FilmG a’ cur Farpais 2018 air bhog ann an Àrd-sgoil Gheàrrloch / FilmG Launch their 2018 Competition from Gairloch High

Leis gun deach cho math dhan sgoil ann am farpais 2017, bha FilmG airson co-fharpais 2018 a chur air bhog ann an Àrd-sgoil Gheàrrloch.

Due to the success the school enjoyed in the 2017 competition, FilmG asked us if they could launch their 2018 competition in Gairloch High. 


Ghabh seo àite Diardaoin 22mh an t-Ogmhìos. Bha sinn toilichte gun robh sgoilearan clas a seachd còmhla rinn a bharrachd air sgoilearan aig a bheil Gàidhlig à Bun-sgoil Gheàrrloch, daoine às a’ choimhearsnachd, comhairlichean ionadail agus luchd-obrach Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd.

This took place on Thursday the 22nd of June. We were pleased that the P7 pupils (on their induction) could join us along with Gaelic speaking pupils from Gairloch Primary, members of the community, local councillors and Highland Council staff.

FilmG Launch

Dh’fhoillsich FilmG cuspair na bliadhna (Fìrinn) agus bha e tlachdmhor eìsteachd ris a’ chòmhlan-pìoba, C For Craic agus coimhead air ceithir de na filmichean a rinn cuid de ar sgoilearan tron bhliadhna mu dheireadh.

FilmG revealed the theme for the 2018 competition (Fìrinn (Truth)) and we were entertained by the pipe-band, C For Craic and four of the films that our pupils created in the last school session.

FilmG Launch

Bha cothrom cuideachd aig sgoilearan an sgilean ann a bhith a’ cruthachadh film a leasachadh aig bùithtean-obrach a ghabh àite sa mhadainn. Chòrd an tachartas ris a h-uile duine agus tha sinn an dòchas gun lean na sgoilearan orra le bhith a’ dèanamh fhilmichean às dèidh an t-samhraidh.

Pupils also had the opportunity to develop their film making skills in workshops that took place prior to the launch. The event was enjoyed by everyone who attended and we hope that pupils will continue with their Gaelic film-making next session.

FilmG Launch
FilmG Launch


Eight pupils from S3 to S6 visited Eden Court on Thursday 8th June to attend XpoNorth. This event showcases a wide range of creative industries ranging from screen, crafts, Music, gaming design and textiles. Seven S3 and 4 girls, along with Mrs Browne, attended a Workshop on the Psychology of Colour given by Anne Ritchie who has spent her career in the world of colour, fashion and interiors. The pupils learnt about the industry alongside business professionals, rising to the occasion with a very mature attitude. This event helps Develop our Young Workforce, giving very relevant and current information as well as hands-on experience in a wide range of creative industries. Sixth year pupil, Abe Locke attended a Masterclass with Film Director, Michael Radford along with Mr Milner.


Isabella Wiseman gives an account of her day;

‘Last Thursday eight of us from S3 to S6 went to the XpoNorth festival at Eden court in Inverness, seven of us went to attend the colour conversations workshop, which was run by Anne Ritchie. Anne Ritchie studies colour psychology, and during the workshop she taught us about how colours can affect our emotions and make us react differently to things, an example is that wasps are yellow and black and we associate them with danger that is why warning signs are usually yellow and black because we connect the colours with danger. Anne Ritchie also taught us about how our personality can affect the colours we wear and the style of clothing that we wear. She taught us about the four main colour seasons, which are winter, spring, summer, and autumn. We learnt how each season fits a different personality, for example, usually if you associate yourself with the autumn characteristics of, being creative, quirky, curious, and rebellious, then you will look best in warm rich colours and textured materials. I found it very interesting how colour fits in with your personality, and many of us found that the colour palette and mood boards we were drawn to most were from the season that we associated our personality with the most. Colour psychology was something that most of us hadn’t considered before, and we were really amazed by the impact it can have on, not only the clothes we wear but also our emotions in general. I think it would be really interesting to look into the subject more.’

Isabella Wiseman

Highland Indoor Rowing Festival

​Whole squad​

Lots of silverware!

Gairloch have won all 3 rounds of the Highland Indoor Rowing League over the last few months.  Here are some pictures of them receiving their prizes today after Round 4 of the league.
​S1 Boys - Reggie 2nd​

S1 Boys – Reggie (2nd)


​S1 Girls Alana 2nd, Ellie 3rd​

S1 Girls – Alana (2nd) & Ellie (3rd)


​S2 Boys Eoin 1st, Kienan 2nd, Ryan 3rd​

S2 Boys – Clean Sweep! Eoin (1st), Kienan (2nd), Ryan (3rd)


​S2 Girls Abi 2nd, Lucy 3rd =​

S2 Girls – Abi (2nd), Lucy (3rd equal)


​S4 Girls Arlene 1st, Amber 3rd​

S4 Girls – Arlene (1st), Amber (3rd)


​S5 Boys Jack 1st​

S5 Boys – Jack (1st)

​S1-3 team 1st and 2nd​

S1-3 Teams – Gairloch 1st and 2nd


​S4-6 team 2nd​

S4-6 Teams Gairloch 2nd


​Highland League Small Schools - Gairloch winners Amber, Arlene and Morven receiving the trophy for our school.

We also won the Highland League Small Schools trophy.

Great individual performances, personal bests and team events!  You did yourselves proud!!

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) 2017

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI Grant to a local charity through a unique programme of team work, research and competition.  Our S3 pupils have been working on this over the last term.

The charities were: Befrienders Highland, Poolewe Swimmming Pool, Dundonnell Mountain Rescue, Wester Ross Youth Football Club and Family First.  Each charity sent a representative on the day to be part of the competition.

The judges were impressed by the level of research and work that had been put into the presentations and found it very difficult to decide on a winner.   The charity that won on the day was Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team.  Congratulations to Amy Nieto, George Pickering and Isabelle Gallacher for their hard work and interesting presentation, the team representative Andrew Vickerstaff, was delighted to be receiving £3000.

YPI Scotland Final 2017

Amy, George and Isabelle hand over a cheque for £3000 to the Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Yeam

Thank you to the panel of judges Stuart Smith (parent council) Julia Alexander (local fundraiser) Evan Macphail and Lucas Jackson (senior pupils) and Linda Schubert representative of the Wood Foundation.

Ross-Shire Schools Badminton

Gairloch did very well in the recent Ross Shire schools S1-3 Badminton competition. Thanks to parent volunteers Maureen Cumming and Peter Fenton for taking the pupils and Lisa O’Brien and Dr Caley for doing a great job of coaching on a Tuesday after school.

Ross Shire Schools Badminton

Sam Frost, Liam Forbes, Isabelle Gallacher, Nadia Fenton, Emma MacDonald, Eoin Cumming, Josh Tallach and Joel Goldby all went along, everyone won a game or more and lost some too. Overall a great day, well done everyone!

Ross Shire Schools Badminton

Girls Singles Winner – Nadia Fenton (S3); runner up – Emma MacDonald(S3)

Boys Singles Winner – Eoin Cumming (S2); 3rd – Joel Goldby (S3) and 4th Josh Tallach(S2)

Girls Doubles Winners – Nadia & Emma

Boys Doubles Winners – Eoin & Josh beat Joel and Sam Frost (S1) in the final in a very close game.