Weekly Update 18/04/19

National Examinations & Study Leave 2019

Pupils were recently issued with a letter regarding study leave for the upcoming National Examinations and an individual exam timetable today.  The letter was also been emailed home to parents.  There is a copy attached below as well.

Exhibition of Work 16/04/19

The faculty of Craft, Business and Enterprise, together with Media Studies held an exhibition of pupil work on Tuesday evening.  This was a great event which showcased work produced by our pupils within these departments.  Well done to all involved.  Photos below.

S3 Battlefields Experience 2019

The final instalment for the above trip is now overdue.  Please make payments via ParentPay or to the School Office.  Cheques should be made payable to Kelso High School.

Passports and EHIC Cards should be handed into the Office ASAP.

S6 Residential 2019

The final instalment for the above trip is now due.  Please make payments via ParentPay or to the School Office.  Cheques should be made payable to Kelso High School.

Poetry Competition

Please see the flyer attached below with more details on the forthcoming Poetry Competition.

Flutter Screening

All S3 pupils will be attending a drama production of Flutter, a peer theatre production about gambling related harms & young people on Monday 22nd April. Flyer attached below.


We are currently reviewing the school library service in our secondary schools and are keen to gather the views of students, staff and parents. We want to know what’s good about the current provision, as well as your suggestions for improvement. Even if you don’t use the library regularly we want to hear from you about what would encourage you to access it more.  The survey opens on Monday 15 April 2019 and closes on Sunday 5 May 2019 and can be accessed using the link below


Bursary/Mentoring Opportunities for University Applicants facing financial barriers

We’ve been passed details of some bursary opportunities which might be of interest to pupils who have applied to study Law (the LLB) in Scotland or an accountancy or finance course at university.  Please see below for further information.

Lawscot Foundation

The Lawscot Foundation is committed to supporting talented young people who have the potential to benefit from and contribute to the legal profession. Our aim is to ensure that if you have drive and talent, money will not be a barrier to becoming a solicitor in Scotland.

We aim to support at least eight students in 2019 by providing them with a bursary package of £2,500 per year during their studies, and a solicitor mentor to assist with careers advice. 

We will give priority to individuals from less-advantaged backgrounds, so your social and economic situation will be taken into consideration.

The application form and further information, including eligibility criteria, can be found at www.lawscotfoundation.org.uk/apply.  Closing date for applications is 24 May 2019.

ICAS Foundation

The ICAS Foundation supports academically talented young people from less advantaged backgrounds by helping them take their first steps into a professional career in accountancy or finance.  You could be eligible for an ICAS Foundation bursary of up to £2,500 per year to help with travel, accommodation and study costs.  Students who receive an ICAS Foundation bursary also take part in our mentoring programme and receive support to access internships.  If your parent/guardian’s income is below £34,000 and you are eligible for a bursary from SAAS you could be eligible to apply.  Our full eligibility criteria, application forms and guidelines are available on our website www.icasfoundation.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 31 May 2019.

While we’re on the topic, some other grant-making organisations which might be of interest:

The Robertson Trust (supporting talented young people who may face barriers to education and development): http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/scholarship

The Buttle Trust (support for a young person without family support): https://www.buttleuk.org/areas-of-focus/scotland

We also have an S6 Blog post containing some general bursary information here: https://www.leapsonline.org/schoolstudents/s6/s6-blog/student-finance

Kelso Community Cinema 26/04/19

See flyer attached below.

Funding Available - Thomas Maconochie Trust

The next meeting of the Thomas Maconochie Trust will take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 and bids are invited.  Application forms can be collected from the School Office and must be returned no later than Wednesday 8th May 2019.

Information about the Trust and the purpose of it is detailed below:-

The Thomas Maconochie KHS Trust was established in 2003 by Mr Thomas Maconochie, a former pupil of the school.  The trust is a recognised Charity, Scottish Charity No: SCO34775.

The purposes of the Trust are "to advance the education of children at school in Kelso and its environment in such a way as are over and above the statutory requirement of the relevant Education Authority."

In practice, this means that this Fund may choose to support educational activities carried out by Kelso High School pupils which are not directly funded by legal requirement by the Education Authority, namely Scottish Borders Council.  This may include grants to support:-

  • pupil participation in business and enterprise related activities
  • pupils taking part in school activities and excursions where, for any reason, lack of finance is a barrier to participation
  • the start up of new extra-curricular activities, eg. school shows, drama, etc
  • ongoing running costs for extra-curricular activities, eg. sport, music and drama
  • extra activities offered in school for classes, groups or year groups, eg. conferences, education for work initiatives, visits
  • individual pupil participation in courses and activities, eg. Gap Years

Rugby Update

Cameron Thompson, as part of theScotland U16 Red team, has gone to Wales to take part in a tournament alongside welsh teams; Scarlets, Dragons, Cardiff Blues, The Ospreys, RGC and the Scotland Blues.  The team will play 3 games over the course of the event. Congratulations and good luck to Cameron, this is a huge achievement progressing to this level.

Hockey News

Congratulations to Erin Lawrence who travels to Wales this weekend for a 3 match series playing for Scotland U16s against the hosts.  This is an incredible achievement for Erin, making it through a rigorous selection process and we look forward to hearing all about it on her return.

Swimming Update

Three KHS pupils had a busy start to their Easter Holidays swimming at the Scottish National Age Groups at Tollcross, Glasgow. The event sees over 1000 of the fastest age group swimmers competing against each other.  Amy Richardson (S6) competing in her last for the school finishing 4th in the 200m Fly and just missing out on the 100m Fly final.  Also swimming in the 400m Free. Sam Grainger (S1) competing in his first national competition had three great swims in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breast getting PBs in all 3 events.  Andrew Lawson (S2) also had 3 swims reaching the 100m and 200m Fly finals, finishing 4th and 5th respectively, a great few days for him reaching his first National finals. Andrew also competed in the 100 Free swimming a PB for this.  Congratulations and well done to all!!

Curry Night at The Planet

Cheviot Youth are pleased to be offering the first of our new style Community Meals – A Curry Night – brought to you by a top Punjabi Chef on Tuesday 30th April at The Planet (next door to the Borders Ice Rink).  Doors open at 5.45 pm with the meal with refreshments being served at 6.00pm ending with coffee/tea and chocolates.  To book a table please email [email protected] or ring/text him on 07958 277766.  There is no charge for this event but donations towards activities for our children and young people are always most welcome.

KHS Canteen w/c 22/04/19






Traditional Favourites

Roast Turkey Dinner, Spaghetti Bolognaise with Garlic Bread or Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread

Steak Pie, Chicken Fajita Style Rice or Quorn Chilli


Chicken Korma, Lamb Madras or Butternut Squash with Chick Pea Curry

Fish & Chips, Chicken Grill & Chips or Vegetable Chow Mein


Hot Sandwiches

Chicken or BBQ Quorn Sausage

Beef Burger or Quorn Dippers


Chicken or Roasted Vegetables with Cheese

Turkey Meatballs or Vegetable Fajita

Cold Sandwiches

Selection of Cold Sandwiches

Selection of Cold Sandwiches

Selection of Cold Sandwiches

Selection of Cold Sandwiches

Baked Potato

Cheese or Beans

Cheese or Beans

Cheese or Beans

Cheese or Beans

Pizza / Pasta

Cheese or Pasta King

Cheese or Pasta King

Cheese or Pasta King

Cheese or Pasta King

Soup of the Day



Sweet Potato and Chilli


Gluten Free options also available.

All these meals can always be ordered early in the day or on the day before as a Grab and Go to save pupils waiting at lunchtime.

Job / Apprenticeship Opportunities



Kelso Community Cinema
Flutter Drama Production
Exhibition of Work
Exhibition of Work
Exhibition of Work

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