School news 11th March 2011

iDiscover – S1 and S2 pupils were involved with another enjoyable day on Wednesday 2nd March. Some participated in Practical Rocketry, an experience that gave them a great insight into space engineering and travel and allowed them to build their own rockets and launch them. Another group built cars powered by capacitors.  These were raced in the Games Hall.  The different teams also presented their car design to the group and a winner decided from the day’s events.  The third group worked with two people from BBC producing their own stop-frame animations.  These pupils were complimented for their creativity and they produced some very interesting clips.  These are now on-line and can be viewed here.  You can also view some photos here…

Culture Club – Members of Culture Club recently enjoyed a visit to Eden Court to see Ballet Rambert.  Three short ballets – each very different in character from the others.  The first, Hush, was light and quite amusing; the second, Awakenings was serious and quite disturbing, reflecting mental health issues; and the third, A Linha Curva was a hugely energetic, samba inspired piece that had the whole audience on its feet for applause at the end.  It was a great night out!  Visit the tour website by clicking here.

The Culture Club is joining forces with the English Department to go and watch a performance of Death of a Salesman, at Eden Court on the 8th March.

Driving Mates – Diane and Graham Matheson were in school during PSHE to give a presentation to S5/6 pupils based on the death of their son Callum Matheson (17) and Ashlee Jackson (17) in a fatal collision in Inverness, during March 2010.

This is the first time Diane has done something like this in front of pupils.  She spoke about the on-line campaign entitled ‘Deadly Mates’ which warns young drivers that their passengers are their responsibility.

We would like to thank Graham and Diane for taking the time to come from Inverness and deliver such a personal and emotional message.  We hope our senior pupils got the message.  If you want to know more, please look at the website and read about the Graduate License scheme. You can also sign the on-line petition.

Highland Small Schools’ 7-A-side League –On Friday the 25th of February the senior boys team won this tournament for the first time in many years.  Photos of the S4-6 and the S2/3 teams can be viewed on the school website. Well-done boys!

The senior football team travelled to Drumnadrochit to represent the school in the semi-finals of this competition.  The side consisted of Conor Easby, Neil MacIver, Andrew Ross, Calum Morrison, Roddy MacLennan, David Gorman and Nick Stein.  Having topped their group in the qualifying stage in November, the team had progressed and was now to play Kinlochleven in the semi-finals.  Gairloch won the game 3-0 with a hat-trick from Nick Stein and, in doing so, reached their first final in four years. The final was against a strong Mallaig side.  We showed real hunger to win and, most of all, scored lots of goals.  A real thrashing resulted when Nick Stein bagged four goals and David Gorman scored another – 5-0 and the tournament won!  These score lines meant that the Gairloch side were undefeated in all of their qualifying and final fixtures and did not concede any goals on their trip to Glenurquhart.  We would like to thank Mr. Cumming (Coach/Teacher) and other staff that made these trips possible. David Gorman (S5)

The S2-3 Football team was Oscar Howard, Kenneth MacKenzie, Innis Taylor, Louis Stein, Neil MacKenzie, Justin Claydon, Jordan MacRae and John Scott MacLeod.  We played Mallaig first and lost 3-0 – not a good start.  We didn’t get a break after that because we were straight back on for the play-off for third and fourth place. We didn’t get placed but came home proud because we played our best and we knew there is always next year.  The team would like to thank Mr. Gorman for training us and Dr Shearer and Mr. Cumming for accompanying us to Glenurquhart. Kenneth MacKenzie (S2)

Badminton – On the 28th February Joseph Powell (S6) and David Gorman (S5) travelled to Tain for the Ross / Sutherland over-16 Badminton Championships. The boys played three Doubles games, losing two and winning one. Joseph played his first game of singles against the Scottish no. 4 for this age group and lost.  He then went on to win his next game.  David won two Singles matches and lost one to get knocked out at the quarter-final stage. They represented the school well, displaying good sportsmanship and determination to do their best against tough opposition. The boys were inspired by the players in the final stages and motivated to improve their individual performance.  Well-done boys!

Basketball – Following a convincing series of wins, the S1 boys’ team played Culloden Academy on Sunday 27th Feb. in the Highland Regional final of the National Schools’ Cup.  Mr. Johnston, Mr. Gorman and Dr Shearer accompanied the team. Unfortunately for our giant killers, there was to be no fairy tale ending; they lost 31-81 against a very talented side.

The Big Green Challenge Debating Competition – Our S2 team of Holly Morrison, Innis Taylor and Siobhan Vickerstaff will travel to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 21st March to compete in the quarter-finals of this competition.  The semi-finals and Grand Final will take place on the same day, so our teams are preparing for three different motions.  If they are successful in their quarter-final debate they will find out only then what side of the debate they will have to argue.  The Motions are as follows: Quarter-final; This House believes that marine renewable (wave and tidal) energy is the way forward for Scotland.  Semi-final: This House believes energy conservation is more important than renewable energy regeneration for saving the planet and preventing global warming.  Grand Final: This House believes Scotland’s future economic prosperity lies in renewable energy.

If you have any ideas or local examples to add to their ever-increasing knowledge of the issues, the team would be grateful if you would write a note addressed to the “Debating team” at the school office, or email their coach, Ms Mackison at the High School.

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