School news 6th March 2015

Gairloch Pupils involved in Solar Eclipse Research – On Friday 20th March 2015, a total solar eclipse will occur across the far Northern regions of Europe and the Arctic. The longest duration of totality for this eclipse will be 2 minutes and 46 seconds as viewed off the coast of the Faroe Islands.

Observers in Gairloch will be treated to a very deep (95%) partial eclipse; while much less spectacular than the total eclipse, this is still a rare and impressive event.

The Geography department will be participating in a University of Reading/BBC project during the solar eclipse. The data will be used for a BBC Stargazing Live experiment charting how the eclipse affects weather around the UK. The recent purchase of a Kestrel Weather Meter, as a result of funding from the Rolls Royce Science Prize, has allowed Gairloch pupils to take part in this contribution to international science!

BBC Alba interview – The Gairloch Museum entry for FilmG (in which Iain Nelson, Max Conway and Sorley Street were involved) recently made the competition’s shortlist. BBC Alba was keen to cover this success and to uncover the harsh financial realities facing the museum and documented in the film. Iain Nelson was interviewed by BBC Alba with the news piece then being broadcast on Aithris na Maidne, Aithris na Feasgair and An Là.

FilmG Heritage Museum BBC Alba Interview

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge – Well done to Mark McLean, S4, for getting the highest score and a bronze certificate in the intermediate maths challenge. Jack Wright was second and the highest placed S3 pupil. Bronze certificates also go to Sebastien Pickering, S4, Leonie Baptist, S3, and Greogor Vickerstaff, S3. Well done to everyone who took part.

Arctic Convoy lecture – As mentioned in the last issue of the Gairloch & District Times, Dr Valentina Golysheva gave a talk to S4,5,6 pupils about the need to remember the details and importance of the Arctic Convoys. Dr Golysheva also presented the school with a copy of her book “A Flashback to the Arctic Convoys”.

Rolls-Royce Science Prize – The interesting work for this project continues in classes throughout the school. As well as allowing us to take part in the Total Eclipse project mentioned above staff and former pupils have been involved in working with other pupils and staff, not only in Gairloch, but across the UK. Each month we add a report onto the school website and the February edition is available now.

Recent Charity Fundraising – Pupils and staff raised £173.79 on Friday 13th February for non-uniform day. UNICEF will benefit from this collection.

Retiral – Mrs Nancy Macleod retired on 27th February. Mrs Macleod has worked in the school since 2000 although she worked with youngsters before that in other roles.

Mrs N Macleod

Staff had a presentation for Mrs Macleod to say thank you for her contribution in supporting staff and pupils over the years. She also received a lovely cake made by Catherine Wyatt (S6) in the shape of a rose bush. Staff and pupils alike will miss Mrs Macleod but we all wish her well as she directs her time to family and other pursuits.

Comenius trip to Spain –Beth Townsend, Eilidh Owens, Deborah Connop and Holly Morrison have returned from their Comenius visit to Spain with Ms Mackison and Miss Hunter. They travelled from Edinburgh via Barcelona visiting The Sagrada Familia en route to Seville. They also visited Gibraltar and Portugal during a hectic week of activities.

We will be arranging an evening presentation in the school to share experiences of this trip along with those to Finland and Turkey. The project will culminate in a visit by the other schools to Gairloch in April.

Girls in Spain

S1 GRAND BRING AND BUY SALE – We are currently taking 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.

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.

The sale takes place on Saturday 14th March – 10am in the Gairloch Community Hall – please support our S1 pupils!

Important Date – Thursday 12th March is the S4 Parents’ Evening. Others available on the school website.

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