School news 2nd May 2014

Higher Physics trip to meet NOBEL Prize Winner – On Tuesday 22nd April a group of students from Higher Physics accompanied Mrs MacRae on an amazing visit to Plockton High school in order to attend a lecture given by Professor Peter Higgs and fellow particle physicists regarding the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle.

This experience was a unique chance to be told first hand the story of the Higgs boson, the lead up to its discovery and how this was achieved.  All who attended greatly enjoyed themselves and were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to listen to a man that is perhaps one of the greatest physicists of the modern world. (Sofie Banister, Eilidh Owens and Siobhan Vickerstaff)

Comenius Trip to Poland – During the week beginning 24th March, pupils and staff travelled to Poland, as part of the Comenius Project based on “The 4 Natural Elements and the Effect on our Lives”.  Staff travelling were Ms. Hunter and Mrs. Somers.  Pupils were Nessie Gearing, Kalvin Fraser, Freya Baptist and Ciaran Alexander.  They travelled to the town of Mszana, about 25 miles from Krakow, and pupils stayed with fantastic, welcoming host families.  The whole week was a great success, and apart from attending some lessons in school, pupils enjoyed a trip (800 steps down!) into the amazing Salt Mine, as well as a relaxing swim in a Geo-thermal pool, a ski lift up the mountain and a balloon ride in Krakow.  No-one can accuse the Comenius trips of being boring!  Of historical interest was also a visit to the Jewish quarter in Krakow, much of which is still under renovation from its devastation during World War II.

Freya, Nessie, Ciaran, & Kalvin

Freya, Nessie, Ciaran, & Kalvin

Staff and pupils plan on sharing their experiences at a special Comenius Evening on Tuesday June 17th, 7.30 p.m. where they will present photos, films, and displays of artefacts, as well as providing suitable refreshments.  During this evening, we will combine displays and presentations from Poland, as well as Portugal; this trip took place in January.

Pupils and staff are soon to visit Greece (week beginning 12th May).  Future visits are Turkey (September), Finland (December) and Spain (February 2015).

When all our partners visit us next April, we will have something to live up to, as all our visits so far have been packed with wonderful experiences.

Basketball result – The senior boys played their last game of the season against Invergordon Academy on Tuesday 22nd April. Invergordon are a good team, have been working hard in training and came to us fired up from a win against Alness Academy. We expected a tough game and got it; there were no more than four points separating the two teams throughout the first half. We knew that Invergordon were good at the fast break so we smothered their big rebounder and guards. Strong, organised defence and continuous pressure in offence saw the game turn in our favour and we came away 53- 32 winners at the buzzer. This was Ross Wotherspoon’s last game for us. He has been a stalwart in the school team since we started the basketball project three years ago. We will miss his physical presence in the key and 100% effort in every game. Keep playing, Ross!

Senior Basketball 2014Click on the photo above to see more images from the game

This has been another successful season; we are by far the smallest school taking part in Highland competitions but have came away with five wins out of eight games. Things are looking really good for the future.

Y Dance Leadership Course – Sohpie Davies, Annie Maclennan, Leonie Baptist and Hannah Wood were selected to attend a Y Dance week. Hannah and Leonie reported the following: We had an amazing time at the Y Dance course.  We spent 5 days learning how to be a dance leader.  We learned many different styles of dance over the first few days including African, Jump Style and Musical Theatre – we even made up our own dance! 

On the last few days we had our assessments.  First we had to pretend to teach a younger ones class.  Then we had to teach older ones – that was a bit harder!  We all passed our assessments and we had a party to celebrate!

We will be able to use our new qualification to teach others dancing.  Hopefully it will become useful in the future.

Skiff Colour Scheme Winners – In case you missed it in last edition S2 pupils Christopher Adam, Iain Nelson, Carla Watson and Sorley Street won the competition in school to choose colours for the Gairloch skiff. They will each be given a year’s free membership to Rowing Club. The Team coincidently picked colours tying in with school colours – white with green and blue trim with orange lettering for the name of the skiff. Well done to all of S2 for taking this competition very seriously!

S2 are now working on designs for new ‘C for Craic’ CD cover.

Pupil Success Lexanne Stewart (S1) wrote a short story and entered the Achnasheen and Garve News & Views Writing Competition. Lexanne won the section aimed at secondary aged young people. Well done to Lexanne and we hope to publish her story on the school website shortly.

Sean Quinn, S2, has been selected at audition to take part in an Eden Court production of Lord of the Flies performed as a musical. More info on this nearer the time. Sean is currently in rehearsal for performances at the end of May. Well done!

Carla MacLean (S5) was nominated to represent the school as a Commonwealth batonbearer. Carla will take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay as part of the build up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. More information on this once we know exactly when and where Carla will be taking part.

S4, S5 & S6 pupils are now sitting their SQA exams. We wish them all the best of luck in the national exams.

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