School news 22nd February 2008

BRING and BUY Sale 8th March 2008

ITEMS needed – Raffle Prizes WELCOME!!

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


UNICEF’s Day for Change – Our recent non uniform day raised £276.99. This sum will go towards providing clean water and sanitation in The Gambia.

Dance Workshops – Many pupils in S1 to S5 have participated in a session of dancing over the last couple of weeks. Funded by Highland 2007 and contracted by Secondary and local Primary Headteachers, Jammin Fitness delivered a variety of workshops over two weeks. The children taking part thoroughly enjoyed the dancing which included a short performance at the end. It was amazing to see how quickly pupils picked up the moves!

Business Dynamics – S6 pupils took part in a two-day enterprise event to raise awareness in aspects of setting up and operating a business in the 21st Century. This event took place in the Myrtle Bank Hotel and gave pupils a chance to take part in designing an ad for a toilet seat (not as silly as it sounds!) and set up a fictitious bike hire company in the area. Thanks to Mr. Sutherland and Sheena Matheson of Business Dynamics for setting up and delivering this event. Read more details of the event here.

Cross Country – On Wednesday 6th February, 29 of our pupils travelled to Alness with Mr Caddell and Mrs Macrae for the Ross-Shire Cross Country Championships. The best performance overall was the Senior Girls Team (Meghann Richardson, Amy McLeod, Lyndsay Croal and Jennifer Port) who came third. We also had some very good individual performances. In the S1 race Bella Claydon finished 28th out of 46 and Charmayne Fraser finished 29th. In the U15 race Matthew Fothergill came 30th out of 59 and Gavin Gourley 32nd. In the Senior Boys – Neil Maclean 23rd out of 45. Congratulations to all who trained and participated on the day.

Exhibition – Jenny Martin and Spencer Hill have been involved in study sessions at Bridge House Art in Ullapool and are presenting an exhibition of artwork. It is called ‘Finger on the Pulse’ and will be on show at An Talla Solais, Market Street, Ullapool from Sunday 24th February until Friday 29th February (1pm – 5pm daily). Paintings by Jenny and  Spencer can be seen along with work by a number of full time students on the portfolio preparation course.

Staffing – Miss S McMillan who has been teaching Maths and Computing in the school since 1987 has decided to move onto new challenges. Fortunately for us she will not leave immediately thereby ensuring her current pupils will not miss out on vital exam preparation. She has offered to stay on until we have a suitable replacement. The post has been advertised and more details will be given as the situation resolves itself.

Scottish Youth Theatre – Courses are now available in Glasgow and Edinburgh throughout Summer 2008 for young people between the ages of 8 and 25. Details can be downloaded from their website. Deadline is 25th February. The courses are designed to develop drama skills in a professional environment. Past pupils have attended these courses to great success.

Oliver – Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th March – We will be presenting our 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. Please get in touch with Miss Hunter at the school if you have something you are willing to lend such as 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’.

Tesco Sports Vouchers – Thanks to all who handed in vouchers. This year we collected over 6,000. An order has been submitted for various sporting items that should be with us soon.

Climbing Wall – A bid was made recently to the Great Wilderness Challenge for support in our efforts to attract outside funding for a modern climbing wall that will enhance local facilities. The Climbing Wall Committee is very happy to report that the GWC have sponsored our bid with a donation of £6000. This is a crucial contribution and brings our total to £31500. With 25% funding in place the committee is now in a stronger position to attract funding from other bodies.

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