School news 22nd January 2010

Malawi Link – The school has heard that we have been successful in our joint application with Mlozi LEA School for a Reciprocal Visits grant of £2000 from Global School Partnerships.  This will cover a significant portion of the costs to enable two members of staff from our Link School in Malawi to visit us here later in the year, and for two members of staff from Gairloch High School to visit the school in Malawi.  It is awarded to allow both schools to further develop a global dimension to the education they provide to the young people of their communities.  Dr Caley continues to take this project forward for the benefit of both schools.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Anna Hulme, Kirsty Alexander, Sorcha Beeson and JP Cummisky have all achieved Bronze Award level and were each presented with badge and certificate during assembly before Christmas.  Well done to these four pupils!

NLPQ – A National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course took place at Poolewe Swimming Pool between the 18th and the 24th December.  Ella McDonagh, S5, took the course and gained the qualification.  Well done Ella!

School Newspaper – Sophie Donald, S5, with the help of some younger pupils, put together an A5 newsletter and distributed it around the school before Christmas.  The newsletter is available here for anyone wishing to read it.

FututechefRosie Smith, S4, will be taking part in the Regional Final of Futurechef on the 26th January in Inverness.  We wish her all the best and will report on her progress in the next edition.

Staffing – Mr. Andrew Shilliday has been appointed to the post of Bagpipe Instructor and will commence teaching from the 20th January in Gairloch High.  He brings a broad experience of piping and other musical genres to the post and we hope he will enjoy his work in the area!

The school would like to thank Mr. Grant Milne for his contribution.  He successfully worked with our pupils in the period between former instructor, Carol Anne MacKay leaving on maternity and the appointment of Mr. Shilliday.

Facility Upgrade – In 2007 a Community Group of interested parties, including staff from Leisure and the school, formed with the intention of raising funds to upgrade the existing climbing wall in the Leisure Centre. After initial success in gaining a promise of funds amounting to over £30,000, including £6000 from The Great Wilderness Challenge, things slowed down.  Now with the help of awards from SportScotland (£47,000) and the Highland Leader Fund (£20,500) we have the necessary £99,000 to initiate the plan.  The project was helped by the written support of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

The plan is based on providing the community with a modern climbing wall that will enhance the available local facilities.  The objective was to bring new funds into the community.  The funding includes money for equipment and training of staff.  The wall can be used to train people of all ages building skill and confidence in climbing at all levels.  It also provides an incentive for visitors to stay over a bit longer when the weather outdoors looks a bit wet!  Over the next month or so opportunity to discuss with the group the plan for the upgrade will be available.

In terms of our position as a Community School this project is part of a longer-term plan to guarantee the quality of provision for pupils and members of the community. Previously the Headteacher had the artificial playing surface repaired and the Council has now included it within an ongoing maintenance contract.  Longer term it is still the hope that something can be done to improve the grass sports field next to the school.

British Land UK Chess ChallengeThe school has been awarded a Gold Certificate of Excellence.  This award has been given to the ‘most dedicated schools that have entered the competition 4 or 5 times in the last 5 years’.  The certificate came as a surprise however we hope to continue our participation in the competition – Playing chess is a stimulating and challenging activity that rewards those with the persistence to develop more than basic skills.

Donation to School FundNow that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over the school would like to thank the Highland Gathering for its recent donation of £300.

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