Gairloch High School has been successfully running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold level for many years. Expeditions have been undertaken in sea kayaks, on mountain bikes and on foot. We have enabled pupils to ‘bag’ Munros and provided alternatives for those unable to complete a ‘full on’ expedition. Across Highland, Gairloch has more pupils completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award than any other school.
In addition to this, we provide S1 pupils with a residential week in the Cairngorms in May every year which includes a range of outdoor activities. S1 pupils also take part in our SMART course where they experience many different activities throughout the year including climbing and mountain-biking. S5/6 pupils can opt to take the Outdoor Education course which includes climbing, mountain-biking and hill-walking.
We have a small amount of spare kit (including tents) which is loaned to pupils on an ‘as needed’ basis. Outdoor kit can be expensive and we have always managed to provide kit for pupils who need it.
This year for the first time we received a large box of great quality outdoor clothing from Gift Your Gear. The kit will help us to ensure that all our pupils can continue to make the most of the wonderful outdoor environment that surrounds our school.
Gift Your Gear is a UK based initiative, founded by Sarah Howcroft in 2012 to provide donated outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.
Gift Your Gear encourages people to donate unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment they no longer want or need.
Rohan shops are currently collecting for Gift Your Gear from 1st March to 1st April 2018 in return for a 15% discount on new kit. Everyone’s a winner!