School news 2nd May 2008

Global Teacher – We announced Dr Caley’s success in being selected to go to Malawi this summer to work. Read more details here of what she will be doing. Highland Council have also issued a Press Release today.

School Chess Competition – This took place before the Easter holiday and was flagged up on the website but you may have missed the news. Click here.

Duke of Edinburgh pupils meet Prince – Seven, very smart looking pupils (Liam Ross, Neil Macleod, Roisin Somers, Sam Mackenzie, Jennifer Port, Meghann Richardson and Calum Milner) proved a credit to themselves and their school when they met the Earl of Wessex on his visit to Tain on the 22nd April. They were there to talk about their Duke of Edinburgh’s award experiences. The Earl was especially interested in the Gold kayaking expedition, which visited places he was familiar with from his holidays on the royal yacht Britannia. Several people on the day commented that our pupils were fortunate to have such a wide range of opportunities available to them. That is entirely thanks to the support of staff, parents and other members of the community who help in this worthwhile programme. Click here for more info and photos. Jennifer and Calum were interviewed by Two Lochs Radio.

Pupils talk at STUC Conference – Ms Velt took three Higher Modern Studies pupils to Inverness on 22nd April. Anna MacLean, Morag MacIver and Kerry O’Brien addressed the Annual Scottish Trade Union Congress at Eden Court. Their nerves did not get the better of them and they presented excellent speeches to the Trade Union delegates and around 100 pupils from other schools in the Highlands. Their speeches were on alternative energy policies, the national minimum wage for 16 to 18 year olds and international human rights. The girls were presented with a trophy for the school. Well done to the three of them!  Morag and Anna were interviewed for Two Lochs Radio.

S2 at Slattadale – The annual S2 event at Slattadale on Wednesday 23rd April was a wonderful day. The entire S2 year group formed into four teams and then visited different sessions during the course of the day:

  • Alisa Harding, West Highland Adventure gave each group an hour of problem solving, team building and communication activities.
  • The Forestry Commission Scotland activity, from Shona Amos and colleagues, had pupils making bird feeders and whistles, racing in wooden sedan chairs and toasting marshmallows on a fire.
  • Scottish Natural Heritage team of Nicola Tallach and assistant had the pupils leading one another blind folded to hug a tree, making a sound map to plot bird calls, wind/tree noises and construction work!
  • Calum Mackison, one of our outdoor education pupils did a session on the navigation skills of pacing a distance and walking on a bearing. Our own Mr Richardson originally introduced this activity at Slattadale for DofE training.

Our thanks go to all who assisted our staff deliver this day including the school canteen staff who provided an excellent sandwich lunch for our guests. Special thanks to John Campbell, Scottish Water, who saved the day at extremely short notice by solving a water problem. Click here for photos of the days events. Three of the pupils involved Maddy, Kerry and Allanah were interviewed for Two Lochs Radio.

S1 and S2 visit Beinne Eighe Nature Reserve
Last month representatives from SNH, Forestry Commission and National Trust for Scotland spent the day in school talking to all our pupils about our local environment. Over the last two weeks all S1 and S2 pupils have had the further chance to visit the Beinne Eighe National Nature Reserve at Kinlochewe. Pupils got a tour of the Glas Leitir Trail and heard stories of deer management. Back at the Field Station they planted up seeds that will join more than 30 thousand other young trees being planted out this year by SNH. Click here for photos of the days events. Three of the pupils involved were interviewed for Two Lochs Radio.

Indoor Rowing success – AGAIN!
The final results of the Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Schools’ League have been announced. This has been running for the last six months, with a different rowing challenge each month. Results are entered via e-mail. Our teams are to be congratulated for their consistent and persistent performances, which have seen off challenges from some big independent schools from down South.
• S3 Boys (GA Utd) – 7th out of 138 entries
• S3 girls (Pink) 13th from 99 teams
• S4 Girls (Without a paddle) 6th from 99 teams
• S5 Girls (The Girloch) 8th from 18 teams
• S6 girls (Fabulous Pirates) – 4th from 18 teams
• Senior boys (Fantabulous) 7th from 26 teams
• Staff men (Na Bacaich) 6th from 47 teams
• Staff women (4) – 3rd from 23 – bronze medal!
• Staff women (8) 1st from 8 – gold medal and trophy!

Thanks once again to the Great Wilderness Challenge for providing the rowing machines last year, which continue to be a great hit with the pupils.

Inter House Girls Football Competition – In the senior girls’ competition: Maree came 1st, Tollaidh 2nd and Kerry in 3rd. Girls junior competition the same order – Maree came 1st, Tollaidh 2nd and Kerry in 3rd.
Well done to all girls who took part and thanks to the referees, Lewis MacIver and John Mackay.
In a close senior boys’ competition, Maree were the winners, followed by Kerry in 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd. Tollaidh took maximum points in the junior competition with Kerry 2nd and Maree in 3rd place. Well done to all participants and thanks to the referees, Mr Gorman and Mr Cummings. Thanks also to Mrs Johnston who supervised and organised the events.

British Handball Training – Last issue we reported that Judith Matheson and Flora Stevens have been selected to take part in training for the Scottish Handball team. This was a mistake as it is actually the British team. And now Judith’s sister Margaret has also now been invited to participate. Last week the three went down to Liverpool to train. Mr. Port is looking forward to Olympic medals coming to Gairloch in the future – so no pressure girls!

Staffing News – Congratulations to Mr. Andrew Johnston who was recently appointed as Principal Teacher Pupil Support. He will take up post in Gairloch High in August. More details on the changes nearer the time.

Important Dates – click here to go to the calendar page
29th April – last day for S4 before exam leave
30th April to 2nd May – S3 First Aid training
5th May – Holiday
9th May – last day for S5 and S6 before exam leave

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