School news 29th June 2012

Details of Prize Giving will follow shortly.

Staff Retiral – Staff and pupils bid a fond farewell to Ms Pat Gulliver.  She will be greatly missed.  Throughout the week there have been several events to show our appreciation of her service to the pupils and the school over the years.  Pat is held in high regard and greatly respected by everyone who knows her.  We hope that she will not relinquish her ties to the school completely and that she enjoys a long and healthy retirement.

Culture Club say 'Goodbye Ms. Gulliver!'

French TripAt 6:30pm on 1st of June, 41 pupils in S2/S3 and 5 teachers left for France. The journey was long but after 24 hours travelling we arrived at the Château du Molay in Normandy, France. We had almost a week of activities but we had some favourites.  For example, on the Sunday we travelled to a market near where we were staying. It was amazing but it was very crowded. We then went to a museum about the Second World War including the D-day landings. The museum was really interesting and we learned a lot from it. The following days were just as memorable. Everywhere we looked there was something different.

On Thursday 6th of June we went to everyone’s favourite, Parc Asterix. The weather had improved so we were able to enjoy all the rides, water ones and dry ones. The teachers loved it too. The park was really well designed and made you feel as if you were in a movie. The best ride was based on the movie “Mission Cleopatra”. We would recommend going to it.

Sadly all that came to an end. Straight after Parc Asterix we had to travel back home to Gairloch, where we arrived safely on the Friday. [Ashleigh Elder & Fraser Wotherspoon S2]

Our Archaeological Dig! – On Tuesday 19th June the S2 pupils of Gairloch High School carried out a series of activities to do with the archaeological excavating of the Roundhouses in Achtercairn. They did map reading, GPS navigation, collecting soil samples (and later testing them), compass readings, measuring the roundhouses, learning about their age from differences in the colour of the vegetation and what they would have looked like. They even got to do some excavating of their own – probably the most popular activity!  Later in the afternoon they made posters in groups explaining the morning’s work – proving conclusively that they learned a lot!  Despite the midges, S2 had a really good time at the Roundhouses.  Visit the website by clicking here and find out more.

Athletics – 29 pupils travelled to Inverness to compete in the Ross Sutherland Athletics competition.  All of them did their very best at their event particularly the medal winners:  Lewis Campbell S1 1st in the Discus and Andrea Wood S1 1st in the Long Jump Well done!   Out of 40 events that the team competed in, they finished either 3rd or above in 21 of them. Considering the competition was against larger schools with mostly bigger and stronger pupils, they did very well. The athletes and helpers were great ambassadors for Gairloch High School. Charlotte Kelman says “At the start everyone was nervous but as the day went by we all got into the competing spirit and cheered on our fellow team-mates.  On several occasions our school came very close to coming first but were pipped at the post but we came home with satisfying places.  The day was good and gave us a chance to compete at a challenging level.  Next time we will know what to expect and rake in the medals!

Sports Day – The whole school turned out and took part or helped at different events for sports day. This year we had a special Olympic theme to it.  Mags Matheson says “On sports day we had the pleasure of having Rhoda’s company along with her Olympic torch to join in our Olympic celebration.  The majority of the school were competing throughout the day each picking up points for their own houses!  It was very successful, with a very close result at the end of the day which made for a very competitive and interesting day.

Sports Champions 2012 – Junior Boy: Guy Stein (K)

Runner up: Lewis Campbell (K)

Junior Girl: Laura Russell (K) & Eilidh Johnston (M) joint winners

Intermediate Girl: Siobhan Vickerstaff (M) Runner up – Charlotte Kellman (K)

Int. Boy: Louis Stein (K) Runner up: Kenneth Mackenzie (M)

Senior Boy: Donald Mackenzie (M)  Runner up: Ross Wotherspoon (T) & Luke Gorman (T) joint

Senior Girl: Mags Matheson (M) Runner up: Rachel Mackenzie (M)

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Click on the photo for more photos of Sports Day

Perfect Attendance – Charlie Bulmer and Natasha Fraser were presented with certificates for maintaining perfect attendance throughout the session at the Prize Giving this week.

Return of Textbooks  – In times of rising costs and strict budgets, we need to make the best use of the resources we have, so if you come across any stray High School textbooks over the summer, please return them to school.  They can be handed in to the school office, or to the Library during normal holiday opening hours.

In-Service Training Days  – Parents please be aware that the Council have added two extra training days following the Summer break and the October holidays for teachers. Pupils start on Wednesday 15th August and Wednesday 24th October.  These dates as well as others can be found on the school website. Enjoy a good summer!

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