The High School of Glasgow News Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 GMT umbraco Up-to-date information on what is happening at The High School of Glasgow en Scottish Schools' Road Race Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 GMT Nearly 40 S1-S6 athletes competed in the Scottish Schools’ Road Race Championships at Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline earlier this week.

All pupils involved competed extremely well over a challenging course to achieve excellent results on their return to competitive Scottish Schools' action.

Individual Results


  • Louisa Brown (S5) - S5/S6 Girls’ Race


  • Amy Teasdale (S3) - S3/S4 Girls’ Race


Team Results


  • S5/S6 Girls' Team - Aurelia Tiffoney (Captain), Zara Kennedy (both S6), Louisa Brown, Lizzie Hamilton, Anna McCallum, Maria Murio-Fernandez and Kirsty Wicklow (all S5).


  • S2 Girls’ Team - Emily Bacon, Ellie Burns, Beth Campbell, Nicola Dry, Olivia McKnight, Imogen Noonan and Eva Stirling
  • S1 Boys’ Team - Finlay Hannah, Jamie McDonald, Colin Nicol and Conor Owen


  • S3/S4 Girls’ Team - Emma Dry, Sarah HannahLara NolteGrace Noonan (all S4), Libby MacFadyen, Orla Parsons and Amy Teasdale (all S3)

Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service 2021 Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT With restrictions still in place, the 2021 Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service was a more limited affair this year, with only our Captains' Committee, Brass Ensemble, members of the SLT and a small number of guests in attendance. The School community were invited this year to watch the ceremony live online.

Reverend Mark Johnstone, Minister to Glasgow Cathedral and School Chaplain. presided over the service, welcoming welcomed those in attendance, both physical and virtual, before we heard from the Rector, Mr John O'Neill, and School Captains for Session 2021-22, Lucy Sillars and Maxwell Wang, who discussed the School's illustrious history and links to Glasgow Cathedral.

Catriona and Libby of Sixth Year performed Marta Keen's 'Homeward Bound' with accompaniment from Head of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, while former pupil, Fergus Inns (Class of 2021) was kind enough to act as our organist throughout the ceremony.

Readings were delivered by Mr Eric Hugh, President of the Glasgow High School Former Pupils Club, and Mrs Margaret Pollock, Deputy Head Teacher of the Junior School, while Mrs Heather Fuller, Head Teacher of the Junior School read a prayer of thanksgiving. The Address was delivered this year by Reverend John Purves of Drumchapel St Andrew's Church.

If you missed the service, you can click here to relive it via Glasgow Cathedral's Youtube channel.

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Annabel Records with NYCOS Choir Fri, 10 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT Sixth Year pupil Annabel has been performing with the National Youth Choir of Scotland's Main Choir over the past few months.

Annabel, the youngest member of this nationally acclaimed choir, has been kind enough to share what she has been up to recently, including a recent trip to rehearse and contribute towards a couple of significant upcoming national events:

"Last weekend I went away with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) to Millport for a short residential course.

We spent the time there learning the music that we were due to perform.

Whilst we were there we were involved in filming and recording for the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament (broadcasting on October 2nd 2021).

Further to this, on the Monday evening, twenty of us were filmed as we performed at the Kelpies in Falkirk for the BBC's 'Last Night of the Proms.'"

 Make sure you catch Annabel and the choir during 'The Last Night of the Proms'

Airing tomorrow night (Saturday 11th September) on BBC1 from 9pm

2021-22 Captains' Committee Fri, 03 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT We are delighted to introduce the Captains' Committee for session 2021-22.

Let us introduce you...

School Captains

Lucy Sillars and Maxwell Wang

Bannerman House

Ellie Adair and Sholto Kinghorn

Clyde House

Jenna Padgett and Finlay Davison

Law House

Catriona Gallagher and Michael Latter

Moore House

Jessica Mitchell and James Ballantyne

SQA Exam Results 2021 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT The School is delighted to be able to report an impressive set of SQA results for session 2020-21.

"The school session of 2020-21 was unquestionably a year of significant challenge for all pupils, teachers and families. For our S4-S6 pupils and their teachers there was also the added reality of a changing landscape in SQA assessment due to the national adoption of the Alternative Certification Model.

However, as reflected in the excellent SQA results recorded below, the resilience, hard work and dedication demonstrated by pupils over the session, aided, as they were, by the supportive commitment, professionalism and expertise of their teachers and the care and understanding of their families, has deservedly won through.

Pupils deserve rich congratulations on their SQA achievements, and our teachers deserve our gratitude.

This set of exceptional results also reflect the importance of the positive and supportive relationships between pupils, teachers and parents, which whilst a central feature of the High School ethos over the years, undoubtedly came to the fore in 2020-21."

John O'Neill



At Higher, where our open presentation policy once again saw almost all pupils sit 5 Highers or more, pupils achieved on average 4.94 Higher passes each. 94.2% of passes were grade A and B with 87.2% at A Grade.

The overall pass rate at Higher was 97.9%, with 73 pupils gaining 5 or 6 Highers at Grade A.

National 5

Fourth Year secured a very strong 98% pass rate at National 5; with 85.2% at A Grade. 

60 pupils secured 8 or 9 Grade A passes in all exams.

Advanced Higher

At Advanced Higher, our Sixth Year achieved a 94.8% pass rate, with 70.1% at Grade A

38 pupils gained 3 or 4 Grade A passes.

Young Musicians of the Year 2021 Wed, 30 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT The High School of Glasgow Young Musicians of the Year competition took on a slightly different form for 2021.

Taking place on Monday 14th June with no audience allowed to be in attendance, our talented young musicians instead performed for the cameras!

Click below to watch an incredible evening of music-making.

View the Young Musicians of the Year Final 2021 Programme


The two external adjudicators for the evening were Ken Walton, classical music critic for the Scotsman and co-founder of the classical music website Voxcarnx, and Nadine Livingston, Scottish soprano and former pupil of the School, who began her career in opera as an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera and has sang in a number of operatic roles with Scottish Opera and Covent Garden, London.

Our adjudicators were treated to performances from the four instrumentalist finalists: Fergus Inns (piano), Adam Insall (oboe) (both S6), Helena Downie (violin) and Danny Petrie (marimba) (both S5); and four vocalist finalists: Amy HigginsChristina Miller (both S6), Annabel Davies and Aarya Gambhir (both S5), with performers accompanied by Miss Gillian Daly.

During the adjudicators' deliberations there were two further performances from the winners of the Rising Stars performing platformMaya Marshall (voice) (S1) and Theo Stalin (saxophone) (Transitus).

Congratulations to all the performers on a wonderful evening of live music-making of the highest standard!


Award Winners

The Fraser MacAulay Award for the Young Instrumentalist of the Year

Adam Insall

The Nadine Livingston Award for the Young Singer of the Year

Amy Higgins

Senior School Prizegiving 2021 Mon, 28 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT Your chance to re-live the 2020-21 Senior School Prizegiving Ceremony

Taking place on Thursday 24th June on the playing fields of Old Anniesland, our Senior Prizegiving had a different feel to it this session!

Pupils and some staff gathered in the Jimmie Ireland Stand as we said farewell to the 2020-21 session.

You can watch the entirety of the ceremony below.

Sursum Semper!


Programme & Prizewinners

Prizegiving Gallery

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Senior Sports Week 2021 Tue, 22 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT Law House took home the Inter-House Championship Shield in our extended 2021 Sports Week.

Taking place throughout last week at Old Anniesland, rather than the normal single action-packed Sports Day, our young athletes battled it out in a number of team and individual racing and field events.

Sports Week Results:

  • Mile Cup: Boys – Finlay Ross-Davie (S5); Senior Girls – Aurelia Tiffoney (S5)
  • Senior Boys – Maxwell Wang (S5); Senior Girls – Zara Kennedy (S5)
  • S3 Boys – Harry Provan; S3 Girls – Lara Nolte
  • S2 Boys – Haris Ali; S2 Girls – Libby MacFadyen
  • S1 Boys – Henry Zhang; S1 Girls – Beth Campbell
  • Transitus Boys – Jamie McDonald; Transitus Girls – Layla Rowlands
  • S3 Girls’ Hurdles Cup (Presented by Mrs M G Jefferies) – Grace Noonan (S3)
  • S3 Girls’ Throwing Cup (Presented by Mrs B A Bell) – Georgia Rose (S3)
  • Pentland Quaich (Senior Boys’ 100m) – Findlay Rayner (S5)
  • The Former Pupils Cup (Senior Boys’ 200m) – Maxwell Wang
  • The Scott Cup (Senior Girls’ Hurdles) – Olivia Simmers (S4)
  • Discus Statue – Maxwell Wang
  • Senior Girls’ Athletics Salver (Senior Girls’ Throwing Events) – Amy Ashton (S4)
  • The Millenium Rose Bowl (Senior Girls’ 100m) – Olivia Simmers
  • Burma Bowl (Senior Boys’ Field Events) – Maxwell Wang
  • Inter-House Championship Shield – Law House
    • 2nd - Bannerman House
    • 3rd - Moore House
    • 4th - Clyde House

Classics National Prize Winner Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 GMT This session, our Classics Department had an impressive 27 pupils, across three different age groups, competing in the annual Gilbert Murray Essay Competition.

Six pupils did well enough to be awarded certificates of merit for their submissions:

  • In the S3-S4 age group - Anas Al-Attar, Melody Ding, Phoebe Lever and Olivia Moulsdale (all S3);
  • In the S1-S2 age group - Molly Gordon and Landi Weng (both S1).

Sixth Year pupil, Marni Robertson, however, performed even better, as she was awarded the National Prize for Most Outstanding Contribution. Her winning entry, a modern retelling of the 'Theseus and the Minotaur' myth in the form of a play, saw Marni awarded a £50 Amazon voucher and a certificate for her achievement.

Well done Marni!

Future Chef Champion! Fri, 21 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT Amelia Hui of S4 was recently crowned the Scottish Winner of this year's UK Future Chef competition.

Due to current restrictions, this year's competition took the format of a virtual 'Bake Off'. Amelia baked a fruit tart, her inspiration coming from desserts of Hong Kong, which she then submitted in video and photograph format. 

Amelia attended a national virtual prizegiving event hosted by Future Chef on Thursday 13th May. The judges, including celebrity chef and Future Chef patron, Brian Turner CBE, said the standard had been "phenomenal" as he congratulated all who had submitted entries.

All of the UK regional winners were presented with a set of chef knives and chef whites which they then used as they took part in a cook-along with Michelin Star chef, Leigh Myers. A food box was sent to each winner with all ingredients required for the event. Amelia took part from home, thoroughly enjoying an incredible experience from an expert in his trade!

If you want to have a go at recreating Amelia's delicious creation, you can follow her recipe below.

National Biology Olympiad Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT A number of the School's senior pupils competed in this session's British Biology Olympiad, with five pupils winning medals.

The Olympiad competition this year saw nearly 8,500 5th and 6th Year competitors from throughout the UK test their biological intuition, logic and knowledge in a stimulating and challenging event.

Congratulations to Charlie Campbell, Catriona MacKenzie, Ella Smoli (all S6) and Annabel Davies (S5), who finished in the top 15% of all who took part, achieving silver medals, and to Danny Petrie (S5), who was in the top 25%, therefore winning a bronze medal.

In addition, Ailun Peng (S6), Tanvi Mantry and Maxwell Wang (both S5) were highly commended, while Angelina Antomarlin, Amirah Khatoon and Amena Shaikh (all S5) received commendations.

Congratulations to our Rising Stars! Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT The Transitus to Senior 2 Music Department 'Rising Stars' platform was held virtually this session, with every Transitus to S2 musician invited to perform and record a piece on their instruments or voice. 

The most outstanding performances in each year group were sent to an external adjudicator, Mr Ken Walton. He was most impressed at the standard and commitment of all our young musicians and was kind enough to share his final adjudication with us.

Watch the video below for Mr Walton's adjudication, as well as our winning performances!


Law House Fundraising Week Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT Law House brought this session's fundraising weeks to a close as they supported local charity, Calum's Cabin.

After Moore House's fully virtual fundraising week in March, Law House were fortunate enough to once again be able to host events in person!

Pupils of the Senior School enjoyed a week of fun that included 5-a-side football tournaments and a 'beat the goalie' competition, a scavenger hunt for Transitus pupils, a family Zoom quiz and, best of all, the chance to soak a teacher to bring the week to a satsifying close! Throughout the week the School community also gamely participated in a beach-themed cupcake challenge - congratulations to Maya Al-Najim (Transitus) who was chosen as the winner and Amelia Hui (S4) who was runner up.

Law House, alongside the tremendous support from the School community, has helped to raise nearly £2,500 for Calum's Cabin, a charity that provides holiday homes on the Isle of Bute in support of families affected by childhood cancer. Click here to find out more about Calum's Cabins

There is also still time to give to Law House's fundraising cause at 

Thank you in advance for your support!


Mathematics Competition Update Mon, 29 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT Despite the stop-start nature of the last few months, our young mathematicians have been in top form, achieving impressive results in recent national competitions. Well done to the following pupils on their successes:

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

In the UK Maths Trust Senior Challenge, a competition intended for Fifth and Sixth Year pupils, Joshua Liang of S3 achieved a gold award - he was 'best in school' and qualified for the British Mathematical Olympiad.

Jade Miles (S6) also won a gold award and qualified for the follow-on Kangaroo Round.

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

The UK Maths Trust Intermediate Challenge saw Second, Third and Fourth Year pupils competing, with six pupils achieving gold awards:

Zixuan Yao (S4) (who also qualified for the Maclaurin Olympiad)
Joshua Liang (S3) (who also qualified for the Hamilton Olympiad)
Godfrey Antomarlin
Alexander Ballingall 
Ritvik Maheshwari (all S4) (all three of whom also qualified for the Pink Kangaroo follow-on round) 
Nuur Ahmad (S2) (who also qualified for the Grey Kangaroo follow-on round)

UKMT Primary Maths Challenge

The UK Maths Trust Primary Challenge saw a number of Transitus pupils compete for prizes - Well done to gold award winners: 

Jesse Ji (who also qualified for the follow-on bonus round)
Lily Li
Jamie McCreath
Lindan Mulvey
Theo Stalin
Claire Zhang

British Mathematical Olympiad Competitions

Following on from success in the Senior Maths Challenge earlier in the session, Joshua Liang (S3) he competed in the prestigious British Mathematical Olympiad.

Another stellar performance saw him reach the second round of the competition, where he received a merit award - an excellent achievement! 

Meanwhile, in the UK Maths Trust Olympiad for Girls competition prior to Christmas, Zixuan Yao (S4) was awarded 'best in school', her total seeing her ranked within the top 25% of competitors in the country. Well done Zixuan!

Senior School Win Digital Award Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT The High School of Glasgow Senior School has been awarded the prestigious Digital Schools Award (Scotland).

Recognised by Education Scotland, the Digital Schools Award is designed to promote, encourage and reward schools that make the best use of digital technology inside the classroom.

Following an intensive virtual validation visit, the school received glowing feedback from external validator, Catherine Cunningham, who has recommended The High School become a mentor school for the programme.

The school was commended for its comprehensive digital strategy, its creative and innovative use of digital technology to enhance pupils' learning experience, and for an ongoing commitment to professional digital learning for teachers. It was also marked highly throughout, scoring over 90% in all five assessment categories, and achieving an incredible 100% in Digital Learning & Teaching, and Resources & Infrastructure.

The award comes as High School teachers and pupils return to the classroom following their second stint of home learning. The award recognises the hard work and significant team effort that has gone into enhancing digital lessons and teaching throughout lockdown, describing this work as 'exceptional'.


Digital Schools Scotland Assessor, Catherine Cunningham said:

"The school is clearly on a mission to prepare its pupils for living and working in the 21st Century and are well on their way to achieving this. I was in awe of some of the outstanding work going on across all departments."

Rector, Mr John O'Neill said:

"We are delighted to receive this award with its recognition of the commitment, collaboration and creativity displayed by our staff and pupils across the school; it has been a real team effort. It is especially valued in a year where the continuity of education of our young people depended upon the digital landscape more than ever.

As teachers we teach not for our futures, but for our pupils' futures. This award recognises that in all we are pursuing as a school, we are staying true to that purpose.

Moore House Fundraising Week Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT Moore House's Fundraising Week, the first fully virtual week of fundraising in the history of the High School, has raised more than £3,000 for charity.

Despite the incredibly difficult circumstances of organising fundraising events whilst pupils were learning from home, Moore House were able to put together activities that involved the HSOG community from a distance...and our community did not disappoint, living up to the participative nature of the School.

A huge number of High School families were proud pet owners, sending in their entries in their droves for Moore House's Cutest Pet Competition, whilst some smashing showstoppers were created during Moore's Bake Off Challenge. 

Mrs Elsby challenged High School pupils to keep fit by joining her in a 50k in 5 days challenge, while 6th Year musicians came together to perform a new take on the Foo Fighters song 'Times Like These'.

Thank you to all those who took part and donated throughout the week. The generosity of the High School community has once again shone through, as Moore House raised £3,095 for the Children's Mental Health charity, Place2Be.

This money will go towards funding the incredible support that Place2Be has offered to children for more than 25 years. Read more about the work they do at

Spring Term Highlights - Senior School Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT Throughout the Spring term, our Senior School pupils and staff demonstrated their creativity, resilience and work ethic by creating some memorable events to bring #HSOGHome to life.


Our highlights include: 

Health and Food Technology weekly baking and cooking lessons. Thanks to Miss Moore and Mrs Elsby who shared a series of recipes and instructions to keep everyone busy in the kitchen! Pancake Day was a definite hit! 


Where am I? 

Whilst we weren't allowed to travel, Miss Cowan, Head of Geography and Modern Studies, kept us imagining all the beautiful places we will hopefully be able to visit soon. Her weekly 'Where am I' series displayed a new virtual backdrop for her lessons and profile picture. Pupils were encouraged to guess where in the world the picture was from. We toured from northern Scotland in Skye, to Norway, Sweden, Iceland and beyond!




PE Podcasts 

Our PE staff kept us entertained with a weekly interview series putting well known sports stars in the spotlight. Pupils were able to join in the conversations and ask their own questions. Guests included Rachel Sugden, Chris Bennett, and Andy Black. 

Keeping Active

Throughout February, Senior Pupils enjoyed taking part in the Doddie Gump Challenge which quickly became our unofficial House Competition. The four House teams competed against one another, and against our very own PE staff, to see who could clock up the most miles walking, running or cycling throughout the month. 

After four weeks, the challenge in aid of Doddie Aid resulted in Law House being crowned the winners with an amazing 3591.74miles!


At Home with HSOG Music 

Our Music Department kept our Community entertained with weekly online concerts. Friday nights have become music night for our HSOG families. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our weekly concerts. 

International Women's Day 

Staff and pupils marked International Women's Day by sharing their inspirational women figures. S1 Modern Studies shared their inspirational figures with the class, virtually. Some of their figures included Emily Wilding Davison, Oprah, Janet Evans, Moon Byul, Alison Rose, and Bernadine Evaristo.

World Book Day - Masked Reader Competition 

Whilst our pupils couldn't physically visit our library to celebrate World Book Day, our teachers helped bring some books to life by playing 'The Masked Reader'. Every day pupils received a video of a member of staff reading a section of their favourite book, whilst disguised in a mask. Pupils then had the chance to win a prize by guessing...who was behind the mask? Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the competition, and we think so did the teachers! 


Spring Term Highlights - Junior School Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT With the Junior School closed due to the national lockdown, our pupils and staff spent the majority of their 2021 spring term working and learning from home. 

With that brought a range of innovative lessons and amazing pupil results.

From twice daily zoom classes to weekly zoom assemblies, pupils and staff stayed well connected whilst physically apart. Following the morning zoom class, teachers set pupils' daily tasks to ensure their learning continued. Our specialist subjects also gave pupils' weekly tasks to complete which ensured pupils stayed engaged, kept active and were being creative. 


Our Junior School Highlights from HSOG Home:

Junior 1 learned about the water cycle as part of their 'Under The Sea' topic. They read the story of Drippy the raindrop and created the sequence of the water cycle using pictures. 


Junior 5 continued their Vikings topic and learned lots from their interview with our very own archaeologist Miss Russell (drama teacher). 


In January, the pupils enjoyed the snowy weather, and sent their classmates lots of pictures of them playing in the snow! 


Junior 4 brought their Victorian School topic to life, with a day fully dedicated to life as a Victorian School pupil. Teachers and pupils were dressed in traditional Victorian outfits, and all portrayed the characters they had been learning about. Pupils encountered two very strict teachers with strict rules; no laughter, only being referred to by their second name and tasks such as repeating the school poem on repeat. The pupils loved the day and enjoyed bringing their topic to life, but are glad they attend a 21st century school! 



During lockdown, Junior 5 pupils read the story How to Train Your Dragon. Pupils then took on the role of journalists and had to write and record a news report. ' Oh no, the dragon's cave has been invaded! Over to our news reporter to tell us more...' 



To mark World Book Day, teachers recorded videos of themselves disguised in costumes and masks reading a chapter of their favourite story. Pupils then had to guess 'Who is behind the mask?' 


Keeping active! 

Every week our pupils were set new tasks for PE. From agility ladder work outs, to boxercise, and learning new dance routines! 


Art Attack

Pupils were kept busy with weekly art tasks and activities. From drawing Roman Army warriors, to recreating a famous piece of art using themselves. Every week art teacher Ms. Boothroyd created an online art gallery for pupils and families to enjoy. 


Throughout Children's Mental Health Week brother and sister, Aaron J6 and Anya J4, started their own YouTube channel. The pair uploaded videos every day  offering advice and tips to their peers. Well done both! 




Mary Macarthur - Suffragist and Trade Union Leader Mon, 08 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT On International Women's Day, we fondly remember former pupil, Mary Macarthur, a Scottish suffragist and leading trades unionist.

Mary Macarthur was born in Glasgow in August 1880, the eldest of six children to John Duncan Macarthur, the owner of a drapery business, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth Martin. She would later marry, in 1911, before having two children, one of whom died at birth.

Her story is well known - as a suffragist and Trade Union leader who supported women in poorly paid jobs, giving them a vital voice and fighting for better working conditions throughout the early 1900s and during World War I.

More than 140 years later, a statue commemorates her work in a park bearing her name at Cradley Heath in the English midlands.

Her name is also to be found on housing in London and she was an important enough figure in British history to have a Blue Plaque placed on one of her former homes by English Heritage in 2017.

Less well known is that Mary attended the Glasgow High School for Girls until 1895, where she edited the school magazine and became inspired to fight for these important political causes.

Her short, but incredible life has been summarised in this short video below, featuring her biographer, Cathy Hunt.

If you are keen to find out more about Mary's life, you can click here to listen to a podcast from the History West Midlands website.

In Memoriam - Mr David J. Williams Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT Former colleagues, pupils and parents will be very sorry to hear that David Williams passed away at home in Sheffield on 11th February 2021 from natural causes.

David was a highly experienced and committed member of the English Department from 1978 until 1992, and he will be remembered particularly for his valuable service as Clyde Housemaster, Scripture Union leader and school magazine editor, and for the many memorable school drama productions for which he shared the role of director with his Head of Department, Bill Seaman. His younger son, Jeremy was School Captain in 1982-1983.

David remained a very loyal and interested supporter of the High School from retirement in Sheffield, travelling north by train on occasion for major school events until relatively recently.

His funeral took place in Sheffield on Wednesday 3rd March.

We offer our sincere condolences to his widow, Bridget and his children Elizabeth, Paul and Jeremy and their families. 

Junior 5 pupil wins Scots Verse Competition Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT Our annual Junior School Scots Verse competition was a little different this year. Taking place on Friday 26th February, our eight finalists, pupils and teachers joined judge, Reverend John Purves, virtually via Zoom for the annual competition. 

Due to local restrictions and lockdown, pupils joined the event via zoom and listened to the eight finalists perform their poems from home. 

Reverend Purves said he was 'blown away by the talent of the pupils, especially their confidence and performance skills.

The finalists included Junior 6 pupils, Robbie McCallum and Niamh Ronaldson, Junior 5 pupils, Sophie Cowan and Cece Fuller, Junior 4 pupils, Chloe Cook and Amna Athar and Junior 3 pupils, Layla Weir and Charlie Donnelly. 

Following the performances, Reverend Purves announced Cece of Junior 5 as the winner, with Niamh (J6) Chloe (J4) in second and third place respectively. Cece performed her own original poem, 'Ma Wee Naughty Dug'. 

Well done to all our finalists, especially our winner, Cece, who will be presented with the Thomas Cup for Scottish Verse at Prizegiving. 

Watch Cece's winning performance below: 

Junior School achieves Digital Schools Scotland Award Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT Digital Schools Awards Scotland


Junior School awarded Digital Schools accolade! 

The Junior School has been awarded the Digital Schools Scotland Award. The Award, recognised by Education Scotland, acknowledges the hard work and huge team effort that has gone into incorporating digital skills into the daily curriculum. 

The school was marked highly throughout the virtual assessment, scoring over 90% in Leadership and Vision, Use of Digital Technology to Deliver the Curriculum, Resources and Infrastructure and School Culture. The school has also been recommended to become a mentor school for the programme, enabling other institutions to learn and take advice from the Junior School team.

In 2014, the school launched their one-to-one iPad device rollout, ensuring every pupil received an iPad for use in class and at home. This rollout was the catalyst for a full digital school's review and improvement plan.  

Embracing technology as a tool for learning and development, the school enhanced their delivery of digital learning experiences for pupils.  Junior School staff worked tirelessly to launch new digital initiatives such as: pupil-led digital committees 'DigiLeads' and 'Seesaw Committee', Apple Teachers, remote learning and teaching via Zoom, and improved online communications and reporting between teachers and families via the online platform, 'Seesaw'.

During these unprecedented times, the roll out of these digital enhancements provided the school with a head start in home learning. Teachers and pupils quickly adjusted to the online teaching experience thanks to their ongoing training and digital skills learnt through daily classroom activities. 


Digital Schools Scotland Assessor Catherine Cunningham said,

"The High School of Glasgow Junior School is a school which wants the best for their pupils and recognises the impact digital learning can have on their current and future learning.  They have travelled far and are on a very positive trajectory."


Head Teacher, Miss Heather Fuller said,

"The award really is a whole school team effort; and completely deserved by everyone. In light of the outstanding commitment our pupils and staff have given to home learning throughout the past year, it is a fitting accolade to receive at this time."


Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT The Story of Susan Singerman

Susan Gerofi, later Susan Singerman (pictured above left, with her sister), was a teacher of Modern Languages at the Glasgow High School for Girls. She never talked about what she had been through during the war until after her retirement but this is her story...

Susan was born in 1926 in Hungary and was an Orthodox Jew. She performed outstandingly well at school, graduating as dux in 1943, and was fluent in English, French and German. Despite her excellent exam results, she was not allowed to go to university due to mounting discrimination against Jews. When Germany invaded Hungary in 1944, the Gerofi family had to move into a ghetto with just one suitcase between them. Just weeks later, the then 19 year old Susan was sent to Auschwitz along with her grandmothers, parents, 12 year old sister, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. They endured four days in a cattle truck alongside 100 other people with only one bucket of water and one bucket for waste between them.

On arrival at Auschwitz, Dr Joseph Mengele, known as the ‘Angel of Death’ was responsible for sorting the newly arrived prisoners into two groups; those who were strong enough to work, and those who would go straight to the gas chambers. He told Susan to go to the right but sent her sister, mother, aunt, cousin and grandmother to the left - they all died. Over the next months she survived a number of other Mengele selection procedures. In one such selection, she thought she had heard her mother’s voice telling her to take off her glasses. She did just that and believed that this was what saved her life.

At the end of March 1945, the Germans ordered her and her fellow workers to embark on a forced march to Belsen, a concentration camp. En route, they were put in a barn one night and the next morning, when the prisoners awoke, there was no sign of their captors. They ran to the nearest village and met Allied soldiers, who liberated them.

After tracing an aunt and uncle who were found to be staying near Glasgow, Susan moved there in 1946, beginning a degree in French and German at Glasgow University. After graduating, Susan went on to teach at The Glasgow High School for Girls. She helped to form and run the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination which worked to raise awareness of racism and to campaign against racial discrimination.

After her retirement, Susan found the strength to begin speaking to young people at schools about her experiences.

Mr Ford for Christmas No.1? Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT It has been a very interesting week for The High Schools's very own English teacher and part-time festive hit-maker, Mr Phil Ford!

Not content with leading Bannerman's House Fundraising Week, Mr Ford and fellow teacher, Tim Kwant of Knightswood Secondary School, better known as 'Lapwing', have watched as their Christmas song "Hope Christmas Gets You To Me" has become a viral hit!

The song was written by Phil and Tim mere weeks ago, addressing the situation we all face this Christmas in the wake of the current COVID pandemic. They even enlisted friends and family to help with the socially distanced filming of the video in a deserted Glasgow city centre at 4:00am!

The song was released earlier this week, quickly gaining tens of thousands of views on Facebook and Youtube, and propelling Phil into the limelight! The story was featured on Glasgow Live, while numerous radio stations have began to start playing the Christmas hit.

Lapwing even have a very special fan in Radio 2 DJ Graham Norton who tweeted about how much he liked the song and his hope that it could be played on his show tomorrow! Make sure to tune in!

Taking a break from his numerous radio interviews, Mr Ford said he was

"...simply overwhelmed and just hugely grateful to all those who have enjoyed and engaged with the song."

He expressed his gratitude for all those who have chosen to listen to or download the song and hoped that the optimistic message of the song came across to all those who have listened, providing hope at a difficult time for so many.

You can find out more about the band or download the song by visiting Lapwing's Twitter page.

After a whirlwind week, Mr Ford is now taking the time to catch up on a slightly less glamorous task - writing his school reports!

Junior School Leads the Way in Mental Health Care Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT The Junior School have launched an exciting new health and wellbeing initiative for pupils and staff by forming a partnership with the Purple House Clinic

The partnership will enhance the school's wellbeing provision by providing professional mental health support to pupils, as well as giving staff the tools to help assist children in times of need. The school seeks to put health, wellbeing and pastoral care at the forefront of its day to day running. The new partnership will introduce specialist care providers from the clinic into the school setting once a week in order to support the pupil experience, train staff and work with teachers and small groups of pupils to provide relevant therapeutic support. 

Purple House Clinic are a team of Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists and Psychiatrists who provide services for adults and children, including services addressing mental health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities and behavioural difficulties.

Junior School Head Teacher, Miss Heather Fuller said:

'I believe this partnership will be transformative for our pupils and will be a very positive and welcome move forward for our Junior School community.

The Clinical Director of the Purple House Clinic, Dr Michelle Muniz expressed:

'We are delighted to be working with the proactive and dynamic team at the High School of Glasgow, keeping the wellbeing of pupils at its heart. This is so very important for the educational engagement and broader progress of children and young people and we are excited to see how the service evolves over time.'

Clyde House Fundraising Week Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT Clyde House hosted the first Fundraising Week of the 2020/21 session in October, with a monumental effort helping to raise £3,434 for the PEEK charity, and £701.44 for Combat Stress.

PEEK - Possibilities for Each and Every Kid - seek to enhance possibilities for children and young people in Glasgow and throughout the country. They are currently raising money for 'PEEK-A-CHEW' which has been delivering food and hygiene packs to families in Glasgow throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Combat Stress offers therapeutic and clinical community and residential treatment to former members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder. Clyde House were due to support the charity in the final Fundraising Week of the 2019/20 session, but this was sadly curtailed due to the pandemic.

Clyde House supported these projects with a Fundraising Week like no other that had come before it. Due to current restrictions, they had to create activities that the entire community could safely take part in, both at a distance, and virtually. In addition, the sound of coins rattling in the donation bucket was replaced with tapping on a keyboard and the click of a mouse, as fundraising went cashless. All those taking part in activities in school were asked to consider donating to Clyde's campaign online through their Just Giving fundraising page.  

Pupils at the Senior School enjoyed a fun week of activities - our School Captains braved the chilly weather, allowing everyone the opportunity to 'Soak-a-Captain', while a number of pupils took part in the gruelling 'Person of Steel Challenge'. The school community were invited to take part in daily silent auctions, with lots on offer including a framed and signed photograph/football boot of the one and only Lionel Messi, lunch for two at Number 16 restaurant on Byres Road and unique artwork, including a piece by current Sixth Year Clyde House pupil Alice Basu.

The week came to an end with the classic non-uniform day, our Sixth Years once again displaying a fantastic assortment of fancy dress costumes on the day. You can see their costumes and the Captain's Sketch below.


Classics Essay Competition Winner Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT Three pupils from the Senior School Classics department were recognised in this year's Gilbert Murray Essay Competition.

The competition challenges pupils to display their creativity by writing about specific classical topics. 

In a very unique year for the competition, pupils took it upon themselves to complete their entries independently during the period of remote teaching whilst the School was closed.

Congratulations to Melody Ding (S3) who was awarded the National Prize for Most Outstanding Entry in the S1-S2 Age Group, which included a £50 Amazon voucher as well as her certificate.

Well done too, to Aoife Petrie (Class of 2020 leaver) and Sarah Paterson (S6), who were both awarded Certificates of Merit for their submissions in the S5-S6 Age Group, 

Captains' Committee 2020-21 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT The School is delighted to introduce the Captains' Committee for session 20-21.

School Captains

Christina Miller and Gregor Howie


Emily Provan and Rocco Stakis


Ella Smoli and Ryan Street


Abigail Buxton and Kai Morgan


Amy Higgins and Michael Alba

Captains' Committee 2020-21]]>
SQA Exam Results 2020 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT The cancellation of SQA exams due to COVID-19 this year, the first time in the 132 year history of the SQA, caused understandable anxiety and concern for affected pupils and families along with significant work and responsibility for Senior School teaching staff.

Despite some mixed feelings with the outcome of SQA moderated results on Tuesday 4th August, pupils, teachers and families were understandably delighted to see the Scottish Government amend the approach to results on Tuesday 11th August. This change recognised the individual estimates of schools and therefore allowed for a more accurate reflection of the hard work and dedication of pupils and staff. Well done to pupils and teachers for their dedication and resilience throughout a most challenging period and thank you to parents whose support and understanding has been unwavering over the past few months.


At Higher, where our open presentation policy once again saw all pupils sit 5 Highers or more, pupils achieved on average 4.9 Higher passes each. 89.7% of passes were grade A and B with 77.9% at A Grade.

The overall pass rate at Higher was 97.3%, with 62 pupils gaining 5 or 6 Highers at Grade A.

National 5

Fourth Year secured a very strong 98.6% pass rate at National 5; with 81% at A Grade. 

54 pupils secured 8 or 9 Grade A passes in all exams.

Advanced Higher

At Advanced Higher, our Sixth Year achieved a 93.1%, with 69% at Grade A

33 pupils gained 3 or 4 Grade A passes.

Diana Award Winner Mon, 06 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Sixth Year High School of Glasgow pupil Rohan McMillan wins prestigious Diana Award for his work with Diabetes UK. 


Nominated by School Nurse Jane Sim, with support from Diabetes Scotland, Rohan received the prestigious Diana Award for his work supporting Diabetes Scotland.


Rohan demonstrated his ability to inspire, help and create long lasting change for his community and beyond. Rohan stepped up to the mark by giving his time and enthusiasm to help others. The Diana Awards were held virtually on Wednesday 1st July, where only 184 young people worldwide received an Award.  Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.


Rohan said, "I am thrilled to have won The Diana Award, I have always believed that having Diabetes should never stop young people from achieving and getting involved. I have enjoyed helping younger pupils manage the condition, and educate our wider School about how to support people with Diabetes."

Mrs Sim said, "Rohan has been a great ambassador and help to myself and Diabetes Scotland. Having managed his own disease from an early age, he has been an inspiration to our entire School, I am so glad The Diana Award have recognised Rohan and his amazing achievements."

Allan Kirkwood, Volunteer Development Manager at Diabetes Scotland, said:  “Rohan is an exceptional young man and we are delighted that he has been recognised with this award.  As one of our dedicated young volunteers, Rohan has supported many children and young people with type 1 diabetes, raised awareness and vital funds to support the charity’s work, and is always enthusiastic to do more.  He has recently launched a new fundraising initiative as a spin off to our ‘One Million Steps Challenge’ where he has recruited others to join him in a virtual walk around the world.   Everyone at Diabetes Scotland would like to offer huge congratulations to Rohan for winning this award and a heartfelt thank you for all of his support.”


Rohan worked to support others with type 1 diabetes in school in addition to volunteering with Diabetes Scotland, a cause close to his heart. He has been the driving force behind the Law House fundraising week, sharing his story to inspire support for Diabetes UK. He believes that educating the whole school about Type1 Diabetes and detecting the signs of hypoglycaemia will help support those who have this diagnosis.

Rohan worked closely with school nurse, Jane Sim, and supported the school to gain the award of ‘Good Diabetes Care in School’.  He has been a buddy for younger pupils with type 1 diabetes which has been a huge success as he is always on hand to have a chat about practical and emotional issues that may arise. He is a fantastic role model for them, encouraging them to take ownership of their diabetes and not allowing their condition to get in the way of participating in all activities in and out of school such as school trips home & abroad, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and daily school life. Rohan has positive experiences of these activities first hand so is the ideal point of contact for these pupils.

Rohan is also a lay member on the ‘NICE Diabetes Update Guideline Committee’, which considers new national guidelines for diabetes care, providing vital patient input.




A virtual End of Term Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT To mark the end of the unusual 2019-2020 Summer Term, it was decided that end of term announcements would go virtual. 


The Junior School marked the final day of term with a Zoom Assembly, a tribute to Mrs Christine Ritchie on her retirement after 34 years, a montage of Junior 6 memories, the announcement of the winning ship, Lizard and of course a final chorus of the School Song. The virtual Assembly welcomed over 350 guests including pupils, their families and all the staff. Led by Head Teacher Ms. Heather Fuller, a surprise message from Rector John O'Neill and lots of videos of the 2019-20 achievements. 

 The Senior School invited the leaving Captains' Committee to a socially distanced mini prize-giving, whilst also filming the celebration to go live on Instagram and Facebook which saw over 700 people watch live. 

Mr John O'Neill and Mr. Kenneth Robertson announced live the winners of the Inter-House cups, and overall championships as Clyde House. They also announced the names of the 2020-21 Captains' Committee. 

The leaving Committee enjoyed some celebratory pictures and round of applause from House staff. 


It wasn't the traditional end of term celebrations that we enjoy, however we were glad we could bring our community together virtually. 



Our SLT shared a video message with our HSOG Community



Final HSOG PE Department in Conversation With Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT During #HSOGHome, the HSOG PE department took time to catch up with national sporting stars. 


The final two weeks saw interviews with both local national netball player Claire Maxwell and British golfing legend Lee Westwood.


Watch both interviews now. 


Claire Maxwell


Lee Westwood 




Previous Interviews are here.

At Home with HSOG Music Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Watch week 4 - 7 concerts here.


Week 4


Week 5


Week 6


Week 7 - School's Out for Summer


Week 1 - 3 concerts can be found here.

HSOG FPs Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT HSOG History department take time to research our Schools incredible history, including the stories of Former Pupils. 

Please read these short biographies of FP's who were killed in WWII. All three were killed during the events of Dunkirk, fall of France and the (very) early stages of the Battle of Britain.

Eighty years ago, a number of dramatic events took place which had a bearing on the future of the free world. In May 1940, German forces launched their attacks on France, Belgium and Holland. Within a few weeks the situation had become bleak. Both Belgium and Holland were forced to surrender while the bulk of the British forces retreated to Dunkirk. Eventually over 300,000 British and French troops were to escape by sea and continue the fight.

It is poignant to realise that not everyone got away.

Lieutenant Thomas James Steven of the Eighth Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed near Dunkirk on May 31st 1940. He had attended the High School from 1912 – 1917, and had also served in the Great War. His name is recorded on the Dunkirk Memorial.

Major Kenneth  McIntosh attended the High School between 1907 and 1914. He joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1939 and served with the 51st Highland Division in France. Unlike the majority of British troops, this Division did not escape. It was surrounded and forced to surrender to German forces at St Valery –en Caux on June 12th.  Major McIntosh was listed as wounded and missing on June 13th. He was later presumed dead. His name is also recorded on the Dunkirk Memorial.

Flying Officer Ronald Revan McQueen attended the High School between 1926 and 1932. In 1940 he was serving with 94 Squadron of the RAF. On June 27th, his Hurricane was shot down by German fighters over the English Channel. He was pulled unconscious from the water by the local lifeboat. He died a short time later and is buried in the Western Necropolis in Glasgow.

Leavers’ Course Mon, 01 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT With our 2020 Summer Term taking place away from Old Anniesland, we wanted to make sure our Sixth Year pupils still received the traditional Leavers’ Course.


Adapting to life during #HSOGHome, our Sixth Year team and pupils made sure they made the most of technology and created interesting talks, activities and challenges.


Connecting via a Facebook Group, the 100 pupils and teachers spent their final month in HSOG hearing from speakers, learning vital life skills and getting prepared for university life.


Speakers have included the astrologist Dr Sheila Kanani, a mixture of a Former pupils who are current 1st Year university students, SAAS advisors, and a mixture of current teachers.


Pupils have been challenged with weekly taskmaster challenges hosted by Senior Depute Rector Mr Kenneth Robertson, have competed in team Zoom quizzes and enjoyed Zoom cooking lessons from HFT teachers.

Weekly Zoom Yoga has also been a hit with teachers and pupils, who during lockdown may be finding the thought of transitioning from School to University difficult. Mrs Sim, our school nurse, has also been on hand to answer questions and help any pupils who are struggling.

The year group are making sure they don’t miss out on their final Sports Day and Senior Dance and are helping come up with ideas to bring these events to life virtually.


It may not be exactly how we wanted to say goodbye to our Sixth Year Pupils but we are proud of their engagement and attitude during this difficult time.



HSOG PE Department in Conversation With Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Every week the PE department interview a different sports personality as part of #HSOGHome

The videos are used to inspire and keep pupils engaged during working from home. 

Week 4 

Jen Beattie 

Week 5 

Jemma Reekie 

Week 6 

Broar Brothers 

HSOG Big Distance Challenge Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT With all pupils being at home during the Covid 19 breakout, Mrs McConnechy wanted to ensure pupils still got to take part in their Health and Wellbeing Week. 

The HSOG Big Distance Challenge was created. Pupils were encouraged to walk, run, scoot or cycle, keeping a total of the distance they have travelled. 

The Challenge was a great success with hundreds of pupils getting outside every day and clocking up the distance. 

Day 1 

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Captains’ Challenges Mon, 25 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Watch all the Captains’ Challenges here

Week 1 - School Captains Pippa and Bharath 

Week 2 - Bannerman House Captains’ Cameron and Connie 

Week 3 - Clyde House Captains’ Roma and Eoin 

Week 4 - Law House Captains’ Charlotte and David

Week 5 - Moore House Captains’ Claudia and Graeme

HSOG Thank a Teacher Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Watch their video now:


At Home with HSOG Music Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Watch the concerts here: 

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 3 


HSOG Thank the NHS Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT We thank the NHS, Carers and all keyworkers who did their part during the Coronavirus outbreak. 


A thank you from HSOG 


S5 pupils helps front line workers Mon, 04 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT It is with great pride that we share with the HSOG Community the fantastic work of current pupil, Angus Moulsdale (S5). Angus has been working tirelessly over the Easter break to provide free visors to help protect front-line workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Angus was inspired to produce the visors following the outbreak of Covid-19 and the huge shortage of PPE nationally. Once his Higher timetable was complete, he knew he was able to help.

Angus has configured his 3D printer to run 24/7 and has so far supplied over 1000 visors to NHS doctors, nurses, paramedics, home carers, GP surgeries, care homes, police and other key organisations.

HSOG PE Department in Conversation with... Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT  

Three weeks, Three Scottish Captains, Three Interviews. 


The High School of Glasgow PE staff wanted to help keep pupils inspired and engaged during lockdown so have created their own weekly video interviews, ‘HSOG PE Department in conversation with...’


In the first three weeks, the department have managed to get on board three of the biggest names in Scottish Sport; Scotland Rugby Captain Stuart Hogg, Scottish Hockey Captain Kaz Cuthbert and Scottish Cricket Captain Kyle Coetzer MBE. 


Each interview takes place over Zoom and lasts between 20 and 40 minutes. Different members of the School PE department ask the sports stars questions on their life at school, their journey to becoming a professional athlete and of course their sporting career. 


The department, headed up by Director of Sport Mr Phil Smith, came up with the idea of reaching out to their own contacts in the industry and asking them to take part. The weekly video interviews are streamed on the School’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram platforms for pupils, parents and the wider community to watch. Pupils are also sent the videos during their weekly PE classes. 


Head of Rugby, Mr Finlay Gillies said, “We wanted to created some inspiring content for the pupils to watch during lockdown. Many of our pupils take part in two or three School sports teams, some aspiring to pursue a career in the industry once leaving. We thought hearing from top sports men and women in different fields would be a good way for our pupils to hear first hand about what it takes and the dedication required to be successful.” 


The weekly podcast is set to continue until Schools are reopened by the Scottish Government. The department are planning on hosting some live Zoom interviews so pupils can ask questions to the athletes. 


Watch the first three interviews here:


Stuart Hogg interviewed by Finlay Gillies 


Part 2


Kaz Cuthbert interviewed by Becky Ward 


Kyle Coetzer MBE interviewed by Stewart Leggat 



Modern Languages Challenge Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT
The Department of Modern Languages is running a Video Competition, which is open to all pupils, both in Junior and Senior Schools.
  • Pupils should create a video clip and submit it to Mr Campbell at
  • The clip should be in a foreign language (not necessarily just in French, German or Spanish).
  • It should last between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
  • It could involve a pupil telling a story, singing, describing objects in his/her house, etc.
  • The content would have to be easily comprehensible to an audience (i.e. either the language would be fairly simple or the images would help to tell the story - don't go mad with Google Translate!).
  • We are looking for a bit of creativity and (appropriate!) humour.
All entries should be submitted, please, by Friday 5th June, which means that you might be able to use it as a project to fill a bit of downtime over the next few weeks.
Eco-Schools Young Reporters Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT As part of the Ecoschools club, pupils entered Eco-Schools Scotland "Young Reporters" Competition.

Pupils were asked to write an essay about a climate change topic which they were passionate about.

Third Year pupil Charlie Horn wrote passionately about The Environmental Impact of Fossil Fuel Motorsport and the benefits of going all electric. Read his entry here:


The Environmental Impact of Fossil Fuel Motorsport and the benefits of going all electric.

by Charlie Horn.

Throughout history, Motorsport has been dominated by cars powered by fossil fuels. As we now know, these fuels are harmful to the environment. Ever since cars have been around, there have been people who have wanted to race them. The first car race was held in 1867, and since then it has continually gained popularity and prestige. The legends of Fangio, Clark, Lauda, Senna, Schumacher and others have only added to the sports mystique. The sports impact on the development of commercial cars cannot be overlooked. Latest estimates show that around 490 million people worldwide watched the 2018 F1 season. 88.2 thousand people responded to a survey for WEC fans in 2017. These figures demonstrate the worlds continued love for car racing. Sponsorship rakes in millions for teams and track owners and helps the world's top brands stand out from the crowd.  Whichever way you look, autosport, and the worlds love for it isn't going anywhere. But it all comes at a cost.

So, what kind of problems does the pollution from these cars create? An article published in the Montreal Gazette claims that every year, the Canadian Grand Prix, held at Montreal's Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve creates a ‘bad air day’, a phenomenon experienced in Montreal where bad pollution in trapped between hot and cold air. According to Daniel Green of the Société pour vaincre la pollution (SVP), a Montreal based environmental organization, these bad air days can cause various health problems from asthma to heart attacks. Asides from the obvious pollution caused by the cars themselves, the sports main source of pollution lies with its logistics. The 10 formula 1 teams use an aircraft to fly their equipment and cars from one venue to the other, only a small amount of their freight travels by sea. Team members take commercial flights from one country to the other, while the drivers and top staff are transported by private jet. Pirelli supply thousands of tyres each weekend, if the race is dry, then the 2000 wet weather tyres are thrown away. Pirelli say they burn the tyres to create power, obviously burning rubber isn’t the most environmentally friendly solution.

If we are to address the problem of pollutant race cars, we must first find a solution. Thankfully, a solution comes in the form of the fastest growing racing series on the planet. In 2014, Spanish businessman, politician, car enthusiast and environmentalist Alejandro Agag officially launched season one of the world's first all-electric racing series, Formula E. Formula E (FE) is based on a mission to promote sustainable and carbon neutral development in several sectors, mainly of course the transport sector. This ties in to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 9 and 11. Although it may sound like a series for “treehuggers” and the farthest thing from proper racing, the championship is anything but. The series has attracted some of the most prestigious manufacturers in the world, and is the first time in history that all four great German manufacturers, Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche have raced together in the same competition. They join other established manufacturers like Jaguar and Nissan. As for drivers, the field is arguably the most talented outside of Formula 1. Le Mans winners and ex F1 drivers Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley, joined by other ex F1 Drivers Felipe Massa, Stoffel Vandoorne and other series winning drivers. On the environmental side of things, formula E ships all of its freight by sea, reducing pollution from air transport. Each car is only allowed 2 sets of all-weather tyres for the whole event, as opposed to formula 1’s 13 dry sets and 7 wets.  

Several other e-racing series have been suggested and developed. The official support series for FE, Jaguar i-Pace e-trophy, uses Jaguars all electric i-pace SUV. Through the lessons learned as part of the series, the regular road car has had 12 miles added to its range, a real example of how electric racing helps manufacturers to develop the carbon neutral cars of the future. In 2021, Extreme E, the first electric rally raid series will launch. Extreme E will race to raise awareness of damage to the natural environment, through their race locations: Ocean, Desert, Glacier, Arctic and Rainforest, and the routes will be planned with preservation of the environment at the forefront. The desert round will take place in the legendary rally city of Dakar. MotoE is the first electric motorcycle series.

So is there a value to electrifying motorsport? By now, many manufacturers have pledged to go all electric, either immediately or in the near future. Throughout history, top level motorsport has been a test bed for manufacturers the world over. If we are to see a boom in electric car production-and therefore encourage people to drive them-then a platform is required to test and display advances in electric technology. The environmental impact of the thousands of different petrol and diesel powered race cars can be a thing of the past, thanks to breakthroughs in battery technology. So yes, electric motorsport is certainly the way forward. But will die hard petrolheads accept this change? That remains to be seen. But for now, I know I will certainly stick with Formula E.

HSOG donates goggles to NHS Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT During the Schools closure due to COVID-19, Former Pupil Cameron Brown got in touch looking for our help. 

As a Trauma and Orthopedic Surgeon, Cameron knew from his time at School that our Science department held numerous safety goggles and glasses so asked if we would be willing to donate them to local Glasgow hospitals, of course we said yes. 

Cameron kindly volunteered to pick up the boxes from Senior School, and we were pleased to be able to donate over 400 pairs. 

During this difficult time we are pleased we were able to help the amazing NHS doctors and nurses in the fight against the disease.  

Calamity Jane Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT The High School Community enjoyed some fun in The Wild West last week, as they took in the Junior Musical Production of 'Calamity Jane'.

Taking place over a three-night run in the Senior School Assembly Hall, the show featured nearly 80 pupils from Transitus-S2 in a variety of roles, as well as some star turns from members of Senior School teaching staff!

Based on the 1953 film starring Doris Day and the stage musical adaptation of the early 1960s, 'Calamity Jane' tells the story of Martha Jane Canary, an American frontierswoman and professional scout, and her association with Wild Bill Hickock.

The production featured a number of upbeat musical numbers, with the audience of each night getting involved in a highly enthusiastic sing-a-long reprise of 'Black Hills of Dakota' following the curtain call!

From the on-stage stars of the show, to staff and pupil musicians, backstage helpers and everyone who contributed towards the success of 'Calamity Jane'....Take a Bow!

Calamity Jane]]>
COVID-19 Update Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT The High School of Glasgow is following advice from the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland. We will continue to review our position to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to our community and ask that all pupils and visitors to The High School of Glasgow support us by following NHS guidelines.



In line with the current COVID-19 advice, we have now closed the reception at the Senior School - Therefore, no phone calls will be answered.

Key Worker childcare has now been moved to the Junior School and any phone calls regarding this service should be directed there on 0141 942 0158.

School email accounts continue to be monitored during this time so should be used for all other correspondence:

General Senior School -
General Junior School -



As we are all aware, we are in a constantly changing and evolving situation. We would ask you to continue to work with us as we seek to address matters as we receive further official advice.

We will keep you updated regularly regarding our current arrangements or should we receive any further official guidance. We remain in contact with the Scottish Council for Independent Schools and closely monitor daily the Health Protection Scotland and Scottish Government information. Our recent communications to parents can be found below:


LETTER FROM THE RECTOR: THURSDAY 19 MARCH - Scottish Government Announcement and SQA Exams

LETTER FROM THE RECTOR: WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH - First Minister Announcement, SQA Exams and Support for Critical Workers




Contingency measures are in place to maintain teaching and learning online during the duration of school closure. We have also been providing further training to staff to support.

Junior School parents will be familiar with use of the SeeSaw app and the Junior School will make increased use in the event of closure. Each class teacher will add a 'Home Learning Activities' section on your child's SeeSaw page and this will be updated on a daily basis. This will provide parents with activities to work on at home if your child is absent from school.

For the Senior School, pupils should already be aware of how to access online departmental resources to support their learning. Teaching staff have reminded pupils of such provision this week.






COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.


Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

For further information, please visit the NHS website -







Future Chef inspires peers Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Our very own Future Chef inspires other school girls in International Women’s Day Event.

Fourth Year pupil Jessica Mitchell, who was crowned Springboards Future Chef 2019, has been enjoying a jam packed year of events following her win. On Wednesday 11th March, Jessica was invited as Keynote Speaker to a CMS Law and Developing the Young Workforce International Women’s Day Event. The event brought together a mix of high school girls and influential business women to listen, share and be inspired.

Jessica spoke about her journey since winning the Springboard Future Chef award, what she has learned, and where the journey has taken her so far. Jessica highlighted how she has used her network of contacts to gain more cooking experiences which have included work experience in multiple Michelin star restaurants and preparing a meal for the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Jessica stressed how hard work and perseverance is key, no matter how difficult it gets.

The event was hosted by DYW Glasgow who run events to inspire the young workforce. Alongside Jessica, television and radio presenter Jennifer Reoch spoke to the group about her career journey so far.

Since winning, Jessica has been awarded a lifetime membership in the Federation of Scottish Chefs, spoken at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference in front of 1000 people including prestigious chefs, spoken at the British Nutrition Foundation Conference in front of hundreds of Health and Food Technology educators, had work experience in Mar Hall and Gleneagles Hotel and also prepared a meal for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Bute House.

Jessica will soon visit London to be part of the judging panel of the 2020 Springboard Future Chef Competition and will speak on stage about her year as the 2019 winner, what she has learnt and what she plans on doing now. 


HSOG Sevens Success Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT The HSOG Hockey and Rugby Sevens Tournament took place on Wednesday 11 March with 16 guest schools taking part. 

The annual tournament brings together School Hockey and Rugby teams from across Scotland to enjoy an afternoon of Sevens matches. The tournament is the culmination of the Schools Hockey and Rugby seasons and is very much a celebration of all the hard work pupils and staff have put into the previous months.  

Old Anniesland came alive with eight schools competing in the rugby tournament and sixteen competing in the hockey tournament across Old Anniesland, Windyedge and Balgray pitches.  

HSOG rugby 1st VII and hockey 1st VII performed well throughout, reaching each cup final, with both coming up against George Heriot's SchoolThe boys fought hard in a tight match, scoring in the final seconds to win 21-15! Meanwhile, the girls narrowly lost out on the trophy losing 1-0 in the final.  

The plate finals saw Kelvinside Academy take home the rugby plate courtesy of a 33-19 extra time victory over Austin Friars School, while Hutchesons' Grammar School won the hockey plate with voctory against Austin Friars 

A great day was had by all participating pupils, staff and supporting pupils, parents and staff. 

Fourth Year pupil performs with Nicola Benedetti Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Fourth Year Pupil Helena Downie, a talented violinist, performs with Nicola Benedetti in fundraising concert. 

Helena who has been learning violin since age 6 applied, via video of herself playing, to be part of the Benedetti Sessions Weekend Workshops and was selected to be part of the advanced group and invited to perform with Nicola and the Benedetti Foundation Orchestra in the V & A Dundee at a fundraising concert. 

Helena said, 'I loved playing with world class musicians and learnt to relax and give it everything! I had to watch the conductor closely as there were many tempo changes but I watched Nicola a lot too as she is one of the best violinists in the world and so charismatic.' 

The amazing experience was topped off by Helena being able to meet her idol, Nicola, and world famous trumpeter and composer, Wynton Marsalis who composed Nicola's Grammy award winning Fiddle Dance suite. 

On the 7th and 8th of March, Helena took part in the weekend workshop in Caird Hall in Dundee where she worked on a mass piece (Bartok Romanian Folk Dances) that all players, from beginners to advanced, took part in, and on the second day worked with the advanced group to prepare a piece for the final concert (Elgar Introduction and Allegro). 

Helena said, 'The workshop was hard work but very enjoyable. Nicola was there the whole weekend and was so encouraging and kind. We learnt the importance of supporting each other and that it is okay to make mistakes as that's how we learn!'

Throughout the year the Benedetti Foundation have weekend workshops all around the UK, encouraging children at all levels to enjoy making music no matter what their financial background. The Foundation continuously fund raise with Nicolas help to ensure all children have access to the magic of creating music.

Law Fundraising for Diabates UK Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Law House raised £3,644.36 for the Diabetes UK charity at the end of February with a packed week of fundraising events.

Given that diabetes affects so many in the UK, including a number of High School pupils and their loved ones, Law House chose to support Diabetes UK, and in particular, their project testing drugs to defend against hypos. As hypos occur most often during or after exercise and sport, Law House chose to organise a number of sports-themed activities. 

Pupils tackled an assault course and hanging bar challenge in the gym hall, with a five-a-side football competition on Friday bringing the week to a very competitive end!

Away from the sporting side of things, both pupils and staff got involved in 'The High School's Got Talent', a celebration of the unique talents within the Senior School! Our Senior Leadership stole the show with their take on an Abba classic!

At the end of the week, thanks to generous donations from pupil, staff and the wider High School community, Law House raised the total of £3,644.36 - thanks to all who gave so generously!

Top Vocalist in Rotary Young Musician Competition! Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Singing his way to the top!

Sixth Year pupil Archie Inns recently secured first place in the Regional Final of the Rotary Young Musician Competition. 

After qualifying from the district final, Archie progressed to the regional competition, where he performed a programme of three pieces: 'The Sigh' by Gerald Finzi, 'I'll Sail Upon the Dog Star' by Henry Purcell and 'A Bit of Earth' from the musical 'The Secret Garden', by Lucy Simons. The competition encompasses all of Scotland's Rotary Club districts, with six other singers competing in the vocal category.

Archie's spine tingling performance catapulted him to first place, taking home the trophy for top vocalist. 

Archie will now go on to represent Scotland at the national final in Birmingham on the Sunday 3rd May. 

S3 Girls Secure Scottish Plate Title Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT The S3 girls’ hockey team won the Scottish Hockey Plate Final at Glasgow Green this morning.

The team qualified for the final at the National Hockey Centre by defeating St Margaret’s School for Girls in an exciting semi final in Aberdeen back in January.

The Plate Final was the first of many matches on ‘Finals Day’, the culmination of all Scottish Schools’ hockey competitions.

Kiera Davidson gave HSOG an early lead, from which the team never looked back. The girls were 3-0 up at half-time courtesy of another goal from Kiera and a further strike by Anna McCallum.

The second half saw more of the same dominance, with Kirsty Wicklow getting on the scoresheet, and another double from Kiera securing an impressive 6-0 victory and the Scottish Schools’ Plate Trophy!

Congratulations to the winning HSOG team:

Amy Ashton
Charlotte Bannatyne
Nicole Cartwright
Kiera Davison
Maryam Faisal
Eilidh Hill
Holly Hunter
Amy Liu
Anna McCallum
Maria Murio Fernandez
Eva Shepherd
Olivia Simmers
Kirstie Souter
Kirsty Wicklow

Team Medals at Scottish Schools' Cross Country Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Senior High School athletes took home one team Silver and two team Bronze medals from the Scottish Schools' Cross Country Championships yesterday.

Taking place at Hopetoun House, near Queensferry, nearly 50 High School runners competed at an unusually sunny Scottish Schools' Championships with four pupils achieving top 10 finishes. Well done to Fergus Currie (6th in U15 Boys' event), James Clark (S1) (7th in the U13 Boys' event) Finlay Ross-Davie (S4) (8th in U17 Boys' event) and Alex Jones (9th in O17 Girls' event)

The fastest four athletes from each age range counted towards the overall team position (and therefore, won medals), meaning The High School ended the day with three team medals.


  • U15 BOYSFergus Currie (S3), Harry McDougall-Smith, Rob Nicol, Jackson Adams (all S2), Godfrey Antomarlin and Alex Sevic (both S3)


  • O17 GIRLS - Alex Jones (S5), Charlotte Simmers (S6), Charlotte Sim (S5), Meghna Sharma and Claudie Quinn (both S6)
  • U17 GIRLSAnna McCallum (S3), Zara Kennedy (S4), Louisa Brown, Kirsty Wicklow, Maria Murio Fernandez (all S3) and Aimee Anderson (S4).
Graduate Apprenticeships Mon, 02 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Since 2017, graduate apprenticeships have become an increasingly popular option for School leavers. The opportunity gives Young People the chance to study a degree, gain work experience and get paid all at the same time.  

Thanks to the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017, more and more large employers are developing apprenticeship schemes with an average salary between £12k - £18k per annum. 

The UK-wide apprenticeship levy requires companies and public sector bodies, with pay expenditure of over £3million per year, to pay 0.5% of their annual salary bill to the government for apprenticeship training.  

These schemes are offering exciting opportunities for young people to learn both in University and in the workplace 

They are fully integrated with full-time degree courses so do not take any longer than only full-time study. Employers develop a custom model with partner universities to establish how much learning takes place in the workplace and when that will happen. It could incorporate anything from day release from University, to term time at Uni and holidays with employers, to spending a while erm working on a real project on the employer’s site. All workplace learning transfers into university credits. Every scheme is different but generally the majority last the university course length 

Once graduating, the formal arrangement with the employer ends, however a high number of employers are likely to offer graduates full time positions within their business.  

There are now graduate apprenticeships available in: 

  • Accounting; 
  • Business management (incl. finance); 
  • Civil engineering;  
  • Construction and the built environment;  
  • Cyber security;  
  • Data science;  
  • Early learning and childcare;  
  • Engineering;  
  • IT management;  
  • Software development. 


Former Pupil Rhys Evans, (former Law House Captain) is studying a Data Science apprenticeship with PWC at St Andrews says:

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of a graduate apprenticeship. I have the unique opportunity of not only getting valuable work experience but of also having a job offer for when I finish university. Doing a graduate apprenticeship has pushed me hard and exposed me to the workplace and I am very thankful of the position I’m in.” 


If you are interested in applying, start researching employers that run schemes and make an application through them. You can find most schemes here or on employers' own websites.

Below are some examples of successful schemes that are available: 

Robert Gordon University link with Aberdeen Football Club

PWC link with St Andrews and Edinburgh

Morgan Stanley link with Strathclyde University

Strathclyde Uni link with engineering companies


Find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships here or speak to Mrs. Evans to find out more. 


Are you a Former Pupil taking part in a Graduate Apprenticeship? Join HSOG Connect and let us know, we would love to hear from you!

Berlin 2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT 26 Fifth and Sixth Year pupils visited Berlin during the mid-term break, spending four days exploring the sights and sounds of the German capital.

Pupils took in a number of historically important locations on walking tours throughout the city. This included Checkpoint Charlie and the remnants of the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial Centre to the murdered Jews of Europe. The group also visited the Reichstag Building and took a trip to the top of the Berlin TV Tower for impressive views of the city. 

The penultimate day of the trip included a coach journey outwith Berlin to visit the city of Potsdam and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, a timely reminder of the horrors of World War II.

The final excursion was a treat for history buffs and football fans alike - a guided tour of the Olympic Stadium, host to both the infamous 1936 Olympic Games and the 2006 World Cup Final.

Some images from the trip can be seen below.

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Putting on a Jolly Good Show! Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Weeks of 'h-ARRRR-d' work and preparation came to fruition as the children of Junior 6 put on their production of 'Pirates of the Curry Bean' to delighted audiences over two nights earlier this month.

Junior 6 classes had a fantastic time on stage, appealing to the audience's sense of humour, entertaining all with their perfect piratical performances and growing their confidence in front of friends and family.

Junior School staff were very proud of what J6 pupils achieved, while a number of the children themselves had a lot to say about the show...

"Pirates of the Curry Bean boosted my confidence and helped me to discover skills I didn't know I had"

"Performing on the School stage boosted my confidence so much that I have now put my self forward for an audition at the King's Theatre"

"Pirates of the Curry Bean helped me to come out of my shell

"It taught us that hard work really does pay off!"

"It is one of my highlights of Junior 6"

Night One 

Junior 6 Show - 'Pirates of the Curry Bean' - Night 1

Night Two

Junior 6 Show - 'Pirates of the Curry Bean' - Night 2]]>
In The Fast Lane! Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Junior 5, Junior 6 and Transitus swimmers took home a total of 18 individual and 6 team relay medals at yesterday afternoon's Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals.

Amongst the haul of 12 Gold, 7 Silver and 5 Bronze medals won, a trio of swimmers - Charlie Adams, Brodie McAnkrah (both J6) and Lewis McKnight (J5) - each won three Gold medals. A highly impressive feat!

The full list of medalists can be found below:


  • Charlie Adams (J6) - 11 Years 25m Freestyle and 25m Breaststroke
  • Brodie McAnkrah (J6) - 11 Years 25m Freestyle and 25m Breaststroke
  • Chloe Kirk (J6) - 11 Years 25m Backstroke
  • Theo Stalin (J6) - 11 Years 25m Backstroke
  • Lewis McKnight (J5) - 10 Years 25m Freestyle and 25m Backstroke
  • 12 Years Girls' Relay (winning The Kinning Park Trophy) - Emily Dow, Nicola Dry, Yasmin Lamb and Olivia McKnight (all Transitus)
  • 11 Years Boys' Relay (winning The Milne Trophy) - Charlie Adams, Finlay Hannah, Murray Gill and Theo Stalin (all J6)
  • 11 Years Girls' Relay (winning The Dykes Trophy) - Amelia Campbell, Chloe Kirk, Brodie McAnkrah and Emily Shearer (all J6)
  • 10 Years Boys' Relay (winning The R W Smith Memorial Trophy) - Leo Noonan (J6), Callum Burns, Lewis McKnight and Harry Dow (all J5) 


  • Ruaraidh McCallum (Transitus) - 12 Years 50m Breaststroke
  • Olivia McKnight (Transitus) - 12 Years 50m Backstroke
  • TJ Fitzsimmons (J6) - 11 Years 25m Breaststroke
  • Chloe Kirk (J6) - 11 Years 25m Freestyle
  • Nika Changizi (J5) - 10 Years 25m Breaststroke
  • Harry Dow (J5) - 10 Years 25m Freestyle
  • 12 Years Boys' Relay - Ruaraidh McCallum, Michael Moroz, Max Van Der Horst and Cammy Wilson


  • Nicola Dry (Transitus) - 12 Years 50m Freestyle
  • Ruaraidh McCallum (Transitus) - Open 25m Butterfly
  • Olivia McKnight (Transitus) - Open 25m Butterfly
  • Christopher Franks (J5) - 10 Years 25m Backstroke
  • 10 Years Girls' Relay - Claudia James, Amber Murison, Emily Stevenson and Nina Zimmer (all J5)

Iceland 2020 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Nearly 50 pupils Third and Fourth Year pupils ventured north to Iceland over the February break, taking the opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes and captivating geographical features of 'The Land of Ice and Fire'.

The party had the chance to walk on the Sólheimajökull glacier and experience the numerous natural phenomena of Iceland including geysers, waterfalls, geothermal parks and the stunning beaches at Vik and Dyrholaey.

Pupils even squeezed in a history lesson, exploring Pingvellir, the site of the first Icelandic Parliament, and experienced the heat of real lava being poured at the Lava Experience, venturing underground to explore lava tunnels and learning about all things volcanic at the LAVA multimedia museum.

Takk Iceland!

S2 Subject Choices Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT It’s the time of year where our Second Year Pupils begin to think about the future, their careers and what’s next?

It’s Subject Choice time!

HSOG Pupils choose a minimum of 8 subjects for National 5 which they will study across Third and Fourth year, before selecting 5 of them for their Fifth Year Higher Qualifications.

Alongside their 8 National 5 subjects, pupils receive non-examination courses in Physical Education, Religion and Moral Philosophy, PSE and Careers Education (4th year only).

We aim to give our pupils as much help and advice as possible when it comes to career paths and choosing subjects.


Here’s our how to guide for choosing subjects:

· Keep it broad – you have 8 subjects to choose, so keep your future options open by choosing a broad selection of subjects, as you never know you might change your mind later down the line. Remember, English and Maths are compulsory and you must choose at least one language and one science.

· Ask yourself what do you like learning about? A key factor in a successful education is your interest in a subject and this is your chance to choose the ones you like.

· Speak to your current teachers about your progress and desire to continue a subject and get their thoughts.

· Speak to Mrs Evans, your House Staff or older pupils - they have all been through this before so let them help!

· Do your research – use online tools to research where subject choices can take you in your future career.

· Do what’s right for you – everybody is different and will have different strengths, choose subjects that suit you, not what your friends are choosing!


Use the below online tools to help make your decisions:


Remember, your deadline for completion of online subject choices is Monday 9th March 2020.

A Day in the life of HSOG Junior 1 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT The first year of a child’s school education can be a daunting experience for children and parents alike. Here at the High School of Glasgow, we want to ease any of the worry and hope that this insight into a normal day as a Junior 1 might be a good starting point.  

Please note: 

Every lesson and day is different, the below is based on Junior 1 curriculum, and HSOG learning and teaching techniques. 


A day in the life of a HSOG Junior 1.  


Drop off.Pupils arrive from 8am and make their way downstairs to their dedicated Junior 1 and Junior 2 area. This colourful space includes two classrooms for each year, a communal play and learning space including computer station, additional desk space for our Support for Learning team, Classroom Assistants and teamwork spaces. 


Assembly.Pupils join our entire School Community in the Assembly Hall where we gather to sing and pray, learn about our school values and other important themes, celebrate success, listen to pupil led presentations and welcome guest speakers . Assembly takes place every morning and is a great way for Junior 1 to hear about the entire School and start to interact with children of all ages.  




Morning Activities 

Phonics. Pupils work with the classroom teacher and assistant on their letters, sounds, letter formation and reading. With progression planned at an appropriate rate, teachers ensure all pupils receive personalised support to achieve.   



Numeracy and Maths.Pupils are introduced to numbers up to 20 to begin with and use practical resources to learn addition, subtraction, and patterns. Pupils practise writing numbers and focus on ordering, sequencing and matching them.  


Challenge Tasks.  Throughout learning activities, pupils break away from their desks and choose an activity station where they can be involved in interactive and practical learning experiences.   Each activity encourages pupils to apply recent learning to a play-based task. The challenges encourage pupils to learn independently, share and extend their skills through play.  

Challenge task


Break time. 

Pupils take their drink and snack to join Junior 2 and 3 in the Junior Playground where they can play, run around, chat to friends and get some fresh air.  


Specialist subjects.Every week pupils receive regular timetabled sessions with our specialist teachers. Our specialist subjects include Art, Drama, French, Music and PE and children move to the respective learning spaces for each subject. Pupils enjoy learning in a new environment and begin to develop their own interests. 


specialist subjects



Junior 1 have the option of bringing their own packed lunch or paying for a school lunch. Both Junior 1 classes arrive in the lunch hall before the rest of the School giving them time to collect their hot lunch and get comfortable. 

Playground. After eating their lunch, pupils head out to their playground with Junior 2 and 3 pupils. The playground plays host to a hopscotch area, a trim trail and lots of space to run around. Classroom assistants are on hand throughout playtime keeping an eye on everything.  



Afternoon sessions 

Class projects. Throughout the year, Junior 1 classes cover a variety of projects which are reflected in all their lessons and specialist classes. These currently include Superheroes, Christmas Enterprise and Nativity, Under the Sea, Day and Night and The Farm.  

Under the sea project



Computer Work. Adjacent to the two Junior 1 classrooms, they have access to their own computer zone. Pupils learn vital computer skills like keyboard typing, mouse skills, internet safety and logging on to their own accounts. All pupils are given their own iPad that stays in School, they use their iPads throughout the day to reinforce learning concepts. 


iPad work


Home Time. When the bell rings at 3.05pm pupils are either collected from the same secure entry door they are dropped off at in the morning, or taken to the School Bus, Out of School Care or after school club. A small amount of homework is given each day that supports what pupils have been learning.  

Pupils can stay at school until 6pm and take part in Out of School Care or an After-School Club such as Spanish, Judo and Taekwondo.  

Keeping parents in the loop  Parents are kept up to date on their child’s time at the Junior School through pictures, progress reports and homework exercises on the Seesaw app. Twice a year, teachers will also hold a Parents’ Evening to allow parents the chance to discuss children’s progress.  However, we always encourage our parents to speak informally to our staff at any time. 


For information on joining Junior 1, please contact our Admissions team on 0141 954 9628

Or register now for our Open Week 09-13 March 2020

Marvellous Musicians Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Twenty High School of Glasgow pupils have been selected to represent the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS) and National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS). 

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

The Symphony Orchestra is the flagship orchestra of NYOS, comprising more than 100 of Scotland's most gifted young performers aged 25 and under. This year, four Senior HSOG pupils have been selected to take part - Sixth Year pupils Reuben Gilson-Barnett (violin) and Archie Inns (oboe), Fifth Year pupil Fergus Inns (viola) and Fourth Year pupil Helena Downie (violin).

The School are also well represented in the NYOS Senior Orchestra, with a further five S3-S6 pupils being selected to take part in the orchestra which brings together the best young musicians in Scotland over 13 years of age - Adam Insall (oboe), Amelia Neilson (clarinet) (both S5), Annabel Davies (violin), Kevin Ren (violin) (both S4) and Zixuan Yao (violin) (S3).


National Youth Choir of Scotland

The highly competitive National Youth Choir of Scotland have also selected eleven High School pupils to perform as part of their various choir groups.

Archie Inns (S6), Amy Higgins (S5) and Annabel Davies (S4) have been selected for the Main Choir for singers aged between 16 and 25 years, while Andrew Whitelaw (S5) has been selected for the Training Choir.  

Kirsty Chalmers, Katie Leslie (both S3), Scarlet PenmanTessa Quaile and Alex Winter (all S2) were selected for the National Girls' Choir of Scotland (12-16 years old), while Transitus pupil Landi Weng is the youngest pupil to be selected, joining Carter Roberts (S3) in the National Boys' Choir of Scotland (10-16 years old). 

Senior School Health and Wellbeing Week Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT Treating the Body and the Mind

The Senior School community have once again immersed themselves in another successful Health and Wellbeing Week.

Led by School nurse, Mrs Jane Sim, and Health and Wellbeing Representatives, Hannah Ferguson and Jack Lord, pupils and staff enjoyed a week filled with activities that promoted the vital importance of physical and emotional wellbeing.

As ever, one of the highlights of the week was the 'Walk of Champions' Firewalk, with 63 S6 pupils and members of staff facing their fears by strolling barefoot over burning hot coals! (You can see more from the Firewalk on the School Twitter feed)

Pupils relished the chance to meet the dogs (and volunteers!) of Canine Concern Scotland's Therapet service, while creative flair was on display in the Art department with Mindfulness Art sessions and a Valentine's card workshop.

Some nourished their bodies with (at least!) one of their five fruit and veg a day by creating smoothies in the Health and Food Technology department, while others chose to take part in energetic zumba exercise classes in the PE department. 

Guests at morning assemblies throughout the week inspired and challenged our pupils. Tuesday's assembly saw Commonwealth Games medal winning cyclist Charline Jones discus her sporting career, while current parent and founder of the Finding Your Feet charity, Corinne Hutton, talked about the incredible challenges she has overcome in her life on Wednesday. Mental Health Nurse and Royal College of Nursing activist, Stuart McKenzie, celebrated nursing on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on Thursday, with comedian Stephen Halkett bringing a week of uplifting assemblies to an end on Friday, proving that laughter truly is the best medicine!

Next up...the Junior School!

Pupils at Ledcameroch Road will be following in the Senior Schools's footsteps by hosting their own Health and Wellbeing Week during the penultimate week of the Spring term.

The fun begins on Monday 23rd March!

Top Prize for Canto Choir Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT The High School Canto Choir were victorious in the U13 Choir Class category at the Inverclyde Music Festival last week.

The Canto Choir, a chamber choir for pupils in Transitus to Second Year, sang two choral pieces at Greenock Town Hall on Friday 31st January, impressing with their collaborative vocal performance and winning the U13 Choir Class trophy. The adjudicator said "This was a very well prepared and performed programme sung by a very focused choir...with obvious enjoyment and plenty of energy."

Well done to the choir - Anya Cowan, Kiera Davidson, Nicola Dry, Molly Gordon, Yasmin Lamb, Maya Marshall, Kara McCormack, Francesca Owen, Scarlet Penman, Harriet Reid, Emma Rossetter, Marianna Smith, Eva Timar, Mia Walker, Landi Weng and Alex Winter - directed by Miss Alison McNeill and accompanied on piano by Mr Robert Melling.

Miss McNeill said "Competitions are great for getting out and seeing the high standard of other choirs. It continues to inspire us to be the best we can be. I look forward to Canto performing at the 'Night At the Movies' concert at the Senior School in March and also at the smallest Cathedral in Europe (in Millport!) in June."

J5 Burns Supper Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT On Thursday 30th January, Junior 5 classes hosted a traditional Burns Supper for family, friends and invited guests. 


With class teachers Mrs. Pollock and Ms. Hallam at the helm, all pupils pulled together their strengths to organise the spectacular night. From learning  traditional Burns poetry and music, to writing and learning their very own Toast to the Lassies and reply, with a design team creating seating plans, place names and bunting, plus a tech team organising sound, props, visuals and lighting - the night wouldn't have been such a success without everyone's contribution. 


The Assembly Hall was truly transformed with 8 full width dinning tables, with families seated according to their 'Clan', and aptly decorated with HSOG tartan place-mats, name tags and event programme. Ms. Boothroyd created beautiful felt flower displays as centre pieces. 


The full evening was led and performed by Junior 5 pupils with Calum and Amber leading the way as joint MCs. J6 pipers performed to welcome guests to the event, and performed for the entrance of the top table and the traditional entrance of the Haggis held by chef Alan James. 


Following the lovely meal, pupils provided entertainment from traditional Scottish dance, piano, violin and harp instrumentals, and of course some Burns poetry including Tae a Mouse. The evening closed with guests and pupils coming together to sing Auld Lang Syne. 


A highlight of the evening was the hilarious Toast to the Lassies performed by Max, Angus and Dhruv and the girls response performed by Deeya, Niamh and Rachael. Both classes worked together to compile their ideas for the toasts and write the finished piece. 


Both classes worked around the clock to pull off the event, and boy was it worth it! Parents and guest thoroughly enjoyed the night.


Well done to all involved! 

Exam Top Tips Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT With our Senior pupils in the midst of their prelim exams, we wanted to share our 10 Top Tips on handling exam and study stress. 


Top Tip 1

Plan your study schedule. 

Don't leave everything until the night before, make sure you give yourself enough time to go over the relevant information. Break your revision down into small chunks, and form a plan. Once you've got a plan, you won't have any more dilemmas at the start of the day about what to work on.


Top Tip 2

Take regular breaks from studying - your brain needs a rest. 

Get away from the books and take 20- 30 minutes to let your brain recharge, if that means going a walk, going to the gym, playing your instrument or just watching TV. A break every couple of hours will help you focus and remember more. 

Why not join our Tuesday lunchtime Mindfulness Class in A8 at 1.25pm


Top Tip 3

Get enough sleep.

Don't stay up all night cramming from exams, your brain will be tired and unproductive late at night. Go to bed and start again refreshed in the morning. For your body's best performance get at least 8/9 hours sleep. 


Top Tip 4

Get support!

Asking for help is never shameful. If you are worried about exams, talk about it. Speak to a teacher, to Mrs Sim, your Housemaster or anyone you feel comfortable talking to. 


Top Tip 5

Make sure you are having a healthy balanced diet and drink lots of water!

Keep good blood sugars level to avoid highs and lows of energy, by eating slow-release foods like bread, rice, pasta, fruit and veg. Keeping yourself hydrated with water is vital to keeping your brain working and concentration levels up. 


Top Tip 6

Remember to breathe.

Feeling anxious before or during an exam, take a couple of minutes, close your eyes and breathe. Use mindfulness techniques to help calm your body and brain down before you rationally begin again. 


Top Tip 7

Pace yourself.

The allocated time for exams should allow you to complete the paper, however if you get stuck at one section don't panic! Move on, do what you can do and if you have time at the end go back to the questions you got stuck with. 


Top Tip 8

Be positive! 

You have put in the hard work, you know this! Take your time, read the question and be positive. 


Top Tip 9

Try your best - it's all you can do! 

You might not think exams are your strong point, but if you have put in the hard work, stay calm and do your best then you should leave with your head held high no matter what the result.


Top Tip 10

Avoid the exam "post-mortem”. 

You don’t need to know how other people fared in the exam. You’ve done your best, you can’t go back and change your answers so the second you step out of the exam hall, focus on your next exam.



Good Luck to all our pupils sitting exams. 

Remember, we are here if you need us!

Festive Cheer at Christmas Choral Concert Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hundreds of pupils and staff came together last night for an evening of festive music at the annual HSOG Senior Christmas Choral Concert, taking place in the spectacular surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral.

Welcomed by Glasgow Cathedral Minister Reverend Mark Johnstone, the audience of parents, friends of the School and invited guests took their seats and prepared for a night of excitement.  

Proceedings started with the 40-strong Junior School Chamber Choir who performed the beautiful 'This is the Birthday' and 'Away in a Manger', followed by the brilliant 'Clap Your Hands, Rejoice!'. The youngsters were followed by the Transitus-S2 Canto Choir, the Intermediate Girls' and Chamber Choirs, who performed a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas carols. The choirs were interspersed with a performance from the School String Ensemble, featuring solo performances from Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S6) and Helena Downie (S4). 

The second half of the show welcomed the 70-strong Senior Choir and Orchestra, following hot on the heels of their performance at the Scratch Youth Messiah Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Choir, featuring staff and pupils, performed excerpts from Handel's 'Messiah', closing with a rousing performance of 'Hallelujah' that had the audience on their feet. Soloists Pippa Meek, Maryam Khan (both S6) and Amy Higgins (S5) wowed audiences with their singing talents performing 'Air: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd' and 'Air: How beautiful are the feet of them'.

The Senior Choir brought the evening to a festive close with a medley of Christmas hits including 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'. 

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.

Senior Drama Production - 'Passing Places' Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT Ten pupils from S4-S6 entertained audiences over three nights in the Senior Drama Production of 'Passing Places'.

A contemporary Scottish road movie for the stage, written by Stephen Greenhorn, Passing Places follows Alex and Brian, a pair of smalltown boys going nowhere, who get out the only way they know how – doing a runner with a prized surfboard in the only transport available: a worn-out Lada. But the surfboard belongs to Binks, Alex's psychopathic gangster boss, and he's hot on their heels as they head north for Thurso – where the surf is up all year round.

The High School production featured Sixth Year pupils Guy Rose and Russell Ewing as 'Alex' and 'Brian', Lucas Barr and Gabriel Ommer of Fifth Year as 'Binks', and a supporting cast featuring Jennifer Lafferty (S6), Michael Alba, Gregor Howie, Christina Miller (all S5), Sebastian Harten and Catriona Gallagher (both S4). Nandi Salwan of Fourth Year was Stage Manager. 

Your Kindergarten Questions Answered Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT At The High School of Glasgow Kindergarten we are committed to providing high quality Early Learning and Childcare that meets the needs and demands of both children and families, offering flexible, affordable and accessible provision where possible. 


What is the difference between Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2?

Within The High School of Glasgow, Kindergarten 1 refers to three year old children, in their first year of Kindergarten, and Kindergarten 2 refers to pre-school children who may or may not be in their second year of Kindergarten.

At what age can children start? 

As of August 2020 we will accept children from their 3rd birthday, however all start dates need to be discussed and agreed with the Principal Teacher. Please note, childcare funding start dates may differ dependent on your local authority.

What time does Kindergarten run? 

Core Kindergarten hours are 8.45am - 3.05pm, however we do offer an additional wraparound care service from 7.45am until 6pm. 

Do Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 children play together? 


All our Kindergarten children follow the Early Level of Curriculum for Excellence which has been designed for children in the pre-school years and into Junior 1, perhaps later for some. We place importance and value on recognising each child as an individual, focusing on their age and stage of learning, alongside ensuring we provide developmentally appropriate opportunities and experiences to nurture and enhance their previous knowledge and skills.

We have plans in place to give pre-schoolers some unique experiences such as Kindergarten forest learning, specialist teachers in Drama, PE and Music, attendance at Junior School assemblies and a transition to Junior 1 programme.

How much is it to attend? 

Our Kindergarten is in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council. As funded partners in August 2020 we will deliver 1140 funded hours during our core hours of 8.45am - 3.05pm in accordance with the Scottish Government Blueprint for 2020. Outwith the 1140 funded hours we offer additional paid for hours including wraparound care service.

How does East Dunbartonshire Funding work? 

Only once children have been offered a place in either Kindergarten 1 or Kindergarten 2 for August 2020, parents may then apply for their funded hours from East Dunbartonshire Council. Applicants should do this via the Council’s online application form which is open from 7th January 2020 and closes on the 29th February 2020. Applicants who live outwith East Dunbartonshire Council may also apply for funding via this same online process. On confirmation of funding being allocated for a child’s place in Kindergarten, this will be in place for the full period that children attend Kindergarten, whether this be 1 or 2 years.

Do children need to attend Kindergarten every day? 

For those families who do not wish full day provision (6 hours 20 minutes), they may access morning or afternoon sessions only or, if preferred, a combination of sessions across the week. There is no requirement to access the full 1140 hours if not desired. We do however require that, across a week, parents select a minimum of four sessions for Kindergarten 1 and five sessions for Kindergarten 2. This is to ensure continuity of care for children within our setting.

Is food included within the funding? 

All children who access 1140 hours funding provision will be entitled to a funded meal or healthy snack provided during their session or day.

Do children automatically get in to The High School of Glasgow Junior 1?

We would expect that most children will be able to transition to Junior 1. Transition to Junior 1 would be in close consultation with parents to ensure we are able to get it right for each child in our care. Our specialist Early Years' team will work closely with parents over their child's time in Kindergarten and through the continual assessment and monitoring, discussions will take place to ensure that parents are aware of their child's progress and if we have any concerns about their transition.


For August 2020 applicants, observed play sessions will be taking place in January 2020. To secure your space please send in your application form by early January. Application forms can be found here. 

If you have any other questions about attending our Kindergarten, please get in touch with our admissions team on

Junior School Hit the High Note for Glasgow Children's Hospital Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School of Glasgow Junior School pupils have pulled together their singing and performing talents to raise over £1,880 for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. 

Junior 1 pupils led the charge in this year's fundraising by performing their Christmas Nativity to family and friends and for two local church groups. The young pupils also decided to follow this spectacular performance with their very own Christmas Fayre, selling their homemade festive gifts and decorations. The Junior 1 event raised over £750 from generous family and friends.

The Junior 1 pupils were joined by J2-J6 pupils at the Senior School for their full Christmas Concert, 'Back to the Manger'. The show was a huge hit, filled with narration from all year groups, singing, dancing and the Junior Chamber Choir angelic performance of 'Away in a Manger'. Family, friends and invited guests of the School kindly donated over £1,000 at the event through bucket collections. 

Moore House Fundraising Week Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT Moore House have raised more than £3,000 for HopScotch Children's Charity during the final House Fundraising Week of 2019.

Senior pupils and staff enthusiastically took part in a number of fun activities throughout the school - from having the chance to pelt S6 pupils and teaching staff with water balloons during a Mario Kart race around the playground, to a lively House Show re-enacting the TV game show 'A League of Their Own' and a positively chaotic 'House Mascot Rumble' in the Assembly Hall on Friday. 

For the more sedate, 'Slipper Tuesday' saw a number of pupils and staff relish a day of comfier footwear, perfect for enjoying the hot chocolate, mince pies and festive treats on offer in the courtyard. Meanwhile, 'Moore Munch' returned the following day, offering 'mock-tales' and chocolate-coated churros to warm the stomachs of all.

At the end of a busy week, Moore House raised just over £3,000, money which will go towards the Edinburgh-based HopScotch Children's Charity. The charity offers respite breaks to vulnerable and disadvantaged children who are facing life-changing and challenging circumstances.

You can read more about the important opportunities the charity provides at

HSOG Raise over £5,000 in Wee Sleep Out Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT The Sleep Out event, organised by the School's Charities Committee, was part of SocialBite's Wee Sleep Out and World's Big Sleep Out fundraising events that took place all over the world. 40 pupils gave up their bed for the night to raise money and awareness for those who have no other choice. 

Prior to the night the Charities Committee met with Alice Thompson, co-founder of SocialBite, and were committed to raising as much money as possible for this amazing cause.

Committee member Noor Alhasso said, “After meeting Alice Thompson we realised as a committee that this was a charity that supported an often over looked cause. Once we learnt about the current situation in Glasgow, we felt motivated to do our part in trying to end homelessness.

The School Charity Convenor and Biology teacher Georgia Gardiner said, "We aimed to raise £2,000 and were over the moon when our community were so generous with their donations."

Sleep in the Park is an event that has been running since 2016 when 350 of the country’s business leaders took part in Social Bite’s CEO Sleepout, raising £550,000. In 2017, 8,000 people slept out in Princes Street Gardens. Sleep in the Park grew in 2018, when 10,000 people slept outside in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen; raising £3,650,000 towards ending homelessness. This year, Social Bite held events in over 50 towns and cities around the world with over 50,000 people taking part.

The money and awareness raised through these events have brought about real change and have helped in starting to tackle the root issues of homelessness.

Three-in-a-Row for Girls' Hockey Team Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT The HSOG Girls' 1st XI hockey team have won the BP Cup competition for the third year in a row following a 4-1 victory over The Glasgow Academy in Wednesday's final.

On a chilly night under the floodlights at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green, the girls took a 2-0 half time-lead. With the vocal support of the High School community in the stands, the team were able to push on and complete the job in the second half - Goals came courtesy of a double from Yemisi Edgar (S6), and further strikes by Anna Pover (S6) and Anna Smith (S5).

The team reached this stage following a dramatic running penalties victory over Hutchesons' Grammar School in last month's semi final.

1st XI coach Alison Cox said "The girls have worked hard to gel as a team and have really improved throughout the term. I'm delighted that they won the BP Cup for the third successive year. It is a major accomplishment and really displays the strength in depth at all age levels of High School hockey."

The team were honoured to receive the trophy from Captain of the Scottish Women's Hockey team, Kaz Cuthbert.

The successful 1st XI team were:

Mhairi Crooks (Co-Captain)
Charlotte Simmers (Co-Captain)
Abby Bremner
Yemisi Edgar
Roma Lynch
Anna Pover (all S6)

Abigail Buxton
Christina Miller
Charlotte Sim
Anna Smith
Isla Stirling (all S5)

Aimee Anderson
Zara Kennedy
Jess Mitchell
Iona Reid
Lucy Sillars (all S4)

Road Safety Awareness Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School of Glasgow pupils come out on top for Road Safety! 

Four High School of Glasgow Junior pupils receive accolades in the East Dunbartonshire Council Road Safety Calendar Competition.

Cameron MacCulloch from Bearsden was the proud winner of the Junior 1 group for his drawing, and Nina Robeson from Killearn placed second in the Junior 6 group.

During Scotland's annual Road Safety Awareness Week, the Junior School ran new road safety initiatives to keep the roads around school safe. Pupils took to the streets to make sure cars were parking sensibly around the school gates, and that pupils walking to school were wearing their hi-vis vests. Whilst indoors, pupils took part in themed lessons including road safety art classes and a traffic light themed lunchbox challenge.

Junior School has a voluntary Road Safety Committee who organised awareness initiatives for pupils and parents throughout the week. The team created posters for the school front gates stating 'please don't be a fool, don't park at our school', and invited our lollipop man, Pat, to speak to pupils about the importance of road safety.

Road Safety Convener and Junior 1 teacher Isma Rashid said "Educating pupils about staying safe on the roads and parents about keeping our roads safe especially around our school gates is vital. We have children walking to and from school so we want to be confident that they know how to stay safe and seen especially during these dark mornings and nights."

Junior 6 WW2 Homefront project Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT Our Junior 6 classes have thoroughly enjoyed their most recent topic on the World War 2 Homefront.

Pupils have been learning about life during the War and have shown great enthusiasm throughout. The topic involved pupils comparing life during the War to life nowadays. This included re-enacting events and bringing them to life through a model home and devised family that would tell the story of life throughout the War. Pupils then went on to use their digital skills and created iMovies to tell the stories of their families, as well as sharing the facts they had learnt.

Throughout literacy, there were many opportunities to integrate the topic and develop pupils’ figurative language and use their imaginations. Pupils had to write diary entries from the perspective of evacuees as well as a child’s imagined response to the devastation after the Clydebank blitz.

Class teacher Gillian Reid said, "Both classes have really enjoyed bringing the history topic to life. A number of multi aesthetic lessons, meaningful visits and trips, as well as using different resources has allowed the children to stay engaged and connected to the subject."

Some of the topic highlights included: 

  • A visit from Captain Dean from Homefront Histories who hosted a full day workshop where pupils were able to handle artefacts, learn marching drills in the playground and even discover how to defuse a incendiary bomb!
  • A school trip to Scotland Street School where pupils were transported into school life during the war. Pupils wore traditional 1940’s school uniform, were led by a very strict school teacher named Miss James, got to sit in an old classroom with ink-well desks and see how much has changed from going to school during the War to now.
  • Concluding the project, both classes celebrated VE day with a war-themed non-uniform day where pupils went all out, dressing up as soldiers, pilots, children during the War and even a homemade army tank! 
Rowing for Gold! Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT The S5 girls’ rowing team became Scottish champions at last week's Scottish Schools’ Indoor Championships in Motherwell.

The team, consisting of Fifth Years Sarah Paterson, Gabriella Smart and Lana Wallace, as well as Katie McCall of Fourth Year, were victorious in the S5 Girls’ Team event, winning the 2000m race by a margin of just three seconds.

There was also individual success for team member Sarah Paterson who covered more than 1500m in six minutes to win individual Silver, while Gabriella Smart finished just outside of the individual medals with a fourth place finish, missing out on Bronze by a distance of just three metres!

On an impressive day for the School's female rowers, the S6 girls’ team of Lucy Ashton, Lucy Gardner, Morgan Ritchie and Ciara Rogers also finished as runners up in their team event.

Support our Wee Sleep Out! Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT On Saturday 7th December our Sixth Year pupils are hosting their own High School of Glasgow Sleep Out!

The event, organised by the school's Charities Committee, is part of SocialBite's Wee Sleep Out and World's Big Sleep Out fundraising events that are taking place all over the world. 

Over 40 Sixth Year pupils have signed up to give up their bed for the night to raise money and awareness for those who have no other choice. 

The Charities Committee met with Alice Thompson, co-founder of SocialBite, and are committed to raising as much money as possible for this amazing cause. 

Committee member Noor Alhasso said, “After meeting Alice Thompson we realised as a committee that this was a charity that supported an often over looked cause. Once we learnt about the current situation in Glasgow, we felt motivated to do our part in trying to end homelessness.

The school committee have organised a series of events to keep pupils entertained throughout the night including Alice herself attending to talk about the SocialBite movement to eradicate homelessness.

Sleep in the Park is an event that has been running since 2016 when 350 of the country’s business leaders took part in Social Bite’s CEO Sleepout, raising £550,000. In 2017, 8,000 people slept out in Princes Street Gardens. Sleep in the Park grew in 2018, when 10,000 people slept outside in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen; raising £3,650,000 towards ending homelessness. This year, Social Bite are getting the world involved, with over 50,000 people across 50 towns and cities taking part.

The money and awareness raised through these events have brought about real change and have helped in starting to tackle the root issues of homelessness.

If you would like to help raise money for this amazing cause, please sponsor our event here:

HSOG Rugby win Scottish Rugby L200 Conference! Mon, 25 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT The High School of Glasgow have been crowned champions of the prestigious Scottish Rugby L200 Conference for 2019!

Over 170 High School pupils took part in the competition that involved age group teams from S1 all the way up to the School 1st XV. There was some tough competition along the way from other local schools including The Glasgow Academy, Kelvinside Academy, Hutchesons' Grammar School, Marr College and previous winners St Aloysius' College.

All year groups played exceptionally well, especially the 1st XV who completed the competition undefeated, and the 1st and 2nd Year teams who only lost one game throughout. The 1st XV highlight came against local rival Glasgow Academy, the team producing a dominant display resulting in a 52-5 win.

Director of Sport, Phil Smith who only recently joined the School, said:

"The conference is a great chance for our School's rugby teams to work together and compete as one. The players and coaches performed tremendously throughout so it's great to see the hard work and commitment paying off."

Pupils will be awarded the Conference Cup later in the year.

1st XI Girls are BP Cup Finalists! Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT The High School of Glasgow Girls' Hockey 1st XI will contest the BP Cup Final for the third consecutive year after defeating Hutchesons' Grammar School at Old Anniesland yesterday.

Following on from winning their section earlier in this term, the team saw off the challenge of Hutchesons' on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regular time. Anna Pover, Charlotte Simmers (both S6) and Zara Kennedy (S4) held their nerve to net penalties, while goalkeeper Jessica Mitchell (S4) made two crucial stops as The High School won the shoot-out 3-1.

The School now go on to contest the final on Wednesday 4th December at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green, facing either St Aloysius College or The Glasgow Academy, seeking to win the trophy for a third consecutive year.

The team were:

Abby Bremner
Yemisi Edgar
Roma Lynch
Anna Pover
Charlotte Simmers
 (all S6)

Christina Miller
Charlotte Sim
Anna Smith
 (all S5)

Aimee Anderson
Annabel Davies
Zara Kennedy
Jessica Mitchell
Iona Reid
Lucy Sillars
 (all S4)

Bannerman House Smash Fundraising Target! Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT Bannerman House pupils recently raised over £4,600 for The Duncan Hospital in Bihar, India.

Across their Fundraising Week, Bannerman initially set out to raise exactly £4,542, the amount required to cover bursaries for six nurses at The Duncan Hospital new training centre.

Bannerman House, led by Captains Connie Baume-Kennedy and Cameron Crooks, organised an action packed programme of events including their own version of ‘The Chase’ quiz show, a doughnut and milkshake sale, musical busking performances and a basketball scoring challenge, before ending the week with a non uniform day and pupil versus teachers Bake Off Challenge.

"We are very proud of the money we have raised for such a great cause. The full school community really pulled together during our fundraising week, and everyone enjoyed the events we planned." Connie Baume-Kennedy, Bannerman House Captain.

The Duncan Hospital located in northern Bihar, India, on the border with Nepal, was founded by Scottish Surgeon Dr Cecil Duncan in 1930 and serves a population of around 11 million people without any funds from central government. Since opening, the hospital has become part of the Emanuel Hospital Association that exists to transform communities, offering care for all. In February 2020, the hospital will be opening a new nursing college providing local people education opportunities, and enhanced future healthcare for the local area.

Remembering The Fallen Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT The High School community commemorated those who fell during World War I and II in a poignant Remembrance Service this morning.

Pupils and staff from both the Senior and Junior Schools were joined by guests at Old Anniesland to remember those who lost their lives during the Wars, including more than 700 former pupils of the School.

Ciara Rogers and Guy Rose of Sixth Year shared the story of a particular former pupil, Richard Macfarlane, a member of the 617 Dambuster Squadron, whose efforts in this historic mission played such a significant role in bringing World War II to an end. They spoke of the peril of the mission and the near miss that Richard's plane encountered in May 1943, the pilot flying so low that the Lancaster Bomber hit the water, causing the bouncing bomb to be lost in the water below.

Ciara and Guy explained that although Richard and the rest of the crew returned safely from the Dambuster raids, a further mission over Europe a few months later was to lead to Richard and five other crew members losing their lives after their plane was shot down over Belgium.

Following a moment's silence to remember Richard, the fallen former pupils of the School and all those who lost their lives, School Captain, Pippa Meek, laid a wreath on behalf of the School at the 1914-1918 First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Craig MacDonald, 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 High School.

We Will Remember Them

HSOG Composition Concert Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT The Senior School Music Department hosted a Composition Concert at Old Anniesland last week.

The evening saw pupils, staff, family and friends have the chance to enjoy original works by pupils from S2 to S6, demonstrating the high level of musicality on show and celebrating the creativity and variety of each individual composition.

Most pieces were performed by the young composers themselves, however a couple of the original works featured Music Department staff - Mrs Stuart, Head of Music, on violin, and Ms Daly, music teacher, on piano.

Composers / Performers

Scarlet Penman (S2) - 'Memories', for voice and guitar, performed by Scarlet Penman

Tanvi Mantry (S4) - 'Hustle & Bustle', for piano, performed by Tanvi Mantry

Erin Morgan (S2) - 'Call Me Again', for voice and piano, performed by Erin Morgan

Carter Roberts (S2) - 'Can’t Right Now', for voice and guitar, performed by Carter Roberts

Adam Insall (S5) - 'Waterfall', for piano, performed by Adam Insall

Harriet Reid (S2) - 'Different', for voice, backing vocals and piano, performed by Harriet Reid and Alex Winter (S2)

Andrew Whitelaw (S5) - 'Beguilement Blues', for piano, performed by Ms Daly

Helena Downie (S4) - 'Reflections', for violin and piano, performed by Helena Downie and Duniya Majumder (S6)

Samantha Bestow (S5) - 'Fly Til I Fall', for voice and guitar, performed by Samantha Bestow

Jennifer Lafferty (S6) - 'Riff-Raff', for saxophone and piano, performed by Andrew Whitelaw and Duniya Majumder

Reuben Gilsen-Barnett (S6) - 'Saorsa', for violin and piano, Performed by Mrs Stuart and Ms Daly

Glasgow Schools' Swimming Finals Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School swimmers enjoyed a successful day at the Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals on Monday 28th October at Drumchapel Pool, winning a total of 15 individual and 8 team medals. The 11 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze medals were won as follows:


  • Eilidh Davidson (S6) - O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Kiera Davidson (S3) - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • Georgia Bell (S2) - U14 100m Breaststroke (winning the Sandra Squires Cup)
  • Coryn MacLean (S2) - U14 50m Freestyle
  • David McCallum (S2) - U14 50m Backstroke
  • Grace Noonan (S2) - U13 50m Freestyle
  • Open Boys’ Relay - Adam Ivins, Adam Kennedy, Ben Willett (all S6) and Finn Harris (S5)
  • U16 Girls’ Relay - Aurelia Tiffoney (S4), Louisa Brown, Kiera Davidson and Kirsty Wicklow (both S3) (Retaining the T S Turnbull Trophy won the previous year)
  • U14 Girls’ Relay - Georgia Bell, Eleanor Cochran, Emma Dry and Coryn MacLean (all S2)
  • U16 Girls’ Lifesaving Shield - Kiera Davidson and Kirsty Wicklow (both S3) (winning The Late Robert Cowper Esq Shield)
  • U16 Boys’ Lifesaving ShieldFergus Currie and Jamie Ritchie (both S3) (winning The Glasgow Herald Shield)


  • Morgan Ritchie (S6) - O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Kirsty Wicklow (S3) - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • David McCallum (S2) - U14 50m Freestyle
  • Open Girls’ Relay - Eilidh Davidson, Morgan Ritchie (both S6), Sophia Bell (S5) and Anna McCallum (S3)
  • U13 Girls’ Relay - Grace Noonan (S2), Lucy Howie, Mia Joyce and Aliyah Lamb (all S1)
  • U13 Boys’ Relay - Sandy FraserMax Hyslop, Sandy McCreath and Mark Zimmer (all S1)


  • Eilidh Davidson (S6) - O16 100m Freestyle
  • Adam Kennedy (S6)O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Adam Ivins (S6) - 016 100m Freestyle
  • Sophia Bell (S5) - O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Jamie Ritchie (S3) - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • Max Hyslop (S1) - U13 50m Backstroke

Amy's RSNO Performances Wed, 30 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Amy Higgins of Fifth Year has been selected to participate in a number of exciting musical opportunities with the RSNO over the next few weeks.

She will be part of their 'RSNO at the Movies' season, taking part in the Danny Elfman Gala at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on Friday 29th November and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 30th November.

Conducted by John Mauceri, Amy will perform with the RSNO Orchestra and Chorus, celebrating the work of the acclaimed film composer. She will be singing Serenada Schizophrana: V "I Forget".

The following week, Amy will also sing solos as part of the RSNO Junior Chorus' performance of Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols'. This concert will take place on Sunday 8th December in the RSNO New Auditorium.

Senior Skiers win Gold Tue, 29 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Three High School skiing teams impressed on the slopes at the SSSA Autumn Dual Slalom event earlier this month.

Taking place on Wednesday 2nd October, the school had teams participating in the Open Primary, S1-S3 Open and Open Primary competitions at Bearsden Ski Club.

The S1-S3 Open Team - Eva Shepherd, Alex Sivarajan (both S3), Max Clark (S2) and Rory Shepherd (S1) (pictured above) - were winners of their event and qualified for this week's SSSA Autumn Dual Slalom Series Finals.

Also qualifying for the finals, which take place tomorrow at Snow Factor, Braehead, were the Open Secondary Team - Ewan Forbes, Aoife Petrie (both S6), Amy Ashton, and Nial Marshall (both S3) - courtesy of a second place finish in their event.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be for the Open Primary team of Alasdair Buchanan-Wollaston (Transitus), Alex Clark, Theo Stalin (both J6) and Persa Donaldson (J5). They finished fourth overall, narrowly missing out on a place at the finals.

Strong Start for 1st XI Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT The 1st XI have enjoyed a strong start to the hockey season, advancing in both the Scottish Schools and BP Cup competitions, as well as picking up their first trophy of the session at the West District Senior Tournament on Wednesday 2nd October.

At the West District Senior Tournament, having won their section following victories over The Glasgow Academy (2-1) and Jordanhill School (1-0), and a 0-0 draw with St Aloysius' College, the girls advanced to the semi final, where they overcame Hutchesons’ Grammar School by one goal to nil in a tight encounter.

The West District final saw a rematch against The Glasgow Academy, a tough match ending scoreless. The girls, however, held their nerve to see off the opposition 4-2 on running penalties.

Another encounter with The Glasgow Academy followed on Saturday 5th October in the Scottish Cup, with the HSOG 1st XI again coming out on top, winning 3-1 to advance to the next round.

Similarly, in their defence of the BP Cup, which the girls have won for the past two seasons, the 1st XI have made steady progress, winning their section and advancing to a semi final later in the term.

The victorious 1st XI squad at the West District Senior Tournament (pictured above) were:

Mhairi Crooks (Captain)
Charlotte Simmers (Captain)
Georgia Crooks
Yemisi Edgar
Roma Lynch
Anna Pover (all S6)

Alex Jones
Christina Miller
Anna Smith
Charlotte Sim (all S5)

Aimee Anderson
Annabel Davies
Zara Kennedy
Jess Mitchell
Iona Reid
Lucy Sillars (all S4)

Jessica Cooks for First Minister Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Jessica Mitchell, UK Future Chef champion for 2019 and current Fourth Year pupil, had the opportunity to cook for Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, at Bute House last week.

After her victory in last session's competition, which saw her overcome more than 14,000 initial entrants, Jessica was invited to Edinburgh to prepare a meal for the First Minister at her official residence, with assistance from Chef Liam MacDonough, Executive Chef at Holyrood Parliament. 

Given how much her menu had impressed the FutureChef judges back in March, Jessica decided to once again cook a main course of chicken breast, butternut squash, confit chicken leg with fondant potato, onion and carrot, followed by a dessert of apple and frangipane tart with a vanilla pod parfait and caramelised apple, two courses of food very much enjoyed by the First Minister!

This incredible experience was just one of a number of opportunities afforded to Jessica in a whirlwind of recent events. She was officially commended in a parliamentary Early-Day Motion in The House of Commons, a permanent record of Jessica’s achievement as the 2019 winner of Springboard’s FutureChef competition and was recently recognised as the youngest member of the Scottish Federation of Chefs.

Jessica has had numerous opportunities to work within prestigious professional kitchens around the UK over the last few months and attended the People Awards at the Park Plaza in London last month, preparing a meal for guests along with two other FutureChef alumni and being awarded a £500 development grant to put towards her career progression.

More recently, she took to the stage at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Autumn Conference in Edinburgh, talking to more than 400 delegates about her FutureChef journey and her ambition to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.

Lift Off for Fifth Year Flyer Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Fifth Year pupil Jennifer Cuthill recently became one of the youngest individuals in the United Kingdom to fly a plane solo. 

On Saturday 8th September, at the age of just 16, Jennifer took to the sky in a Cessna light aircraft, following just 17 hours of tuition at the Leading Edge Flying Club, based at Glasgow Airport.

The flight saw Jennifer perform a take off, spending almost an hour in the air before coming back down to earth with a perfect landing.

Not content with being one of the youngest solo pilots in the country, Jennifer now hopes to complete the 40 hours of flying time necessary to acquire her pilot's licence by her 17th birthday as she seeks to become a commercial airline pilot in the future.

Team Gold at Scottish Road Race Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT A team of Third and Fourth Year athletes were victorious at the annual Scottish Schools’ Road Race earlier this month.

Taking place at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Wednesday 2nd October, the School had a number of teams taking part - the S1 Boys' and S2 Boys' teams both finished in 7th position in their respective competitions, while the S3/S4 Boys' team finishing ninth.

However it was the S3/4 Girls’ team - Kirsty Jones, Anya MacLean, Aurelia Tiffoney (all S4), Louisa Brown, Lizzie Hamilton, Anna McCallum and Maria Murio-Fernandez (all S3) - who excelled on the day, winning their team race with Aurelia (5th), Anya (14th) and Louisa (17th) all achieving top 20 individual finishes to contribute to the girls' overall victory.

Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service 2019 Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Senior and Junior School pupils, alongside staff, parents and friends of the High School, gathered at Glasgow Cathedral on Thursday to celebrate the history of the School at the annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service, a fitting send-off for the High School community before the September holiday weekend.

Rev Mark Johnstone, Minister to Glasgow Cathedral. presided over his first High School Commemoration Service. He warmly welcomed the congregation, before those in attendance heard from the Rector, Mr John O'Neill, and School Captains for Session 2019-20, Pippa Meek and Bharath Mukunda Das, who discussed The High School's links to Glasgow Cathedral and its illustrious history.

Mr Craig Macdonald, President of the Glasgow High School Club and Mr Philip Graham, Deputy Rector of the Senior School, delivered readings, while Director of Development, Mrs Karen McDonald, read a prayer of thanksgiving.

The Junior Choir performed Marta Keen's 'Homeward Bound' followed, directed by Mrs Jane Tierney, and accompanied by Ms Gillian Daly, with Fergus Inns of Fifth Year acting as organist throughout the ceremony.

This year's main Address was delivered by the recently retired Rev Campbell Mackinnon of Balshagray Victoria Park Church, who spoke of opening oneself up to new experiences and the importance of looking out for one another.

Triple Crown for Third Year Racer Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT Oban Duncan was victorious at the British GT15 Powerboating Championships over the weekend, continuing her success on the water after claiming last year's British Sprint Championship and RYA Honda Youth RIB titles

Competing in the final round of the competition in Bedford, England, Oban knew exactly what was required, having secured maximum points from previous rounds - win three of the four heats and the British Championship title was hers.

She saw off the competition on a super Saturday, winning both races to leave her within touching distance of the British Championship title. Despite difficult conditions on Sunday, Oban won her third race on the spin before battling to second position in the day's final heat, securing maximum points and the British G15 Powerboating Championship title - A productive weekend to say the least!

Despite adding to a growing number of titles, Oban will not be resting on her laurels...the hard work continues for Oban Duncan Racing Team, with preparation already under way for the 2020 World Championships in Norfolk next July.

South Africa 2019 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School hockey and rugby tourists took part in the first ever High School tour of South Africa back in July. PE teacher Mr FitzGerald has kindly shared his thoughts on the experience of a lifetime.


Sixty four pupils and seven staff all met at Glasgow Airport in July to begin The High School’s first ever tour to South Africa. After flying with Emirates via Dubai we landed In Johannesburg in the early evening. The girls made their way to the High Performance Centre in Pretoria and the boys travelled to a more rustic accommodation set up at Konka Camp near Rustenburg.

After a morning practising, the Under 18s were first to take the field against Botoka High School. We started very strongly and raced into a comfortable lead. However, the shock of playing at altitude caught up with the boys and allowed the opposition to score a number of tries towards the end of the game. Luckily enough we had run up a few points before the altitude kicked in to win The High School’s first victory in South Africa. The Under 16 game followed a similar pattern and it was good to finish the first set of matches with victories and all the players in one piece. We then spent time socialising with the opposition, learning about how little they actually had with regard to equipment. As a result we have decided to collect any unused boots to send them to the young players of Botoka. (If you have old boots which aren't being used, please drop them off for the PE Department to forward on). Meanwhile the girls were playing in Pretoria against The High School for Girls. The 1st XI ran out very comfortable winners but unfortunately the 2nd XI lost a close game.

The next morning the whole tour party came together at the Lesedi Cultural village to enjoy some of the rich African culture first hand. The people of Lesedi have created an African ambiance that you won’t find elsewhere! We enjoyed a tour of five traditional villages, listened to the local music and even ate some local delicacies, mopane worms, and finally witnessed a superb dance performance, before arriving at Randburg High School in Johannesburg. Many of the pupils were understandably nervous about what was going to happen to them when they were being hosted. They needn’t have worried. They all came back the next day saying what a fantastic experience they had had with their host families, which included some of them receiving a breakfast of two big steaks. It would be very hard to be a vegetarian in South Africa!

While in Johannesburg we visited the Apartheid Museum where we learnt about the rise and fall of Apartheid in the history of South Africa, followed by a tour through Soweto. There were certainly some strange sights and the Physics Department would have been very interested in how the locals acquired their electricity. We then returned to Randburg to play against our hosts. The Under 18s put on an excellent performance and won. The Under 16s played well but were on the wrong end of the result. The score-lines in both games flattered the winners. The 1st XI again had a very comfortable victory and the 2nd XI registered a victory on running penalties after the hosts suggested that this would be a good way to round off the match that was drawn.

After attending morning assembly the next day, which was outside in the middle of winter, we transferred to the Mabula Game Lodge. Everybody was looking forward to our sunset game drive for a chance to spot 'The Big 5'. It didn’t disappoint. After an early start the next morning we then went on our sunrise game drive. There was certainly a big difference in the temperature between the two drives and those that were not wrapped up warm enough were praying for the sun to get higher in the sky. Between the two drives we got to see lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebras and cheetahs in their natural habitat, along with a host of smaller animals. This was the end of the first half of our tour, and we returned to Johannesburg airport to fly to Cape Town.

Upon arrival in Cape Town we saw some green grass. The pleasantly warm days and cold nights of Johannesburg and its surrounding areas had given way to almost typical Scottish summer weather: wet, windy and occasional glimpses of the sun.

Our first full day in Cape Town saw us visit the Goedgedacht Trust, whose focus is on helping rural children and youth in West Coast and Boland towns to break free from the cycle of generational poverty. The 'Path Out of Poverty' or “POP” program seeks to transform rural communities by offering the next generation of children the opportunity to become healthy, self-confident, educated young people. The trust feel that they have made excellent progress and have now moved on to call their scheme 'Path onto Prosperity'. After a short presentation on what the Trust does, we then met 50 local children and took part in various team-building exercises before leading some hockey and rugby training sessions. The evening was spent on the V&A Waterfront, having dinner and celebrating two birthdays.

Unfortunately, poor visibility meant that we were unable to make the trip to Robben Island by boat the next morning, so a quick change of plan meant that we visited a penguin colony before we played our next set of fixtures against local township sides. The girls won both games against Langa. Unfortunately, the boys lost both games against Connect Sports Academy. It was certainly an eye-opening experience, especially for the girls who played in the Langa township. The rugby matches were moved to a local rugby club as the pitches in Langa were being used for a massive football tournament.

After a night in Stellenbosch, our final rest day meant a visit to the Cape Canopy Tour, to experience an exhilarating zip-wire journey surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the beautiful Western Cape. We had to navigate 11 zip lines in total, with the final one being over 300m in length, as well as a suspension bridge, before moving on to our second set of hosts at Strand High School.

Our final match day started by travelling to Muizenburg for a fantastic surf lesson on the South African waves before returning to Strand to play our final fixtures on tour. This was the only time the boys and girls played next to each other, with all teams winning - A fitting climax to a very successful tour.

Our last morning in South Africa was spent at the Cheetah Sanctuary, where we learnt how farmers are given dogs to protect their livestock from the cheetahs rather than using guns. This was in order to try and protect the cheetah numbers in the wild. The cheetahs are too scared to attack the dogs because of their size but have plenty of speed to get away from the dogs on patrol around the farms.

When we arrived back in Glasgow after a slight delay there were certainly some tired tourists. However, they had really appreciated what South Africa had to offer in terms of culture, history, natural beauty and, most of all, the friendship. I’m sure we will be back.

As well as collecting boots, we have decided to leave a legacy in South Africa by making donations to the work of the Goedgedacht Trust and Connect Sports. More information on what these charities do can be found at and

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Captains' Committee 2019-20 Mon, 09 Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT The School is delighted to be able to introduce the Captains' Committee for the 2019-20 session. 

The Committee, consisting of two Sixth Year Senior School Captains and four pairs of Sixth Year pupils who will lead each House throughout the session,will set an example for all Senior School pupils, displaying the High School ethos in everything that they do.

They will also meet weekly with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss a range of issues and plan for the week ahead.

School Captains

Pippa Meek and Bharath Mukunda Das

Bannerman House

Connie Baume-Kennedy and Cameron Crooks

Clyde House

Roma Lynch and Eoin Cameron

Law House

Charlotte Simmers and David Devlin

Moore House

Claudie Quinn and Graeme Macdonald

SQA Results 2019 Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT The 2019 SQA results have once again demonstrated tremendous achievement and success for High School senior pupils. The results reflect the hard work and dedication of our young people, the commitment of our teaching staff and the unfailing support of parents and families.

Here at the High School we endeavour to encourage every young person to give the very best of themselves in every circumstance. This ethos is borne out not only in such excellent examination results – each of which contains the personal stories and achievements of individual pupils – but also in the wonderful levels of all-round participation by pupils in the life and opportunities of the School from sports and expressive arts to DofE and the many clubs and societies.

There is little doubt that our young people deserve every congratulations on their SQA success this summer. 


From the Rector, Mr John O'Neill

“I am immensely proud of our young people who have undoubtedly given of their best in their SQA courses and examinations. I am deeply grateful to my colleagues for their expertise and selfless commitment, and I wish to thank school parents and families for their valuable support in aiding such success. Congratulations to all.”


In Fifth Year, where our open presentation policy once again saw all pupils sit 5 Highers or more, pupils achieved on average 5.02 Higher passes each.  92.7% of passes were grade A and B with a record 80% grade A passes, the overall pass rate this year was 98.5% (the national average pass rate being 74.8%). 17 Higher subjects achieved a 100% pass rate with the remaining 3 Higher subjects achieving 95% pass rate or greater. 

A record 57 pupils (54%) secured 5 or more Higher passes at grade A.

Our Fourth Year performed very highly, with an excellent 96.1% pass rate; 77% at grade A. 8 National 5 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.

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

At Advanced Higher, our Sixth Year performed extremely well with a pass rate of 86% with 50.7% at grade A. 18 pupils gained 3 or 4 A grades at Advanced Higher level; and 10 Advanced Higher subjects gained a 100% pass rate.

See Full Results Analysis

One-Two for Senior Sailors Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

High School sailors enjoyed success out on the open water recently in the 2019 Laird Trophy Competition.

Taking place at Bardowie Loch on Saturday 22nd June, the event acts as a Scottish inter-schools competition with teams of two sailors competing in double handed boats called 'Fevas' in a round robin qualifying series. The top six boats then qualified for the final medal race.

Brothers Gordon (S5) and Alex Sivarajan (S2) won the medal race and thus the Laird Trophy, with the team of Campbell Graham and Alex Sevic (both S2) finishing the day as runners up.

The four boys can be seen above.

Senior Prizegiving 2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT The 2019 Senior School Prizegiving took place on Thursday 27th June at Old Anniesland as the School celebrated the year's academic achievers.

The ceremony opened with a hymn and a prayer from Reverend Graeme Wilson, before Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Stewart MacAulay, presiding over his first Senior School Prizegiving as Chair, spoke about some of the events of the School year at Board level.

The Rector, Mr John O'Neill, shared with the audience the numerous achievements from pupils of the School over the past year before bidding farewell to staff leaving the Senior School this summer - Head of PE, Mr David Barrett, Deputy Rector, Mr Graeme Robertson, Head of Mathematics, Mr Stuart Welsh and sports coach, Mr Scott Inglis.

This year's Guest of Honour was former pupil, Lydia Strachan (Class of 2000), Head of Diversity and Inclusion at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She spoke of the privilege that a High School education afford pupils, while pointing out that in this ever changing world, pupils should seek to change the world, rather than allow the world to change them.

The prizegiving ceremony followed on. As is tradition, School Captains, Catriona James and Angus Barrett, announced the prizewinners for 2018/19 - You can view the full list of prize winners by clicking here.

The House Awards were as follows:

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

This year's Vote of Thanks was delivered by Girls' Captain Catriona James, before Reverend Wilson gave the Benediction and a rousing rendition of our School Song brought the ceremony to an end.

It is with a heavy heart that the School bids farewell to this year's leavers, the Class of 2019, 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 2019/2020 session on Tuesday 27th August.

Synchronised Swimming Stars! Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

High School pupils won a number of medals in the Scottish National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships at Drumchapel Pool on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.

Emily Gill of First Year had a particularly productive weekend, becoming the 13-15 age group national figure champion, winning the Dawn Zajac trophy for her solo routine and becoming the new Scottish 13-15 champion. Emily and Niamh Docherty (S1) also won Silver medals in the 13-15 Years Duet and as part of the 13-15 age group team.

Gabriella Smart, Tabitha Steven, Lana Wallace (all S4) and their Clydebank ASC teammate Kirsten McEwan won Gold in the National Open Technical Team competition. Alongside Clydebank ASC partner Kirsten, Tabitha also won Silver medals in the Junior Duet, National Open Free Duet and National Open Technical Duet competitions. She also achieved a Bronze medal the Junior Elements solo competition.

The above images courtesy of Ian MacNicol for Scottish Swimming. 

You can see all of his photos from the weekend, including the winning High School participants by clicking here.

HSOG Connect – Careers and Mentoring Mon, 24 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT HSOG Connect is a brand new online private networking tool for members of the School community. We want our students and young professionals to benefit from the amazing expertise of our vast School community. HSOG Connect will allow the High School to build a network of former pupils, parents (both past and present) and friends to help our students and young professionals with careers advice, guidance, work placement opportunities and networking links.

The mentoring tool makes it easy for users to show that they are willing to offer help to students and young professionals. This help could involve offering to be a mentor, an internship, providing a work experience placement or simply some CV advice. It will also work the opposite way, allowing students and young professionals to find users willing to offer them this help.

HSOG Connect enables you to:

  • Re-connect - Find and reminisce with classmates, see what they have been up to and stay in touch.
  • Give back - Introduce, employ and be a mentor to our recent leavers and young professionals.
  • Expand - Leverage your professional network to get introduced to people you should know.
  • Get ahead - Advance your career through inside connections working in top companies and access to exclusive opportunities.

You can sign up to HSOG Connect here.

Senior School Sports Day Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Bannerman House were the big winners at Tuesday's Senior School Sports Day at Old Anniesland.

Bannerman Captains Millie Haldane and Ben Taylor were awarded the Inter-House Championship Shield at the end of another competitive day of team and individual racing and field events. 

The day also marked Mr Barrett's final Sports Day as Head of PE at the Senior School - a fitting send off!

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Mile Cup: Boys – Lorn Webster (S6); Senior Girls – Alex Jones (S4)
  • Senior Boys – Ben Hutton (S6); Senior Girls – Anna Cameron (S6)
  • S3 Boys – Maxwell Wang; S3 Girls – Aurelia Tiffoney
  • S2 Boys – Jamie Ritchie; S2 Girls – Kirsty Wicklow
  • S1 Boys – Jackson Adams; S1 Girls – Georgia Rose
  • Transitus Boys – Haris Ali; Transitus Girls – Orla Parsons
  • S3 Girls’ Hurdles Cup – Annabelle Robertson
  • S3 Girls’ Throwing Cup – Annabel Davies
  • Pentland Quaich (Senior Boys’ 100m) – Ben Hutton
  • The Former Pupils Cup (Senior Boys’ 200m) – Ben Hutton
  • The Scott Cup (Senior Girls’ Hurdles) – Anna Cameron
  • Discus Statue – Thomas Whitelaw
  • Senior Girls’ Athletics Salver (Senior Girls’ Throwing Events) – Alice Baxendale (S6)
  • The Millenium Rose Bowl (Senior Girls’ 100m) – Anna Cameron
  • Burma Bowl (Senior Boys’ Field Events) – Ben Hutton
  • Inter-House Championship Shield – Clyde House

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Young Musicians of the Year 2019 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT The High School community enjoyed another memorable night of music-making at Monday evening's Young Musicians of the Year Final for 2019.

The external adjudicators of this year's final were Fraser MacAuley, former High School pupil and current Professor of Oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and Graham Dickie, Artistic Director of Musical Theatre at The Dance School of Scotland. They were tasked with selecting who would be crowned winners in the Young Singer and Young Instrumentalist of the Year categories. 

The first half of the night saw a number of impressive performances from the competing finalists, as well as from the previously selected Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble of the Year winners. 

The second half continued with performances from the 'Rising Stars' competition, which recognises the talents of some of the School's budding musicians from Transitus-S2, and from both the Senior School Chamber Choir and 17-strong Fusion Ensemble, before the adjudicators identified the most outstanding performances in each category, awarding the prizes to the Young Musicians of the Year for 2019:

  • The Marianne Rawles Award for the Young Instrumentalist of the Year - Amelia Neilson (S4) (pictured above left)
  • The Iain Paterson Award for the Young Singer of the Year - Lucy Goodwin (S6) (pictured above right)
  • Peter Douglas Award for the Ensemble of the Year (Instrumental) - Saxophone Quartet, consisting of Daniel Ault (Baritone Saxophone), Constance Campbell (Tenor Saxophone), Amelia Neilson (Alto Saxophone) and Andrew Whitelaw (Soprano Saxophone) (all S4).
  • Peter Douglas Award for the Ensemble of the Year (Vocal) - Vocal Octet, consisting of Euan Dunbar, Lucy Goodwin, Millie Haldane, Pippa Newbery, Juliet Nilsen, Kai Ross, Sebastian Schneeberger (all S6) and Fergus Inns (S4).
  • Rising Stars (Trans-S2) Singing AwardCameron Davies (Transitus)
  • Rising Stars (Trans-S2) Overall Winner and recipient The Fraser MacAulay Award - Zixuan Yao (Violin) (S2)
Mountain of Medals at Athletics Finals Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals

Following on from last week's success in the heats, Transitus and Junior 6 pupils won seven individual and two team relay medals at the Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals on Wednesday 12th June at Scotstoun, resulting in the Primary Girls' team (pictured above) winning the overall team trophy.

The medalists on the day were:


  • Haris Ali - P7 Standing Long Jump
  • Evie Bulloch - P7 Cricket Ball Throw
  • Beth Campbell - P6 Standing Long Jump
  • Freya Easson - P6 Cricket Ball Throw
  • P7 Girls' Relay Team - Amy CampbellAliyah LambHannah McDonald, Orla Parsons and Adrianna Sharpe


  • Harrison Bruce - P7 600m
  • Cameron Davies - P7 Cricket Ball Throw
  • P6 Girls' Relay Team - Jenni Burnett, Beth Campbell, Yasmin Lamb, Olivia McKnight and Eva Stirling


  • Yasmin Lamb - P6 80m

Further to this, Amy Campbell (P7 Standing Long Jump) and James Clark (P7 100m) achieved fourth place finishes, with Libby MacFadyen (P7 600m), Hannah McDonald (P7 100m) and Nicola Dry (P6 600m) all finishing in fifth position. The Primary Boys' team finished in overall fourth position.

Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals


More than 70 S1-S6 pupils were in action at Scotstoun the previous day, Tuesday 11th June, competing in the Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals.

High School athletes excelled, winning a total of 48 individual medals - 18 Gold, 15 Silver and 15 Bronze - and three team relay medals - two team Silver and one team Bronze.

Third Year pupils had a particularly successful day, with both the S3 Boys' and S3 Girls' teams finishing first in the overall standings. The Senior Boys' and S2 Girls' teams finished as runners up, with the Senior Girls', S2 Boys' and S1 Boys' teams all finishing third overall.

A full list of medal winners can be found below.

  Year Name Event
GOLD Senior Angus Barrett Hurdles
  Senior Anna Cameron 100m and Long Jump
  Senior Ben Hutton Shot Put
  Senior Adam Ivins Javelin
  Senior Claudie Quinn Javelin
  Senior Lorn Webster 800m
  S3 Annabel Davies Javelin
  S3 Harry Pover Javelin
  S3 Finlay Ross-Davie 1500m
  S3 Aurelia Tiffoney 800m and Long Jump
  S3 Maxwell Wang 200m
  S2 Louisa Brown 1500m
  S2 Nicole Cartwright Discus
  S2 Maria Murio Fernandez 800m
  S2 Jamie Ritchie High Jump
  S1 Jackson Adams High Jump
SILVER Senior Lucy Gardner Discus
  Senior John Paterson Hurdles and Shot Put
  Senior Anna Cameron
Christina Miller
Cosima Schwahn
Lucy Williamson
  S3 Dan Lilley Discus
  S3 Jennifer Low 100m
  S3 Jenna Padgett Long Jump
  S3 Maxwell Wang Long Jump
  S3 Abhishek Bali
Sholto Kinghorn
Ollie Sasan
Maxwell Wang
  S2 Jonathan Allan Hurdles
  S2 Amy Ashton Javelin
  S2 Fergus Currie 1500m
  S2 Kirsty Wicklow 200m
  S1 Ben de Laet-Gamble Javelin
  S1 James John-Charles Hurdles
  S1 Coryn McLean Discus
  S1 Walter Marriot-Laurie Shot Put
BRONZE Senior Angus Barrett Javelin
  Senior Lucy Critchley Hurdles
  Senior Connor Garrett 100m
  Senior Ben Hutton 200m
  Senior Jack Lord Discus
  Senior Finn McRobb High Jump
  Senior Rachel Sugden Javelin
  Senior Ben Hutton
Adam Ivins
Jack Lord
Guy Rose
  S3 Abhishek Bali Hurdles
  S3 Sholto Kinghorn 800m
  S3 Annabelle Robertson Hurdles
  S3 Lucy Sillars Javelin
  S2 Kiera Davidson High Jump
  S2 Anna McCallum 1500m
  S2 Olivia Simmers Hurdles
  S1 Bonnie Campbell Javelin
HSOG Victorious at Inaugural Short Tennis Competition Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT A team of HSOG First Year and Transitus pupils won the inaugural Short Tennis Event for secondary school pupils at the Emirates Arena on Tuesday 11th June.

Hosted by Tennis Scotland, the competition is the first of its kind, aiming to introduce younger participants to short court tennis using foam balls and shorter playing areas to allow the next generation of Andy Murrays and Johanna Kontas a more inclusive introduction to the sport.

The High School entered two teams in the competition which saw more than 120 pupils from 11 secondary schools across the country competing. While the all-Transitus 'B' team of Evie Bulloch, Cameron Davies, Lucy Howie, Jack Leslie, Jack MacLeod, Erin Morgan, Hazel Murison and Max Sangster competed well to reach the Plate competition semi final, it was the 'A' team who were to bring home the trophy.

The 'A' Team - Eleanor Cochran (Captain), Bonnie Campbell, Georgia Rose (all S1), Shoren Das, Mustafa Fahd, Sandy Fraser and Ritvik Gajree (all Transitus) - won their section via victories over St Mungo's Academy and Firhill High School, and a draw with Boroughmuir High School. Wins against James Gillespie's High School in the semi final and Hyndland Secondary School in the final saw the team crowned as the first ever champions of the Short Tennis Competition.

They are already looking forward to defending the title next year!

(Main image and 'A' Team Champions image courtesy of Tennis Scotland - @tennisscotland)

HSOG Athletes On Track For Success! Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Schools' athletics season is well under way with recent success at Glasgow and Scottish Schools' events and numerous competitions continuing to take place throughout the summer term, including the High School's own Sports Day events at Old Anniesland over the next week.

Scottish Schools’ Individual & Relay Championships

Four national Gold medals were won at the Scottish Schools’ Individual Championships on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June at Grangemouth. They were won by:

  • Alice Baxendale (S6) - O17 Shot Put and O17 Discus
  • Anna Cameron (S6) - O17 Long Jump
  • Fergus Currie (S2) - U14 1500m (setting a new Championship Record)

Lucy Gardner (S5) won Silver in the U17 Discus event, while Anna Cameron added to her long jump success with a Bronze medal in the O17 100m.


The O17 Girls' Relay team won Gold in the Scottish Schools' Relay Championships at Hutchesons' Grammar School on Friday 31st May. 

The winning team were Alice Baxendale, Anna Cameron, Lucy Williamson (all S6) and Cosima Schwahn (S5).

Upcoming Athletics Events

Tuesday 11th June - Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals (Scotstoun)

Wednesday 12th June - Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals (Scotstoun)

Thursday 13th June - Junior School Sports Day (Old Anniesland)

Friday 14th June - Kindergarten Sports Day (Old Anniesland)

Monday 17th June - S1-S3 League Finals (Hutchesons')

Tuesday 18th June - Senior School Sports Day (Old Anniesland)

Thursday 20th June - S1-S6 Glasgow Schools' Multi-Events Competition (Hutchesons')

Glasgow Primary Schools Heats

A number of Transitus and Junior School pupils won medals at the Glasgow Primary Schools' Heats on Monday 3rd June, resulting in qualification for tomorrow's 'finals night' at Scotstoun.

The success of the Junior 6 and Transitus girls also meant that they were crowned overall winners of the heat. The medal winners were:


  • Beth Campbell - P6 Standing Long Jump
  • Freya Easson - P6 Cricket Ball Throw
  • P6 Girls' Relay Team Jenni Burnett, Beth Campbell, Yasmin Lamb, Olivia McKnight, Eva Stirling


  • Haris Ali - P7 Standing Long Jump
  • James Clark - P7 100m
  • Cameron Davies - P7 Cricket Ball Throw


  • Amy Campbell P7 Standing Long Jump

Courtesy of their performance in the heats, the following also qualified to compete at finals night: Harrison Bruce (P7 600m), Evie Bulloch (P7 Cricket Ball Throw), Hannah McDonald (P7 100m), Libby McFadyen (P7 600m), P7 Girls' Relay TeamNicola Dry (P6 600m) and Yasmin Lamb (P6 80m).

Updates from the HSOG Tennis Courts Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT The High School had two winning pairs at the annual HSOG Tennis Tournament on Saturday 1st June.

Captain Claudie Quinn (S5) and her partner Julia Smith (S4) (pictured above right) were victorious in the O15s age group, while Bonnie Campbell and Eleanor Cochran (both S1) were successful in the U13 competition. The S3 couple of Olivia Easson and Katie McCall finished second in the U15 event.

These results, when combined, meant the HSOG 'A' team were the overall winners, taking home the girls' competition trophy.


Claudie, Julia and Eleanor returned to the High School tennis courts on Tuesday 4th June, alongside Charlotte Sim (S4), to compete in the Scottish Schools' Tennis Championships semi finals against Wallace High School of Stirling.

The girls' team lost out to strong opposition, falling just short after an impressive run to the semi finals throughout the earlier part of the year.

The boys' team - Matthew Gibson-Smith, Mark Ward, Thomas Whitelaw (all S6) and Conor McGrath Williams (S5) - were also in semi final action against Wallace High. Unfortunately, they too lost out, marking the end of their Scottish Schools' Championships campaign that saw them defeat Boroughmuir High School and Mackie Academy en route.

Italian Charity Cycle Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Business Studies Teacher Mrs Lin Milne is cycling from Milan to Venice later this year to raise money as part of 'Women v Cancer', a series of women-only cycle challenges in aid of Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Three years ago, Lin (pictured above, left) cycled from London to Paris to raise money for Unite Against Cancer - this time she will head to the (hopefully!) sunnier climes of Northern Italy in October, beginning her charity cycle in Milan and heading nearly 300km east to Venice, all to help raise vital funds in the fight against breast, cervical and ovarian cancers.

Lin needs to raise her £1,600 fundraising target by July in order to take part in the cycle and is hoping for the help of the High School community - any donation, no matter how big or small, would be greatly appreciated. Donations will be distributed equally between the three aforementioned charities.

If you would like to give, or to get updates on Lin's punishing training regime, visit her JustGiving Fundraising Page -

Poppyscotland Film Stars Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT A team of Second Year High School filmmakers have won Poppyscotland's 'BREAKING NEWS: WAR IS OVER' learning competition.

Split into primary and secondary school categories, the competition tasked pupils from P4 to S3 to create a video presenting how they would report the end of the First World War if it happened today. Industry experts then selected three entries for each category to go to a popular vote, with the High School occupying not just one, but two places in the secondary school category.

With over 4,300 votes cast, the team of Amy Ashton, Elisha Bali, Sophie Kemsley, Maria Murio-Fernandez and Kirstie Souter, were crowned winners of the competition. Their winning entry can be enjoyed below.

As part of their prize, the girls will get the chance to visit the STV News' studios getting to see behind the scenes of the national news broadcaster.

HSOG History teacher, Ms Gemma Lindsay, said:

I am extremely proud of the pupils for engaging so creatively with the Poppyscotland Learning Competition. The enthusiasm of both Poppyscotland and the pupils has been really inspiring and helps to continue to raise awareness of the crucial work that Poppyscotland does with veterans and their families.

The other team of High School finalists in the secondary competition - Amy Liu, Emily Makridis, Elizabeth Perrett and Leena Saleem - won £50 of Amazon vouchers for their film, which you can watch here.

British Biology Olympiad Gold Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Fifth Year pupil Gordon Sivarajan has proven himself to be amongst the brightest school-age scientific minds in the UK, winning a Gold medal in the recent British Biology Olympiad Competiton.

The national science competition, organised by the Royal Society of Biology, tests pupils’ knowledge of a wide-ranging Biology syllabus, and this year saw 9,400 school pupils from across the UK taking part.

34 Fifth and Sixth Year High School pupils entered this year’s competition, with Gordon winning Gold and three others - Emily Milner-Smith, Mark Ward (both S6) and Lujine Ibrahim (S5) - winning Bronze medals.

Jenna Steel, Thomas Whitelaw (both S6), Eilidh Davidson, David Devlin, Avril Lai, Jack Lord and Cosima Schwahn (all S5) were ‘highly commended’, while Lucy Goodwin, Andrew Taylor (both S6), Maryam Khan, Roma Lynch, Aine Macpherson, Bharath Mukunda Das and Anna Pover (all S5) received commendations.

National Gold for HSOG Athletes Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School athletes from both the Junior and Senior Schools had a successful weekend, with Gold medals won at national schools' aquathlon and cross country competitions on Friday and Saturday. 

At Friday's Scottish Schools' Aquathlon Championships (involving a two stage race of swimming, followed by running) in Glenrothes, Aurelia Tiffoney (S3) and Fergus Currie (S2) each saw off over 90 competitors to win individual Gold in the S3/S4 Girls' and S1/S2 Boys' races, respectively. Anya MacLean (S3) finished 4th in the S3/S4 Girls' race, with Kirsty Wicklow (S2) finishing 10th in the S1/S2 Girls' event.

The team event - an open competition in relay format - was also won by the High School's youthful team of Anya MacLean, Aurelia Tiffoney, Fergus Currie and Jamie Ritchie (S2). They defeated over 25 other teams, many of whom featured older competitors, to win team Gold.


The following day in the Scottish Primary Schools' Cross Country Championships at Kirkcaldy High School, the Junior 6 Girls' team - Ellie Burns, Beth Campbell, Nicola Dry, Yasmin Lamb, Olivia McKnight and Eva Stirling - displayed excellent teamwork to win Gold medals. The winning J6 team are pictured above.

Elsewhere, the Transitus Boys' team were fifth overall in the P7 Boys' race, with the Junior 6 Boys' finishing in eighth position in their race.

Battlefields 2019 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Over 100 S3 and S4 pupils took part in a poignant visit to the Battlefields of Belgium and France during the Easter break, with this year's trip particularly emotive, given that it fell just after the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Numerous pupils had the opportunity to recite poetry, play music and sing at various sites of historical significance visited throughout the trip, as well as visiting 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 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.

The final days of the trip saw a wreath laid on behalf of the school during the ceremony at The Menin Gate, before the School's own ceremony for the nearly 500 former pupils who fell during the Great War. Pupils and staff marched to the drums and pipes, with readings delivered and the group led in the singing of the School Song.

The group enjoyed an afternoon in Brugges, before returning home on the overnight ferry, bringing to an end a poignant few days for pupils of the school. 

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Third Place for Amy at UK Cookery Final Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Second Year chef Amy Ashton finished third in the UK Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition at Leeds City College on Saturday.

Amy reached the UK Final, featuring the eight brightest talents from throughout the United Kingdom, by winning the Scottish and North of England Final at the beginning of March

She was challenged to cook a three course meal in two hours in order to impress a panel of four judges from the culinary world. The judges were Danilo Trozzi, Head Chef for Filippo Berio, the competition's main sponsor; Fabrice Teston, Programme Manager for Craft and Innovation within the Food and Drink Department at Leeds City College; Luke Downing, owner of The Vice Group, a collection of five distinguished and award winning independent restaurants in Leeds; and Terri Davison, Head Pastry Chef at Harvey Nichols Leeds.

Amy's menu consisted of:

  • a starter of asparagus soup served with homemade oatcakes
  • a main course of chicken and prosciutto, stuffed with rocket pesto, served with a rosti potato, roasted red pepper and tomato sauce
  • a dessert of chocolate fondants served with a raspberry gel

Despite being one of the youngest finalist, taking on competitors up to four years her senior, Amy's calm manner and impressive cookery skills won over the judges.

She finished third in the UK, from a field of almost 4,000 initial entrants to the national competition, the culmination of months of practice and preparation throughout this session.

Bannerman Fundraising Week 2019 Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Bannerman House's recent 'Help For Heids' campaign rounded off the Fundraising Weeks for 2018/19, raising over £5,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity, the world's leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. 

Senior School pupils had a fun-filled week prior to the Easter break, with Bannerman's very own versions of game shows 'The Weakest Link' and 'Through the Keyhole', Bannerman buskers performing throughout the School, a mini-golf championship serving up action on a par with the recent Masters competition and tasty treats for sale at the Bannerman Boulangerie.

A number of teachers were more than keen to don their sumo suits and duke it out in the dohyō for the HSOG Sumo Championship, truly a sight to behold for Senior School pupils - lessons will never be the same again! Fundraising came to an end on Friday night with a packed Assembly Hall of pupils and parents testing their general knowledge in the 'Big Bannerman Family Quiz'. 

After an enjoyable week which saw a huge numbers of pupils get involved with the fundraising events, and thanks to generous contributions from the wider school community, Bannerman House were able to raise over £5,000, exceeding their original £3,500 target. This money will go towards seeking vital new treatments for brain tumours, as well as offering the highest level of support and driving urgent change.

Sevens' Season Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Hockey

The girls' hockey sevens side have had a successful few weeks, with victories in numerous competitions.

At the Hutchesons' Grammar School Hockey Sevens on Wednesday 6th March, the 'A' team won their section before defeating The Glasgow Academy 3-0 in the semi final. In the final, the team took on hosts Hutchesons' Grammar School. Despite conceding their first goal of the day, the girls took home the trophy with a 3-1 victory.

The following week, the 'A' team continued their success with victory at the HSOG Hockey Sevens Tournament at Old Anniesland. They dominated throughout the day, winning their section before recording consecutive 1-0 victories over Morrison's Academy and George Heriot's School, in the semi final and final respectively, to win the trophy without conceding a single goal.

The final sevens tournament of the hockey season, the West District Hockey Sevens Tournament saw the team once again dominate. However, despite defeating Hutchesons' Grammar School 1-0 in the semi final, their run of success came to an end in the final as the girls lost 2-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw with The Glasgow Academy.

The 'B' team lost out in the plate semi-final at the HSOG Hockey Sevens, but fared better at the West District Sevens competition. They retained the 'B' team competition trophy with a 2-0 victory over Hutchesons' Grammar School in the final.

'A' team

'B' team

Lucy Williamson (Captain)
Eve Downie (Vice Captain)
Katie Allison
Daya Panesar
Kiera Smith
Sarah Turnbull (all S6)

Mhairi Crooks
Anna Pover
Charlotte Simmers (all S5)

Christina Miller (S4)

Emma Bulloch (Captain)
Rachel Bannatyne
Jasmine Gillespie (all S6)

Abby Bremner
Yemisi Edgar
Roma Lynch
Claudie Quinn (all S5)

Abigail Buxton
Alex Jones
Charlotte Sim (all S4)


Two boys' rugby teams were in action at the Hutchesons' Grammar School Rugby Sevens competition, with the two even facing each other in the knockout stages of the consolation competition! Both the 'A' and 'B' teams finished second in their groups, setting up a semi final High School derby! The 'A' team were the victors and went on to beat Kelvinside Academy in the consolation competition final.

Two boys' teams also competed at the HSOG Rugby Sevens Tournament on Wednesday 13th March at Old Anniesland. The ‘A’ team won their section before going on to defeat the team from St Aloysius’ College, 20-17, in the semi final, and setting up a final against George Heriot’s School. Unfortunately the boys came up just short, losing 17-26 in the final. 

'A' team

'B' team

Sandy Greig (Captain)
Angus Barrett
Rhys Evans
Lawrence Lavizani
Archie Snedden
Russell Tong
Brodie Wells (all S6)

Luke Armstrong
Ewan Forbes
John Paterson (all S5)

Callum Docherty
Tony FitzGerald
Cameron Howie
Ben Taylor
Calum Woolard (all S6)

Charlie Campbell
Adam Kennedy
Guy Rose

David Rowney
Cameron Virdee (all S5)


Jessica Wins UK Cooking Crown Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Third Year chef Jessica Mitchell was yesterday crowned national champion for 2019 at the Springboard Future Chef UK Finals in London.

Taking place at Westminster Kingsway College, Jessica came up against eleven other aspiring chefs at the national final, having been whittled down from 14,000 young UK chefs who began the competition at the school heats stage and came through local and regional finals earlier in the session. The twelve UK finalists were tasked with creating three portions of a two course meal in just two hours, in order to impress a judging panel of eleven prestigious names from the UK catering world.

The panel included Head Judge, David Mulcahy, Food Development and Innovation Director for Sodexo UK and Ireland; Mark Heirs, Private Chef of the Year for 2018; Steve Groves, Head Chef at Roux at Parliament Square; Sophie Michell, Executive Chef at of Home House Private Members Club in London, and Catrin Manning, winner of the 2018 Springboard Future Chef competition. Celebrity Chef, Brian Turner CBE, hosted the finals and presented the awards.

Jessica’s winning menu consisted of a main course of chicken breast, butternut squash, confit chicken leg with fondant potato, onion and carrot, followed by a dessert of apple and frangipane tart with a vanilla pod parfait and caramelised apple.

The judging panel were incredibly impressed with the taste and appearance of Jessica’s dishes, as well as the level of skill and professionalism she displayed over the course of the two hours. Despite this year's finalists showing "the highest level of cooking skills in the history of the competition" the judging panel declared Jessica a clear winner who “stood out from the crowd.“, awarding her the Future Chef National Final trophy for 2019. 

Jessica shared her success with Jav Aziz, Executive Chef at Ibrox Stadium, who has mentored her throughout all the stages of the Future Chef competition.

Clyde House Fundraising Week Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Clyde House hosted the penultimate Fundraising Week of the 2018-19 session at the Senior School in February, raising nearly £3,000 for Includema Glasgow based charity that provides support to young people and families in challenging circumstances.

Pupils enjoyed a week of fun activities including the Clyde House Show and the chance to once again 'soak-a-sixth-year'. Sweet treats were on offer at Clyde House's cake and candy stall and the Clyde Cafe, while Sixth Year pupils enjoyed a comprehensive victory over the school staff in the 'Teachers vs Sixth Year' football match.

The Fundraising 'Week' turned into a Fundraising 'Weekend', with a number of staff and pupils running the first ever 'Clyde Stride' on Sunday 3rd March, taking part in either a 10 mile route visiting all 15 of the Glasgow subway stations or a shorter 5km route from Partick subway station to Buchanan Street.

You can see some pictures from the week, including the brave Clyde Striders, below.

Junior Drama Production - 'Holes' Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT The Junior Drama Production of 'Holes' entertained audiences over a three-night run last week in the Senior School Drama Studio. 

Based on the 1998 novel by Louis Sachar, 'Holes' saw Transitus-S2 pupils tell the story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great-great grandfather. Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit, and is forced by the Warden to dig large holes in the dirt every day alongside camp-mates Zero, Zig Zag, X-Ray, Armpit and Magnet. Stanley eventually realises that something is amiss and that the holes are being dug in the search for something...The play intertwines three stories from separate time periods to reveal why Stanley’s family has a curse and what it is that the Warden is looking for.

Along with a talented troupe of dancers and puppeteers, a number of the cast of Transitus, S1 and S2 pupils played multiple roles from the three time periods.

Olivia Easton (S1) - Stanley Yelnats
Greta Stakis (S1) - Zero 
Georgia Rose (S1) - X-Ray
Toni Joannides (S1) - Magnet
Kirsty Chalmers (S2) - Armpit 
Iola Duncan (Transitus) - Zig Zag
Ferdinand Harten (S1) - Tough Kid / Attorney General / Myra's Dad / Sheriff
Eva Shepherd (S2) - Warden
David McCallum (S1) - Mr Sir
Alex Hodges (S1) - Mr Pendanski 
Katie Leslie (S2) - Stanley’s Mum / Miss Katherine / Kissin' Katie Barlow
Carter Roberts (S1) - Stanley’s Dad / Driver / Elya
Amy Campbell (Tranitus) - Ms Morengo / Myra / Sarah
Lizzie Hamilton (S2) - Zero’s Mom / Mrs Collingwood / Linda Walker
Leo Lin (S1) - Judge / Igor / Jesse
Zain Shaikh (S1) - Policeman / Sam
Lina Al-Attar (S2) - Madame Zeroni
Ben Taylor (S2) - Trout Walker

The show was directed by English and Drama teacher Mrs Alexis Viswanathan, with Music by Mrs Jane Tierney. The show would not have been possible without the support of a number of pupils and staff, from the choreographers, backstage crew and make up team to those who designed the set and created the costumes - All played their part in a hugely successful, fun-filled show.

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Update from the Maths Department Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School pupils have achieved numerous awards in national individual and team mathematics competitions throughout the 2018-19 session.


In November’s UK Senior Maths Challenge competition, two Gold, nine Silver and eleven Bronze awards were won with Fifth Year pupils Lucy Ashton and Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin winning Gold awards, Daniel achieving the top mark in the school and Paul Dewhurst achieving the best score in S6. Daniel and Lucy both qualified for the follow-on Senior Kangaroo, achieving certificates of qualification.

The UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, mainly for S3 and S4 pupils, saw our mathematicians achieve five Gold, twenty-two Silver and thirteen Bronze awards. Ralph Hemsley, Adam Insall, James Miles (all S4) and Maxwell Wang (S3) achieved Gold awards, qualifying for the follow-on Pink Kangaroo round. A special mention should go to Joshua Liang of First Year who achieved a perfect score of 135 points in the competition and qualified for the Cayley Olympiad paper.

In the Mathematical Association’s Primary Maths ChallengeTransitus pupils won seven Gold, fifteen Silver and twenty-five Bronze certificates, with Alina Bartel, Harrison Bruce, James Clark, Andrew Dickson, Mustafa Fahd, Mikaeel Shabbir and Alexander Zhan all achieving Gold certificates. Harrison, Andrew and Mustafa all scored particularly highly, qualifying for the bonus round in February.


While pupils have won individual maths awards this session, a number of pupils have also came together to compete in recent team competitions.

Having won their regional heat, the Senior Maths Team of Lachlan MacLean, Tanya Smoli (both S6), Lucy Ashton and Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin (both S5) qualified for the UKMT Senior Team National Finals at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Tuesday 5th February.

Meanwhile, the Junior Maths Team (pictured above), consisting of Godfrey Antomarlin, Zixuan Yao (both S2), Joshua Liang and Robbie Walsh (both S1), also won their regional heat and have qualified for the UKMT Junior Team National Final in London this June.

Badminton Success Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Scottish Schools' Gibb Memorial Quaich

The Senior team finished won Bronze medals and the Junior team finished 7th at the Scottish Schools' Gibb Memorial Quaich on Wednesday 27th February in Perth.

Having made it through their section, the Senior team lost out to Boroughmuir High School in the semi final before defeating Berwickshire High School 3-2 in the third place decider.

The Bronze medal winning Senior team were:

Scott McDonald
Emily Sillars
Rachel Sugden
Saana Suvarna (all S6)

Bharath Mukunda Das
Cameron Virdee (both S5)

Lucy Sillars
Maxwell Wang (both S3)

West of Scotland Championships

Meanwhile, following on from recent individual successes, Rachel Sugden won a treble of titles at the West of Scotland Championships over the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March.

Top seed Rachel won the U19 Girls' Singles competition, the U19 Girls' Doubles with partner Alice Campbell and the U19 Mixed Doubles with Joshua Apilega.

Akshat Gupta of Second Year was also victorious, winning the U15 Boys' Doubles competition with his partner Vincent Cheung. 

National Cross Country Medalists Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT High School cross country teams won two Silver and one Bronze medal at the Scottish Schools’ Championships at Hopetoun House on Saturday 2nd March.

Although a number of pupils participated in various age group races, only the top four placed individual runners from each team counted towards the overall team result.

The U14 Girls' team came incredibly close to the podium, finishing fourth overall. However, the following teams won national schools' medals:


  • U17 Girls - Alex Jones (S4), Zara Kennedy, Lucy Sillars and Aurelia Tiffoney (all S3)
  • U15 Girls - Louisa Brown, Kiera Davidson, Anna McCallum and Kirsty Wicklow (all S2)


  • U14 Boys - Jackson Adams, Harry McDougall-Smith, Rob Nicol and Adam Weston (all S1)

Rotary Young Chef UK Finalist! Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Second Year chef Amy Ashton won the Rotary Young Chef Scottish and North of England Final on Saturday 2nd March at South Lanarkshire College. 

After winning the Glasgow Heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition in January and finishing as runner up in the District Final later the same month, Amy's success in the Scottish and North of England Final at the weekend marks her third successive advancement in the competition.

The judges were once again impressed with her three courses of food, featuring:

  • a starter of asparagus soup
  • a main course of chicken wrapped in prosciutto, stuffed with homemade pesto and served with a red pepper sauce
  • a dessert of chocolate fondants served with a raspberry gel

Amy now advances to the UK Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition at Leeds City College on Saturday 28th April.

She will also be joined in national cookery competition finals by Jessica Mitchell of Third Year who will be competing in the UK Final of the Springboard Future Chef competition at Westminster College, London on Monday 18th March.

Royal Visit from The Earl of Wessex Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT The High School was honoured to welcome Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who made a special visit to the Senior School on Friday afternoon to meet pupils and staff involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme.

Over the last 15 years, 2,676 High School of Glasgow pupils have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, with 1,250 receiving Bronze, 913 Silver and 513 Gold awards. The High School runs one of the most successful Duke of Edinburgh programmes, with hundreds of pupils from third year upwards currently participating at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels each year. 

The Earl of Wessex, who is the royal trustee on the awards scheme, was welcomed by Captains Catriona James and Angus Barrett and the Rector, John O’Neill, as well as Chair of the Board of Governors, Stewart MacAulay and the School’s Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Manager, Tom Lyons.

Mr Lyons then introduced pupils currently participating at various stages of the awards programme, including several Gold achievers. The Earl of Wessex heard from pupils about their experiences participating in the scheme, through volunteering with charities, broadening their skills, and taking part in a wide range of other activities from debating or Chinese painting to figure skating, first aid and expeditions.

Several charities, who had worked with pupils in their awards programme, were also present, including Horatio's Garden for spinal injury patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Disability Tennis, The Brain Tumour Charity and the Gurdwara project working with the homeless.

Eight High School staff members - Nicola Cowan, Martin Dougall, Tom Lyons, Iain Purdie, Graeme Robertson, Kenneth Robertson, Jane Sim and Andrew Tierney - also received long service certificates from the Earl of Wessex to acknowledge their work with pupils undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes.

At the end of the visit, the Prince signed a plaque to commemorate the occasion before joining pupils involved in the sports leadership part of the award scheme on the School hockey pitches.

Visit from HRH, The Earl of Wessex
S2 Pupil Crowned RYA Scotland Young Person of the Year Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Oban Duncan of Second Year was crowned Royal Yachting Association Scotland Young Person of the Year award at a ceremony in January, the youngest person ever to do so in the history of the RYA awards.

In a successful year for Oban, she won the British Sprint Championships in her first year of racing GT15 boats, finished second in the national finals and won the RYA Honda Rib Championships.

Following this success, Oban was nominated for three awards at the RYA ceremony, which took place at Kip Marina, Inverkip on Saturday 19th January. She became the only person ever to achieve such a feat, having been nominated for 'The Elizabeth McKay Award for Female Endeavours', 'Performance of the Year' and 'Young Person of the Year', winning the latter. Alex Sivarajan of Second Year was also nominated for 'Academy Sailor of the Year.'

Oban continues to race and has qualified for the European GT15 Championships in Germany in July and the World GT15 Championships in Latvia this September.

Swimming Gold at Glasgow Schools' Finals Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT A total of 18 individual and 6 team medals were won at the Glasgow Primary Schools' Swimming Finals at Drumchapel Pool earlier this week.

A number of pupils from both the Junior and Senior Schools competed at the event on Monday 25th February, with Junior 5, Junior 6 and Transitus swimmers winning 11 Gold, 3 Silver and 10 Bronze medals.

Medals were awarded as follows:


  • Olivia McKnight (J6) - Open Fly
  • Sandy Fraser (Transitus) - 12 Years Breaststroke 
  • Nicola Dry (J6) - 11 Years Breaststroke
  • Charlie Adams (J5) - 10 Years Freestyle and 10 Years Backstroke
  • T J Fitzsmmons (J5) - 10 Years Breaststroke (winning the Alastair Short Trophy)
  • Chloe Kirk (J5) - 10 Years Freestyle and 10 Years Backstroke
  • 11 Years Girls' Relay Team (winning the Dykes Trophy) - Ellie BurnsEmily DowNicola Dry and Olivia McKnight (all J6)
  • 10 Years Girls' Relay Team (winning the Robert Smith Memorial Trophy) - Louisa Dale, Chloe Kirk, Brodie McAnkrah and Emily Shearer (all J5)
  • 10 Years Boys' Relay Team (winning the R W Smith Memorial Trophy) - Charlie Adams, Arnold Friel, Finlay Hannah and Theo Stalin (all J5)


  • Olivia McKnight - 11 Years Freestyle
  • Brodie McAnkrah - 10 Years Freestyle
  • 12 Years Boys' Relay TeamSandy Fraser, Max Hyslop, Jack MacLeod and Mark Zimmer (all Transitus)


  • Mark Zimmer - Open Fly and 12 Years Freestyle
  • Max Hyslop - 12 Years Backstroke
  • Yasmin Lamb (J6) - 11 Years Backstroke
  • Ruaraidh McCallum (J6) - 11 Years Freestyle and 11 Years Breaststroke
  • Finlay Hannah - 10 Years Breaststroke
  • Theo Stalin - 10 Years Backstroke
  • 12 Years Girls' Relay Team - Aliyah Lamb, Libby MacFadyenErin Morgan and Hazel Murison (all Transitus)
  • 11 Years Boys' Relay Team - Alasdair Buchanan-WollastonRuaraidh McCallumMichael Moroz (all J6) and Finlay Gillespie (J5)


Updates from the PE Department Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Swimming

Second Year swimmer Kirsty Wicklow (S2) won national Silver in the 13/14 Years Breaststroke event at the Scottish Schools' Swimming Championships on Saturday 26th January at Tollcross Pool.

Meanwhile, Jamie Ritchie (S2) narrowly missed out on medals with two 4th place finishes in the 13/14 Years 100m and 200m Breaststroke and there were national top 10 finishes for the following:

  • Eilidh Davidson (S5) - 6th in the 17-19 Years 100m Breaststroke and 9th in the 200m Breaststroke;
  • Fergus Currie (S2) - 8th in the 13/14 Years 200m Freestyle;
  • Kiera Davidson (S2) - 9th in the 13/14 Years 100m Breaststroke and and 10th in the 200m Breastroke.


Rachel Sugden (S6) won the Womens' Doubles event at the 9th Multi-Alarm Hungarian International U19 Junior Championships in early February, also reaching the quarter finals of the Womens' Singles and Mixed Doubles competitions. At the Yonex Scottish National Badminton Championships in Perth the week prior, Rachel reached the semi finals of both the Womens' Singles and Doubles competitions.

High School badminton players also won numerous Singles and Doubles medals at the Glasgow Schools' Badminton Championships, which took place at Bellahouston Academy School of Sport on Saturday 26th January. The following took home medals:


  • Kenny McClymont and Maxwell Wang (both S3) - U16 Boys' Doubles event


  • Jay McMillan and Sanaa Suvarna (both S6) - U19 Mixed Doubles
  • Bharath Mukunda-Das (S5) - U19 Boys' Singles
  • Maxwell Wang - U16 Boys' Singles


  • Emily Sillars (S6) and Lucy Sillars (S3) - U19 Girls' Doubles
  • Sanaa Suvarna - U19 Girls' Singles


Girls' 1st XI Captain Lucy Williamson (S6) represented the West District U18 team in early February as they finished as runners up in the Inter-District Indoor Tournament at Bell's Sports Centre in Perth.

Elsewhere, High School hockey sides have had huge success in the last fortnight, with a number of recent victories.



Cameron Crooks (S5) followed up a pre-Christmas appearance by featuring for Partick Thistle reserves in their Reserves League fixture with Celtic on Monday 28th January, at the age of just 16. Cameron has continued to make appearances for the team in the SPFL Reserves League throughout February.

Cameron's sister Mhairi Crooks (S5) played for Scotland in the SISFA U18s match against England on Sunday 3rd February in Edinburgh. Twin sister Georgia was also selected by missed out through injury.



Back in December, the Senior Boys' Team - Matthew Gibson-Smith, Mark Ward, Thomas Whitelaw (all S6) and Connor McGrath Williams (S5) - were victorious against a team from Bearsden Academy in the Scottish Schools' Team Championships. They advanced to the next round of the competition, where they will face Boroughmuir High School.

Matthew Gibson-Smith was also selected in February to represent the U18 Boys' team at the LTA County Cup. He will represent the team in London at the beginning of March.


The S2 Girls' Netball Team had a hugely successful December, defeating teams from Wick and Thurso High Schools and advancing to the third round of the silver section in the Scottish Netball Cup. They returned to action in January but couldn't quite make it to the last eight of the competition, losing out in a competitive match to Webster High School.

Scottish Cup Semis for U15 Hockey Girls Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT The Girls' U15 XI High School hockey team competed in the quarter final of the Scottish Schools' Cup competition last week.

Taking on a team from Strathallan School at Old Anniesland on Thursday 21st February, the U15 girls put in a dominant performance to win 6-1 and reach the semi finals. They go on to face The Mary Erskine School at Old Anniesland tomorrow for a place in the Scottish Cup Final.

The team were:

Zara Kennedy (Captain)
Ellie Adair
Aimee Anderson
Annabel Davies
Kirsty Jones
Jennifer Low
Zoe McNellan
Jessica Mitchell
Iona Reid
Hannah Ritchie
Lucy Sillars (all S3)

Kiera Davidson 
Eilidh Hill
Maria Murio-Fernandez
Kirsty Wicklow (all S2)

The 1st XI were also in action in their Scottish Cup quarter final match, unfortunately losing out 1-0 to George Watson's College


A number of the U15 XI side also made up the 3rd Year A team who were victorious at the West District Junior Tournament on Saturday 23rd February at Craigholme and Hutchesons' Grammar Schools.

The team came through their section with victories over The Glasgow Academy (2-1), Craigholme School (5-0) and Kelvinside Academy (2-0). The semi final saw a comprehensive 3-0 victory over local rivals Jordanhill School before the girls once again defeated The Glasgow Academy, 3-0, in the tournament final.

The successful 3rd Year A team were:

Zara Kennedy (Captain)
Ellie Adair
Aimee Anderson
Sophie Bell
Annabel Davies
Francesca Deane
Kirsty Jones
Jennifer Low
Zoe McNellan
Jessica Mitchell
Isla Murray
Iona Reid
Hannah Ritchie
Annabelle Robertson
Lucy Sillars

Cross Country Champs! Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Nine team and four individual medals were won at the Glasgow Schools Cross Country Championships at Netherpollok on Tuesday 19th February, including four team Golds for the High School's younger runners.

The following team medals were won on the day:


  • S3 GirlsKirsty Jones, Zara KennedyAnya MacLean, Jessica Mitchell, Lucy Sillars and Aurelia Tiffoney

  • S3 Boys Sebastian Harten, Michael Kennedy, Sholto Kinghorn, Shaun McNulty, Finlay Ross-Davie and Maxwell Wang

  • S2 Girls - Louisa Brown, Kiera Davidson, Elizabeth Hamilton, Anna McCallum, Maria Murio-Fernandez and Kirsty Wicklow

  • Transitus Boys - Haris Ali, Harrison Bruce, James Clark, Sandy Fraser, Harry Hose and Hamish MacLean


  • Senior Boys - Angus Barrett, Ben TaylorBrodie Wells (all S6), Panos Kourouklis, Cameron McClymont and Gordon Sivarajan (all S5)


  • Senior Girls - Eve Downie, Jasmine Gillespie (both S6), Claudie QuinnCiara Rogers, Meghna Sharma and Charlotte Simmers (all S5)

  • Transitus Girls - Lucy Howie, Ruby Inns, Hannah MacDonald, Libby MacFadyen, Erin Morgan and Heather Nicolson

  • S4 Girls - Sophia Bell, Lucy Critchley, Alex Jones, Charlotte Sim, Anna Smith and Iona Snedden

  • S1 Boys - Jackson Adams, Dylan Burrell, Zu-An Chen, Harry McDougall-Smith, Rob Nicol and Adam Weston

Individual Silver medals were won by Finlay Ross-Davie in the S3 Boys' race and Fergus Currie in the S2 Boys' race, while Aurelia Tiffoney and Maria Murio-Fernandez won Bronze medals in the S3 and S2 Girls' races respectively.

The next cross country event on the calendar is the Scottish Schools' Championships, which take place at Hopetoun House this Saturday. 


In other recent cross country news, Fergus Currie (S2) won Gold in the U13 Boys' race at the West District Cross Country Championships and the Belfast Cross Challenge in December and January respectively. He also finished in fourth position in the U13 Boys’ British Athletics Liverpool Cross Challenge in November.

Meanwhile, Anya MacLean (S3) won a Bronze medal in the Inter-District Championships at Stirling on Saturday 12th January.

West District Winners Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT West District 2nd XI Tournament

The Girls' Hockey 2nd XI team were victorious at yesterday's West District 2nd XI Tournament, winning the trophy without conceding a single goal.

Taking place at Old Anniesland, the girls advanced from their section with comprehensive victories over Lomond School (5-0), Jordanhill School (3-0) and Craigholme School (6-0).

A far tighter semi final saw the team defeat Hutchesons' Grammar School 1-0 before a final 2-0 victory over The Glasgow Academy to claim the trophy.

The team were:

Emma Bulloch (Captain)
Marina MacLeod (Vice Captain)
Jasmine Gillespie (all S6)
Abby Bremner
Jennifer Lafferty
Roma Lynch
Pippa Meek
Claudie Quinn (all S5)
Abigail Buxton
Maia Gillespie
Alex Jones
Charlotte Sim
Anna Smith
Isla Stirling (all S4).

Hutchesons' 3rd XI Tournament

The Girls' 3rd XI were also in action, taking part in the Hutchesons' 3rd XI Tournament.

Despite victories over victories over The Glasgow Academy and St Aloysius College, the team lost out, 1-0 to the hosts, meaning they returned to School with Silver medals.

The team were:

Helena Gronski
Lara Street (both S6)
Amelie Briggs
Sarah Graham
Zara Hyslop
Aine McPherson (all S5)
Abigail Dougal
Bailey Mulvey
Lily Paterson
Sarah Paterson
Emily Provan
Gabriella Smart
Iona Snedden (all S4)

Scottish Cup

The hockey action continues over the next week with both the Girls' 1st XI and the U15 sides competing in the quarter finals of the Scottish Schools' Cup competition.

The 1st XI face George Watson's College on Tuesday 26th February, while the U15 XI take on Strathallan School on Thursday 21st February.

Health and Wellbeing Week 2019 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Pupils and staff enjoyed another successful Health and Wellbeing Week at the Senior School just prior to the February break.

Assemblies throughout the week covered a number of areas and activities which can help aid an individual's physical and mental wellbeing. Two representatives from Diabetes UK, National Director, Angela Mitchell, and Communications Manager, Martin Shannon, enjoyed Monday's assembly by Transitus on the topic of Diabetes before awarding the School the Good Diabetes Care in School Award.

The IT Department took over on Tuesday, while other assemblies throughout the week included visits from former pupil Amanda MacLeod on the importance of Music to mental wellbeing, Maurice Donohue, the COO of The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, on the benefits of exercise to physical and mental wellbeing, and stand-up comedian Stephen Halkett, who had all in the Assembly Hall in stitches to bring the week's assemblies to a close.

The School also welcomed a prestigious guest on Tuesday evening as Professor Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, spoke with parents and pupils on "What causes wellness". You can watch his lecture below

A number of fun activities engaged the Senior School community throughout the week, with something on offer for everyone. Monday's Krav Maga self defence taster session was followed by the more sedate Peer Hub the following day, along with the chance to have the tension worked out with shoulder and neck massages in the Health and Wellbeing Centre. 

Pupils once again relished the chance to meet the dogs (and the volunteers!) of Canine Concern Scotland's Therapet service on Wednesday, while Sixth Year pupils took part in the Firewalk, organised by HeadStrong and Mr Brian Costello. Participants began with a trust exercise in which an arrow placed against the windpipe was broken with a sharp thrust, before moving on to the ‘Walk of Champions’ Firewalk in which they learned to put mind over matter and walk barefoot over hot coals.

The week's activities finished on a 'kind' note as a 'Creating Kindness' workshop saw pupils create cards to show their appreciation for someone, while hundreds of thankful messages were left on the School Library's giant 'Thank You' card for the NHS on its 70th Birthday. The card was on display in the Foyer throughout the week and will now be delivered to a local NHS unit to show the High School's appreciation for all the NHS does.


The Junior School will be following in the Senior Schools's footsteps by hosting their own Health and Wellbeing Week, beginning on Monday 4th March.

Scottish Cooking Champion Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Third Year Chef Jessica Mitchell continued her success in cookery competitions with victory at the recent Future Chef Central and South Scottish Regional Final.

Having won the Glasgow Heat of the Future Chef competition back in November, Jessica, who was mentored for the competition by Jav Aziz Executive Chef at Ibrox Stadium, represented Glasgow in the final at the City of Glasgow College on Friday 8th February.

She recreated her successful dishes from the previous round, impressing the judges enough to be crowned Central and South Scotland champion. Jessica will now go on to represent the region at the UK National Final in London on 18th March.

This is the second success in as many months for the Senior School Health and Food Technology Department, with Amy Ashton of Second Year having recently qualified for the national finals of the Rotary Young Chef Competition.

Transitus Hockey Victory Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT The Transitus girls' hockey team were victorious at yesterday's Jordanhill School Primary 7 Tournament.

Impressive performances throughout the afternoon saw the girls win their section without conceding a goal, scoring victories over St Columba's School and Jordanhill B (both 3-0), before a scoreless draw against Kelvinside Academy.

A tight semi final saw the team triumph over St Aloysius' College before going on to defeat The Glasgow Academy 3-1 in the final.

The team were: 

Evie Bulloch (Captain)
Catherine Horn
Lucy Howie
Ruby Inns
Libby MacFadyen
Erin Morgan
Hazel Murison
Heather Nicolson
Kirsty Pollock
Adrianna Sharpe

Junior School Scots Verse Competiton Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Pupils at the Junior School took part in a Scots Verse Competition on Friday 25th January, a fitting tribute on Robert Burns' birthday.

All pupils from Junior 3 to Junior 6 recited a poem in Scots in their classes, with the winning two from each class going forward to perform again at Friday's Scots Verse Competition.

The school were fortunate to welcome Mr Alastair McFarlane, a well known figure in the Burns and amateur dramatics fraternities, to judge the competition. 

Mr McFarlane pointed out that it was "no easy task" to decide on who would be awarded prizes, particularly as the variety of verse was so diverse and each performance was excellent. After much deliberation, he made the following awards:

1st place - Amelia Campbell (J5), performing 'Is a Dove a Doo Daa?'

2nd place - Amelia Ronaldson (J6), performing 'Tae a Bottle Flip'

3rd place - Ibrahim Khan (J5), performing 'Scots, Wha Hae'

HSOG Chef Advances to Scottish Finals Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Following on from victory at the Glasgow Heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition earlier this month, Amy Ashton of Second Year finished as runner up in yesterday's District Final at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride.

Amy once again cooked the menu that impressed judges enough to win the Glasgow Heat:

  • a starter of asparagus soup
  • a main course of chicken wrapped in prosciutto, stuffed with homemade pesto, served with crushed potatoes and a red pepper sauce
  • a dessert of chocolate fondants served with a raspberry gel

The judges deliberated for a long time as there was no clear cut winner and the standard was very high all round. Amy was eventually announced as runner up to a pupil from Lochaber High School, earning an engraved salver, cook book, framed certificate and a bag of local cheese and meat produce!

More importantly, Amy also now progresses to the Scottish and North East of England Finals which takes place on Saturday 2nd March, once again at South Lanarkshire College.

Success at Glasgow Rotary Cooking Heat Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Second Year chef Amy Ashton was victorious in the Glasgow Heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition at Saint Roch's Secondary School yesterday.

Challenged with preparing, cooking and presenting three courses of food, Amy's menu featured:

  • a starter of asparagus soup
  • a main course of chicken wrapped in prosciutto, stuffed with homemade pesto and served with a red pepper sauce
  • a dessert of chocolate fondants served with a raspberry gel

Her dishes impressed the judges, who declared Amy the winner of the Glasgow Heat.

She now advances to the District Final at South Lanarkshire College on Wednesday 23rd January.

Christmas Carol Service 2018 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The autumn term was brought to a close this afternoon with the annual Christmas Carol Service, bringing together pupils, staff, parents and guests for another enjoyable event.

Bannerman House Captain Millie Haldane (S6) began proceedings by singing the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, while further traditional carols including 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' and 'Silent Night' were sang throughout the service.

Readings were delivered by pupils of each year group - Asma Athar (Transitus), Harry McDougall-Smith (S1), Lina Al-Attar (S2), Maxwell Wang (S3), Maia Gillespie (S4), Jack Lord (S5) and Jenna Steel (S6), with the final reading by Deputy Rector, Mr Graeme Robertson.

The Senior School Chamber Choir performed the classic Christmas Carol 'In the Bleak Mid-Winter', with Fergus Inns of Fourth Year taking the place of Mr Walker on the organ, and solo performances by Lucy Goodwin and Jai Tyagi (both S6). The Choir later returned to perform 'The Sussex Carol' before the Address, delivered this year by Rev Dr Alan Hamilton, Minister of Killermont Parish Church...

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.

This year's Order of Service featured ten different festive covers, all created by Transitus pupils. You can see their fantastic creations below.

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

Christmas Carol Service 2018 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The autumn term was brought to a close this afternoon with the annual Christmas Carol Service, bringing together pupils, staff, parents and guests for another enjoyable event.

Bannerman House Captain Millie Haldane (S6) began proceedings by singing the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, while further traditional carols including 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' and 'Silent Night' were sang throughout the service.

Readings were delivered by pupils of each year group - Asma Athar (Transitus), Harry McDougall-Smith (S1), Lina Al-Attar (S2), Maxwell Wang (S3), Maia Gillespie (S4), Jack Lord (S5) and Jenna Steel (S6), with the final reading by Deputy Rector, Mr Graeme Robertson.

The Senior School Chamber Choir performed the classic Christmas Carol 'In the Bleak Mid-Winter', with Fergus Inns of Fourth Year taking the place of Mr Walker on the organ, and solo performances by Lucy Goodwin and Jai Tyagi (both S6). The Choir later returned to perform 'The Sussex Carol' before the Address, delivered this year by Rev Dr Alan Hamilton, Minister of Killermont Parish Church. He spoke of the similarities between the story of Jesus and a modern day tale of worship in The Hague, before talking about the importance of 'growing with God' both at Christmas time and beyond.

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.

This year's Order of Service featured ten different festive covers, all created by Transitus pupils. You can see their fantastic creations below.

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

Girls' Hockey 1st XI Retain BP Cup Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The Girls' Hockey 1st XI completed a whirlwind couple of days for High School sport as they retained the BP Cup with a dramatic victory over The Glasgow Academy at Glasgow Green on Thursday 6th December.

Earlier in the term, the girls had won their section, before defeating Jordanhill School in the semi final, taking them to a final clash with The Glasgow Academy. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday 4th December, but fell victim to a frozen pitch. Fortunately, the two teams were able to reconvene two days later under the floodlights to compete for the trophy.

The teams could not be separated in normal time, with goals from Mhairi Crooks and Anna Pover (both S5) enough to earn a 2-2 draw in an exciting match. Even in the running penalty competition, both sides were evenly matched, as the scoreboard read 3-3, taking it to sudden death. Eventually, on the third sudden death penalty, goalkeeper Daya Panesar (S6) pulled off a save, allowing Charlotte Simmers (S5) to step up and score the penalty that saw the HSOG 1st XI retain the BP Cup.

The successful 1st XI team were:

Lucy Williamson (Captain)
Eve Downie (Vice Captain)
Rachel Bannatyne
Catriona James
Daya Panesar
Cate Sibbald
Kiera Smith
Sarah Turnbull (all S6)

Georgia Crooks
Mhairi Crooks
Yemisi Edgar
Anna Pover
Charlotte Simmers (all S5)

Alex Jones
Christina Miller (both S4)

Scottish Rugby Shield Winners Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The Boys' Rugby 1st XV braved a murky night at Murrayfield to win the Scottish Schools U18 Shield Final on Wednesday 5th December.

Having seen off teams from Preston Lodge High School and Robert Gordon's College in the previous rounds, the team came up against Kelvinside Academy in the final. 

A storming first half saw the team quickly establish a big lead, with tries from Ben Hutton, Lawrence Lavizani (both S6), Luke Armstrong and Graeme McDonald (both S5), along with a number of conversions from Luke, seeing the boys go into the break with a 33-10 advantage.

The HSOG team extended their lead early in the second half, with a controlled performance seeing them comfortably victorious. The final score, 45-22, meant that the 1st XV were crowned U18 Scottish Shield winners.

Well done to the 1st XV team:

Sandy Greig (Captain)
Tony FitzGerald
Ben Hutton
Cameron Howie
Séamus Keaney
Lawrence Lavizani
Archie Snedden
Andrew Taylor

Russell Tong
Brodie Wells
Calum Woolard (all S6)

Luke Armstrong
Eoin Cameron
Charlie Campbell
Ewan Forbes
Ross Gray
Adam Ivins

Graeme Macdonald
John Paterson
Guy Rose

David Rowney
Hugo Storrie
 (all S5)

Senior Musical Production 2018 - Fiddler on the Roof Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The 2018 Senior Musical Production of 'Fiddler on the Roof', saw a cast and chorus of nearly 50 pupils come together to entertain the School community over an excellent four night run in the Senior School Assembly Hall.

Directed and Produced by Senior Deputy Rector, Mr Kenneth Robertson, with Musical Direction from Director of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, 'Fiddler on the Roof' saw pupils tell the tale of a poor milkman named Tevye trying to protect his daughters in the colorful and tight-knit Jewish community of Anatevka. Tevye, as played by Kai Ross (S6), alongside his long-suffering wife, Golde, played by Millie Haldane (S6), seeks to instill traditional Jewish values in Tzeitel (Emma Bulloch), Hodel (Pippa Newbery) and Chava (Lucy Goodwin) (all S6) in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Tsarist Russia.

They were joined by a talented supporting cast of almost 40 S4-S6 pupils.

With an orchestra featuring current pupils and staff alongside professional musicians, audiences enjoyed iconic songs from the Tony award winning stage show including “Sunrise, Sunset”, "If I Were A Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”. Well done to S6 pupils, Neve Ferguson and Lucy Goodwin, who choreographed large sequences of the show, alongside learning their lines as 'Yente' and 'Chava', respectively.

The show would not have been such an immersive and enthralling experience without such a hard-working and talented Production team: Stage Crew, led by Mr Colin Price; Light and Sound Crew, guided by Mr Ian Smith; Costumes, led by Mrs Carolyn Bell and Ms Nicola Henderson; Make Up Team, led by Mrs Kim O'Neil and Mrs Mhairi Peek; and Front of House staff, Mr Alan Milligan. 

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An Update from the Music Department Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT New Piano Stars

Fourth Year musician Amelia Neilson was awarded second prize in the New Piano Stars competition, in association with Kawai, at the beginning of November.

Amelia competed in the Ages 15-18 category of the competition, playing 'Lotus Land' by Cyril Scott. Despite being one of the youngest competitors at just 15 years old, she finished as runner up.

Royal National Mòd

At last month's Royal National Mòd event, a festival in Dunoon celebrating Scottish Gaelic literature, song and arts, Cathal Callan of Fourth Year was placed first in Poetry Recitation (Ages 13-15 Fluent) and second in Solo Singing Boys (Ages 13-15 Fluent), while Christina Brincat of Second Year was awarded third place in the Clarsach Intermediate Solo category.

Recent Musical Performances

Helena Downie of Third Year performed with the National Children’s Orchestra in Manchester on at the end of October, while Aarya Gambhir, also of Third Year, performed as a solo singer (from within the RSNO Junior Chorus) at the Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary Concert, a celebration of the film label’s 40th Anniversary, on Saturday 17th November at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Aarya performed a solo in a piece by Diego Navarro, who also conducted on the night.

A number of pupils will be part of the RSNO Junior Chorus performing in the concert 'Søndergård’s Guide to the Orchestra' at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Friday 23rd November and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 24th November.

Elsewhere, fourteen Senior School singers performed under the baton of acclaimed Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National OrchestraThomas Søndergård, in concerts across the country during Remembrance weekend.

You can read more about this concert by clicking here.


Double Success at Scottish Schools' Indoor Rowing Championships Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Two teams of High School rowers became Scottish Champions at Friday's Scottish Schools’ Indoor Rowing Championships.

Taking place at Ravenscraig Sports Facility in Motherwell, the School had not one, but two Gold medal winning teams in the final events of the day, the gruelling 3,000m S6 Boys' and Girls' races.

The winning S6 Boys' team, Ross Flanagan, Ben Hutton, Scott McDonald and Thomas Whitelaw, made it three years in a row that this team has achieved national success. The boys won the S5 title last year, and the S4 competition two years ago.

The S6 Girls' team of Alice BaxendaleJasmine Gillespie, Helena Gronski and Millie Haldane also achieved this feat, as last year's national S5 Girls' winners were once again crowned Scottish champions.

In individual competition, an impressive effort from Jasmine Gillespie also saw her win Silver in the S6 Girls' competition.

Victory for Jessica at FutureChef Glasgow Heat Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Third Year chef Jessica Mitchell was victorious in the Glasgow heat of the Springboard FutureChef competition on Friday 9th November at City of Glasgow College.

Jessica was challenged with creating two tasty courses for industry judges with a budget of up to £7. She delivered a main course of lamb cutlets with a mint crumb served with fondant potato, pea puree and a lamb jus, followed by a dessert of vanilla panna cotta, served with a cinnamon crumb, caramelised plums and an orange syrup, described by the judging panel as "mind blowing."


Jessica was mentored prior to the competition by previous Future Chef National finalist, Isabella Harten (S6), and Tabitha Steven (S4), Rotary Young Chef of the Year for 2017. She will be looking to continue to learn from them as she goes forward to the Scottish Final at The City of Glasgow City College in February.

High School Singers Perform with RSNO Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Fourteen Senior School singers performed under the baton of acclaimed Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National OrchestraThomas Søndergård, in concerts across the country during Remembrance weekend. 

The 14 boys, Sebastien Schneeberger (S6), Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S5), Cathal Callan, John Greene, Ralph Hemsley, Fergus Inns, Adam Insall, Jenson Miller, Adam Sefcik, Matthew Taylor, Andrew Whitelaw (All S4), Finlay Davison, Sholto Kinghorn and Danny Petrie (all S3), were part of the 80-strong Glasgow Cambiata choir who performed movements from a collection called "All Those Men Who Marched Away” by Ken Johnstone and Jim Maxwell, about the soldiers in the First World War.

The wider concerts saw performances of Poulenc's "Gloria" over three nights at the Horsecross in Perth, the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, with the Glasgow Cambiata, singing for the first time with an orchestra, joined by the RSNO Chorus, celebrating 175 years since their formation, Soprano Elin Rombo and Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, with Thomas Søndergård conducting.

Glasgow Cambiata was formed by High School teacher Mr Frikki Walker in 2016 to sing a concert commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Using the RSNO Junior Chorus Changed Voices (conducted by Mr Walker) as the basis of the group, it now comprises several choirs of boys from Bearsden Academy, The Glasgow Academy, Kelvinside Academy and St Andrew’s Carntyne Secondary Glasgow schools whose voices are changing and developing.

Despite originally being conceived as a one-off, the first Glasgow Cambiata concert in November 2016 was deemed such a success that last year they came together again to sing a concert celebrating the music of Scotland, and there are now plans to develop the choir further to offer more performance opportunities and to increase the number of boys taking part.

WWI Centenary Remembrance Service Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT The High School community commemorated those who fell during World War I and II in a poignant Remembrance Service this morning, a century on from the end of The Great War.

Pupils and staff from both the Senior and Junior Schools were joined by distinguished guests at Old Anniesland, with the faces of all former High School pupils remembered in our Book of Remembrance adorning a commemorative display.

Sixth Year violinist Ella Fraser, accompanied by Miss Gillian Daly on piano, played as staff and guests entered before Rector, Mr John O'Neill, welcomed the High School community to this most poignant of services. Molly Alba and Findlay Currie, both of Sixth Year, spoke of former High School pupils, John and Glen Hepburn Russell, twin brothers who fell during the First World War. The brothers, who were pilots during the Great War, tragically died within a year of each other, both aged just 29 years old.

Bannerman House Captain Millie Haldane delivered a reading before Reverend Roddy Hamilton of New Kilpatrick Parish Church gave the Main Address, delivering a simple message that while the act of remembrance can come in numerous forms - in spectacular displays, poignant music or meaningful words - the simple act of silence is so important in remembering those who fell. As Rev Hamilton pointed out "in doing nothing, we can do so much".

All at the Senior School took heed, taking two minutes, in silence, to remember all those who gave their lives, including over 700 former High School pupils who died during both wars.

Following this moving address and a moment's silence, the Rector, Reverend Hamilton 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 Sixth Year piper Lawrie Bell. School Captain Angus Barrett laid a wreath on behalf of the School at the 1914-1918 First World War Memorial, whilst Mr Craig MacDonald, 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 High 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 Angus Barrett, Vhairi Wilde (both S6), Cameron Crooks (S5) and Jamie Cook (S4). The Benediction followed the final hymn, marking the end of an emotional morning as all at the High School remembered the fallen, a century on.

We Will Remember Them.

Synchronised Success! Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT S1 pupils were crowned Scottish individual and team champions in the National Synchronised Swimming Championships at Drumchapel Pool last week, with all five High School competitors winning medals on the day.

Niamh Docherty (S1) was crowned Scottish U12 champion in both the Figure and Solo competitions, while fellow First Year swimmer Emily Gill achieved the highest solo routine score in the U12 category. Together, Niamh and Emily became national U12 Free Team champions, as well as winning Silver medals in the U12 Duet event.

Three S4 pupils, Gabriella Smart, Tabitha Steven and Lana Wallace, came together to compete in the 13-15 Free Team event, winning Silver medals. Gabriella and Tabitha also won team Silver in both the Combination Team and 13-15 Duet events. Individually, Tabitha rounded off a successful day by winning Bronze medals in both the 13-15 Figure and Solo competitions.

All five will now go on to compete for the Synchro Caledonia team at the National Age Group Championships in Gloucester at the end of November.

Mountains of Medals at Swimming Finals Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School swimmers weren't short of medals this week, with 28 individual and 10 team medals won on a highly successful day at the Glasgow Schools’ Swimming Finals on Monday 29th October.

A total of 14 Gold, 14 Silver and 10 Bronze individual were won by pupils ranging from S1 to S6. High School medalists were as follows:


  • Roma Lynch (S5) - Open 100m Butterfly
  • Eilidh Davidson (S5) - O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Aurelia Tiffoney (S3) - U16 100m Breaststroke
  • Fergus Currie (S2) - U14 100m Backstroke & U14 100m Freestyle
  • Eva James (S2) - U14 50m Butterfly
  • Jamie Ritchie (S2) - U14 50m Breaststroke
  • Kirsty Wicklow (S2) - U14 50m Breaststroke (Winning the Alastair Short Cup)
  • Coryn MacLean (S1) - U13 50m Butterfly & U13 50m Freestyle
  • David McCallum (S1) - U13 50m Backstroke
  • Open Girls’ Relay - Kiera Smith (S6), Eilidh Davidson, Roma Lynch and Morgan Ritchie (all S5) (Retaining the Primrose Challenge Bowl won the previous year) 
  • U16 Girls’ Relay - Alex Jones (S4), Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean and Aurelia Tiffoney (all S3) (Retaining the T S Turnbull Trophy won the previous year)
  • U16 Boys’ Lifesaving Shield - Sam Camilleri and Finn Harris (both S4)


  • Lucy Kemsley (S5) - Open 100m Butterfly
  • Kiera Smith (S6) - O16 100m Freestyle
  • Jamie Ritchie (S2) - U14 50m Freestyle
  • Kirsty Wicklow (S2) - U14 50m Backstroke
  • Kiera Davidson (S2) - U13 100m Breaststroke
  • Zander Buxton (S1) - U13 50m Butterfly
  • David McCallum (S1) - U13 50m Freestyle
  • Open Boys’ Relay - Callum Docherty (S6), Adam Ivins, Adam Kennedy and Ben Willett (all S5)
  • U16 Boys’ RelayCathal Callan, Sam Camilleri, Finn Harris, Adam Insall (all S4)
  • U14 Girls’ Relay - Louisa BrownKiera Davidson, Eva James and Kirsty Wicklow (all S2)
  • U14 Boys’ Relay - Fergus Currie, Jamie Ritchie. Gavin Scott (all S2) and Jackson Adams (S1)
  • U13 Girls’ Relay - Emma Dry, Coryn MacLean, Louise Mitchell and Grace Noonan (all S1)
  • U13 Boys’ Relay - Dylan Burrell, Zander Buxton, Milo Harris and David McCallum (all S1)
  • U16 Girls’ Lifesaving Shield – Zara Kennedy and Anya MacLean (both S4)


  • Eilidh Davidson (S5)O16 100m Breaststroke & O16 100m Freestyle
  • Lucy Kemsley (S5) - O16 100m Backstroke
  • Zara Hyslop (S5) - O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Adam Kennedy (S5) - O16 100m Breaststroke
  • Finn Harris (S4) - U16 100m Backstroke
  • Louisa Brown (S2) - U14 50m Butterfly
  • Eva James (S2) - U14 50m Freestyle
  • Jackson Adams (S1) - U13 50m Backstroke
  • Zander Buxton (S1) - U13 50m Breaststroke

The Fraser Lecture 2018 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Prominent Scottish business leader Dr Lena Wilson delivered the 2018 Fraser Lecture to a fascinated Sixth Year cohort on Friday 26 October 2018.

Dr Wilson spoke passionately on the life of a prominent woman in today's business world, discussing the numerous challenges she has faced and overcome in a career that has seen her become one of Scotland's most influential women, and an international business leader.

After an enlightening and engaging lecture, Dr Wilson also kindly took the time to talk with a number of pupils on their own aspirations beyond the High School, towards higher education and into the working world.

Dr Wilson was the first person in Scotland from a public sector organisation to be appointed to the Board of a FTSE 100 company and became the first female and youngest Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, a role she occupied for eight years, until 2017. She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list and holds Honorary Degrees from Glasgow’s three Universities.

She is currently visiting Professor of Business at the University of Strathclyde, a Non-Executive Director of Intertek Group plc, Ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a member of the Financial Services Advisory Board (FISAB) and previously, chaired Scotland's Energy Jobs Taskforce, set up by the First Minister in response to the challenges facing the industry.

They Shall Not Grow Old Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, visited the school last session to trial their exciting new First World War S1/S2 learning resources. The English, History and PSE teaching resources included exclusive clips from 'They Shall Not Grow Old', produced and directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson, which premiered in cinemas across the UK on Tuesday 16th October 2018. 

High School students and teachers tested a History lesson and were able to give 14-18 NOW invaluable feedback about the resources. While trialling the S2 History lesson, students had a unique opportunity to preview clips from ‘They Shall Not Grow Old', before learning how to create their own film about the First World War using archival footage from the Imperial War Museums with film making experts. 

Keep your eyes peeled to our social media channels over the next few weeks to see some of the short films created by High School pupils.

In the meantime, you may recognise some faces in the video below...

HSOG Rugby Warriors! Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Five High School rugby players were part of Glasgow Warriors U16 and U18 teams recently as Scotland’s brightest prospects from the four Fosroc Academy regions were aligned to the nation’s two professional clubs to compete for the Junior 1872 Cup.

Fourth Year pupils Matthew Cairns, Charlie Kennedy and Ryan Street were involved in the Glasgow Warriors U16 v Edinburgh U16 match in Galashiels on Sunday 21st October, participating in a highly competitive 31-31 draw. Meanwhile, Sandy Grieg (S6) and John Paterson (S5) also featured for Glasgow U18s against Edinburgh at Broadwood Stadium the week before.

Team Gold for HSOG Runners Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School athletes ran their way to team Gold at the SSAA Secondary Schools' Road Race earlier this week at Falkirk Stadium. Over 30 S1-S3 athletes competed throughout the day, with the top four finishers from each year group counting towards the team result.

Team Gold was won in the S3/S4 Girls' race by: 

Annabel Davies
Kirsty Jones
Zara Kennedy
Anya MacLean
Lucy Sillars
Aurelia Tiffoney
(all S3)
Louisa Brown
Anna McCallum (both S2)

Anya MacLean won an individual Silver medal in the S3/S4 Girls' race. 

Fergus Currie also won an individual Silver medal in the S2 Boys' race, helping the S2 Boys' Team of Jonathan Allan, Fergus Currie, Jamie Ritchie (all S2), Harry McDougall-Smith and Dylan Burrell (both S1) to win team Bronze medals.

The S2 Girls' TeamNicole Cartwright, Kiera Davidson, Elizabeth Hamilton, Maria Murio Fernandez, Olivia Simmers and Kirsty Wicklow - also won team Bronze, while the S1 boys finished fourth overall, and the S1 girls finished tenth.

Full results, including individual placings, can be found by clicking here.

Team Silver and Bronze at Scottish Ski Competitions Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Pupils from the Junior and Senior Schools have been hitting the slopes this week, with team success at recent Scottish Schools' Skiing events.

Sixteen High School skiers, ranging from Junior 4 to Senior 5, competed at the SSSA Autumn Dual Slalom competition on Wednesday 3rd October at Bearsden Ski Club, with three of the four High School teams coming away with medals.

The S1-S3 Team of Amy Ashton, Nial Marshall, Eva Shepherd (all S2) and Max Clark (S1) finished second overall, winning Silver medals and qualifying for the national finals later in the year.

Meanwhile, Bronze medals were won by the Secondary Open Team - Aoife Petrie (S5), Harry Pover, Maxwell Wang (both S3) and Alex Sivarajan (S2); and the Primary Team - Rory Shepherd (Trans), Alasdair Buchanan-Wollaston (J6), Theo Stalin (J5) and Persa Donaldson (J4).


These team successes followed on from a successful SSSA Scottish Dry Slopes Championships on Sunday 30th September at Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Edinburgh.

The Minor Boys' Team of Alex Sivarajan, Max Clark, Alasdair Buchanan-Wollaston and Theo Stalin won team Bronze, with Max achieving an individual 8th place finish.

Elsewhere, the Minor Mixed Team were fourth, the Senior Boys' Team were seventh and the Senior Girls' Team eighth, with Persa Donaldson achieving a 14th place finish in the J4-S2 individual category. By virtue of their finishing positions, the Senior Boys have qualified automatically for next month's British Dry Slope Championships, while the Senior Girls' are first reserves for the competition.

West District Winners! Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT The Girls' 1st XI Hockey side started their season as they mean to go on by winning the West District Senior Tournament yesterday.

The team played strongly throughout their section, defeating Craigholme School (5-0), Jordanhill School (1-0) and Kelvinside Academy (2-0).

The semi final followed, with another strong performance, and another clean sheet, resulting in a 3-0 victory over St Aloysius' College and the chance for tournament victory against The Glasgow Academy.

In a closely fought final, the girls drew 0-0, taking the match to running penalties. There was no need for nerves though, as the team confidently slotted home each of their penalties, leaving it to goalkeeper Daya Panesar to make two saves that saw the High School team win 5-3 and take home the West District Senior trophy.

The victorious 1st XI team were:

Lucy Williamson (Captain)
Eve Downie (Vice Captain)
Katie Allison
Rachel Bannatyne
Catriona James
Daya Panesar
Cate Sibbald
Kiera Smith
Sarah Turnbull (all S6)
Georgia Crooks
Mhairi Crooks
Yemisi Edgar
Anna Pover
Charlotte Simmers (all S5)
Christina Miller (S4)

Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service 2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Senior and Junior School pupils, alongside staff, parents and friends of the High School, all gathered at Glasgow Cathedral on Thursday 20th September to celebrate the history of the School at the Annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service.

The service began with the introit from the School Brass Ensemble, before an introduction from Rev Keith Ross, Locum Minister to Glasgow Cathedral. The congregation heard from the Rector, Mr John O'Neill, and School Captains for Session 2018-19, Catriona James and Angus Barrett on the nearly 900 year history of the High School and its links to Glasgow Cathedral.

Mr Craig Macdonald, President of the Glasgow High School Club and Miss Heather Fuller, Head of the Junior School, delivered readings, and Senior Deputy Rector, Mr Kenneth Robertson, read a prayer of thanksgiving, before the School Canto Choir performed 'Sanctus' from A Little Jazz Mass, directed by Ms Alison McNeill, and accompanied by Mr Robert Melling.

The main address was delivered this year by a very good friend of the School, and always entertaining, Rev John Purves of Drumchapel St Andrew's Church. He spoke warmly of the School, its foundations and history, particularly focusing on the pupils of the High School and reminding them of their ability to achieve whatever they set out to do in life.

The ceremony acted as a fitting send-off for the High School community before the September holiday weekend.

British Boating Double Champion Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Second Year pupil Oban Duncan has excelled on the water over the last few weeks as she was crowned both British Powerboating Sprint Champion and RYA Honda RIB Champion for 2018!

Title One... GP British Sprint Championship

In August, competing for iPowerboat Racing Team in the GP British Sprint Championship at Stewartby Watersports Club, north of London, Oban took her place in the GT15 sprint event.

Her main opposition came in the form of the previous year's GT15 Sprint champion, with a weekend of racing involving four heats, three of which count towards the overall result.

Oban won heats 1 and 2 on day one. However, the previous year's champion won heat 3, ensuring an exciting finale to the competition. Thankfully, Oban was able to expertly close off the final heat, becoming the first ever Scot and rookie driver to win a British Sprint Championship in their first season of GT15 racing.

Title Two... RYA Honda RIB Championship

Just over a month later, Oban won her second British Championship title of the year at the RYA Honda RIB Championships, taking place at the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 16th September.

As opposed to the 'heats' format of the previous competition, Oban's challenge on this occasion was to set the fastest time around a series of buoys, keeping control of the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) to ensure no mistakes that led to time penalties.

With two opportunities to set the pace, Oban set a time of 64 seconds, which no other competitor was able to better, meaning Oban took home the trophy yet again.

Summer Sporting Updates Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT A number of High School pupils have continued where they left of on the sporting front from last session, with national and regional representation, as well as multiple medals won at national competitions. Some updates from the sporting department over the last few weeks can be seen below.


Alice Baxendale and Lucy Willamson (both S6) represented Scotland at the 2018 Schools' Games at the beginning of the 2018-19 session. Lucy took part in four matches for the Scottish hockey side, while Alice won a Silver medal in the Girls' Discus event with an impressive throw of 37.99m.

Alice was also successful at the Scottish FPSG Age Group Championships in Aberdeen in mid-August, winning Gold in the U20 and U17 Girls' Discus events. Meanwhile, Anya MacLean (S3) and Fergus Currie (S2) won Silver medals in the U15 Girls' and U13 Boys' 1500m events, respectively.

Anya, competing for Garscube Harriers Running Club, also won the Scottish Mid Trail Race Championships U15 Girls’ race in Fife in early September, and was successful in a selection day for the Scottish Triathlon Academy squad. She represented Scotland at the Inter Regional Championships on Saturday 15th September along with younger sister Coryn (S1) and Fergus Currie. Anya won a Silver medal in the Tristar 3 (female) event, Fergus was 6th in the Tristar 3 (male) event and Coryn was 12th in the Tristar 2 (female) event, all contributing towards Scotland being crowned British Triathlon Inter-Regional champions.


Away from the athletics track and onto the karting track, Angus Moulsdale of Fourth Year had a successful time at the German ADAC Kartmasters Senior X30 event in Wackersdorf in early September, winning both finals over a weekend of racing. Angus put in the hard yards on the Saturday, finishing third in qualifying, before second and first place finishes in the initial heats, leaving him in a good position for Sunday's finals. The following day, Angus competed in two finals – the first final saw him win by over five seconds, while the second final was another controlled display which saw him once again prevail over the rest of the field.


Closer to home, hockey stars Lucy Williamson (S6), Georgia Crooks and Charlotte Simmers (both S5) represented Scotland U17 in the 2018 Futures Cup as part of the Bronze medal winning Caledonian Cougars side. Meanwhile, Zara Kennedy, Jessica Mitchell, Iona Reid and Lucy Sillars (all S3) represented the Scottish U15 team who finished fifth overall.

In rugby, six Fourth Year pupils represented Glasgow and the West in the Fosroc Academy Regional Championships at Murrayfield on Sunday 12th August. Michael Alba, Matthew Cairns, Marlowe Crick, Sam Haldane, Charlie Kennedy and Ryan Street were part of the U16 team who won their 3rd/4th Place playoff match 12-5 against The Borders & East Lothian, with Charlie Kennedy scoring the crucial second try.

On the tennis courts, Claudie Quinn (S5) was part of the Ball Team at the Davis Cup match between Great Britain and Uzbekistan at the Emirates Arena this weekend, while Findlay Pratt (Transitus), who was recently invited to participate in the LTA Tennis Scotland regional development program, took part in a friendly tournament coinciding with the UK Davis Cup match in Glasgow.

Notes on Summer Musical Participation Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Once again, High School musicians have shown dedication to their craft by spending large parts of their summer break participating in musical groups and performing around the country. Below are some examples of the commitment shown by High School musicians.


Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Fourteen High School musicians (pictured above) travelled down to London last week to sing with the RSNO at the Royal Albert Hall. Sebastian Schneeberger (S6), Amy Higgins, Adam Insall, Matthew Taylor (all S4), Annabel Davies, Aarya Gambhir, Beth Hunt, Tanvi Mantry, Libby Morgan (all S3), Elizabeth Hamilton (S2), David Hunt, Scarlet Penman, Tessa Quaile and Marianna Smith (all S1) were all part of the RSNO Chorus who performed Britton’s War Requiem on Thursday 6th September, one of the final concerts of this year's BBC Proms.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Sixth Year violinist Ella Fraser was offered a Leadership role in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain last session. She has performed in numerous concerts around the United Kingdom over the past few months, the highlight of which was performing in the BBC Proms in London at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 4th August. Ella was part of the orchestra, conducted by George Benjamin, who performed famous works including Debussy’s La Mer and Ligeti’s Lontano on a night of spectacular music-making. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and was later shown on BBC 4.

Later this month, Ella will participate in the last of her NYOGB commitments of the year, 'Play the School', which seeks to provide "inspiring musical experiences" by taking orchestral music out of the concert hall and into secondary schools. This will take place at two schools in Nottingham and Newark.

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

Eight High School musicians were part of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra who performed in the New Auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 20th July.

Eilidh Davidson (cello), Jessica Insall (trombone), Samantha Insall (viola) (all S5), Amy Gilson-Barnett (cello), Matthew Litherland (French horn), Amelia Neilson (clarinet) (all S4), Helena Downie (violin) (S3) and Fergus Currie (percussion) (S2), under Conductor Holly Mathieson, performed a number of works including Janacek and Grieg.

Ben Litherland (bassoon) (S6) and Reuben Gilson-Barnett (violin) (S5) were part of the NYOS Senior Orchestra who performed a summer concert 'The Power of Nature' in Ayr Town Hall on Wednesday 25th July under Conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire.

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Sebastian Schneeberger of Sixth Year had a busy summer which included performing with the NYCOS Main Choir at the Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Sebastian will also be going to New York in October to perform 'Lélio' with NYCOS in the Carnegie Hall under the baton of acclaimed Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 

There were also summer performances from the NYCOS Boys' Choir which included Adam Insall, Andrew Whitelaw (both S4) and Carter Roberts (S1), as well as the NYCOS Girls' Choir, featuring Maryam Khan (S5), Amy Higgins (S4) and Tanvi Mantry (S3).

Music Exams

High School musicians achieved a number of successes in music exams towards the end of last session. Of particular note were those who achieved Grade 8 with Distinction awards: Isabella Harten (piano) (S6), Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin (piano) (S5), Zixuan Yao (violin) (S2) and Zayd Khan (drum kit) (Transitus).

Mexico 2018 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT "In July 2018 a group of 25 pupils took part in a Biology fieldtrip to Mexico, in conjunction with an organisation called Operation Wallacea.

Week one was spent camping in the Calakmul Forest Reserve, undertaking wildlife survey work. We were in the midst of a massive area of protected forest which stretches from Mexico into Guatamala and Belize, and it is home to jaguar and puma, spider monkeys and howler monkeys, countless birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians (and unfortunately a lot of biting insects too). We were working with university students and researchers, assisting them with their ongoing research into the populations of these animals, and adding to the data which has been collected over several years. Operation Wallacea’s efforts have helped develop the policies for the management and protection of the reserve.

Highlights for us included catching birds and bats in mist nets so that they could be measured and weighed before being released, tracking jaguar and puma through the forest and following troops of noisy monkeys through the trees. A day was spent visiting the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Calakmul, scrambling up the huge pyramids to see the forest stretching as far as the eye could see in every direction.

The whole week was an incredible opportunity to come face to face with amazing wildlife in a spectacular environment, while learning new skills and enjoying the challenge of camping in a tropical forest.

Week two was spent beside the Caribbean Sea at the beautiful coastal village of Akumal, diving and snorkeling with turtles and stingrays and a myriad of other fish found on the coral reefs. Five pupils were already qualified divers, and so they were able to use their diving skills to help collect data for the biological research on the reefs.

The majority of pupils had not dived before they went to Mexico but they had completed a training course in Glasgow and they finished this off by gaining their PADI certification while in Mexico; they then used their new-found skills to dive on the reefs and so contribute to the biological research. Other pupils spent their week snorkeling on the coral reefs.

Everyone, whether diving or snorkeling, was able to collect data for the surveys. These included looking for early signs of coral bleaching, or surveying sea grass distribution to see how it was being affected by the large numbers of green turtles which come to feed in the bay.

Akumal Bay is a stunning spot, with palm trees fringing beautiful white sand and the sea is crystal-clear and warm, so it was an unforgettable experience."

Mr Martin Dougall, Head of Biology

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National Chess Representation for Ritvik Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ritvik Maheshwari of Second Year represented Chess Scotland at the Glorney Gilbert International Tournament in Paisley in July.

Ritvik's efforts were awarded with the best performing player award from Scotland in the U14 Robinson Cup, as he secured 3.5/5 points from five matches.

120 players from France, Wales, England, Netherlands, Scotland and Ireland participated in the annual event.

Normandy 2018 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Transitus pupils travelled to Normandy, France for their annual trip in August, taking in all things French on a wonderful 5 day excursion.

The group enjoyed a number of fun activities including rafting, trying their hand at breadmaking, and visits to the local beach, market and spectacular cathedral. Transitus soaked up the rays as they got involved in a number of games and fun activities including archery and a particularly muddy assault course.

Lots of French was spoken, lots of lovely French food was eaten and much fun was had by all, with pupils particularly enjoying a disco on the last night of the trip.

All of the fun was documented on the School twitter feed - you can relive the trip in the photos below.

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London Club Annual Golf Championship 2018 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT The London Club’s annual golf championship takes place on Tuesday 2 October at Woking Golf Club (Pond Road, Woking, GU22 0JZ). Woking is a new venue for the London Club and is described as the jewel of Surrey's heathland golf courses. Established in 1893, it is 41st in Golf World's ranking of golf courses in the British Isles and includes Tom Watson as one of its many admirers. The Denham Trophy is played for over a full handicap stableford competition.

Competitors should meet for bacon rolls at 8.30am with a first tee time of 9.15am. A jacket and tie is required for the 2 course lunch.

If you would like to take part, please contact the GHSLC Golf Convenor, Ian Brodie, by email: The deadline for entries is Friday 14 September. Entries will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost of the day is £97, payment details will be emailed to those intending to play.

SQA Results 2018 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT From the Rector, Mr John O'Neill

"I wish to extend my warmest congratulations personally and on behalf of the whole School to all our S4 to S6 pupils on achieving such an impressive set of SQA results. Here at the High School we always seek to encourage each and every pupil to do their best in every circumstance and to take hold of the varied opportunities and support around them. These results reflect this ethos and are testament to the hard work of our pupils and the dedication of all our teaching staff. Well done to all!"

In Fifth Year, where our open presentation policy once again saw almost all pupils sit 5 Highers or more, pupils achieved on average 4.9 Higher passes each, a most impressive achievement. 74.9% were grade A passes and the overall pass rate this year was 97%. 13 Higher subjects achieved a 100% pass rate. 

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

Our Fourth Year performed very highly, with an excellent 98.2% pass rate; 84.8% at grade A. 9 National 5 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.

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

At Advanced Higher, our Sixth Year performed extremely well with a pass rate of 90.9% with 55.3% at grade A. 21 pupils gained 3 or 4 A grades at Advanced Higher level; and 12 Advanced Higher subjects gained a 100% pass rate.

See Full Results Analysis

Senior Prizegiving 2018 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT The 2018 Senior School Prizegiving took place on Thursday 28th June at Old Anniesland as the School celebrated the year's academic achievers.

The ceremony opened with a hymn and a prayer from Reverend Graeme Wilson, who was presiding over his first High School Prizegiving. At the other end of the scale, Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Brian Adair, was attending his final Prizegiving as Chair, though we are sure we will see him at future ceremonies! He spoke about the events of the School year and the impressive £177,000 raised by this year's Annual Fund.

The Rector, Mr John O'Neill, shared with the audience the numerous highs of the past year before bidding farewell to staff leaving the Senior School this summer, including Head of Physics, Mr Arthur Baillie, and Dr Linda Nicholl, retiring after 28 and 33 years at the School respectively.

This year's Guest of Honour, former pupil, former parent and current Grandparent of the School, Mr Ian Docherty, then spoke of his time at Elmbank street, the importance of the history of the School and the crucial role that he and other former pupils played in the opening of the School at Anniesland 40 years ago.

The prizegiving ceremony followed on. As is tradition, School Captains, Eilidh Gilchrist and Adam Frizzell, announced the prizewinners for 2017/18 - You can view the full list of prize winners by clicking here.

The House Awards were as follows:

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

This year's Vote of Thanks was delivered by Boys' Captain Adam Frizzell, before Reverand Wilson gave the Benediction and a rousing rendition of our School Song brought the ceremony to an end.

It is with a heavy heart that the School bids farewell to this year's leavers, the Class of 2018, 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 2018/2019 session on Tuesday 28th August.

S6 Leavers' Dance Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT As the High School prepares to bid farewell to the Class of 2018, S6 Leavers enjoyed their final School dance last week, with the 2018 Leavers' Dance taking place in the Assembly Hall on Thursday 21st June.

Relive an energetic, fun-filled and poignant Leavers' Dance with the photos below.

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Senior School Sports Day Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Senior School Sports Day 2018 took place last week at Old Anniesland.

To the sounds of the School Pipe Band and the cheers of the pupils and staff in the stand, athletes competed in a wide variety of long and short distance races, as well as a number of field events. With individual and team trophies to compete for, including the coveted Inter-House Championship Shield, competition was fierce!

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Mile Cup: Boys – Lorn Webster (S5); Senior Girls – Charlotte Simmers (S4)
  • Senior Boys – Ewan Docherty (S6); Senior Girls – Rachel Sugden (S5)
  • S3 Boys – Ryan Street; S3 Girls – Alex Jones
  • S2 Boys – Maxwell Wang; S2 Girls – Lucy Sillars
  • S1 Boys – Fergus Currie; S1 Girls – Kirsty Wicklow
  • Transitus Boys – Zu-An Chen; Transitus Girls – Coryn MacLean
  • S3 Girls’ Hurdles Cup – Lucy Critchley
  • S3 Girls’ Throwing Cup – Lily Paterson
  • Pentland Quaich (Senior Boys’ 100m) – Connor Garrett (S4)
  • The Former Pupils Cup (Senior Boys’ 200m) – Ewan Docherty
  • The Scott Cup (Senior Girls’ Hurdles) – Charlotte Simmers
  • Discus Statue – Thomas Whitelaw
  • Senior Girls’ Athletics Salver (Senior Girls’ Throwing Events) – Alice Baxendale (S5)
  • The Millenium Rose Bowl (Senior Girls’ 100m) – Jessica Mendonca-Gray (S6)
  • Burma Bowl (Senior Boys’ Field Events) – Ben Hutton (S5)
  • Inter-House Championship Shield – Clyde House 

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Scotland Rugby Camp Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Following on from representing Scotland U16's at the Colwyn Bay Festival back in April, Luke Armstrong and John Paterson (both S4) are two of 25 rugby players who will next week travel to Valladolid, Spain to take part in the Scottish Player Development Camp.

The boys will spend a fortnight with experienced rugby coaches, medical and management staff, who will provide their expertise on  tactical, technical and physical development within a high performance rugby environment. They will also participate in a series of workshops on areas such as nutrition, analysis and strength and conditioning, with the ultimate aim to help them develop their understanding of what it takes to be a successful rugby player and take ownership of their own development.

Young Musicians of the Year Final 2018 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT An enthusiastic audience were treated to a memorable night of music-making earlier this week in the 2018 Young Musicians of the Year Final.

On a night of impressive performances, four instrumentalists and four singers from S3-S6, selected from previous rounds of auditions, each performed for external adjudicators from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Elizabeth McCormack, Lecturer in Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and multi-award winning Opera singer, and Nick Žekulin, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, were given the difficult task of selecting who would be crowned winners in each category.

The night also featured performances by the previously selected winners of the Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles of the Year categories, as well as the winners of the 'Rising Stars' competition, which recognises the talents of some of the High School's budding musicians from Transitus-S2.

After deliberation, the adjudicators identified the most outstanding performances in each category, awarding the prizes to the Young Musicians of the Year for 2018

  • The Marianne Rawles Award for the Young Instrumentalist of the Year - Andrew Cross (S6)
  • The Iain Paterson Award for the Young Singer of the Year - Millie Haldane (S5)
  • Peter Douglas Award for the Ensemble of the Year (Instrumental) - S6 Saxophone Quartet, consisting of George Cooper (Baritone Saxophone), Andrew Cross (Tenor Saxophone), Anthony Soler (Alto Saxophone) and William Xu (Soprano Saxophone) (all S6).
  • Peter Douglas Award for the Ensemble of the Year (Vocal) - Vocal Octet, consisting of Rhys Evans, Matthew Gibson-Smith, Scott Hornell, Jai Tyagi (all S5), Jessica Insall, Maryam Khan, Lois McColl and Pippa Meek (all S4).
S6 Leavers' Concert & Recent Musical Performances Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT As we near the end of the school session, High School musicians have been out and about performing both for audiences around Glasgow and as far afield as Millport!

Last Sunday, 15 Sixth Years, most of whom were Advanced Higher musicians, travelled to Millport to play in the S6 Leavers' Concert in Millport. The group brought their musical talents to the smallest cathedral in Europe, Millport Cathedral of the Isles. Performers on the day included solo singers, solo instrumentalists, an S6 Guitar Ensemble and an S6 Saxophone Quartet.

S6 musicians joined the Canto Choir in a performance at Temple Anniesland Church, as well as inspiring the next generation of High School musicians with a performance at the Junior School back in April.

Junior School pupils also had the chance to enjoy a performance from a Brass Quintet while the Metro Big Band put on an enjoyable 'al fresco' performance out on the playing fields at Old Anniesland earlier this month.

Old Anniesland Painting by Robert Kelsey Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT We are delighted to announce the arrival of the recently completed painting of Old Anniesland commissioned by the Board of Governors to mark the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Senior School. The painting, The High School of Glasgow, Old Anniesland, is by acclaimed artist Robert Kelsey, one of Scotland’s most prominent landscape painters. It now hangs in the Senior School.

A Giclée print of the painting is now available to order online.

The print is 500 by 415 mm and is priced at £39.00, excluding postage and packaging. Collection from the Senior School is available at no extra cost.

The mounted print is double mounted in double thick, off-white conservation board, with a conservation backing board. The outer size of the mount is 694 by 620 mm. The cost of the mounted print is £89.00, excluding postage and packaging. To arrange postage of the mounted print outwith mainland UK, please contact the Development Office.

Click here to purchase your print from the HSOG Parent Pay Shop.

Please expect 7-10 days for your order to be ready for collection/dispatch. Delivery from date of dispatch (not date of order) is estimated at: Europe within 3-5 working days and Rest of World within 5-7 working days.

Glasgow Schools' Athletics Success Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals

Following on from success in the heats a fortnight ago, Junior and Senior School pupils achieved further medals at the Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals on Wednesday 13th June at Scotstoun. 

The Boys' team, pictured above, had a hugely successful day as they claimed the overall team trophy, with James John-Charles (Transitus) winning an individual Gold medal in the P7 Standing Long Jump event.

Further medals went to:


  • Zu-An Chen (P7 600m) (Transitus)
  • Robbie Walsh (P7 Cricket Ball Throw) (Transitus)
  • Junior 6 Girls' Relay Team - Lucy HowieAliyah LambLibby MacFadyenHannah McDonald and Adrianna Sharpe


  • Coryn MacLean (P7 600m) (Transitus)
  • Georgia Rose (P7 Cricket Ball Throw) (Transitus)
  • Harrison Bruce (P6 600m) (J6)
  • Transitus Boys' Relay TeamJackson Adams, Dylan Burrell, Zu-An Chen, James John-Charles and Walter Mariott-Lawrie
  • Junior 6 Boys' Relay TeamMatthew Allan, Harrison Bruce, James Clark, Max Hyslop and Ben Reeves

The Transitus Girls' Relay Team came 4th, as did Olivia MacDonald (P7 100m) (Transitus), Evie Bulloch (P6 Cricket Ball Throw) and Lucy Howie (P6 600m) (both J6), all contributing to a fourth place overall finish for the girls' team.

Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals

The day before the Primary Finals, over 80 Senior School pupils took part in the Glasgow Secondary Schools' Finals, also at Scotstoun.

On a hugely successful day, High School athletes won a total of 39 individual medals - 11 Gold, 19 Silver and 9 Bronze, as well as coming together to win four team relay medals - 1 Relay Silver and 3 Relay Bronze.

Particular congratulations should go to Alice Baxendale (S5), who set a new Championship record whilst winning her Gold medal in the Discus event.

In the overall team standings, both the S3 Boys and S2 Girls finished first, with the Senior Girls, S3 Girls, S1 Girls and S1 Boys all finishing third.

A full list of medal winners can be found below.

  Year Name Event
GOLD S1 Jamie Ritchie High Jump
  S1 Archie Macfadyen 75m Hurdles
  S2 Annabelle Robertson 75m Hurdles
  S2 Annabel Davis Javelin
  S2 Anya MacLean 1500m
  S2 Eva Jafari Discus
  S3 Gregor Howie 400m
  S3 Christina Miller Javelin
  Sen Angus Barrett 100m Hurdles
  Sen Anna Cameron Long Jump
  Sen Alice Baxendale Discus
SILVER S1 Fergus Currie 1500m
  S1 Maria Murio Fernandez 800m
  S1 Anna McCallum 1500m
  S1 Emily Makridis Discus
  S2 Shaun McNulty 1500m
  S2 Maxwell Wang 100m
  S2 Jennifer Low 100m
  S2 Aurelia Tiffoney 800m
  S2 Jenna Padgett Long Jump
  S3 Michael Alba 200m
  S3 Charlie Kennedy Triple Jump
  S3 Ryan Street Javelin
  S3 Lucy Critchley 75m Hurdles
  S3 Lily Paterson Shot Putt
  S3 Alex Jones Discus
  Sen Ben Hutton 200m
  Sen Thomas Whitelaw Discus
  Sen Anna Cameron 100m
  Sen Jessica Mendonca Gray 200m
  Sen Katie Allison
Anna Cameron
Jessica Mendonca Gray
Rachel Sugden
BRONZE S1 Amy Ashton Javelin
  S1 Kirsty Wicklow High Jump
  S2 Maxwell Wang Shot
  S3 Kai Morgan Hurdles
  S3 Michael Alba Long Jump
  S3 Anna Smith 75m Hurdles
  S3 Alex Jones 800m
  S3 Michael Alba
William John-Charles
Charlie Kennedy
Ryan Street
  S3 Lucy Critchley
Alex Jones
Christina Miller
Anna Smith
  Sen Ewan Docherty Discus
  Sen Rachel Sugden Javelin
  Sen Tom Armstrong
Ewan Docherty
Ben Hutton
Ben Taylor
1st S2 Girls
S3 Boys
3rd S1 Boys
S1 Girls
S3 Girls
Senior Girls
4th Senior Boys  
6th S2 Boys    
National Gold for High School Athletes Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Four medals were won at the Scottish Schools' Individual Athletics Championships at Grangemouth last weekend.

Gold medals were won by Fifth Year pupils Alice Baxendale (U17 Discus), Anna Cameron (O17 Long Jump) and Lorn Webster (Over 17 1500m), who was also awarded the Lord Milligan Cup. Lorn also won Silver in the O17 800m event.

A number of High School pupils also placed in the top eight of their events:

  • Anna Cameron also finished 5th in the O17 200m and 7th in the O17 100m,
  • Lily Paterson (S3) finished 5th in the U15 Discus and 7th in the U15 Shot Put,
  • Sholto Kinghorn (S2) finished 5th in the U15 High Jump,
  • Kirsty Chalmers (S1) finished 5th in both the U14 Javelin and U14 Discus,
  • Lucy Ashton (S4) finished 6th in the U17 Hammer,
  • Annabel Davies (S2) finished 8th in the U15 Javelin.

Setting the Bar High! Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT The Second Year pairing of Jennifer Chen and Jenna Padgett were victorious in the final of the Glasgow Bar Association Schools' Debating Competition Final at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday evening.

The competition, in its 30th year, began with 32 teams of S1-S3 pupils from schools throughout Glasgow competing throughout the session, culminating in yesterday's final.

In reaching the final, the girls have debated on topics such as 'This house believes that overuse of social media causes damage' and 'This house would increase investment in green energy'.

On the day, Jennifer and Jenna overcame three other teams from Duncanrig Secondary, Mearns Castle High and St Columba’s Schools, successfully debating the motion 'this house believes that unrestricted free speech is the mark of a healthy democracy'.

The girls were awarded with the Glasgow Bar Debating Cup, as well as individual trophies marking their success.

High School Charity Golf Day 2018 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT The third edition of the High School of Glasgow Charity Golf Day took place at a beautifully sunny Milngavie Golf Course on Friday 8th June, raising money for the High School of Glasgow Bursary Fund.

With the High School's very own Claret Jug to play for, competition on the day was fierce! However, with a number of competitions throughout the course, including closest-to-the-pin, longest drive and a hole-in-one challenge, there was a lot of fun to be had too. Unfortunately nobody was able to get that elusive hole-in-one on the 16th that would have seen them enjoy a free trip to the Moritz Brewery in Barcelona.

Congratulations go to the overall winning team The Jolly Green Giants, captained by the Chair of the Board of Governors, Brian Adair, playing alongside his son Scott Adair (current parent and former pupil), son-in-law Alan Foggo (former parent) and grandson Jack Adair (former pupil). They carded a record net score of 50.5, starting with an incredible 11 straight birdies, finishing with a gross score of 13 under par. I think it's safe to say that we now know who Thomas Bjorn's four 'Captain's Picks' will be for the European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup!  

Once the on-course action had come to an end, participants enjoyed 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 and a match day experience for an Arsenal football game at the Emirates Stadium in London. Thanks go to former pupil Chris Massie for donating this wonderful prize.

Particular thanks go to Lord and Lady Macfarlane for their support and for providing the winning team prizes, 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 Jewellers for providing the beautiful claret jug trophies and former pupils Duncan Frew, John Hannay and the staff of Badaboom for the complimentary on-course bar and for organising the hole-in-one competition prize. Thanks also to Capital Solutions and to current parent Andrew Thomson of Thompson Quarries for their support, as well as to all who kindly donated prizes for the raffle.

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 £5,885.05 raised for the School Bursary Fund.

The final leaderboard, and some images from a hugely enjoyable day, can be seen below.



Team Name





The Jolly Green Giants





The Good, the Bad and the Ugly





Already Related





3 Weeks to Go





Arnold Clark





Ellmoll 2





Weapons of Grass Destruction





The Murray Golfers





Always Winners





The Academy Footpads










Ellmoll 1





Game for a Laff





Three Old Dads and a Dodgy Prop





The Watch Makers





The Navigators





Charity Golf Day 2018


National Medals for HSOG Swim Teams Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT There was success in the pool earlier this week as High School pupils won Silver and Bronze medals at the Scottish Schools' Team Swimming Championships, taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

The trip east on Wednesday was a particularly successful one for the U12 Girls' Freestyle 4 x 50m Relay team of Georgia Bell, Emma Dry, Coryn MacLean and Annabelle Parbrook (all Transitus) (pictured above), who won Silver medals, as well as for the U12 Boys' Medley 4 x 50m Relay team of Dylan Burrell, Zander Buxton, Milo Harris and David McCallum (all Transitus) who won Bronze.

The U12 Girls Medley and U12 Boys' Freestyle Relay teams both came agonisingly close to the podium with fourth place finishes, while the S1/S2 Girls' Freestyle and S3/S4 Girls' Medley Relay teams finished in sixth and eighth position respectively. The S3/S4 Girls' Freestyle and S1/S2 Girls' Medley Relay teams were ninth and the Open Girls' Freestyle Relay team twelfth.

HSOG Tennis Stars Serve Up Silver Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT The High School were represented in both the boys' and girls' competitions at yesterday's Scottish Team Tennis Championships, taking place at a gloriously sunny St George’ School in Edinburgh.

Both teams had come through numerous rounds throughout the spring, culminating in the Senior Boys - Matthew Gibson-Smith, Thomas Whitelaw, Mark Ward (all S5) and Conor McGrath-Williams (S4) - and Senior Girls - Cate Sibbald (S5), Claudie Quinn (S4), Charlotte Sim and Julia Smith (both S3), joining six other Scottish sides at national finals day. 

The morning was a complete success, with the boys beating Robert Gordon’s College of Aberdeen and the girls defeating locals Edinburgh Academy in a tense tie-break, meaning the High School would have two shots at national team tennis success.

Unfortunately, both teams had to settle for ending the day as runners-up in their respective competitions, with the boys falling to Merchiston Castle School in their final and the girls losing out against George Watson’s College.

Team Victory at Glasgow Athletics Heats Mon, 04 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Junior and Senior School athletes teamed up on Friday to achieve success in the Glasgow Primary Schools' Athletics Heats at a sunny Scotstoun.

Over the course of the day High School pupils won ten individual and three relay medals, resulting in the Junior 6 and Transitus boys' team being crowned overall school winners, while the Junior 6 and Transitus girls' team were runners up. 

Individual Gold medals were won by Transitus pupils James John-Charles (P7 Standing Long Jump) and Robbie Walsh (P7 Cricket Ball Throw), as well as Junior 6 pupils Harrison Bruce (P6 600m), Evie Bulloch (P6 Cricket Ball Throw), Cameron Davies (P6 Cricket Ball Throw) and Lucy Howie (P6 600m). The Junior 6 Boys' Relay team of Matthew Allan, Harrison Bruce, James Clark, Max Hyslop and Ben Reeves also won Gold.

Individual Silver medals went to Zu-An Chen (P7 600m), Olivia McDonald (P7 100m) and Georgia Rose (P7 Cricket Ball Throw), all of Transitus, as well as Junior 6 pupil Haris Ali (P6 Standing Long Jump). Silver medals were also won by the Transitus Boys' Relay team of Dylan BurrellZu-An Chen, James John-Charles, Walter Marriot-Laurie and Robbie Walsh, while Bronze Medals were won by the Transitus Girls' Relay team of Anya Cowan, Coryn MacLean, Olivia McDonald, Olivia Moulsdale and Bea Wainwright.

All pupils who finished in the top six positions of their event qualified for the Glasgow Primary Schools' Finals on Wednesday 13th June. Therefore, in addition to the aforementioned, fourth place finishes for Olivia Moulsdale (P7 Standing Long Jump), Aliyah Lamb (P6 Standing Long Jump) and the Junior 6 Girls' Relay team - Lucy Howie, Aliyah Lamb, Libby MacFadyen, Kirsty Pollock and Adriana Sharpe, and sixth place finishes for Dylan Burrell (P7 100m) and Coryn MacLean (P7 600m), will see them return to Scotstoun next week to go for Gold!

Transitus Participate in 'Go Yellow' Charity 5k Walk Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Transitus pupils looked out their comfiest trainers as they took part in The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice ‘Go Yellow’ annual 5k walk at a sweltering Bellahouston Park earlier this week.

Transitus joined thousands of children from schools all across Glasgow in donning the famous yellow caps and participating in the 'Go Yellow' walk on Wednesday. Pupils had a fantastic time, enjoying the fun and games after the 5k walk while soaking up the rare Glaswegian sunshine!

This, the 16th annual edition of the event which raises money for The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice brick by brick appeal, was a pretty special one, as the charity hit their £21m fundraising target this week!

This will allow for the new facility in Bellahouston Park to provide specialist palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families and carers, supporting over 1200 new patients and families every year. Patients are due to move into this new facility in the autumn.

You can read all about the facility by clicking here.

Activities Week 2018 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Transitus-S3 pupils once enjoyed another Activities and Enrichment Week just prior to the May holiday weekend, basking in glorious Glasgow sunshine over an action-packed four days.

All pupils participated in a number of activities and trips which sought to enrich and enhance their educational, physical and personal potential, with a programme encompassing both academic and extra-curricular opportunities within and outwith the School.

Transitus enjoyed four fieldtrips throughout the week, learning about historical and economical aspects of Scottish heritage on outings to Bothwell Castle and New Lanark Mills, before carrying out scientific and geographical fieldwork on visits to Mugdock Country Park and Aberfoyle.

S1 pupils visited Raasay on the annual trip and also enjoyed a cross-curricular eco project on water which included the writing and performing of 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 had a wide range of activities to enjoy throughout the week, from the more meditative Mindfulness, Yoga and Body Balance sessions to sporting and team building activities out on the pitches. Second Year pupils also visited the Museum of Flight in East Fortune, while each House arranged a community project in their PSE classes which saw pupils heading out to contribute at various local projects.

S3 pupils also got to enjoy Body Balance and active sports sessions, as well as bouncing over to Air Space Trampoline Park in East Kilbride. Third Year pupils also had a fun range of electives to choose from on various days throughout the week that saw them able to participate in a range of activities - Basketball, golf, rounders, squash and tennis for the sports enthusiasts; Jewellery making and sewing masterclasses for the more practical; Cupcake and pizza-making classes for those who fancy themselves as dab hands in the kitchen and a number of other activities, from model making and debating, to IT skills and robotics for beginners.

The week well and truly had something for everyone to enjoy! Some photos from the various enriching activities can be seen below.


National Word Wizard Success Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT A Third Year pupil was victorious at the SCILT Word Wizard Spelling Bee Final at the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh on Friday 11th May.

The Word Wizard event is a multilingual spelling competition open to S1-S3 pupils learning French, Gaelic, German, Mandarin or Spanish. This year, 190 pupils from throughout the country competed in semi-final heats in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

Charlie CampbellRalph Hemsley (both S3) and Annabel Davies (S2) qualified from these heats to take their place in the final competition in Edinburgh, with Charlie and Ralph competing in the Intermediate Spanish category and Annabel taking part in the Intermediate French competition. Tanvi Mantry (S2), who had also competed in the earlier rounds of the competition, joined the team to offer her support.

On the day, Charlie saw off the competition to win the Intermediate Spanish first place trophy.

You can see more about the competition and photos from the day by clicking here.

Rousing Recitations at National Burns Final Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Junior and Senior School pupils won national awards in the Robert Burns World Federation Scottish Primary Schools Final at Denny High School on Saturday.

Having been finalists at the Trades House Robert Burns Festival competition back in January, six pupils went on to compete in these national finals in which pupils can compete in four distinct disciplines - Recitation, Singing, Instrumental and Bagpiping - with prizes available in Primary 4/5 and Primary 6/7 age categories. 

Eklavya Singh (J6) improved on his second place at January's Glasgow event, winning the Verse Speaking P6/P7 competition, before going on to be crowned overall best verse speaker.

Maya Marshall (J5) also achieved success, winning the Solo Instrumental P4/P5 competition, with Cameron Davies (J6) runner up in the Solo Instrumental P6/P7 competition and Todd Shafar (J5) performing well in the Verse Speaking P4/P5 competition. 

Maya and Cameron were joined by Transitus pupil Emily Gill and Yasmin Lamb of Junior 5 in making up the Glasgow district team for the Team Instrumental competition. They went on to win the McEwans Shield for best overall instrumental team, the first time that it has been won by Glasgow.

Rabbie would be proud!

Continued Success for Sailing Siblings Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Two High School sailing siblings continue to succeed on the water, with recent competition success and national sailing selection.

Following on from selection for the team last year, Fourth Year sailor Gordon Sivarajan has been invited to be part of the RYA Scotland Elite Programme and Team for the 2018/2019 season. Gordon was selected for the team on the strength of his "commitment, hard work and achievements over the past year" and will receive extra individual coaching throughout the year. Gordon's younger brother Alex Sivarajan (S1) also continues to be part of the RYA Scotland Development Team for Optimist sailing and will be part of the Scottish Squad for the British National Championships this summer.

The brothers competed at the RYA Scotland Spring Championships at Loch Venachar last month, with Gordon placing first in the Laser 4.7 class and Alex third in the Optimist class. Alex also represented Team Scotland at last weekend's Eric Twiname Junior Championships which saw teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England compete at Rutland Sailing Club. Alex finished fifth in the Optimist class, ranking as the highest placed Scottish sailor in the Optimist event. 

National Maths and Science Competition Success Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT National Science and Engineering Competition

Sixth Year pupil Jiangmin Hou recently carried out a an in-depth project looking at 'The Role of Tenascin-C in Tendinopathy' and was rewarded for her efforts with a place in the UK Finals of the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

The Final took place during the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham's NEC Arena and although Jiangmin did not win any prizes on the day, to reach this stage marked a significant achievement.

The competition, which was in its tenth edition this year, aims to reward the efforts of young people in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

Biology & Chemistry Olympiads

Pupils of the Science Department won a number of awards and certificates in recent Olympiad competitions. In The Royal Society of Chemistry UK Olympiad three Sixth Year pupils, Guan-An Chen, George Cooper and Ingrid Morley, excelled as they won Bronze Certificates.

George also won a Bronze medal in The British Biology Olympiad, which this year saw 28 High School pupils from Fifth and Sixth Year taking part. Alongside George, Fifth Year pupils Helena Gronski and Tanya Smoli both won Bronze medals.

Highly Commended certificates were awarded to Angus Barrett, Jasmine Gillespie, Emily Milner-Smith, Jenna Steel and Thomas Whitelaw (all S5), while Guan-An Chen, Adam Frizzell, Jiangmin Hou, Murray Walker (all S6), Gabby Jones, Lara Street, Andrew Taylor and Mark Ward (all S5) received commendations.

UK Intermediate Maths Challenge

In February, over 250,000 pupils from across the UK entered the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge competition. High scorers are awarded certificates to recognise their success in mathematics, with top scorers invited to participate in follow-on competitions.

Pupils of the School won 11 Gold, 16 Silver and 18 Bronze awards.

Gold Awards were won by Lucy Ashton (who was also awarded Best in School), Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin, Reuben Gilson-Barnett, Lucy Gardner, Jessica Insall, Adam Ivins, Matthew Lapsley (all S4), James Miles (also awarded Best in S3), John Greene, Ailun Peng and Adam Sefcik (all S3).

By virtue of her performance in the Intermediate Olympiad, Lucy Ashton qualified for and won a Certificate of Merit in the Maclaurin Intermediate Olympiad, while Daniel Bogomolnyi-Moulin, Reuben Gilson-Barnett, Jessica Insall, James Miles, John Greene and Adam Sefcik all qualified for the Pink Kangaroo follow-on round, with James and Jessica awarded Certificates of Merit.

Scottish Ballet Champion Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT During the Easter break Transitus pupil Olivia Moulsdale performed at the BATD Stage Dance & Scottish Ballet Championships in Helensburgh. 

Olivia, who had previously been invited to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet competition in Paris earlier this session, was one of hundreds of dancers from throughout the country to compete at this annual dance competition.

After an impressive performance, Olivia saw off the other competitors to be crowned Scottish Junior Ballet Champion for 2018!

Gold Medal Joy for Anya Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School pupils have recently achieved success in both national cross country and swimming, why not combine the two!

Aquathlon takes the challenges of an endurance swim and follows it up with a gruelling run straight afterwards! The S1/S2 races at the Scottish Schools Aquathlon Competition, taking place at Stirling University in late April, saw competitors complete a 300m swim, followed by a 2km run.

Anya MacLean of S2 won the Gold medal in the S1/S2 Girls’ race, with Aurelia Tiffoney, also of S2, winning Bronze. Fergus Currie (S1) competed well in the S1/S2 Boys' race, finishing 4th overall.

For the first time, the High School also entered a team into the Mixed Team Relay race, with each of the four athletes in the team having to complete a 200m swim, followed by a 1km run. Competing against schools with much older competitors, the High School Relay Team of Panos Kourouklis (S4), Zara Kennedy (S2), Aurelia Tiffoney (S2) and Fergus Currie (S1) competed very well to finish 5th out of 25 teams.


In a particularly exhausting weekend for athlete Anya MacLean, she followed up Gold medal success in the Scottish Schools Aquathlon Championships by taking part in the London Mini Marathon, a three mile road race for athletes between 11-17 years old, previously won by a certain Sir Mo Farah!

Anya was selected to run for the Scottish region in the U15 Girls' Race and finished in fifth position overall, helping the Scotland U15 Girls' to win overall team Gold.

Health and Wellbeing Centre Official Opening Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT The High School of Glasgow’s state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre was officially opened last night by Mrs Elaine Adair, wife of Mr Brian Adair, Chair of the Board of Governors.

The new centre, which cost £500,000 to build and equip, is considered to be one of the best health and wellbeing facilities in any school in the UK. Under the direction of School nurse Jane Sim, the centre offers a comprehensive range of nursing, health and counselling services to both pupils and staff.

Within the centre, there is a well-equipped medical room, a wellbeing room for individual and group counselling sessions, and a quiet room for pupils and staff members who feel unwell. The centre has been carefully designed to be warm and welcoming, yet offering both space and privacy.

Speaking at the rescheduled opening, the Rector, John O'Neill stated

This new resource at the heart of the school reflects the values of the High School. We recognise that for children to flourish and for staff to support them, health and wellbeing is paramount, especially when there are so many challenges, both physical and emotional."

The High School has over recent years been developing new approaches to health and wellbeing, with our wellbeing weeks focussed particularly on mental health and healthy living."

The Rector and Mr Adair took the time to thank all those who had contributed generously to the Annual Fund over the last two years and made it possible to complete the construction of the Health and Wellbeing Centre..

Health and Wellbeing Centre Official Opening]]>
Silver and Bronze at National Cross Country Finals Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT The School's younger runners impressed at this weekend's SSAA Scottish Primary Schools' Cross Country Championships, with three of the four High School teams finishing on the podium.

Held at a balmy Kirkcaldy High School on Saturday, each age group was split into two separate races due to the large number of primary schools taking part, with medals awarded to the first three teams in each race.

Silver medals were won by the Transitus girls' team (Emma Dry, Sarah Hannah, Coryn MacLean, Georgia Rose, Mhairi Stevenson and Bea Wainwright) and the Junior 6 boys' team (Haris Ali, Harrison Bruce, James Clark, Cameron Davies, Sandy Fraser and Harry Hose).

The Transitus boys' team (Jackson Adams, Dylan Burrell, Rob Nicol, Harry Smith and Adam Weston) won Bronze medals, while the Junior 6 girls' team (Lucy Howie, Libby MacFadyen, Erin Morgan and Kirsty Pollock) finished fifth.

Some of the medal winners are pictured below.

Classics Trip to Greece Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT 42 S4-S6 pupils travelled to Greece during the Easter holidays as part of a trip organised by the Classics Department.

The group departed for Athens Airport on the last day of the spring term, getting the chance to explore the city by night before a more thorough chance to take in the historic sites with a guided tour of the Acropolis and Ancient Agora the following day. Pupils visited the National Archaeological Museum and the central Syntagma Square in the afternoon.

Having enjoyed their time in the capital, the party had the chance to venture further afield in the following days. The first stop was the ancient mountain town of Delphi, north-west of Athens, with the group visiting the famous archaeological site and museum. The next day the group travelled south to the spectacular coastal village of Tolo, before heading back towards Athens via a day of trips to Epidavros, Nafplion and Mycenae.

You can take in some of the highlights from their trip in the images below.

Girls Win SISFA Sevens Crown Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT There was success on the football pitch last Friday as the High School side won the SISFA U18 Sevens Finals at Forthbank.

The Girls' U18 team, consisting of pupils ranging from S1 to S5, defeated George Heriot's School 2-0 and The Mary Erskine School 3-0 to become Scottish Sevens Champions.

The winning team (pictured above, minus Georgia and Mhairi) were Yemisi Edgar (Captain) (S4), Helena Gronski, Leah Higgins, Emily Sillars, Emily Taylor, Sarah Turnbull (all S5), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks (both S4), Christina Miller (S3) and Eva Shepherd (S1).

National Representation at U16 Level Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Lucy Williamson (S5), Georgia Crooks, Charlotte Simmers (both S4) and Jessica Mitchell (S2) were involved with the Scotland U16 hockey side as they took on their Welsh counterparts in a three games series over the Easter weekend.

Lucy, Georgia and Charlotte, who play for GHK, and goalkeeper Jessica of Clydsedale Western, played their part in two draws, a 0-0 at Uddingston and a 2-2 tie at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green. This set up a deciding match on Easter Sunday, again at Glasgow Green, with the Scotland team coming out on top with a 2-1 victory to win the series.

You can see the girls in action by clicking here.


Meanwhile, also during the Easter break, Glasgow Hawks rugby players Luke Armstrong, Eoin Cameron and John Paterson (all S4) represented the Scotland U16 Blues team at the Colwyn Bay Festival in Wales. Injury prevented Graeme Macdonald (S4) from representing the side.

Over the space of a week the Blues team took on Welsh and English opposition, winning all three matches in dominant performances. The team scored nearly 150 points over the three matches, with Luke contributing a number of conversion kicks.

These matches acted as an important stage in the boys' development and they will be hoping to be a part of the squad selected to attend a two-week training camp in Valladolid, Spain over the summer.

Medal Success at National Swimming Competitions Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School pupils have impressed in the pool recently, with medal success at both the Scottish Inter-District Synchronised Swimming and Scottish National Age Group Championships at the end of March.


Four pupils competed as part of the Synchro Caledonia training squad at the Scottish Inter-District Synchronised Swimming Championships in Aberdeen on Saturday 24th March.

Third Year pupils Gabriella Smart, Tabitha Steven and Lana Wallace finished as runners-up in the Free Team event, while there were also Silver medals for Tabitha in the 13/14/15 Years Solo event and Emily Gill (Transitus) in both the U12 Solo and U12 Duet events. Additionally, Tabitha won Bronze in the 13/14/15 Years Figures and the 13/14/15 Duets with teammate Gabriella. The girls, pictured above, swim for Clydebank Synchronized Swimming Club and were also swimming for the West of Scotland team that won the competition and took home the Elizabeth Hamilton trophy.

All four attended a prestigious training camp in Cobham during the Easter break at which they were able to learn from English national team coaches and swimmers. They will also be part of the Synchro Caledonia team that have been asked to put on a display at this year’s PREPASS Primary Swimming Gala in May and will represent the team in competitions in England later in the year.


Later that week, a number of swimmers competed at the Scottish National Age Group Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from Wednesday 28th March to Sunday 1st April.

Representing City of Glasgow Swimming Club, Anna Fleming of Sixth Year competed in multiple Womens' 17-18 Years races. She was victorious in the 100m Freestyle event, runner up in the 50m Freestyle, and finished 3rd and 4th in the 50m and 100m Butterfly finals, respectively.

Elsewhere, a number of S1 pupils representing Milngavie and Bearsden Swimming Club competed well and reached the finals of their 11-13 Years events. Jamie Ritchie finished 4th in the Boys' 200m Breaststroke, 5th in the Boys' 100m Breaststroke and 6th in the Boys' 50m Backstroke finals. Kirsty Wicklow was 6th in the Girls' 100m Breaststroke final and Fergus Currie finished 13th in the Boys' 400m Freestyle final.

Awards Galore at Glasgow Music Festival! Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT A large number of High School pupils took part in, and won awards at the annual Glasgow Music Festival prior to the Easter break. The festival acts as a celebration of the city's best music, speech, drama and dance, with over 7,000 performers competing in events, classes and competitions throughout the fortnight.

High School pupils excelled in numerous classes, with pupils winning a number of the most prestigious awards on offer throughout the fortnight. The Transitus-S2 Canto Choir won the School Choirs S3 and Under competition while Aarya Gambhir of Second Year won two prizes, the Judith Richmond Memorial Award and the Janette Clanahan Memorial Award for 'the most meritorious performance in the 18 and under classes for Opera and Oratorio'.

There were also individual successes for Fifth Year pupils Lucy Goodwin, winning the Gary Wallis Memorial Certificate for 'the most meritorious performer aged 15 to 18 in Songs from the Shows' and Sebastian Schneeberger, winning the Forbes Morton Memorial Award for 'the winner of the Male Voice Solo (18 and under) Class'.


The full list of High School musicians placed in the top three of their respective classes was as follows:

1st Place:

  • Transitus-S2 Canto Choir - School Choirs S3 and Under
  • Ella Fraser (S5) - String Concerto
  • Lucy Goodwin (S5) - Songs from the Shows 15 & 16 (Gary Wallis Memorial Award)
  • Sam Greene (S5) - Jazz Piano Solos A
  • Sebastian Schneeberger (S5) - U18 Male Voice Solo (Forbes Morton Memorial Award)
  • Lois McColl (S4) - Songs from the Shows 15 & 16
  • Aarya Gambhir (S2) - Oratario or Cantata Aria and U18 Oratario or Cantata Aria (Judith Richmond Memorial Award and Janette Clanahan Memorial Award)
  • Christina Brincat (S1) - Clarsach Solos B
  • Kirsty Chalmers (S1) - Non-Traditional Clarsach A

2nd Place:

  • Jai Tyagi (S5) - U18 Lieder
  • Millie Haldane (S5) - U18 Opera

3rd Place:

  • Samantha Insall (S4) - Non-Traditional Clarsach A
  • Maryam Khan (S4) - U18 Lieder
  • Maryam Khan and Lois McColl (S4) - Vocal Duets

'Fiesta at 40!' Spring Concert Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The Spring term was brought to a spectacular close earlier this week with 'Fiesta at 40!', a concert celebrating this important year in the High School's illustrious history.

The concert was compered by Senior Deputy Rector, Kenneth Robertson, and featured talented Transitus-S6 High School musicians as part of a number of musical groups performing an eclectic array of fiesta music in the Senior School Assembly Hall.

The audience were treated to performances by the Intermediate Wind and String Bands, Senior Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Membranophonists and Membranophonistes, Senior Orchestra, Senior String Orchestra, Jazz and Pipe Bands. They took on a range of pieces, from 19th century Tchiakovsky overtures, to traditional Scottish tunes, to modern film and television themes by the likes of acclaimed composer John Williams and seventies Swedish sensations Abba!

The evening was a fitting tribute to 40 years of the Senior School at Old Anniesland, as well as acknowledging the musical talent of High School pupils and the Music Department staff who teach them. A delighted audience were even treated to a performance by the Rector as he joined guitarists on stage for a tune! What better way to bring the Spring term to a close!

Law House Fundraising Week Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Law House brought the fundraising to a close for session 2017/18 with an enjoyable week of events on the penultimate week of the spring term, raising money for the Blantyre Blantyre Project in Malawi.

Pupils enjoyed a week of energetic events including a highly competitive ping pong tournament, the chance to 'Soak-a-Sixth-Year' and the 'Hang Tough' challenge in the School gymnasium, eventually won by Transitus pupil Zu-An Chen. Once pupils had recovered from Law House's indulgent Cake and Candy stall, they took to the field to bring the Fundraising events to a close with the annual Pupils v Staff football match, showing off their youthful energy to overcome their elder opponents!

When all was said and done, Law House were able to raise £7789.43 for the Blantyre Blantyre Project in Malawi. The money raised will go towards the purchase of a fluorescent microscope for a research centre near the hospital in the city of Blantyre, Malawi, allowing them to help detect parasites, and thus infection, in the people of Blantyre and improve healthcare throughout the country.

Junior School Spring Concert Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Junior 2 to Junior 6 pupils entertained audiences on Wednesday 21st March at the annual Junior School Spring Concerts.

Over the course of afternoon and evening shows, Junior School pupils performed a programme catering for all, with the children performing everything from Scottish traditional music to 1970’s Rock N' Roll, so there was something for everyone.

An enjoyable time was had by all in attendance with Junior School pupils paying a fitting tribute to music-making at The High School of Glasgow in this year of celebration.

You can see the talented Junior School musicians below.

Moore House 'Fundraising Fortnight' Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Moore House's Fundraising Week turned into a 'Fundraising Fortnight' earlier this term, as the 'Beast from the East' storm disrupted their charitable efforts.

Raising money for the Glasgow Association for Mental Health's Young Carers Project, Moore House's stop-start efforts between flurries of snow over the course of late February and early March saw a number of fun events take place at the Senior School including their own version of the gameshow Family Fortunes, a ‘Moore-athon’ around the School, ‘Mini Mid-term Madness’, and the tasty 'Moore Munch'. By the end of the festivities, thanks to contributions both in school and from the wider High School community, Moore House had raised the excellent total of £1603.82 for the Young Carers Project.

Young Carers aims to support young people aged 12-21 caring for a family member with a mental health problem. The service has been in operation since 2000 and runs weekly groups across Glasgow which act as time out for young people, where they can focus on social and recreational activities that young carers often miss out on due to their responsibilities. These groups offer peer support with sessions ranging from physical activity, to creative arts, to health and wellbeing workshops, a topic close to the High School's heart given the recent opening of its Health and Wellbeing Centre.

To find out more about Young Carers, visit

UK Bronze for Athlete Anya Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Second Year athlete Anya MacLean continued her recent cross country success, winning a UK Bronze medal on Saturday.

Anya had earned a place at the Schools International Athletics Board Finals at Wollaton Park, Nottingham after winning Silver at the Scottish Schools' Cross Country Championships earlier this month.

She was therefore selected to represent the Scottish team this weekend, doing them proud by winning an individual Bronze medal in the Junior Girls' race.

Anya was also the fastest Scottish girl in the race, helping the Scottish Junior Girls' team to a second place overall finish.

Public Speaking Capital Success! Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The High School had four pupils competing in Public Speaking and Debating competitions finals over the past week, with one pupil seeing off the competition to be crowned Scottish champion.

ESU Scottish Schools' Public Speaking Final

On Saturday 24th March, Fourth Year pupil Rohan McMillan and Second Year pupil Jenna Padgett (above) both competed in the ESU Schools' Public Speaking Competition Final in Edinburgh, having successfully come through heats to reach this stage. Finalists had to present a creative speech of five minutes on specific topics.

Rohan participated well in the Senior Competition for S4-S6 pupils with the theme surrounding a quote from Kofi Annan: "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Rohan took home a certificate for his participation in the final.

However Jenna (pictured with her trophy below) was able to go one better, winning the Speakers' Corner Challenge, the competition for S1-S3 students. The theme surrounding the Margaret Mead quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Jenna suitably impressed the judges on the day to be crowned overall winner and was awarded a certificate and the Speakers' Corner Challenge Cup.    

ESU Scottish Schools' Mace Debating Final

Earlier in the week, the School also had the Sixth Year team of Sophie Crawford and Abby Meuli (above) participating in the final stages of the ESU Scottish Schools' Mace Debating Competition at the ESU Building in Edinburgh. Having ably come through a number of heats earlier in the session, the girls debated well on the day but were unfortunately unable to win the Scottish crown.

Seven Up! Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School hockey stars achieved a double success earlier this week at the West District Sevens Tournament, winning both the 'A' and 'B' team competitions at The Glasgow Academy on Wednesday 21st March.


The 'A' team started the day with two scoreless draws, against St Aloysius' College and Jordanhill School, before a comprehensive 7-0 win over Lomond School saw them qualify for the semi-final. Another 0-0 draw against Hutchesons' Grammar School followed, with Georgia Crooks scoring and goalkeeper Rebecca McInnes saving in the ensuing sudden death penalty shoot-out to put the girls in the final. Fortunately the final was a less tight affair, with the girls playing very well to win 4-1 against Craigholme School.

The 'A' team, pictured above, were Lucy Williamson (Captain) (S5), Rebecca McInnes (S6), Katie AllisonEve Downie, Kiera SmithSarah Turnbull (all S5), Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Anna Pover and Charlotte Simmers (all S4).


The 'B' team dominated their competition from start to finish, winning every game they competed in without conceding a goal throughout the entire competition! They won their section with victories over Jordanhill School (4-0), Kelvinside Academy (3-0) and Craigholme School (3-0) before seeing off The Glasgow Academy (2-0) in the semi-final and Hutchesons' Grammar School (1-0) in the final.

The 'B' team were Eilidh Gilchrist (Captain), Isla Petrie, Amy Reid (all S6), Rachel Bannatyne, Catriona James, Daya Panesar, Cate Sibbald (all S5), Yemisi Edgar, Roma Lynch and Claudie Quinn (all S4).

Transitus Boys Win St Columba's Rugby Trophy Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The Transitus boys' rugby team were victorious at yesterday's St Columba's School P7 Tournament in Kilmacolm.

The team of Paddy Baume-KennedyThom Bowman, Zander Buxton, Zak Changizi, Zu-An Chen, Max Clark, Christopher Collins, Milo Harris, Leo Lin, Tom Lord, Walter Marriot-Laurie, David McCallum, Rob Nicol, Nicholas Sheridan and Harry Smith played four games over the course of the day, winning three and drawing one.

This set of results was enough to secure the trophy, providing the boys with a very strong ending to a promising season.

Silver Medals at West District Hockey Tournament Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The S3 girls' hockey side finished as runners up at the West District Junior Tournament earlier this week...almost a month after the competition began!

Taking place at Hutchesons' Grammar School, the 3rd Year A team of Christina Miller (Captain), Abigail BuxtonJennifer
Cuthill, Maia Gillespie, Alex JonesBailey MulveyEllie Murphy, Lily PatersonSarah Paterson, Charlotte Sim, Gabriella Smart, Anna SmithIona Snedden, Tabitha Steven, Isla Stirling and Lana Wallace qualified from their section on Monday 26th February with victories over Jordanhill School (2-1), St Aloysius' College (1-0) and Craigholme School (1-0).

Unfortunately the tournament could not be completed due to the inclement weather and with the poor weather conditions continuing over the last few weeks, the girls had to wait until this week to play their semi-final against hosts, Hutchesons' Grammar School.

The girls, a number of whom were a part of last week's Scottish Schools' U15 Cup success, returned to Hutchesons' on Tuesday 20th March and were able to overcome the hosts by one goal to nil to reach the final, where they would face St Aloysius' College in a rematch of their section victory.

Despite applying lots of pressure on the Aloysius defence, the match remained goalless at the end of normal time. Even running penalties couldn't split the teams, with the score eventually tied at 3-3. Unfortunately, the team came up just short, losing on sudden death penalties and taking home Silver medals.

High School Stars Make a Racket! Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School pupils have achieved national success on the badminton court over the past fortnight.

At the Scottish Schools Championships in Perth on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March, Rachel Sugden (S5) won the U19 Girls' Singles competition, and was runner up in the U19 Mixed Doubles event with partner Guan-An Chen (S6). Guan-An won a Silver medal in the U19 Boys' Singles consolation tournament, while Rachel and Sanaa Suvarna (S5) were losing semi finalists in the U19 Girls' Doubles competition.

Ten days later, a number of pupils participated headed back to Perth to compete at the SSBU Gibb Memorial Secondary Quaich, rearranged from the previous month. Although not quite as successful this time around, the two competing High School sides still performed well.

The U19 team of Guan-An Chen, Jessica Mendonca-Gray, William Xu (all S6), Emily Sillars, Sanaa Suvarna, Thomas Whitelaw (all S5), Bharath Mukunda Das (S4) and Lucy Sillars (S2) were losing finalists in the consolation tournament, while the U14 team of Ellie Adair, Angelina Antomarlin, Annabel Davies, Isabella Faulds-Rae, Kenny McClymont, Maxwell Wang (all S2), Godfrey Antomarlin and Akshat Gupta (both S1) were losing semi-finalists, finishing in fourth position overall.

17 Musicians to Represent National Orchestra Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School pupils will again play a large part in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, with seventeen young musicians being selected to represent various orchestras this year.

The NYOS Senior Orchestrawhich brings together the best young musicians in Scotland over 13 year of age, will be represented this year by S5 pupils Ben Litherland (bassoon) and Mairi Ross (bassoon), S4 pupils Reuben Gilson-Barnett (violin) and Jessica Insall (trombone), and S3 pupil Calum Ross (tuba).

Jessica is making the step up, having been a part of last year's Junior set, but has also been asked, along with Calum Ross, to participate in this year's NYOS Junior Orchestra, which acts as a first step for young musicians in the NYOS set-up, before hopefully advancing to the Senior group. They will be joined by eight other High School musicians this year - S4 pupils Eilidh Davidson (cello) and Samantha Insall (viola), S3 pupils Ciara Finn (violin), Amy Gilson-Barnett (cello), Matthew Litherland (French horn) and Amelia Neilson (clarinet), S2 pupil Helena Downie (violin) and S1 pupil Fergus Currie (percussion).

Fergus, meanwhile, will also play trombone in the NYOS Training Orchestra, which aims to prepare younger musicians for entry into the NYOS Orchestra, alongside S3 pupils Adam Insall (oboe), Millie Marriott-Laurie (flute), Ailun Peng (violin) and Ella Smoli (violin).

Pictured above are Calum Ross, Matthew Litherland, Jessica Insall, Samantha Insall, Amy Gilson-Barnett, Ailun Peng, Amelia Neilson Ciara Finn, Ella Smoli, Mairi Ross and Ben Litherland

11 Singers Chosen for National Youth Choir Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT After successful auditions, Eleven High School singers have been asked to represent this year's National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Archie Campbell (S6) and Sebastian Schneeberger (S5) will participate in the NYCOS Main Choirfor singers aged 16-25 years old.

Maryam Khan (S4), Amy Higgins (S3), Tanvi Mantry and Shreya Marshall (both S2) will take part in the National Youth Girls’ Choir of Scotland (12-16 years old) while Adam Insall, Andrew Whitelaw (both S3) and Carter Roberts (Transitus) will represent the National Youth Boys' Choir of Scotland (10-16 years old).

Catriona Gallagher and Libby Morgan (both S2) will be a part of the NYCOS Training Choir.

The NYCOS participants pictured above are Libby Morgan, Catriona Gallagher, Amy Higgins, Tanvi Mantry and Shreya Marshall

S1 Girls Win West District Hockey Tournament Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The 1st Year A girls' team added to the recent High School hockey success with victory at the West District S1 Tournament on Saturday 17th March.

The team of Kirsty Wicklow (Captain), Amy Ashton, Charlotte Bannatyne, Kiera Davidson, Maryam Faisal, Eilidh Hill, Katie Leslie, Amy Liu, Emily Makridis, Anna McCallum, Maria Murio-Fernandez, Eva Shepherd, Olivia Simmers, Kirstie Souter and Rosie Wallace won their section with victories over Lomond School (2-0) and St Aloysius' College (3-0), and a 0-0 draw with Jordanhill School.

The semi final saw the 1st Year side win 2-0 against Hutchesons' Grammar School, setting up a final against The Glasgow Academy. Despite a lot of pressure, the team were unable to find a way through, with the game ending 0-0 and going to running penalties. After a well fought shootout, the High School side eventually came out on top, winning 3-2 and taking home the trophy.

Gold at National Schools' Cross Country Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School runners won the full collection of medals at the Scottish Schools' Cross Country Championships this weekend, bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals on a bitterly cold day at Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh.

The event was re-arranged following the effects of the 'Beast from the East' storm a fortnight ago. However, conditions were not much better on Saturday, with High School pupils having to fight their way through a blizzard to reach the podium.

The U15 Girls' team of Aimee Anderson, Kirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean, Lucy Sillars and Aurelia Tiffoney (all S2) took team Gold, a particularly impressive feat given that less than 24 hours beforehand, the majority of the team had been part of the Scottish Schools' U15 Hockey Cup winning side at Glasgow Green. 

Anya MacLean's run in the U15 race earned her an individual Silver medal and the opportunity to compete for Scotland this Saturday in the Home Counties International event at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

The U17 Girls' team also had a successful day, with Ciara Rogers, Meghna Sharma (both S4), Alex Jones, Tabitha Steven and Isla Stirling (all S3) winning team Bronze. 

In other notable individual results, Fergus Currie (S1) finished 5th overall in the U14 Boys' race, Lorn Webster (S5) was 9th overall in the O17 Boys' race and Zara Kennedy (S2) finished 11th overall in the U15 Girls' race.

Scotland U16 Hockey and Rugby Call-Ups Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Three S4 boys received national recognition as they were selected to compete for the Scotland U16 Blues side in training camps during March. Luke Armstrong, Eoin Cameron and John Paterson were amongst 50 boys selected in preparation for the Colwyn Bay Festival in Wales at the beginning of April. This acts as an important stage in the development of young, aspiring players with the hope that the boys can push on to represent Scotland at other national age-levels. Graeme Macdonald (S4) was also originally selected but was unable to take up his place due to injury.

Meanwhile, on the hockey pitch, four High School pupils, Lucy Williamson (S5), Georgia Crooks, Charlotte Simmers (both S4) and Jessica Mitchell (S2), have been selected to represent the Scotland U16 team in a series of upcoming matches against Wales at Glasgow Green. Special mention should go to Jessica Mitchell given she will represent the U16 side despite being only 13 years of age!

The matches take place at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green, at the end of March/beginning of April - you can see the full schedule by clicking here.

Junior Musical Production - The Addams Family Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT This year's Junior Musical Production saw the weird and wonderful Addams Family brought to life by a talented cast of over 60 pupils from Transitus-S2.

Despite a week's delay due to the havoc caused by the 'Beast from the East' storm, the young High School stars thrilled audiences over three nights in the Senior School Assembly Hall, bringing the infamous Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the family to life in an all-singing, all-dancing, 'spooktacular' show.

The cast were led by Catriona Gallagher (Morticia Addams), Danny Petrie (Gomez Addams), Shreya Marshall (Wednesday Addams), Finlay Davison (Lucas Beineke), Kirsty Chalmers (Alice Beineke), Carter Roberts (Mal Beineke), Sebastian Harten (Fester), Olivia Easton (Pugsley Addams), Isabelle Rajan (Grandma) and Georgina Parbrook (Lurch), with more than 50 further talented pupils from Transitus, S1 and S2 in support.

The show was directed by English and Drama teacher Mrs Alexis Viswanathan, with Music teacher Mrs Jane Tierney as Musical Director for the production. The show would not have been possible without the support of a number of pupils and staff, from the make up team to those who created all of the costumes; the stage crew and props department to the light and sound crew and accompanying band. All played their part in a hugely successful, fun-filled show.

You can see images from the production below.

Junior Musical Production - The Addams Family]]>
U15 Girls Crowned Scottish Schools' Champions Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The U15 Girls' hockey team were crowned Scottish Schools' Champions at the National Hockey Centre this afternoon.

The team of Christina Miller (Captain), Abigail Buxton, Jennifer Cuthill, Maia Gillespie, Alex Jones, Bailey Mulvey, Gabriella Smart, Anna Smith, Iona Snedden, Isla Stirling (all S3), Ellie Adair, Aimee Anderson, Annabel Davies, Zara Kennedy, Jessica Mitchell, Iona Reid, Annabelle Robertson and Lucy Sillars (all S2) travelled to Glasgow Green to face George Watson's College, following their semi final victory over Robert Gordon's College last month.

On a day of finals, the girls fought hard to come from a goal down against the team from George Watson’s College, tying the match at 1-1 and taking the game to running penalties. A tense shoot-out followed, with the High School girls eventually coming out on top, winning 3-1 and taking home the U15 Girls Cup!

Re-live the action from a dramatic Scottish Schools' Cup Final below.

HSOG Teacher at 2018 Commonwealth Games Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Becky Ward, Senior School PE teacher and Scottish hockey star, is heading down under this weekend as she joins her Team Scotland colleagues heading to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She was one of eighteen women selected to represent the Scottish hockey team at the games, which will welcome more than 6,600 athletes from 70 commonwealth nations and territories to Australia in April to compete for Commonwealth Gold. Team Scotland have so far announced more than 200 athletes who will represent them in a variety of sports throughout the fortnight.

Becky will initially travel with the team to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland in order to acclimatise before moving into the Athletes Village on Saturday 31st March. The women's hockey team will take part in some training and pre-tournament friendlies before the Games get officially underway on Wednesday 4th April.

Becky, who also represented Team Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, is looking forward to the challenges lying ahead:

"I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for my second Commonwealth Games and am looking forward to heading out to Australia. I think the people of the Gold Coast will put on an amazing games as the Australians are very much into sport and outdoors life. I am hoping that we play to our potential and put out performances that we and the country can be proud of."

Scotland have been drawn in Pool B alongside Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ghana, with the top two teams heading into a semi-final clash with the top two teams from Pool A. If you want to follow how Becky and Team Scotland are getting on, you can click here for the women's hockey schedule of play.

Everyone at The High School wishes Becky and Team Scotland all the best over the next few weeks. Do us proud!

A Brush with Success!! Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ailsa Macfarlane (S4) recently won the painting award for the Small Works Competition at the Glasgow Art Club. Ailsa had her 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.

The Art Department also boasted three other recent prize winners from the Royal Scottish Academy Schools Art Award. Pippa Newbery (S5) received a main prize which will be presented at an awards ceremony later this month, while there were also accolades for younger artists Alice Basu (S3) and Kirstie Souter (S1) who received 'Highly Commended' certificates in the Intermediate and Junior categories.

Elsewhere, the Rector and Senior Deputy Rector were able to enjoy the work of High School pupils on their recent visit to London for the former pupil reunion dinner. Pieces by Fifth Year pupils Angus Barrett and Anna Lilley were selected to be on display at the Caledonian Club as part of their Third Annual Schools Art Exhibition, alongside work from pupils of other Scottish independent schools. The exhibition of their work began in February and runs through until Friday 23rd March. Angus' painting can be seen below left, with Anna's piece below right.

Duniya Hits the Right Notes! Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Fourth Year musician Duniya Majumder was recently awarded the Intermediate Class trophy at the prestigious James Waterhouse Piano Competition.

The event, which takes place at the All-Steinway status Loretto School in Musselburgh, is seen as one of the foremost piano competitions in the UK, with almost 100 school-age pianists taking part in this year's event.

Following a day of competitive classes, Duniya was one of ten performers chosen to repeat their performance in an evening final. After deliberation, the adjudicators for the evening, renowned pianists Caroline Clemmow and Christopher Baxter, chose Duniya as the winner of the Intermediate section.

She was awarded the James Waterhouse Trophy, as well as a cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to London next month where she will have the opportunity to perform at Steinway Hall.

2nd Year Hockey Girls Victorious at Hutchesons Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The S2 Girls' hockey team competed well to win yesterday's Hutchesons' Grammar School 2nd Year Tournament.

The team of Zara Kennedy (Captain), Ellie Adair, Aimee Anderson, Sophie Bell, Annabel Davies, Kirsty Jones, Jennifer LowAnya MacLean, Zoe McNellan, Jessica Mitchell, Iona Reid, Hannah Ritchie, Annabelle Robertson and Lucy Sillars came through their section undefeated, without conceding a goal as they recorded victories over Jordanhill School (1-0), Hutchesons' Grammar School B (3-0) and Craigholme School (4-0).

The girls refused to let up in the knockout stages, defeating The Glasgow Academy 3-0 in the semi final before again facing Jordanhill in the final. The girls kept their clean sheet record for the tournament, overcoming Jordanhill by three goals to nil and winning the Hutchesons' S2 trophy.

The busy week of sport will continue for a number of the girls as they head to Glasgow Green on Friday to compete for the School in the U15 Girls' Scottish Cup Final.

S2 Pupil wins Gold at British Cross Challenge Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Second Year athlete Anya MacLean (pictured above, second from left) won team Gold in the British Athletics Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at a mud-soaked Loughborough University on Saturday 10th March.

Running for the Scotland West team, Anya finished just outside of the medals in the U15 Girls' individual race, missing out on a Bronze medal by a mere six seconds. However her fourth place finish, alongside the strong performances of her Scotland West U15 counterparts, meant that the U15 side retained the UK title they won at last year's event.

The Scotland West team was represented by a further two High School runners - Fifth Year pupil Lorn Webster managed a 70th position finish from a field of over 280 athletes in the U17 Boys' event, thus securing a creditable ninth place finish from Scotland West, while Fergus Currie (S1) finished 115th from more than 300 athletes competing in the U13 Boys' race.

Anya, Lorn, Fergus and a number of other High School athletes will race again this coming Saturday at the rescheduled Scottish Schools Athletic Association Secondary Championships at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh.

(Main photo courtesy of Sharon Hedley: Twitter - @sharon_hedley)

Kings of Carrick! Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT The High School achieved its first success of the rugby sevens season, with the S3 Boys' team winning the Carrick Academy Sevens Tournament yesterday at Rozelle Park in Ayr.

Dominant group stage performances saw the team of Ryan Street (Captain), Michael Alba, Matthew Cairns, Marlowe Crick, Sam Haldane, Gregor Howie, Cameron JamesWilliam John-Charles, Charlie Kennedy and Rocco Stakis score an impressive 116 unanswered points over three games against opposition from Carrick Academy (48-0), Marr College (17-0) and St Columba's School (51-0).

The team conceded their first points of the day in their semi-final encounter with Wellington School but were still able to prevail, winning 24-7 and setting up a final against St Aloysius' College.

Another strong display saw the boys finish their day with a resounding 41-5 victory over the St Aloysius' Sevens, meaning they took home the trophy.

Triumph at Glasgow Primary Schools' Swimming Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School swimmers from Junior 5, Junior 6 and Transitus achieved a haul of 18 individual and 6 team medals in the Glasgow Primary Schools Finals at Drumchapel Pool on Monday 26th February.

Many pupils were able to win multiple individual medals on the day, as well as contributing to team relay success. Eklavya Singh (J6) particularly excelled as the High School's top performer, winning two individual Golds and playing a crucial part in the 11 Years Boys Relay Team's Gold medal-winning performance.

A full list of medalists can be found below:


  • Coryn MacLean (Trans) - Open Fly
  • David McCallum (Trans) - 12 Years Freestyle
  • Eklavya Singh (J6) - 11 Years Freestyle and 11 Years Breaststroke
  • Nicola Dry (J5) - 10 Years Breaststroke
  • Olivia McKnight (J5) - 10 Years Freestyle
  • 12 Years Boys' Relay Team (winning the Lorne Trophy) - Dylan Burrell, Zander Buxton, Milo Harris and David McCallum (all Trans)
  • 11 Years Girls' Relay Team (winning the Dykes Trophy) - Grace Noonan (Trans), Lucy Howie, Aliyah Lamb and Erin Morgan (all J6)
  • 11 Years Boys' Relay Team (winning the Milne Trophy) - Sandy Fraser, Max Hyslop, Eklavya Singh and Mark Zimmer (all J6) 
  • 10 Years Girls' Relay Team (winning the Robert Smith Memorial Trophy) - Ellie Burns, Nicola Dry, Maya Marshall and Olivia McKnight (all J5)


  • Zander Buxton - Open Fly
  • Coryn MacLean - 12 Years Freestyle
  • David McCallum - 12 Years Backstroke
  • Sandy Fraser - 11 Years Breaststroke
  • Max Hyslop - 11 Years Backstroke
  • Mark Zimmer - 11 Years Freestyle
  • Olivia McKnight - 10 Years Backstroke
  • 12 Years Girls' Relay Team - Georgia Bell, Coryn MacLean, Louise Mitchell and Annabelle Parbrook (all Trans)


  • Matthew Tames (Trans) - Open Fly
  • Annabelle Parbrook - Open Fly
  • Dylan Burrell - 12 Years Breaststroke
  • Grace Noonan - 11 Years Backstroke
  • Craig Reeves (J6) - 11 Years Breaststroke
  • 10 Years Boys' Relay Team - Alasdair Buchanan-Wollaston, Alexander Makridis, Ruairidh McCallum and Cameron Wilson (all J5)

HSOG History Pupils Enjoy Half-Term Berlin Trip Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT 19 Fifth and Sixth Year pupils visited Berlin during the half term break, taking in famous historical sites and learning about the history of the city, with particular focus on the period from World War I to World War II.

The first day of the whistle-stop tour of the German capital saw the party taken on a guided tour of the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1936 Berlin Olympics and refurbished to host the 2006 Football World Cup Final between France and Italy. A visit to Topographie des Terrors to learn about the rise of the Nazi party was then followed by spectacular evening views from the glass dome of the Reichstag Building. 

The group got their walking shoes on the following day, as they enjoyed a guided tour of Berlin. They explored many of the city's key historic sites including The Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall which separated East from West Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between the east and west, and the poignant Holocaust Memorial. 

The final full day of the excursion saw the group head out of the city to visit a number of places with significant historical interest. A solemn morning at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was followed by a visit to the house at Wannsee where leading Nazi officers met for the famous 'Final Solution' Conference in 1942. The group then travelled to the neighbouring city of Potsdam to visit the Cecilienhof Palace, the location for the post-war meeting of Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Harry Truman in 1945.

After a day of visiting sites of such importance to world history, pupils were able to relax on their final evening in Berlin by enjoying dinner and a game of ten pin bowling, the perfect way to cap off an important and enjoyable trip. Some photos from the excursion can be found in our Flickr album below.

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U15 Girls Reach Scottish Cup Final! Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT The U15 Girls' hockey team reached the Scottish Cup Final yesterday with a stirring display at Old Anniesland.

The semi final fixture saw the girls compete against Robert Gordon's College of Aberdeen. In an impressive showing, the team - Jennifer Cuthill, Maia Gillespie, Alex Jones, Christina Miller, Bailey MulveyGabriella SmartAnna SmithIona SneddenIsla Stirling (all S3), Aimee Anderson, Annabel DaviesZara Kennedy, Jessica Mitchell, Iona Reid, Annabelle Robertson and Lucy Sillars (all S2) - were able to achieve a 3-0 victory, meaning they will head to Glasgow Green next month in a bid to be crowned Scottish Champions.

The 1st XI were also in Scottish Cup action earlier this week, competing in the quarter final of their competition. Unfortunately they came up just short, losing out to The Mary Erskine School by three goals to two.

3rd XI Snatch the Shield! Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT In a week of highs for High School Hockey teams, the Girls' 3rd XI side won the inaugural Morag McNeill Shield at the first ever 3rd XI Tournament, hosted by Hutchesons' Grammar School yesterday.

With five teams competing for the honour of being crowned the first 3rd XI Tournament winners, the High School side began strongly, with a comprehensive 8-0 victory over Jordanhill School, followed by an equally impressive 5-1 win against St Aloysius' College (5-1). Two draws followed, 0-0 against Hutchesons' Grammar School and 1-1 against The Glasgow Academy. Despite these draws the High School side were crowned tournament winners, finishing ahead of The Glasgow Academy team on goal difference.

The team were Layla Braidwood (Captain), Sophie Crawford, Chloe Farquhar, Katie FinnAilsa McClymont, Ciara McCusker, Tanvi Zachariah (all S6), Millie Rayner, Lara Street (both S5), Connie Baume-Kennedy, Sarah Graham, Zara HyslopAine Macpherson, Aoife Petrie and Meghna Sharma (all S4).

Cross Country Champs! Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Nine individual and nine team medals were won over the course of a productive Glasgow Primary and Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships at Nether Pollok yesterday, with more than 100 pupils from both the Junior and Senior Schools taking part.

Individual Gold medals were won by Anya MacLean (S2 Girls), Anna McCallum (S1 Girls) and Nicola Dry (J5 Girls); Fergus Currie (S1 Boys), Harrison Bruce (J6 Boys) and Eva Stirling (J5 Girls) won individual Silver, with Charlotte Simmers (S4 Girls), Jackson Adams (Transitus Boys) and Libby MacFadyen (J6 Girls) all winning Bronze medals.

These impressive individual performances aided the school's overall team standings, with four High School teams ending the day as Glasgow Schools champions! The victorious teams were: 

  • S2 Girls - Aimee Anderson, Kirsty Jones, Zara Kennedy, Anya MacLean, Lucy Sillars and Aurelia Tiffoney;
  • S1 Girls - Louisa Brown, Kiera Davidson, Elizabeth Hamilton, Anna McCallumKirstie Souter and Kirsty Wicklow;
  • J6 Boys - Haris Ali, Harrison BruceJames Clark, Cameron DaviesSandy Fraser and Harry Hose;
  • J5 Girls - Emily Bacon, Ellie BurnsBeth Campbell, Nicola DryHannah Reilly and Eva Stirling

A further four teams won Silver medals:

  • S4 Girls - Eilidh Davidson, Roma Lynch, Claudie Quinn, Ciara Rogers, Meghna Sharma and Charlotte Simmers;
  • Transitus Girls - Emma Dry, Sarah Hannah, Coryn MacLean, Georgia Rose, Mhairi Stevenson and Bea Wainwright;
  • Transitus Boys - Jackson Adams, Dylan Burrell, Zu-An Chen, Robert Nicol, Harry Smith and Adam Weston;
  • J6 Girls - Lucy HowieLibby MacFadyenHannah McDonald, Erin MorganKirsty Pollock and Adrianna Sharpe

The S3 Girls' team of Alex Jones, Sarah Paterson, Gabriella Smart, Iona SneddenTabitha Steven and Isla Stirling won team Bronze, while the Senior Girls', Senior Boys' and S2 Boys' teams all came agonizingly to winnings medals as they finished just outside the top three, finishing in fourth position.

Iceland 2018 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT 60 Third and Fourth Year pupils wrapped up warm and journeyed north prior to the half-term break, taking in the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of Iceland.

The trip began with a visit to the nation's capital, Reykjavik, where the group headed to the Aurora Northern Lights Centre to learn about the amazing aurora that can often be seen over the country. 

The group then headed out of Reykjavik with their Icelandic guide, visiting the greenhouse town of Hveragerdi, where geothermal heat is used to produce a wealth of fruit and vegetables which would otherwise not grow at this latitude, before a drive across the plains towards the visitor centre at the base of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. A busy day included also included a visit to the Solheimajokull glacier, a glacier flowing off the icecap covering the top of the volcano and showing evidence of glacial retreat.

The following day saw a bracing stop at the black volcanic beaches of Reynishverfi and Dyrholaey and a visit to Skogafoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. After visiting further waterfalls at Kvernufoss and Seljalandfoss, the group got out of the cold as they visited the newly opened LAVA Centre at Hvollsvollur to learn about Iceland's volcanic forces and geology through a series of interactive educational tools.

A final full day in Iceland began with a trip to Fridheimar, a greenhouse utilising geothermal power to produce eco-friendly tomatoes. However, a planned trip on the famous 'Golden Circle' tour, taking in some of Iceland's most spectacular tourist hotspots, could not go ahead as the party were caught in one of the country's worst winter storms in over 15 years! Fortunately, the storm died down enough for a parting visit to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, where pupils braved the blizzard and hail storm to take a dip in the mineral rich hot waters of the lava field near Grindavik.

All that was left was for the pupils to board their flight home to the relative warmth of Scotland after a fascinating and educational excursion. You can see some pictures from the trip in our Flickr album below.

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40th Anniversary Charity Golf Day Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT It is with great pleasure that the High School of Glasgow Development Office invites the High School community to take part in its extremely popular Charity Golf Day. The event will take place on Friday 8th June at Milngavie Golf Club with the hope that a mixture of former pupils, current and former parents and friends will take part and support this fantastic event.

This session, the High School of Glasgow has been celebrating its 40th Anniversary since the School buildings opened at Old Anniesland. It was around 40 years ago that the High School of Glasgow Educational Trust was founded, enabling many children to benefit from and contribute to the exceptional all-round educational experience which the High School of Glasgow provides via a means-tested bursary. The High School strives to offer a place to all those who meet our requirements. Unfortunately we are unable to do so and inevitably we regret that each year we must disappoint some able applicants due to insufficient funds. That is why all funds raised at our Charity Golf Day this year will be donated to the High School of Glasgow Educational Trust Bursary Fund.

We are delighted that Badaboom have kindly agreed to sponsor the day once again. Badaboom will provide participants with a complimentary refreshment (or two!) during their round.

How To Book Your Team

The entry fee is £300 per team of 4. To book your team, please contact the Development Office:

Event Information

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.

The golf will start at 1:00pm and everyone will be entered in to all the on-course competitions. There will be nearest the pin, longest drive 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 there will be a prize-giving ceremony and competitors will be most welcome to enjoy the rest of their evening in the clubhouse.

Event Format

The competition will take the format of a Texas Scramble, with a tee off time at 1:00pm.

For those unfamiliar with a Texas Scramble, here is a rough outline of the rules:

All members of the team tee off. 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. 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 Opportunities

The Development Office welcome any individual or business who may wish to sponsor the event to get in touch. They hope to have a small auction/raffle on the day with prizes also 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:

Health and Wellbeing Week 2018 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Senior School pupils and staff this week took the time to feed both body and mind as part of an enjoyable and entertaining Health and Wellbeing Week.

Everybody was inspired by the eclectic range of fascinating speakers at morning assemblies. Corrine Hutton, amputee and founder of the Finding Your Feet charity, talked to pupils and staff about her incredible story and the important work her charity does, while Carrie Gibson discussed the incredible mental strength she had to show in order to become only the fifth Scottish woman to summit Mount Everest.

Nathalie Jones, a Glasgow Dietician, talked to pupils about teenage nutrition and the important role nutrition can play in good mental health, while Adam Ashe of Glasgow Warriors and Scottish international rugby fame took the time to discuss mental health in sport. The week was brought to an end with an energetic assembly from the PE Department, who encouraged pupils (and staff) to give up their inhibitions to ‘drop everything and dance’.

Firewalk 2018

S6 pupils and some members of staff took part in an evening organised by HeadStrong. Mr Brian Costello took pupils through two nerve-testing exercises - Participants began with a trust exercise in which an arrow placed against the windpipe was broken with a sharp thrust, before moving on to the ‘Walk of Champions’ Firewalk in which pupils and staff learned to put mind over matter and walk barefoot over hot coals.

Elsewhere, during lunchtimes throughout the week, pupils enthusiastically took part in taster sessions to encourage exercise as a tool to promote positive mental health. Pupils enjoyed a variety of activities including Krav Maga, Yoga, Rowing and Metafit. 

The School Library encouraged pupils and staff to 'choose kind' and leave positive literary quotes on their 'Wonder Wall', while, as part of Safer Internet Day for 2018, the Computing Department encouraged pupils to take up a Digital Wellbeing Challenge, with this year's theme of 'Create, Connect and Share Respect'. Some of their challenges were written onto posters and placed on the Digital Wellbeing wall.

Gold Rush at Glasgow Badminton Event Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT High School badminton stars dominated at the Glasgow Schools' Championships at Bellahouston Academy this weekend, winning eight team and five individual medals throughout the day. 

Guan-An Chen (S6) and Rachel Sugden (S5) were the big winners of the day, each winning three Gold medals. As well as teaming together to win the U19 Mixed Doubles competition, Guan-An was crowned U19 Boys' Singles champion and also won the U19 Boys' Doubles with William Xu (S6), with Rachel winning the U19 Girls' Singles competition and the U19 Girls' Doubles with Sanaa Suvarna (S5).

There was also team success for Annabel Davies and Angelina Antomarlin (both S2) who won the U14 Girls' Doubles competition, and Lucy Sillars and Maxwell Wang (both S2) who won Gold in the U14 Mixed Doubles competition.

In two all-HSOG finals, Lucy Sillars had to settle for team Silver with her sister Emily (S5) in the aforementioned U19 Girls' Doubles, while Sanaa Suvarna won Silver in the U19 Girls' Singles event.

In team competition, there were also Silver medals won in the U19 Boys' Doubles by Varnit Gupta (S6) and Jay McMillan (S5), and the U14 Boys Doubles by Kenny McClymont and Maxwell Wang (both S2), while singles competition Silvers were won by Cameron Virdee (S4) in the U16 Boys' competition and Akshat Gupta (S1) in the U14 Boys' event.

Success for Bairns of The Bard! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Junior School pupils won top awards in the annual Robert Burns Festival Competition at the Trades Hall of Glasgow last week, organised for primary schools by the Trades House of Glasgow. 

High School pupils took all three awards in the Solo Instrumental section, for Primary 4 & 5 pupils. Maya Marshall (J5) took top prize for her performance of 'Auld Lang Syne' on the clarsach, while performances of 'Ye Banks and Braes' by Yasmin Lamb (J5) on the violin and Nimrita Kaur Singh (J5) on the harp, saw them finish in second and third positions respectively. In the Primary 6 & 7 section, Cameron Davies (J6) came second performing 'John Anderson, My Jo' on the violin.

Todd Shafar (J5) won top prize in the Verse Speaking for Primary 4 & 5, reciting Burns’ Bannockburn address 'Scots Wha Hae', with Eklavya Singh (J6) finishing second in the Primary 6 & 7 section for his recitation of 'The Rights of Woman' and Zayd Khan (J6) third for his rendition of 'Address to the Haggis'. Certificates were also awarded to Murray Gill, Ibrahim Khan, Lucy Robertson and Rosie Snedden (all J4) for their recitations.

Pupils will return to the Trades Hall of Glasgow next month for the Prizegiving ceremony. 

S5 Pupil Wins Expedition Video Competition Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Belle of The Ball-et Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Bannerman Fundraising Week 2017 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Tis' The Season! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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)

What a Weekend! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.


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.

Up for the Cup! Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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).

Capital Gains! Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

National Achievement for HSOG Hockey Stars Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.

Men Should Weep Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Rowing For Gold Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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

High Five! Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Autumn Sporting Updates Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

String Star Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Annual Remembrance Service Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Mountains of Medals at Swimming Finals! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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:


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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


40th Anniversary Celebration Ball Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Sursum Semper!

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Topflight Hockey Heroes! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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).

Amazing Human Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


The Fraser Lecture 2017 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

National Success for S1 and S2 Runners Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.



West District Runners Up Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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).

Brilliant Boating! Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Transitus Art Award Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Inter-District Hockey Selection Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

40th Anniversary Assembly Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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

Commemoration & Thanksgiving Service 2017 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

European Karting Champion Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Summer Musical Achievements Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

A Selection of our Sporting Summer Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.

Maths Whizz! Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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. 

Uganda 2017 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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. 




SQA Results 2017 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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

Eric A Harle (1923 - 2017) Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Prizegiving 2017 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Summer Sporting Updates Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.

Karting King! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Swing and More at Oran Mor Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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), 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).

Summer Term Updates Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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!


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.

Senior School Sports Day Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

High School Charity Golf Day 2017 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

MusicFest Final 2017 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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).
Gilbert Murray Essay Prize Winners Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Scottish Swimming Champions Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Junior Drama Production - Lord of the Flies Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Transitus Bake Off Final 2017 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Transitus Participate in 'Go Yellow' Charity 5k Walk Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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'!

S1 Visit Raasay Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Activities Week 2017 Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!


Tabitha Crowned UK Rotary Young Chef Winner Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT (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! 

Wonderful Word Wizards! Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Goodbye Yellow Walk-Way! Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


HSOG Charity Golf Day Appeal Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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).


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


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 - or by calling 0141 435 5707.

Thank you for your support.

Hitting The Right Note Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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'.

Uganda Second Hand Clothing & Footwear Appeal Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Playing it Cool! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Golden Skiing Performances! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Awe-sum Achievements! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.

HSOG Partake in Poignant Battlefields Trip Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Courting Success! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

SingFest 2017 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Easter Sporting Trip to Portugal Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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.

Springboard FutureChef National Final Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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. 

Glasgow Music Festival 2017 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.
Senior Orchestral Concert Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!



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

Marathons for Mary's Meals! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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 donations would be very gratefully received!

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

Cheque Mates! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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

Well done Law House!

Spring Hockey Updates Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Fundraising for Children's Charity Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT  

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

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

Celebration Ball - Sold Out! Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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: to be added to the reserve list.

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

Olympiad Gold! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Scottish Schools' Plate Winners Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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).

Tabitha Wins Rotary Chef Competition Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Notes on Pupil Music Success Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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), 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.


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.

Clyde Fundraising Week 2017 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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


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!


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


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!


Should you wish to donate you can do so on Clyde House's JustGiving page -

Keep your eye on Clyde House's Twitter feed during the week -

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

Seventh Heaven! Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Made of the Write Stuff! Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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"

SSAA National Cross Country Medal Success Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!)

Schools' Finals Goes Swimmingly! Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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


  • 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)


  • 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)

Celebration Ball Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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 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

Glasgow Hawks vs Royal Navy XV Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Cross Country Champs! Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT High School runners achieved success at the Glasgow Primary and Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships at Nether Pollok on Friday 24th February.


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.


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.


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.
Gold-Plated Performance! Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Spring Sporting Round-Up Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Done the Double! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Hockey Girls Net Another Trophy Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Law Fundraising Week 2017 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


You can help Law House in their Fundraising Week by donating to their Just Giving page at

Your donations would be gratefully appreciated.

Good luck Law!

Small Works, Big Impressions! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Serving Up Success! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Empowerment Firewalk Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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 (

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

Health & Wellbeing Awareness Week Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Czech Mate! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Making a Splash! Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.)

Badminton Quaich Victory Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Achieving their Goals! Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Marvellous Musicians! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Back of the Net! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Rook-ie Success! Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Christmas Carol Service Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!


Going for Gold! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Autumn Term Sporting Round Up Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.

Spreading the Festive Cheer! Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Annual Christmas Lunch Extravaganza! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Skiing Victories Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Christmas Concert 2016 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Rugby Round-Up Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Moore House Fundraising Week Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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
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

2016 Christmas Cards Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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, with the subject matter "Christmas Cards".

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

Senior Musical Production - West Side Story Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Smash Hit! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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)

Serving Up Success! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Made of the White Stuff! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Teamwork Adds up to Victory! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

2016 Mod Success Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Annual Remembrance Service Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Fantastic 1st XV! Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Golden Effort at Swimming Finals Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

The Fraser Lecture 2016 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Autumn Sporting Updates Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.

Bannerman Raise over £4,500 for Charity! Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.



Winners on the Water Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Aidan to Tackle Rugby Role Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

HSOG Club Dinner 2016 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Bannerman House Fundraising Week Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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 To donate to Bannerman's cause, you can visit their JustGiving page by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Bronze for the Boys! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Superstar Skiers Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Karting King! Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Power Boat Racing Achievements Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

The Lees Lecture - Mr John Shaw Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Sporting Stars! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.


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.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Activities Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Achieving a Gold Award in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is no simple 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.


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."


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
an area of Scotland that I hadn’t visited before."


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

Commemoration & Thanksgiving Service 2016 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

S4 Hospitality at One Devonshire Gardens Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Book Fest Big Friendly Read! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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 -

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.


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


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


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


Opening of New Artificial Pitch Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Book Fest - 12th-16th September Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Summer Sporting Stars! Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Unite Against Cancer Charity Dinner Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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

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.

Friday Lecture Series - Rossie Stone Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Summer Choral and Orchestral Performances Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Eastern Delight! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

SQA Results 2016 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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

Mrs Milne Cycles to Paris! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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

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.


End of Term Musical Achievements Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.
Prizegiving 2015-16 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Glorious Victory for the School Staff Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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...?

Summer Term Sporting Successes Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Summer Athletics Finale Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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).

Midsummer Madness 2016 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Senior School Sports Day Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Junior Musical Production Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Individual & Team Athletics Successes Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

High School Charity Golf Day 2016 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Mathematics Competition Success Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Success in Art Competition Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

School Receive Diabetes Care Award Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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

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Bake-Off Final 2016 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Kuk Sool Won (Korean Martial Arts) Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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

MusicFest Final Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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)
Gilbert Murray Classics Essay Winner Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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). 

Excellent Performance in Scottish Tennis Finals Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

International Badminton Competitions Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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.

Transitus Take Part in Charity 5k Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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!

Girls win SISFA U15s Title! Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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