School news 16th December 2011

National Gaelic Debate Winners 2011 – By now everyone should have heard about the success of Ceitidh Alice and Anna Hulme in the Scottish Parliament final of the National Gaelic Debate. Click here for their report of the event.

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Callum Vickerstaff, Gemma Urquhart, David Robertson and former pupil Jake Bulmer have achieved Silver.  Chris Young and Rebecca Dreisbach-Pollington  have each achieved Bronze.  Well done to all.

S5/6 Prelims – Pupils in S5/6 have been working with their teachers preparing and planning for their exams which start at the end of January. They have been given appropriate materials for their subjects and advised about the steps they need to take to achieve their best grades. The booklet ‘Information and Study Advice for Pupils and Parents’ was issued prior to Prelims in S4 and remains relevant to these exams. It is also available on the school website. We would ask that parents support pupils in preparation for these important exams.

FarewellYvonne Spence received a thank you from staff and pupils this week for her contribution to school life over the last few years.  Since moving to Gairloch, Yvonne has supported the school in many ways.  She was an active member of the Parent Council helping in a large number of events, fighting over staff cuts in the school and raising funds along the way (e.g. the burger stand at the Gathering).  Recently she has been helping develop the cooking skills of pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.  We will miss Yvonne but we wish her well in her next family venture!

Enquire – The Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support Needs is the national advice service for additional support for learning.  The service is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.  Enquire helps children, young people, families and professionals understand their rights and responsibilities under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and related legislation.

Enquire operates a helpline that you can call or email if you require advice or information about any aspect of additional support for learning.  The service is confidential.

Telephone helpline 0845 123 2303

Email info@enquire.org.uk

Website for adults www.enquire.org.uk

Website for young people www.enquire.org/yp

A range of easy to read guides and factsheets explaining everything from additional support in the early years to transition can be downloaded from their website.

2012 GHS Calendar – The calendar (displaying pupil art work) is still available from the school office and local shops. Cost £5 and all proceeds go to school funds.

School Dates of current importance

  • 16th Dec 2011 – Christmas Dance
  • 22nd Dec 2011 – School closes for Christmas
  • 9th January 2012 – School opens for all!

Christmas – As I write this (9th December) S2 pupils are putting the final preparations into the Christmas play A Christmas Carol.  Everyone is also preparing for the Dance.  We also say farewell this weekend (December 18th) to our Malawian guests.  Mr. Chibwera and Mr. Maseko have had a very busy time in Gairloch taking part in classes, playing football, meeting parents and visiting local estates.  They met with Primary children, played basketball, learned some Scottish dances and planned for future projects between our two schools.

Malawi VisitorsClick on the photo to see more of their visit

They experienced weather like they have never encountered and will fly home this weekend with a large amount of Highland goodwill in their pockets.  Thank you to everyone in the community who contributed to making their visit a successful, productive and friendly affair.  A special thanks to Dr Caley and Mr. Hulme for their help in planning and executing the successful visit.

Information and photographs of many school activities can be seen on the website.  

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from all at Gairloch High School!

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