Munro Bagging Pupil

This May Eadan Duncan, S1, along with his parents, succeeded in climbing 2 Munros, Tom na Gruagaich and Sgurr Mor. Walking for 6 hours, this brings Eadan’s Munro bagging record to 31. On the way he encountered snow and hailstones.

Congratulations to Eadan for a great achievement. Part of the reason for doing this is to raise awareness of autism but also to raise funds. Contributions are welcomed in the collecting can which is at the office. The funds raised will be used for Additional Support Needs projects within Gairloch High School. Photos of Eadan at the tops can be found on the school website here.

School news 18th May 2007

The Eco Group would like to thank everyone who has donated used ink cartridges and old mobile phones: Stuart Allison and Neil MacIver of S2 have now packaged up 164 cartridges and 3 mobile phones, which will be recycled and the proceeds used towards sports kit for the school. We would also like to thank the library staff, who have found a central position for our collection box, and the S1 pupils who decorated it. All donations of cartridges (except Epson), phones, CDs, spectacles and stamps will continue to be gratefully received.

Study Leave – continues for S4, S5 and S6. S4 pupils return to school on the 28th May 2007. S5 return the following week on the 4th June.

S3 First Aid Course – For the second year running all S3 pupils have been given an Emergency First Aid course. This one-day course has proved very successful with pupils and staff alike. Staff take part alongside pupils to update their own first aid training.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions – Although pupils work on the ‘DofE’ continuously the expedition season is limited by weather. On 11th and 12th May the new S3 Bronze candidates started their practical camping and walking with an overnight at Slattadale after an evening walk through from Tollie. In spite of the midges the pupils did well, appearing to enjoy themselves. With this experience they are better prepared for the next trip at the end of May. Thanks to Mr. Johnston, Miss Morrison and Miss Dean for supporting the pupils on this trip. The pupils have been preparing in school for several weeks now with additional help from Dr Caley. Silver walking and off-road cycling expeditions are also being planned.

Parent Meeting – Back in April we invited parents from each of the associated primaries to join a meeting in the High School to discuss the development of School Boards. A follow up meeting is planned for High School Parents. Details are given in the following message from our Board members.

The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has changed the way in which parents are involved with the running of their school. All parents are already automatically members of their School Forum. School Boards will be abolished later this summer, and it will be up to each School Forum to decide how theirs should be replaced at their school. Parents who attended the lively presentation given on 19 April by Moira McCarrell, Highland Council’s Lead Officer for the implementation of the Parental Involvement Act, heard her recommend that a Parent Council be established – and a group of parents have now agreed to meet on Monday 28 May (7.30pm at the School) to discuss this further: whether a Council should be formed, how it should be constituted, etc. This vital meeting will be open to any member of the Parent Forum, not just those who could attend on 19 April. However, it would be very helpful if all parents who do take part could first have studied the advisory ‘Toolkit’ (especially its sections 7 & 8), which gives guidance as to this next stage: this is available on-line at or copies can be requested from the School or the Board (via the Clerk: Duncan Donald, tel. 01445 781717). Recommendations from this ad hoc planning group will then be submitted to the whole Forum before adoption – but, if you want to have your say about the direction that parental input to managing the School should take, you really should be there on 28 May.

Rugby success – Former pupil Niall Caddell played in the number 6 jersey for the Glasgow Hawks against Edinburgh Academicals in the National Rugby Cup Final at Murrayfield on Saturday 5th May. Hawks won the final by 24 -13. We have a number of boys involved with Ross Sutherland Rugby Club. Stuart Allison and James Staddon nave been selected for the SRU Pathways Scheme which involves a number of residential training week ends at Highland Rugby Club in Inverness over the summer. The school has several enthusiastic players at the moment and we look forward to their continued success.

Primary 7 parent update

We are well underway in our preparations for welcoming our new S1 pupils into the school. Teaching staff have been visiting Primaries, meeting with Primary staff and speaking to pupils. A letter giving dates and information for the Icebreaker Day, Parents Evening and Induction Day has been distributed via the Primaries along with forms that need to be returned on Icebreaker Day.

  • 24th May – Primary 7 Icebreaker day visit to High School
  • 31st May – Parents’ Evening for P7 prospective parents
  • 14th June – Primary 7 induction visit to High School

Parents are also to attend the Highland Games organised for all our associated primary pupils. This event organised by Mrs Hildrey and Mrs Johnston will take place on the school sports field on Friday 8th June.

Should parents of P7 pupils require further information please don’t hesitate to call the school and speak to Mr. Port, Mr. Caddell or Mrs. Morrison.

School news 4th May 2007

Eco Group – Recycling Collection Point: the eco-group is grateful to the library staff, who are allowing them to place a large box in the library as a collection point. We are able to recycle used computer printer and toner cartridges and mobile phones to gain free sports kit for the school. We can also recycle old spectacles, postage stamps and coins for charity, and unwanted CDs (for no financial gain). Please put your unwanted goods in the box whenever you next visit the library – thank you.

The Eco Group recently received a very detailed letter from the Highland Council regarding plastic recycling. In brief, there is no plastic recycling at the moment; however, the Council has placed a bid with the Scottish Executive to get a plastic recycling facility and a Materials Recycling Facility for baling and bulking up of the collected plastics. Our petition will be considered when this bid is put forward. The bid also includes funding to introduce a monthly kerbside recycling collection service to rural communities in the Highlands and Islands.

Study Leave for S4 pupils began on 30th April and the exams are underway. Study Leave for S5/6 pupils will start on Thursday 10th May. All pupils have been issued with a timetable for SQA exams, their SCN Card and some Notes of Guidance. It is worth looking over the booklet from SQA entitled, Your Exams 2007, to see what your son/ daughter needs to know, what they need to do, and what happens next.

S3 Examinations – S3 are to be congratulated on their behaviour and commitment shown throughout the exam period. This is their first experience of formal exams with an outside invigilator. Early indications show that pupils have prepared well for the tests. The school wishes to thank Amy MacDonald for her invigilation throughout this period.

Nethybridge – Plans are firming up for the S1 Residential trip to the Cairngorms in May. We are hoping, as always, to provide opportunities to rock climb, kayak, hill walk and mountain bike as well as visits to Landmark and Inverness.

Indoor Rowing – The ladies staff team comprising of Fiona Johnston, Lynne Morrison, Gill Dean, Flora MacKenzie, Liz MacRae, Donna Hildrey, Crystal Doyle, Beth Hunter, Clarissa Wood (primary school) and Clare Caley were presented with silver medals at a school assembly for their success in the Concept 2 Internet rowing competition. Honourable mentions for Anne Mackison and Irene Croal who each participated in one round thereby helping the team. Girls’ teams from S6 and S4 also performed very well. This all took off for staff and pupils as a result of our whole day inter house rowing competition earlier this year. The details of progress for our teams was reported on the pupil pages a while back. Click here to read about it and here for a photo of the ladies.

Inter House Sports – The pupils have been busy this term competing for their houses, the results so far are:
BOYS FOOTBALL – SENIORS: Maree 1st ,Tollaidh 2nd and Kerry 3rd. JUNIORS: Tollaidh 1st, Kerry 2nd and Maree 3rd.
SENIOR BASKETBALL – BOYS: Maree 1st, Kerry 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd. GIRLS: Maree 1st, Kerry 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd.
RUGBY – JUNIORS: Maree 1st, Kerry 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd. SENIORS: Kerry 1st, Maree 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd.

Congratulations to all the House Captains and Vice Captains for their hard work so far in pulling teams together. They are all doing a great job and the PE department couldn’t manage without them. There are still more Inter House Sports competitions to play, EVERYONE needs to keep trying to get points for their house!

London Marathon – Once again, Mr. Johnston took to the streets of London to take part in the Marathon. Conditions this year were much less favourable, however, he still managed an excellent time of 4 hours and 9 minutes and has raised a considerable amount of money for CLIC Sargent.

S1 Hockey – A team of 8 girls travelled to Kingussie very early on Saturday 21st April, to play in a tournament for all Highland schools. They won 3 games and lost 3 games. Everyone played very well and overall scored 9 goals! They finished 4th out of 7th, which we were all very happy with. Well-done girls!

Sponsored Hill Walk – The parents of pupil Eadan Duncan plan to climb Beinn Alligin along with their son. As part of a week of national events to raise money and awareness for Autism, the family will be accepting sponsorship for this event which will be put towards supporting children in the High School. Anyone wishing to donate can hand cash or cheques into the school office.

S2 Day at Slattadale – S2 pupils had an enterprise forest day down at Slattadale on the 25th April. It was a great success and with help from school and Forestry Commission staff the pupils made bird boxes, whistles and rope stretchers. They also got a chance to repaint the building, which is badly in need of a touch up. The pupils did well with the help of Mr Wade and, although they ran out of paint, the building looks much better. Dr J Shearer organised the successful event and we hope that S3 pupils will get a chance to finish the work later this month. The materials to redecorate the building came from funds donated by the School Board. The school would also like to thank Highland Industrial Supplies in Inverness for their support.

Visitor from Norway – The school had a visit from Heidi Kjempenes as part of the developing links between Gairloch and Bulandet. She was very complimentary about the staff and the pupils and the work done in school. We all enjoyed her stay and look forward to meeting up again.

Oliver production – After much deliberation it has been decided to postpone Oliver until after the summer.