Chromebook Information

In partnership with The Highland Council, Gairloch High School will provide every pupil in S1-S6 with a Chromebook and a range of digital learning tools and resources to assist and enhance their learning at school and at home. The much awaited delivery of Chromebooks is due this week and we hope to get them out to pupils ASAP.

We have prepared this short presentation for parents and pupils which outlines why we’re excited to use them, answers some common practicality FAQs andhighlights how both pupils & parents can join with the school in ensuring that pupils use the internet for good. There are also links to a few other websites & documents which you may want to refer to.

Chromebook Agreements have gone home with pupils today. These should be read together with your child and the signed slip returned to school. It may be useful to keep the agreement at home and refer to it if the need arises.If parents/carers have any questions, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll try to get them answered.

 

Former Pupils – Gaelic

As a school we are keen to celebrate the successes of former pupils and promote biligualism. The Gaelic department has been in touch with a number of former pupils who have either benefited from Gaelic Medium Education or became fluent through Gaelic Learners classes in the High School. It is a pleasure to read about the paths their lives have taken since leaving school.

Read each former pupil’s story on the dedicated section of the website. We’re hoping to add more and would love to hear from other former pupils. It’s amazing where the path from Gairloch High School can lead!

S2 Bridge Building

S2 pupils had an inter house bridge building competition. This event provides an opportunity for pupils to gain an insight into practical engineering and construction. There are lots of pictures on Flickr.

S2 Bridge Building

The challenge is to design and build a wooden bridge to span 1000mm which will carry the maximum load for minimum cost.

S2 Bridge Building

There were 3 prizes, the best bridge design, best team work and the most cost effective solution. Maree were the winners in all 3 categories, well done!

S2 Bridge Building

Thanks to Angela Rae our STEM ambassador for helping out on the day.

Architecture Work Placement

S5 pupil Kai Pickering recently undertook a work placement at 360 Architecture.

Architecture Work Placement

On week beginning 9th April, I completed a work placement at an architectural firm called 360 Architecture, at one of their offices in Inverness.   This opportunity gave me an insight into how a busy and vibrant architectural practice operated and also if this is something I would like to pursue as a future career.

I was given a fictional brief to work on throughout my week to work through and complete in the way they would normally do it.  I found it to be quite fun and exciting. They showed me what was required when dealing with a client wanting a residential building designed specifically for their needs. I was asked to research different styles of specifications, creating a few ideas, developing a design and eventually modelling it and putting in materials then rendering the model. Throughout this placement I was being assisted by Ayoola, who had recently just graduated from university.

If anyone is interested in Architecture I would highly recommend looking for a work placement as it gives a very good idea of what it is like to be working. I would also recommend 360 Architecture as an option for this as all the staff are very kind and helpful.

We need TWO school leaders!

 Our pupils know what makes our school a good place to be – and they also know what they look for in a school leader. We need TWO school leaders and are currently advertising for both a Headteacher and Depute Headteacher. 

Our school is small, built on excellent relationships, takes many opportunities, has hard working staff & pupils and is in an incredible part of the Scottish Highlands.

Please share our video so we can reach the best candidates and bring them to our school. We have pupils, staff and a local community waiting to welcome you!

For more information about Gairloch High School: www.gairlochhigh.org.uk

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S1 Modern Studies

The ‘ £1000,000 question ‘ display – S1 Modern Studies

In Modern Studies, pupils  in S1 have been learning how local councils work and how they help to support local people. Pupils were given an imaginary £1000,000 of tax money and their challenge was to propose a sustainable project that would improve the lives of the people in their local community and was also environmentally friendly.

S1 Modern Studies

Our pupils proved to be very inventive, they also did a great job to present their proposals.  Finn Simpson’s idea to improve Tournaig was voted by the class as the best project, while Shonagh MacKenzie’s and Ashley Quinn’s projects in Gairloch and the overside were runners-up.

A lovely exhibition of all the great project-ideas is now on at Gairloch library and you are welcome to visit  and see them in detail.

Highland Rowing Festival

Over the last few months Gairloch has been competing in the Highland Indoor Rowing League.  We have been doing very well at this with nearly every year group competing.  The final round of the league was the Highland festival today (22nd March) for which we took 23 pupils.

Highland Rowing Festival 2018

Great results all round:
  • S1 Girls – Katie Mackenzie 1st/Ashley Quinn 2nd=/Amber Crawford 9th/Helen Urquhart 10th/Shonagh Mackenzie & Izzy MacDonald 11th=.
  • S1 Boys – Lewis Hildrey 1st/Ruaridh Beaton 2nd/Calum Mackenzie 3rd/Julian Davies 4th/Jay Abdelrhman 5th.
  • S2 Girls – Ellie Watson & Kirsty MacDonald 1st=.
  • S3 Girls – Abi Crawford 1st/Lucy Hildrey 3rd/Maisie Baptist 4th/Charlotte Brady 6th/Kyrene Tallach 7th.
  • S3 Boys – Kienan Hewitson 1st/Adam Lloyd 2nd.
  • S5 Girls – Amber Drummond 1st/Arlene Morrison 3rd/Morven Maclean 4th
  • S1-3 Relays S1-3 mixed Relay – 1st Abi Crawford/Lucy Hildrey/Maisie Baptist & Kienan Hewitson (all S3). 2nd Ashley Quinn/Ruaridh Beaton/Lewis Hildrey & Katie Mackenzie (All S1).
  • 3rd Adam Lloyd/Charlotte Brady/Kyrene Tallach (S3) & Ellie Watson (S2). Clean sweep for Gairloch!
  • S4-6 mixed Relay – 2nd Amber Drummond/ Arlene Morrison/ Morven Maclean(S5) & Adam Lloyd (S3!)

Highland Rowing Festival 2018

Gairloch High School Cross Country 2018

Pupils have been working on their cross country fitness, resilience and determination in PE.  On Wednesday 7th March we had our schools cross country competition.  It was perfect running conditions as most of our cross country season has been this year.  A small group of pupils ventured out for the run, including all S1, S3 long PE and many other willing runners.  Thanks to the senior pupils who helped marshal and assist on the day.

The results were:

S1-3 Girls
  • Winner joint 1st = Maisie Baptist (S3) and Kirsty MacDonald (S2)
  • 2nd – Helen Urquhart (S1)
  • 3rd – Izzy MacDonald (S1)
S1-3 Boys
  • Winner 1st – Corey Maclennan (S2)
  • 2nd – Sam Frost (S2)
  • 3rd – Luke Elder (S2)
S4-6 Boys winner joint 1st = Callum MacDonald (S4) Joel Goldby (S4)
No S4-6 girls running this year.

School Cross Country

Well done to all our winners and to everyone that took part!

Wester Ross Fisheries Trust Phone Presentation

Mr Peter Jaroz of the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust  came to Gairloch High School in December; to present three S6 pupils, Roddy Macrae, Jack Wright and Sean Quinn, with OnePlus5 Smartphones (worth approximately £500 each) as a reward for working in their own time to develop an App for the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust.

The app is designed to collect data about fish catches and invasive species as well as give the user up to date information about where to go fishing in Wester Ross. They put a lot of time and effort into the project and have forged links with SWRFT and UHI  as a result of their efforts. This has given them an insight into the world of work and app development. The programme is ongoing and may be an opportunity to work with other GHS pupils in the future.

SWRFT Phone Presentation
We would like to say a huge “thank you” to the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust for giving us such a fantastic opportunity to work on an app that will be used by so many people.

Receiving the new phones will be a great chance for us all to progress with our careers as we can keep better communication with peers and other members of the work force. This job has given us an incredible amount of experience in working in the real world, having to meet deadlines and to work through all the problems that may have arisen along the way. These new and more developed transferrable skills will help all of us in our future careers and are rare in the work environment.

We would all hope to see future collaborations between Gairloch High School and Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust so more people will be able to benefit from it in the same way we have.

We would like to thank Kevin Ginty for providing experience and knowledge in areas where we previously had none.

We would also like to thank Peter Jarosz and Dr Close for bringing the project to us and allowing us to take it on.

We really appreciate having this unique opportunity given to us.

Thank you once again,

Roddy MacRae, Jack Wright and Sean Quinn 

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