School news 12th July 2013

PrizegivingIndividual Trophies & Prizes 2013

The annual celebration of the success and achievement of all pupils took place on Wednesday 26th June.

Dux of School 2013 – Eilidh Maclennan

Receiving the Dux

Elizabeth Matthew Memorial Trophy – Sarah MacKenzie

Prizegiving 2013

Lauder Memorial Trophy – Ian Paul

Prizegiving 2013

Harry Valentine Memorial Trophy – Rachel MacKenzie

Neil Wilkie Memorial Trophy – Sarah MacKenzie

Junior School Trophy for Service & Achievement

Jordan Gorman

John MacGillivray Gaelic Trophy – Rachel MacKenzie

June Davis Miller Award for Art – Emma Morrison

MacLean Trophy for Library Endeavour – Christie Wilson

MacKenzie Targe for Creative Writing – Isla MacKenzie

Two Lochs Community Radio Trophy – Ciaran Alexander

Doctor Hunter Cup for Piping – Fraser Wotherspoon

Lauder prize for Music – Rebecca Griggs

Sheona MacDonald Memorial Quaich – Ann MacLean

Clan MacKenzie Golf Trophy – Joseph Smith

Football Player of the Year – Calum Nelson

Basketball Players of the Year – Sara Johnston & Jordan Gorman

Widdows Shield for Swimming – Peter Banks

Martin Blackley Memorial Cup – Innis Taylor

Prize Winners 2013

House Shield went to Maree once again!  The Trophy for gaining most credits in the school was presented to Leonie Baptist.

Certificates of Perfect Attendance were awarded to Charlotte Kelman, Caitlin Johnston and Donald MacKenzie.

The Sports Champions were announced in full in last issue.  All results are available on the school website.  A number of pupils throughout S1 to S4 received Certificates of Personal Achievement for consistent effort and care in all of their work throughout the school over the whole of last session.  All S1 pupils received John Muir Discovery Awards.

Thanks to the Parent Council and the Hospitality staff and pupils for providing refreshments at the end of Prizegiving.  Also thanks to Mrs Brown and Kirsty Thistlethwaite for the flower arrangements in the Hall.  Special thanks to Dr Caley without whose meticulous organisation this event would not run so smoothly.  More photos of the prizegiving ceremony can be viewed by clicking here.

‘S math a rinn thu, Anndra!– Congratulations to Andrew Mackenzie who recently came third in an annual writing competition for Gaelic learners. Andrew’s prize was a £20 token.  This news arrived after Prizegiving so Andrew was awarded at school assembly on the last day of term.

House Prefects 2013/2014 – Senior pupils have now been appointed to lead the three houses.

Kerry House – Girls House Captain for this year is Laura Ridehalgh. She will be assisted by Gemma McLean. The Boys House Captain for this year will be Peter Banks and Cameron Moys will assist him.

Maree House – Girls House Captain for this year will be Isla MacKenzie who will be assisted by Dannie Bulmer. The Boys House Captain will be Donald MacKenzie and Donnie MacLennan will assist him.

Tollaidh House – Girls House Captain for this year is Caitlin Johnston who will be assisted by Beth Townsend. The Tollaidh Boys House Captain for this year is Luke Gorman and Ross Wotherspoon will assist him.

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition – Catherine Wyatt reports: Our recent practice expedition for our silver Duke of Edinburgh award proved to us that the Duke of Edinburgh Experience simply gets better and better. This time, we travelled further, climbed higher and learned more about navigation, map – reading and teamwork.

After driving to Beauly, an 8 km walk brought us to our base camp by the shores of Loch Mullardoch. The following day, we climbed what was for me my first Munro – I completed the ridge on my hands and knees! The third day we returned home, having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but more than ready to appreciate the comforts of home.

Our supervisors greatly contributed to our enjoyment of the expedition, keeping us entertained with impressive artwork and musical talent, while motivating us by their obvious enjoyment of the outdoors.

Some memorable moments from our trip included Mr Johnston’s touching appreciation of our freshly cooked cheese sauce and Mrs Bulmer’s tactful assurances that, despite its delicious appearance, she simply could not manage another mouthful. An invasion of ants and the strange phenomenon of the sleepwalking ski poles added their own touches of drama.

Innis, Ciaran, Sofie, Siobhan and I enjoyed our three days in the wild. We found that the expedition was a very sociable experience. It was also challenging, but, above all, great fun.

First Aid training – As stated in an earlier edition of this paper, pupils in S1, S2, S4 and S5 were given training in June. The school would like to put on record its thanks to Heart Start Aultbea for providing the trainers for these sessions. Instructors came from as far afield as Skye to help with this invaluable training; it was especially pleasing to see former pupils Bobby Mitchell, the group’s coordinator, and Rebecca Beaton back in school working with our pupils. We hope that this can become an annual event to support pupils’ broader education and, if the need arises, possibly save a life.

Former Pupil Success – We have heard of the following graduations taking place.  Very well done to our former pupils!

Laura Fothergill – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) starting work as a doctor in Ninewells hospital at the end of July.

Camilla Hill – BA Hons (2:1) in Marketing at University of Strathclyde 2:1

Cameron Jones – First Class BSc Honours in Mathematical Physics from the University. of Edinburgh

Catriona Leyland – BA Hons (First Class) Philosophy, University of Stirling.  Catriona was also awarded the Murray MacBeath Prize for the best First Class Honours performance in the department.

Peter McDonald – Motorsport Design Engineering BEng Hons (First Class) University of the West of Scotland

Amy Macleod – BSc Hons (2:1) Physiology & Sports Science, University of Glasgow

Morag MacIver – BA Hons (2:1) Accounting and Finance, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Jennifer Port – BSc Hons (2:1) Genetics, University of Glasgow

Emily Ross – Post Grad. Dip. Primary Education, University of Aberdeen

Róisín Somers – MA Hons (2:1) Classical Studies, University of Edinburgh

Jake Threadgould – MA Hons (2:1) in French and Anthropology, University of St Andrews

Highland Music Success – After taking part in arduous and testing auditions the following pupils have been offered placed in various Highland Orchestras and Bands.  Well done all!

Highland Youth Regional Orchestra – Becky Griggs & Freya Baptist

Highland Youth String Orchestra – Hannah Wood & Leonie Baptist.

‘snas – Becky Griggs & Luke Gorman

Wind Band – Nessie Gearing

Big Band – Oscar Howard

End of Term Football – Girls’ and boys’ competitions took place on the last day of term in wet weather. Despite this, the event proved successful. In the end, Barcelona won the boys’ competition

Football Competition 2013

with Celtic winning the girls competition.

Football Competition 2013

You can see more photos here.  Thanks to all the staff who helped run the event.

The School news will return at the end of August.