Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
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.
Wednesday 15 January - 36 S4 Modern Studies pupils enjoyed an informative visit to the Scottish Parliament yesterday. Pupils engaged in a session with the Education Service and then had the opportunity to question their constituency MSP, Derek MacKay (SNP) and two regional MSPs - Neil Bibby (Labour) and Ross Greer (Scottish Greens). Pupils asked questions about Brexit, planning, tackling climate change and tackling poverty. After this session, pupils returned to the Chamber to watch the start of a debate.
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.
Saturday 30 November - Thank you to everyone, including the many pupils involved, who added to the success of the PTA Christmas Fayre on Thursday evening. There was a fantastic range of lovely crafts and gifts on offer and the time spent in preparation to make it special is really appreciated. Thanks to Steven Thompson for doing the raffle.
View our full gallery here
Tuesday 26 November - Last week, we celebrated Book Week Scotland with a range of activities. Rossie Stone from Dekko Comics spoke to S1 pupils. S1 –S3 pupils who wrote the best book reviews for the library website were also invited to attend a ‘Have Your Cake and Eat It’ session with Miss Schafheutle in the library. The week finished on Friday with our annual book quiz and dress up day. Well done to the Dewey Decimators (also known as the Book Club) who scored an amazing 13 out of 15 on the quiz and many thanks to Sarah Feechan and friends in S5 for creating and running the quiz. Well done also to S1 pupils for the amazing costume efforts.
Monday 25 November - Look at these amazing Baubles that will be on sale at the PTA Christmas Fayre this Thursday (28th November - 6:30pm to 8:30pm). There is an option to create your own bespoke Bauble .......all for £2.50.
Please come along and support the Christmas Fayre.
Donations of chocolates and Bottles will also be greatly appreciated (for the tombola) - please hand in to the School Office FAO Mr. K. Christie (Staff Representative on the PTA)
Monday 25 November - Young Musician Competition
Our Annual Young Musician Competition will take place on Tuesday 21 January in the school theatre. All instrumentalists or singers, S1 - S6 are welcome to enter and should collect an entry form from the music department this week.
We have three categories: Junior (S1-S2), Intermediate (S3-S4) and Senior (S5-S6). Our first round will take place week beginning 11 December where you will be asked to perform one piece on your chosen instrument or voice. Four performers from each category will then be chosen to perform in the final on 21 January.
Sunday 24 November - The Sunday Times School League Tables were published today, with Gryffe High School placed 8th within their Top 50 State Schools.(The Scotsman had Gryffe as 7th!) Our S4 pupil attainment at National 5 Level placed us 2nd in Scotland. Our Advanced Highers are less than most of the 'top' schools as unfortunately we can not offer as many as them. As a school we are proud of the attainment of our pupils, and equally of their many significant achievements. 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
Tuesday 19 November - Our Parent Council play a significant role in supporting the school through positive discussions across key focus areas. We all work together to strive for improvement and to create an overall ethos in which our children can flourish. We talk about all aspects of school life, and appreciate that knowledge and clear communication links are vital. Please consider joining our Gryffe High Parent Council Facebook, by searching on Facebook for Gryffe High Parent Council or use this link;
Working together we can improve our provision, our procedures, our key focus areas and make a real difference in the attainment and achievements of our children.
Monday 18 November - Thanks to everyone who supported the school show by attending the Staff vs Pupil talent competition at lunchtime on Friday. There is so much talent in abundance at Gryffe that we are going to have to have a Part two! Watch this space...
Monday 18 November - Thanks to the Breakfast Club for this lovely photo of the sunrise this morning.
Friday 15 November - Have a look at the video of the finished Art Mural depicting the History of Linwood. This work is on show at the Showcase Cinema in Linwood and was completed by S5 and S6 Art pupils. Well done on all your hard work!
The video can be seen on the school Youtube Channel here -
Friday 15 November - The Poppy Scotland Bus 'Bud' came to the school today. The bus provides a great opportunity for pupils to learn about 'Remembrance'. Exhibits within the mobile museum include historical artefacts, interactive displays and the moving stories of veterans and their families who have been supported by Poppyscotland. School Chaplains Rev. Hanneke Marshall, Rev. Kenneth Gray and Rev. Gary Noonan also worked with S1 to S5 pupils in the Remembrance Room.
Thursday 14 November - The MADD Show 2019 is coming! Join us on Wednesday 20th November at 7pm for an immersive evening celebrating all things creative. Tickets are a bargain at only £2!
This year we are honouring our beautiful planet with our “eco” theme. Pupils have been working furiously for weeks in preparation for this captivating event.
On the night, pupils and staff members will be strutting along our catwalk sporting upcycled sartorial creations. We are also holding Gryffe High School’s first ever Swap Shop! Bring along clothes you'd like to swap, exchange them for tokens, wait for the signal and then...grab yourselves a bargain! Hand your clothes into the Art department before the event to get your token. You can also bring items to swap on the night! In addition there will be breath-taking performances from singers and dancers throughout the night, and a display of stunning artwork by our talented pupils. Don’t miss it!
Thursday 14 November - S3 HFT pupils had an informative and interactive presentation from Anne Simpson, Environmental Health Officer at Renfrewshire Council. Anne explained her role as an EHO officer and gave some real life experiences as well!
Wednesday 13 November - Today is World Kindness Day. Pupils have been writing messages of thanks at various times this week. These messages will be delivered during classes today, together with cards from staff. Remember to always be kind... and always be the rainbow in someone else's cloud. #CaringLearningAchieving
Tuesday 12 November - The November LETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Letters'. The letter has also been sent out via SMHW.
Sunday 10 November - School Captains Lauren Rodgers and Lewis da Silva at the Armistice Memorial Service at the Cenotaph in Paisley
- 'Lest we forget'
Photograph courtesy of 'David Cameron Photographer Paisley'
Friday 8 November - A group of S5 and S6 Art pupils have been working hard today at the Linwood Showcase on a mural that depicts the history of the area. As well as creating this amazing artwork, they have been a credit to the school and engaging with the public who were keen to see the finished outcome.
Thursday 7 November - We are delighted to announce that Andrew Bogan of S3, won the Desktop Publishing competition with Mill Magazine. Andrew's final layout is now in print and you can pick up a copy of the Nov/Dec magazine in shops all over Renfrewshire. It will also be available to read online at www.millmagazine.co.uk
Well done to all pupils who took part in this. Thanks also to Paul Dickson of Mill Magazine for giving our pupils this opportunity.
Wednesday 6 November - To mark Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland, Miss O'Hara worked with some of our wonderful young people to create a presentation for staff. The aim was to better inform teachers about the condition, and to suggest some more ways to help these learners in the classroom. Our pupils also bravely shared how it feels to have dyslexia, and expressed this through fantastic poetry and artwork. To top it off Emma and Callum Shaw brought in a book about dyslexia in which they both had interviews published!
Many thanks to all the pupils who helped prepare the presentation; Emma Shaw S1, Callum Shaw S1, Evin Hopkins S1, Ethan Owens S2, Indeah Carey S4, and Andrew Hay S5
A message from Renfrewshire Council -
Additional Support Needs (ASN) Review – Parent Engagement Sessions
Currently, we are engaging with parents of children and young people with additional support needs who attend a mainstream school. The review team will be delivering three additional sessions to which all ASN mainstream parents – secondary, primary and early years – are invited.
These sessions are taking place in the evening. You are invited to attend the session that is most suitable for you.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ring or email Fiona Brown (PT Support for Learning).
Please note that each session will last for a maximum of one hour.
Wednesday 6 November -The November NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Monday 4 November - A large number of pupils were privileged to hear Mike Haines OBE on Friday. Mike's brother was murdered by ISIS, but rather than focus on the negatives, Mike now campaigns for greater compassion, understanding and kindness to promote unity between people from different backgrounds. The campaign is called Global Acts of Unity.
"Mike is a true inspiration. His story is so powerful and his response is a real challenge to us all to live a better life".
Monday 4 November - It is Dyslexia Awareness Week! Throughout the week there will be informative awareness posters displayed around the school, pale blue ribbons worn, an after school Dyslexia workshop with pupil presentations and some staff will be wearing blue on a day of their choosing to raise awareness #endthestigma #dyslexiaawarenessweek
Friday 1 November - S4 History pupils enjoyed a great day to the Bannockburn visitor centre yesterday. A weapons and knowledge session was followed by an interactive 3D experience and battle game. The day finished with an outside walk to the campsite to gain a better understanding of the strategy involved. A great day was enjoyed by all!
Friday 1 November - The Modern Languages department were celebrating the end of Global Diversity month today with their favourite cultural celebration originating from Mexico “Feliz día de los muertos”
Thursday 31 October - Molly has an Amazing time at Space School Houston....
Here is what she had to say on her return -
‘The learning journey to Houston, Texas was a once in a lifetime opportunity, that I will never forget. It was a trip packed with amazing opportunities, including behind the scenes access to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre as well as numerous talks from engineers, flight surgeon, astronomers and astronauts. The trip was a great stepping stone for the future as it created ambition for both my studies and career. I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone interested in STEM.’ Molly Barry S6
Thursday 31 October - We were delighted to meet with Houston Primary School Eco Committee today. Both Eco Committees discussed lots of ideas ranging from battery recycling to energy consumption - keep an eye out for more updates.
Thursday 31 October - The S6 pupils put a great deal of effort into their Halloween preparations. They decorated their Social area and dressed up, all of Witch raised money for charity. They had a ‘Best Dressed’ event and I am sure you will agree that they had some amazing costumes.
Enjoy the full picture gallery here (with some S1 pupils featuring as well)...
Wednesday 30 October - A fabulous display of transferable skills as finalists of the S1 Geography Tourism in Scotland Challenge presented their projects to their year group and the judging panel in the theatre - well done! Congratulations also goes to the winning group from 1Fm: Amber, Amelie, Erin, Martha, Anna and Iona.
Friday 25 October - To celebrate International Chefs Day, S4 pupils attended Healthy Eating workshops at West College Scotland on Wednesday. Worldchefs has committed to using International Chefs Day to teach pupils around the globe about the importance of healthy eating by hosting fun-filled workshops worldwide. The workshops included healthy ice cream, chocolate and passionfruit mousse, avocado wedges, healthy pizzas and mocktails.
Friday 25 October - As announced on Show My Homework and through the calendar and Pupil Bulletin, today was an own clothes day for House Funds. In addition to collecting pupil donations in the morning, the S6 House Captains organised their first house event. Pupils can be seen here enjoying a Just Dance event at lunchtime in the theatre.
THIS WEEK: .... this is week 3 for school meals, menus shown under the 'MORE' tab
Mon 20 S4 Careers Pathways Focus
Start of Holocaust Assemblies
Tues 21 Young Musician Competition, 7:00 pm start
Wed 22 S4 YPI Event ...all day
Thurs 23 S3 Reports issued to pupils
Fri 24 PTA event - Burns Supper & Ceilidh, 7:00 pm start
NEXT WEEK: .... this is week 1 for school meals, menus shown under the 'MORE' tab
Mon 27 S4 into S5, S5 into S6 Options Evening, 7:00 pm start
Tues 28 4th Deposit for S1-3 Activities Week
Fri 31 School Show Non-Uniform Fundraiser
S4 Options Interviews Day
SPORTS UPDATES ... click in photographs to enlarge