School news 19th February 2010

S5/6 Prelims – These exams are now complete.  Thanks to Chief Invigilator, Dr. Griggs, for her smooth running of the event in the Community Hall.  Staff have now marked exam scripts and reports will be issued to parents soon.  During the Easter holiday staff will offer the annual Study Club.  Three days of revision available to all S4, S5 and S6 pupils wishing to prepare for their finals.

S2 Parent Course Choice meeting – Parents of S2 met with the Senior Management Team and Pupil Support staff on the 9th February to discuss the options available to their sons and daughters as they prepare to choose Standard Grade and National Qualifications for study during S3 and S4.

Non-Uniform Day – Thursday 11th February was our annual non-uniform day in aid of UNICEF.  Pupils made a donation in order to NOT wear school uniform.  For an extra 50p pupils could wear a hat!  Some S6 pupils also made and then sold home baking in the hall at interval.  We raised £300 on the day and this will be donated towards UNICEF’s work in Haiti.  (Congratulations also to those pupils in the ATC who raised funds for the same disaster by holding a carwash on 6th Feb!)

Personal & Social Health Education – 28th January – As part of our concern about the misuse of alcohol by youth in the community we invited Viv Caird from the Alcohol Counselling Service to discuss the issues with S4 pupils.  Our feedback indicates that this was a worthwhile event and the school (with the support of the Parent Council) plans to develop this work with the help of other groups working in Ross-shire.

Rural Skills – Mr. Milner and the S2 pupils are making good progress building raised beds at the back of the school.  They recently collected seaweed off the beach to use as fertilizer and liquid feed.  Gairloch Estates have also graciously allowed us to develop a small section of land behind the school as part of our rural skills project.

All S2 pupils are involved in this project as part of the John Muir Award – Discovery level.  Having explored the school environment, they decided to build the raised beds.  Thanks to Derek from William Gray Construction for donating the timber, topsoil and gravel and also to Willie Mac for the trailer load of muck.  The beds are now ready for planting.
If anyone has a small shed they no longer need, S2 pupils need somewhere to store our tools.  We will be happy to pick it up!

Climbing Wall Upgrade – There will be an AGM of the Community Climbing Wall Committee in the High School at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd February.  Anyone who is interested in hearing the plans for the wall is welcome to attend and contribute.

Practice-a-Thon – A reminder that, during this term, pupils, staff and members of the community are involved in the Clic Sargent “Practice-a-thon”.  By agreeing to practice every day for a fortnight, participants are gathering sponsors in order to raise money for Clic Sargent and for musical instruments.  If anyone else would like to take part (perhaps practise on an instrument gathering dust somewhere in the house…), please collect a sponsor form from the school office.  Otherwise, please be generous in your sponsorship of others.  Thank you.

Cross Country – Congratulations to the pupils who represented the school in the annual Ross-Shire School Sports Association’s Cross-Country Championships at Alness last week.  Competition was intense with 250 runners participating in the six events.  The Gairloch runners produced some very creditable performances, topped by a 5th place in the 1st year boys race for Louis Stein and a 5th place in the under-15 girls race for Josie Ogle.  Well done to both of them!

The results and photos are available by clicking here.

Dr Shearer and Mr. Bowker reported that the competition was tough.  Our pupils were up against some very fast runners and so their results are a credit to them.  A fair number of the runners entering the competition train for these events and that is reflected in their performance and results!

Their Past – Your Future Exhibition in Inverness – We reported previously that Ceitidh Hulme, Yarima Conway, Ciaran Alexander, Ann MacLean, Callum Street and Ainslie Mackenzie were involved in this national history project.  The project involved pupils speaking to older generations who remember the Second World War.  The resulting exhibition is now at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and runs from the 20th February until 19th March.  Well worth a visit!

Online exhibition

Important DatesClick here


Saturday 13th March 2010

Gairloch Community Hall

Doors open 10am sharp

Stalls and Competitions

The BIG Raffle!

We would welcome any or all of the following donations: baking, books, DVDs & CDs, bric-a-brac, plants, electrical items in good working order, toys, clothes in good condition, jewellery, bottles and raffle prizes.  We can auction anything within reason (antiques a speciality!)

Items for the sale can be:

  • handed to any member of the school
  • delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 12th March between 3.30 and 6pm
  • collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – S1 are on the loose!

Grand Annual Fundraiser for Nethybridge and selected charities.

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