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 Club XL Success (photo)

The Kirkcaldy High School Prince's Trust "Club XL" promotes wider achievement and community involvement, and this month saw the school's club being recognised at the annual Scottish Prince's Trust Awards in Edinburgh. Three Fourth Year boys were shortlisted as finalists in the "Community Impact" section for their work supporting elderly members of the Torbain Church lunch club. The boys were shortlisted in the final three in Scotland, and we are proud of their achievement. They had an excellent afternoon at the Assembly Rooms in George Street where they mixed with a range of TV and music stars. Liam Lindsay (16), pictured centre, enjoyed the lunch club experience so much he has now decided to pursue a career in elderly care. He said, “I got so much confidence from working with the older people that it made me realise that caring is a profession I’d like to work in.” Grant, Liam and Aaron are pictured at the awards with their "Community Impact" certificate of achievement Earlier in the year, a different group of KHS Prince's Trust pupils went to Wimbledon after winning a Fife wide competition.

P7 Open Evening (photo)

Our recent showcase evening was a real success with over 200 families visiting the school to see classes in action and meet staff and young people. After an introductory talk from the Rector and Mrs Aitken (Senior Depute Rector and S1 Yearhead) organised the parents and carers of next session’s new First Year intake into groups to tour the school. As part of the evaluation, a great many parents commented on the quality of the school’s facilities, the commitment of the staff and the interesting lessons being delivered as part of “Curriculum for Excellence”. Once again this year, the explosive Science experiments were a highlight! Mrs Aitken thanks the Prefects who were excellent hosts and guides, again giving great service to the school. Very many of our seniors are well on track to achieve a Gold, Silver or Bronze Saltire Volunteering Award. 

“Speedy Stem” Challenge (photo)

Another major highlight from earlier this month was our S2 "Speedy STEM" challenge, held in the Hall with partners; Fife College, the Construction Industry Training Board and the Hydrogen Office at Methil. Pupils worked in teams to design and build robots, parachutes, wind turbines and compressed air jet engines - specifically with a problem to solve. It was an excellent experience which boosted creativity and cooperation. In line with our “Young Workforce” strategy, this will also have benefitted our young people's employability and knowledge of potential careers in science, technology and engineering.

Lest We Forget

On Sunday 8 November, KHS was part of the Kirkcaldy Armistice Parade. William Rae and Louise Wallace laid a wreath at the town War Memorial and we had pupils singing songs of the Great War at the Adam Smith Theatre. Remembrance continued to be in our minds, and hearts, for the remainder week with special assemblies, a wreath laying at our own school memorial and a 2 minute silence across the school on Wednesday 11 November. We were joined by Private Hutchison and Private Hogg of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Thanks to William Rae, Calum Hughes and Ross Glancy for the moving monologues they delivered at assemblies. Louise Wallace and Dr Murray sang a beautiful duet - a heartbreaking version of "The Green Fields of France" by Eric Bogle, and Chris Mack played the haunting lament, "Flo'ers o' the Forest", on bagpipes. Thanks to them all. Details, including some video clips, are available on Twitter @KirkcaldyHigh.

KHS Parent Council

The Parent Council meeting on Tuesday 10 November was very productive with a focus on post school destinations and a detailed look at exam results. We had a really good discussion with senior pupils about some of the exam trends. The Rector also shared a copy of our "Standards and Quality Report" for 2015 with the Council members. A copy was also emailed home last week The Report also includes outline plans for 2015-2016. If any parent/carer has any comments about our priorities or have any questions about the direction of the school we would be delighted to hear from you. You can find a much longer and more detailed version of the Report on our website. In addition, Derek Dunsire, Parent Council Chair, would be delighted to welcome new members to the next meeting of the Parent Council on January 12 2016. Please don't be put off by the formal sounding title. The Council is an open forum where you can air your views, ask any questions at all and find out a wee bit more about your school. Please be clear that you won't be roped into taking on any special responsibility!

S4 Prelim Exams

These practice exams begin on 23 November and take place in class and in the Hall. Pupils will follow their normal timetable when not in an exam and our start and finish times are unaffected. All parents/carers of S4 have been emailed a copy of the timetable and details are also on our website and on Twitter. Also, last week, all Fourth year pupils took part in special sessions on "Growth Mindset" with a training provider called "Live'n'Learn". This programme is well timed to get our young people ready for “National” examinations next May. There is no doubt that one's ability to succeed in any activity is affected by confidence and attitude.

Dates for Your Diary:

Thurs 19 Nov- Templehall Family Fun Day at Fair Isle Primary, with KHS Sports Leaders Fri 20 Nov - BAE and RAF Roadshow for S4 Physics puoils (in school) Mon 23  Nov – S4 Prelim exam week Tues 24 Nov - Visit of Steve Dayman, Founder Executive of Meningitis Now, talking with S5/6, Visit of Matthew Fitt, well known Scots author (pm), Rotary Young Musician Competition at Balwearie High School (evening) Wed 25 Nov – CDT visit to FMC Technologies Dunfermline Thurs 26 Nov – Science trip to Edinburgh Zoo, visit of Prof Andrew Steele of the Royal Society, talking with English classes Fri 27 Nov – Visit to STV Studios in Glasgow, school orchestra playing at the ASDA Christmas lights switch on Mon 30 Nov-  House Assemblies this week with a theme of “Rights Respecting School”, talk about Oil and Gas Apprenticeships (pm) Wed 2 Dec -  S5/6 Parent/Carer Evening Thurs 3 Dec - Rotary Hi-5 Event at KHS Mon 7 Dec - Yeargroup Assemblies this week, with music from the Christmas Concert Wed 9 Dec - Christmas Concert at KHS, 6.30pm Fri 11 Dec - S1 trip to the Adam Smith pantomime Mon 14 Dec - House Assemblies this week, with Chaplain Ken Froude and our Charities Committee Wed 16 Dec - Christmas Disco Fri 18 Dec - Dress Down Day, Staff X Factor, for Charity and half day close for the holidays Mon 4 Jan 2016 - Return to school, Yeargroup Assemblies this week.

October 2015

French Visitors to Kirkcaldy High School (Photo)

Last week we welcomed a party of 35 students and 2 teachers from Charles de Gaulle High School in Vannes, Brittany. The group was on a cultural and language visit to Scotland, staying in Edinburgh. Keen to get a flavour of a typical Scottish school, the group spent half a day in classes in KHS being shown around by pupils studying French. Several new friendships were made and “Facebook” connections established. Our visitors had a great experience and left with a good understanding of the Scottish education system. Many thanks to Mrs MacEachen, Head of Languages, who put together the programme.

Linking School and Industry at Aberdeen Conference (Photo)

KHS is right behind the principles of the recent Wood Report, which aims to boost employability skills for Scotland’s young people by making learning more vocational relevant and increasing links to training where appropriate. Earlier this month, 2 recent “Energy Hub” graduates addressed a group of engineering employers at “Offshore Europe” in Aberdeen. Liam Sinclair and Kyle Martin spoke of the mentoring programme they had undertaken and the Rector explained the benefits of employers working more directly with schools. The “Energy Hub” programme has been a real success and at least 1 of the 10 graduates has been made the firm offer of a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering with Sparrows, a major North Sea Oil supply company. Liam and Kyle are pictured delivering their talk in Aberdeen.

Leading the Way in Health and Wellbeing (Photo)

Kirkcaldy High School was asked to showcase its sector leading work at an International Health and Wellbeing Conference in Glasgow on Tuesday. The Rector addressed the conference with a team of five peer educators (Brogan Wilkie, Erin Sandilands, Hannah Thomson, Talia Toruntay and Jack Garvie, all S6) who have helped develop positive and safer attitudes to relationships across our school community. You will perhaps be aware that the school has an award winning approach to tackling teenage sexual health which has helped reduce the incidence of pregnancy in girls under age 16 in our catchment area from over 15 per thousand in 2010 to below 6 per thousand according to the most recent figures. As well as an NHS "in-house" contraception service available every Friday, we have specially trained peer educators or mentors who support younger pupils to develop well informed attitudes about sex and relationships. In Glasgow, our peer educators were excellent communicators and wonderful ambassadors for the school. They presented to experts from all over the UK as well as from Lithuania and Japan.

 

Outdoor Team Building for First Year

Last week, all S1 pupils had a great time once again when they focussed on team working, leadership skills and personal growth through a series of problem solving tasks as part of our annual outdoor learning experience at Fordell Firs near Inverkeithing. Each House group - Adam Smith, Beveridge, Carlyle and Oswald, had a day away at the camp which is the Scouts National Activity Centre. The pupils had the chance to try out a range of activities including pot holing, climbing and archery. Many thanks to "Friends of Kirkcaldy High School" for their financial support.  Fund raising from last year's ceilidh subsidised the price of the trips to ensure that no pupil from missed out for financial reasons. Also, thanks to our S6 “buddies” who helped ensure that the trips ran smoothly.

 

Roman Invasion at KHS

Pupils in the S3 Latin class had no option but “to keep calm and carry on” when a fully armed Roman soldier burst into their lesson one morning in early September.Within moments, the soldier Quintus had forced Curtis, caught totally unawares, to sign a wax tablet, which meant he had committed the whole class to 25 years’ service in the Roman army!One of these new recruits, Fraser, quickly decided that his wisest course of action was to make the best of the situation and co-operate with the enemy. Soon dressed in full Roman armour and promoted to Quintus’ second-in-command, Fraser was clearly in his element, barking orders in Latin at the “slackers” in the ranks!All class members were assessed like any Roman recruit would have been – no special treatment for them! They were examined for lice, were checked to ensure that they had the minimum two eyes required for military service, were given some basic weapons training and were taught to march in formation. Those out of step were punished with decimation i.e. every tenth man was subjected to the punishment of a “beating”!Many thanks to Douglas Eckhart of “Real Roman Tours” for giving the pupils a (bitter?) taste of ancient Roman military life!

 

MacMillan Coffee Morning at KHS

Once again this year, Mrs Nelson’s Personal Development class decided that they would like hold a The Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. They planned the event over several weeks until the big day arrived on Friday 25 September. The class was very grateful for the support of staff and pupils, who baked, bought cakes and donated prizes for the raffle. The event went very well and a substantial sum was raised.

 

September 2105

SQA Exam Success at KHS (Photo)

 

In August we were delighted to note a strong improvement in exam performance of KHS pupils, with most indicators now standing at “best ever” levels – especially the number of pupils achieving “Highers” by the end of S5. The proportion of S4 doing well in literacy and numeracy has also increased, as measured by the success rate in the new National 5 qualification. A continuing trend is the “value added”, which measures actual results against those expected or “predicted” by tests set by Durham University when the exam candidates were in Primary.

Special congratulations go to those young people who could not have done better in the “Nationals” (L- R); Chloe Newton, Rebecca hay, Tamara Alrahow, Ashley Davidson and Lauren Kerr. All of the girls got straight “A” grades and will receive special “Achievers’ Ties”. Tamara already has the distinction of being recognised as a top achiever – she gained the highest score ever recorded in the University of St Andrews “First Chances” wider access programme earlier this year.

Trip to the Edinburgh International Book Festival (Photo)

A group of National 5 English pupils attended the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday 24th August. The event was called 'Coming of Age' and featured writers Brian Conaghan and Andrew Smith discussing their work and reading extracts from their novels. The pupils learnt that neither writer believes in 'writer's block' and to become a writer you need to be able to cope with rejection: one of the authors confessed that he had had 217 rejections before finally having a book accepted for publication. The novels are for older teens and deal with issues such as friendship, isolation and what happens when a group of giant praying mantises take over the world!

New Session – New Teaching Staff

Welcome new staff Miss Dickson in English, Mr Campbell and Miss Malcolm in PE, Miss Burke and Miss MacEachen in Languages and Miss Ashby and Miss Braid in Social Studies. We also welcomed back Mrs Garrie in Drama after her maternity leave. Mr Marshall is now a Guidance Teacher for Adam Smith House and Mrs Hunter is Guidance for Carlyle. Best wishes to Miss Keeble (English) and Mrs Bruce (Drama), who are currently on maternity leave.

Parents’/Carers’ Evenings 2015-2016

These take place as detailed below, from 5.00pm – 7.30pm. Please expect your son/daughter to make appointments on the schedule which is issued about 2 weeks before each event. You will receive a letter with full details in advance;

P7 Tour of School                       Thurs 29 Oct 15            S3 Parents’ Evening                 Mon 1 Feb 16

S1 Parents’ Evening                   Tues 17 Nov 15             S4 Parents’ Evening                 Tues 8 Mar 16

S2 Learning Fair                         Wed 17 Feb 16              S5/6 Parents’ Evening            Wed 2 Dec 15

S2 Parents’ Evening                   Thurs 25 Feb 16          

 

Reporting Dates 2015-2016

As well as our regular “on-track” letters for S3-6, please expect more detailed reports to be posted home at these times;

S1 Settling In Report                 Fri 9 Oct 15                   S3 Report (with Profile)          Fri 3 June 16

S1 Report                                    Fri 20 May 16                S4 Report                                  Fri 15 Jan 16

S2 Report                                    Fri 29 Jan 16                 S5/6 Report                              Mon 15 Feb 16

 

Getting Involved at KHS

At Assemblies last week we were encouraging participation in school clubs and extra curricular activities, and this was very well led by our Head Girl, Louise Wallace. On this theme we are delighted to report that Robert Greenhorn, our excellent Active Schools Coordinator has been tracking participation in sport. The proportion of the school roll taking part in physical activity (beyond PE lessons) on a regular basis has risen from 9% in 2012 to 24% in 2015. The most popular activities were; Netball, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Table Tennis, Dance and Hockey. We are strongly committed to health and wellbeing and KHS pupils receive far more than the statutory minimum time in PE lessons. Full details of the many extras we offer are on our website.

June 2015

Please Slow Down Around School

KHS pupils gave motorists something to think about when they lined a section of Dunnikier Way last week to urge them to slow down near schools. KHS was taking part in the national "BRAKE" campaign which highlights this important issue. Over a thousand youngsters including visiting pupils from local primary schools took part in a walk around Dunnikier Park before returning to school along the busy Dunnikier Way. Miss Torp-Petersen (Guidance) said that the event had served its purpose and that many drivers will have got the message. "It was also good to walk around the park. We promote active and healthy living, as well as personal safety as part of our curriculum", she added. Pictured are a group of senior students with Mrs Aitken (Senior Depute Rector).

New Prefects Appointed (Photo)

After a tough selection process we are pleased to announce that 64 appointments have been made (please see full details on our website; www.fifedirect.org.uk/kirkcaldyhs). Thanks to David Torrance MSP, who was part of the interview panel which appointed the Heads and Deputes; Head Boy – William Rae. Deputes – Calum Hughes and Ross Glancy. Head Girl – Louise Wallace. Deputes – Megan Greer, Louise Newberry and Talia Toruntay.

World Burns Federation Success for Louise

New KHS Head Girl, Louise Wallace, was one of several young Fifers recently commended by the Provost at a reception laid on to mark winners in the World Burns Federation Competition finals held recently in Glasgow. After her rendition of “Coming Through The Rye”, Louise won the S5/6 vocals and was named as the “Best Singer” in the entire competition. She was awarded an Achiever’s Tie by the school and was presented with a beautiful Quaich by Provost Jim Leishman at the reception held at Kirkcaldy Town House on June 2.

P7 Pupils Welcome Days

Miss Diamond (Depute Rector) thanks everyone who was involved with our P7 Welcome Days on Wednesday and Thursday last week.  The feedback from parents was very positive and the pupils themselves were buzzing with enthusiasm about coming to KHS. They enjoyed taster lessons in most subjects, took part in the “Brake Walk”, got the chance to meet new classmates and then enjoyed a disco on Thursday evening. Parents and carers were also invited in to school to meet with Guidance staff and prefects to discuss aspects of the transition and arrangements for August. There was also the opportunity to purchase a blazer and other items of school uniform from Academy Uniforms - www.academyuniformsltd.co.uk

Fife Schools Athletics

Congratulations to all who took part, and in particular the KHS medallists, in the Fife Schools Athletics Championships, held at Pitreavie last week. Chloe Dargie was runner up in the high jump and Curtis Johnson took silver in the javelin.

Disability Sport Fife Athletics

Many thanks to our Sports Leaders, who were widely praised for their excellent support at the recent DSF Games at Pitreavie. This was the new team’s first official duty and the members made an excellent contribution. We are grateful to Richard Brickley and his colleagues at DSF for involving our young people in supporting disabled athletes. It is a privilege to be able to assist – and it provides a very rich experience for our young people.

By Royal Appointment

Best wishes to the staff who have been invited to represent Kirkcaldy High School at the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood House on Wed 1 July. Selected for their length and quality of service to the school, the following staff members will get the chance to meet the Queen; Irene Cunningham (Kitchen Staff), Marilyn Duncan (Support Assistant), Lesley Hardie (Support Officer), Anna Horner (Cleaner), Connie Laing (Services to staff), Anita Lindsay (Office), Bill Lister (Chief Technician), Lorraine Lister (Janitor), John Melville (Teacher) and Gavin Morrice (Teacher).

KHS on the Telly

Perhaps readers saw the STV news item on Friday 5 June? Concerns over children’s intake of sugar, particularly in the form of fizzy drinks, was highlighted and given that KHS had taken steps to ban consumption of these drinks in school over 2 years ago, a reporting team came to school to hear the views of young people and staff. All parents are asked not to include sugary drinks as part of a packed lunch for school.

S6 Induction Day

This important event took place on Friday 5 June with range of speakers giving talks and demonstartions including personal finance, careers, volunteering, “buddying” for younger pupils and healthy eating. In the afternoon we had team building and problem solving games which were very well received. Many thanks to Mr Farquharson for his terrific organisation of the event.

KHS “Big Event”

This year’s fun afternoon to mark the end of session takes place on Thursday 2 July. All pupils get to take part in a range of activities; mountain biking/cycle speedway, giant inflatables including a bungee run, tug of war, face painting, petting zoo, a dress up photo booth, jewellery making, nail bar, disco, PE activities, giant connect 4, giant jenga and snakes & ladders. We also have visiting stalls/workshops run by NHS Fife, Road Safety, Police, Fire and Rescue etc. Those pupils who have followed the values all session are also included in our grand raffle with a wide range of prizes, including a mountain bike – many thanks to Spokes Cycles for supporting this.

P7 Step Up to Enterprise

In May KHS played host to the P7 classes from link primary schools at the Step-Up To Enterprise event. The event was delivered by Matt Stewart from entrepreneur.me and supported by our third year pupils. The P7 pupils were involved in buying resources and making products to a brief set by the team. They set about their tasks with great enthusiasm and there was a fantastic air of competition in the LRC over the 2 days. The teams were made up of pupils from different primaries and this gave a good opportunity for pupils to meet new friends as well experience their new school. Well done to our 3rd year prefects who did a fantastic job on both days. Well done to Mrs Nelson, Principal Teacher of Business, Computing and Enterprise, who organised the event.

UK Maths Challenge Success

Well done to the following pupils who achieved very well in the recent UK Maths Challenge Competition;

  • Gold - Euan Sandilands, Michael Panarella, Cameron Bowie, Calum Jackson, Caitlin Tindal
  • Silver - David Smith, Jordan Donaldson, Sarah Cook, Reece Horsburgh, Megan Penman Gabrielle Ward, Megan Jobson
  • Bronze - Greg Robertson, Cieran Auchterlonie, Rachael Stoddart, Robbie Henderson, Dionne Colston Mhoren Batchelor, Fraser Roy, Kiara Montgomery.

This is the most demanding of competitions and our “Gold” winners have now qualified for the next round.

 

May 2015

Kirkcaldy High Wins “Go4SET” Prize (photo) 

School teams from across Fife and Falkirk attended Fife College on Friday 8 May to show innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects with an environmental emphasis, and KHS came away having been selected as the winners of the “Student’s Choice” award. At the event the KHS team displayed their model “eco-hotel” to a group of assessors and discussed their projects with guests attending the event. Each school was supported by a local business and we thank Glenrothes based Brand-Rex for being excellent partners and mentors. The judges who had the hard task of selecting the winning team were from leading businesses such as Diageo, Alexander Dennis, GE Oil and Gas and Rolls-Royce. Deputy Provost Kay Morrison at Fife Council attended the event and commented “I left today’s event feeling energised and optimistic, having seen the results of a project which gave young people opportunities to experiment, to test their ideas and understanding in an imaginative way. They planned, constructed and presented a concept which incorporated scientific, engineering and technological thinking”. Our picture shows Kennedy Miller of Brand-Rex, with Physics teacher Miss Tennant, Lauren Scobie, Kiara Montgomery, Shannon Houston, Kyle Pitcaithly and Steph Marshall of Brand-Rex.

 

School Uniform – KHS Blazers

Parents/carers are reminded of arrangements in place with Academy Uniforms of East Kilbride, who can offer a durable, machine washable KHS blazer for only £30 inclusive of an embroidered badge. These can be ordered directly in time for the new term from at; www.academyuniformsltd.co.uk. Look out for the “Kirkcaldy High” tab. The company will also have trained staff and samples available at our special P7 Parent/Carer evening on Thursday 11 June. We are grateful for parental support in maintaining a high standard of uniform. While we have established a helpful link with Academy, blazers are available from other local outlets as previously indicated and these are perfectly acceptable as schoolwear. An embroidered badge is available form the school office price £5.

 

SQA Exams Update

The exams at KHS are well under way. Many thanks to all the teachers who led SQA study support on Saturdays and during the Easter break. The “Easter School” was a very good opportunity for our SQA candidates to get to grips with National 5, Intermediate, Higher and Advance Higher in time for the exams, and we were delighted with the uptake, with an average of 80 young people in on each of the nine days offered during the holidays. We are also pleased by the response to the “masterclasses” which take place immediately before each exam. Details on our website; www.fifedirect.org.uk/kirkcaldyhsor on Twitter @KirkcaldyHigh. This is also a good source of revision and study resources.

 

Science Under The Microscope

Recently, Higher Human and National 5 Biology pupils were involved in a cancer workshop run by the Dundee Cancer Centre (affiliated with the University of Dundee) and Dundee Science Centre. Pupils listened to a short talk about the effects of cancer on human cells before being given the opportunity to observe real biopsies of skin cancer cells using microscopes. Pupils then went on to use DNA electrophoresis techniques to identify the DNA patterns associated with cancer cells. This was a fascinating experience for our bussing scientists and a part of our emphasis on STEM across the school.

 

“Steps To Work” Edinburgh Outing

The school has a strong emphasis on boosting employability skills and at the end of March, Miss Nessel's S5 Steps to Work class went on a class trip to Edinburgh which they organised on their own. The class researched and booked all aspects of the trip, including the train travel, the open top bus tour and the booking of their visit to Edinburgh Dungeons without any help from staff. The class has worked hard all year raising money for various charities and developing their social skills, so this trip was a chance to put all their skills together and organise the whole day.

 

KirkcaldyHigh School in London Awards Finals

The school has won through to the final eight in a major UK public service competition after its pioneering work in reducing

teenage pregnancy was further recognised. The Municipal Journal Awards, which showcase excellence in local government, take place in Park Lane, London on 18 June and KHS has been shortlisted in the “Children’s Services” category.  David Torrance, the MSP for Kirkcaldy and a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, has described KHS’ work on relation to improving sexual health as “proactive, progressive and pragmatic – and based on partnerships”. He had particular praise for the part KHS has played in reducing the local rate of under 16 pregnancy by over 60% in 4 years. The approach taken involves peer education with specially trained pupil leaders and an “in house” contraception clinic. Last year it resulted in the achievement of a COSLA “Excellence Award”.The awards will be presented by the Rt Hon William Hague, former Foreign Secretary and we will be represented by Mrs Houston and Mrs Ritchie (Guidance Team Leaders), who will be joined by Val Reid and Debbie Wilson of NHS Fife.

 

March 2015

KHS Sports Leaders Take The Lead (photo)

 

Our Sports Leaders continue to be excellent ambassadors for the school and great role models in the community. In particular, we have established a very strong link with Disability Sport Fife and the photograph shows Team KHS officiating at the DSF Swimming at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes last month, with Miss McIntosh. We were also involved in DSF Badminton at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre and the team organised a feeder Primary rugby festival in January. Two weeks ago, Talia Toruntay and Lauren Ferriday (Active School Ambassadors) were nominated to attend a BBC “Question and Answer” session with other Kirkcaldy area secondary school pupils at the BBC studios in Glasgow. The aim of the session is to celebrate “Women’s Month”.

 

KHS Success in the PF Speaking Competition (photo)

Kirkcaldy High School has won through to the Fife final of the Procurator Fiscal Crown Office Public Speaking Competition. S3 pupils Jay Elder and Ewan Thomson (pictured) took part in the third of three heats held last week at Madras College and the pair won their heat, beating Madras and Waid Academy in the process. Ewan and Jay greatly impressed the judges with their wit and convincing delivery. The theme was “Society expects everyone to be thin and beautiful”, and the boys decided to speak up for those of us who are neither! They were eloquent and passionate in arguing their case, and posed relevant questions to the other teams competing. The other Fife finalists are St Columba's High School and Auchmuty High School. We wish our team well in the final.

 

SQA Easter Revision School

Many thanks to all the staff who are prepared to help SQA exam candidates throughout the Easter Holidays as follows; Tues 7 April – Administration, Business, Computing, Drama and Engineering Science, Wed 8 April – English, Thurs 9 April – Care, Health and Food Technology, Drama, Spanish, Fri 10 April – Graphic Communication, Design and Manufacture, Mon 13 April – Mathematics, Tues 14 April – Art and Design, Chemistry, Geography, Wed 15 April – Graphic Communication, Engineering Science, Product Design, Technological Studies, Thurs 16 April – Science Subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics), Fri 17 April – Classical Studies and Latin. Most sessions start at 9.30am and full details are on our website: www.fifedirect.org.uk/kirkcaldyhs.

 

Club XL Trip to Hampden Park

On Thursday, 12th March the S4 XL group spent the day at Hampden Park at the Prince’s Trust ‘Welcome to Your Future’ event. The day started with an inspirational talk by Alison McGregor, the CEO of HSBC bank in Scotland, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of experts in a variety of occupations. During lunch there was an opportunity to be photographed with the Scottish Cup and other trophies. The afternoon session was given over to visiting several Zones, including STEM, education, creative, hospitality and sport and leisure, to gather more information about possible destinations after leaving school. The group enjoyed the day and found it both worthwhile and stimulating. 

 

Friends of Kirkcaldy High School Ceilidh is a Big Hit

Following the terrific success of last year’s fund raising ceilidh, we once again hosted this fantastic community event on Friday 6 March. Many thanks to Bert Pozzi and his Band for their excellent dance set. The Valente fish suppers also went down a treat and the various raffles added to the final pot. Incredibly, we have managed to exceed last year’s fund raising total with £2300. To assist pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, all proceeds will go towards subsidising the cost of school trips in the session ahead, especially our annual outdoor education/adventure experience at Fordell Firs in September. Friends of Kirkcaldy High School Chairman, Harry Kerr, said that the event had been a great success and he thanked the Kirkcaldy High School Association for help with the event. Mrs Davidson, Depute Rector, also made a great contribution, by drawing all the various strands together. This year also saw a big increase in senior pupil involvement—in terms of organisation, participation and tidying up. As you can see from the photograph, all involved had a great time of it.

 

Sam’s Scottish Youth Parliament Success

Young people across Fife have had their say in the Scottish Youth Parliament’s (SYP) election, voting in the people they want to represent them at a national level. In partnership with the SYP and Young Scot, and following on from the success of the computerised voting system used the last time, young voters cast votes online. Three candidates from KHS stood; Sam Aslam, Shauni Boyd and Louis King. Congratulations to Sam, who was duly elected as one of the 2 new MSYPs for Kirkcaldy.

 

Focus on Health and Wellbeing

Our “Health Day” held on March 18 was a big success, with a talk from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. This resulted in a large group of S6 “signing up” to become new blood donors. We then had a series of workshops offered by agencies such as the Samaritans, Sexual Health Fife, Penumbra Mental Health, Fife Women’s Aid, Drugs and Alcohol Project (Levenmouth), Stewart Ivory Foundation, Fife College (Elmwood Campus), Clued Up and Violence Is Preventable (VIP). After a friendly staff v pupils Tug of War at lunchtime (in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Scotland) all S5/6 pupils were involved in activity sessions delivered by local sports clubs. Many thanks to Kingdom Kangaroos Aussie Football Club, Priory Gym (for the Boot Camp), Jax School of Dance, Pacific Fitness Gym and Fitness Factor. We also had in-house badminton, boxing training, football, pilates and zumba. You could call it an exhaustive list! For information, the Tug of War ended in an amicable draw … but only after the handicap had been applied and the staff team’s star man, Mr Dick, had sustained a shoulder injury!

 

Rotary Leadership Camp for Talia

We are delighted that Talia Toruntay has been selected after interview and has been successful in achieving a place at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp in the Cairngorms this Summer.  There were only three places available, and with a large group of pupils interviewed from all over Kirkcaldy, it was a great achievement for Talia. Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Kirkcaldy for sponsoring the leadership training at a cost of £600 per person. This is the kind of experience which ensures that our exceptional young people can become leading ambassadors for our school in the year ahead. 

 

 

February 2015

 

Learning Fair is a Great Success (Photo)

Last month we welcomed well over 250 parents and carers of S2 pupils to find out more about “Curriculum for Excellence” and the “National” qualifications. After an initial talk by the Rector, parents and carers got some hands on experience of the courses on offer in S3 and S4 as teachers and pupils gave demonstrations and explanations. Mr Allan explained how Standard Grades have been replaced by National 3, 4 and 5 Qualifications, with National 5 being seen as the entry standard for Higher courses. National 4 is internally assessed by teachers and the SQA National 5 exams will be taken in May 2015. These are Graded A – D. It was also great to joined by STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Science) ambassador Stuart Brown, formerly of Dundee University, who demonstrating practical applications of technology in medicine. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) was also represented – on hand to give advice on careers and pathways to positive destinations – apprenticeships, training, jobs or education placements. Many parents/carers commented that they had found the evening very helpful.

 

“Gold” for KHS Strings at the Fife Festival of Music (Photo)

Well done our string players (pictured) under the expert guidance of Music Instructor Ian Adamson. The group were highly commended by the judges at last month’s Fife Festival of Music and came away with a Gold Certificate. A lively  and varied programme included Shetland fiddle tunes, music from “West Side Story” and even a catchy version of the theme from the “Minder” TV show of the 1980s.

 

 

 

Interact Candy Canes Boost Foodbank Funds

Our Rotary Interact Club, so well supported by the Rotary Club of Kirkcaldy, and in particular by Past President Ann Mitchell, continues to be very active. The group recently handed over a cheque for £67.20 to the Kirkcaldy Foodbank. At Christmas, the group took orders and hand delivered candy canes across the school to raise funds for this important local charity. President Megan Craig handed over the cheque to Angela Gourlay representing the Foodbank last week.

 

Employability Focus – KHS at the Aberdeen Expo Exhibition

KHS is a front runner in an initiative - the Fife “Energy Hub”. A group of 16 young people are being mentored by off shore engineers, apprentices and employer representatives with a view to boosting their employability prospects in a range of engineering fields. All are currently studying Engineering Science and have “hands-on” evening class sessions at Fife College and site visits/work experience. During the February break, the group This brings togetherthe leading industry operators, contractors and professionals in the oil and gas arena and has around 4,000 delegates. The KHS Energy Hub students had an excellent experience networking and gaining new knowledge – many now have a clearer career pathway in mind.

 

Saturday School for SQA Success

We are delighted to report that our series of Saturday revision classes for SQA exam candidates (Nationals, Higher and Advanced Higher) have been very popular. Since the end of January we have invited candidates in to school to get the chance of intensive revision support and occasional “one to one” sessions with their teachers. So far we’ve had Sciences, Maths, Studies, History, Business Education and Computing Science, with an average of around 70 young people giving up their time at the weekends to improve their grades. The following sessions are due to take place in the run up to the exams which start at the end of April; 7 March: Geography and Technology – including Engineering Science, 14 March: English, 21 March: Technology – including Product Design, Graphic Communication and Design and Manufacture, 28 March: Drama. Many thanks to all the staff who have given up their time. Details of the “Easter School” classes will be out soon, with something on during each day of the holidays. Details of all additional “study support” available is on our website: www.fifedirect.org.uk/kirkcaldyhs.

 

French Leave for Budding Female Engineers

Last month, the KHS Design and Technology Department went on a four day trip to Disneyland Paris. It was an unusual trip, in that we decided to focus on girls with an interest in technology and the group of 40 was comprised entirely of girls from S2 to S5. Whilst on the trip, the girls got first hand experience of rollercoaster design, attending seminars and workshops. Whilst in the seminars, pupils looked at the development of graphic products and how graphic artists develop traditional techniques through the use of computers. During the interactive workshop, pupils put into practice the knowledge they gained from both seminars and fun in the parks. A magical time was had by all, particularly when attending the Disney Dreams water show and firework display. Many thanks to organisers Miss Robertson and Miss Simpson Wands, and to the other staff helpers Miss Band, Miss Easson and Miss Jack.

Ian Adamson. The group were highly commended by the judges at last month’s Fife Festival of Music and came away with a Gold Certificate. A lively  and varied programme included Shetland fiddle tunes, music from “West Side Story” and even a catchy version of the theme from the “Minder” TV show of the 1980s. 

 

Employability Focus – KHS at the Aberdeen Expo Exhibition

KHS is a front runner in an initiative - the Fife “Energy Hub”. A group of 16 young people are being mentored by off shore engineers, apprentices and employer representatives with a view to boosting their employability prospects in a range of engineering fields. All are currently studying Engineering Science and have “hands-on” evening class sessions at Fife College and site visits/work experience. During the February break, the group This brings togetherthe leading industry operators, contractors and professionals in the oil and gas arena and has around 4,000 delegates. The KHS Energy Hub students had an excellent experience networking and gaining new knowledge – many now have a clearer career pathway in mind.

 

Peer Education at Kirkcaldy High School

Our Peer Educators remain at the heart of an Award winning partnership with NHS Fife, effectively tackling a major young people’s health issue, helping deliver a sophisticated programme of sex and relationships education. Their work has contributed to a very significant reduction in under 16 pregnancy locally. In 2010, the area recorded one of the highest rates in Western Europe. This has been reduced by 63% over 4 years, down from 14.2/000 to 5.2/000 in 2014 - improving outcomes and life chances across the Kirkcaldy community. The Peer Educators, a group of 24 young people selected for their listening and communication skills, were specially trained by NHS Fife. They lead “Sexperts” and “Boozebusters” sessions for S3 pupils. Last year, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health met the Peer Educators in school and the scheme was nominated for the COSLA Excellence Awards, in the “Reducing Inequality and Improving Health Category”. Young people were a key part of the COSLA presentation team, and the project won the Chairman’s Award for “exceptional achievement in exceptional circumstances”. Following this, the programme was commended in a special Scottish Parliamentary motion and featured as a two page spread in the influential “Children in Scotland” magazine. BBC “Reporting Scotland” ran a feature in which the Peer Educators were interviewed, and young people have recently delivered presentations at national events with NHS and education professionals in Aberdeen, Dundee and Dunblane.

 

January 2015

KHS Burns Supper

Pupils and staff showed off their talents last week at the annual Kirkcaldy High School Burns’ Supper. The haggis was piped in by Chris Mack and was addressed in great style by Dr Murray before being heartily enjoyed by pupils, parents, staff and guests present. 

An informative Immortal Memory was delivered by Taylor Campbell before Andrew Inches gave an amusing toast to the Lassies. This was matched in humour by Nichole Collins' Reply.

The junior choir was in fine voice, performing a song from "Brave". We also had a treat from a new staff folk group, which performed "Killiekrankie" and "Ca' the Yowes". The string ensemble, comprising 16 fiddlers and cellists played a lively selection of Shetland jigs and reels, before the KHS singers performed "The Deil's Awa' Wi' the Exciseman" 

The evening was rounded off by Dr Murray's full blooded performance of Tam o' Shanter", and the subsequent press interviews with Tam, Kate, the barmaid and "Cutty Sark" were a real treat - written and performed by S2 pupils from Mrs McCormick’s class.  Our photo shows the main contributors.

 

Pupils Learn the Lessons from Auschwitz

Kirkcaldy High School pupils have been learning about the horrors of the Nazi extermination camps as part of holocaust remembrance. With Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January and this being the 70th anniversary of the liberation the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the lessons were given a special focus. 

At assemblies, two sixth year students, Cherelle Torrens and Kerry Steedman, who had visited Auschwitz-Birkenau at the end of last year, sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Trust as part of the Scottish Government's "Lessons From Auschwitz" Programme, gave an illustrated talk and showed their poignant photographs.

They spoke movingly about their trip to Poland, and told their peers  the shocking story of Auschwitz and the other extermination camps, relaying the haunting memories they hold of the trip. For Cherelle it was the sheer scale of the camps which was so shocking and Kerry emphasised the barbarism and lack of respect for humanity which could lead to such events. The girls are trying to arrange for a Holocaust survivor to visit the school later in the spring

The assemblies were held in partial darkness with candlelight. Cherelle (left) and Kerry are pictured.

Primary Parents and Carers “Roadshow”  

It was a pleasure for Mr Allan (Rector) and Miss Diamond (Depute) to visit Capshard, Fair Isle, Torbain and Valley primaries last month to meet parents, carers and pupils. Accompanied by Prefects and S1 pupils who had the chance to return to their old school, the KHS team gave a short illustrated talk and answered questions about transition, school uniform and other matters relevant at this time. Over the coming months we continue to have KHS staff visit our cluster schools and we will also have sports and enterprise days in KHS in May before the official 2 day welcome programme in June.

The school has until April to consider any placing requests and any parent/carer from outwith the KHS catchment who wishes to enrol their child with us from August is asked to apply in writing to the Rector by 15 March 2015. Please call 01592 583405 if further advice is required.

 

All Welcome to the Friends of Kirkcaldy High School Ceilidh

All parents and carers are welcome to join us for a terrific annual community event which takes place this year on Friday 6 March. Tickets cost £12 each or £100 for a table of 10. There will be dancing to Bert Pozzi and his Band as well as a Valente’s fish supper tea. Bar and refreshments are available. Please contact Mrs Davidson (Depute Rector) on 01592 583405 to purchase tickets. The event, organised by Friends of Kirkcaldy High School, is a fundraiser. To assist pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, all proceeds will go towards subsidising the cost of school trips in the session ahead, especially our annual outdoor education/adventure experience at Fordell Firs in September.

 

Senior Phase Information Evening

Last week we held our “Curriculum for Excellence” Senior Phase Open Evening for S4 Parents/Carers, with an invite to the school to learn about options/courses and study skills as our learners progress through the Senior Phase. Mr Young (Depute) explained progression routes from the Nationals to Higher and also shared details of the school’s extensive range extra classes being laid on in the run up to the SQA exams (see below). This includes lunchtimes, after school, Saturdays and during the Easter break. He advised parents that full details were on the school website and via Twitter @KirkcaldyHigh. Mrs Aitken (Senior Depute) spoke about how the course choice process will operate over the next few weeks.

Different workshops were also laid on for parents/carers. Principal Teacher of Maths Mrs Hamilton explained how the new Higher course is organised and assessed. Aileen Stevenson and Carol Chalmers, our Careers Advisors, gave a talk about routes to apprenticeships, training, employment or continuing education. They also demonstrated the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) website - “My World of Work”. We also had a very well received advice session from senior pupils who have been over the course before. Many thanks to Kirstin Gourlay, Heather Tait and Ryan Wallace, who were joined by former pupil Saad Majeed, who returned to KHS just to help out. Special thanks to Saad.

 

Study Support for the SQA Exams 2015

At the recent meting of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee of Fife Council, the Rector explained how strong improvement in exam results over recent years was in good part due to the additional opportunities available to all young people in S4-S6 in the run up to the exams each May. He thanked the staff for their commitment to this. This year we are pleased to confirm that the following classes run at either lunchtime (L), after school (A) or at both times (LA). Our exam candidates are encouraged to take up these additional opportunities. Parents and carers will have received a recent email with full details, or please check out our website www.fifedirect.org.uk/kirkcaldyhs

Mondays - Biology LA, Business/Computing LA, ChemistryLA, Classical Studies/Latin L, Expressive Arts - Art/Drama/Music LA, Graphic Communication A, PE L, Physics LA, Social Subjects - Geo/His/Mod Studies L.

Tuesdays - Biology LA, Business/Computing LA, ChemistryLA, Classical Studies/Latin, English a, Expressive Arts - Art/Drama/Music LA, Graphic Communication A, Maths LA, PE L, Physics LA, Social Subjects - Geo/His/Mod Studies L.

Wednesdays - Biology LA, Business/Computing LA, ChemistryLA, Classical Studies/Latin L, Design & Manufacture A, English A, Expressive Arts - Art/Drama/Music LA, Graphic Communication A, Maths L, PE L, Physics LA, Social Subjects - Geo/His/Mod Studies L.

Thursdays - Biology LA, Business/Computing LA, ChemistryLA, Classical Studies/Latin L, Engineering Science, Expressive Arts - Art/Drama/Music LA, Graphic Communication A, Health & Food Technology  L, Maths L, PE L, Physics LA, Social Subjects - Geo/His/Mod Studies L.        

Fridays - Biology LA, ChemistryLA, Classical Studies/Latin L, English L, Expressive Arts - Art/Drama/Music LA, Graphic Communication A, PE L, Physics LA, Social Subjects - Geo/His/Mod Studies L.

 

Saturdays– Saturday school started last weekend with Sciences and takes place fro 9.45 until lunchtime as follows; 7 Feb Mathematics, 21 Feb History and Modern Studies, 28 Feb Business Education and Computing Science, 7 Mar Geography and Technology Subjects (Design and Manufacture, Graphic Communication and Product Design), 14 Mar English, 21 Mar Technology (Design and Manufacture, Graphic Communication and Product Design), 28 Mar Drama.

 

 

 

 

December 2014

Right Behind Kirkcaldy Foodbank

Once again the pupils in Mrs Nelson’s S4 Personal Development class have organised a collection in support of the Kirkcaldy Foodbank. They have worked hard to organise advertising, distributing of collection boxes, collecting the donations, and have packed everything up ready for distribution.

 

The donations mounted up very quickly and of course this could not happen without the support of our pupils, staff and the wider community. Thank you if you or your child has donated – it is greatly appreciated. Kirsten, Claire, Charlotte, Amy and Lauren are pictured with our stockpile of food items and gifts. With your help, we will make the festive season a little easier and happier for many people in our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Appeal (Photo)

Many thanks to all the young people and staff who wore their best Christmas jumpers to school last week – the collection raised £180 for “Save the Children”. It’s fair to say that the jumpers mostly made up in brightness what they lacked in taste!

 

 

 

 

Launch of the Fife “Enegy Hub” at KHS (Photo)

KHS is proud to be front runners in a very exciting new initiative being trialled by Fife Council. Along with Glenwood High School in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy High School is now an official Fife “Energy Hub”. We have identified a group of 16 young people who will be mentored by experienced off shore engineers and employers with a view to boosting their employability prospects in a range of engineering fields—especially, but not exclusively within the oil and gas sector.

 

All of the group members are currently studying Engineering Science in school and they will also have the opportunity to develop high level “hands-on” skills through evening class sessions at Fife College and site visits/work experience—including a trip to Aberdeen, Europe’s oil capital.

 

The programme has been developed by an Aberdeen based agency called “Your Future In Energy”  as a response to the serious skills gap in engineering in the UK. The school is strongly committed to support young people’s employability skills and has a great tradition in engineering—we are also a pilot school for the new Foundation Modern Apprenticeship programme in Engineering.

 

Mr Morrice, Head of CDT and Mr Hamilton, Senior Teacher (Engineering Science) were both involved in the induction and commented on the very high levels of engagement of our “Hub” group. Tom Clark, of “Your Future In Energy”  was also impressed by the KHS young engineers and is looking forward to delivering the full programme over the coming months. Mentor Alex Gauld of Scottish Business in the Community (SBC), is pictured with Jake Carr, Liam Sinclair and Kyle Martin.

 

Kirkcaldy High School“Learning Council Gives Pupils a Voice

The Kirkcaldy High School Learning Council is a group of 22 S6 pupils who meet each Thursday lunchtime to discuss a variety of whole-school issues, many of which focus on Learning and Teaching. We were delighted, at the start of this session to be nominated by our Learning Council as the “Best School in Fife” and to win this Kingdom FM award.

 

This year so far we have spoken about the proposed changes to the school week with the group feeding back on how this would be viewed from a pupil perspective in terms of the pros, such as time for sporting activities, and cons, for example, concerns about exam attainment.  We had a general issues meeting where pupils fed back on what was going well and what could be improved in school following a discussion where Mrs Aitken shared the Whole School Improvement Plan.  Heather Tait, Kirstin Gourlay and Kerry Steedman met with Mrs Guyan to discuss school lunches and shared ideas on theme days such as Chinese, Mexican, American, Indian and Thai. Following this year’s exam results, we discussed some trends in the data and ideas around how these could be improved, such as the differing approaches to learning taken by boys versus girls.  There was also a very good discussion around the 4Cs poster, rules and rewards.

 

We are looking forward to the pre-Christmas S6 event which will take place on Wednesday10 Dec.  This is organised by James Farmer (Depute Head Boy) through the Learning Council, and was sanctioned by the Rector, following a letter written by Taylor Springthorpe on behalf of the group and including a detailed plan for the evening, which will involve pizza, a movie and “guitar hero” as well as other games. Next term we will invite Councillor Crooks to discuss our ideas and input to the Kirkcaldy Area Community Plan.  Scott Binnie has suggested that we pilot a community project involving S6 and P6/7 pupils and parents from our cluster primaries. 

Coordinates: 56°07′53″N3°10′03″W / 56.1315°N 3.1675°W / 56.1315; -3.1675

Kirkcaldy High School is a 6-year co-educational comprehensive state school in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

History

The school was established in 1582 as Kirkcaldy Burgh School; the "High School" name dates from the middle part of the 19th century. The school's motto is Usque conabor, "I will strive to my utmost".

The High School was originally on St Brycedale Avenue and part of the old building is now incorporated into Kirkcaldy College. In 1958 a new school was built on Dunnikier Way in the shape of a 'H' and opened by the Queen. In 1970 the last entrance exams for the school were taken after which pupils were zoned into their nearest high school. The following year Templehall High School (about half a mile away) became the "Junior" building of the High School originally accommodating 1st, 2nd & 3rd year pupils (later just 1st and 2nd years). The original high school became home for the seniors. As requirements changed over the years the senior school was extended and pupil numbers declined. The requirement for two buildings was no longer necessary. In 1994 the junior building was closed and demolished; the site is now occupied by a housing estate.

The most recent inspection of the school took place in 2012. The reports stated that the school was making good progress with its goals and identified key strengths: pupils who were proud of their school and positive about learning, high achievement in out-of-class learning, high quality pastoral care, very good community partnership working, staff who listened to and involved pupils, and the headteacher’s leadership of an improving school.[1]

In March 2014, the school won the prestigious COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) Excellence Award for its work in relation to teenage sexual health and pregnancy prevention. Working with NHS Fife, the school was recognised as being an example of best practice in this field and was featured in the national press, TV and radio.[2][3]

Later in 2014, Kirkcaldy High School was shortlisted as a finalist in the Scottish Education Awards 2014[4] in the Health and Wellbeing section and were selected as the "Kingdom FM" Best School[5] in their "Local Hero" Awards in August 2014.

During session 2015-2016, the school was increasingly involved in promoting "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education, with a staff member being recognised as UK STEM Teacher of the Year,[6] the school winning the Scottish finals of the Engineering Development Trust's "Go4SET" competition[7] and another finalist place in the Scottish Education Awards[8]

House system

The pupils of Kirkcaldy High School are organised into four different houses. Originally the House system was named after areas of Kirkcaldy - Balwearie, Raith, Ravenscraig & St. Serfs. Now the houses are named after famous persons of the town.

  • Oswald (green) - Named after an old Kirkcaldy family, at one time associated with the Dunnikier estate, on which the school is now sited.
  • Adam Smith (purple) - Named after the famous economist who wrote "The Wealth of Nations" and attended the school in the eighteenth century.
  • Carlyle (blue) - Named after the famous writer Thomas Carlyle who famously wrote "The French Revolution, A History" and taught at the school between 1816 and 1818.

Leadership Team

  • Rector - Derek Allan
  • Senior Depute Rector - Debbie Aitken
  • Depute Rector – Audrey Diamond
  • Depute Rector – Jennifer Davidson
  • Depute Rector – Sandy Young

Notable former pupils

See also: Category:People educated at Kirkcaldy High School

  • Gordon Aikman, Motor Neurone Disease Campaigner[9]
  • Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister[10]
  • John Buchan, Author
  • David Raitt Robertson Burt, Zoologist
  • Bob Carruthers, Film Maker and Author
  • Harry Colville, Footballer
  • William Barron CouttsFRSE, military scientist
  • Kate Donegan,[11] Prison Governor
  • Ewan Dow, Politician
  • Bruce Durie, Genealogist
  • Murray Elder, Baron Elder, Life Peer and Political Chief of Staff
  • Robert Fyfe, actor
  • Harry Gourlay, Politician
  • John Grahl, Economist
  • Sandy Hinshelwood, Rugby International
  • Archie Howie, Physicist
  • Bob Howie, Rugby International
  • Dave Howie, Rugby International
  • William Oliphant Hutchison, Painter
  • Jackie Leven, Musician
  • Val McDermid, Novelist
  • Stewart Crichton Miller FRSE Director of Technology and Engineering for Rolls Royce[12]
  • Alan Ormrod, Cricketer
  • Graeme Park,[13] DJ
  • Richard Park, Broadcaster
  • Aileen Paterson, Author
  • Harry Ritchie, Author
  • Meg Ritchie, Olympic Athlete
  • Anneila Sargent, Astronomer
  • Adam Smith, Economist
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville, Politician
  • R.C. Stevenson, Rugby Player
  • Brian Thomson, Journalist
  • Andrew Weir, 1st Baron Inverforth, Industrialist
  • William Williamson,[14] Architect
  • Bertha Wilson, Canadian Supreme Court Judge

References

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