Weekly Update 03/11/17

School Move Information

Please find attached below a copy of the parental letter that has been emailed out detailing all the information around the imminent move to our new school.

Impact Biometrics is coming to Kelso High School

The new facilities for catering and dining will be one of the biggest improvements to the pupil experience and our school catering team have been hard at work coming up with new menus and a new approach for the new setting.

We are very pleased that we will be the very first school in Scottish Borders which will be able to take advantage of the latest technology in biometrics to ensure that meals and snacks are paid for as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Please see the documents attached below for more info.  Please note this information contains a parental consent tear off slip which must be completed and brought to school with your youngster on Monday.

Bring your own Device

Please see parental information from SBC regarding the above.  Information can be accessed from the school bag to the right of this update.

Wanted - Pennies

The PDA group are collecting enough pennies to go all the way round the school.  Please donate any pennies you have.  There are collection tins in the front hallway and various other places throughout the school.  All the pennies collected will be donated to charity -Cancer Research and Border Pet Rescue.


Good Luck to the Kelso ASC Swimmers on Sunday 5th November.  They will be heading to Edinburgh to represent KHS in the East Lothian & Border Schools Championships 2017.  Pupils involved are Andrew Lawson (S1), Erika Coupek (S4) and Amy Richardson S5. 

Hockey - Kelso take on best in UK

Kelso High School's 1st X1 had a great two days in Glasgow at the Topflight Tournament earlier this week competing with some of the best hockey players from across the UK and Ireland.  They played six games over two days at the National Hockey Centre and Clydesdale Hockey Club’s pitch which was tough going, but our girls lasted the pace exceptionally well, apart from poor Ginny who suffered an injury to her hand in the second game, which sadly prevented her playing again.

In our group were last year’s winners, all-Irish champions Banbridge, and again they were exceptionally strong and skilful, and hit some fantastic reverse hits.  After struggling to contain them in the first half, Kelso played much better in the second and managed to break down their fine defence to score a deserved goal.  We had very close games against Bandon Grammar School and Craigholme, but narrowly lost out to both and so ended up in the plate competition.  
Our first game was delayed nearly three hours by a frozen pitch and when we finally got going Cheltenham Ladies College proved to be very strong opposition, but our attack still got through and scored twice against them.  We then played Kelvinside Academy and claimed a fine win over one of the west's leading schools, before just losing out to Mount Sackville from Dublin in our final game.

Dollar Academy won the tournament and Craigholme School won the plate but this was a great experience for the Kelso squad, who defended very well under great pressure and also scored some fantastic goals.  They dramatically improved their game play over the two days and put in phenomenal effort throughout so well done to the girls and a great thanks to Director of Hockey Mrs Weir and Lynn Young, and to all the parents who came to support and helped with transport.

This afternoon (Friday) our 1st XI are straight back into action with the 1st XI Tournament at Earlston High School (2.45pm start) and we welcome all supporters to cheer them on to success in what will be a competitive competition.

After some fine performances against Peebles High last Saturday, the S1s and S2s are in action at Shedden Park this Saturday from 9.15am - so come along and give them your support as it does make a difference.  The S3s Cup team and 2nd XI are away to Earlston High School.  Good luck to all the girls and boys representing our school this weekend - play your best and have fun!

Equestrian Update

A total of 9 riders and 13 ponies / horses went to the NSEA Championships at Addington from KHS this year.  There were  over 800 riders competing over the 4 days.  There were more Scottish schools than ever represented (Biggar High, Strathallan, Lockerbie Academy, Selkirk and Longridge were all new!) and we were all put together up at the Fourwinds Yard which led to a great team atmosphere!  All the riders, parents & helpers  were  hugely supportive of each other which was great to see and lots of lovely new friends were made.

KHS were competing against private and state schools from all over the country in this very prestigious event.  There are amazing horses, riders & horseboxes that will cost more than a small house, so for our teams and individuals to get results never mind wins is absolutely amazing!!  The NSEA hugely appreciate the time, effort and money that we put into getting to the Championships and they were very complimentary about the standard of the Scottish  Riders.  Each class has about 50 teams and 50 individuals who have qualified from all over the country.  In some of the showjumping classes there was less than 2 seconds between being 1stand 20th- very exciting to watch!

Addington have now built a third showjumping arena which hosted some new competitions this year.  This added even more mileage to our days keeping track of what was on in each arena!


Jumping With Style

70/75 Ind
3rd - Rory McFadyen (Curly Q)

80/85 Teams
2nd - Morebattle Team (Vicky - Ardagh, Katie - Airborne,  Alex - Bobby and Katy - Milo)

10th- Floors Team  (Duncan - Bobbi, Rory - Curly, Emily - Rocky and Amy - Blue)

14th - Linton Team (Vicky - Stal, Katie - Jinge, Alex - Oreo and Katy - Seany)


6th- Alex & Bobby
8th - Louise & Pebbles

90/95 Teams

2nd - Morebattle Team
19th- Linton Team

21st - Floors Team (Emily - Rocky , Duncan - Bobbi, Amy - Blue and Louise - Pebbles)


1st - Amy & Blue – who unbelievably finished on a score of 1 penalty!!

11th - Alex & Bobby

30th - Emily & Rocky

1m/1m5 Ind

6th - Vicky & Ardagh
12th - Amy & Blue
24th - Emily & Rocky

34th - Rory & Curly

80/85 Teams

1st - Morebattle Team (shield for Trophy Cabinet in new school)

5th - Linton Team

30th - Floors Team (Amy - Blue, Louise - Pebbles, Rory - Curly and Duncan - Bobbi)


3rd - Vicky & Ardagh

6th - Katy & Seany

8th - Katy & Milo

10th - Amy & Blue

21st - Katie & Airbourne

36th - Vicky & Stal

90/95 Teams

14th - Morebattle Team

19th - Floors Team (Louise – Pebbles, Duncan – Bobbi, Emily – Rocky, Amy – Blue)

32nd- Linton Team


2nd - Amy & Blue

11th - Katie & Airbourne

16th - Vicky & Ardagh

38th - Katy & Seany

1m/1m5 Ind

1st - Vicky & Ardagh

2nd - Amy & Blue

Regional Points League

This was a new competition for this year.  The country was split into 9 Regions and Kelso High School was top of the Scottish League (Region 9).  This means a new mounted certificate for new trophy cabinet!

The top 5 from each region were then asked to compete at Addington in an overall final.  There were 8 in each team – 2 jumping 70cm, 2 jumping 80cm, 2 jumping 90cm and 2 jumping 1m.  Our team consisted of Rory, Alex, Katy, Duncan, Louise, Amy, Vicky and Katy and after a very long day were delighted to be placed 4thoverall!

90cm Hickstead Eventers Challenge - This was another new competition which we entered for a bit of fun!  We split teams, split siblings and did some swapping of ponies.  Each team ran with 3 riders so we also had no drop score.  This was a good fun competition with some fab jumps including lots of pumpkins.  The first 2 teams and individuals qualify for the final at Hickstead in May, unfortunately held the same weekend as the Battlefields Trip (very tough decision for the winning team).

1st - Vicky (Jinge), Katy (Milo) and Alex (Bobby)

3rd - Duncan (Bobbi), Emily (Rocky) and Katie (Airbourne)

As yet I’ve not seen the individual results.

Thank you, as ever, to everybody for all their support.  It was a fantastic weekend with great results and an amazing atmosphere!!  Roll on qualifiers next year.

KHS Canteen w/c 30/10/17

Please note there is no set menu for next week, the daily choices will be displayed on the boards in the canteen.

Planet Sessions for Seniors

S1: Mon and Wed 6.30pm to 8.30pm

S2: Wed 6.30pm to 8.30pm

S3 to S6: Thus 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Cost £1.00per session includes a free hot drink and snack

Enquiries: 01573 228585

Vanessa : 07513 613060

Becca : 07513 613060

Find us on Facebook at Kelso Youth Project

C Card 6.15 to 6.30pm Wednesday and Thursday

Job / Apprenticeship Opportunities

The Orde Food Company

The Orde Food Company, based on the outskirts of Kelso, are a family run catering business specialising in weddings and large events across the Scottish Borders and further afield.  We are looking for friendly, motivated individuals to join the team to work at events through the winter and into our busy summer season in 2018.  Our events vary from small dinner parties to large scale corporate events of 400+ guests and are normally at weekends, but there are some week nights too.  Duties will include - setting up for events, serving drinks and canapes, working as a team to serve tables, clearing up after events and, for 18+ year olds, serving on the bar.  No experience necessary, as full training will be given.

Send a CV or short introduction to [email protected]/ www.ordefood.com



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