School news 8th January 2010

Happy New Year! – Best wishes from the staff and pupils of Gairloch High School!  In spite of the severe weather school remained open until the 23rd December and the great majority of pupils made it in each day.  Attendance and participation in a range of worthwhile activities, both social and academic, up until the final whole-school assembly of the year is something we put a lot of planning and enthusiasm into.  It is great to see the staff and pupils throw themselves into the events and enjoy the camaraderie it generates across the whole school.

School dance A great turn out for the school dance this year with the majority of pupils and staff attending.  Everyone danced the night away to music from the Gairloch Ceilidh Band and also enjoyed the variety of excellent musical talent on show from the school pupils and staff during the interval.

“Great atmosphere during the dance but the best bit had to be Mr Brough on the drums!”  Alannah, Maddy & Iona (S4).

Special thanks to the staff who prepared the food and helped supervise, the PE Dept for teaching the dances to all throughout December, Gairloch Estates for the tree, Ms Gulliver and pupils for the Hall decorations and the Office staff for behind the scenes administration.  Also Mr Milner for taking over as MC and Grant Milne and the pipers for starting the event with a stirring set.  Many thanks go to Mr Bowker for transporting the Overside pupils in the minibus.  Finally thanks to Murdo, at the garage, for laying on Westerbus transport for all the other pupils.  Without each of these contributions the Dance could not be the great success it proves to be each year.  Click here for lots of photos!

Carols from Scratch – Friday 18th of December saw some of our S1 and S2 join together with members of the Community to sing Christmas Carols and songs.  The children also played accompanying instruments such as keyboards, tuned percussion, guitars and clarsachs.  Many thanks should go to the parents and friends who came along on a “cold and frosty evening” to support the youngsters.  In addition, thanks to the members of the Parent Council for providing the welcome refreshments after the concert.  £31.95 was raised for Clic Sargent.

Quiz – On the Tuesday 22nd December, the whole school was involved in the annual quiz.  As for the previous three years, pupils spent most of the day pondering a diverse range of questions including sport, characters from computer games, French, Art, countries, logos and famous people.  The result was an overall victory for Maree followed by Kerry.

Krypton Factor – On the last day of term, pupils took part in our Krypton Factor competition.  In teams, they test their fitness, mental agility, endurance, mental arithmetic, balance and observation skills. The objective is to have a worthwhile but fun final day of term.  Talking to the pupils seems to show we are achieving this. Congratulations to Maree who gained the most points!

School Calendar 2010 Still available for sale from the school and local outlets.  £5 only for a copy of the Art calendar that will brighten up your year!  All proceeds go to school funds.  We are grateful to the support of many local businesses whose details appear in the calendar alongside the work of the pupils. Click here to see some of the calendar!

S5/6 target setting, Prelims & Study Club – Pupils in S5/6 have been working with their teachers preparing and planning for their exams, which start at the end of January.  Pupils have been issued with a study club timetable, which starts on Tuesday 12th January.

From Tuesday 12th January, S5/6 pupils should also be asking their teachers to provide a Prelim Target.  This target should be challenging but achievable.

S4 action plans – S4 pupils will be issued with Action Plan folders in PSHE on Thursday 14th January 2010.

Pupil Success – Ryan Moir has been offered a place on the Performing Engineering Operations course at UHI in January.  The Targeted Pathways to Apprenticeships course is funded by Skills Development Scotland.  This course is intended to introduce trainees to a broad range of engineering skills and prepare them for either further study or as preparation for entry to a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering.  Well done to Ryan for successfully gaining an offer to take up this course.

Focus Environment Photography Competition – Katrina Port, S5, received her prize of £150 at Dynamic Earth on Wednesday 16th December.  More details and photos by clicking here.

Former Pupil Success We received news just before Christmas that Mhairi MacLean has graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen with a BA in International Tourism Management.  Well-done Mhairi!

Bike repair – After application, the school received a grant from Sustrans to help us run after-school cycle repair workshops.  David Gorman, Lewis Martin, Alasdair Maclennan, Charlie Stevens, Mr. Gorman and Mr. Johnston have been working on school, staff and pupil bikes.  Our janitor, Andy Bowker is now a qualified cycle mechanic and has been overseeing their work.   Click here to read more and see photographs of the pupils working.

Malawi Link – We’ve been sent an annual report on our partner school in Malawi by Link Community Development.  ou can read more by clicking here.

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