School news 19th March 2010

S1 Bring and Buy – The sale held in the Community Hall on Saturday 13th March raised £2300.  Thanks to Dr. Caley and Mrs. Johnston for working with the pupils in the lead up to the event along with all the staff and parents who supported on the day.  Everyone worked very hard and the event was a great success.  The Hall was busy from 10am onwards with many people taking advantage of the lovely tea and cakes catered by the Parent Council.  The raffle produced another wide range of interesting prizes including a selection of donations from local businesses.  The school is very grateful for the support of the community and local businesses towards the success of the sale.  Leftover clothes, books and bric-a-brac are being redistributed to other interested groups and charities.  Some of the money raised will go to a charity chosen by the pupils and the rest will help subsidise the S1 Nethybridge activity and team-building week in May.

We received too many gifts of prizes to mention every individual but here are some of the items offered by local businesses.  We apologise if anyone is missed out but please accept the thanks and gratitude of all the S1 pupils and staff.

  • Voucher – £20 meal at the Myrtle Bank Hotel
  • Voucher – Sealife glass-bottom boat cruise for 2
  • Voucher –rock climbing with Paul Tattersall for up to 4 people
  • Voucher – trailer load of firewood
  • Voucher – 2 course Bistro meal at the Poolewe Hotel
  • Voucher – Gairloch Marine Wildlife cruise for 2
  • Voucher – Champagne breakfast for 2 at the Whistle Stop Café in Kinlochewe
  • Complimentary Ticket for 2 adults and 2 children at Landmark
  • Voucher – £50 to spend at The Torridon Hotel, Inn or Activities
  • Cake made by the chef at the Old Inn
  • Eoghain MacLean – mounted photograph of a stag
  • Sleepy Hollow smoked mackerel and smoked haddock
  • Lynn Bennett-MacKenzie original picture on mount
  • Viveca Port framed ink originals previously reproduced on the front page of the Gairloch Times.
  • House of Commons Whisky from Charles Kennedy, MP
  • Firewood, venison & champagne – Coulin Estate
  • Jewellery – Alison Rushbrook
  • Chocolates from shop and garage in Kinlochewe
  • Whisky and glasses – Drumchork Hotel
  • Toys from Cornerstone
  • Food pack from Aultbea Butchers

Winter Mountain Leader – Congratulations to Mr. Johnston who achieved his Winter Mountain Leader certificate recently.  The strenuous 5-day assessment took place in the very snowy conditions of the Cairngorms.

Cyberbullying Drama – S1 and S2 pupils were audience to a special production by Eden Court in the school hall recently.  Four actors put on a play that investigated in a dramatic way the effects of cyber-bullying on a family.  Afterwards the pupils got a chance to talk to the actors.  This was a very successful and captivating production that gave everyone involved something to think about.

Internet Safety – We marked national Internet Safety Day on 9th February by giving all S4 pupils training from ThinkUKnow.  This means that pupils in S2 to S4 have now received this training instigated by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) in cooperation with Highland Council.  For more information on this UK government initiative to protect children you can visit

World Book Day –S1/2/3 pupils took part in a live webcast event on 4th March.  Author Michael Rosen gave a very interesting talk.  Organised by BBC Scotland the event was broadcast via the Internet.  Although our Internet connection caused us some difficulty most of the event was enjoyed by the staff and pupils involved.  It can still be seen along with interviews with other authors by clicking here.

Blood DonorsThe sixth year were given an informative talk about donating blood.  This made us all realise how important giving blood is, and how it benefits people in need.  Hospitals need 1,000 donations a day for routine procedures and operations but only 5% of the population donate blood – Becca and Rachel. It is hoped that some of the S6 pupils will now seriously consider becoming a blood donor in future.

Highland Youth Voice – Pupils in S3, S4 and S5 were given a presentation by Audrey Anthony of Highland Council and Magnus Monahan the current Youth Convener.  Highland Youth Voice is made up of elected representatives from every area of Highland.  The current youth voice officials in Gairloch High are Roxanne Ramsay and Storm Lawson.

Music Participants – Alasdair Paul and Conal McDonagh took part in a concert on 6th March at the Nevis Centre in Fort William.  As members of ‘snas they reported that, once again, they had a great time!

Fitness Training – The Higher PE class took part in fitness testing led by the Highland Institute of Sport.  A very interesting session where pupils responded well to the visitors and worked very hard achieving good results.  An informative presentation was then given to them relating the testing they had carried out to their course work.  Thanks to the staff from the Institute for giving the pupils this opportunity, it was thoroughly enjoyed by school pupils and staff.

Important Dates

  • 23rd March – S2 Parent Evening
  • 25th March – Swimming Gala
  • 26th to 28th March – Silver DofE Assessment
  • 26th March – Close for Easter Holiday (Friday 3.40pm)
  • 29th to 31st March – Study Club for S4-S6 pupils.

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