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on Mon, 08/05/2017 - 09:59


On Friday 28 April the SHS Junior Rangers were awarded their John Muir Discovery Award following a week of activities learning about the Speyside area’s iconic wildlife, biodiversity, outdoor access and visitor management.  They developed a range of skills and qualities, such as resilience, through a canoe journey, walks and activities on the Speyside Way, and conservation activities on Glenlivet Estate at Drumin Castle, all while having fun despite the terrible weather!  All pupils and staff involved deserve special praise – well done.



This week sees the start of this years’ diet of SQA exams.  Young people, colleagues and parents have been working hard to ensure the best results are achieved.  We are delighted to welcome Mr Chris Burns as out new Chief Invigilator.  I would personally like to wish Mr Glen Ross, our former Chief Invigilator, our sincere thanks for all the very hard work he put in to the smooth running of SQA exams at Speyside High School

Last Friday evening [28 April] saw SHS perform for the first time at Spirit of Speyside.  An excellent concert of Scottish music was enjoyed by an international audience at the Fleming Hall, Aberlour.  A number of our young people performed as solo acts for the first time.  A particular thanks to our senior pupils who gave up their time during important study time to perform at this.  We were also very lucky to welcome Keil Laing, a bagpiper.  Keil is in P7 at Rothes Primary but performed like a ‘pro’ as part of the SHS performance.

On the afternoon of Thursday 27 April our S3 Skillforce group headed out to Duffus Castle for their overnight camp.  Pupils were praised for their behaviour and enthusiasm for all the activities involved.

I am pleased that as part of the work the Pupil Senate has done – we now have outdoor benches which are under the arches.  We also have areas for use in the Social Area as a result of new furniture being delivered during the Easter holidays.

Speyside Senior Football Team won the Schools’ League this year.  Well done to all pupils and to Mr Fernandes – Manager Extraordinaire!

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Mrs Tania Winwood-Young as Acting PT Guidance.  Mrs Winwood-Young will take up her new role in August 2017.



Darcey Thomson has returned from an Easter residential course as a cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.  Darcey is a pupil of Mr John Mustard and has passed the audition to be placed highly within the cello section.  Congratulations go to Darcey for this wonderful achievement.