School news 24th June 2016

Inverness Local Mod – Success at the Inverness Provincial Mod on Friday 17th June for some of our pupils. Well done to all involved.

C07 Literature – Story (Secondary) – 1st Eòin Cumming
C08 Literature – Poetry (Secondary) – 1st Eòin Cumming
C27 Verse Speaking – 13 & u16 Fluent – 1st Eòin Cumming
C35 Reading at Sight – 13 & u16 Fluent – 1st Eòin Cumming
C43 Conversation – 13 & u16 Fluent – 1st Eòin Cumming
C61 Vocal Solo – Boys 13 & u16 Fluent – 1st Eòin Cumming
C66 Vocal Solo – Traditional 13 & u16 – 1st Sandi MacLean
C90 Fiddle – 13 & u18 – 3rd Maisie Baptist
C91 Fiddle – Groups u18 – 2nd C for Craic

Summer Concert at Inverewe Garden – Friday 24th June at 7.30pm. This concert will feature the school folk group, C for Craic, as well as pupils playing solo items. All are very welcome – donations will be gratefully received, and refreshments will be available.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition Assessment – Twelve of our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils successfully completed an expedition through the Dundonnell Forest on Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th of June, accompanied by Mr Sutherland and Dr Close.

Their journey started at Coire Hallie with a steep climb up to the path junctions towards Shenevall Bothy and An Teallach. After the descent to Shenevall they headed past Achnegie before camping near the Abhainn Loch an Nid.

Miss MacAllister was assessing the groups and she joined them in the late afternoon to discuss their route, camp craft and plans for day two.

On day two the separate groups headed south, past Loch an Nid before walking to the Lochivaon Bothy for some welcome lunch. All that then remained was to push on along Loch a Bhraoin itself before reaching the school minibus.

Bronze DofE Assessment 2016Click on the photo to see more images of the expedition

Engineering Science – The Engineering Science classes have been busy the last few weeks.

  • Former pupil, Robert Marshall gave a talk to the S2/S3 Engineering Science class on his work as a Subsea Engineer with Shell. He talked about subjects he did in school, different pathways into the industry and work he has been involved in past and present.
  • Engineering Science Wind Farm Visit – On Thursday 9th June the new National 5 and Higher class went to visit Lochluichart and Corriemoillie wind farms. First we visited the Corriemoille site as some of us had worked on projects relating to it. When we arrived we were given PPE (a hard hat, protective glasses and hi-vis jacket) and a Health and Safety talk. We were then driven around the site and saw a turbine base before the concrete was poured, the site quarry, a concrete pour and the building that all the electricity goes before entering the grid. After this we ate lunch then went to the Lochluichart wind farm. We were given a general talk on the turbines and were able to see up close how large they were – Eilidh MacDonald.

Thanks also go to Angela Rae our STEM Ambassador for helping to organise this day for us.

Engineering Science 2016

Click on the photo to see more images of the trip

A-Level Geology – This new course has begun at Gairloch High School, being the first in Scotland to run the A-Level after Higher Geology was discontinued by the SQA. It has been supported by the Edinburgh Geological Society and Tomlinson-Brown Trust which has benefitted pupils by providing course materials and fieldwork equipment. The course builds from the basics of geology and earth science – examining the earth as a system; studying rocks, minerals and fossils and, later this year, how geology interacts with the human environment. Living in such a geologically rich area with the opportunity for lots of fieldwork this course provides more opportunities in the curriculum for our oldest pupils.

Highland League Basketball – Gairloch High Senior Basketball team pulled off a great win against Millburn Academy. The final score was 47-39 and our boys are now this year’s Highland League Champions! Well-done Gairloch. Gairloch Senior Boys beat Wick High School, Fortrose Academy, Inverness High School and Charleston Academy on the way to the final. We are all very proud. And thanks to Mr Milner for his support to the boys.

Highland League Basketball 2016

Click on the photo to see more images of the final game

Velotech – Mr Sutherland is delighted to report that our Velotech Bicycle Maintenance Course certificates have arrived for last sessions’s Outdoor Education pupils.  Our 8 pupils were successfully awarded the Red, White or Blue Award depending on their knowledge and skills in inspecting, adjusting and repairing basic problems with a mountain bike.

Last week we were informed that Gairloch High School is currently the only School in Scotland offering this industry recognised award.  We are grateful to Maxine Scott (Highland Council) who provided startup funding; Ian Sikora of Outfit Moray for supplying & delivering our four sets of workstations and tools; Al Gilmour the Head of Mountain Biking at Glenmore Lodge for inspecting Mr Sutherland’s class working on the award and finally for Graeme King at Velotech Cycling Limited for making the whole thing possible. A new class of senior pupils has just started the course.

Velotech 2016Click on the photo to see more images

Staffing – Rosie Kirkness has taken up a position with West Highland College and will be in charge of Hospitality Classes next session. Rosie is a former pupil and it is great to see her bringing her skill and experience back to assist the pupils. Rosie replaces Kirsty Thistlethwaite who is leaving. We wish Kirsty all the best and thank her for her contribution to Gairloch High School.

Headteacher, John Port, recently informed parents and staff that he is to retire in August. Mr Hulme will be Acting Headteacher from 15th August while the Council goes through the process of appointing Mr Port’s replacement.

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

  • 24th June – C for Craic @ Inverewe Gardens 7.30pm
  • 29th June – Prizegiving 1.30pm in the school
  • 1st July – School closes for summer (1.30pm)

The next issue will be the last before the summer holiday and will contain details of Sports Day and Prizegiving.


School news 10th June 2016

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Expedition – Eleven third year pupils took part in this expedition in the Cairngorms on the 23rd and 24th of May. Mr Sutherland, Dr Close and Mr Cumming accompanied the groups. They were fortunate to have good weather and very few midges. For most pupils, this was the first experience of walking and camping. Pupils continued to learn and use navigation skills throughout the expedition. The two days walking were challenging but pupils demonstrated supportive teamwork and determination. The qualifying expedition will take place before the summer in the local area. The photo shows one of the groups in the Cairngorms.

Bronze DofE Group

We also have a Silver DofE expedition planned for June.

Junior UKMT Maths Challenge – In April most of S1 and S2 took part in the annual Junior UKMT Maths challenge.  This is a multiple-choice quiz that contains some very demanding questions.

Well done to Tom Wood who scored the highest mark for our school and will be awarded a Silver Certificate at assembly in due course.  Other successes in S2 were Harry Dalzell, Callum MacDonald, Nadia Fenton, Amy Nieto and Jasmine Brown.  All of who will be awarded a Bronze certificate.

In S1 Edana Sutherland was best in year and she will also be awarded a bronze certificate at assembly.

Well done to all who took part and thanks to Mrs Whall for organising.

Senior Phase – S4 and S5 pupils returned on the 7th June after sitting their exams. Pupils will begin to organise their study programs for next session and start to consider whether they are up to taking on Prefect and Mentoring responsibilities.

P7 Induction Days – On Thursday 26th May all P7 pupils had the chance to visit the High School and take part in our ‘Icebreaker day’ where they learned to get to know each other better, explore the school, and meet with Dr Close, register teacher to the new S1 pupils in August. The afternoon was devoted to ‘fun’ Science.

On the evening of Thursday 26th May parents were invited to attend an information evening at 7.30pm in the High School.  This included a tour of the school plus a chance to meet and talk to senior staff.

On Friday 27th May pupils returned for a day of Expressive Arts where they took part in a range of events from Drama, PE, Art and Music. In the photo you can see a group huddled together planning their next move.

Induction Day

On Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June, all P7 pupils returned to the High School for two days that introduced them to the timetable and new classes that they will be in after the summer holidays.

A lot of effort goes into preparing these days so that pupils can gain an understanding of the new environment of the High School and the expectations set by staff.

S1-3 Football: MacPherson Cup – Gairloch High School’s S1-3 team recently played two fixtures against Plockton High School. Having lost 4-3 at home the team travelled to Plockton on the 26th May where they lost 10-2. The game was a lot closer than the score would suggest with Plockton scoring five of their goals in the last few minutes.

Our team is young with all but two players being in S1 or S2. We are hopeful that this year’s fixtures will be a good learning experience and that we will be more competitive next year.

S1-3 Football team

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

  • 16th June – Sports’ Day
  • 18th & 19th June Gairloch Climbing Weekend
  • 29th June – Prizegiving 1.30pm in the school
  • 1st July – School closes for summer