School news 26th November 2010

Remembrance 2010 – It was an honour and a privilege to see so many of our pupils involved in the Remembrance Ceremonies in Poolewe, Aultbea and Gairloch.  As members of the ATC they showed that the commitment and sacrifice of our Armed Forces is not forgotten.  At the Gairloch Memorial senior pupils Anna Hulme and Jennifer Leonard played the bagpipes to great effect for all present.  View press photos here.

Remembrance 2010

Homework Policy – All pupils have taken home for parents and carers an updated summary of the new Homework Policy.  This was developed and agreed by all staff in the school.  Copies are available here on the school website.

Crofting Connections visit to Parliament – Gairloch High School has joined the second year of the Crofting Connections programme and to celebrate this event, Mr. Milner was invited with two pupils from S1 to Holyrood.  This was a celebration of Crofting Connections so far, including produce from school gardens and local crofts.  There was also an impressive range of products bearing the Scottish Crofting Produce Mark.

Crofting Connections

After travelling down by train on Tuesday, the three met pupils and staff from all over the Highlands and Islands at the Central Youth Hostel in Edinburgh.  96 pupils from 48 schools!  The next morning, Wednesday 10th November, Alasdair and Calum were given a tour of the Scottish Parliament building. In the afternoon they visited Dynamic Earth.

The evening reception at Holyrood allowed an opportunity to meet MSP’s and to learn a little more about Crofting Connections from the other pupils and invited crofters.

We now need the support of our local crofters to develop this in school so if you have the time, and you fancy sharing your knowledge to S1 pupils, we want to hear from you!  If you have a spare piece of land, close to the school, we could use it.  If you have a spare hen hut – we need one!  Click here to see more photos.

Interview Skills Day – This event took place on Thursday 18th November.  All S6 pupils along with any younger pupils known to be leaving were asked to complete an application, which was submitted to interviewers prior to the day. Each applicant received a half hour vetting from 2 interviewers.  Pupils were scored on their application and personal qualities, such as appearance, confidence and manner.  At the interview they were assessed on their eye contact, communication skills and the quality of their answers.

Mr. Port thanks members of the Dingwall Rotary Club and consultants from Skills Development Scotland along with locals Marylynn Burbridge and Sue Morrissey for bringing their experience to the benefit of the interviewees.

Feedback from the interviewers and the pupils suggest that this continues to be a valuable exercise.  A gentleman from the Dingwall Rotary remarked that in Gairloch they had the pleasure of meeting young adults rounded in character and full of ambition.  Well done to those who took part!

Pupil Success – Peter Banks (S3) travels to Inverness with his parents 6 days a week.  This is a massive commitment from Peter who still has a week of school to fit around this training.  Recently Peter competed in the 100m Breast Stroke and 200m Breast Stroke at the Highland Schools Swimming competition.  He won Silver in both races.  Congratulations Peter!

Tapadh Leibh – the CD currently available and raising funds for the Highland Hospice and 2 Lochs Radio has some Gairloch High pupils participating.  Ainslie MacKenzie, Ciaran Alexander, Kenny MacKenzie, Callum MacKenzie, Ruan Urquhart, Jamie MacDonald, Alasdair MacDonald & Chloe Allengame all sing on the CD.

The first 4 pupils took the time to learn the songs, attend a recording session after school and also supported the ceilidh to launch the CD.  Our first year pupils recorded their songs while still in Primary but both Ruan and Jamie came along to the ceilidh as High School pupils to support it.  Trish MacDonald (on behalf of the Loch Ewe Area Group) passed on thanks to all of the pupils.  It is always a pleasure to hear of pupils getting involved in community ventures like this.  Well done to each of them!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Anna Hulme and Ella McDonagh received their Silver Award at assembly recently.  Sarah MacKenzie, Rhoda Tippett, Rachel Mackenzie, Margaret Matheson, Keith Robertson and Gemma Urquhart all received their Bronze Award.  Well done to each of these pupils!

Association of British Riding Schools – Kim and Jade Watson in S6 have received Teacher’s Assistant Certificates.

Comenius trip to Latvia – A report on the recent trip is available here..

iDiscover Day 4 – The Happy Puzzle Experience – All S1 and S2 pupils were involved in a single event on Wednesday 17th November.  Accompanied by Mrs. Whall the pupils took part in the event in the Community Hall.  The programme began with a puzzle solved by the entire group through brainstorming.  The intention of the day was to demonstrate how, by looking at information from different perspectives it is possible to solve problems, with perseverance, which previously may not have appeared possible.

Climbing Wall – Last Saturday the new wall was officially opened by Councillor Richard Greene.  Around 300 people including guests and sponsors turned up to take part in a fun day to celebrate the completion and opening of the wall.  This new facility is now available for use by the school pupils, members of the community and visitors.  Photographs and details of the event are available on the school website.  BBC Alba filmed the event and recorded interviews in English and Gaelic for use in their news programme.

Thanks to the Parent Council for helping with tea and cakes throughout the day.  Many parents contributed to the wonderful spread and guests took the time to point out how very impressed they were with this indication of parental support.  Many staff were on hand along with members of the local mountain rescue teams to help Leisure staff run and organize the events on the wall, on the spin bikes and the indoor rowing machines throughout the day.  The coastguard also had a presence along with various other stands in the hall.  We showed climbing films throughout the day however the highlight was the large number of children and adults who put harnesses and ropes on.  Many present on the day took part in the climbing and there was a very healthy buzz of activity.

Anyone in the community wishing to access the new wall should contact the Leisure Centre for further information.

Opening Ceremony

Parent Council AGM – This event was held in the school on the evening of Monday 15th November.  The Council for the coming year was elected and parents heard updates from senior staff.  Viv Caird from the Alcohol and Addictions Counselling Service gave a presentation that was very well received.  Details are available here on the Parent Council area of the website.

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