School news 29th October 2010

S4 Prelims – Pupils were issued with their Prelim timetables on their first day back along with guidelines for the exams.  STUDY CLUB for S4 begins after school on Tuesday 2nd November.  Classes continue on Wednesday and Thursday and we encourage S4 to take advantage of this extra tutorial time.

S1 Anti-bullying Day – On Thursday 7th October all of S1 took part in an Anti-Bullying Day.  The aim of the day was to make pupils aware of the different types of bullying and the responsibility we all have to help stop it.

The morning was spent watching short film clips of different bullying situations and discussing them.  The rest of the day was spent producing bullying fact sheets based on a school survey, anti-bullying posters, banners and sketches.  This work is now on display in the school but you can see photos here…. Thanks to Mrs. Whall for organizing this annual event.

DofE Bronze Qualifying Expedition to Big Sand – Following their very wet and windy expedition at Slattadale, a group of S4 pupils set out on their final expedition based at Big Sand on Mon 27th of September.

“The weather was great at Big Sand compared to Slattadale.  We made art sculptures in the sand; we also made a model of Big Sand using grass, sand, sticks, shells and stones on the beach.  We also did an A-Z of the campsite and a colour wheel.  We found some interesting things.  I really enjoyed the trip and would go back again.” – Rhoda Tippett.  Visit the school website if you wish to see some photos of this expedition and other activities.

S1 SMART CourseThe S1 pupils completed the first block of the new SMART course leading up to the recent break. This course has been designed to fulfil some of the requirements of a Curriculum for Excellence that cannot be achieved in the classroom.  SMART stands for “Self-reliance, maturity, activity, resilience and teamwork”.

So far, the pupils have been taking part in Forest School (with the help of Paul Bolton, the National Trust Ranger at Inverewe), have been maintaining and improving the school’s raised beds in preparation for next year’s crops and have been learning the basics of bike maintenance and control.  There’s a lot more planned – climbing on the new wall and basic cookery for starters. This course is proving very popular with pupils and the staff who run it.

SCO Masterclass and Concert – Gairloch High School Music pupils were lucky enough before the October holiday to participate in a project organised by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  It is part of their Masterworks Series, and was all about Minimalism.  The project started with a visit from 2 members of the orchestra, who came into school to do some preliminary work on the pieces to be studied, and also to try out some creative ideas.  On Monday 27th September, Music pupils travelled to Eden Court Theatre to be treated to a concert by the SCO of the Minimalist pieces.  The works were introduced and analysed by the Scottish composer, Paul Rissman, whose original style of presentation helped everyone enjoy the music even more.  This was a unique opportunity for staff and pupils, and it was much enjoyed by all.  View images here…

International Visits – Mrs. Campbell and Miss Hunter head off to Latvia on Saturday 30th October with four senior pupils.  We wish them well and look forward to reporting on the trip when they return.  Meanwhile we expect Dr. Caley and Mr. Hulme to return from Malawi this weekend.

Food Hygiene Course – On the first day of the October Holiday Mr. G Milner, Mrs. E MacRae, Mrs. C MacKenzie,, Ms. A Leitch, Mrs. F Johnston and Mrs. F MacKenzie all attended a food hygiene course run by Julie of Strath Stores.   Staff are keen to find ways of giving pupils the opportunity to learn about the basics of cooking and the associated hygiene.

Baxter’s Festival of Running – Several staff, parents and pupils and other locals took part in the 10k and 5k races in Inverness on Sunday 3rd October. Here are the results for the staff and pupils that participated as a school group:

5km race – Jordan Gorman S1, 18min 40 achieving 7th place.

Siobhan Vickerstaff S2, 35mins, Eilidh Johnston P7, 35mins, Sara Johnston P6, 33mins & Gregor Vickerstaff P6, 24mins.

Over 3000 did the 5km race.  Luke’s placing at 7th in this race was a rather excellent performance.  Well done!

10km race – Rhoda Tippett , 1hr 01:23, Andy Bowker, 41min 47, Carol Bulmer, 44min 54, Fiona Johnston, 48min 49, Gill Dean, 56min 12, Karen MacAllister, 56min 12.

Former pupil Roisin Somers accompanied by Anna MacIver came in at 1hr 20:10.

Kirsty Vickerstaff, Yvonne Leonard and Graeme Leonard also took part but if you want to know their times you should ask them, very creditable as they are!  Well done to all!

Basketball – The U15 basketball team were beaten 31 – 37 by Fortrose Academy during the last week before break.  A well-drilled Fortrose team punished a lack of experience in the first half.  It was a different story later in the game.  The boys did well to keep their heads up.  They tightened up their passing, worked out how to blunt Fortrose’s attacks and seemed to gain confidence. They steadily narrowed the gap, but couldn’t quite overcome their opponent’s lead.  Thanks to Strath Stores for providing fruit for the team.

Culture Club – Gairloch High School’s ‘Culture Club’ was launched before the October holiday.  A selection of pupils from all year groups showed their interest in travelling through to Inverness or elsewhere to attend and view plays, concerts, ballets, films and exhibitions.  Pupils will be accompanied by interested members of staff using the minibus for transportation.  It is hoped that trips will take place two or three times a term and, to get the club off to a good start, we are currently trying to arrange our first visit to see an evening performance of ‘The Marriage of Figaro‘ by Scottish Opera in Eden Court at the beginning of November.

Important Dateshere

Canteen Information – The school menus for the autumn term are now available to view on the school website.

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