School news 28th January 2011

Gairloch High School Dance The Dance will now take place on Friday 11th February.

Organising the Christmas Dance each year is a complicated affair involving many different people.  Apart from the great disappointment of postponement before the holiday it becomes quite a task to bring all the parties together again for another evening at relatively short notice.  Thank you to the staff in the school, the local garage – Murdo and the drivers, the musicians and Lyn MacKenzie at the Community Hall for their support and flexibility in agreeing a new date.

Existing tickets will still be valid and if any other pupil now wishes to attend then they can purchase a ticket (£4) from the office.  This date is immediately after the S5/S6 prelim exams end and prior to the February break.

S5/6 Prelims – Pupils in S5/6 have been working with their teachers preparing and planning for their exams, which start at the end of this month.  The school website has a range of resources to help pupils make the best use of their study time.  We would ask that parents support pupils in preparation for these important exams.

Study Club – To further support S4, S5 & S6 pupils for exams teachers run extra study classes between 3.30pm and 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for three weeks before each set of prelims.  We also provide three days of tuition on the first Monday of the Easter Holiday.   All three year groups are encouraged to attend these sessions to hone their skills and get focused help on subject issues.

Mountain Rescue Team & Coastguard visit Gairloch High SchoolThe visit was organised this year by Miss Dean and supported by Mrs. Johnston and Mr. Sutherland.  Headteacher John Port expressed his grateful thanks to Eoghain MacLean and his colleagues in the Torridon MRT and the Coastguard pilots for giving our pupils such a valuable experience of this important service.  Click here to read more and see photographs of the event.

Highland Music Festival Ella McDonagh, Alasdair Paul, Becky Griggs, Oscar Howard and Ainslie Mackenzie, as members of the Regional groups, took part in more rehearsals last weekend.  The event took place at Millburn Academy in Inverness throughout the weekend.

S2 options for S3/4 – S2 will have had a talk on their options for courses starting in May and will have a course list to complete. This will allow a start to be made on producing an option form. As explained in the letter sent home to S2 parents recently, this is the first stage in a long process and parental input is welcomed. If any parent has any query regarding this, please contact the school and ask to speak to Mr Hulme.

S4 options for S5 – S4 have been issued with a list of subjects which the school hopes to offer next year to allow the process of building the timetable to begin.  While the emphasis is on working towards the exams in May, a little time needs to be given to this task. Pupils have been asked to consult with their parents about this and should have returned the forms by the time this is read. If any parent has any query regarding this, please contact the school and ask to speak to Mr Hulme.

Chess – The Chess Competition finally concluded last week after much interruption due to the weather.  The winner was William Smith with Neil MacIver runner-up. The competition allowed pupils to help win points for their houses for participation as well as success in the competition.  The overall winners were Tollaidh followed by Maree then Kerry.  Well done to everyone who took part in this event and thanks to Mrs. Whall for supervising.

Important Dates – Check here for details.

S1 GRAND BRING AND BUY SALE – Saturday 12th March 2011

Stalls and Competitions in the Gairloch Community Hall plus The BIG Raffle!

We would welcome any or all of the following donations: baking, books, DVDs & CDs, bric-a-brac, plants, electrical items in good working order, toys, clothes in good condition, jewellery, bottles and raffle prizes.  We can auction anything within reason (antiques a speciality!)

Items for the sale can be:

  • handed to any member of the school
  • delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 11th March between 3.30 and 6pm
  • collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – S1 are on the loose!

Grand Annual Fundraiser for Nethybridge and selected charities.

School news 14th January 2011

Happy New Year from all at Gairloch High SchoolMany of the memories of last term will focus on the substantial disruption caused by dangerous road conditions across the area before Christmas.  This had a significant effect on the ability of the school to operate effectively.  In recent history the school has not suffered such loss of time and several events had to be postponed as a result.  As you can see from the rest of the news here many things did continue to take place however we still have to make arrangements for the school dance.  Other events such as the quiz, the Krypton Factor and the indoor rowing competition were also victims of the disruption.

With regard to ongoing studies staff provided senior pupils in particular, with extra work to assist in exam preparation.  The expectation, made explicit at assembly, that if school is disrupted then pupils should be working at home.  Additional resources were provided on the school website in the event of continuing disruption.  The website already has substantial links to learning resources and staff take time to show pupils these in school, so that they can be used to back up class work.

Meanwhile the Christmas posters painted by pupils still hang in the Hall and the tree still stands.  The dance will take place and we all hope that the weather will not challenge us unduly in the coming months.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – The following pupils received their Bronze Award at assembly before Christmas: Carianne Johnston, Jake Bulmer, David Robertson, Callum Vickerstaff and Fraser Hinchliff .  Well done to each of them!

C for Craic Music CD‘Confusion In A Box’, the debut album of Gairloch High School folk group, C for Craic, appeared on the 20th of December.  It is available from Gairloch High School office and other local outlets at £10.  A collection of contemporary Scottish Music, new arrangements and featuring ‘Big On The Pig’ an original tune recorded here for the first time.  The CD has already featured on Two Lochs Radio.  Read more here…

GHS 2011 Calendar – The Gairloch High School Calendar for 2011 is on sale from the school office at £5.00 a copy.  A wide selection of artwork produced by pupils over the past year is on display month by month and all proceeds from sales go to school funds. This is a simple inexpensive and colourful way of supporting your local secondary school while encouraging the work of the pupils.  Well done to Ms. P Gulliver for putting this together with the support of the Parent Council and Alex Gray at Wordworks.  Our thanks also go to local businesses whose sponsorship helped us with printing costs.

Film G – During the last few months, pupils in S2 and S6 Gaelic classes have been taking part in the FilmG competition. FilmG is a short-films’ competition for teenagers between 12 and 17 years of age.  Their challenge was to create a five-minute Gaelic film. The topic this year was ‘The Upper Hand’.

The film produced by Gairloch High School pupils can be seen at

Feel free to click on Bruth airson Bhotadh (Click to vote).

Thairis air na miòsan mu dheireadh, tha sgoilearan eadar an dàrna bliadhna agus an siathamh bliadhna air a bhith a’ gabhail pàirt ann an co-fharpais FilmG. ’S e co-fharpais fhilmichean goirid a tha ann am FilmG airson deugairean eadar 12 agus 17 bliadhna a dh’aois. ’S e an dùbhlan a bha aca film còig mionaidean a dh’fhaide sa Ghàidhlig a chruthachadh. ’S e ‘Làmh an Uachdar’ cuspair na bliadhna-sa.

Chithear am film a chruthaich sgoilearan Àrdsgoil Gheàrrloch aig

Chess – In the past our chess-playing pupils have achieved trophies at regional UK level.  Each year we present certificates to pupils on behalf of the UK Chess Challenge.  We also had a large tournament in the school a few years ago for our pupils. Before Christmas Mrs. Whall received a Gold Certificate (on behalf of the school) from the British Land UK Chess Challenge as a show of thanks for ongoing participation in this national event.  The school has been involved for the last 8 years.  The certificate will hang in the entrance foyer along side others that are presented to the school.

Highland Music Festival On the 20th November Sophie Donald, S6 took part in a musical event at the MacDonald Centre in Aviemore.  In the last issue before Christmas we published Sophie’s report.

Ella McDonagh, Alasdair Paul, Becky Griggs, Oscar Howard and Ainslie Mackenzie, as members of the Regional groups, also took part in the Aviemore festival.  Each of the pupils will be involved in another event this weekend in Inverness and we expect to provide another report in the next issue.

Latvian Evening – Instead of the traditional Carol Concert, Miss Hunter, with the help of pupils and other staff, put on a Latvian Christmas Evening before the holidays.  This included a slide show presentation by four senior pupils along with the chance for those present to try out some Latvian folk dancing and eat some traditional Latvian cookies.  The pupils described their travels and encounters and provided some interesting information about the country.  Thanks also to the Parent Council who provided support for the evening in the form of a lovely seasonal spread of tea, coffee, juice and cakes.

Important Dates – Check here for details…

Invigilators – The school has a need to add to its pool of invigilators for the 2011 diet of exams.  If you are interested in taking on this duty, may be just for the odd morning or afternoon between 3rd May and 6th June, please call the school (712275) and ask to speak to Mr. Hulme who will give you more information.