School news 1st June 2007

Nethybridge Trip – The annual residential trip for all S1 pupils was once again a success. Details by clicking here with photos!

S1 pupil bags a couple of Munros – Eadan Duncan, S1, along with his parents, succeeded in climbing 2 Munros. Details by clicking here with photos!

S3 Enterprise Week – Recently S3 have been working on projects giving them a chance to apply skills they learn in class and develop some new ones. Each day for a week pupils had a chance to try something that’s a bit different from normal class and in more depth than usual. For fuller details click here and photos click here.

S4 pupils returning from exam leave have been involved in similar activities all this week. A report will follow on progress but you can view photos of one activity here..

Former pupil Success – Eilidh Shearer was High School Dux in 1991. She went to Glasgow University Vet School and qualified as a Vet (BVMS). After a number of years working as a vet, including a year at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons small animal practice in London, she returned to Glasgow University to study human medicine. She has now received her medical qualification (BMChB) and will begin hospital work in August. Well done Eilidh!

The Backpack Appeal – In Malawi, there are thousands of children unable to go to school because they don’t have the right accessories such as pencils, pens and paper. Our S2 pupils have done some background research and decided to become involved. S2 worked with Ms Velt in Modern Studies looking at how we take schooling for granted and pupils examined the plight of children around the world. Mr Sutherland followed this up looking in particular at Malawi.

Malawi is a small narrow land locked country wedged between Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. The average life expectancy is 39 years compared to 76 years for Scotland.

The Backpack Appeal, run by Scottish International Relief (SIR), aims to enable children to go to school and have an education by sending backpacks containing essential items needed for school. You can help them by filling a backpack with some of the following items: Jotters, Note Pads, Pencils, Pens, Crayons, Rubbers, Rulers, Sharpeners, Sandals, T-Shirts, A Small Ball, Shorts, Soap, Toothbrush and Toothpaste or a Spoon.

The Backpack Appeal in Gairloch is being launched on the 7th June at Assembly. The packs will be collected in a box that will be in the entrance hall of the school building. We are aiming to collect 40 backpacks compared to last years total of 20 backpacks. All the backpacks need to be in by 25th June and will be uplifted on 26th June.

More about S1 – On Friday 25th May Miss Morrison and Miss Dean led S1 in a day of activities to raise awareness and help pupils develop strategies against bullying behaviour. A display of posters has been mounted in school. There are many websites devoted to antibullying. Click here for a Canadian site.

S1 reports will be issued on the 8th June and the Parent Evening is on Thursday 14th. We look forward to a full turnout. Click here for other school dates.

Exam Invigilators – We would like to thank each of our invigilators for their support in supervising the SQA exams for us in the Community Hall this year. This important work has been coordinated for a number of years now by Mary Carson with the help of her husband, Donald. Mary is ‘retiring’ from this post and a small presentation was made today as a gesture of appreciation for the valuable work that she has done over the last 9 years. Irene MacIntyre has offered to take over the role from Mary.

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