School news 23rd March 2012

Driving Ambition – S5 and S6 pupils were involved in a series of six sessions on a range of aspects connected with driving, something some have already started and the rest are likely to begin soon. There was an input from the police; the fire service; the Red Cross; a mechanic; Gairloch’s driving instructor, Kenny Tallach and Highland Council Road Safety, the organisers of the event. It is hoped that the lessons learned from these sessions will benefit pupils in acting responsibly and safely on the road. This event served as an adjunct to our own ‘Campaign for safe teenage drivers’ that is posted to the parents of pupils coming up to seventeen and is also available on our website.

Former Pupil speaks at Assembly – Kayley Carruthers left Gairloch High in May 2007.  On Friday 16th March she returned as an Army NCO to talk to the staff and pupils about her experiences.  Kayley showed some slides of her time in the army and gave advice for anyone considering the Forces.  It was great to see her and the whole school wished her well.  Like several other former pupils before her, she now awaits orders prior to leaving for a posting in Afghanistan.

Pupil Success – Over the past 2 years Jordan Gorman (S2) has travelled twice weekly to Inverness and monthly to Edinburgh to train and play basketball for both the Highland Bears and the Highland Eagles.  He was selected to take part in Basketball Scotland’s Future Starz programme this year.  This culminated in a national camp in Stirling on Saturday 3rd March.  At the end of the camp Jordan was selected to attend a further trial on Sunday 11th March in Dundee. Only 20 players across Scotland were given this invitation.  After a very nerve racking and pressure filled 3-hour training session the coaches announced the names of those who had made the U14 boys Scotland Team.  The coaches picked 15 boys to train regularly in Dundee and play in an international tournament in June in Edinburgh.  Jordan’s hard work and dedication paid off as he is now going to represent his country.  He made the team.  Well-done Jordan!

Basketball – The boys’ U14 basketball team continued their campaign in the Highland Regional League with two games in Dingwall on Saturday 16th March. The Inverness Bears proved too tough to beat this time, but the boys recovered in their second game against Elgin Eagles, coming from behind at half time to win 36 – 29. We have now played ten games in the league and won 5. A good team effort and you can see some of the action from both games by clicking on the team photo below.

Gairloch U14

Culture Club – This week Culture Club travelled to a new venue when a small group of S6 boys accompanied Ms Gulliver to see an International Guitar Night at the Strathpeffer Pavillion.  Three innovative acoustic guitarists, Lulo Reinhardt, Adrian Legg and Brian Gore entertained the audience individually, in duos and altogether in some truly amazing performances.   Their countries of origin were all different and they brought with them an array of influences and genres in an exchange of musical diversity and virtuosity.

S4 Trip to Edinburgh – As part of their Modern Studies and History courses, ten S4 pupils travelled to Edinburgh with Ms Somers, Ms Velt and our Modern Studies student Miss Mennie to visit the National Mining Museum and the Scottish Parliament. At Holyrood, the Modern Studies pupils took part in educational activities with a member of staff. They also met two of our MSP’s, Mike MacKenzie and Jamie Mc Grigor and had a question and answer session with them.  The highlight of the visit was a visit to the debating chamber where a rather lively session of First Minister’s Question Time took place. The pupils enjoyed getting some first hand experience of work that goes on in government.

The History pupils visited the National Mining Museum at the Lady Victoria Colliery some 40 minutes bus ride south of Edinburgh. They were able to see at first hand many objects they had only seen in their text books, such as Davey safety lamps and were delighted to recognize so much from their course. The simulated coalface tour was somewhat more realistic than our previous efforts to “create” a mine in the classroom – and even noisier!

Cashless Catering – On the 20th March the Council began their Cashless Catering service in Gairloch High School.  Training was provided in school to demonstrate the use of the machine to add money onto an account.  It is the intention that anyone can also add money onto his or her account using the Internet.  Meals can be charged at the tills to an account by the use of either a PIN or a Young Scot card.

Important Dates – Available on the website here.  You should already be aware of the S1 Bring and Buy sale and here are some of the other upcoming events:

S2 Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 27th March 2012.

Beach Clean Friday 30th March – Come along to Strath in the morning and help S1 pupils tidy up the beachfront.

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.

Comenius Concert of Excellence Wed 30th May 7.30pm in the hall.  Pupils who have worked and performed well during the year will be playing their best pieces for the delight of a Community Audience.  So, please put this date in your diary, and come along to see what the young musicians have been up to this year.  Donations will go towards the Comenius projects, both present and future.

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