School news 27th November 2015

Senior Art Exhibition – The Senior School Art Exhibition will run from Monday 30th November till Friday 4th December in the Gairloch High School Library. All members of the public are welcome to drop in and view the best work of our senior pupils including submissions made for national exams.

The new School Calendar 2016 is also now available to purchase from the school office and other local outlets.  Cost £6 towards supporting pupils in their education!

S4-6 Prelims – Pupils in S4-6 have been working with their teachers preparing and planning for their exams which start in the second week of January. Parents should be aware that these pupils should now be focused on these exams. They have been given appropriate materials for their subjects and advised about the steps they need to take to achieve their best grades. The booklet ‘Information and Study Advice for Pupils and Parents’ has been issued to pupils in S4 and ‘new’ pupils in S5/6. It is available on the school website to refer to should any of S5/6 have mislaid theirs. We would ask that parents support pupils in preparation for these important exams.

Interview Skills Day – Senior pupils from S4-S6 had the chance to take part in mock interviews and gain experience and constructive feedback from our guest interviewers. With the help of local members of the community and members of the Dingwall Rotary Club pupils were given advice about their application forms, presentation and interview techniques. Mr Milner organises this event annually and we are very grateful to those who assist us provide this valuable experience for our pupils.

Scottish School Badminton Highland Qualifier – Click on the photo to read more about the success of our pupils in this event.

Badminton Team

Deasbad Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, SteòrnabhaghAir an treas latha den t-Samhain chaidh dà sgoilear Ghàidhlig bhon cheathramh bliadhna, Max Conway agus Iain Nelson, air turas gu Steòrnabhagh airson an Deasbad Nàiseanta.

Bha iad air a bhith a’ dèanamh deiseil san sgoil ro-làimh airson an dà dheasbad, “Tha stoidhle nas cudromaiche na susbaint an-diugh.” agus “Cha robh ginealach a-riamh ann an am Breatainn cho fortanach ris a’ ghinealach dom buin mise an-diugh.”

 As dèidh coimhead air deasbad no dhà eadar sgoiltean eile, thàinig an cothrom airson Ard- Sgoil Gheàrrloch. Anns a’ chiad deasbad, bha na puingean dòchasach dha sgioba Gheàrrloch: bhuannach iad 18 – 15 an aghaidh sgioba Acadamaidh Hazlehead à Obair Dheathain. Bha na gillean toilichte aig a’ cheann thall oir ‘s e a’ chiad deasbad aca a bh’ ann.

 Ach bha an dàrna deasbad gu bhith nas dorra is sgioba Gheàrrloch a’ deasbad an aghaidh Sgoil MhicNeacail (Steòrnabhagh), an sgioba a bhuannaich a’ cho-fharpais an-uiridh. Rinn Sgoil MhicNeacail a’ chùis air sgioba Gheàrrloch 26 – 18, ach ‘s e deasbad gu math inntinneach a bh’ ann airson a h-uile neach a ghabh pàirt.

 Aig oidhche Diciadain bha cèilidh aig na sgoilearan uile le ceòl agus dannsa, far an robh cothrom aig a h-uile duine bruidhinn ri chèile.  Uile gu lèìr, ’s e tachartas feumail agus spòrsail a bh’ ann dha na balaich agus tha ùidh aca ann a bhith a’ gabhail pàirt a-rithist.

National Gaelic Debate, Stornoway – On the third of November two Gaelic pupils from fourth year, Max Conway and Iain Nelson, went on a trip to Stornoway for the National Debate. They had been preparing in school beforehand for their two debates: “Style is more important than substance today” and “There was never a generation as fortunate as the one to the which I belong today.”

Debate

After watching a couple of debates between other schools, Gairloch High school had its own opportunity. In the first debate, the scoring was encouraging for the Gairloch team: they won 18 – 15 against the team from Hazlehead Academy (Aberdeen). The boys were happy because it was the first debate that they had ever taken part in.

However, the second debate was going to be much harder – Gairloch’s team was against The Nicolson Institute (Stornoway), the team that had won the event last year. The Nicolson beat the Gairloch team 26 – 18 but it was a very interesting debate for all who took part.

On Wednesday night there was a ceilidh: music and dancing for all those who had been involved and an opportunity to get to know each other. Overall, it was a useful and fun event for the boys and they would like to take part again.

CREATE – Centre for Enterprise and Innovation UHI competition for Entrepreneurship

Youth Entrepreneurship Award
Click on the image above to read more and view photos from the event

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships – Thirteen pupils headed for Bellahouston Stadium in Glasgow after school on Thursday 19th November and returned on Friday evening after competing throughout the day. Click on the image of our successful S3 Scottish School Girls Champions to read more and access lots of photos.

S3 Girls Scottish Indoor Rowing Champions

Scottish Indoor Rowing League – As part of the preparation for the National Championship in Glasgow pupils have been training and many more have been participatng in the National Indoor league.  The league has now finished and Gairloch has come third in Scotland after three rounds.

In Round 3 we finished second. As in the previous rounds pupils achieved points for participation and the top five pupils in each category gained extra points and are mentioned in dispatches. S1 Lucy Hildrey was 4th in Scotland in Round 3. S2 Jasmine Brown came 5th, S3 Amber Drummond 3rd and Morven Maclean 5th. S4 Sara Johnston 1st, Jade Moore 2nd, Carys Townsend 5th and S4 Iain Nelson 4th boy. In S5 Lewis Campbell came 2nd and S5 Eilidh Johnston 4th. Finally S6 Charlie Bulmer 2nd girl, S6 Sydney Tippett 2nd and Calum Nelson 5th

We out-rowed much larger schools because of the high level of participation.  In round three 77 Gairloch pupils took part.  However the schools above us on the league table had participation scores of over 200!  So we did our best and congratulations are due to all the pupils involved.  Thanks to Mrs Johnston for running this training session after school on a Tuesday.

Important DatesCheck out the website or phone the school if you require information about events.

  • 30th Nov to 5th Dec – Senior Art Exhibition in Library
  • 14th Dec – S1 monitoring reports issued to parents
  • 14th Dec – S4-6 prelim timetables issued
  • 18th Dec – Christmas Dance

 

School news 13th November 2015

National Mod Update – Here are the final results for pupils from Gairloch High School who participated in the National Mod in Oban during the October holiday. These are in addition to those listed in the last issue of the school news. Matthew Higgins MacLeod – 1st Prescribed singing (learners) 11/12yrs. Sandi MacLean – 3rd Prescribed singing (fluent) 13-15yrs. Eòin Cumming – 1st Poetry recitation (fluent) 11/12yrs, 1st Bible Reading (fluent) u13, 2nd Reading at sight (fluent) u13, 3rd Conversation (fluent) 11/12yrs, 3rd Accordion u13 and 3rd Prescribed singing (fluent) 11/12yrs.

Mr Cumming, our Gaelic teacher, also won a literature award for a short story he wrote. Well done again to all our winners!

Global Goals in Geography – The United Nations has set up 17 Global Goals for the World to achieve over 15 years. Our S4 geography class came up with the idea of a presentation to try and make people aware of the global goals. Pupils in the geography classes from S1 to S6 and some of the staff chose the goal they thought was most important.  They wrote this goal on their colour handprint. The S4 class made a collage of the handprints, constructing a world map. We have also put together a movie showing what goals everyone chose.   It will be available on the school website soon. (Written by Carys, Hector and Leonie in S4)

Global Goals

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award –Pupils are now registering for Silver and Bronze level participation. Mr Sutherland has taken over the administration of the scheme in school. Over the last several years Miss MacAllister has developed the scheme very successfully in the school but she has now taken on new responsibilities. Nine S4 pupils have just completed their Bronze Award and each will be presented with their badge and certificate at Assembly. Congratulations to the following new Bronze DofE badge holders: Roddy MacRae, Caitlin Mitchell, Jack Wright, Carys Townsend, Sara Johnston, Jasmine Connop, Lewis Brady, Evan McPhail & Eilidh MacDonald.

National Gaelic DebateIain Nelson and Max Conway worked till midnight on Tuesday 3rd November after defeating Hazelhead Academy, Aberdeen in preparation for a match against The Nicolson Institute the following day. The boys had prepared well, before travelling to Stornoway to take part in the National Debate and this continued on Wednesday from 9 till 4 with a short break for lunch.

Mr Cumming reported that the two boys held their own against the Nicolson, and although other observers agreed the judges scored them several points behind the Stornoway School. The judges felt that over the two days the Nicolson were the better team. After the two days of debating, Gairloch came 10th out of 20 competing schools. Thanks to Mr Cumming for preparing the boys to take part in the National Gaelic Debate and arranging the trip.   The boys did very well on their first attempt in this national competition and they are a credit to themselves, their families and the school community.  Well done Iain and Max!”

Google Expeditions and virtual reality technology – On Thursday 5th November a member of the Google UK team visited the school, bringing sets of smartphones and headsets loaded up with expeditions to sites across the world and beyond! As some of the first young people in the world to test this technology it brought a great deal of excitement to the classroom! Geographers in S1 were able to compare the Earth, Moon and Mars; S2 and S3 were able to explore sights across the world and the seniors visited Brazil, India and Nigeria to contrast urban environments. Pupils in Biology explored underwater environments across the world and those in Physics spent some time at CERN. Our Rural Skills and Technologies pupils saw a host of different landscapes and engineering projects. The ‘goggles glasses” provide a shared virtual reality environment in the classroom allowing pupils to take a virtual fieldtrip to amazing locations. Thanks to Miss Smith for organising and here are a couple of comments from pupils:

“It was amazing – I don’t know how they do it, but for it to work so well, you can look 360 degrees around you in all sorts of places in the world – from space, the rainforest, cities to even Antarctica, is just great”

“I enjoyed the Google Expedition, really fun and I can’t wait till it’s fully realised.”

Google Expeditions VR technology
Click on the photo above to see more from the day

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing League – The school came 2nd in Round 2 of the competition and remain 4th overall.  Pupils appearing in the top five for their year group and gender in Round 2 areas follows: S2 Isabella Wiseman, 3rd, S3 Morven Maclean 3rd, Scarlet Pickering 4th, Arlene Morrison 5th, S4 Sara Johnston 1st, Jade Moore 2nd, S4 Carys Townsend 3rd, Iain Nelson 3rd, S5 Lewis Campbell 1st, Eilidh Johnston 3rd and S6 Sydney Tippett 2nd. Well done to the 73 pupils who participated from Gairloch and especially to those achieving top five places!

Football – The school has just completed the second round of fixtures in the Highland Small School Football League. This year we entered teams in 4 categories and the final places were as follows: – seniors boys came 4th in their group of 5, S2/S3 boys came 4th in their group of 7, S1-S3 girls came 3rd out of 4 teams and the S1 boys were the winners in their group. The top two teams from each group go through to the play-offs in February, so good luck to our S1 team. It was good to enter so many teams this year and well done to everyone involved. Thanks to Mr Gorman, Mr Cumming and Mr Bowker for supporting the pupils in this competition.

Open Boys Basketball Cup – On Wednesday 4th November we played a team at home from Millburn Academy from Inverness. Our Gairloch boys beat Millburn with a final score of 47-42. A great performance from our giant-killers!

Blythswood Christmas Shoebox appeal – Once again, the school participated in the annual Shoebox appeal. Altogether, 31 boxes were sent to make a contribution to those less fortunate than us. Thanks to everyone who took part.IMG_1841

Charities – On Friday 30th October, S6 pupils organised a Halloween Fancy Dress Day in aid of Project Trust. There were some amazing, inventive costumes and some grotesque and very realistic “wounds”, with some pupils being almost totally unrecognisable. Calum Nelson and Joe Smith have both been accepted by Project Trust for volunteering next year and £163.04 was raised to help their fund-raising efforts.

Senior Art Exhibition – The Senior School Art Exhibition will run from Monday 30th November till Friday 4th December in the Gairloch High School Library. All members of the public are welcome to drop in and view the best work of our senior pupils including submissions made for national exams.

Art show

Important DatesCheck out the website or phone the school if you require information about events.

  • 19th Nov – Interview Skills Day for senior pupils
  • 23rd Nov – S5/6 monitoring reports issued to parents
  • 30th Nov – Senior School Art Exhibition begins @ Library
  • 14th Dec – S1 monitoring reports issued to parents
  • 14th Dec – S4-6 prelim timetables issued
  • 18th Dec – Christmas Dance

 

Google Expeditions and virtual reality technology

What is going on?  This all looks very strange.

Google Expeditions VR technology
On Thursday 5th November a member of the Google UK team visited the school, bringing sets of smartphones and headsets loaded up with expeditions to sites across the world and beyond! As some of the first young people in the world to test this technology it brought a great deal of excitement to the classroom! Geographers in S1 were able to compare the Earth, Moon and Mars; S2 and S3 were able to explore sights across the world and the seniors visited Brazil, India and Nigeria to contrast urban environments. Pupils in Biology explored underwater environments across the world and those in Physics spent some time at CERN. Our Rural Skills and Technologies pupils saw a host of different landscapes and engineering projects. The ‘goggles glasses” provide a shared virtual reality environment in the classroom allowing pupils to take a virtual fieldtrip to amazing locations. Google Expeditions VR technology

Thanks to Miss Smith for organising and here are a couple of comments from pupils:

“It was amazing – I don’t know how they do it, but for it to work so well, you can look 360 degrees around you in all sorts of places in the world – from space, the rainforest, cities to even Antarctica, is just great”

“I enjoyed the Google Expedition, really fun and I can’t wait till it’s fully realised.”

Click on the photos to see some more strange goings on.  Of course you can’t see the virtual world that the pupils were part of.  At least not yet!