School news 27th June 2008

School continues to be a very busy place right up to the last day of term and beyond. All pupils have started their new classes in preparation for next August and beyond. For S3, S4 and S5 pupils that means new courses, new responsibilities and challenges. We also say farewell daily to those pupils who have come to the end of their secondary career. It is a proud moment for staff, tinged with some sadness as pupils embark on their journey into work or higher education. We wish them all well for the future.

S5 were each offered the chance to put themselves forward for the position of prefect. Interviews have taken place and badges have been awarded on the understanding that these pupils set a suitable standard for younger pupils. This is an opportunity for all seniors to shine in areas of responsibility outwith the classroom and we view these positions as opportunities to further develop. Several pupils are invited to take up positions of responsibility based on having previously shown some aptitude and ability to lead.

Senior Positions of Responsibility 2008
School Captains – Calum Milner and Amy MacLeod
Vice Captains – Callum Mackison, Meghann Richardson and Jennifer Port

Kerry – House Captains – Liz Proudfoot and Ross Lister
Vice Captains – Eilidh Alexander and Tom Hardman
Tollaidh – House Captains – Jennifer Port and Calum Milner
Vice Captains – Anna MacLean and Cameron Jones
Maree – House Captains – Amy MacLeod and Gareth Burton
Vice Captains – Morag MacIver and Derek Martin

Dux of School – Catriona Leyland – Currently waiting for her Higher results in Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, Maths, Biology, English and History. Next session Catriona is studying Advanced Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, Advanced Higher English and Advanced Higher History.

Prizegiving – This took place on the afternoon of Wednesday 25th June in the school and a special report will appear in the next issue of the Gairloch Times. Click here for some photos…

Salters’ Festival – Dr Caley took four first year pupils to Edinburgh again this month to take part in the Science Festival. Margaret Mathieson, Morven MacRae, Fraser Hinchliff and Callum Vickerstaff performed well in the event which challenges the pupils to demonstrate ability in a series of scientific investigations. Click here for some photos of the trip.

Sport’s Day – This took place on Friday 20th June after being postponed due to heavy rain. The event was a great success with all pupils participating in some way either as officials or competitiors. Details of champions will be included in our special report next issue. Click here for lots of photos…

Nethy Update – As usual, S1 pupils visited the Aquadome in Inverness as part of their Nethybridge activities but were disappointed that neither the flumes nor the jacuzzi were working, in spite of a prior request. However, the management of Inverness Leisure, have kindly issued all S1 pupils with a free Family Pass to use during the Summer Holidays to make up for their disappointment.

Gaelic Writing Published
Tha sinn airson meall an naidheachd a chur air Aonghas Caimbeul, Eilidh NicAlasdair ‘s Anna Hulme. Bha obair (sgeulachdan goirid no bardachd) a rinn iad air am foillseachadh air a’ mhios seo ann an leabhar air a bheil an t-ainm “Leabhar nan Gaidheal Oga”. Chaidh an obair aca a thaghadh a-mach a iomadh pios-sgriobhaidh agus thainig i mar thoradh air an uine a chuir an sgriobhadair ainmeil Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul seachad comhla riutha san sgoil an-uiridh.

Congratulations to Angus Campbell, Eilidh Alexander and Anna Hulme who all had short-stories or poetry published this month in a book entitled “Leabhar nan Gaidheal Oga”. Their work was selected out of many entries and came as a result of the visit to the school last year by the famous writer Angus Peter Campbell.

Silver and Bronze DofE expedition assessments – Six pupils were successfully assessed at Silver level two weeks ago during a trip through the Cairngorms. This is the second group this year and it is a credit to all the staff involved that these expeditions take place after suitable training of the pupils. The group were complimented by the assesor as being a credit to themselves, their school and the Award scheme after tackiling a route normally reserved for Gold. There are some photos of the expedition here. An even larger number of Bronze candidates were assessed earlier this week during a two day expedition in the Dundonnell area. Well done to all!  Click here for Bronze Expedition photos.

Staffing Update
Mr D Richardson has effectively retired and many in the community have taken the opportunity to thank him personally for the contribution he has made over a large number of years in the education of all the children of the Gairloch area. Staff and pupils thanked him with a presentation at prizegiving but it is true to say that we can’t really properly show how much we will miss him. We wish him good health and best wishes for the future.

Dr Caley is on her way to Malawi and we wish her a safe trip. Read her blog here.

Miss Begg has left us and we continue to look for a replacement in Home Economics.

Over the summer Miss Morrison will be married to Mr Bryan Whall and we wish them both the best for their new life together.

We would also all wish Mrs Sheona MacDonald and her family strength and support at this time as she undergoes treatment for serious illness. Mrs MacDonald will remain uppermost in our thoughts and prayers over the summer.

Important dates – SQA results issued 5th August by post.

Please also support the Parent Council fund-raising Tombola stall at the Highland Gathering on Saturday 28th June.

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