School news 17th June 2011

Midsummer Ceilidh – On Saturday 11th June the Parent Council held a very successful ceilidh in the Community Hall.  Primary and Secondary pupils performed while friends, family and visitors danced the evening away.  Thanks to the Parent Council for providing a wonderful evening that included excellent entertainment and delicious food.   Click here for a few photos.

SQA Exams – The last of this session’s diet of exams took place on the 3rd June.  Once again, the school would like to thank all the invigilators, led by our Chief Invigilator, Dr Hayes, for overseeing these so diligently and efficiently. This year had the added complication of some pupils in S4 sitting Chemistry and Gaelic on the same day. This led to exams from 08.45 to 17.20, a considerable period over which concentration was needed. We feel pupils coped well with this and, in general, with the exams but, as usual, we have to wait until the results come out in August for a true picture.

Expressive Arts Day – P7 pupils came into the High School to spend a day working in the Art, Music and PE departments on 27th May.  This year the theme was linked with the Comenius Project and focused on music and dance from our four partner countries – Italy, Greece, Latvia and Germany.  Pupils worked in groups with Ms. Hunter and Mrs. Johnston to learn two of these dances each and with Ms. Gulliver, made flags and other accessories in the national colours to use in the dances.  By the end of the afternoon the P7s put on a short performance comprising of the four dances rounded off with a ‘Dashing White Sergeant’!  The end of the performance, which was viewed by other pupils, showed all the dancers being draped and symbolically bound by a large European flag.

Welcome Packs for P7 – The current S1 spent a day making Welcome Packs for the new S1 class who will receive them in August.  It was a good day, which saw pupils create colourful bookmarks, informative welcome booklets and humorous stickers.  Although the P7’s have already been given lots of information to help the transition, this day gave the S1 pupils an opportunity to give information from a pupil point of view.

Induction Days for P7 – Primary 7 pupils from the associated primaries attended High School on the 9th and 10th June.  They followed a normal timetable to give them a flavour of school life after the holidays.  Senior pupils supported them throughout the two days.  P7 pupils received their High School ties from the Rector at assembly on the Friday.  Click for photos.

S4 Activity Week – Prior to starting their new courses, all S4 pupils were given the chance to sample a week of activities.  Pupils were all challenged in a variety of ways thanks to a significant contribution from many staff.  On Monday & Tuesday – our version of The Apprentice, Wednesday – Drama with Hayley Savage from Eden Court, Hillwalking & Gardening (in the rain), Thursday – Fishing, Kayaking, Cycling, Drama and on Friday – Scrambling, Comenius, Photography, Kayaking and Rugby.

Malawi Link – We have heard that Gairloch High School and Mlozi LEA School have jointly been awarded a Global Curriculum Project grant by Global School Partnerships.  This grant is for developing joint curricular projects, and allows for further reciprocal visits to take place between the schools. In Gairloch High School, some of this work will be done through the new global citizenship course, World Class, being developed with S2. Initially awarded for one year, there is the potential for it to be renewed for a further two years after that.

Junior Maths Challenge – This is a UK wide event for pupils in S2 and younger.  It consists of 25 demanding non-calculator multiple-choice problem solving questions that require to be completed within an hour under test conditions.  The questions get harder as the paper progresses.  A gold certificate is only awarded to approximately the top 6% of all participators, silver to the next 13% and bronze to the next 21%.  Well done to all!

Gold Award and Best in SchoolAlfie Gudgeon S1

Bronze awardsJames Aaron, Siobhan Vickerstaff, Ciaran Alexander, Kenneth MacKenzie, Louis Stein, Justin Claydon & Catherine Wyatt.

Here are two examples taken from the middle of the paper.

Q: What is the smallest possible difference between two different nine digit integers, each of which includes all of the digits 1 to 9?
A 9            B 18          C 27          D 36          E 45

Q: What is the mean of 2/3 and 4/9?
A 1/2          B 2/9         C 7/9         D 3/4         E 5/9

Basketball Coaching Qualification – David Gorman has just gained his UKCC level 1 basketball coaching qualification.  This was gained during a weekend course in Inverness in addition to working in school with junior PE classes.  This allows David to be an assistant coach at club level.  He will be helping with basketball activities in school.  David expressed his thanks to Mrs. Hildrey for her support.

U13’s Scotland Basketball Team Trial  – At the end of August 2010, S1 pupil Jordan Gorman travelled to Inverness to take part in trials for the U14’s Highland Basketball Team.  Jordan was successful and was invited to play for the Highland Eagles.  At the trials Basketball Scotland coaches were on the lookout for players for the Talent Development Programme.

Jordan has spent the last 10 months travelling to Inverness twice weekly for training for Highland Eagles.  He has played, in the Highland Super League, West of Scotland League and Basketball Scotland’s National U14’s Tournament.

As a result of his hard work Jordan was invited to try out for Scotland’s U13’s Basketball Team on Saturday 11th June in Stirling.  Fifty-one U13 players from all over Scotland have been invited to try out for a squad of 12 plus 3 reserves.  We wish hime well and will keep you updated on progress!

Undergraduate Talent Scholarship – The University of Glasgow’s Talent Scholarship supports new first year students from the UK who have shown excellent academic achievement before starting University.  Sophie Donald applied for this Scholarship and we have heard that she had been successful.  She will be studying German and Music at Glasgow.

Former Pupil SuccessFlora Donald has been awarded a BSc First Class Honours in Plant & Soil Science from University of Aberdeen.  We have also heard that Rachael Thomas has achieved a First Class Honours Degree in painting from Edinburgh School of Art.  Congratulations to both!

We have had confirmation from Highland Council that Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards have been awarded to Liam Ross and Roxanne Ramsay.  Their names will now be added to the Honours Board in the school.  Well done to both!

Important Datesclick here!

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