School news 8th March 2013

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Three S4 pupils were awarded their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at assembly recently. Congratulations to Ceitidh Alice Hulme, Catherine Wyatt and Craig Whyte on their effort and success in achieving the award.

Gairloch/Malawi PartnershipIn the October holidays this year, a group of ten  pupils and four teachers are hoping to travel to Mlozi School in Malawi. The purpose of this trip is to strengthen ties with our link school and develop joint projects with the pupils. The visit will increase our awareness and understanding of life in a developing country. We will experience school and village life and work collaboratively with Malawian pupils on joint projects and share aspects of Scottish culture. We hope to bring back knowledge and experiences which we can share with other pupils in the school and therefore share what we have learnt. We also hope to share with the community here.

In preparation for the trip the group will take part in a number of team building exercises and also fund raising events. We are organising events between now and October to try and raise money to enable this partnership between our two schools to continue. We hope that friends and family in the community will support this project that has, in recent years, become an important part of our education in Gairloch High School.

On the 6th of April we are holding a fund raising evening at Ocean View in Laide.  More details of this and other fund raising initiatives will be in the next issue of the Gairloch and District times.  Gemma McLean, S5.

Travelling to Malawi are – Gemma McLean, Ainslie MacKenzie, Eilidh MacLennan, Sofie Banister, Beth Townsend, Nessie Gearing, Chris Young, Luke Gorman, Lyle Walker and Kalvin Fraser. They will be accompanied by Mr Port, Dr Caley, Ms Velt and Mrs Johnston.  We will be updating our Malawi section of the website here >>

Fun Day for Comic Relief – This was held at Gairloch Community Hall on Saturday raised a total of £769.38. It couldn’t have been done without the sterling help of the 5th and 6th years. The fifth years ran various competitions and sold raffle and bingo tickets, and raised a total of £280.72. Some of the 6th years took charge of the catering, cooking red nose mini-pizzas and red nose cheese on toasts very competently, as well as the more usual hot drinks and cakes, while others ran a chocolate fountain stall, selling fruit and marshmallow skewers for dipping. The kitchen raised £123.20 and the choc fountains £74.47, making a combined total for the 6th years of £197.67. There were many compliments on how well and professionally the young people had taken responsibility and carried out their duties. Both Nicky and Comic Relief would like to thank them. Dr Nicky Hayes

Basketball – Gregor Vickerstaff and Sara Johnston took part in the Highland Bears Under-13 Basketball Tour of Ireland in the February holiday week. Basketball is a huge community sport in Ireland. They played some really good teams and enjoyed great Irish hospitality. Some of the games were desperately close! Here is Sara’s account of what happened follows.

Ireland Basketball Tour by Sara Johnston – In the February half term I travelled to Ireland with the Highland Bears Basketball Club. On Friday the 14th we played our first game against Templelogue, a very strong team in Dublin. It was a very close game all the way through however at the end we lost by 1 point. We started off with 7 players (2 subs) however near the start 1 member of the team sprained her ankle, we were down to 1 sub. The next day we played 2 games, the 1st game was against Killester Kubs. It was a very physical game however we won. The next game was against the Ulster Elks, a team from Belfast; unlike the game we had played on the first day we won by 1 point. Our last day we played Dublin City University Saints. We were all very tired and unfortunately we lost the game. We got up early on the Monday travelled back to Scotland. Gregor Vickerstaff was also on the trip playing for the boys. They won 3 out of 4 of their games. I really enjoyed the tour and hopefully we will get to go again.

Inverness Music Festival – Alasdair MacDonald, S2, took part in two accordion competitions on Saturday 23rd February 2013. He went on to win both competitions and, due to his winning mark in the 2nd competition, he has been put forward to take part in the Curtis Craig Competition, which will take place at Eden Court Theatre, on the 6th March at 7pm.

Dance Workshop – On Friday 1st March, Heather Cooney from Eden Court delivered a three hour dance workshop to a group of 30 girls. Following a warm session, the group explored a variety of dance styles. Heather taught them all a routine, then in small groups they personalised the dance with some of their own choreography. They then tried their dance to a number of different pieces of music. At the end of the session, each group performed their version of the dance to the rest of the girls. The girls really enjoyed themselves and would like to do more dancing!

Upcoming Important Dates for School events – Click here for the school calendar.

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Saturday 9th March – 10am

in Gairloch 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.

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