More than just a school

A once in a lifetime experience

30/08/2014 : As chair of the Athletes' Advisory Committee and also a member of the bid team it was extremely satisfying to see the games take place and be such a success after 7 years of involvement.  We worked really hard to make sure it was an Athlete-centred and Sport-focused games, which I am very proud to say we achieved.  I have so many great memories from my journey.  A few of my personal…

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Record Higher results

25/08/2014 : This summer's S5 Higher results are our best ever at this pre-remark stage.  Our S5 pupils gained significantly more A grades (346) than any other year in our history. They also gained our highest-ever pass rate (95%), our highest-ever AB rate (84%) and our highest-ever A grade rate (62%).  More than half our subjects had a 100% pass rate. A remarkable 89% of candidates in…

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Rowing's golden summer!

23/08/2014 : Glasgow Academy pupils have enjoyed spectacular rowing successes over the summer. The Academy was the most successful school at the British Championships, being top school in the Victor Ludorum. Our rowers won one Gold and three Silver British Championship medals. Congratulations to Josh Armstrong (Gold in J16 sculls), India Somerside, Becky Neilson, Alex Rankin…

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Shooting star!

19/08/2014 : In a very successful week at Bisley, David Elder won the Solenta Trophy, which is the highest aggregate score on Ashburton day. This is a huge achievement as he was placed 1st out of 550 competitors, including those from the very top British shooting schools.  Four out of our 9 shooters were placed in the top 100 scores during the week and David also finished 3rd in the Fox Quaich. 

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Golf team reach two national finals!

07/07/2014 : Congratulations to the golf team who have had an excellent 2013/14 season getting to the finals of both the HMC Foursomes and ISGA Plate competitions. It's the first time that a team from Glasgow Academy has reached the finals of the prestigious HMC Foursomes Competition, which was held this year at the testing Luffenham Heath Golf Club near Uppingham in early July. In a competition that tends…

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Six more Academy pupils selected to represent Great Britain!

01/07/2014 : Six more Glasgow Academy pupils will be representing Great Britain this summer, five of them at rowing. Josh Armstrong (in J16 sculls) and Becky Neilson, India Somerside, Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow (in Women's J16 fours) proved the fastest in the UK in Great Britain trials. They will be representing Great Britain in France at the GB v France match in Nantes on 12 July. Catriona Graves,…

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F1 team takes the chequered flag!

27/06/2014 : Many congratulations to 'MAFA Racing' from P7 at Glasgow Academy who beat 37 teams to win Best Pit Display and Best Portfolio Presentation at the National Final of F1 in Schools sponsored by Jaguar. It is the first time a school from Scotland has ever been represented in a National Final of this prestigious competition and is the result of an Academy initiative which has seen us create…

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'Game on' for Glasgow Academy!

24/06/2014 : Many congratulations to former pupil Katie Archibald, 20, who has just been included in Scotland's cycling squad for Glasgow 2014. Katie recently won her first world title and is Scotland's first female world champion in cycling. The Glasgow Academy is committed to the Commonwealth Games, both in terms of providing sports training facilities and the input of our staff. Many countries are using…

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National Word Wizard!

12/06/2014 : Many congratulations to Rosie Hutcheon (S2) who has won a prestigious modern languages prize, the finals of which were held at the Scottish Parliament. The National Word Wizard Final - organised by SCILT (Scotland's Centre for Languages) and St Andrew's University - was a spelling bee competition in which pupils had to translate words into their chosen language and then spell as many words…

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And I would RUN 100 miles!

08/06/2014 : Never ones to shirk a fundraising challenge, the Lofoten expedition team decided to run one hundred miles of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William in early June. Jamie Robinson and Tim Miller set off from Milngavie at 3.45 on Saturday morning and - a mere 22 hours later! - Tim Miller and James Mortimer ran in to Fort William. It was a fantastic achievement by the team - especially given…

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Two Golds at UK National Schools Rowing Championships!

04/06/2014 : Glasgow Academy's rowers are constantly exceeding expectations, as their outstanding results at the National Schools Championships in Nottingham in ​May showed. There they enjoyed massive success, with a number of Academy pupils coming top in the UK. India Somerside, Becky Neilson, Alex Rankin, Holly Wicklow and Kit Morris won Gold in Junior 16 Girls fours and Silver in Schoolgirls…

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'Tally's Blood' - "charming, heart-breaking, funny and sweet..."

03/06/2014 : If you haven't got your tickets for this term's Senior drama production, Tally's Blood by Ann Marie di Mambro, you're not too late. A few tickets - priced &pound6 - are still available for both Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June from the Administration Centre (0141 334 8558 / enquiries@tga.org.uk) Tally's Blood follows the growing friendship between a young Italian girl, living…

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Kylie's golfing career is on the rise!

29/05/2014 : Kylie Walker (2004) holed a 20-foot putt at the second extra play-off hole to register her first Ladies European Tour win with victory in the Deloitte Ladies Open in Amsterdam. Kylie is a former pupil of both The Glasgow Academy and Atholl (now TGA Milngavie). Many congratulations, Kylie!  http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/golf/walker-finally-notches-elusive-win-in-play-off.24329027

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Good homes needed for well-behaved children?

16/05/2014 : In History, our P7 pupils have been studying what it was like to live through the Second World War.  During their 'Evacuation Morning' they dressed as evacuees - perhaps as some of their great grandparents did - and were given parcel labels in case they got lost on their journey to the country. Among many new skills they learned during the morning, our evacuees discovered how to make…

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Eight wins in 9 years - Tennis girls do it yet again!

13/05/2014 : The High School of Glasgow Girls' Tennis Tournament is one of the highlights of the tennis fixture list - and this year it was bigger than ever before with even more teams taking part. In all, seven schools participated: High School of Glasgow, George Heriot's, Hutchesons' Grammar, Craigholme, Lomond, Wellington, Jordanhill and Glasgow Academy,. It's a competition in which Glasgow…

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The Gold standard...

09/05/2014 : The Glasgow Academy is delighted to report that - as a result of a great deal of committed hard work across all four sites - it has been awarded the Investors in People Gold Award for excellence. The award was presented by the Chief Executive of IIP Scotland, Mr Peter Russian, to two members of the committee, Mrs Lorna McLellan and Ms Ilona Kovacs. Well done to everyone involved!

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Pride of the Clyde!

02/05/2014 : At the beginning of May, Prep School children at Kelvinbridge had a visit from Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot. As well as reminding our children about all the countries participating in the Commonwealth Games, Clyde encouraged them to take part in as many of the sports as they could. After giving some of the children merit certificates for good work, Clyde presented The Glasgow Academy with a…

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Some sporting successes 2014... so far!

26/04/2014 : Hockey Academy hockey teams have enjoyed considerable success in 2014, winning the West District Hockey Tournaments at 1st XI, 2nd XI and S1 level, with the S3 being semi-finalists and the S2 silver medallists. The S1 team were unbeaten all season, a remarkable continuation of their unbeaten record of last season. Prep 7 won the Jordanhill P7 Hockey Tournament: the second year in a row that we have…

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TGA Golfers win through to the finals...

02/04/2014 : Many congratulations to our golf team who - in the space of three days - have won through to two separate finals in two different national competitions. On Wednesday 26 March, The Academy Golf Team travelled to Hoylake, the venue for this year's Open Championship, to take on Birkenhead School in the semi-final of the HMC Schools Foursomes. On a lovely early spring day, the sun seemed to be smiling…

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What's that 'antique' actually worth?

02/04/2014 : Ever wondered if that family heirloom in the attic is worth anything? Here's your chance to find out. We've invited experts from McTear's Auctioneers to our 'Sell it for Sci Tech' event at Glasgow Academy on Thursday 5 June between 2.30 and 5.30 pm. We'll have specialists on hand to value your jewellery, watches, silver, ceramics, furniture, whisky, wine, clocks,…

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The Great Debate

01/04/2014 : On Friday 28 March, The Academy held its great debate on Scottish Independence. We were delighted to welcome four experts to present the evidence for and against Independence and to debate the topic in front of an audience of Senior School pupils eligible to vote in September's referendum. In the 'Yes' corner were highly-successful entrepreneur and former pupil, Ian Ferguson-Brown, and…

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Hattie's a Beatson Cancer Charity ambassador

26/03/2014 : Beatson Cancer Charity have chosen Hattie Greig (S6) as one the faces of their new awareness campaign and her picture is prominent on posters all round Glasgow as well as on their new website. Hattie's response to family tragedy was to take part in the Glasgow Santa Dash in 2012. Such is her quiet authority that she persuaded over 60 fellow pupils, teachers and Academy parents to accompany…

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When it comes to maths, it all adds up!

19/03/2014 : Rick Mukhopadhyay (S2), Ruiyang He (S2), Robert Brewer (S1) and Shoumita Bardhan (S1) have won the West of Scotland regional heat of the Team Maths Challenge at the University of Paisley, beating 27 other schools from the Glasgow area. They now qualify for the national final later this year in London. In February, our senior team of Yue Wu, Stephanie Massie, Gillan Coats and Philip Cai also represented…

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P7 pupils sweep the board in Rotary competitions

17/03/2014 : Many congratulations to Glasgow Academy's P7 team who have won the Rotary Club of Glasgow P7 Quiz, beating teams from The High School of Glasgow, Hutchesons' Grammar, St Aloysius', Kelvinside Academy and Jordanhill School. The winning team consisted of Joe Ellis, Mandy Chan, Molly Scales, Morgan Dalton and Marlowe Crick. Meanwhile our pupils have taken all three top spots - out of over…

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Iain does the Scottish double!

12/03/2014 : Many congratulations to Iain Fletcher of S2 who has just won TWO Gold medals at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships. Thirteen-year-old Iain took the 100 metres Butterfly in a time of 1m 03.61s before going on to repeat the performance in the 200m Butterfly race (2m 24.40s) - a magnificent achievement from a talented athlete. The smile on Iain's face as he collects his medal tells its own…

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Katie helps GB win team pursuit World Championship title

03/03/2014 : Many congratulations to former pupil Katie Archibald who has won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia. Along with Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Elinor Barker, Katie helped claim Britain's sixth women's team pursuit world title out of seven and a first gold of the 2014 World Championships ahead of nearest rivals, Canada. The victory -…

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Catriona comes out on top - once again!

24/02/2014 : Many congratulations to Catriona Graves of S6 who retained her Scottish Under 17 Cross-country title at a rain-soaked Falkirk on Saturday 22 February. In a mixed U17 and U20 race she finished second overall - a remarkable achievement for someone of her age. Catriona is now heading off to represent Scotland at the inter-counties event in Birmingham next month. Read more about Catriona on our Athletics…

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Tim's boots were made for climbing!

21/02/2014 : Many congratulations to Tim Miller (S6) who took on freezing temperatures - and the best young climbers in Europe - to come fourth in the Youth World Ice Climbing Championships in France this February. Wearing a pair of home-made ice climbing boots - concocted from worn-out rock shoes with a set of spikes bolted on the bottom - Tim exceeded all expectations as he went head-to-head with the Russians…

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All about money!

05/02/2014 : The week beginning February 3 is 'Money Week' at Glasgow Academy. That means that our children on all four sites are learning all about money: how we earn it, spend it, save it - and even how we invest it! On the subject of investment, our P7 classes had a visit this week from Mr Andrew Waddell, a current parent who is also one of our Governors. Mr Waddell, a stockbroker, gave a stimulating…

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Charlotte wins 'Times' essay competition

10/01/2014 : What would you do if a tiger dropped in for tea? More than 2000 children across Britain responded to that question when they entered The Times' Tiger Who Came to Tea short story competition. Many congratulations to Charlotte Abercrombie of P7 whose story entitled 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' was the winner in the senior age category. The judge, the children's writer, Judith Kerr, whose…

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Weather-beaten - but still they win...

11/12/2013 : Academy pupils swept the board at the Scottish Tooling Series final in Aberdeen on Saturday 14 December.  With 15 of the 16 routes set outside, it was less 'dry tooling' than 'soggy tooling' in the ferocious winds and lashing rain. After James managed to climb a good chunk of the Final route quite efficiently, Alastair had an unfortunate slip relatively low and didn't manage…

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Oh, what a show!

04/12/2013 : Many congratulations to the cast of Evita on a fantastic show. This was a remarkably impressive ensemble piece - and such was the quality of the performances of the whole cast that highlighting individuals seems inappropriate. It is important, however, to pay tribute to Linnea Hay (Eva), Tommaso Porta (Che) and Zuhayr Siddiqui (Peron) who acted and sang with tremendous passion and great professionalism…

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A little girl with a big heart!

29/11/2013 : "My name is Mariam. I have been growing my hair since I was 3 years old when I saw Tangled and fell in love with Rapunzel's hair!  I am six years old now and a pupil at The Glasgow Academy Milngavie. My hair is very long and gets in my way sometimes. I heard about Little Princess Trust and I felt really sad for the children who lost their hair and I hope that by donating…

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On the catwalk...

15/11/2013 : Congratulations to everyone involved in what was an excellent Glasgow Academy PTA Fashion Show on Wednesday 6 November. Nick Kirk, our photographer for the evening, has put together a short 'photo film' of the event. To view it, please click on the link below: http://www.ndkphotography.co.uk/glasgow_academy_fashion_show.html  

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West District winners 2013!

07/11/2013 : Congratulations to the ladies of the 1st XI on winning the West District Senior 1st XI Tournament 2013/14. In a nail-biting conclusion to the competition held on Wednesday 30 October, The Glasgow Academy girls beat Hutchesons' Grammar in the semi-final before dispatching High School of Glasgow in the final on running penalties. Lucy McCall, the 1st XI captain, commented: 'We were delighted…

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Family matters

04/11/2013 : In a highly-personal, witty and informative speech, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen entertained a large audience of Sixth Formers, parents and former pupils in his Dallachy Lecture on Thursday 24 October. Looking back over a long and enormously distinguished political career, perhaps most revealing of all was his assertion that the achievements of which he is most proud are his three children and four…

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Record exam results!

02/11/2013 : A message from Peter Brodie: I congratulate our pupils on their exceptional achievements in the 2013 national exams. Our young people gained 333 A grades at Higher  - significantly more than ever before. A remarkable 63.3% of entries were awarded grade A. 34 pupils (out of 107 in S5) gained 5 A grades or more. Zuhayr Siddiqui set a new record in gaining a remarkable 8 A grades at Higher plus…

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New Olympic-standard hockey pitch opened

02/11/2013 : Glasgow Academy has opened a brand new elite water-based, all-weather hockey pitch at Windyedge sports fields. The pitch was unveiled by Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, who described the Olympic-standard pitch as "A terrific investment by Glasgow Academy and one which provides a truly world-class playing surface for training and competition."…

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Scottish Schools road relay win

29/10/2013 : Many congratulations to Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Thomas Aggleton and Sam Ballantyne (pictured left to right) of P6 who won the Scottish Schools Road Relay Race on Saturday 26 October. The boys were always in contention and ran well to beat a field of over 60 other schools from across Scotland. With many schools represented by club runners who are regularly training three or four times a week, the…

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Three-in-a-row for P7 rugby!

11/10/2013 : Congratulations to our P7 rugby boys who have won the St Columba's rugby tournament. This is the third year in a row that a Glasgow Academy team has brought home the trophy. After beating The High School of Glasgow in the first round, the boys went on to beat Lomond School fairly convincingly before they came up against the hosts, St Columba's, in the final of the competition. Their coach,…

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We've passed the charity test

07/10/2013 : We are delighted by OSCR's confirmation this month that 'The Glasgow Academy continues to meet the charity test.'  OSCR considers that the school provides public benefit. OSCR also considers that there are no unduly restrictive conditions on accessing the benefit, and that the spread of the value of the school's means-tested assistance is good. Peter Brodie, Rector

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Unique opportunity for Academy golfers

26/09/2013 : As part of the preparations for next year's Ryder Cup, two golfers - one boy and one girl - from each of the eight regions in Scotland were chosen to take part in a unique challenge match at Gleneagles. Alex Mennie (S5) and Angus Frood (S3) - representing Argyll and Dunbartonshire - were chosen independently for the honour of playing with Ryder Cup Captains Tom Watson of USA and Paul McGinley…

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SciTech Appeal - you can help us get there!

23/09/2013 : The summer has seen remarkable progress on site and in the fundraising appeal to build our fantastic new Science and Technology Building at Colebrooke Street. Last September, Glasgow City Council unanimously approved our 'inspirational' plans for SciTech. This summer, demolition of the subsiding and unsafe tenements was completed and preferred contractors appointed. The school will fund…

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A taste of India

16/09/2013 : Sixth Year pupil William Brooke was one of a group from Glasgow Academy who went to India this summer to investigate how schools are run in another culture. In particular, William wanted to look into the possibility of pupil exchanges in the future. Reflecting on his experience of life with an Indian family, William said: "It was a fascinating glimpse of a very different culture - and one that…

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Top marks for Lyle...

04/09/2013 : Many congratulations to Lyle Hill who was the highest-achieving candidate in this year's Advanced Higher Modern Studies exam. Lyle - who completed S6 in June - will embark on his Human, Social and Political Sciences studies at St John's College, Cambridge this October. To recognise his achievement, Lyle will be presented with the Advanced Higher Modern Studies Trophy at the Modern Studies…

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Josh has a growing reputation!

26/08/2013 : When 15-year-old Josh Armstrong grew several inches in a matter of months it spelled the end to a promising karting career. But, after he discovered that his 6 foot 5 inch build gave him a natural advantage in rowing, he took up the sport last November. Now Josh - who sat in a single-scull boat for the first time only this April - has won the Beginner Men's event at the GB Sculling Festival at…

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Best in Scotland - and British record-holders too!

01/08/2013 : Glasgow Academy was the most successful school in Scotland at the Scottish Rowing Championship at the end of June, beating some very prestigious rowing schools in the process. We took delivery of a brand new boat at the British Rowing Championships in the middle of July and the Junior 14 girls' double scull - consisting of India Somerside and Becky Neilson (both S3) - promptly set a new British…

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Dolly Creations are 'Scottish Company of the Year'

19/06/2013 : After fighting off stiff competition from thousands of senior school pupils across the country, Glasgow Academy's Dolly Creations were crowned Scottish Company of the Year at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel at the YES Awards Ceremony on 18 June. They also won Best Business Report and Best Presentation. The company made bespoke, handmade dolls and ‘paint your own doll’ kits in a variety…

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Cameron wins MCC fair play award

17/06/2013 : Many congratulations to Cameron Russell (S5) who was awarded the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cap for his sporting actions in the annual 1st XI match on 13 June. Always a competitive fixture, the MCC match is also an excellent learning opportunity for our young cricketers as they get to play against some great players - one of whom was former pupil, Douglas Lockhart, who captained the MCC side this year.…

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Academy golfers to the fore!

05/06/2013 : Congratulations to Alex Mennie (S4) who has won the Glasgow Schools Girls' Championship playing at Milngavie Golf Club. She is pictured with 'The Bisset Cup', the magnificent trophy she won. With James Wilson (S5) finishing third in the Glasgow Schools Boys' tournament and Katie Prentice (P7) winning the St Leonards' Under 13 Girls' tournament at the end of April,…

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'Inspirational' new building gets go-ahead

04/06/2013 : Glasgow's Planning Committee have unanimously approved plans for a state-of-the-art Science and Technology Building on the site of tenement blocks owned by The Academy opposite our main building at Kelvinbridge. Jonathan Finlay, Deputy Chairman of the planning committee, called the proposed development "an extremely fine building" and another member of the committee described the design…

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Girls' Tennis team wins High School competition - again!

21/05/2013 : Many congratulations to The Academy girls' tennis team on winning the High School of Glasgow Tennis tournament, beating seven other schools: the seventh time in eight years that The Academy has won the tournament - a fabulous achievement.      Under 13 - Emma Forrest and Katie Ritchie won silver medals for their age group (won 6 matches, drew 1) Under 15 - Emma Webster…

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International football honours for Jack and Zack!

06/05/2013 :   On Sunday 5 May, Jack Bain (S6 - on right of picture) and Zack Birnie (S5) made their national football debut playing for Scotland Schools Independent team against England Schools Independent team in the annual fixture. The result was a narrow 3-2 victory for England, with the winner coming in the last few minutes.  Zack started the game playing in central midfield and, unfortunately,…

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Iain takes the Sharp Trophy at the Commonwealth Pool

23/04/2013 : Many congratulations to S1 swimmer Iain Fletcher who is currently the fastest 12-year-old boy in Scotland over 200 metres. Iain won the Sharp Trophy at the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh during the Easter break. The trophy is presented to the top 12-year-old boy in the 200m Individual Medley race. His mum commented: "Iain…

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Top award for Primary French project!

18/04/2013 : Madame Laws, our Prep School Teacher of Languages, has won another award!. Her 'Year in the Life of the Prep French Class' project has won first prize in the Primary Languages Classroom Awards, 2013. The PLCA celebrate the hard work, best practice, commitment and innovation of primary language teaching and support throughout the UK. It was especially pleasing to win the award this year…

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Angus captains Scotland U16 rugby team

17/04/2013 : Many congratulations to Angus Neilson who was chosen to captain Scotland when they played at the Wellington International Rugby Festival during the Easter holidays. Scotland played Wales, England South and France in an exhausting schedule in which they played three matches in five days. Angus captained the U16 team in their first two matches, scoring a try in the first match against Wales. He…

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Victoria is top cadet

17/04/2013 : Blair Nugent, Victoria Johnston, Matthew Doran and Emily Whyte all completed the Army Cadet Force's Senior Cadet Instructional Cadre held at Garelochhead Camp during the last 8 days of their Easter break. Many congratualtions to Victoria (centre of picture) who graduated as top cadet on the course. This is the first time in many years that a CCF cadet has achieved this result.

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Hattie and the 64 'Santas' raise thousands

13/03/2013 : Glasgow's annual Santa Dash in December attracted several thousand runners from all over the country running for all manner of charities. Hattie Greig (S5) encouraged no fewer than 64 Glasgow Academy 'Santas' to take part in the race, running for 'Friends of the Beatson'. The Santas in question ranged from Academy pupils to parents and friends of The Academy.  Academy parent…

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P7 Hockey girls are on a roll!

01/03/2013 : With three major wins in as many days at the end of February, Glasgow Academy girls' hockey is on a roll!  After dispatching Morrison's and Kelvinside Academies, Hamilton College and Jordanhill College in the group stages of our own P7 hockey competition, and High School of Glasgow in the semi-final, the P7s beat George Watson's College to win the tournament. The very next day they…

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