Brief updates... click on photographs to enlarge
Wednesday 13 February - Thanks to Shaun Sweeney, World Challenge Team, who provided a splendid, healthy lunch for staff today to raise funds for the trip in June. The lunch tied in well with Health and Wellbeing Activities that staff took part in just before lunch. The In-Service day started with an interactive session on 'Teacher Led Improvement' with Mr Ian Fraser, followed by a presentation and discussion groups on 'Promoting Positive Relationships'. The rest of the day was spent in Departmental Development work for CfE and National Courses.
Friday 8 February - A group of 21 S3-6 pupils from the Design & Technology subjects attended Houston Primary School to help with the P7 technology challenge. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed participating in the various tasks and the Houston Primary School pupils were very appreciative of the help!
A great time was had by all.
Thursday 7 February - Lucy Anderson 2Fm, has been working tirelessly to support her mum Catherine in raising money. This is to help fund future treatment to help her mum who sadly has cancer. Lucy took part in the fashion show at the ladies afternoon tea in December which raised £4,800. She also participated in the super spin day in January which raised £1,700. Lucy is now training to run 5k in April as a running event is being organised around the local villages. Lucy’s mum said ‘Lucy is a great support to me and works hard to help raise money.’ Very well done Lucy.
Wednesday 6 February -The FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER, has been uploaded and can be found under the 'NEWS' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Tuesday 5 February - S3 Geographers had an amazing opportunity to meet Scottish wildlife and expedition documentary cameraman Doug Allan. They learned all about his work in the Antarctic and Arctic, and the impact that climate change is having on these regions.
Friday 1 February -The Senior Phase Options Booklet has been uploaded and can be found under the 'CURRICULUM' tab, then 'Senior Phase'.
Friday 1 February - It is Van de Graaff time for S2, who have been learning about Electricity and Energy.
Thanks Catriona for being a willing volunteer!
Friday 1 February - Excited for the start of LGBT history month. Posters have been put up around the school today. The committee will be running several events and assemblies throughout February.
Friday 1 February - S3 Geography have been revising coastal landforms - making models of how a headland can be reduced to a stump over time, using cake. At the end of the lesson there was very swift erosion of cake happening as their models were consumed!
Thursday 31 January - Iain Milne (4W) recently raised the sum of £2000 in aid of The Beatson Cancer Charity. Iain accomplished this through a sponsored bike ride around Millport that he completed with his family. What a fantastic achievement, well done Iain!
Thursday 31 January - Fantastic news for Lara Cabrera-Myram in S4! She has just achieved selection for the 27-strong Team GB for the Sarajevo 2019 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival. Lara will be Snowboarding. An amazing achievement. Very well done Lara!
Thursday 31 January - We are very proud of Shaun Sweeney (who happens to be one of our School Captains) representing Gryffe High School in Strasbourg this week with Euroscola; what an opportunity to have an immersive experience in the Chamber of the European Parliament. Follow the group’s journey:
Thursday 31 January - As part of the Advanced Higher Chemistry course, S6 pupils visited the Chemistry Department at the University of Strathclyde yesterday. The pupils were there to carry out analysis techniques on Organic samples that they had already synthesised in school. This provides the pupils with very useful information, necessary for their SQA Project.
Tuesday 29 January - Thanks to our visitors from the Department for International Development for coming to the Modern Studies department today to discuss their work and career options with the Higher course.
Monday 28 January - The presentation given this evening at the S4 into S5, S5 into S6 Options Information Evening can be found under the tab 'CURRICULUM', then 'Senior Phase'
Saturday 26 January - I would like to remind all Parents/Carers, as stated in the letter of Friday 11 January, that we are using Show My Homework for issuing all key information. An 'Events' notice has just been sent to Parents/Carers of S4 and S5 pupils with a reminder about our S4 into S5, S5 into S6, Parents/Carers Options Information Evening.
Friday 25 January - Wishing S2 pupils Keira McGarvey, Hannah McLarnon, Amy Anthony and Elisa Terra the very best of luck with their entry to the CyberFirst Girls Competition. Calling themselves Team 'Gryffe Graingers', the girls have worked tirelessly giving up all of their lunchtimes to work in ICT. They have also been working at home to move through the stages of the competition. The online competition aims to provide a fun but challenging environment to encourage and inspire the next generation of young women to consider computer science as an option with a view to a future career in cyber security.
Thursday 24 January - Well done to Phoebe Singer, S2, who participated in the District Final of the Young Chef Competition yesterday at South Lanarkshire College, East Kilbride. Phoebe had won the qualifying round of the Gryffe Valley’s Rotary Club’s Young Chef Competition that took place in Gryffe High last November. Phoebe planned, costed, prepared and presented three courses in two hours.
Carrot and Orange Soup served with Irish Soda Bread
Caramelised Baked Chicken served with Rice and Spiralised Vegetables
Molten Chocolate Puddings
Fantastic work Phoebe!
Tuesday 22 January - Have a listen to some clips from our recent 'Young Musician of the Year 2019' competition on the school You Tube Channel - https://youtu.be/Pl7dss_It1I
Friday 18 January - Last night's Young Musician Competition, adjudicated by Mr. David Murray, was a most enjoyable evening. Many congratulations to all of our Finalists, who brought a very high standard of music to the theatre. Special congratulations to winners Sasha Kaloheris (Intermediate) and Laura Workman (Senior).
We were delighted that pupils and staff from Houston Primary were also able to join us and experience our Young Musician Competition. They may be our stars of the future.
Wednesday 16 January - S1 pupils were creative in Social Subjects, while learning all about ancient Hill Forts. They were encouraged to use a range of skills in their presentations with some fabulous results. Pupils baked cakes, made models, used their IT skills
Friday 11 January -The JANUARY NEWSLETTER, and the Mid Season Sports Report - January 2019, have been uploaded and can be found under the 'News' tab, then 'Newsletters'.
Friday 11 January - Please find a letter to parents/carers, regarding Show My Homework and our new Parentpay cashless system, under the 'NEWS' tab, and then letters. Please ensure that you as a parent/carer register for Parentpay prior to Thursday 24 January as the school will be unable to accept any cash payments from that date.
Thursday 10 January - S4 Modern Studies enjoyed a trip to the Scottish Parliament for First Minister's Questions today. Questions included a variety of topics such as the investigation into Alex Salmond, Universal Credit and ASN provision in schools. Pupils also got to meet some of their MSPs for a question and answer session. Pupils are pictured here with Ross Greer MSP and Maurice Corry MSP. Today was the first time for British Sign Language interpreting at First Minister's Questions.
Monday 7 January - Welcome back and wishing you all a very Happy New Year. Some good news to start the year with S1 pupil Liam O'Brien winning the Scottish Tennis Junior Indoor Boys U12 title at Scotstoun yesterday afternoon. Liam scored an impressive 6-4 6-1 in the final. Congratulations Liam! Thank you to 'Tennis Scotland' for allowing us to use their photographs.
We wish one and all a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year
As we look forward to a fun filled Christmas, please remember
what all our Gryffe pupils want from Santa.....
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We wish a Merry Christmas to one and all.
Friday 21 December - Two groupings of pupils out to litter pick this afternoon - down South Street/Park and the Co-op run - as we try and leave our community clean and tidy for Christmas and New Year.
Friday 21 December - Santa and his elves took time to visit the staff this morning at interval. After spreading some Christmas cheer over a coffee and cake the staff are set and ready for their Christmas break ...... and to return after the break refreshed and ready to go.
Friday 21 December - All of S1 and S2 enjoyed some fresh air this morning as they walked to Houston and Killellan Church for the annual Christmas Service. Thanks to Rev. Gary Noonan who led the service. Many pupils contributed to the service by reading, performing in the choir and the band and taking part in the Nativity Presentation which was set to the music of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Thursday 20 December - The Drama Staff vs Pupil Talent Competition was a big hit yesterday with Pupils winning the vote by a landslide. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you for coming along to help raise funds for the school show. It looks like comperes Mr Anderson and Mr Smith have some fierce competition in Peter (S2) and Aaron (S1).
Wednesday 19 December - Please see the attached letter for Parents/Carers regarding our December Newsletter and the end of term - classes are working, and will continue working until we stop on Friday afternoon.
Please note the detail on future communication via Show My Homework.
Tuesday 18 December - Yesterday, S1 teamed up with S6 to take part in the Winterhouse Games. Each house had the opportunity to participate in all events and gain points based on the best scores. Pupils took part in Basketball shooting, Sit up challenge, Boxing challenge, Keepy up challenge and the Gauntlet run. Many S6 pupils took on the role of Gladiators, helped S1 pupils around the events and kept score. After completion of the 5 events, Mackintosh House took first place. Well done to all involved!
Tuesday 18 December - All of S1 had a fun and festive Christmas Party this afternoon. Not only was there the opportunity to show off polished dance moves, but traditional party games, such as "Pass the Parcel" and "Musical Chairs" were also enjoyed. The event was organised and run by the S6 House Captains.
Tuesday 18 December - For the past few months, Higher and Advanced Higher Spanish pupils have been making weekly visits to the Mosswood Care Home in Linwood. Pupils have spent time going over basic vocabulary, including greetings, colours and numbers. As a Festive treat, the Spanish pupils were accompanied by the school's jazz band and performed a number of Christmas classics, including Feliz Navidad.
Tuesday 18 December - A group of Higher Geography pupils attended the Faculty of Geographical and Earth Sciences Christmas Lecture at the University of Glasgow. The lecture was entitled 'From a drop of water to a whole Earth System’.
Tuesday 18 December - Another amazing series of interviews from S6 pupil Eve Grant as she gets the Mary Poppins Returns filmstars talking. Check out her latest videos made with GetIntoFilm here –
Emily Blunt https://youtu.be/MttNd-fJnAk
Lin-Manuel Miranda https://youtu.be/5Ilp8v4_qz4
Rob Marshall https://youtu.be/6xhgoIvJhL8
Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer https://youtu.be/IOVK0dSSIro
Listen in the last interview and you will hear some great compliments about Eve’s questions!
Tuesday 18 December - You may have noticed that we are working on the layout of our school website. Everything still works however we are in the process of making a few changes - please bear with us as we make our changes
Our Higher and Advanced Higher Prelim letter and timetable can be found under 'CURRICULUM' and then 'SENIOR PHASE'
Friday 14 December - Today we supported 'Christmas Jumper Day', with all proceeds going towards 'Save the Children'. Well done to all those who took part, with quite a range of colour on display. Thanks to Euan in S2 for photography. Enjoy our gallery here -
Friday 14 December - Advanced Higher Physics pupils were working at the Physics labs at the University of Strathclyde today. This is one of a series of visits to allow them to make a good start with their experiments that they have been researching, as part of their chosen investigation.
Friday 14 December - Over a hundred excited young people donned their Santa hats and picked up their litter picker as they made their community a little brighter ahead of the festive period. Pupils from Gryffe High, St Fillan’s Primary and Houston Primary took their minds off the upcoming festivities for just a minute as they joined forces to clean up the area around their schools.….. the tall and small taking on the joint responsibility of supporting our local community, all with a smile on their face and a determination to make a difference.
Thursday 13 December - S4 History pupils had a fantastic experience today as they visited the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Many of the pupils loved seeing the actual battlefield and gained a greater understanding of what life would have been like.
Wednesday 12 December - Our S6 Snowball is up and running with our young ladies and gentlemen, all very impressively dressed, thoroughly enjoying themselves ...... along with some staff!!!! More pictures to follow soon.
Wednesday 12 December - The Christmas Concert was brimming with talent. We are very proud of the many pupils who performed in the concert last night. The audience were treated to a range of instruments and voice including the Pipe Band, Flute Trio and the String Ensemble (with special guests from St. Ninian's High School). Many more pupils helped with sound, technical and backstage. Enjoy our gallery of photos here -
Watch a video clip of the evening on our YouTube Channel here -
Friday 7 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 7 December - S4 pupils are pictured here with Sarah, the head of Citizenship. These are just a fraction of the shoes that were collected this morning for our UNICEF Shoe Share Appeal run in conjunction with Clarks Shoes. Thank you for such a fantastic response. Clarks have been working in partnership with UNICEF since 2008, supporting the education of vulnerable children by raising money through shoe donations. You can still donate old or unwanted shoes on Monday.
Friday 7 December - Gryffe Eco Committee are proud to announce the arrival of their 2nd Green Flag. This is a well deserved award for the Committee who have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Eco issues in and around the school.
Friday 7 December - Senior Linguists enjoyed SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) Business Brunch at the Royal Concert Hall this week. Business Brunch events aim to take learners on an exciting journey exploring a variety of inspirational presentations. These opportunities help gain a deeper understanding of why successful employers view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.
Friday 7 December - S2 pupil Olivia MacCormack (far right in the picture) is one of a trio who has achieved selection to represent Scotland in the 2019 Junior World Cheerleading Championships scheduled to be held in April 2019 at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida USA. As Vice-Captain of the team, Olivia has had to dedicate many hours a week to training. This commitment will build up as April approaches. Very well done Olivia. We look forward to hearing all about your adventures in Florida.
Friday 7 December - Higher Business Management pupils enjoyed taking part in the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Networking lunch accompanied by Mrs Hadden. They learned about Business Networking as well as hearing about how University of the West of Scotland operates as a business from Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Craig Mahoney. Official Photograph courtesy of Kieran Chambers Photography
Thursday 6 December - Mrs Brown and Miss Rowan will be taking part in 'Sleep in the Park' in Kelvingrove Park this Saturday (8th December). The aim is to raise money and work together to accelerate the pace of change in Scotland and create the mandate to end homelessness here. This would make Scotland an example for the whole world to follow. They will be joined by local minister Gary Noonan and several Gryffe parents. If you wish to help 'Team Gryffe' then visit - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/team-gryffe
Calendar this week:
Monday 18 House Week
Tuesday 19 S5 Reports issued to pupils
Wednesday 20 S6 Reports issued to pupils
Friday 22 House Colours Day & House Photographs
S2 Reports issued to pupils
Monday 25 S5 Options Interview Day
S2 Options Information Evening, 7:00 pm start
Tuesday 26 S1-3 5th Deposit for Activities Week
Thursday 28 S3 Apprenticeship Challenge
S2 Parents' Meeting, 4:30 pm start
SPORTS UPDATES ... click in photographs to enlarge