School news 19th September 2014

Football report – Plockton vs Gairloch from Callum Mackenzie (S5) – Our Senior football team played Plockton on Wednesday 10th September in the first of a two-match friendly. The first half went well and we were 3 – 2 up with goals from Neil (S6), Kenneth (S6) and Kenneth (S4). At the end of the match we had conceded 7 more goals. We worked hard but the sun was beating down and we were not used to the harsh climate of Plockton. We look forward to the return game when the weather will be on our side!

Gairloch v Plockton Football

Click on the photo to see another 2 images from the game

Frozen! – On 28th November, Gairloch High School drama club will be debuting their very own interpretation of Frozen! All pupils in the drama club have been working very hard, meetings every lunchtime and even after school in order to make the best performance possible. Our cast and production team ranges from sixth year prefects to the very new first years, all working together. As well as having a daytime performance for the local schools, there will be an evening performance for all the community to enjoy including refreshments and a raffle. If you have any raffle prizes, it would be greatly appreciated. Please drop them off at the school office. We hope you can come and support us on the night. Holly Morrison (S6)

S1 Beach Clean – As part of the SMART course our new S1 completed a beach clean below the golf course on the 8th of September. There are some more photos on the website – you can see them by clicking on the group photo below.

S1 Beach Clean

Visit to Heritage Museum – On 10th September, our Higher History class visited Gairloch museum to learn about the impact of the Great War on our area. As part of their course, the pupils had already learned about the effects of the First World War on our county as a whole, such as the growth shipyard and munitions industries, the jute industry in Dundee, conscription and the changing position of women.

However, the exhibition in the museum complimented the course perfectly since it showed the personal stories of some families in our community during the war. The exhibition also had many interesting artefacts on display. We would like to thank Gairloch Museum for providing some quality learning outside the classroom.

Big Debate – Four senior pupils travelled to Glasgow to take part in the BBC Hydro Debate on the 11th September. Ciaran Alexander, Jamie MacLean, Innis Taylor and Jordan Gorman made their way to Glasgow and back in one day to have the opportunity to take part in the televised debate. The boys found the debate very interesting and the trip worthwhile.

Big Questions Day – On 12th September S5 and S6 pupils took part in our third annual philosophical and moral debate. This event is part of the curriculum for senior pupils helping them to address what they believe and why. It always provokes discussion and always results in positive feedback although many pupils are uncertain about taking part. We are grateful to help from Donnie MacRae, & Alasdair MacLeod, Gairloch. Alasdair MacLeod, Ullapool and Susan MacLean for assisting Mrs MacRae in running the event.

DofE expedition report from Luke Gorman – On the 25th August Isla, Siobhan, Sofie, Innis, Ciaran, Eilidh and I travelled to the Cairngorms to complete our Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. We started in the Cairngorm car park and walked through the Lairig Ghru to Corrour bothy where we camped for the night. We woke up the following day to blue skies and a warm sun. We walked up to Devil’s Point then to Angel’s peak via Cairn Toul. On our 3rd day we headed east towards Derry lodge then up through Glen Derry finally reaching our campsite beside Loch Etchachan. Camping at around 900m was quite cold and we woke up on our final day unable to see the tents next to us due to the fog being so thick. We chose to head back the most direct way via point 1141 and down to the car park. We have all gained much experience as a result of our mountainous situations. The day we went to Devil’s Point and beyond was one of my best days ever and will stay with me for a long time. I hope other pupils in school take the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Our Assessor was very impressed with our group and we all thank her, Mr Johnston and Mrs Bulmer for giving up their time to support us.  Click on the photo to see more images form the expedition.

Gold DofE Expedition

Parent Council Photography Competition – The Parent Council organised a photo competition for school pupils. We had several entries and local professional Gordon Harrison judged the competition. The winner was Iain Nelson (S3) who receives a £10 prize. Iain got first and second place. 3rd was Amy Tattersall (S2). A selection of 6 photos including one from Holly Morrison (S6) will be used by the Parent Council to create photo packs of cards for sale around the community to assist fund raising.

Parent Council Photography Competition

Click on the image above to see the six photos chosen by the Parent Council to include in the gift packs.  Read more about the Parent Council here on their own part of the school website.

Former Pupil Success – Abbie Spence has graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a BSc Fashion Technology with DIT. Congratulations to Abbie!  Read about other former pupils here and feel free to inform the school about what you are up to if you used to attend Gairloch High School.

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