Awards Summer 2018

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!

S3 First Aid

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.

Rotary Club Photography Competition

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.

Scottish Indoor Rowing

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!

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!

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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Highland Small Schools’ Football

Our S4-6 Boys’ and our S2/3 Boys’ teams travelled to Drumnadrochit on Thursday 22nd March for the finals, having qualified earlier in the session.

Highland Small Schools' Football 2018 The senior team lost 2-1 in their semi-final (Hector MacLennan was the scorer) and 1-0 in the third place play-off. Both games were close and the boys should be proud of their play.

Highland Small Schools' Football 2018

The younger team won their semi-final 2-1 (with two goals from Corey MacLennan) and narrowly lost the final 1-0 to Dornoch. They are pictured with their runner-up medals.

Thanks to Ann Fraser for driving the mini-bus and supporting the team and to Mr Cumming for organising the event.

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

New Mountain Bikes

The school had 8 new mountain bikes delivered on December 18th. These bikes will be used by  S1 pupils in cycling safety and in preparation for their Cairngorm trip in May, up to S5/S6 Outdoor Education pupils doing cycling maintenance and cycling activities.
Thanks to Mark at Orangefox Bikes in Muir of Ord.

New Mountain Bikes

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Gairloch High FilmG entries

Our pupils have entered four films into this year’s competition. A lot of work has gone into creating them – please have a look if you have time (and VOTE). The shortlist for the various prizes will be announced on the 8th of January.
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Far-Chluais http://filmg.co.uk/en/films/1637/

Gairloch High School’s main film this year. The first viewing will leave a lot of questions but the second should answer them.
It would be awful to hear that you were no longer wanted … but to hear that your loved-ones no longer want you around …
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Sgaradh Tuinn nan Linntean http://filmg.co.uk/gd/films/1614/

Eòin‘s trip by kayak to Isle Maree.
Even though it is small, there aren’t many places as important or as precious in the culture of the Gael. I myself had heard a lot about it, but the divide between legend and truth wasn’t at all clear. Furthermore, there was a long and dangerous journey ahead if I was to follow the heroes of our past.

A journey through the waves of time… 
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Slighe Cost a Tuath 500S http://filmg.co.uk/en/films/1647/

Anna, Ruaraidh and Summer investigate the NC500.
The North Coast 500 has proved very successful but is it beneficial or damaging to our local area?
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An Saor Latha http://filmg.co.uk/gd/films/1730/

Ruaraidh’s animation – the third episode in the series.
After “Falach Fead,” and “An Aisling,” Seorais and Dolaidh get invited on holiday to their cousin’s house abroad, but an intruder in the house surprises them before they can leave!

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