Tachartas Obraichean Gàidhlig / Gaelic Careers’ Event

Chaidh buidheann de sgoilearan gu Tachartas Obraichean Gàidhlig o chionn ghoirid. Tha Maisie Bhaisteach (S2) a’ toirt seachad beagan fiosrachaidh:

A group of pupils recently went to a Gaelic Careers’ Event at Eden Court. Maisie Baptist (S2) gives some details:

Air Diardaoin 16mh am Màrt chaidh sinn gu Inbhir Nis gus pàirt a ghabhail ann an latha obraichean Gàidhlig. Bha mòran roghainnean againn: bùth-obrach mu na meadhanan le luchd-obrach BBC Alba, dreuchdan Gàidhlig, bùth-obrach dràma, ceòl agus òrain, agus bruidhinn ri daoine òga a thaobh mar a tha Gàidhlig cudromach nan obraichean. Fhuair sinn cothrom cuideachd a dhol timcheall air taisbeanadh anns an robh mòran bhuidhnean mar Stòrlann agus Highlife na Gàidhealtachd. Chaidh biadh a thoirt dhuinn cuideachd. Bu thoigh leinn taing a thoirt do Mhgr Cuimeanach airson an latha sgoinneil seo a chur air dòigh.

On Thursday 16th March we went to Eden Court to take part in a Gaelic careers’ day. The different choices we had included a media workshop with employees from BBC Alba, Gaelic careers, a drama workshop, music and song, and speaking with young ambassadors who talked about how Gaelic is important in their jobs. We also got to go round an exhibition with many different organisations including Stòrlann and Highlife Highland. Lunch was also provided for us. We’d like to thank Mr Cumming for allowing us to participate in this great day!


Tha Ruaraidh MacAlasdair (S1) a’ sgrìobhadh mu na bha feumail dha fhèin:

Ruaraidh Alexander (S1) writes about what he found useful:

Na mo bheachd, ’s e latha sgoinneil a bh’ ann. Fhuair mi tòrr a-mach mu BBC Alba is na meadhanan Gaidhlig. Bha seo uabhasach inntinneach dhomh air sgàth ’s gu bheil mi a’ smaointinn mu obair fhaighinn anns na meadhanan. Cuideachd, fhuair sinn tòrr a-mach mu na h-ealain Ghàidhlig (mar eisimpleir na diofar fhèisean). Bha e uabhasach feumail a bhith a faighinn a-mach mu dheidhinn nan diofar obraichean a gheibh daoine aig a bheil Gaidhlig.

In my opinion, it was a fantastic day. I found out lots about BBC Alba and the Gaelic media. This was really interesting for me because I am thinking about work in the media. We also found out about the Gaelic arts (for example, the Fèis movement). It was really useful to find out about the different careers that are open to Gaelic speakers.

’S e aon de na rudan as inntinniche a chuala sinn gu bheil am BBC a’ sireadh luchd-obrach dà-chànanach. Tha e coltach gum bi prògram naidheachdan Albannach a’ tòiseachadh an ath-bhliadhna agus tha am BBC a’ lorg dhaoine a nì obair dithis – luchd-naidheachd a nì aithisgean an dà chuid airson BBC Scotland agus BBC Alba. Thuirt neach-naidheachd a tha ag obair dhan BhBC ann an Inbhir Nis nach fhada gus nach bi ach luchd-obrach dà-chànanach ag obair air a’ Ghàidhealtachd.

One of the most interesting things we heard was that the BBC are increasingly looking for bilingual employees. It is likely that a Scottish news programme will be launched next year and the BBC are looking for employees who can do the work of two people  – journalists who report for both BBC Scotland and BBC Alba. A journalist who works in Inverness with the BBC said that it will not be long before the BBC only employs bilingual (Gaelic and English speaking) journalists in the Highlands.


Basketball Team at the Lord-Lieutenant’s Youth Awards 2017

The Senior Basketball Team were named winners of the Group Award at the Lord-Lieutenant Youth Awards in a ceremony held at Strathpeffer Pavillion on 20th March.


The award was presented by Roy MacGregor (Ross County) and Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh 

Nominated by their coach Mr Milner, the boys dedicated to training (including doing much of the coaching themselves) was highlighted. This resulted in them winning the Highland Senior Boys Basketball League in 2016, despite facing much larger schools through most of the competition. Some of the senior members have now left school but they are recruiting other seniors to step up and take their places.

Lord Lieutenant's Youth Awards - Basketball Team

S6 AH Art visit Bridge House Art

Advanced Higher art pupils visited Bridge House Art in Ullapool on Friday 3rd March to see an exhibition of portfolio work by students.


Bridge House Art

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 Ms Gulliver took Catriona Smith, Anna Cameron and Emilly Dalzell along to view this interesting exhibition and meet the staff and students.

Bridge House Art

Parent’s Council Minutes 24 January 2017


ATTENDEES: Vanessa Quinn, Donna Mitchell, Jim Sutherland, Angela Tattersall, Lucy Cairney, Stewart Smith, Catriona Smith, Isobel Mackenzie, Lynne Whall, Christine Baptist, Luciana Maclean, Sinclair Browne, Graham Milner, Barbara Cummisky, Donna Hildrey, Iain Cumming, Leila Lapsley, Doug Lapsley, Angela Rae

APOLOGIES: Julie Brady, Maureen Cumming, Graham Mitchell, Chris Hildrey, Kirsty

1.0 VQ welcomed everyone to the meeting. It was noted that there were a number of
parents attending from the Primary School as observers due to the topics on the
Agenda being relevant to both schools.


IM advised that the tenders for the astro-pitch were going out in January. There had
been no further dates provided for the actual works.

Post Meeting Information provided by IM
Highland Council are still working to the programme below
February – tender
March – award and mobilisation
April – start on site
June – complete

New Sign
No update.

3.0 Head-teacher Report

School Improvement Plan – HGIOS 4
Staff continue to work extremely hard driving forward projects identified in the
school improvement plan. Three Learning and Teaching Groups: Quality of
Teaching; Effective Assessment; Tracking, Monitoring and Reporting have been set
up allowing staff time for collegiate discussion and self-evaluation. It is through this
process that we will strive to improve Learning, Teaching and Assessment across the

Staff have been working in groups to review our School’s Vision and Values. A
first part of this has been the creation of a new website – this is now ‘live’ and will
evolve in content and appearance as we continue the self-evaluation process. A
Parental Questionnaire had been circulated but elicited few responses – reviewing
alternative ways to engage with parents is a priority.

The authority’s management information system (SEEMiS) will be further developed
during this session to ensure that the school makes effective use of its data.

Collegiate work with Primary Head Teachers (Associated Schools Group) is
invaluable and meetings to date have provided very useful opportunities to share ideas
and practice. This terms specific opportunities to work with others has included:
many sporting activities; , Primary Christmas party and a very successful ICT project
with Shieldaig Primary to be rolled out across the ASG.

Developing the Young Workforce has involved us reviewing our provision of Work
Experience. The proposal is that each pupil in the senior phase will be offered at
least the equivalent of one week of work experience/shadowing at an appropriate
stage. Planning is ongoing and this will be launched in session 17/18. A very
successful Interview Skills took place in conjunction with the Rotary Club.
Senior Phase Prelims currently underway – Pupil Reports and Parents’ Evenings are

The annual Art Exhibition was held in November 2016 showcasing pupils’ artwork
and the calendar has been available for purchase.

Curricular Activities
Pupils have been attending a Creative Writing Group set up by Miss Fordham. Other
additional opportunities are: Paired Reading; Future Chef; Careers interviews –
Scotland Careers Liaison Officer for the Royal Navy / Royal Marines ; SSE
Apprenticeships; Exploring Careers in Health day: Scottish Space School; S3/4
Mental Health talk; S6: UCAS applicants; Youth Forum – Paul Burden YDO; Wester
Ross Fisheries Trust – App Development; S4-6: Study Club; Scholar (Heriot Watt);
links with St Andrews University.

Senior and Junior Learning Councils
These operate to allow pupils the opportunity to discuss many aspects of education,
recent discussions have been improving social space for pupils specifically at

Extra Curricular Activities
Staff in school continue to provide a vast array of extra-curricular opportunities for
pupils including:
Basketball; Football; Badminton; Indoor Climbing; Ocean Youth Trust; FilmG;
Gaelic Debating – Stornoway; Indoor Rowing – Scottish Championships; Hockey;
Netball; Fly fishing; Futsal (soccer skills); Dodgeball Leadership; Bouldering; Scottish
Schools Ski Race; Cross Country Running; Junior Ski Trip to the French Alps.

Throughout last term pupils and staff contributed to the following charities:
Blythswood Shoebox Appeal; Medicin Sans Frontieres; Poppy Scotland; Children in
Need; Sports for Champtions Team GB Olympic Medallist Judo.

Staff have begun the process of forward planning in fundraising activities. This will
involve an evaluation of: supporting charity events; whole school fund raising
activities; using the school fund to support current pupil activities and minibus
maintenance and operational costs.

Whole school assemblies have explored a variety of themes on Personal Achievement.
S6 Prefects represented the school in the Church of Scotland on Remembrance
Sunday and laid a wreath at the War memorial on behalf of pupils and staff. S3
Drama class delivered a thought provoking Christmas assembly and we were joined
by School Chaplains and some members of the community.

A successful school carol Concert was staged by Miss Hunter and almost all pupils
attend a very successful Christmas dance. The issue of transport for pupils attending
events needs further exploration as currently a level of inequity exists.

Quality Improvement Officer – Mr Alan Bruce, attended the Christmas Assembly and
will be meeting with staff and parents during the remainder of the session.

Challenges – 4 ½ day week, 33 periods, S4 x 6 Subjects

Governance review

4.0 Discussion on movement to 4.5 day school week/ 33 period week

AT raised the following concerns:

  • No discussion with the Parent Council (PC) on the matter
  • Poor interaction between Highland Council and Parents
  • First time that Parents were aware was the High School Newsletter in
  • Parent Council previously fought to keep current timetable arrangement.

IM Response:

  • Advised that a number of years ago a similar proposal was tabled for
    providing time for CPD.
  • School has to provide 27.5 teaching hours per pupil per week and the
    timetable can be altered to provide this in 4.5 weeks.
  • At present Gairloch works on 55 x 30 min periods. This has advantages for
    part-time staff. However IM thinks the 33 period can work with part-time
    staff requirements also. The challenge will be to ensure that staff also gets
    non-contact time.
  • Head teachers were advised in September that the Council would be meeting
    in December to decide on 4.5 week. On 14th December Head-teachers were
    told that 4.5 week had to be implemented in all schools in Highland by
    August 2017 (means in reality June after exams). IM met with staff and
    gathered feedback including concerns and emailed this to Jim Stevens/ Bill
    Alexander. No response has been forthcoming yet.

IM agrees that recent consultation with parents has been lacking. Suggests
that the PC writes to Jim Stevens stating that we are aware that the school has
raised concerns and no response has been received.

IM stated that she is trying to avoid an earlier start and later finish and is
working on a proposal with senior management. School can decide on the
timing to suit the new 33 period week.

SB raised the concerns from the Primary School Parents that the Primary School was
not aware of the change and the potential knock on effects for the shared canteen and transport.

IM advised that the Primary Headteachers were given this information on the 15th
December. She agrees that the whole Associated School Group (ASG) has to be
involved in the decisions on how the 4.5 week will be implemented.

BC stated that the changes need to consider Working Parents.

IM encouraged the PC to raise all these concerns in email to Jim Stevens.

DL asked what the primary drivers for the 4.5 week.

IM advised that the key drivers are cost and to sustain the curriculum. Cost is not
always that clear as Gairloch has the library and Leisure centre attached. If all school
timetables are aligned then pupils can access a greater variety of subjects through
virtual interaction. The column structure is still up to the school to decide but it can
give pupils an opportunity to choose subjects that may not be available in a school.
IM believes that it can make learning more individualised at Gairloch. IM suggested
that we should use the opportunity to look at how we can improve Gairloch.

JS mentioned that the parents from Shieldaig Primary also felt there was a lack of
communication on this matter with Parents.

ACTION – IM will forward email she sent to Jim Stevens to VQ. PC to write
an email to Jim Stevens with concerns brought forward tonight.

DH stated that e-learning is an option but we need to have the broadband
infrastructure to support this and she did not think it was available at present.
IM disagrees and thinks it is possible at present. If we to suddenly lose a staff
member then support can be obtained from another school via e-learning.

5.0 Presentation on S3/ S4 Subject Choices by Iain Cumming, Donna Hildrey and
Jim Sutherland

As parents of pupils in S2 in GHS we are very happy with the variety of subjects that they have studied during their first two years as well as their general education. Our real concern is with the curricular structure in S3/4 that results in limited choices.
Background to S3/4 options
Pupils do English and Maths in S3 and S4. In addition they choose 8 other subjects in S3 – one from each column. Columns merge in S4 – pupils continue with 4 of the 8. In the recent past pupils did English, Maths and 6 others for the duration of S3 and S4.
As parents, we cannot see one significant benefit in the new system compared to the previous one. There are however serious drawbacks.

  1. Pupils have a very restricted choice as they go into S3/4
    (a) S3 Options: Pupils will be forced to choose subjects that they are not particularly interested in due to the nature of the option form. They already know at this stage that they will not study these in S4. This time would surely be better spent on subjects that they would be continuing with in S4. Pupils are ‘locked in’ to their S3 choices if they are to progress through the levels. In many ways they are choosing their higher subjects at the end of S2.
    (b) S4 Options: Because there are less columns in S4 than previously (four instead of six), there are more subjects in each column. ‘Clashes’ between subjects have intensified. One of our children, for example, is unhappy that three of his favourite or best subjects are in the same column in S4. He will only be able to take one – this will have a massive effect on his future learning and career path.
    In addition, our children feel that because they will only have six subjects in S4 that they all need to be academic – there is no space for less academic subjects that they enjoys.

The following example is worth considering as it demonstrates the problem with the current system in a small school and such a situation could easily arise.
Pupil X has particular talents and/or interests in Biology, Modern Studies, Gaelic (Learners)
and Graphic Communication and, given a free choice, would choose these as his/her four
subjects in S4. S/he struggles with/isn’t interested in Chemistry, History, Design &
Manufacture and Art. How well would our current curriculum structure cater for this pupil?

We understand that the policy of six subjects in S4 has had less of a negative effect in larger schools as subjects can be offered in more than one column. We do not have this opportunity here.

  1. Some pupils are not being challenged by the current system. Many schools in Scotland do eight subjects in S4 and pupils prove that they are capable of achieving in all eight. National 5 Courses from next year will be a lot less cluttered (as internal assessments are on the way out) and there is every reason to think that many pupils would be capable of gaining more than 6 National courses – providing them with far more options and qualifications as they go into S5/6 and beyond school.

In conclusion: the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
recently published a report on the Scottish curriculum. This report demonstrated that our S4 curriculum (English, Maths and four subjects in S4) was not in line with CfE principles and is damaging pupil choice:

“A reduction to 6 S4 courses was never a planned aspect of Curriculum for Excellence … The result of curricular change, particularly in schools pursuing a 6-column S4 curriculum is curricular narrowing and significant curricular distortion. ….”

The report states in its conclusion:

“The diversity of S4 course structures needs to be resolved before the situation demonstrated in this paper worsens further. If schools offering 8 courses can support students to success, there is little (or no) need for 6 course approaches … This process could be facilitated and simplified by removing the S1-3 “Broad, General Education” and returning to an S1-2 period. There are no inherent benefits in a 3-year period.”

Following the presentation there was further discussion on the subject.

  • VQ asked whether 4.5 week/ 33 period/ e-learning can help to offer more choice in
    subjects or more subjects than 6?
  • IM stated that she is currently discussing the timetable with a member of staff to see
    how we can improve the column choices. She also suggested that we raise our
    concerns in the PC email to Jim Stevens. She suggested that we mention that
    Gairloch should be able to offer individual subject choice.
  • CB mentioned that she has had experience in the 8 and 6 subject systems and 8
    provided more choice to the pupils.
  • LW asked whether the council would allow 8 subjects to be taught in the school.
  • DM asked why different Authorities in Scotland had differing views on the number of
    subjects a S3/4 pupil takes.
  • IM advised that historically Highland Council decided on 6 subjects as they felt 8
    subjects was putting too much stress onto pupils given the other continuous assessment work they had to complete.
  • VQ – given the current Governance Review where more power is to be given to the
    Head-teacher. Would the H/T have the power to change the 6 subject ruling in the
    individual school?
  • IM advised that she is concerned that the Review will mean there are restrictions on time and also H/T’s will have to try and save further money which might affect this. There is no reason why a pupil cannot pick up a National 5 qualification in 5th or 6th

ACTION – include in email to Jim Stevens that the PC recognises that
Gairloch has the resources to offer 8 subjects to S3/S4 and would like to be
able to offer this to pupils.

  • DL stated that the current 6 subject system is restrictive at 15.
  • IM advised that she is currently investigating the timetable structure. At present
    pupils are given 93 hours in year of PSE, LRC and SMART. She is reviewing this
    with staff to see the impact it is having on the pupils and how it can be more
    individualised. She is reviewing with the staff how to create a challenging and creative school. There are currently many good activities and achievement but how can this improve further.

6.0 Easter Study Club (raised by DM)

IM stated that she had made enquiries about funding but found that it had not been
centrally funded for the past 7 years. She is investigating how it was funded

At present the school is running an after school study club which is proving popular.
IM to advise what will happen with Easter Study Club.

7.0 AOB

7.1 – AR asked whether there had been any further communication from HC on the
3-18 campus as it was intimated at the meeting with Don Esson that we would have
information in January. To be raised in email to Jim Stevens.

IM advised no further information.

SB advised that the papers for the HC Education Committee were available on line
and they give outlines on the proposed structure for the new ASG’s.

In November last year a sub-committee was set up with the Primary PC to discuss the
3-18 Campus and Key Challenges facing the ASG. AR will email all members of the
PC to determine who wants to be involved in the group and set up the next meeting.
SB/ CH/ LM and VQ at first meeting.

7.2 Catriona Smith, S6 has asked the PC to support this year’s S6 Pupil year book. All
present agreed. Exact amount to be discussed with treasurer Julie Brady.

7.3 IM advised that the new school website was nearly ready to go live. She presented
the new layout to the PC and explained it was more streamlined and easier to
maintain. Hoping to release details to Parents in the next few weeks.

8.0 Date of Next Meeting
2nd May 2017. 7pm.

Turas FilmG a Ghlaschu / FilmG Trip to Glasgow

Rinn 21 (sgoilearan, tidsearan agus pàrantan) à Geàrrloch an slighe a Ghlaschu Dihaoine 17mh an Gearran airson Duaisean FilmG 2017. Bha sgoilearan às an sgoil againn air naoi ainmeachaidhean fhaighinn anns an roinn òigridh (cairteal de na h-ainmeachaidhean air fad) ach cha robh fios againn am faigheadh sinn duaisean sam bith air an oidhche.

Twenty-one of us (pupils, teachers and parents) made our way to Glasgow on Friday the 17th of February for the FilmG Awards for 2017. Pupils from our school had received nine nominations for the youth competition (four of the total nominations) but we did not know whether we would get any prizes on the night.

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Thàinig a h-uile duine againn còmhla airson biadh mus deach sinn gu Tallaichean Baile Ghlaschu airson a’ chuirm fhèin. Bha oidhche dìreach mìorbhaileach againn – bhuannaich Ruaraidh MacAlasdair an duais airson an dealbh-beò as fheàrr, bhuannaich Eòin Cuimeanach an duais airson am film fòn-làimh as fheàrr, bhuannaich Amy Gudgeon agus Cameron MacIll’Fhinein an duais airson an sgriopt as fheàrr. Uile gu lèir, bhuannaich sinn trì de na h-ochd farpaisean-òigridh. Bhuannaich Mgr. Cuimeanach cuideachd an sgriobt as fheàrr anns an fharpais fhosgailte.

We all came together for a meal before we went to the Glasgow City Halls for the ceremony. We had an amazing night – Ruaraidh Alexander won the prize for the best animation, Eòin Cumming won the prize for the best mobile film, Amy Gudgeon and Cameron MacLennan won the prize for the best script. Altogether, we won three of the eight youth competitions. Mr. Cumming also won the Best Script in the Open Category.

Bha an turas seo gu math cosgail – cha b’ urrainn dhuinn a bhith air a dhol ann gun an taic a fhuair sinn bho Chomunn na Gàidhlig, Comunn nam Pàrant, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, An Comunn Gàidhealach (Meur Loch Iù) agus A’ Bhùth Charthannas. Taing mhòr, mhòr dhaibh!

This trip was very expensive – we couldn’t have gone without the support that we received from Comunn na Gàidhlig, Comunn nam Pàrant, The Highland Council, An Comunn Gàidhealach (Loch Ewe Branch) and the Fundraising Shop. A huge thanks to them!

Beachd Anna NicIll-Fhinien / Anna MacLennan comments:

Bha an turas an sin gu math fada ach chaidil mi airson pìos mòr dhen ùine. Nuair a ràinig sinn Glaschu, chaidh sinn gu taigh-bìdh Mecsaganach agus bha am biadh uabhasach blasta. Chaidh sinn an uair sin gu Tallaichean Baile Ghlaschu airson nan duaisean agus chunnaic mi tòrr dhaoine bhon t-siabann Ghàidhlig Bannan. Bha e uabhasach spòrsail agus inntinneach – bha mi a’ faireachdainn uabhasach iomagaineach ach air bhioran aig an aon àm. Às dèidh nan duaisean chaidh sinn air ais air a’ bhus agus thill sinn dhachaidh aig ceithir uairean sa mhadainn!

The journey to Glasgow was very long but I slept for most of the way. When we arrived in Glasgow, we went to a Mexican restaurant and the food was very tasty. We then went to the Glasgow City Halls for the awards and I saw lots of stars from the Gaelic soap Bannan. It was really fun and interesting. I was feeling very nervous but excited at the same time.

Beachd Summer Robertson-Turner / Summer Robertson-Turner comments:

Bha turas iongantach againn a Ghlaschu. Fhad ’s a bha sinn air an t-slighe an sin chunnaic sinn seallaidhean brèagha. Às dèidh dhuinn Glaschu a ruighinn chaidh sinn gu taigh-bìdh Mecsaganach. Shuidh sinn aig bòrd uabhasach fada agus chòrd am biadh teth rinn. Chaidh ainmean mo dhithis charaid a ghairm aig duaisean FilmG – bha mi air bhioran agus bha mi gu math toilichte air an son. Bha an aodannan làn iongnaidh. Às dèidh nan duaisean thill sinn dhachaigh air a’ bhus gu Geàrrloch – a’ ruighinn aig ceithir uairean sa mhadainn. Abair latha!

We all had an amazing trip to Glasgow. As we were on our way there we saw some nice scenery. After we got to Glasgow we went to a Mexican restaurant. We all sat at a really long table and enjoyed our spicy food. The names of both of my friends were called out at the FilmG awards – I got goose-bumps and I was really happy for them. I couldn’t wait to see their faces of excitement. After the awards we went back to the bus and travelled home to Gairloch – arriving back at four in the morning. What a day!       

Beachd Ruaraidh / Ruaraidh comments:

Cha deach mise a Ghlaschu còmhla ris an sgoil, is bha mi-fhìn is mo theaghlach beagan fadalach airson a’ bhiadh… Ach, bha e cho blasta. Às dèidh sin, chaidh sinn chun an ionad – “The Old Fruitmarket.” Bha e a’ coimhead cho spaideil, is bha tòrr dhaoine air a thighinn bho feadh na h-Alba. Bha mu 400 daoine an sin, uile a’ coimhead cho spaideil. Bhuannaich mise duais airson an Dealbh-Beò as fheàrr, is b’ fheudair dhomh a dhol suas air an àrd-ùlair le Anna airson òraid a dhèanamh! Chaidh sinn “Backstage” airson dealbhan, is chaidh mise is Eòin air ais airson agallamh. Cuideachd, rinn mi agallamh le BBC Alba. Bha oidhche cho math agam.

I didn’t travel with the school, and myself and my family were slightly late for the meal, but it was very tasty when I got it. After that, we headed for the venue – “The Old Fruitmarket.” It looked very fancy, and there were lots of people from all over Scotland there. There must have been about 400 people in the hall, all looking very smart. I won the prize for Best Animation, and I had to go up with Anna to the stage and make a speech in front of everyone! We went Backstage for photos, and later in the night, myself and Eòin went back for interviews. I was also taken out to do an interview with BBC Alba. Overall, I really enjoyed the night.

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Beachd Eòin Chuimeanaich / Eòin Cumming comments:

Nuair a chunnaic mi an Old Fruitmarket, chuir e iongnadh orm cho mor is cho spaideil ’s a bha e. Nuair a chaidh m’ fhilm ainmeachadh mar an Film Fòn-Làimh as fheàrr, rinn mi mo shlighe eadar bhùird chun an àrd-ùrlair. Bha mi gu math mothachail air na solais a bha a’ deàrrsadh sìos orm. Bha mi gam fhaicinn fhèin air an sgrion mhòr. ‘S e Calum MacIl-Leathain (cleasaiche ainmeil) a thug an duais dhomh agus an uairsin rinn mi òraid. Bha mi nearbhch fhad ’s a bha mi a’ coiseachd chun an àrd-ùrlair ach nuair a thòisich mi air bruidhinn dh’fhàs mi na bu chiùine. Chaidh mi air cùl an steids airson dealbhan agus chaidh mo dhealbh a thogail còmhla ri Daibhidh Walker, a tha ann am Bannan. Bha agallamh agam ‘s aig Ruaraidh le BBC Alba. Bha agallamh agam cuideachd le BBC Rèidio nan Gàidheal agus An Latha. Chòrd an oidhche rium gu mòr ged a bha mi glè sgìth aig an deireadh!

When I saw the Old Fruitmarket, I was astonished by how posh it all was. When my film was announced as the Mobile Short Film winner, I made my way between tables towards the stage. I was very aware of all the spotlights that were shining down on me. I could even see myself on the big screen! Calum MacLean gave me the prize and I then gave a short speech. I had been nervous as I walked onto the stage but I grew calmer as I started talking. After that, I went backstage where I got my photo taken. I got a photo with David Walker who is a character in Bannan, the Gaelic series based in Skye. Ruaraidh and I had an interview with BBC Alba. I also had an interview with BBC Rèidio nan Gàidheal and An Latha, the Gaelic TV News programme. I enjoyed the night very much even though I was very tired at the end!


Beachd Amy Gudgeon / Amy Gudgeon comments:

Bha mi nas nearbhaich na bha mi riamh nuair a choisich sinn a-steach gu an Old Fruitmarket agus nas miosa na sin nuair a chaidh m’ ainm a leughadh a-mach airson an Sgriopt As Fheàrr! Cha robh na solais geala a bha a’ deàrsadh sìos orm nuair a choisich sinn suas chun an àrd-ùrlar a’ cuideachadh! Ach nuair a thòisich mi a’ bruidhinn bha mi a’ faireachdainn beagan nas fheàrr agus nuair a chaidh sinn air cùl an stèids agus a thog duine dealbhan dhinn, ‘s e sin nuair a thàinig e a-steach orm gun do bhuannaich sinn duais airson an fhiolm a rinn sinn, agus bha mi cho toilichte!

I was more nervous than I had ever been when we walked into the Old Fruitmarket and even worse than that when my name was read out for the Best Script! The white lights that shone down on me when I walked up to the stage didn’t help! But when I began to speak I felt a bit better and when we went back-stage and had photos taken, that was when I realised that we had won a prize for the film we had made, and I was so happy.

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Beachd Cameron MhicIll-Fhinein / Cameron MacLennan comments:

Nuair a chuala mi m’ ainm agus a thoisich mi a’ coiseachd suas dhan an àrd-ùrlar bha e beagan eagalach ach nuair a thòisich mi air bruidhinn bha e ceart gu leòr. B’ fheudar dhomh torr dhealbhan fhaighinn agus fiù ’s às dèidh sin, thagh iad an fhear as miosa airson an làrach-lìn aca! Ach às dèidh sin fhuair sinn hot dogs is mar sin bha mi ceart gu leòr. Le sin a-mach às an rathad, tha mi den bheachd gun e a bhith a’ coimhead air na filmichean a rinn a h-uile duine an rud as fheàrr.

When I heard my name and I began to walk to the stage it was a bit daunting but when I started to speak it was fine. I had to have many pictures taken but even after that, they chose the worst one for their website! But after that we got hot-dogs and I was alright. With that out of the way, watching films that others had made was the best part of the night.

Inverness Music Festival

Eoin Cumming (S2) and C for Craic, the school’s folk group, both took part in the Inverness Music Festival. C for Craic played well but didn’t take home any prizes on the night. After sweeping the boards in the Accordion competitions, Eoin wrote this report:

On Friday the 3rd of March, I went to Inverness to take part in three accordion competitions at the Inverness Music Festival at Eden Court. I came first in Intermediate Classical, first in Advanced March, Strathspey and Reel and first in the Open section. I was a bit annoyed about my performance in the Classical, but I was pleased with my performance in the other two competitions.

Inverness Music Festival

Since I achieved Distinction (87+) in the Open, I gained entry to the Elizabeth Davis Premier Competition (Scottish style) that was on the evening of Wednesday the 8th of March. I was there for seven o’clock. This competition is completely different because my accordion was competing against other instruments. There was a harp-accompanied Gaelic singer and a very good fiddler against me who had also won and gained distinctions in their respective open competitions. I was fairly nervous beforehand but I was very happy with my performance. I played a slow air called Ba mo Leanabh, a pipe march called Mrs John McColl, a jig called Donald Iain Rankine and a pipe reel by Gordon Duncan
called Andy Renwick’s Ferret.  I came first! I had been hoping for a good performance but I couldn’t have predicted that this would happen.

I’d like to thank Trish MacDonald, my accordion teacher, for supporting me – I would definitely not have been at a high enough level to take part without her guidance and teaching.

SMART collecting Kelp

The S1 SMART group have been working on the conservation part of their John Muir Award. When they returned to the classroom they shared some of what they had done and the reasons kelp is good for many things! Read some of their work below and view the rest of the photos on Flickr.

Corey Maclennan:

Grant Walton:

Katie Rae:


Sam Frost:

Meghan Dillon:

Ellie Watson:

Kirsty MacDonald:

Ezekiel Balanquit:

Elizabeth Mclachlan:

Highland Small Schools’ Football

Gairloch had qualified for the final stages of this competition earlier in the session – having won the Northern section. The finals took place in Glenurquhart High School on Thursday 9th March. In the semi-final, Gairloch lost 2-0 to a strong Glenurquhart team. The third place play-off was lost 3-0. Despite the scores, Gairloch pupils should be reasonably pleased with their performances. In both games they conceded an early goal and then dominated much of the play before losing further goals as they pushed for an equaliser.

Highland Small Schools’ Finals - S2/3 Boys


Thanks to Mrs Fraser for driving the mini-bus and to Mr Cumming for organising the trip.

Cross Country

On the 24th of February the school had its annual cross country race. As part of the sport and recreation course we were tasked with organising the cross country. This involved checking the course and assessing the route for any dangerous parts. When we assessed the course, we made a risk assessment of the run, giving information on parts of the course which may give someone an injury and it also gives different tasks which will need to be carried out by particular members of staff and pupils. Any hazardous parts of the course that we came across, we placed marshals to guide the runners and provide morale support for them, all pupils did very well to run the 3.5km route.

View more photos on Flickr


Junior Girls:

School Cross Country 2017

1st – Kirsty Macdonald – 26 mins 25 sec

2nd – Nadia Fenton – 26 mins 26 sec

Junior Boys:

School Cross Country 2017

1st – Eoin Cumming – 19 mins 49 sec

2nd – Cameron Walton – 20 mins 32 sec

Senior Girls:

School Cross Country 2017

1st – Laura Russell – 25 mins 20 sec

2nd – Amy Tattersall – 25 mins 36 sec

Senior Boys:

School Cross Country 2017

1st – Alasdair Macdonald – 23 mins 04 sec

2nd – Lucas Jackson – 23 mins 13 sec

Written by Evan McPhail & Connor Forbes, Sport & Recreation Pupils