Thurso High School

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Head Teacher

As you will be aware from the recent Newsletter, Mrs Kathryn Mackay retires from Thurso High from 19 August.  Following successful interviews we are delighted to announce that Mrs Hannah Flavell has been appointed Head Teacher from 20 August 2018.  We wish her well in her new post.

Lets at Thurso High School

From 10 July the booking of all lets at Highland Council establishments will move to a new system. Let form applications should be emailed directly to and not handed in to the school. This is a new centralised system which is being rolled out by the Council.


North Highland College School Link Courses

Just a reminder:

  • There is no School Link on the first Friday after timetable change, Friday 8th June.
  • All College School Link pupils will attend a single day college induction on Friday 15th June 2018 from 9.45am to 2.30pm. They should attend school period 1 as above.
  • School Link pupils will then attend College Friday 22nd June.
  • There will be no College on Friday 29th June.

After the summer all courses resume on Friday 24th August 2018 9.45am – 2.30pm.


English and History Trip

Three classes from S3 English and History embarked on a class trip to the pristine and impressive Wick Archives on Tuesday the 15th of May.  In the morning they travelled via train to Wick, then trekked on foot to the brand new building containing historic artefacts. Groups were allocated to different rooms consisting of WW1 and WW2 documents. In the first room there were several World War newspapers and activities to do with them, the second room contained articles and old war essentials, the final room was made up of worksheets and WW1 drawing activities. In the second room a book stood out to some students as it held a detailed list of Scottish last names and their origins in alphabetical order. The students found the building very exciting as when they arrived they were notified that it was high security facility because it was a part of The Nucleus (a member of the civil nuclear industries). Teachers and students agreed that they thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience as it linked in with the WW1 poetry topic.

Laura Bremner and Bethany Fraser S3


Senior pupils’ visit to Berlin

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S3 Science & Engineering pupils’ visit to Dounreay


Ski/Snowboarding Trip 2018

Thurso High School had their annual snow sports trip to the Aosta Valley in Italy last week. 37 pupils traveled to Italy to participate in 6 full days of skiing and snowboarding and a wide variety of après ski activities from pizza night, bowling and tubing.  All the pupils were awarded certificates for everything they had learnt over the week. The pupils made lots of progress with most attempting challenging red slopes by the end of the week. Most importantly all pupils had lots of fun, behaved very well and were a credit to themselves and Thurso High School.


Pupils help design new school sign.20171220_123414

Thurso High Parent Council asked pupils to help design a new school sign and working in art classes students created their designs, which were then judged by Parent Council member and local architect Neil McDonald.  Three designs, by Rhiannon Mackay, S2, Olivia Warner, S3 and Steven Thomson, S3 were selected and Mr McDonald presented first prize to Steven with Rhiannon and Olivia joint second.  The hope is to combine elements of their designs into the finished sign; the pupils are also to be involved in selecting the Caithness stone which is to form an integral part of the sign.

Pictured are the pupils L – R Olivia, Rhiannon and Steven after receiving their prizes with Mr McDonald and Acting Head Teacher Mrs Mackay.

Choir Singing at the Co-op

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Rhiannon wins at the Taste North Festival

Rhiannon Mackay, S2, has recently won the Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) sponsored Youth Award in the Taste North Challenge at this year’s Taste North festival. Organised by Venture North and hosted at Ackergill Tower, Taste North aims to showcase and celebrate the range of fantastic food and drink on offer in the North Highlands. Running since 2015, the Taste North Challenge aims to inspire local students to come up with new recipe ideas reflecting the abundance of incredible ingredients available in the area. Rhiannon competed and succeeded in the Youth category, and was rewarded for her efforts with a trip to the Nick Nairn Cookery School and a selection of cookery equipment. Trudy Morris, Chief ExecutiveDYWNH Taste North Winner (4 of 9) of Caithness Chamber of Commerce which leads the initiative, said: “We were delighted to sponsor the Youth section at this year’s Taste North Challenge and to give some inspirational young people the chance to showcase their skills. We were thoroughly impressed by all the entries, but Rhiannon stood out amongst a strong field”.


Thurso High raises £807.77 for Children in Need


Wider Interest

If you would like to update us with your child’s wider interests and successes out of school please use the “Wider Interest Contact form” on the page with the same name.

S6 Halloween Party


Interact Group visits the Primary Schools


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Pink & Blue Day Charity Event

Pink & Blue Day for Breast & Testicular Cancer raised the brilliant sum of £762.46 on Thursday, many thanks to all who contributed. The ‘Sweets in the Jar’ was won by Neave Anderson 6S2 with 927 sweeties, and the raffle of ‘a meal for two’ at the Blue Door was number 56 – 60 and won by Mr J McQuaker.


We are Macmillan Cancer Support

Tree of Knowledge Parental Engagement Evening Photos

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University Trip 

Running Group raise money for Charities

mey 10K pic
Pictured in the photo is Sam MacKay, Jennifer Ironside from the Cancer Support Group and Leah Bond (missing from the picture is Niall MacKay and James Worthington)

Four pupils of the Thurso High School running group decided to take advantage of the Mey 10K to raise money for the local Cancer Information and Support Group and the School Fund.  People were asked to guess the total time that the 8 runners would take to complete the run.  In total £397 was raised which included a generous donation from the Blue Door in Thurso.  £200 was donated to the Cancer Group with the remaining £197 being given to the High School fund. Evelyn Simpson won the prize for being the closest to the total time of 8 hrs 9 minutes and 55 seconds.  The pupils would like to thank all the people who kindly donated to their chosen charities.

Award Assemblies Photos

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Missed the School’s Art Exhibition?

View photos of the exhibits in our Photo Gallery.




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