School news 19th September 2008

Blythswood Appeal
Last Friday at a school assembly, pupils were shown a short presentation about the impact the Shoebox Appeal has on those less fortunate than ourselves. Each pupil has been given a leaflet explaining exactly what needs to be done to fill a shoebox and the items allowed.  Blythswood will pick up these boxes on Monday 3rd November, so there is plenty of time to make this a really successful appeal once again.  Please support this annual collection.

ICT Core Skills certificates
During the summer many pupils now in S3 and S4 received certificates from SQA.  These certificates are complex in layout but indicate that pupils have achieved a number of core skills in ICT.  These are awarded at Intermediate 2 – equivalent to Credit Level Standard Grade.  Pupils in Gairloch High generally achieve this level of work as part of the Music and Computing courses delivered in S2.

Work Experience
All S4 pupils begin the week commencing Monday 6th October. A lot of work has been done in PSHE to prepare pupils for this experience.  Parental support is vital, but if you have any concerns, please contact Mr. Milner or Mrs. Flora Mackenzie.  Return any paper work relating to Work Experience as soon as you can.

Pupil Success
You may have already read Calum’s letter to the Gairloch Times in the last edition. He has been successful in gaining a place to go overseas for a year with Project Trust in August 2009.  At present he is being considered for a project in China, Japan or Malaysia.  Calum now has to raise over £4000 to pay for this wonderful experience. He is busy preparing flyers and letters to send out to anyone who might be willing to sponsor him. Good luck Calum!

Last issue Conal McDonagh’s success in being selected for the newly formed Highland Youth Pipe Band was mentioned.  We have now had confirmation that Sophie Donald is again invited to participate in the Highland Youth String Orchestra.  Well done Sophie!

Four pupils received Achievement Awards from the Trekking and Pony Society of Scotland recently at Blair Atholl.  Kim and Jade Watson along with Amanda McSharry received Level 3 awards and Camilla Hill, Level 4.  Well done girls!

D of E Gold Sea Kayaking expedition
Dan Fox joined recent leavers Liam Ross, Sam Mackenzie and Neil Macleod on a four day kayaking expedition for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award.  The group paddled down Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan out to the sea, passing Castle Tioram on their way to Arisaig.  The weather was kind and the midges were on their last legs.  Highlights were the splendid campsite on Eilean Shuna and the exposed crossing of Loch nan Uamh to round the Rhu Arisaig headland. This was a real adventure that tested organisation, resilience and physical strength.  Congratulations to the boys on their efforts.  We look forward to sending off completed Gold award books in the near future.  Many thanks to Mrs Johnston for organising the daunting paperwork necessary for the trip to take place and to Emma Pearce, the expedition assessor.  Click here for a map of the area visited and here for photos of the trip.

Former Pupil Success
Jamie Shearer has just completed a 3-year course in marine Engineering at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton. BP Shipping sponsored Jamie during his training period, which combined periods at Warsash with practical training during periods at sea.  The BP fleet consists of tankers and liquid natural gas carriers.  Whereas most of the tankers have diesel engines, the gas carriers have dual fuel steam turbines and Jamie has qualified in both steam and diesel.  Jamie has won an award for the ‘Best Engineering Portfolio’.  This award is made by the Marine Society, and will be presented to Jamie at their annual meeting, in London, in October.  Jamie is returning to Warsash for a further 10-week course to gain a qualification as an electro-technical officer and will resume his sea duties just prior to Christmas.  During his training Jamie has docked at Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Persian Gulf,Kenya, Spain, USA, South Africa, Trinidad and the Dutch Antilles.

Aberdeen University has informed us that Chloe Ross has achieved First Class Honours with a Master of Arts Degree in History and International Relations.

End Child Poverty campaign in Modern Studies
S2 have participated in the campaign to end child poverty in the UK.  As part of the activities they learned more about how the economy works, how poverty affects children’s lives and what can be done to eradicate child poverty in the UK.

The pupils joined in a quiz and wrote their own messages on a large block, which is one of thirty distributed around schools in the UK. These blocks will be presented to the Scottish Parliament in September and will then travel on to Westminster Parliament where they will be on display in October. Photos of 2A and 2B with their blocks and messages can be seen here on the school website.

University Open Days
Mr Caddell and Mr Johnston accompanied 15 pupils to Glasgow University Open Day on 9th/10th September.  Everyone appeared to have come back from this trip well informed, with all pupils gleaning valuable information and a better understanding about University Life.

ENQUIRE website
A link has been posted on the website to This site supplies information about additional support for learning.

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