Geography in Action!

Yesterday, 3X had a fantastic day hillwalking in the Cairngorms, experiencing glacial features first hand. They walked through the Chalamain Gap into the Lairig Ghru and out to Rothiemurchus Lodge. A huge well done to everyone, a fantastic achievement for all. More photos on our Facebook page.

STEM – A Year in Industry


The Engineering Development Trust is offering paid work placements for students completing Scottish Higher qualifications.

Their scheme provides opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industrial placements.

Click here for more details – A Year in Industry

The Ambassador Concert

Four of our talented musicians performed at The Ambassador Concert at Alvie House on Sunday afternoon. This concert is to celebrate the best performers from the Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival. Performers were Wayde Buley on trombone, Adam Forsythe on piano, Catriona Forsythe on flute and Georgie Smith on traditional fiddle. Our pupils performed so well and our music teacher, Kirsten Shearon, felt very proud.
The concert doubles as a competition and for the second year running, Adam Forsythe was the worthy winner. He was presented with a cheque of £100 donated by the Rotary Club. Congratulations, Adam.


This past weekend, at the Scottish Orienteering Championships, Kat, Izzy and Anna, as members of the Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club, put in brilliant performances. Three great runs saw them finish the 5th team in the Junior 44 minus class – only 8 secs off 3rd. Well done girls!

Europarc Junior Rangers

Well done to our Europarc Junior Rangers who were presented with their certificates on Friday after a fantastic week of activities. These included a Biodiversity day at Insh Marshes, a Visitor management day on Cairngorm, Bushcraft at Alvie and a day canoeing on Loch Morlich. Lots of fun, hard work and a presentation to family and friends on Friday evening. Thank you to everyone who helped organise and deliver sessions this week.

Trip to see The Iliad

To celebrate our S3 Classicists finishing their SQA Higher and National 5 assessments and exams, a group, including members of the lunchtime Classics Club, travelled with Mr McCrow and Mr Tolan to the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, to see a performance of Homer’s epic tale of war and wrath, “The Iliad”, written 2700 years ago and one of the foundation texts of Western literature. We also got to ride on one of the new Edinburgh trams, explore Princes Street and view the castle on a beautiful sunny day. Mr Garvie, Highland’s Open and Distance Learning tutor for Classical Languages, met us for the performance and finally got to meet Jodie and Ruairidh, whose SQA Higher and Intermediate 2 assessments he had marked! Pupils in S1, 2 and 3 have had the chance this year to study classical myth, Latin and Ancient Greek, with the option to study these at certificate level as they progress. Several pupils have opted to study Classics one period a week in S3 next year. Any interested pupils in P7 coming up to the Grammar School in August can join one of our lunchtime Classics Clubs.

Netball Leaders in the making!

netball leaders

On Sunday 22nd May 13 GGS netball players were giving something back to the game, by attending a Netball Junior Leader’s Level 1 course at the Craig MacLean Centre. Organised and delivered by Netball Scotland the Grantown girls joined 5 others from Nairn and Glenurquhart High Schools and 2 parents, to develop their assistant coaching skills and gain leadership experience. According to the Netball Scotland coach, Caroline Walker, she covered a lot more than she normally does on one of these courses as the participants were so good!

Huge congratulations to:
Wizzy Mills, Anna Metcalfe, Jo Crane, Eilidh Miles, Molly Vaughan, Molly Westbrook, Sophie McLean, Robyn Barnett, Nell Westbrook, Fiona MacKenzie, Rhona Taylor and Lauren Philip, who are now certificated Level 1 Junior Netball Leaders.

Tenner Challenge

In March and April, all S2 pupils took part in the Tenner Challenge which is a competition for budding entrepreneurs. Each group of 3 or 4 pupils were given £10 and 3 weeks to establish their own business and make as much profit as possible.

There were a wide variety of enterprises planned including car washing, candle manufacturing, baking and sports instruction. After the 3 weeks, the pupils had to present to their peers about their entrepreneurial projects and calculate their bottom line. Some groups broke even while others were in triple figure profit. Not bad for only 3 weeks work!

Throughout the project, the pupils were delighted to work alongside local entrepreneurs. Sally Dowden from Speyside Wildlife and Rebecca Reid from The Red Sock gave invaluable advice and guidance to the S2 pupils. Our young business men and women loved listening to and working alongside Sally and Rebecca to learn from their experience of running a business and all that it concerns. Well done to our class winners, who were:

Winners from 2RK

2RY Winners

2RN Winners

We would like to thank Rebecca and Sally for all of their support and guidance and for Speyside Wildlife’s generosity in providing prizes for the best performing group in each class. The look on the faces of our young entretreneurs with prizes in hand gives more than a hint of how much they enjoyed receiving the reward for the risks taken in pushing their new businesses.

Broken Walls

A great opportunity for the S1-S3 pupils was given today (Tuesday) to see the Alaskan Native American band, Broken Walls, complete with drums, dancers and a member of the Mohawk tribe. They perform all over the world with the theme of ‘Carry the Cure’ which emphasises resilience and a growth mindset.