900 Anniversary Celebrations

HSOG Community

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. 

Kelvingrove

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

The City of Glasgow has granted us a Civic Reception at Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 18th April 2024.

Civic Receptions are offered to city-wide organisations who are celebrating a significant anniversary of their founding.

Please note, the ballot for tickets for this event has now closed. All of those successful in securing tickets have now been contacted.

Staff Homecoming Event at Old Anniesland  

On Friday 31st May 2024, current staff will be 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.

More details will be shared with current and former staff nearer the time! 

HSOG Fest

HSOG Fest is a chance for our whole school community to come together at Old Anniesland on Saturday 1st June 2024. Think live music, food stands, entertainment, open air, good weather (we hope!) and the chance to catch up with friends old and new. 

Further details, including information on how to book tickets, will be made available soon.

Whole School Photograph  

For the first time in history, a Whole School Photograph encompassing all pupils and staff from Kindergarten through to Sixth Form will be taken on Tuesday 11th June. This will be something of a logistical challenge so we hope the weather will be kind to us! It will be truly special to mark our 900th anniversary year with a picture of everyone in our current school community. 

Glasgow Royal

Whole School Gala Concert

To celebrate the joy of music and showcase the skills of our myriad performers across the Junior and Senior School, we will be hosting a Whole School Gala Concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Monday 17th June 2024. 

Further details, including information on how to book your tickets, will be made available in 2024. 

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 in September 2024 (exact dates TBC), 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, 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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