School news 29th November 2013

Malawi Reports – The pupils who visited our partner school have been providing talks and feedback in the form of presentations to others in the community. Kalvin Fraser spoke to the ATC, while Eilidh Maclennan, Beth Townsend and Luke Gorman prepared food and spoke to the Youth Fellowship. Pupils have also been visiting classes in school and answering questions after handing out letters and photo from pen-pals. Over the next few weeks the team will visit all of our associated Primary Schools. Everyone is invited to the school on the evening of Tuesday 10th December at 7pm to share our stories.  The second part of our news report from the pupils is available here on our pages dedicated to the Project.

Comenius Trip to Latvia – Becky Griggs and Innis Taylor have returned from a successful trip to Latvia. Accompanied by Miss Dean and Miss Hunter we expect a report in the next issue. The next trip takes place in January when some of our pupils will travel to Portugal.

Highland Young Musicians – On Saturday 23rd November 9 of our pupils took part in variousconcert performances at the McDonald Conference Centre in Aviemore. The event was well attended and the performances were truly magical. First on at 2.30pm was Nessie Gearing (S6) in the Highland Schools Wind Band playing trumpet. At 3.10pm Megan Copland (S3) and Eilidh Owens (S5) sang a range of songs in Gaelic as members of Còisir G. This was followed by some wonderful big band music from Highland Youth Big Band including our own Oscar Howard (S5). At 5.40pm Leonie Baptist (S2) and Hannah Wood (S2) tackled some difficult pieces (including Barber’s Adagio for Strings) as part of the Highland Youth String Orchestra. Next followed a very professional performance from SNAS. Folk music to dance to by enthusiastic young people that included Becky Griggs (S6) on fiddle and Luke Gorman (S6) on keyboard. Finally Nessie (trumpet) joined Freya Baptist (S4/violin) in the Highland Regional Youth Orchestra performing Elgar and Tchaikovsky. A wonderful day of music that showcased some exceptional talent from Highland that included a good number of young people from Gairloch.

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Click here to see the official photos from the Aviemore concert.

Basketball National Schools’ Cup – The school hosted the Nicolson Institute (Stornoway) last Friday for U14 and open boys’ basketball games, as part of the National Schools’ Cup.

The U14 game was a nail biter, with a two-point lead switching throughout the last quarter. Unfortunately, Gairloch lost at the end 40 – 42. Well done to the team for keeping us entertained.

The open boys put in a strong performance, winning 42 – 75. We’ve been working on organisation and structure and it really paid off.

Thanks to John Kerray, regional development officer and Kevin Peat for helping with refereeing. Most of all, thanks to the Nicolson Institute for taking the trouble to come over on a rough day!

New Strips – Both our teams will be entering the Highland Schools’ League in the new term. The boys need new strips, with the U14s having outgrown theirs and the seniors using second hand ones with not enough to go round. If anyone is able to support us in the purchase of new strips, please contact Mr Johnston at the school.

Basketball photo

Charities – On Friday 15th November, pupils (and staff!) had a chance to wear pyjamas to school to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. A cake sale was also organised at interval by senior pupils – always popular. A total of £376.66, which included a £10 donation from Poolewe Nursery, was raised. Well done to all who helped to organise this event and thanks to everyone who contributed. Particular thanks to Catherine Wyatt and Miss MacAllister: Catherine baked a magnificent Pudsey Bear cake to guess the weight which was won by Miss MacAllister, who then had it cut up and slices sold for further fund raising. A special mention also to Jasmine Connop in S2 who raised money earlier in the week by managing a day’s sponsored silence whilst at school.

Turas Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Air an 13mh den t-Samhain, shiubhail seachdnar sgoilearan sa chòigeamh san t-seasamh bhliadhna dha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig,’s ùidh againn ann a bhith a’ cumail a’ dol le foghlam Gàidhlig as dèidh dhuinn an sgoil fhàgail. Dh’fhàg sinn an sgoil aig leth uair an dèidh ochd sa mhadainn, is ràinig sinn Sabhal Mòr Ostaig mu chairteal gu aon uair deug. Bha sgoiltean eile an sin cuideachd, Acadamaidh Inbhir Pheofharain is Sgoil a’ Phluic nam measg. Ghabh sinn pàirt ann am bùth-obrach dràma, is an uair sin dh’èist sinn ri taisbeanadh, a bha ag innse dhuinn beagan mu dheidhinn na cùrsaichean a tha iad a’ tairgse. As dèidh diathad a bha an-asgaidh on cholaiste, bha sinn air ar toirt mun cuairt an toglaich, is sinn air ar cur ann am buidheannan de dhaoine a bha fileanta as a’ Ghàidhlig, is feadhainn a bha ag ionnsachadh. Bha cothrom againn àite-fuirich nan oileanach fhaicinn, is an uair sin b’ urrainn dhuinn ceistean a chur air daoine a tha a’ rannsachadh aig a’ cholaiste an-dràsta. As dèidh sin, rinn sinn ar slighe air ais dhachaigh. Ràinig sinn an sgoil aig còig uairean. ‘S e là inntinneach a bh’ ann, ged a bha an t-slighe an sin gu math fada. As dèidh an turais, tha cuid nas cinntiche gur ann dha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig a tha iad airson falbh as dèidh sgoil, is tha cuid eile cuideachd a’ smaointinn gur dòcha nach e an suidheachadh a b’ fheàrr a th’ ann dhaibhsan. Mòran taing do Andy, an dorsair, a thug an sin sinn.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Trip – On the 13th of November, seven fifth and sixth year pupils travelled to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with an interest in continuing their Gàidhlig education once they leave school. We left the school at half past eight, and arrived at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig at about quarter to eleven. Other schools were also at the event, including Dingwall Academy and Plockton High School. We participated in a drama workshop, and then listened to a presentation which told us a bit about the courses they offer. After lunch, provided by the college free of charge, we were taken on a tour around the buildings, once we had separated into groups of fluent Gaelic speakers and learners. We were given the opportunity to see the student accommodation, and then given the chance to ask some students, who are studying at the college right now, questions. After that, we made our way home, and reached the school at five o’ clock. It was an interesting day, even though the journey was quite long. After the trip, some are more certain that they want to go to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig after school, and others think that maybe it isn’t the best place for them. Thank you to Andy, the janitor, for driving us there. (Ceitidh Alice Hulme, S5)

Art Exhibition and 2014 Calendar – The exhibition at the GALE Centre opened last week and shows the work of pupils doing Art in the School. The exhibition continues and is worth a visit. Calendars are available from the school office priced £6. Please support school funds by ordering copies for friends and family. Thanks to Mrs Caroline Browne and her pupils for providing such creative work both as part of the exhibition and for the calendar.

Senior Art Exhibition 2013Click on the photo to see more photos of the event.

Important Dates – As we progress through December check the school website for important dates. The School Dance is on Friday 13th December!