The school would like to congratulate Teacher of Biology Mrs Kristy Muir and her husband Craig after the birth of their daughter Willow Rhona who was born on Saturday 7th December in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Although only being 2lb 14ozs and being 8 weeks premature we are glad to say that both mother and baby are doing well., with Willow expected to get out of hospital at some point in January.
After the Christmas holidays we will be joined by four new members of staff. Mrs Penny Mundey joins us as a Pupil Support Assistant (PSA) but will also assume a role at some point of transporting the pupils from Kingshouse for their education. This is an innovative approach which may be replicated across other schools within the Highlands over the coming years.
Ms Shona Ritchie joins us as maternity cover for Kristy Muir in Biology for the calendar year. Ms Ritchie joins us fresh from being in Oban High School but she has also worked in Vale of Leven Academy and Lochaber High School.
Mr Alan Mahoney joins us to cover the vacancy created following Stephen Stewart’s departure to Lochaber High School. Alan, although from Fife joins us after a spell teaching ICT in England.
Finally Mrs Irene Walker joins us in the English department to complement the current two teachers in the department. Mrs Walker is a very experienced Teacher of English and is a welcome addition to the staffing compliment.
Our S3 Business Management class have for the second year running got through to the final of the Coca-Cola sponsored "Real Business Challenge (Scotland).
The final will be held in Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Tuesday the 4th of February. The school all wish the team well and are hoping for a successful outcome.
The school will be marking the sad passing of Nelson Mandela by flying a South African flag at half mast over the weekend of his funeral.
Mr Mandela, or Madiba as he was affectionately known, was not only a source of inspiration within the anti-apartheid movement in his own country but also globally as a symbol of the struggle against oppression of any sort whether this be on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic background.
Four of the pupils in S6 who are currently undertaking the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award went to the UHI Foundation Day, an annual event held at one of the five UHI centres. At this event a number of individuals received Honorary degrees including singer Julie Fowlis and British Open Golf winner Paul Lawrie. The pupils on the day got to meet Paul Lawrie and also the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal.
Our under 15 girls rugby team took part in the Scottish Schools 7 a side tournament in Edinburgh on Sunday 1st December. After drawing with Ross High School and beating Grantown Grammar School the girls finished joint second in their pool but were relegated to third place on count back of tries scored.
Those watching commented favourably on the girls' commitment, sportsmanship and improving skills.