School news 22nd February 2013



Saturday 9th March – 10am 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 speciality!)

Items for the 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.


It’s that time again – Grand annual fundraiser for S1 Nethybridge and selected charities.

INSET Days – On Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February, school staff took part in In-Service Training Days.  Over the three days staff were involved in meetings in Inverness and locally in the High School.  These meetings allowed staff to discuss and deveop aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.  Various meetings allowed staff to work with colleagues from other schools across Highland to discuss changes to courses that are replacing the current Standard Grade and Intermediate exams currently taught to pupils in S4 and S5/6.

Meetings also took place with Primary colleagues to further develop links that will assist children progress smoothly between Primary and Secondary.

School Website – Remember the school website is full of stories and photographs of events and successes.  It is regularly being updated and we think it is well worth a visit! Just type ‘Gairloch High’ into you search engine or go to

Former Pupil News – Crispin Struthers, a former Dux, has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Editor for his work with Jay Cassidy in David O Russell’s movie Silver Linings Playbook.  Read more here on the former pupil part of the website

Gairloch High School Drama Club was created this term and the first performance for International Women’s Day will take place in the Library (check the Library news for more information). The girls from S1 have been working really hard and Drama Club, run voluntarily by Helen Peat and Kirsty Thistlethwaite,  takes place on Wednesday lunch-times, and considering the small amount of time we have, they are making great progress!

WithScotland Resources for Online Safety Here is an opportunity to remind everyone in the school (not just pupils!) of the importance of being safe online. WithScotland are a national resource for the benefit of everyone in Scotland involved in protecting children and young people. The Multi-Agency Resource Service (MARS) and the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN) joined forces and are developing stronger connections between child, adult and public protection. To support Safer Internet Day which took place on the 5th February 2013 they published some useful information and articles on their website which aim to help children and young people keep themselves safe in a digital world. Link here –

Some of the key agencies have launched some new resources to mark the day, CEOP in particular have launched two new videos. You can view them here on their excellent education website by logging in or you can hop over to their YouTube channel. Whilst it’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of the work going on to promote safer online worlds for children and young people, it’s important to recognise that this work and approach needs to take place throughout the year and across the curriculum in schools and at home. It’s a great way to continually reinforce messages such as not sharing passwords and thinking about the content you place online and how everyone has a part to play in creating safer online spaces.

Sports Leadership – The following pupils took part in a Sports Leadership day certificate:  Ross Wotherspoon, Chris Young, Ryan MacLean, Rory Nash, James Conniff, Cameron Moys, Sandy Garrioch, Ross Brogan and Innis Taylor.  They learned how to organise and run sports sessions.  They will now go on to help our Active Schools Co-ordinator and Young Ambassadors organise and deliver activities within our school.  They each received a certificate and pin badge at Assembly – well done boys!

Ross-shire Schools Cross Country ChampionshipsOn a cold, wintry morning, a team of 11 runners set off from the school for the annual cross country championships in Alness. The sun was shining when we arrived, but it was cold and the runners had to cope with very slippery conditions. The younger competitors had to complete a 2.4km course: all managed this with Leonie Baptist placing highest in the girls’ race in 18th and Chris Adam for the boys in 34th. The senior girls’ course was 4km and Sofie Banister crossed the line in 14th place. Jordan Gorman took part in the senior boys’ 5km event and despite a bad slip on the ice, came in 8th place. All our runners have been training during PE classes and put in great effort on the day. Thanks to Andy Bowker for driving the minibus and helping to look after pupils at the event. Photos from the day are on the school website. You can see the pupils in action by clicking on the photo below.

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