School news 4th November 2011

Malawi Visit – Mr Hulme visited our link school with his elder daughter Anna during the holiday staying with Mr. and Mrs. Chimtali, the headteacher and his wife. They had opportunity to work in the school, meet community members and explore the area as well as carrying out a number of projects. A full report will appear in a future edition.

Toothbrushes for All

S4 Prelim Exams – These important exams begin on the 23rd November and all S4 pupils should be working several additional hours a week at home to prepare for them.  These exams cover all the work they have covered, in each of their subjects, since they began the courses at the beginning of S3.  If your S4 son or daughter is struggling to put in the commitment required to be successful please give them practical support.  If you are not sure what you can do to help then contact Pupil Support at the school.  Study Club will start shortly.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Ian Paul, Isla MacKenzie and Luke Gorman have been presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at assembly.   Well done to all three!

Pupil Success outside School – Oscar Howard (S3) participated in the Scottish Junior Masters Golf Tournament finals at Gleneagles during the October holidays. In spite of fairly awful weather he managed a creditable 25th place in the event.  Well done Oscar!

Fund Raising for Charity – The school pupils have received a certificate of thanks for raising £250 on the Jeans for Genes Day last term.  S6 organised a single day event where pupils were allowed to wear their jeans for a small donation.  We received another certificate from Oxfam for raising £573 during Water Aid Week.  S2 pupils were sponsored for carrying buckets of water around the sports field simulating the efforts of many people around the world to collect water.

So You Want to be a Doctor? – Jasmine Easby, Callum Vickerstaff and Fraser Hinchliff attended an event held in Inverness before the holiday that gave detailed information for anyone interested in entering the medical profession.  The pupils reported the worth of the trip and would like to thank Dr Mitchell for assisting with transport.

Basketball Result – The girls’ U14 basketball team played the first of their matches in the National Schools’ Cup, against Fortrose Academy, before the October holiday.  Although they lost 28-6, the game was much closer than the scoreline suggests, especially in the first half. Going into the last quarter, Gairloch were only trailing by 4 baskets. Well done to all involved. Thanks also go to Strath Stores once again for refreshments.  Training takes place on Tuesdays after school.

Crofting Connections – Mrs. Fraser, Rosie Mackenzie and Deborah Connop travelled to Skye before the October holidays to join in with schools from crofting areas as far away as Argyll and Shetland.  This has become an annual event set up by Pam Rodway of Crofting Connections.  Young people meet and share music and legendary tales from their local areas.  The children then perform at the annual Scottish Crofters Federation Convention and later on in the evening at Portree High school.  A busy and enjoyable three days.

2012 GHS Calendar – The new GHS Calendar for 2012 is in the hands of the printer right now and the presses are going to roll very shortly.  So, if you would like to pre-order any copies for Christmas presents, please ring the school office, 712275, to leave your details.  This is the last edition of the calendar so make sure you get a copy of it.  All proceeds to school funds!

A Christmas Carol – The whole of S2 is currently involved in preparing a musical version of  ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.  Not only are the pupils doing everything on stage, but they are making the props, designing the posters and organising the costumes.  It could be called an ‘all-singing, all-dancing production’!  So keep your eye on this space for up-dates and keep one of the following dates free – Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm.

National Outdoor Learning Conference – In recent years the Scottish Government has put great store on the use of the natural environment as a supporting resource for teachers.  Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, spoke at the national conference held in the Cairngorm National Park on Friday 28th October.  Gairloch High School was invited to display the work that we do with pupils alongside national organisations such as John Muir Trust and Outward Bound.  Mr. Port and Mr. Johnston were kept busy throughout the day answering questions from professionals interested in how we manage to provide such a wide range of outdoor learning.  These opportunities extend well beyond activities such as kayaking, bike skills and climbing and other sporting activities.  From the S1 SMART course working with Rangers in Inverewe Garden to the production of the vegetables in the raised beds through to Geography field trips to the Cairngorms, archaeology trips and environmental art projects, we have developed a wide range of outdoor learning that builds on the more established Nethy Trip and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  Crofting links are being established alongside work with Celtic Fringe giving pupils a better understanding of business and tourism in the Highlands.  During the visit to the conference Mr. Port took the opportunity to drop in on S3 pupils staying at Badaguish as part of their Hospitality course.  This included a trip for the pupils to the top of Cairngorm in the funicular and a visit to the Highland Folk Museum.

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