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 

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.

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