School News

A Warm Welcome to Arran Butterworth

A very warm welcome to Arran Butterworth who joined Glenalmond recently as Learning Support Teaching Assistant & Sports Coach. Arran studied Sports Science with a focus on Outdoor Activities at Bangor University and was able to share his main sporting passion of hockey in coaching as well as captaining 1st teams to various cup finals. He received Blues from the University in recognition.

Successful First Week of Online Teaching

With overwhelming positive feedback after the first week of Glenalmond's online teaching programme, Coll@Home is back in business, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of everyone involved. Mrs Jenny Davey, our Subwarden (Academic), explains why it is working so well.

Invitation to the Premiere of Epicene

Glenalmond College Director of Theatre, Liz Moss, and the pupils and staff involved in the whole-school production of Epicene invite you to join them for the premiere of "Epicene the Movie".

Online Teaching - Guide for Parents

The wellbeing of our pupils and staff remains our top priority along with the continuity of our very high standard of education. Glenalmond embraced the challenge of online learning in spring 2020 and we were delighted with the feedback we received from pupils, parents and others. We are fully confident, as we move into this new phase of online learning, that we will be able to deliver an excellent standard of education for pupils via the online route. We have produced this Coll@Home Guide for Parents to provide information about the online programme we are looking forward to delivering.

New COVID Prevention Measures - Update to Parents

Following the announcement this afternoon (Jan 4) by the First Minister of Scotland, Glenalmond College has written to all parents to update them on the measures which have been put in place. Scotland will enter a period of Lockdown from Midnight today (January 4th) as a precautionary measure and this will remain in place until January 31st. In line with today's announcement, Glenalmond College has moved to online learning from 11th January, until 1st February.

Countdown to 2021 with Glenalmond

As we count down to 2021, we hope you can join us to celebrate the start of the New Year. Please join us for a lovely performance by Meredith K and Abigail S and at midnight we will be sharing a performance of Highland Cathedral from our Pipe Band by the Rover Almond, which flows through the 300 acre grounds of Glenalmond.

Glenalmond College Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thank you for joining us for our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Our traditional Candlelit Service is one of the most poignant events in the school calendar and a Service our current pupils very much look forward to and our former pupils have very fond memories of. We have adapted our usual service to ensure it is COVID-safe for all involved and we very much hope you enjoy joining us this evening in our beautiful Chapel, Library, Dining Hall and Front Quad.

Glenalmond Lifts Spirits with Show First Performed After Plague

A rarely-performed play which was first staged in London after an 18-month plague 400 years ago has been brought back to the stage by Glenalmond College. Glenalmond is one of very few schools in the UK to stage a play in the midst of restrictions and allow pupils to experience fully a performance while adhering to COVID-safe measures. The show - which will not be seen by a live audience - is Epicene, the 1609 Renaissance comedy by Ben Jonson. The play was originally performed after a long period when London theatres were closed due to the plague, so the timing of its Glenalmond revival chimes keenly with the present day.

Celebrating St Andrew's Day at Glenalmond

Glenalmond is located at the heart of Scotland - the gateway to the Scottish Highlands - and we are proud to embrace the best of Scottish tradition. To celebrate St Andrew's Day please enjoy our Pipe Band playing down by the stunning River Almond which flows through the school grounds.

Glenalmond Christmas Current Affairs Quiz

Our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Smith, has challenged pupils to take part in a Christmas Current Affairs Quiz. Well done to the overall winners who were Fifth Form Reid's Tutor Group. If you would like to take part - here are the questions!

Glenalmond Pupils Benefit from InvestIN Partnership

Glenalmond College pupils can now benefit from an excellent partnership with InvestIN, a London-based organisation led by a group of experienced professionals from some of the world's most competitive careers. The organisation exists to provide students with an immersive experience of their dream career before they start university, so they can get a head-start over their competition.

Glenalmond Pupil Wins Young Sportsperson Award

A pupil at Glenalmond College has won the 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year Award, run by Auchterarder and District Rotary Club. Katherine Bailey, who is in Lower Sixth at the Perthshire School, is delighted to have received the award which recognises her hard work and outstanding performance in swimming and her inspiration as a sporting role model for other young people.

Glenalmond Christmas Card Available to Order

A tranquil, snow-covered Front Quad drawn by Arthur M is the scene depicted on our Glenalmond College Christmas card this year. The magical image was the choice from a selection of artwork put forward by pupils for consideration for us on our 2020 Christmas card. A beautiful painting of holly, produced by Imogen L, will appear on the inside of the card. Well done to both pupils!

Glenalmond Welcomes New Director of Development

Glenalmond College has welcomed Ed Schneider as its new Director of Development. Mr Schneider was born and educated in the US and has made the UK his home for the past 30 years. A former teacher, he has spent the past 20 years working in development and fundraising for independent schools, including Radley and Wellington College.

Initiative Inspires Young People to Get Closer to Nature

A national photography competition, run by Glenalmond College with support from the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is set to encourage young people and their families to get close to nature this winter. The aim of the “Go Wild this Winter” competition is to inspire youngsters, aged five to 18, to get a better understanding of the wildlife around them and encourage them to enjoy being outdoors and away from their screens during the winter months.

Invitation to Glenalmond Remembrance Service

Glenalmond’s Remembrance Sunday Service is traditionally extremely well supported by current pupils and families and former pupils too. This year we are not able to have our usual service with congregation so we are inviting you to join us online. We are also sharing content via social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Linkedin - and we'd be delighted to see you there too. You can also watch our live feed of our Pipe Major Duncan K playing in the run up to the two minute silence at 11am on our main Glenalmond College Facebook and Instagram feeds. We hope you are able to join us.

Preparing Pupils for 21st Century Life

A feature by our Warden is published in the latest Boarding Schools' Association Guide. In the article Dr Alderson highlights the importance of values and the development of character as a key aspect of education, explaining that outstanding results are a by-product of pupils who develop the courage to stand by what they believe.

Glenalmond Sculpture Shortlisted for National Award

A stunning fish sculpture created by a Glenalmond-based artist from an old cattle feeder and other scrap metal, has been shortlisted for a national award. he work was installed at the Web Walk Education Centre at Friarton Recycling Centre in Perth last summer where it has been helping to educate young people about the importance of looking after the environment. The Friarton Fish was commissioned by the charity Beautiful Perth with Perth and Kinross Council as part of the 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom competition entry and was funded by Zero Waste, Perth. Local farmer Willie Simpson donated the aged cattle ringfeeder which formed the base of the sculpture which has been shortlisted for the Gaga Galvanising Construction Industry Awards 2020.

Cameron Makes Front Page of British Education Hong Kong

This picture of Cameron M in our Upper Sixth is the stunning cover shot for British Education’s Hong Kong edition, out this month. The picture was chosen by the Artistic Director of the magazine and we are delighted! It brilliantly captures Cameron’s pride in Glenalmond as he strides under Front Arch from our Front Quad. Cameron’s love of the sport of hockey is also captured in the shot.

RSABI Welcomes Glenalmond as Supporters' Scheme Member

RSABI, the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, has this week welcomed Glenalmond College as the first ever school member of its Supporters’ Scheme. The Perthshire school with 360 boys and girls, both day pupils and boarders, welcomed RSABI vice-chairman David Leggat and Highland bull Donald to mark the occasion. The Highland Cattle Society is also a great supporter of RSABI and Donald was accompanied by his owner Grace Noble of Aberdeenshire Highland Beef who took the opportunity to speak with pupils and staff about her experiences as a farmer and rural entrepreneur.

Pupils Trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Thirty of our Sixth Form pupils received Anti-Bullying Ambassador training yesterday from The Diana Award. The online training session highlighted that in life bullying can come in many different forms and can happen anytime, anyplace and anywhere. The importance of taking action was highlighted as was the huge value of listening to anyone who has concerns. Well done to all the pupils who took part - we know you will be brilliant ambassadors.

Join us online for our Thursday Lunchtime Concert

Glenalmond College invites you to join us live via Facebook and Instagram for our first Thursday Lunchtime Concert of the academic year. Our Thursday concerts are designed as informal opportunities for children to experience performing in front of an audience. To ensure we have a COVID-safe event, the performers are all from the same year group bubbles and all Fifth Form Music Scholars. Fellow Fifth Formers in the same bubble will be able to attend. Our performers this week are Meredith K (clarsach), Arthur M (violin) and Ben B (piano). You are most welcome to join us via live stream on Instagram and Facebook from 1.30pm.

Glenalmond Initiative Offers Free LinkedIn Training

Glenalmond College is offering an exciting opportunity to all sixteen and seventeen-year-olds, as part of an online initiative this month. Glenalmond is offering every young person who takes part in the event on November 17th free training to create a polished, career-enhancing Linkedin profile. Every pupil who signs up for the Sixth Form online event will be invited to join a training session delivered by one of the UK’s leading experts on Linkedin - the professional networking platform which now has around 700 million global users.

Glenalmond Launches Innovative Drive-through Visits

Glenalmond College is introducing a "drive-through" tour of its grounds and facilities as a novel, COVID-safe alternative to the traditional school visit. The safari-style tour will see visitors remain inside their own vehicles throughout the visit, during which they will be led through the school's 300 acres of grounds in convoy and provided with either pre-recorded information or a running commentary via mobile phone from a member of the school’s admissions team on board the lead vehicle.