Clubs & Societies

Glenalmond hosts a variety of student societies, clubs and lecture programmes aimed at developing student skills and interests.

There are numerous clubs & societies at Glenalmond which allow our boys and girls to pursue their existing interests and hobbies as well as developing new ones.

Whether they have a healthy interest in human rights, conservation, music or culture, there is a group for everyone to take part in including those with a more historical focus.

For the many international pupils who come to Glenalmond there is an International Club which promotes cross-cultural understanding and introduces pupils from overseas to Scottish and British history.

Gladstone Society

The Gladstone Society is the College History Society. Invited speakers visit the College about once a term. Parents are also welcome and do attend. There is also a substantial annual prize offered for a project (which is also open to non-historians). This requires entrants to show initiative, foster their own research and to present an essay on an historical topic of their own choice. Junior entries (which have grown in the last few years) have included topics such as Victorian Britain, David Livingstone, Richard I, General Grant and the Conquest of Everest. Senior Prizes (VIth Form) have included the reign of Charlemagne, Bloody Mary, Anne Boleyn, The Cold War, The Spanish Civil War, and the History of Hong Kong.

Cultural Tours

On two or three Sunday afternoons each term a small band of explorers sets out to discover Scotland's cultural history. Sometimes this may be physical (Pictish Stones at Meigle), sometimes academic (Innerpeffray Library), often historical (Slains Castle, Dunottar, Dunfermline Abbey, Hopetoun House) or military (Sherrifmuir, Doune Castle). Travellers are usually interested in history, architecture (Linlithgow Castle and Abbey) or the countryside (Dunkeld, Macpherson's Monument, Kingussie) and we often combine all three (as at Rosslyn Chapel). Sixth Formers take priority, but all are welcome.

Lecture Programme

Lectures on general themes take place in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, usually on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, directly after supper. Juniors (Fifth Form and below) generally have two lectures a term, the Sixth Form three or four. In a busy timetable it is better to have a few memorable ones than a routine lecture every week. Recent lectures have been by Syd Littleford, Vigneron; Susie Swift, Accountant; Richard O'Connor, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Chocolate & Love; John Gillespie, Hair Salon Owner; Ross Appleyard, TV Journalist; John Rankin, Diplomat; David Sibbald, Architect; and Lord Kingarth QC.

Philosophy Society

A Philosophy Society is run, under the auspices of the Department of Divinity & Religious Studies, with membership open to pupils in V, LVI & UVI. Relaxed and informative talks and discussions have taken place on a variety of issues such as "What is Philosophy?" and "What is Morality?" Occasional trips are organised to external events such as the Gonzaga Lecture in Glasgow on "Why there almost certainly is a God" delivered by Professor Keith Ward FBA, Former Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford University.

Please click on the links on the left for more details about the individual clubs & societies we run.

For more information about our Academic Societies please visit the Academic section of the website.