School news 23rd January 2015

Malawi Fundraising – we are always very grateful for the support from members of the community raising funds to help finance events that benefit the pupils. Staff are always looking for external sources to supplement this local fundraising. Examples of this are the grants obtained previously by staff for Comenius projects and the construction of the climbing wall. We have been successful in obtaining another £3000 to support our Malawi partnership. An application for Connecting Classrooms, compiled by Mr Hulme with Dr Caley’s help, has been successful. The £3000 will be available for visits by teachers between schools in the Malawi-Scotland Partnership.

Malawi Quiz Night – S2/3 pupils are very busy at the moment, preparing for our next fundraiser. We are organising a fun quiz night on Friday the 6th of February starting at 7pm in the High School hall. Only £5 per team and there will be some great raffle prizes in store! Look out for the posters around the local shops and put the date in your calendar.

Malawi Quiz Poster

FilmG Project – The Gairloch Heritage Museum recently contacted the school to see if they could enlist three young actors for a short film they had scripted and were planning to enter in the annual FilmG competition. Fluent Gaelic pupils in S1-3 had the opportunity to register their interest in this project.

Max Conway, Iain Nelson and Sorley Street took part in the drama that was filmed at the Gairloch Museum on Thursday the 15th of January. The film will shortly be uploaded on to the FilmG website and we hope it does well in the competition.

Helping local Mountain Rescue Team – As in previous years we are delighted to provide all of the catering (sourced, prepared and provided by the pupils in the Professional Cookery class) for the recent Torridon MRT training weekend in Lochaber.  Team member and teacher Mr Sutherland reported, “This is a service that the team have all come to look forward to both for the quality of the food supplied and because it allows us to focus on the training aspects of the weekend.”

Feeding the MRT

In the photograph above class members Chloe, Holly, Oscar and John Scott help load up the food along with class tutor Miss Thistlethwaite.

Prelim Exams – S4/5/6 pupils should have finished their prelim exams by now. The pupils should be sharing results with parents. Reports for these important exams are being produced but take a while to publish. (S5/6 Reports issued 27th February and S4 Reports issued 9th March.) If any parent is concerned with the progress of their son or daughter prior to the Parent Evenings in early March please don’t hesitate to contact Pupil Support at the school for advice.

It’s that time again – the GRAND annual fundraiser for S1 Cairngorm Week and selected charities is coming soon – Each year, S1 pupils organise a Bring and Buy Sale in Gairloch Community Hall to raise money towards the costs of their outdoor activities week in the Cairngorms in May. Each pupil attends the residential week in May, which will be from Monday 11th to Friday 15th May this year, and the charge for the week is minimal. Most of the money required to fund activities, food and accommodation comes from the school fund and the profits of the Bring and Buy Sale.

The Sale is organised by the S1 pupils themselves, with support from staff and parents, including the Parent Council. It is a valuable experience for the pupils in developing many skills, including those of teamwork and communication.

In the past, this has been a very successful event, with tremendous support from families and the community.

You may be approached soon and asked to donate a prize for the amazing raffle. Lets hope you find it impossible to refuse the smiling S1 pupil who makes the request!

S1 GRAND BRING AND BUY SALE

Saturday 14th 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 specialty!)

Items for the sale can be:

  • Handed to any member of the school
  • Delivered direct to the Community Hall on Friday 13th March between 3.30pm and 6pm
  • Collected by us – call the school office on 712275 and leave your details.

Pupils will be putting posters around the community soon!

Last year we changed venue to Kincraig Christian Centre. This proved to be a great success. The building is maintained to a very high standard and central to the area where all of our activities take place.

Important Dates – S1 Monitoring Reports issued on Monday 26th January. 16th – 18th Feb pupils on holiday. More on website here.

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