School news 4th September 2015

Malawi Visit – We started back with some additional staff and pupils in the school. Our visitors from Malawi arrived on Friday 21st August, and by the time you read this they will have already returned to Malawi. During the period of their visit, Mr Chimtali, Mr Banda and pupils Ayisha, Aida, Samson and Abdurashid worked with our staff and pupils (both former and current) in the High School and also in the local Primaries of Gairloch, Poolewe, Bualnaluib and Kinlochewe.

A selection of the activities are mentioned below but if anyone wishes they can visit the school website and see many more photos along with additional details.

We started with Assembly that had music from the Pipe Band and C for Craic, singing by Sandi MacLean and Highland Dancing by Mrs Browne’s pupils and included a welcome in English by Mr Port and one in Chichewa by Mr Hulme. There followed a roller coaster of activities in school and across the community. The visitors took part in lessons in Art, Music, Design and Manufacture, S1 SMART, Science, PE, Hospitality, Maths and English.

Here is what Evan and Connor (S4) had to say: On Wednesday and Friday, the members of Mlozi School visited our Design & Manufacture class.  We decided to make bird boxes with 4 students from Malawi. We all used different machines and tools, like a saw, sanding machine, pillar drill and hand drill.  Each of us was given a set of plans to work from.  They picked up new skills and learned them very well.  We enjoyed working with the students of Mlozi and we hope they enjoyed it and learned something new. (Evan McPhail & Connor Forbes)

Design and Manufacture// also went to Inverness with a number of the former pupils who visited Malawi in 2013. Our guests were interviewed on the radio, visited the museum and the Den and went canoeing with the Scouts. They visited the swimming pool and the market in Poolewe as well as the Duck Race. Some visited the Gairloch Show and attended local church services. Inverness with Malawi 10//

It has been a great opportunity for our pupils to meet and work with children from a different culture and find out the things they have in common. We will all now have to consider what we have learned from the visit and decide the next steps for our successful Partnership.

On Saturday 29th August we held a Ceilidh in the Community Hall.  Earlier in the day Mr Chimtali and the group were guests of Ross County football club. Mlozi football and netball teams play in Ross County colours and the club generously invited the six visitors along with some of our pupils to watch the match against Dundee Utd. It was a great trip with the group getting taken onto the pitch for a photo-shoot. And to top it all – Ross County won!

By 7pm people started to gather in the Community Hall for a very special evening of dance and music. The hall was comfortably full of adults and children and the Gairloch and District Pipe Band got the proceedings off to a grand start. C for Craic played and the Highland Dancers danced. The Malawian pupils also gave two displays of dance and performances were linked by lots of highland dances with music provided by Miss Hunter, Campbell Elder and Sid Garrioch. The Parent Council organised the refreshments and there was a raffle. Although the purpose of the evening was sociable the donations amounted to £725 and this will go towards keeping the Partnership alive.

Thanks to everyone in the community who supported us during this visit. Mr Chimtali and his colleague Mr Banda have commented several times on the high level of hospitality and friendliness shown towards them.

DofE Success – Eilidh Johnston has successfully completed her Silver Award. Well-done Eilidh!

Miss MacAllister and Mr Sutherland led a Gold training expedition for five pupils (Freya Baptist, Deborah Connop, Eilidh Johnston, Calum Nelson and Joseph Smith. The four-day expedition took place during a very unsettled weather period with lots of rain and two days of misery brought about by hordes of midges. The pupils survived and picked up the necessary skills required to achieve successful assessment at Gold level expedition. The group were in the hills north of Black Bridge and had the opportunity to visit the infamous church at Croick where the names of cleared families can still be seen etched in the glass windows.  There will be a report by S6 Head Boy Joe Smith in the next issue.

Important Dates – Check out the school website or phone the school if you require information about events.

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