School news 2nd April 2010

Futurechef 2010 – The National Final, held on 22nd March at Westminster Kingsway College, London, saw the culmination of a 12-month programme involving 8,000 12–16 year olds.  12 National Finalists from across the UK were challenged to produce a two-course meal for four people within two hours.

Rosie Smith, S4, won fourth prize and will enjoy a top quality day of work experience with renowned chef Anton Edelmann, plus a stay with dinner at the fabulous Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, in Hertfordshire.  Well-done Rosie!

Each of the 12 finalists received a collection of prizes for reaching the final including £100, a day of work experience in the kitchen with the Head Chef of a Malmaison or Hotel du Vin and a Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender along with a personally embroidered chefs jacket and some cookbooks.  Click here for photos and here for a full report of the event.  Rosie was interviewed by several newspapers after her success and spoke of her experiences on our own local Two Lochs Radio.

Young Quality Scot – From the 11th to 13th of March Roxanne Ramsay attended a three-day workshop in Irvine where she received her Young Quality Scot Award.  Over a hundred young people from all over Scotland received the award, which is given to acknowledge the work of young people benefiting their community.  Before going to Irvine the winners prepare a group presentation about what it’s like being a teenager in their region.  Roxanne reported, “All the presentations were really enjoyable and funny, but covered a wide range of serious topics from, knife crime in Glasgow, to why we’re sad to leave the Highlands for jobs and further education.”  Well-done Roxanne!  See the Highland Council Press Release here… along with a photo!

Mountain Bike Race – Alasdair MacLennan, David and Luke Gorman, Jake Macdonald, Samuel Parsons, Ryan MacLean and Nick Stein all took part in the first of the Highland Schools’ Mountain Bike Race Series, at Learnie Red Rocks on Saturday 20th March.  Alasdair, David and Luke came first, second and third respectively in the U16’s category.  As a result of this, Alasdair automatically qualifies for a place in the Youth Cross Country sprint championships at the Mountain Biking World Cup at Fort William in June.  The next race in the series is at Golspie on Saturday 17th April.  Well-done boys!

More Pupil SuccessConal McDonagh & Ross MacDonald have both been offered places at the Plockton Music Academy next session as a result of their piping skills.  This is a great credit to both boys but a terrific loss to the school.  Well-done boys!

On Saturday 20th March Sophie Donald took part in the final concert this year of the Highland Youth Orchestra.  On the night the orchestra played pieces by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Shostakovitch amongst others.

At the recent Inverness Music Festival Ainslie Mackenzie came 1st in Gaelic singing.  Well-done Ainslie!

Football success in Macpherson Cup – Following a visit by pupils to witness Ross County’s sensational Scottish Cup victory against Hibernian, Gairloch High Schools senior football squad won a cup-tie of their own.  On Wednesday 24th March the team won 4-0 against Plockton High School in their home leg of the Macpherson Cup.  This trophy was traditionally contested between the two teams, although there have been no matches in recent years.  Gairloch High School teacher and coach, Mr. Hugh Conway, has resurrected the competition.  Gairloch’s goals were provided by Joseph Powell, Andrew Ross and Nick Stein.  Following an impressive sequence of neat passing play Dale Cunningham hammered home the fourth.  Well-done boys and thanks to Mr. Conway for organizing the game.

Bike Repair & Cycle Club – After application, the school received a grant from Sustrans to help us run after-school cycle repair workshops.  David Gorman, Luigi Bernardi, Connor Easby, Alexander McFedries, 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.

The group have now been joined by the Silver Duke of Edinburgh cycling expedition members and we are using the opportunity to practise mountain biking in the run up to expedition and racing season; On the 14th March Alasdair and David were joined by Ryan Maclean, Luke Gorman and Samuel Parsons at the first of the Highland Schools’ Mountain Bike Race series at Learnie on the Black Isle.  Several primary school pupils also came along.

Challenger 3 Bus – In support of the Religious and Moral Education programme in school we had a visit from People with a Mission.  Pupils got a chance to hear a presentation from the Perth based Christian Group.  It is fair to say that the visit generated much discussion amongst staff, pupils and parents.

Science events – We have been delighted to welcome both the SCI-FUN workshop and the Lab in a Lorry recently. SCI-FUN set up in the hall and all of S1 and S2 spent the morning watching the presentations and going round the exhibits with senior pupils who were acting as demonstrators.  The staff who came with the roadshow commented on the positive attitude and approach of all pupils and were particularly impressed with the effective cooperation between junior and senior pupils.  S2 and S3 Physics and Technology pupils visited the Lab in a Lorry where they had the chance to work on experiments with experienced scientists who had volunteered to come on the tour with the lorry.  They experimented with using renewable energy sources to produce the power for a house, watched sound waves making a glass vibrate and investigated cameras.  The pupils all enjoyed and benefited from these experiences.  You can view some photos by clicking here.

Swimming Gala – Pupils took part in the annual Swimming Gala at Poolewe on Thursday 25th March.  It was an exciting morning with Maree House winning overall.  We will provide a fuller report at a later date.  Thanks to the staff in school and at the pool who helped but particularly Mrs. Hildrey. You can view some photos by clicking here.

Hedley & Margaret Calvert – For the past 5 years or so, Hedley Calvert has assisted the school in providing expedition training and supervision for Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions.  Without such help, it is difficult for the school to provide these opportunities for the pupils and his input has been invaluable.  Margaret has helped as part of the exam invigilation team, also essential to the smooth running of the school’s provision.  On Tuesday 23rd April, they were invited into the school for a small presentation to thank them for their help and wish them well as they move to Yorkshire.

Important DatesClick here for information.

Gifts to School –We received 4 chanters from the new shop in Pier Road, Aultbea, Jenuine.  We have also received an organ from Mrs. Hammond in Aultbea in response to our request for donations of musical instruments.  Many thanks to both for their generous gifts to the school.

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