Apprenticeship Week


As part of the Scottish Apprenticeship week Highland College UHI are running a showcase on 7 March. If there is anyone interested in attending, please see your Guidance teacher.

Chinese New Year

Xinnian kuaile from our hardworking canteen staff last Thursday. The ladies put on a very impressive spread for the Chinese New Year which was enjoyed by all. Mrs McGonigal also had a very appropriate fortune in her cookie as we approach the end of prelims and start working towards the final exams. Happy New Year! 🐶🎉

Rock Challenge

On Thursday 16 February letters went home regarding the Rock Challenge, hoodies and a permission form. Please follow the links below.  The permission form needs to be returned as soon as possible, Monday 5 March at the latest.  Please send money for hoodies and tickets to Mrs Mackintosh.

We have now sold all the tickets that we have been allocated however if you are still looking to buy tickets please hand in your money and request for tickets to Mrs Mackintosh tomorrow or Friday at the very latest. On Monday 26th Mrs Shearon will contact Eden Court when the spare tickets are put on general release. We cannot promise that we will be able to get more tickets but we will do what we can. We cannot accept requests for tickets after 4pm on Friday 23rd February. All we can do is suggest a phone call to Eden Court on Monday 26th to see if there are any spare tickets.

Inter-house Cross Country

S1s – Unfortunately, due to the weather, we were unable to run the S1 inter-house cross country competition. However, we are hoping to re-run it in Spring, so watch out for updates.

S2 inter-house cross country took place last week. Brilliant stamina and resilience was shown by all, even in difficult conditions. The boys’ race on course 3 (6.5 km) was extremely close with a fight for first place between Matthew Murphie, Robert Kearton and Alfie Roberts, all finishing within 20 seconds of each other. Matthew Murphie still had energy left in his tank for a sprint finish and took 1st place in 28 minutes 22 seconds! In the girls’ race, which was around course 2 (4 km), Susanna MacDonald secured first place with a 3 minute lead at 18 minutes 31 seconds. Well done to all who took part.

S3 inter-house cross country took place on a sunny Wednesday morning last week with a great effort by all who took part.  All S3 pupils ran course 3 (6.5km).  A special mention to Jen Mackenzie, who was the overall year champion, completing the course in 31 minutes 28 seconds. Second and third place were hotly contested between the girls showing their fantastic competitive spirit. In the boys’ race there was a close competition for first place between Iain Ross and Finlay Jennings, with Iain Ross just ahead, completing the course in 34 minutes 12 seconds. Tremendous efforts by all!  More photos on Facebook.


Cyber Apprenticeship Trip

SDS and ATOS have organised a free trip for pupils in S2-3 who are curious about careers and apprenticeships in the ICT/cyber security industry. We have 10 places available, so sign up as soon as you can via the Google Form.
The trip will be on Friday 9th March leaving school at 9am and returning by lunch. There will be presentations from ATOS and an overview of the apprenticeship programme, before pupils get a chance to take part in a demo activity with current ATOS apprentices.
If you think you might be interested in a career in ICT in general, or in cyber security itself, this is the trip for you!latize_enhancing_the_effectiveness_of_security_agencies_through_big_data_1

Cyber Skills Lessons


SDS have invited GGS pupils to take part in a live lesson teaching you how to ‘hack’ into a bank. To take part sign up via the EventBrite link below. You should have a go at the first two online lessons first at but make sure you book yourself a place. It’s all on-line and the live lesson takes place during the February break.

Lesson 3 – Wednesday 21st February, 14.00 – 15.00

Due to the successful bank heist in January, we will be trying to ‘hack’ into another bank and get more cash. Working against the clock all schools will be able to work through a series of tasks to release the funds. Don’t forget to the keep track of how much your school eventually gets! Last time we almost got £150million!

Sign up to attend here –

Each session is designed to ‘stand-alone’ and learners can tackle any one or all three lessons if they wish.

Reasons to get involved include:

• The cyber industry has the fastest growing salaries in the UK
• Demand for these skills come from all over the globe
• It provides an opportunity to work for the greater good
• There are employment options in a variety of industries

Funded by the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy Programme, the lessons have been developed by Skills Development Scotland are part of the recently launched Cyber Skills Programme for more information please click here , for more information contact Debbie McCutcheon . For further information on careers in the digital tech sector visit Digital World

See Mr McCrow if you need help getting set up.