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.

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