IT Apprenticeships

There are 6 IT Cyber Security apprenticeships going in Forres with ATOS.  IT is not an essential requirement as full training is given.  If anyone is interested in a future in IT, here is the link –

IT Apprenticeships – Forres


Toilet Twinning Update

We were delighted to receive our certificates from Toilet Twinning this week.

Thanks to the hard work and generous donations from the pupils, staff and parents during our ‘Poosday’ activities last term, we have been able to support the following toilet blocks:

  • A school toilet block in Port Loko District in Sierra Leone.
  • A family latrine in Makawanpur, Nepal.
  • A toilet block in a displacement camp in Boda District, Central African Republic.
Helping to bring clean water and safe sanitation to the world’s poorest people by linking your loo with a latrine in Africa or Asia.

Mountain Bike Champs

Congratulations to our S6 pupil, Henry Kerr, who finished 9th in the Junior Men’s Downhill UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia.

Further downhill Mountain Bike success over the weekend… Congratulations to Jamie Edmondston in S5, who won the Scottish Downhill Championship at Fort William.

Sports Fair

It’s on days like last Thursday that you realise how resilient pupils at GGS are, as it rained all day but did not dampen the spirit of all the pupils who took part in the Sports Fair.
This event gave local community clubs and sports governing bodies a better understanding of the school ethos around curriculum-based competition and extracurricular sport. It gave local sports clubs the opportunity to raise their profile within the school, allowing pupils to experience opportunities that exist in their local area and bring the pathway from school sport to club sport alive.
It is hoped that the legacy from this event will see more pupils participating in local community sports clubs, more pupils achieving success in sport locally and more pupils gaining leadership skills and qualifications through connecting with their local community sport clubs.
Also we hope that this will be the start of developing the relationship between the school, local sports clubs and governing bodies that will lead to a strengthened local pathway for sport and help develop the breadth of sport-related opportunities available within the school.
At the start of a new school term it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the collective sporting opportunities we have in the local area for our young people. It also highlighted to the pupils making the transition from primary school to secondary school what opportunities exist for them to continue to be active.


Well done to our S2 pupils, Eoin, Calum, George, Alfie and James, who play for Kingussie Camanachd U14s. They have made it to the McMaster Cup Finals (a National competition) which will be played in Inverness on 30 September. Looking forward to supporting you there boys!

Gold DoE

Congratulations to former pupils, Rachel Crane and Ailsa Hepburn, who received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Holyrood Palace in July. Also congratulations to Alex McAuly-Brand, who has just completed her Gold Award. These are all fantastic achievements, which require commitment, resilience and determination. Well done!
Gold DoE

Silver DoE

Another big well done to both Silver groups who completed their qualifying expeditions last weekend. Canoeists got soaked on Friday but had favourable winds and weather over Saturday and Sunday on Loch Lomond. The walkers had a serious attack of the midgies but still managed to survive their 3-day, 2-night journey in the hills near Dalwhinnie and Loch Ossian. If you would like to hear more about their adventures, both groups will be doing a presentation to parents and friends on the evening of Monday 2 October in the school hall.

Geography Field Trip

The Higher Geography class had an interesting day out collecting fieldwork data on Tuesday. They visited Aviemore, where they practised Human Geography fieldwork techniques. They then received a talk on visitor management at Glenmore from the Forestry Commission Ranger, Lucy Ford, at Loch Morlich. River surveys were then conducted, where they got wet from above and below in the rainstorm. Well done everyone on a great day out!

Rugby at Lunchtimes

We had a great turn out at rugby training with over 60 boys and girls participating. There are games scheduled for the next 2 weeks for all teams so if you are interested, please see Mrs Blair or Mr Hepburn to add your name to the list.

2RY Dam Building

Well done to 2RY on a successful dam-building afternoon in the woods near Loch Garten last week.  Thanks to Fraser and co-workers from the RSPB for all their encouragement, advice and enthusiasm.