School news 6th May 2011

Parent Council Meeting – During the Easter holiday the Gairloch High School Parent Council met with Councillor Richard Greene and Councillor Drew Millar, Vice-Chair of the ECS Committee.  They listened to grave concerns expressed by parents about the cuts being imposed on the High School.  Mr Millar explained that all schools were suffering the same cuts and while he sympathised with the community, the Council had to expect services to be within budget.  Members of the Parent Council made it clear that they understood about budgets but felt that such decisions were based on criteria that damaged the viability of small rural communities and harmed the education of our children.  Members of the Parent Council have no plans to give up their efforts but felt that the councillors were better informed by the end of the evening.

Everyone who works in the school appreciates the support of the Parent Council and their valiant efforts to help fight cuts. Changes currently affect admin, canteen and library provision as well as teaching staff.  While the public and political arguments continue, committed and dedicated staff in school will continue to provide high quality experiences for our pupils.  Anyone who reads this news column regularly or follows the exploits of the pupils on the school website will see ample evidence of the work we do.  It is easy to become negative and despondent in hard times but we will not fall into this way of thinking.  Any member of the community is welcome to arrange a visit to the school to see what we are achieving.  John Port, Headteacher

Royal Wedding 2011

Royal Wedding Celebrations – Pupils and staff celebrated the Royal Event.  During the morning nearly the entire population of the school joined the party, which included juice, sandwiches and cake.  BBC coverage of the procession and the ceremony was projected onto the large screen in the hall.  Staff and pupils also had the chance to dress up as if they were attending the wedding.  Many took the opportunity providing much colour and glamour around the school.  Thanks to Ms J MacLennan for coordinating this successful event in school.  You can see more photos here…

Whole School Photograph 2011 – In perfect weather staff and pupils stepped outside on the morning of Wednesday 27th April in order to be captured on film.  We are all looking forward to seeing the result!  The last school photograph was in 2007.

Open University Success – Katrina Port (S6) has passed an Open University Course in Digital Photography.  This was one of a selection of Open Learning Courses offered to S6 pupils this session to extend the available options of study.

RYLA Interviews – Last year Kim Watson was successful at interview and invited onto a Youth Leadership Award paid for and arranged by Dingwall Rotary.  On the basis of her success the Rotary asked us to put forward more candidates this year for one possible place.  Kirsty Alexander, Carianne Johnston and David Gorman were each interviewed.  The Rotary was so impressed that they have decided to sponsor Kirsty and David.  Carianne has been put on a reserve list.  This is a great reflection on the caliber of our pupils and should be an exciting opportunity for Kirsty and David.

Music Exam Success – Several pupils have achieved success recently in external music exams.  Very well done to each of them!  Ceitidh Alice Hulme – Grade 3 Violin, Freya Baptist – Grade 3 Violin with Merit, Eilidh Owens – Grade 4 Piano, Rebecca Griggs – Grade 4 Violin, Oscar Howard – Grade 5 Violin with Distinction, Ella McDonagh Grade 5 Theory with Merit and Sophie Donald Grade 5 Theory with Distinction.

Culture Club & Shakespeare – Despite the fact that S4, S5 & S6 pupils are preparing for approaching exams, Culture Club will be continuing to run in a restricted form during this term.  On Tuesday 26th April, two intrepid S3 pupils accompanied Ms Gulliver to Inverness to see a film version of The Tempest.  We all really enjoyed it.  Perhaps Shakespeare purists would not have been impressed but we found it very accessible with some fine acting by Helen Mirren and Tom Conti, spectacular special effects and even a bit of humour from Russell Brand!

Comenius Partnership Trip – April 2nd– 8th 2011 to Lehre, Germany – Guten Tag!  We had a fantastic time on our trip, made a lot of new friends from Germany but also from Latvia, Greece and Italy. We learnt interesting facts about the history of Germany after the Second World War.  Some of the highlights of the trip for us were a visit to Braunschweig, with its mediaeval buildings, seeing a portion of the East-West Wall which separated Germany until 1989, and the great party on the last night when everyone made food from their own country.  Our Scotch broth and Crannachan went down particularly well!  Text provided by Sarah, Gemma, Becky and Becca.

Comenius LogoClick here (Next Stop Scotland) and here (Zum Abschied gibt es ein) to see German newspaper articles about the upcoming visit to Scotland.  Click on the picture above to see lots of photos from Germany!

Study Club Easter 2011 – Over 50 pupils from S4, S5 & S6 along with 9 teachers met together during the first 3 days of the holiday for Easter Study Club.  As usual, the relaxed atmosphere was appreciated by all and buoyed up by excellent lunches from Strath Stores a great amount of productive work took place in preparation for the forthcoming SQA exams.

Swimming Gala – At the beginning of April 74 pupils took part in the Swimming Gala.  Thanks to the organisation and the enthusiasm of the participants the event was a great success.  Tollaidh finished 3rd getting 5 house points, Kerry 2nd gaining 10 house points and Maree 1st earning 15 house points, Well done Mrs. Hildrey and everyone involved.

Mountain Bike TripOn the 5thApril a group of pupils and staff took a trip to Contin to do the Strathpuffer mountain bike trail.  The group consisted of members of the school bike club and others preparing for their Silver DofE Expedition. We started at Contin with good weather but it deteriorated quickly. After about 3 miles Ian Paul’s pedal broke off!  Thanks to Mr. Gorman’s handy work it worked for a time.  As the rain poured down Keith Robertson ended up with a burst inner tube and ripped tyre.  After trying to repair it the bike had to be walked back to the bus. During the last mile or so Kim Watson also burst her inner tube on the fantastic downhill section. In the end it was a great trip for all of us and we hope for more in the future.  Thank you to the staff that made the adventure possible.  Text provided by David Gorman (S5)

Geography Trip to the CairngormsIn the last week of term, our Higher and Intermediate 2 Geography class went on a fieldtrip.  On the first day we talked to a Ranger about how the Cairngorms National Park is managed and we went on a walk to identify glacial features.  The wind was too strong to go on the funicular as planned, but it made for an exciting walk and we went up the funicular the next day.  We came across a really friendly herd of reindeer, which let us stroke them.  On the second day, we also spent some time in Inverness looking at how land use has changed.  Thanks to Miss Dean and Mr Hulme.  Text by Kassie Forder and Iona Proudfoot (both S5).  Click on the photo below to see more images.

Cairngorm Trip

Study Leave & SQA Exams – S4 have already started their exams this week.  S5 and S6 exams will also be on study leave shortly.  Higher Grade Exams begin on the 13th May.

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