School news 29th June 2013

Head PrefectsIsla MacKenzie and Luke Gorman have been appointed Head Girl and Boy respectively for the coming session.  Gemma McLean and Donald MacKenzie will assist as Deputies.  We all wish them luck in these challenging roles!

Pupil Success in Highland Dance – Eilidh Owens has become a Premier Dancer.  On 1st June she passed, Highly Commended, the British Association of Teachers of Dance Blue Riband exam in Highland Dance.  She received a Highly Commended in the Sailors Hornpipe as well and is on her way to qualifying as a teacher of Highland Dance.  Well done!

Pupil Success in Gaelic Speaking Competition  – Four of our pupils have done very well in an annual Gaelic speaking competition. The competition organised by the Gaelic Society of London involves pupils from all over Scotland.  Ceitidh Alice Hulme won the Senior Fluent Speakers’ competition with Ainslie Mackenzie receiving a merit. Rachel Mackenzie was the joint winner of the Senior Learners’ competition. Margaret Matheson gained a merit.

Pupil Success in Open University CourseMairi Wyatt, S6 has passed her OU Introduction to Law in Contemporary Scotland course.  She has also completed, as part of her S6 studies, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification.   In addition she trained as an adviser with Citizen’s Advice Bureau and has spent time with the Alness based CAB Housing Project where she has an opportunity for further work experience.  Mairi is planning to start studying Law after the summer at Edinburgh University.

Sports Day  – Inter house competition is always a good-natured affair but throughout the day many pupils were quietly counting up the points and some competitive staff not so quietly counting.  Everyone that took part showed great sportsmanship. The three houses were all well represented and we were pleased to see many pupils trying their best and enjoying themselves.  The results were counted and verified.  Final results were – Kerry 3rd place, 2nd Maree  and Tollaidh first.  The sports champions and runners up are:

Junior Champions – Iain Nelson & Hannah Wood

Junior Runners Up – Connor Forbes & Sara Johnston

Intermediate Champions – Jordan Gorman & Laura Russell

Intermediate Runners Up – Mark Warren & Andrea Wood

Senior Champions – Innis Taylor & Ceitidh Alice Hulme

Senior Runners Up – Ross Wotherspoon, Sofie Banister & Siobhan Vickerstaff.    Well done all! Click on the photo below to see more of the day.

Sports Day

Ross-Sutherland Athletics Championships  – A team of twenty pupils travelled with Mr. Bowker and Mrs. Johnston to the Ross-Sutherland Athletics Championships in Inverness on Wednesday 19th June. Our athletes faced tough opposition from the other schools, but they all tried hard. The best results of the day were 1st place for Connor Forbes in long jump with an impressive distance of 4.13m, and 2nd places for Joe Smith in hurdles and javelin, Hannah Wood in hurdles, Roddy Macrae in high jump and Lewis Campbell in discus. Connor Moore was 3rd in his shot putt competition; Iain Nelson was 3rd in the 100m.   The junior boys relay team also finished third in a very close finish. Well done to all who competed!

Staff Success – Congratulations to Andy Bowker for passing his Summer Mountain Leader Award.

Hospitality Visit – On Friday 7th June fourteen pupils from S2 and S3 Hospitality Skills for Work had a visit to the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve and The Torridon Hotel.

The trip, organised by Douglas Gibson was a great chance for pupils to experience employment opportunities in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

The pupils got a tour of the Deer Larder and poly tunnel at the Nature Reserve and talked with both Pete Crichton and Eoighan Maclean about the type of work that is carried out on the reserve.  The boys enjoyed looking at (and sitting on) the farm machinery stored on site. Sydney Tippett (S3) said, ” It was great to see the farming machinery, it made me think more about a career in that field of work!”  We were welcomed at The Torridon by Rohaise Rose-Bristow who talked to the pupils about life running the hotel and the various positions and opportunities offered at the beautiful 4-star establishment.

The pupils enjoyed a delicious lunch and had an extensive tour of the hotel and grounds and had a fantastic experience. Ashleigh Elder of S3 said “It was amazing to see people in the Hospitality industry at their best and they all made us feel really welcome”.

Hospitality visit to The Torridon

Click on the image to see more from the trip
 

A big thank you goes to all of the staff at the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve and The Torridon for being so welcoming and sharing their knowledge with us.  Thanks also to Douglas Gibson for organizing the trip and accompanying staff, Anne Leitch and Andy Bowker.  (Kirsty Thistlethwaite)

Malawi PartnershipBethan Townsend, S4, reports, “On Friday 14th June nine Gairloch High School pupils went to Kinlocheil for a team building activity. We stayed for one night before returning home late Saturday afternoon. As soon as we got to Fort William our first task was to go to Morrisons and get everything we needed for 13 people for two days. Our budget was £65 and after scaling the shop for the best offers and ‘Morrison’s Own’ products we totalled at just over £51.

We got to the bunkhouse and the first thing we did was talk about the profiles we are sending over to Malawi this summer. We hope our hosts will enjoy reading about us before we arrive in October.  After comparing and sharing ideas we went out for a walk at Glennfinnan and found a geo-cache.  We made our dinner, cooking spaghetti bolognese with quorn mince as we have a vegetarian in our group!

We were up at half seven on Saturday morning to have breakfast and talk about the projects we wanted to do while we are in Malawi.  These include music,  dance, John Muir Award, David Livingstone and craft-making.  Click on the photo of Sofie to see more of the weekend.

Arts and Crafts

We still have a lot of work to do but this weekend away helped greatly in starting the projects, arranging kit lists, and learning about the cultural differences we will experience. We also learned some Chichewa greetings. Thank you again to all the teachers who working with us. A giant thank you again to anyone who has donated to help fund our partnership”

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Expeditions  – Congratulations to S3 pupils for surviving the midges at Achneigie on Monday17th June and arriving safely at Eilean Daroch the following day.  We hope many of them will complete the rest of their Bronze award in the very near future.  Thanks to Mr. Bob Widdows for assessing the group.

S3 Bronze DofE Assessment Expedition

Click on the image to see more from the trip

Staff Changes – After the holiday Mrs. Whall will return from maternity leave.  Dr. Miller is taking up a teaching post in Lochgilphead. Dr. Miller has become much respected in the time he has been with us and will be missed by all.  We wish him all the best for the future!

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