School news 16th May 2008

Emergency First Aid Training – All S3 pupils, S5/6 Outdoor education class and some staff attended a first aid course prior to the May Holiday, provided by Martin Searle from “Outwardly Mobile First Aid”. Feedback from the pupils is (almost) unanimous in praise for a well-designed, interesting and useful day. We believe that this course is an exceptionally good investment.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Training in mapwork, camp skills and first aid is complete. S3 pupils were out last weekend on their first trip walking from Poolewe to Slattadale. This proved to be the usual trial of blisters, midges and sore shoulders under the weight of heavy sacks. Packs are always lighter on the longer and more testing routes that follow! See some photos of the pupils here.

Campaign for Safe Teenage Drivers – We have launched a new campaign in an effort to keep our pupils safe when in cars. Read more details by clicking here.

Internet Safety for pupils – On Wednesday 28th May Louise Jones, Health Promoting Schools Manager and Jim Henderson, Virtual Learning Co-ordinator for Highland Council will deliver an afternoon session in school for S2 pupils to consider the risks young people may encounter whilst using the Internet and other interactive technology.

A presentation was given to parents at Gairloch High School on Thursday May 15th at 7.30pm. Details of the event and associated resources are available here.

Medals in Highland Junior Athletics Event – In glorious weather 3 pupils, accompanied by Mrs Fraser and Mrs Morrison, took part in the Annual Junior Athletics Day at Queens Park, Inverness. Over 100 pupils from schools across Highland had the chance to come together and compete in field and track events. Anna Duncan was awarded 1st place in the 400m and 800m walking races and Charlie Mays took 2nd place in the long jump. Despite suffering from a heavy cold Gary Mackay insisted on representing the school and put up a good show against several older boys in the 100m, 400m running and shot putt events. Well done to them all.

Last year Anna’s brother, Eadan, raised £180 in sponsorship by walking Beinn Alligin. The money raised contributed towards some additional swimming lessons for a small group of pupils last term. Thanks to the staff at the pool who provided excellent support for these sessions.

Highland Youth String Orchestra – Sophie Donald from S3 writes: “For the last year I have been a member of the Highland Youth Orchestra (HYSO). It is a great chance to play with a large group of musicians and meet people of my own age from across the Highland region. We met about once a month for weekend rehearsals in Inverness, and the course included two concerts, the last of which was held in Alness a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed myself last year and hope to be accepted back in May.”

Piping Success – Conal McDonagh did very well again in competition recently at Plockton. Up against some ‘piping genius’ he came 4th in the Strathspey & Reel and 3rd in the Piobaireachd. Not bad at all Conal!!

Pupils involved in Trekking Centre success – Click here for the story behind this headline.

SQA Exams and Study Leave – The final exams for S4/5/6 pupils have already started and we wish all senior pupils well in their respective examinations. Make sure your revision is thorough and do your best.
S6 pupils ended their time at school with a meal out and a camp at the beach. After the event S6 pupils returned to the beach to make sure that any mess was properly cleared.

It may be worth mentioning that study leave is not a school holiday or work time. Pupils are given time in a place of their choosing (home or school) for private study. Young people are not allowed to work during this period and employers could be in breach of the law if involved.

Nethybridge – S1 pupils, and accompanying staff, return after a week in the Cairngorms. Click here for photos.

Important Dates
Thursday 22nd May all P7 pupils visit the High School and take part in our “Icebreaker day”. On Thursday 29th May P7 have an Expressive Arts Day organised by Art, Music and PE staff. That evening P& parents are invited to the High School at 7.30pm. Finally on Wednesday 11th June all P7 pupils return to the High School for a day that introduces them to the timetable and new classes. Click here for all dates on the current calendar.

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