School news 9th March 2012

Bible Gift – Last Friday Rev. R A Allan of Poolewe & Aultbea Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) presented a Commemorative Edition of the King James (Authorised) Bible on behalf of his congregation. The Bible was gratefully accepted on behalf of staff and pupils by the Head Girl and Boy at assembly. This gift celebrates the recent 400th anniversary of the original publication in 1611.  All pupils also received a special bookmark to further note the anniversary.

S1 Anti-Bullying Event – On Thursday 1st March all of S1 took part in an anti-bullying day.  The purpose of the day is to make pupils aware of the impact their negative behaviour can have on others and how we all have a responsibility to look out for each other.  The day was made up of watching and discussing video clips of different bullying situations and then making anti-bullying posters, banners and badges to be displayed in the school.  Thanks to Mrs. Whall for organizing and running the event throughout the day.

Pupil Success – Jordan Gorman has been training with the U14 Highland basketball Team and here he describes a recent trip with the team to Ireland.  On Friday 10th January I traveled to Ireland with the Under 14 Highland Basketball team.  We played in Belfast on the Saturday against Northern Ireland’s two best teams.  We had played against some of the players the previous year and it was great to see them again.  Later on Saturday we traveled to Dublin for two more days of playing.  On Sunday we played against The Kubs, Tolka Rovers and Moycullen.  These are the top three teams in Eire.  We played really well and it was a great experience to play against teams from outside Scotland. 

It wasn’t all just Basketball.  We also visited the W5 ( Science Centre) in Belfast and Dublin Zoo.  This zoo is reputed to be the largest in Europe.  The whole trip was a great experience.

C for Craic – our new version of the school folk group, will be taking part in the Inverness Festival during the weekend of the 10th of March.  We wish them well in this competition.   In addition, the following weekend – March 17th – sees the group perform at Culloden Academy, as part of the Music for Youth Festival.  Although not a competition, judges will be on hand to lend constructive criticism to the band.  They may be invited to attend the National Festival, which takes place in Perth in June.  Again, we wish them the best of luck.

CULTURE CLUB: Chinese State Circus – A small group of S2 girls accompanied Ms. Gulliver to Inverness on Monday evening (27th February) to watch a performance of the Chinese State Circus.  The show, called ‘Yin Yang’, kept us on the edge of our seats as we were treated to a unique extravaganza of back-flipping acrobats, defying gravity in an array of elaborate, explosive and highly choreographed presentations of power, poise and agility.  Also on display was the more delicate and beautiful side of Chinese tradition with the silk aerial act, plate-balancing, parasol juggling, an eye catching Lion Dance and the amazing legendary ‘Bicycle Act’ in which 10 talented artistes manoeuvre onto a single bicycle.  The evening culminated in a final act of dynamic hoop divers, performing amazing somersaults, leaps and jumps.  Every sensational act flowed into sensational act without narrative and accompanied by a captivating and atmospheric all girl group of live musicians.

ICT Upgrade – Over the last week the school has had a team of engineers replacing all the old PCs. All the PC computers now run Windows 7. Upgraded computers and large screen monitors have also been purchased to allow suitable computer-aided design software to operate.  This upgrade provides a long overdue boost to ICT equipment.  We have retained all the Apple Mac computers capable of operating OSX. Previously the printers were replaced in line with The Highland Council’s current policy.

MY WORLD OF WORK – Skills Development Scotland’s new web service www.myworldofwork.co.uk continues to develop.  Students, teachers and parents/carers can find articles such as Study Tips, Job Interviews, Job Hunting using Social Media and Top 10 Jobs Advertised in Scotland.  There are interactive tools for building a CV, Careers A-Z, My Interview and My DNA – to help you discover what makes you tick. The My Strengths tool, now geared for school and college leavers, will allow you to highlight what might is important to you in choosing your work or study area.

If you register at www.myworldofwork.co.uk, then you can save your results and activities for future use.  My WoW will alert you to articles or events, tailored to particular interests.

Comenius Trip to Italy – Read about this recent successful trip below.

The Gang

Important Dates – An Italian Evening will take place in the school on Tuesday March 20th at 7pm.  The Community is invited to see photos and hear about the pupils’ recent trip to Italy as part of the Comenius Project, and also to sample some fine Italian food – entrance by donation.

Rural Commission – Public meeting on Mon 19th March 6.30pm in the High School.   Come along & show support for the community as well as all the local schools!  Read more about the Commission here.

Geobus – Geology taster for pupils coming to the school on the 21st March.

Sports Relief  – Fri 23rd March – Sponsored 1-mile walk around the school for charity.

Parents’ Evenings – S5/6 Thursday 15th March followed by S2 on Tuesday 27th March 2012.

Beach Clean Fri 30th March – Come along and help S1 pupils.

Study Club for S4, S5 & S6 pupils will take place at the beginning of the first week of the Easter Holiday – Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd and Wed 4th April 2012.

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