School news 31st May 2013

Nethybridge 2013 – Breah and Eilidh wrote this report for the Gairloch Times on return from Nethy – “When we got there on Monday we started the week with orienteering. There were loads of different checkpoints around Glenmore forest. The winners were David and Gregor with 220 points. After dinner, Susan organized some games for us to play. The teachers joined in, they were very good and we found out that Dr. Caley cheated – but she wouldn’t admit it! For supper we had hot chocolate and doughnuts.

During the week we:  Mountain biked, rock climbed, walked low and high, went to Landmark, played water sports on Loch Morlich, had a BBQ, played football, took part in a quiz and a dorm inspection, went swimming and visited the park in Dingwall, played pool and basketball as well as orienteering in Glenmore Forest.

The food was all really good and thanks to Mrs Fraser and Ms Leitch.  Thank you to Dr Caley and all of the other members of staff who made this week possible.  The week was really good and we really enjoyed it [although it was really tiring] and our favourite parts were: All of it!!!!!”

Nethy - Dr Caley Selection
S1 at Nethy.  There are many more photos on the website!

The Travelling Gallery – featuring the ‘Turquoise Heid’ Exhibition, visited Gairloch High School on Monday 20th May, having previously been in Thurso.

Former pupil, Alison Chisholm, the Curator of the Travelling Gallery, presented the work to all pupils from S1-S3.  She talked them through the individual pieces, encouraging the pupils to discuss and comment on the work. Younger pupils from the Primary School also benefited from this experience, visiting the bus in the afternoon.

Travelling Gallery 2013

The Exhibition showcased the work of 9 contemporary artists and consisted of a wide range of artwork in various media from photography, animation, sculpture, drawing and film.  One of the artists whose work was on show is one of the most up-and-coming artists the Travelling Gallery has been associated with to date.  David Shrigley is one of the short listed artists nominated for this year’s Turner Prize.

All in all this was a most beneficial experience for all concerned and we hope that the Travelling Gallery will visit Gairloch again next year with their next Exhibition.  Thanks to Mrs. Browne for organizing this visit.  Click on the photo above to see more images.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Former pupil Calum Milner has completed his Gold Award.  He has been invited along with his family to attend a presentation on July 4th 2013 at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.  Well done to Calum for achieving this top level of the Award.  His name will be added to the school list of those who gained Gold.


Calum (right in the photo above) was one of our pupils invited to meet HRH Prince Edward back in April 2008 at Tain Royal Golf Course.  This event was arranged to showcase Highland Pupils who were involved in the DofE Award.  Click on the photo to see more images from that event or here to see images from other DofE adventures at Gairloch.

Further success for former pupils – Ellie Richardson has been pursuing a career in cycling.  She recently took part in the British University Track Cycling Championships and won 3 gold medals.  Events were the Sprint, the Team Sprint and the 500m time trial.

Ellie also broke the long-standing University 500m time trial record set by Victoria Pendleton of 36.85secs.  She rode 36.17 secs – not only a new record but also a personal best.  We think this is a new Scottish National record but Ellie is waiting conformation of this further success.  Ellie has also been invited to her first international event taking place in Belgium this month.  Good luck in that Ellie!

Ellie wins 3 Gold Medals

P7 Transition – Last week Primary 7 pupils came up to secondary for the first part of their transition.  Staff have been sharing information and planning for several weeks about the upcoming move of pupils in August.  Normally at this time of the year we invite the P7’s into High School for an Icebreaker Day (Thu 24th May) where we cover some issues of emotional intelligence and spend time in Science.  On Friday 25th May) primary pupils took part in our Expressive Arts event where they work in Music, PE and Art.

On Thursday 6th June P7 pupils will return to follow a normal timetable for two days.  This will give them a taster of what life in school will be like after the summer holiday.  P7 parents were invited to school on the evening of 30th May.

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