School News

Here you will find a round-up of some of the highlights of activities which take place at Glenalmond College. You can also follow our social media feeds via - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram - to stay up-to-date with our latest news.

 

 

 


Celebrating our 175th Anniversary in 2022

Glenalmond College is very much looking forward to celebrating the 175th anniverary of our extraordinary school with a year of celebration from May 4, 2022. We look forward to welcoming you back to school - via an online or in person event - during our year of celebration.


New Chair of Council

After 5 years as Chairman of the Council (Board of Governors), Niall Booker has announced that he will stand down at the end of the current academic year.


Meet the Staff: George Pounder

In the latest in our Meet the Staff series we interviewed Mr George Pounder, our Head of Classics, who is also very involved a whole range of aspects of school life.


Meet the Staff: Sara Speirs

In the latest in our Meet the Staff series we spoke with Sara Speirs, a valued member of our excellent Learning Support team at Glenalmond College.


Christmas Services at Glenalmond

Our Chaplain, Father Stephen, is looking forward to welcoming people to services in Glenalmond College Chapel over the festive period. The Christmas services in our beautiful Chapel are open to all - subject to any changes in the COVID restrictions - including Glenalmond pupils and their families and members of our local community.


Brilliant Staff v Pupils Hockey Match

Our end-of-term staff v pupils hockey match proved a sporting event of "fun, community and celebration" according to our Head of Hockey, Mr Will Murray, who compiled this match report.


Celebrating 175 Years in 2022

Glenalmond College is very much looking forward to celebrating the 175th anniverary of our extraordinary school with a year of celebration from May 4, 2022.


Join us online for Carols from Coll - December 13, 5pm

We are inviting you to join our Chapel Choir online for "Carols from Coll" on Monday December 13th at 5pm. While we are no longer able to gather our staff, pupils andd families together in Chapel for our traditional Candlelit Service, we are inviting everyone to join us online for a more informal evening of Carol singing with our Chapel Choir.


Join the One-Night-Only Stream of Spamalot - Dec 10

The countdown is underway to our Main Show 2021...... Spamalot! Our Director of Theatre, Liz Moss, and our Drama and Music staff and pupils have been working hard behind the scenes with preparations and rehearsals are now full steam ahead. We can't wait! Our eagerly-awaited return to staging big, brash productions is a right medieval riot. Chosen equally for its silliness and its brilliant va-va-voom, this truly is the show to remind us to always look on the bright side of life.


Minor Damage after Storm Arwen

While we have sustained no serious damage due to Storm Arwen, we are very grateful to everyone, particularly Tim Holden and Mark Sinclair, who has helped with the clear-up of branches etc today. As with many other rural communities, our electricity supply has been affected and this is also affecting mobile connectivity at school. We expect our electricity supply to be restored very soon.


Interview with the Sunday Times

Our Eco-group Coordinator, Mrs Sasha Roberts, was asked a range of questions about our initiatives at Glenalmond as part of an interview for a rewilding article which appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday. "I think everyone can take small steps to improve the environment. One key blocker is that “untidy” is usually good but it can take a while to recognise and accept that! An immaculate lawn is not the best habitat for biodiversity so a balance has to be found to ensure wildlife can co-exist and thrive - and we are proving this is possible here at Glenalmond," said Mrs Roberts.


Tribute to Dave Jeffers

This tribute to former Reid’s Housemaster, Dave Jeffers, has been written by Mike Jeffers (no relation) our current Head of Maths. Dave Jeffers, former Head of Mathematics and Reid's Housemaster, died suddenly this month, aged 64. This picture of Mr Jeffers with his wife Helen is on display in the Dining Hall of Reid's House.


Meet the Staff - Tanya Adamson

This week is Scottish Careers Week and, in the latest of our Meet the Staff series, we spoke with Mrs Tanya Adamson, Glenalmond's Careers Assistant. Mrs Adamson works with Mr Steve Smith, our Head of Sixth Form, and helps our pupils find the right careers.


Invitation to our Autumn Concert 2021

Glenalmond College extends a very warm invitation to you to join us on November 28th at 7.30pm for our Autumn Concert. This year’s concert will be online as unfortunately, due to restrictions, it is not yet possible to welcome our parents and guests into school to join us for events.


Pupils' Success in Perthshire Art Competition

Congratulations to two Glenalmond pupils whose talent has been recognised in a Perthshire Art Competition. Kim P won the top prize in her age category and Johanna K was awarded the runner-up prize in her age category of the award run by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull.


Respects Paid to Greg Deakin OG

Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of our former pupil, Greg Deakin, whose funeral was held at Glenalmond College Chapel earlier today. Greg (Matheson’s, 1984-90) embraced all that Glenalmond had to offer and forged many long-standing friendships here. An early flair for design and technology during his school days underpinned his success in many businesses, including running over 30 holiday properties and a hotel near Loch Tay.


Invitation to Our Parents' Social Evening

Current Glenalmond parents are invited to a social evening with drinks and nibbles very kindly hosted by Jamie and Miranda Landale. The evening is being very kindly hosted by the Landales at their family home, Clathic House, near Comrie, PH7 4JY. The event will start at 6.30pm and run until 9pm and offer an opportunity for current parents to relax and catch up with old friends as well as kindling new friendships in our body of parents.


CCF Field Day - Army Section

Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Army Section Field Day activities this week featured an introduction to a range of skills, including shelter building and survival skills. All pupils in Fourth Form take part in our CCF programme and through the year they experience a range of excellent team-building and leadership skills as part of this as well as an introduction to the career opportunities in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.


Charlie Sandison Inspires Young Athletes

A former pupil who was placed 24th in the mass start in the Virgin London Marathon last weekend - and produced his best personal time of 2 hours 25 minutes - returned to Glenalmond this week. Charlie Sandison (Skrine's, 2008-13), went for a run around the Glenalmond Golf Course with some of our pupils before addressing our pupils and staff as part of our Athelete Development Programme. Among his key messages during an inspirational talk to pupils was that it is the way you respond when you fail to meet your goals, as much as when you do, which shapes who you are.


Well Done Susie and Seamus

Susie R and her horse Storms Ransom (Seamus) put in a terrific performance at The 2021 Scottish Tetrathlon Championships at the weekend, to win the Open Girls Trophy. Tetrathlon involves a cross country ride, a 10m turning target shoot, a cross country run followed by a swim. The event took place over four hours which saw Susie and Seamus go clear on the crosscountry ride with a superb shoot and a strong run and swim to win the Open Girls category at the championships.


CCF Field Day - RAF Section

The RAF Section of our Combined Cadet Force enjoyed an excellent visit to The Museum of Flight this week as part of the Fourth Form Field Day exercise.


Week of Sporting Success at Glenalmond

The past week has seen lots of the hard work of our pupils and coaches coming to fruition with some great performances by our runners and our rugby, hockey and basketball teams.


CCF Field Day - Navy Section

The Royal Navy section of our Combined Cadet Force in Fourth Form went on a fleet tender to Rothesay from Greenock this week. Our cadets took the opportunity to steer the boat themselves and use charts and other equipment to navigate. They also had an in-depth workshop on a variety of knots which they really enjoyed! Well done all.


Former Pupils' London Marathon Success

Former pupil Jamie Sandison (Skrine's, 1978-82) and his two Old Glenalmond sons, Rory (Skrine's, 2012-17) and Charlie (Skrine's, 2008-13) are pictured here after successfully completing the London Marathon at the weekend. Charlie put an in outstanding performance and was placed 24th in the mass start in the Virgin London Marathon producing a personal best time of 2 hours 25 minutes.


Independent School of the Year Awards - Invitation

Glenalmond College is delighted to be a finalist in the Performing Arts category of the Independent Schools of the Year Awards and we are looking forward to the Online Awards Ceremony this Thursday (Oct 7th) at 3pm. We are thrilled with this fantastic recognition of our outstanding Theatre, Drama and Music provision at Glenalmond and the exceptional work of Mrs Moss (our Director of Theatre), Miss Hynd (our Head of Drama) and Dr Ridley (our Director of Music), and the many other staff who have gone the extra mile to support them over the past year – from music and sets to make-up and props.


Glenalmond Prepares for World Space Week

This Thursday (October 4th) our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form Physics classes will be taking part in World Space Week, including an online event hosted by TV presenter Dallas Campbell, a former pupil of Glenalmond. As part of World Space Week (4-10 October), the event aims to encourage and engage as many young people as possible in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects to help them consider a career in this field when they are older.


Glenalmond Reaches Finals of National Schools Award

We are delighted to announce that Glenalmond has made ito the finals of the Performing Arts category of the Independent School of the Year Awards 2021.We are thrilled with this fantastic recognition of our outstanding Theatre, Drama and Music provision at Glenalmond and the exceptional work of Mrs Moss (our Director of Theatre), Miss Hynd (our Head of Drama) and Dr Ridley (our Director of Music), and the many other staff who have gone the extra mile to support them over the past year – from music and sets to make-up and props.


Fantastic Glenalmond Review in Tatler Schools Guide 2022

The Tatler Schools Guide 2022, hot off the press, features the top prep and public schools in the UK. “There could be no finer place to spend one’s school days than amid the 300 acres of countryside at the gateway to the Highlands. “The atmosphere here is warm, vibrant and busy.... "Glenalmond sets pupils up for life…leavers depart their beloved Coll fuelled with the ambition and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to the world.” We are delighted with the review and extremely proud of our staff, our pupils and our school.