School news 8th February 2012

Future Chef Competition – Springboard Scotland held its West Highland local heat for the Future Chef competition at Gairloch High School last week, for children aged 12 to 16 years. The competitors were Ann Maclean from Gairloch High, Kayleigh Urquhart from Ullapool High and Ruby Howard from Plockton Academy. The standard of cooking was exceptionally high and gave the judges, Rohaise Rose-Bristow from The Torridon and Noreen MacKenzie from Myrtle Bank Hotel the very difficult task of picking a winner. After a great deal of deliberation they decided that Ruby Howard from Plockton just had the edge on her competitors. Graeme Strachan, the Springboard Youth Programmes Manager for North Scotland said that the facilities and hospitality provided to everyone from Gairloch High School was excellent and he would like to convey his thanks to all. It is his intention to make this an annual location for the schools that enter from the West Coast. Well done to Ann for her impressive performance on the day, she really worked to a high standard and did herself and the school proud. Her focus, skill and determination were really evident and I hope that she is as proud of herself as we all are of her! Thanks must also go to Kirsty Thistlethwaite who is employed by West Highland College and delivers the Hospitality  course at Gairloch High School.


Future Chef

Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships – On Sunday 20th January, Sara and Eilidh Johnston and Siobhan Vickerstaff travelled to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to participate in the 2013 Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships. All three girls rowed personal best distances in their respective races. Siobhan competed in the tough J15, 5 minute race: she rowed 1158m which placed her 22nd out of 33. Eilidh had to row for 4 minutes in the J14 age group: 944m placed her 9th out of 23 girls. Sara’s distance of 493m in 2 minutes put her in 1st place, 11m ahead of the competition. This earned her a gold medal and the title of J12 Scottish Champion. GHS was the only Scottish Local Authority school represented at the event. All the other competitors were from large private schools and Scottish rowing clubs. Congratulations to all three girls for their effort and determination.

Rowing Success

Sara receiving her Gold medal as J12 Champion of Scotland

New Comenius Project for the High School – It is hoped, during 2013-15, that the school will participate in its second Comenius Project.  In order to start preparing for this, Miss Hunter spent 3 days in Turkey at the beginning of January, meeting with colleagues and helping to complete the complicated application for funding. Despite 4 foot snow drifts, she was able to visit a Turkish school, and spend some time with staff and pupils there.  If all the interested countries are successful in their applications, we will be developing links with schools in Latvia, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Spain, Portugal and Finland.  Watch this space!

Pròiseact FilmG / FilmG ProjectTha am film againn (‘Ruith a Chaluim Ruith’) a-nis ri fhaicinn air-loidhne. Tha sinn an dòchas gun cord e ribh gu mòr.

Our film (‘Run Calum Run’) can now be viewed online. We hope that you enjoy it.

Malawi Partnership – Plans for our trip to Malawi by a group of staff and senior pupils are taking shape. Pupils who expressed an interest in this trip enjoyed a Malawian lunch in school just before the Christmas holidays, expertly prepared by Mr Hulme and his daughter Anna, who came back to school especially to cook for us. Pupils have submitted written applications to be considered for the trip and the final stage of the selection process is an interview with staff which will have taken place by the time you read this.

Following the selection process, pupils and staff will be involved in fund-raising, to supplement funds already secured and contributions made by participants, and in team building activities, prior to the trip in October. The team will visit our partner school for around 10 days, where they will collaborate on projects with Malawian pupils and teachers, and will also spend a few days visiting other places of interest in that part of Malawi.

Volunteer Driver – Our grateful thanks go to Allan Jones for driving the minibus to Poolewe/Aultbea for the last year so that pupils could take part in after-school activity clubs.

S1 Grand Bring and Buy SaleSaturday 9th March at 10:00am in the Community Hall. Stalls, Competitions and the BIG Raffle! We welcome any or all of the following donations: baking, books, DVDs & CDs, bric-a-brac, plants, electrical items in good working order, toys, clothes in good condition, jewellery, bottles and raffle prizes. We can auction anything within reason (antiques a specialty)!

Items for sale can be:

* Handed to any member of the school.

* Delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 8th March between 3:30 and 6pm.

* Collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

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