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THE High School of Glasgow class diary:

Saturday - sports fixtures: cricket: 1st XI, 2nd year A & B, Transitus A & B (H); 2nd XI, 3rd year A & B, 1st year A & B (A) v Hutchesons’ Grammar School.

At 9am - girls’ invitation tennis tournament (H) DofE Award Bronze (Grouse) Practice Venture, Loch Ard Forest (until Sunday 5pm).

Tuesday - there is a Transitus history trip to Bothwell Castle from 9.45am to 3.45pm. Intermediate House Cricket begins at 1.30pm and S1-S3 boys and girls take part in the athletics league semi-final, at Scotstoun, at 4pm.

On Wednesday - U13 boys, U15 girls, S1 boys & girls play tennis v Hutchesons’ Grammar School (H) at 4pm.

Thursday - there is an S3 economics trip to New Lanark and Transitus pupils will be competing at Glasgow primary schools’ athletics heats, at Scotstoun, during the day.

Junior House Cricket finals take place at Anniesland in the afternoon and Transitus – S3 Boys & Girls have a tennis fixture v Lomond School at 4pm.

Friday - S1 group A departs for Raasay (until Tuesday, May 22).

Kelvinside Academy

THE third Scottish Schools Equestrian Extravaganza at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton on Sunday, May 6 attracted a large field of entries from state and independent schools across Scotland and the North of England.

The event, hosted by Kelvinside Academy in partnership with Ingliston Country Club, included show jumping, dressage and equitation classes for young riders of all ages and abilities.

Classes were open to primary and secondary school children of all ages from state and independent schools.

Penny McArthur, who organises the event on behalf of Kelvinside Academy, said: “In an Olympic year, our ethos for this competition is ‘Inclusion and Opportunity’, so there are classes for those new to riding competitions and classes for those who compete at national and international level.

A real bonus for us was that Ingliston has a stable of competition ponies which young riders without their own ponies can hire for the Extravaganza which helps to widen access.”

For more information please contact Penny McArthur on penny.macarthur@kelvinside.org.uk or 0778 782 5082.

UK Expeditions Award for Kelvinside Academy - the excellence of the outdoor pursuits and adventurous activities programme at Kelvinside Academy was recognised this week by a prestigious award.

The school’s expedition to Corsica last summer was the best Combined Cadet Force Expedition from the United Kingdom in 2011. Eight students trekked the GR20 route, a distance of 190 kilometres with a total ascent of 15,000 metres and knee crumbling descents across the spine of Corsica.

Conquering Monte Cinto, the highest summit on the island, was the highpoint of the trip in more ways than one.

Laura Cooper (16) described the expedition as the best month of her life. She said: “I have developed more muscle, I feel mentally stronger and more self-assured.”

The Ulysses Trust, which made the award, said of the expedition: “Taking into account the challenges posed by each expedition, the benefits derived, and the quality of the reports submitted, the Kelvinside Academy Corsica expedition was considered by the Trustees to be the best cadet expedition of the year.”

Rector Robert Karling congratulated members of the expedition. This summer a party of eight cadets at Kelvinside Academy will attempt the three peaks challenge, completing ascents of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, within 24 hours.

Diary: Saturday - cricket: 1st XI, S2A, S2/3B and SPA&B are away to Glasgow Academy and S3/4, S1A&B and J6A&B are at home to Glasgow Academy.

Tuesday - Independent Athletics League Semi-final at Scotstoun (4.30pm to 6.30pm)

Roundup: KA had a very successful weekend at the baby and toddler exhibition, where they where showcasing their all year round nursery provision.

They would like to thank everyone who attended the stand.

For a copy of the nursery brochure contact Lynda Andonovic on 0141 357 3376.

Junior 5 pupils enjoyed aweek at Ardeonaig, where they experienced outdoor activities including raft building, climbing, obstacle courses and a number of team building exercises.

Douglas Academy

THIS year Douglas Academy decided to offer all sixth year pupils the opportunity to participate in the Millennium Volunteer Award Programme.

Around two thirds of sixth year pupils already complete the SQA’s Community Involvement qualification, which requires them to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours either within or outwith school in the local community.

The MV Awards build on this community work and were set up by the Scottish Government to recognise the contribution made by young volunteers. The Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire worked closely with the school to promote and co-ordinate the programme.

Thirty eight pupils completed the Millennium Volunteer Award programme, with 10 pupils achieving the highest level of award for 200 hours of voluntary work. The pupils who achieved 200 hours were: Alison Biggart, Michael Brown, Holly Colquhoun, Eden Fleming, Jack Goodall, Holly Green, Alix Homfray, Paul Scott, Rachel Simpson and Emma Toner.

Many pupils helped within school, helping in classes and running clubs, school activities and sporting events. A number made contributions to the local community by volunteering at The Fraser Centre, Carers’ Link, Silver Surfers, Oxfam, Riding for the Disabled and Brownies and youth groups.