Twenty five pupils travelled to compete in the festival against other Highland schools. Many medals came home with us along with personal bests for individuals but mainly everyone enjoyed the experience. We had competed in the online league as well throughout the year and were presented with a top school prize for that too – Well done everyone!
Our GHS Newsletter March 2019 is available on our school website. It has some dates for your diary, an update on school activities (including our upcoming S1 Bring and Buy Sale) and a farewell to Chemistry Teacher Dr Caley.
Please find below a copy of the newsletter sent to parents/carers today. It includes a one-year on update, information about school activities and dates for your diary.
We are also inviting parents/carers to fill in a short survey which will help us to continue to work with parents, staff and students to ensure that the students are receiving the best possible provision in Gairloch High.
S5/S6 Higher Human Biology pupils were using yeast embedded in Alginate beads to test whether metal’s could inhibit an enzyme called Catalase which is found in all living cells.
The Catalase containing beads were soaked in the metals for 10 minutes and then placed in Hydrogen peroxide solution and the time taken for the beads to rise up the top of the tube measured.
Slower times mean more inhibition of Catalase.
Hydrogen peroxide is broken down to water and oxygen by Catalase and the oxygen makes bubbles in the beads which makes them float.
Ghabh Cameron MacIll-Fhinnein agus Eòin Cuimeanach pàirt ann an Deasbad Nàiseanta nan Sgoiltean anns an t-Samhainn. Bha iad am measg nan ceithir sgiobannan a b’ fheàrr a ghabh pàirt ann an Steòrnabhagh aig toiseach na mìos (a’ dèanamh a’ ghnothaich air Sgoil Bhàgh a’ Chaisteil (Barraigh) agus Àrd-sgoil Phort Rìgh). Leis a sin, fhuair iad troimhe dha na h-iar-chuairtean ann an Dùn Èideann aig deireadh na mìos. Ged a rinn Sgoil MhicNeacail a’ chùis orra aig an ìre sin, bha e na thlachd faicinn mar a bha na sgilean-conaltraidh agus am misneachd air fàs tron cho-fharpais.
Cameron MacLennan and Eòin Cumming took part in the National Schools’ Debate in November. They were amongst the four best teams who took part in Stornoway (beating Castlebay (Barra) and Portree High) at the start of the month As a result, they made it through to the semi-finals in Edinburgh at the end of the month. Although The Nicolson Institute defeated them, it was a pleasure to see how their communication skills and their confidence had developed during the competition.
You can see a livestream of some of the debates on the Deasbad Facebook page.
Please find below a copy of the newsletter sent to parents/carers at the start of November. It includes an update from our Headteacher, advice on adverse weather, employment of children and news from the school.
A host of awards and certificates have been presented in the last week, celebrating achievements across first aid, photography and indoor rowing. A special well done to those who received all three!
Every pupil in S3 received their First Aid certificate, having undertaken a first aid course earlier in the year. We hope they never have to use their skills – but they are prepared in case they do! This is also an excellent award to have for work and volunteering opportunities in the local community.
The Rotary Club in Dingwall hold an annual photography competition. This year the entry from Gairloch High School was so good they had to have an extra room for judging! Well done to all those who took part and particularly those who received highly commended or winning entries.
Finally, we had another very successful year in the Scottish Indoor Rowing league with pupils from S1-S6 taking part. Lots of bronze, silver and gold certificates were awarded by Scottish Rowing for the pupils who reached these high standards. Well done!
We’ve LOVED welcoming more pupils (and families) to our school community this week as our P7s from across the ASG have been in the High School for their induction days.
They’ve been able to follow their new timetable, have met staff, learned how the place works and had fun getting to know each other!
Sports Day saw all our pupils coming together to compete with themselves, each other and the rain across a range of athletic disciplines.
Each pupil belongs to a house – Maree, Tollaidh or Kerry. Our house events throughout the year, including Sports Day, allow pupils to earn points for their house and they have a great sense of house pride! The facepaints were out in force and prospective house leaders ran warm ups at the start of the day.
Competitions included high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin and a variety of short- and long-distance events including a relay. There are lots of pictures of the competitions on Flickr.
Overall winners were Kerry, with Maree in second position and Tollaidh in third.
Junior Girls Champion – Ashley Quinn, Runner up – Amber Crawford
Junior Boys Champion – Calum Mackenzie, Runner up – Ruaridh Beaton
Intermediate Girls Champion – Lucy Hildrey, Runners up – Joint Asha Wright and Mia Elder
Intermediate Boys Champion – Matthew Higgins-Macleod, Runner up – Ezekiel Balanquit
Senior Girls Champion – Emma MacDonald, Runners up – Amy Tattersal and Erin Thomson