School news 13th July 2007

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry success – Four S1 pupils, Anna, Carianne, Andrew and Conal travelled to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh for the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry back on 13th June. Click here for details and photos.

DofE expedition assessment – After the summer we have Silver training and assessments planned for another two groups of pupils. Most parents understand the commitment and time that staff put into the organization and supervision of these expeditions. Dr Caley and Mr Johnston should get a special mention however they could not have come this far without the ongoing support of Miss Morrison, Miss Dean, Mr Hulme, Mrs Johnston, Mr Calvert, and Mr Vickerstaff. Click here for more details.

Rowing on water – Some of our senior pupils got the opportunity to try out rowing on the water at Inverness Rowing Club on Wednesday, 20th June. Instruction was given by very experienced club coach (and ex-Olympic rower) Suzanne Standish White and ex-Olympic coach Ian Hunter. This opportunity came as a result of our new found interest for indoor rowing. Click here for the photos.

Slattadale – Throughout the spring pupils, under the supervision and guidance of Mr Sutherland, Dr Shearer, Mr Wade and other staff have been going down regularly to Slattadale. As well as redecorating the building and making it wind and watertight the pupils have been involved in various activities to map the area and identify how the site can be developed. Working with Forestry Commission and SNH we are developing interesting plans for this area.

School website – Over this year we have been working hard to develop the website. Phase 1 involved the creation of the two news sections. One set of pages for parents and another for pupils. Each time the School News is published in these ‘Yellow Pages’ we add the same news to the website often with additional links to photographs and other relevant websites.

Since starting up at the end of January 2007 each site has had around 2000 visitors or more. We have just introduced an area relating to the development of the new Parent Council.

At exam time pupils were shown the study links and the evidence is that many used the links fairly extensively over the exam period. Another popular area is the photographic gallery.

It is our plan to further develop the site and provide access to much more information about the school. Earlier this year we asked parents for opinions about the website and we are taking these views into account. The website has a very long web address but if you would like to have a look try entering this shortcut http://tinyurl.com/2a95rl and then bookmark the site.

PRIZEGIVING 2007 – All the details have already been posted and are available here.

Next Session – 2007/2008 – Staff return on Monday 13th August but most are back before then to check on the SQA exam results. Pupils return on Tuesday 14th August 2007. Details of next sessions dates can be found by clicking here.

PRIZEGIVING 2007

A successful evening held on Wednesday 28th June in Gairloch High School. Guests included Mrs R MacKenzie, Chair of the School Board, Mrs M Cameron, retired Chair of the School Board, and the Revd D Morrison.

DUX OF SCHOOL – Callum Croal
Callum achieved Higher Maths in S3 and Advanced Higher Maths in S4. Callum is currently waiting for his Higher results in Chemistry, Physics, Music, English and History. This year Callum is studying Advanced Higher Physics and Chemistry. He is also studying an Astronomy course through the Open University.

Martin Blackley Memorial Cup for Senior Boys Sports Champion
Callum Croal.
Gladwyn Memorial Prize For Fine Art
Laura Ella Kirk, Rachael Thomas and Elizabeth Hardman.
The MacLean Trophy for library endeavour
Ruth Macleod
The Doctor Hunter Cup for Piping
Zoey MacIver & Conal McDonagh.
The MacKenzie Targe for creative writing
Rachael Thomas.
The Lauder Prize for Music
Liam Ross.
The Lauder Memorial Prize (Service)
Head Boy for 2006/7-Ross Jackson.
The Elizabeth Matthew Memorial Prize (Service)
Head Girl for 2006/7-Georgie MacKenzie

Perfect Attendance
Catriona Leyland, Louise MacKenzie, Roddy MacLennan. Anna Hulme, Rosie Smith and Alasdair Paul.
British Biology Olympiad
Outgoing Dux, Anna George, gained a Commended Medal Award
Maths Challenge certificates – Intermediate
Best in School goes to Derek Martin and Cameron Jones. Honourable mention to Jennifer Port for her silver award and Amy McLeod for her bronze award
Maths Challenge certificates – Junior
Best in School goes to Katrina Port
Honourable mention to 3 silvers award winners – James Staddon, Matthew Fothergill and Theo Threadgould. Honourable mention goes to 4 bronze award winners all from S1. They are Beau Lawson, Conal McDonagh, Alexander McFedries and David Gorman.

Chess – Catriona Leyland
Languages prize junior prize – Lyndsey Croal
Languages prize senior prize – Emily Ross.

Neil Wilkie Memorial Prize For Service to The School
Neil MacLeod.
Junior School Trophy For Service And Achievement
Sophie Donald with 39 credits.
Runners up Katrina Port and Leah Kenny – 34 credits each. Anna Hulme – 33 credits.

The House Shield was presented this year to Maree

Merit certificates were awarded to several S1-S4 pupils taking into account academic progress, attitude, behaviour, numbers of credits gained and the overall contribution of each pupil to the work of the class throughout the whole school year. Sports Awards were also awarded to pupils and details are available by clicking here.

Mrs Moira Cameron, past Chair of the School Board, presented prizes. Thanks also to the Revd Derek Morrison for his contribution.