School news 1st June 2012

Junior Maths Challenge S1 and S2 recently took part in the annual Junior Maths Challenge.  Alfie Gudgeon got best in school and received a gold award for the second year in a row. Also achieving a gold award was Jordan Gorman with Freya Baptist achieving silver.  Mark McLean also achieved silver and he was the best in S1.  Rosie MacKenzie and Louie O’Brien managed to get a bronze.  Well done to all of them and everyone who took part.

First Aid Course – Ciaran Alexander wrote: “We had a First Aid course yesterday (Wednesday 16/5/12). We learned how to perform CPR, to put someone into the recovery position, how to help someone who is drowning and how to save someone from choking. After that, we worked on bandages and how to treat someone who had sprained or broken their ankle when out on DofE.”

D of E training

S3BronzeDofE – Having successfully completed their training walk and camp at Slattadale on Fri 11th May (midges did appear despite the cold!) and the First Aid training in school last week, final preparations are now underway for practice expeditions on Mon 28th – Tues 29th May.  Click on the photo above to see more images of the pupils training.

Gold DofE – A group of seven current and former pupils Anna Hulme, Callum Vickerstaff, Calum Milner, Jake Bulmer, Kirsty Alexander, Gemma Urquhart and David Robertson are going to Glen Affric next week for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition, accompanied by Mrs Johnston and Mrs Bulmer. Their aim is to make a video/photographic presentation to encourage other pupils to do their Gold expedition.  Weather and fitness permitting, they will be climbing hills in the area from a base camp near Alltbeithe Youth Hostel.  Detailed report to follow!

S2/S3 Biology – The S2 and S3 biologists were involved in a workshop on the ethics of using stem cells last week. (Stem cells are cells that could potentially be used to repair failing parts of the body, for example in heart disease, diabetes or Parkinson’s. The source of stem cells is often embryos that are left over from IVF treatment). Scotland punches well above its weight in stem cell research. The presenters were Henriette Laidlaw from the Scottish Stem Cell Network and Dr Bill Ritchie, from the Roslin Institute. Dr Ritchie was part of the team that created Dolly the sheep. It was a privilege to host someone so eminent. As was intended, the workshop raised more questions than it answered!

S1 Nethybridge Trip –   A teacher’s comment: “It was a pleasure for staff to spend the week with a group of such enthusiastic and well-mannered pupils. Thanks to S1 for making it such fun.”

Comments from pupils: “Wonderful experience; cooking really good; great laughs from the teachers’ jokes; biking great although it was long – glad I finished it; Landmark – brilliant, kayaking as well; we got to try so many new activities and we enjoyed Susan and Mr Milner singing!”

S1 NethybridgeClick on the photo to see more images from Nethy

Culture Club – This week Culture Club attended an event in Eden Court that was at the other end of the dance spectrum from Scottish Ballet!  It was called ‘Breakin’ Convention’ and was a Festival of Hip Hop Dancing, organised under the name of Sadler’s Wells.  The evening started with a talk about the history of Break Dancing by Jonzi D, the Artistic Director.  We heard about the roots of Hip Hop in the ghettos of New York and Los Angeles during the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and after the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and the development of, not only Hip Hop, but the related arts of Rap, Beat Boxing, DJing and Graffiti.  The show itself was impressive, starting with a selection of groups, several from Scotland, who showed their skills, and culminating in a stunning extended performance by the world record holding French line-up called The Vagabond Crew.  Not only did they excel at spinning on their shoulders and their heads, popping and blocking with great style, but they did so within an effective theatrical theme.  Culture Club is hoping to make one more trip before the end of the session but haven’t yet earmarked our final event.

Primary 7 pupils – P7 pupils visited the High School last week for two full days. We look forward to their return in June for two more days when they will follow a fairly normal timetable.

Dogs on the pitches – Dog mess has been found on the grass pitch recently. We would ask that all dog owners act responsibly and keep away from the school grounds all together with their animals.

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