School news 26th June 2015

Scottish Indoor Rowing League – Round 3 results – We have had another very successful result in the Scottish Indoor Rowing League. 78 pupils participated in this round and 16 managed to achieve national top 5 positions in their age group.

Scottish Indoor Rowing LeagueIn S1, Jasmine Brown came 1st, Isabelle Gallacher 2nd and in joint 3rd place were Becky Wilson and Isabella Wiseman. In S2 Morven MacLean was 1st, Amber Drummond 2nd, Arlene Morrison 3rd and Scarlet Pickering 4th. In S3, Sara Johnston retained the 1st place she has held in all three rounds and Jade Moore came 2nd.

With senior pupils back from exam leave, some S4 and S5 pupils were able to participate in this round for the first time. In S4, Eilidh Johnston was 2nd girl and in the boys’ race, Joseph Stewart was 4th while Lewis Powell came 5th. In S5 Syd Tippett was 1st, Mark Warren 2nd and Joe Smith came 3rd. Congratulations to all!

Gairloch High is the smallest school participating and yet we have finished in 2nd place overall, only being surpassed by Hillhead High School in Glasgow, which had over 200 pupils taking part. After Round 1 we were in 4th place and in Round 2 we moved up to second. Some of our national indoor rowing champions are pictured here.

The after school indoor rowing club will continue next session and we will be training hard to prepare for the Scottish Schools Championships in Glasgow in November. We hope to take a bigger team this year and challenge for individual medals and team trophies once again.  Thanks to Mrs Johnston for encouraging the pupils to participate.

S1-3 Football Result – Congratulations to the S1-3 Boys’ team who beat Kinlochbervie High School 11-1 on Friday the 5th of June. Scorers were David MacGregor (4), Joel Goldby (2), Calum Copland, Callum MacDonald, Sorley Street, Roddie Wyatt and Matthew MacKenzie. This result rounds off three very successful games in the last three weeks. Thanks to Calum Nelson and Mark Warren for refereeing this game.

Gairloch and KinlochberviePhoto taken by John Wood, Kinlochbervie High School

Sports Day Results 2015 – Cold, rainy, damp and great fun! Well done the pupils of Gairloch High School who participated fully in their events. Each pupil gained points for participation in up to four events for the House competition. In addition championship points were awarded to winners. The results were announced at assembly. There are lots of the photos on the school website – click on the image of the senior boys from Tollaidh in house colours to see more from the day.

Sports Day 2015

Full results published here

House Competition – 1st Place, Maree (297 points); 2nd Place, Kerry (286 points); 3rd Place, Tollaidh (272 points)

Staffing– There are significant staff changes taking place in the school. Ms Leitch retired at Easter. She has served pupils faithfully for many years as a member of the Learning Support Staff. Ms Mackison (PT English) and Mrs Newman (Learning Support) are both retiring this summer. Mr Avenel (French) is currently applying to further his teaching career in another school. Mr Johnston (Biology and PT Pupil Support) has been appointed as the Director of the new Highland Science Skills Academy. This post is a collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and Highlands and Islands Enterprise based in Inverness. The combined years of experience and service provided by these individuals to the pupils of Gairloch High School is greatly appreciated and will be sadly missed. Proper farewells will be made at Prize-giving on Monday 29th June (1.30-3.30pm) to which all parents and relatives are invited. Meanwhile the school community wish each of them health, success and best wishes for the future.

We are pleased that Miss Emma Smith will continue in post teaching Geography as a full time member of the teaching staff after competitive interview. Vacancies in Biology and English have been advertised and we hope to announce successful appointments soon.

Important Dates – More details on the school website here.

  • 29th June – Prize-giving 1.30-3.30pm
  • 2nd July – World Cup football competition in the morning – all pupils. School closes at 1.30

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