Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
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.
Wednesday 13 March - We welcomed Mrs Liz Fairbairn to the school this morning to present REHIS Awards. Mrs Fairbairn works closely with the HFT Department on The Rotary Young Chef Competition. Thirty five S3 pupils successfully completed The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland Elementary Qualification. Well done to them all!
Wednesday 13 March - Our Junior and Senior Pupil Councils met this morning to discuss progress over the session. Led by School Captains Shaun and Matthew, they discussed actions from previous Pupil Council meetings as well as from the weekly Pupil Management meetings. Potential focuses were highlighted to take forward for the remainder of this session and into next. Well done to all that have contributed to the Pupil Council this session, meetings have been highly productive with pupils using the opportunity to voice their opinions.
Tuesday 12 March - Pupils from 1M tried their skills working with BBC iReporter today in Social Subjects. BBC have launched a simulation where pupils pretend to post on the BBC Live feed. They are ranked on their speed, accuracy and impact for their contributions. As you can see, they were quite engrossed in the task and really enjoyed the challenge.
Monday 11 March - To all year groups - We do our best to keep up with the many sporting achievements of our pupils and would like to recognise these achievements at our Annual Awards Ceremony in April. We are keen to ensure that no-one is overlooked in this respect. Please let Mr. O'Hare know by emailing the school (for his attention) on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have either been an Internationalist or have been a Winner at National Level in your sport in the past year. Please include brief details of the achievement. Thank you.
Friday 8 March - Today we celebrated International Women’s Day. Well done to head of Citizenship Sarah White, who led an S6 assembly on gender equality and organised a stall in support of Glasgow Women's Aid
Thursday 7 March - Our Junior Young Musician final took place yesterday with our Senior pupils being the audience and Mr Andrew Laird adjudicating. All pupils performed with accuracy and flair, demonstrating a very high standard for this category. Finalists were Josiah Kennedy S2, Amy Spearing S1 and Lucy James S2. Amy took the title of Junior Young Musician of the Year. Very well done to all our finalists.
Thursday 7 March - We were delighted to welcome 'Scotland’s Police Officer of the Year' in today to Modern Studies, to answer questions with National 5 and Advanced Higher pupils. Constable Kirsty Boyd - known locally simply as 'PC Kirsty' is a Gryffe parent and former pupil.
Thursday 7 March - S2 pupils visited Houston Primary School today to help with the P6 Bridge Building challenge. The pupils had a great time and were fantastic at helping with the challenge! The parents, pupils and teachers were full of praise. Well done to everyone!
Thursday 7 March - Some pupils from the Citizenship Committee visited Mary Russell School today to hear a talk from the Managing Director of the Sholi Coffee Cooperative in Rwanda, Aimable Nshimiye. We learned about the coffee growing process and the benefits Fairtrade brings to the producers. This is all part of Fairtrade Fortnight events.
Wednesday 6 March -The MARCH NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Wednesday 6 March - Euan, Max, Robbie (S1) and Ellie, Euan, Luke and Peter (S2) are working hard this morning as part of Gryffe Media Team meeting their lunchtime deadline for BBC Young Reporter News Day. The finished version of the Media Team's work can be viewed on our school Youtube Channel here -
Tuesday 5 March - Ten of our S2 pupils (balloted from pupils who indicated an interest in the event) attended a STEM event at West College Scotland in Paisley today. The day included interactive workshops, speakers and role models within the STEM sector. Pupils enjoyed participating in the challenges and a great day was had by all.
Date for your Diary - Spring Concert
Tuesday 19 March 7:00 pm
Get your tickets from the school office - £3 / £2
Friday 1 March - Excellent news from the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships tonight at the Emirates Arena for Caleb, Sarah and Grace. Caleb's Kilbarchan AAC team took SILVER - very well done!!! The girls also had a fantastic run and their team came in a close 5th. There was also SILVER at Senior Level for S5 pupil Matthew Cliff as part of the U17 Boys Relay Team. A great experience for them and a chance to meet many other athletes.
Friday 1 March - S3 pupils were introduced to their tourism Apprentice Challenge yesterday. A lot of motivational words to get the thoughts going - watch this space over the next 8 weeks.
Calendar this week:
Tuesday 21 May S1-3 Activities Week
Wednesday 22 May S1-3 Activities Week
Thursday 23 May S1-3 Activities Week
Friday 24 May HOLIDAY
Monday 27 May HOLIDAY
Tuesday 28 May Pupils return for a prompt 8:50 am start, New Timetable
Thursday 30 May New S5 Induction Day & Timetables issued
Friday 31 May New S5 start their new timetable
New S6 Leadership and Assessment Centre 9:00 - 1:00 pm
SPORTS UPDATES ... click in photographs to enlarge