Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
Friday 18 January - Last night's Young Musician Competition, adjudicated by Mr. David Murray, was a most enjoyable evening. Many congratulations to all of our Finalists, who brought a very high standard of music to the theatre. Special congratulations to winners Sasha Kaloheris (Intermediate) and Laura Workman (Senior).
We were delighted that pupils and staff from Houston Primary were also able to join us and experience our Young Musician Competition. They may be our stars of the future.
Wednesday 16 January - S1 pupils were creative in Social Subjects, while learning all about ancient Hill Forts. They were encouraged to use a range of skills in their presentations with some fabulous results. Pupils baked cakes, made models, used their IT skills
Friday 11 January -The JANUARY NEWSLETTER, and the Mid Season Sports Report - January 2019, have been uploaded and can be found under the 'News' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Friday 11 January - Please find a letter to parents/carers, regarding Show My Homework and our new Parentpay cashless system, under the 'NEWS' tab, and then letters. Please ensure that you as a parent/carer register for Parentpay prior to Thursday 24 January as the school will be unable to accept any cash payments from that date.
Thursday 10 January - S4 Modern Studies enjoyed a trip to the Scottish Parliament for First Minister's Questions today. Questions included a variety of topics such as the investigation into Alex Salmond, Universal Credit and ASN provision in schools. Pupils also got to meet some of their MSPs for a question and answer session. Pupils are pictured here with Ross Greer MSP and Maurice Corry MSP. Today was the first time for British Sign Language interpreting at First Minister's Questions.
Monday 7 January - Welcome back and wishing you all a very Happy New Year. Some good news to start the year with S1 pupil Liam O'Brien winning the Scottish Tennis Junior Indoor Boys U12 title at Scotstoun yesterday afternoon. Liam scored an impressive 6-4 6-1 in the final. Congratulations Liam! Thank you to 'Tennis Scotland' for allowing us to use their photographs.
We wish one and all a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year
As we look forward to a fun filled Christmas, please remember
what all our Gryffe pupils want from Santa.....
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We wish a Merry Christmas to one and all.
Friday 21 December - Two groupings of pupils out to litter pick this afternoon - down South Street/Park and the Co-op run - as we try and leave our community clean and tidy for Christmas and New Year.
Friday 21 December - Santa and his elves took time to visit the staff this morning at interval. After spreading some Christmas cheer over a coffee and cake the staff are set and ready for their Christmas break ...... and to return after the break refreshed and ready to go.
Friday 21 December - All of S1 and S2 enjoyed some fresh air this morning as they walked to Houston and Killellan Church for the annual Christmas Service. Thanks to Rev. Gary Noonan who led the service. Many pupils contributed to the service by reading, performing in the choir and the band and taking part in the Nativity Presentation which was set to the music of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Thursday 20 December - The Drama Staff vs Pupil Talent Competition was a big hit yesterday with Pupils winning the vote by a landslide. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you for coming along to help raise funds for the school show. It looks like comperes Mr Anderson and Mr Smith have some fierce competition in Peter (S2) and Aaron (S1).
Wednesday 19 December - Please see the attached letter for Parents/Carers regarding our December Newsletter and the end of term - classes are working, and will continue working until we stop on Friday afternoon.
Please note the detail on future communication via Show My Homework.
Tuesday 18 December - Yesterday, S1 teamed up with S6 to take part in the Winterhouse Games. Each house had the opportunity to participate in all events and gain points based on the best scores. Pupils took part in Basketball shooting, Sit up challenge, Boxing challenge, Keepy up challenge and the Gauntlet run. Many S6 pupils took on the role of Gladiators, helped S1 pupils around the events and kept score. After completion of the 5 events, Mackintosh House took first place. Well done to all involved!
Tuesday 18 December - All of S1 had a fun and festive Christmas Party this afternoon. Not only was there the opportunity to show off polished dance moves, but traditional party games, such as "Pass the Parcel" and "Musical Chairs" were also enjoyed. The event was organised and run by the S6 House Captains.
Tuesday 18 December - For the past few months, Higher and Advanced Higher Spanish pupils have been making weekly visits to the Mosswood Care Home in Linwood. Pupils have spent time going over basic vocabulary, including greetings, colours and numbers. As a Festive treat, the Spanish pupils were accompanied by the school's jazz band and performed a number of Christmas classics, including Feliz Navidad.
Tuesday 18 December - A group of Higher Geography pupils attended the Faculty of Geographical and Earth Sciences Christmas Lecture at the University of Glasgow. The lecture was entitled 'From a drop of water to a whole Earth System’.
Tuesday 18 December - Another amazing series of interviews from S6 pupil Eve Grant as she gets the Mary Poppins Returns filmstars talking. Check out her latest videos made with GetIntoFilm here –
Emily Blunt https://youtu.be/MttNd-fJnAk
Lin-Manuel Miranda https://youtu.be/5Ilp8v4_qz4
Rob Marshall https://youtu.be/6xhgoIvJhL8
Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer https://youtu.be/IOVK0dSSIro
Listen in the last interview and you will hear some great compliments about Eve’s questions!
Tuesday 18 December - You may have noticed that we are working on the layout of our school website. Everything still works however we are in the process of making a few changes - please bear with us as we make our changes
Our Higher and Advanced Higher Prelim letter and timetable can be found under 'CURRICULUM' and then 'SENIOR PHASE'
Friday 14 December - Today we supported 'Christmas Jumper Day', with all proceeds going towards 'Save the Children'. Well done to all those who took part, with quite a range of colour on display. Thanks to Euan in S2 for photography. Enjoy our gallery here -
Friday 14 December - Advanced Higher Physics pupils were working at the Physics labs at the University of Strathclyde today. This is one of a series of visits to allow them to make a good start with their experiments that they have been researching, as part of their chosen investigation.
Friday 14 December - Over a hundred excited young people donned their Santa hats and picked up their litter picker as they made their community a little brighter ahead of the festive period. Pupils from Gryffe High, St Fillan’s Primary and Houston Primary took their minds off the upcoming festivities for just a minute as they joined forces to clean up the area around their schools.….. the tall and small taking on the joint responsibility of supporting our local community, all with a smile on their face and a determination to make a difference.
Thursday 13 December - S4 History pupils had a fantastic experience today as they visited the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Many of the pupils loved seeing the actual battlefield and gained a greater understanding of what life would have been like.
Wednesday 12 December - Our S6 Snowball is up and running with our young ladies and gentlemen, all very impressively dressed, thoroughly enjoying themselves ...... along with some staff!!!! More pictures to follow soon.
Wednesday 12 December - The Christmas Concert was brimming with talent. We are very proud of the many pupils who performed in the concert last night. The audience were treated to a range of instruments and voice including the Pipe Band, Flute Trio and the String Ensemble (with special guests from St. Ninian's High School). Many more pupils helped with sound, technical and backstage. Enjoy our gallery of photos here -
Watch a video clip of the evening on our YouTube Channel here -
Friday 7 December - Gryffe High School hosted the Renfrewshire School Captains' Conference today, where the key young leaders of our schools shared effective practice with each other. Each pairing of Captains gave a presentation on key focus areas within their school and then there was discussion around their role as School Captains, the challenges they face and how they have led improvements within their own school. A very impressive grouping of young ladies and gentlemen.
Friday 7 December - S4 pupils are pictured here with Sarah, the head of Citizenship. These are just a fraction of the shoes that were collected this morning for our UNICEF Shoe Share Appeal run in conjunction with Clarks Shoes. Thank you for such a fantastic response. Clarks have been working in partnership with UNICEF since 2008, supporting the education of vulnerable children by raising money through shoe donations. You can still donate old or unwanted shoes on Monday.
Friday 7 December - Gryffe Eco Committee are proud to announce the arrival of their 2nd Green Flag. This is a well deserved award for the Committee who have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Eco issues in and around the school.
Friday 7 December - Senior Linguists enjoyed SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) Business Brunch at the Royal Concert Hall this week. Business Brunch events aim to take learners on an exciting journey exploring a variety of inspirational presentations. These opportunities help gain a deeper understanding of why successful employers view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.
Friday 7 December - S2 pupil Olivia MacCormack (far right in the picture) is one of a trio who has achieved selection to represent Scotland in the 2019 Junior World Cheerleading Championships scheduled to be held in April 2019 at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida USA. As Vice-Captain of the team, Olivia has had to dedicate many hours a week to training. This commitment will build up as April approaches. Very well done Olivia. We look forward to hearing all about your adventures in Florida.
Friday 7 December - Higher Business Management pupils enjoyed taking part in the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Networking lunch accompanied by Mrs Hadden. They learned about Business Networking as well as hearing about how University of the West of Scotland operates as a business from Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Craig Mahoney. Official Photograph courtesy of Kieran Chambers Photography
Thursday 6 December - Mrs Brown and Miss Rowan will be taking part in 'Sleep in the Park' in Kelvingrove Park this Saturday (8th December). The aim is to raise money and work together to accelerate the pace of change in Scotland and create the mandate to end homelessness here. This would make Scotland an example for the whole world to follow. They will be joined by local minister Gary Noonan and several Gryffe parents. If you wish to help 'Team Gryffe' then visit - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/team-gryffe
Wednesday 5 December -The DECEMBER NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'News' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Wednesday 5 December - Please take time to look at the video and information that has been made by the Children and Young Peoples Service at St Vincent's Hospice. This has been created in collaboration with some very brave S6 pupils and features some staff of Gryffe High School who have been working on this launch of bereavement support in schools.
Watch this short video about the project and read the full story at: http://bit.ly/2EdUsyt
Tuesday 4 December - Pupils from the Advanced Higher Modern Studies class enjoyed a fantastic and educational tour of Greenock Prison Today. Thanks to Prison Officer Chris and all of the prisoners we spoke to. The rest of the class are looking forward to their visit.
Thursday 29 November - What a night......the PTA Christmas Fayre 2018 was a real success. A huge thank you to the PTA, Pupils, Parents and Staff as well as the vast range of stallholders who supported the night in any way. Thanks also to our guest, Scottish Internationalist Jo Love. The girls' football team were delighted to meet and chat with her. Enjoy our picture gallery below -
Wednesday 28 November - Our ShoeShare campaign is being launched this week in school, our local primaries and local churches. Unicef and Clarks ShoeShare partnership raises funds, through shoe donations, to support children around the world to go to school. On Friday 7 December we will be collecting unwanted Shoes. All shoes should be in a reasonable condition. The shoes donated can be for any age group. The more shoes we collect the more money we can raise to support education around the world.
Wednesday 28 November - Thanks to the Violence Reduction Unit for visiting the Advanced Higher Modern Studies class today to answer our questions on tackling crime. Great information for our dissertations.
Monday 26 November - Please come along and support the PTA Christmas Fayre - This Wednesday 28th November at 6.30pm. We are DELIGHTED to let you know that Scottish International football Midfielder Jo Love will be joining us on Wednesday to help out with the raffle!
Monday 26 November - We now have 1200 Followers on Twitter! Are you following @GryffeHighSch for all the latest news and updates?
Friday 23 November - Today marked the end of a busy 'Book Week Scotland' with the theme 'Heroes and Villains'. Thanks to Miss Lawson and the English Department for organising this. Enjoy our gallery here...
Friday 23 November - The first round of the Gryffe Valley’s Rotary Club’s Young Chef Competition took place in Gryffe High last night. Huge congratulations to S2 pupil Phoebe Singer who won this first round of the competition. She now progresses through to the District final in January.
Wednesday 21 November - Massive thank you to Stephen Strong who came to chat to the Advanced Higher Modern Studies class about being a Prison Officer. Great information for our essays and dissertations.
Tuesday 20 November - Pupil Voice - 'An extremely productive meeting was held today with some S4/5s regarding the School Improvement Plan and the ways that this can be promoted and developed. Mr Johnson and Mrs Brown discussed some excellent points raised by pupils in the meeting chaired by School Captain, Shaun.'
Tuesday 20 November - Lots of excitement this week in the English department for Book Week Scotland and we are decking our halls! Who belongs to which door?...
Our National 5 Prelim letter and timetable can be found under 'CURRICULUM' and then 'SENIOR PHASE'
Friday 16 November - Enjoy our Photo Gallery and Video of 2 recent events -
Confucius Launch - https://sway.office.com/X5EBxWfRc8iIcQZS?ref=Link
MADD Show - https://sway.office.com/isgDG6U99Gx6tEaV?ref=Link
Friday 16 November - The English Department are looking forward to Book Week Scotland (starting on Monday 19th November). Deadline for creative writing competition is this Monday. Pupils can come along to our heroes and villains quiz next Friday (23rd Nov) at lunchtime. Remember pupils can dress as their favourite hero or villain on Friday too. Happy reading!
Thursday 15 November - #AntiBullyingWeek2018 Our Anti-Bullying Pledge has been created by pupils and staff and is now on display in every classroom throughout the school.
Thursday 15 November - Another great week with the Senior Linguists, who have been building links in the Community by teaching Spanish in a local Care Home. The notice board in the Care Home is filling up and staff are doing a great job of encouraging practice of our new words between weekly visits.
Wednesday 14 November - Our team of four pupils: Laura Workman, Jack Young (S5) and Ruadhri McDougall, Jenny Hall (S6), participated in the regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, held in UWS (Paisley). The team performed very well, achieving 5th place from a total of 27 schools taking part. Well done!!
Tuesday 13 November - Anti-Bullying Coaches and Mr Christie started National Anti-Bullying Week by delivering assemblies to all year groups yesterday. Pupils then went back to class and had group discussion with their teacher about particular statements/actions that could be considered as bullying. The focus this week is talking about bullying as behaviour and the impact this can have. Many more events to come throughout the week.
Monday 12 November - Gryffe Pupil Voice - 'It was an honour to represent the school in Paisley yesterday to remember those who died in wars and conflicts throughout history and to commemorate the centenary year of the end of the First World War.' - School Captains Shaun and Matthew. S6 pupil James Holmes also laid a wreath on behalf of Paisley Sea Cadets. Photos used with kind permission from 'Paisley Online'
Friday 9 November - Our thanks to Rev. Hanneke Marshall who helped with our Remembrance Assemblies, in conjunction with History Ambassadors and the music department. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Gryffe History went 'Live' with their Senior assembly. You can catch up with it on the link below (watch from 1min 10s). It was also a 'Wear it Red' day to commemorate Remembrance, with all donations going to 'Poppy Scotland'.
Thursday 8 November - S6 pupil Molly Speir is BEAMING today. Molly very ably compered the MADD show yesterday and sang a brilliant version of the Belle and Sebastian song 'Best Friend'. It turned out that the wife of the drummer in the band was actually at the MADD show. She was so impressed by their version that she came in this morning and presented Molly with a fully signed album from the band.
Listen to a wee clip of her song here -
Thursday 8 November - Should you wish to join us, on-line, to commemorate and reflect on 100 years since the armistice was called then take a look at Gryffe High History (@GryffeHistory):
Thursday 8 November - MADD - Music Art Dance and Drama - (or it could be Marvellous Amazing Delightful and packed with Dedication!). From start to finish last night, the audience were treated to a highly skilled and colourful performance from a huge number of very talented pupils. The Confucius theme continued from during the day. The artwork on display was absolutely fabulous. Very well done to all involved in any way.
Wednesday 7 November -The NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'News' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Wednesday 7 November - Today we welcomed partners from the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools and the Scottish Schools Football Association joining us for the launch of our Confucius Specialist Hub. Our guests enjoyed watching Futsal, Jianzi and a preview of tonight's MADD show....
Tuesday 6 November - Well done to Milly Devine in S5 for taking the time to produce such wonderful photographs of the exterior of the school.
Exterior Gryffe High School Autumn 2018
Tuesday 6 November - Watch as our own S6 pupil Eve Grant interviews the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch! Lucky girl!
'The Grinch' film will be released this week and Eve travelled to London to interview the voice of the Grinch himself with 'Get into Film'.
Friday 2 November - We are delighted to announce that we have won the Renfrewshire Fairtrade trophy for the 3rd time. Our pupils are thrilled that their efforts to promote Fairtrade have been recognised and this will continue to motivate them to raise awareness of Fairtrade both in school and in our wider community. We also extend our congratulations to Todholm Primary School who win in their category.
Wednesday 31 October - Our new Anti-Bullying Coaches (S1-S5) presented to all staff today during October’s Sharing Effective Practice meeting. All pupils delivered a confident and well informed presentation. Their goal is to create a culture within Gryffe where bullying cannot thrive.
Wednesday 31 October - Please see the detail below which provides information on some of the additional support offered to S4, S5 & S6 pupils by subject Departments and staff. This detail is changeable - for any further detail then please contact Ms Dhesi, Principal Teacher Attainment
Wednesday 31 October - S1 and S6 thoroughly enjoyed a fundraising Halloween Event during period 4 today. S6 pupils organised a variety of Halloween themed party games. There was a fantastic range of costumes on display, including from staff with the Music and Modern Languages Faculty taking the prize for best dressed staff. All proceeds from the event will go towards the school’s nominated charity, The Beatson.
Tuesday 30 October - Childhood Infectious Diseases. Please see the letter below containing important information for Parents/Carers. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Tuesday 30 October - Tickets on sale now for Gryffe High School's MADD Show 2018. Come along and experience a fabulous display of art and performance celebrating Chinese culture and the launch of The Confucius Hub.
Calendar this week:
Monday 14 January Options process begins
Parent Council Meeting, 7:00 pm start
Thursday 17 January S4 Reports issued to pupils
Young Musician Competition, 7:00 pm start
Monday 21 January S4 Career Pathways Focus
Start of Year Group Holocaust Assemblies
Wednesday 23 End of Advanced Higher/Higher Prelim Examinations
Thursday 24 S3 Reports issued to pupils
SPORTS UPDATES ... click in photographs to enlarge