Our pupils demonstrate a high level of commitment to their classroom learning, but they also acknowledge the fact that they learn and develop many skills through activities out with the classroom. As a result, the music department offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Curriculum for Excellence promotes pupils developing to become responsible citizens, confident individuals, effective contributors and successful learners. Taking part in musical activities gives pupils the chance to develop in these four areas through:
- commitment to rehearsals
- performing within the school and out in the community
- working and learning with others
- working for the enjoyment of others
- developing confidence in new situations
- representing the school, themself and their family
- leadership in rehearsals
There are two vocal groups on offer and they rehearse at lunchtimes:
Junior Vocal Group
Senior Vocal Group
The vocal groups perform at various events within and out with the school, i.e School Assemblies, Christmas Concert, Burns Supper, Awards Ceremony, Local Churches, Rotary Events etc.
The Ceilidh Band rehearse on a Friday lunchtime and includes, fiddle, flute, acoustic guitar, piano, bass and drums. Pupils in the Ceilidh Band are given the opportunity to perform at the annual Ceilidh held on the last day of term in December, hosted by the PE department. The Ceilidh Band also perform at the annual Burns Supper.
The Ukulele Group allows pupils to develop skills required for N3, N4 and N5 and gives extra support out with class time, away from the pressure of the classroom. One of the aims of this group is to develop confidence within the individuals that are involved, as the pupils who participate in the ukulele group are also linked with the support centre in the school.
The school Rock Band is called Ultraviolet and consists of Joe Evans – Guitar/Vocals, Jamie Greenaway – Guitar/Vocals, Patrick Gillooly – Bass, Stuart McIntyre – Drum Kit. The band play at a variety of gigs throughout the year both within and out with school.
Grangemouth Schools' Band
Grangemouth Schools' Band rehearse from 3.30pm to 4.30pm every Wednesday in Grangemouth High School. The band consists of pupils who receive instrumental tuition from the associated primary schools in the town; Beancross, Bowhouse and Moray as well as a number of pupils from Grangemouth High. The band give the primary pupils many opportunities including developing skills on their instrument, making new friends and getting to know the high school. During rehearsals, the instrumental pupils from Grangemouth High lead, conduct and play in the band.
The Soul Band rehearse on a Wednesday after school and consists of senior pupils. They perform at a range of events throughout the year, including The Edinburgh Christmas Lights Switch On, Christmas Assemblies, The Rotary Annual Dinner and various other events that they are asked to provide entertainment at.
All S1 pupils experience Samba within the first term at high school. They then have the chance to join the Samba Band and further develop their skills and enjoyment of the style. The Samba Band rehearse on a Wednesday lunchtime and it is open to all pupils in S1. This group is led by Mr Brown and senior pupils who receive drum/percussion lessons. They perform at a variety of events within and out with school, including the Christmas Concert, Rotary Dinner and Primary Transition Roadshows.
The Guitar Group rehearse on a Friday lunchtime and is open to any pupil in S1 to S3. It is led by the schools’ guitar tutor, Mr Jenner and supported by senior pupils. Pupils do not need to have any previous experience of the guitar. The group perform at the Christmas Concert and other events within the school year.