Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
Thursday 15 August - We were delighted to have all our pupils return to school today, looking forward to a great year ahead. Every year group had an Assembly where we reiterated our commitment to our School Values and Charter; our procedures for things like attendance, latecoming, lockers, social areas and behaviour in the community; Fire procedures; Activ8 and key dates of importance over the next few weeks. We also stated and explained how our school continues to improve year on year in both pupil achievements and in the SQA Examination Results - last year had been our most successful year for results, and this year our pupils managed to improve yet again in 7 out of the 9 key benchmarks areas......... fantastic.
We would also like to thank all parents/carers for their support in the introduction of Blazers across all year groups. We had just over 95% of pupils wearing Blazers today, incredible, and most of the pupils not in Blazers have actually ordered one. Our aim, as you would expect, is for ALL pupils to be in Blazers.
Monday 5 August - Congratulations Matthew!
Former School Captain Matthew McCaw just passed his Private Pilot skill test after completing the Initial Flight Training programme over the summer with Tayside Aviation. Matthew now has a little time for a break and hour building before starting his ATPL exams on the October Degree Course.
Well done Matthew - Enjoy the flying! Photographs used with kind permission from Tayside Aviation.
Thursday 1 August - Mrs Costello has been busy presenting at the Nurture UK Summer School Conference in Birmingham. She was showcasing Gryffe’s use of Nurture UK’s Wellbeing Tool-kit as part of the school’s Wellbeing Programme.
Wednesday 31 July - Some Nuclear Physics CPD for some familiar faces last night, at the amazing Jim Al Khalili talk at the SEC Armadillo. Nice to meet former pupil Robbie Wishart, who is doing a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University of Glasgow and was explaining his work. This was part of the International Nuclear Physics Conference which is held every 3 years.
Monday 15 July - Very well done to S3 pupil Leo Downes, who has achieved a Bronze medal in the TRA Level 3 - Men 13+ Trampoline and Tumbling NDP Finals 2019 Ricoh Arena, Coventry this weekend.
Saturday 6 July - Gryffe High 2018 leavers Ben Telfer, Christopher Willbond & Cameron Baird received their Gold DofE Award from Prince Edward yesterday at Holyrood Palace. Well done!
Wednesday 3 July -The JUly NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Friday 28 June - Huge congratulations to Evie Livingstone (3M). It has just been announced that Evie is a National Finalist in the Inspiring Purpose Awards. Evie was shortlisted from over 18,000 applicants across the country and features in this years, "Inspiring Purpose: Global Citizens in the making" magazine.
Friday 28 June - Well done to Eva Horne in S2 who has thoughtfully raised £520 by getting an amazing 17 inches cut from her hair for the Little Princess Trust. The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses....... link if you wish to support Eva's efforts for the Little Princess Trust:
Thursday 27 June - Many thanks to everyone who managed to come along to Gryffe High School’s first ever Dance Showcase last night! The talent on show was fantastic and demonstrated the hard work and dedication that our dancers have put in, preparing for the show. With a nice balance of music, singing and dancing, the audience were treated to no less than 27 different acts, with pupils from all year groups. The Dance Show was a team effort that involved multiple departments, pupils and teachers.
Wednesday 26 June - The 'End of Term 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: The School Show - Hairspray; Behaviour in the Community; Attendance in the last few days; School Uniform - with all pupils expected to be wearing their Blazer in August 2019; and upcoming priorities/events for August.
Wednesday 26 June - Very exciting news!!! Molly Barry (S6) has just enjoyed a residential week at Scottish Space School at the University of Strathclyde. Of the 100 attending, Molly has been selected to take up one of the much coveted 10 places that will take her to Space School in Houston (that's Texas!). Huge congratulations Molly and very well deserved. Molly is pictured here with our 4 former pupils who have also made it to Houston.
Wednesday 26 June - Enjoy our Hairspray Picture Gallery
Monday 24 June - Higher History pupils enjoyed a trip on Friday to the Glasgow Women's Library. Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements. The focus was learning about Women and The Vote.
Thursday 20 June - Following Tuesday and Wednesday 'HAIRSPRAY' nights, tonight's show was incredible. It was a joy to watch so many of our children in full flow and delivering a truly outstanding show - song, laughter, dance and many many many smiling faces. What a performance, with well over 100 pupils and staff involved..... more pictures to follow soon.
Thursday 20 June - Well done to our team who competed in the Scottish Final of the Geography Worldwise Quiz this week. They qualified for the national final having won the regional heat in May. We are extremely proud of their efforts in what was a very tough final.
Thursday 20 June - Naomi is really gathering momentum in her racing, and has recently become the Junior RAF Air Cadets Champion for the Scotland Northern Ireland Region. She through to the RAF Air Cadets Nation Finals on Saturday 22 June in Grantham, Leicestershire.............. we wish her the very best and look forward to hearing how she gets on.
Friday 14 June - A fantastic turn out of 170 parents, carers and pupils enjoyed a competitive treasure hunt around Houston followed by refreshments and fun at the Carrick Centre. Thanks to all who made the PTA Treasure Hunt and BBQ such a great night.
Have a look at the photo gallery here - Photos by Tracy McQuillan Photography -
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.
Calendar this week:
Monday 19 August Photographs for S1, S3, S5 and S6
PTA AGM 6:30 pm
Wednesday 21 Safe Wellbeing starter in all period 1 classes
Start of Activ8, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday 26 August S1 Parental Engagement Programme, week1, A1
Parent Council Meeting, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 27 Healthy Wellbeing starter in all period 1 classes
Activ8 session 2, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday 28 S1 Parental Engagement Programme, week1, B1
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