School news 14th May 2010

Arrangements for pupils about to transfer to High School Moving to secondary school is an exciting, yet potentially worrying, time for Primary 7 children.  The staff of Gairloch High School will be working between now and the summer, along with Primary staff, to ease any concerns that the children have through a series of meetings and events.  Mr. Milner, Principal Teacher for Pupil Support and Mrs. Beeson, Children’s Support Worker, are currently visiting all associated primary schools to introduce themselves and talk about transition.  We also provide opportunities for parents to meet with staff.

All P7 pupils will come together for a Choices for Life event and a Fairburn Day.  Staff from the High School will be present supporting Primary colleagues.  On Thursday 20th May all P7 pupils will have the chance to visit the High School and take part in our Icebreaker Day.  On Friday 21st May pupils return for an Expressive Arts Day organised by Art, Music and PE staff.  Further visits take place in June prior to the pupils becoming S1 pupils in August.

SQA Exams – All S4, S5 and S6 are now sitting their final exams.  We wish them well and hope that their efforts in class and at home preparing will be rewarded.  Please support your sons and daughters by encouraging them to make the best use of their study time before exams.  Pupils can make attend organised study facilities at the school even on days when they have no exams.

Our GHS Mock Election saw a high turnout on Friday 23rd April. 84% of pupils cast their vote, much higher than the national average, which is only around 60%. The most popular party was the Green Party, represented by Jade. She took 24% of the votes, closely followed by the SNP, represented by Joanne with 19%. Storm and her Lib Dems and the Labour Party, represented by Jennifer came third and fourth. Many thanks to the Higher Modern Studies pupils for putting the time and effort in to organise the event. Also a special mention to 2A, as they were the only class with a 100% turnout. Well done!!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Our first Bronze camping expedition of the year took place at Slattadale on the night of Friday 7th May.  After school four groups of pupils set off walking from Poolewe down the side of Loch Maree to pitch camp at Slattadale.  It was a clear sunny weekend but cold overnight.  Most of the pupils reported having a great time but little sleep!  Thanks to Dr Caley, Miss Dean, Miss MacAllister and Mrs Bulmer for supervising.

S1 have received the first part of training in radio production techniques.  With the help of well-known BBC Scotland radio presenter Anne Marie Goldie pupils learned interview techniques.  This project will continue through the term and will hopefully involve some work with the local radio station and the creation of a short programme fit for broadcast.

As you read this S1 will also be returning from their week of activities at Nethybridge.  We will report on this in next issue but you can view some photos by clicking here.

S2 pupils recently spent a day down at Slattadale taking part in a range of activities.  Thanks to Mr Sutherland for putting this day together and all the staff supporting.  Activities involved mountain bike and photography skills, environmental awareness including flora and fauna talks from SNH and Forestry.  Click here for some photos.

S3 are just completing a week of enterprise activities that include working out with the Royal Marines, drama, photography and first-aid certification.  Click here for some photos.

British Heart Foundation –With the help of some other prefects and prior to exam leave, Harry Valentine raised £96.72 by organising a cake sale.  This money has been donated to the BHF.

Project Trust in China – We have received some photos from Calum Milner showing the area where he is working in China.  These can be viewed here on the school website.

Indoor Rowing – Congratulations to the Gairloch High Rowing teams for their excellent performances in this year’s Concept 2 Indoor Rowing League. The S2 girls’ team of Isla, Ainslie, Gemma, Rebecca, Caitlin and Natasha finished 9th out of 325 teams. The S2 boys’ team of Ross, Chris, Donnie, Donald and James were 4th out of 275 teams. And the S3 girls, Mags, Leanne, Charmayne, Morven, Rachel and Mairi were 5th out of 241 teams. The pupils have worked very hard throughout the session completing all 6 rounds of the competition. It is great to see teams from our small school finishing in the top 10, alongside much bigger schools with strong rowing traditions, and way ahead of any Scottish competition.

Badaguish Outdoor Challenge – On Saturday 24th & Sun 25th April, Amber Fox, Jasmine Easby, Sandy Garrioch and Jake Bulmer, collectively known as ‘Bread and Butterflies’, took part in a 2-day orienteering event based at Badaguish Outdoor Centre. Following a wet night in the tents on Friday night, 73 teams headed into the forest on Saturday to negotiate a 15km course with 20 control points. Our team were placed 24th after the first day. On Sunday, they set off once more to tackle a 12km course that tested their navigation skills too. The ‘Bread and Butterflies’ team put in a steady performance, moving up another couple of places and finishing in 21st place overall. Well done to all of them. The outdoor challenge is an annual fundraising event organised by the Speyside Trust, a charity that provides opportunities for children and adults with learning difficulties and other special needs to enjoy outdoor and adventure activities. Each team participating in the Outdoor Challenge pledges to raise a minimum of £60 in sponsorship.  Click here for some photos of the event.

Soup Lunch – The Parent Council are organising a Soup Lunch in Gairloch Community Hall on Saturday 22nd May to raise money as a contribution to support the costs of our Malawian visitors in August (if all goes to plan!)  We hope that many of you will support this.

Important Dates

    Please support the Soup Lunch for our Malawi Link – Gairloch Community Hall Saturday 22nd May 12 -2pm.

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