School news 1st July 2011

Prizegiving and End of Term – On Wednesday 29th June the school hosted the annual celebration of pupils that ends with the presentation of the Dux medal.  The dux is the highest academic honour that the school bestows and was presented this year to Anna Hulme.  Very well done Anna!

Prizegiving 2011Click on the photo to see more photos, courtesy of Colin ‘Roy’ Robertson

Click here to read about the prizewinners

We also held our annual sports event in rather mixed weather conditions!  A list of all prizewinners along with senior prefect appointments and sporting champions will be published in the next issue of this magazine and on the website. 

Sports Day 2011Click on the photo above to see more photos

Scottish Space School 2011, Strathclyde University – Anna Hulme recently attended the Scottish Space School.  Here is a short report of her week:  Working in our teams of ten, which were named after the different parts of the International Space Station (ISS), we (team Harmony) built, decorated and successfully launched two rockets on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond.  Other activities included throwing an egg from a balcony, playing with remote control toys, looking at our bacteria under a microscope, stargazing in an inflatable planetarium, making heart monitors and a paper aeroplane challenge!  We also attended a number of lectures, one of which was from the first cyborg (a human with robotic implants), and others from Moscow and Houston via Skype.  Throughout the week, we also had a big project to work on – designing a product for use on the ISS – as well as a wee project, which was to make an advert for Space School.  One of the highlights of the very busy week was spending time talking (and dancing!) with the NASA guests – astronauts Alvin Drew and Mike Baker, and NASA engineer Amber Gell.  It was a fantastic and very inspiring week, and I’d definitely recommend everyone to apply next year!

McRobert Cup Basketball Final – On Friday 24th June, Connor Moore, Matthew MacLean, Aaron Lyon, Innis Taylor and Louis Stein, along with Mr. Johnston & David Gorman, travelled to Alness to take part in the finals of the McRobert Cup.  It was a major achievement for them to reach these finals, and they were up against some very impressive – and much larger – schools:  Culloden, Dornoch, Fortrose, Inverness Royal Academy, Wick, Millburn and Golspie.  The boys won 5 matches, and lost 1.  Millburn also won 5 and lost 1, but because we actually lost against Millburn, they carried off the cup.  So, our boys got a well-deserved second place and medals.  They behaved very well on and off the court; they entered the spirit of the occasion, and could be seen smiling and chatting with their opponents between matches.  This was a great experience for them all, and they represented Gairloch to a very high standard.  Very well done!

McRobert CupClick on the photo above for more photos taken at the finals

Ross-Sutherland Secondary Athletic Championships Thirteen pupils travelled to Inverness on Monday 20th June to compete in these games against athletes from 6 other secondary schools.  The Gairloch pupils all performed well in their events and enjoyed competing against the best from across the county.  Louis Stein brought back 2 gold medals for wins in the under-15 discus and javelin.  Margaret Matheson won gold in the senior girls shot putt and was 2nd in her javelin event.  Nick Stein ran a great 100m to come in 2nd in a very fast senior boys race.  Third places were secured by Ross Brogan in the senior boys discus, Nick Stein in long jump, Louis Stein in the 200m, Jordan Gorman in the 400m and Donald Mackenzie in the high jump.  Congratulations to all the pupils who took part.

First Aid Certificates for staff – On Friday 17th June and Satruday 18th June, Andy the Janny, Mrs Newman, Mrs Whall, Dr Caley and Fiona Downie took part in a 2-day first aid course which involved wrapping each other up in bandages and role play amongst other usual first aid discussions to update their certificates.  A very informative and necessary course that has provided those involved with the confidence to deal with various incidents both in and out of school.  It should be restated that this course and all the work providing outdoor activities and DofE expeditions is voluntary and in addition to the normal duties of school staff.

Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions – Congratulations to the eleven S3 pupils who all successfully completed their bronze qualifying expedition on the 20th and 21st June.  Despite some last minute changes, and having faced some very mixed weather throughout their training, they rose admirably to the challenge and finished the walk in good spirits. Isla MacKenzie writes: “It didn’t rain.  YAAY!  There were two groups – Team A(wesome) consisted of Becky, Isla, Kalvin and Luke.  The other group, Team B(oring), was Chris, Ryan, Adam, Ainslie, Caitlin and Natasha.  We walked 14.7km on the first day, Monday, camped overnight and woke up again at 6am walking a further 10.5km. Overall, everyone really enjoyed the trip and a number of us are hoping to continue on to silver after the summer.”

Bronze Expedition 2011Click on the photo above for more photos

Likewise, the silver walking group showed remarkable teamwork and enthusiasm during their grueling 3-day expedition from Incheril to Gruinard which should stand them in good stead for their qualifying expedition which will hopefully take place at the start of next session.  Thanks to all the staff involved in helping these expeditions such a success  – both out on the walks and providing transport.  Many thanks also to everyone else in the local community who has supported these pupils with the other sections of the award.

Day 2Click on the photo above for more photos

Comenius German Evening – On the evening of Wednesday 22nd June an event took place in the multi-purpose hall to share with the community some of the experiences Becky Griggs, Sarah MacKenzie, Gemma Urqhuart and Rebecca Dreisbach-Pollington had on their recent trip to Lehre in the north of Germany. Presentations and musical items, including a German children’s song, a sketch about German grammar and an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia about the trip entertained the audience.  Refreshments included German sausages.  Thanks to the Parent Council for their help with the refreshments, local businesses who contributed to the raffle, and all the staff and pupils who made the evening a success.

U13 Basketball Trials – On Saturday 11th June, Jordan Gorman travelled to Stirling to compete against 50 other U13 basketball players from all over Scotland for 12 places on the Scotland U13’s squad.  The trial was completely closed and only the players and the selectors were in the games hall.  John Kerray, one of the selectors and the Highland team coach, said that it was a tough competition and there were a lot of good players. Unfortunately, Jordan didn’t make the team, but the Highlands are well represented by 4 girls and 2 boys.  Well Done Jordan on being invited.  There is always next year!

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