School news 12th December 2014

Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships – Scarlet Pickering, Amber Drummond, Emily Morrison (S2), Eilidh MacDonald and Sara Johnston (S3) have been training after school on Tuesday with Mrs Johnston for several weeks in preparation for the Scottish Indoor Rowing Competition in Glasgow.

Scottish Champions

In the individual races on Friday 5th December Amber gained a silver and Scarlet a bronze medal, with all five girls achieving personal bests in their races.   In the team event for their age category, the girls beat seven other schools to become S3 Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Champions.

On Saturday 6th December the girls raced against the established rowing clubs. Yet again they won their race, this time against a combined team from five rowing clubs from all over Scotland to become Junior 14 Scottish Indoor Rowing Champions. Sara also won a silver medal in the J14, 4 minute individual race adding to the two medals already won.

What a great two days for the girls! Well done all including Mrs Johnston for training, travelling and mentoring the girls. Everyone is proud of you! 3 medals, 5 personal bests and 2 trophies. A great success – they have put Gairloch rowing on the map!  Click here to see more photos.

This all started with an idea that was supported by the Great Wilderness Challenge when they agreed to fund the purchase of 3 Concept-2 indoor rowing machines for the school.  For that original support the school is still very grateful.  The machines have brought a great deal of fun and activity in the lead up to this success by the pupils.

S4-6 Prelims Target Setting – Pupils in S4-6 have been working with their teachers preparing and planning for their exams which start in the second week of January. Parents should be aware that these pupils should now be focused on these exams. They have been given appropriate materials for their subjects and advised about the steps they need to take to achieve their best grades. The booklet ‘Information and Study Advice for Pupils and Parents’ has been issued to pupils in S4 and ‘new’ pupils in S5/6. It is available on the school website to refer to should any of S5/6 have mislaid theirs. We would ask that parents support pupils in preparation for these important exams.

Frozen – On Friday 28th November drama pupils performed in the afternoon to our five associate primaries along with the S1 and S2 pupils from Gairloch High. In the evening they did it again for the parents and senior pupils along with members of the community.  The hall at the school was full and the players (along with Helen) received a standing ovation from the satisfied audience.  It was a great day for the Drama Group! Drama teacher Helen Peat worked relentlessly to foster the talents of the pupils preparing them for the show.

Frozen @ GairlochClick on photo above to see more images

Work Experience at The Torridon – Ann MacLean and Courtney Jackson spent a few days gaining work experience at The Torridon. We are grateful to the staff and owners for providing training for the girls, both of whom wish to pursue careers in the hospitality industry.photo (2)

Interdisciplinary Learning – As Ebola is brought to the forefront of the news again with the release of Band Aid 30, pupils in S2 have been learning more about the disease across a number of classes. In World Class with Dr Caley, pupils came up with lots of questions they had about the disease and how it affects people in the places it is present. They spent time researching and are now equipped with the facts rather than the misconceptions about the disease.  In Geography with Miss Smith, they looked at how the lyrics of the original Band Aid compared to the new Band Aid song. Lots of the original misconceptions about Africa and its lack of rain, snow, religion or hope have (thankfully) been cleared up. However, there are a number of new lyrics that don’t accurately portray the situation caused by the spread of Ebola in a few West African countries. Many of those in the West African countries affected by the disease are French speakers. Pupils have been translating the lyrics of the French version of “Do they know it’s Christmas?” with Mr Avenel in French, and have been reading French news reports to see how the disease is being reported there.

Overall, students have been shocked at how many wrong ideas are openly broadcast so they have created a display outside the library to help explain the facts about the spread of Ebola and the wonderful diversity of the African Continent!”

Parental email addresses – We have started to duplicate information home to parents who have supplied email addresses to us. Any parent who wishes to make more regular contact with the school by email is invited to make sure we have your email address.

Rural Skills trip to Coulin – S5/6 pupils studying Rural Skills observed Neil Morrison of Coulin Estate working with Peter Cunningham capture salmon, harvest eggs and fertilise them as part of the Estate’s fish stock management. Thanks to Neil for allowing the boys to learn about this aspect of his work!

Rural Skills - Coulin Salmon BreedingClick on the photo to see more images from the day

Movember – Five of the male staff in Gairloch High School decided to grow their beards for the month of November to raise money for the men’s health charity Movember.  Mr Avenel, Mr Milner (rear) along with Mr Gorman, Mr J Sutherland and Mr Cumming raised over £250.

Fun Movember

S5/6 sleepover – For the third year in a row a group of S5/6 pupils (27 this time) paid to stay over in the school all night! Over £150 was raised for Help for Heroes. Thanks to S6 for organising and Mr Milner, Mrs Somers, Mrs Widdows, Miss MacAllister and Miss Smith for helping with supervision.

School Calendar 2015 – Some copies of the school calendar displaying pupil artwork are still for sale (£6). These are available from Cornerstone, Library and School Office.

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Important Dates – Here are a few upcoming events.

12/12/14 – Christmas Dance.  Photos now available here.

19/12/14 – School closes for Christmas Holiday.

5/1/2015 – School reopens for all.

More available here on the website.