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.

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