School news 20th August 2010

Exam Success – Gairloch High pupils received another good trawl of results this year in National Examinations.

Roxanne Ramsay achieved A passes in Advanced Higher Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  This is an excellent result by any standard due to the high levels of personal commitment required at this standard.  Advanced Highers will have prepared Roxanne well for University study.

Many of the other S6 pupils that left school at the summer, appear to have achieved the grades required to continue with further and higher education.

Well done also to Anna Hulme, Conal McDonagh and Carianne Johnston in fourth year.  All three pupils passed 8 subjects at the top level.

In fifth year, 6 pupils achieved 5 Higher passes in one sitting.  School Dux, Sophie Donald received 5 A passes and Jennifer Leonard, Ella McDonagh, Katrina Port & Alasdair Paul received 4 A’s and a B.  James Staddon also gained five Higher passes.  Many other pupils in the year also achieved a successful mix of Higher and Intermediate exam passes.

Higher English produced 17 passes (8 of which were Grade A) while successful results in the Higher Music, Art, French & German stand out alongside Higher History.

Although there has been concern regarding the lack of a teacher specialising in History several staff in the school have worked incredibly hard to make sure that the pupils don’t lose out.  Ms Velt prepared the Higher candidates very well and this has resulted in all the candidates passing the final exam.  Three of those achieved Grade A.

Mrs Somers has provided a similarly impressive success in the fourth year Standard Grade History course thereby preparing pupils for future progress.  Both these teachers, while maintaining good results in their main subjects, typically represent the dedication and commitment of all the teachers to work with the pupils to give them the best chance possible of exam success.

Every year we analyse the results closely to see how we can improve our teaching.  Although some pupils may be disappointed, overall the results are very encouraging and the individual success of many pupils very good.  Well done to everyone who put in the effort this year.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Over the summer Roxanne Ramsay took part in her Gold Expedition and has now effectively completed her Gold Award. The following pupils received their Bronze Award at Assembly on Tuesday 17th August: Kim Lister, David Gorman, Conal McDonagh & Alexander McFedries.  Well done to each of these pupils.

Schools Bible Project – Pupils from S2 had work submitted for this UK wide project as part of their RE course.  Ainlsie MacKenzie, Rebecca Griggs, Laura Ridehalgh, Emma Morrison, Ryan MacLean and Caitlin Johnston (now S3) all received certificates of merit for the high standard of their work.

Visitors from Malawi – Two teachers from our link school, Mr Chimtali and Ms Ajawa, arrived in Scotland on Wednesday 18th August and will be with us for two weeks.  They will be working with pupils and teachers in the High School and Primaries developing joint projects and letting us learn more about life in their country. We hope that many people in the community will have the opportunity to meet with them while they are here and we invite you to join us at a community ceilidh on Saturday 28th August.

Parent Council – Parents organised themselves along with help from some staff and former pupils to sell burgers at the Highland Gathering on the 2nd July.  The fare was popular and £450 was raised on that day.  The stalwart of the burger stand over the last two years has been Mrs. Yvonne Spence.  Thanks to Yvonne, on behalf of staff and pupils, for her active contribution in supporting the school in recent years.  Whether in her role as a member of the Parent Council or while helping DofE pupils and others learn basic cookery she has been a wonderful support to the school.  We hope that she will still be available to work with pupils even although her two daughters have now left school.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra projectGairloch music pupils are fortunate in being chosen to work with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra during August on a project about Minimalist Music, culminating in a concert in Eden Court Theatre in September.

Former Pupil Success – We have been notified by the University of Glasgow of the following awards:  Euan Long – B.Eng and Douglas McNeil – M.Eng.  University of Aberdeen has awarded Nicola Young MA in Psychology.  Congratulations to these three former pupils.  If anyone is aware of other former pupil success at any level please let us know via the school office.

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