School news 2nd July 2010

Staffing – Pupils and staff bid farewell to computing teacher Mr A. McSwan last week.  Mr McSwan joined the school two years ago and made a stalwart contribution to many aspects of school life.  We wish him well for the future as he enters married life and begins a new job in the Scottish Borders.

DofE Silver Cycling Assessment – Congratulations to Kirsty Alexander, Alasdair MacLennan, Conal McDonagh, Anna Hulme and Alasdair Paul, who have all passed their DofE silver expedition. They used school mountain bikes and trailers to travel on old drove roads from Contin to Ullapool via Strath Vaich, Croick, Duag Bridge and Knockdamph, over three days. Mr Johnston and Mr Milner supervised them. Mrs Johnston assessed the group. The pupils started training for this expedition in January. Thanks also to Mr Gorman, Mr Sutherland and Andy Bowker who have all helped them get their cycle skills, fitness and mechanical ability up to the necessary standard.

DofE Bronze Walking Assessment – 19 pupils from S3 took part in DofE bronze qualifying expeditions on 21st and 22nd June. After a misty and slightly drizzly start, the weather remained dry and even hot on the second day, but the midgies were out in force. All teams completed their expeditions successfully and in good spirits. Many thanks to Dougie Coull for arriving to collect us in the bus with a wonderful spread of refreshments which were greatly appreciated by participants and leaders alike.

Thinking in Stereo – A recent project involving Anne Marie Goldie, the well-known Scottish radio presenter, resulted in the production of a short radio programme by the current S1 pupils.  Two Lochs Radio recently broadcast the programme and each pupil received a copy on a CD.  See the photographs here…

S1 Debate 23rd June 2010This House believes that Scottish school pupils take their education for granted. The S1 cross-curricular debate has become an annual event in the English Department.  This year S1 researched the issues in Social Subjects and learned in English how to participate in a parliamentary-style debate.  Several points were argued persuasively by the three teams of two on each side, and the audience of S2 contributed several more in the “Floor debate”.  The motion was defeated by a substantial majority.  Holly Morrison and Ceitidh Hulme were judged to be the best team, and others were complimented for individual strengths.  See some photographs here…

For the motion:  C Wyatt + E Owens; H Morrison + C Hulme; K MacKenzie + J MacRae

Against the motion:  S Parsons + C Street; J Claydon + P Hill       J MacLean + C Alexander

Malawi Backpack Appeal – This year Gairloch High School will be sending 21 Back Packs to Scottish International Relief.  The backpacks will then be shipped to children in countries such as Malawi, Uganda, Liberia and Romania. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the project this year.

Parent Council at the Gathering – Thanks to the members of the Parent Council and volunteers who ran a burger stand on the 4th July to raise funds for the school.

More Pupil Success – Ross MacDonald took part in the Lairg Music Festival on Saturday 19th June. He entered 3 competitions and was placed 1st in 2 of them and 2nd in the other one. He won the 16-18 accordion solo March Strathspey and Reel and the Open solo Pipe March Strathspey and Reel.

Ross is is a pupil of David MacKenzie in Dingwall and will the joining National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton this August.  Read more here…

Conal McDonagh has also been offered a place at Plockton.  While we wish both boys the best for the future it is a great loss of talent to the school and they will be sorely missed!

World Cup Football – On the last day of term most pupils took part in a football competition. Spain took the boys tournament while Rangers won for the girls.  Thanks to Mr Cumming and other staff who took on the organisation of this event.  See some photographs here…

School resumes for pupils on Tuesday 17th August.  Check out the website for photographs of prizegiving and sports events.

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