School news 25th February 2011

Gairloch High School Dance – The social event of the school year took place on the evening of Friday 11th February. It was a great success with music, food and dancing right up to the final Strip the Willow at 11pm. Thanks to everyone who makes this fabulous occasion possible – the list is long but the pupils appreciate it. Office staff in the school that sell tickets and organize the finance. Mrs Fraser and Ms Leitch, along with others too numerous to mention, who purchase and prepare the half-time banquet. On the night this group of ladies spend the first half of the evening in the school preparing the food while the pupils dance to the music. The Gairloch Ceilidh Band was great and Campbell Elder gave a creditable performance as Master of Ceremonies! Prior to the dance the PE staff work hard in school teaching and reinforcing the dance skills required to allow S1 to S6 pupils to participate comfortably with reels, waltzes and Boston Two Steps. Our piping tutor, Mr. Andrew Shilliday supported four senior pipers who provided a rousing start to the evening as is traditional at our dance. We also rely greatly and are appreciative of the support of the garage for transport to and from the dance along with additional minibus driving from Mr. Bowker and Dr. Shearer.

Finally it is worth mentioning that it is the pupils’ participation and enthusiasm that make this such an event and worthy of the effort put in by so many.   Above is a photo of the current S6 pupils taken at the dance.  Click on the photo to see more photos and some video clips from the event.

INSET Activities – Last week staff had three days of in-service training. On each of the three days all teachers were involved in valuable meetings both in school and in Inverness. These meetings allow planning time and provide opportunities for staff to meet fellow professionals. This face-to-face contact and discussion with colleagues from other schools is particularly valuable in small schools where subject specialists are working in isolation providing a full range of courses to pupils from S1 to Advanced Higher at University level in S6.

Parent and Community Support – The Spring Market organised by Nicky Hayes on Saturday 12th February raised over £200 to support Gairloch High School’s partnership with Mlozi School, Malawi. We would like to thank Nicky for her efforts and enthusiasm on our behalf and also everyone who supported us by donating items, buying raffle tickets and taking part in the various competitions.

iDiscover Day 6 – On Tuesday 8th February S1 and S2 pupils took part in their next set of iDiscover activities. Science Busking returned along with InventorBox at the request of a new group of pupils. Apple Computers delivered Making an App and pupils were shown how to develop ‘Apps’ for iPads and iPhones. Open your Mind was also invited along at the request of the pupils – this activity was designed to develop thinking skills.

There were also some extra visitors filming and interviewing staff and pupils about the benefits of the project for the school. You can see photos of pupils involved in these activities on the website along with photos from the non-uniform day

UNICEF non-uniform day

UNICEF Non-uniform day – On Friday 11th February staff and pupils raised £230. This will be contributed towards the UNICEF collection for Guyana. We had fun by wearing non-uniform and some very strange hats!

Important DatesCheck here for details.

S1 Bring and Buy – Saturday 12th March – 10am in the Community Hall

Stalls, Competitions and the BIG Raffle!

We 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.

Grand Annual Fundraiser for Nethybridge and selected charities.

School news 11th February 2011

Big Green Challenge Debating Competition – The first rounds of this S2 competition sponsored by Highland and Islands Enterprise took place in various schools during January.  The Gairloch High School team- Holly Morrison, Siobhan Vickerstaff and Innis Taylor – were successful in making it through to the second round against a strong Plockton High School team on Friday 28th January.  Praised for their close teamwork, they made a convincing case against the motion “This House believes that renewable energy will bring lots of benefits to communities”, arguing that with benefits come significant disadvantages.  The next round takes place in March.  Read more about the challenge.

Former Pupil SuccessTom Hardman has successfully finished his Royal Marine training and attained his ‘green lid’ and Commando flashes.  Well-done Tom!  Roxanne Ramsay is currently taking part in a one-year trip to Uganda with the Project trust.  You can read a report on the school website and view some photographs.

Ross-shire Schools Cross Country Championships – On 2nd February, a team of 10 S1-S3 pupils travelled to Alness for the Ross-shire Schools Cross Country Championships accompanied by Mrs. Johnston and Mr. Bowker.  Congratulations to Louis Stein who was 7th in the U15 boys’ race and Jordan Gorman who was 9th in the U14 age group.  Our runners all successfully negotiated a challenging, muddy course in cold and wet conditions.  Although pupils have been taking part in cross country during PE classes this term and a hardy few have come running after school with Fit Club on Thursdays.  All runners agreed that more training is needed to challenge pupils from other schools.  Click here for some photos taken at the event.

Scottish Ballet – Culture Club’s second outing of the session took place at the end of January.  We went through again to Eden Court, this time to see Scottish Ballet perform ‘Cinderella‘.  The sets and the costumes were splendid and the dancing magnificent.  It was a long performance and we were late home but, despite being tired the next day, everyone agreed that it was definitely worthwhile.

Culture Club members are now proudly sporting new badges and are looking forward to another trip at the end of February, this time to see Ballet Rambert – two ballets in quick succession, but vastly different in style and content.

Basketball – On Wednesday 26th January the S1 basketball team played Fortrose Academy in the latest game in the National Schools’ Cup.  After being ten points down in the first quarter, the boys pulled back by half time and then went ahead to win 36 – 24.  Thanks to Strath Stores for providing fruit and Richard Spence for baking after-match scones. The team is undefeated and goes through to the next round of the cup, with a tough game against Culloden Academy on 27th February.

Mr. Johnston and Mr. Gorman accompanied the U15 team to Charleston Academy last Saturday, where they played Sgiol Lionacleit (Uist) and Alness Academy.  The Lionacleit game was nail biting, with the boys hanging on to a one point lead for most of the third quarter, but then losing some baskets to go down 19 – 26. Several of the Alness team play for the Highland U15 team however and our team lost 16 – 47  (last time they met they lost 20 – 68!)  The U15 team will not go through to the next round of the cup, but the dramatic improvement in their game and their enthusiasm is really encouraging.

Also, congratulations to Jordan Gorman, who was part of the Highland U14 team playing in Glasgow at the weekend.  This team is at the top of the West of Scotland league.

International Women’s Day – This event is marked on the 8th of March every year.  It is a major day of global celebration of women.  In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.  The first IWD was observed in March 1911 and so this year, in 2011, we celebrate its centenary.  Read more about the day throughout history here…

To mark this event in Gairloch High School, girls and women in the school and the wider community are invited to nominate a woman whose life they would like to celebrate.  She can be a historical figure or contemporary.  She might be a political activist or prominent in the world of sport or the arts.  She could be a local hero, or even your mum!

Special forms have been made out for this purpose, which will be given out to girls and staff in the school.  But it is hoped that as many women in the community as possible will also join in this event.  Forms can be picked up in the library.  Please nominate your choice clearly on the form and write a few lines (or many!) to tell us why this woman means something to you.  You may add photographs or decoration if you like.  Don’t forget to include your own name.  You may complete as many forms as you like.

Please hand your forms back in to the library before 8th March when they will be displayed alongside other entries to celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.  (For more information please contact Yasmeen Hollenstein at the library or Pat Gulliver at the school.)

Gairloch High School Dance Weather permitting the School Dance takes place on Friday 11th February.  Thanks to everyone who makes this possible and we will provide an update next issue.  Photographs of the event will be available on the school website soon.

Important DatesCheck the website here…