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.

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