School news 23rd January 2009

FutureChef 2009 – Well done to Rosie Smith (S3) who came third in the regional final of FutureChef 2009, held in Inverness College on Wednesday 16th January.  This followed on from winning the school heat and then winning the local heat in Inverness before Christmas.

Rosie got support from many locals and would like to thank everyone that helped her with Future Chef 2009.  Dan Hall, her Mentor Chef, from Pool House; Williamson’s Food Service for supplying a lovely set of chef whites and most of the ingredients; Jane Grant from Isle Ewe for the scallops and Ritchie’s of Aultbea for the black pudding in particular.
Rosie said, “Both the scallops and black pudding were commented on by the judges for being fantastic!  Also a big thanks to everyone who wished me well and the school for the encouragement I got throughout.  I came third in the Regional finals so was very happy with that and all the judges said they hoped I would be back next year, I hope so to!!”

Rosie was interviewed about her success by Two Lochs Radio.

The Young Quality Scot Award is a partnership between Quality Scotland and ten councils across Scotland.  The Award recognises and rewards the efforts of young people to improve the quality of life in their communities.  To be entitled to the award you must be, 16 to 19 years old and actively involved in trying to make a difference to your community by yourself, with friends or through a club or other organisation.  This year the school nominated Meghann Richardson (S6) for her work in school, at the Den and as a member of the ATC.  Meghann has just been told that she has been successful in attaining the award.  Well-done Meghann!  Last year Becky Massey was nominated and received the Award.

Meghann was inteviewed about her success by Two Lochs Radio.

More Pupil SuccessIsabella Claydon (S3) and Peter Banks (S1) have been invited to join the Highland Swim Team Junior Development Squad.  Having achieved the qualifying times they now train 5 times a week in Inverness.  This involves keeping a log of what they eat and recording what they achieve at the swim sessions.  This is quite a commitment and many hours of traveling!

Sleeping Beauty – On the 15th January, 27 pupils set off for the theatre in Inverness to see Scottish Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty.  The pupils, ranging from first year to sixth year, had the rare opportunity to meet with some of the dancers and musicians beforehand and hear about the work and commitment of these performers.  They also got to see the elaborate costumes up close.  Pupil feedback from the trip was very positive and included the following comments:

“(The workshop beforehand) made me appreciate the music more and explained some scenes in the performance that would have been much harder to understand – especially the dream sequence.”

“Amazing costumes, music and, of course, the dancing.”

“Talking about the different music for each character was interesting.”

“I loved everything and I especially liked the scene where the bad fairies tried to take the baby!”

Thanks to Ms Gulliver for organizing this trip.

Gairloch High School Calendars 2009 and Oliver DVD – We still have some of these left for sale in school.  Calendars are £5 from the office.  A very few copies of the Oliver DVD are also still available for £5.

Malawi Link Schools Letter Exchange – Once again pupils have the opportunity this term to exchange letters with pupils at Mlozi School in Malawi.  The theme for this exchange is “Three great things about my country” and letters have to be ready to send by February 2nd. Last term, every pupil from Gairloch who wrote a letter received a letter back from a pupil in Malawi and these provided an interesting insight into the lives of children in a very different culture. We are encouraging all those who wrote last term to write again and those who didn’t write before are also encouraged to do so this time if they wish. Advice on writing the letters is available from Dr Caley and parental support for children is welcomed. Some of the drawings sent last term by pupils in Malawi are now on the noticeboard outside the library for members of the community to view.

Inter-house hockey – The girls’ inter-house hockey tournament was played after school on Wednesday4th January.  It was a bitterly cold afternoon and the girls showed great spirit in turning out for their houses. In the senior competition, the Maree girls were confident winners, with Kerry 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd.  The Maree team prevailed in the junior competition too, but with Tollaidh 2nd and Kerry 3rd. The combined points mean that Maree won the tournament with Tollaidh and Kerry sharing 2nd place.  All players showed determination and good sportsmanship.

S5/6 Prelims – Timetables have been issued.  Pupils in S5/6 should be working hard now preparing for these exams, which start on 27th January.  They have been given appropriate materials for their subjects and advised about the steps they need to take to achieve their best grades. We would ask that parents support pupils in preparation for these important exams.

Upcoming dates – French Trip instalment of £100 is due in by the end of January.
10th Feb – SMT and Pupil Support meet with S2 parents
12th to 17th Feb INCLUSIVE – Pupil Holiday
13th  & 16th Feb – School closed
12th & 17th Feb- INSET – staff only  CLICK HERE for dates

Saturday 14th March 2009
Gairloch Community Hall – 10am
Stalls and Competitions and the BIG Raffle!

Items for the sale can be handed to any member of the school, delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 13th  March between 3.30 and 6pm or collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

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