Football Tournament

Hear from Mia and Ezekiel about their latest football tournament representing Gairloch High School.

Junior Highland Small Schools Football

Ezekiel (S2) writes:

A Gairloch High School S2-S3 boys football team and a S1-S3 girls football team including me went to Dornoch for the small schools football tournament. When we arrived we got into our kit and we were all assigned out positions and I played Goalkeeper. As we stepped onto the pitches we went in with a burning mentality and we were so confident. The teams that was playing in the qualifiers football tournament were as follows: Gairloch High, Golspie A, Golspie B, Ullapool A, Ullapool B, Dornoch, and Farr. First game we won 7-0 that was a great game and we only lost one game our results were 5 wins and 1 loss which drew us with Dornoch and we are through to the semifinals of the small schools football tournament which is great for a size of a school like us, we succeed in the activities that we participate in. My highlight of the game was probably my penalty save against Ullapool A but out top goal scorers did amazingly great they were Corey Maclennan with 9 goals, Eoin Cummings with 8 goals and Josh Tallach with 7 goals which was fantastic. Now we look ahead and get ready for the semifinals I have a feeling that we are going to win it all.

Junior Highland Small Schools Football

Mia (S3) writes:

We started off the day hyped up, the weather was great we were ready to come back winners but as the girls now know it’s not always going to go our way.

When we arrived we got onto the pitch the atmosphere was tense but yet very excitable, we went off to stretch and warm up. The energy was amazing.

Our first game was against our hosts, Dornoch High. The first game was by far the most difficult because we had never played as a solid team. Unfortunately we lost 3-0 in that game.

We were much more prepared for the next game against Ullapool the final score of that was 1-0.

After that we had a group discussion and  we agreed that we were playing to defensively instead of attacking.

Our last game was one we knew we had to win. This game was the one we were absolutely dreading playing because we knew it was Golspie who are one of the strongest girl’s teams in the league although we were pleasantly surprised when we got onto the pitch. We were very strong in that match especially, both defensively and we lost 2-1.

Somehow throughout all of our games we came off the pitch with smiles on our faces and very hyped up spirits within us the entire day.

Junior Highland Small Schools Football

Scottish Schools Badminton

The Highland qualifier for the Scottish Schools Badminton competition was held in Inverness today.

Scottish Schools Badminton

Anna Maclennan (S1) was paired with a partner from another school and won the U16 girls doubles consolation round. Sam (S1) got to the 1/4 finals of the consolation round with his partner from Inverness Royal. Nadia (S4) and Eoin (S3) got the the semi finals of the mixed doubles, Joel (S4) and Eoin won the doubles consolation round and Nadia and Emma (S4) were second in the girls doubles. Nadia won the U16 girls singles, Emma got knocked out at the 1/4 finals and Eoin won the U16 singles consolation round (even though he’s in S3). Emma and Nadia will be invited to the Scottish schools final for doubles and Nadia for singles.

Scottish Schools Badminton

Very well done everyone and a massive thanks to Lisa O’Brien and Maureen Cumming for giving up their day to take the pupils and support them through the day.

Senior Boys’ Football

Senior Boys' Football

We were blessed with sunshine as we ventured from the West Coast to the North East. As we sat in the minibus on the A835, hope was not in abundance. In fact, we were preparing ourselves to be slightly disappointed…

However, we strode onto Dornoch Academy’s playing field in our Orange and White strips just as the Netherlands appeared through the tunnel at the 1974 World Cup Final. We were united and prepared.

The first match was against Ullapool. We won by 4 goals to 1. The goals were beautifully constructed by Gairloch’s dream team.

The second match was against Farr. After their coach told us to take it easy in order to preserve their morale, we won by 4 goals to nil. This was a slightly messy game but we managed to hold it together. All was well so far.

Then came perhaps the most triumphant win of the day. It left us filled with satisfaction and brimming with joy. Gairloch Vs. Dornoch. We had expected to lose this particular match, however, we managed to hold it together and keep the pressure on. We won by 2 goals to nil, with Max Conway working hard to keep a clean sheet.

We were through to the finals!

Due to the fact that we had worked hard and tired ourselves out enough by this point, we decided to hold back and have a relaxed game against Golspie, losing by 3 goals to nil.

Despite our own expectations, and those of many others, we managed to conquer Dornoch’s pitch like never before, exceeding all expectations.

The team and all involved are extremely looking forward to returning for the finals later on in the year. A special thanks to Mrs. Whall for driving the minibus across the north of Scotland for us to be able to take part in the competition, and to Mr. Cumming for organising the day and making it happen!

Written by Vincent Davies, S5

Turas ‘Bannan’ dhan Eilean Sgitheanach / ‘Bannan’ Trip to Skye

Air an 13mh den mhìos, chaidh còignear sgoilearan (Amy, Cameron, Ruairidh, Eoin, agus Iain) a-null gu Sabhal Mòr Ostaig còmhla ri Maighstir Cuimeanach. Mar phàirt de dhuais FilmG, fhuair sinn an cothrom faicinn mar a bhios an drama Gàidhlig ‘Bannan’ air fhilmeadh.

On the 13th of this month, five pupils (Amy, Cameron, Ruairidh, Eoin, and Iain) went across to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig accompanied by Mr Cumming. As part of a prize for FilmG, we were fortunate enough to get the chance to see how the Gaelic drama ‘Bannan’ is filmed.  

‘Bannan’ Trip to Skye

Nuair a ràinig sinn togalach an t-Sabhail Mhòir, choinnich sinn ri feadhainn de na cleasaichean às a’ phrògram agus chuir sinn beagan cheistean air stiùiriche ‘Bannan’ cuideachd. An seo, chunnaic sinn na h-àitean far am bi iad a’ filmeadh nuair a bhios na caractaran air seata a-staigh, agus aodach nan cleasaichean. When we arrived at the Sabhal Mòr building, we met some of the actors and actresses from the program and got to ask the ‘Bannan’ director some questions as well. Here, we saw each set that they would use to film indoor scenes, and the actors’ costumes. An uair sin choisich sinn sìos chun a’ chidhe far an robh an sgioba-filmidh a’ dèanamh sealladh. Chithear dìreach cho sgileil is a tha na cleasaichean san drama oir b’ e sealladh glè èifeachdach a bh’ ann le sgriobt gu math fada. Às dèidh seo, chanainn gu bheil sinn uile a’ cur luach air cho doirbh ‘s a tha e prògram telebhisein ceart a dhèanamh, agus mhothaich sinn gu bheil e feumail barrachd air fichead daoine a bhith san sgioba agad! Then we walked down to the pie, where the film team were shooting a scene. It was obvious how skilled the actors were as it was a very effective scene with a lengthy script. After this experience, I would say that we all appreciate just how hard it is to make a professional TV program, and we realised that you’d need more than twenty people in your team!

‘Bannan’ Trip to Skye

Gun teagamh sam bith, ‘s e latha gu math spòrsail a bh’ ann agus bha rudan inntinneach ann airson a h-uile duine. Bha an turas seo feumail dha-rìribh a thaobh FilmG an ath bhliadhna, agus ionnsachadh mu dheidhinn cleasachd no sgilean filmidh. Cuideachd, fhuair Ruairidh an cothrom agallamhan a dhèanamh còmhla ri stiùirichean agus cleasaichean proifeiseanta. ‘S dòcha gun fhaic sibh iad ann am film san àm ri teachd.

Without a doubt, it was a very enjoyable day and there was something interesting there for everyone. This trip was very useful for our FilmG next year, and to learn a little about acting and filming skills. Also, Ruairidh got the chance to film some interviews with directors and professional actors. You might even say these in a film in the future.

‘Bannan’ Trip to Skye

Taing mhòr do FilmG, Bannan, agus Sabhal Mòr Ostaig airson an turais seo. Thank you very much to FilmG, Bannan, and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for this trip. Le / By Iain Nelson

‘Bannan’ Trip to Skye

Sports Programme & Ambassadors

Our new sports program for lunchtimes & after school has now been launched – more details on the sport opportunities page. We’ve introduced a new basketball session on Wednesday Lunchtimes (run by Brain Whall) and our sports leaders are delivering new sessions to primary children on Fridays after school.


Sports Leaders working with primary schools

Thank you to all our applicants for the roles of Young Ambassador. It was a very difficult decision this year as we had a lot of applicants. The shortlist was created and the current Young Ambassadors made the final decision. Congratulations to Cameron Walton and Lucy Hildrey who will join the team of Young Ambassadors for 2017/18. We look forward to what you bring to sport in Gairloch.

Sports Day


Prize Giving 2017

We joined as a school community to celebrate our pupils’ successes and achievements from the last year. There are lots of photos from the event on Flickr – thanks to Charlotte Brady (S2) for these.

2017-2018 Senior Prefects: 

Head Boy – Iain Nelson & Head Girl – Eilidh MacDonald

Deputy Head Boy – Evan McPhail & Deputy Head Girl – Leonie Baptist

2017-2018 House Captains:

Kerry – the Girls House Captain for this year is Eilidh MacDonald and the Boys House Captain is Evan McPhail. They will be assisted by Leonie Baptist and Connor Forbes.

Maree – the Girls House Captain for this year is Hannah Wood and the Boys House Captain is Gregor Vickerstaff. They will be assisted by Jasmine Connop and Max Conway.

Tollaidh – the Girls House Captain for this year is Carys Townsend and the Boys House Captain is Chris Adam. They will be assisted by Jade Moore and Jack Wright.

Each year we present Certificates of Personal Achievement to pupils in S1 to S4. We award certificates to those pupils who have consistently shown great care and effort in their work. The Certificate rewards effort over the whole year irrespective of ability.

The following were awarded:

Ruaraidh Alexander Ezekiel Balanquit Sam Frost
Kirsty MacDonald Elizabeth MacLachlan Hannah MacLachlan
Anna MacLennan Corey MacLennan Katie Rae
Summer Robertson-Turner Ellie Watson Alana Young
Oliver Adam Maisie Baptist Charlotte Brady
Katie Copland Abigail Crawford Eoin Cumming
Liam Forbes Lucy Hildrey Adam Lloyd
Katy Beth MacLeod Emily O’Brien Edana Sutherland
Josh Tallach Kyrene Tallach Asha Wright
Jasmine Brown Harry Dalzell Melody Deve
Nadia Fenton Isabelle Gallacher Amy Gudgeon
Callum MacDonald Emma MacDonald Cameron MacLennan
Amy Nieto George Pickering Cameron Walton
Becky Wilson Isabella Wiseman
Amber Drummond Maisie Hutchinson Morven MacLean
Catherine MacRae Scarlet Pickering Lexanne Stewart
Amy Tattersall Erin Thompson Hannah Warren

Achievement in Maths Trophy – Jack Wright

UK Maths Challenge – Quinlan Cummisky (Best in Year), Morven MacLean (Best in School)

John MacGillvray Trophy & Prize for Gaelic – Alasdair MacDonald

Albert Roux Languages Cup for excellence in more than one Modern Language – Hannah Wood

The MacKenzie Targe for Creative Writing – Emilly Dalzell (read her story here)

Sheona MacDonald Memorial Award for Language – Abe Locke

The MacLean Trophy for Library Endeavour – Maria Anees

June Davis Miller Award for Art – Scott Genari-Wiseman

Gladwyn Memorial Prize for a pupil going on to study at Art College – Anna Cameron

Lauder Prize for Music – Alasdair MacDonald

Doctor Hunter Cup for Piping – Eoin Cumming

Drama Award – Jade Moore

History Prize – Caitlin Mitchell

Achievement in Social Subjects Trophy – Christie Wilson

Achievement in Science – Eilidh MacDonald

Achievement in Technology – Eilidh MacDonald

Sir John Horlick Bursary for a pupil continuing to higher education courses in history, social sciences or modern languages – Christie Wilson

Connor Forbes, Abe Locke, Grant MacLennan, Sorley Street and Cameron Tallach, who took part in the Outdoor Education course this year, have all achieved their Red, White and Blue Awards of the Velotech Bicycle Maintenance Course & have completed the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme at either Level 1 or 2.

West Highland College Student of the Year – Kai Johnston (Hospitality), Erin Thompson (Drama)

SCQF Level 4 Sports Leadership – Isabelle Gallacher, Joel Goldby, Callum MacDonald, Emma MacDonald, Lee McGillvary, Cameron Walton

Football Player of the Year – Cameron Walton

Basketball Player of the Year – Gregor Vickerstaff

Rowing Awards – medals & trophies were presented from the Highland School’s Indoor Rowing Competition.

Cross Country – Junior Winners Emma MacDonald & Eoin Cumming; Senior Winners Laura Russell & Alasdair MacDonald

Badminton Player of the Year – Nadia Fenton

Widdows Trophy for Swimming – Alasdair MacDonald

Swimming Medal – Morven MacLean

Sports Day

Junior Runners-Up: Ellie Watson, Meghan Dillon & James Garrioch

Junior Winners: Kirsty MacDonald & Ezekiel Balanquit

Intermediate Runners-Up: Nadia Fenton & Lee McGillvray

Intermediate Winners: Emma MacDonald & Cameron Walton

Senior Runners-Up: Erin Thompson, Amy Tattersall & David MacGregor.

Senior Winners: Caitlin Mitchell & Hector MacLennan

Martin Blackley Memorial Cup for Senior Boys Sports Champion – Hector Maclennan

Credit Quaich – Eoin Cumming

Inter-house Football Cup – Tollaidh

Inter-house Basketball – Maree

Inter-house Mixed Netball – Tollaidh

Inter-house Dodgeball – Tollaidh

Inter-house Indoor RowingMaree

Inter-house SwimmingMaree

Colin Roy Badminton Trophy for inter-house badminton – Kerry

Inter-house QuizKerry

House ShieldMaree

Junior School Trophy for Service & Achievement – Eoin Cumming for his wide ranging achievements & contributions to the life of the school, particularly in sport, music and gaelic.

Neil Wilkie Memorial Trophy for Service to the School – Max Conway for service in the support for learning department.

Harry Valentine Memorial Quaich for Citizenship – Eilidh MacDonald for consistently demonstrating a strong work ethic, sports leadership & ambassadorship.

Lauder Memorial Prize – Lucas Jackson for his services to the school in the role of Head Boy.

Elizabeth Matthew Memorial Prize – Christie Wilson for his services to the school in the role of Head Girl.

Dux of the School – Jack Wright





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!!