School news 19th October 2012

The 18th anniversary of the opening of the ‘new school’ by Councillor Val MacIver – At assembly pupils and staff were reminded by Mr Hulme that this anniversary would take place on Sunday 30th September.  Glasses were raised on the day!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Two more pupils have received their Bronze Award at assembly.  Well done to Caitlin Johnston (S5) and Innis Taylor (S4).

Staff Departure – Mairi Beeson leaves Gairloch High School after three and a half years. Mairi has worked with the High School and associated Primary Schools as Children’s Service Worker.  Although part time, Mairi has had an enormous impact on early intervention and helping to promote the smooth transition for Primary 7 pupils to High School.  She has forged excellent relationships with parents and pupils alike.  At recent interviews with S1 pupils, many pupils commented on the Resilient Kids programme they have been involved with in PSHE. This was set up by Mairi and has helped to promote emotional literacy in S1. We will all miss her service, her professional manner and her determination to get things done.

Work Experience – All S4 pupils have now completed their week of work experience.  We must thank Mrs Flora MacKenzie as without her sterling efforts this would not happen.  She works tirelessly for weeks beforehand making sure the proper paper work is in place thereby allowing the Council to allow the placements.

MacMillan Coffee Morning – £450 was raised on Friday 28th September by girls in S5 and S6 for the Cancer Charity.  Organized by Sophie Davies in S5 the group provided a coffee morning for members of the community and then a cake sale for staff and pupils throughout the day.  Well-done girls!  Click on the photo to see more images from the day.

Well done girls!

Jeans for Genes Day – This annual event took place on Friday 28th September. Jeans for Genes is a charity that aims to improve the lives of children with genetic disorders, care for their families and invest in research. Pupils (and staff) had the opportunity to wear their jeans to school in return for a contribution towards this worthwhile cause. A total of £220 was raised and a cheque has been sent off.

Golf Competition – This inter-house competition on Thursday 27th September was the fourth annual golf event. The number of pupils putting their names forward for the event has increased each year. This year the number was capped at 36 (four starters at each hole for a shotgun start).

The pupils play to a Stableford Scoring system. All of the pupils managed to play the nine holes.  The winning house this year was Tollaidh,  Maree came second with Kerry in third place. Highest score and winner of the trophy, which will be presented at the annual prizegiving, was Joseph Smith, S3. Runner-up was Callum Vickerstaff, S6.  Adam Blyth, S5, made his mark with a hole-in-one at the 7th hole.

Gairloch Golf Club kindly give us the exclusive use of the course for the afternoon and donated the trophy awarded to the player with the highest score.  John Beck, Treasurer of Gairloch Golf Club and also the Junior Convenor, makes all the arrangements at the Club and works out the results from the scorecards. The Club arranges the loan of clubs for those pupils who do not have their own.  All of this accumulates into a great gesture of support from the Golf Club to the development of golf in the school. The Golf Club also offers tuition courses to youngsters following on from the First Club Golf which John Shearer, Active Schools Co-ordinator, delivers to all P5 pupils in early spring.  Many thanks to John Shearer and John beck for the time taken to organise this event and others.

Wild about Gairloch  – As part of this festival, the Hospitality pupils played host to a number of visitors.  Husband and wife team, Catriona and John from Food Business Development, along with Pete More (SNH) and Margaret Wiseman, delivered a relevant ‘wild food from Gairloch’ experience.  Children learned food preparation skills and how to plan menus and recipes using seasonal, local produce. The pupils prepared langoustines, sampling venison burgers and steaks, wild rabbit pate, preparing crab to plate and finally a blackberry and apple cranachan dessert.    Click on the photo to see more images from the day.

Wild about Gairloch

Catriona – The enthusiasm and engagement of the pupils made our job easy and enjoyable. We came away with positive responses from all who were involved. Thank you for making us so welcome. The school would like to thank all involved and in particular Scottish Natural Heritage, the organizers and funders of this event.

Culture Club & Higher English trip to Eden Court – On Tuesday 2nd October a group from the school travelled to Inverness to see a production by Aberdeen Performing Arts of  “The Cone Gatherers”.

This play, adapted by Peter Arnott from the Robin Jenkins novel set on a Highland estate during the Second World War, was an unexpected mix of music, song, visual effects and dance.  The group who went consisted of the current Higher English class, who have studied the novel in some depth, but also included six S3 pupils, who have attended most of Ms Gulliver’s Culture Club events over the past year.  The design was striking, the production lively, fast moving and the performances by the cast very convincing. Some characterisation, however, was significantly, even controversially, different from the original and so provided the Higher class with much food for thought and discussion, focusing their minds on important details of the text in preparation for exam work.  Altogether a worthwhile and memorable trip!  Thanks to Miss Mackison for organizing this visit to the Theatre.

Blythswood Christmas Shoebox appeal – The school will be supporting this Christmas Charity event again.  Leaflets for the Blythswood Christmas Shoebox appeal have been distributed.  We invite all staff, pupils and members of the community to fill a shoebox with various sundries, wrap it up and deliver it to school for export to children less fortunate than ourselves.  Further information available from the school or the Blythswood website.  Deadline for collection from the school is Monday 5th November.

Study Club – Study Club for the S4 Prelims will run after school 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in weeks beginning October 29th, November 5th & 12th.  S4 Pupils will be issued with a timetable for these after-school events on their return to school next week.

Important Dates –Available here on the website.

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