GHS and Curriculum for Excellence

Gairloch High is featured in two educational publications this month. The Assessment is for Learning publication for Spring 2007 features our project in collaboration with all our associated primary schools to further improve the move from P7 into S1. This is a large PDF download available here

Extracts from our entry reads:

“Pastoral transition has been strong and successful in the past….There was a recognition that in addition to cross-marking National Assessments, we could learn a lot from sharing practice in delivering the curriculum. The funding for our project has allowed the secondary and primary staff to meet formally and discuss issues of moderation, and has opened up opportunities to discuss curricular issues. The associated schools group for Gairloch is co-operating in wider discussions surrounding development of Assessment is for Learning…. As part of Highland 2007 we plan to work together on a further series of projects that should provide a solid base for extending developments within A Curriculum for Excellence.
John Port and Anne Mackison, Gairloch High School ASG (Highland)”

We also got a mention in the LTS Publication Connected which looks at the use of ICT in schools and highlights work developed since the FLaT project.

The information for both these articles was requested by colleagues in Learning and Teaching Scotland who have become aware of the work we are doing in the school.

S1 Bring and Buy sale takes place

facepaint.jpgThe pupils raised £2010.44 at the Grand Sale – an excellent effort given the slightly lower turnout, due no doubt to the better weather, this year.

Special mention for Mr Milner who coordinated and organised the S1 pupils throughout this event on Saturday in the Community Hall. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children in S1 to take charge of something and see such success. It was great also to see other staff, parents and friends of the school helping out on the day to make this event such a success whether at the door selling tickets, in the kitchen serving fresh pancakes and cups of tea and coffee or on the floor selling at the stalls.crabs-for-sale.jpg

Thanks again also to all the people in the community, small businesses and companies for the donations towards what must be the most extravagant raffle in the county! We all appreciate and are gratified by everyone’s ongoing support of the school for the benefit of our pupils. Whether you provided home baking, books, bric-a-brac, crabs, prawns, whisky and wine or a bicycle thank you.

£1000 will be donated towards Comic Relief and the rest supports the expense of the Nethy Bridge trip in May. This allows all S1 to realise the cost and effort that goes into providing a range of outdoor and social events over the week. And nothing is wasted! The leftover items have been passed on to others who are helping to raise funds across the County for worthwhile causes.

School news 23rd March 2007

Parent Meeting – School Board members will be meeting in the High School on Wed 28th March at 7.30pm to further discuss the creation of Parent Councils this summer. On April 19th a representative of Highland Council will be attending a meeting in GHS and will give a presentation. Parents of High School pupils and all our associated Primaries are invited to come together and hear what the changes mean for them. This is an attempt to inform parents how they can become more involved in school activities at all levels.

S2 and Option Choices – This has been a busy time for S2 pupils and their parents. Following on from their exam week and reports, they are now coming to a point where Option choices have been made. All S2 have met with Gillian Unger, our Senior Careers Scotland Adviser, and each pupil has had a guidance meeting with Pupil Support staff. They should now be in a position to have made an informed choice.

School Website – The site continues to grow with articles from pupils and links to other sites. Each fortnight a copy of this news is added to the parent news section, often with additional links and information. At the recent S2 parents evening on Course Choice for S3 and S4, Mr Port illustrated links from our website to informative careers and subject websites.

Recent S5-S6 Parents Evening – At the recent evening parents were asked to fill in a questionnaire describing how they felt about the school. This proved once again to be overwhelmingly positive but some interesting points were made and will be addressed. One theme was a feeling that more careers information could be made available to parents. Our new careers officer Mrs Unger will be happy to speak to parents and pupils. We have also added links to the website to support parents and pupils. Any parent with particular queries is welcome to contact the school.

Inter – House Hockey – On Wednesday the 14th March the boys played after school in the Inter House Hockey tournament. They were very sporting to each other and more importantly they had good fun. The results were: Tollaidh 3rd, Maree 2nd and Kerry 1st. Well done to everyone. Thanks to Mrs. Hildrey for organising this event.

Red Nose Day – Over 80 pupils attended a disco last Friday to raise money for Comic Relief. Splendid costumes were on show and the cross dressing of some of the boys was spectacular. We are looking forward to seeing the photographs! Ross Jackson and Cliff Halgryn both agreed to have a leg waxed for the occasion and between them they should raise over £200. There are too many people to thank individually, however, a special thanks must go to ‘Baggy’ Ross who provided the music for the evening. Everyone seemed to have a great time and much fun was had. In the spirit of the event, a raffle was held on the evening, and the winner received a certificate highlighting the right to an education. Second prize was a jotter and pencil. Third prize was a bottle of fresh water. These precious prizes were presented in assembly this week. Amy Macleod and Meghann Richardson sold red nose buns on the day. The total sum raised by all will be announced in the next school news.

S3 Exams (19th-27th April, inclusive) – On Monday 26th March, all S3 pupils will receive their exam timetables. Their exams will commence on the first Thursday back after the Easter break. Please read the Study Advice that has been issued to your son/daughter. Your support throughout this period will be crucial.

Curling and Swimming trip – On Friday 16th March 2 coaches took the younger half of the school to Inverness for the day. The reason? All pupils got the chance to receive some coaching in curling at the ice rink. As well as this pupils also got a session in the swimming pool. The upper school got the same opportunity today Friday 23rd March. Thanks to Mrs Hildrey for arranging this and the other staff who helped supervised the event.

Big Green Challenge debating
– Well done to the two teams who debated the motion that “Using renewable energy is the best way to reduce carbon emissions” in Gairloch High School last week. The visiting judges from Inverness awarded slightly more points to Team 1 – Lyndsey Croal, Amy French and Leah Kenny Fergusson – and told them they would definitely be in the second round. They also commended the younger Team 2 – Alex Warren, Ross MacDonald and Anna Hulme – who will be a considerable force in any other competitions with such experience under their belt! All the pupils worked really hard in the last few days – thanks to all staff who allowed them to take some time out to prepare (and to Miss Mackison for organising) for what was a really worthwhile experience! Team 1 will be given the motion for Round 2 in due course.

School news 9th March 2007

Grand Bring and Buy Update

Saturday 24th March in the Gairloch Community Hall – click here to see the some of the prizes

  • S1 Pupils have decided that 50% of the money made at this sale will go to Comic Relief.

Advanced Higher Art WorkLaura Ella Kirk, Rachael Thomas and Elizabeth Hardman have now completed their Portfolio Preparation Course with Eleanor White of Bridge House Art in Ullapool. For the past twelve weeks they have travelled up to Ullapool every Monday to spend a day working with Eleanor, alongside eight other full-time students. It has been an extremely worthwhile experience that culminated on Saturday 24th Feb when some excellent examples of their work were included in an exhibition, ‘Between Tea Breaks’, at the An Talla Solais Gallery in Market Street. Soon the girls’ portfolios will be bound for inspection at Art Schools in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, and we wish them luck in their quests for places on courses for next year.

Easter Study Club – After being such a success in recent years, Easter Study Club will again be running during the forth-coming holiday, on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April. Twelve teachers have offered their services and a timetable is currently being drawn up to accommodate pupils’ needs. As in the past, we are looking forward to the wonderful lunches provided by Strath Stores to help us concentrate on exam preparation!

Football – 10 First year boys attended the Scottish Schools Football Coca Cola Sevens event in Dingwall. They played Dingwall Academy (lost 1-0),Tain R.A (won 2-0), Inverness HS (drew 0-0) and Alness Academy (lost 2-1) . All the pupils performed really well against much larger schools. They also attended a coaching session at the Highland Football Academy.

B.B.C. training – The following pupils attended a digital recording training session from the BBC on Thursday 22nd of February. Elizabeth Hardman, Jodie Proudfoot Rebecca Cameron, Alistair Matheson, Roneil Mackenzie, Alisdair Maclennan, Laura Fothergill and Flora Stevens. The school was presented with digital sound recording equipment worth almost £1000. We now have another eight pupils who can be used as a ‘resource’ to assist in the production of almost any sort of interview, feature or recording. Deidre Leitch from the BBC, who delivered the training, said that they were some of the most competent pupils she has worked with in terms of their technical ability and imagination.

Duke of Edinburgh‘s Award Expedition training for the bronze expedition started on 28th February with an orienteering activity organised by Mrs. Johnston, assisted by several senior pupils. Despite a chilly wind and some heavy showers, pupils participated enthusiastically and completed the course quickly and accurately, although one did come back with no shoes on! Thanks to Mrs. Johnston for organising this and also to Mr. Calvert who has volunteered to join members of staff to help with training and the expeditions again this year. The dates have been posted on the school website.

School WebsitePupil news pages are now available. Thank you if you have returned forms with suggestions for improving this site.

Gairloch High Pupil Amy French is awarded a Blue Peter Badge. Read the details on the pupil pages!

Pròisect Gàidhlig Bliadhna Chultarachd na Gàidhealteachd
A charaidean,
Tapadh leibh gu a h-uile duine a thàinig gu na h-aggallaman againn a chionn seachdain no dhà. Tha sinn duilich ma bha feum agaibh ri feitheamh mus d’fhuair sibh cothrom ar faicinn ach tha sinn taingeil gu a h-uile duine a bhruidhinn ruinn. ‘S e pròiseact uabhasach inntinneach a bha ann.
Tapadh leibh gu dearbh,
Ciorstaidh NicAlasdair agus Anna Hulme.

The Great Wilderness Challenge – The school has just been presented with £2670 to assist us purchase 3 rowing machines for pupil and community use. This is as a result of our increasing interest in this activity by staff and pupils and we gratefully appreciate this gift. More details on this once the machines arrive!

Inter-House Hockey Competition – Girls
Despite the cold and windy weather 55 girls played after school on Wednesday 28th February. More details…