School news 12th November 2010

Medical Careers Presentation – On Monday 1st Nov, former pupil, now Dr. Abbey Gray, made the time to come into school to talk about Medicine as a career.  Dr. Gray’s commented: Thanks for inviting me in to talk to the pupils.  I think there were about 40 pupils in the end, and it was a lively afternoon! I was very impressed at their behaviour; they remained quiet and attentive for the most part, but spoke out when required.

I tried to teach them a few medical facts along the way, and when I tested them at the end I was amazed that they all remembered all of the answers – they were certainly a credit to the school.

Abbey’s presentation was excellent and the pupils who volunteered to go along have all been very complimentary.  If you are a former pupil and feel you have information that would be worth telling our pupils -careers, training, travel, apprenticeships, work etc. then please get in touch with Mr. Milner.

Sgrìobhadh san SgìreChaidh bùth-obrach sgrìobhaidh chruthachail a chumail air a’ chiad latha dhen t-Samhainn airson nam fileantach air a’ chiad, an dàrna, an treas agus an còigeamh bliadhna. Bha sinn fortanach gur e Iain F. MacLeòid, sgrìobhadair ainmeil ann an Gàidhlig ’s Beurla, a bha a’ stiùireadh na bùtha-obrach. Dh’ionnsaich na sgoilearan a bha a’ gabhail pàirt innleachdan cuideachail gus sgeulachd ghoirid a chruthachadh. Bidh Iain F. MacLeòid a’ tilleadh chun na sgoile tràth an ath bhliadhna gus am faic e na sgeulachdan a tha na sgoilearan air sgrìobhadh anns an eadar-àma.

Gaelic Writing Workshop A creative writing workshop was held on 1st November for the fluent speakers in first, second, third and fifth year. We were fortunate that Iain F. MacLeod, a famous writer in Gaelic and English, was leading this workshop. The pupils learned various useful strategies to create a short story. Iain F. MacLeod will return early next year to see the stories created by the pupils as a result of this workshop.

Charities – Jeans for Genes Day took place on Friday 29th October. Jeans for Genes is a charity that aims to improve the lives of children with genetic disorders, care for their families and invest in research. Pupils (and staff) wear their jeans to school in return for a contribution towards this worthwhile cause. A total of £180.90 was raised. The Blythswood Shoebox Appeal picked up 39 boxes.  Thanks to everyone who supported both these worthwhile causes.

Highland Small Schools’ 7 aside Football League – Two senior boys’ teams travelled to Dornoch on Saturday October 30th for the North Qualifying section of the Small Schools’ 7 aside Football League.  The two Gairloch teams played each other in the opening fixture with the score being 0-0.

The Gairloch A team narrowly lost their other three fixtures against Ullapool, Dornoch A and B while the Gairloch B team won their remaining games convincingly, scoring eight and only conceding one. The scorers were Nicholas Stein (4), David Gorman (3) and Roddy MacLennan (1).

Gairloch B topped the league at the end of the fixtures and has progressed to the semi-finals.  They will play the runners up of the South Qualifying section for a place in the final.

Thanks to Mr. Johnston and Mr. Cumming for organising Gairloch’s participation in the event.  Photos on the website!

The S2 Boys football team has now joined the senior team in the finals at the end of the month.  They won four out of their five games winning against Ullapool, Farr and Dornoch.  An excellent team performance and a credit to the school.

Art Trip to Inverness – On Friday 29th October, various S5/6 pupils accompanied Ms. Gulliver to Millburn Academy where tutors from Duncan of Jordanstone, the Art College in Dundee, had displayed a selection of last year’s successful portfolios for school pupils and staff to view.  A couple of the tutors spoke about the college, the courses, the application procedures and the different approaches of the four major Scottish Art Schools.

We also visited an exhibition at the Inverness Art Gallery.  The gallery is currently part of a network across the UK that are participating in the ‘Artist Rooms’ scheme.   This has enabled the work of notable artists to be viewed in remote areas.  Currently, in Inverness, the work of Ed Ruscha can be seen – an American artist linked with the Pop, Conceptual and Minimalist movements.  Ruscha draws inspiration from cinema and film, the flat, featureless landscapes of the American West, the visual noise of the city, and the power of typography.

At the gallery there was also a photography exhibition of work by Patricia and Angus MacDonald.  ‘The Edge’ contains large, dramatic aerial photographs portraying the archipelago of the Hebrides, combining Boreal (northern) and Atlantic (western) qualities of climate and ecology.

Basketball – On Wednesday 4th November, the S1 basketball team played their first game in the National Schools’ Cup competition, away against Alness Academy. They won 48 – 6. All their practice is paying off – this was a really encouraging team performance. Well done! Next game is home against Fortrose, 3:30 PM on Wednesday 17th November.  View photos of the team in action and the new strip here…

Hockey – A mixed hockey team travelled to Inverness on Saturday, 30th October, to compete in the competition for the InverRoss cup.  This was the first time the team had played competitively. They got off to a fairly nervous start, playing Inverness High A team, and lost 4:2. However, by the day’s finish Inverness High had made the finals and Gairloch was the only team to score against them in the qualifying rounds.  In their second game, (against Millburn B) the Gairloch team began to relax and started to play well, both individually and as a team.  Unfortunate to lose this game 2:1 they drew with Glenurquhart in the next.  By their fourth match, they were playing extremely well together and they won a very convincingly 3:0.  The play-off for seventh spot in the competition, against Millburn A team, was hard fought but Gairloch deserved their 3:2 win.  Well done to the team of 7 boys and 3 girls, from S2 and S3: their performance against teams from larger schools who play regularly was excellent.  Thanks to Kim Watson (S6) for her support and encouragement on the day and Mrs Hildrey for her coaching.

The Marriage of Figaro – The new ‘Culture Club’ visited Eden Court on the 4th November to see an evening performance by Scottish Opera.  Everyone involved enjoyed the spectacle – thanks to Ms Gulliver for arranging this thrilling evening.

Important DatesClick here.

Malawi Report – The report by Mr Hulme of his visit to Malawi with Dr Caley to visit our link school in Dedza is available here on our new GLOBAL LINK area of the website.

Grand Opening of the new Community Climbing Wall – this Saturday in the Leisure Centre 11am onwards!  Official opening at 12noon.  See how it has come along by watching the slide show here…

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