School news 15th November 2013

Charities – The “Wear it Pink” day on 25th October, which included a sale of lots of home baking, raised £340.32 for Breast Cancer Care UK and Julie Alexander’s Fund Raising Shop contributed a further £100. A Halloween fancy dress day on 31st October, which saw many extraordinary and imaginative costumes, often rendering the wearer unrecognisable, raised £203.20 which will be split between two local causes: the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team and the Coastguard service. Well done to all who helped to organise these events and thanks to everyone who contributed.

Breast Cancer Awareness

That’s over £900 raised for charity already this session, excluding any funds for Malawi. Our next event will be for BBC Children in Need on the 15th November.

Robotic Pyeloplasty – Ten senior pupils were able to watch a live kidney operation through the wonders of the Internet, on Monday 4th November. Consultant surgeon Mr Ranjan Thilagarajah from the Broomfield hospital in Essex carried out the operation. The pupils were able to ask him questions via Skype afterwards. The procedure (a ‘pyeloplasty’) was carried out by a £1.6M robot that Mr Thilagarajah controlled remotely, allowing damage to the kidney to be minimised. It made for fascinating viewing. Also watching was a conference of Urological surgeons in Sri Lanka.

Thanks to Cerno Health for granting access to the event and to Susan MacLean from the West Highland College, for allowing access to their wireless network.

Deasbad Nàiseanta Ghàidhlig  BT / BT National Gaelic DebateChaidh Deasbad na bliadhna seo a chumail ann an Steòrnabhagh air a’ chòigeamh agus an t-siathamh latha den t-Samhainn. Am-bliadhna, ’s iad Calum Nelson agus Alfie Gudgeon a ghabh pàirt. ’S ann an aghaidh Ardsgoil Lochabar a bha na balaich agus ’s e am moladh a bh’ aca: “Bu chòir lagh a bhith ann gun dean daoine a tha a’ faighinn sochairean sòisealta, agus a tha fallain, obair fheumail sa choimhearsnachd”. Aig a’ cheann thall, bha sgioba Gheàrrloch beagan mì-fhortanach nach deach iad air adhart dhan ath-chuairt ach ’s e deagh chothrom a bha anns an tachartas dha na balaich:

This year’s Debate was held in Stornoway on the 5th and 6th of November.  Calum Nelson and Alfie Gudgeon took part this year. The boys were against Lochaber High School and their motion was “There should be a law that those who are healthy and receive social benefits will do useful work in the community”. At the end, the Gairloch team was a little unfortunate not to progress to the next round but the event was a good opportunity for the boys.

Calum: Bha e inntinneach na deasbadan eile fhaicinn. Chòrd an deasbad againn rium agus saoilidh mi gun urrainn dhomh cànan nas fheàrr a chleachdadh san sgoil às dèidh dhomh pàirt a ghabhail.It was interesting to see the other debates. I enjoyed our own debate and I think that I will be able to use a higher level of language in school having taken part.

Alfie: ‘S e eòlas uabhasach feumail is spòrsail a bh’ anns an Deasbad air mo shon. Saoilidh mi gum bi mi nas fheàrr air deasbadan anns an àm ri teachd. Cuideachd, tha mi a’ smaointinn gu bheil mi nas dearbhte a-nis.The Debate was a useful, fun experience for me. I think that I will be better at debating in the future. I also am of the opinion that I am more confident now.

Ardsgoil Ghearrloch

Basketball – The senior boys’ basketball team (Ross Wotherspoon, Luke Gorman, Innis Taylor, Jake MacDonald, Joe Smith, Matthew MacLean, Referdinand Balanquit and Jordan Gorman) have played two games in the national schools’ cup recently, winning one and losing one. They are playing well so far!  Results on 31/10/13 Gairloch 63 – Invergordon 36 and on 6/11/13 Gairloch 50 – Alness 77.

Basketball photo

The next game is against the Nicolson Institute (Stornoway), on Friday 15th November.

Martial Arts Competition – On October 28th Evan McPhail, Roddy Wyatt and Hector Maclennan took part in a martial arts competition in Ullapool.  Three fighting schools were taking part in 4 categories judged by the Scottish Fighting Arts Society.  Each of the three boys, members of the Cameron School of Martial Arts, won a range of medals for their performances in the competitions.  Evan won Gold in Open Hand Form, Gold in Weapons Form and Silver in the Team Form along with Hector and Roddy.  Hector also won a Gold in the Sparring.  Roddy also won Silver in Sparring and Bronze in the Open Hand Form.  He also won an extra trophy for the most round house kicks over 3 tries.

The boys also used the event to raise funds for the Sand Charity through sponsorship of their kicks and throws!  Well done to the three of them.

Malawi display and evening presentation – In this issue there is the first report of our trip to Malawi during October.  We have hundreds of photos online (here) along with a Facebook page (The Gairloch Malawi Partnership).  To find out more about the Partnership and our trip to Malawi, pop in to the library where there will be a display from 26th November, check out the photos on the school website and come along to the High School for an evening presentation on Tuesday 10th December.

Malawi Adventure - Mr Port

Click her to read the first part of our article.

Bob Spalding – Staff at the school were sad to hear of the death last week of our former Technical teacher (late 1970s to 1993). Our condolences go to his friends and family.

School news 1st November 2013

Malawi Travellers return – Gemma McLean writes: We’re back and with lots of stories! The group of 10 pupils and 4 teachers arrived back on Saturday 19th October after a 36-hour journey; everyone was pretty tired. We loved it! We learnt lots and met some amazing people who are always smiling, no matter what. It made us appreciate what we have and admire how they make the most of the resources they have. The trip will be a precious memory to everyone and we will share these with you in the near future.

Keep up to date with our photos and videos here and like our Facebook page here.

National Mod Success – Four of our pupils took part in the National Mod in Paisley during the holidays: Catherine MacRae (solo-singing), Sandi MacLean (solo-singing), Alasdair MacDonald (accordion) and Megan Copland (solo-singing).  They each enjoyed the competitions they entered. Sandi did particularly well in traditional singing. She came third for girls under thirteen.  Sandi sang her song at School Assembly on Wednesday 23rd October and captivated everyone with her performance.

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail – Ghabh ceathrar de na sgoilearan againn pàirt anns a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta ann am Pàislig anns na saor-làithean: Catherine NicRath, Sandi NicIll-Eathain, Alasdair MacDhòmhnaill agus Megan Copland. Chòrd na co-fharpaisean aca riutha gu mòr. Rinn Sandi fìor mhath ann an seinn seann nòs. Bha i san treas àite airson nigheanan fo thrì bliadhna deug a dh’aois.

National Mod Participants

Charities -Jeans for Genes Day took place on Friday 27th September. Jeans for Genes is a charity that aims to improve the lives of children with genetic disorders, care for their families and invest in research. Pupils (and staff) had the opportunity to wear their jeans to school in return for a contribution towards this worthwhile cause. A total of £256 was raised.  On the same day, senior pupils held a cake sale and raised £120 for MacMillan Cancer Support on the day of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – 5 pupils were awarded Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates at assembly on Wednesday 23rd October.  Silver – Sofie Banister, Isla Mackenzie and Luke Gorman.  Bronze – Deborah Connop & Jordan Gorman.

Highland Small Schools’ Football Tournament – Iain Nelson reports:  On Thursday 24th of October I was part of a team of S2/S3 boys travelling to Ullapool to compete in the Highland Small Schools’ Football League. This was the North Qualifying Tournament; a similar one took place in the South. Our team won 4 games and drew 1, gaining 13 points which meant that we finished in 1st place out of 6 teams. David MacGregor was top goal scorer with 4 goals whilst Kenneth Mackenzie, Joseph Stewart and Mark McLean each scored 1. This gave us a total of 7 goals scored and only 1 conceded – thanks to brave goalkeeping from Ali MacLean. We were very happy with our performance beating Kinlochbervie 2-0 with goals from David MacGregor and Joseph Stewart, Golspie 1-0 with a goal from David MacGregor, Dornoch 1-0 with a last minute goal from Mark McLean, Farr 2-0 with goals from David MacGregor and Kenneth Mackenzie and a 1-1 draw against Ullapool with another goal from David MacGregor.  Click on the photo to see some more images.

Highland Small Schools' Football Tournament

We will soon be playing against the runners up of the Southern Qualifying Tournament in the semi-finals and we hope to keep working well as a team. Many thanks to Andy Bowker for driving the minibus and to Mr Cumming for organising our team.

Felt making Workshop – This took place in Gairloch High School Art Department on Wednesday 25th September 2013.  Local Artist, Leah Ball, came in to work with 4th, 5th and 6th year pupils.  Pupils learned lots of new techniques that can be used in the SQA Design Units.  A very worthwhile day for all!  Click on the photo to see more of the work.

Feltmaking Workshop

Army Youth Advantage Outreach Course – Alasdair J MacDonald and Craig Whyte spent 5 days during the recent School Break at Cameron Barracks and Fort George taking part in an army training event.  The boys reported that they had a great time taking part in fitness event, first aid training and an overnight bivouac.  They also enjoyed talking to the soldiers. Alasdair’s story is on the pupil page of the school website.

Army Youth Advantage Outreach Course

Former Pupil Success – We had an update from cyclist Ellie Richardson: “I thought you might like to know that I had a successful weekend of racing recently at the Scottish Championships at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, claiming two National titles in the 500m Time Trial and the Team Sprint, as well as silver in the Sprint.” Links available to the BBC.