School news 18th November 2011

Visit from Malawi  – We have heard within the last week that two teachers, Mr Maseko and Mr Chabwera, have finalised their passports, visas and flights and will be visiting the school between the 5th and 19th of December. This may seem a strange time of year for a visit but it is the only time that can be fitted in this year. In many respects, it will certainly be an experience for our visitors! They will be involved in a programme of activities, currently being drawn up, involving the school and its associated primary schools. It is also hoped that, as last year, community groups will be involved with the visit so please contact the school with any suggestions. We look forward to welcoming our visitors, working with them and giving them a time to remember.

National Gaelic Debate – Anna Hulme (S6) and Ceitidh Alice Hulme (S3) travelled to Stornoway to represent the school in this competition.  On Tuesday 8th November Anna and Ceitidh won their first round debate against Sgoil Lionacleit (Uist).  They performed exceptionally the following day against Hazelhead Academy (Aberdeen) and have qualified for the semi-finals of the National Debate in Edinburgh at the end of the month. They were judged among the four best teams out of the twelve who had reached the second round. Well-done girls!

Gairloch teamClick on the photo for more pictures

School Proms – Becky Griggs travelled down to London to take part in the The School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 8th November.  During the October Fèis she was invited to take part in the Advanced Groupwork class of 30 traditional musicians joined by 10 of the best brass players from Scotland’s schools.  They developed an 8-minute arrangement of Scottish Music with tutors Corinna Hewat and Dave Milligan (both founding members of The Unusual Suspects.  Well-done Becky for achieving such recognition!

Culture Club Opera Trip – Our third Culture Club outing in the current session took us back to Eden Court to see The Barber of Seville by Scottish Opera.   Our group was entirely made up of S1 and S2 pupils.  It was a long performance – about three hours, including the interval, but it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  The sets and costumes were tremendous and the singing was, as expected, really impressive.  But on top of this, the performers were also very talented actors who were able to portray the amusing story with great effect.   We were late home but everyone agreed that it was very much worth being a little tired the next day!

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal – Thank you to all the staff and pupils who made or helped to make a shoebox this year. Altogether we have sent 27 Christmas shoeboxes to make life happier for people less fortunate than ourselves.

Blythswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2011

Each shoebox is packed with toothbrushes and toothpaste, hats and gloves, pens, pencils and notepads.  Blythswood deliver them each Christmas to a number of countries and Gairloch High School is proud to contribute to this work.

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. Thank you Strath Stores for supplying refreshments!

Girls' U14 Basketball Team

Thanks to Mr. Johnston and Mr. Gorman we have a thriving group of pupils playing basketball.  All three teams having been playing games against other schools recently and each has acquitted themselves well.

The U14 boys won against Inverness Royal Academy 36 – 30 on Tuesday 1st November at home and our senior boys known as the “All Stars” team, who won 58 – 29.

U14 Basketball Team

The boys U14 team then won 40 – 10 against Alness on Wednesday 2nd November at home. The Gairloch All Stars also played a game against a very strong and experienced Alness senior team. They lost a physical encounter 25 – 8 but acquitted themselves admirably.

The U14 girls’ and boys’ teams both played away to Culloden Academy in the National Schools’ Cup on Tuesday 7th November. Culloden are the current Scottish champions and both teams contain members of the Scotland squad. Our teams lost their games but gained the respect of their opponents. The boys lost 45 -28. This is an absolutely remarkable result and the closest Culloden have been run in a long time. Well done to all.

Remembrance Assembly – On Armistice Day, 11/11/11, the school community gathered to hold a special assembly of remembrance leading up to a two-minute silence at 11am.  Members of the ATC joined others at local ceremonies at Poolewe, Cove and Gairloch throughout the weekend.  Head Girl, Anna Hulme piped at the Gairloch War Memorial on Sunday morning.

SCHOLAR is one of the world’s largest school e-learning education programmes and it is available to pupils studying a wide range of Highers, Advanced Highers and some Intermediate courses.  Departments in Gairloch High School have enrolled pupils and will have user names and passwords to access their courses. Any pupil who does not know his or her access details should speak to their teachers about this.

We have loaded SCHOLAR’s Parent Information Leaflet onto the school website.  It is available here by clicking on this link.

Senior Football – On Saturday 29th October eight pupils and two teachers travelled to Dornoch to the Highland Small Schools’ Seven-a-side football tournament. We played four gruelling games against very strong teams and unfortunately we failed to qualify. Going into our final game, we had won two games and lost one. We had to at least draw to go through to the semi-finals. Despite Dale Cunningham opening the score line with a superb long-range volley we lost 2-1. Our boys didn’t have an easy time however they managed to score seven goals. Five of these came from Dale Cunningham. Kenneth MacLennan scored a sublime goal and David Gorman neatly tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Our defence was strong.  Murdo and Kenneth MacLennan managed to withstand the opposition on many occasions.  Our goalie, Reece MacDonald, made some great saves. We had Sandy Garrioch playing on the right of midfield creating some very good attacking opportunities and myself on the left doing the same. On the whole we were happy with our team’s performance and we look forward to next year’s tournament. We would like to thank Mr. Cumming for organising training this year and we would also like to thank Mrs. Gorman for taking five of our players to the tournament. Without the adults we would not have been able to go – so once again thank you very much – Ryan MacLean, S4

Gairloch High

Car Wash Fundraising Event – A message from Nick Stein: We are a group of S5 pupils who are doing a new course in English, which involves   organising an event of our own choice.  We have been learning how to research using the Internet and to compose letters and emails to make the event happen.  Any money raised goes toward our visit to the Edinburgh Castle Museum, including overnight accommodation, food and transport.

The car wash will be held at the High School car park between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 10th December to coincide with the Christmas Market in the Community Hall.  The cost per car will be £3.  Please support this enterprising event by the pupils.

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