School news 24th February 2012

Visit by Rural Commission – The Parent Council has been in serious discussion with the Highland Council over cutbacks that have affected the provision of local education in recent years.  Although the school still performs very well the concern is that it has become increasingly difficult to provide a broad curriculum for pupils.  The Parent Council understands that cuts are necessary across all areas of society at the moment however they have questioned the validity of the mechanism used by the Council and feel that rural areas are being disproportionately undermined.

Highland Council Education Culture and Sport, our local Councillors, parents and members of the community along with the High School made submissions to Commission for Rural Education and invited them to visit Gairloch as part of their evidence gathering.  We found out recently that the Commission does indeed plan to visit.  They will visit the school during the day and hold a public meeting in the evening.  The schools in this area are the hearts of our communities and we hope that everyone will take the opportunity to come along and talk to the Commission on 19th March.

Public Meeting – Gairloch High School

6.30 pm on Monday 19th March 2012

The Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education, chaired by Sheriff David Sutherland, is tasked with examining how education in rural areas is working for local people and how this links to rural community life.

The Commission are holding a public meeting in this area, as we would like to hear from all the people who have been or may be affected by these issues.  There will be the opportunity to hear from Commission Members and to ask any questions you may have.

Please come along and meet with us

For more information about the Commission’s work see our website www.commissiononruraleducation.org

or call Jane O’Donnell, Rural Education Secondee on 07785 990 669

The Commission has the following remit:

  • To review the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and its application; and
  • To examine how the delivery of rural education can maximize attainment and outcomes to give pupils the best life chances, and to examine, where appropriate, how this can be applied more widely; and
  • To make recommendations on how to reflect best practice on the delivery of all aspects education in rural areas (pre-school through to higher & further education); and
  • To examine the links between rural education and the preservation, support and development of rural communities and to make recommendations on how these links might be strengthened if necessary; and
  • To examine and make recommendations on funding issues surrounding rural education.

It is vital that as many interested parties attend this meeting as possible.  Show support for your local schools and make it clear that you wish your community to thrive.

 

S1 GRAND BRING AND BUY SALE

Saturday 24th March – 10am in the Community Hall

Stalls, Competitions and the BIG Raffle!

We welcome any or all of the following donations: baking, books, DVDs & CDs, bric-a-brac, plants, electrical items in good working order, toys, clothes in good condition, jewellery, bottles and raffle prizes.  We can auction anything within reason (antiques a speciality!)

Items for the sale can be:

  • Handed to any member of the school
  • Delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 23rd March between 3.30 and 6pm
  • Collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

It’s that time again – Grand annual fundraiser for S1 Nethybridge and selected charities.

INSET Days – On Wednesday 15th February, Thursday 16th February and Friday 17th February school staff took part in In-Service Training Days.  Over the three days staff were involved in meetings in Inverness and locally in the High School.  These meetings allowed staff to discuss, plan and develop various aspects of Curriculum for Excellence – the current Scottish Government initiative for improving education.  Various meetings allowed staff to meet with colleagues from other schools across Highland to discuss changes to courses that will replace the current Standard Grade and Intermediate exams taught to pupils in S3, S4 and S5 particularly.  These changes are dramatic and teachers have a great deal of work to do to incorporate the new exams and associated courses into the curriculum.

Meetings also took place with Primary colleagues to further develop links that will assist children progress smoothly between Primary and Secondary.  We think we do this quite well already but we know we can always do better.

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