School news 25th January 2013

Staff News – Congratulations and Best Wishes go to Mr & Mrs Whall on the safe arrival of Erin, a sister for Sofia.

Cristie Moore has been appointed Children’s Services Worker for the Associated School Group. We look forward to working closely with Cristie in this vital role.

5/6 PrelimsThese exams run from Monday 21st January to Wednesday 30th January and pupils have received copies of the timetable on their return to school. These exams are extremely important in preparing pupils for their final exams in May and June. To assist with revision, study club is available during the first two weeks of term to provide support beyond that already given in class.

Christmas QuizThe annual whole school quiz was held on the Wednesday before the Christmas holiday. The top five winning teams were from Maree which took first place overall. Kerry came second with Tollaidh third.

Krypton Factor – The school ran its annual Krypton Factor competition on the last day of the Christmas term. Pupils stayed in their quiz teams and completed a series of mental and physical challenges, involving observation, mental arithmetic, computer games, sports (football, climbing and basketball) skills and the infamous “Superstars” style gym tests. This was a worthwhile way to spend the half day and thanks go to the staff who helped organise and run it. At the end, when all the scores had been collated, Tollaidh won (very narrowly), Maree second and Kerry third.

Annual School DanceThe pipers got us off to a good start for a well-attended dance with The Roya Maclean band. The pupils all looked the part for the ceilidh in their evening wear, where there was non-stop dancing for the first half.  Our own musicians entertained us at our supper and then it was back for more dancing with a bit of a break when Evan McPhail surprised us all with his ‘Gangnam Style ‘dancing during a dance off – fantastic!  Thanks are due to many for the success of the night and include MacKenzie & MacLennan for providing transport to and from the dance, Andy Bowker and John Shearer for minibus driving; Mrs Fraser, Mrs Leitch and Mrs MacKenzie for preparing and serving the usual splendid banquet along with many other staff. It was a great night of dancing which finished around 11pm.

Gairloch High School Dance 2012

S6 pupils with their register teachers at the dance – click on the photo for more images of the event

Future Chef Competition – Yesterday, Ann Maclean from S4 represented Gairloch High School in the Future Chef Competition. Also taking part in the event were pupils from Ullapool and Plockton. We have been involved with this event over many years but this is the first time we have been hosts. As you might be aware former pupil, Rosie Smith, was a runner up in the final of this event and is now training with Michel Roux Jnr in London. You will have to wait for the next edition to see how Ann got on.

Future Chef

2013 GHS Calendar A few copies of the school calendar (displaying pupils’ art work) are still available from the school office and some local shops. Cost £6 and all proceeds go to school funds.

Course Choices for S3/4Although there are four months before the timetable changes and S2 pupils embark on new courses, now is the time to begin thinking about this. Pupils have been introduced to the process of making their choices and the courses available in the coming weeks. Along with parents, they are to make their selection of courses that they wish to pursue in S3. By way of introduction to this process, S2 parents/carers were invited to a special Parents’ Evening on Tuesday, 15th January at which they were given information about courses and the coming years for their son or daughter in school. Below are the key dates in the process for pupils and parents.

Wednesday, 16th January – Departments inform S2 pupils about subjects.
Thursday, 17th January – S2 talk on options at which time the course choice list and option booklet issued.
Friday, 25th January – Pupils return completed ‘Preferences’ list (these last two dates are earlier than those in the letter issued). Work starts on compiling and consulting on the option form. February – Consultation on option form based on pupils’ preferences and staffing and timetable needs.
Week beginning 11th March – Interview with Pupil Support Teacher.
Monday, 18th March – Reports issued along with option form and appointment letter for Parents’ Evening.
Wednesday, 20th March – Appointment letter returned to school.
Thursday, 21st March – Parents’ Evening with subject teachers.
Monday, 25th March –  Option form to be returned to Depute Headteacher.

Should S2 parents have any queries about this, please contact the school.

Legal Highs, Party Drugs and Alcohol Factsheet – We have received an information sheet for parents, teachers and carers.   It is hoped that this will contribute to reducing harmful behaviour in young people by helping adults understand the issues and the signs of potential abuse.  The leaflet has been distributed by Cath King, Health Improvement Policy Manager, The Highland Council, Health and Social Care Service.  The Legal Highs, Party Drugs and Alcohol factsheet PDF can be downloaded from the school website or you can ask for a paper copy from the school office.

Modern Studies Department – The third year Modern Studies pupils have been studying “Crime and the Law” and they were very lucky to gain first-hand knowledge of the topic recently. Sheriff Muir Russell kindly accepted our invitation to visit our school and talk about his extensive experience as QC. The pupils were very appreciative of the entertaining and also fascinating insights which Sheriff Russell offered into the Scottish justice system. We extend our thanks to Sheriff Russell for taking the time and effort to contribute to our Modern Studies curriculum.

S3 study 'Crime and Law'

Holiday and In-Service Closures for Staff TrainingSchool will be closed to pupils from Monday 11th February – Friday 15th February, inclusive.

Date for your diary (advance warning) – The S1 Bring and Buy Sale is on Saturday 9th March.  Pupils are asking if family and friends would please check to see if they have any suitable items for their Sale. If you are having a tidy up, and want to bring anything in, that’s fine – we’ll try to find some storage space! Also, if you need anything picked up, please contact the school (01445 712275) and our Janitor will arrange collection.

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