School news 20th March 2015

Basketball – Gairloch vs. Invergordon – On Thursday 26th February, the senior boys team beat Invergordon High School. 52 – 27.

This was Jordan Gorman’s last game for the school and he rounded it off with a buzzer-beating three-point basket. This senior boys’ team have played together since 2010 and, while we’ll miss Jordan, there’s plenty of talent coming through for the future.

Senior Basketball vs. Invergordon

As well as representing the school Jordan was part of the U15 Scotland team in 2012/13. He has also played as a member of the Highland Bears and plans to continue training.

Jordan has left school to take up a Modern Apprenticeship with the international ICT company ATOS. He will be trained initially at their centre, opened in 2013, at the Forres Enterprise Park.

Travel and tourism trip to Dundee – As part of our course we have to look at tourism in Scotland. Dundee was chosen because lots of things are happening there to encourage tourists to visit. We left on Tuesday morning and on the way down we stopped at the House of Bruar which was really interesting as we got a tour from a lady who works there. She told us loads about the place and it was so big. We would recommend a visit on the way down the A9 but bring plenty of money!

On Wednesday morning we went to Discovery Point. The RSS Discovery is a ship that was built in Dundee and went on an expedition to Antarctica that took three years. Scott and his men studied the climate, wildlife and geology of Antarctica. It was Scott’s second trip to Antarctica on the Terra Nova when he reached the South Pole only to discover that Amundsen had got there first. We got a little talk in the conference room and then we were shown around the ship. It was very interesting but not as interesting as McManus Gallery and Museum that we went to in the afternoon. It had loads to see and was very big and filled with paintings, stuffed wild animals, ancient Egyptian mummies and Roman artefacts and many more things. It was fun to look around.

Travel & Tourism Dundee Trip

Click on the photo for more images of the trip

For lunch we visited a small cafe called Madigan’s, which is a lovely place. The person who owns Madigan’s used to live in Poolewe. We were really impressed with the cafe and liked the extra details, like the menus were inside old Blue Peter books. We would definitely recommend the soup!

On Wednesday afternoon, we also went to the Visit Scotland Information Centre and got some good information. The lady who talked to us was lovely and very polite and knew lots about the whole area.

We stayed at Dundee Backpackers Hostel for the two nights. It was cheap and right in the centre of the city – perfect because all the shops were around us. We all shared a room and had our own bathroom although the shower leaked.

We would recommend Dundee as a place to visit for a long weekend because there are plenty of things to see and do, although we were told the nightlife isn’t as good as Aberdeen. We weren’t sure what to expect since one of Dundee’s nicknames is ‘Scumdee’ but would say it was a nice city to visit and we would probably go again. It was a very good trip and we would like to thank Mrs Bulmer and Mr Gibson for organising it and accompanying us.

Exploring Careers in Health Event – This event on Thursday 26th February gave five pupils from Gairloch High School the opportunity to participate in interactive health related workshops throughout the day. With the aim to raise awareness of all types of Healthcare Career options, Megan, Christie, Maia, Laura and Andrea made the most of the day by choosing to attend a range from the following workshops:

Allied Health Professions, Speech And Language Therapist, Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy, Orthoptics & Optometry, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Midwifery, Dental Nurse / Therapist, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Careers, Clinical Skills, Medicine & Medical Careers, Moving And Handling & Nhs Scientists

Our pupils came away with a much better understanding of Healthcare Career options. Thanks to Mr Milner for accompanying the girls.

Comic Relief 2015 – S6 organised a “Wear something Red” day on Friday 13th March and collected £130 for Comic Relief. You can see photos on the school website.

S1 Bring and Buy Sale – We are very grateful for the support of parents, staff, Parent Council, local businesses and everyone who helped on the day, or by providing items for the sale and prizes for the raffle. The event was a great success and the pupils worked hard to raise funds to pay for their activity week in the Cairngorms this May.

By the time you read this the total amount raised will have been announced (£2200) on the local radio and on the website. You can also see photos of the event on the website. Thanks to Dr Caley for organising the pupils in preparation for the sale and all the further work involved in making the S1 Activity Week happen each year.

S1 Bring & Buy

Click on the photo above and see other photos from the Bring and Buy

S1 Bring & Buy

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