School news 20th September 2012

Highland Small Schools’ Football League – This year we entered two S2/3 boys’ teams and a senior boys’ team into this competition. The seniors completed their first set of fixtures in Ullapool on Saturday the 8th of September while the S2/3 teams competed in Dornoch on Thursday the 13th of September. The final fixtures will be completed in the next few weeks and the top two teams in each section will qualify for the semi-final stages later in the year. As it stands, the senior team will have to win all of their final games to qualify for the latter stages. In the first round of games, they lost several close games that could have gone their way with a bit more luck. The Gairloch B team in the S2/3 team is at the top of their league after six games of which they won five and drew one. In these games they scored fifteen goals and only conceded one – an excellent achievement. The Gairloch A team in the S2/3 competition won two, drew one and lost three of their fixtures. All teams played with a healthy competitive spirit while also demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.

S4 Biology field trip – The High School takes part in the annual “Shore Thing” rocky shore survey, which aims to chart the impact of rising sea temperatures on the living things around our shores. On Thursday 30th August, the S4 standard grade class went to our survey site at Rhu Reidh for a happy day’s guddling about in rock pools. There is a quite a lot of technical identification involved and Chris Barrat was on hand to help with us sort out our Laminaria from our Fucus and our thick topshells from our painted topshells – many thanks for a good day.  Photos of this trip are available on the website. Click on the photo below to view them.

S4 Biology Field Trip

Comenius Greek Evening – Our Comenius Project Greek Evening will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 25th September, starting at 7pm.  As well as presentations about our trip to Athens, there will be some Greek food provided, courtesy of the hospitality pupils, and why not try some Greek dancing?  All welcome.

Internet and Cyberbullying Training – S1 pupils will shortly receive CEOP training. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and carers.  The training material can only be delivered by specially trained staff and is intended to raise the awareness of youngsters to the potential problems they might encounter online, often due to their naivety.   Gairloch High helped pilot the use of these training resources in Highland several years ago.

We have also been asked by Northern Constabulary to remind parents and carers of guidance provided on inappropriate use of mobile phones.  This information is available on the school website and also available on the Council website, www.highlandesafety.wordpress.com and on the Northern Constabulary website www.northern.police.uk/.

Dance – Four secondary pupils from the Caroline Browne School of Dance; Rebecca Pollington (S6), Megan Copland (S2), Leonie Baptist (S1) and Hannah Wood (S1), performed highland dances for the visiting artists at the Ceangal Ceilidh on Saturday 8th September. Three Gairloch Primary pupils; Ellie McCloy (P2), Helen Urquhart (P3) and Arlene Morrison (P7) and Isobel MacDonald (P3) from Poolewe Primary, also performed.  This was the first time that the pupils had danced in public and 3 of the girls learned the ‘Sean Triubhas’ in the space of 3 weeks.  Jamie MacLean piped for the dancers having had to learn new tunes at very short notice.  Well done to all of the girls and, of course, to Jamie for some excellent piping!

Wild about Gairloch – Throughout the day on Friday 28th the Hospitality pupils under professional tuition and guidance,  will be spending the day learning how to prep and serve game and other foodstuffs. This will be a valuable training ground for the pupils in food preparation, customer service, and understanding exactly what visitors to the area are looking for in local restaurants and hotels.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Three pupils have received their Bronze Award at assembly.  Well done to Sofie Banister, Eilidh Owens and Jamie MacLean.

Former pupil Success – We have been notified by Heriot Watt University That Jonathan Stevens has graduated this summer MEng Mechanical Engineering.  Well-done Jonathan!

Important Dates – The website is updated regularly.  You can visit by searching the web for Gairloch High or go to www.gairlochhigh.highland.sch.uk/

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