Twitter Accounts

Our official twitter account for information is @OfficialHGS.

We also have twitter accounts from a range of faculties and initiatives across the school. These accounts provide regular updates and opportunities within specific faculties.

We would appreciate your support in following these accounts.

@TripHGS – The official account for trip updates.

@hgs_dyw – Sharing opportunities for developing our young workforce.

@hgs_study – Study tips and techniques.

@performartsHGS – All things Performing Arts.

@maths_hgs – Updates from our Maths faculty.

@STEM_hgs – Updates from all STEM subjects.

@ScienceHGS – Updates from our Science faculty.

@hgs_art – All things Art & Design faculty.

@socsubsHGS – Updates from our Social Subjects faculty.

@homeechgs – Updates from our Home Economics department.

@hgs_ict – All updates from the ICT faculty.

@PEHGS – Updates from our PE department.

@MVPHGS – Updates from our MVP team.

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S3 Parents’ Evening

Thank you to all our parents and pupils who attended our S3 Parents’ Evening last night. It was great to see and have the chance to discuss progress with so many of you. Furthermore. it was especially nice to receive so many positive comments about the staff and the school during the evening. Rest assured we will continue to work in partnership with you to try and achieve the best posible outcomes for our youngsters.

Similarly, if you raised any concerns then these will be passed on and shared with the relevant colleagues this morning and you should hear back from us in due course. 

In the meantime, we would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete our S3 Parental Questionnaire:

S3 Parental Questionaire

Please remember the that pupils will have an options interview with their Pupil Support Teacher next week who will discuss their option choices for next year and either enter them into the system or advise the pupil to come home to discuss their options further at home.  All forms should be returned to the school by Friday 24th January to allow them to be included in the timetabling process.  Any late options increase the risk of the school being unable to fulfil pupil option requests.

Colin MacLeod
Depute Head Teacher
S3 Year Head

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HPV Vaccinations

This years’ HPV vaccinations will take place on Thursday 30th January. This year the vaccination is being given to all pupils (girls and boys) in S1. Girls in S2 will receive their second dose of the vaccine. S1 pupils have been issued with their consent forms and should return these to the school office as soon as possible.

We have been told that there will be a catch-up session later this year for girls in other year groups who have missed the vaccination and for anyone who misses the vaccination on the 30th.

More information on the HPV vaccination programme can be found at the following link;

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S3 into S4 Options Process

This week marks the start of the S3 into S4 options process where pupils will receive their options forms during their PSE class.  The form will be taken home to parents/carers for discussion and completion.  To assist in this process pupils will have received their latest tracking report prior to the holidays and the S3 Parent’s Evening will be held on Wednesday 15th January.  The Parent’s Evening obviously provides an opportunity for you to discuss any course choice options with the teachers or pupil support teacher.

As further support, each pupil will meet with their Pupil Support Teacher  for an interview to discuss their options during the week commencing Monday 20th January with all options interviews and the deadline for the return of all forms no later than Friday 24th January.

Each year there are particular combinations of subjects that are not viable on an options form.  Where applicable, you are encouraged to use the space provided on the options form and we will endeavour to fulfil these choices too.

Any late submission of options forms may affect the availability of certain subjects so please consider carefully your choices and ensure that you return the form on time.

A downloadable version of the form and the National 4 and National 5 course descriptor booklets are available from the Learner Pathways Information page of this website.

New for this year is the Applications of Mathematics National 4 and 5 course aimed at Pupils who want a National 4/5 Mathematics qualification but who will not require a knowledge Quadratics or Algrebra as well as a National 4 and 5 course in the Health Sector that will be offered by the science faculty.  Please check with the Mathematics Department or Science Faculty on the suitability of these courses for your child’s progression pathway before selecting these.


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Apprenticeship Opportunity with Specsavers….

A great opportunity with Specsavers has been sent in….

The Modern Apprenticeship in Optical Practice Support is suitable for those working in an optical
assistant role. Candidates will work towards gaining a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Level 5.

The qualification is work based, allowing candidates to develop new skills and accredit their experience with a nationally recognised qualification. The Modern Apprenticeship/SVQ will also provide candidates with the opportunity to build a career with a range of future opportunities.

Units include:
Establish and maintain working relationships in an optical practice
Provide optical information and advice
Maintain records in an optical practice
Sell optical products
Provide optical services
Contribute to health and safety in an optical practice

Candidates will work towards building their e-portfolio with full support being provided by
Rewards Training throughout their Modern Apprenticeship.
The e-portfolio allows candidates to easily submit work and communicate with their assessor. Assessor contact will rotate between remote and face to face visits to support the work-based learning and assignments. Progress will be reviewed at visits and we will seek the managers’ input and feedback as part of this.
This qualification takes 12 – 18 months to complete depending on experience.


Interested???? Contact details below.

Edinburgh | 0131 557 6500
Glasgow | 0141 332 8054

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Christmas Card Success

Well done to Colin Davidson in S3 for his winning entry in this year’s Christmas Card Competition. He used his Photoshop skills excellently to produce the winning entry, which can be seen below!!

Mr Sives commented on the high quality of the entries this year- Well Done to all who entered….

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Termly Grammar

The latest issue of the Supported Learning Newsletter – “The Termly Grammar” can be found here.

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Empowering Parents

Very important publication today for all of our families.



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Glasgow University Top- Up Program

Over the last couple of weeks, 20 pupils from S6 have formed a cluster group with pupils from St John Ogilvie HS to work with tutors from Glasgow University on the Widening Participation Top- Up Program. This will allow them to complete an academic study program over 5 sessions and a campus day early next year. Pupils have been working hard during these sessions and are looking forward to completing this program next year.


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S3 My World of Work Career Sessions

Over the last month, 35 S3 pupils have worked with the S5 My World of Work Ambassadors. They have explored career aspirations, options choices and career pathways upon leaving Hamilton Grammar. This will allow these pupils to make better choices during the options process and have developed their confidence in their career goals! 

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