School news 21st September 2007

TSB North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition – After a year’s absence, the school re-entered the North of Scotland Competition, getting off to a flying start in the first round on 11th September at Charleston Academy. A new S4 team – Lyndsey Croal and Amy French gained a well-deserved second place. The winners on the night were a very experienced team of S6 pupils from Charleston. Other teams competing were Inverness Royal Academy, Plockton High, Nairn Academy and Thurso High.

There are two further rounds and the teams placed highest on points will go through to the final in November. Lyndsey and Amy will be on their work placements at the time of the next round but will support Anna Hulme and Theo Threadgould in their preparation as substitutes before returning for the third round after the October break.

Football – The Gairloch High School Tartan Army was on its travels once more. 15 pupils, accompanied by Susan MacLean and Miss Morrison, travelled to Glasgow to see Scotland take on Lithuania at Hampden. The sun shone, Scotland won and the pupils danced and cheered until they were hoarse. Almost 12 hours on the bus and worth it. Special thanks to Susan for being Miss Morrison’s co-pilot. A great day out!

TechFest – On Tuesday 4th September the school had a visit from Professor Henry Ellington, formerly of Robert Gordon University. Techfest is an organisation set up to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Professor Ellington ran a seminar for S5 and S6 pupils, entitled ‘How can we protect and preserve our environment without giving up our comfortable life styles?’ and was impressed by the breadth of understanding of the issues shown by the pupils. He gave a ‘Guided Tour of the Universe’ to all pupils from P6-S4. The Science department was delighted to welcome P6 & P7 pupils from all our associated primaries for this worthwhile event.

DofE Silver Expedition to the Cairngorms
Mr. Milner had the privilege of accompanying a group of S5/6 pupils, under the watchful eye of Mr. Johnston and the official Assessor. This assessment followed on from the groups crossing of Fisherfield and Letterewe last June. Mr. Milner commented: What a wonderful experience to circumnavigate the Cairngorms. If this is not a Curriculum for Excellence, I don’t know what is! I learned such a lot over the 3 days and only wish I had had the same opportunity as our pupils are now getting. It is no wonder this Award experience is part of our process to establish confident, conscientious individuals. It surely inspires young people to take ownership of their learning. Read more about the trip here and view some photos of the trip.

Six pupils were presented overall awards at assembly last week. Emily Ross, Jennifer Port, Morag MacIver & Lynne Barrie received Bronze; Liam Ross & Neil McLeod Silver.

Piping Success – Conal McDonagh S2 and Ross McDonald S3 both took part in the World Bagpipe Championships held in Aviemore recently. Conal also took part in a competition at Dunrobin Castle, winning the Charlie O’Brien Memorial Cup for being the most promising youngster. Both boys played at assembly recently demonstrating their skills.

S3 Monitoring – The majority of S3 pupils appear to have settled well into their Standard Grade courses. Pupil Support teachers, formerly known as Guidance, have interviewed individuals and reports have been sent home to parents.

Glenmore Lodge – Liam Ross and Neil MacLeod spent a week at Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore, as the residential section of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  Liam and Neil thoroughly enjoyed their stay and would highly recommend courses at Glenmore Lodge to anyone of any age interested in outdoor pursuits.  We are very pleased that that the folk at Glenmore Lodge appreciated the calibre of our seniors. It is no surprise to us that the boys turned out to be great ambassadors for Gairloch but it is good to have it recognised.  Well done boys!  Read more here about their successful week and the testimonial we received from the leader of the course.

Community Sports Leader Award – This programme was run by Mrs Hildrey and completed before the summer by 10 senior pupils. Six successful candidates were presented at assembly. Tony Stewart, Becky Massey, Neil Macleod, Neil Maclean, John MacKay, Iain MacIver Clifford Halgryn, Ross Jackson, Alex Richardson & Chris Ryan are now qualified sports leaders who can assist sports coaches in the school and community.

Rugby – James Staddon and former pupil Stuart Allison took part in the SRU Rugby Pathways over the summer. Gavin Gourley, Matthew Fothergill & Alisdair Paul have also been training with Ross-Sutherland on a regular basis. All five boys are in the squad for a fixture against the Highland Rugby Club.

Eco Wardens – 6 new ecowardens have been appointed to join those still in place from last year. R D Pollington, K Morrison, G Urquhart and F Hinchcliff is S1 received eco-badges at assembly. K Forder and C Stevens have also joined the team. Miss Dean has taken overall responsibility for coordinating the work of the pupils. Click here for the full list.

Former Pupil – Clare Jackman has received a BEd Primary Teaching at Univ of Aberdeen. Congratulations to Clare.

Trophies – The school would like to extend the range of prizes we are able to present to pupils at Prize Giving next year. We would like to encourage local businesses to get involved and support us. Your name on the trophy could be the incentive you need – so contact Mr. Milner at the school if you are interested! We were recently gifted a trophy from the Inverness Trophy Centre and we used this to upgrade the Dr Hunter Trophy for Piping.

Charity Fashion Show – Gairloch High School charity fashion show will be in aid of CLIC Sargent, OXFAM and Traidcraft and takes place at 7.00pm, tonight – 21st Sept. Adult tickets cost £3 and £1.50 for concessions with refreshments provided. Please come along and support the pupils.

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