Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
Tuesday 31 March - Please click on the link, to our school YouTube channel, for a guide to help pupils completing work in 'Teams' https://youtu.be/gB-j4ivtpK8
We hope this is helpful.
Tuesday 24 March - Helpful hint/reminderAll pupils can download Microsoft Office free on up to 5 devices from their Glow account. It is fairly easy to download, as pupils just need to log into Glow and then click on 'Download Office Now' and follow the instructions.
Sunday 22 March - I will be providing a Head Teacher's update for S4, S5 and S6 Parents/Carers this evening. I had an update ready to be uploaded at 1:00 pm this afternoon, however Mr John Swinney, I believe, is giving a further update himself this afternoon, and as such I may need to change some of my original detail. Please bear with me as I try and keep you up to date.
Coronavirus – information for parents and carers
The government has announced that the response to coronavirus is moving from ‘Contain’ to ‘Delay’. The advice right now is that schools and nurseries will remain open.
We are continuing to follow national guidance and our school remains open with business as usual. If this changes, we will inform you as soon as possible.
Please follow the council on Twitter @RenCouncil or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest updates. For health advice, visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.
Thursday 12 March - Congratulations to Ewan Mitchell and Ethan Kennedy in S5 who have been successful in achieving a place at Scottish Space School in June. S5 pupils attend a week-long residential summer school at University of Strathclyde. The programme for the week is made up of a mix of lectures, labs, and workshops on a space theme and it is delivered by academics and researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, as well as visiting NASA representatives.
Thursday 12 March - A message from the Simon Community - 'A huge Thank You to the teachers, staff, parents and most importantly the students at Gryffe High School who organised a winter donation appeal for Nightstop Glasgow. There was so much we almost couldn't get it all in our van! Well Done Gryffe High School!'
Nightstop in Glasgow places young people who have nowhere to stay in trained volunteers' spare rooms
Wednesday 11 March - With 6 great presentations to choose from, the judges of the YPI Finals this afternoon had a hard task to pick one winner. After much deliberation, the 'Youth Interventions' team won. Well done to the winning group Rachel Hill, Ava Swanson, Alisha Asare, Morgan McKenzie (all S4). Youth Interventions will now receive a cheque for £3000. Thank you to our judges and well done to all presenting teams.
Wednesday 11 March - Well done to a team from the Digital Ninjas group who have made it to the final of the #DigiInventors competition with their app that aims to tackle bullying and mental health issues in young people. The team members are Calum Johnson, Robert Craig, Sam McPhee (all S2) and Euan Rennie (S3).
Tuesday 10 March - Impressive skills on show from Advanced Higher Spanish candidates during a talking session with our visiting neighbours from St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm. Good luck to all of the pupils in their upcoming SQA Speaking examination.
Friday 6 March - Thank you to everyone who supported our Fairtrade events this week. We had a fabulous finale to the fortnight with our bake off! Amazing baking and all with Fairtrade ingredients.
Friday 6 March - An exciting weekend ahead for S3 pupil Ellie Shaw as she takes part in the Rotary Club Scottish Finals of the Young Chef Competition in Stirling. We wish you lots of luck Ellie!
Wednesday 4 March -The March NEWSLETTER has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'. Enjoy reading about the work of the school and the many achievements and successes of our pupils.
Friday 28 February - Under the 'CURRICULUM' tab, then Broad General Education S2/3 there is information for Parents/Carers regarding the S3 Scottish Standardised Assessments which are scheduled for next week.
Thursday 27 February - S6 had the opportunity to hear from Paul Devlin from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Paul represents Anthony Nolan, a Stem Cell donation charity.
The pupils were educated on the benefits of stem cell donation and how to volunteer to be part of the register. Paul will return for the donation event on Friday 13 March
Tuesday 25 February - The S2 into S3 and S3 into S4 Parents'/Carers' Information Evening presentation has been uploaded under the 'CURRICULUM' tab, then the 'Broad General Education' tab, S2/3
Monday 24 February - REMINDER to S2 into S3 and S3 into S4 Parents/Carers....
Our Information Evening, Monday 24 February for a 7:00 pm start, will discuss key aspects of 3rd Year and 4th Year including general advice, curriculum on offer and views of current pupils.
Thursday 20 February - What a fabulous display of talent, skills and sheer hard work! There was something for everyone at last night's MADD Show. Music, Art, Dance and Drama. A huge thank you to the many pupils involved in what was a spectacular performance. Very well done!
Have a look at our Gallery of Pictures here -
and a video of highlights has been uploaded to our school YouTube channel - enjoy!
Wednesday 19 February - Taster of the fabulous Art on Display for tonight's MADD Show. 7pm tonight in the school. Come along - it is FREE!!
Tuesday 18 February - Four of our S4 pupils were out visiting their chosen YPI charity - 'Alive and Kicking'. Showing off their moves to some of the young ladies at the centre!
Wednesday 12 February - Some very hardy 'World Challenge Vietnam 2021' pupils are outside today washing staff cars, to help towards raising money for their trip. A perfect example of resilience!
Friday 7 February - During our In-Service day today, there was whole school training for both teaching and support staff delivered by LGBT Youth Scotland. An important part of our journey towards the LGBT Charter award.
Thursday 6 February - A fun-filled week for #scotlandloveslanguages; a new P5 1+2 transition event led by our S6 Language Ambassadors, informative talks on languages pathways including a visit from guest speaker Ms Aslett for S2/3 and a French themed breakfast... a huge well done to all involved!
Wednesday 5 February - Well done to S3 pupils Tylar Pollock and Ellie Shaw for participating in the District Round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2020. Special congratulations to Ellie as runner up!
We wish her well as she prepares for the Area Final on 7th March
Wednesday 5 February - We have just achieved 1500 followers on Twitter. Remember to follow us on @GryffeHighSch. Also follow @gryffe_sports for all the latest sports news and results.
Wednesday 5 February -The February NEWSLETTER has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'. Enjoy reading about the work of the school and the many achievements and successes of our pupils.
Tuesday 4 February - Please remember and complete the survey return requested by HM Inspectors. A reminder text message will be sent this morning, with the link to the survey.
A letter regarding the upcoming HM Inspectors visit and requested survey return has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Letters'. The letter has also been sent out via SMHW.
Friday 31 January - Well done Alex on your Baccalaureate presentation on Hyperthyroidism to your peers today. Alex is one of many Baccalaureate pupils presenting this week. A fantastic achievement for everyone involved.
Watch on the school Youtube channel here... https://t.co/BRZ2naRzaY
Friday 31 January - MADD Swap Shop
Do you want something new and exciting in your wardrobe but worry about the effect fast fashion has on the environment?Do you have clothes you no longer wear but they are still in good condition?
Then swap shop is for you! All you need to do is bring the old items into school and swap them for a Swap Shop Token. Then on the night of the MADD show you can swap the token for something new.
Come and see the Eco Committee in the canteen on Wednesday 5th Feb with your unwanted clothes.
Thursday 30 January - Gryffe High School has had the privilege of being involved in the West Partnership Collaborative Learning Network. As a result, Mrs Costello and Miss O'Hara have been conducting research in the form of parental engagement workshops, with a focus on improving pupil resilience through family learning. The third of five family learning workshops on resilience was delivered this evening. Miss O’Hara facilitated a fabulous workshop all about resilience and self-esteem.
Thursday 30 January - Holocaust Memorial Day marked the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau. There were two ways that we marked this remembrance. Firstly, each year group received a Holocaust assembly organised by pupils who visited Poland in September 2019. Secondly, we had a reflections room where pupils got the chance to discuss different issues around the Holocaust. As we prepare to visit Poland again in September 2020, pupils have been thoroughly engaged and have gained a strong understanding of the need to learning and engage with Holocaust education.
Thursday 30 January - Well done to fifty two S3 Health, Food and Technology pupils who were presented with their 'Elementary Food Hygiene' certificates after successfully completing and passing the course!
This nationally recognised qualification from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) was emphasised to be a worthwhile certificate to have and one that is highly valued by employers.
Thursday 30 January - A letter regarding the upcoming HM Inspectors visit and requested survey return, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Letters'. The letter has also been sent out via SMHW.
Thursday 30 January - The music department continue to enjoy partnerships with Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra. Three jazz musicians have been working with all our S3 pupils teaching them popular jazz songs on pupils’ chosen instruments. Pupils have been engaged and inspired through Performance, Listening and Improvisation activities. We would like to thank SYJO for their continued input into our S3 music curriculum.
Wednesday 29 January - The MADD Show is coming! Join us on Wednesday 19 February at 7:00 pm for an immersive evening celebrating all things creative. This year we are honouring our beautiful planet with our “Eco” theme.
Wednesday 29 January - S2 pupils Erin Daly and Stephanie Morton enjoyed a 2 day non-residential Young Weir-Wise Girls into Engineering course held at the University of Strathclyde. They found out about the different types of engineering available and participated in activities. You can read an account of their experience in the February edition of the newsletter.
Tuesday 28 January - A copy of the 'Consultation on Admissions to Schools and Placing Request Policy' has been uploaded under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Letters'. A copy of the Consultation Letter will also be sent to all parents/carers via SMHW (Show My Homework), with paper copies available from the school office.
Tuesday 28 January - Parents/Carers of pupils in S4,S5 & S6 can find detail on our updated Gryffe High Supported Study January/February 2020 under the 'PUPIL ZONE' tab, then 'Study Support'
Monday 27 January - Parents/Carers of pupils about to consider their option choices for moving from S4 into S5 and S5 into S6 enjoyed very informative presentations in regard to the curriculum we follow, hints and tips, and careers advice leading to positive destinations. We had explanations from some of our pupils on their experiences in moving from S4 into S5, their thoughts and reasoning, and then likewise on their journey in moving from S5 into S6. The full presentation, and our Options Booklet and West College Scotland Senior Phase Programmes, can be found under the 'CURRICULUM' tab, then 'Senior Phase'.
Saturday 25 January - Last night was our first ever Burns Night Supper celebration, organised by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Mrs Strong and Mr Christie. Throughout the day a group of our Health, Food and Technology pupils worked on preparing a 3 course meal for the evening, including serving on the night - Soup and roll, followed by Haggis Neeps and Tatties, then trifle or ice cream... and finished with tea/coffee and shortbread. The evening was led by pupils including a wide variety of 'performances', with a guest appearance from Mr Heron, and finished with ceilidh dancing. A fantastic night .... more detail will be in the February Newsletter.
Friday 24 January - REMINDER to S4 into S5 and S5 into S6 Parents/Carers....
Our Information Evening, Monday 27 January for a 7:00 pm start, will discuss key aspects of 5th Year and 6th Year including general advice, curriculum on offer, views of current pupils and finishing with careers advice.
Wednesday 22 January - All of S4 were involved in the YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) launch today. This will lead to pupils presenting on their chosen charity which will receive £3000 if the pupils win on Finals Day. Guest speakers from various charities came in and told pupils a bit more about the purpose and work of their charities. Pupils then had the opportunity to ask more detailed questions in a smaller group setting. Decisions were made about charities and time spent in teams making a very good start to compiling their presentations. More details to follow as the project progresses.
Wednesday 22 January - Our thanks to 12 amazing musicians who made the Young Musicians Final 2020 such a wonderful evening last night, with Mr David Murray as Adjudicator. Congratulations to Glenn McFarlane (S1), Rebecca Graham (S4) and Esme James (S5) who won in their category (Junior, Intermediate and Senior). The audience were treated to a range of musical talent on piano, trumpet, voice, saxophone and drum kit.
Friday 10 January - The January LETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Letters'. The letter will also be sent out via SMHW.
Wednesday 8 January -The January NEWSLETTER and the Mid-Season SPORTS REPORT, have been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Wednesday 8 January - The Advanced Higher Chemists enjoyed a visit to the University of Strathclyde today where they had a tour of the Chemistry Undergraduate teaching laboratories and carried out analysis of samples they had collected as part of their Advanced Higher Chemistry project work.
Sunday 5 January 2020 - We hope that all pupils, parents/carers and members of the local community have had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and New Year. As we move into this new decade we set our aims and ambitions, as ever, to providing an excellent learning experience for our pupils, and to forge closer partnerships with our parent body and our local community. We look forward to an exciting year ahead, where we work together in confidence and support our young people to thrive in all aspects of their life, holding true to our key values of Caring, Learning and Achieving. This starts with a prompt 8:50am start tomorrow morning.
Friday 20 December - Senior Linguists and Musicians brought in festive cheer to Mosswood Care Home. It was a wonderful afternoon yesterday . Thank you for having us and a special thanks to M&C Coaches for very kindly donating the bus journey. #Working with the Community.
Thursday 19 December - Please find below our December end of term letter to parents/carers, as well as ................
Thursday 19 December - Have a look at the Christmas Concert video that has now been uploaded to the school Youtube Channel -
Also enjoy our gallery of pictures here -
Wednesday 18 December - The audience were treated to a truly 'golden' performance at last night's Christmas Concert. In the first half there were musical delights from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Guitars and Vocal Groups with the audience also being inspired to join in some Christmas Carols. The second half was the very funny 'Jack in the Beanstalk' Pantomime created and directed by some very talented members of the Drama Group. A lot of hard work by a lot of pupils, including the Stage Crew - very well done!
Gallery and Video links to follow.
Tuesday 17 December - Well done to the Musicians who helped out in the Community yesterday - From Houston and Killellan Kirk facebook page - 'What a fantastic afternoon at our Community lunch, very kindly hosted by The River Inn. Over 100 people from our local community attended, and enjoyed sharing company and first class food. They were also entertained by musicians from Gryffe High School, a great example of the community working together.' Rev. Gary Noonan.
Friday 13 December - The first of four family learning workshops on resilience was delivered last night. The project is organised and facilitated within school as part of Gryffe’s joint adventure with The West Partnership. Twelve parents from the Parents in Partnership are involved with twelve very excited children!
Friday 13 December - It’s the most wonderful time of the year..... to wear a Christmas Jumper. Donations were collected today for the national Save the Children appeal. Thanks to all who contributed and also to the S6 pupils who organised the collections.
Thursday 12 December - The Wee Sleep Out ..... incredible .... £7180.75 raised so far!!
Wednesday 11 December - Lovely afternoon making Christmas cards with residents of Mosswood Care Home. Well done to our lovely S6 Language Ambassadors for bringing festive cheer to the community. Caring =Learning =Achieving
Wednesday 11 December - Just a reminder that this Friday (13th December)........
It’s the most wonderful time of the year..... to wear a Christmas Jumper with uniform.
Donations will be collected and given to the national Save the Children appeal. Participation in this fundraiser is usually excellent with large number of staff and pupils digging out their faithful jumper for the day.
Wednesday 11 December - Winter Charity Appeal - final call! Deadline extended!
Any donations for Nightstop homeless charity, please get them in before the Christmas holidays. PJs, socks/underwear and toiletries will make a massive difference to young people experiencing homelessness. Hand in to Humanities Base.
Wednesday 11 December - 'The Pupil Council meeting on Monday was very productive with everyone contributing their ideas and opinions. I look forward to taking action and delivering real change with a fantastic team of pupils.' Lewis da Silva - School Captain
Tuesday 10 December - The S1 pupils all had a fun and festive time at their annual Christmas party. The event was planned and run by the S6 House Captains - well done to all for providing such an enjoyable experience!
Tuesday 10 December - A date for your diary
One week today.......
Tuesday 17 December - 7:00pm Gryffe High School Christmas Concert.
Friday 6 December - The Wee Sleep Out is near ...... tomorrow night, and it looks like being a wet night!!. We are delighted to have raised £2800.75 so far. Should you wish to show support for this worthy cause, and the efforts of the pupils, staff and local community, then please feel free to donate via:
The Wee Sleep Out - Following staff from Gryffe High School and adults from Houston and Killellan Church completing the Big Sleep Out last year, there was significant interest from pupils and youth groups to host our own Wee Sleep Out. So pupils from a range of year groups along with Houston Scouts, 1st Houston Boys Brigade and Houston Kirk Youth Club along with staff, Gary Noonan the Minister and volunteers will be participating in the Wee Sleep Out at Gryffe High School on Saturday 7 December. We will be sleeping outside, braving the elements for a night, to help those who have to do it every night.
Friday 6 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 6 December - The Young Enterprise team took part in the Young Enterprise Scotland Christmas Trade Fair at intu Braehead this week. They have been working hard selling commemorative goods in preparation for Gryffe High School celebrating 40 years. Photo by Murdoch Ferguson - used with permission from YE Renfrewshire
Thursday 5 December - Another successful Gryffe Valley Young Rotary Chef Competition! Well done to contestants from Gryffe High, St Benedict’s and St Columbas, Kilmalcolm. Special congratulations to Ellie Shaw, overall winner and to Tylar Pollock for runner up!
Thursday 5 December - Tapas and celebrations for the fabulous Primary group that completed their 12 week second level Spanish course with Ms Naismith.
Thursday 5 December - Advanced Higher Spanish pupils attended a most informative and enjoyable workshop yesterday at SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages) at the University of Strathclyde.
Wednesday 4 December -The December NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Wednesday 4 December - This year was a very special year for Sikhs all around the world – 2019 marked the 550th anniversary of the Sikh faith. This was celebrated across the globe – celebrations included activities, social events, religious services and a general fun-day for everyone to get together and celebrate. Some of our pupils were involved in the Glasgow Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship) celebrations. They also launched a full-size tapestry following many months in the making. The launch ceremony was visited by many Scottish leaders. The tapestry art will later be hosted by one of Glasgow’s museums as a cultural art piece and available for the general public to view.
THIS WEEK: .... this is week 3 for school meals, menus shown under the 'MORE' tab
Mon 16 March Achievements Completion Week
Thurs 19 WWF Earth Hour
NEXT WEEK: .... this is week 1 for school meals, menus shown under the 'MORE' tab
Mon 23 March All school events for the foreseeable future have been cancelled.
Please look at brief updates for any further information
SPORTS UPDATES ... click in photographs to enlarge