunch, ensuring our feast went off without a hitch.

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Further Success for S2 Sailor http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/s2-pupil-achieves-yachting-victory/ Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/s2-pupil-achieves-yachting-victory/ We were delighted to hear that Gordon Sivarajan (S2) was victorious in the Royal Yachting Association Scotland Winter Championships Optimist Class competition over the weekend of 12-13th December.

Gordon won the event, which took place at a very chilly Largs Sailing Club, with his younger brother, Alex (J6), finishing in 8th position. Congratulations to Gordon on yet another excellent sailing success. We also wish him well with his continued participation in the GBR Optimist Intermediate Winter Training camps.   

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Festive Music Events and Outings http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/festive-music-events-and-outings/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/festive-music-events-and-outings/ December is always a busy time at our School and this year is proving to be no different than usual. Several events have been taking place, with our Music Department, as ever, being particularly busy!

Transitus Pupils visited the Tron Theatre in central Glasgow in early December to attend a recent production of "Sleeping Betty", the Christmas Pantomime Show. Our young pupils had a fantastic time ("Oh yes they did..."), as can be seen in the gallery of images below.

A week later, roles were reversed, with 34 Transitus pupils acting as the entertainers, rather than the entertained. They headed out on Tuesday 8th December to go carol singing at Gartnaval Hospital and the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow City Centre. They were joined by the Senior Brass Ensemble to entertain patients at the hospital and Christmas shoppers alike, in order to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. Well done to our Transitus carollers and Senior Brass Ensemble and thanks to Mrs Stuart, Mrs Tierney and Mr Price for accompanying leading our young musicians on the day.

The Senior Chamber Choir has also been busy – they delighted audiences in Glasgow Cathedral with their performance at the Glasgow Christmas Carol Concert, in aid of Cancer Research UK, in early December. They then returned to the Cathedral a week later, this time with our own Intermediate Chamber Choir, Brass Ensemble, Celtic Ensemble, Percussionists and soloists, to put on the High School Christmas Concert. Although very chilly throughout, our musicians warmed up the crowds with a memorable evening of festive tunes. You can see a handful of images from our concert below.

Our thanks go to the entire Music Department for their hard work at this most hectic time of year. We are greatly looking forward to our annual Carol Service this Friday, which will bring the Autumn term at the School to a close.

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Cooking and Hospitality Award http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/cooking-and-hospitality-award/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/cooking-and-hospitality-award/ Our congratulations go to Chloe Trott (S5), who was awarded the QMS Top Student Award recently.

Jenni Henderson, from Quality Meat Scotland, presented Chloe with a framed certificate and a £100 Amazon gift voucher for achieving the highest grade for Hospitality Practical Cookery at National 5 level in Scotland, while the school also received a £100 meat voucher for use by pupils of the Health and Food Technology Department.

Well done to Chloe and to the HFT Department on this fine achievement.  

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British Indoor Rowing Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/british-indoor-rowing-championships/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/british-indoor-rowing-championships/ The High School had four rowers competing in the British Indoor Rowing Championships at Lees Valley VeloPark, London, on Saturday 12th December. Laoise Rogers (S4), who had won Gold at the Scottish Schools’ Championships three weeks previously, competed well in the Year 11 Girls’ race, finishing 16th out of 45 competitors, whilst Natalie Smart (S4) came 9th in a very competitive field of 58 in the Year 10 Girls’ race, covering 1300m in the allotted 5 minute race-time.

Laoise and Natalie, along with Eve McCusker (S5) and Katie Finn (S4), put in some excellent individual 500m splits in the first of two rounds in the Girls’ Relay event, with all four recording their best performances for the school and the team finishing a creditable 7th place. In the second round of the Relay event, all four girls lifted their pace, executing smooth and quick changeovers to come 4th overall and covering 2000m in under 7 minutes, a most encouraging performance. With the two rounds combined, the Girls’ Relay side finished an excellent 5th position overall.

Well done to the girls on some fine performances at an extremely testing level of competition. Thanks go to Mr Moon for all of his hard work in training our rowers and accompanying them down to London on the day.

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BP Plate Hockey Victory http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/bp-plate-victory-for-1st-xi/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/bp-plate-victory-for-1st-xi/ Congratulations go to our girls’ 1st XI Hockey side, who overcame not only Glasgow Academy, but the horrendous weather conditions, to win the BP Plate on Wednesday 9th December! On a blustery and wet afternoon, our girls played well to come out victorious, with a hard-fought 1-0 win.

Congratulations go to the team of Iona MacKillop (Captain), Caitlin Fleming (Vice Captain), Megan Cox, Millie Cunningham, Lauren Flanagan, Niamh Frizzell, Charlotte McCluskey, Karyn Wilson (all S6), Fiona Baillie, Sammy Bell, Katie Bulloch, Mirrin Gillespie, Tori Maguire, Stephanie Wood (all S5) and Eilidh Gilchrist (S4).

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Debating Competitions http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/autumn-term-debating/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/autumn-term-debating/ There was success recently In the Glasgow Rotary Senior Public Speaking competition, with Murray Webster (S6) going one better than last year and winning this year's competition! Alex Gould (S5) came third overall. Congratulations to both Murray and Alex (pictured above) on their excellent performances.

In the ESU Mace Debating competition, the team of Murray Webster and Saumya Maheshwari (S5) won their first round heat. They are now awaiting the draw for the second round.

Christopher O’Leary and Calum Esler (both S5) represented the school in the first round of the Donald Dewar Senior Debating competition in late November. They took on teams from Craigholme School, Jordanhill School and the Glasgow Gaelic School in a debate on ‘why the internet does not do more harm than good’. Both speakers were excellent on the night and qualified comfortably for the next round.

In the ESU Junior Debating competition in early December, both the S3 team of Jonathan Chalmers and Daniel Gadsby, and the S2 team of Sophia Alvi and Doaa Shabbir qualified for the next round.

Well done to all who have competed so well in Debating and Public Speaking competitions throughout the Autumn term and best of luck for further rounds in the new year!

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Sporting Team Successes http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/sporting-progress/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/sporting-progress/ Congratulations go to our sporting sides, who have recently progressed in various tournaments:

Both the U19 and U14 Badminton sides became Glasgow Champions at the Glasgow Schools Team Championship in early December! Well done to U19 team (pictured above) of Sammy Bell, Abhishek Gambhir, Euan Gibson-Smith, Tiffany Nelson, Andrew Turnbull (all S5), Guan-An Chen (S4), Rachel Sugden and Sanaa Suvarna (all S3), who defeated Cleveden Secondary School, and the U14 team of Lucy Williamson (S3), Luke Armstrong, Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Rohan McMillan, Claudie Quinn, Cameron Virdee (all S2) and Douglas Kelly (S1), who defeated Holyrood Secondary School. Both teams will now go on to represent Glasgow at the Scottish Badminton Team Championships in March.

The girls’ U13 football team, in their first official game together, performed excellently on Friday 27th November to defeat Jordanhill School 3-1. A great team performance saw them progress to the finals in Stirling next year, where they will join both our girls’ U15 and U18 sides. Particular credit should go to Christina Miller, who scored twice, and Bailey Mulvey (both S1), who scored the other goal in the victory. Thanks to Mrs Peek for coaching our girls’ sides.

Congratulations also go to our girls’ tennis side, who defeated St Ninian’s High School in the second round of the Scottish Cup. Well done to Cate Sibbald (S3), Mhairi Crooks, Claudie Quinn (both S2) and Charlotte Sim (S1), and thanks to Mrs Owens for her assistance with the team.

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Young Singers Chosen for Prestigious Solos http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/young-singers-chosen-for-prestigious-solos/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/young-singers-chosen-for-prestigious-solos/ We were delighted to hear from our Music Department that two of our young singers would be carrying on a tradition of the last few years – being chosen to sing the 'Snowman Solo' at the RSNO Christmas Concert!

Congratulations go to Adam Insall (S1) and Andrew Whitelaw (S2), who have been awarded the prestigious honour of singing the solo at the Glasgow and Edinburgh concerts, respectively.

Adam will sing at the Glasgow concert on Saturday 19th December at the Royal Concert Hall, while Andrew will sing at the Edinburgh concert, taking place at the Usher Hall on Sunday 20th December. Adam sang the solo at last year’s Christmas Concert, while Sebastian Schneeberger, now in S3, was chosen to sing the solo at the 2013 concert, meaning that this is now the 3rd time in a row that pupils of the High School have been chosen for this role.

We wish Adam and Andrew the best of luck on their upcoming performances. You can find out more about the concerts, and purchase tickets, by clicking here.

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Success in Rotary Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/young-chef-excels-in-rotary-competition/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/young-chef-excels-in-rotary-competition/ As runner-up in the recent High School Masterchef competition, Tabitha Steven (S1) was chosen to represent the school at the Rotary Chef Competition local heat, which took place at City of Glasgow College on Wednesday 18th November.

Despite Tabitha being the youngest competitor, at 12 years of age, and competing against many pupils 3/4 years her senior, she was not to be denied, and won the heat. Tabitha’s apple and blackberry crumble, served with a perfect quenelle of homemade cinnamon ice cream, was described by the judges as ‘one of the best they had ever tasted’, with Head of Hospitality at City of Glasgow College, Willie McCurrach, also desperate to find out Tabitha’s recipe for her basil and garlic dressing that accompanied her chicken with cream cheese, wrapped in pancetta! Tabitha also stood out from the rest of the competitors as kitchen assistants noted that she was the only one who did not need assistance due to her ‘clean as you go’ attitude.

Tabitha’s prizes include getting to spend the afternoon with the Executive Chef at the Marriot Hotel, a set of personalised chef whites and an afternoon tea for four at The Willow Tea Rooms.

Our congratulations go to Tabitha and we wish her the best of luck as she goes on to represent the school at the District Final in January.

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Excellent Effort in Cooking Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/future-chef-competition/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/future-chef-competition/ The School was represented in the Future Chef Local Final at Glasgow City College on Wednesday 2nd December, with Chloe Trott (S5) and Isabella Harten (S3), the winner and joint runner-up, respectively, of the school’s recent Masterchef competition, taking part.

Although the girls lost out to a full-time cookery student, Isabella’s butternut squash risotto and chocolate lava cake was praised by judges, who said they would be happy to serve it in their restaurants, while Chloe’s pork and sage burgers and chocolate and orange cheesecake had the judges praising the “excellent flavours and high skill level shown”.

Well done to the girls on their efforts, and thanks to the Health and Food Technology Department in preparing our young chefs for the competition.

The delicious meals that the girls prepared can be seen below. 

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SISFA U16 Squad Selection http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/s2-girls-to-face-the-auld-enemy/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/s2-girls-to-face-the-auld-enemy/ We were delighted to hear that sisters Georgia and Mhairi Crooks (pictured above) have recently been selected to represent the Scottish Independent Schools Football Association (SISFA) U16 squad. While this is an excellent achievement in itself, it is made all the better by the fact that the girls are only S2 pupils, and so will be playing with, and against, girls up to three years their senior!

The girls will take part in some training sessions before heading down to St George’s Park National Football Centre, Staffordshire, to take on the English team in mid-December.

Our thanks go to Mrs Peek for coaching our girls’ football sides and for accompanying the girls when they travel down to England, as part of her coaching role with SISFA. We wish them all the best on this wonderful opportunity.

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Senior Drama Production http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/agatha-rex/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/agatha-rex/ Senior School pupils enthralled their audiences over three nights recently with a powerful performance of their Senior Drama Production, “Agatha Rex”, with Director, Mrs Melissa Noonan, taking a more obscure text and involving the cast in interpreting and designing the production.

The play took place in a high school and presented a picture of a totalitarian dystopia, with an authoritarian, rules-obsessed Headmaster Dr Creon, brought to life chillingly by Anu Chowdhury (S5) and our rebellious hero Agatha, portrayed excellently by Mara Crombie (S6). The supporting cast who helped bring the play to life included Lewis Cunningham and Patrick Finn (both S6), playing Agatha’s brothers, Paul and Elliot, Calum Esler (S5) and Mary Fraser (S6)/Beth Cairns (S5), portraying Dr Creon’s acolytes, and Christopher O’Leary (S5), as Harry.

After months of hard work, the production really came together, with audiences enjoying three excellent performances. Our congratulations go to Director, Mrs Melissa Noonan, on a wonderful production. Thank you to all those that made the production possible - set planning/construction by Mr Colin Price, set design by Mrs Carolyn Bell, make-up by Mrs Kim O’Neil and her talented team of pupil make-up artists, costumes by Ms Nicola Henderson, light and sound by Mr Ian Smith and his pupil light and sound team, and our hard-working pupil stage crew – thank you for making the production such a successful collaboration. 

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Success at WoSPEG Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/physics-competition-victory/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/december/physics-competition-victory/ We were delighted to recently hear of an excellent achievement from pupils of the school in the field of Physics recently.

Our congratulations go to the team of Junwen Chen, Joseph McGrath-Williams and James Stewart (all S5), who were crowned winners of the West of Scotland Physics Education Group Livewire Competition at Strathclyde University on the evening of Wednesday 11th November.

The boys had done excellently to come through two previous rounds at the University of the West of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University during September and came up against 28 other schools in the final. After a sterling effort, the team were victorious, and took home the WoSPEG Bill Samson Physics Trophy.

Well done again to the boys on their success and thanks to Mr Baillie on organising and preparing the team for the competition. 

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Chemistry Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/top-of-the-bench/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/top-of-the-bench/ A team of S2-S4 pupils recently competed well in the 'Top of the Bench' competition, which took place at Glasgow University on Thursday 26th November.

Congratulations go to the team of Sophie Crawford (S4), Rhys Evans, Andrew Taylor (S3) and Georgia Crooks (S2), who performed well to come third overall in the Royal Society of Chemistry competition which aims to enthuse and excite children in the field of Chemistry. Thanks also to Mrs Peek for preparing and accompanying our team.

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Law House Raising Money for TearFund http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/law-house-fundraising-week/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/law-house-fundraising-week/ Our second Fundraising week of the 2015/16 session has arrived!

Law House is this week raising money for Tearfund’s project to educate children and their families against child trafficking in India.

Tearfund are a Christian charity who aim to end poverty, aid the marginalised and rebuild communities in the poorest countries throughout the world. Their ‘No Child Taken’ campaign is working towards protecting children from trafficking, the largest growing crime in the world - you can find out more about this particular project by visiting their website here.

Law House are hoping to help contribute to this worthy cause with a week of fundraising events at the school, including hosting a smoothie bar at lunch on Tuesday, the Law House Show on Thursday and the chance to be crowned HSOG Dodgeball champion in Friday’s competition! There will also be candy canes on sale throughout the week, with 6th Year elves in place to deliver them to that special someone, the chance to soak a captain, and a raffle with prizes varying from a ‘fast pass’ for skipping the lunch queue, to a signed Chelsea football shirt.

We are looking forward to a week of early festive fun – the best wishes of the whole school community go to Law House in their attempts to raise as much money as possible to help those less fortunate than us, particularly at what can be a very tough time of the year for many.

If you would like to help Law House to reach their target, you can also give to their fundraising effort on their JustGiving page, by clicking here.

Good luck Law House!

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Success in Regional Mathematics Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/maths-competition-victory/ Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/maths-competition-victory/ On Wednesday 25th November, four of our leading S5 and S6 mathematicians travelled to Paisley to contest the Regional Final of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Team Challenge.

Congratulations go to the team of James Shemilt, Cammy Sriram (both S6), Jerry Chen and Keshav Mahendra (both S5), who put in a near faultless performance in which they secured in excess of 95% of the available points, winning by a significant margin!

They will now go on to take part in the UK Final, which takes place in London in February.

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Indoor Rowing Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/indoor-rowing-success/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/indoor-rowing-success/ The High School had 18 rowers participating in the Scottish Schools’ Indoor Rowing Championships on Friday 20th November, with all 18 either setting a personal best, breaking a school record or establishing a new one.

Whilst many put in excellent performances on the day, there were a couple of events in which the pupils of the school excelled. While both Open Relay teams came third against stiff opposition, the S5 Girls’ repeated their victory from last year's event with a tremendous performance, holding off a very strong George Watson’s squad to win by over 5 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the S4 Girls’ event, Laoise Rogers won Gold and later added a 2000m and a team title in the club event the following day.

Congratulations go to all those who competed so well in this competition.

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Modern Studies Visit to Scottish Parliament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/visit-to-scottish-parliament/ Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/visit-to-scottish-parliament/ 18 S3 Modern Studies pupils recently headed along the M8 to visit the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. On a hugely interesting day (which included a selfie with Humya Yousaf MSP!), two pupils, Mirah Gilani (3S) and Erin McInally (3G), wrote about their experience:

"The morning the S3 modern studies pupils arrived at the parliament, excitement filled the air. We were first welcomed by MSP, Humza Yousaf, as he introduced himself; he explained some of the roles he fulfils, such as being the Minister for Europe and International Development.

Shortly after, we were taken in to a room by a member of the education committee, where we were asked multiple questions about Scotland's future and our opinions on what we should change in society to help Scotland.

Once we were finished giving our opinions, we were then led to the Chamber to watch the First Minister’s Questions, with Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour Leader, asking the first question to Nicola Sturgeon, followed by Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative Leader.

To conclude our day, Kezia Dugdale gave up her time to come and answer some of the questions that we had prepared for her. The Labour leader expressed her views on what she thought of the current laws in Scotland and what she thought could be improved.

Overall, the annual trip to the Scottish Parliament was exhilarating, as we were able to see the First Minister’s Questions take place within arm’s reach, which left all pupils inspired by what they could achieve through hard work."

Mirah Gilani & Erin McInally (S3)

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Trans Geographers meet 'Heather the Weather' http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/heather-the-weather-talk/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/heather-the-weather-talk/ Former BBC Meteorologist, Heather Reid, otherwise known as 'Heather the Weather', popped in to the Senior School to deliver a talk to Transitus pupils, unsurprisingly, on the weather!

Transitus geographers are currently learning about all aspects of the weather, so Heather was able to provide further information on exactly how and why weather data is collected, through an informative talk and question/answer session. There was even time at the end to explore how our weather will change with the onset of global climate change, a very contemporary news topic.

Our sincere thanks go to Heather for taking the time to talk to our young geographers in order to give them further insight on their current topic of study. 

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New Piano Stars Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/piano-stars/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/piano-stars/ There were further music successes recently, this time for High School musicians at the Royal Conservatoire Junior Department.

In their inaugural New Piano Stars competition, which took place at the Mackintosh Church on Saturday 14th November, there were 2nd and 3rd place awards, in the 10-13 age group, for Ella Fraser (S3) and Duniya Majumder (S2), respectively.

Congratulations to the girls on their success.

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Swimming Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/excellence-in-the-pool/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/excellence-in-the-pool/ We were delighted to hear recently of further success for swimmer, Anna Fleming (S4).

She competed in four events at the North District Grand Prix Swim competition in Inverness last weekend: 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle and 100m Fly. This was an open age competition, meaning Anna was competing against some girls who were older than her. Despite this, Anna swam very well to win Silver medals in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Fly. In fact, her time of 56.24s in the 100m Freestyle makes her currently the fastest 15 year old girl in the UK, quite the accolade!

We congratulate Anna on her further success in the pool and wish her well in her next competition, the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh in mid-December.

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S6 pupil receives Physics Award http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/excellence-in-physics/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/excellence-in-physics/ We were delighted to hear recently that Cammy Sriram (S6) had won the Excellence in Physics Student Award from the Institute of Physics in Scotland, for coming joint top in the SQA’s new Higher Physics examination from last session.

Cammy attended the 'Science and the Parliament' event at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, on Wednesday 11th November, to receive her award.

Congratulations to Cammy on this excellent achievement and thanks to Dr Went for attending the event with her.

Cammy is pictured above with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance.

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Seasons for Growth http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/seasons-for-growth/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/seasons-for-growth/ Our Seasons for Growth programme, which gives young people the opportunity to learn that change, loss and grief are normal parts of life, has continued this session. The school offer this course in weekly meetings of small groups, to young people who are dealing with significant loss or change through weekly sessions

We are currently halfway through this session’s Season for Growth programme with our Transitus and S1 pupils and our School Nurse, Mrs Sim, who runs the group along with Mrs Horne and Mrs Bhatia, gave us the following update:

In today’s session, we talked about feelings and worries, with the pupils having an opportunity to explore their feelings and learn why all feelings, good or bad, are a special and important part of us. We talked about winter and this reminded us that life does not stand still and that there are always changes. We used the ‘Worry Tree’ to help us identify our worries and to put them aside.

By the end of the session, we recognised that feelings are normal and ok, and that what really matters is what we do with them. Next week, we will be looking at ways in which we can look after our feelings and worries.

For any further information on Seasons for Growth, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bhatia, Mrs Horne or Mrs Sim.

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U13 Girls Compete at GB Regional Tennis Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/tennis-girls-compete-well-at-regional-finals/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/tennis-girls-compete-well-at-regional-finals/ In September, our Girls' U13 Tennis team were victorious at the Aegon Tennis Championships Finals at Newlands Tennis Club, sending them through to the British Regional competition in Sunderland, one of four regional, Great Britain-wide finals.

On Monday 16th November, the U13 team of Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Claudie Quinn (all S2) and Charlotte Sim (S1) competed in the North GB Region final, with the winners of each age group from the North, Midlands, South-East and South-West finals heading to a UK final.

In their semi-final encounter with Sheffield High School, the girls performed magnificently, achieving a dominant victory and setting up a final against Manchester High School for Girls. Despite another great effort, they came up just short, ending the day as runners up in the North Region competition.

Congratulations to the girls on a fantastic run through to this stage of the competition and thanks to Mrs Owen for accompanying our girls on the day.

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School Christmas Cards Now Available http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/school-christmas-cards-now-available/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/school-christmas-cards-now-available/ As we hurtle quickly towards Christmas and the panic sets in about presents, cards, what to buy and when you will find the time to do your Christmas shopping, we at the High School are here to help in a small way...

The High School of Glasgow Christmas Card is here and is now available to order. Featuring an etching designed by S6 pupil, Josh Oxby, these lovely Christmas Cards are available to buy in packs of 6, for the price of £4.

All proceeds will go to charity.

Orders can be placed with any member of the School Art Department or by emailing admin@hsog.co.uk, with the subject matter "Christmas Cards".

Orders can be collected by pupils or staff, from the Art Department.

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The Lees Lecture http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/the-lees-lecture/ Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/the-lees-lecture/ We were fortunate enough to have Mr Douglas Flint CBE, former pupil of the High School and current Group Chairman of HSBC, give the Inaugural Lees Lecture on Friday 6th November.

Mr Flint studied at both Glasgow University and Harvard Business School before being appointed a partner of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) in 1988. He has been with HSBC since 1995. Amongst his many roles and honours, Mr Flint was awarded a CBE in 2006 by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the finance industry.

He talked briefly to S6 pupils about his time at the High School at Elmbank Street, before moving on to the main topic of his talk which focussed on the growing economy of China in the 21st Century. He discussed how the “baby-boomer” generation had the greatest property wealth in history but that there was a risk of leaving a huge financial burden to the next generation. He also talked about how China, in just one generation, had moved their economy from a very agricultural to a very hi-tech one and how this was leading to a globalisation of the Chinese economy, accounting for between 1/4 to a 1/3 of global GDP. He noted that last year, for the first time, China had greater outward investment than inward investment and that the development of the “New Silk Road”, as both a land and sea trade route, would make China the major economic power in the next 20 years. 

Mr Flint was generous enough to spend another 30 minutes of his time answering questions from our fascinated pupils, with topics ranging from online banking to the sustainability of population growth. Our humble thanks go to Mr Flint for taking the time to return to School to deliver this stimulating lecture.

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Annual Remembrance Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/remembrance-service-2015/ Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/remembrance-service-2015/ The annual Remembrance Service took place on Wednesday 11th November, bringing together pupils, staff and invited guests to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during World War I and World War II. The Senior School staff and pupils were joined by representatives of the Junior School, in the form of the two Junior 6 Captains and Head of the Junior School, Mrs Karen Waugh, as well as many distinguished guests including the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, Mr Alistair Wood and Honorary President of the School, Rt Hon Lord Macfarlane.

The service began with an extraordinary performance of the Introit by S5 pupil, Christopher O’Leary, accompanied by Mrs Claire Mitchell. The Rector gave an introduction, before Two S6 pupils, Mara Crombie and Euan Davison then told the story of Private John McAdam, who spent four days wounded in 'No Man’s Land' during the War. Mara read the moving letter he wrote whilst prone on the battlefield, his life slowly slipping away from him.

Our School Chaplain, Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley, led us in prayer before School Captain, Iona MacKillop delivered the reading. Dr Whitley then delivered his address, talking about Rudyard Kipling’s son, John, who died during the Battle of Loos, aged only 18. The Rector, Dr Whitley and guests, alongside representatives of the school staff and pupil representatives, then gathered at our School War Memorial, arriving to the sounds of ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest’, performed by S5 pupil Stewart Steven on Bagpipes. Matthew Miller, School Captain, laid a wreath on behalf of The School at the First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Alistair Wood, President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, laid a wreath at the Second World War Memorial, on behalf of former pupils.

After a moment’s silence to remember the nearly 700 former High School pupils who died throughout both wars, ‘The Last Post’ was performed by trumpeters Roberto Muscatelli and James Stewart (both S5). The Benediction followed our last hymn, marking the end of the service. 

As ever, we are extremely grateful to Dr Whitley for leading us so ably in our tributes and to organist, Mr Frikki Walker, Mrs Claire Mitchell, and all the pupils who performed. Thank you to all those who joined us on this most poignant day to help us remember the fallen.

Some images of the wreaths laid at our War Memorials can be seen above and below.

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Pipe Band Performances http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/pipe-band-in-demand/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/pipe-band-in-demand/ The School Pipe Band was in high demand on Friday 6th November, taking part in two big events on the same evening!

Before delighting guests at the annual Home and School Association Fireworks Evening, the band was invited to perform at the Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Conference. This organisation aims to improve the lives of business and professional women and girls, both in local communities and throughout the world and this conference. Taking place at the Glasgow Science Centre, the band’s performance was greatly received by guests, including Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, with many members commenting on how much they enjoyed the performance.

No sooner had they finished than they were rushing back to Old Anniesland to entertain our guests at the sold out fireworks extravaganza. Quite the hectic day!

Thanks go to Mr McKeown and Mr Lawrie for organising the Pipe Band and attending these events with our pupils. 

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A Feast of Cooking Talent! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/masterchef-competition/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/masterchef-competition/ The corridors of the High School were awash recently with the mouth-watering aromas of our Masterchef competition.

16 pupils, from Transitus through to S5, took part in the Masterchef finals, with each competitor challenged to make a hot main course meal in just one hour. There was an exciting variety of meals cooked, representing all corners of the globe and an array of cuisines; from a delicious pork chop to a seafood paella, vegetarian curry to Greek spinach pie and sweet n’ sour spare ribs to a posh twist on the classic fish n’ chips.

With such a high standard of cooking on show, there were extremely tough decisions to be made by our judges Miss Moore and Mrs Sellars, but, eventually, they came to the following decision:

  • Our runners up were Tabitha Steven (S1), who cooked a tasty chicken breast, wrapped in pancetta, with herby lentils and spinach, and Isabella Harten (S3), who made butternut squash and thyme risotto.
  • The winner was Chloe Trott (S5), whose scrumptious pork and sage burger, with homemade mayonnaise and apricot salsa, wowed the judges.

Well done to our Masterchef Chloe, who will now go forward to represent the school in the Future Chef competition along with Isabella. Tabitha will represent the school in the upcoming Rotary Young Chef competition.

Have a look below to see our young chefs in action and to feast your eyes on some of their delicious creations!

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First Aid Training http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/pupils-and-staff-take-part-in-first-aid-classes/ Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/pupils-and-staff-take-part-in-first-aid-classes/ 48 pupils recently took part in First Aid training in the School Sports Hall, led by First Aid trainer, Mr Matt Bull. On Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October, under Mr Bull’s supervision, they learned about the crucial and potentially life-saving technique CPR, practising on the school’s resuscitation manikins. Further First Aid lessons will take place for pupils in January.

Staff, too, decided to brush up on their First Aid skills, with 12 staff members enthusiastically taking part in a First Aid course on Saturday 31st October.

Well done to pupils and staff alike for taking the time to learn these crucial techniques.  

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Christmas Carol Concert for Cancer Research http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/tickets-available-for-glasgow-christmas-carol-concert/ Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/tickets-available-for-glasgow-christmas-carol-concert/ It is already that time of year – we are on the run up to Christmas! As well as preparing for our own upcoming School Christmas Concert at Glasgow Cathedral in mid-December, our Senior Choir is also getting ready to be a part of the prestigious Glasgow Christmas Carol Concert 2015, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Taking place at Glasgow Cathedral on December 3rd, the concert will feature one of Scotland’s most well-known singers, Barbara Dickson, amongst various other outstanding performers, and is hosted by Kirsty Wark. All proceeds will go directly to Cancer Research UK and their life-saving research.

For more information on the event and to buy tickets and help this most important cause, please visit - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/glasgow-christmas-carol-concert-2015.

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Transitus Hallowe'en Party http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/transitus-halloween-party/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/transitus-halloween-party/ As tradition dictates, our Young Enterprise companies set up a spooky Hallowe’en party night for our Transitus pupils recently, under the guidance of Young Enterprise Coordinator, Mrs Milne.

With the corridors and Assembly Hall  decorated with scary skeletons, petrifying pumpkins and creepy cobwebs, our Transitus pupils and 6th Year helpers did not disappoint with their costumes – some very scary, some very funny!

Our excellent MCs for the evening were S6 pupils, Antonia Macfarlane and Josh MacGowan – they did a fantastic job of keeping our youngsters busy and enthused throughout the night. The Captains’ Committee added to the evening with a musical performance that was enjoyed by all, whilst Danny Petrie (Transitus) gave the Vote of Thanks for the evening.

Prizes on the night for best dressed boy and best dressed girl went to Matthew Provan for his Marty McFly costume, and Julia McPherson for her Headless Man costume, respectively.

Thanks must go to Mrs Milne and the pupils from both Young Enterprise companies who put together the entire evening. It was evidently worth it, as Transitus pupils enjoyed a memorable night. Thanks also go to the janitorial and teaching staff, as well as the management team who helped to support a most enjoyable evening.

Some images from the night, including an array of fantastic costumes from Transitus, S6 pupils and staff, can be seen below.

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Charity Ramble for Children in Need http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/ramble-in-reunion/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/november/ramble-in-reunion/ With Children in Need on the horizon, some younger pupils of the High School decided recently that they wanted to help raise money for the charity. Inspired by the television programme, Countryfile, who were appealing to individuals to organise rambles in aid of Children in Need, sisters Polly (J6) and Tessa Quaile (J5) went on a very adventurous expedition!

They travelled with their parents all the way to Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean, near Madagascar, and set off on a ramble at the Piton do la Fournaise volcano on 10th October. In 36 degree Fahrenheit heat, they ascended the volcano, taking four hours to cover a 14km hike through rough lava fields and up to a small path that wound along the edge of the crater, overlooking the active volcano below!

The girls initially set a fundraising target of £500, but have done brilliantly to exceed that total by over £200! With Children in Need over a week away, there is still time to donate to the Ramble in Reunion – you can do so, as well as seeing more pictures of their adventure, by visiting their JustGiving page here.

Well done to Polly and Tessa on a wonderful fundraising effort, for a great cause.

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Awards at Glasgow Art Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/transitus-success-in-art-competition/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/transitus-success-in-art-competition/ There was success recently for three Transitus pupils in the Glasgow Museums Annual Art competition. Sophie Bell, Aarya Gambhir and Holly Gilles, now all of Transitus, competed last session while at the Junior School and were each presented with their awards recently. Aarya was presented with a Gold award, whilst Sophie and Holly were given Silver awards at the ceremony at the Kelvingrove Museum on Thursday 8th October.

The competition was established 111 years ago, inviting children to create a drawing from any of the artifacts in Kelvingrove Museum, The Riverside Museum or the Burrell Collection. With over 1500 entries to the competition, and only 60 pupils winning awards on the night, it is clear to see what an excellent achievement this was by our young artists. Well done to them on their success.

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West District Hockey Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/west-district-hockey-tournament/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/west-district-hockey-tournament/ After a weekend fixture, and the Topflight Schools Nations competition over Sunday and Monday, a very busy week for our Girls’ 1st XI Hockey side came to an end with the West District Senior Tournament at Old Anniesland on Wednesday 28th October.

Our girls competed very well in their section matches, drawing the first game 0-0 with Kelvinside Academy, picking up an excellent 3-0 victory over Lomond School and qualifying for the semi-final with another 0-0 draw, this time, against Jordanhill School.

The semi-final saw our side come up against Craigholme School, once again drawing 0-0. Unfortunately, our girls lost out narrowly on penalties. Their exit from the tournament was particularly cruel, given they did not concede a goal in regulation time throughout the entire tournament!

Well done to the girls on their excellent efforts. Hopefully they can get some rest now before returning to action on Saturday against St Columba’s School.

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S3 pupil competes in International Badminton Events http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/badminton-success/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/badminton-success/ Last session, Rachel Sugden (S3), had many successes in Badminton, including representing Scotland at international tournaments in Belgium and Hungary.

Rachel has continued the ‘international’ trend more recently, taking part in the Swiss Junior Open in September, where she was the only Scottish girl to progress from her pool in the U15 Singles competition. She eventually lost out to a girl from India who went on to take part in the final.

More recently, Rachel competed at the National Championships in early October, coming 2nd in the U15 Singles and reaching the semi-finals in the Doubles competition. Recently, she went even better, winning the Singles competition at the Badminton England U15 Gold Star event in Cheltenham.

The school community offers Rachel our congratulations – hopefully she can go on to capture even more success in the Badminton world.

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Medals Galore at Recent Swimming Events http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/super-swimmers-soak-up-the-medals/ Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/super-swimmers-soak-up-the-medals/ The Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals took place on Monday 26th October at Drumchapel Pool, with our young swimmers performing particularly well to pick up a haul of 23 individual medals, along with 7 relay and 2 Lifesaving medals.

There were many excellent performances in the pool, including Douglas Kelly of S1, who won two Gold medals in the U13 50m Freestyle and Breaststroke events, while also winning a Silver medal in the U16 Lifesaving event, along with Panos Kourouklis (S2). Adam Kennedy (S2) also won two Gold medals, in the U14 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke, as well as being a part of the U14 Boys’ Relay Silver medallists. S4 pupil, Anna Fleming, won two Gold medals in the U16 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events, winning the Corporation of Glasgow Cup in the latter. She, too, was part of the Gold medal-winning U16 Girls’ Relay team and the U16 Girls Lifesaving team, with Layla Braidwood (S4), who also won Gold.

Other trophies won included the Alastair Short Cup, awarded to Roma Lynch (S2) for her victory in the U14 50m Breaststroke event and the Challenge Bowl, won by the Open Girls’ Relay team of Georgia Lynch (S6), Lauren Durnin, Cari Kiddie (both S5) and Layla Braidwood (S4).

Well done to all of our swimmers on yet another excellent showing in the pool. They are pictured above   

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There was further success in the pool at the Synchronised Swimming Scottish Championships on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October at Drumchapel Pool.

S1 pupil, Tabitha Steven, was placed first in the U12 Figures (no music) and U12 Solos (music) competitions. Tabitha also came 2nd in the U12 Duet, alongside fellow S1 pupil, Gabriella Smart. Tabitha and Gabriella’s club finished 2nd in the Competitive Open Event. Lana Wallace’s (S1) club, finished 4th in the Recreational Team event.

Well done to Lana, Tabitha and Gabriella on their success.

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Gold Medals at Primary Road Relays http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/transitus-girls-become-scottish-champions/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/transitus-girls-become-scottish-champions/ There was success at the Scottish Primary Schools’ Road Relays, which were held at Grangemouth on Saturday 24th October.

All members of the girls’ team of Transitus pupils, Annabel Davies, Zara Kennedy and Anya MacLean, played their part in the relay race, with each running their own mile. Clearly, they ran well, as they ended up coming first, winning Gold medals and being crowned Scottish Champions.

Congratulations to Annabel, Zara and Anya on this fine performance!

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Topflight Schools Nations UK Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/topflight-hockey/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/topflight-hockey/ Our Girls’ 1st XI had a busy weekend, competing in 7 matches in total over Saturday, Sunday and Monday! After a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Glasgow Academy on Saturday, the girls had the opportunity to face opposition from further afield on Sunday and Monday in the 1st XI Topflight Schools Nations tournament at Glasgow Green. The competition brought together 16 hockey sides from schools throughout the United Kingdom.

The girls did exceptionally well on the Sunday, not only winning their section with three victories from three, but also not conceding a single goal. They defeated Coleraine Grammar School from Northern Ireland, 3-0, Jesus and Mary Secondary School from Galway, Ireland, 1-0 and Pangbourne College from Berkshire, England, 3-0.

On the Monday, the tournament split into a top 8 and bottom 8, with our girls qualifying for the former. In a very eventful quarter-final, our girls achieved a 2-1 victory over King’s Hospital School from Dublin. However, they lost the subsequent semi-final, 4-1, to Rainey Endowed School from Northern Ireland and were unlucky to lose the 3rd/4th play-off, 3-0, to George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh.

Well done to the 1st XI on finishing 4th out of 16 teams. The girls performed excellently throughout and will have taken a lot from the experience of facing teams from further afield. 

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HSOG Success at National Mòd http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/royal-national-mòd-2015/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/royal-national-mòd-2015/ The school recently had participants at the Royal National Mòd in Oban, replicating the wonderful successes of previous years. The annual event, which took place over the week of 9th-16th October, showcases and celebrates Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, providing opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.

Màiri Callan (S4) was victorious in the Under 18 Gaelic Song, self-accompanied on Clarsach, picking up the Glendale Quaich for her first place finish. She was also placed in 3rd position in the Intermediate 2 Clarsach competition. Meanwhile, her younger brother, Cathal (S1), competed excellently in many events, finishing 2nd in the Under 13 Boys’ Traditional Singing, the 11-12 Years Boys’ Prescribed Song and the 9-12 Year Open Folktale competitions, and 3rd in the 11-12 Years Open Poetry Recitation competition. Well done to Màiri and Cathal on yet another sterling display at the National Mòd.

There was also success for 6th Year pupil, Inez Gallagher, along with Former Pupil, Robyn Harris, as they won the Senior Duet competition at the National Mod, receiving the Drumelzier Quaich. They also participated in an ensemble, Craigmaddie Clarsachs, who beat stiff competition to win the Pilgrims Harp Trophy and performed their duet on BBC ALBA, which aired last Friday night. Well done to Inez and Robyn!

Some images of all our winners can be seen below 

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Moore House Raise over £4,000 for Emmaus Glasgow http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/moore-house-raise-over-4-000/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/moore-house-raise-over-4-000/ Great Scottish Run 10k Race

To kick off Moore House Fundraising Week, 15 brave pupils volunteered to do a sponsored 10K on the 4th October 2015. Starting in George Square at 10am on Sunday morning, the atmosphere buzzed and guided us to our finish line in Glasgow Green. Although it was a tough journey, it was worth it knowing that every step we took would be going towards our chosen charity, Emmaus Glasgow – who helps support the homeless in our city. As we crossed the finish line, our aching bones were forgotten in our euphoria in completing the 10K. GO MOORE!

Zoe Chu, 6M

Well done to those who ran the 10k: Robert Ballantyne, Zoe Chu, Millie Cunningham, Emily Farquhar, Alasdair Ferguson, Inez Gallagher, Alex Hutton, Sophie Kerr, Cammy Sriram (all S6), Calum Esler, Iona Fraser, Heather Kelly, Cari Kiddie, Roberto Muscatelli and Stephanie Wood (all S5)

Fundraising Week

It seems that our 10k runners inspired Moore House in their Fundraising Week - participation in various activities throughout the week, including a Staff vs Pupils football match, a cake & candy stand, the chance to 'soak-a-teacher', the Moore House Carnival and House Show and a non-uniform day, means that, with generous donations still incoming, Moore House have topped £4,000 in their fundraising effort for the charity Emmaus!

This is a tremendous effort from Moore House - the whole School community congratulates them on their fantastic efforts. They have certainly set the bar high for the rest of the Houses and their Fundraising Weeks throughout the session! Thanks from Moore House go to all those who participated throughout the week, and to pupils, parents and friends of the school, who have all given so generously. Hopefully, this money will make a big difference in helping the homeless of Glasgow.

Some images from the 10K run, 'soak-a-teacher' and dress as you please days can be seen below.

 

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Sailing Squad Selection http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/gordon-sailing-to-success/ Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/gordon-sailing-to-success/ S2 pupil Gordon Sivarajan excelled in various sailing events throughout the last school session and has begun this one in a similar vein.

We were delighted to hear that Gordon has not only been re-selected for the Scottish Sailing squad, but also the GBR Optimist Intermediate squad for 2015/16, based on his sailing results at ranking events throughout this year. Gordon will therefore take part in five training camps over the winter with GBR coaches.

This is yet another excellent achievement for Gordon and everyone at the school wishes him well with both squads.

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School Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/school-updates/ Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/school-updates/ Sport

There were excellent performances at the St Leonard’s Golf Championship in St Andrews on Wednesday 7th October. Charlotte McCluskey (S6) competed well to win the Girls’ O15 tournament, with an outstanding net score of 62, whilst her twin brother, Elliott, came third in the Boys’ competition. Well done to both. Charlotte can be seen above.

In Skiing, our school skiers competed well at the Autumn Dual Slalom Qualifier at Bearsden Ski Club on Wednesday 7th October. The Transitus team of Helena Downie, Danny Petrie, Harry Pover and Maxwell Wang finished joint third with the skiers from our Junior School, losing out narrowly to Bearsden primary (1st) and Jordanhill Primary (2nd). In the Senior Category, all three teams who entered skied exceptionally. While the Girls’ side just missed out on medals, our ‘B’ team of Joseph Petrie (S5), Isla Petrie, Thomas Pover (both S4) and Ewan Forbes (S2), did well to finish third. Our ‘A’ team of Murray McKillop (S6), Marcus Forbes, Duncan Fraser (both S5) and Seamus Keaney (S3), went one better, finishing in 2nd and qualifying for the finals at the end of October. Well done to all those who competed so well on an excellent day of skiing.

On the same day, the Transitus Rugby side headed to Kilmacolm to compete in the St Columba’s tournament. They started well, with victories over Kelvinside Academy and Jordanhill School, but lost out to Glasgow Academy in their final pool match. A last minute try in the 3rd/4th place playoff secured a share of third place with Hutchesons’ Grammar School. Well done to our boys on an impressive showing. Meanwhile, the U16 Rugby side progressed to the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, defeating Hutchesons’ Grammar School 19-10 in a well fought match at Old Anniesland.

Our Hockey 1st XI picked up an excellent 5-0 victory over St Aloysius College in their final group match in the BP Cup. They will have to await other results before knowing if they have progressed. 

Our S2 Football team travelled to Jordanhill on Tuesday 6th October for a friendly match. Both sides played some good football in a competitive match. HSoG  opened the scoring in the first half with a well-worked goal finished off by Joe McDonagh (S2), although were unable to capitalise on this and Jordanhill levelled the score in the second half. Despite hitting the post and the bar, we were unable to score a second and the game ended in a 1-1 a draw.

Music

16 S5 and S6 pupils enjoyed a night at the Opera on Wednesday 7th October! Along with some members of staff, they went to see a production of ‘Carmen’, which just-so-happened to feature former pupil, Nadine Livingston (class of 2002) in the singing role of ‘Micaela’, as well as S1 pupil, Andrew Whitelaw, as part of the Children’s Chorus. These are the first dates of the tour, with the Opera also visiting Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness.

S5 pupil, Christopher O’Leary, has recently been asked to be an RSNO Young Ambassador for session 2015-16, representing the region of East Dunbartonshire. This is a fantastic opportunity for Christopher, where he will have the chance to mix with conductors, artists and musicians from the world of professional classical music. He has already attended his first forum as a Young Ambassador, taking part in a meeting at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall before attending an evening concert. Congratulations to Christopher.

Debating

On the evening of 7th October, Murray Webster (S6) and Saumya Maheshwari (S5) took part in a first round heat of the ESU Mace Senior Debating competition. They took on strong teams from Bearsden Academy, Douglas Academy and Hyndland Secondary School. At the end of the evening, they were selected by the judges to progress to the next round. Well done to Murray and Saumya, as well as Mr Toner for preparing the team.

 

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The Fraser Lecture http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/fraser-lecture-2015/ Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/fraser-lecture-2015/ The 2015 Fraser Lecture took place on Thursday 1st October, with 6th Year pupils treated to a fascinating lecture from Professor Muffy Calder OBE on the topic “Think like a Computer – Why it’s Good for You”.

Professor Calder is the Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering at Glasgow University and, until recently, was the Chief Scientific Advisor for the Scottish Government. Her field of Formal Methods and Computational Thinking is highly relevant to the ever-developing digital age in which we live. After an interesting lecture, Professor Calder then kindly took the time to answer various questions from our keen 6th Year pupils.

Our thanks go to Professor Calder for taking the time to deliver a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture for our 6th Years. We look forward to welcoming her back to the school in the future.

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Moore House Fundraising Appeal 2015 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/moore-house-fundraising-week/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/moore-house-fundraising-week/ The first Fundraising Week of the 2015-16 session is upon us, with Moore House this week taking part in various fun events in order to raise money for the charity Emmaus.

Emmaus communities provides a lasting solution to homelessness by offering formerly homeless people a home, work and the chance to regain self-respect in a supportive environment. Residents work full time on the community business, renovating and re-selling donated furniture.

The fundraising is already well under way – 15 pupils took the opportunity to take part in the Great Scottish Run 10k race in Glasgow City Centre on Sunday, whilst today has already seen a humbling 6-1 defeat for pupils in the Staff vs Pupils Football match! On Tuesday, Moore House will host a Cake & Candy stand, as well as giving pupils the opportunity of a lifetime – for a small fee, they can get the chance to drench some of the staff in the ‘Soak-a-teacher’ event! The Moore House Carnival takes place on Wednesday, with Moore House putting on their own version of ‘Hole in the Wall’ (no word yet on whether Dale Winton will host…). The shortened week will end on Thursday with the opportunity to take part in a non-uniform day and the Moore House Show on Thursday.

Pupils are doing their part by buying tickets for all these events and Moore House are hoping you will be able to help them reach their goal of raising £3,000 for Emmaus. You can donate by visiting Moore House’s Just Giving page here. Any donations, no matter how big or small, would be greatly appreciated by every member of Moore House.

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Sporting Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/sporting-success/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/sporting-success/ Pupils of the High School have again been excelling recently, led, in part, by example from our staff!

  • We told you recently about Head of Computing, Mr Nigel Clarke, taking part in the Berlin Marathon on behalf of the charity, Unite against Cancer, which was founded in memory of Former Pupil, Christopher Smith – the good news is that he made it round in less than four hours, an excellent feat! The even better news is that, in doing so, he has raised well over his initial £1,000 target. From the whole school community – well done Mr Clarke on a wonderful achievement for a very noble cause! A picture of a suitably exhausted Mr Clarke, alongside Former Pupil, Siggy Stone and Christopher’s brother, Colin, can be seen above.
  • Congratulations to Laoise Rogers (S4), who was part of the WJ U16 Coxless Quad team that won the Scottish Schools Head of the Canal (Sculling) Race on Sunday 27th September. She joined two pupils from Glasgow Academy and one from Hutchesons’ Grammar School, in winning the race for Glasgow Schools’ Rowing Club.
  • S6 Rugby player, Alex McGuire, has been invited to join the BT Sport Academy Glasgow & the West U18 squad, after an impressive start to the season for the High School side. Alex will take part in two training sessions, as well as a match against Caledonia U18s, at Broadwood Stadium. Congratulations to Alex – we wish him well in this excellent opportunity.
  • S4 pupil, Anna Fleming will head off to Tenerife this week to attend a swim camp with the City of Glasgow Swim team. This comes after a summer in which Anna won both Silver and Bronze medals in the British National Age Group championships. Well done to Anna on these fine achievements and best of luck to her in Spain.
  • We were also delighted to hear that Transitus pupil, Jude Bannatyne, has been selected to attend a Scottish Gymnastics training week in Essex in early December. Jude attended a similar camp during the summer. We wish him the best of luck when this opportunity comes around.

Well done to all of our talented sportsmen and sportswomen.

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HSOG Club Dinner 2015 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/club-dinner-2015/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/club-dinner-2015/ The 2015 Glasgow High School Club Dinner took place on Friday (2nd October) evening at the school, with 180 guests including former pupils and friends, current staff members and our school captains enjoying a memorable evening together. 

Guests were welcomed by our Piper, Murray Walker (S4), before a drinks reception in The Jimmie Ireland Stand. The Top Table, including The President of The Glasgow High School Club, Mr Alistair Wood and his wife Mel, Rector, Mr John O’Neill and his wife Maureen, guest speakers (and both Former Pupils) Dr Cameron Brown and Mr Callum Kerr and our School Captains Iona MacKillop and Matthew Miller, were piped in to the Assembly Hall, after which the School Jazz Band entertained guests with a few songs before a delicious dinner, catered for by chef, Mr Allan James.

The entertainment continued after dinner with a number of toasts. As tradition dictates, the President of the High School Club, Mr Alistair Wood, gave the toast to The Queen, followed by a toast to the School and the Club, as proposed by Mr Callum Kerr (Class of 2009). The initial reply was given by Mr John O’Neill, attending his first High School Club Dinner as Rector of the School, with our School Captains giving a round-up of the school year and sharing their experiences as current pupils of the school. 

A toast to our guests was then proposed by Dr Cameron Brown (Class of 2007) with the toasts for the evening concluding with a vote of thanks from Former Pupil Ronnie Gourley. The night came to a close with our School Song, led by Former Pupil, Ex-Governor and Trustee, Mr Bill Gardiner on piano.

The night was organised by Dinner Convenor for the Club, Mr Kerr Docherty, with able assistance from The School Development Office, in the shape of Development Director, Mrs Karen McDonald and Development Officer, Mr James Brechany. We’d like to extend our thanks to those involved in the organisation and running of the event and to all those who attended.

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Sporting Selections http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/sporting-selections/ Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/october/sporting-selections/ Young footballer Olivia Crawford (S5) was selected last session to represent Scotland U16s at a UEFA mini-tournament in Portugal. This year, she has been selected for a Scotland Women's U17 Training Squad ahead of their UEFA Women’s U17 Championship qualifying round in Kazakhstan in mid-October.

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We'd also like to congratulate some of our hockey stars on their selection for District Hockey Squads. They will play in the Inter-District Tournament at Glasgow Green this weekend:

  • West U18 team - Iona MacKillop (S6) and Fiona Baillie (S5)
  • West/Midlands/East Select U16 team - Rebecca McInnes (S4), Katie Allison (S3) and Georgia Crooks (S2)
  • South West U16 team - Eilidh Gilchrist (S4) and Rachel Bannatyne (S3)

Good luck to them all!

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Commemoration & Thanksgiving Service 2015 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service-2015/ Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service-2015/ The 2015 Commemoration and Thanksgiving service took place at Glasgow Cathedral on Thursday 24th September, with Junior and Senior school pupils and staff, parents, friends and former pupils coming together to celebrate the history of the High School.

Our ceremony began with a piece played by our brass ensemble, composed and conducted by Mr Kevin Price, before an introduction from our School Chaplain and the Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, the Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley.

After recitation of the School Song, there was a welcome from Mr John O'Neill, in his first Thanksgiving service as Rector of the High School. 2015 School Captains, Iona MacKillop and Matthew Miller spoke before the readings, delivered by Head of the Junior School, Mrs Karen Waugh, in her final Commemoration service before her retiral, and President of the Glasgow High School Club, Mr Alistair Wood. A prayer was given by Deputy Rector of the Senior School, Mrs Maggie Price, who, too, was attending her final Commemoration service before her retiral.

There was a magnificent performance of 'Lift Up Your Voice' by the School Junior Choir, conducted and accompanied on piano by Music teachers, Mrs Jane Tierney and Mr Neil McFarlane, respectively. Roberto Muscatelli and James Stewart (both S5), also accompanied on trumpets.

Dr Whitley delivered a very interesting address, discussing a couple of individuals throughout history who made massive differences to the lives of many with seemingly simple gestures, and how anyone leaving the High School had the potential to achieve whatever it was that they wanted to achieve.

A final hymn brought the ceremony to a close with the service acting as a fitting send-off for the pupils before the holiday weekend. Many pictures from the service can be viewed in the gallery below.

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Dry Slope Schools' Skiing Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/dry-slope-skiing-competition/ Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/dry-slope-skiing-competition/ After recent ski trials at Bearsden Ski Club, our Junior and Senior Ski teams took to the slopes at Hillend, Edinburgh, to compete in the Scottish Schools’ Dry Slope race on Sunday 20th September.

All of our teams competed well, with the Girls’ sides in particular, skiing well. Isla Petrie (S4) put in a particularly excellent individual performance, finishing 11th of 40 girls in the Senior competition, aiding the Senior Girls’ team of Kirsty Anderson (S6), Isla, Eve Downie (S3) and Charlotte Simmers (S2) to a 5th place finish, and qualifying them for the British Championships, which take place in Pontypool, Wales, in November. 

Well done to all those who competed, in particular, to our Senior Girls, who we wish the best to when they come up against teams from around the United Kingdom in a couple of months’ time. 

Some images of our skiiers speeding down the slopes can be seen below.

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Geography Updates http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/geography-fieldtrip-to-kindrogan/ Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/geography-fieldtrip-to-kindrogan/ 11 Advanced Higher Geographers, along with Miss Cowan and Mr Robertson, have just returned from rural Perthshire and three days of intensive geographical fieldwork. 

Barely had they arrived at Kindrogan Field Centre than it was time to pull on the wellies and pick up anemometers, hydrometers and other pieces of fieldwork equipment and head into the 'field' to compare micro climates between open grassland and coniferous plantations. A detailed study of a soil catena was undertaken on Monday, with time for a spot of rural land use mapping, infiltration tests and using the storm simulators to appreciate storm hydro graphs before heading back to school on Tuesday afternoon armed with a wealth of knowledge on geographical skills and techniques.

Meanwhile, S3 Geographers have been doing some Chemistry! The S3 Geography classes have visited the Chemistry department to make stalactites and stalagmites as part of their current topic on Limestone Landscapes

Some images from the trip, and from the Chemistry labs, can be seen below.

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Recent Music News http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/september-music-news/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/september-music-news/ Our Music Department are hard at work preparing for many upcoming events, including this week’s Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service at Glasgow Cathedral. We have some updates from the Music Department, including news of excellent pupil achievements, as well as some arrivals and departures amongst our specialist music tutors.  

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At the prestigious Eton Choral Courses, two of our pupils were chosen to sing in the respective masterclasses. At the Choral Course in Durham, Christopher O’Leary (S5) was selected to sing in the masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen CBE, regarded by many as one of the best lyric baritones of the late 20th century. A few weeks earlier, at the course in Oxford, Ailis McColl (S6) was selected to sing in the masterclass with English soprano, Laura Wright. At each course, only four from a group of 60-70 singers were chosen to sing in the masterclass, so it is a highly commendable achievement for both Ailis and Christopher to be selected.

Christopher continued his musical achievements throughout the summer as he was also given a scholarship to take part in the ‘Russian Greats Summer Short Course’ at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as a French Horn Player. He is now studying at the Junior Department of the Conservatoire each Saturday. We congratulate Christopher and wish him the best of luck in his study out-with the school.

A picture of Christopher conducting the RSNO during the Youth Takeover day in June can be seen above.

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Mr Paul Speirs, who was providing specialist tuition for pupils in Double Bass, has left this role due to his increasing commitments as a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Double Bass section. Mrs Lynette Easton joins the department in his place, taking over Mr Speirs’ Double Bass students. The Music Department also welcomes Mrs Fiona Morrison, who will be teaching Cello at the Junior School.

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Every year, pupils of the High School audition for, and are often chosen to represent, The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. NYOS are turning 35 and have launched an anniversary appeal film entitled 'Thank You', featuring a few familiar faces - Christopher O'Leary (NYOS French Horn player in NYOS Juniors), Helena Downie (Transitus violinist in NYOS Juniors), Calum McLean (Former Pupil, flautist in NYOS Symphony) and Mrs Stuart (Teacher, violin).

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In addition to the above news, the Music Department recently learned of further success outside of the school. Both Duncan Fraser (S5) and Ella Fraser (S3) have been awarded scholarships to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Department this year, with Duncan being awarded the Wolfson Scholarship and Ella the ABRSM Scholarship. There is only one ABRSM scholarship awarded each year to a junior student at each of the junior conservatoires across the UK, so for Ella to receive this is a magnificent achievement.

Ella’s achievements do not end there though – she recently won the Kilmardinny Music Circle Young Musicians award, with part of her prize being the opportunity to perform with the Maxwell String Quartet at a concert in Hyndland.

In addition, they both attended the aforementioned ‘Russian Greats Summer Course’ this summer and took part in masterclasses with Leland Chen, Head of the Royal Northern College of Music string department and Katherine Bryan, Principal Flautist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  

Our congratulations go to both Duncan and Ella on these fine musical achievements.

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Aegon Tennis Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/tennis-girls-ace-finals/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/tennis-girls-ace-finals/ There were mixed fortunes in the Aegon Tennis Championship Finals on Thursday 10th September at Newlands Tennis Club

Both the U15 boys' and U13 girls' sides had previously competed excellently to reach these finals. The boys team, Matthew Gibson-Smith, Mark Ward (both S3), Guy Rose and Conor McGrath Williams (both S2), fought hard, but lost to a very strong side from Merchiston Castle School.

However, the girls side, made up of 2nd Year pupils, Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks and Claudie Quinn and 1st Year pupil, Charlotte Sim, claimed victory over St. George's School. They will now be Scotland's representatives for the upcoming British regional competition in Sunderland.

Congratulations to all who competed so well and best of luck to our U13 girls' side in Sunderland.

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Ski Team Trials http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/ski-team-trials/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/ski-team-trials/ We might be hanging on to some unseasonable warmth and sunshine, but that did not stop our pupils from taking to the ski slopes recently!

Pupils travelled to Bearsden Ski Club on Friday 5th September to take part in School Ski Team Trials, with all pupils impressing with their ability. They will all be hoping to part of the team that features in the upcoming Scottish Schools' Seniors and Juniors Dry Ski Race at Midlothian Ski Centre in a couple of weeks' time, as well as for the various skiing competition throughout the session.

Some pictures of our skiing hopefuls doing their best to impress can be seen below.

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Fieldwork in Millport http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/geography-fieldwork-in-millport/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/geography-fieldwork-in-millport/ Our Higher Geographers kicked off the fieldwork for session 2015-2016 with a short trip across to the island of Millport. 

The sun shone, trousers were rolled up, there was paddling in the sea and sand castles were built. However, the real reason they were there was to measure longshore drift and beach profiles, from west to east, across Millport Bay.

Pupils collected a large amount of data, which will now be processed and analysed, with geographical theory being put to the test to explain the results.

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Sunny Trip to the Trossachs http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/duke-of-edinburghs-award/ Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/duke-of-edinburghs-award/ Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme pupils set out to the Trossachs in early September. 

A number of pupils spent the weekend in Central Scotland, basking in some late summer sunshine as they participated enthusiastically in a Bronze (Grouse) qualifying venture.

Bronze (Ptarmigan) pupils will head out for their own qualifying venture this weekend, whilst training for the 2015-16 DofE programme will begin shortly (for more information and specific dates, visit the DofE page here).   

Some striking images from a rather sunny Scotland, taken by our own Mrs Sim, can be seen below.

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Sainsburys Active Kids Purchases http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/sainsburys-active-kids/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/sainsburys-active-kids/ The School would like to thank all those who donated their Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers - as you can see, this year, the Health and Food Technology department has prospered from the voucher donations.

The school has purchased many items to complement our brand new Health and Food Technology teaching room, including two pasta making machines, egg timers, big button timers, measuring spoons and a pizza cutter.

Once again, thank you to all those who gave so generously.

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Friday Lecture Series http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/friday-lecture-series/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/friday-lecture-series/ The Inaugural Friday Lecture of session 2015-16 took place today. Sixth Year were treated to a talk from former High School pupil, and current CEO of Supergroup, Mr Euan Sutherland.

Mr Sutherland has previously worked for large organisations such as Coca Cola, Mars and The co-operative Group, before taking on his current role at Supergroup, who run the Superdry clothing chain.

He took pupils on a brief trip through his career in the corporate world, explaining the demands of the role of Chief Executive Officer, as well as discussing what he had learned after leaving the High School. 

Mr Sutherland went on to discuss things he had learned since leaving Anniesland including the importance of resilience and perseverance, the fact that life doesn't happen in a straight line, there will be tough times and failure is essential but not pleasant and also that it is important to do what you love and be prepared to open yourself to find out.  

Pupils enthusiastically questioned Mr Sutherland, even 10 minutes after the final school bell of the day had gone,  ranging from discussing the branding of the clothing, access into the business world and lessons he had learned.

We are extremely grateful for Mr Sutherland taking the time out from his hectic schedule (and taking his shortest flight of the year) to come back and visit his alma mater and impart some of his wisdom to potentially the next generation of business leaders. 

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Berlin Marathon http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/berlin-marathon/ Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/september/berlin-marathon/ Towards the end of last term, two FPs took on the Austrian Ironman Triathlon Challenge to raise money for the 'Unite Against Cancer' charity, which was set up in memory of Christopher Smith, a former pupil of the High School, who passed away in 2012.

On Sunday 27th of September, our Head of Computing, Mr Nigel Clarke, will be joining Christopher's 3 siblings, Colin, Clara and Caroline, as well as other former pupils, Siggy Stone and Brendan Higgins, to run the Berlin Marathon in support of 'Unite Against Cancer'.

  • You can read more about the good work that 'Unite Against Cancer' do by visiting their website - http://unitecharity.com/

With less than a month until the race takes place, we wish Mr Clarke the very best of luck!

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Normandy 2015 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/normandy-trip/ Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/normandy-trip/ At the start of August, 69 Transitus and three S5 pupils travelled to Normandy, accompanied by eight members of staff.

The pupils were very quickly immersed in all things French, taking part in a range of activities including archery, bread making, canoeing and making their way through an assault course. The S5 girls also tried fencing and orienteering and conducted an interview in French at the local tourist office, whilst there were also visits to a local market and goats' cheese farm and to the Bayeux tapestry.

Lots of French was spoken, lots of lovely French food was eaten and much fun was had by all. You can see how much fun was had in the images below!

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Recent FP News http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/recent-fp-news/ Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/recent-fp-news/ We always love to know how former pupils of the school are getting on once they've finally exited our doors!

Over the last few weeks, many recent FPs have been involved in various events and we are delighted to be able to tell you about them here:

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Music

DSC 8820In mid-August, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, a number of former pupils performed as part of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, alongside the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and conducted by one of the most eminent period performance conductors of our time, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in a performance of Berlioz’ ‘Lélio’. Congratulations to Amanda MacLeod (Class of 2010), Rohsni Mansfield (Class of 2011), David Norris (Class of 2012), Isabella Bassett, Sophie Price (both Class of 2014), Euan Campbell-Birkett, Charlotte GilbrideSara Pearce and Celia Petrie (all Class of 2015), who all took part in a fantastic evening of music. 

Euan Campbell-Birkett, Amanda MacLeod, Rohsni Mansfield, David Norris, Celia Petrie and Sophie Price also took part in a smaller NYCoS choir that performed the same piece with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in La Côte Saint-André, Isere, the birthplace of Berlioz, for the Berlioz Festival in late August. 

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Sport

There has also been excellent sporting representation from former pupils of the school.Fullsizerender Edit1  Charlie Telfer Edit  11781827 884512741639677 3661926491524276242 N Edit Last year’s leavers, Erin Gilchrist and Ellie Hutcheson, competed for the Scotland Women’s side at the EuroHockey U18 Nations Championship in Santander, Spain.

Young footballer, Charlie Telfer (Class of 2013), who plays for Dundee United, has recently been called up to the Scotland U21 squad to face Northern Ireland in the opening fixture of their UEFA 2017 European Championship qualification campaign.

Andrew Umeed (Class of 2014) was the 12th man for England in the Ashes 3rd Test against Australia at Edgbaston.

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Glasgow High School Club Dinner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/glasgow-high-school-club-dinner-2015/ Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/glasgow-high-school-club-dinner-2015/ Glasgow High School Club once again welcome Former Pupils and friends of the Club for their annual dinner on Friday 2nd October, 2015. There will be two entertaining recent FP speakers, as well as the chance to catch up with old school friends or to make new ones!

You can buy tickets for the dinner, which will take place at the Senior School from 6:30pm, either online or by filling in a form (which can be accessed here) and returning it with a cheque to the High School Development Office.

Full details about the evening can be found here. We hope to see many of you in October! 

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S1/S2 Visit Swiss Alps http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/swiss-alps-geography-trip/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/august/swiss-alps-geography-trip/ As the summer holidays drew to a close, 28 pupils from S1/2 jetted off to Switzerland with the Geography Department on the 'Choc Ice Tour'.

Barely had they landed than a cable car whisked them up to a panoramic viewpoint above their resort of Leysin. Alas, the thunder clouds rolled in bringing with it rain but this didn't hamper the enthusiasm and fun.

The group walked up to the Langlettscher glacier, enjoyed an outdoor thermal spa pool, tasted locally produced cheese, visited Castle Chillon and Montreaux, trundled underground into the Bex salt mines, learned about how Gruyere is made, enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Nestle factory (with free tastings!), whizzed down a summer luge, walked inside the Mer de Glace and ascended to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, where a few brave souls tested their fear of heights steeping into a glass box on the side of the peak!

Filled with chocolate and cheese, the group headed home with great memories of a fabulous trip.

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Maths Successes http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/maths-successes/ Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/maths-successes/ Towards the end of the summer term, Mathematics pupils excelled in various challenges and competitions...

 

Mathématiques Sans Frontières

In February, teams from 4th and 5th Year took part in the Mathématiques Sans Frontières competition, an International team competition that combines collaborative mathematics and modern languages and which is held simultaneously in countries throughout Europe. It is organised by the Academie de Strasbourg.

On Thursday 18th June, representatives from the participating teams were invited to the awards ceremony at Heriot-Watt University. We were delighted to be informed that our 4th Year team won the S4 category and our 5th Year team won the S5 category. We were even more pleased to find out that our 4th Year team were announced the overall winners of the competition – an excellent achievement. Huge congratulations go to both of our teams! Pictured above are Abhishek Gambhir, Keshav Mahendra and Michael Macnaughton, three members of the overall winning S4 team.

 

UK Junior Maths Team Challenge

After a second place finish in the Regional Final of the Junior Maths Team Challenge recently, our team qualified for the National Final by virtue of being the highest-scoring runners-up. The team of Tanya Smoli (S2), Lucy Ashton, Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin and Reuben Gilson-Barnett (all S1), travelled down to London on Monday 22nd June to compete against teams from around the UK. They put in a very creditable performance to finish 49th out of 88 teams in the National final. Well done to those involved.

 

UK Junior Mathematics Challenge

Going back to late April, S1 and S2 pupils took part in the UK Junior Maths Challenge, with a very impressive 28 Gold, 24 Silver and 5 Bronze awards won. Tony FitzGerald (S2) and Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin (S1) jointly achieved the top marks in the School.

Pupils who scored exceptionally highly were invited to take part in the Junior Kangaroo competition. Well done to Paul Dewhurst, Inigo Fernandez, Tony Fitzgerald, Ella Fraser, Tanya Smoli, Jay Tyagi, Mark Ward and Thomas Whitelaw of S2 and Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin, Lucy Ashton, Adam Ivins, Cameron Crooks, Russell Ewing and Ben Willett of S1, who were all invited to sit the Kangaroo paper.

 

UKMT Mathematics Olympiads

Congratulations to Junwen Chen, Abhishek Gambhir and Keshav Mahendra (all S4), who received Certificates of Merit in the Intermediate Olympiad challenge. Well done to Duncan Fraser and Euan Gibson-Smith (both S4), who received certificates of qualification.  

Well done also to Ashwin Bali, Calum Orr (both S6) and Cammy Sriram (S5), who received certificates of qualification in the Senior Olympiad challenge.

 

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Senior School Prizegiving 2014-15 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/senior-school-prizegiving-2014-15/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/senior-school-prizegiving-2014-15/ A poignant Senior School Prizegiving took place on Thursday 25th June at Old Anniesland as we celebrated this year's academic achievers, while also saying goodbye to our retiring Rector, Mr Colin Mair.

Mr Mair retired after 39 years at the school, 11 of those as Rector. He has served as Head of Rugby and of Latin, Housemaster of Bannerman, Assistant Rector and Deputy Rector, before becoming Rector in 2004.

After a prayer from School Chaplain, Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, and a glowing tribute from Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, our guest of honour, Mr Mair, addressed pupils and parents of the school for the final time.

He said:

"I have been privileged to have a unique insight into the development of the High School at Anniesland since 1976.

"I believe this is a very special school community, created originally by the commitment and generosity of former pupils and parents.

"What we achieve we achieve through teamwork and the strength of our school community, staff, pupils, parents, former pupils and governors."

Mr Mair was given a standing ovation by pupils, parents, staff and guests as he took to his seat and our School Captains, Charlotte Gilbride and Adam Atri, began the presentation of prizes. A full list of Prizewinners for 2014-15 can be viewed by clicking here

Our House Awards were as follows:

  • The Sanderson Trophy for Academic Success - Moore House
  • The Angus Cameron Quaich for Games - Bannerman House
  • The Hagart Rosebowl for Extra-Curricular Achievement - Law House
  • The Inter-House Shield - Bannerman House

Another tribute to Mr Mair was given by Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Raymond Williamson, in the Vote of Thanks, before a particularly rousing rendition of our School Song brought the ceremony to an end.

We not only say goodbye and wish every success to our 6th Year leavers, who have been tremendous representatives of the School, but also to Mr Colin Mair. On behalf of the entire School Community, we thank you for everything you have done for the High School of Glasgow and wish you a long and happy retirement.

Sursum Semper! 

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Summer Choral Concert http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/summer-choral-concert/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/summer-choral-concert/ The Music Department brought together our talented musicians to put on a fantastic evening of music at the City Halls, Candleriggs, on Monday 22nd June.

There were wonderful performances on the evening from:

  • The Junior 5/6 Choir, directed by Miss Elspeth Carnall
  • The Junior Choir (Transitus-J2), directed by Mrs Jane Tierney, with accompaniment from percussionists Abhishek Gambhir, Adam Stanley and Ruairidh Wallace (all S4), with Mr Phillip Norris on Cello
  • The Vocale Choir, directed by Miss Wilma MacDougall and Mr Frikki Walker, with Instrumentalists, Michael Kourouklis (S1) on double bass, Abhishek Gambhir and Adam Stanley (both S4) on percussion and Charlotte Gilbride (S6) on clarinet
  • The Chamber Choir, directed by Mr Frikki Walker, with Instrumentalists, Mr Raymond McKeown on clarinet, Ms Michelle McCabe on flute and Miss Rachel Lee on cello
  • The Senior Choir, directed by Mr Frikki Walker and coached by Ms Wilma MacDougall and Mrs Sarah Stuart.

They were all accompanied by the Choral Concert Orchestra, featuring over 30 players and including many members of High School Staff. 

There were also performances from a group of S6 Leavers - Georgia Callander, Charlotte Gilbride, Jennifer Horn, Megan McInnes, Sara Pearce, Celia Petrie and Alice Walker - whilst Charlotte and Alice returned later to perform solo pieces.

The evening came to a close with an energetic performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody before a Farewell Medley, arranged by Music teacher, Mrs Claire Mitchell, in tribute to our departing Rector, Mr Colin Mair.

Congratulations go to the Music Department on the organization and execution of a most successful and enjoyable evening of music. Well done to all pupils who performed excellently throughout. Thanks to Miss Carnall, Ms MacDougall, Mr McKeown, Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Stuart, Mrs Tierney, Mr Walker and the entire Music Department for all their hard work, as well as Mr Neil McFarlane, who provided musical accompaniment throughout and to those members of staff who performed in the Orchestra.

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Swimming Team Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/swimming-team-medals/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/swimming-team-medals/ We had great success at the Scottish Schools’ Swimming Team Championships on Wednesday 17th June, with two 1st place finishes amongst other successes.

10 of our relay teams qualified for the finals of their events. Particular congratulations go to the Open Boys’ 200m Freestyle Relay team of Jamie Miller (S4), Jonathan Stark (S5), Ross Durnin and Scott McKay (both S6) and the Open Girls’ 200m Medley Relay team of Anna Fleming (S3), Georgia Lynch (S5), Georgia Callander and Victoria Reid (both S6),  for finishing 1st in their events.

Well done also to the Open Girls’ 200m Freestyle Relay team of Anna Fleming (S3), Georgia Callander, Kirstin Clark and Victoria Reid (all S6), who finished 2nd, and the S1 Boys’ 200m Medley Relay team of Adam Ivins, Adam Kennedy, Michael Kourouklis and Panos Kourouklis, who finished 3rd.

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The Great Transitus Bake Off 2015! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/the-great-transitus-bake-off-2015/ Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/the-great-transitus-bake-off-2015/ Transitus pupils competed at the end of last week for the chance to be crowned as winner of The Great Transitus Bake Off 2015.

There was a fantastic standard of baking on display with all of our finalists, Jamie Cook, Elliot Lang, Megan Makridis, Sara Millar, Jensen Miller, Angus Moulsdale, Calum Ross and Anna Smith, impressing our three judges on the day – School chef, Mr Allan James, School Nurse, Mrs Jane Sim and our soon-to-be Rector, Mr John O’Neill.

After some deliberation, it was decided that Angus Moulsdale, who made a Victoria Sponge with homemade jam, was this year’s Bake Off winner. Congratulations to Angus and to all who took part in this fun-filled afternoon.

Some images from the afternoon can be seen below. 

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Glorious victory for the School Staff http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/staff-vs-pupils-golf/ Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/staff-vs-pupils-golf/ Staff of the Senior School put their pupil counterparts in their place with a glorious victory in the annual Staff vs Pupils Golf Competition on Tuesday 23rd June.

Taking place on a sunny afternoon at Milngavie Golf Course, our staff dominated proceedings, taking the opportunity to teach their younger opponents various golfing lessons throughout the day. 

Mr Barrett and Mr Leggat from the PE Department were victorious over Mark Braidwood and Luke Steven (both S6), winning 1 up, whilst Murray Foggo and Megan McInnes (both S6) were hugely fortunate to come away with a 3&2 win over Mr Campbell and Mr Maclay.

However, a further point won by Mr Baillie and Mr Nisbet over S5 pupils, Neil Forsyth and George Geddes (2&1) and a half point won by Mr Brechany and Mr McKeown (with a miraculous up-and-down from the bunker to save Par at the final hole) against Ian Black (S5) and Murray McVicar (S4) ensured that the trophy remained in its rightful place, with the staff coming away with an entirely deserved 2.5-1.5 points victory.

Well done to our golfing heavyweights amongst the Senior School staff, and, of course, commiserations to our young golfers - A bit more practice required. There's always next year...

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Departmental News http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/departmental-news/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/departmental-news/ As we near the end of the school year, there is a lot happening at the Senior School. Here is a selection of recent goings-on:

 

Bridge Tournament

We had teams competing for the first time at the Scottish Schools’ Bridge Championship in Stirling on Friday 12th June. Two High School teams took part in the tournament against many sides with more experience. They competed well and, in the words of the organiser “were great ambassadors for their school and the game as well”.

 

Classics

We had two prize winners and one certificate winner in the recent Gilbert Murray National Classics Essay Competition. S4 pupil Kimberley Wong’s prize-winning entry, a version of the myth of Apollo and Daphne in graphic novel form, was especially commended by judges as the “outstanding submission this year”. Henry Lafferty’s (S4) prize was for an essay about Hippocrates and the birth of medicine. Jodie Fraser (S6) was the certificate winner. Congratulations to Kimberley, Henry and Jodie.

 

First Aid Course

Congratulations to the following pupils who completed their Emergency First Aid Course in June: Emma Anderson, Heather Brown, Hollie Baxter, Georgia Callander, Charlotte Gilbride, Eleanor Gold, Sophia Jafari, Sarah Kerr, Fraser MacIntyre, Megan McInnes, Celia Petrie and Catherin Sifton (all S6). Thanks to Mrs Sim for her help on this.

 

Stuart Hudson Lecture

S5 pupils were treated to a lecture from Former Pupil of the High School, Stuart Hudson (pictured below), on Friday 12th June. Mr Hudson is a Partner at the Brunswick Group and has previously acted as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister as well as being Head of Government at Ofgem. We thank Mr Hudson for giving up his time to deliver this interesting lecture to our 5th Year pupils.

 

Young Enterprise

Well done to iWood YE (some of whom are pictured above) who enjoyed attending the Young Enterprsie Scotland Awards in mid-June after previously being judged as the best Young Enterprise company in the Glasgow Region. Congratulations to the Fjara Jewellery company, from Kirkwall, who were crowned Scottish Company of the Year for 2015.

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Girls' Tennis team Victorious at Craigholme Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/girls-retain-craigholme-trophy/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/girls-retain-craigholme-trophy/ Congratulations to the following girls, who competed at the Craigholme Tennis Tournament on Saturday 13th June: Caroline Hunter (Captain), Jasmine Aikman (both S6), Leyla Braidwood, Eilidh Gilchrist (both S3), Helena Gronski (S2), Claudie Quinn (S1), Christina Miller and Charlotte Sim (both Trans).

Our Primary couple of Christina Miller and Charlotte Sim (pictured above) won their age group and the team (pictured below) won the overall tournament, retaining the trophy after last years’ success.

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Recent Athletics Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/athletics-success/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/athletics-success/ Scottish Schools Athletics Championships

Pupils competed excellently at the Scottish Schools’ Athletics Championships, which were held at Grangemouth Stadium on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June. Pupils reached the finals of 7 events over the weekend. Congratulations to Angus Barrett (S2) who won a Gold Medal in the U14 Javelin and a Silver Medal in the U14 80m Hurdles events. Well done to Paul Dewhurst (S2), who won Silver in the U14 Shot Putt, and to Mark Revie (S6), who won Bronze in the O17 High Jump event.

 

Athletics League Finals

The Athletics S1-S3 League Finals took place on Monday 15th June at Hutchesons’ Grammar School. Congratulations to our S1 Boys’ team, who came 1st in their age group. Well done also to our S1 Girls, S2 Boys and S2 Girls, who came 2nd, and our S3 Boys, who finished 3rd overall. 

 

Glasgow Schools Multi-Events Competition

In the Glasgow Schools’ Multi-Events Competition, which took place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School on Monday 22nd June, pupils of the school again had great success. Congratulations to Iona MacKillop (S5), who won Gold, to Graeme Macdonald (S1), Angus Barrett (S2) and Ewan Docherty (S3), who won Silver, and to Mirrin Gillespie (S4) and Lewis Cunningham (S5), who both won Bronze Medals. 

 

Thanks go to Mr Barrett, Mrs Cox, Mr FitzGerald and all of the PE Department for their hard work in preparing our young athletes for these competitions.

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Senior School Sports Day http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/senior-school-sports-day/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/senior-school-sports-day/ The High School Senior School Sports Day took place on Tuesday 16th June at Old Anniesland. Despite the weather not quite matching the beautiful sunny days of the Junior School Sports Days, there was still an excellent atmosphere for a competitive afternoon of events.

Our Pipe Band performed for spectators as athletes geared up to compete in various events including sprint races, relay races, hurdles, the long jump, javelin and discus, amongst many others.

The full list of overall winners is as follows:

  • Mile Cup: Boys – Calum Esler (S4); Girls – Tori Maguire (S4)
  • Senior Boys – Adam Atri (S6); Senior Girls – Iona MacKillop (S5)
  • S3 Boys – Ewan Docherty; S3 Girls – Anna Fleming
  • S2 Boys – Ben Taylor; S2 Girls – Millie Rayner
  • S1 Boys – Adam Ivins; S1 Girls – Anna Pover
  • Transitus Boys – Douglas Kelly; Transitus Girls – Alex Jones
  • Inter-House Championship Shield – Bannerman House
  • S3 Girls’ Hurdles Cup – Zelda Smyth
  • S3 Girls’ Throwing Cup – Anna Fleming
  • Pentland Quaich (Senior Boys’ 100m) – Lewis Cunningham (S5)
  • The Former Pupils Cup (Senior Boys’ 200m) – Lewis Cunningham
  • The Scott Cup (Senior Girls’ Hurdles) – Iona MacKillop
  • Burma Bowl (Senior Boys’ Field Events) – James Stewart (S4)
  • Discus Statue – Josh Oxby (S5)
  • Senior Girls’ Athletics Salver (Senior Girls’ Throwing Events) – Erin Gilchrist (S6)
  • The Millenium Rose Bowl (Senior Girls’ 100m) – Iona MacKillop

Congratulations go not only to our winners, but to all who competed on a fantastic day of sport. Thanks to all the staff who helped in the organisation of Sports Day. Some images from the day can be seen below.

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MusicFest Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/musicfest/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/musicfest/ The Final of our annual MusicFest was held on Monday 15th June in the Senior School Assembly Hall. Mr Aaron Shorr, Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, was the adjudicator for what was an excellent evening of musical performances. He awarded the following:

  • The Fraser MacAuley Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Solo Performance (Junior section): Ella Fraser (S2)
  • The Marianne Rawles Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Solo Performance (Intermediate/Senior section): Gregor Norris (S6)
  • The Barnaby Archer Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Solo Performance (Intermediate/Senior section): Samrat Majumder (S4)
  • The Peter Douglas Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Ensemble Performance: Fusion Band
  • Finally, the awards for Outstanding Potential went to Jessica Insall (S1), Mairi Ross (S2) and Andrew Cross (S3).

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the Music Department for all their hard work in organising a memorable evening of musical entertainment for a delighted audience.

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Colin Mair Farewell Presentation http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/colin-mair-farewell-presentation/ Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/colin-mair-farewell-presentation/ Current and former parents, former pupils and friends of the High School turned out in their numbers to send off our retiring Rector, Mr Colin Mair on Friday 12th June.

A number of speakers paid tribute to Colin, many of whom have been former pupils and parents of the school. Incoming Rector, Mr John O'Neill introduced the first speaker, Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, who was then followed by the President and Senior Vice-President of the Glasgow High School Club, Mr Alistair Wood and Mr Ronnie Gourlay, respectively.

A performance from Senior School pupils of a piece composed by our very own music teacher, Mr Mark Duncan was followed by some words from Vice-President of the Glasgow High School London Club, Mrs Christine Ansell and Former Chair of Home and School Association, Mrs Susan Gibson-Smith.

The evening came to an end with tributes from the School Captains of 2004/05, the year Mr Mair became Rector of the High School, Mrs Hannah McCormick and Mr Neale Dutton, before Mr Mair was presented with his retirement gift from Hannah and Neale.    

Mr Mair later commented:

"I am extremely grateful to all who attended my Farewell Presentation on Friday evening and made that occasion so memorable for me. I was indeed the last to leave the Jimmie Ireland Stand, sometime after 11pm. I apologise to those of you to whom I did not manage to speak personally. Hopefully we may meet sometime in the near future.

In addition, I would want to thank everyone who contributed to my very generous Retirement gift for your thoughtfulness and kindness. I am pleased to report that I have already committed part of my gift to a lovely original painting by the artist, Frank Colclough, which features a fishing boat sailing off into a golden West Coast sunset – a very appropriate metaphor for my imminent retirement!

It has been a privilege to serve as Rector of such a special School, and I have valued greatly the marvellous support of everyone in the High School Community." 

Some images from a most enjoyable send-off can be seen below.

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Summer Term Music Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/summer-term-music-success/ Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/summer-term-music-success/ There has been a lot happening in the Music Department recently! Away from the larger events, such as MusicFest and preparation for the Summer Choral Concert on Monday 22nd June at the City Halls, Candleriggs, pupils have achieved excellent individual successes:

  • In the June ABRSM exams, there was continued success for High School musicians as pupils of the Senior School achieved 12 Passes, 20 Merits and 9 Distinctions.
  • Our congratulations go to Sara Pearce and Drew Young (both S6), who recently achieved Grade 8 with Distinction in their vocal and drum kit exams, respectively. Well done to Sara and Drew on these fantastic achievements.
  • We also congratulate two pupils on their recent selections for musical organisations out with the school. Kirsty Campbell-Birkett (S5) has been offered a place in the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s Training Choir, whilst, after a competitive audition, Andrew Whitelaw (Trans) has been selected for the Children's Chorus for Scottish Opera's production of ‘Carmen’ next season.
  • As reported previously, S4 pupil, Christopher O’Leary, was selected to rehearse with and conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of a ‘Youth Takeover Day’. He finally got to take up this opportunity in mid-June when he spent two days with the R.S.N.O and their assistant conductor Jean-Claude Picard, getting the chance to conduct the orchestra in two movements from the ‘Carmen’ Suite by Bizet. Christopher and Jean-Claude are pictured above. 
  • Finally, well done to S4 pupil, Samrat Majumder, who was awarded 1st place in the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland classical guitar competition.

A special mention should also go to Mr Gordon Lawrie BEM, who teaches Piping at the school - he has recently been included on the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for services to Piping in Dunbartonshire.  

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S6 Pupils International Hockey Selection http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/s6-pupils-international-hockey-selection/ Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/s6-pupils-international-hockey-selection/ Our congratulations go to Erin Gilchrist and Ellie Hutcheson (both S6), who have recently been selected to represent the Scotland U18 Hockey team at the European Championships in Santander, Spain, in July.

This follows on from their involvement in the Scottish U18 side’s recent international fixtures with Germany, Ireland and Wales. We wish them the best of luck this summer.

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5k Obstacle Race for Cancer Research! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/5k-obstacle-race-for-cancer-research/ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/5k-obstacle-race-for-cancer-research/ 24 staff from our Junior School will be walking/running/hobbling/skidding/sliding their way through the Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course on June 20th, in order to raise money for Cancer Research. 

It would be greatly appreciated if you could dig deep and sponsor them in order to help fight Cancer. You can do this by donating on their Just Giving page by clicking here or, alternatively, by texting HSOG50 and your donation amount to 70070.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to tick the Gift Aid box as this will increase your donation by at least 25% at no extra cost to you.

All sponsorship is gratefully received! Thank you!

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Maths Challenge Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/maths-challenge-success/ Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/maths-challenge-success/ There has been success for pupils in the recent Scottish Mathematical Council Maths Challenge competitions, with a few pupils in particular, excelling.

Junwen Chen (S4) was awarded a Gold Certificate in the Secondary Schools’ Middle Division (open to S3 and S4 pupils). Well done to Junwen on this fantastic achievement. Abhishek Gambhir, Jiang Ju, Keshav Mahendra, Manpreet Purba (all of S4), Guan-An Chen, George Cooper, Varnit Gupta, Jiangmin Hou and William Xu (all of S3) were awarded Bronze certificates. In the Senior Division of the Secondary Schools section, Cammy Sriram was awarded a Silver Certificate, whilst Abhishek Chaudhuri won Bronze.

In the Primary Schools’ Challenge, Amy Gilson-Barnett did fantastically to win a Gold Certificate, with Ella Smoli winning Silver and William Hunt, Adam Insall, Cameron James, Imran Mohammed and Adam Sefcik (all Trans) Bronze. Amy and Ella (pictured above) were invited to the University of Strathclyde on Friday 5th June, to attend a prize-winners ceremony, where they were awarded their Gold and Silver Certificates and coveted SMC Challenge Mugs!

Congratulations to all of our gifted young mathematicians.

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Fantastic Medal Haul at Glasgow Schools' Athletics Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/incredible-medal-haul/ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/incredible-medal-haul/ There were wonderful performances at yesterday’s Glasgow Primary and Secondary Schools’ Athletics Finals on a beautiful day at Scotstoun.  

Pupils of the Senior School earned a fantastic haul of 54 medals (16 Gold, 19 Silver, 19 Bronze) in the Secondary Schools’ Competition, with the S1 Boys’ team coming 1st in the overall team standings. The S2 Boys’ and Girls’ teams finished 2nd in the overall standings, whilst the S1 Girls’, S3 Boys’, Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ teams finished 3rd.

In the Primary Schools’ Competition, Transitus and J6 pupils combined to earn 11 medals in total (4 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze), with the Girls’ team finishing 1st overall in the team standings and the Boys’ team finishing 2nd overall.

Particular congratulations go to our Gold Medallists:

  • J6 – Anya MacLean (600m)
  • Transitus – William John-Charles (Standing Long Jump), Douglas Kelly (Cricket Ball Throw) and the Trans Boys’ Relay team (Gregor Howie, William John-Charles, Douglas Kelly, Aaron Scott & Ryan Street)
  • S1 – Lucy Ashton (Discus), Sandy Dalziel (Discus), Panos Kourouklis (1500m), Graeme Macdonald (Shot Putt) and the S1 Boys’ Relay team (Connor Garrett, Ross Gray, Michael Kourouklis & Graeme Macdonald)
  • S2 – Angus Barrett (80m Hurdles & Javelin), Alice Baxendale (Discus), Paul Dewhurst (Shot Putt), Anna Lilley (75m Hurdles), Ben Taylor (High Jump) and the S2 Boys’ Relay team (Angus Barrett, Ben Hutton, Lorn Webster & Ben Taylor)
  • S3 – Ewan Docherty (400m & Discus)
  • Senior – James Stewart (S4)(High Jump) and Eleanor Gold (S6)(Discus)
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iWood at Young Enterprise Awards Final! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/iwood-at-young-enterprise-awards-final/ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/iwood-at-young-enterprise-awards-final/ After being crowned 'Glasgow Company of the Year', iWood are now headed to the prestigious final of the Young Enterprise Scotland Awards next week, at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow.

They are one of fifteen companies from schools across the country, each of whom won their regional competition, who will compete to win the national competition and be crowned Scottish Company of the Year for 2015. The winners will represent Scotland at the UK Finals in London in July.

As well as finding out a little more about iWood, you can also vote for them in the People’s Choice Award, by following this link - http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/business-consumer/vote-your-peoples-choice-winner-5849053

So, get voting and share this far and wide to make iWood the people's champions! 

Edit: It seems that if you happen to be lucky enough to own different devices, you can vote for iWood on each. Please keep voting!

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Senior School Art Exhibition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/2015-art-exhibition/ Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/2015-art-exhibition/ The school hosted its biennial Senior School Art Exhibition on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June.

Friday night saw the exhibition formally opened by Mr Nicholas Kuenssberg OBE, Chair of Social Investment Scotland and former Chair of the Glasgow School of Art, between 2003-10. Mr Kuenssberg, who has also had a distinguished career in business with Coats Patons/Viyella and Dawson International, with roles as a non-executive director and as independent Chairman in various private, public and third sector companies, was suitably impressed with the standard of the pieces on show.

He was not the only one, as parents and friends of the school took the chance to see some of the best work by pupils of all ages. It is fair to say that guests were hugely impressed by the standard of work on show over the Friday evening and Saturday morning, 

Well done to all those who had their work on display and to Mrs Bell, Mr Gilchrist, Mrs Henderson and Ms Waldron for all their efforts in organising a fantastic exhibition. A handful of the excellent work can be seen below

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Transitus Pupils Play Part in Athletics Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/henderson-shield-victory/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/henderson-shield-victory/ Our young Athletics stars took part in multiple events over the weekend of Friday 5th/Saturday 6th June, with our Transitus boys playing a part in winning the Henderson Challenge Cup.

They formed a team with Junior 5 and Junior 6 pupils that took part in various disciplines including sprint and hurdle events, 200m, 600m, cricket ball throw, shot putt, long jump and relay races, at the Glasgow Academy-hosted, Henderson Shield Competition. In the end, they did excellently in each event, finishing first overall and winning the competition. The J5, J6 & Transitus Girls’ side also performed well, finishing 3rd overall.

Elsewhere, at the Scottish Schools’ Primary Relay Championships, both the Boys’ and Girls’ 4x100m Relay team came through two rounds of heats, before winning Silver medals in the final. Well done to the boys’ team: Gregor Howie, William John-Charles, Douglas Kelly, Aaron Scott and Ryan Street; and the girls’ team: Lucy Critchley, Alex Jones, Christine Miller, Lily Paterson and Anna Smith (all Transitus).

At the Scottish Schools’ Secondary Relay Championships, our U14 Boys’ team of Ross Gray, Connor Garrett, Michael Kourouklis and Graeme Macdonald (all S1) did excellently to qualify for the finals, eventually finishing in 3rd place, behind Robert Gordon’s College and Stewart’s Melville College.

Well done to all those who took part in a busy weekend of sport and thanks to the PE Department who helped prepare and accompany our athletes.  

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Recent Music News http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/music-news/ Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/music-news/ The Junior Wind Band, Junior Brass Band and Flute Quartet took time out from classes to play at Erskine Hospital, a facility that provides long-term medical care for veterans of the British Armed Forces, as well as at our Junior School in Bearsden, on Thursday 28th May. 

More than 40 Transitus-S3 pupils came together to perform pieces for patients of the hospital and pupils/staff of the Junior School alike.  The Junior Wind Band was directed by school flute tutor, Ms Michelle McCabe, who also coached our Flute Quartet, while the Junior Brass Band was directed by Mrs Claire Mitchell. One of our young musicians, Cameron Crooks (S1), even had the opportunity to play for his grandfather, a resident of Erskine Hospital.

The residents of the hospital and Junior School children really appreciated their performances.

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Meanwhile, four pupils of the school have recently been selected to be a part of the main choir of the National Youth Choir of Scotland. We are delighted to report that, after going through the audition process, Euan Campbell-Birkett, Charlotte Gilbride, Sara Pearce and Celia Petrie (all S6) were selected for the Senior Youth Choir of Scotland.

Head of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart commented:

Competition is always fierce for a place in the pre-professional choir of the The National Youth Choir of Scotland, bringing together the most talented 16-25 year olds in the country. In the past, the choir have performed at various prestigious events, including the London Proms. In August, the choir will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our congratulations go out to Euan, Charlotte, Sara and Celia on their fine achievements."

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Some images from the performances at Erskine Hopsital and the Junior School can be seen below

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Iceland 2016 Trip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/iceland-2016-trip/ Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/iceland-2016-trip/ In February 2016, a group of S3-S6 pupils will head to Iceland for our biannual trip.

Highlights will include walking on a glacier, watching a geyser erupt, seeing icebergs calve from the snout of a glacier, standing at the very spot where Europe and North America are being wrenched apart, seeing up-close the infamous E13 (Eyjafjallajokull) volcano, as well as other volcanoes like Hekla and Katla, meeting one of the families directly affected by the volcano and hearing about their experience, swimming in the Blue Lagoon, walking behind waterfalls, eating geothermally baked food, learning first-hand how Icelanders are utilising their geothermal power and tasting some of the food products from geothermal greenhouses, and hopefully seeing the Northern Lights!

For those S3-S6 pupils interested in taking part in the trip:

  • You can access an in-depth day-to-day itinerary by clicking here
  • To access a letter detailing information about accomodation, travel and costs, click here
  • For the Booking & Passport Form, click here 

If interested, please return the booking and passport form to Miss N L Cowan by 11.30am on Monday 15th June at the latest, along with a photocopy of your son’s/daughter’s passport. 

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Strong Performances at Glasgow Athletics Heats http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/strong-performances-at-athletics-heats/ Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/strong-performances-at-athletics-heats/ Junior 6 and Transitus pupils competed well in the Glasgow District Athletics Heats at Crownpoint Sports Complex yesterday, with many qualifying for next week’s Glasgow Schools’ Finals at Scotstoun.

Accompanied by Mrs Cox, Mr Fitzgerald and Mr Leggat, our young athletes took part in various events, with the top 6 in each qualifying for next week’s finals.

Both J6 relay teams, along with 6 pupils in J6 individual events, qualified through to next week. Particular congratulations go to Anya MacLean who finished 1st in the girls’ 600m race, as well as being part of the relay team, alongside Zara Kennedy, Jennifer Low, Annabelle Robertson and Lucy Sillars, who also finished 1st.

Transitus competitors fared even better, with 7 pupils, as well as both relay teams, making it through to next week’s finals. Congratulations to the boys’ relay team (Gregor Howie, William John-Charles, Douglas Kelly, Aaron Scott & Ryan Street) and the girls’ relay team (Lucy Critchley, Alex Jones, Christina Miller, Lily Paterson & Anna Smith), who both finished 1st in their races. Particular congratulations to:

  • Lucy Critchley - 1st in girls’ Standing Long Jump
  • William John-Charles - 1st in boys’ Standing Long Jump
  • Alex Jones - 1st in girls' 600m
  • Douglas Kelly - 1st in boys’ Cricket Ball Throw

Fantastic individual performances meant that our girls’ team finished 1st overall, with the boys’ team finishing in 2nd place. A big ‘well done’ to all those who competed – we wish those that qualified the best of luck in next week’s Glasgow Schools’ Finals.

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S2 Pupil Finishes as Runner-Up in Spelling Bee National Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/word-wizard/ Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/word-wizard/ There was an excellent performance at the Word Wizard foreign language spelling bee National Final, which took place last week at the Scottish Parliament, as one of our pupils finished as runner-up in his category.

Our congratulations go to Findlay Currie of S2, who did excellently to pick up a trophy for his second place finish in the ‘German Beginners’ competition. Well done also to Rhys Evans (S2) who performed admirably at the event.

Our two competitors are pictured above.

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50th Anniversary Reunion for Class of 1965 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/50th-anniversary-reunion-lunch/ Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/june/50th-anniversary-reunion-lunch/ 51 guests gathered recently for the Class of 1965 reunion lunch - 44 former pupils and 6 ex-teachers, along with our current Rector, Mr Colin Mair, came together in the Jimmie Ireland Stand on Saturday 30th May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the High School of Glasgow. The day was organised by 1965 alumni, Melvyn Haggarty, Gordon Ash, Stuart Anderson, Fergus Neil and Kenneth Fettes, with the help of the school Development Office.

Guests were treated to coffee and shortbread on arrival, as they flicked through a book of profiles outlining what had happened to each of the graduates from the Class of 1965. They also took in displays filled with photos and memorabilia from their time at the old boys’ school, located at Elmbank Street. They had the chance to take part in a guided tour of the new school from Mr Mair before a Class of ’65 group photo was taken. Guests further enjoyed a wine reception and brief speeches from Mr Mair and organiser, Melvyn Haggarty, before tucking into a delicious three-course buffet lunch, as prepared by Mr Allan James.

The most enjoyable afternoon was rounded off with a few words from 1965 School Captain, Chris Thomson, before a chance for pupils and ex-masters to properly catch up after such a lengthy time apart. 

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S1 visit Raasay http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/s1-visit-raasay/ Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/s1-visit-raasay/ S1 pupils last week visited the beautiful island of Raasay as part of Activities and Enrichment week.

Spread over two separate groups, each half of S1 spent five days on the island along with 10 members of staff, residing in the magnificent 17th century mansion, Raasay House. Despite the often challenging weather, pupils were able to enjoy the spectacular scenery while enthusiastically participating in a variety of outdoor activities and team challenges, including hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and climbing to the summit of Dun Caan, as well as heading out on a boat to catch all manner of sea-life from the cold waters below!

There was even a visit from our soon-to-be retiring Rector, Mr Colin Mair, early in the week, with pupils and staff presenting him with a gift of a painting of Raasay, to remind him of the beautiful island. As a final activity, both groups (as well as some brave teachers!) took part in a pier jump, plunging into the chilly waters off Raasay!

Anna Pover (1H) summed up the mood of her fellow S1 pupils when she said: 

Raasay was an exciting experience, full of enjoyment.  The activities were challenging and fun and it was a great way to get to know new people."

whilst Jessica Insall (1G) added:

"It was a great experience and we got to see what it was like to live on an island."

and Áine Macpherson (1S) commented:

"The activities and the instructors were really great."

Some fantastic images from throughout this most enjoyable week can be seen below. 

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Team Building Day for S3 Pupils http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/team-building-for-s3-pupils/ Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/team-building-for-s3-pupils/ S3 pupils ventured east recently to take part in a day of team-building exercises at the National Activitiy Centre, Fordell Firs.

As part of Activities and Enrichment week, our pupils took part in a day of fun and challenging outdoor activities, designed to get young minds working together. They took on the challenge course, where they had to scale various obstacles, using balance, technique and strength, as well as working as a team to help fellow classmates through each obstacle. Other activities on the day included caving, archery and abseiling, as well as the 'opportunity' to be catapulted through the air from a great distance up on 'The Phoenix'!

Thankfully, we had a beautiful day for it, and, as you can see from the images below, the pupils had a fantastic time.

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Transitus take part in 'Go Yellow' Charity Walk http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/transitus-pupils-go-yellow/ Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/transitus-pupils-go-yellow/ Transitus pupils took part in The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice ‘Go Yellow’ sponsored 5k walk in Bellahouston Park recently.

Donning their yellow caps, our pupils joined over 2000 other youngsters from schools around Glasgow in order to raise money for the recently launched ‘Foundation Appeal’, which hopes to lay the foundations for the new hospice.

In the 13th year of the 'Go Yellow' event, pupils were able to not only help contribute towards a great cause, but also to learn a little more about the good that the hospice does. The walk was followed by a range of fun activities for pupils to partake in, including a climbing wall, a tug-of-war and an inflatable assault course!

Well done to all who helped contribute to such a worthy cause. Some images from the day can be seen below.

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Visit to Glasgow Science Centre http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/glasgow-science-centre-trip/ Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/glasgow-science-centre-trip/ S2 pupils visited Glasgow Science Centre last week as part of our annual Activities and Enrichment week.

They had the chance to explore the many interactive exhibits which covered a wide range of topics including, amongst other things, how we make sense of our bodies. As you will be able to see from the photos below, it wasn't only pupils who got into the spirit of things, with our own Dr Went also participating in a fun-filled afternoon!

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Former HSOG Coach Chosen for Top Cricket Role http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/former-hsog-cricket-coach-appointed-by-england/ Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/former-hsog-cricket-coach-appointed-by-england/ The School community was delighted to hear of our former cricket coach, Mr Trevor Bayliss, being appointed Head Coach of the England cricket team.

Mr Bayliss coached our young cricketers when he was playing as professional for West of Scotland Cricket club in the summer of 1989 and 1990. He has previously led Sri Lanka to the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 and is currently coach of New South Wales, the Sydney Sixers and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He will take over the role of England Head Coach in time for the Ashes series in July.

We congratulate him and wish him every success in this role.

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Activities Week in Full Swing http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/activities-week-in-full-swing/ Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/activities-week-in-full-swing/ We have been enjoying Activities Week here at the school, with Transitus-S3 pupils venturing out on trips and taking part in fun activities around the school this week.

  • Transitus pupils have visited Bothwell Castle and New Lanark, and ventured out to Aberfoyle and Mugdock Country Park on Geography and Science field trips, respectively;
  • S1 pupils split into two groups, spending time in beautiful Raasay and taking part in an eco-project within school;
  • S2 pupils visited Antonine Wall and the Falkirk Wheel;
  • S3 pupils took part in active sports and team building days, with DofE pupils also heading out on practice ventures.

Additionally, there have been PSE and skills development projects, as well as S2 and S3 pupils taking part in elective activities on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. These included all kinds of fun activities, from sporting events (tennis, basketball, touch rugby, fitness workouts and strongman contests), to more creative tasks such as model making, cupcake and pizza-making masterclasses and creative writing workshops, all the way through to visits out of school to the Golf Driving Range and the Glasgow Science Centre & IMAX Cinema. We even had the privilege of hosting Knightswood Primary School's Sports Day here at Old Anniesland. We hope they had a great day!

Our pupils have certainly enjoyed their week and will hopefully return refreshed after the holiday weekend, ready for that last push towards the summer!

Some images from Activities Week can be seen below, but keep checking back here for more as we get them and keep an eye on our twitter page (www.twitter.com/HsofG) for further updates from Raasay and all other Activities Week events.

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Transitus Geographers Visit Aberfoyle http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/transitus-geographers-visit-aberfoyle/ Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/transitus-geographers-visit-aberfoyle/ Transitus Geographers journeyed north to Aberfoyle to complete a day of fieldwork on Tuesday (19th May) as part of our Activities Week.

Half the day was spent in Aberfoyle itself, completing land-use maps, questionnaires and pedestrian/traffic counts in order to determine the function of Aberfoyle, as well as consuming some ice cream in the sunshine! Then it was off to the David Marshall Lodge to complete an annotated field-sketch of the rural environment, learn about river erosion and waterfalls and find out about how the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is used, including getting to see ospreys on the webcam.

Thanks to Miss Cowan for again leading our Geographers on a most enjoyable and worthwhile trip.

 

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Geographers Venture out to Sunny Loch Lomond http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/geographers-venture-out-to-sunny-loch-lomond/ Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/geographers-venture-out-to-sunny-loch-lomond/ Forty S3 Geographers headed up to Salloch Bay on Loch Lomond to complete river studies on Thursday (14th May).

Whilst there, our Geographers measured the river width, depth, gradient, internal and surface velocity and bedload of different stretches of a small river flowing into the loch.  A short, steep climb to the bealach on Conic Hill then gave them a fantastic viewpoint to study the various glacial features and learn about the different land uses associated with upland glaciated landscapes, as well as some of the conflicts which exist between these uses.  

All in all, a great time was had by all on a beautiful day at Loch Lomond. Thanks to Miss Cowan for accompanying our Geographers.

Some images from the trip can be seen below. 

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Pupils Selected for Scottish Inter-District Hockey Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/hsog-pupils-selected-for-national-hockey-tournament/ Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/hsog-pupils-selected-for-national-hockey-tournament/ The school hockey season may be over, but we are delighted to report that several girls have been selected to participate in an Inter-District tournament this weekend at Glasgow Green.

Following many weeks of trials and training sessions, Katie Allison, Eve Downie, Lucy Williamson (all S2) and Georgia Crooks (S1) have been selected to represent the West District U14 hockey team. The tournament features the seven districts (North, South, East, West, South-West, Midlands, Highlands) as well as a mixed team, featuring players who narrowly missed out on the East, West and Midlands squads, in order to even up the numbers. Catriona James and Cate Sibbald (both S2), have therefore been selected for the mixed squad, after just missing out on selection for the West District team.

Well done to all those selected and good luck in the upcoming fixtures – we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a great weekend of competitive action!

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UPDATE: Well done to those girls who represented the West District side - they won their section and advanced past the South-West District team in the semi-final, before defeating the East District side 1-0 on running penalties in the final.

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Gadget Show Live! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/gadget-show-live/ Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/gadget-show-live/ During the Easter break, pupils travelled down to Birmingham to see Gadget Show Live. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC, the yearly event showcased all the best new technology in a variety of fun, interactive exhibits and shows, including a live stage performance from the stars of the hit television show.

Thanks go to Mr and Mrs Muir for accompanying our pupils and for ensuring a great time was had by all. Photos from the weekend can be seen below.

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Near-Miss in SISFA Football Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/near-miss-in-sisfa-football-finals/ Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/near-miss-in-sisfa-football-finals/ There was a very near-miss for our young footballers earlier this week as they took part in the SISFA U13 7s Tournament Finals.

The side, made up of Transitus and S1 girls, competed in the tournament at Stirling Albion Sports Complex, taking on the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams from The Mary Erskine School. A 1-1 draw with the Mary Erskine ‘A’ team, alongside their own 6-0 defeat of the MES ‘B’ team, meant that in the final match our girls had to defeat Mary Erskine’s ‘B’ team by at least the same margin. Unfortunately, our girls ‘only’ won 5-0!

Well done to our girls on an excellent performance and in coming so close to overhauling the opposition. Thank you to Miss Robertson for coaching the girls and for attending the tournament with them.

A picture of the girls, with their runners up medals, can be seen above.

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HSOG win Public Speaking UK Final! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/hsog-win-public-speaking-uk-final/ Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/hsog-win-public-speaking-uk-final/ Our Public Speaking team had already done fantastically well this year to make it through the West of Scotland and Scotland & North of England heats, to reach the RIBI National Youth Speaks UK Final - So, we are delighted to be able to report that the team have gone one step further by winning the UK Final!

The team, made up of S5 pupil, Murray Webster, and S4 pupils, Alex Gould and Christopher O’Leary, travelled down to Brentwood, Essex, on Sunday morning, to take part in the competition, accompanied by Mr Toner. After much preparation (interspersed with studying for SQA examinations!), our team spoke on the topic ‘Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn’, with Alex giving the introduction in her role as ‘Chair’, Murray acting as the ‘Speaker’, providing the main discussion, and Christopher summarising and taking a question from the audience, in his role as ‘Voter of Thanks’. 

Featuring six other schools from throughout the UK, our team competed excellently and were eventually adjudged the overall winners. The accolades did not stop there though – Murray also won the prize for ‘Best Speaker’, whilst Christopher won the award for ‘Best Voter of Thanks’. This is particularly impressive as most of the competitors from the other teams were a year or two older than our pupils.

Overall, this is an outstanding achievement for Murray, Alex and Christopher and we congratulate them on both their hard work and talent paying off. Our thanks must also go to Mr Toner for his hard work in preparing and coaching our team all the way to the UK Final.

Well done to all involved!

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Recent Musical Performances http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/recent-musical-performances/ Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/recent-musical-performances/ On Saturday 2nd May, our two Senior Percussion Ensembles were fortunate enough to perform at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s ‘Junior R.C.S. Percussion Extravaganza’ concert. They performed alongside the RCS Junior Percussion Ensembles and soloists, one of whom was our own Abhishek Gambhir of S4. Abhishek, who has recently started at the Junior Conservatoire, performed a mesmerising solo on the vibraphone, whilst our Percussion Ensembles were warmly appreciated by a delighted audience. 

Meanwhile, at the NYOS Symphony Orchestra Concert, which took place during the Easter Holidays, four former pupils were taking part in the main orchestra. Congratulations to Ciaran Campbell on percussion, Charlotte Fleming on the violin (both class of 2013), Calum McLean (class of 2012) on flute and David Wishart (class of 2008) on the tuba on their excellent performances!

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RIBI National Youth Speaks UK Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/ribi-national-youth-speaks-uk-final/ Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/may/ribi-national-youth-speaks-uk-final/ Our Public Speaking team will compete this weekend (10th May) in the RIBI National Youth Speaks UK Final, taking place in Brentwood, Essex.

The team of Murray Webster (S5) Alex Gould and Christopher O’Leary (both S4), have earned their place in the UK final with victories in both the West of Scotland Final (you can read more about that here) and North England & Scotland Final (more on this here) and will take part against six other schools from throughout the UK. They are pictured above.

The team, coached by Mr Toner, have been fitting in preparation this week around their exams. As has been the case throughout their run to the UK Final, Alex will take the role of ‘Chair’, providing a brief introduction, Murray will act as ‘Speaker’, providing the main discussion and Christopher will give the ‘Vote of Thanks’, summarising Murray’s discussion, before taking a question from the audience, which is answered by Murray. Similarly, as has been the case throughout, the theme that the team will explore is that of ‘Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn.’

We wish Alex, Christopher and Murray all the very best on Sunday and will be keeping our fingers crossed that they can come away victorious. Good luck!

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Battlefields Trip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/battlefields-trip/ Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/battlefields-trip/ During the Easter break, 105 pupils and 10 staff members spent a week-long trip visiting the Battlefields of Belgium and France. Although only away for a few days, our S3/S4 pupils packed in a lot in their short time, visiting many memorials to those who fell during the Great War.

Our five trumpeters were up way before the rest of the tour party each day to play reveille, a trumpet call to awaken our pupils, just as the soldiers of World War I had experienced a century ago. The trumpeters also played at a variety of sites throughout the trip, whilst our pipers, Archie Campbell, Murray Walker (both S3) and Stewart Steven (S4), performed in front of a large crowd for a ceremony at the Menin Gate as well as leading various marches of our 105 pupils throughout the trip. We even had the chance to celebrate a couple of pupil’s birthdays during the week!

Many pupils visited graves and memorials for their relatives who fought in WWI, while one pupil even found an image of his relative being used on a memorial poster at Theipval Memorial. As well as visiting Theipval Memorial, which displays the names of 72,000 Allied soldiers who died on the Somme with no known grave, there was also visits to WWI trenches, the Pool of Peace, Vimy Ridge, the Loos Memorial, which commemorates the Battle of Loos (often known as ‘the Scottish Battle’) and Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest commonwealth cemetery anywhere in the world, with nearly 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of men with no grave.

On the final day of the trip, we hosted a ceremony for the nearly 500 Former Pupils of the High School who fell during the war. Our trumpeters and pipers performed, with two pupils doing readings before the singing of the school song and laying of our own tribute wreath brought proceedings to a close. This brought to an end an emotional but fulfilling week for our pupils. Thanks go to Miss Sutherland and all those who contributed in organising and accompanying the pupils on the trip.

Some images from the trip, with thanks to our photographers, Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Sim and Dr Went, can be seen below.

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Hockey/Rugby Trip to Italy http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/hockeyrugby-trip-to-italy/ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/hockeyrugby-trip-to-italy/ 40 pupils embarked on a joint Hockey 1st XI/Rugby 1st XV tour to Northern Italy during the Easter break.

After a lengthy day of travelling (including being stuck in a massive traffic jam on the outskirts of Milan!), our sports stars eventually arrived in Padova on Wednesday (1st April) evening, getting settled in before the tour fixtures began the following evening.

The girls’ hockey side took part in four games over the week, winning three and narrow losing the other. They were awarded their overall winner’s trophy on the final night of the tour at a prize giving evening, with S4 pupil, Sammy Bell, ending up as the top goal scorer on the tour. Similarly, our boys’ rugby team performed well to win two of their three fixtures on the highly competitive tour. Our thanks go to our opposition for some great matches, played in an excellent spirit.

Away from the sport, the tour party also took in Bardolino markets, on Lake Garda, visited Gardaland theme park and enjoyed day trips in Padova and Venice. Both our boys’ rugby side and our girls’ hockey sides also got the chance to have dinner with their Italian opposition on the Friday night, before the whole tour party came back together for a celebratory evening on Saturday.

An early flight on Monday morning returned our tour party home safely, after a tiring but rewarding week in Italy. Our thanks go to all those who contributed to the planning of the trip and to Mr Barrett, Mrs Cox, Mr Leighton and Mrs Stevenson, who accompanied our pupils for the highly enjoyable week.

Some images from the boys' final rugby fixture with Rovereto (courtesy of Maurizio Battisti of Rovreto) can be seen below.  

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Important Information Regarding Job Vacancies http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/important-information-regarding-job-vacancies/ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/important-information-regarding-job-vacancies/ Please note, for anyone wanting to apply for the recently advertised roles of:

  • Part-time Teacher of Art & Design (maternity cover)
  • Part-time Teacher of Classics
  • Part-time Teacher of Home Economics

The information and documents regarding these vacancies is now available by clicking here

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Super Sporting Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/super-sporting-success/ Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/super-sporting-success/ Prior to the Easter break, a number of pupils from the school took part in the Scottish Age Group Swimming Championships, which were held in Aberdeen in late March and Early April. Two pupils in particular, Douglas Kelly of Transitus (representing Milngavie & Bearsden swimming club), and Anna Fleming of S3 (representing City of Glasgow swimming club), performed outstandingly, winning multiple medals each. Both are pictured above.

Douglas won Gold in the 50m Freestyle (12 & under), 50m Breaststroke (12 & under), 50m Backstroke (12 & under) and 50m Butterfly (12 & under), setting a new record in every race. He is the only boy ever to have won Gold in all four strokes in the 50m race length. If this was not a remarkable enough achievement by Douglas, he also went on to win Gold medals in the 100m Breaststroke (12 & under) and 200m Individual Medley (12 & under), with both again won in new record times. Douglas was awarded the prestigious Sharp Trophy for his victory in the Medley race, and also picked up a Silver medal in the 100m Backstroke (12 & under) and a Bronze medal in the 200m Backstroke (12 & under).  

Anna Fleming also swam excellently, winning Gold medals in the 50m Freestyle (15 & over), 100m Freestyle (15 & over), 200m Freestyle (15 & over), 50m Butterfly (15 & over), 100m Butterfly (15 & over) and 200m Individual Medley (15 & over). Her time in the 50m Butterfly race was a new Scottish Age Group record.

Meanwhile, at the Scottish Inter District Synchronised Swimming Championships, which took place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, at the end of March, Gabriella Smart and Tabitha Steven (representing the West District) won Gold medals in the Recreation Duet 1 & 2 competition.

Congratulations to all of our young swimmers on their excellent recent achievements in the pool.

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We were delighted to hear that after trials throughout the season, S6 footballers, Ben Fulton and Daniel Lightbody, have been selected for the Scottish Independent Schools U18 squad. They will take on their English counterparts this weekend at The Weaver Stadium, Nantwich. We congratulate Ben and Daniel on being selected for this prestigious Independent Schools international match and wish them all the best.

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We enjoy hearing of the success of former pupils of the school and, so, just as our cricket season begins, we were delighted to hear that Andrew Umeed (class of 2014) has recently signed a two year Senior Professional Contract with Warwickshire County Cricket Club. The whole school community is delighted for Andrew on this excellent achievement.  

 

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Easter Sports Update http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/easter-sports-update/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/easter-sports-update/ Some of our young sports stars were in action over the Easter break, representing Scotland in Badminton and Hockey.

  • S2 pupil, Rachel Sugden, travelled with the Scottish Badminton team, to take part in the Victor Junior OLVE tournament in Edegem, Antwerp. A total of 23 European Countries participated in this tough competition, which saw Rachel take part in the Girls’ Singles U15, Girls’ Doubles U15 and Mixed Doubles U15 competitions. The gruelling weekend of action saw Rachel compete in 7 matches overall. She was runner up in her group in the Singles competition and defeated a Belgian competitor in the 2nd round, before losing out in the last 16 to a counterpart (and the eventual runner-up) from Germany. She teamed up with fellow Scottish player, Rachel Andrew, to reach the quarter final of the Girls’ Doubles competition and went out in the second round of the Mixed Doubles, with Scottish partner, Adam Pringle. Congratulations to Rachel on performing so well over the weekend and so ably representing both Scotland and the High School.
  • Meanwhile, Erin Gilchrist and Ellie Hutcheson (both S6) represented Scotland U18 Girls’ Hockey side in a tri-nations tournament at Glasgow Green. Erin and Ellie both performed well as Scotland had mixed fortunes on the field, defeating Wales twice, including a comprehensive 11 goal victory, but losing 3 matches to Ireland in the following two days. This tournament acted as preparation in the lead up to the EuroHockey U18 Nations Championship this summer. Well done to Erin and Ellie on their continued inclusion in the national hockey side.
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Victory for J6 Cross-Country Girls http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/victory-for-j6-cross-country-girls/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/victory-for-j6-cross-country-girls/ There was success for Junior School pupils at the Scottish Primary Schools’ Cross-Country Championships in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 18th April.

Due to the sheer volume of competitors from primary schools around Scotland, the competition was split alphabetically into two separate races for each age-group, with each race featuring approximately 130 competitors from 30 teams.

Congratulations go to the Junior 6 girls, Ellie Adair, Kirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean and Lucy Sillars, who all ran excellently to win their team race. They received Gold medals, as well as the trophy (as can be seen in the image above). Further congratulations go to Anya MacLean – she finished second overall, winning an individual Silver medal and contributing greatly to the J6 Girls’ team overall victory.

Well done also to our Transitus Girls’ and Junior 6 Boys’ teams who finished 6th and 14th overall in their respective races.

Thanks to Mrs Cox who accompanied our young athletes on the day. 

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UK Space Design Competition Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/excellent-effort-at-uk-space-design-competition/ Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/excellent-effort-at-uk-space-design-competition/ 11 S5 and S6 pupils travelled south recently to take part in the UK Space Design Competition Final at Imperial College, London.

Having achieved their place at the final by creating a short video presentation on a certain aspect of space settlement design, our pupils merged with nearly 40 students from various other schools to form a company called ‘Rockdonnel Aerospace’. Elinor Lam (S6) was voted President, in charge of the company, and Murray Webster (S5) was voted Vice-President, in charge of marketing and presentation, as they competed against four other teams in a highly competitive final, for a hypothetical design contract from the Foundation Society.

The company were given 24 hours to organise themselves into departments, design a space settlement meeting a detailed set of criteria, and then present their design to a panel of expert judges. Our remaining students took part in the company's various engineering departments, and worked together with the rest of the company to produce and present a design that met the Foundation Society's specific design criteria.

The company worked hard on the project throughout the night (with very little sleep!), before Elinor and Murray gave a slick 35 minute presentation to judges the next morning, outlining the company’s vision. Despite Elinor and Murray excelling with their leadership skills and being spoken of very highly by their company supervisor, they did not quite do enough to earn top spot in the rankings.  

Congratulations to all of the pupils who took part in an extremely testing competition and particularly to Elinor and Murray for their outstanding efforts as President and Vice-President of their company. Thanks to Dr Went for accompanying the pupils over the weekend.

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Freestyle Champions Video http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/freestyle-champions-video/ Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/april/freestyle-champions-video/ Below is the video from the 2015 event of the piece entitled Slàn Leat (Farewell), composed by Pipe Major, Gregor Norris (S6) as a tribute to retiring Rector, Mr Colin Mair.  Further footage from the 2015 Scottish School Pipe Band Championships can be found on the Facebook page of Fair Play for Pipes.

GHS Freestyle.mov from Campfire on Vimeo.

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Senior Spring Concert - "Mair nae mair" http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/senior-spring-concert-mair-nae-mair/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/senior-spring-concert-mair-nae-mair/ Our annual Senior Spring Orchestral Concert took place on Monday (30th March) in the school Assembly Hall, with plenty of surprises for our Rector, Mr Colin Mair. Led by our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Mr Niall Campbell, our Music Department put on an evening of splendid music to delight our audience and pay tribute to our retiring Rector. 

The show began with a performance from our Senior Orchestra, featuring a solo bagpipe performance by Harry Mackenzie of S6, before the Jazz Band welcomed Mr Mair with the theme tune from ‘This is Your Life’ setting the tone for the evening. The Percussion Ensemble, Senior Concert Band and Senior Strings performed pieces, interspersed with friends of the Rector turning up to pay tribute, before the first half of the show came to a close with excellent performances of ‘My Way’ by the Jazz Band and soloist, Ian Black (S5), and ‘Delilah’, with soloist, Mr Tom Ingham. They were not quite finished there though – the band was struck up again and our Rector was invited on-stage to conduct them in a second rendition of ‘Delilah’, with our audience enthusiastically joining in with the singing.    

The second half of the show saw further excellent performances from the Senior Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Senior Strings, interspersed with both poignant and funny video messages from friends of the Rector, paying tribute from as far afield as Canada and Australia! The Senior Orchestra performance of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was conducted by S4 pupil, Christopher O’Leary, whilst our Fusion Band put on a performance of the piece that won them the Freestyle competition at this year’s Scottish Schools' Pipe Band Championships – ‘Slàn Leat (Farewell)’. A highly enjoyable evening of music came to a close with the Senior Concert Band performing a handful of songs from The Lion King.

Many months of preparation went into this most enjoyable evening, and for that, we thank everyone involved in making it happen. Thanks to Mr Raymond McKeown, Mrs Sarah Stuart and all of the Music Department for their tireless work in the weeks leading up to the show. Thanks to Mrs Stuart and Christopher O’Leary for conducting our Senior Orchestra, Mr McKeown for conducting the Jazz and Senior Concert Bands, Mr Lachie Birch for conducting the Percussion Ensembles, Mr Mark Duncan for conducting the Senior Strings, and Mr Gordon Lawrie, Mr Gordon Brown and Mr McKeown for conducting the Fusion Band.

Thanks also to our MC for the evening, Mr Niall Campbell, as well as all of our talented young musicians who made up the various musical ensembles who gave up their time, not only to perform on the evening, but in the weeks of practice prior to the concert.

Finally, we have to thank those who helped out behind the scenes to make the night a success – Mr David Muir, in charge of animation, Mr Peter Gilchrist, whose caricatures and artwork gave our audience a giggle, Mrs Margaret Callan, who helped out as our Gaelic consultant and our I.T. Coordinator, Mr Thomas Makridis, ably assisted by Mr James Brechany.    

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S2 Pupil to Represent Scotland at Badminton http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/s2-pupil-to-represent-scotland-at-badminton/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/s2-pupil-to-represent-scotland-at-badminton/ After previously representing Scotland at an International Tournament in Hungary in November, S2 pupil, Rachel Sugden, has again been selected to represent her country.

She will be part of an U15 team playing in Belgium over the Easter weekend at the European Championships.

In addition, Rachel has also been selected for the upcoming Quad Internationals, which will take place in Milton Keynes. The Scottish team will face the other home nations - England, Ireland and Wales - at the tournament in May.

We wish Rachel the best of luck in her sporting endeavours over the next few weeks.

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Colin Mair Farewell Event http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/colin-mair-farewell-event/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/colin-mair-farewell-event/ Details have recently been formalised for our Farewell Presentation to retiring Rector, Mr Colin Mair, on Friday 12th June at the Senior School.

All parents, former parents and former pupils are warmly invited to attend the event which will celebrate his time at the school, with tributes being paid to Mr Mair by representatives of the School Community.

To find out more information about the night, as well as advising us if you would like to attend, please follow this link

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S6 Hockey Girls Impress for Scotland http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/s6-hockey-girls-impress-for-scotland/ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/s6-hockey-girls-impress-for-scotland/ Last week, Erin Gilchrist and Ellie Hutcheson (both S6) were selected to represent the Scottish U18 Hockey side as they travelled to Cologne, Germany to take part in two international fixtures with their German counterparts.

The German team provided stern opposition and although overwhelmed in their second match, Scotland competed well in the first fixture, battling hard in an unlucky 3-2 loss. Erin made an excellent penalty save in the first match, whilst Ellie was singled out by the Scottish Hockey website as having put in a “strong individual performance” in the second fixture. They impressed enough to merit further inclusion and have been selected to take part in the forthcoming tri-nations tournament at Glasgow Green next week.

The matches acted as preparation for the EuroHockey Nations U18 Championship, which takes place in Santander, Spain, in July, as well as preceding next week’s tri-nations tournament, which pits them against Ireland and Wales.

Congratulations to both girls for impressing on the international stage. We wish them luck next week and hope they continue to be a part of the Scottish set-up.

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SingFest Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/singfest-final/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/singfest-final/ This year’s Final of SingFest took place this week (Wednesday 25th March) in the Senior School Assembly Hall. 

Following an extremely competitive 1st round in late February, 14 vocal soloists and 5 ensembles, from Transitus to S6, were invited to perform at the final, designed to showcase some of the most outstanding vocal talent in the Senior School. Our 14 soloists were split evenly, competing in two separate competitions – the ‘Classical Solo’ competition and the ‘Theatrical Solo’ competition, whilst 5 singing duos took part in the ‘Vocal Ensemble’ competition. The competition was adjudicated by Mrs Margaret Aronson, a distinguished vocal tutor who has worked with Scottish Opera, and recently retired from the Vocal Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  

After an evening of extraordinary performances, it was time for our adjudicator to make the tough decision as to who she felt had demonstrated ‘outstanding musicianship’ based on their performance on the night. Mrs Aronson was very impressed by the high standards on display, awarding the following:

  • The Iain Paterson Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Classical Solo Singing was shared between Euan Campbell-Birkett (S6), for his performance of ‘O Isis und Osiris,’ from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Sara Pearce (S6), for her performance of ‘A Bay in Anglesey,’ from Madeleine Dring’s Five Betjemen Songs.
  • The Nadine Livingston Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Theatrical Solo Singing was awarded to School Captain, Adam Atri (S6), for his rendition of ‘Stars,’ from Les Misérables.
  • The Peter Douglas Award for Outstanding Musicianship in Ensemble Singing was won by Sarah Pearce and Celia Petrie (both S6), for their performance of ‘Duetto buffo di due Gatti’.
  • Finally, the awards for Outstanding Potential went to Lois McColl (S1), who performed Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘My Favourite Things,’ from The Sound of Music, and to Amy Provan and Zoë Robertson (both S3) for their performance of ‘Sisters’ by Irving Berlin. 

Congratulations go to all who took part on the night - they made it a truly memorable evening for our delighted audience. Our thanks go to the Singing Department - Ms Wilma MacDougall, our Advisor in Singing, and Mr Paul Keohone, our Singing Tutor - and Accompanists, Mr Neil McFarlane and Mr Frikki Walker. More general thanks go to the Music Department for their hard work in preparing performers and in organising such an enjoyable evening. 

Some images of our performers, award winners, staff, and our adjudicator, can be seen below.

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S1 Girls Selected for SFA Regional Squads http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/s1-girls-selected-for-sfa-regional-squads/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/s1-girls-selected-for-sfa-regional-squads/ Two S1 footballers have this week been selected for regional squads.

Georgia and Mhairi Crooks, were put forward for trials with the SFA’s Under 14 Squads for the West Region, of which there are two separate squads – the ‘Development’ and ‘Performance’ squads. After successful trials, Mhairi was selected as one of 16 girls in the Development squad and Georgia as one of 16 in the Performance squad.

Our congratulations go to both Georgia and Mhairi on this excellent news. We wish them all the best on these great opportunities for the girls.

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West District Success for Hockey 'B' Team http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/west-district-success-for-hockey-b-team/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/west-district-success-for-hockey-b-team/ Our Girls’ Hockey 7s ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides were in action again earlier this week, taking part in the West District Sevens Tournament.

The ‘A’ side came through their section comfortably with two victories and one draw but lost to Hutchesons’ Grammar School in the semi-final.

Similarly, our ‘B’ side won their section with two victories and a draw, defeating St Aloysius’ College and Glasgow Academy, and drawing with Hutchesons’ Grammar School. However, they went on to win their tournament, with a 3-0 victory over Kelvinside Academy in the semi-final and a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Hutchesons’ Grammar School, in a re-match from their group stage fixture.

Well done to both of our sevens' sides, with particular congratulations to the ‘B’ team on their excellent victory. Thanks to Mrs Cox for attending the tournament with our girls.  

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Moore House Fundraising Week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/moore-house-fundraising-week/ Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/moore-house-fundraising-week/ Moore House's Fundraising Week took place from Monday 16th-Friday 20th March, raising money for a charity close to the school’s heart. The Beatson Cancer Charity is located at Gartnaval General Hospital in Glasgow and is one of the best facilities of its kind in Europe, providing specialist care in its excellent facilities, with some of the most skilled and dedicated healthcare professionals in the country. It is also a charity that the High School have been proud to support for many years.

Moore House had hoped to raise money by putting on lots of fun events throughout the week. This included Monday's now-infamous leg-waxing for staff and pupils alike, with the likes of Mr Maclay wincing through the pain, along with a number of the six year boys. On Tuesday, there was an Easter Egg Hunt, where teams competed to find eggs hidden throughout the school in order to win a chocolatey prize, whilst Wednesday saw a cake and candy sale, for which our 6th years slaved over the cooker for on Tuesday night! There was also the chance to pay a small donation for a song dedication in the Stand as well as Beatson Charity wristbands on sale. The week ended with a lunchtime 'Battle of the Bands' in the Assembly Hall.

Moore House aren't even done there - this week we will see the 1st XV Rugby team vs 1st XI Hockey team in a hockey (mis)match! So, there is still time to give to Moore House's Fundraising, either at this week's match, or through their Just giving page here.

At last count, Moore House had raised £2,190. We congratulate Mr MacCorquodale, Miss McAllister and the whole of Moore House on this excellent week of fundraising for a fantastic cause. Well done to pupils and staff, as well as the wider school community, for their unwavering generosity.

An image from Friday's 'Battle of the Bands' can be seen above.

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Rotary Public Speakers Reach UK Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/rotary-public-speakers-reach-uk-final/ Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/rotary-public-speakers-reach-uk-final/ There has been further success for senior school pupils in the Rotary International Youth Speaks public speaking competition recently.

Taking place in Linlithgow on Saturday 21st March, the High School team, consisting of Alex Gould, Chris O’Leary (both S4) and Murray Webster (S5), competed in the North of England and Scotland Regional Final, which they had reached through victory in the West of Scotland final in February.

Facing teams from John Ogilvie Secondary School and Martyrs' College, an extremely competitive day of public speaking led to our team being crowned the winners. They now advance to the UK Final, which will take place at Brentwood School, Essex, in May.

Our congratulations go to Alex, Chris and Murray on their continued success in this competition and to Mr Toner for preparing and accompanying our team on the day. We wish them all the best in the UK Final. 

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Success for Transitus Team at Rotary Club Primary Quiz http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/transitus-quiz-kings/ Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/transitus-quiz-kings/ Well done to our Transitus team who were victorious in The Rotary Club Primary Quiz at Kelvinside on Tuesday 24th March.

The team, Cathal Callan, Charlie Campbell, John Greene and Matthew Taylor, fought off stiff competition from rival schools. After ten challenging rounds of quiz questions, our young side were crowned winners, receiving certificates, as well as the Rotary Quaich.

Congratulations to them and thank you to Mrs Paterson for organising our team. Our winners are pictured above, with Rotary Club President, Robin Garside.

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Recent Music Achievements - Glasgow Music Festival & NYCOS http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/recent-music-achievements-glasgow-music-festival-nycos/ Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/recent-music-achievements-glasgow-music-festival-nycos/ Glasgow Music Festival Success

Pupils from throughout the school have achieved great success in the Glasgow Music Festival, which ran from 7th-21st March. Congratulations to all pupils who gained awards in various singing and instrumental classes at the Festival:

First Place:

  • Adam Insall (Trans) – Boys’ Vocal Solos Class (11 and under)
  • Anna Lilley (S2) – Clarsach Solo B Traditional & Solo B Non-Traditional Classes
  • Millie Haldane (S2) – Songs from the Shows
  • Inez Gallagher (S5) Clarsach Solo A Traditional Class

Second Place:

  • Sebastian Schneeberger (S2) – Songs from the Shows
  • Heather Kelly (S4) – Songs from the Shows

Third Place:

  • Duniya Majumder (S1) – Piano Solo
  • Amy Provan and Zoe Robertson (both S3) – Duets Class
  • Catriona Walker (S3) – Songs from the Shows
  • Calum Esler (S4) – Male Solo Voices 18 and under
  • Duncan Fraser (S4) – Piano Solos Modern & Woodwind and Brass Class Modern
  • Ian Black (S5) – Songs from the Shows (15 & 16)
  • Moray Lennox (S5) – Composition: Open Class & Unaccompanied Bach Violin Class
  • Lucy McVicar (S5) – Songs from the Shows

Fourth Place:

  • Christopher O'Leary (S4) – Opera Class, Ages 18 and Under

 

National Youth Choirs of Scotland

After so many were selected to represent the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland earlier in the session, we now congratulate pupils who have been offered places in one of the National Youth Choirs of Scotland for 2015.

Transitus pupils, Adam Insall and Andrew Whitelaw, have been selected to be a part of the National Boys’ Choir of Scotland for singers aged 10-16 years old, whilst Maryam Khan (S1), Rebecca McInnes (S3) and Kirsty Stirling (S4) have been selected for the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland for singers aged 12-16 years old.

The selected pupils will take part in residential courses and concerts during the Easter holidays.

 

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International Recognition for Hockey Stars http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/international-recognition-for-hockey-stars/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/international-recognition-for-hockey-stars/ We were delighted to hear that two of our 1st XI Hockey stars have this week been given international recognition. Erin Gilchrist and Ellie Hutcheson (both S6) have been selected to travel to Germany with the Scotland Under 18 Hockey side this week. Whilst there, they will compete in two international fixtures against Germany.

Erin, who is the Goalkeeper and Vice-Captain of our 1st XI, has also been selected for the full Scotland training squad. She will train full time over the summer in preparation for the European Championships, which take place in London in late August.

This is an excellent opportunity for both Erin and Ellie. We wish them both well with the U18s this week, and wish Erin the best of luck with the full squad in the coming months.

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Junior Musical Production - 'The Wizard of Oz' http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/the-wizard-of-oz/ Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/the-wizard-of-oz/ Over two evenings this week, our High School of Glasgow Junior Players put on their production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for enraptured audiences. Wednesday and Thursday evenings saw pupils from Transitus, S1 and S2 perform to a packed out Assembly Hall, putting their own spin on the iconic 1939 film starring Judy Garland.   

The many months of preparation that went into the show were evident as our audiences were treated to a fun-filled, entertaining show, not only on the two evenings, but also at Tuesday lunchtime’s Dress Rehearsal.

The Principal cast were Philippa Newbery (S2) as ‘Dorothy’, Scott Hornell (S2) as ‘Scarecrow’, Cathal Callan (Trans) as ‘Tin Man’, Kai Ross (S2) as ‘Lion’, Rhys Evans (S2) as ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Cate Sibbald (S2) as ‘Glinda’ and Millie Rayner (S2) as ‘The Wicked Witch’. They were joined by an extensive supporting cast and a nearly 50-strong Chorus.

The show was excellently directed by Miss Lyndsey Fenton, with Miss Pauline O’Hagan as Assistant Director. Musical Direction came from Mrs Jane Tierney, with a band featuring both school Music Staff, Mr Neil McFarlane on piano and Mrs Sarah Stuart on violin, and Senior School Pupils, Abhishek Gambhir (S4) on drums, Sarah Kerr (S6) on flute, Chris O’Leary (S4) on keyboard and Adam Stanley (S4) on percussion.

Thanks go to Mrs Roz Baynham, who was in charge of costumes, Mr Colin Price, who was in charge of staging and our enthusiastic Stage Crew, our Make-Up team, led by Mrs Kim O’Neil and Miss Mhairi Robertson, and our Light & Sound team, led by Mr Ian Smith.

There were so many that helped and so much hard work put in to make sure that these performances would be a success. Thank you to all those who contributed so much and those throughout the school who have supported the production – it simply would not have been possible without you.

Some images from the show, taken by Mrs Jane Sim, can be seen below.

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Hockey 'A' Side Victorious at Sunny Sevens http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/hockey-a-side-victorious-at-sunny-sevens/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/hockey-a-side-victorious-at-sunny-sevens/ On a beautiful spring day this Wednesday (18th March), we hosted our annual Hockey and Rugby 7’s, with our Hockey ‘A’ team performing excellently to win their competition.

While the ‘B’ side competed well against other A teams, our own A side came through their section undefeated, winning all of their matches. A 1-1 tie in the semi-final with Jordanhill School led to running penalties, where our team were victorious in sudden death. Our girls then performed excellently in the final to defeat Craigholme School 2-0.

In the Rugby competition, our ‘A’ side won their section with 3 victories from 3 matches, before defeating Morrison’s Academy, 19-12, in the semi-final.  The final saw our boys come up against George Heriot’s School. Despite a great effort, they went down 10-34. We congratulate George Heriot’s School on their excellent victory.

Our ‘B’ team also performed very well, qualifying from their section.  They faced tough opposition in Hutchesons’ Grammar School in the Plate semi-final and unfortunately lost out. Congratulations to Hutchesons’ Grammar School, who went on to defeat Wellington School in the Plate final.

Our thanks go to all those involved in preparing and organising the event and for all the schools who participated in the correct spirit on a most enjoyable day of sport. 

A picture of our winning Hockey side can be seen above, with more images from the day below

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London Club Dinner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/london-club-dinner/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/london-club-dinner/ The annual Glasgow High School London Club Dinner took place on Friday 13th March at the Caledonian Club.

Over 90 guests were in attendance for what was the final London Club dinner for Rector, Colin Mair, before his retirement in June.

The guest speaker was actor, comedian and FP, Richard Thomson, class of 1997, whilst School Captains, Charlotte Gilbride and Adam Atri updated the London Club on current events at the school, discussing what it will mean to them to leave the school and paying tribute to our outgoing Rector.

Colin Mair commented:

I am very grateful indeed to everyone who attended Friday evening’s London Club Dinner. It was marvellous to see such a large attendance, and I greatly appreciated the kind words which many of you expressed. I had never expected to be returning home with such splendid gifts – I shall treasure the special London Club Quaich which Ian Brodie so kindly gave me and it will provide me with really happy memories of Friday’s Dinner and so many enjoyable visits to the London Club.

As I said on Friday evening, I would encourage you all to maintain your contact and involvement with the London Club. FPs Ian Brodie, Ian Welsh and Chris Ansell work very hard indeed and the School has benefited tremendously from so many very supportive former pupils based in the London area over the years. I hope many of you will be able to continue supporting the High School through your participation in London Club activities in the future.

 

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Athletics Success at Emirates Arena http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/athletics-success-at-emirates-arena/ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/athletics-success-at-emirates-arena/ 48 girls and 55 boys from the school took part in indoor athletics at the Emirates Arena on Monday (16th March) afternoon, with some excellent performances leading to success.

Our girls competed for the Auldhouse Cup, participating well to finish second on 370 points, behind winners Hutchesons’ Grammar School.  However, our boys, led by boys’ athletics captain, Mark Revie, went one better. In an excellent competition, they pipped Hutchesons’ Grammar School at the post, finishing first on 508 points and winning the Minerva Cup.

Congratulations to all of our athletes on their excellent displays of teamwork and thank you to the PE Department for attending with our young athletes.  Mark and his teammates can be seen above with the Minerva Cup.

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1st Year Narrow Loss at West District Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/1st-year-narrow-loss-at-west-district-tournament/ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/1st-year-narrow-loss-at-west-district-tournament/ The 1st Year Girls’ Hockey team came agonisingly close to winning the West District 1st Year Tournament On Saturday (14th March). 

They came through their group section undefeated, defeating Craigholme and Jordanhill Schools, and drawing 0-0 with Glasgow Academy.  Another 0-0 in the semi-finals, this time with Hutchesons’ Grammar School, meant that the game went to penalties, where our girls came out victorious, 3-0.

The final saw our girls once again face Glasgow Academy, and once again play out a 0-0 draw.  The match was so close that the sides could not even be separated after five running penalties each.  Unfortunately, our side eventually lost on sudden death penalties.

Well done to our 1st Year side, who were extremely unfortunate not to come away as winners of the tournament, particularly as they did not concede a goal from open play in the entire tournament!  Thanks to Mrs Stevenson for attending the tournament with our girls.

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1st XI Lose Narrowly in Scottish Hockey Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/girls-1st-xi-lose-narrowly-in-scottish-final/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/girls-1st-xi-lose-narrowly-in-scottish-final/ The Scottish Schools’ Final took place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Friday (13th March). 

On 'Finals Night', our girls took to the field against George Heriot’s School, after qualifying for the final earlier in the week with a dramatic semi-final penalty victory over Strathallan School.  In a tight game, our girls competed well, unfortunately losing by a single second half score.  Congratulations to George Heriot's School on their victory.

Congratulations to the 1st XI squad on their tremendous achievement of reaching a Scottish Final - Annie Shields (Captain), Erin Gilchrist (Vice-Captain), Emily Crozier, Eilidh Ferguson, Jodie Fraser, Carla Godsman, Ellie Hutcheson, Navina Sentilkumar, Zoe Westerduin (all S6); Caitlin Fleming, Niamh Frizzell, Iona MacKillop, (all S5); Fiona Baillie, Sammy Bell, Oli Crawford and Stephanie Wood (all S4).

Mrs Cox and the girls would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and for all the pupils, former pupils, staff and parents who supported the girls on Friday night and throughout the season.

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Professor Dutton Delivers Lunchtime Lecture http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/eye-catching-lunchtime-lecture/ Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/eye-catching-lunchtime-lecture/ We were privileged to welcome Professor Gordon Dutton along to the school, not once, but twice in the space of a week! 

During National Science & Engineering Week, Professor Dutton treated all of our pupils to a fascinating assembly on Tuesday (10th March), discussing the visual system, and the potential abilities of individuals without vision to “see” through the use of Human Echolocation.  He returned on Friday lunchtime to deliver a lecture entitled “A Vision of Vision,” which discussed, in more depth, the complexities of the visual system.  With the number of pupils, not to mention staff, streaming through the doors of our Lecture Theatre to hear Professor Dutton’s lecture, it is safe to say that he has this week captured our pupils’ imaginations.

Professor Dutton is the Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University and is one of the foremost authorities on Cerebral Visual Impairment and a patron of the CVI Society.  He is also Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.

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British Biology Olympiad Medallists http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/british-biology-olympiad-medallists/ Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/british-biology-olympiad-medallists/ Two S6 pupils have been awarded medals in the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), the Society of Biology’s national competition for 16-18 year olds.

Jasmine Aikman (S6) was awarded a gold medal and Hatti Yao (S6) was awarded a bronze medal in this annual competition which aims to stimulate students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents through offering a wider syllabus than Advanced Higher or A-level.  A further 2 pupils, Navina Senthilkumar and Georgia Callander (both S6), were awarded certificates of commendation. 

The competition was tough, with a record 6,189 students from 582 schools taking part in the BBO this year.  Dr Andrew Treharne MBE CBiol FSB, Chair, UK Biology Competitions, said:

“This is another record-breaking year for participation and the standard of entries was as high as ever. Many congratulations to all those students who have been awarded medals and certificates.  Best of luck to those who now go forward to compete for a place in the UK team which will go to the International Biology Olympiad in Denmark.”

The first round consisted of two one-hour multiple choice papers taken online in schools in January. The 34% of students who achieved Gold, Silver or Bronze awards, including Jasmine Aikman and Xinyi Yao, will be invited to attend a Society awards ceremony later this year.

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Scottish Schools' Hockey Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/scottish-schools-hockey-final/ Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/scottish-schools-hockey-final/ We wish our Girls 1st XI the very best of luck as they compete against George Heriot's School in the Scottish Schools' Finals at Glasgow National Hockey Centre tomorrow Evening (18:30)

Come along and cheer on our girls!

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Excellent Efforts at Hutchesons' Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/excellent-efforts-at-hutchesons-tournament/ Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/excellent-efforts-at-hutchesons-tournament/ In midweek sporting action, our Rugby and Hockey sides competed in the Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sevens Tournament on Wednesday (11th March).

With our 1st XI Hockey side doing so well in the Scottish Schools’ Finals earlier in the week, the Sevens team for this tournament was altered to allow them the best possible preparation for the upcoming Scottish Schools’ Final vs George Heriot’s School on Friday 13th March.  Therefore, our ‘B’ side took part in the Hutchesons’ Tournament.  They competed well but did not qualify from their section, which included Hutchesons’ ‘B’ team and St Aloysius and Glasgow Academy’s ‘A’ sides.

Similarly, in the Rugby Sevens, our ‘B’ side competed, winning their section by defeating Hutchesons’ ‘B’, Lomond School and Glasgow Academy, on their way to a semi-final clash with St Aloysius.  Despite an excellent effort, they lost the semi-final, 21-14.

Well done to all who competed so well, and particularly to our Rugby side who played at short notice and suffered a mini-bus breakdown on the way to Auldhouse!  Thanks to Mr Barrett and Mrs Cox for accompanying our pupils.    

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Tumbling Gold for Transitus Pupil http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/tumbling-gold-for-transitus-pupil/ Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/tumbling-gold-for-transitus-pupil/ Our congratulations go to Transitus gymnast, Maia Gillespie, who recently won a gold medal in the 11/12 years category at the Scottish Tumbling Finals, which took place at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.

She has now qualified for the British Finals, which will take place in June of this year.

Well done to Maia on this excellent performance.  Maia, and her gold medal, can be seen in the photo above.

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1st XI Reach Scottish Hockey Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/1st-xi-reach-scottish-hockey-final/ Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/1st-xi-reach-scottish-hockey-final/ There was an extremely long day of Hockey for our 1st XI side as the re-scheduled Scottish Schools’ Finals took place at Glasgow Green on Tuesday (10th March).

Our 1st XI side had qualified for the Scottish Schools’ Finals after winning their 4th consecutive West District BP Cup back in December. 

After hard-fought draws with St Columba’s School and Robert Gordon’s College, excellent victories over George Watson’s College and Gordonstoun School saw our side finish second in their section.

In a very exciting semi-final (which only began at 7pm!), the girls drew 1-1 with Strathallan School, leading to a penalty shoot-out.  In the running penalty competition, our goalkeeper and vice-captain, Erin Gilchrist, saved all three of Strathallan's penalties, with our own Ellie Hutcheson scoring to win the match.

The 1st XI squad played brilliantly throughout a long day and will now be looking forward to the Scottish Final, which takes place on Friday night against George Heriot's School at Glasgow Green.  The game takes place at 6:30pm, should you want to attend and cheer on our girls.  Obviously, we wish them the very best of luck.

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Meanwhile, our Girls’ 2nd Year A Hockey side competed in a tournament taking place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, also on Tuesday.

They came through their section unbeaten, picking up two wins over St Aloysius College and Kelvinside Academy, and a scoreless draw with Lomond School.

Having won their section, they faced Glasgow Academy in the next round, drawing this match 0-0. Unfortunately, they lost 4-3 on running penalties.

Our 2nd Year girls played very well throughout the Tournament and were very unfortunate to lose so narrowly to Glasgow Academy, who were the eventual winners.

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Congratulations go to all of our girls, who competed so tirelessly in both tournaments.  Thanks also to Mrs Cox and the rest of the PE Department for accompanying our girls throughout the day.

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Visitors from Iceland http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/visitors-from-iceland/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/visitors-from-iceland/ Friday (6th March) saw 13 staff from Menntaskóli Borgarfjarðar take the time to visit us here at Old Anniesland.  The school, based just north of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, is a lot smaller than the High School, caring for approximately 130 pupils.

Our visitors were given a tour of the school by Mr Mair and Mrs Price, before meeting Heads of Departments and taking in lessons from around the school.  They continued on their educational tour of Scottish learning institutes later in the day by taking in teaching at Glasgow Kelvin College in Springburn.

Head of the school, Guðrún Björg Aðalsteinsdóttir, commented that her and her staff enjoyed their visit and were very impressed by the warm welcome they received.  She further commented:

“My staff and I enjoyed the visit very much and learned a lot. Our school system, as a whole, is very different but we did see some similarities within the lecture rooms.

What we noticed the most were the students and their courtesy and respect, accompanied by the mutual respect from the teachers towards the students.  It was very nice to visit the classrooms and speak to other teachers. 

We admire you professionally…We will take what we saw and use the experience to improve our school.”  

Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff of Menntaskóli Borgarfjarðar for coming to visit us and sharing with us their experience of the educational system.

 

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Music News - Spring Term 2015 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/music-news-spring-term-2015/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/music-news-spring-term-2015/ After the recent results from the ABRSM examinations, as well as the auditions for SingFest taking place, our young musicians at the school continue to make their mark.  Recently, pupils have achieved further success – here’s what is happening with our musicians:

  • 4th Year pupil Christopher O’Leary has been offered a most unique opportunity – the chance to conduct the RNSO!  This comes as part of a youth ‘takeover’ day, when selected pupils take over every single aspect of the RNSO organisation.  Chris has been chosen to conduct the orchestra, after taking part in an audition process.  This is a remarkable achievement for which we heartily congratulate Christopher.  We will keep you updated on the details of when/where this will take place.
  • After the recent success of pupils being selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, a number of pupils have now been selected for the National Youth Choir of Scotland – we will update you soon on who has been selected to represent the school.
  • 5th Year pupil Natalie Graham-Scott helped to organise and host an evening of entertainment in Dalry, Ayrshire, to raise funds for ‘Classrooms for Malawi’, a project which involves Natalie and some of her family going out to Africa later this year (for more information on the project and how to donate to their cause, you can click here).  Our very own Mrs Stuart and Mrs Mitchell even took part, playing for the ceilidh, with Natalie playing violin, singing and leading the dancing.  Congratulations go to Natalie on her efforts for this most worthy of causes.

With the Glasgow Music Festival on the horizon and MusicFest auditions in full swing, there is bound to be more news from our Music Department coming thick and fast!  Keep your eyes peeled for more soon!

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Victory at Pipe Band Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/freestyle-victory-at-pipe-band-championships/ Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/freestyle-victory-at-pipe-band-championships/ The Scottish Schools' Pipe Band Championships took place in Edinburgh on Sunday (8th March), with our pipe band and accompanying musicians going one better than last year by winning the Freestyle competition!

Whilst we also had our pipe band competing in the Novice Juvenile competition in the morning, it was the later Freestyle competition in which our young musicians excelled.  Competing against eleven other schools (the number of competitors had to be capped due to unprecedented demand this year), including last year’s winners, Gordonstoun, the Freestyle competition saw school pipe bands join forces with other instrumentalists to showcase the versatility of pipes and the imagination of the music departments that come up with the piece of music.  The emphasis in this competition was on “music, innovation and fun.” 

Our victorious band performed Slàn Leat, a medley of Scottish Traditional tunes, as arranged by Pipe Major, Gregor Norris (S6) and worked on tirelessly by the Freestyle band.  It was a real collaborative effort from the band who were made up of Gregor Norris, Harry Mackenzie (S6), also on Pipes, Sarah Kerr (S6) playing the Flute, Patrick Finn (S5) on Violin, Màiri Callan (S3) on Clàrsach and Vocals, Inez Gallagher (S5) on Clàrsach, James Stewart (S4) on Bass Guitar, Murray Foggo (S6) on the Drumkit, Drew Young (S6) on Conga Drums, Catriona James (S2) on Tenor Drum, Ross Flanagan (S2) on Samba Drum and Beth Gold (S5) on Bass Drum.  There was a unique feel to our performance too, with Caitlin Fleming of S5 performing a traditional dance routine to accompany the music.

The adjudicators for the Freestyle competition were Craig Munro of the Celtic Rock Ensemble, Red Hot Chili Pipers, Mick MacNeil, formerly of the Scottish band Simple Minds, Tudor Morris, the Director of The City of Edinburgh Music School and Pipe Major Robert Mathieson, who has been at the forefront of Piping and Pipe Bands for well over 30 years.  They were clearly impressed with the High School team, as they declared them winners of the Freestyle competition, commending all the young musicians who competed on their talent and professionalism.  The winning shield was awarded to Gregor Norris and the team by guest of honour Richard Findlay, the Chair of Creative Scotland.

A massive thank you and congratulations go not only to our band, but to Mr McKeown and the Music Department who put together this composition and worked tirelessly with our pupils to ensure that the performance would go down so well on the day.  Well done to all involved.

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You can view the performance, as recorded by our very own Mr McKeown, below.

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Scottish Schools' Cross-Country Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/scottish-schools-cross-country-championships/ Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/scottish-schools-cross-country-championships/ Saturday (7th March) saw many of our athletes competing in the Scottish Schools’ Cross-Country Championships.  Taking place at the Magnum Leisure Centre in Irvine, our runners trudged their way through very difficult conditions to achieve medal success.

Excellent running from our U17 girls, U15 boys (pictured above) and U14 boys saw each team pick up bronze medals.  Additionally, there were credible 5th place finishes for the O17 girls and 7th place finishes for both the U15 and U14 girls’ teams.

We congratulate all who took part in extremely testing conditions.  Thanks to Mrs Cox and Mr FitzGerald for accompanying our athletes on Saturday afternoon.

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S4 Pupil Competes in UEFA Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/pupil-takes-part-in-uefa-tournament/ Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/pupil-takes-part-in-uefa-tournament/ S4 footballer, Oli Crawford, recently represented Scotland Women’s U16s side in a UEFA Mini Tournament in the Algarve. 

The tournament featured stern opposition for the Scotland side, in the form of Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.  Oli started up-front against the Netherlands and also featured in the other two games against Germany and Spain.  Although the young Scots suffered three defeats, Oli can be happy with her involvement in these matches against world-class opposition.

The tournament has been a fantastic opportunity and experience for Oli and everyone at the school hopes that she will continue to be involved in future national team squads.

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Young Athlete Invited to Scottish Schools' Atheltic Association Coaching Day http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/young-athlete-invited-to-ssaa-coaching-day/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/young-athlete-invited-to-ssaa-coaching-day/ S4 pupil, James Stewart, recently won a silver medal in the U16 High Jump at the Scottish Schools’ Indoor Athletics Championships, which took place at the Emirates Arena. 

James’ outstanding performance has clearly not gone unnoticed, as he has been selected to attend a Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association Coaching Day at Pitreavie Stadium, Fife, at the end of the month.

This coaching day brings together some of the top young athletes in the country and we are delighted that James has been invited to attend.  This is a fantastic opportunity for James and we wish him the best of luck.

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Scottish Schools' Pipe Band Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/scottish-schools-pipe-band-championships/ Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/scottish-schools-pipe-band-championships/ The 2015 Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships take place this Sunday at Broughton High School in Edinburgh.  The Championships are the world’s biggest schools piping competition and are open not only to Scottish schools, but schools the world over. 

They act as a showcase for talented young musicians, as promotion for the playing of our national instruments and as a celebration of music, catering for experienced Pipe Bands as well as those competing for the first time.  The competition does not just focus solely on the traditional pipe band format – there are various categories of competition, including a Freestyle event in which school pipe bands join forces with other instrumentalists to showcase the versatility of pipes and the imagination of the music departments that come up with the piece of music.  The emphasis in this competition is on “music, innovation and fun.” (for more on the Pipe Band Championships, including a video featuring some of our own High School musicians, click here)

At last year’s competition, our Pipe Band were runners up in the Freestyle category – you can relive last year’s performance in the video below.

This year, our Pipe Band will be competing in two categories:

  • The Novice Juvenile competition, in Competing Hall B, where our band will perform  at 11:30, and;
  • The Freestyle competition, in Competing Hall A, where our band will perform at 14:30.

Obviously, we wish our young musicians all the best.  You can also be there to offer your support - for more information about attending the Championships, click here

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Bannerman House Fundraising Week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/bannerman-house-fundraising-week/ Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/bannerman-house-fundraising-week/ Bannerman House recently hosted a week of fundraising at the school, raising £4,257.70 to build two water tanks for a primary school in Kenya. 

Last year, ‘Build-a-Bog with Bannerman’ successfully raised funds in the hope of a new toilet block being built at Miti Mingi Primary School in the Gigil district of Kenya.  As you can see from the images below, the money raised meant that this project did indeed go ahead.  A short thank you video from pupils of Miti Mingi School can also be seen below.

Miti Mingi New Girls Latrines Girls In Front Of The New Girls Latrines At Miti MingiBannerman House again chose to support Build Africa’s work with Miti Mingi Primary School this session.  Currently, the children of this school have to walk around 5 kilometres each day to collect water from a river that is little more than a muddy ditch in the dry season.  The installation of two 10,000 litre water tanks that are able to collect and store safe water in the rainy periods will help make the school healthier and more productive.

Bannerman House had initially set the target of raising £3,325 for the project called ‘Contain the Rain,’ but exceeded this by nearly 30% with a week of fun water-themed activities. 

Throughout the week, there were Bannerman buskers performing around the school at lunchtime and a wishing well located in the foyer, where pupils and staff were encouraged to throw in a donation and leave a well-wishing message on the board for Miti Mingi pupils.

On Tuesday, a classroom was transformed into a trendy Juice Bar, with members of 6B selling fresh fruit smoothies throughout the day, while Wednesday lunchtime saw School Captains 'taking one for the team', braving the chilly weather to act as targets for a water balloon shooting gallery in the school playground.  On Thursday, Bannerman sought to offer an insight into the conditions faced by individuals throughout Africa, who live far from a water source, by asking people to take turns doing laps of the school, whilst carrying a rucksack containing around 15 litres of water.  The week came to an end with a lunchtime film, as well as ‘The Great Bannerman Car Wash’, with Bannerman House pupils washing over 30 staff and pupil’s cars for donations to the cause. 

We congratulate Bannerman House on their excellent fundraising week and commend them on surpassing their initial target.  Through the generosity shown by pupils, staff and the wider School Community, Bannerman have raised significantly more than they had hoped to.  They are now in discussions with Miti Mingi Primary School to discuss how best to use the extra £932.70 to benefit the community.

A few images from the week can be seen below (more as we get them!) 

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Medals Won at Cross-Country Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/medals-won-at-cross-country-championships/ Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/march/medals-won-at-cross-country-championships/ Friday (27th February) saw many of our pupils taking part in the Glasgow Schools’ Cross-Country Championships at Nether Pollok, with some great all-round success for all age groups.  We ended up coming away with 11 team medals (2 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze) and 4 individual medals (1 silver, 3 bronze)

There were bronze medals for our P7 (Transitus), S3 and Senior girls’ teams, as well as our S3 boys’ team.  Silver medals were won by S1, S2 and S4 girls’ teams along with P7 (Transitus) and Senior boys’ teams.  However, our top performers were the S1 and S2 boys’ teams, who competed excellently to finish first, picking up gold medals.

Two of our team gold medallists, Panos Kourouklis (S1) and Ben Taylor (S2), also won individual medals, with Panos picking up a bronze medal and Ben a silver medal.  There were also individual bronze medals for Alex Jones (Transitus) and Tori Maguire (S4).

Congratulations go to all of our runners, who performed excellently on the day.  Thanks also to Mrs Cox and Mr Fitzgerald for accompanying our athletes.  

Our S2 boys' team are pictured above, with their first-place trophy.

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AH History Trip to Berlin http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/ah-history-trip-to-berlin/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/ah-history-trip-to-berlin/ AH History Berlin Trip

During the February holiday, 17 Advanced Higher History pupils, along with Miss Sutherland and Mr Broadbent, left Glasgow for a four day trip to Berlin.

This gave the pupils the opportunity to visit key sites studied in the Advanced Higher History course and see the legacy that World War Two and the Cold War has left in the German capital.

Cultural visits included walking tours to Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, as well as tours of the German Resistance Memorial Centre, Wannsee and the Topographie des Terrors.

This extremely interesting and moving experience was balanced with free time in the evenings and a group outing to a tango restaurant where we had the chance to practice our dance skills!

The week proved to be a fantastic experience for broadening the group’s understanding of a period of time being studied in class and allowed the pupils to expand their knowledge of an extremely interesting and potent part of German history. 

Zoe Westerduin, 6B

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Medals Galore at Glasgow Primary Schools' Swimming Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/medals-galore-at-glasgow-primary-schools-swimming-finals/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/medals-galore-at-glasgow-primary-schools-swimming-finals/ The Glasgow Primary Schools’ Swimming Finals took place at Drumchapel Pool earlier this week, with pupils from J5, J6 and Transitus swimming well to pick up 12 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals – a combined total 24 medals (18 individual, 6 relay).

From the Senior School, having achieved a gold medal, as well as a new national record, at the Scottish Schools’ Finals in Aberdeen in late January, Transitus pupil, Douglas Kelly, once again swam excellently.  He won gold medals in the 12 years Free and 12 years Breaststroke, achieving a new record in the latter race.  Fellow Transitus pupil, Finn Harris, won gold in the 12 years Backstroke as well as silver in the 12 years Free, whilst our Transitus 12 years boys and girls relay teams were victorious to win the Lorne and Kinning Park trophies, respectively.  Anna Smith won bronze in the 12 years Breaststroke.

There were further gold medals for pupils of the Junior school – Anya MacLean (J6) won gold in both the 11 years Free and 11 years Breaststroke, James Ballantyne (J6) won gold in the 11 years Breaststroke, Zara Kennedy (J6) won gold in the 11 years Backstroke (as well as bronze in the 11 years Free) and Fergus Currie (J5) won gold in the 10 years Backstroke (as well as bronze in the 10 years Free).  There was also success in the relay competitions for our Junior school teams, with the 10 years boys winning the R.W. Smith Memorial trophy and the 11 years girls winning the Dykes trophy.

We congratulate our young swimmers on some excellent performances and a wonderful medal haul.  Thanks go to the PE Department who prepared our athletes for the finals and accompanied them on the day.

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2nd XI West District Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/near-miss-for-girls-2nd-xi-hockey-team/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/near-miss-for-girls-2nd-xi-hockey-team/ In a busy week of Hockey for the school, there was a further excellent performance yesterday from the Girls’ 2nd XI Hockey side as they reached the final of the West District 2nd XI tournament, hosted here at Old Anniesland.

The girls played well throughout the tournament, qualifying from their section with two victories over Craigholme and Jordanhill Schools and a goalless draw with Hutchesons’ Grammar School.  They achieved a hard fought 1-0 victory over St Aloysius College in the semi-final, leading to another meeting with Hutcheson’s Grammar School in the final.  Unfortunately for our girls, despite their efforts, they suffered a narrow loss and finished runners up in the tournament.

Our congratulations go to Hutchesons’ Grammar School, as well as everyone else who participated well in a competitive afternoon of Hockey.  

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Perfect Performance from Transitus Hockey XI http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/perfect-performance-from-transitus-hockey-xi/ Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/perfect-performance-from-transitus-hockey-xi/ We once again congratulate a High School Hockey team, this time our Transitus side, as they were victorious in yesterday’s Lomond Festival of Hockey.

Our girls did extremely well in defeating Craigholme School, St Aloysius’ College, St. Columba’s School and Hutchesons’ Grammar School.  They comprehensively won their section and, in doing so, did not concede a single goal!

Congratulations go to our Transitus Hockey side for an excellent performance and thanks to Mrs Owen for attending with our girls.

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ABRSM February Exams http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/abrsm-february-exams/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/abrsm-february-exams/ We are delighted to report continued success from the school’s Music Department recently, with results coming back from February’s ABRSM exams.

Pupils of the Senior school achieved 16 passes, 6 passes with Merit and 11 passes with Distinction.  Of special mention is S6 pupil and school captain, Charlotte Gilbride, who achieved a Grade 8 pass with distinction in singing.

We congratulate Charlotte along with all of our talented young musicians.  We also thank Mr McFarlane for his arrangements and support to our musicians.

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Transitus Pupils Visit East Park http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/transitus-pupils-visit-east-park/ Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/transitus-pupils-visit-east-park/ Before the mid-term holiday, 7 Transitus pupils, accompanied by Mrs Paterson, visited East Park School in Maryhill.  East Park has provided education and supported accommodation services to children and young people with additional support needs, including autism, since 1874.  They are also a charity that the school has supported for many years.

The pupils were there to hand over the Christmas Fundraising cheque alongside a project book they had created, explaining how the money had been raised through selling cake and candy during school break times and other small events.

Our pupils also got a tour of the school, as well as getting to meet some of the pupils.  They were excited to find out that the money that they had raised would be used for special riding lessons for the disabled children. 

A couple of pictures from the visit can be seen below.

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S3 Visit Holyrood! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/s3-visit-holyrood/ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/s3-visit-holyrood/ S3 Trip To Scottish Parliament

On Thursday 5th February, the S3 Modern Studies class were taken on a trip to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

When we arrived, many of us were amazed by the architectural side of the Parliament as it is like nothing else on earth. Once we got through security, we were taken into one of the Scottish Parliament education room where we were spoken to about the set-up of the Parliament, its parties and their leaders.

After this, it was time for us all to go to First Ministers Questions (FMQ's). We heard questions on issues such as NHS waiting times and also police stop-and-search for people under the age of 12.

After a very interesting half hour of FMQ's we had a chance meeting with Kezia Dugdale MSP, deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and Jackie Baillie MSP, outside the Parliament. Unfortunately, after asking them a few questions and getting a photo it was time to head back to the school. 

Overall, we all thought that the Scottish Parliament trip was an amazing opportunity and very useful for our coursework.  

Jack Bestow, 3S

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National Success in Public Speaking Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/national-success-in-public-speaking-competition/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/national-success-in-public-speaking-competition/ There has been further success this week for pupils taking part in public speaking competitions. 

Alex Gould, Chris O’Leary (both S4) and Murray Webster (S5) represented the school in the West of Scotland final of the Rotary International Youth Speaks public speaking competition.  They faced tough opposition from throughout Scotland, competing against teams from Douglas Academy, Belmont Academy, Mearns Castle High, Gryffe High, John Ogilvie High and Duncanrig Secondary School.  Our team performed extremely well to overcome their competitors and, after a long afternoon, came out victorious.

We congratulate Alex, Chris and Murray on their excellent team performance and wish them well in the next round – the Scottish and North of England finals, which will take place in Linlithgow in March.   

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Bannerman House Fundraising Appeal http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/bannerman-house-fundraising-appeal/ Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/bannerman-house-fundraising-appeal/ Following on from fundraising efforts from Law and Clyde Houses last term, this week sees Bannerman House take part in their own fundraising week.  Last year, Bannerman House’s ‘Build a Bog’ campaign successfully raised funds to build a new toilet block at Miti Mingi Primary School in the Gigil district of Kenya.  You can view a short thank you video from the pupils of the school below.

This year, Bannerman House are again supporting Build Africa’s work with Miti Mingi Primary School, hoping to raise the sum of £3,325 in order to build two water tanks for a project called ‘Contain the Rain’.

Currently, the school children have to walk around 5 kilometres each day to collect water from a river that is little more than a muddy ditch in the dry season, and the installation of two 10,000 litre water tanks that are able to collect and store safe water in the rainy periods will help make the school healthier and more productive. 

This week, members of Bannerman House will be fundraising through a range of events including a water balloon shooting gallery, a ‘water walk’, Bannerman buskers, the screening of a film on Friday lunchtime, and other fun, water-themed activities. There are also fundraising packs so that pupils can 'Twin their Tap' or put on a 'Drink and Donate' event at home to help us towards our target.

We would greatly appreciate you supporting this wonderful cause.  Pupils can do this by taking part in the many activities throughout the week. You can also donate to the Bannerman cause on their JustGiving page, by clicking here.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Thank you for your support.

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Valentine's Dance & Party http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/valentines-dance-party/ Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/valentines-dance-party/ Our Transitus pupils took part in an early Valentine's celebration just before the half-term holiday. 

Alongside Transitus Form staff, other teaching staff and Sixth Year pupils, Transitus pupils enjoyed a highly entertaining evening.  Some energetic party games were interspersed with some just-as-energetic dancing, and as you will be able to see from the images below, it wasn’t just our Transitus pupils getting in on the action!  

We thank everyone involved in the organising and execution of an extremely successful evening.  Particular thanks go to Transitus Form staff and 6th Year pupils, who gave up their free time to ensure the night ran smoothly and was a complete success.

You can see some images from the evening below.  

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Success at the Scottish Schools' Indoor Athletics Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/silver-medallist-jumping-for-joy/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/silver-medallist-jumping-for-joy/ There has been success for pupils of the school at the Scottish Schools’ Indoor Athletics Championships this week. Taking place over Wednesday and Thursday of this week, at the Emirates Arena (which hosted multiple events during last summer’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games), the school had three pupils who placed in events, including one silver medallist.

Alice Baxendale (S2) finished a creditable 7th in the U16 Shot Putt event, whilst Mark Revie (S6) came agonisingly close to picking up a medal, competing well to finish 4th in the O16 High Jump.  

However, S4 pupil, James Stewart, went one better in the U16 High Jump event.  He jumped excellently to finish second, picking up a silver medal.

Congratulations go to James and all pupils who competed in the competition.  Thanks to staff of the PE Department who accompanied our athletes.

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Inter-House Cross Country http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/inter-house-cross-country/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/inter-house-cross-country/ The Inter-house Rugby and Hockey tournaments fell victim to the weather this week, being postponed until a later date.  However, in a change to original plans, we were able to host the Inter-House Cross Country competition here at Old Anniesland.

Transitus pupils took part on Thursday (5th February) with Moore House dominating; in the boys’ competition, Gregor Howie and Gabriel Ommer (both Moore), finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, with Aaron Scott (Clyde) finishing 3rd.  The girls’ competition was won by Anna Smith, with Alex Jones and Charlotte Sim (all Moore) 2nd and 3rd overall.  Moore House were victorious overall in both competitions.

Other age groups had competed on Wednesday (4th February). 

The 1st Year boys’ competition was won by Panayis Kourouklis (Bannerman), with Ross Gray (Moore) and Gordon Sivarajan (Clyde) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with Moore House again winning overall.  The 1st Year girls’ competition was won by Lucy Kemsley (Moore), with Aoife Petrie (Law) runner-up, and Mhairi Crooks (Bannerman) 3rd.  Bannerman were the overall winners of the girls’ competition.

The 2nd Year boys’ competition saw Benjamin Taylor (Bannerman) victorious, with Brodie Wells (Moore) and Benjamin Hutton (Law) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.   Law House were the overall winners.  The 2nd Year girls’ competition was won by Millie Rayner (Law), with Molly Alba (Moore) runner-up, and Eve Downie (Moore) 3rd.  Moore House were the overall winners of the girls’ competition.

In 3rd Year, the boys’ event was won by Ewan Docherty (Law).  2nd and 3rd places were both taken by Bannerman pupils; Thomas Barrett and George Cooper.  They contributed to an overall Bannerman House victory.  The 3rd Year girls’ race was won by Amy Reid of Law House.  However, similarly to the boys’ competition, 2nd and 3rd place went to Bannerman pupils; Tanvi Zachariah and Ciara McCusker, again leading to an overall Bannerman House win.

Finally, the senior competition featured pupils from S4-S6.  1st and 2nd place in the boys’ competitions went to Law House pupils Spencer Brown (S5) and Daniel Lightbody (S6), with 5th Year pupil Mark Taylor (Bannerman) finishing 3rd.  Law house won the boys' competition overall.  In the girls’ event, there was an overall win for Bannerman House, in no small part due to 1st and 3rd place finishes for Bannerman pupils Victoria Maguire (S4) and Georgia Callander (S6).  Iona Fraser (S4), of Moore House, finished 2nd.

Congratulations to all who braved the freezing conditions to compete.

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Victory at Glasgow Schools' Badminton Championships http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/glasgow-schools-badminton-championships/ Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/glasgow-schools-badminton-championships/ There was both team and singles success for pupils of the school at Saturday's Glasgow Schools’ Badminton Championships. 

Taking place at the Glasgow School of Sport, Bellahouston Academy, with excellent performances throughout, the school picked up a haul of 6 singles medals (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) and 4 team medals (3 silver, 1 bronze).

S6 pupil, James Stanley (pictured above), won gold in the U19 boys’ singles competition, which was dominated by our pupils, with Ashwin Bali (also pictured above) and Mark Revie (both S6) also winning silver and bronze, respectively.  S4 pupil, Abishek Gambhir, also won gold in the U16 boys’ singles competition, with Guan-An Chen (S3) winning silver in this age category.  Both James and Abishek also won further medals in team competitions; James winning silver in the U19 mixed doubles with Jasmine Aikman (S6), and Abishek also winning silver in the U16 boys’ doubles, with team-mate Saumya Maheshwari (S4).

Congratulations go to all of our competitors and medallists (who can be seen below), who once again performed excellently.  Thanks to Mrs Cox for accompanying our pupils on the day. 

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Mr Walker to Feature on BBC Radio 2 http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/mr-walker-to-feature-on-bbc-radio-2/ Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/mr-walker-to-feature-on-bbc-radio-2/ Music Teacher and Director of the High School of Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Mr Frikki Walker, will feature on BBC Radio 2 this evening.  A track from his new CD played will be played on Nigel Ogden's programme, "The Organist Entertains," tonight (Thursday 5th February) at 10pm.

To listen in, tune your radio to 89.1-90.2 FM.  Alternatively, you can listen to Radio 2 online by clicking here

We offer our congratulations to Mr Walker and wish him success over the weekend, where he has been invited to play an organ recital in Westminster Cathedral on Sunday.

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S4 Footballer to Represent Scotland U16s http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/s4-footballer-to-represent-scotland-u16s/ Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/s4-footballer-to-represent-scotland-u16s/ After impressing in a National Training Camp recently (you can read more about that here), S4 pupil, Oli Crawford, has this week been selected to represent Scotland Women’s U16 side in a UEFA Women’s U16 Development Mini Tournament. 

Oli is one of four Glasgow City FC players, and one of 20 girls overall, to be selected by coaches Willie Kirk and Gareth Evans for the tournament, which takes place in Portugal in two weeks’ time. 

Whilst there, Oli and her compatriots will face extremely tough opposition, in the form of Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, with matches taking place at the Stadium Vila Real de Santo Antonio, in the Algarve.

Once again, this is a fantastic opportunity for Oli.  Everyone at the school wishes her the best of luck.

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6th Year Pupils Advance in Debating Competition http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/6th-year-pupils-advance-in-debating-competition/ Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/6th-year-pupils-advance-in-debating-competition/ Two S6 pupils took part in the ESU Mace Senior Debating Competition on Monday, competing well to reach the next round of the competition.

Navina Senthilkumar and Alice Walker made up the High School team which had qualified for this second round by winning their first round heat in November.  Taking place in the High School of Glasgow Library, they faced off against Lenzie Academy.  The motion was: “This house believes that all politicians should have to stand as independent, unaffiliated candidates in elections,” with our team offering a compelling enough argument to come out victorious and qualify for the next round.  

We congratulate Navina and Alice on their victory and wish them the best of luck in the next round, where they will be joined by Bearsden Academy, who defeated Hermitage Academy in the other heat hosted by the school.  Thanks also to Mrs Baynham for preparing Navina and Alice for the debate. 

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Annual Inter-House Swimming Gala http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/annual-inter-house-swimming-gala/ Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/annual-inter-house-swimming-gala/ The school’s annual Swimming Gala took place on Monday (2nd February), at Drumchapel Pool, with some competitive racing leading to 7 new school records being achieved. 

Participants from the four Houses competed in individual races, with an overall winning House, at both junior and senior levels, being decided after all races had taken place. 

Moore House dominated the transitus and junior events, winning each individual race.  Anna Smith and Douglas Kelly were victorious in transitus races, whilst Lucy Kemsley and Adam Kennedy (both S1) won the junior races. 

There was a tight finish in the intermediate races, with S3 pupil Beth Camilleri (Bannerman) and S2 pupil Kiera Smith (Moore) finishing joint first in the girls race and S3 pupils, Callum Inglis (Law) and Lewis Lynch (Clyde) finishing joint first in the boys race.  The senior races were both won by Bannerman pupils; Georgia Callander of S6 winning the girls’ race and Jamie Miller of S4 winning the boys’ race.

The overall standings at the end of the gala meant that the Junior Inter-House trophy was awarded to Moore House, with the Senior trophy being won by Bannerman House. 

Congratulations go to all competitors who took part in an excellent afternoon of swimming.  Thanks also to Mr Barrett, Mr Fitzgerald and Mrs Cox for accompanying our pupils to the gala.

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Scottish Schools' Swimming Success! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/scottish-schools-swimming-success/ Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/scottish-schools-swimming-success/ After great success in the Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals in late October, our swimmers have once again done themselves and the school proud, this time, at the Scottish Schools’ Finals in Aberdeen on Saturday (31st January). 

An excellent performance from Transitus pupil, Douglas Kelly, saw him not only achieve a first place finish and a gold medal in the Boys 12-and-under 50 metre Breaststroke, but also a new Scottish record, with his time of 37.15 seconds.  We congratulate Douglas on this fine achievement.

On top of this, both our Girls’ and Boys’ relay teams achieved medals, with excellent swims.  The boys won silver medals in the 12-and-under 4 x 50 metre Freestyle Relay, whilst our girls achieved gold medals, with a fantastic comeback in the 12-and-under 4 x 50 metre Freestyle Relay race.

There were also many strong showings in other races, with Transitus pupil, Anna Smith, coming particularly close to a medal, finishing 4th in the Girls 12-and-under 50m Freestyle race.

Congratulations go not only to our medallists, but to all of our swimmers, who competed excellently.  We would also like to thank Mr Maclay for accompanying our pupils to the event.  Our successful relay teams can be seen below.

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4th & 5th Year Ceilidh http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/4th-5th-year-ceilidh/ Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/4th-5th-year-ceilidh/ Our 4th and 5th year pupils came in from the freezing conditions on Friday (30th January) evening to enjoy their annual ceilidh. 

After the recent stresses of Prelim examinations, 4th and 5th year pupils clearly relished unwinding, with all participating enthusiastically in some excellent ceilidh dancing.  

The ceilidh committee, consisting of four S4 and seven S5 pupils, alongside Miss McAllister and Mrs Morrison, had helped to plan and organise this most successful occasion, putting together an enjoyable evening for our senior pupils.

The night was hosted by MCs, Aimee Barr and Josh McGowan (both S5) and saw some energetic dancing to the raucous music belted out by the ceilidh band.  In addition to this, there were also musical performances from Mara Crombie, accompanied by Caitlin Fleming (both S5), Emily Gilbride, accompanied by Ruairidh Wallace and Adam Stanley (all S4), and Lucy McVicar (S5).

We’d like to relay our thanks to all those who participated in the evening, to the ceilidh committee, Miss McAllister and Mrs Morrison for their excellent organisation of the event, and to staff who helped support the evening with their presence.

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First Aiders Learn about CPR http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/first-aiders-learn-about-cpr/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/february/first-aiders-learn-about-cpr/ Pupils from our current first aid course took part in some further training on Friday afternoon in the Assembly Hall. 

Under the supervision of John Ferguson of First Aid UK, pupils learned about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, known more commonly as CPR.  Pupils were practising for the first time on resuscitation manikins, which the school has been able to acquire thanks to a grant from the British Heart Foundation.

We thank Mr Ferguson for his time and for teaching our first aiders this crucial life-saving technique.  A couple of images from the afternoon can be seen below.

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Rotary Young Chef Competitions http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/rotary-young-chef-competitions/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/rotary-young-chef-competitions/ It has been a busy start to the year for Transitus pupil, Sara Millar.  After her excellent performance in winning the local heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition in early December, Sara attended the Rotary Club of Glasgow lunch in mid-January, along with Mrs Maclean and Miss Moore.  At this event, Sara received her trophy for winning the local heat and a set of chef’s whites, as well as being presented with afternoon tea for four at The Willow Tea Rooms, from owner, Anne Mulhern.  Mrs Mulhern had been involved in judging the district heat, and was very impressed with Sara’s overall performance. 

Some images of Sara receiving her trophy from Club President Robin Garside, her chef's whites from Ronald De Wild of the Marriott Hotel and her gift vouchers from Anne Mulhern, alongside Rotary Club member, Ken MacKenzie, can be seen below.

Robin And Sara 2 Ronald And SaraAnne Sara And Ken Robin And SaraAfter victory in December’s local heat, Sara took part in the next round of the competition earlier this week, representing both the school and the Rotary Club of Glasgow.  The District Heat of the RIBI Young Chef, which took place at South Lanarkshire College, East Kilbride, saw Sara come up against nine other talented young chefs, each of whom had won their local heats.  Participants had to cook a three course meal, with a two hour time limit.

Although Sara performed admirably, she lost out to a 5th Year Hospitality student from St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch.  The winner will now go on to take part in a Scotland/Northern England national round. 

We congratulate the winner as well as giving great credit to Sara, who performed excellently against competitors many years her senior.  Although Sara will not move onto the next round of the competition, as part of her prize for winning the local heat during last term, she will now be looking forward to a cooking lesson in the near future from Michelin starred chef, Martin Wishart.

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Higher Geography take part in chilly urban fieldwork! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/s5-higher-geography-urban-fieldwork/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/s5-higher-geography-urban-fieldwork/ Higher Geography pupils wrapped up warm before venturing out into the freezing January conditions yesterday, in order to carry out a day of urban fieldwork as part of their course.

Following a transect from the suburbs to the city centre, pupils were investigating aspects of the urban environment at seven different sites, including land-use mapping, environmental quality surveys, building height, pedestrian and traffic counts and shop/building condition surveys.  

A vast quantity of data was collected by pupils, which will now be analysed and presented to explain the different urban environments.  Thanks to Mrs Cowan for accompanying our Geographers through the chilly Scottish winter!

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S6 Attend Lecture by Mr Stephen Miller http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/s6-attend-lecture-by-mr-stephen-miller/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/s6-attend-lecture-by-mr-stephen-miller/ S6 pupils were yesterday treated to a lunchtime lecture from Mr Stephen Miller.

The lecture, which took place in our recently refurbished Lecture Theatre, was on the subject “Human Rights, Law and Equality: What did the EU ever do for us?”  Mr Miller, who is a Partner in the Scottish Law Firm, Simpson & Marwick, is a specialist in Employment and Discrimination Law.  He is also a parent of the High School and is on the school’s Board of Governors.

We thank Mr Miller for taking the time to come and talk to our Sixth Year pupils and for providing a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion.     

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S4 Pupil Selected for National Football Training Camp http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/s4-pupil-selected-for-national-training-squad/ Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/s4-pupil-selected-for-national-training-squad/ S4 pupil, Oli Crawford, has been selected to take part in the Scotland Women’s Under-16 training camp this weekend. 

Oli, who plays for Glasgow City FC, is one of 30 girls selected by Under-16 coach Willie Kirk to take part in the 3 day camp at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility and Toryglen Regional Football Centre.  She will link up with five of her Glasgow City teammates, as well as 24 of the most talented girls of her age-group, from around the country.

This is an exciting opportunity for Oli and we wish her well over the weekend.

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Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/sainsburys-active-kids-vouchers/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/sainsburys-active-kids-vouchers/ The time has come once again for Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme to be launched. The scheme aims to help inspire children to lead healthier lives by encouraging them to eat well and live well. We support these aims at the High School of Glasgow and will be supporting the scheme by collecting vouchers.

 

How to get involved

From Wednesday 28th January – Tuesday 5th May, Active Kids vouchers can be collected at all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online. One voucher is earned for every £10 spent in a single transaction at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, and one is earned for every £5 spent in a single transaction at Sainsbury’s Locals.

To get involved, we’d ask you to collect as many Active Kids vouchers as possible and donate them to the school. These vouchers can then be exchanged by us for an exciting range of equipment to help encourage pupils at the school to become fit and active. In previous years, we have been able to use the vouchers to purchase two tents for Duke of Edinburgh Award outings, as well as various items of sports equipment for use in PE lessons.

We would greatly appreciate your efforts in collecting and donating these vouchers to the school. Vouchers can be donated in the boxes which are located at the Main Reception or in the Medical Office.

 

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Adverse Weather Advice for Parents http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/adverse-weather-advice-for-parents/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/adverse-weather-advice-for-parents/ Our aim will normally be to remain open if possible, as we are aware that many parents are reliant on the school to be open.

On any occasion when the media are announcing that severe weather may affect local transport, and some schools/businesses may be closed, we would convey any change to our normal arrangements via Groupcall text and parent email, as well as our website, by 8am or earlier if possible.  Ideally, we would hope to contact you the previous evening, if we were aware of specific circumstances.

In such circumstances, when school remained open as normal, we would always respect the views of parents who wished their children to remain at home due to concerns about their safety or particular travel difficulties.  If your child was absent due to severe weather issues, it would ease pressure on the switchboards if you could email admin@hsog.co.uk (Senior School) or adminjs@hsog.co.uk (Junior School) by 9.30 am on each day of absence.  

Likewise, if concerns arose during the day, pupils would be allowed to leave early if you contacted the school or arrived at Reception/the Junior School office to collect them.  If any children had any difficulty in travelling home later in the day, they would be kept safe in school for as long as necessary.

There may, however, be circumstances which cause either Junior or Senior School, or both schools, to be closed - for instance, due to loss of power, or damage to the fabric of the building.  If that should occur, we would contact parents as soon as possible by Groupcall text and email, as well as via the school website.

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AH Modern Studies Trip to Westminster http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/ah-modern-studies-trip-to-westminster/ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/ah-modern-studies-trip-to-westminster/ On the 20th of January 2015, 13 6th Year pupils - and 2 teachers - departed Central Station for a trip to London as part of the Advanced Higher Modern Studies course.

The trip really began the next day, when we visited the Houses of Parliament, and were given a tour by John Robertson, Labour MP for Glasgow North West. It was amazing to be able to stand in the House of Commons and hear about what goes on there, from an MP's perspective.

The next part of the tour - focussing on the House of Lords - was given by a tour guide, who was able to give a huge amount of historical background information to supplement the tour. The history of Parliament was particularly fascinating to hear about as the day before had marked 750 years since the very first Parliament, in 1265. Standing in the House of Lords and looking at the extraordinarily grand throne that the Queen occupies during the annual State Opening of Parliament really showed how much history and tradition our Parliament is drenched in.

A question and answer session with Liberal Democrat MP, Jo Swinson, followed, which gave us a valuable insight into the life of an MP and the inner workings of Parliament, such as the bells which summon MPs from all over the Palace of Westminster (and the surrounding government buildings) to vote on policy and legislation.

We then hurried off to witness first-hand the weekly Prime Minister's Questions, which was incredibly exciting. A wide range of questions were asked, all answered reasonably capably by David Cameron, despite the jeers and boos (and clucking) that accompanied every attempt to speak.

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A brief question and answer session with Angus Brendan MacNeil, an SNP MP, allowed us to hear about Westminster from the perspective of someone who supported Scottish independence, which was very interesting. We also had the chance to visit 10 Downing Street.

After dinner (and a few hours in Convent Garden), we were whisked off to 1960s Dagenham by the amazing West End musical Made in Dagenham, which centred on the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 for equal pay, which led to the Equal Pay Act of 1970.

The next day, after a spot of retail therapy on the iconic Oxford Street, we headed home. The trip was a fantastic opportunity to see and experience Parliament, and all of the things which you hear about on the news and learn about in class, but which can often seem a bit distant.

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NYOS Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/nyos-success/ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/nyos-success/ We have been delighted to hear of a number of pupils being selected as part of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland’s Junior and Senior Orchestras, as well as two pupils being selected for the NYOS Training ensemble in recent weeks. 

5th year pupils, Patrick Finn and Moray Lennox, have been chosen to be part of the Senior Orchestra, which brings together the best young musicians in Scotland over 13 year of age.  S2 pupil Mairi Ross is on the reserve list.

The Junior Orchestra is for pupils aged 8 and over, and acts as a first step for young musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, before hopefully advancing to the Senior and Symphony Orchestras.  We are particularly well represented this year in the Junior Orchestra, with 11 young musicians having been selected.  This represents over 1/10th of the entire Junior Orchestra!  Our congratulations go to S1 pupils, Eilidh Davidson, Reuben Gilson-Barnett and Jessica Insall, S2 pupils, Eve Downie, Ella Fraser, Ben Litherland and Mairi Ross, and S4 pupils, Duncan Fraser, Abhishek Gambhir, Christopher O’Leary and Rachel Whitelaw. 

Transitus pupils Matthew Litherland and Amelia Neilson have been selected for the NYOS Training Ensemble, which aims to prepare younger musicians for entry into the NYOS Orchestra, while Chris O’Leary has also been offered a place in the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.

With applications coming in from young musicians all over Scotland, it is a testament to the ability of these young musicians that so many have been selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.  We congratulate all those who were successful.  The Senior and Junior Orchestras will prepare for their Spring Concerts, which takes place in mid-April, at Perth Town Hall and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, respectively.  

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High School Success in the Pool http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/high-school-success-in-the-pool/ Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2015/january/high-school-success-in-the-pool/ There was success in the swimming pool for Transitus pupils this week, as they joined fellow swimmers from J5 and J6 in a Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala. 

The annual invitational event, hosted by Hutchesons’ Grammar School, at Whitehall Pool, saw our pupils competing against competitors from Hutcheson’s Grammar School, as well as Glasgow Academy and Jordanhill School.

In an afternoon of excellent swimming, both our boys and girls teams came out victorious in the gala.  This success acts as great preparation for the Glasgow Primary Schools’ Swimming Finals which take place at Drumchapel Pool in late February.

We commend our swimmers on fine wins as well as thanking our hosts and fellow competitors for an excellent afternoon of competitive swimming.  Thanks also to the PE Department for accompanying our young swimmers.

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Annual Carol Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/annual-carol-service-draws-term-to-a-close/ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/annual-carol-service-draws-term-to-a-close/ Our annual Carol Service took place today, bringing the year 2014 at the School to a close.  Pupils, staff, parents and invited guests gathered together in the Assembly Hall for a festive send-off before the Christmas break.

As ever, our service was presided over by School Chaplain and Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley.  He gave The Address and led us in prayer.  Our service saw traditional carols interspersed with the Christmas Story, as told to us in readings from some of our Senior School pupils.  They were delivered by Amy Higgins (Transitus), Cameron McClymont (S1), Catriona James (S2), Rajib Ahmed (S3), Hiba Alhasso (S4), Jonathan Honey (S5) and Hatti Yao (S6), with the final reading of the service delivered by Maths teacher and Head of Clyde House, Mrs Claire Anderson.

Two of our hymns, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘Silent Night,’ were led by solo performances from S6 pupils Alice Walker and Celia Petrie, respectively, while our Chamber Choir performed ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High’ and ‘Star Carol’ for a delighted audience. 

The service came to an end with the Christmas Carol ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ followed by The Blessing from Dr Whitley and a fantastic performance of the Christmas song ‘Sleigh Ride’ by our Senior School Orchestra.  The service was a fitting way to end the autumn term, as well as helping to raise money for Save the Children through our retiring offering.

Our thanks must go to all who helped organise and prepare for the Carol Service, particularly Director of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, Chamber Choir Director and Organist, Mr Frikki Walker and Accompanist, Mr Neil McFarlane.  We’d also like to thank Mr Toner for organising the readers in our service, as well as the Art Department for their contribution, with five specially designed covers for the Order of Service created by First Year pupils Anna Cox, Georgia Crooks, Avril Lai, Daniel Milner-Smith and Claudie Quinn (these can be seen in the gallery below)

The High School of Glasgow wishes all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

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Junior Christmas Dance http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/junior-christmas-dance/ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/junior-christmas-dance/ First and Second Year pupils enjoyed a spirited Christmas dance this week.  Organised by staff of each of our Houses and run by our Prefects, House and School Captains, this was our First Year pupil’s first formal ceilidh, High School of Glasgow style!  They had been learning Scottish Country Dancing in PE and put their hours of practice to good use, dancing the Gay Gordons, the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, Military Two-Step, Canadian Barn Dance, Eightsome Reel, and many many more.

There was also a very high standard House ‘Come Dancing’ competition, won by Bannerman House, before our Captains Committee entertained the 1st and 2nd Year pupils with their take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’  The evening ended in traditional style, with a rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ 

Thanks go to all those who played a part in organising and making sure the night ran smoothly.  Some images from the evening, including some very energetic dancing, can be seen below.

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Transitus Sing Christmas Carols at Gartnavel Hospital and St Enoch Centre http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/transitus-pupils-sing-christmas-carols-for-gartnavel-patients/ Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/transitus-pupils-sing-christmas-carols-for-gartnavel-patients/ 30 Transitus pupils were accompanied by the our Brass Quintet on Friday 12th December, as they sang Christmas carols for patients at Gartnavel Hospital.  After a morning of moving music at the hospital, our singers moved on to sing at St Enoch Centre, raising funds for Ronald McDonald House.

Thanks go to Mrs Stuart, Mrs Tierney and Mr Walker for accompanying our pupils on the day. 

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Festive Feast! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/christmas-lunch/ Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/christmas-lunch/ We continued to get into the Christmas spirit at the school yesterday as pupils and staff enjoyed a festive feast for lunch. 

Over 600 pupils descended on the Stand as chef Allan James put together traditional Christmas meals with all the trimmings – turkey, gravy, stuffing, pigs-in-blankets, carrots, roast potatoes and those all-important brussels sprouts, as well as the choice of chocolate fudge cake or a mince pie for dessert and a Christmas cracker to pull. 

There was even more Christmas cheer to be spread, as a Christmas raffle took place, with festive sweets, games, cuddly toys and other treats going to a few lucky winners.  On top of this, there was entertainment in the Assembly Hall during Lunch period for pupils to enjoy. 

Our thanks go to our chef, Mr James and his kitchen staff, for filling the stomachs of our hungry pupils.  Thanks also to all those who helped organise and deliver our festive feast, including Mrs Price and our 6th Year volunteers.  Mr James will be in action again on Thursday, putting on another feast for the pupils at the Junior School! 

Images from our Christmas lunch can be seen below.  Warning, they are bound to make you hungry!

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Music News http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/recent-music-news/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/recent-music-news/ There has been plenty of fine musical achievements at the school recently, as well as students being selected to be a part of choirs outwith school.

  • 30 senior pupils attended the recent ABRSM exams, gaining 7 passes, 12 Merits and 11 Distinctions.  We congratulate all who sat the exams.
  • S2 pupil Ella Fraser recently achieved a Grade 8 with Distinction in Violin.  This is an achievement for anyone of school age.  For Ella to have achieved this whilst in S2 is a remarkable feat.  We congratulate her on this fine achievement.
  • S4 pupil Kirsty Stirling will feature on BBC1 Scotland's Watch Night Service (11:45pm, on Christmas Eve) as part of the National Girls' Chamber Choir of Scotland.
  • Transitus pupil, Adam Insall and S6 pupil, Celia Petrie have been invited to sing solos alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Senior Choir in the Christmas Concert at the Usher Hall, in Edinburgh, on Sunday 21st December.
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UK Maths Challenge http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/uk-maths-challenge/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/uk-maths-challenge/ Pupils have enjoyed great success in recent UK-wide Mathematics competitions.

In the Senior Maths Challenge, our pupils achieved 3 Gold, 8 Silver and 16 bronze awards.  The gold awards were given to James Shemilt (Best in S5), Ashwin Bali (Best in School and Best in S6) and Calum Orr (S6).  Calum, Ashwin and Cami Siriam (S5) have been invited to participate in Round 1 of the British Maths Olympiad whilst James Shemilt was invited to take part in the Senior Kangaroo competition.

In the Primary Maths Challenge, Transitus pupils received 7 gold, 8 silver and 20 bronze awards.  Congratulations go to all of our awards winners, in particular gold award winners Omar Alvi, John Greene, Ralph Hemsley, Luca Pacitti, Lily Paterson, Ailun Peng and Anna Smith.

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Junior Christmas Concert http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/junior-christmas-concert/ Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/junior-christmas-concert/ The School Community got in the festive spirit last week as the Music Department hosted our annual Junior Christmas Concert.  Almost 400 people including parents, grandparents, staff and guests were in attendance as our Transitus - S4 pupils performed spellbinding musical numbers for an enraptured audience.

Our Masters of Ceremonies, School Captains Charlotte Gilbride and Adam Atri, guided the show, as hundreds of pupils took part in various ensembles in the Christmas-themed concert.  These ensembles included the Junior Strings and Orchestra (led by S2 pupil Ella Fraser), the Junior Choir, the Brass Ensemble, the Junior Wind Band, the Junior Percussion Ensemble, the Clarsach Quintet, the Guitar and Baroque Ensemble and the Junior Fiddle Group.

Proceedings began with a solo performance of ‘The Snowman’ by Transitus pupil Adam Insall, before further performances of traditional Christmas Carols as well as more modern songs and pieces from recent festive films.  It wasn’t just the music that our audience were treated to – festive mince pies were provided along with tea and coffee in the Library at interval, before the wonderful performances continued in the second half.  The evening culminated with the Junior Orchestra performing selections from ‘The Polar Express.’

Congratulations go to our wonderful musicians, who performed so excellently on the evening.  Thanks must also go to all in our Music Department, who have worked tirelessly in bringing together so many musicians for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of music.

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Young Enterprise at Glasgow Trade Fair http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/young-enterprise-take-part-in-trade-fair/ Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/young-enterprise-take-part-in-trade-fair/ Our three Young Enterprise companies took part in the Glasgow Area Board Christmas Trade Fair this Saturday (6th December), with one company achieving an excellent 2nd place overall finish.  Schools from within the Glasgow area entered the competition with twenty Young Enterprise companies in total competing.

Accompanied by our Young Enterprise coordinator, Mrs Milne, our three companies, Avventura, iWood and Nisum each set up their own stand, selling a variety of products.  Avventura, which is led by Managing Director, Alex Millar, with Harry Warnock of Henderson Warnock as their Business Advisor, designed their own cushion covers and outsourced the manufacturing, while Nisum, led by Managing Director, Ben Fulton, sold scented candles. 

However, it was iWood’s solid oak iPad stands which captivated the attention of both the public and judges alike.  Led by Managing Director, Tom Milne, with business advice from Michael Discombe of Barclay’s Wealth Management, they clearly impressed the general public with their stands, which allow the user to solidly prop up their iPad in both portrait and landscape positions.  The judges, made up of independent members of the business and education communities, were also impressed, as they awarded iWood with a second place overall finish. 

In the coming months, all three of our companies will have further hard work to put in as they move onto the second and then the final stage of the competition.  The companies will create a business report based on their trading year and must include financial statements.  They will also participate in feedback sessions based on their own experiences throughout the year.  The final part of the Glasgow Area Board competition is the Presentation evening, to be held next year in the prestigious Sir Charles Wilson Building at Glasgow University on the 1st of April.  All 3 companies will be hoping to be selected to represent Glasgow and compete in the Young Enterprise Scotland final, later on in the year.

For now though, we congratulate all who put in an incredible amount of effort to ensure their products were ready for the Trade Fair.  Thanks also to Mrs Milne for leading our Young Enterprise companies, attending the event with them and being one of the designated link teachers (for iWood), along with Miss Fenton (Avventura) and Mr Jensen (Nisum).

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Debating/Public Speaking Achievements http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/debatingpublic-speaking-success/ Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/debatingpublic-speaking-success/ Pupils from the school have recently achieved great success in both Debating and Public Speaking competitions.  In particular, S5 pupil Murray Webster performed excellently to win the Glasgow Speakers’ Club Schools Public Speaking Competition this week.

In November, we had six speakers involved in the Glasgow Rotary Public Speaking competition.  Two of them, Chris O'Leary (S4) and Murray Webster, made it to the final and Murray was placed second overall.

Also in November, Alice Walker and Navina Senthilkumar (both S6) represented the High School in the first round of the ESU Mace Senior Debating Competition.  They performed very well, winning their heat and progressing to the next stage, which will take place in January.  

In the Junior ESU competition, we had two teams, Sophie Crawford and Abby Meuli (both S3), and Daniel Gadsby and Andrew Taylor (both S2) taking part.  Both debated very effectively, with Daniel and Andrew progressing to the next round.

Last week, Murray Webster took part in the Glasgow Speakers' Club Schools Public Speaking Competition.  Talking on “The Death of a Soldier”, he won his first round heat, progressing to the final, which took place in the Council Room of Glasgow City Chambers.  He came up against very stiff opposition from five other speakers representing the Glasgow Gaelic School, Holyrood Secondary School, Kelvinside Academy, Lourdes Secondary School and St Aloysius' College and discussing issues ranging from “Our Financial Vacuum” to “Social Media Going Viral.” The judges felt that this was one of the strongest finals in the competition’s proud 58 year history but, in the end, came to the unanimous decision that Murray should be awarded first place.

Our congratulations go to Murray, as well as to all representatives at these competitions who will be looking forward to the latter rounds of competitions in the new year.  Thanks also to Miss Davies and Mr Toner who helped prepare our participants, as well as accompanying them at the competitions.

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Rotary Young Chef Competition Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/rotary-young-chef-competition-success/ Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/rotary-young-chef-competition-success/ Transitus pupil Sara Millar won the local heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition on Thursday 4th December at Glasgow City College.  She will now go forward to the district heat in January, which is to be held in South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride.

Sara won the school heat, which took place on Monday 17th November, where participants were challenged to plan a three-course healthy meal for two people, costing no more than £15, in two hours.

She was then put forward for the Glasgow School heat, where she faced pupils from Knightswood Secondary School and Bannerman High School, both of whom were five years her senior!  The challenge on the day was to cook a main course and dessert in 90 minutes, to be judged by a chef from Glasgow City College, a chef from the Marriott Hotel and the manager of the Willow Tea Rooms.  The elements that were scored were: organisation, choice of meal, hygiene, cooking skills, time planning, presentation of dish and taste. 

Sara made pesto-coated sea bass with crushed potatoes and pea shoots for her main, with madeleines filled with cream and strawberry purée served with fresh strawberries for dessert (these delicious dishes can be seen in the gallery below).  The judges were impressed with the presentation and quality of Sara’s dish as well as her time management and composure at such a young age, awarding her first place. 

As well as going on to the district heat at South Lanarkshire College at the end of January, Sara received an invitation to the Rotary Club at the Marriott Hotel next week, at which her engraved trophy is to be presented.  She also receives a set of chef whites, as well a chance to spend some time in 'Martin Wishart' restaurant, a Michelin starred, fine-dining restaurant in Leith.

We congratulate Sara on this fine achievement and extend our thanks to Mrs Maclean, who carried out the school heat as well as preparing Sara for the competition.

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Clyde House's Festive Fundraising! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/clyde-houses-festive-fundraising/ Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/clyde-houses-festive-fundraising/ Clyde House last week hosted the second of this session’s House Fundraising Weeks, with the aim of raising money for ‘The Desk and Chair Foundation.’  This charity was chosen as Clyde Captain Jasmine Aikman’s papa played a great part in raising money in Tanzania for these communities and the charity was founded in his memory.

The Desk and Chair Foundation is a charity funding both educational and health projects in Tanzania.  This includes installing toilets for improved sanitation, building wells to provide clean water and providing/repairing desks and chairs for schools, amongst many other smaller tasks that this charity takes on.  Clyde House had initially hoped to raise £2,500 to fund the building of two wells in Kibara village to assist in the clean water for communities’ project.

Clyde House had a week filled with festive fun.  On Monday there was a Cupcake Decorating Class, with Clyde House’s very own ‘cupcake-design experts’ giving advice, whilst Tuesday saw a ‘build-your-own-gingerbread-house’ competition (judged by expert chef, Miss Moore), as well as hosting a cake & candy stand at break.  On Wednesday, there was a classic Christmas Fair in the Assembly Hall where pupils came to visit the arts and crafts stall, take part in the lucky dip and snowball can throwing, compete in a ‘stacking the presents’ competition and see our very own Clyde-o-saurus aka. Santa.  Thursday lunchtime saw the Clyde House Show, where ‘Clydies’ re-enacted some of the all-time great Christmas TV shows and films.  The week of festive fundraising concluded with a screening of the hit film ‘Frozen’ in the assembly hall at lunch, with popcorn on sale for our charitable moviegoers.  On top of this, there was the chance to dedicate a song or send a candy cane to someone throughout the week.

At last count, Clyde House had reached their target, and were hopeful of more donations still to come.  After Law House did so well earlier in the term, this is yet another excellent fundraising success.  Congratulations go to all in Clyde House, as well as those who gave so generously.

Some images from the week can be seen below

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4-in-a-Row for our Hockey Girls! http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/4-in-a-row-for-our-hockey-girls/ Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/4-in-a-row-for-our-hockey-girls/ Our 1st XI Girls’ Hockey team achieved a remarkable fourth consecutive West District BP Cup success after defeating Kelvinside Academy in this year’s final.  A tight first half at Clydesdale ended with our girls taking a 2-1 lead, before two more second half goals confirmed an excellent 4-1 victory.

The girls have now qualified for the Scottish Finals, which will take place in March.

Congratulations to the girls and Mrs Cox on the team’s continued success.

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40th Annual St. Andrew's Night Celebrations http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/40th-annual-st-andrews-night-celebrations/ Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/40th-annual-st-andrews-night-celebrations/ Friday 28th November saw the School host yet another successful St. Andrew’s Night.  This year’s event marked the 40th time the School has had a dedicated evening celebrating the patron saint of Scotland

On this particularly special night, the celebrations began in the usual fashion, with our Sixth Year students joining staff for a traditional St. Andrew’s supper of delicious Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in the Stand.  The Address to the Haggis was delivered convincingly by Tom Higgins, whilst Charlotte Gilbride and Adam Atri gave entertaining toasts, to the ‘Lads’ and ‘Lassies’, respectively.

After supper, Sixth Year pupils then made their way over to the Assembly Hall to join their Fifth Year counterparts for the Ceilidh.  The Ceilidh band, Crowded Croft, ensured that the dance floor was full as they led pupils through a number of lively numbers.  Weary legs gave way to some ‘half-time’ musical entertainment from a number of Fifth and Sixth Year pupils, before the dancing continued on.  In true tradition, the night ended with an Orcadian Strip the Willow, before a hearty rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

We offer our thanks, as well as our congratulations, to Miss McAllister and Mrs Morrison for organising another very successful and highly enjoyable St. Andrew’s Night, which was enjoyed by all who attended.  We would also like to thank Mr James for putting on a fantastic meal and the St. Andrew’s Committee for their hard work and help in organising a great event.

The 'Lads' and 'Lassies' who helped make the evening such a success can be seen below:

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Chamber Choir Perform at Remembrance Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/chamber-choir-perform-at-remembrance-service/ Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/december/chamber-choir-perform-at-remembrance-service/ Our School Chamber Choir took part in a special service on Saturday 29th November, the anniversary of last year’s Clutha Vaults tragedy.  The Choir were invited to sing at the event at Glasgow Cathedral, which not only marked St. Andrew’s Day, but also helped us remember the tragic events of last year.

The event was attended by hundreds of people including Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who led the congregation in prayer, and the Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, as well as representatives of Glasgow’s Police and Fire services and family and friends of those lost in last year’s  tragic event.   The sermon was delivered by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia.

Thanks go to Mr Walker and Mrs Price, who accompanied our Chamber Choir on this most poignant day for the city.

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Chamber Choir CD http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/chamber-choir-cd-available-to-purchase/ Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/chamber-choir-cd-available-to-purchase/ 'Choral Music from the High School of Glasgow Chamber Choir'

Our Chamber Choir's long awaited CD recording is now available, and is the perfect Christmas present for friends and family! 

Entitled "Choral Music from the High School of Glasgow", our Chamber Choir, winners of the 2013 “BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year”, sing an eclectic mix of popular and attractive choral music, including Folk Songs, Spirituals, Close Harmony, Christmas Carols, Hymns and Anthems as well as the music they have sung on BBC Songs of Praise and on Radio Daily Service. The High School of Glasgow Chamber Choir is directed by Mr Frikki Walker, and accompanied by Mr Neil McFarlane. 

 

How to Purchase

Current Pupils:

The CD can be purchased at the General Office for £10

Former Pupils & Friends:

If you would like to order a CD, please fill out a form (located here) and send it with a cheque made payable to “The High School of Glasgow” to:

The Development Office
The High School of Glasgow
637 Crow Road
Anniesland
Glasgow
G13 1PL

For overseas P&P please email: development@hsog.co.uk

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National Enterprising Mathematics in Scotland http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/success-in-national-mathematics-competition/ Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/success-in-national-mathematics-competition/ There was more academic success for the school on Tuesday 18th November, as our young Mathematicians beat off stern competition to come first in the National Enterprising Mathematics in Scotland competition, sponsored by The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

S4 pupils Junwen Chen and Keshav Mahendra and S3 pupils William Xu and George Cooper represented the school at the competition which took place at the Glasgow Science Centre.  They successfully took part in four varied and challenging rounds throughout the day, competing against 248 third and fourth Year pupils, in 62 teams, from all over Scotland.

The day began with the ‘Team Round’ as contestants were faced with twelve tricky problem solving style questions, all with a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games theme, followed by the ‘Practical Round’ two, where teams raced to build and answer questions on a Platonic solid and an Archimedean solid.

Round three was the ‘Stations Round’ where teams worked against the clock on six fiendishly difficult challenges which required teamwork, logical thinking and perseverance in order to succeed, before the final ‘Relay Round.’

Although our competitors did not win any of the specific rounds, solid performances throughout meant that the EMiS Silver Salver for 1st place went to our deserving team.  Massive congratulations go out to our participants on this excellent achievement and thanks to Mr MacGregor for accompanying our young mathematicians to the event.

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HMI Publish QUIPE Visit Report http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/hmi-quipe-visit-report/ Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/hmi-quipe-visit-report/ Report of visit of HM Inspectors - September 2014

The High School of Glasgow and Kindergarten were delighted to welcome HM Inspectors of Education Scotland to the school to carry out a Quality Improvement and Professional Engagement (QUIPE) visit from 30 September – 2 October 2014. 

Following the visit the Lead Inspector, Mr David Gregory, wrote to the school and to parents, outlining their conclusions. We are extremely pleased the inspectors were impressed by the high quality learning environment in the school and kindergarten and were confident that we have the necessary arrangements and procedure in place to ensure continued improvement in the quality of education provided. 

Their letter highlighted our strengths in the following key areas:

Individual needs: Inspectors highlighted our emphasis on supporting children and young people to achieve highly and develop as rounded individuals and ensuring that children and young people are well cared for and safe.  The inspectors also noted that there were good opportunities for junior and senior pupils to take the lead across the school.

High quality learning:  The quality of learning was very high and the children and young people are highly motivated to achieve and always give of their best.

Curriculum: Inspectors were impressed by the way the school monitors the curriculum to ensure it is broad and balanced helping our young people develop important knowledge and skills. They also noted that the recent introduction of tablet technology was beginning to change the way lessons were delivered across the school. 

Extra-Curricular:  The Inspectors were impressed by our extra curricular activities and acknowledged the appreciation of pupils for this wide range of opportunities available to them.

 

“Teachers plan learning very well and provide a great deal of support to children and young people through individual tutorials and revision classes.  They are skilled at explaining difficult concepts and use praise to encourage pupils to offer their ideas.” Quotation from HM Inspector, Education Scotland.

HMIE Letter on their recent QUIPE visit

Letter from the Chair of Governors

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All Shook Up http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/all-shook-up/ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/all-shook-up/ Audiences were ‘Rock N’ Rollin’ in the aisles as our Senior School Production took place over four nights, transforming our assembly hall into 1950’s America.  The musical comedy ‘All Shook Up’ told the story of a small town in the Midwest discovering the magic of romance and the power of Rock & Roll, after getting a visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger.  Originally performed on Broadway, the show brought together a cast of over 40 all-singing, all-dancing S4-S6 pupils to perform many of the hits made famous by the iconic Elvis Presley.

After months of hard work and preparation, including a weekend rehearsal at Auchangillan Outdoor Centre in October, the show came together in spectacular style, with toe-tapping dance numbers, touching solo performances and rousing chorus routines ensuring that the production was a huge success, attracting large audiences for each of its four nights, as well as ‘shaking up’ the crowd at Monday afternoon’s Dress Rehearsal. 

Our leads, school captains Charlotte Gilbride and Adam Atri, were joined by fellow 6th Year pupils, Euan Campbell-Birkett, Tom Higgins,  Sarah Kerr, Alice Walker, 5th Year pupils Mara Crombie and Matthew Miller and 4th Year pupils Beth Cairns and Christopher O’Leary, in taking on the main roles in the show.  They were joined by a Chorus consisting of more than 30 pupils from S4-S6.  

The show was once again wonderfully Directed and Produced by Mr Kenneth Robertson, with Musical Direction from Mrs Sarah Stuart and Miss Lyndsey Fenton acting as Assistant Director.  Mrs Stuart also conducted the band, including 3 current pupils, who accompanied our performers. 

However, our ‘stars’ weren’t just on-stage - our production team were crucial in making sure the show ran smoothly.  From vocal coaches to our hardworking stage crew, from light & sound to our make-up team, from set design to costumes, there were so many who helped and so much hard work involved.  

Anyway, ‘It’s Now or Never’ - why don’t you meet our cast and crew…

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Law House's Fundraising Efforts Honoured http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/law-house-honoured-for-fundraising-efforts/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/law-house-honoured-for-fundraising-efforts/ Law House have been honoured for their fundraising efforts from last session.  They were given the ‘Best School Fundraiser’ award at Down’s Syndrome Scotland’s Annual Conference, which took place on Saturday (15th November) at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld.

S6 pupil and current Law House captain, Jodie Fraser was accompanied by Assistant Housemaster of Law House, Mr Lyons, as they received the award for raising £3,373.75 for the charity through various activities including a lunch time film show, a teacher versus pupil quiz, a cake and candy stall and a 6th year soaking. They also ran a collecting can competition to see which Form Group could raise the most money through collecting spare change.

The award follows hot on the heels of Law House’s fundraising efforts for session 2014-15, where they raised nearly £4,000 for The Children’s Home for Hope, an orphanage in Cape Coast, Ghana.

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Children in Need Concert http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/children-in-need-concert/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/children-in-need-concert/ Ahead of this week’s Senior School Production, the School held a concert for Children in Need on Friday lunchtime, raising £658.07 for the charity.  The 6th Year Charities Committee sold merchandise and home baking throughout the week, whilst dealing with all front-of-house issues. 

The concert itself featured live performances from 4 bands; 3 bands made up entirely of pupils and one pupil/staff hybrid.  There was even a sneak preview of this week’s Senior School Production, ‘All Shook up,’ featuring some of the leads from the show.  Thanks to Mrs Price and the 6th Year Charities Committee, a great time was had by all.

Some images from the afternoon can be seen below.

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S6 Pupil Awarded Chemistry Prize http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/s6-pupil-awarded-chemistry-prize/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/s6-pupil-awarded-chemistry-prize/ The school was delighted to hear of recognition for S6 pupil, Jasmine Aikman, in the subject of Chemistry.  Of over ten and a half thousand candidates sitting Higher Chemistry in 2014, Jasmine came joint first, meaning she received the Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for Higher Chemistry.

Jasmine was invited to receive her award this week at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, at the ‘Science and the Parliament’ event, an occasion that attempts to promote engagement between members of the scientific community, MSPs and other policy makers in the Scottish Parliament and Government.  At the event, focussing specifically this year on the contribution of Science and Engineering to Science Education in Scotland, Jasmine was given her award by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.

Rector, Mr Mair commented:

"We are very proud of Jasmine's impressive achievement and delighted that she is a recipient of this Royal Society of Chemistry award."

We congratulate Jasmine on this fine achievement. 

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School Chaplain Presented with Loving Cup http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/school-chaplain-presented-with-loving-cup/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/school-chaplain-presented-with-loving-cup/ The entire school community was delighted to hear the recent news that our School Chaplain, Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley, was being honoured for his contribution to civic life by being presented with the Loving Cup by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty  

The Loving Cup is one of the Glasgow’s most prestigious honours and is presented to a person or group who have brought distinction and honour to the city.  Dr Whitley, also the Spiritual Leader of Glasgow Cathedral, has been honoured this year for his contribution to civic life and pastoral service to Glasgow.  In particular, he has been praised for the comfort he gave those affected by the Clutha disaster last year. 

Dr Whitley presides over all of the school’s major events including our Annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, as well as our Annual Remembrance Service.  We congratulate him on this richly deserved recognition of his outstanding service to the city.

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Annual Remembrance Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/annual-remembrance-service/ Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/annual-remembrance-service/ Our annual Remembrance Service took place on Tuesday 11th November, as we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.  Following on from our Commemoration Evening two weeks ago, the Senior School marked Remembrance Day with our service, alongside invited guests including Chair of The Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, Vice-President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club, Mr Alistair Wood and Honorary President of the school, Rt Hon Lord Macfarlane, accompanied by Lady Macfarlane.

After our senior school pupils and school staff had taken their seats, our invited guests entered whilst the Introit was performed by 5th Year pupils Patrick Finn, Inez Gallagher and Moray Lennox.  An introduction was given by the Rector, Mr Colin Mair, before School Captain, Adam Atri, read the biography of the first High School former pupil to fall in the First World War, from our Book of Remembrance.  Our School Chaplain, Reverend Dr Whitley, led us in prayer followed by a reading from School Captain, Charlotte Gilbride.

The Rector, Dr Whitley and guests, alongside representatives of the school staff and pupil representatives, then gathered at our school War Memorial, arriving to the sounds of ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest’, performed by S6 pupil Gregor Norris on Bagpipes.  Adam Atri laid a wreath on behalf of The School at the First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Alistair Wood, Vice-President of The Glasgow High School Former Pupil Club laid a wreath at the Second World War Memorial, on behalf of Former Pupils.

A minute’s silence was observed, in honour of the fallen, including nearly 700 former pupils of the High School, before ‘The Last Post’ was performed by S4 pupils Roberto Muscatelli and James Stewart.  Our final hymn was followed by the Benediction from our Chaplain, marking the end of our Remembrance Service.  

We would like to thank Dr Whitley for leading us in our service, the student musicians who performed, our organist Mr Frikki Walker and, in particular, our distinguished guests who were with us on this poignant day for the school.

 

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Rector awarded SQA Fellowship http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/rector-awarded-sqa-fellowship/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/rector-awarded-sqa-fellowship/ The School community were delighted to learn that the Rector, Mr Colin Mair, was awarded the SQA Fellowship for 2014 at the annual SQA Star Awards ceremony on Friday 7th November.  

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said:

“The SQA Star Awards give us an opportunity to recognise our learners’ outstanding achievements but equally acknowledge the people at the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who support those learners every day for their commitment, dedication, innovation and enthusiasm.

Colin embodies these values and I congratulate him and all the winners and those who were highly commended and look forward to hearing about their continuing success in the future.”

Brian Adair, Chair of the High School of Glasgow's Board of Governors, added: 

"We are delighted to hear that Colin Mair, who has led the High School Junior and Senior Schools at Bearsden and Anniesland for over a decade, has been awarded the prestigious SQA Fellowship.  

This award recognises his significant contribution to Scottish education and to the important work of the Scottish Qualifications Authority over many years”

After collecting his award, the Rector said the following:

"It is a great honour to receive the 2014 Scottish Qualifications Authority Fellowship Award.

I am pleased that my involvement over the years has been considered beneficial to the important and independent work of the SQA.  I am also conscious that there are many other head teachers and colleagues in education who have contributed strongly to the SQA."

The Fellowship is the most prestigious accolade the Scottish Qualifications Authority bestow and is awarded to a single individual, each year, who has made an exceptional contribution to education and training in Scotland.  

Mr Mair has spent his entire professional career at The High School of Glasgow, joining the school after graduating from Jordanhill College in 1976. He became part of the Senior Management Team in 1985, Deputy Rector in 1996 and has served as Rector since 2004.  Mr Mair, a former international rugby player, has also coached both the school’s rugby and cricket teams and was once the holder of the world record for the number of points scored in an international match after Scotland defeated Japan in 1977.

We would like to congratulate Mr Mair on this wonderful recognition of his efforts both at our school, as well as in the wider community of Scottish Education.

(Photo & quote courtesy of SQA Press Release)

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Fantastic Fireworks http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/home-school-fireworks-evening/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/home-school-fireworks-evening/ There was a large crowd of spectators at Old Anniesland on Friday night (7th November) for the Annual Home and School Association ‘Fantastic Fireworks’ night.  Nearly 1500 spectators wrapped up warmly to attend the event, including parents, friends of the school and pupils from both the junior and senior schools, with everyone enthralled by the spectacular display.

Chef Allan James provided the catering for the night, including hot dogs, burgers and the crucial hearty soup to keep spectators toasty, while our Young Enterprise companies also got in on the action, selling gloves, comedy glasses and other items to attendees.  The Pipe Band entertained the crowd before the main event, which was introduced by Susan Gibson-Smith, Chair of the Home & School Association.

The brilliant fireworks were supplied by Pyro 1 and the display was set to an upbeat musical playlist, reflecting the joyful mood of the evening.  The rain even stayed off…for the majority of the night, at least!  A great time was had by all as, once again, the Home and School Association put on a spectacular and fun night for the whole School community to enjoy (as well as anyone in the local vicinity!).

If you weren't there, this probably won't be able to do it justice...however, some images, as well as some snippets of the Firework action, can be seen below!  

  

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First World War Centenary Commemoration Evening http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/first-world-war-commemoration-evening/ Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/november/first-world-war-commemoration-evening/ This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.  To observe this occasion, in addition to our annual Remembrance Service on November 11th, our History and Music Departments came together last week for an evening of words and music, to commemorate those who lost their lives in The First World War.  This is particularly poignant for us as nearly 500 former pupils of The High School of Glasgow were amongst those who lost their lives during The Great War.

The commemoration event, organised by Head of History, Mr Kelvin Sinclair and Director of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, was inspired, in part, by the History Department’s Battlefields’ trips to Belgium and France – on these trips, pupils sang the soldiers’ songs and our own school pipers, drummers and trumpeters played at many of the sites visited including the Menin Gate ceremony at Ypres.  Our commemoration evening attempted to evoke a mood similar to this, with the spoken word and musical performances taking our audience into the mind-set of the soldiers who fought so bravely 100 years ago.

Led by our Narrator, School Captain Adam Atri, our commemoration evening moved chronologically through The First World War, from the outbreak to the end of war, with a variety of excellent performances.  The narration linked the musical and spoken word performances, which focussed on the changing experiences of the soldiers, including former High School pupils, as the war progressed.  Our audience of parents, pupils, former pupils, guests and friends of the school, were given the words to the evening’s songs and encouraged to join in with our Advanced Higher History and Music pupils who led the keenly participative crowd in  the ‘trench’, ‘marching’ and Music Hall songs of the time.

There were also solo singing performances, a group performance from our S6 Girls’ Sextet, recitals of wartime poetry and further musical performances amongst the evening’s programme, all intended to encapsulate the mood of Britain during war-time.  Our poignant evening was rounded off with a recital of the poem ‘For The Fallen,’ before a performance of The School Song by the S6 girls’ Sextet and ‘The Last Post’, performed by two trumpeters from S4.

As well as commemorating through words and music, the evening also gave us the chance to remember the fallen in different ways.  Miss Nikki Sutherland gave a brief presentation on the digitisation of the school’s Book of Remembrance, which contains pictures and biographies of former pupils who died in the war.  As well as this, she explained ‘The Field of Crosses,’ the school’s commemoration to those who died in the war.  Since half-term, pupils and staff had being planting Crosses of Remembrance in the specially created Field of Crosses, in the Science Courtyard.  On each cross is written the name and year of death of a High School Former Pupil.  On the evening, our guests were invited to do the same during the interval, by purchasing a Cross of Remembrance for a donation to the Poppyscotland appeal and placing it amongst our Field of Crosses.  These will remain in the courtyard until our Annual Remembrance Service on November 11th.

The evening was not only a heartfelt commemoration for those who fought and died during the war, but also an opportunity for us to help raise money for the Poppyscotland appeal.  We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who gave their time so generously to help organise the event, as well as all those who took part, making this poignant evening such a success. 

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As part of the project which has seen the digitsation of our First World War Book of Remembrance, it is the hope of the school to digitise our Second World War Book of Remembrance and provide online access to these books in the future.

Images from our Commemoration Evening and of our Field of Crosses can be seen below:

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Transitus Hallowe'en Party took place this week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/transitus-spooky-halloween-party/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/transitus-spooky-halloween-party/ Our three Young Enterprise companies - Avventura, iWood and Nisum - joined forces to event manage a spooky Transitus Hallowe'en Party earlier this week. 

Each of the Managing Directors of the 3 companies created a project team to manage the evening.  From decorating the hall after school, deciding on games to be played throughout the evening, timing of events, buying the ever important Freddos and crisps and putting the hall back together again at the end of the evening, all companies participated very well to give our Transitus pupils an enjoyable evening, with some fantastic costumes!

As the Young Enterprise coordinator for the school, Mrs Milne had a vast amount of work to do in ensuring that our three companies got everything right on the night, as well as helping decorate the school corridors and hall on the evening and tidying up afterwards.  It is through her and our companies' hard work that we enjoyed such a successful evening.

Our gratitude must also go to the Captains' Committee, who performed a sketch of 3 short scary stories, to S6 pupil Tom Milne, who provided the Light and Sound effects for the captains and throughout the evening, to the school janitors who helped in setting up, to Mrs Sim, who took photos throughout the night and to Dr Nicholl, Miss Sutherland, Mrs Morrison, Mr Campbell, Mr Jensen and Mr Leighton who made sure our little ghouls didn’t scare too many people!

Some images from the evening (including a selection of the brilliant costumes on show) can be seen below

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Dramatic Penalty Victory in West District Senior Hockey Tournament http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/dramatic-penalty-victory-for-our-1st-xi-girls/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/dramatic-penalty-victory-for-our-1st-xi-girls/ Accompanied by Mrs Cox, our 1st XI girls’ hockey side were in very good form yesterday, successfully winning the West District Senior Tournament at Windyedge.

The school hosted our own group stage, with the other group and the final taking place at Windyedge. Our girls performed strongly to win the group section, which included Hutchesons Grammar School, Craigholme School and Glasgow Academy.

The girls advanced to a semi-final with St Aloysius, edging a tight affair by a single goal and leading to a final against Kelvinside Academy at Windyedge.  In a very exciting match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, our girls eventually came out on top, winning 2-1 on running penalties, to secure the shield.

We would like to congratulate our 1st XI squad on an excellent performance, as well as extending our congratulations to all the other schools who took part in an exhilarating tournament, played in the right spirit.

 

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Extraordinary Success at Glasgow Schools' Swimming Finals http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/extraordinary-success-at-glasgow-schools-swimming-finals/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/extraordinary-success-at-glasgow-schools-swimming-finals/ The Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals took place this Monday (Mon 27th Oct) at Whitehill Pool.  Accompanied by Mr Barrett and Mrs Cox, our pupils were in great form, achieving extraordinary success in the pool.  We achieved 30 individual medals (11 Gold, 11 Silver, 8 Bronze), 8 relay medals (5 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze) and a Gold and Bronze medal in Lifesaving, with many students attaining medals in multiple events.

We congratulate our star swimmers on their magnificent success. 

 

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'All Shook Up' Rehearsal Weekend http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/all-shook-up-rehearsal-weekend/ Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/all-shook-up-rehearsal-weekend/ The cast of this year’s Senior Musical Production, ‘All Shook Up!’, have returned from an intensive rehearsal weekend at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, beginning on Friday evening and finishing yesterday afternoon.   

Everybody worked extremely hard over the course of the weekend, with Friday and Saturday being spent concentrating on the singing and dancing that will make up next month’s performance.  Sunday was devoted to the first full run through of the show, with all the principals performing in front of an audience including the rest of the cast and the staff who were in attendance.  The show has made huge leaps forward in preparation for the performances from Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st November 2014.  

It wasn’t all work however – there was a Halloween Party on the Saturday evening to allow everyone to relax and play some party games!  An enormous thanks goes out to the staff and pupils who gave up their time to make the weekend such a success and to Mr James who brought his catering skills to Auchengillan to keep everybody well fed.  We’re sure it will pay off come show time!

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Royal National Mòd Success for High School Siblings http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/royal-national-mòd-success-for-high-school-siblings/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/royal-national-mòd-success-for-high-school-siblings/ We were delighted to hear of yet more success for our pupils – this time in the Royal National Mòd event that took place in Inverness last week.  Three siblings from the Callan family won competitions in the annual event that showcases and celebrates Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, providing opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.

Cathal (Transitus) won the Folk Tale (9-10 years) and Traditional Solo (boys under 13) competitions, as well as finishing 2nd in Poetry Recitation (11-12 years) and equal 3rd in Vocal Solo (11-12 years).

Màiri (S3) won the Poetry Recitation (13-15 years) competition, as well as finishing 2nd in the Traditional Solo Silver Medal competition and 2nd in Prescribed Solo Singing (13-15 years).

Mìcheal (S4) won the Traditional Silver Solo Medal (boys 13-15) as well as the Ann Kelly McDonald Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for the highest total mark between the boys and girls Traditional Fluent competitions.

Everyone at the High School would like to congratulate Cathal, Màiri and Mìcheal on their wonderful success. Hopefully they can repeat their success when the National Mòd returns next year in Oban.

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S3 German Exchange http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/s3-german-exchange/ Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/s3-german-exchange/ Miss McAllister and Mr Campbell accompanied 18 S3 pupils as they travelled to Nuremberg earlier this month for the second leg of the German Exchange with the Melanchthon-Gymnasium High School, who had visited Scotland in early June.

Pupils were hosted for the week by their partner's families and experienced both school and family life in Germany. Cultural visits included a walking tour of Nuremberg and its castle, a day trip to Munich, a visit to the Nazi Party Rally grounds and museum and a trip to the courtroom of the Nuremberg trials.  

The pupils had a fantastic time soaking up a different culture and our best wishes go to the families who hosted our students.  A few images from the trip can be seen below

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S5 Pupil Represents Scotland in Faldo Series Grand Final http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/matthew-dalrymple-faldo-series/ Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/matthew-dalrymple-faldo-series/ S5 pupil Matthew Dalrymple is representing Scotland in the Under 16 Faldo Series Europe Grand Golf Final at The Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA this week (22nd - 24th October).  Matthew won his place in the Grand Final with the best U16 scorecard in The Faldo Scottish Championship at Panmure in June this year.  

“Going to the Grand Europe Golf Final in the States is a brilliant opportunity for me”, says Matthew. 

“I am excited about representing Scotland in the Under 16s in such a prestigious golfing event on the famous Old White Course at The Greenbrier”.

Matthew, who has played golf for both Scotland U16 and Renfrewshire Area, is a member of Lochwinnoch Golf Club and is also part of The High School of Glasgow Golf Team.   In the U16 Scotland team against France this summer in North Berwick, he beat the French boys’ golf champion. 

Matthew, who only took up golf as a sport three years ago, will be competing on one of the courses designed by American golfing legend Charles Blair Macdonald, who was introduced to golf while studying at St Andrews University in the 1870s.  The Old White Course celebrates its 100th birthday this year.    

The Faldo Series was set up in 1996 by Sir Nick Faldo, to nurture the next generation of golf champions.  Over 7,000 young golfers aged between 12 and 21 took part this year in forty tournaments across thirty countries worldwide.  World number one golfer and four times major champion, Rory McIlroy is a previous Faldo Series winner.

Everyone at the school wishes Matthew well in the tournament.

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Law House raise £4000 in their annual fundraising week http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/law-house-fundraising-week/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/law-house-fundraising-week/ Law House recently held their fundraising week, with the money raised going towards the ‘Children’s Home for Hope’, an orphanage in Cape Coast, Ghana.  The orphanage was founded by Elvis Donkoh and currently houses 25 children – sadly, over half of whom have aids.  Law House aimed to raise money to construct and equip 2 rooms in a clinic for the orphanage in order to help treat children who are the victims of aids.

Three of our 6th year pupils joined 12 others from throughout Europe last summer in visiting the orphanage in Ghana, where they helped out in school painting projects and taught kindergarten children at the local school.  Our students were deeply moved by their time there, getting to know so many children at the orphanage, as well as living with a host family. 

Because of this experience, Law House chose to raise money for the Children’s Home for Hope.  They had initially hoped to raise £3000 for this project through various activities including having the chance to ‘soak-a-captain,’ hosting a carnival, with each year group in charge of a stall, selling cake and candy, with baking donated by Law House pupils, hosting the Law House film show and ending the week with a non-uniform day.  Many pupils grasped this chance enthusiastically, attending school in fancy dress, with costumes ranging from pirates to princesses, Stormtroopers to The Joker and Austin Powers to Luigi and Mario – we even had two Cookie Monsters!    

We are delighted to report that at last count, with donations still coming in, Law House have exceeded their initial target, having currently raised around £4000.  This is a magnificent achievement from both Law House and all who so generously donated to the cause.

There are images from throughout the week in the gallery below

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Annual London Club President's Lunch http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/annual-london-club-presidents-lunch/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/annual-london-club-presidents-lunch/ The annual London Club President's Lunch was held on Thursday 9th October in the Caledonian Club and was well attended as always.  Later in the evening the Rector and the Club co-hosted our autumn Drinks Reception at Davy's Wine Bar, principally for younger FPs living in the London area.  It was great to see so many at both events taking the chance to catch up with old friends.

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2014 Fraser Lecture http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/2014-fraser-lecture/ Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/2014-fraser-lecture/ The Annual Fraser Lecture took place yesterday, capturing the imaginations of our Sixth Form and those 5th year pupils studying Higher History.  The Chair of the school’s Board of Governors Mr Brian Adair and Vice Chair Mr Raymond Williamson were amongst guests and staff present to hear Professor Sir Hew Strachan, the pre-eminent Historian on World War I, deliver a lecture on the subject of “1914 – The Last Great War.”

In this year of the centenary of the outbreak of The First World War, Professor Strachan gave an informative lecture, exploring his topic in a way that his audience were not necessarily expecting.  He analysed the views of the historians from the 20th century, and in doing so, he placed ‘The Great War’ in context, discussing how historians of the time sought to understand The First World War through the framework of the Napoleonic Wars that had preceded it nearly a century before.  He considered the similarities which tied both conflicts together and the differences which separated them.  

In looking at the impact of the late 18th and 19th century conflicts on British military and historical responses to the outbreak of conflict in 1914, Professor Strachan also found time to comment on the roles of Lord Clyde and Sir John Moore, both former pupils of the High School of Glasgow in the late 18th and 19th century and their important contributions to strategy and soldiering in the early 19th century.  He then discussed the period of War from 1914-1918, focussing on the different attitudes of the nations who took part, before taking time to answer in depth a wide range of questions from the audience.

Professor Strachan is currently the Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford and a graduate and former Fellow and Research Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has been a senior lecturer in War Studies and International Affairs at the Royal Military Institute, Sandhurst and was previously the professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow and Director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies from 1992 to 2001. A highly decorated individual who has occupied important roles such as being a Specialist Advisor on the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy and serving as a Director for the Leverhulme Programme, ‘The Changing Character of War’, at The University of Oxford from 2004 to 2012. Professor Strachan has authored some of the key texts today on the First World War.

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This was undoubtedly a most successful Fraser Lecture and we thank Professor Strachan for his time, his warmth and his generosity and for delivering a fascinating lecture to our students a century on from ‘The Great War.’

 

 

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Annual Glasgow High School Club Dinner http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/annual-glasgow-high-school-club-dinner/ Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/annual-glasgow-high-school-club-dinner/ Our Glasgow High School Club Dinner took place on Friday evening at the school, drawing together nearly 240 guests including former pupils and friends, current staff members and our school captains for a funny and, at times, poignant evening. 

Guests were welcomed by our Piper, Moore House captain Harry Mackenzie, before a drinks reception in The Jimmie Ireland Stand.  The Top Table, including The President of The Glasgow High School Club Eric Hugh, our Rector Colin Mair, guest speakers Anne Curie and Jack Perry CBE and our School Captains Charlotte Gilbride  and Adam Atri, were piped in to the Assembly Hall, after which the School Jazz Band entertained guests with a few songs prior to dinner being served.  The delicious meal was catered for by Chef Allan James.

The entertainment continued after dinner with a number of toasts.  We began with a toast to The Queen by Eric Hugh, followed by a toast to the School and the Club, given by Anne Currie, former Governor and a former parent of the School.  The initial reply was given by Colin Mair, attending his final High School Club Dinner as Rector of the School.  Having been Rector since 2004 and having been with the School for nearly 40 years, he received a standing ovation after delivering his final reply to the Club Dinner as Rector.  Our School Captains then gave a round-up of the school year, sharing their experiences as current pupils of the school. 

A toast to our guests was then proposed by Club President Eric Hugh, and Jack Perry CBE, replied.  Mr Perry is a former Glasgow Academy pupil, and his speech touched light-heartedly on the rivalry between the two schools.  He also spoke very fondly of the importance of the Glasgow High School Club to the school’s existence, and vice versa.   The toasts concluded with a vote of thanks from former pupil Ronnie Gourley before the night ended with our School Song.

The night was organised by Dinner Convenor for the Club, Mr Kerr Docherty, with able assistance from The School Development Office, in the shape of Development Director Mrs Karen McDonald and Development Assistant Mr James Brechany.  We’d like to extend our thanks to those involved in the organisation and running of the event and to all those who attended.  We’re already looking forward to hosting the event again in 2015.

Some image from the evening can be seen below

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Higher Geography Fieldtrip to Arran http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/higher-geography-fieldtrip-arran/ Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/higher-geography-fieldtrip-arran/ Accompanied by Miss Cowan, 30 Higher Geography pupils yesterday travelled to Lochranza on sunny Arran.  On a beautiful day, our Geographers were able to complete beach profiles, studying the impact of constructive and destructive waves on the formation of beaches.  They then carried out an interrupted belt transect to assess whether longshore drift is occurring on the stretch of coastline between Catacol and Lochranza, before heading home after a productive day. 

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S6 Pupil becomes Pipe Sergeant http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/gregor-norris-pipe-sergeant/ Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/gregor-norris-pipe-sergeant/ We were delighted to hear that current S6 pupil Gregor Norris has been appointed as the Pipe Sergeant of the Senior Band for the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.  

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland brings together Scotland's most talented young musicians to perform at various distinguished events, including the recent Ryder Cup Gala event.  To be appointed to this prestigious role is a great honour and a tribute to Gregor's wonderful piping skills.  We congratulate him on his achievement.

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Biology & Geography Fieldtrip http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/biologygeography-trip-kindrogan/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/october/biologygeography-trip-kindrogan/ Accompanied by Miss Cowan and Dr Nicholl, 7 Advanced Higher Geography and 15 Advanced Higher Biology pupils spent three days at Kindrogan Field Centre in Perthshire last weekend, completing a range of different fieldwork techniques which were a part of the syllabus for their respective subjects.

Good weather, strong teamwork and camaraderie helped Geographers successfully complete tasks such as a study of a soil catena, a detailed analysis of the River Brerechan, some rural land use mapping and some geomorphological mapping, whilst Biologists looked at line transects across areas undergoing succession, studied sewage discharge on the invertebrate population of a river and compared species diversity in grazed and ungrazed grassland.

Some images from the busy weekend can be found below.

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Welcome to HMIE http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/welcome-to-hmie/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/welcome-to-hmie/ We were delighted to welcome to school today representatives of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) for a Quality Improvement and Professional Engagement (QUIPE).  Three members of the Inspectorate are visiting the school from Tuesday 30 September to Thursday 2 October to capture as much as possible about what The High School of Glasgow delivers and how it plans for improvement.

During the visit, Inspectors will be speaking to pupils, staff, parents and Board members both individually and in groups, visiting classrooms to engage in the learning and seeing some of the extra curricular opportunities that are available both at lunchtime and after school.  

Following the visit there will be a brief report to parents by letter via the school within a few weeks following this QUIPE.

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Commemoration Service http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/commemoration-thanksgiving-service/ The Annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service brought together pupils from both the Junior and Senior schools, along with parents, friends and former pupils, to celebrate the history of The High School of Glasgow on Thursday in the stunning surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral.

At the service we celebrated our links with the Cathedral and remembered all the schools that went before our present-day incarnation, as explained to us by school captains Charlotte Gilbride and Adam Atri. This followed an introduction from our School Chaplain and the Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, the Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley.

In between readings by our Senior Deputy Rector Mr John O'Neill and the President of the Glasgow High School Club and Governor, Mr Eric Hugh, we were treated to beautiful performances from the School Chamber Choir and Brass Ensemble. The prayer was given by Mrs Jennifer MacKay, Deputy Head at the Junior School, before the main address from the Reverend Roddy Hamilton of New Kilpatrick Church in Bearsden.

The service was a fitting send-off for the pupils before the holiday weekend. Many pictures from the service can be viewed in the gallery below.

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NYOS Success http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/nyos-success/ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/nyos-success/ Two of our pupils, Christopher O'Leary and Helena Downie, feature in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's video about the Summer Residential Course which culminated in a Commonwealth themed programme of music in Perth during the summer.  You can watch the video below to hear about their experiences.

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German Language Adventure Afternoon http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/german-language-adventure-afternoon/ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/german-language-adventure-afternoon/ All S2 Modern Language pupils took part in the inaugural German Language Team Challenge, organised by the Goethe Institute.

Pupils took part in 16 interactive fun activities (each named after a German city) such as directing a remote control car in German, watching German music videos and finding out about German-speaking celebrities, dressing up as German football fans, finding out about German brands, listening to telephone calls in German and doing a life-size German wordsearch.  It's fair to say the pupils enjoyed their foray into the German language

A selection of photos can be found below

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Excellent SQA Results http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/excellent-sqa-results/ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/september/excellent-sqa-results/ SQA Results     

In the SQA Highers, our 102 Fifth Year pupils sat in total 513 Higher exams, an average of 5 Highers per pupil.  They achieved 4.8 Higher passes each, the highest averages of any independent school in Scotland.

The overall Higher pass rate was 96.1%, with 66% at Grade A.   89% of S5 pupils gained five or more Highers in 2014.

In the Advanced Higher in Sixth Year, the pass rate was 93% with 58% at Grade A and in the new National 5 exams, the Fourth Year pupils sat on average eight exams each and achieved a pass rate of 95% at Grade A-C, with 72% of the passes at Grade A.

Colin Mair, Rector, praised the performance of the pupils, and the support they had received from their parents and teachers.

"Our senior pupils enjoyed notable success in the 2014 SQA exams, continuing the High School of Glasgow’s excellent SQA performance of recent years.  

These excellent SQA results complement our pupils’ participation and success in a wide range of extra curricular activities including, music, sport, expressive arts, public speaking, community service and the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.  

We congratulate all our pupils on another very successful year, with the support of their parents and teachers."

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Pipe Band Success at the Bute Highland Games http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/august/pipe-band-success-at-bute-highland-games/ Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/august/pipe-band-success-at-bute-highland-games/ Our pipe band were in action in Rothesay this afternoon at the Bute Highland Games and we are returning to the mainland having finished third in both the Novice Juvenile and Juvenile sections.  Congratulations to all involved.

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Jazz Band at Merchant City Square http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/august/jazz-band-at-merchant-city-square/ Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/august/jazz-band-at-merchant-city-square/ The Jazz Band performed at Merchant City Square as part of the Commonwealth Festival for Glasgow 2014. Here are a selection of photos from their performance:

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Queen's Baton Bearers http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/july/queens-baton-bearers/ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/july/queens-baton-bearers/ The school was fortunate to have five baton bearers taking part in the Queen's Baton Relay throughout July.

Georgia Callander represented the school as the Queen's Baton bearer as it passed the High School on Monday 21 July.

She met with the Rector, Mr Colin Mair, following her run along Crow Road outside the school.

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New Rector Appointed http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/june/new-rector-appointed/ Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/june/new-rector-appointed/ I have pleasure in informing you that, following a thorough and exhaustive selection process, the Board of Governors has appointed Mr John O’Neill, Senior Deputy Rector, to succeed Mr Colin Mair on his retirement in August 2015.

John O’Neill was educated at St Ambrose High School. He graduated in Arts with Honours in Medieval and Modern History from Glasgow University, and gained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Distinction at St Andrew's College. He joined the High School in 2004 from Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, where he was Housemaster and Head of Sixth Form. Prior to that, he taught at several schools in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

He has a very close knowledge of the High School, its ethos and traditions both as Senior Deputy Rector and as a parent, his son having joined Kindergarten in 2004. In his current School Management role, his responsibilities have included being in charge of 5th and 6th Years, the UCAS university applications process, Scottish Qualifications Authority exam arrangements, ICT management/development and three successful reviews for Investors in People Scotland status.

During his career, as well as assisting with debating, he has coached rugby, football and softball and organised a triathlon team.

The Governors have been delighted with the progress of the High School over the years and are confident that under Mr O’Neill’s leadership the School will maintain its current ethos and high standards of education in the future.

(photo credit: Colin Mearns, The Herald)

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Rector to Retire http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/may/rector-to-retire/ Sun, 18 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.highschoolofglasgow.co.uk/news/2014/may/rector-to-retire/ The Rector of the High School of Glasgow Mr Colin Mair is to retire at the end of the next school year in June 2015, after serving eleven years in the post and 39 years at the school.

Having joined the High School as a Latin teacher in 1976, Colin Mair was appointed Assistant Rector in 1985, Deputy Rector in 1996 and Rector in 2004.

In a letter to parents today, the Chair of the school's Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair praised Colin Mair's "dedicated and excellent service to the school"

"The Board is exceedingly grateful for everything Colin Mair has contributed to the High School throughout his career", stated Mr Adair.

Later this week the Board will be advertising the post of Rector and expect to announce the name of Mr Mair's successor in June 2014.

Mr Adair added "I am confident that the school will continue to thrive and look forward to an equally successful future under his successor's leadership"

The High School of Glasgow is Scotland's oldest school, dating back to the 12th century and the founding of the Choir School at Glasgow Cathedral.

Today the High School of Glasgow is a co-educational, independent day school for pupils aged 3 to 18 years.  It comprises a Junior School of 360 pupils and a Senior School of 680 pupils.  The school has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and for achievements in cultural and sporting pursuits.

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