School news 25th January 2008

S5/6 Prelims – These exams start on Monday 28th January and last until Wednesday 6th February. Good luck to all S5 and S6!  S4 prelim reports have gone home and the parents met with teachers on Thursday 24th January to discuss progress.

S4 options for next year – Mr Hulme introduced S4 pupils to the courses available for next year and issued the pupils with a sheet on which they are to indicate their initial choices for S5. Pupils were asked to discuss this information with their parents and have the sheet signed before having it returned.  This is the first step in discussion over selection of courses for next session.

Pupil Success

S6 pupil, Jake Threadgould has had one of his photographs  selected as the winner of a Highland 2007 competition. Read more and see the photos here.

This Christmas the school was again decorated through the efforts of many of our pupils.  From the October holiday through to the last week of term, a trusty group of artists regularly stayed after school to work on their huge posters to decorate the walls of the multi-purpose hall.  This year the theme of the posters was ‘angels’ and there were some lovely examples in a variety of colours and styles.  In addition to this, there was a great response to the Christmas Wreath competition and this brightened the foyer at the entrance to the school.  (Photos) The winner of the competition was Sophie Donald, whose imaginative ‘reindeer wreath’ (with lighting-up nose!) stole the show.

Two of our sixth year pupils, Jenny Martin and Spencer Hill, are travelling to Ullapool every Monday, over a period of twelve weeks, to take part in a Portfolio Preparation Course run by Eleanor White at Bridge House Art.   They join with other full-time students there to expand and develop the work they are doing in school.  Jenny  is keen to apply to the Art School in Glasgow while Spencer favours Dundee.  We wish them the best of luck with their applications in this highly competative field.

S6 pupil Becky Massey,  one of our Deputy Head Pupils and House Captain for Maree, has been recognised  for her  special contribution to supporting younger pupils in the school. Becky was successful in competition against others across Highland and will now, along with around twenty others, receive further training during a weekend at Badaguish Outdoor Centre near Aviemore in February. At  a national event, in Bathgate in March, Becky will be presented with her Young Quality Scot Award. Becky has really gone out of her way and, in her own special style, made a tremendous difference by  making sure  pupils with additional needs  are included in  class and social activities.  Well done Becky!

The School Dance – Once again, this very successful and well established event took place just before Christmas.  It was attended by many staff and nearly every one of the pupils. All present had a great time and the standard of Scottish Country dancing on display was very high.  Events like this take a great deal of planning and support.  Thanks are due to many people across the community – the dance is a wonderful example of the on going support we get from the community. A major contribution comes from MacKenzie & MacLennan at Gairloch Garage who provide all transport  and drivers for the night. We are extremely grateful for this commitment as it allows many of our pupils who would otherwise have great difficulty, to get to and from the dance. We are also grateful to Gairloch Estates for providing the Christmas trees and to the Community Hall Committee for making the Hall available. Thanks also to all the members of the band who kept the dancing going. Click here for PHOTOS.

Many others contribute including all the staff and family who assist in providing food at interval.  Pupils are involved in creating decorations and the production and sale of tickets. A large number of pupils piped us off to a rousing start, others provided interval musical entertainment. It was a grand night out!

Whole School Quiz – The last day of term saw the whole school taking part in an inter house quiz under the stewardship of Mr.Hulme and Dr.Caley. This was a very closely fought competition with Maree house teams winning the event overall. This is the second year Mr.Hulme has organised this large scale event which once again proved to be a success with staff and pupils alike.

Inter-House Rowing Competition – This annual event took place for the second time on the afternoon of Friday 18th January.   A big turn up for the books was the overall victory by Tollaidh.  Read more and see the photos here.

Bulbs – All pupils have received a copy of the brochure to pass on to parents and friends. Anyone who would like a copy may pick one up from the school office or ask a pupil to deliver one.  We are hoping to raise money to boost our school funds.  The deadline for orders is Tuesday, 29th January.

Uniform and kilts – Over the last three years several of the boys have worn their kilts on the day or two after the dance as part of their school uniform.  This has been extended to pupils at other times of the year.  You may have noticed some of the pupils wearing the kilt now as part of their everyday uniform and this is acceptable as long as school shirt and tie are in place along with proper black footwear.

S1 Bring and Buy Sale for Nethybridge – It is that time of year again – Saturday 8th March 2008 in the Community Hall.  Start looking out all that unwanted clutter.  More details soon.

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