School news 28th May 2010

Malawi Link – The Parent Council held a Soup and Pudding lunch on Saturday 22nd May to raise money towards the visit of two teachers from our Link School in Malawi in August (if all goes to plan!). Thank you to everyone who came to support this – it raised the fantastic sum of £354. Especial thanks to the members of the Parent Council and others who made the delicious soups and puddings and helped on the day, and to the pupils who came along to help set up and serve at the tables.

Roxanne Ramsay has also been raising money for the Malawi Link for the past year for the Volunteering section of her Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award. She has raised £250 in the last few months for the visit of the Malawian teachers, and this is in addition to the £422 she raised last year to help with repairs to the school buildings in Malawi. This is a tremendous achievement by Roxanne, especially as she has also been raising money for Project Trust this year.  Roxanne was presented with a Young Quality Scot Award earlier this year in further recognition of her work in the community.

Malawi Backpack Appeal – Gairloch High School has been involved with the backpack appeal for 5 years now and this year we are looking for more than ever. Help us by filling your old bags with school equipment and old clothes. You don’t have to fill a backpack, you could also donate spare bits and pieces from the list and we will sort them into bags. You can hand them into the school between 27th May and 25th June. You can hand your backpacks into the school office or one of the boxes around the school. Please do not donate anything that is not on the items list as this could cause problems with customs.  View Donald MacKenzie’s web page by clicking here and read  more here about the day spent preparing.

Backpack Appeal – Items We Need

Bag, Towel & Soap, Notebook,  Clothes

Pencils/Pens/Crayons, Flip-Flops/Sandals, Ruler & Rubber

Small Ball/Tennis Ball, Sharpener, Toothpaste & Toothbrush,

Pencil Case, Spoon

All the backpacks we collect go to children trying to escape poverty in Malawi. The backpacks we collect will help children with their education and give them the support they need to improve their grade and improve their future. Ainslie MacKenzie

S3 Drama Activity – On Thursday afternoon of Enterprise week 25 S3 pupils were surprised to discover that “Drama isn’t just acting”! It proved to be a fun-filled afternoon with a variety of activities designed to promote confidence and awareness of self and others, including the difficult art of keeping a straight face, tying themselves in knots (and trying to untie themselves!) and using their ingenuity, within small groups, to make a variety of “interesting” shapes. The pupils proved to be very ingenious indeed! Feedback indicated that the overall response was very positive with several pupils indicating they would like more such sessions.  Thanks to Mrs Somers for organising this event.

S1 at Nethybridge – Despite unseasonably cold weather for this year’s Nethybridge trip, the week from 10th to 14th May was enjoyed by all the S1 pupils. We started with an activity walk with the RSPB ranger to learn about Abernethy Forest and had hardly left the minibuses before we enjoyed the sight of 3 red squirrels playing in a tree, apparently oblivious to 27 excited S1 pupils (and staff!) nearby. Our kayaking, orienteering, mountain biking and walking activities on Tuesday alternated between sunshine and heavy snow showers, but the climbers avoided the snow by going to the climbing wall in Inverness because it was so cold, and we all had a good day. Wednesday was a bit warmer and no snow with the walkers scaling Meall a’Buchaille, the climbers tackling Cummingston sea cliffs in glorious sunshine, and more mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering enjoyed too. Thursday saw the traditional visit to Landmark for fun on the flumes and many other attractions. It was followed by a beach barbecue at Loch Morlich and then a small flotilla of kayaks and canoes set off to explore hidden corners of the loch.

Nethy 2010 Kayaking

Running around kept everyone warm during some of the week’s evening activities such as football, frisbee and Susan’s games night. Other evening activities included a quiz, the traditional dorm inspection and a “song” competition that didn’t involve much singing. On Friday morning, S1 cleaned Nethy House to our usual high standard before the return to Gairloch. Thanks to the many staff and other volunteers who contributed to the success of this week, with a special mention to Ann Fraser and Susan MacLean who fed us well throughout the week and kept smiling and Fiona Johnston who organised all the activities and Dr Caley who coordinated the week.  Thanks are also due to S1 for their enthusiasm and for being a great group to work with. As usual there are lots of pictures available on the school website – click here to view them all.

Primary 7 Icebreaker and Expressive Arts – P7 Pupils were in the High School on Thursday 20th May – traditionally known as Icebreaker Day.  However, P7 pupils have already met each other recently, at such events as, Safe Highlander, Fairburn and more recently Choices For Life.

Mr Milner and Mrs Beeson, Children’s Services Worker, spent the first part of the morning getting the pupils to interact with each other through a mixture of tasks. Building towers in groups of 5 from spaghetti and marshmallows was entertaining if somewhat messy. The idea was to construct the tallest tower in a limited amount of time and so get the pupils to discuss ideas and develop teamwork.

After interval, the pupils received their timetables for the two Induction Days in June and went over some of the folder entitled Moving Up… Ready or Not.  The afternoon was spent in the Science Dept and culminated in ‘Test tube orchestra’.  Ruan Urquhart from Inverasdale Primary School summed up the day when he said, “I wish every day could be like this.”

Expressive Arts 2010

On the 21st May P7 pupils returned to spend the day working on dance, art and music to create and perform a short dance sequence.  Staff and the current S1 pupils saw this excellent little show at the end of the day.  Thanks to Mrs Hildrey, Miss Hunter and Ms Gulliver for orchestrating the event.  Click here for some photos of the Expressive Arts event.

ICT Technician Vacancy – Recently the Council has taken on a new ICT Managed Service with Fujitsu.  Our ICT Technician, Trevor Nash, has accepted a promoted post within the new structure and the company now requires a new full-time technician to service the local schools.  Anyone interested should contact the school in the first instance.

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