School news 3rd May 2013

Assembly – The following certificates were presented at Assembly:

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to Siobhan Vickerstaff;

British Safety Council for Workplace Hazard Awareness to Charlie Mays;

Food Hygiene to Gemma Urquhart; Emergency First Aid to Danielle Bulmer & Caitlin Johnston.

West Highland College courses completed in school.  Certificates presented by Susan MacLean to: Chloe Allengame, Leonie Baptist, Kiera Clark, Ashleigh Elder, Courtney Jackson, Ann MacLean, Nikki MacLennan, Caitlin Mitchell, Connor Moore, Sydney Tippett and staff members Carol Bulmer, Donna Hildrey and Graham Milner.

Congratulations to everyone who received an award.

Malawi Partnership – During the Easter holidays, we held two successful fund-raising events:

Karaoke Night On Saturday the 6th April, the Malawi group held a karaoke night at the Ocean View in Laide. Our hosts, the Banks’, were very encouraging to all of the paying customers to get up and sing. Many of the younger folk that attended were very happy to get up and sing. On the night we made almost £500 which we thought reflected just how generous the local people can be when you organise a good night. We did manage to attract a few tourists from the local caravan site in Laide. All in all we had a fun night and would like to thank both our hosts at the Ocean View and everyone that came along for their generosity.  Lyle Walker S5

Coffee Morning & Sale Our coffee morning and sale on Thursday 11th April was also a great success, raising around £400. We would like to thank those who donated baking and everyone who came along and tried the range of different cakes. Gemma McLean S5

Sabhal Mòr OstaigAir Dimàirt 16mh den Ghiblean, thàinig Lisa Moyes à Sabhal Mòr Ostaig airson bruidhinn ri sgoilearan mu dheidhinn na colaiste. Fhuair sinn tòrr fiosrachaidh mu dheidhinn na cholaiste agus na cursaichean aca agus bha cothrom againn ceist sam bith fhaighneachd. Tha mi an dòchas gum bi mi fhèin a’ dol ann am-bliadhna agus, mar sin, bho shealladh pearsanta, ‘s e cothrom math a bha ann.

On Tuesday 16th of April, Lisa Moyes from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig came to speak to pupils about the college. We received lots of information about both the college and the courses and had an opportunity to ask any questions. I am hoping to go to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig this year, so from a personal point of view, this was a good opportunity.

Raonaid NicCoinnich / Rachel MacKenzie S6

Còig Latha / Five Days – le Max Conway, S1 Ann ann Saor-làithean na Càisg, bha mi aig ‘Còig Latha’ agus, mur a h-eil fios agad dè tha ann, ‘s e cuairt còig latha a tha ann gu Carlabhagh ann an Leòdhas. Bha a’ chuairt seo uabhasach math airson a’ Ghàidhlig agam.  Dimàirt, rinn sinn obair air a’ chroit agus ceòl. Chunnaic sinn ciamar a tha daoine a’ dèanamh a’ Chlò Hearrach agus a’ gearradh a’ mhòine, agus chluich sinn beagan ciùil Diciadain. Diardaoin, bha sinn a’ dèanamh ceòl airson a’ chèilidh an oidhche sin. Dihaoine, an latha mu dheireadh againn ann an Leòdhas, chaidh sinn a-mach gu Eilean Furach, eilean beag, agus rinn sinn beagan iasgaich. Bha a’ chuairt seo sgoinneil agus tha mi an dòchas gum bi barrachd dhaoine à Gearrloch a’ dol ann an ath bhliadhna.

In the Easter Holidays I was at ‘Còig-Latha’ and, if you don’t know what it is, it is a five-day trip to Carloway in Lewis. The trip was very good for my Gaelic. On Tuesday, we did croft work and music. We saw how Harris Tweed is made, how peat is cut and played some music on the Wednesday. On Thursday we did music and that night we had a ceilidh. On Friday, the last day in Lewis, we went to a small island called Eilean Furach and did some fishing. The trip was amazing and I hope that more people from Gairloch will go next year.

Joint Art/Modern Studies Trip to Edinburgh – On Wednesday 17th April a group of S3, S4 and S5 year pupils took part in a trip to Edinburgh for 2 days and one night.  The group consisted of pupils taking Higher and Standard Grade Art and third year Modern Studies.  We made an early start on the Wednesday morning to give us plenty of time to settle into the hotel and drop off our luggage.  On the Thursday we set off early once again, with our luggage, to the National Gallery of Modern Art – we discovered a really nice cupcake shop on route!!  At the Gallery we were given a guided tour of the current exhibition of S J Peploe’s work.  Peploe is one of the Scottish Colourist painters, along with Cadell, Hunter and Fergusson.  This worked in well as there were lots of still life paintings on show, much in the style of those that we have been researching for our Higher written exam.   After the gallery visit we had a couple of hours free time to shop on Princes Street and buy our packed lunch for the return journey.  Despite a delay with our train at Waverley train station and arriving back in Gairloch at 2am, we all had a great time.  The trip was a lot of fun and turned out to be very beneficial to our Higher Art course. Emma Morrison S5

Art trip Edinburgh

As part of their National 4/5 course, the third year Modern Studies pupils went to visit the Scottish Parliament to watch First Ministers Question Time, they also got to meet four of our MSPs; Rob Gibson, Mike MacKenzie, Jean Urquhart and Jamie MacGrigor. Our pupils reflected on what they had learned from the trip on return to school. Ashleigh Elder wrote: “When we went to First Ministers Question time I was shocked at how big it was inside, I also noticed that the parties were very mean to each other. They can get angry and it can get very heated in there. Alex Salmond did quite well with coping with the questions but there was once or twice he got caught out. “

Modern Studies Trip Edinburgh

Aaron Lyon wrote: “When I was talking to the MSPs I learned that they cared about our problems and our ideas. I also learned that anyone can become an MSP e.g. Mike MacKenzie used to be a builder.”

Wind Turbine – The wind turbine has undergone extensive repairs and appears to be fully functioning and much quieter!  The turbine should now be available to generate electricity all the time and we look forward to reporting details in the future.

S1 Beach Clean – Our annual beach clean took place on Thursday 25th April.  The pupils suffered inclement weather but worked over two hours to clear rubbish and debris from the beach front.  Thanks to Miss Dean for organizing this and other staff for helping.  Thanks also to the Council Services that once again supplied bags, protective gloves and later picked up the collected rubbish.

S1 Beach Clean 2013

Staff News – After a lengthy period of recovery from medical treatment Mr Port, Headteacher, is back full-time.  “I’d like to thank everyone who has wished me well and enquired after my health throughout the months of my absence.  I very much appreciate the kindness and concern offered to my family and on-going support for the school.  I am now looking forward to getting back to normal!”   

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