Weekly Update 20/01/17

Maths - Study Resources

In the Mathematics department we've put together a blog post on some useful study resources for our pupils sitting their Prelims and Exams in the coming weeks.  These resources range from video worked examples to blocks of questions and can be found on the link below.


We've also sent home an order form for pupils to place orders for Past Paper study packs, the return date for the order form is the 24th January.

Battlefields Experience 2017

The 3rd payment for the Battlefields Experience 2017 is now overdue.  Please arrange payment via ParentPay where possible or cash/cheque handed into the School Office.  Cheques should be made payable to Kelso High School.

Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band

The band was reformed in September 2016, and with only 3 additional rehearsals they were entered into the Senior section (under 18s) of the Scottish National Youth Brass Band contest held at Perth Concert Hall in November.  They not only got a gold award from the adjudicators but were also crowned national champions against some well-established bands that have been performing for many years, an amazing result and a credit to the hard work and practice that all members of the band made.  By winning their section they have also been qualified for entry to the European Youth Brass Band championships in Ostend, Belgium, which will take place in April.

KHS pupil Jamie Ball is the percussionist for Abbey Brass (the youth band for Jedforest Instrumental Band), who only formed after the summer holidays, and who also entered the Perth championships in the Novice section (14 and under).  They achieved a silver award from the adjudicators and came in third place in their section, a brilliant result for a band that had only played together for a few months.  Abbey Brass also includes another KHS pupil, Jamie Barber, who plays 1st cornet.  There are photos of both bands on the Scottish Brass Band Facebook page.

The Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band has nearly 40 children from all over the Scottish Borders and Langholm, and they now have the significant challenge to raise the funds needed to cover their costs to attend the competition in Belgium.  There is a crowdfunding page on Justgiving.com which is being used for donations to help towards the sizable sums needed to allow the children to attend (link below).


They are also planning some other fundraising events, such as a sponsored Playathon, in the future and details will be publicised when they have been confirmed.

University of Cambridge: S4 and S5 - Information Seminars

The University of Cambridge is delighted to be visiting Scotland in March 2017 to deliver a series of information seminars for students who may be considering applying to the University of Cambridge.  The events are open to students in S4 and S5, and to their teachers and advisers.  They will be delivered by Admissions Tutors and Schools Liaison Officers from Homerton, Pembroke and Selwyn Colleges, University of Cambridge.  All events are free of charge.

The conferences will cover:

  • Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
  • Applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life)
  • Student finance and careers
  • Interviews

Further details, including information on how to book places for your students, can be found on the Oxford and Cambridge Outreach website.  Bookings are essential, and will open in January 2017. 

The Information Seminars will be delivered in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on the following times and dates:

Aberdeen - Albyn School (AB15 4PB) Wednesday 1st March 2017 13:30-15:45

Glasgow - Bearsden Academy (G61 3SF) Thursday 2nd March 2017 Choice of: 10:15-12:30 or

Edinburgh - James Gillespie's High School (EH9 1DD) Friday 3rd March 2017 Choice of: 10:15-12:30 or 13:30-15:45

S4 - S6 Pupils - Reach: Edinburgh Updates

Please find attached below a promotional poster giving more details of upcoming events.

In particular, we would like to highlight our flagship S4 event which will be held on the 13th February.  As in previous years, this is a full day event for pupils in S4 who are thinking about pursuing Architecture, Law, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.  This will be a combination of general admissions advice and a chance to take part in a hands-on workshop in their subject area of choice.  If any S4 pupils are at all thinking about one of these subject areas they should register with Reach at the below link and an invite will be issued to this event.


S4 and S5 Pupils - Interested in applying for any of the following courses?

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Biomedicine 
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacy

Please view the below poster for details.

Swimming Update

Well done to the 4 KHS pupils who swam at the East District Age Group Championships at the weekend.  Over 200 swimmers qualified to compete for 1 of 8 places in the final of each event at Glenrothes in Round 2/3 of these Championships.  All 200m Events in Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Freestyle.

Erika Coupek S3 - Girls 15yrs

200m Backstroke Finalist - SILVER Medal PB

200m Freestyle Finalist - BRONZE Medal PB

200m Breaststroke Finalist - 6th Place PB

Amy Richardson S4 - Girls 16yrs

200m Butterfly Finalist - BRONZE medal

200m Freestyle - PB & just missing out on final finishing 9th

200m Backstroke - Good swim, just missing out on final finishing 9th

Jenny Adams S6 - Girls 17yrs & Over

200m Breaststroke Finalist - 6th Place PB 200m Freestyle Finalist - 8th Place PB 200m Backstroke - another strong swim just missing out on final finishing 9th

Cameron Thompson S2 - Boys 14yrs

200m Freestyle - New Personal Best time

200m Breaststroke - New Personal Best time

Swimmers are now looking forward to the final round on the 3-5th February at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh - 50m & 100m events + 200m I/M.

KHS Canteen w/c 23/01/17






Traditional Favourites

Macaroni Cheese



Roast Pork


Vegan Loaf


Robert Burns Bon Bon’s

(Breaded haggis balls)

Tweed Leaper

(Salmon and Leek Flan)

Sausage Casserole


Mushroom Stroganoff

Hot sandwiches

BBQ Chicken


Roasted Vegetables and Cheese




Smoked Salmon

Flora Mac Burger

(Cheesy Onion and Poached Egg Roll)

Scottish Highland Filler

(Haggis, Mince in a Burger bun

Chilli Chicken


Veggie Quorn

Cold Sandwiches

Chicken Mayo



Brie & Tomato



Roast Pork


Cheese Savoury



Brie & Salad

Soup of the day

Ham, Cheese, Tuna or Egg

Ham, Cheese, Tuna or Egg

Ham, Cheese, Tuna or Egg

Ham, Cheese, Tuna or Egg


Also available every day:  Pizza and Baked Potatoes

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



KHS Swimming - A Richardson Podium
KHS Swimming - E Coupek Podium 1
KHS Swimming - E Coupek Podium 2

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