School news 15th October 2010

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal – Once again, we are participating in the annual Blythswood shoebox appeal.  The appeal was launched at assembly on Monday 20th September by Mr Danny Muschate of Blythswood and all pupils have received leaflets. The collection date this year is Monday 1st November, so boxes should be brought to school by Friday 29th October.

We encourage everyone to contribute either individually, or by getting together with some friends to make a box together, to give someone less fortunate a better Christmas this year.  Several staff and pupils handed in their boxes before the break up for October holiday last Friday.

Highland Youth Voice elections – Congratulations to Ian Paul and Katie Allan in S4.  They were elected as representatives for Highland Youth Voice.  HYV is an elected youth parliament for the Highlands for young people aged 14-18.  It is an initiative supported by Highland Council, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Northern Constabulary and NHS Highland.  Katie and Ian will represent our young people in Gairloch High School.  They will discuss issues at HYV conferences and will take part in youth events in Skye and Badaguish.

Work Experience – The school would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and members of the community for all the support you have given to our S4 pupils throughout the Work Experience week that ran from the 4th – 8th October.  Without this support, the experience would not have taken place or been so worthwhile.

Work experience encourages the personal development of our pupils, provides them with an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the world of work, helps them to make connections between what they learn at school and the skills and attitudes required by employers.

In school this event could not take place without the impressive efforts of Mrs. Flora MacKenzie and we are very grateful for her hard work on behalf of the pupils.

Mod Ionadail Rois an Iar – Ghabh am Mod Ionadail àite ann am Poll Iù air an 24mh den t-Sultain. Ghabh sia-deug de na sgoilearan againn pàirt ann an co-fharpaisean Gàidhlig le feadhainn eile a’ gabhail pàirt ann an co-fharpaisean ciùil. Chòrd an latha ris gach sgoilear a ghabh pàirt.

Wester Ross Local Mod – The Local Mod took place in Poolewe on the 24th of September.  Sixteen of our pupils took part in Gaelic competitions with others taking part in musical competitions.  All the pupils who took part enjoyed the day.

Iseabail NicAsgail a’ cèilidh oirnn – An latha ron Mhod, thàinig an seinneadair ainmeil Iseabail NicAsgail a-steach chun na sgoile agus rinn i dà bhùth-obrach. Anns a’ chiad tè, dh’obraich i còmhla ri sgoilearan fileanta anns an dàrna bliadhna. Anns an dàrna te, dh’obraich le cuid aig an robh Gàidhlig, cuid a bha ag ionnsachadh agus feadhainn aig nach robh ach a bha airson dhà no thrì òrain Ghàidhlig ionnsachadh. Chòrd an cothrom a bha seo ris gach neach a bha an làthair.

Ishbel MacAskill Visit – The day before the Mod, the famous Gaelic singer Ishbel MacAskill came into school and led two singing workshops.  In the first, she worked with the fluent speakers in S2.  In the second, she worked with a variety of pupils – some Gaelic speakers, some learners and some who had no Gaelic but who were keen to learn some songs.  The workshops were a great success and enjoyed by all.

iDiscover Day 2 – On the 30th September all of S1 and S2 were again involved in one of three experiences. ‘Robostuff’ gave pupils the opportunity to work with mechanisms and sensors to produce devices such as animated dolls and vehicles based on their own ideas and creativity.  ‘Ring Leaders!’ looked at the organisation of a big sporting event, such as the Olympic Games, and all that is required to make it a success. Included in this was opportunity to try a number of exercises that athletes may use to train.  The third experience was ‘Social Gaming’ where pupils tried different games that are available on devices, such as Xbox, and on-line.  They developed knowledge of the different types of games and began to develop their own ideas for a game.  All these experiences offered pupils the chance to develop a wide variety of skills that will be reviewed in class.  Click here for photos of the pupils participating.

London Music – On the 23rd September Alasdair Paul attended and performed at the invitation of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, the launch of Edwyn Collin’s new album at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.  The following day he had the chance to do some recording at Edwyn’s studio.  “A great experience which I will remember for a long time to come”

Young Highland Musicians – We have a good number of pupils involved in various music groups this year.  The travel and commitment required by pupils and supportive parents is considerable and commendable!  Highland Regional Youth Orchestra – Sophie Donald.  Highland Youth String Orchestra – Rebecca Griggs and Oscar Howard.  Highland Youth Choir – Ainslie MacKenzie.  Snas – Ella McDonagh and Alasdair Paul.

Malawi Visit – By the time you read this Mr Hulme and Dr Caley should be making our reciprocal visit to Malawi to the school of Mr Winnex Chimtali.  This is our continuing part in the Global Link project. They will be in Malawi for two weeks and we will report on their progress in later issues.

‘Kurling’ Festival – This was organised by Mr. John Shearer in the High School Games Hall on the morning of Thursday 7th October.  48 P2 & P3 children from the Primaries had an hour and a half of fun and games culminating in a ‘kurling’ session.  The kurling ‘stones’ run on ball bearings and are ideal for the wooden floor of the games hall.  A number of senior pupils assisted on the day, each acting as  ‘Manager’ for a team of four infants. The Senior Pupils engaged well with the youngsters and helped them relax and mix with pupils from other schools.  The Festival culminated in a kurling match between a team of Primary teachers and a team of senior pupils.  It was a close run thing, but the seniors won by a slight margin.

Climbing Wall Upgrade

Gairloch Community Climbing Wall Project – Work began on the installation of the new wall on Saturday 9th October.  The company Avertical World is continuing the installation, which should take around three weeks.  There is an official opening arranged for Saturday 20th November to which everyone is invited!  Click here to view some photos of the transformation.

Important DatesAvailable here…

Fringe in Gairloch

Fringe Exhibition – We are fortunate to have on display in the library some of the exhibits from this exhibition recently on display at the ‘an talla solais’ gallery in Ullapool.  Please take the opportunity to visit this fascinating textile exhibition.

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