School news 20th May 2011

25 Bliadhna de Fhoghlam Gàidhlig air a’ Ghàidhealtachd
Le Ainslie NicCoinnich  – Bha na clasaichean Gàidhlig S1, S2 is S3 an sàs ann am pròiseact air an 5mh den Chèitean. ‘S e pròiseact Gàidhlig a bh’ ann a thug fad latha sgoile agus anns an robh sinn a’ comharrachadh 25 bliadhna de fhoghlam Gàidhlig. Bha na sgoilearan a’ ceasnachadh dhaoine a bha nan deugairean iad fhèin anns an sgìre seo is a’ faighinn a-mach ciamar a tha an cànan agus an dòigh-beatha air atharrachadh thairis air na bliadhnaichean. Chaidh an latha glè mhath le tòrr dhaoine a’ gabhail pairt. Tha sinn ag iarraidh taing a thoirt do na daoine a bha deònach a thighinn a-steach is a fhreagair na ceistean aig na sgoilearan.

25 Years of Gaelic Medium Education in the Highlands
By Ainslie MacKenzie – The Gaelic fluent classes in S1, S2 and S3 took part in a project on the 5th of May.  It was a Gaelic project that lasted the whole school day and in which we were celebrating the 25 years of Gaelic in Highland schools.  The pupils questioned people, who were once themselves, teenagers in this area and found out how the language and the way of life have changed over the years.  The day was very successful with a lot of people taking part.  We would like to thank all the people who were willing to give up their time to answer the pupils’ questions.

S1 Religious and Moral Education – Both first year classes visited Gairloch Church of Scotland as part of their ongoing coursework.  They met with Rev. Derek Morrison who gave them a brief outline of the history of Christianity, both globally and in the local area, and told them about the history of the church building.  He then outlined the usual format of a service, before letting them explore the building.  The pupils enjoyed their trip and appreciated Rev. Morrison taking the time to talk to them.

Basketball – On the 12th May the school played host to visiting basketball teams from Plockton High School.  One female team and two male teams, composed of S1 and S2 pupils, were pitted against corresponding teams from Gairloch High.

All six of the games played were fiercely contested, but neither of the Plockton teams was a match for the Gairloch boys who showed great skill and determination in all of their matches.  The Plockton girls fielded several talented players and the Gairloch girls struggled initially keep them in check, however, by the end of their second match the local girls were starting to have an impact on the visitors.  All of the matches were a pleasure to watch and it was agreed that the respective PE departments and Active Schools Co-ordinators would foster further joint sporting fixtures between Plockton and Gairloch.

Thanks to Strath Stores for providing fruit for the players. Their support for school basketball is much appreciated.  Thanks also to the following staff: Mr. Johnston, Mr. Gorman, Mr. Milner, Mrs. Hildrey & Dr. Shearer.

S1 Nethybridge – By the time this is published S1 pupils and several staff will have been at Nethybridge for a week of teambuilding activities.  Check out the website here for photos.

On their return pupils write about their experiences in English class.  Here is a brief extract from last year:  Have you ever ridden down a very steep hill (on a bike), through a snowstorm, and across a massive river at the end?  It is a rather exhilarating experience.  Read more by clicking here (Catherine Wyatt – Nethy2010 pdf)..

SMART Art – For their last SMART lesson before going to Nethybridge and then beginning their new timetable, the whole of S1 accompanied Ms. Gulliver, Mr. Milner, Mr. Johnston and Mrs. Fraser to Slattadale on Friday.  For the past few weeks in their Art classes, they have been studying the work of Andy Goldsworthy, an English sculptor and ‘land artist’ who works exclusively with natural materials to make his creations.  So, armed with an understanding of his work, S1 pupils searched the woodland, stony beach and grassy banks for suitable materials and set about making their own sculptures, all within about three-quarters of an hour!  There were some impressive results and a few of these can be seen here.


Malawi Link – Towards the end of last term we received some photographs from our link school.  These are the first they have taken themselves and sent to us.  A selection of the photos is on display on the board outside the library.  Pupils and staff have recently been writing letters to their penfriends and colleagues in Malawi – this time these have been on the theme of “my family”.

S6 Leavers – On 11th May the current S6 had their last full day in school.  The group accompanied by Mr. Port and Mrs. Whall travelled to Inverness for a bowling trip.  In the evening all the pupils in S6 along with some staff went out for a meal at The Shieling.  It was a very enjoyable day for all concerned and a fine end to the year for a very decent bunch of pupils.  Read more here and see photos of the day.


S3 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Training – On Friday 13th May sixteen S3 pupils set off, after school, along the Slattadale track from Poolewe.  In deteriorating weather conditions the groups arrived at Slattadale and set up camp around 8pm.  While tents were erected and dinners were cooked on stoves the rain got heavier and heavier.  The pupils did very well to maintain their cheery manner while tired and wet.  Once they had eaten, the comfort and warmth of sleeping bags beckoned.  The pupils returned to the school on Saturday morning in fine spirits – no doubt looking forward to returning home after their trip.  The same pupils will soon be out again in preparation for assessment prior to the summer holiday.  Prior to  that they will each undergo a day of First Aid training in preparation.  Photos are available of this trip here on the website.  Thanks to Miss MacAllister, Miss Dean, Mrs. Wahll & Dr Caley for organising and supervising the trip.

Important Dates – Click here for school dates.

Parent Council Ceilidh – This is advance notice of a school fund raising ceilidh, to take place in the Community Centre on June 11th between 7pm and 10.30pm.  Dance music will be provided by the Gairloch Ceilidh Band, and musical entertainment will be provided by pupils and teachers from the High School and Associated Primaries.  Food – prepared by the Parent Council – will consist of delicious stovies and chilli, followed by shortbread with tea and coffee. Tickets cost £6/£3 with a Family Ticket of £15 (2 adults and 2 children).  They will be on sale at the school office and at Cornerstone.

There will be also be a raffle at the interval, and we are still looking for donations of any suitable raffle prizes – please hand anything you would like to donate, in to the school office.

Whether parents, member of the community or visitors to the area, please support the High School by coming along to, what we expect will be an enjoyable event.

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