School news 20th February 2009

Staffing – Micha Fuss joined us from Switzerland on the 12th January.  He was taking part in the Zurich University of Education, Teacher Training for English at Secondary School Level Project.  This involved a 4-week “Assistant Teachership” in a school in the English-speaking world.   Swiss school teachers are expected to assist local teachers in the host school classroom as well as make a significant contribution to their personal language competence.  Micha was a worthwhile addition to the school during his time here including active participation in the paintball trip with S3/4!  He is not the first visitor we have hosted through this scheme and we generally find it a worthwhile experience for our staff and pupils who enjoy meeting and working with professionals from other countries.

Highland Art Residential Week-End – Advanced Higher Art pupils Eilidh Alexander, Abbie Spence and Briony Ogle took part in a residential course from Thursday 12th to Monday 16th February 2009 at Badaguish near Aviemore. They had the opportunity to try printmaking, sculpture, sketchbook development, drawing, clay and felt work.  Practising artists led all workshops.

Rock School, Portree – Max McKerron, James Staddon, Calum Mackison and Alasdair Paul took part in a Rock School organised by Careers Scotland, in Portree, Skye over the weekend 12th -14th February.  They had the opportunity to work with professional musicians and technicians – learning & performing rock classics, learning stagecraft, sound engineering and business advice.  The culmination of the 3 days work was a showcase performance on the Saturday night.

Non uniform day – £170 was raised by staff and pupils for UNICEF’s Day of Change on Wednesday 11th February.

S2 Parent Meeting – S2 parents had an early chance on the 10th February to discuss, with senior staff, course options as their children prepare to enter third year Standard Grade.  Matching the restrictions of staffing and the desires of individual pupils is a challenge that we work hard to balance every year at this time!

Pupil Council – After meeting to discuss issues raised by pupils across the school the Pupil Council members are currently looking into ways that they can improve the school.  Small working groups are focusing some attention on the following before reporting back in March: Social areas, use of mobile phones, school lunch provision, House colours, and non-uniform days.  S6 pupil Dan Fox was voted as Chair.

Boys’ Inter-house hockey – In the junior competition, Tollaidh dominated, winning both their games convincingly. Kerry and Maree shared the points in 2nd place. In the senior competition, Kerry had the strongest team and took maximum points, with Maree in second place and Tollaidh 3rd. Overall, Kerry were the winners, Tollaidh were 2nd and Maree 3rd. Well done to all players!

Scotland v Wales Rugby match – It wasn’t looking promising at 7am on Sunday 8th February for our trip to Murrayfield. After a hard frost and a couple of heavy snow showers, the roads were white and slippery. However, all 16 of us made it to school near enough on time, so we decided to give it a go! The road improved significantly by Kinlochewe and we made good progress South. We were all hoping to see a Scotland side like the one we’d watched against South Africa in November. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be and instead we had good views of Scottish handling errors and Welsh strength, speed and scoring in the first half. The second half was more promising, but the Welsh players continued to look stronger than the Scots. Despite the disappointing result, we had a successful trip and the boys and Sara are all keen to travel down for the Italy game in the hope that Scotland would actually win that one!

Upcoming dates – The website has been updated with school dates through to the summer.

  • 12th March – S5/6 Parent Evening in school to discuss prelim results and progress.

STUDY CLUB for S4-S6 pupils will run Monday March 30th to Wednesday 1st April inclusive.  For those of you unfamiliar with the format, we run two sessions a day, from 10.00-12.00am and from 1.00-3.00pm.  Easter Study Club provides a nice, informal atmosphere where pupils work hard and find the time immensely beneficial.

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