School news 14th December 2007

School Calendar 2008
Copies of The Gairloch High School 2008 Calendar are now available from the school office at a cost of £5.00. Those parents and friends that have pre-ordered should already have received their copies. Calendars will also be available in the library, at the Wild Cat and in the Post Office at Aultbea over the holiday.

We are again pleased to display the work of so many pupils in the calendar and thankful to Alex Grey of ‘Wordworks’ for handling the production so well. Thanks are also due to local businesses for their continuing support sponsoring the calendar and to parents and friends of the school who, through their generous purchases, are helping to build up funds for the benefit of all our pupils.  Click here for some pictures from the 2008 edition.

MFR/UHI Inter School Quiz
The Gairloch High Team consisting of Amy MacLeod (Captain), Cameron Jones, Elizabeth Proudfoot and Tom Hardman beat Nairn Academy convincingly in the final. Read more here.

Prelim Exams
S4 have now finished their prelim exams and our thanks go to Mrs Irene MacIntyre, our new Chief Invigilator, for ensuring every detail was attended to. Thanks also to the Hall Committee, especially Lyn Mackenzie, for supporting the whole process. S5 and S6 pupils have the ‘pleasure’ of prelims beginning on Monday 28th January, so enjoy your holiday and make sure you do some revision!

UCAS
S6 pupils with the intention of applying through UCAS for courses at University next year are currently working with Pupil Support staff to finalise their on-line applications and personal statements.

Climbing Wall Event
We reported last time the success of our Climbing Activity Day at the leisure Centre on the 24th November.
Read the history of the project so far here.
Thanks also to Colin Robertson for taking photos for the website.

Indoor Rowing & Kids Get Wet!
On the 19th November S1, S2 & S3 girls indoor-rowing teams, accompanied by Mrs MacRae and Dr. Shearer, visited Ullapool Leisure Centre. The trip was arranged to support the ‘Kids Get Wet‘ funding bid, which was unsuccessful. STV cameras were in attendance filming footage for the ‘North Tonight’ program featuring the bid. Unfortunately our girls did not appear on screen, but put on a good exhibition of indoor rowing. They received guidance and instruction from a national rowing coach and were highly praised for their technique and performance.
These girls along with other groups of pupils and staff compete against schools across the UK in the ‘Concept 2’ national league and currently most of our teams hold positions well up the league. The initial enthusiasm for this activity could not have been maintained without the encouragement of staff and the support of a donation from the Great Wilderness Challenge.

German trip
On Monday 3rd December a group of 36 pupils from S2, S3 and S5/6 who are currently learning German, enjoyed a trip to Eden Court, Inverness to see a German children’s film. This proved to be an enjoyable and informative visit, giving some of our pupils the opportunity to view a foreign-language film along with pupils from other schools in Highland. Thanks to the Goethe Institute, Glasgow for making the film available in our area – we hope to be able to run similar trips in future years as yet another way of making pupils’ language-learning more interesting and relevant.

Community Sports Leaders
The Sports Leader Training Day took place all day Friday 7th December under the guidance and tuition of Mrs Hildrey and visiting trainer Vince Walker. Last session 10 pupils took part in this training and this year 24 senior pupils were involved. The Award in Community Sports Leadership gives people aged 16 upwards the skills needed to plan and deliver safe sporting and recreational activities. It endeavours to develop vital leadership skills such as communication, organisation and motivation, whilst instilling the confidence and desire in people to make a difference within their own communities. The qualification is practical in nature, with an emphasis on learning through doing and applying knowledge, rather than through theory.

Former Pupil Success
We have been informed by University of Glasgow that former pupil Fiona MacLennan has graduated with a degree in Nursing. Well done Fiona!

Dates for your diary
School will close after lunch at 1.15pm on Thursday 20th December and reopen on Monday 7th January.

All the staff and pupils in Gairloch High wish everyone in the Community a Happy Christmas and an enjoyable New Year celebration.

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