KGS hosted the annual Fereday Prize Giving 2019. The projects were entered by pupils from KGS and Stromness Academy and were judged by Tom Muir and Caroline Wickham-Jones. Thank you to Dr Tom Rendall and Spencer Rosie for organising the ceremony and donating the prizes.
Congratulations to all candidates and a special congratulations to those who earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each school. All the projects can be seen at The Orkney Library and Archive.
Having already been places in 1st place for KGS, Sebastien Pesci was awarded the overall prize for his project named: Jim Baikie Orcadian Comic Artist: How did a young man from the remote island of Hoy become a world famous comic artist?
BRONZE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Congratulations to S4 pupil Reece Lowe who was recently presented with his certificate for completing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
FOOTBALL HIGHS AND LOWS
At the beginning of the week 2 KGS teams traveled south to play Thurso High School in the North of Scotland Schools Cup . The Under 13 side were defeated 5-2 on the day despite initially competing well. The Senior KGS side emerged victorious. The game ended 1-1 and Reid Kemp slotted home the wining kick in a nerve racking penalty shoot out to put KGS into the next round where they will play either Dingwall Academy or Inverness Royal Academy. The teams would like to thank Orkney Fisheries Association and the Indian Garden for their continuous support. They would also like to say thank you to Pentland Ferries and Dunnett's Transport.
CHILDREN IN NEED
Last week staff and pupils at KGS took part in a week of fundraising events for Children in Need 2019. The final amount raised by the staff and pupils at KGS this year is a fantastic £1813.20! Well done to everyone involved - great effort!!
KGS recently were visited by Alice Thompson and Jemma Morrison from the Social Bites. They shared an informative presentation to S3 pupils and then spent time working with this years Young Enterprise group Terra.
The KGS U13 side had an away tie in the 3rd round of the Scottish Schools' Football Association Shield against Mintlaw Academy this week in Aberdeenshire. The team played very well, displaying an excellent attitude and incredible team spirit eventually emerging as the 4-1 winners with goals from Kyle Kinghorn, Thorfinn Scott and George Ewing. Victory means that the team now qualify for the 4th round. The 4th round is the first stage of the competition when teams can be drawn anywhere in the country and KGS will play a school in the Edinburgh area. The team would like to thank Orkney Fisheries Association and the Indian Garden for their continuous support. They would also like to say thank you to Pentland Ferries, the Sail Loft Hostel in Portsoy & Stevie Scott who drove the team all the way to Mintlaw and back.
The KGS Footballers have entered a couple of national competitions this year. Providing results go our way this will mean travelling to mainland Scotland to compete against other schools. They recently organised a rubber duck race to raise funds.
CVQO YOUNG LEADERS
KGS pupils were involved in the CVQO Young Leaders Course held at Weyland Park at the end of last month. This was the first Cadet Tri Service event that has been run by the Scottish team and included 12 cadets from Orkney, the majority from KGS, and 3 from Shetland. The team were very impressed with the young people involved all of who gained a level 5 qualification from the weekend.
OIC WINTER NEWSLETTER
BGE TRACKING REPORTS
The first Tracking Reports of the year will be emailed to parents/carers of S1, S2 and S3 pupils this afternoon. These Tracking Reports give an indication of the attainment in each subject as well as an indication of a pupils progress. Class Teachers, Principal Teachers, Guidance Staff and Year Heads will be discussing the Tracking Reports with pupils over the next couple of weeks.
A big congratulations to all pupils and staff involved in last Friday's fundraising activities for Macmillan Cancer Support. In total £813 was raised in KGS.
The Guidance Department sent a letter home welcoming everyone back to school at the beginning of this term The letter also included important information about their work in supporting pupils at KGS. The letter can be downloaded below.
All schools in Scotland have been allocated 2 extra In Service Days this year by the Scottish Government. The additional days for KGS are February 12th 2020 and June 2nd 2020. KGS will therefore be closed to pupils for Staff In Service on the following dates for the rest of this academic year: October 28th and 29th 2019 February 12th and 13th 2020 June 1st and 2nd 2020
Since 2008 NHS Scotland have been running a successful HPV vaccination programme offering all S1 girls the vaccination. The success of this programme, and emerging new evidence, means that the programme will be extended to include S1 boys this year. Extending the routine vaccination programme to include boys has the potential to further reduce levels of cancer causing HPV and save lives in the future. Consent packs containing a letter, leaflet and consent forms will be sent home and NHS Scotland will be publishing an online information pack in early September. http://www.healthscotland.scot/