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:

S1
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
S2
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
S3
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
S4
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

XpoNorth

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.

XpoNorth

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.

S2 Army STEM Ambassadors

S2 pupils worked with STEM Ambassadors from the British Army on a day of STEM based problem solving & digital skills activities.

S2 Robot Building & Programming with Army

In the first session, they thought about the equipment difficulties faced by the forces abroad. They worked in teams to come up with innovative, creative solutions to safety equipment which would withstand the heat and heavy use.

In the afternoon, they worked to build & program a robot which could navigate a path. This was tricky as every small change had implications for the rest of the route!

S2 Robot Building & Programming with Army

There are more pictures from the event on Flickr.

Ross Sutherland Rugby

S1 and S2 are having two sessions each of Rugby with a Ross Sutherland Rugby coach with a view to encouraging players over to their club in Invergordon.  Active Schools have more details.  Here are some action shots of the first session with S1.

 

Ross Sutherland Rugby

S1 girls first rugby session

 

S1B SMART visit Shieldaig Lodge

What we did

What we did for SMART was we went to the falconry to see and find out other stuff about the different kinds of birds and the baby owl. (Alana)

What we learned

We learned about different types of Eagles and saw a baby owl. We learned some of the Lodges history and that the lodge was pretty much a hospital for the injured of the plane crash near there years ago and that they have one of the biggest wine/whisky/gin collections and that it would cost you £1,000 to have a sip of their best gin/whisky. Overall we learned a lot about Shieldaig lodge and the eagles and it was really fun and i hope other people for SMART can go there and we can go there again. We learned that Hannah (S4) worked there helping cleaning up the rooms and being a server for food and dining. (James)

S1B visit Shieldaig Lodge

Hannah (S4) explains her roles at Shieldaig Lodge Hotel

How it links to the John Muir Award

While we were at the falconry we DISCOVERED all sorts of things about different birds and at the falconry they were CONSERVING certain types of birds and by putting on social media we are SHARING what happened. (Hannah)