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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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

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

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

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

Sports Programme & Ambassadors

Our new sports program for lunchtimes & after school has now been launched – more details on the sport opportunities page. We’ve introduced a new basketball session on Wednesday Lunchtimes (run by Brain Whall) and our sports leaders are delivering new sessions to primary children on Fridays after school.


Sports Leaders working with primary schools

Thank you to all our applicants for the roles of Young Ambassador. It was a very difficult decision this year as we had a lot of applicants. The shortlist was created and the current Young Ambassadors made the final decision. Congratulations to Cameron Walton and Lucy Hildrey who will join the team of Young Ambassadors for 2017/18. We look forward to what you bring to sport in Gairloch.

Sports Day


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:

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
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
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
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