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.

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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.

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