Skills for Work Trip – 9 pupils studying Rural Skills and Tourism courses travelled to Badaguish for a 3-day fact finding trip. The group heard a variety of presentations at the site visits and had the opportunity to ask questions relating to their courses. At the Highland Folk Museum, Graham Cross, Operations Manager, gave an interesting overview of the attraction, before pupils were given time to explore the extensive site and enjoy the experience of a 1930s handwriting lesson.
At Cairngorm Mountain, Ross Coulter from the marketing team, provided insights into the running of the business.
Next to Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre. Principal, Bob Kinnaird, gave an overview of the Lodge and its course provisio, followed by a guided tour from Jenny Clark, Operations Manager. The group was impressed with the standard of the facilities at the centre, especially the gym!
In the evening, Sally Dowden, owner of Speyside Wildlife, visited us and told us about her business. It is a very successful company based in Speyside, offering bird and wildlife watching holidays all over the world. She talked enthusiastically about the tourism industry and how important it is to ensure the customers have a good time.
On our final morning, we met David Kinnear, the Factor at Alvie Estate. He gave us a tour of the estate in order to show the diversification of a traditional Highland Estate: livestock farming, pony trekking, stalking, grouse shooting, strawberry farming, wood chip production, luxury accommodation and the holiday park are just some of the ways the Estate makes its money.
All the presenters were enthusiastic and motivational and the pupils gained a valuable insight into possible careers in the tourism and rural skills sectors. Thanks to Douglas Gibson for organising the visits and for accompanying Mr Milner, Mrs Johnston and the senior pupils on the trip.
Click on the photo above to see more from the trip.
Mòd Rois an Iar – Is mise Sandi Nic Ill-Eathain agus tha mi anns a’ chiad bhliadhna. Bha mi aig Mòd Rois an Iar air an 20mh den t-Sultain. Bha am Mòd ann an Poll Iù.
My name is Sandi MacLean and I am in S1. I went to the Mod in Poolewe on Friday the 20th of September.
Chaidh na sgoilearan Gàidhlig ann air a’ bhus le Mgr Cuimeanach agus le Andy, an dorsair, a bha gar dràibheadh. Bha sgoilearan gu leòr eile às an Ard-sgoil a’ gabhail pàirt cuideachd.
Pupils in Gaelic competitions travelled on the mini-bus with Mr Cumming and with Andy the Janitor who drove us there. There were lots of other High School pupils taking part too.
Bha an latha math airson a h-uile duine, tha mi a’ smaointinn. Bha e spòrsail, nearbhach agus sgìtheil. Bha sinn a’ ruith bhon talla, dhan sgoil agus dhan eaglais airson na co-fharpaisean.
It was a good day for everyone, I think! It was fun, nerve-wracking and tiring. We were running from the hall to the school and to the church for the competitions.
Bha na co-fharpaisean agam-sa uabhasach math! Fhuair mi cupa airson seinn traidiseanta, an dàrna àite airson leughadh a’ Bhìoball, an dàrna àite ann an còmhradh agus an dàrna àite a-rithist le seinn aon-neach. Tha mi uabhasach toilichte leis na fhuair mi.
My competitions were very good! I got a cup for traditional singing, second for Bible Reading, second for conversation and second again for solo singing. I am very happy with what I got.
Bidh mi a’ dol dhan Mhòd Nàiseanta ann am Pàislig agus tha mi a’ coimhead air adhart ri sin. Ach feumaidh mi tòrr obair a dhèanamh air an òran agam!
I will be going to the National Mod in Paisley and I’m looking forward to that. But I will have to do a lot of practice on my song.
Malawi Adventure – On the 2nd October ten pupils and four staff from Gairloch High School flew from Edinburgh Aiport to visit friends and learning partners in Mlozi School in Malawi. The partnership began several years ago when Dr Caley became a Global Teacher and visited Mlozi. Previously successful staff exchanges have taken place with support from Link Community Development and the Global Council however it was always going to be a challenge to get a large group of pupils to Malawi.
The group has been raising funds for over a year and many sponsored events have taken place. Car washes, cakes sales and sponsored walks up Ben Nevis raised lots. Busking with pipes in Inverness, a film quiz in Aultbea and selling ice cream on the beach at Mellon Udrigle were other innovative ways of raising funds.
While in Malawi the pupils will carry out projects involving scientific experiments, jewellery making, netball, Scottish dance and music. The pupils have written a song especially for the trip. Pupils have also been learning some of the local language and will find out about the influence of David Livingstone on Malawi while there. On our return pupils will share their experiences with the rest of the school and its community including the local Primary schools.
All being well the group will return to Scotland on 19th October but the partnership will continue to raise funds to assist children and staff from Mlozi to visit Gairloch.
Important Dates – Also available on the school website here.
- 4th October – School closes for October Break 3.30pm
- 19th October – Malawi Group return to Scotland
- 21st October – INSET Staff only
- 22nd October – Pupils return to school
- 22nd October – S4 Monitoring Reports issued.