Second year of Toilet Twinning

Tuesday, 9 October, is to be a dress-down day and we are asking pupils to dress in blue in support of Toilet Twinning. Pupils should bring £1 for not wearing uniform and some change for other activities in the afternoon.

Last year, thanks to the hard work and generous donations from our pupils, staff and parents, our ‘Poosday’ activities supported 3 toilet blocks:

  • A school toilet block in Port Loko District in Sierra Leone
  • A family latrine in Makawanpur, Nepal and 
  • A toilet block in a displacement camp in Boda District, Central African Republic.

If anyone would like to learn more about toilet twinning then please have a look at their website: http://www.toilettwinning.org/.  There is a great video to explain school toilet twinning. 🚽. Toilet Twinning Video

Sport for all!

On Tuesday 2nd October, 3 pupils from GGS had an exciting, active day at the Sport for All event at Bught Park Sports Centre, Inverness. Rona proved to be a canny Boccia player, Charlie gave us a display of his football skills and Iona was a shark at table tennis – we’ll be back for more!

School Bus Delays WED 03/10

Due to a Road Traffic accident on the A9 at Carrbridge, this afternoon, We have been advised there will be a restricted service to the school buses leaving Grantown Grammar.

Pupils will be divided across the 3 buses available:
Boat of Garten and Carrbridge – 1 bus
Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge – 1 bus
Tormore and Advie – 1 bus

Following info at 15.15 – 03/10/18

2RY John Muir Award

This week was 2RY’s chance to build upon their pond dipping skills by measuring the biodiversity of Loch Vaa. We found and identified shrimp, beetles, nymphs, fish and even a frog!

Thanks again to the RSPB for a great experience.

Roman finds

S3 Greek and Classical Studies pupils had the opportunity to handle actual Roman archaeological finds today, including shards of decorated pottery and glass. Thanks so much to Mr. Patton’s kind loan!

School Photo Deadline

Just a reminder that your School Photo Orders need to be returned to the Office tomorrow (Wednesday 3 October) to benefit from the free delivery.

Data Protection Regulation

Thank you to all of you, who have completed the Annual Data Check Form.  If you still have one of these, you can drop it into the office.  It is important that we hold up to date and accurate information, not only if we need to contact you in an emergency, but also as a legal requirement.

Here is an updated statement from Highland Council, to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation:
The information on this form is collected and used for education administration purposes and will be maintained in accordance with data protection legislation.  In order to provide services, however, it may be necessary to share information about your child with people in other public authorities.  This might include school nurses, GPs, social care services, physiotherapy and other professionals who work with your child.  This will be done if necessary and all agencies will keep this information confidential.  Your consent will usually be sought before information is shared in this way.  The Highland Council is the Data Controller and can be contacted by writing to the Chief Executive, Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX
Please see the Provision of Education Privacy Notice on the Highland Council website.

Cyber Club

Mr McCrow is launching Cyber Club on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes in room 9.

Cyber Tuesdays are for S3 and up, starting at 1.20pm

Cyber Thursdays are for S1 and up, starting at 1.30pm

We will focus initially on learning how to code in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python.

Anyone aged 14+ can also explore their Cyber Security skills via the government’s Cyber Discovery programme, aimed at developing the next generation of cyber security experts.

Last year pupils went on to attend residential courses in Glasgow and Warwick.

These will be fun sessions that are aimed to prepare you for Nationals, Highers, and careers. You will be enrolled onto online courses that Mr McCrow will help you through. These are not ‘games playing’ sessions – unless you have coded the game yourself!!!

The clubs are open to boys and girls, however the government is very keen to encourage more female coders.