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…

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