Ardnamurchan High School News



17 November 2022Donella Crawford Cup

Donella Crawford Cup

This Girls' Shinty Competition was hosted by Ardnamurchan High School yesterday and attracted teams from all over Scotland!

It was a great day as ever with lots of spectators and our girls' teams playing well even if the end result was a bit disappointing

Great to see our new shinty ambassadors involved.

Keep up the good work!


17 November 2022European Day of Languages

Our Modern Languages event has 'gone European' with the song performed by our French pupils being featured on Basque radio and Television. This is a great link with the minority language culture and has been picked up in wider circles. Big well done to the pupils and staff involved!

16 November 2022Mock Cop 27

Senior Pupils from Ardnamurchan High School travelled to Inverness to take part in a Mock Cop event organised by The Highland Council.

A delegate team of 4 + 2 reporters represented the Alliance of Small Island States at the Mock COP 27 held in the Council chambers at Highland Council HQ. They listened to speakers and negotiated with representatives of other nations and international organisations before taking part in voting on 7 resolutions, in which they achieved 5 of their goals

The day was much enjoyed by all who took part and was well worth the travel time!

16 November 2022Christmas Concert

15 November 2022Invigilators Needed

Ardnamurchan High School is looking for new invigilators to join the exam invigilation team. The team work under a Chief Invigilator to support our pupils during prelims (Jan 30th – Feb 8th) and in the summer exams (April and May). You will get paid for your time but more importantly you will be supporting your local school and helping the senior pupils in their learning journey to getting SQA qualifications.


If you are interested please get in contact with Simon Patterson at AHS on 01397 700105

15 November 2022Rugby Development Officer

AHS and the penisula primaries have benefited from 8 visits from a Community Rugby Development Officer, Stevie McAleer. The targeted group were S1-S3 boys and girls in preparation for the Caledonia North 6 Series - not mixed, boys and girls matches.
Our thanks to the Lochaber Rugby Club for enabling these visits.

15 November 2022Leannachan Challenge

A big well done to our team of Cross Country Runners who took part in the Leannachan Challenge today.

The results were:


Bella Sutherland – 1st in s5/6 girls


Calum McIntyre – 3rd in s5/6 boys


Ashley Merritt – 1st in s3/4 boys


Leon Halloran – 3rd in s3/4 boys


15 November 2022Deasbad NĂ iseanta 2022 / Gaelic National Schools Debate 2022

Chaidh dithis sgoilearan ann an AS6 - Christy agus Katie - gu Steòrnabahgh gus pàirt a ghabhail ann an Deasbad Nàiseanta nan Sgoiltean airson dà latha.

Fhuair iad comharran àrda agus bha iad anns a’ chiad leth den fharpais. ‘S math a rinn an dithis agaibh !

A huge well done to Christy and Katie in S6 who recently took part in the Gaelic National Schools Debate 2022

Although we weren’t in the top four who went through to the finals in Edinburgh, it was a fantastic learning experience and we ended up in the top half of the sixteen schools who took part – a tremendous achievement – well done girls!

15 November 2022Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

AHS staff and pupils organised the annual Shoebox Collection. This year the boxes from Lochaber is going to Ukraine. Thanks to all who contributed and took part in the organisation.

09 November 2022S2 Trip to Bannockburn

S2 Bannockburn Trip - Wednesday 9th November

The S2 travelled to Stirling to visit the Bannockburn Centre on 9th November as part of their History curriculum. A long day but worth it!

07 November 2022Senior Theatre Trip to Eden Court

Senior Theatre Trip to Eden Court

Most of our senior school travelled to Inverness on Thursday 3rd November to watch James IV in Eden Court Theatre. The trip linked to the English and History curriculums and was very much an enhancing experience.

04 November 2022Scottish Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the girls who represented Ardnamurchan High School at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships and the Scottish Disability Sports Swimming Competition.

Terra Grier won 2 GOLD medals. These were for 25m breaststroke and 25m front crawl.

Macy Morris finished 6th in the 50m front crawl and 7th in the 50m butterfly.

Helen Jones finished 7th in the 100m front crawl event taking 2 seconds off her PB!

04 November 2022Small Schools Football Finals

Huge congratulations to all the boys who competed in the Small Schools Football Finals yesterday.

The Senior boys finished in second place and took home the SILVER medals.

The Junior team reached the semi final of their tournament, playing well and not giving up until the very end. The boys showed great potential so watch this space!


03 November 2022AHS Pupils' National Mod results (as far as have been reported to us)

National Mod results (as far as have been reported to us)

What a representation AHS had at the National Mod this year and we are extremely proud of all our young people for their commitment and confidence in taking part.

Here are the results from what we can discover. If there are any missing, or incorrect, please email us to let us know

Seinn solo

Eliza Moffat: 2nd place (traditional song).

Isla Mackechnie: 1st (prescribed singing), 2nd (traditional singing).

Alasdair MacKay: 1st (Silver Pendant for his traditional song), 2nd (prescribed song).

Layla Orr-Macintyre 1st (prescribed song), 4th (traditional song).

Chloe Curtis: 2nd (Traditional song)

Poetry Recital

Isla Mackechnie: 2nd place.

Oren Manthorpe: 4th place.


Alasdair Mackay 3rd place.


Isla, Joni, Maggie MacAskill, Eliza, Layla involved in a local choir ‘Seisteal’

Two competitions: 2nd and 3rd place.

‘Battle of the Bands’

Alexander, Maggie Mac, Alasdair, Alistair, Colla, Allan, and Eliza (AHS Folk Band) 2nd place.

Isla, Joni, Layla participated in folk band ‘Seisteal’: 3rd place.

For a bit of perspective, 1st place was awarded to a highly skilled semi-professional quartet including students from Plockton Music School / Royal Conservatoire of Scotland! A very close run thing. AHS clearly won the audience vote however with the biggest cheer of the night!

Is math a rinn iad uile.


03 November 2022Ardnamurchan Swim Team

Ardnamurchan Swim Team
Big well done to our young swimmers who took part in the Highland Finals in Inverness yesterday.
All 3, Helen Jones, Macy Morris and Terra Grier achieved success in their races. Final results to follow.

03 November 2022Under 17 Camanachd North Team

Well done to our very own Michael and Freddie for being part of the Under 17 Camanchd North v South game today at An Aird.

Story and Picture courtesy of Alan Gray, Active Schools

03 November 2022RAF Careers Visit

RAF Careers Talk for Senior pupils

On Monday 31st October, the Senior pupils, mostly S4, were treated to a very informative Careers Talk from a visiting RAF Officer.
The Officer commented on the behaviour and genuine engagement of our pupils and was delighted to have visited.

02 November 2022Halloween Party

A joint event between Ardnamurchan High School staff and HLH Youth Club took place last night with additional funds raised going towards supporting school trips and activities. Thanks to everyone who took part. It was a great night with lots of spooky activities!

25 October 2022Lochaber Quilt Project

On Monday the S1 pupils enjoyed a workshop run by the Highland Heritage ranger Michelle
Meliville. The pupils were shown how to use needle felting equipment and fleece and fabric
pens to make their own individual square as part of a Highland wide project. Each square
will tell their story of their favourite local place, local wildlife, local story or family story/way of
life or represent a local sport such as shinty or local shows. Finished squares will be added
to the quilt and displayed in Fort William library. We look forward to seeing their lovely work!

11 October 2022Talent Show

Our annual Talent Show, ably compered by Bella Sutherland and Ishbel Macintyre, took place on Friday 7th October to end the term Our usual appreciative audience were treated to 8 pupil and 2 staff acts as well as being able to vote for 4 'Blind Auditions' prior to the show.

Winners this year were 'Column F' , group members being Ellen Munro, Michael Doherty, TJ Haining, Isaac Lavin MacPhail and Freddie Patterson.

The Blind Audition section was won by Matthew Cameron.

Well done to them.


The talent was, as every, exceptional and the event is always much enjoyed by participants and audience.

11 October 2022Last Day of Term Dress Down Day

Last Day of Term Dress Down Day
Along with our annual talent Show on Friday 7th October (more to come on that), we held a Dress Down Day in aid of Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal.
Donations for the day came to £106 which will go along with the shoe boxes to help with other costs.
Thanks to everyone who supported this.

10 October 2022Sponsored Walk Success

Sponsored Walk Success
Thanks to the amazing generosity of our parents, relatives, friends and the community, the total donations so far for the Sponsored Walk has reached a record £3791! There may be some more to come in as well.
This will go a long way to supporting our school trips in the rest of the session.
Grateful thanks from the staff and pupils at AHS.

04 October 2022European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages
AHS celebrated European Day of Languages (26th September) with all of the French classes in S1-S3 and some Senior pupils practising and recording in Basque. Basque is the oldest living language in Europe.
The project was much enjoyed by all who sang and or listened.

28 September 20222022 Sponsored Walk

Big well done to everyone who took part yesterday in our Sponsored Walk in aid of trip funds including the minibus running.

The weather was kind to us (mostly) and although a few were struggling with sore feet and legs, everyone who set off finished the walk which is an amazing effort.

It's great to have a whole school event so well supported and enjoyed by everyone.

Sponsor Money raised can can be paid in cash or directly to the School Fund account and we will update you with a total after the holidays.

26 September 2022S6 Litter Pick

S6 Litter Pick
Big thanks to our S6 team who went off on a litter picking exercise around the school and nearby areas on Friday.
This is something we do with pupils from time to time as a contribution to the community effort.
Good job S6!

23 September 2022S1 boys football

Big well done to the S1 boys who worked hard last night. After a shaky start they showed guts and determination and worked for each other:

Ard 1                     Glenurquhart 1

Ard 3                     Mallaig 1

Ard 3                     Kinlochleven 0

This put us joint top with Glenurquhart with equal points and equal goal difference. We then beat them in a penalty shoot out to finish top and qualify for the finals in 1st place.

15 September 2022Lochaber Housing Association Award for Academic Achievement

Congratulations to Joseph Tait (Vice-Captain – S6) who is  Ardnamurchan High School’s recipient of the Lochaber Housing award for Academic achievement in 2021-22.  Joseph has demonstrated excellent diligence, hard work and achievement during his studies, culminating  in best grades in year for his 5 Highers.

15 September 2022Felt Making Workshop

Felt Making Workshop

The senior art pupils at Ardnamurchan High School really enjoyed their recent felt making workshop at the Ariundle Centre.They all enjoyed picking out colours for their designs from Ruth's inspiring collection of wool blends. They were then shown how to use the nuno felted technique to make a wet felted scarf. After a considerable amount of elbow grease and some wrinkly fingers, they hung their beautiful creations up to dry. Many thanks to all the staff at the Centre who made it such a fun day.

09 September 2022Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty The Queen has died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

The Convener of The Highland Council, Councillor Bill Lobban

expressed his deepest sympathies to The Royal Family, he said:

“On behalf of The Highland Council and communities of the Highlands, we join the nation in mourning for Her Majesty The Queen. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all members of The Royal Family and Household and honour Her Majesty The Queen’s long service and duty to the country.”

The Highland Council will observe a 1 minute silence as a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, tomorrow, 9 September 2022 at 11am.

08 September 2022Kakatsitsi Drummers

On Thursday 8th September, the pupils of Ardnamurchan High School, Strontian Primary School and Strontian nursery were treated to a morning’s entertainment from the Kakatsitsi Drummers who were in the area ahead of their concert on the 9th of September in the Nevis Centre. Session followed for individual groups and the whole campus enjoyed the day's events.

06 September 2022SCHOLAR Information Session for Parents and Carers

Wednesday 14th September 2022





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SCHOLAR Information Session for Parents and Carers


SCHOLAR provides a range of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher online courses and support materials for young people in subscribing local authorities across Scotland.

The webinar will take place in MS Teams and will provide an overview for parents and carers of:

the key features of the courses;

how your child can access their account and courses; and

how they can make the most of SCHOLAR to support their learning and revision.

For information on the SCHOLAR programme and courses, please see:





06 September 2022New Pupil Council

Well done to our 2022/23 Pupil Council who were elected by their fellow classmates to represent them for the coming year.

06 September 2022Gymnastic Success

Congratulations to Miguel Reis-Forester who won a Bronze medal at the UK Championships in Sheffield, competing against gymnasts from all over the UK. This is an amazing result for our S1 pupil.

05 September 2022Volunteering Award

Congratulations to My Carmichael who was awarded her Blue Hoody for her commitment to volunteering with High Life Highland.

Over the past few years she coached Shinty, ran an exercise club and is leading PE lessons for Strontian Primary School & Nursery, coached for Ardnamurchan Camanachd, supported Ardnamurchan Active Schools in sessions alongside running a lunchtime Yoga club at Ardnamurchan High School and is in the process of organising a hill race in Strontian - she just about manages to fit some schooling and playing shinty in between times!!

Furthermore Mya has successfully completed her Level 4 Choose to Lead course and is currently working towards her Level 5.

Well done Mya and keep up the good work

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