Year of the Osprey Art Prizes

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Alice Kelmsley and Julia Richert shared a £50 prize for their osprey artwork submitted as part of the recent Year of the Osprey celebration and exhibition in Boat of Garten. All of S2 took part in art classes and for homework, with Alice and Julia’s pieces going on to be exhibited at the RSPB Centre in Boat of Garten.  Keep your eyes out for more activities to come throughout this year celebrating the osprey!

Ninja Maths Challenge

Last week all S1-S3 Maths pupils took part in the Ninja Challenge run by mangahigh.com. The competition involved completing online lessons and games against pupils from across Scotland. Many pupils showed a great deal of motivation and competitive spirit by engaging with this competition in their own time at home. We’re delighted that Grantown Grammar School came 5th in Scotland, with three of our pupils (Zac Marshall, Fraser Casaru and Calum Collie) coming in the top ten pupils in Scotland.

The top ten pupils for Grantown Grammar were Zac Marshall, Fraser Casaru, Calum Collie, Peter Kadar, Max Marshall, Jonny Burgess, Andrew Murphie, Avia MacDonald, Natalie Masson and Daniel McGlew. An especially big well done to all the first years in the top ten!

The School has won a £100 Amazon evoucher, and the top three pupils have won a £10 Amazon evoucher. Eight of our top ten pupils accumulated enough points to win a real medal. Well done to everyone who took part!

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School Photographs – Tuesday 25 September

Tempest Photography will be in school to take individual and family photos.  It is expected that all students should wear school uniform.  This is especially important for the group photographs, however, we can provide a few spare uniforms for pupils not appropriately dressed.

S5 and S6 pupils will be expected to wear white shirts and House ties with House and School Captains also expected to wear their badges. Ties are available from the school office at a cost of £6.00.

Please see below the links to the running order and times for family photos. Note that all family photos involving primary siblings will be taken at 9.10 am. Please arrive at the school by 9.05 am. Check the list, and if you are not on it and would like a family photograph, please email Mr Magowan – tom.magowan@highland.gov.uk.

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Running Order

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European Languages Day

The Languages Department are organising a Great European Bake-Off to celebrate the European Day of Languages. There will be guest judges and great prizes for the winners.

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SQA – Your Coursework

All Senior Pupil will be issued with a copy of SQA’s “Your Coursework” during Wednesday Tutor Time.  It is the responsibility of pupils to have read this and to follow the guidelines within.  If you are unsure about any parts of it, speak to Mr Ross or subject teachers straight away.

SQA Your Coursework

It can be found here: https://grantowngrammar.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/sqa_your_coursework_2018-19.pdf

with links to Gaelic and Polish translations here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/71527.html

D of E – Expedition Presentation Evening

To celebrate the success of recent DofE expeditions and fulfill the last piece of the expedition requirements, there will be a presentation evening on TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER at 7pm when the Silver Biking,  Silver Walking and Gold Canoe groups will make a presentation to parents and friends in the school hall.

Their presentation will be linked to the aim of their expedition. Each presentation should only last about 10 mins.

We hope that all parents, and anyone else who is interested in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and what we do at Grantown, will come along to what should be a great evening of sharing the amazing experiences that the pupils have had in recent weeks and months. We look forward to seeing you on the 9th.

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U16 Boys’ Rugby, Second Round

Trinity Academy, Edinburgh, made the trip up to play G.G.S. U16 Boys’ Rugby team on Tuesday in the second round of the U16 Scottish Cup.

G.G.S. had high hopes that the home advantage would help them defeat the visitors as kick-off coincided with lunchtime; G.G.S. had a large crowd of very vocal supporters!

Playing into the wind, G.G.S. kicked off and Trinity displayed quick passing and an attacking mentality from the get-go. G.G.S. defence was strong and the forwards and backs worked well together to keep Trinity from entering our 22m.

The first fifteen minutes saw both sides testing each other’s defence and both looked evenly matched. However, after a phase of ten tackles by G.G.S., Trinity made it across the line. They missed their first kick as the wind had picked up, with G.G.S. now playing into a head-wind. G.G.S. 0 – 5 Trinity.

After the restart, the ball was turned over and Alfie Roberts passed out to James Blair (Captain), who went on his first of many runs. The Trinity defence was solid; their ‘tackles made’ percentage throughout the game was very high and the G.G.S. backs struggled to break through. Runs from Declan Sellars, Dylan Coker and Eoin Bakie were stopped short by hard tackles from the Trinity forwards and G.G.S. could not find the gaps in the Trinity defence.

Trinity scored three more tries in the first half, their backs quickly recycling the ball from rucks and using overlaps to score down the wings.

G.G.S. never gave up; more efforts from Kyle Powell and Ewan Baker (a recent addition to the team) saw G.G.S. close to the try line. Trinity responded by making quick tackles and managed to hold the line. The ball was spilled out and the first half ended G.G.S. 0 – 24 Trinity Academy.

The second half saw G.G.S. trying a different approach and turned to a kicking game as the wind was now behind them. James’s kicks were spot on but the Trinity full-back kept a level head and caught the majority.

Trinity countered continuously and scored another two tries. Despite this, G.G.S. never stopped attacking. Alfie and James both worked hard to control the tempo of the game and make good use of the rucks and scrums to find space. James’s side-step and pass and loop flummoxed the opposition and runs from George Taylor-Ramsay and Tulloch Fiddes displayed their speed and strength. Constant battling was rewarded when Kyle Powell managed to get into the Trinity 22 and great support from the forwards managed to push him over the line. This was a well-deserved try for G.G.S. as they did not stop trying to make space or stop attacking.

Unfortunately, this was the only try scored by G.G.S. and more tries from Trinity meant that G.G.S. are out of the Cup. The final score was 5 – 51.

Men of the match : Alfie Roberts played impeccably as scrum-half and worked hard to create chances. James Blair kept his team motivated and was instrumental in several passages of play.

We will be posting photos of the match soon.

Cycling to school

It’s wonderful to see how many people cycle to GGS each day.  We just filled in the Big Count for Cycle Scotland with over 30 of our pupils and more than 10 staff cycling to school today.

Can we remind all our cyclists though that we have 4 simple rules to be welcome in the school:

1) wear a helmet.

2) you need working front and back brakes.

3) cycle with care for other road users and pedestrians

4) you need front and back lights when it gets dark (an hour before and after sunset)

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Return of SQA artwork

The deadline is fast approaching for last year’s art and photography students to request and pay for their folios to be returned by SQA.  The postage and admin cost per pupil is £4 for 2D work and £7 if 3D work is also requested.  You must get this to Mr McCrow by 20th September.  SQA will dispose of any work that is not returned.

E-mail now working

The Grantown Grammar School E-mail is now working.  Apologies if you have experienced problems contacting us using this method.  This has been a Council wide problem, with other schools in Highland also affected.

snail mailYou can contact us, by;

Email: grantown.grammar@highland.gov.uk

Telephone: 01479 872649

Post: Grantown Grammar School

Cromdale Road, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3HU