School news 11th June 2010

Gairloch High pupils at Scottish Parliament Reception – The reception was attended by Roxanne Ramsey, Katrina Port, Ella McDonagh, Alasdair Paul, Anna Hulme and Kirsty Alexander along with Dr Caley and Mr Port.  Read more about the invitation below.

S1 Welcome Pack for new pupils – On Wednesday 26th May, S1 took part in an enterprise day.  The purpose of the day was to work in small groups to make stickers, bookmarks and a booklet about the school which could be used in a welcome pack for the new S1’s.  They were supported by Dr Caley, Ms Leitch and Mrs Whall.  At the end of the day each group presented their packs for judging with a selection of teachers deciding on the best items.

P7 Expressive Arts Day – Friday 21st May saw the return of our successful Expressive Arts Day.  Pupils in P7 spent the day working with Ms Gulliver (Art), Mrs Hildrey (PE) and Ms Hunter (Music).  The theme this year was “Weather”, and pupils were split into groups depicting ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Rain’; they made their own masks and decorations, as well as learning movement and drum rhythms.  A great time was had by all, and the final performance was enjoyed by S1 at the end of the day.  Click here to see some photos.

S3 Biology: Shore Thing project – The Shore Thing project is is a long term survey run by the Marine Biological Association looking at the effects of rising sea temperatures on marine life.

Last Thursday, the S3 biology class went to Rua Reidh to collect data as part of this nationwide operation. This is a properly constituted scientific study that relies on methodical recording of species found, but it was also great fun dabbling in rock pools and scrambling over seaweed, in a glorious natural setting. Data will be verified and uploaded to the web; more details can be found at

Thanks to Chris Barratt (Rua Reidh lighthouse), Fiona Crouch (Marine Biological Association) and Nicola Tallach (Scottish Natural Heritage) for their help, especially with naming the more obscure seaweeds!  Click here for some photos.

DofE Bronze – The practice expeditions for the S3 pupils working towards their bronze award took place on 24th and 25th May. Two groups, accompanied by Miss Dean and Dr Caley, started from Red Stable and walked up to Poca Buidhe where they camped for the night just beyond the bothy. They walked back the next day after some training activities. Meanwhile, the other two groups set off from Shieldaig Lodge, accompanied by Mrs Johnston and Miss MacAllister, and walked up to Loch a’ Bhealaich where they camped on the beach, also returning the next day. These were some of the coldest practice expeditions in recent years, with the wind in the north and some showers turning to snow at Poca Buidhe. However, all groups made good progress towards the qualifying expeditions which will take place on 21st and 22nd June.  Click here for some photos.

S4  Enterprise – Harbour Lights have kindly donated their ex – hire bikes to the school. Four S4 boys spent two of the enterprise days working on them. The smaller bikes will be used for younger pupils in the school and the very small bikes have been passed on to Gairloch nursery. Thanks to Lewis Martin for coming in to help out.  Click here for some photos.

A group of S4 pupils opted to spend a day doing landscape painting as part of their Enterprise Week.  The pupils ranged from those that had just completed their Standard Grade course to those who had left the department at the end of S2!  Some good results were achieved and these are to be displayed in the school for the next while.

Other events included Drama, building a spaceship in the library and Junior Apprentice.  Reports on these are available here.

Art in the High School – The second Art display in the High School over the last couple of weeks involved exhibited Design course work by S4 Standard Grade pupils.  Their task had been to design display stands and packaging for a range of different companies.  Their research work and the development of their ideas was on show as well as their final prototypes.  This work can currently be seen on the school website by clicking here.

Practice-a-Thon – Last term, interested music pupils in the High School and Gairloch Primary School were encouraged to take part in a sponsored practice, called Practice-a-Thon, which raises money for Clic Sargent, the children’s cancer charity.  With only a few more contributions to be collected, the present total raised is £1,171.81.  This is a very impressive amount, and we pass on a loud WELL DONE! to all the children who took part are to be commended for their efforts.

Could we ask all “latecomers” to try to get their monies into school as soon as possible, please?

Musical Showcase 2010 – Thursday 24th June, 7.30pm Please put this date in your diaries, and come along on the night to hear pupils perform the music which they have worked hard to produce in 2010.  A fine and varied selection of music will be on show – fiddles, pipes, clarsachs, whistles, pianos, voices and much more!  We look forward to seeing you there.

VACANCY – We have a vacancy for a Learning Support Auxiliary beginning in August 2010. 22 hours per week, £8787 – £9903 p.a. Closing date Friday 25th June 2010.  Contact the Headteacher for details.

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