Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
Friday 14 June - The final day of the induction week saw all new S1s and the current S2 participate in a full morning of activities. The Global Goals Event encourages pupils to think about the role that they play within their school, local and global community. The event saw many local businesses, charities, the science community and Renfrewshire Council staff work alongside school staff in delivering an excellent day. The feedback from the 350 young people involved has been very positive and they have clearly had fun being involved in such a wide variety of activities, learning a great deal about how their actions affect the world around them.
Wednesday 12 June - After almost 20 months of planning, the Gryffe High School World Challenge 2019 trip to Bolivia is set to DEPART. The expedition is a trip of a lifetime and we wish all our pupils, and staff, a safe, adventurous and fantastic experience.
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Wednesday 12 June - The Advanced Higher Physics class enjoyed a Particle Physics Masterclass yesterday at the University of Glasgow. They hunted the Higgs with real collider data and explored the fundamental properties of an electron using a 5kV electron beam.
Monday 10 June - The presentation from the P7 Parents' Information Evening can be found under the 'CURRICULUM' tab, then 'Broad General Education'... P7/S1
Parents can use this as a recap, or if you missed the evening it will give you a flavour of the detail that was covered. Please remember your homework - sign up as a Facebook follower, and in August sign up for SMHW (Show My Homework).
Monday 10 June - It was a busy first day for the New S1 pupils familiarising themselves with all things Gryffe and getting to know their new fellow peers. The day culminated in our 'Freshers Fayre' which gave the opportunity to find out more about the extensive range of clubs, teams and committees on offer to all pupils and inspire them to get involved in something that will develop the skills and personal qualities that they will require for future learning, life and work. Our picture shows just some of the 'older' pupils ready to pass on their knowledge.
Monday 10 June - Our new Pupil Management Group met for their first weekly 8:00 am breakfast meeting. We discussed the format of future meetings, their key roles and responsibilities and the P7 Induction Week. We have high hopes of this team leading key initiatives across the year and ensuring that Gryffe High School continues to offer our pupils exciting opportunities for all to flourish.
Please remember to look at our 'Sports Updates' shown by scrolling down on the right hand column ...... Well done Leo and Caitlin, both winning Silver Medals.
Friday 7 June - Some of our (new) S2 pupils pictured here enjoying the Salter Festival of Chemistry, which was held at the University of Strathclyde yesterday. This group came 3rd in the Soap Bomb Challenge and are receiving their award from Mrs Helyn Gould, Depute Associate Principal of Management Science along with lecturer Dr Jane Essex.
Friday 7 June - Our new S6 pupils start their S6 with a very impressive 'Summer Themed' non uniform day.
Thursday 6 June - It was a joy to see our former S6 pupils enjoying their PROM at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel. The young ladies and gentlemen were looking great in their special outfit, ladies in their gowns and many of the gentlemen in their kilts. A great evening was had by all...... a link to pictures of the evening to follow.
Wednesday 5 June -The JUNE NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Tuesday 4 June - The June letter to Parents/Carers has just been sent to all via Show My Homework (SMHW), and can also be found on the school website under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Letters'. It provides detail on: Communication; Show My Homework; The School Show - Hairspray; Non-Uniform Day on Friday 7 June; School Uniform - with all pupils expected to be wearing their Blazer in August 2019; PTA Annual Raffle and upcoming priorities/events for June.
Friday 31 May - Today it was the turn of the new S6 pupils to take part in a Leadership Morning, before they embark on their S6 journey of Advanced Highers and Highers. A big part of S6 is also taking on new responsibilities, with an opportunity to be part of the Pupil Management Group.
Thursday 30 May - With their first taste of SQA exams behind them, today saw the new S5 pupils in school for their Induction Day, before embarking on their new timetable of classes tomorrow. Pupils rotated around workshops which included Skills Tasks, My World of Work and Wellbeing. In addition, the new S5 pupils met in smaller groups with new S4 pupils where the S5 pupils reflected on their year and gave some very useful advice to the S4 pupils.
Thursday 30 May - The results of the Junior Maths Challenge have just arrived.
60 pupils from S2 and 2 pupils from S1 took part in the competition and they achieved excellent results. There were 3 gold awards for Katie Allison, Andrew Bogan and Phoebe Singer. There were also 10 silver awards and 19 bronze awards for S2 and Arran McGown in S1 also gained a bronze award.
Katie Allison qualified for the next round of the competition (The Kangaroo) later in June. Well done to everyone who took part and good luck to Katie in the Kangaroo.
Thursday 30 May - Several days into our new timetable, the memories of Activities 2019 remain. Barcelona, Lanzarote, Manchester, In Your Element, Scary Scotland, In-School Cakes or London (only listing a few), it was a week of sunshine, activity, friendships, education, adventure and simple enjoyment! Thanks to the pupils for making it a pleasurable experience.
Our full gallery of pictures can be seen here -
Monday 27 May - Well done to Matthew in S1 who completed the Junior 5k at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday. Matthew raised £455 for Glasgow Children's Hospital in memory of a 4 year old boy, Rayhan Majid, who sadly passed away last year after fighting a brain tumour.
Monday 27 May - During the month of May, we have welcomed over 100 P7/S1 parents who have been enjoying learning about all areas of Wellbeing within Gryffe. Our final event on Wednesday 22 May, was a series of parental workshops delivered by both external partners and pupils! Look out for more information in the June newsletter.
Monday 20 May - All S1 to S3 pupils are looking forward to Activities 2019, which starts tomorrow. Barcelona, Holland, Lanzarote, London, Paris, Fishing, Scary Scotland, and Ultimate Experience just to name a few, as well as In-School Activities. Some of the Residential Trips are already at their destination. First in with photographs is the Lanzarote trip. Enjoy!
Friday 17 May - The PTA are organising a Treasure Hunt and BBQ to take place on Friday 14 June 2019. Tickets cost £5 per person and include treasure hunt sheet and food. Please complete the pre-registration sheet and food order form and return with money to the school office in an envelope marked Treasure Hunt PTA as soon as possible and by Friday 31 May at the latest to help with catering.
Friday 17 May - Tickets for our school show, Hairspray (Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th June at 7pm) are now on sale from the school office! If you have not yet bought yours, get them soon! Closing night is already almost sold out.
Friday 17 May - What a fantastic array of skills displayed by our S3 Tourism Apprentice Challenge Finalists this morning. Presenting in front of your year group and a panel of judges can be daunting but they rose to the challenge and impressed, well done all! Thank you to our judges; Ms Higgins from the University of Strathclyde, Mrs Bartholome from Prestwick Academy and our very own Mr O Hare - merci/gracias!
Tuesday 14 May - Great to see S1 out and about in their Blazers enjoying the sunshine, before they move on to become the new S2 on Tuesday 28 May. Thanks to Euan in S1, who is in the Media Team for capturing them so well on camera.
Tuesday 14 May - A sunny day in Houston provided the ideal setting for this year's School Athletics Championships. 142 pupils competed in the Pentathlon event. Results have now been collated.
Winners for each category are -
S1 Girls - Ellie Nayar S1 Boys - Harry Provan
S2 Girls - Evie Livingstone S2 Boys - John-Mark Kermath
S3 Girls - Amelia Shields S3 Boys - Alex Gray
Wednesday 8 May -The MAY NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Wednesday 8 May - It is going to be an exciting night tonight for S1 pupil Caleb Murray as he makes his debut performance in 'The Magic Flute' with Scottish Opera at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. Caleb will be on tour with Scottish Opera and be part of performances in various venues in Scotland, as well as London and Belfast. Photograph credit James Glossop.
Wednesday 8 May - Nice to see that School Captain Matthew McCaw is still flying high as he begins a 12 week flying course with Tayside Aviation. Best of luck Matthew with your new venture.
Tuesday 30 April - TO ALL PARENTS / CARERS - We are looking for any feedback that you have regarding the Learning Diaries and if there is anything you would like to see or find useful for next year. Please help us by completing our very short survey using the following link:
Tuesday 30 April - The music department organised a trip to the Edinburgh Playhouse to see the musical “Matilda”. Here is a mini review from some S2 pupils. 'The play as a whole was fulfilling and interpreted the story of Matilda into a more theatrical and creative performance. The quirky music and amazing set design made the play stand out from any others from this decade. The young actors on stage delivered the performance with powerful voices that left us blown away with their bravery, as they are so young but delivered the performance to such a high standard. We recommend this musical to all families with the itch to be entertained and be inspired.'
Monday 29 April - Today Gryffe hosted Renfrewshire Council's Fairtrade Steering Group Meeting. Thank you to everyone that attended including local councillors, Rainbow Turtle, Just Trading Scotland (JTS), Mary Russell School and members of local Fairtrade groups.
Sunday 28 April - RECORD ALERT - CALLUM HAWKINS SETS NEW MARATHON MARK! What a moment in London for CALLUM HAWKINS as he lands a new Scottish National Marathon Record in London.
The Kilbarchan AAC athlete clocked 2.08.14 for 10th place and a silver medal in the British Champs.
That outstripped the 2.09.16 set by Allister Hutton in London in 1985 and stood as the Scottish record for fully 34 years.
Callum has also stamped his ticket for the World Champs in Doha later in the year and firmly put behind him the agony of Australia a year ago.
His own PB prior to today had been 2.10.17 at London 2017.
Many congratulations to Callum, his family and coach Robert on a superb performance in London! We have used the above picture with kind permission from Scottish Athletics.
Saturday 27 April - S2 pupil Olivia MacCormack, gave fantastic performances competing in 'The Cheerleading and Dance World Championships' in Orlando this week. Team Scotland Junior came 8th in the world and Team Scotland Senior finished 12th in the world. Olivia was part of both teams. How amazing is that!
Tuesday 23 April - We had an Awards night, with Pizza and Pakora, for pupils who have recently achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. This is the first batch of 45 pupils, with another batch of 36 just having to update and finalise some of their volunteering detail. Well done to all the pupils. We are currently looking at dates now for those pupils who wish to move on to the Silver Award.
We are also looking to launch detail for our new Bronze cohort in either June or August.
Thursday 18 April - Some of our S2 pupils out litter picking this afternoon in order to ensure a litter free start to the Easter Holiday long weekend.
We wish you a very Happy Easter, hopefully in lovely sunshine.
Thursday 18 April - The sun shone at the right time today for our S1, S2 and some S6 pupils to walk to Freeland Church in Bridge of Weir for their Easter Service. Rev. Kenneth Gray and Rev. Hanneke Marshall led the service, with pupils helping out and also providing beautiful music.
Thursday 18 April - Very well done to the pupils who received Awards at our annual Awards Ceremony last night. More than 550 awards were presented for a vast range of both academic and wider achievement, with the main focus on pupils excelling in giving their best. Guests presenting the awards were former Head Girl and Boy, Emma Harper and Calum Sheils, as well as Mr Steven Quinn Acting Director of Education / Chief Education Officer Children Services. We are extremely proud of ALL of our pupils.
Have a look at our Awards Ceremony Gallery https://sway.office.com/BfRQCut2yPr7jOEN?ref=Link
Wednesday 17 April - For parents/carers attending tonight's Awards Ceremony we would ask that you please remember to bring your tickets with you. With this being such a busy night we will need to ask all parents/carers without a ticket to queue until others with a ticket are seated. At 6:50pm we will allow all in on the understanding that the seating availability may be limited.
Tuesday 16 April - S1 to S3 pupils were treated to an inspirational guest this afternoon in their House Assemblies.
Former pupil Brett Wild is a submariner for the Royal Navy. Brett has been given time to be a guide for skier Millie Knight and they won 2 Silver medals and a Bronze medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This was in the Downhill, Super-G and Slalom. Brett brought his medals in for pupils to see and he also gave pupils some very good advice about maximising the opportunity that they have at Gryffe.
Brett has realised his dream and inspires all pupils to do the same.
The school will have a new telephone number from Tuesday 2 April 2019. The new number is 0300 300 1323. The old number will operate as normal for a few days after 2 April but will be removed thereafter so please use the new 0300 number.
Wednesday 27 March - S4 Youth and Philanthropy Initiative finalists battled it out today in a bid to win £3000 for their chosen charity. The winners, from a strong field, represented the Ubuntu Women Shelter. Congratulations to Simran, Esme, Aliya and Catherine in the winning team. Well done to all involved and thank you to our judging panel - what a difficult decision to make!
Friday 22 March - As part of the preparations for their upcoming trip to Bolivia in June, World Challengers yesterday completed a fitness test to ensure that they are fit for travel. Mr Johnson, who was not only keen to support the pupils taking part, but also not one to pass-up on a challenge (presented to him by one of the S5 pupils) also took part. Let’s just say that said S5 pupil may think twice about challenging again!!
Well done to all pupils. The Countdown to expedition is well and truly on with less than 12 weeks until departure.
Thursday 21 March - The video compilation of the Spring Concert has now been added on the school YouTube channel. Enjoy!
Wednesday 20 March - The Glasgow Herald School League Tables were published today, with Gryffe High School placed 7th equal within their Top 50 State Schools. Our S5 pupil attainment at Higher Level placed us in the top 3 schools in Scotland. As a school we are proud of the attainment of our pupils, and equally of their many significant achievements, some of which were evident at last night's Spring Concert. The attainment tables are only one reflection on the success of our school, as we are very proud of the significant achievements of all our pupils. We aim to enhance the Attainment and Achievements of each and every pupil and hold true to our focus on:
CARING - LEARNING - ACHIEVING
Wednesday 20 March - All S1 to S3 pupils took part in very informative Knife Crime Awareness Assemblies today, delivered by PC Gordon Aitken of Police Scotland and Paramedic Brian Forbes of Special Operations Response Team (SORT). Pupil feedback has been very positive.
Wednesday 20 March - Pupil talent was brimming in last night's Spring Concert with bagpipes, Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Guitars, Young Musician Winners, Senior Vocalists, Hairspray and the Choir. The audience sat back, relaxed and enjoyed! Well done to everyone involved, not forgetting all the pupils who worked behind the scenes.
Check out our full gallery here -
Video to follow.
Tuesday 19 March - Pamper Night 22 March cancelled .
On behalf of the PTA, I regret to inform pupils and parents that due to very poor ticket sales we have taken the decision to cancel this event.
I would like to thank local salons and therapists from DIVAH SALON ,SO Beauty Lounge & Julie Devine Hair And Tan as well as students from West College Scotland for their support alongside the many artisan gift Vendors who had pledged to come along on Friday evening . If you had purchased tickets please visit the school office for a refund .
Sheila McHarg, PTA Chair
Monday 18 March - Huge congratulations to S3 pupil Matthew Sweeney who represented Gryffe High School at the 2019 British Schools Judo Championships in Sheffield and won GOLD! This was in his category of U66kg. Amazing news Matthew - very well done!
Check out a wee video clip of Matthew in action here - https://www.facebook.com/gryffehighschool/videos/2278648699062422
Monday 18 March - Alan Cameron from ‘Soundtrap’ visited our S3 music classes last week to demonstrate the online composing tool Soundtrap; a collaboration platform for making music online. Our S3 pupils were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiastic presentation. We look forward to working with Soundtrap over the coming months and to hearing some fantastic compositions from our pupils.
Calendar this week:
Monday 17 June Final preparations for our School Show - HAIRSPRAY
Tuesday 18 June School Show - HAIRSPRAY, 7:00 pm start
Wednesday 19 June School Show - HAIRSPRAY, 7:00 pm start
Thursday 20 June House Winners 'BURNS' Day Out
School Show - HAIRSPRAY, 7:00 pm start
Please be aware that in the last week of term all classes will still be doing work, with most subjects providing study materials for August
Friday 28 June Last Day of Session, 1:00 pm finish
SPORTS UPDATES ... click in photographs to enlarge