School news 5th March 2010

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Sophie Donald and William Smith have both achieved Bronze Award level and were presented with their badge and certificate during assembly last week.  Well done!

Young Leader for Orienteering Activities – S4 pupils involved in the Skills for Work course organised an Orienteering event last term.  They have now been awarded with a Young Leader Qualification.  The pupils are currently organizing a triathlon event for pupils in June.

CREST Science Award – Congratulations to Kieran Morrison (S3) on gaining his Bronze Creativity and Research in Engineering, Science and Technology award.  Kieran’s project looked at the mating of brine shrimps; he found that bigger males pair up with bigger (more fertile) females.

Rock School – Kieran Morrison and Ian Paul attended Rock School at Dingwall Academy over the February holiday weekend.  They took part in three days of song writing, music technology, sound recording and guitar tuition.  The boys really enjoyed playing with other youngsters from all over the Highlands and the whole weekend ended in a 2-hour performance where they played in front of a packed crowd.  As well as playing some cover versions they also performed original songs composed by them over the weekend.  One of the organisers John Sinclair (ex Ozzy Osbourne keyboard player!!!) said that it was one of the best groups of kids that he had ever worked with.  Well done boys!

Futurechef success continues – Rosie Smith was invited to meet Michel Roux Jr. at Rocpool Reserve in Inverness recently.  After meeting with Rosie in the afternoon he informed press and guests at an evening dinner held at Chez Roux, that he wanted Rosie to come and train with him in London after she leaves school.  This is a fabulous opportunity!  First though we wish Rosie well in her bid to become the first Scot to win the London final of Futurechef, which takes place later this month.

Former Pupil Success – We received a letter from Taigh Sgire Sholais who had organised a Gaelic short story competition last year.  Mr. Cumming entered a story that Eilidh Alexander had written at the time she was in S6.  It received high commendation and a cheque for £10 has been forwarded to Eilidh.

Eilidh’s artwork was recently on show in Ullapool along with that of Becky Redshaw.  Both girls have been doing a folio course with Eleanor White at An Talla Solais over the winter.

Business Dynamics – Over two days twenty of our sixth year pupils participated in sessions on management, social enterprise and business & the environment.  At the end of the presentations on Day 2 each team of four presented a business plan that drew together all of the business concepts encountered.  Well done to the sixth year pupils who participated in this year’s event.  Many thanks to each of the session leaders who contributed and a very big thanks to Sheena Matheson for putting together another superb two day programme for us at Gairloch High School.  Read more about the event in Mr Sutherland’s part of the school website.

London Trip – Eleven senior pupils travelled by plane from Inverness Airport, successfully negotiating extreme weather conditions, to visit Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.  Read more here or look at a selection of photographs.

Important Dates – Click here for more details.

  • 11th March – S5/6 Parent Evening
  • 13th March – S1 Bring & Buy Sale


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.

Fèis Weekend – This is an advance notice of a super event, which is to take place in the High School during the weekend of 5th & 6th of June.  Three top class musicians – Ingrid Henderson (clarsach), Iain MacFarlane (fiddle) and Ewan Robertson (guitar) – will be holding masterclasses for intermediate to advanced players on the three instruments.  This is open to young people from S3 to age 25.  On Saturday 5th at 7.30pm participants will be invited to take part in a concert called “Uisge-Beatha”, a celebration in music, song and visuals of our national drink!  This is open to the public, and tickets (£8/£5) are available from Fèis Rois (01349 862600) or at the door.  This event heralds a welcome return of Fèis Rois to Gairloch.

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