School news 16th November 2007

Rugby – On Sunday 4th November James Staddon, Gavin Gourley and Matthew Fothergill played for Ross Sutherland in a fixture against Banff. Although the team lost the match, the boys acquitted themselves well and Mr Caddell enjoyed the game. On Friday 9th November James and Matthew headed off to Stornoway to fulfill another fixture against the local rugby club. Update – Stornoway won 52-0 but the boys still had a great trip!

Another Successful Grant Application
– Neil Macleod has been successful in a recent grant application for Gairloch High School Community Sports Leaders. He applied for and received a Grant of £500 with which we have bought two sets of Indoor Curling kits. They will be used for joint projects with Youth Work, school and community. Well done Neil!

An Deasbad Nàiseanta – The National Debate
Ghabh an Deasbad Nàiseanta Gàidhlig BT àite ann an Inbhir Nis air an t-siathamh ’s an t-seachdamh latha den t-Samhain ‘s bha Anna Hulme ‘s Ciorstaidh Alexander a’ riochdachadh Àrd-sgoil Gheàrrloch. Anns a’ chiad chuairt, choinnich Anna ‘s Ciorstaidh ri Ard Sgoil Drochaid an Easbaig ’s iad an aghaidh a’ mholaidh: “Tha barrachd cunnart anns an eadar-lìon na tha ann de fheum.” Bha an deasbad cho faisg ’s gun tug na britheamhan na h-aon àireamhan do gach sgioba. Gu mì-fhortannach, chaill na nigheanan againne nuair a bha aig na britheamhan ri sùil as ùir a thoirt air a’ chùis. ’S e Anna agus Ciorstaidh na sgoilearan a b’ òige a bha aig an Deasbad ’s bha iad airidh air an fhìor mholadh a fhuair iad bho gach duine a bha an làthair. Cluinnear criomagan de na deasbadan air www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba.

Tha BT National Gaelic Debate took place on the 6th and 7th of November in Inverness. Anna Hulme and Kirsty Alexander represented Gairloch High and were the youngest competitors at the event. Both girls received much praise for their performances. Clips from the debates can be heard on www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba.

Pupil Reports – Can we remind parents to return the tear off slip at the bottom of your son /daughter’s report, with or without a comment. These returns at least indicate that the report has been seen, but comments are always appreciated and followed up. Update – S2 reports were issued Friday 16th February.

S6 Interview Skills Day – This takes place this Thursday coming. All S6 pupils had two weeks to submit completed application forms. The application process is part of the experience and the next stage involves an interview and feedback. Interviews are carried out by a group of experienced people from the local community and from organisations such as Careers Scotland. More details on how this goes next issue!

Active Schools Coordinator – The ‘Active Schools’ Programme is a Scottish Government initiative, backed by Highland Council, aimed at reversing the decline in levels of activity among many school children. John Shearer is taking over from Fiona Johnston as the Active Schools Co-ordinator (ASC) for the Primary schools associated with Gairloch High School. John will be based in the High School. Fiona has been ASC for 2 years and put great effort and enthusiasm into her attempts to boost activity in our primary-age children. Fiona has moved on to develop her teaching career and our good wishes and thanks go with her. She has promised to keep in contact with the ‘Active Schools’ Programme and may help in future events.

John will be looking for volunteers to help provide opportunities for our children to be more active. There will be training opportunities and support for anyone willing to help. If you feel you have a skill to offer or if you are willing to offer time and energy to assist others to pass on their skills, please contact John on 01445 712275

We have also had word of a bid that has been made to provide a range of water activities in Gairloch in October 2008. The ‘Kids Get Wet’ funding bid will feature on STV’s ‘North Tonight’ programme on Thursday, 29th November. Viewers will then have 24 hours to cast their vote. Read more here. Update – agroup of S1-3 girls are attending Ullapool High on Monday to take part in an event which will be filmed by STV for use in the bid.

School Calendar 2008
– Ms Gulliver is once again arranging pupil work for the 2008 calendar. Thanks to all the sponsors who have become involved and those who continue to support this fund raising venture. All parents have been sent home slips in the hope that we can get a rough idea of a print run. Calendars should be available from the end of November in time for the Christmas post! Price is still £5 towards school funds. See the previous calendars and other art projects here.

Art Club – Several pupils from all year groups have been coming along at lunchtime and after school to prepare Christmas decorations for the Hall as well as work on homework and other projects.

Study Club
– These are currently running after school for S4 primarily and we encourage as many pupils to take advantage of this opportunity.

FutureChef 2008 – Congratulations to Alasdair MacLennan (2B, Maree) who was the winner of the school heat. Well done also to Rosie Smith (S2A, Tollaidh) who was a close runner-up. Alasdair will now go on to compete at the Regional heat on 14th November at Inverness College. Thanks to Morag Walmsley from the Creel who supported this venture and to Miss Begg in Home Economics along with the other staff who made sure the event was a success. Update – Alasdair was runner up in Inverness. Well done to him and thanks to Rosie who went along as support. Click here for some photos of participants in the school event.

Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal
– Thank you to all parents and pupils who donated towards this very worthwhile charity. A healthy bundle of beautifully wrapped Christmas boxes were collected on Monday 2nd November.

Retirement – The staff at Gairloch High School and Community Library will be gathering to say farewell to Katherine Vine, our Senior Library Assistant, who is retiring in December. Katherine has worked for the library service for the last 14 years and was appointed to the post of senior library assistant when the new school/community library opened in 1994. We would like to invite friends, colleagues and library users to join us for afternoon tea in the library on Wednesday 12th December at 3.30pm to wish Katherine all the best in her retirement. You are all most welcome to join us.

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