Pupils visit Archaeological dig in Applecross

9 pupils from S1 and S2 visited Applecross earlier this week in glorious sunshine.  They were taking part in the archaeological dig.  The invitation came as a result of a recent talk by Cathy Dagg at the AGM of the Gairloch Heritage Museum.  The trip to Applecross was very successful and you can read more here and see photos by clicking here.

New links added to website

New links have been added for History, Maths, Gaelic, Music, Chemistry, SCHOLAR and Careers. They are listed in the right hand column under the headings Subject Interest and Careers Interest on the pupil pages. On this page a very informative site has been added under the category Health and Wellbeing.

More details… The Highland Intermediate 1 Maths site is almost complete. All the videos should be online in a few weeks , with worksheets and Powerpoint presentations added by the middle of June. Miss Hunter and Mr Richardson have also added some links for Music and History. The History links cover S1-4 courses. These links are in addition to the ones already there for Graph Comm, Geog, Maths and Biology. Mr Cumming has now added links for anyone learning Gaelic.

We also have a new link under the Careers and Course Information heading called Scottish Learning Sites This gives you information about every college and university in Scotland along with details of all the courses that can be studied. This site can be searched and looks very easy to use and useful. The link was brought to our attention by Mr Milner and is available on the pupil pages as well.

The Health and Wellbeing link is to a site put up by HandsOnScotland. This toolkit, developed by the Playfield Institute, NHS Fife in partnership with Barnardo’s and the University of Dundee, is a resource for anybody working with children and young people. The website was commissioned by HeadsUpScotland, the national project for children and young people’s mental health. It is designed to help you ‘make a difference to children and young people’s lives, by giving you tools to respond helpfully when they are troubled.’ We have named the link Emotional Wellbeing toolkit.

Exam Guides and Study Aid Podcasts

The Sunday Herald newspaper working with Leckie and Leckie have produced two podcasts for pupils preparing for SQA exams. One provides tips for exam success and the other deals with stress. Exam guides are also available here. Why not point your son or daughter in the direction of these resources. They may prove useful. We also have a limited number of paper copies of the guide available in the school and these have been brought to the attention of pupils.


Important information – School Photograph and Parent meeting

  • Pupils return to school on Tuesday 17th April.
  • On Wednesday 18th April all staff and pupils will be involved in a whole school photograph. This will be taken by Tempest and available to parents who wish to purchase it.

Uniform – On that day, as always, we expect a high standard.  If you are replacing uniform over the holidays please do not let your son or daughter tell you that we don’t bother. For example:

  • Black trousers – not stripes.
  • Shirts that button up at the collar.
  • No logos or shiny belts.
  • Black shoes not trainers.

I know many pupils leave the house much smarter than they arrive, we waste an awful lot of time chiding them and it undermines the overwhelmingly positive atmosphere of the school. Please work with us to smarten the children up and create a work-like environment in the school.

Parent meeting first week back – On Thursday 19th April a representative of Highland Council will be speaking to parents in the High School from 7pm onwards about the changes to the School Board. Parents are encouraged to become involved in this discussion and we expect a large turnout. The new Parent Council will, for example, have more scope to raise funds and allow parents to offer practical support to the school. I know many parents wish to be more involved and often are not sure how to help. The recent success of the S1 Bring and Buy sale is a great example of parents, staff and pupils working together to benefit all. The new Council will hopefully provide opportunities for that. Over the years the School Board has been a great service to the school and I hope the Council will build on that. So please come along on April 19th and hear about the changes.

School news 6th April 2007

Bring and Buy Sale – On Friday 23rd March, all S1 pupils were off timetable for the day, in order to allow them to get the Community Hall prepared for the Sale the next day. They worked extremely hard and by 6pm on the Friday, the Hall was ready.

The day of the sale was excellent and S1 pupils cannot thank enough all those parents, pupils from other years, staff, school board members, friends of the school, local businesses etc. for the tremendous support given. To name you all individually would take up this entire newsletter, and Mr. Milner would be frightened of missing someone out! The raffle prizes alone were wonderful and very kindly donated- thank you.

The sum of £2,010 was made on the day, and S1 are to be congratulated on their effort and enthusiasm. £1000 goes to Comic Relief plus an additional sum was raised following the Red Nose disco, Ross and Cliff’s leg waxing, home baking… that came to a further £600. Read more and see a couple of small photos here.

S4-S6 Curling trip to Inverness – All S4 to S6 pupils travelled to Inverness Ice Rink on Friday 23rd March – as part of Highland 2007 most of the S1-S3 took the chance the week before. All pupils got the chance to receive some coaching in curling at the ice rink and met the World Curling Champion. As well as this pupils also had a session in the swimming pool. Thanks to Mrs. Hildrey for arranging this and the other staff who helped supervise the event.

OrienteeringClick here to read about it.

Beach Clean – Well done to S2 pupils who took part in the annual beach clean on the last Wednesday of March. They removed dozens of bags of nylon netting, rope, plastic bags and bottles, leaving Gairloch a more picturesque place for residents and visitors. Thanks also to Strath Stores for providing the hot sausage rolls and drinks for the workers. Click here for a photo.

Group 42 – Five pupils headed off to Forres for the last 16 of a competition covering the North of Scotland. Roxanne and Andrew Ramsey, Aaron MacKay, J P Cummisky and Harry Norman took part in the Highland Challenge by developing the idea of electronic systems to assist visually impaired people. The original submission of the idea won them a chance to video conference with judges. After success in that round the pupils were invited through to the finals. Here they spent the day preparing another presentation. They may not have won but they did remarkably well and had a valuable experience along the way. Thanks to Mr Caddell for taking the pupils through on the day.

College Open Day – Twelve boys from S4 and S5 recently travelled to North Highland College, Alness, to have tasters in joinery, slating, roof tiling, brick walling and surveying. All were tested as potential apprentices and if anybody out there is looking for workers contact Mr Milner at the school and we may be able to point people in your direction.

Swimming Gala – Many pupils took part in this annual event at Poolewe Swimming Pool on the 30th March. Maree won by a considerable margin followed by Kerry and Tollaidh. Some excellent individual swimming efforts from several pupils. Well done to staff and pupils for a fun event.

Top Soil – To allow the school to use raised beds and grow vegetables, we would welcome several tons of topsoil. Please contact the school on 712275, if you are able to help.

365 Days – All this week Jake Threadgould has been featured on the Highland 2007 website. He has been chosen to submit photos taken in and around Gairloch. Read more here and have a look at the photos!

Website – We are very happy with the reception to improvements to school website. In the Parent and Pupil pages many of these stories are given relevant links and more detail. We are also posting photographs. Search for Gairloch High in Google and bookmark the site if you want to keep up to date with events.

Easter Study Club – Many staff and most of the upper school pupils took part in a 3 day study club to assist preparation for the SQA exams in May and June. Given the good weather this required additional commitment from all who took part. Well done!

Summer term – School opens for pupils on Tuesday 17th of April. On Wednesday 18th April we plan to have Tempest take a whole school photo. Extra care required for uniform that day! Although we would like to see a bit more care generally with uniform. Many older pupils are very smart however a few of the lower years let the side down by continually wearing trainers and looking unkempt. A letter was sent home on the last day so parents should make sure they recover this from school bags!

The letter also informs parents of the High School and all the associated primary schools of an open meeting in the High School on Thursday 19th April. A representative of Highland Council will talk about the changes coming to each School Board. Tea, coffee and a chance to see around the school will also be available.

S3 will start their exams on Thursday 19th of April and should have an established revision programme for the Easter break.

Flowerdale Family Orienteering

70 people participated on the 23rd March – nursery, primary and secondary pupils with mums, dads and grannies. Most people attempted the more challenging course, visiting all 20 control markers. The nursery children did the Rainbow course, a 500m string course. Healthways supplied bags as prizes for completed control cards.


Senior pupils Neil MacLeod, Becky Massey and Sam MacKenzie helped Fiona Johnston, Active Schools Coordinator, out and did a really great job. Special thanks from Mrs Johnston to Becky and Neil who were there early to help set up the tent and stayed on at the end to tidy up.

A second event is planned for Saturday 28th April.

365 Days


One of our senior pupils, Jake Threadgould, is taking a picture a day for a week as part of a project spanning 2007. Jake’s photos will be featured on the Highland 2007 website the during March 2007 as part of a Highland 2007 project organised by former Gairloch High School pupil and ex-head boy, Finlay MacRae.

Jake has kindly agreed to provide some of his photographs and they are featured here on the school website.