Modern Studies Parliament Visit

The National 4/5 Modern Studies pupils visited the Scottish Parliament recently. They had the privilege to attend First Ministers Question Time in the debating chamber, contribute to an enquiry of the Justice Committee and engage with some of our local MSP’s, Gail Ross, Edward Mountain and Maree Todd.

Modern Studies visit Parliament

As always, the trip was much enjoyed and worthwhile and our thanks go out to the wonderful staff at Holyrood who always go out of their way to make our Parliament visits  so memorable.

Modern Studies visit Parliament


Senior Art Exhibition & Calendars

‘Thanks to all who came to the Senior School Exhibition on Thursday evening. Your support is very much appreciated. We had a great turnout and sold a record 34 calendars!

Senior Art Exhibition 2017 Senior Art Exhibition 2017

There are lots of photos from the event, taken by Evander Duncan (S6) on Flickr.

Senior Art Exhibition 2017

There is a comment book alongside the exhibition which will be in the Library for the next couple of weeks if you’d like to add something. We’d appreciate your feedback!

Senior Art Exhibition 2017

Senior Music pupils provided the entertainment

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships

12 rowers from a mixed age group, travelled to Glasgow to the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships.  There were over 400 pupils from all over Scotland but only us and 1 pupil from Ullapool from the Highlands!

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing 2017

They were tasked with trying to beat their personal bests and to do their best –  and they did!  We were very proud of every one of them, they took it seriously, behaved impeccably and showed lots of spirit, not giving up when it was tough…it came close a few times.

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing 2017

Maisie Baptist (S3) writes:

As soon as we rowers entered the sports centre the competition was in, we already knew the bar was set high.  Everyone was nervous for their individual competitions bus as soon as we began our timed rows our mind was set on each stroke and every meter we could squeeze in.  All of us were very supportive of each other-so much we’d practically lost our voices by the end of the day!

By the time it was our team rows, everyone still had all their energy and was either yelling, edging us on or actually taking part in the competitive 1000m team row.  The atmosphere during team rows was fantastic!

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing 2017

I think I can speak on behalf of everyone saying our months of hard work paid off.  An experience none of us will ever forget!  Thank you to Mrs Hildrey and Fiona for all the support, driving us down and of course for even putting up with all the hassle over the Bluetooth and the music!

Results were:
S1 girls out of 32 competitors Katie Mackenzie 8th & Ashley Quinn 10th.
S1 boys out of 38 competitors Ruaridh Beaton 8th & Lewis Hildrey 16th.
S2 girls out of 29 competitors Ellie Watson 7th & Meghan Dillon 27th.
S3 girls out of 32 competitors Abi Crawford 16th, Lucy Hildrey 18th & Maisie Baptist 20th.
S5 girls out of 19 competitors Amber Drummond 9th, Morven Maclean 13th & Arlene Morrison 17th.
S1 mixed team out of 16 teams came 5th.
S3 girls team (with Ellie from S2) out of 6 teams, came 2nd.
Lots more photos from the event can be seen on Flickr.
Now onto the next event, inter house Rowing in December.

School Calendar

The school calendar is now available! It features artwork from all year groups from S1-S6 and is £6. The calendar has also been supported by many local businesses. It’s available to buy at the school office, library, Cornerstone, Farm and Garden Store and Poolewe Village Store and other local outlets around Gairloch area. All profits made go towards school funds.

Calendar spreads jumble

They will also be on sale at the Senior School Exhibition opening this evening to which all are welcome – from 5.30pm in school library.

An Deasbad Ghàidhlig Nàiseanta / The National Gaelic Debate

Ghabh an Deasbad àite ann an e-sgoil Steòrnabhaigh air an t-seachdamh is an ochdamh latha den t-Samhain. Dh’fhàg sinn Geàrrloch tràth madainn Dimàirt is chaidh sinn air a’ bhàt’-aiseig tarsainn an Cuan Sgìth gu Leòdhas. Ro-làimh bha sinn air a’ chiad is beagan den dàra deasbad ullachadh eadar an sgoil is an taigh.
The Debate took place in Stornoway’s e-school on the seventh and eighth of November. We left Gairloch early Tuesday morning and took the ferry to Lewis. We had prepared the first and part of the second debate beforehand, between school and home.

Ghabh sia sgoiltean deug pàirt. Dheigheadh ceithir sgoiltean troimhe dhan iar-chuairt dheireannach ann an Dùn Eideann. Dh’fhuirich sinn aig Taigh-Òsta Chaladh airson dà oidhche agus ghabh sinn ar biadh an sin cuideachd.
Sixteen schools took part in the debate but only the top four would go through to the semi-finals in Edinburgh. We stayed and ate in the Cala Inn for two nights.

Cameron and Eoin took part in the Gaelic Debate in Stornaway.

Dimàirt bha sinn an aghaidh Sgoil Drochaid na h-Easbaig agus b’ e am moladh gum “bu chòir reifreannan a bhith air an casg gu tur.” Bha sinne an aghaidh a’ mholaidh. Diciadain bha sinn an aghaidh Sgoil Lìonacleit à Uibhist. B’ e am moladh “gu bheil sinn fhathast a’ cur cus luach air ceum oilthigh.” Bha sinn airson a’ mholaidh.
On Tuesday we were against Bishopbriggs High School and the motion was, “A permanent ban should be placed on referendums.” We were against the motion. On Wednesday we were against Sgoil Lionacleit from Uist and the motion was, “We still put too much value on a university degree.” We were for the motion.

As deidh do gach deasbad a bhith air an crìochnachadh, fhuair sinn na puingean againn air ais. ‘S e na sgiobanan a chaidh troimhe Àrd Sgoil Loch-abar, Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, Sgoil MhicNeacail agus sinn fhèin. Bha sinn uile air seachd puingean deug fhaighinn eadar gach deasbad. Chaidh sinn troimhe agus leis a sin bidh sinn a’ siubhal sios gu Dun Eideann ann an trì seachdainean.
Once both our debates were over, we received our points. The schools that went through were Lochaber High School, Glasgow Gaelic School, The Nicholson Institute and ourselves. We had all got seventeen points between the two debates. As we went through, we will travel down to Edinburgh in three weeks.

Fhad ’s a bha sinn ri deasbad, fhuair sinn barrachd misneachd agus thog sinn sgilean bruidhinn agus dh’fhàs sinn na b’ fheàrr air smaoineachadh fhad ’s a bha sinn fo uallach.
Whilst debating, we gained confidence, developed speaking skills and improved our ‘on the spot’ thinking.

Cameron MacIll-Fhinein/MacLennan & Eòin Cuimeanach/Cumming

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