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

Highland Rowing Festival 2019

Twenty five pupils travelled to compete in the festival against other Highland schools. Many medals came home with us along with personal bests for individuals but mainly everyone enjoyed the experience. We had competed in the online league as well throughout the year and were presented with a top school prize for that too – Well done everyone!

Highland Rowing Festival 2019

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!

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

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.

Highland Indoor Rowing Festival

​Whole squad​

Lots of silverware!

Gairloch have won all 3 rounds of the Highland Indoor Rowing League over the last few months.  Here are some pictures of them receiving their prizes today after Round 4 of the league.
​S1 Boys - Reggie 2nd​

S1 Boys – Reggie (2nd)


​S1 Girls Alana 2nd, Ellie 3rd​

S1 Girls – Alana (2nd) & Ellie (3rd)


​S2 Boys Eoin 1st, Kienan 2nd, Ryan 3rd​

S2 Boys – Clean Sweep! Eoin (1st), Kienan (2nd), Ryan (3rd)


​S2 Girls Abi 2nd, Lucy 3rd =​

S2 Girls – Abi (2nd), Lucy (3rd equal)


​S4 Girls Arlene 1st, Amber 3rd​

S4 Girls – Arlene (1st), Amber (3rd)


​S5 Boys Jack 1st​

S5 Boys – Jack (1st)

​S1-3 team 1st and 2nd​

S1-3 Teams – Gairloch 1st and 2nd


​S4-6 team 2nd​

S4-6 Teams Gairloch 2nd


​Highland League Small Schools - Gairloch winners Amber, Arlene and Morven receiving the trophy for our school.

We also won the Highland League Small Schools trophy.

Great individual performances, personal bests and team events!  You did yourselves proud!!

Inter-house Rowing

The annual inter-house rowing competition brings the whole school together competing and cheering on their houses – Tollaidh, Maree, and Kerry.

Teams from S1/2, S3/4 and S5/6 girls and boys took part in the relay events, competing over long distances and needing to perfect changeovers. Maree triumphed and have gained more house points towards the house cup, presented annually at prizegiving.

For more photos, click any of the photos to visit Flickr.

Indoor Rowing Championships 2016

Gairloch High School have been competing in the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing League again, we are waiting for details of the final standings and individual awards, more to follow on this in the next issue. The final round of the league was the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships in Glasgow on Friday 28th October 2016.
We travelled to Glasgow with 12 girls (3 teams).  After an evening in the youth hostel, we arrived early in the morning to let the girls soak it all in and get prepared. S1 raced first Ellie Watson, Stephanie Clayton, Meghan Dillon and Summer Robertson-Turner. Their individual races were very well rowed and they all finished with a personal best.  They were in a group of 32 and Steph finished 5th,  Ellie 6th, Meghan 10th and Summer 21st, they were very happy! Their team race was exciting too, overall they finished 4th in Scotland out of 14 teams and the only all girls S1 team.
S2, Abigail Crawford, Charlotte Brady, Mia Elder and Lucy Hildrey.  Their race was fast paced which helped Lucy achieve a personal best.  Lucy finished overall 6th in Scotland out of 33, Abi 10th, Charlotte 18th and Mia 19th. Great efforts! Their team event was very close where they managed to catch up with the leaders and finished overall 3rd S2 Girls team in Scotland out of 8 teams.
S4, Morven Maclean, Amber Drummond, Arlene Morrison and Scarlet Pickering.  Fantastic races with Gairloch giving the other girls a very hard race.  They all finished with a personal best from their group of 33. Scarlet finished 12th, Amber 13th, Arlene 14th and Morven 15th a very close race, even between themselves.  In the team event they really wanted to retain their title of champions for the 3rd year but equally every other team wanted to beat them!  They fought so hard and right at the end were beaten by Balfron and finished in second place overall.  Disappointing for the girls but they couldn’t have done more.
Overall a very worthwhile trip, the teams and individuals worked hard on the day, and all of them got off the machines having done their best.
Back row, Left to Right Arlene, Morven, Amber and Scarlet Pickering.  Middle row, Right to left Lucy, Mia , Abigail and Charlotte.  Front row Left to right Meghan, Ellie, Stephanie and Summer.
Arlene who is one of our Sports Ambassadors and in the S4 team wrote:

“Our 3rd year going to this competition and year we all got personal bests and our teams in the second in Scotland.  Great achievement from all, I really enjoyed it and hope to do it again.  I can admit that probably everybody was feeling a bit nervous including me, however we moved swiftly throughout the day and got great results and created the new school goal for S4 girls”

Amber S4 team wrote:
“I’m sure I don’t only speak for myself but for my team when I say the annual participation in the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing competition is as much anticipated with excitement as it is fear.  It’s something to train for and most importantly allows us to aim for the best result we can. Perhaps I do speak for myself when I say, my favourite part isn’t the ‘pre-nerves’ or the excitement-it’s the feeling of exhaustion after the final stroke or second, which can be described only as relief.  Although we were aware that the competition was harder this year, we had no doubt we would make ourselves proud.  It would have been excellent to continue the team title of 1st place, for the 3rd year in a row.  I wouldn’t have taken home the same experience that I brought back from finishing 2nd by 4 seconds.  That is, we cannot expect to succeed if we don’t put in the work.  I now strongly appreciate the room we have to achieve and learning from our experience, hopefully we can prove this theory.”
Training has already started for the next Rowing event – the Inter House competition in December.