School news 30th November 2007

FutureChef – Well done to Alasdair Maclennan, S2, who was the school’s representative in this competition this year. Unfortunately, Alasdair did not make it through to the next round but gained runner-up and was commended by the judge for his ability. Thanks to Rosie Smith for supporting him on the day. Photos here.

Hockey – The second year girls Hockey team played in the Ross-Shire tournament in Tain on Wednesday 14th November. They worked well as a team and enjoyed themselves despite not making it to the finals. Well done to all involved and thanks to Irene Croal for coming along to help. The first year game and the third year games were cancelled at short notice due to illness and we apologise to parents for the possible confusion surrounding cancellations at such short notice. We hope that the seniors will still get the chance to play.

Children in Need – Batman and Superman, alias Mark Sala and Neil MacLean dropped into school recently to collect money for Children in Need. Read about it and see the photos here.

Scotland /Italy – 20 pupils where lucky enough to get to travel down to see Scotland take on Italy at Hampden on the 17th November. This was the fourth match a group from the school had attended and we were hoping for four wins out of four. Alas, it was not to be! While the result was not what we had hoped for, it was an enjoyable day for all. Thanks to Susan McLean and Miss Morrison for driving the minibus and making the trips possible.

Small Schools 7-a-side Football Tournament
Report by By Calum Morrison (full report here)

On Saturday 10th November, a group of S3 boys travelled to Glen Urquhart for the finals of this tournament. The boys were Ross MacDonald, Neil MacIver, William Smith, Andrew Ross, Joe Powell, Scott Mackay, Gavin Gourley, Calum Morrison and Roddy McLennan.

Calendar – The 2008 Gairloch High School Calendar is currently in production. It has again received generous support from local businesses and all money we receive from purchases will be put towards school funds. The calendar will be on sale at a few local outlets, namely The Wild Cat, The Library and The Aultbea Post Office, but can also be pre-ordered from the school office at a cost of £5.00. View previous Calendars here along with our recent Eco Art project.

7:84 Drama presentation – On Monday 19th November 7:84 presented Leaving, an interactive theatre piece exploring the cause and effects of gender violence, primarily from the perspective of the protagonist male.
The presentation had three parts:
1) A 30-minute performance with two actors playing a variety of characters and using masks for each character.
2) A 30-minute replay where the audience could stop the action at any point and ask any character to lift their mask and speak their inner thoughts out loud.
3) A 30-minute exploration where the audience could ask any character to re-enact a scene and take a different course of action based on what they are really thinking and feeling.

All S4, S5 and S6 pupils took part. The drama involved a couple, alcohol abuse and aggressive behaviour. Enough drama for half an hour although the follow up workshop went on to explore with the pupils the emotions involved and alternative scenarios for the story. These alternatives were suggested by the pupils and in some cases acted out by them as well. A challenging and thought provoking afternoon.

S6 Interview Skills Day – All S6 pupils were recently put through mock interviews with employers. Applications had to be submitted by a deadline. Interviewers worked in pairs and each S6 pupil had a 20-minute interview. This was followed in the afternoon by a follow up session to give pupils constructive feedback on how they performed.
The aims of the day were:
– to raise the confidence of the pupils taking part
– to give pupils a realistic experience
– enable them to better understand what makes a successful interview.

We are very grateful to the following locals for giving their time and experience for the benefit of our senior pupils: Pauline Butler, Marylynn Burbridge and Sue Morrisey. We also would like to thank the three members of Dingwall Rotary Club, and the three members of H.I.E who gave up their day to take part. Finally, a thank you to Jennifer Teague from Careers Scotland who also contributed.

Climbing Wall Event – A very successful event took place in the Leisure Centre on Saturday 24th November. Many adults and children turned up to take part in a number of climbing related activities. Local businesses and members of the community provided prizes for a successful raffle. We were also helped on the day by several Wester Ross Outdoor Activity Companies and members of both Torridon and Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Teams. Thanks to all concerned. The event was organised to promote raising funds for an upgrade to the existing climbing wall. On the day collected over £400 however the aim is to attract external funding into the area. A modern wall will have many advantages including community use and supporting the activities of all pupils. It will also provide visitors a high quality facility while in the area. Thanks to Mr Sutherland and Paul Tattersall for coordinating the day!

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