900 Anniversary Celebrations

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We have a selection of exciting events lined up over the course of 2024 to mark 900 years of HSOG! It would be wonderful to see The High School community from near and far join us as we celebrate this significant milestone. 


900th Anniversary Gala Homecoming Dinner

We commenced our 900 celebrations by hosting our 900th Anniversary Gala Homecoming Dinner at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attended by 450 guests on Saturday 20th January 2024. It was a joyous affair, bringing together many former pupils and staff, current parents and friends of the School. On the night, £45,000 was raised for the 900 Campaign by generous guests.

This fundraising Black Tie event included both a silent and live auction run by our host, Fred MacAulay, as well as a raffle. We are incredibly grateful to all of those who generously donated prizes to our fundraising activities on the evening.

Other highlights include the rousing rendition of the School Song played on Kelvingrove’s spectacular organ by David Brown (Class of 1991) who had travelled all the way from Australia to attend. Grace was given by the recently retired Minister John Purves of Drumchapel St Andrew’s Church, an individual with a close connection to the School. John was also representing the School’s origins as he now has a role at Glasgow Cathedral.

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Planting 900 trees

In line with the School’s sustainability goals, pupils from our Junior and Senior School Eco Committees put together a plan to plant 900 trees to create a lasting legacy and benefit the City of Glasgow, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘dear green place’.

Swapping  jotters and iPads for spades and saplings, pupils headed to the Cathkin Braes in the south of the city on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th February 2024.

Across the two day period, with the guidance of a number of mentors from Glasgow City Council’s Community Woodlands, Greenspace and Biodiversity project and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), some 200 pupils from Senior 2, Transitus (Primary 7) and Junior 5 (Primary 5), displayed true teamwork to plant an impressive 3600 trees, four multiples of 900.


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Sports Homecoming Event at Old Anniesland

On Saturday 23rd March 2024, many current and former pupils, as well as their families, descended on Old Anniesland for a sporting festival as part of our continued celebrations for our 900th anniversary.

Eight hockey teams competed in a Hockey 5’s tournament with 10 rugby teams taking part in a 7-a-side touch rugby tournament. It was a day of four seasons: with sunshine, showers, rainbows and a few gusty spells, keeping our sportspeople on their toes in changeable conditions.

It was the perfect opportunity for many former pupils to return to the playing fields of their youth, unlocking fond memories. Some even dusted off their old hockey and rugby strips which was great to see! Family and friends lent their support as enthusiastic spectators on the side lines, with many very young fans out in force to cheer on their parents.

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Civic Reception

Civic Reception

Thursday 18th April 2024 saw around 200 current and former pupils and parents, staff and friends of The High School of Glasgow coming together at City Chambers to attend a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost Jacqueline McLaren and Glasgow City Council to celebrate the School’s 900th anniversary.

Civic Receptions are offered by Glasgow City Council for a number of reasons, including marking city-wide organisations of either 50 years or centenaries thereafter of their founding.

Music was woven throughout the evening, with guests treated to hauntingly beautiful music by Maya M (S4) on the clarsach, a Celtic harp, as well as an outstanding performance by the Chamber Choir.

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Staff Homecoming Gathering at Old Anniesland  

On Friday 31st May 2024, current staff were joined by former staff from across the High School’s illustrious past including Elmbank Street, Garnethill and Drewsteignton to join together in celebration of the High School at a special event held at the Senior School.

It was a fantastic opportunity to welcome many individuals who have been a part of the High School in recent decades back to the School to celebrate alongside those currently raising the high tradition before they too pass it gloriously on. 

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Heralding the start of June, the Parent Association and parent volunteers hosted HSOG Fest here at Old Anniesland on Saturday 1st June 2024. 

Featuring a festival of entertainment, music, food and fun, this event was inspired by the golden days of Midsummer Madness, which we’re sure many former pupils will remember fondly.

It was the perfect summer gathering for current pupils and parents, as well as former pupils and their families, to enjoy a range of summer fun including artisan food trucks; coffee, refreshments, ice cream and cocktails; carnival rides; live music hosted by Gina McKie; a Mini Manoeuvres pop up with free activities and much more!

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Whole School Photograph  

For the first time in history, a Whole School Photograph encompassing all pupils and staff from Kindergarten through to Sixth Form was taken on the Old Anniesland pitches on Tuesday 11th June 2024. We’re extremely grateful that Scotland’s summer weather made an appearance! It will be a truly special memento to reflect on in years to come.

You can view a time-lapse video of the entire set up by clicking the button below!

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Whole School Gala Concert

During the penultimate week of the Summer Term, the School hosted a Gala Concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Monday 17th June 2024.

In a fitting tribute to our Choir School roots, over 300 pupils from Junior 4 through to Senior 6 took to the stage to perform a carefully curated show which had been months in the making and featured performances from our various school choirs, ensembles and orchestras.

Each performance was simply outstanding, however, the highlight of the evening was a rousing Finale recital of ‘Highland Cathedral’, arranged and kindly lent to the School by Martin Thomson, featuring every single musician and singer from across the evening.

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Annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service

As per tradition, our annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service will take place at Glasgow Cathedral on Thursday 26th September 2024, the place where our School was first founded. During our 900th anniversary year, this event takes special significance and as a result, we will increase capacity inside the Cathedral to allow more guests to attend. 

Details for how to book this free event will be made available nearer the time. 

900km Cycle in aid of the Bursary Fund

Across a period of 9 days from Wednesday 18th September – Thursday 26th September 2024 , a cohort of staff, pupils, parents, former pupils and friends of the High School will test their endurance skills by taking part in a sponsored cycle from Drewsteignton in Devon to Glasgow Cathedral, covering a mighty 900km in aid of the Bursary Fund. 

If you’d like to take part, or provide support to Team HSOG, please email admin@hsog.co.uk. 

Whole School Expressive Arts Exhibition

This exhibition held at the Senior School in October 2024 (date TBC) will highlight the creative and expressive arts talent on display at The High School of Glasgow with a number of departments involved including Art, Drama, Music and Practical Cookery.

Details to book tickets will be shared closer to the time. 

900 Time Capsule

To leave a permanent reminder of the 900-year history of the School, we will bury a time capsule in November 2024 (date TBC) to be discovered in years to come! 

Glasgow Cathedral

Nine Lessons and Carols

As we approach the festive season and the conclusion of our Winter Term, we will be ending 2024 with a special service of Nine Lessons and Carols back where the School first began in Glasgow Cathedral on Monday 16th December 2024.  

This is an event for invited guests, with some tickets being made available to our community.

More details will be available in 2024.

Sponsorship and advertising

If you or your business would like to support The High School of Glasgow through our 900th events, there will be a number of ways to do so.

Sponsor an event

Our 900th Anniversary events will provide a wide range of opportunities for your company, from sponsoring an event to advertising in our event programmes and the partnership page of our website.

Sponsorship packages vary between each event so please contact the External Relations Team on development@hsog.co.uk or by calling 0141 954 9628.

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