School news 2nd November 2007

Staffing – This term, we are very pleased to welcome Colin Davidson as Janitor. He is already busy with a long list of jobs. Pupils and staff assembled at the end of last term to say a fond farewell to Allan Wade and to present him with a token of their appreciation.

Wester Ross Provincial Mod Click for details

Work Experience/Prelims – Congratulations to S4 pupils for reported success in the world of work. Placements were widespread and varied and our gratitude goes to parents who provide the financial support during this week. On behalf of all our pupils, we are very grateful to the many local employers who continue to support the school with placements, some at the last minute. Without your support, this important experience for our young people would not take place.

With this experience behind them, S4 pupils will now being looking forward to the ‘pleasure’ of prelims. Mr. Milner met with S4 pupils to go through their exam timetable and to talk through the information and study advice for parents and pupils. Ask your son/ daughter to see this advice, if they have not already shown you. It is an important time for them, and with your support we hope they will do themselves justice. With just over 3 weeks to go before the start of exams, Study Club for all seniors is underway. Please encourage your son/daughter to make use of this facility. It has proved very beneficial in the past for a lot of our pupils and contributed to raised motivation and grades.

Study Club – for pupils in S4, S5 and S6 started at the end of October. Most sessions this term are aimed at S4 pupils preparing for their forthcoming Prelims. The purpose of study club is too give pupils the opportunity to complete their work in a calm, supervised study environment whilst giving them access to teachers, computers, textbooks and other school resources. Study club usually operates on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3.30 to 5 pm

Charities supportedJeans for Genes Day – On the final Friday before the holidays, all pupils and staff were allowed to wear jeans to school for a donation. One in twenty children are born with some form of genetic fault. Although the school population was reduced, due to S4 being out on Work Experience, the creditable sum of £192 was raised.

We received a certificate thanking us for £1572 raised as a final amount for Red Nose Day. The final amount for the Fashion Show was £382.04 while FAIR TRADE brought in £77.45. Well done to everyone who supported these events.

More Pupil Success – An excellent result for Deputy Head Girl Becky Massey who applied for a grant recently. She has been awarded £300 to help buy resources for our S1/2 group that meets at lunchtime to play Board Games.

S3 pupil Gavin Gourley entered a competition in rugby union magazine The Scrum. Well done to Gavin – he won a inflatable ice bath for his club.

Congratulations to Alastair Matheson, Neil Macleod, Peter Macdonald, Mr & Mrs Johnston and Mrs Macrae for completing the Inverness 10K race on the 7th October. Special mention must be made of Alastair’s who completed in under 40 minutes and Mrs Macrae who has raised a substantial amount for the Stroke Association.  Photo

TSB North of Scotland Schools Debating CompetitionClick here for details. Breaking news : the third round of the quiz to be held at Charleston Academy 1st November was cancelled.

Moray Firth Radio/University of Highlands and Islands Quiz – Zoey MacIver, Amy MacLeod, Cameron Jones and team captain Callum Croal travelled to Ullapool to play the opening heat of this years MFR UHI Quiz. Ullapool’s hospitality and friendliness were not diminished by the fact that after 6 rounds the Gairloch team won by 300 points to 175. There were two rounds of general knowledge and one each on music, science, sport and TV/cinema.

The team now goes on to the next round at MFR in Inverness later this month. This will be recorded and broadcast on MFR. Last year Gairloch got to the semi final only being beaten by the team who went on to win. Our heats were later broadcast on 2LR.

Staff Pupil rowing event – On Thursday 27th September pupil and staff teams rowed against each other during lunch break. The competition provided a chance to produce best times for the online Concept 2 league that we take part in as well as providing some healthy and strenuous competition. Male staff beat senior boys by just 3 seconds over a distance of 1000m while senior girls beat female staff on this occasion.

Calendar – Important school dates are available here

Gairloch Indoor Climbing Wall Open Day at the School Leisure Centre on Saturday the 24th of November. Come along between 12 noon and 3pm with your friends and family to try out this great indoor sport. There will be prizes for climbing and activities on the day. Refreshments provided. £1 for adults/ 50p for U16/ free for U4. Contact Jim Sutherland at the High School or Paul Tattersall for further details. This afternoon of fun will help us raise funds to support grant requests towards an additional modern wall in the Centre.

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