School news 12th June 2009

Cornwall and Eden Project – S3 pupils, Kirsty Alexander, Bella Claydon and Anna Hulme, who were involved in the Big Green Challenge Debate visited Cornwall in May. This was their prize for reaching the final of the competition. Read more here about the trip and view some photos.

Further photographic success – Katrina Port (S4) has been named a finalist in the Highland Council Energy & Sustainability Photography Competition.  As recognition of her work she was presented with a framed print of her entry.  The winning photo, taken locally and currently on display at the entrance to the library, will be in an exhibition at the Eastgate Centre in Inverness from 15th to 29th June.  Well done to  Katrina for achieving recognition in three consecutive photo competitions in the last six months.  See Katrina’s photo here along with her presentation at school recently.

Rugby Selection – Theo Threadgould has been selected once again to play for the Highland and Island’s U16 Rugby Squad.  He will now train in preparation for games against Tayside, Fife and other regional teams.  Theo plays for Highland Rugby Club and this selection is the result of lots of travel, commitment and hard work on his part.  Well done Theo!

Handball – Gairloch High School junior Handball team took on Kilchuimen Academy recently and won again.  Undefeated and growing in skill and confidence the team look forward to further challenges under the coaching of Ross Matheson.  Read more here and see a photo of the team…

Ten under the Ben – Five pupils and four members of staff joined hundreds of other riders in the Ten Under the Ben endurance mountain bike race last weekend, near Fort William. Some of the entrants are elite athletes. While not in that category yet, we have been training for this for the last three months. We had not been training for the 27-degree temperature on the day! Our quad team (Matthew Fothergill, James Staddon, Alasdair MacLennan and David Gorman, all fifteen years old and the youngest competitors there) finished seven eleven mile laps in the 11 hours allowed, putting them in a good 9th place out of fifteen teams. Lewis Martin joined Mr Gorman and Mr Milner as one of the 95 trio teams and completed a respectable six laps between them. Mr and Mrs Johnston were also competing, in different trio teams.

All who took part thought it was a great day with amazing atmosphere and camaraderie. We learnt some important lessons about athletic success being mostly about perspiration rather than inspiration. All would like to thank the Highland Council Youth Development Fund for substantial financial assistance.  Photos and video…

EXPRESSIVE ARTS DAY – Primary 7 pupils took part recently in an Expressive Arts Day.  They worked with Ms Hunter, Music, Ms Hildrey, PE, and Ms Gulliver in the Art Department.  The theme for the day was the opposing forces of nature and the man-made world. They worked all day, making appropriate costumes and learning music and movements to represent their groups.  At the end of the afternoon they put on a short performance in front of S1 and S2 pupils along with some of the younger Gairloch Primary pupils.  To the sound of a lyrical Gaelic song the mer-people made waves with long lengths of silky fabric and we saw sea nymphs playing in the water.  Soon, however, the robots arrived and beat back nature, triumphantly moving to their victory song.  In time though, the waves came back and started to lap over the robots, rusting them at first and then submerging them completely.  But in a final little twist to the plot, maybe the robots had the last laugh!

S1 Enterprise Day – On Thursday 28th May, S1 pupils spent the day planning and preparing Packs for the incoming P7 pupils. They worked in teams throughout the day to prepare Welcome Booklets (a pupils’-eye view of the school), fun stickers and bookmarks under the supervision of Ms Gulliver, Ms Leitch and Dr Caley. At the end of the afternoon, in a close contest, judges, Mrs Whall and Miss Colqhoun, reviewed their work. The best of all the groups work will now be compiled into the final version that the new S1 pupils will receive in August.

S4 Enterprise Events – S4 pupils returned from exam leave to take part in three days of team building and enterprise events.  Following a similar format to the recent third year events the pupils enjoyed working with SNH, Forestry Commission and the Royal Marines. Photos…

Bronze DofE Award Expeditions – S3 pupils completed their Practice Expeditions on 25th/26th May. Two groups went to Poca Buidhe and back from Red Stable with Miss Dean, Miss MacAllister and Dr Caley, while the other two groups went to Loch A’ Bhealaich and back from Shieldaig with Mr Sutherland and Mr Garside.  Dodging showers on both days, the groups learned more about minimum impact camping and all showed improved teamwork from their previous trip. With a few things left to work on, they are now almost fully prepared for their Qualifying Expeditions at the end of June.  Photos…

Small Schools Sports – Organised by Dr Shearer for the Primary pupils, this event took place on Tuesday 2nd June at MacLennan Park, Aultbea.  The day was a great success due to the help received from S3 pupils.  Dr Shearer reported that they ‘were a great credit to themselves and the High School’  Pupils helping were:- Alannah Brown, Maddi Runciman, Patrick Milton, Kerry Smith, Kassie Forder, Amanda McSharry, Flora Stevens, Dale Cunningham, & David Gorman

Scottish Parliament – On Wednesday the 3rd of June the S3 Modern Studies class went to visit the Scottish Parliament. It was an early start at 6am, catching the 8.10am bus from Inverness to Edinburgh.   ‘Once we arrived at 1.30pm we dropped off our bags at the youth hostel and then walked through Edinburgh to Holyrood. We had a short talk from one of the education staff members, who told us about the different procedures in the debating chamber. Then we watched all the MSPs getting very argumentative during First Minister’s Question Time, before meeting Dave Thompson and Jamie McGrigor, two of the Highlands and Islands MSPs.’ Photos…

French Trip – 141 pupils and 17 staff left on the 11th June for Northern France visiting the Normandy D-Day beaches and Paris.

Not the French Trip – Pupils and staff remaining in school are involved in a range of alternative activities.  The Parent Council raised and donated £1700 to support activities for all the pupils, here and in France.

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