Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
Sunday 25 October - Mr Paul McClelland attended his Lowland Leader Assessment on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October and passed with flying colours. This is a requirement for DofE. Our thanks to Stuart from Outlook Adventures for his time in recent months to support a number of staff in gaining their Lowland Leader qualification.
Thursday 22 October - Some of our S4 pupils are currently out completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Group 3 can be seen here getting ready to tackle Gleniffer Braes earlier on in the day. Their reward is the enjoyment of toasting marshmallows this evening.
Tuesday 20 October - Our system of recognising achievements through tokens has gone digital. The value of each token and categories you can receive a token for remain the same as in previous years. Please watch the video for more information in this link. https://twitter.com/GryffeAchieves/status/1318525933448474625?s=20
Tuesday 20 October - Gryffe High has applied for funding for a local community project. To be successful young people within the authority must vote on the Young Scot website. Can pupils please take 2 minutes and follow the steps below to vote:
1. Check your glow email account for a unique Young Scot Number which will give you access to vote (search for Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund)
2. Go to: http://voting.youngscot.org and put in your unique Young Scot Number
3. Look for ‘Gryffe High – Find Your Angel’ project
The voting period is October 12th – October 30th (5pm).
Friday 9 October - Today, we supported Young Minds UK mental health campaign 'Hello Yellow' in celebration of World Mental Health Day.
Our Hearty Lives ambassadors sold pre-packaged yellow food, yellow masks, yellow bracelets, and yellow badges! All money raised will be donated to Young Minds UK, the UK’s leading charity in young people’s mental health.
It was a wonderful way to begin the October holidays!
Thursday 8 October - As part of Global Diversity Month, Citizenship are celebrating other cultures by holding Mehndi stalls. All the money raised from the stalls will be going to the “Show Racism the Red Card” charity. Some beautiful artwork by some talented artists.
Wednesday 7 October - Please have a look at the great ideas for Christmas from the PTA. Do try to support the PTA in their work as they strive to raise funds to benefit our pupils.
All the detail that you need is here -
Tuesday 6 October - Congratulations to Alfie Sidebotham in S6 who won the Old Course Ranfurly golf course 3rd annual Generation cup with his brother Jamie on Sunday. Photo used with kind permission from Old Ranfurly.
Tuesday 6 October - A second informative video has been uploaded to the school YouTube channel as part of ADHD Awareness Week. Here is the link -
Monday 5 October - 'Quote of the Week' - from our School Captains Rachael and Calum.
Today marks the start of ADHD Awareness Week at Gryffe.
Here is a link to a short video which has been uploaded to the school YouTube channel, with some important facts to kick us off!
Monday 5 October - If you have any tokens from last session at home, please bring these back into school before the October break. Points from tokens put into tubes this week will be counted in this year's house competition.
Friday 2 October - S1 Meet The Teachers: Thursday 8 October 2020
You will be aware that under the present circumstances parents/carers are not allowed in the school building. As such we are unfortunately unable to hold the S1 Meet The Teachers Evening.
Further detail has been sent to all S1 Parents/Carers via Show My Homework, including detail on further S1 subject information that we intend to issue.
Tuesday 29 September - Another HUGE THANK YOU to local companies 'Professional Beauty Systems' and 'William Grant & Sons' for supporting our school. It makes it all the more special when local businesses think of our school and go that extra length in supporting us. Thank you.
Tuesday 29 September - FANTASTIC effort from Gryffe, and the many others who supported our 3k Challenge ............. over £1600 raised so far so a HUGE THANK YOU to all. Further details to follow later today.
Tuesday 29 September - 'Quote of the Week' - from our School Captains Rachael and Calum.
Simple but so appropriate when thinking of our 3K Challenge and our up and coming foodbank initiative.
Monday 21 September - Our annual 3 Kilometre Fun Run will take place VIRTUALLY from Thursday 24 September 2020 until 9:00 pm on Monday 28 September 2020. The theme of our event is as follows:
Monday 21 September - 'Quote of the Week' - from our School Captains Rachael and Calum.
Our Pupil Management Heads of Wellbeing, Carla and Simran, and Heads of Communities, Marc and Skye, will be providing updates at the Parent Council online meeting this evening 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Thursday 17 September - Head Teacher's brief update letter to Parents/Carers.
Monday 14 September - Our Pupil Management Group, who meet every Friday morning at 8:00 am, discuss all aspects of school and community life. They lead a wide variety of initiatives and are definitely, even in these early weeks, making a difference. They have decided to start each week with their 'Quote of the Week' - this week it is from our School Captains Rachael and Calum.
Friday 11 September - We are delighted to support our local community, especially on a Friday to help the village be clean and tidy for the weekend. We have ten teams of pupils, 2 teams out each afternoon. The picture shown is one of our Friday teams ..... they call themselves the Friday Dream Team!
Friday 11 September - A little music for your Friday. The Woodland Dance was composed by one of our AH Music pupils, Ethan Kennedy in S6. Hope it brings a moment of calm as you listen.
Friday 11 September - National 5 and Higher Dance are new courses running this year at Gryffe High School. These courses cover various Dance styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary. There is also an opportunity for pupils to be creative when choreographing their own routines as part of the final assessment.
Wednesday 9 September - Extra Higher Maths online support
"This session, Higher Maths candidates have a great opportunity to receive additional support online. Pupils will be issued with a question paper focusing on a specific topic from the Higher course followed, a week later, by a 1 hour meeting on Microsoft Teams where they can ask questions and explore the solutions to the paper. These meetings will be held fortnightly with the first live meeting on Thursday 10 September from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. "
All pupils have been sent the relevant materials on SMHW/Teams along with a guide with how to sign into the live meeting.
Wednesday 2 September - Congratulations to Abigail, Hannah, Gregor, Esme, Alex & Kirsten who passed their Bronze level Music Leaders Scotland Award. Thank you for all your contributions to musical activities last session!!! You make us proud.
Thursday 20 August - Activ8 - Our weekly Wednesday after school club returned yesterday and runs from 3:00pm - 3:45pm. We offer a reduced programme this session with current restrictions. Activities on offer include drama and various outdoor sporting activities such as fitness, football, hockey, lacrosse, softball and tennis. From Wednesday 26 August we will open up this programme to both S1 and S2 and would encourage any S1/2 pupils to report to the Games Hall at the end of the school day on Wednesday to register and be set up for the session. We will monitor attendance and open to other year groups at a later stage if possible.
Wednesday 19 August - We are delighted to be accredited as a Vision School for Holocaust Education in Scotland – the first school in Renfrewshire to be awarded this accolade. As a Vision School, we are committed to ensuring that learning about and from the Holocaust is an integral part of our young people’s education. Our very positive feedback from Paula Cowan of UWS and Director of the Vision Schools for Scotland programme, included the following:
‘Your school clearly places Citizenship at the heart of the curriculum and helps pupils to learn about the events of the Holocaust through a variety of opportunities.’
Wednesday 12 August - We are REALLY looking forward to welcoming our S1 and S6 pupils back to school this morning. S1 should enter the school via door 7, the Maths/English entrance at the back of the school, and S6 via door 8, Humanities at the side of the school.
We are set up for 'grab and go' lunch bags for those that wish one, otherwise we recommend packed lunches.
With regards to the SQA Awards, in light of the Depute First Minister's announcement yesterday, our new S5 and S6 pupils will receive a letter on return to school, i.e. S6 today, with detail of any changes to their SQA Awards.
Tuesday 11 August - Staff returned to school yesterday, positive and looking forward to pupils phased return, starting with S1 and S6 on Wednesday. Today we have staff meetings, socially distanced, on Wellbeing; Tracking & Monitoring and UCAS; Learning and Teaching. We then focus on the final detail for the safe return of our pupils.
You may be interested in today's publication from the Education Scotland Inspector's visit, February 2020. To say I am proud of our pupils and staff is a complete understatement. To be the head teacher of a school where the pupils, day in day out, impress with their enthusiasm, drive and persistence is an absolute pleasure and privilege. I eagerly await the return of our pupils to school this week, and then supporting them as they pick up where we left off – supporting the wellbeing of all, striving for improvement, and keeping their focus as ambitious, but caring, young people with high aspirations - Mr Johnson
Friday 24 July – Following the Depute First Minister's briefing yesterday I can confirm that we continue to plan for all pupils returning in August. You can find an update from Mr Steven Quinn, Director of Children’s Services, via the following link:
Within Gryffe we continue to prepare for the return of pupils and staff. As you would expect we will have the school fully cleaned and all appropriate safety measures in place. We have also, with the support of Renfrewshire Council, just up upgraded our computer infrastructure to Windows 10, and have installed over 120 new computers to replace ones which were struggling to cope. Next Friday I will provide a further update, as well as more detail on what we have worked on and hopefully a detailed timeline for August – Mr Johnson.
Friday 26 June - The last day of term and what a strange day it is with no pupils in sight. I cannot praise the pupils, and staff, highly enough for how they have coped over the past few months, and I thank parents/carers of all your support. We look forward to August, and are excited at the thought of all pupils being back in school with all appropriate health and safety measures in place.
I received a poem from one of our S6 pupils, Esme James, and I feel this is the appropriate final message of term, and sums up recent times.
Thursday 25 June - Update from Renfrewshire Council for parents/carers regarding refunds for Activities Week/School Meals
Refunds for school trips
We apologise to our parents and carers who are waiting for a refund for any day and residential school trips that have been cancelled. It has been a complex process and our staff have worked incredibly hard to resolve matters to ensure refunds can be paid. All refunds should be made by the middle of July.
Refunds for school meals
All refunds for school meals, whether paid into our ParentPay system or paid directly to the school, have now been refunded.
Thursday 25 June - Hello everyone, I’m an S6 pupil at Gryffe High School and we are happy to share a project that has been undertook by two of our new S6 pupils along, with the Houston Killellan church team. We have created a virtual hub space to post activities, challenges etc. We hope this is helpful. https://m.facebook.com/HoustonCommunityConnections/
Thursday 25 June - Welcome to our two new Wellbeing Leaders, Carla Dinnie and Simran Kaur. Both pupils have already had their first meeting with Mrs Costello and Miss Brown and helped with the list of Wellbeing Ambassador roles. We are all hoping for another 'award winning' year from our Wellbeing Team!
Thursday 25 June - We are delighted to say that after submitting documentation and supporting evidence for RNRA (Renfrewshire's Nurturing Relationships Approach), we received the good news that the accreditation panel awarded us with Jade level accreditation. A great start to our RNRA Accreditation journey - well done to all staff and pupils on this wonderful achievement.
Wednesday 24 June - Parent Teacher Association Information (PTA). The PTA work tirelessly to support the school and provide funds for a variety of extra resources to help pupils. They would value your feedback on proposed virtual fundraisers to gauge interest.
Please email your thoughts to the PTA Chair Mrs Sheila McHarg (email@example.com)
Tuesday 23 June - It's amazing how quickly things can change. Full-time education from August announced. We will provide further updates in due course, meanwhile please see a brief update from Steven Quinn, Director of Children's Services in Renfrewshire.
Transcript of DFM speech: https://www.gov.scot/publications/re-opening-schools/
Friday 19 June - Gryffe Digital Learning would like to know how you have got on with the various Digital Learning Platforms.
Please help them help you by answering a few quick questions. This one is for Parents/Carers.
Friday 19 June - I would like to thank all 24 parents/carers who attended our Parent Council Zoom Conference Call last night. I provided updates, and we had discussion, on a variety of topics:
Thursday 18 June - It was great to see our first group of P7 pupils visit the school to find all about 'life in Gryffe'. We welcomed Burns House, 1B and 1Bn, and had a really enjoyable time giving detail of the focus points for S1 pupils - including a welcome form the Burns House Captains Hannah and Aaron, the setting of standards from Mr Johnson, detail about S1 from Year Head Mrs Brown, an explanation about the support provided from Pupil Support Staff and an explanation on our house system form Mrs Carmichael, Principal Teacher Pupil Support for Burns House. This was followed up with some class lessons from a range of subjects: ABC(Administration, Business and Computing), English, Mathematics and Physical Education. The P7 Visits are an extension to our comprehensive P7 Transition Programme which has been running every day since Monday 1 June, with daily work issued via Teams; video clip introductions from a wide variety of staff and pupils; tasks set; and 2 lessons a day from a mixture of subjects offered in S1. Pictures to follow once all permissions have been given.
Wednesday 17 June - Delighted to see past Captains, Lauren and Lewis, meet up with present Captains, Rachael and Calum, to discuss all the 'do's and don'ts' in management. They discussed a variety of initiatives from last year, and some possible initiatives over the coming year.
Tuesday 16 June - This week should have been show week. We are sad but hopeful our show will go on at a later date, however we will bring you news next session, hopefully indicating that we will be able to show all the hard work of pupils and staff. In the meantime here is a lovely memory from the pupils in rehearsal.
Friday 12 June - We are delighted to announce our School Captains for session 2020/2021 - Rachael Bell and Calum Robertson.
Earlier today we had 24 S6 pupils, socially distanced, in our school theatre as we announced the leadership positions for session 2020/2021. We will give more detail on this next week, however I cannot express how good a feeling it was to be talking to some of our pupils, in school, and discussing how we will make a difference in the session to come - this is the first steps on the way back to a 'norm', where we look forward to getting our pupils back into school.
Our new Pupil Management Team have already taken on and organised two tasks:
- Every day from Monday 15 June, from 10:00 - 11:00 am, pupils in our Pupil Management Team will be available, from the outside door leading into the S6 social area/canteen, to issue jotters, paper, pens, pencils, allocated course work.....etc. We would ask that if any pupil needs any additional resources then please go there to pick up whatever is required.
- Rachael and Calum have also created a rota where pupils in the Pupil Management Team will support our P7 Visits on Thursday 18, Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 June. We are providing the opportunity for our soon to be S1 pupils to visit the school in small groups, by House Groups, and we will provide an in school induction on top of our extensive online transition programme which has been running every school day since Monday 1 June.
Thursday 11 June - Sally Campbell (S4) is in the U16 Scotland basketball squad. She represented Scotland at a tri-nations competition in Manchester at Christmas. She should have been representing her country in both Copenhagen and Gibraltar this summer however due to Covid19 this has been cancelled.
To represent the country at such a young age is a fantastic achievement⭐ We are looking forward to a time when sporting fixtures can go ahead again and hearing how Sally (#14 in the picture) gets on in future competitions🏀
Tuesday 9 June - Well done to Katie Peters (new S2) on completing 3 weeks of virtual violin sessions with the Nicola Benedetti Foundation. After learning three challenging pieces, Katie took part in a Celebration concert that was broadcast live on Youtube.
Friday 5 June - Wonderful news ....... Well done to all our Wellbeing Ambassadors... Change started with them.
A tweet from Respect Me:
'We are delighted to announce the winners of our 'Change Starts With Us' Award!
Huge congratulations to Gryffe High School, Renfrewshire, whose impressive youth-led work has won them £250 towards future anti-bullying activity! We can't wait to see your work develop!'
More detail from Gryffe Wellbeing @GryffeWellbeing
Monday 1 June - Just some of the pupils who have helped to create welcome videos for the P7 pupils who will be joining Gryffe High School after the summer. Their thoughtful and caring words are helping to ensure that our new S1 have the best possible start to their virtual induction #gryffecares
Monday 1 June - Earlier this month, Renfrewshire Council asked parents and carers to submit their questions on schools and nurseries. Thank you to everyone who took part, there was a phenomenal response with more than 1,000 questions.
Your most-asked questions were put to Steven Quinn, Director of Children’s Services, which you can see at http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-schools
You can also find answers to many more questions there too. Thank you for your continued patience and support for our school/nursery during this difficult time.
Friday 29 May - Mrs Costello has had a busy morning - 'Just back from delivering some of our Senior Wellbeing packs. So lovely to see pupils albeit for a short chat from a long distance! Always the highlight of my week #GryffeCares'
Tuesday 26 May - Something a little different ..... Have a listen to 2 soundtracks written and performed by our very own singer/songwriter Sasha Kaloheris. Sasha is in (new) S5 and she was our Young Musician of the Year (Intermediate Category) in 2019. Sasha has taken part in many concerts and school shows throughout her years in Gryffe High. Sasha was due to perform at 'Gig in the Goil' this year as well as several other music festivals. With this not working to plan due to the current circumstances, Sasha has maximised her time by working on more original material and recordings. Well done Sasha!
Tuesday 26 May - Scottish Government has set out the route map for schools and nurseries to reopen for children and young people across Scotland. You can read a statement from Director of Children’s Services, Steven Quinn, about the route map on the council’s website. http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-educationroutemap
Thursday 21 May - I am delighted to say that our second lot of wellbeing packs got delivered to households today by staff. This time Senior packs - next lot of packs will go out next week.
Thursday 21 May - You may have heard Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, give an update in regard to COVID-19 Pandemic and a strategic framework for reopening schools, early learning and childcare provision in Scotland. I would like to assure you that we had no surprises within the statement and that we are well underway in our planning for the weeks and months ahead, with, as always, our key focus being on the safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents/carers and the wider community. Enjoy the long weekend and I will provide further updates next week.
Thursday 21 May – Please take a little time to watch our video, which shows a few of our pupils achievements over the past session. When watching we would suggest you click on full screen to see the video clip in its full splendour - https://youtu.be/KkuxvvwdeOw
We've enjoyed hearing about your child's fantastic achievements from home. We know there will be a range of different ways in which they will be demonstrating our key values of Caring, Learning and Achieving. During this period of home learning we would like you to continue to support our achievements programme by letting us know via an achievement nomination form about your child's successes. Completion of the form wins your child 10 house points.
Thursday 21 May - Calling all PRIMARY 7 pupils and parents - we will be sharing information at the beginning of June, on what you need to know about starting S1 at Gryffe High School. If you have a question you’d like to ask our S1 or S6 pupils please complete the form
Monday 11 May - If you, or anyone else you are aware of, are unable to access on-line resources for your child then please pick up ready made packs which we have left at Houston and Killellan Church, Houston, 01505 612 569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jotters – plain, lined, square – are also available from the Church, as well as a variety of other resources, including scales for HF&T work. More packs, with fresh materials, can be also made on request – via your Pupil Support Guidance Teacher.
We also have an ‘Emergency Mobile’ number 07709525951 that is in use between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on any school day.
Friday 8 May - Just a small reminder of such a significant day in History.
We celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Please feel free to watch this little trailer to travel back in time to May 8th 1945, as two young people are waiting to hear Winston Churchill announce the end of WW2.
Then there were street parties, today we can be at home, safe, and think of what it would have been like. The trailer features our very own Roma and Calum.
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
NEXT WEEK: .... this is week 1 for school meals, menus shown under the 'MORE' tab
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