School news 6th March 2009

Big Green Challenge UpdateGairloch Team is offered a trip to the Eden Project – We reported before the success of our debating team in the finals of the Big Green Challenge competition organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and held in the Scottish Parliament. Our team of three, Kirsty, Bella and Anna did very well but did not progress to the last debate which would have given them the opportunity to win a trip to Iceland. It turns out that this was a mistake that HIE have acknowledged. They have offered the girls an apology along with an expenses paid trip to the Eden Project.

Why do you go to school? A strange question in this country perhaps, but of course there are many children in the world who don’t or can’t go to school. It is the title of a joint poster activity that we are taking part in this term with our Link School in Malawi. Pupils have recently started work on posters and these will be sent to Malawi at the end of this term. In due course, we will receive posters back from Malawi with their ideas on this theme and these will be displayed in the school.

S6 Enterprise Event – Mr Sutherland once again arranged the two-day Enterprise training for S6 pupils in February. This conference, held in the Myrtle Bank, is run by the organisation ‘Business Dynamics‘ and pupils attended workshops with topics covering the use of the internet, funding, staffing, marketing and producing a business plan.

Mountain Bike training – We have entered a team for the “Ten Under the Ben” endurance mountain bike race in May. James Staddon, Matthew Fothergill, Alisdair MacLennan, Lewis Martin and David Gorman all went to the Laggan Wolftrax trails on Saturday 28th February to train. Mr Johnston and Mr Gorman accompanied the group and usually managed to keep up. The trails were tough and challenging and ideal for building the fitness and technical skill needed for the race.

Thanks to Dr Caley for helping with the driving and Fiona Downie for organising funding. The enthusiasm for this activity in the school is largely due to support from the Great Wilderness Challenge which allowed us to purchase bikes.

Junior Basketball – The junior boys played a visiting team from Nairn Academy last week. Unfortunately they got defeated quite badly however the boys appreciate that if they are to improve then they must take on other teams and gain experience.

S6 Pupils in Art Exhibition – On Thursday 26th February, senior Art pupils travelled to Ullapool with Ms. Gulliver to visit an exhibition at ‘an talla solais’. On display was work produced over the past four months by students on Eleanor White’s Portfolio Preparation Course and amongst the contributors were S6 pupils Eilidh Alexander and Abbie Spence. Our senior pupils were impressed by the great variety and quality of the work on show; large scale self portraiture, brightly coloured still life, abstract landscape and 3D pieces could all be seen, and everyone felt that Eilidh and Abbie’s pieces compared favourably to the rest of the work in the exhibition.

Rock School – “On Thursday 12th February Max, James, Calum and I went to Portree to take part in Career Scotland’s 3-day Rock School event. It was great fun and we learned a lot. On the Saturday we all performed and this was a great chance to gain experience and see what goes into putting on a concert. James said that he would ‘definitely do it again’ and pupils from Gairloch are hoping to attend another Rock School in Dingwall later this month.” Alisdair Paul

Robots and computers – Morna Findlay from the University of Edinburgh, visited the Computing department on Friday 27th February and showed a variety of robots and computing equipment to the classes.

Some pupils also got to challenge the computer to a game of Connect Four. Several tried to beat the computer at this game but the only one who managed was Luke Gorman in S1. Luke was presented with a School of Informatics sweatshirt for winning. Well done Luke.

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

  • 12th March – S5/6 Parents’ Evening
  • 13th March – S3 Revision skills day
  • 14th March – S1 Bring and Buy Sale
  • 16th March – S2 Reports issued
  • 18th March – S2 Interviews with Pupil Support
  • 18th-20th March – Badaguish trip for senior pupils
  • 24th March – S2 Parents’ Evening
  • 25th March – S3 Option Forms returned
  • STUDY CLUB for S4-S6 pupils will run from Monday March 30th to Wednesday 1st April inclusive.

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