School news 6th September 2013

As we start a new session in school everything is immediately back to full speed.  Timetables and courses fixed for senior pupils.  Discussions take place with individual staff and pupils about exam results.  Some pupils are already planning Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions while others start organising a Triathlon for September in the Harbour area.

Settling the new S1 into school is also an important business and our senior pupil mentors play an important part in this process.  This summer we have also welcomed several new pupils into the school across S1 to S6 and we wish them all success in their time at Gairloch High School.

Exam Results – Once again our school pupils received an impressive set of exam results.  Statistically this is the best set of results we have had in several years from S4 pupils in particular.  In S5 we have several pupils who achieved 5 Highers with Dux Eildh Maclennan achieving the best results in the Higher category. Ex-S6 pupils Ian Paul and former Dux Fraser Hinchliff both did very well achieving 3 Advanced Higher certificates and an additional Higher.  Ian got A passes in all four subjects while Fraser got 3 A’s and a B.  6 pupils in total received a variety of Advanced Higher results.  The majority were passed at Grade A including Margaret Mathieson and Rachel MacKenzie in Gaelic (Learners).  We congratulate all pupils whose hard work has resulted in such good grades.  Meanwhile we do not rest on our laurels.  All exam results are scrutinised and areas where results are not as strong as we expect are investigated.

Senior Prefects 2013/2014 – Responsibilities of the House Prefects involve: house leadership and motivation of younger pupils, organising teams for sporting events; entertainments; to support and coordinate inter-house events and extra-curricular activities.

Kerry House – House Captains Laura Ridehalgh & Peter Banks. Assisted by Gemma McLean & Cameron Moys.

Maree House – House Captains Isla MacKenzie & Donald MacKenzie. Assisted by Dannie Bulmer & Chris Young.

Tollaidh House – House Captains Caitlin Johnston & Luke Gorman.  Assisted by Beth Townsend & Ross Wotherspoon.

The responsibilities of Head Girl and Boy Isla MacKenzie & Luke Gorman include: organising and leading Prefects; represent the school at events; organise the Pupils’ Council and homework clubs.

Deputy Captains, Gemma McLean  & Donald MacKenzie are responsible for organisation and support of charity events; coordination of the pupils involved with paired reading; helping organise scribing and reading for pupil assessments.

GWC / Heart Start Aultbea Defibrillator – Before the summer holiday pupils in S1, S2, S4 and S5 were given emergency first aid training by Heart Start Aultbea.  It was especially pleasing to see former pupils Bobby Mitchell, the group’s coordinator, and Rebecca Beaton back in school training our pupils.

Heart start Aultbea GWC presentation

As a follow up to this event, thanks to the efforts of Bobby Mitchell, funding was secured from the Great Wilderness Challenge and Gairloch High School received a defibrillator on Wednesday 21st August.  The device will be situated in the entrance hall to the Leisure Centre thereby being available for all users of the school building at all times.  Mr Nevis Hulme accepted the device on behalf of the school along with Head Girl Isla Mackenzie and Deputy Head Boy Donald Mackenzie. Also present to handover the device were Bobby Mitchell & Philip Maclachlian, Heart Start Aultbea and Chairman of GWC Eric Thomson.  Our thanks to all concerned.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.  A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest.

Heart Start Aultbea on Facebook

Former Pupil SuccessKieron Morrison has completed phase one of his basic army training.  Family attended his passing out parade in Harrogate recently.  Kieron has been offered a place in the Royal Army medical Corps. Congratulations Kieron!


Kieron was an enthusiastic member of the ATC 832 Squadron and he took part in presentations to S2 and S4 pupils last week to show them some of the opportunities provided by taking part in the local ATC.

Click here for information on other former pupils.

Malawi Update – Throughout July and August the staff and pupils held a variety of group and personal sponsorship events.  They have managed to raise around £4000 as a result of their efforts.  The events ranged from a Car Wash to a Music Quiz.  Along the way three of the pupils climbed Ben Nevis while others organised tombola, sold tons of cake, tablet and ice cream to locals and tourists alike.  We are also grateful to Dingwall Rotary for a donation of £350 and various other donations from families and friends.  Our group of 10 pupils and 4 staff will travel to Malawi in the October holiday.  Fundraising for the partnership will continue to support return visits for our Malawian counterparts.  More details of the trip will be available in the coming weeks but meantime you can watch one of the Ben Nevis ascents on YouTube via the school website or just search for “Ben Nevis climb for Gairloch-Malawi Partnership”.

Visit us here – The Gairloch Malawi Partnership on Facebook and feel free to LIKE our page!

Our school website area on Malawi features a report on Mr Hulme’s summer visit to Mlozi.

New Comenius Project – Members of the community may recall our first Comenius project, when staff and pupils were given the opportunity of visiting Latvia, Germany, Greece and Italy.  In addition, we welcomed colleagues and pupils from these countries to Scotland, their visit ending in a superb ceilidh in the village.  We have been successful in securing funding for a 2nd Comenius Project, which will run from now until July 2015.  The countries involved this time are: Latvia, Poland, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.  This is an exciting opportunity for our staff and pupils to link with communities throughout Europe.  Our first trip is to Latvia in November; further trips and events will be reported as they develop.

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