School news 8th February 2008

Non- Uniform DayWednesday, 6th February, marked UNICEF’s Day for Change. All pupils and staff were encouraged not to wear uniform at a cost. Money raised will help children in Gambia to access safe water and sanitation, something we all probably take for granted in Scotland.

S5/6 Prelims – Prelims are now finished and staff are busy marking, writing reports and preparing Action Plans for each pupil.Pupil Support interviews will take place at the beginning of March and Parents Evening will take place on Thursday 6th March. Thanks must go to Irene MacIntyre, Chief Invigilator, for the daily running of exams in the Community Hall and to Colin, our Janny, for his help throughout.

S2 Assessment Week – Next Tuesday sees the start of a busy time for S2 pupils as it is Assessment Week for them.Parents of pupils in S2 should have received a letter home recently from Mr.Port outlining the Support Programme for Choosing Subject Options in S3 and S4.

Valentine Disco – Next Friday there will be a Valentine Disco for all pupils. ‘Baggy’ Ross will be providing the music. A bus is to be arranged, courtesy of the The Den, on the night of the Valentine Disco for pupils travelling from Shieldaig, Torridon and Kinlochewe. Click here for info on St Valentine’s Day.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – James Staddon (S3) is helping Torridon Mountain Rescue Team for his DofE Service. Two weekends ago he took part in a fundraising bike wash at the Strathpuffer 24 hour endurance mountain bike race. Taking two-hour shifts through the day and very long night, he helped raise over £700 for North West mountain rescue teams. Well done James!

Midterm – School re-opens on Tuesday 11th February, so enjoy your long weekend! Other dates here.

Weather – The first two days of February reminded us that we are in the middle of winter. The school closed when power failed across wide areas of the community. Conditions then deteriorated when snow stated lying on the roads. Parents are reminded that the school phoneline is updated as quickly as possible throughout such conditions. We also make use of BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and Two Lochs Radio. All the details are available on the school website here.

Oliver – During the first week of March, (Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th.) the school will be presenting its production of the musical Oliver, featuring pupils and a few guest artistes! Tickets will be available 2 weeks before the show from the school office. Pupils and staff have been working hard for months to produce a first rate show for everyone to enjoy. Miss Hunter in the Music department would like to take this opportunity to appeal for items which may be out there in the community, and which could be borrowed (and well looked after). These include: top hats, tail coats, a tricorn hat (for Mr. Bumble) knee britches (any size), tankards (pewter or other) – in fact any item which could look ‘Victorian’. Please get in touch with Miss Hunter at the school if you have something you are willing to lend.

Saturday 8th March – Gairloch Community Hall
Doors open 10am sharp (so no need for overnight queuing!)

Stalls and competitions:
Guess the name of the Teddy
Guess the weight of the Clootie Dumpling
Guess the number of sweets in the jar

We would welcome any or all of the following donations: baking, books, DVDs & CDs, bric-a-brac, plants, electrical items in good working order, toys, clothes in good condition, jewellery, bottles and raffle prizes. We can auction anything within reason (antiques a speciality !)

Items for the sale can be:
• handed to any member of the school
• delivered direct to the community hall on Friday 7th March between 3.30 and 6pm
• collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

We need your support so please help. Half the money funds our outdoor education week for S1 at Nethybridge and the other half goes to charity.

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