School news 16th October 2009

Anniversary of the ‘new building’ – A special assembly marked the 30th September 2009 for pupils and staff in the school.  We came together to celebrate the efforts put in by many to bring about the building of the new school.  Mr Hulme showed old film of mud and mouldy walls and generally highlighted the things that we now take for granted.  Click here to view the film. Pupils seemed genuinely surprised by the conditions experienced by their predecessors.  Those born around the time of the opening are now in S4.

Staffing – Congratulations to Mr and Mrs B Whall on the birth of their daughter, Sofia, on Tuesday 6th October!  Meanwhile we are grateful to Mr L. Phin for coming through from Inverness to take Maths classes for two weeks in the absence of Mrs Whall.  Mr J. Brough has now taken up post to cover the absence for the foreseeable future.

Parent Council AGM – This was held in the school on the evening of Monday 5th October.  Dr Caley presented an update on the Malawi project and Mr McSwan showed some films made by pupils.  Mr Port gave an update on the school generally, thanking everyone again for the sterling support given during this time of increasing financial crisis.  He also reminded everyone that we have a very good school with dedicated teachers who will continue to work for the benefit of the children throughout any difficulties that arise.  Click here for the minutes on the Parent Council part of the website.

Fèis Rois – A number of pupils in the school have recently been left feeling let down regarding classes and instrument hire.  Clarsachs hired by pupils have been recalled and accordion classes in Poolewe relocated to Ullapool.  A Fèis Rois spokesperson indicated that classes in Poolewe were financially unviable because of small numbers.  The clarsachs were needed for children working with Fèis Rois tutors.  As none of their tutors are currently available in the Gairloch area the harps were withdrawn at short notice.  Pupils taking accordion classes are now expected to attend Ullapool if they wish to continue.  It is sad to see the Fèis withdraw support from Wester Ross given their presence in Gairloch in the past.

Am Mod Ionadail / The Local Mod – Ghabh am Mod Ionadail àite ann am Poll Iù air an 25mh den t-Sultain. Bha latha math aig a h-uile duine a ghabh pàirt. Seo mar a fhuair sgoilearan Ardsgoil Gheàrrloch air adhart:

The Local Mod took place in Poolewe on the 25th September. Everybody who took part had an enjoyable day.  The following are the results of Gairloch High School pupils who finished in the top three places in their competitions.  (We will print further music results in the next edition):

Bible Reading Secondary
1. Ceitidh Hulme (trophy for highest Bible reading marks)
2. Anna Hulme
3. Yarima Conway

Conversation 11/12 age group
1. Ceitidh Hulme
2. Yarima Conway
3. Ciaran Alexander

Conversation 13-15
1. Anna Hulme
2. Kirsty Alexander

Poetry (Fluent) 11/12
1. Ceitidh Hulme
2. Yarima Conway / Kenneth Mackenzie

Poetry (Fluent) 13-15
1. Anna Hulme
2. Kirsty Alexander

Solo (Fluent) 11/12
2. Kenneth Mackenzie
3. Ceitidh Hulme / Ann MacLean

Poetry (Learners) 13-15
1. Morven MacRae (trophy for highest Gaelic learner marks)
2. Ryan MacLean
3. Charmayne Fraser / Donnie MacLennan

Tin Whistle (Secondary)
2. Jamie MacLean

Accordion (Secondary Intermediate)
2. Jamie MacLean

Clàrsach (Secondary)
1. Sofie Banister (and trophy)

Fiddle (Secondary)
1. Oscar Howard (and trophy)
3.  Margaret Matheson

The Iain Dall Festival – Conal McDonagh received a third prize in the Under 15 Own Choice 4 Part Reel.  Well done Conal! The competitions took place in the school on Saturday 26th September.

Inter-House Golf – Congratulations to Conal McDonagh again.  He won this competition with his best ever round. Well done to everyone who took part.  The school hopes to make this a regular event with the support of the Golf Club. Amy French, S6, did a fine job organizing the competition. The Golf Club is now running monthly competitions for juniors and we hope to record further success for those taking part.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal – Pupils, parents and friends collected over 30 shoeboxes for the Blythswood Appeal this year.  Thanks to everyone involved particularly Dr Caley and the S6 pupils who advertised the event at Assembly.

Scottish Opera – Gairloch High School & associated primaries have been given the unique opportunity of collaborating with Scottish Opera during the week beginning the 2nd November.  During that week, the children of P7 and S1 will work with professional singers, production and technical staff from Scottish Opera, culminating in a public performance at 7pm on Friday 6th November.  The opera is a specially commissioned work for the Scottish Homecoming Year called “The Tale o’ Tam”, based on Burns’ famous epic poem “Tam o’ Shanter”.  The children have already been busy learning their songs, and all of them have to learn the songs off by heart during the holidays – a perfect “rainy day” activity!  Tickets for the show are free, but voluntary donations will be accepted.  Tickets will be available from the High School Office after the October break.

Work Experience for S4 – Good luck to our S4 pupils as they spread out across the UK for their week of work experience beginning Monday 26th October.

Important Dates
29th October – S1,2,3,5,6 pupils return to school.
2nd November – S4 return from work experience.
6th November – S1/P7 Opera in the evening!

After the holidays after-school study clubs will commence.  In the first instance this will be aimed at S4 who begin their prelim exams on November 25th 2009

New menus have been issued for the canteenClick here to see the menus.

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