School news 24th January 2014

Academic Achievement Awards – After a review of our current prize lists we plan to introduce trophies and prizes for pupils who show outstanding achievement in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Geography.  These would be presented to pupils as part of the annual prizegiving ceremony in June.   If any individual, organisation or business is interested in sponsoring a particular subject award then they are invited to contact John Port, Headteacher, to discuss the options.  The cost of trophies and any associated prize is not normally burdensome and we are grateful to several groups and individuals in the community who currently contribute towards recognising the success of our youngsters.  The Headteacher can be contacted by telephoning 712275, by letter or email (

Beach Clean – Our S1 pupils have been down at the beach next to the golf course in Gairloch trying to clean up after the recent storms.  The dunes have been damaged extensively but of more concern is the amount of plastic washed up amongst the seaweed.  S1 pupils spent an hour or two filling bags that were later collected by the local Council Refuse Collectors.  The pupils did this as part of their S1 Activity course called SMART, part of which contributes to their achieving the John Muir Discovery Award.  The award supports pupils taking responsibility and forming an understanding of their local environment.

S1 Beach Clean


Saturday 15th March – 10am in the Community Hall

Stalls, Competitions and the BIG Raffle!

We welcome any or all of the following donations: baking, books, DVDs & CDs, bric-a-brac, plants, electrical items in good working order, toys, clothes in good condition, jewellery, bottles and raffle prizes.  We can auction anything within reason (antiques a speciality!)

Items for the sale can be:

  • Handed to any member of the school
  • Delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 14th March between 3.30pm and 6pm
  • Collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.


It’s that time again – Grand annual fundraiser for S1 Nethybridge and selected charities.

Basketball Result – The senior boys played Alness Academy on Thursday 16th January, in the first game of the new Highland Schools’ League. In a tough encounter, the score was even at half time. Despite good rebounding and defence, we couldn’t keep out their biggest player and the full time score was 54 – 65 to Alness. This is our best ever result against this team.

Event Management and Hospitality – The S5/6 Hospitality Class planned and prepared food for the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team training weekend at Badaguish (Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January). Working to a budget, the group planned all the meals for fourteen people over an active weekend, bought and prepared the food, and packed it ready to go. The menu included cooked breakfasts, lots of choice for packed lunches, and dinner on Saturday night was cottage pie and apple crumble.  All the MRT members had to do was stick it in the oven! The food was delicious, and there was lots of it. The S3 group also baked a mountain of tray bakes so there was no risk of going hungry between meals. All the team was very impressed by the food and sends thanks to the pupils and Miss Thistlewaite for their hard work.


Former Pupil Success – Emma Felber, daughter of Katherine Vine, received her Doctorate from London University on 17th December 2013.  Emma’s thesis was entitled ‘Memory, mobility and social change in a Bolivian town’, and it was done at the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College. Emma says that it is about what happens when rural places are abandoned and people who have moved to the city remember them nostalgically. She notes that growing up in Wester Ross inspired her work.

Emma’s brother Crispin Struthers has been nominated for an Oscar for editing American Hustle.  He was nominated last year for his work on Silver Linings Playbook.

Read about some of our former pupils here.

Important Dates – Available on the school website here.

  • S1 Monitoring Reports issued 27th January
  • S2 Reports issued on 30th January UPDATED
  • S2 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 6th February
  • All pupils on holiday during the week Monday 17th to Friday 21st February.  Staff INSET will take place during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week.

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