School news 25th March 2011

S1 Bring and BuyS1 had their annual Bring and Buy Sale on Saturday 12th March.  We raised £2300 to put towards the Nethy Bridge trip and a chosen charity.  Thank you to all the people who contributed to the sale.  Thank you to Dr Caley for over-seeing the event and well done to all of S1 for all of their hard work. Robert Downie & Callum MacKenzie.  Click here to see some photographs of the event.

S1 Bring and Buy

Red Nose Day – S6 pupils organised a non-uniform day and cake sale raising a grand total of £335.47.  Well done all! Click here to see some photographs of the event.

Red Nose Day 2011

S4 Modern Studies Visit – The S4 Modern Studies class travelled with Ms. Velt and Mrs. MacKenzie to Edinburgh on the 2nd & 3rd March.  The main focus of the trip was a visit to the Scottish Parliament. In the parliament, the pupils took part in an educational session with a member of staff. After this, our pupils met with our MSPs Rob Gibson and Jamie McGrigor. Both MSPs took the time to answer questions from the pupils and entered into discussions on the various issues that affect young people in our area. The pupils also saw the MSPs at work when they visited the debating chamber and observed the questions put to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance.  Click here to see some photographs of the event.

iDiscover – S1 and S2 were all involved in a single experience on the 10th March when they were involved with designing and presenting their ideas for an eco-classroom. This was the postponed event from before Christmas when snow prevented the presenters travelling.  Mr Port and two senior pupils judged the designs.  The Eco-Sust team won and you can see the designs on the school website.

The Winning Design Team

On the 17th March, the same pupils took part in their eighth iDiscover day.  There were four experiences on offer on this occasion. Some were building a wind turbine in the craft room while others were making their own musical instruments from electronic components. Another group produced a film from scratch in a similar way to the podcast or stop-frame animation on other days. There was also a group looking at the organisation of and training required for the Olympics, an experience that visited the school on its second iDiscover day and proved to be very popular.

Click here to see some photographs of these events.

Culture Club – Gairloch High School staff and pupils went to see ‘Death of a Salesman’, performed by the Perth Theatre Company at Eden Court.  Our numbers were swelled on this occasion by Mr. Ellis’s Higher English pupils who are studying the play for their exam in a few weeks time.  All appreciated the performance although some healthy discussion ensued about the quality of some of the acting.  We were late home as snow was lying for part of the journey but we realised how lucky we have been up until now as no trips during the winter months have had to be cancelled because of the weather.

That will probably be the last visit Culture Club makes to Inverness for the next while because of the proximity of SQA exams, although, if something appropriate turns up for younger pupils, we may have little trip for them.  Ms Gulliver would like to thank all the parents who have been prepared to pay for tickets and to pick up sons and daughters late at night over the past few months.  Culture Club could not have got off the ground without that support.

Badminton – Mags Matheson, Kenneth MacLennan, David Robertson, Nick Stein and Callum Vickerstaff travelled to Fortrose Academy on the Tuesday, 15th March to compete in the u-16 section of the Ross-Sutherland Badminton Championships.  All four boys played well in their singles matches while Mags won all three of her qualifying games in the girl’s singles, which put her through to the semi-finals.  She won this game also and will now compete in the u-16 girls single final at Tain on the 5th April.  The Gairloch boys also played exceptionally well in their doubles matches with David and Nick being unbeaten in their qualifying matches, but losing narrowly in their semi-final. An ‘unofficial’ mixed doubles competition was held towards the end of the evening and this was won convincingly by Mags and Kenneth who collected certificates for this achievement. Well done to all five pupils.

Basketball – A high proportion of girls and boys in S1, 2 and 3 are training regularly.  As well as participating recently in the Highland Regional final of the National Schools’ Cup we have hosted other school basketball team events.  On Wed. 23rd Feb, Alness Academy brought some basketball teams to Gairloch.  The results on that occasion were as follows:

U15 – Alness 52 Gairloch 14
S1 – Alness 8 Gairloch 40
Alness U15 29 Gairloch “All Stars” 22

S2/3 Basketball

Things are looking encouraging for the future of the sport in the school.  Thanks again to Strath Stores for providing fruit!

Former Pupil – Ross Barnie has been in touch from Glasgow.  I will be taking part in a sponsored charity abseil from the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow on 23rd April and hope many people will sponsor me. I am aiming to raise £250 for the Beatson Pebble Appeal who will put the money towards building the final element of the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research, the Translational Research Centre.  This will help turn research to real treatment for cancer patients. People can sponsor me by going to or via my Facebook page. We wish Ross our best and further information on the Beatson Pebble Appeal can be found here .

Exhibition – To commemorate the centenary of International Women’s Day, a display was mounted in the Library.  It included written contributions from girls in the school, female members of staff and women in the wider community.  In each case a woman was nominated whose life was considered worth celebrating by the writer.  She could be famous, a historical figure or someone known personally.  Between 30- 40 contributions were displayed, including representatives from the worlds of the Sciences, the Arts, Politics and Sport, with a good handful of well-appreciated friends, neighbours, mums and teachers.  The collection will be archived as a record of opinions 100 years after the birth of the IW Day.

Easter Study Club – This will run again during the first week of the holiday, Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April.  A good selection of teachers are offering their services and, as usual, there will be two, two hour study sessions each day with a marvellous Strath Stores lunch in the middle.  Pupils are currently signing up and making their choices of subjects.

Comenius Project Trip to GermanyBecky (S3), and Gemma, Rebecca and Sarah (S4) are looking forward to our forthcoming trip to Lehre, Lower Saxony in Germany this April.  We will leave on Sunday 3rd April and stay until Friday 8th.  We have already prepared our presentations for the host German students and the groups from Latvia, Greece and Italy, and will report on our experiences when we return.  We are very excited about this opportunity and would like to thank Ms Campbell and Ms Hunter in advance.

The Big Green Challenge Debating Competition – Our S2 team of Holly Morrison, Innis Taylor and Siobhan Vickerstaff travelled to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 21st March.  Click here for some more information and photos taken at the event.

Big Green Challenge Debate

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