Countdown to Glenalmond Open Day - March 13

We are very much looking forward to welcoming around 50 families to our Virtual Open Day this Saturday, March 13th, at 10am.

There is still time to register to hear more about what sets a Glenalmond education apart and join around 50 other  families from as far afield as Crieff and Edinburgh to Spain, Hong Kong and New York.
Our Open Day experience will offer an online opportunity to explore our stunning campus, set in 300 acres of the beautiful Perthshire countryside, as well as to meet pupils and key staff. Our aim is to give an insight into the school's vibrant, close-knit community, our values and our commitment to academic and pastoral excellence. 
Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with our Warden (Head) Dr Michael Alderson, as well as members of our Admissions team and staff involved in Sport, Music, Academic life and Pastoral care.

Registration is quick and easy - REGISTER FOR OPEN DAY - or call Kitty and team in our friendly Admissions team on 01738 842144 for more information.

Welcome to our New Head of Learning Support

A very warm welcome to Andy Heron who has joined Glenalmond as our new Head of Learning Support. Mr Heron takes over this important role after working as Principal Teacher of Pupil Support in Additional Support Needs at Kinlochleven Primary and Secondary School, near Glencoe where he worked for the past four years.

Pupils Pleased to be Back on Stage

Our GCSE Drama pupils have been delighted to get back on stage this week to rehearse for their exam performance of ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’. Our GCSE girls have also been enjoying trying on their costumes for ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’.

Trinity Term is Fantastic for Sport

Our Director of Sport, Graham Smith (affectionately known as Smudge), is looking forward to the Trinity term and to pupils getting back to school and sports and the mental and physical health benefits that will bring. In this short blog, he reassures any pupils who may have lost some fitness during Lockdown, that they will very quickly find themselves becoming much fitter with a term ahead full of sport, activities and, most importantly, great fun!

Drive Through Tours Now Underway

Our little, eco-friendly, branded car is the perfect vehicle to lead families interested in a Glenalmond education through our grounds! You can enjoy a COVID-safe, drive through tour of our 300 acre campus taking in our magnificent Front Avenue, our beautiful Quad, our boarding houses, Library, Chapel, Golf Hub, rugby and lacrosse pitches and our fantastic astro pitches.

Good luck to Katherine and Tobermory!

Our very best wishes to two pupils, current and former, who are taking part in a very important swimming trials event this week. Katherine B in Lower Sixth will be competing at the British Swimming Selection Trials this week where swimmers are hoping to achieve consideration times for the Tokyo Olympics. Katherine will be competing in the 800m freestyle on Thursday and 400m freestyle on Friday. Former Glenalmond pupil Tobermory MacKay-Champion is also competing on Friday morning in the 200m breaststroke.

Spring Inspiration for Glenalmond Art

The theme for this year's Glenalmond Big Draw challenge was "Springwatch". With the rebirth of nature, spring is often a huge source of inspiration for artists and so, as a school community, we got together to show what spring means to us. Our Art Department was very pleased with the number of entries this year and also with the innovative interpretations of the theme. Well done to all who entered - you have put us all in the spirit of spring and fresh starts!

Glenalmond Pupils Express Themselves Brilliantly In Lockdown

As part of the #ExpressYourselfInLockdown initiative launched on social media by the British Council, we invited our linguists to create a video or audio file in which they had to perform in French or Spanish. Our Head of Modern Languages, Dr Caroline Murie, described the excellent response of young Glenalmond Linguists to the challenge.

The Importance of Art to Young People

"We don’t just teach students to be artists, we teach them to be inquisitive, to be powerful observers of life and with their ideas, to act and to create." Something which is often observed about the Artwork at Glenalmond is how different the work is compared to other schools, how the work is truly personal and shows the passions of each student. Our Head of Art, Keir Downey, explains why he thrives on this and highlights why Art as a subject remains highly relevant to young people in modern society.

Excellent Entries for Science Poster Competition

Our science and technology staff have been enjoying judging the posters produced by our pupils during British Science Week and selecting the best posters to represent Glenalmond College in the national competition. The poster title is based on the theme of this year’s science week, “Innovating for the Future". Pictured are some of the entries from Fourth Form Technology and Third Form Chemistry. Well done all!

Importance of learning about Other Cultures and Languages

Learning languages is important, not only for communication, but is also the best way to celebrate diversity and to broaden our horizons, according to Glenalmond's Head of Modern Languages, Dr Caroline Murie, who is delighted by our pupils' exceptional performance in recent national initiatives. These include the #ExpressYouselfInLockdown competition and the UK Linguistic Olympiads.

Glenalmond Pupils Trained as Antibullying Ambassadors

Another 14 Glenalmond pupils have become fully qualified The Diana Award anti-bullying Ambassadors. Thanks to all our new ambassadors and to Paul from The Diana Award for a great afternoon of online training. All the pupils involved were fully engaged and enjoyed the thought-provoking material presented by The Diana Award.

Easter Holidays 2021 - Golf Camps

We are delighted to be able to offer two Easter camps for children with some golf experience, aged under 12 with suitable golfing experience). The camps will be led by our Head of Golf, Tim Mitchell, and will run as follows: March 29 - April 2 (inclusive) and April 5 - 9 (inclusive) from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Exciting Return to British Competition Swimming for Katherine

Glenalmond pupil Katherine B made an exciting return to racing at British Competition level in Manchester this weekend. In this short article, Katherine explains how she has been managing to train during Lockdown and how good it is to be back competing. She also extends her thanks to teachers at Glenalmond for being "brilliant" in their support and helping her work round her training - even taking part in online lessons while travelling south at the weekend.

Glenalmond Welcomes Dr Claire Skentelbery

This week, Coll@Home has celebrated British Science Week, and International Women’s Day. Dovetailing these events perfectly, on Thursday 11th March, we were delighted to welcome Dr Claire Skentelbery to the first online William Bright Society lecture as part of Coll@Home programme. Our sincere thanks to Dr Skentelbery.

The Impact of Life-changing Bursaries

The life-transforming impact of Glenalmond bursaries on young people is powerfully highlighted in this article written for The Chronicle by our former pupil, Ryan Bromilow, a fantastic ambassador for Glenalmond. Our thanks go to everyone who is supporting #Challenge175 and helping us support more young people, like Ryan, to benefit from the transformational experience of a Glenalmond education.

Scottish Young Writers' Success for Pupils

Two Glenalmond pupils have had their writing talents recognised with Highly Commended awards in the Scottish Young Writer of the Year competition, placing them both in the top 11 nationally. The pair - Niall D (17) and Honor R (17) - chose two powerful and engaging subjects for their entries which have caught the judges’ attention.

Countdown to Glenalmond Open Day - March 13

We are looking forward to welcoming families to our Online Open Day this Saturday, March 13 at 10am. There is still time to register to hear more about what sets a Glenalmond education apart and join around 50 other families from as far afield as Crieff and Edinburgh to Spain, Hong Kong and New York.

Building Interest in Science Subjects

The sustained effort to increase pupils' interest of in STEM subjects at Glenalmond College is reaping rewards, according to Glenalmond's Head of Physics, Dr Stephen Kinge. Dr Kinge is pleased to report that in Physics the average intake of girls has slowly and steadily increased, and in recent years girls have often outperformed the boys, with 50% achieving an A* at A-level last year.

Freya is Maths Superstar

Third Form pupil Freya F produced a stunning result in the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge this week. Although she was one of the younger pupils entering, her score was the "Best in School" and earned her a Silver Certificate. This was her first attempt in this competition and she will be eligible for the next two years to compete again.

Building a buzz about books!

On World Book Day (March 4th), Glenalmond English teacher, Victoria Dryden, shares some of the ways we fuel pupils' interest in books and shares some tips for getting teenagers buzzing about books. With teenagers’ mental health during lockdown being a hot topic and great research being produced about how beneficial reading can be in helping our young people to relax and calm anxieties, one of the most common questions I am being asked at the moment is “how can I get my child to read”?

Epic Row for Kate to Support #Challenge175

One of our pupils has embarked on an epic rowing challenge in support of our #Challenge175. Instead of giving something up for Lent, Kate B (Goodacre's Upper Sixth) decided to set herself a challenge. With her mother, languages teacher Sasha Roberts and stepfather Nigel, she is rowing (virtually) from Perth Harbour to Kinlochbervie Harbour (where the family goes on holiday) - a total of 650 km.

Sixth Form Dress Sharp for National Careers Week

Our Lower Sixth Business Classes dressed sharp today for National Careers Week. Business teacher Miss Greenwell asked her pupils to dress in corporate attire for the Coll@Home class today as part of our National Careers Week activities and they pulled out all the stops! Each pupil also individually researched the business-linked career they are most interested in pursuing.

Drama Pupils Inspired by Actress Kristen Evans

Our Drama students were treated to a Careers Week talk by former actress and Italia Conti graduate Kristen Evans today. Kristen spoke about the rigorous audition process for such a prestigious Drama school, her experience working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and also her favourite memory of working and singing with Sam Smith.

Overview of National Careers Week Activity

Today (March 1st) is the start of National Careers Week and throughout the week we will be challenging pupils to consider their career options after leaving Glenalmond and how the school can set them on the right path. This week will see our pupils engaging in career orientated lessons, viewing purpose-made videos focusing on the careers of OGs, updating their Morrisby profiles, completing LinkedIn Training and generally being immersed into the world of career options as much as possible.

Glenalmond Launches #Challenge175 Ahead of Iconic Year

Glenalmond College has launched an ambitious sporting challenge which aims to raise £175,000 for life-changing bursaries. The challenge will take place as Glenalmond starts the countdown to celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2022 and is being sponsored by Johnston Carmichael Wealth, one of the UK’s leading firms of Chartered Financial Planners. It will see pupils and their families, along with former pupils and staff and all those with links to the school, challenged to collectively complete 175,000 kilometres, equivalent to more than four times round the globe, by noon on May 2nd, 2021.

Junior Winners of #GoWildThisWinter Comp

The winner and runner-up of the junior section of our #GoWildThisWinter photography competition have been announced! Congratulations to the overall junior winner - 12-year-old Cara C who attends Cargilfield Preparatory School, near Edinburgh. Cara's stunning picture of a mother otter was taken during a family walk with her mother and sister at the Mull of Kintyre. A tree frog photograph, taken by 11-years-old Samay M, is the runner-up in the junior section.

Meet the Parents Coffee Morning

We are inviting our Second and Third Form parents to join us for an opportunity to meet other parents over a virtual coffee this Saturday, February 27 at 11am. The format will be a welcome from our Warden, Dr Alderson, followed an opportunity to join our Housemaster/mistress hosts for a friendly, informal chat with other parents.

CollatHome Thursday Lunchtime Concert

Many thanks to our Director of Music, Dr Tim Ridley, for coordinating this week's #Coll@Home Thursday Lunchtime Concert which features uplifting performances by Jason on Oboe and Meredith on violin. Thank you for joining us - please enjoy!

Glenalmond March Online Taster Events

Current restrictions mean that an in-person taster day is not possible but we'd like to offer pupils the next best thing - our Virtual Taster experience! We know that it is difficult to get a feel for what sets Glenalmond apart without actually joining us in person and our Taster Days are always very popular. However, our Virtual Tasters are the next best thing and we are looking forward to welcoming our pupils of the future to our Taster events in March which will offer an opportunity to really get a keen sense of what its like to be at school at Glenalmond.