School news 7th September 2007

The Parent Council met on Monday 27th August in the School. More details of meetings and members are available by clicking here.

Pupil Council elected – On Thursday 30th August members of the Pupil Council were selected by their classmates to represent them during the coming session.
1A – Mairi Wyatt & Ian Paul.
1B – Charmayne Fraser & Murdo MacLennan.
2A – Carriane Johnston & Theo Threadgold.
2B – Alex Warren & David Gorman.
3A – Jade Watson & Gavin Gourley.
3B – Dawn Cheyne & Calum Morrison.
4A – Storm Lawson & Hamish Laing.
4B – Lyndsey Croal & Liam Smith.
5A – Amy MacLeod & Alex Cameron.
5B – Jenny Port & Calum Milner.
6A – Ishbel Beeson & Tony Stewart.
6B – Jenny Martin & Jake Threadgold.

Emily Ross and Neil MacLeod [School Captains.]
Zy Wernham and Calum Gibson [Highland Youth Voice Members.]

Gold Duke Of Edinburgh Kayaking Expedition
7 intrepid kayakers took to the seas from the 17th to the 20th of August, as part of their Gold Duke Of Edinburgh award. Jenny Martin put together the following report.

Liam, Sam, Neil MacLeod, Callum Croal, Jenny, Emily and Ishbel faced every element imaginable: sun, wind, rain and fire. The group left Gairloch and their first overnight stay was on Longa. On Saturday, the weather took a turn for the worse, which made the waves fairly choppy, and cut short our journey. We camped overnight at Port Henderson. The third day was a much longer stretch and we paddled as far as Rubha nah-Airde Glaise, eventually heading for Torridon on day four. The weather meant we got all got a bit wet, but despite that, we did have a nice and tasty barbeque. Everyone had a great time and learned new skills bar Neil who capsized, HAHA!

Thanks to Mr and Mrs Johnston for accompanying the pupils and Ms Gulliver for picking us up in Torridon. Also to Mr Cameron at Sand for permission to camp on Longa at short notice when the weather forecast required a change of route. Click here for photos of the trip

Silver Duke Of Edinburgh Walking Expedition
Thursday 23rd August – a group of S5 and S6 pupils set off cross-country from Shieldaig to Achnashellach. This three-day trip had less than perfect weather conditions but the intrepid pupils (under the watchful eye of Dr Caley and Miss Dean) pushed on through rain, cloud and millions and millions of midges to the pick-up point at Achnashellach Station. Click here for photos of the trip.

Silver Duke Of Edinburgh Walking Assessment
On Thursday 30th August a group of S5 pupils set off with Mr Milner and Mr Johnston to the Cairngorms on their qualifying expedition around the Cairngorms from Glenmore to Derry Lodge and Corrour Bothy returning through the Lairig Ghru. This was the final trip organised prior to next spring. There are some good photos of all these trips on the school website. Click here for photos of the trip.

S1 Pupils have had informal group interviews with their Pupil Support (Guidance) teachers, and these will be followed up with individual interviews prior to a Pupil Support report being sent home to parents before the October holidays. We are very happy with the way most of our new S1 have settled. So far they seem to be enjoying the new way of working!

S3 Monitoring – Parents will shortly receive information on progress of S3 pupils as they settle into their new Standard Grade courses.

Careers Scotland – Interviews are being arranged for senior pupils with Careers Officer Gillian Unger. Parents are welcome to attend interviews along with their son or daughter. The school is trying to give as much advance notice to pupils as possible to assist this initiative.

Work Experience for all S4 pupils begins the week commencing Monday 1st of October. A lot of work has been done in P.S.H.E. to prepare pupils for this experience. Parental support is vital, but if you have any concerns, please contact Mr. Milner or Flora Mackenzie. Please return any paper work relating to Work Experience as soon as you can.

Former Pupil Success – We have been notified by University of Glasgow that former pupil Holly Shaw has graduated LL.B. with Honours.

HMIe Inspection of the school. On the weeks commencing 17th September and 24th September, Inspectors will visit Gairloch High School. We are quite used to such visits; however this is a more comprehensive one. They will investigate learning and teaching in Maths and English and they have also requested to look at Music, Modern Languages and Gaelic Medium in particular. Inspectors will also look at areas such as pupil support, leadership and achievement across the school. After the visit a report will be published that will be made available to all.

Local Author gifts School – The school would like to thank Margaret Ramsay for her generous donation of ten copies to the Gaelic Department of her recently published book “Granny’s House” / “Taigh mo Sheanmhair”. The poem contained within the book is written in Gaelic, Scots and English.

Passing Places – Aite Seachnaidh
This exhibition shows work by members of the community around Ullapool and was put together as part of Highland 2007. It uses the theme of those very familiar passing place signs to show original pieces of art. It has been traveling around the country since it opened last January in the Macphail Centre. We are fortunate that it will be in Gairloch High School Library from 5th September for a month before returning to Ullapool.

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