School news 12th June 2015

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge – In April, the majority of S1 and S2 took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, which involves 25 demanding multiple-choice questions. Harry Dalzell, S1 came first with Morven MacLean and Amy Tattersall (both S2) joint second.  These three pupils will receive a silver certificate.  Also, in S2, Scarlet Pickering and Kai Johnston performed well and will each receive a bronze certificate. Well done to all the pupils who took part.

Gairloch High School v Plockton High School: MacPherson Cup – Second Leg – The S1-3 team welcomed Plockton High School to Gairloch on Thursday the 28th of May. Gairloch dominated the first half, scoring the first goal through Chris Adam. The score going into the second half was 1-1 and it wasn’t long before Gairloch were ahead again with another goal from Chris Adam. Gairloch had numerous chances to add to this score, hitting the woodwork on three occasions. Plockton, who were trailing 4-1 on aggregate, raised the level of their game in the closing stages and scored two goals from free kicks. This ensured a nervy end to the game. Despite losing 3-2 on the day, Gairloch retained the MacPherson Cup, winning 4-3 on aggregate. Thanks to Neil MacKenzie for refereeing the game. Click on the photo to see more images.

MacPherson Cup  2015Team: Max Conway (Cameron Walton), Roddie Wyatt, Connor Forbes, Matthew MacKenzie, Evan McPhail, David MacGregor, Hector MacLennan, Callum MacDonald, Sorley Street, Chris Adam, Joel Goldby

The first leg was held in Plockton on Monday 18th May. After a hard-fought first half with no goals, David MacGregor opened the scoring for us early in the second half followed by a second goal from Joel Goldby – both fine strikes in to the corner of the goal. Plockton rallied and hit the bar twice in the later stages of the game but Gairloch defended well to win 2-0.

Primary 7 Pupils – On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June P7 pupils attended High School for some timetabled classes and activities. They were also introduced to the Den. At the end of day on Friday they watched the last few minutes of the S1-S3 football match against Kinlochbervie before being presented with their school ties. We look forward to welcoming them back as S1 pupils in August.

S2 Geographers and the OS – S2 pupils have been refining their map skills and got creative, thinking up new Ordnance Survey map symbols. They have entered a competition run jointly by the BBC’s One Show and the Ordnance Survey which asked the British public to submit suggestions for 10 new map symbols including climbing centres, electric car charging points and even a new symbol for a toilet. The symbols had to be easy to identify and read on a busy map. Entries have now closed and a judge will pick the winning designs to be printed on the 2 million Ordnance Survey maps printed each year!

Indoor Rowing Round 2 – After the heady success of our pupils achieving fourth place in Round 1the National Indoor Rowing League last month we were delighted to find out that at the end of Round 2 the school has moved into second place. Only Hillhead High is ahead of us as we row for the third and final round this month. Each pupil who takes part in the competition gains a point with the fast five nationally in each year group receiving additional points. Those were – S1 Boys: 1st Dylan Paterson, 4th George Pickering and 5th Tom Wood. S2 Girls – 1st Scarlet Pickering, 2nd Amber Drummond, 3rd Morven MacLean, 4th Arlene Morrison. S3 boys – 4th Iain Nelson. S3 Girls – Sara Johnston, 2nd Jade Moore, 4th Carys Townsend, 5th Carla Watson. Twelve schools remain in the league from across Scotland so a remarkable standard is being maintained by the girls and boys of Gairloch High. Well done to all! Round 3 results will follow soon.

Photography Workshop – Adrian Hollister, from the Perfume Studio, came into school on the 28th of May, to work with pupils in S2 and S3, who are interested in photography.

Photography WorkshopAfter some instruction and discussion about what makes a good photograph, pupils were set tasks to accomplish in and around the school.  When their photographs were downloaded, we discussed what made them good or what could be improved.

Photography WorkshopPupils then went down to the beach & graveyard to take more shots.  After they were downloaded, we all noticed the improvements that pupils had made since the beginning of the day, by taking Adrian’s advice earlier.  This included paying attention to backgrounds, getting up close to subjects, and thinking of the composition of the photos. Towards the end of the day, the pupils began some work on portraiture.

The pupils had an enjoyable day, and we are very grateful to Adrian for giving up his time for us. You can see some of the photos on the school website by clicking here.

Comenius Evening – 7.30pm Monday 22nd June, in the multi-purpose hall. Our Comenius partners have reported a fantastic time here in Scotland in April. For our last Comenius evening, there will be displays from each of our partner countries, as well as refreshments.  All are welcome so please come along!

Important DatesMore details here on the school website.

18th June – Sports’ Day weather permitting!
22nd June – Comenius Evening 7.30pm
29th June – Prize-giving 1.30-3.30pm
1st July – YPI judging of 10 local charities
2nd July – School closes for summer 1.30pm

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