School news 27th November 2009

Children in Need This year pupils had the chance to come to school in their pajamas.  Prefects also made and sold cakes on the day raising £250 for the charity.  Well done all!

Highland Music Festival Three pupils had the great opportunity to perform at Eden Court as part of the 21st Gala Celebration of the Highland Regional Youth Music groups.

It was wonderful to play in front of so many people and also hear the other group’s perform– Sophie Donald.

Click here to see and hear Conal and Alasdair performing!

It was great fun to play at my first ‘Snas concert, especially as it was in Eden Court – Alasdair Paul.

Performing with the full orchestra was a fantastic experience and there was a terrific atmosphere – Sophie Donald

I think we might have enjoyed it more than the audience… it was a brilliant atmosphere in the theatre – Conal McDonagh

Lots of photos here…

Interview Skills Day This annual event took place on Tuesday 17th November. All S6 pupils were asked to complete an application which was submitted to interviewers prior to the day. Each pupil received a half hour interview with 2 interviewers and they were marked on their application form and personal qualities, such as appearance, confidence and manner.  At the interview they were assessed on their eye contact, communication skills and the quality of their answers.

Our thanks go to the 5 gentlemen from Dingwall Rotary Club and to Pauline Butler, Marylynn Burbridge, Jennifer Teague, Sue Morrissey and Kirsty Adam for volunteering to be interviewers. S6 are to be congratulated and seem to have learned a lot from this experience.

Inter-House Orienteering – Well done to all S2 pupils who took part in the Orienteering competition on Friday 13th November.  The S4 Skills for Work class organized the event in Flowerdale.  The S2’s were given a safety briefing before setting off in pairs or in trios at minute intervals.  Click here for photos.

The pupils had to find 12 controls within the Flowerdale area, each one attached to a marker that was identified on their maps. 6 S4 pupils acted as marshalls standing at the out of bound points so that the teams didn’t go off the map.  Overall, it went very well and there weren’t any problems or accidents. Congratulations to Luke Gorman and Caitlin Johnston of Tiollaidh who won the event with Chris Young and Kalvin Fraser (Maree) in 2nd place. Laura Ridehalgh, Eilidh MacLennan and Gemma McLean (Kerry) came third.

The S2 thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we’d be happy to organise another event in the future. Special thanks to Gairloch Estate for letting us run it on their land.” Maddy and Patrick

Torridon Challenge On Wednesday 18th November five pupils went to The Torridon with Mr. Milner to take part in a challenge put on by the hotel.  The pupils involved were Rosie Smith, Ross Macdonald, Lucy Dee, Lewis Martin and Briony Young. Throughout the day the pupils participated in archery, lunch and a blogging competition.  The group competed against teams from Ullapool, Plockton and Dingwall. Although the Dingwall team carried the day it was an enjoyable day for the pupils.  Our thanks to The Torridon for organizing this event to stimulate interest in the Hospitality Industry and to Mr. Milner for taking the pupils along.  There are some photos of this event on the website.

Textile Day On Thursday 12th November, 30 pupils from S5 &S6 took part in a Textile Enterprise Day in the school.  See below or click here for more details and lots of photos.

RAF Self Defense Classes On Wednesday 18th November, 3 members of the RAF Motivational Outreach Team visited the school. They taught S5/6 pupils how to defend themselves and also how to avoid getting into difficulties in the first place. The S3 Skills for Work class also had a session on team building activities. Through a number of interesting tasks they explored working together to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Bùth-Obrach SgrìobhaidhAir an 16mh là den t-Sultain thàinig Aonghas Pàdraig Chaimbeul (sgrìobhadair ainmeil bàrdachd is nobhailean ann an Gaidhlig agus Beurla) a-steach dhan sgoil airson bùth-obrach sgrìobhaidh a dhèanamh le sgoilearan a tha fileanta ann an Gàidhlig. Thòisich  e le bhith a ag iarraidh oirnn stòraidh bheag a sgrìobhadh is, an uair sin, dà phìos bàrdachd mu dheidhinn diofar fhaireachdainnean. Thug e dhuinn tòrr fiosrachaidh feumail is chuidich e le bhith a’ dèanamh na stòraidhean is a’ bhàrdachd na b’ fheàrr. Bha an là uabhasach math is chòrd e ruinn gu mòr.  Tha Aonghas an dòchas gum bi e air ais airson tuilleadh obair a dhèanamh còmhla ruinn anns a’ Ghearain.  Le Ainslie NicCoinnich, an Dàrna Bliadhna

Writing Workshop – On the 16th of November Angus Peter Campbell (a well known Gaelic and English novel and poetry writer) came into the school to do a writing workshop with the fluent Gaelic pupils. He started by getting us to write a short story and then two pieces of poetry about different emotions. He gave us lots of useful information and he helped us to make our stories and poems better. The day was really good and we all really enjoyed it. Angus hopes to come back to do some more work with us in February.  (Text by Ainslie MacKenzie, S2)

Fututechef The area final of Futurechef 2010 took place at Inveness College on Thursday 19th November.  Rosie Smith represented the school again this year after being coached by Ross, the Head Chef at the Loch Ness Lodge Hotel, near Inverness.  Rosie came second and, while disappointed, she should take credit for yet another success in this event.  Last year Rosie went on to achieve success at the Regional final.

Christmas Decorations – Ms Gulliver has a great team of helpers again this year, staying after school on a regular basis to produce the Christmas posters for the Multi Purpose Hall.  The theme this year is ‘Robins’ and we seem to be well on track to have the decorations up for the last couple of weeks of term.  The annual Christmas Wreath competition will be introduced next week.  This is usually hotly contested for the desirable prize of a free ticket to the School Christmas Dance.

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