School news 2nd December 2011

An Deasbad Nàiseanta Gàidhlig – Click on the photo to read about the success of sisters Anna and Ceitidh Alice Hulme in the 2011 Scottish Schools National Gaelic Debating competition.

The Winning Team

Charity Fund Raising– S6 raised £350 for Children in Need recently by organising a cake sale followed by the chance for pupils to throw wet sponges at some of the teachers!  Previous to this event around £85 was raised for Poppy ScotlandEilidh Owens (S3) raised an additional £78 by doing a sponsored walk through her home village of Lochcarron.  Well done to all the pupils (and staff) involved in these events.

Pupil Success – Well done to Kirsty Alexander (S6).  After a week on the Isle of Coll she has been successfully selected for a Project Trust placement.   Kirsty now has to fund raise with the intention of going to India next year.

Well done to Megan Crueize, Sofie Banister and Fraser Hinchliff for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 12-18 category of Two Lochs Radio’s 106 Words writing competition.

Rebecca Griggs, Freya Baptist and Oscar Howard all took part in the Highland Youth Regional Music Group Aviemore Concerts on the 19th November.  An exciting event for all!  Read more about the music groups and see lots of photos by clicking here.

Louie O’Brien (S1) performed very well recently in the U13 Highland Badminton Championship.  He competed in several categories and is clearly one to watch for the future!

2012 GHS Calendar – The new full colour calendar is now available from the school office – cost £5.  There is a copy on display outside the library. All proceeds go to school funds!

Calum’s Road – Culture Club travelled to The Craigmonie Centre in Drumnadrochit to see the stage version of ‘Calum’s Road‘ by the National Theatre and a company called Communicado.  The play was set in Raasay and was popularised by a recent book of the same name.  The performance was tremendous and the use of staging, props and back projection very effective.  The story was inspiring, with a ring of truth and poignancy for any small, rural community. Our next intention is to see Scottish Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty in January.  That should be popular.

Future Chef Competition – Eight pupils (S2 to S5) entered the School Heat of the Future Chef competition.  They had one hour to prepare and cook a hot main course for 2 people within a budget of £4.  The meals had to be plated up, ready to eat.

  1. Holly Morrison (Sausage, haricot bean ragu with mustard mash)
  2. Josie Ogle (Mushroom crepes with asparagus and bechamel sauce)
  3. Ann Sabu (Chicken Kiev)

Thanks to Susan Kirkness who kindly came to blind judge the dishes.  Susan’s daughter Rosie (a previous Future Chef success) is now training with Michel Roux Jr in London.

FilmGAir Dimàirt 1 den t-Samhainn, ghabh sgoilearan aig a bheil Gàidhlig ann an S2 – S4 pàirt ann am FilmG – co-fharpaisean Gàidhlig filmichean goirid. ’S e cuspair na co-fharpais am-bliadhna “Air an Stairsich”. Bha aig a’ bhuidheann againn ri sgriopt a chruthachadh, caractaran a chur air dòigh, uidheaman a lorg, filmeadh agus gearradh – le beagan cuideachaidh air a thoirt dhuinn.

Am-bliadhna, rinn sinn film mu bhalach aig a bheil gràin air an sgoil, obair-dachaigh, tidsearan agus mar sin air adhart. Tha e air a thoirt air ais ann an tìm dha na 1940an agus tha e a’ gabhail uabhas nuair a tha e a’ faicinn mar a bha an sgoil an uair sin. Tha e a’ faighinn an srac agus tha e a’ dol air ais dha na 1900an agus a’ faicinn mar a bha beatha mus robh sgoil ann. Tha e a’ coinneachadh ri a shinn-sheanair air a’ chroit mus tèid e air ais dhan linn fhèin (2011) far a bheil e a’ faicinn cho math ’s cho furasta ‘s a tha a bheatha. Aig an deireadh, tha a character air atharrachadh gu tur.

Bidh am film againn ri fhaicinn air loidhne tràth anns an Fhaoilleach.   Ciaran MacAlasdair, S3

On 1st of November S2–S4 Gaelic speaking pupils took part in a Gaelic short film competition. The theme of the competition this year was “On the Threshold”. Our group had to create a script, a cast, find props, film and then edit the production with some outside help.

We produced a film about a boy who dislikes homework, teachers and everything else about school.  He is transported back to the 1940’s and finds out to his horror what school was like then.  Having got the belt, he travels back again to the 1900’s and sees what life was like before there was a school. He meets his great-grand father who works on a croft before being transported back to his own time (2011).  In the end his character is transformed.  Our entry into the competition will be available online early in January.  (Ciaran Alexander, S3)

U14 Boys Highland Regional Basketball Development League – Played on Saturday 19th November.

Game 1: Gairloch 25, Elgin Eagles 4

Game 2: Gairloch 19, Inverness Bears “A” 15

Game  3: Gairloch 28, Inverness Bears “B” 11

Played 3, won 3 – a great start to the league! The win against the Bears “A” team raised lots of eyebrows!  On 22nd November the U14 teams played against Fortrose Academy in the Schools’ Cup.

Girls: Gairloch 3, Fortrose 26    Boys: Gairloch 49, Fortrose 31

Well done to all boys and girls attending training and playing for their school.

Car Wash Fundraising Event – A 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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