School news 15th June 2012

Prize-Giving – Our annual Prize-Giving Ceremony will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th June between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the school at which we will celebrate the success of all the pupils in the school and highlight some of the special achievements of the year. Parents and friends of the school are invited to join us.

Activity Week – S4 pupils took part in an activity week from 28th May to 1st June. For the first three days they worked in teams under the watchful eye of Mr Hulme, Mrs Whall & Mrs Hildrey.  Their task was to design and produce a prototype and deliver a presentation to the school about their game or toy. Ms Gulliver and Ms Hunter used CrazyTalk software with the S4s, who all presented a picture of grumpy old men and women complaining about the teenagers of today! Presentations were made in front of the rest of the school after a question and answer session. The winning team with their project entitled –  “Walk on Walls” were: Danni Bulmer, James Conniff, Luke Gorman, Donnie MacLennan and Laura Ridehalgh.


For the rest of the week pupils chose from a wide variety of activities which they could take for a whole day, or a morning or afternoon.  These activities included: mountain biking; refreshing the Home Economics department; expressive arts; fishing; wool spinning; debating;  rock climbing; discussing social networks; computing and sea kayaking.   Pictures of these activities can be seen on the school website by clicking on the photo of our anglers below.

Loch Fishing

All in all, an excellent week – a big thank you to Mr Sutherland for his organisation and to all staff who supported this great week and to the pupils for their ‘can do’ attitude!

School Captains For Session 2012-2013 Ian Paul and Sarah Mackenzie have been awarded School Captain status.  Vice Captains are David Robertson and Rachel Mackenzie.  Senior pupils were welcomed back on Tuesday at Assembly and have been working through their option choices for the coming year.

MentoringBefore Study leave commenced all S5 pupils moving into S6 in August were invited to submit an application, outlining their qualities and wishing to be considered for a mentoring role to the new S1 pupils.

Eight pupils applied by the deadline set and all went through training with Mr Milner and Mairi Beeson, our Children’s Services Worker. Each Mentor will have 3 or 4 mentees and the role of mentor will be a significant one throughout the year.

Mr Milner is hoping that the role of becoming a mentor, with a badge of office, is something the younger members of the school will aspire to. As part of their induction, all P7 pupils have met with their mentor.

Primary 7 PupilsP7 pupils visited the High School last week for two full days. They have had the opportunity of following a more typical timetable and therefore getting used to moving from class to class and meeting various members of staff, visiting the Den, meeting Susan Maclean and Fiona Downie, Youth Development officer. At the end of the second day they were presented with their ties by Acting Headteacher, Mr Hulme.

P7 Expressive Arts DayThis took a different turn this year from usual, due to the fact that we obtained a new piece of software called “CrazyTalk”.  This allowed pupils to create self-portraits in the Art Department and to record a short biography of themselves in the Music Department.  These 2 activities are brought together by the software to create an animated image of each pupil, appearing to speak their prepared biographies.  While Ms Gulliver and Ms Hunter struggled with the technology, Mrs Hildrey took the P.7s outside in the glorious sunshine for an afternoon of sport.  During the first Induction Day, the P7 pupils were able to see the fruits of their labours, and the resulting movie was appreciated by all.  Click on the photo to see some more of our P7 guests.

Expressive arts S1

Comenius ConcertOn Wednesday 30th May, pupils took part in a concert in the school hall, celebrating the excellent work they have achieved in their musical work throughout the year.  The new “version” of C for Craic brought many of the pupils together in wonderful group performances.  We were well entertained by performances from: Megan Copland, Ceitidh Alice Hulme, Alasdair MacDonald, Christie Wilson, Becky Griggs, Ainslie MacKenzie, Oscar Howard, Luke Gorman, Beth Townsend and Freya Baptist. In addition, 3 younger pupils – Connor Forbes, Iain Nelson and Catherine MacRae – braved the spotlight for the first time, and played together with much confidence and talent.  Well done to all!  A big thank you goes to Ms Rhona Sutherland for her work with all the string players, and with her direction of C for Craic.  Donations totalling £143.12 went to the Comenius Project Fund.  Many thanks to all the members of the community who came along in support of our pupils.  Click on the photo to see more photos of the evening.

Comenius Concert

Malawi – As you read this, Mr Hulme and Mrs Johnston will hopefully be in Malawi to visit our partner school, Mlozi LEA School. While there, they will continue the work on the joint projects, to work with learners and teachers in class and to teach some more Scottish Country dances. Time will be made to use the bicycles bought on Mr Hulme’s last visit to explore the area, subject to the bikes continuing to work. Another intention is to bring back more images of the country to share with pupils so as to further develop their awareness of their culture and way of life. They look forward to meeting again those in the school who have visited Gairloch in the past. In contrast to Mr Hulme’s other visits, this will be their winter though this much like our summer weather just now. More in the new school session. We wish them an enjoyable and successful visit.

Archaeological Dig – All S2 pupils will have an exciting opportunity to take part in the archaeological excavation of one of the roundhouses at Achtercairn on Tuesday 19th June.  They will be out at the dig site all morning and if they are to be able to gain the most from this experience it is important that they come suitably prepared.  A letter with information for parents and details of what pupils will need for that day has been sent home with pupils.

Retiral Ms GulliverThis is a little reminder to the community about Pat Gulliver’s retirement.  There is going to be an afternoon tea in the school on Thursday 28th of June at 2p.m., to which all members of the community, and Pat’s ex-pupils are invited.  We would appreciate, however, if you could contact the school office if you intend to come; this is purely to ensure that there’s enough food! If anyone would like to contribute to Pat’s retiral gift, this can also be done at the school office.

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