What’s on at Gairloch High School?

Whats On Autumn 2019

We have a wide range of activities and sport running throughout the week. Here’s the details of what’s on this term – from meditation to drumming; from rowing to latin dance!

And this is just what goes on in school! The leisure centre, swimming pool and many other community groups run and have pupils involved! See the Opportunities section of the website for more details.

Prize Giving 2019

Individual Trophies & Prizes 2019

 Prize Giving 2019

Dux of School                                            Amy Gudgeon

Elizabeth Matthew Memorial Trophy         Scarlet Pickering

Lauder Memorial Trophy                           Arlene Morrison

Harry Valentine Memorial Trophy for Citizenship             Kai Pickering

Neil Wilkie Memorial Trophy for Service to the School                    Arlene Morrison

Junior School Trophy for Service & Achievement               Katie Rae 

John MacGillivray Gaelic Trophy              Amy Gudgeon

Albert Roux Languages Cup                      Emma MacDonald

June Davis Miller Award for Art                Amy Gudgeon

Sir John Horlick Bursary Award                Amy Tattersall

MacKenzie Targe for Creative Writing      Amy Tattersall

Sheona MacDonald Memorial Quaich       Elizabeth Mclachlan

Doctor Hunter Cup for Piping                    Jaxon Cairney

Lauder prize for Music                               Amy Gudgeon

MacLean Trophy for Library Endeavour   Asha Wright

Science Achievement Trophy                     Amy Nieto

Social Subjects Achievement Trophy         Lexanne Stewart

Technology Achievement Trophy              Kai Pickering

Maths Achievement Trophy                       Catherine MacRae

Drama Service Trophy                               Kienàn Hewitson

Cross-country medals                   (junior)  Isabel MacDonald

Anndra Cumming

(senior)  Nadia Fenton

Eòin Cumming

Junior Boys Athletics Champion                Daniel Tippett

Junior Girls Athletics Champion                 Laura Nieto

Intermediate Boys Athletics Champion      Ezekiel Balanquit

Intermediate Girls Athletics Champion       Ashley Quinn

Senior Boys Athletics Champion (& Martin Blackley Memorial Cup)             Ryan Watson

Senior Girls Athletics Champion                Nadia Fenton

Spòrs Gàidhlig

Spòrs Gàidhlig
ann an Àrd-sgoil Gheàrrloch / in Gairloch High School
17mh – 19mh An t-Ògmhìos / June

Thàinig Spòrs Gàidhlig thugainn airson trì latha agus abair gun do chùm iad luchd-ionnsachaidh agus fileantaich na sgoile trang! ’S e amas a’ phròiseact seo gum biodh spòrs aig an òigridh anns an sgìre aca fhèin agus tron Ghàidhlig.

Spòrs Gàidhlig came to the school for three days and both learners and fluent speakers were kept very busy for three days! The aim of this project was that the pupils would enjoy outdoor learning in their own area and through Gaelic.

Bha mòran chur-seachadan ann a leithid coiseachd-monaidh, comas-coille, claiseachd, bòrd-seasamh, meanbh-chuairt, sreap agus am mapa as motha de dh’Alba.

Activities included hill-walking, bush-craft, gorge-walking, paddle-boarding, a walking and camping adventure, climbing and mapland (the largest jigsaw map of Scotland).

Seo mar a chòrd an gnothach ris na sgoilearan fhèin:

The pupils themselves report on the event:

Spors Gaidhlig

Iona: Rinn mi bòrd-seasamh feasgar Diluain. Bha mi ag ionnsachadh tòrr diofar rudan mar innleachdan airson am bàta a thionndadh. Fraser: The gorge walking was very good – it was my favourite activity.

Spòrs Gàidhlig

Sarah: Dimàirt rinn mi an comas-coille. A’ chiad rud a rinn sinn ‘s e a’ dèanamh ‘dens’. Rinn sin an ‘den’ againn a-mach à còinneach, geugan agus rùsgan.

Ally Wiseman: I enjoyed Bòrd-seasamh and Comas-coille and even though the paddle boarding was tough, I still found it really fun. In bush craft it was challenging to build dens to fit a person inside with just the resources around you.

Spors Gaidhlig

Katie Downie: Bu toil leam an bòrd-seasamh oir ‘s e an rud as fhasa a bha ann dhomh oir bha mi air a dhèanamh mar tha.

Alastair Ritchie: The Spòrs Gàidhlig team are very friendly and knowledgeable and were always ready to answer any questions. I used some Gàidhlig through the event by saying tapadh leibh; ‘S e Alastair an t-ainm a th’ orm and chan eil fios agam when I didn’t know what they were saying.

Spors Gaidhlig

Daniel: Diciadain rinn sinn uile am mapa as motha de Alba. Rinn a h-uile duine uabhasach math airson faighinn an mapa deiseil oir bha tòrr phìosan ann.

Alistair MacDonald: For the Bòrd-seasamh (Paddle boarding) we went to Loch Bad na Sgalaig. The water in the loch wasn’t that cold because we were in wetsuits. The thing that was most challenging was staying on my board and not falling in – I was not successful!

Spors Gaidhlig

Anndra: Chòrd an claiseachd rium ged a bha an t-sìde gu math fliuch is fuar. Chòrd am bòrd-seasamh rium gu mòr ged a thuit mi a-steach seachd tursan, agus a-nis tha mi ag iarraidh fear a cheannach!

Ellie: The Spòrs Gàidhlig team were good at showing us what to do and explaining things.

Alastair Cameron: I did bush craft at Flowerdale. The best things were the banter and getting carried about in a stretcher.

Spors Gaidhlig

Uilleam MacLeòid: Rinn mi Bòrd-seasamh ann an Loch Bad na Sgalaig. Aig an toiseach bha feum againn a bhith air ar glùinean. Air an rathad air ais dhan tràigh bha sinn a’ seasamh aig taobhan a’ bhùird is bha sinn a tuiteam is a’ leum a steach.

Eloise: I found gorge walking the most fun and I found learning to paddle board difficult. The Spòrs Gàidhlig team were friendly and patient. I would really like to do something like this again.

Spors Gaidhlig

Iseabail: Madainn Diluain bha sinn a’ dèanamh bòrd seasamh ann an Loch Bad na Sgalaig. Bha e fuar agus fliuch ach bha e sgoinneil. Feasgar Dimàirt bha mi air Meanbh-Chuairt faisg air Mealbhaig. Bha mi a’ cadal ann an teanta le Shonagh agus Eilidh. Bha e glè ghaothach.

Farran: The best part was the gorge walking, especially the rock slides. Walking back from camping was definitely the most challenging!

Spors Gaidhlig

Calum: Bha a’ mheanbh-chuairt a’ còrdadh rium mòran, bha sinn a’ coiseachd gu an làrach campachaidh. Bha mo chasan fliuch agus beagan fuar ach bha e fìor mhath.

Shonagh: Bha an coiseachd furasta gu leor oir bha mi a’ bruidhinn ri mo charaidean. Bha feum againn a dhol sìos cnoc caran cas agus an uair sin fhuair sinn gu Bothan Iomhair. Lorg sinn àite airson teanta a chur suas. Nuair a bha sinn deiseil chaidh sinn dhan tràigh (Camus Mòr) airson dinnear a ghabhail. Bha co-fharpais againn – cò a b’ urrainn an caisteal as fheàrr a mach à gainmheach a thogail. Bhuannaich a’ bhuidheann agamsa – rinn sin stadium ball-coise Inbhir-Nis. Thill sinn dha na teantaichean agus chaidil sinn.

Spors Gaidhlig

Roban: The gorge walking was at Eas Bhictoria. The best part of it was jumping in the water in the gorge for pretty much the whole time. The Spòrs Gàidhlig team were very helpful and were good at teaching us.

Fionnlagh: Air madainn Dimàirt, bha mi air Meanbh-Chuairt, faisg air Rubha Rèidh. Bha e doirbh ach fìor math. Ghabh mi trì uairean de chadal. Obh obh!

Spors Gaidhlig

Laura: The instructors were all very kind, helpful and explained all activities well. Since we’re still Gaelic learners we weren’t able to speak Gaelic the whole time but our instructors tried to use as much as possible with us, also teaching new words.

Helen: Feasgar Diluain bha mi a’ dèanamh claiseachd aig Eas Bhictoria. Bha sinn a’ leum anns an uisge. Bha e fuar. Air feasgar Dimàirt gu madainn Diciadain bha mi a’ deanamh meanbh-chuairt faisg air Mealbhaig agus bha an tràigh brèagha.

Spors Gaidhlig

Amber: Diluain, chaidh mise agus daoine eile leis an sgioba Spòrs Gàidhlig gu Eas Bhictoria airson claiseachd. Bha sinn a’ coiseachd tro uisge ‘s clachan airson greiseag agus an uair sin bha sinn aig pìos àrd. Rinn cuid abseil sìos agus a-steach dhan uisge. Bha e fliuch ‘s sleamhainn, ach bha e fhathast gu math spòrsail.

William MacNeill: The mìrean-measgaichte (jigsaw puzzle) was great as I love jigsaws and I feel like I helped a lot. It was challenging to do the gorge walk and the abseil was tricky but a load of fun.

Spòrs Gàidhlig

Hannah McLachlann: Diluain, chaidh mi dhan Eas Bhictoria airson claiseachd. Bha an t-eagal orm ach bha e sgoinneil. Bha mi a’ bruidhinn beagan Gàidhlig oir chan eil mi fileanta ach bha mo charaidean cuideachail ach bha mi ag ionnsachadh barrachd Gàidhlig.

Summer: Bha a h-uile rud doirbh agus dùbhlanach ach bha an luchd-cuideachaidh cho taiceil. Bha e eagalach nuair bha sinn a’ dèanamh an Sreap agus an Claiseachd oir cha toigh leam àirdean ach bha mi fhathast ga dhèanamh. Ma tha rudeigin mar seo a’ tighinn suas bidh mi ga dhèanamh a-rithist!

Spors Gaidhlig

Sammy: The best thing in my opinion was the paddle boarding and the most challenging was the bush craft with having to deal with the midgies.

Eòin: Ghabh mise pairt ann an coiseachd nam beann faisg air Beinn Eighe. Cha robh an t-sìde ro mhath ach chòrd e rium glè mhath co-dhiù. Bha sgioba Spòrs Gaidhlig gu math càirdeil, gu math furasta bruidhinn riutha, agus le deagh eòlas air na bha iad a’ dèanamh. Chleachd sinn Gaidhlig fad na tìde tro gach gnìomh.

Ruaraidh: Dimàirt, thòisich sinn a’ coiseachd suas Meall a’ Ghiùbhais. Stad sinn aig àrd-chlàr dìreach ron t-slighe mu dheireadh a’ dol chun a’ mhullaich air sgàth ’s gun robh e gu math fluich is nach robh a h-uile duine a’ smaointinn gum b’ urrainn dhaibh a dhèanamh. Bha an t-slighe sìos gu math cas, is bha tòrr chlachan ann. Bha seo gu math doirbh leis an uisge a’ tighinn sìos, air sgàth ’s gun robh na clachan gu math sleamhainn.

Sports Day 2019

Our annual Sports Day took place on 11th June, with pupils from all years competing for personal bests, house points and sports championships.

Tollaidh house won overall, with Maree in second and Kerry in third. 

Individual Sports Champions as follows:

Junior (S1) Boys – Dan Tippett (Maree) with runner up Alistair MacDonald (Kerry)

Sports Day 2019

Junior (S1) Girls – Laura Nieto (Tollaidh) with runner up Alisha Cameron (Tollaidh)

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Intermediate (S2-3) Boys – Zeke Balanquit (Tollaidh) with runner up Corey MacLennan (Maree)

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Intermediate (S2-3) Girls – Ashley Quinn (Tollaidh) with runner up Kirsty MacDonald (Kerry)

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Senior (S4-5) Boys – Ryan Watson (Tollaidh) with runner up Cameron Walton (Kerry)

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Senior (S4-5) Girls – Nadia Fenton (Tollaidh) with runner up Asha Wright (Tollaidh)

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Easter Achiements 2019

We were able to celebrate a number of pupil curricular and extra-curricular achievements at our Easter Assembly.

Our maths stars 🌟 took part in the S3/4 UK Maths Challenge, and a number of them were awarded Bronze Certificates. Well done to Eoin, Maisie, Anna and Grant! Bronze & Best in Year certificates went to Oliver Adam. Ruaridh Alexander took home both the Best in Year and Best in School. Finally, a big well done to William MacNeill who – despite being in S1 – took home a Bronze Certificate competing with S3/4s from across the country.
Easter Assembly Certificates 2019

Easter Assembly Certificates 2019

The school has been taking part in the Scottish Rowing Online League for a number of years and our pupils have – yet again – been really successful! From S1-6 pupils took home certificates celebrating their achievements, personal bests and endurance. Well done!

Easter Assembly Certificates 2019

Shonagh and Izzy (S2) competed in the Lochaber Piping Society drumming competition last weekend in Fort William, and took home 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the Novice Drumming 18 & Under category. It was their first competition and great to see them rewarded for the hard work they put in at school drumming lessons with School Music Tutor Deej. We’re looking forward to seeing more of their successes in the future.

Easter Assembly 2019

Cross Country 2019

Classes have been working on cross country during PE for the last block and we finished off with some in-school competitions. All of S1 and some keen S2 pupils competed in the cross country event this week:

S1&2 Winners Boys – Anndra Cumming (S1) Girls winner – Izzy Macdonald (S2)

Cross Country

A couple of weeks ago S3-6 pupils competed against each other and the results were:

S3-6 Girls winner – Nadia Fenton (S5) Boys winner – Eoin Cumming.

Cross Country

A report will follow in the next newsletter.

SMART create a Pocket Orchard

Our first trees were added to the Gairloch High edition of the Wester Ross Pocket Orchards project by the S1B SMART class this morning, who did an fantastic job despite the rain, wind and cold! We planted eight trees including pear, apple, plum and cherry. A great legacy for them to leave the school and hopefully for everyone to benefit from in the future!

Pocket Orchards

Pocket Orchards
First crop of fruit should be in 2020, with both the school and community able to benefit. A huge thank you to John from the project for his expertise and providing trees.

Pocket Orchards

More photos on Flickr!