School news 18th September 2009

Invigilators – The school is starting the process of nominating invigilators for the next diet of exams in May and June 2010. If anyone in the community would like to consider this task, which will involve a number of sessions overseeing the running of SQA exams, and requires more information, this can be obtained from Nevis Hulme, 01445 712275.  This is an important and necessary role that is of great assitance to the school and pupils.  We appreciate offers of help which are renumerated at a set SQA hourly rate of pay.

Vacancy – Temporary Clerical Assistant 1 – Ref: D/202/09
Temporary for 12 months when it will be reviewed – 7 hours per week.  Find out more from John Port, 01445 712275 Applications forms from the Staffing Unit, Dingwall, Tel: 01349 868640 (24 hour answer machine)
Closing date is 5pm 25th September 2009.

Parent Council – Details of the meeting held by the Parent Council on Monday 7th September has been widely reported on the radio and in the wider press. The support to maintain the high standards of the school resulted in around a hundred people attending. Charles Kennedy chaired a wide ranging discussion focussed on the threat to the school community posed by increasing cuts within the Council.  Minutes of the meeting and all associated information is posted on the school website.  Many parents have also taken the time to write to Councillors, MPs and MSPs to express their concerns.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – S3 pupils had an introduction to the DofE on Thursday 10th September. We were pleased to welcome back former pupil Liam Ross who spoke about his DofE experiences at bronze, silver and gold level and answered questions from pupils. Those who are interested in enrolling for the bronze award should have taken home a letter for parents/carers, an introductory leaflet and an enrolment form. The enrolment form and fee (£11.50) should be returned to Dr Caley by Wednesday 7th October. Any further questions about the award should be directed to Dr Caley.  Click here to see lots of photos from our recent trips.

A group of senior pupils (Katrina Port, Ella McDonagh, Amy French, Lyndsey Croal, Roxanne Ramsey, James Staddon & Alasdair Paul) attempting  their 3-day Silver Assessement expedition in the Cairngorms were forced to turn back due to dreadful weather conditions.  They will be given an opportunity to complete another assessment in the spring.

A national report produced recently by HMIe commended work being done in schools across Scotland by staff working to support DofE for young people.  Gairloch High and Dornoch Academy have been mentioned in various reports due to our participation in a national project involving 6 Scottish schools looking at the ways we support the Award Scheme.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal Once again, we will be participating in the annual Blythswood shoebox appeal. As the collection date this year is only just after the end of the October holiday, we have been asked if we can collect up the shoeboxes before the holiday, that is by Friday 9th October. The appeal has been launched at assembly this week and pupils have received leaflets. We encourage everyone to contribute either individually, or by getting together with some friends to make a box together, to give someone less fortunate a better Christmas this year.

Hame – Sofie Banister (S1) was invited down to Glasgow recently by Learning and Teaching Scotland to receive a copy of ‘an anthology of poems by Scotland’s young people’.  Selected from almost 6000 entries Sofie was one of a few Highland children whose poem was selected for publication.  Sofie wrote her poem while she was in Primary 7 at Kinlochewe Primary however a copy of the Anthology has been graciously donated to the High school.  Well done Sofie!

Details of the poetry competition are available here along with a list of all the winners.  You can also download a copy of the book!

The Road To The World Cup – On Saturday, 5th September pupils from Gairloch High School went to the Scotland versus Macedonia match at Hampden Park in Glasgow. ‘We left school at 8am and arrived at Hampden at 2:45pm just before kick off at 3:00pm. It wasn’t the best of starts for Scotland as, although we were constantly on the attack, we kept leaving our goal wide open for the opposing team to score. The first half passed though with no goals scored.  In the second half Scotland managed to score two goals before the whistle. The goals were scored by Scott Brown and James McFadden. Overall the game was a success for Scotland and everyone was pleased with the result.  Our journey back was long because of all of the cars and buses leaving Glasgow but no one bothered because everyone was so tired after the long day and our 2-0 victory over Macedonia.

The pupils taken to the game would like to thank Mrs Whall, Mr McSwan, Dr Shearer and Mrs Maclean for arranging and taking us down to the game’ – Ryan Moir.

Skills for Work – Sport and Recreation – This course known by the pupils as ‘Outdoor Ed’ involves some work in understanding how emergency services operate.  Last Friday afternoon they were fortunate enough to have members of the Torridon Mountain Rescue show them how search and rescue operated.  After finding a ‘missing’ pupil the group were shown how to secure the casualty in a stretcher.  Much to their surprise a coastguard helicopter turned up at that point to ‘assist in the rescue’.  The class were then treated to a demonstration of a helicopter evacuation before the helicopter landed on the playing field.  The crew then gave the pupils a guided tour of the machine.  Staff at the school are very grateful for the support of our local rescue volunteers and the coastguard team for giving up time and energy assisting the children.  Click here for some photos.

Important Dates click here for details

28th September – S3 monitoring reports issued.
2nd October – S4 monitoring reports issued.
9th October – School closes for October break.
26th October – S4 Work Experience begins.

Work Experience is a valuable activity that gains the S4 pupils another qualification on their SQA certificate next summer.  Parents assist in helping place their children in job locations all over the UK for a week in October.  For many pupils it is a key event that provides additional focus for exam preparation and future ambitions.

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