Sports Day 2018

Sports Day saw all our pupils coming together to compete with themselves, each other and the rain across a range of athletic disciplines.

Sports Day 2018

Each pupil belongs to a house – Maree, Tollaidh or Kerry. Our house events throughout the year, including Sports Day, allow pupils to earn points for their house and they have a great sense of house pride! The facepaints were out in force and prospective house leaders ran warm ups at the start of the day.

Sports Day 2018

Competitions included high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin and a variety of short- and long-distance events including a relay. There are lots of pictures of the competitions on Flickr.

Overall winners were Kerry, with Maree in second position and Tollaidh in third.

Junior Girls Champion – Ashley Quinn, Runner up – Amber Crawford

Junior Boys Champion – Calum Mackenzie, Runner up – Ruaridh Beaton

Intermediate Girls Champion – Lucy Hildrey, Runners up – Joint Asha Wright and Mia Elder

Sports Day 2018

Lucy

Intermediate Boys Champion – Matthew Higgins-Macleod, Runner up – Ezekiel Balanquit

Sports Day 2018

Matthew

Senior Girls Champion – Emma MacDonald, Runners up – Amy Tattersal and Erin Thomson

Sports Day 2018

Emma

Senior Boys Champion – Joel Goldby, Runner up – Cameron Walton

Sports Day 2018

Joel

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.

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

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.

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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

Cameron

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!!

Ross-Shire Schools Badminton

Gairloch did very well in the recent Ross Shire schools S1-3 Badminton competition. Thanks to parent volunteers Maureen Cumming and Peter Fenton for taking the pupils and Lisa O’Brien and Dr Caley for doing a great job of coaching on a Tuesday after school.

Ross Shire Schools Badminton

Sam Frost, Liam Forbes, Isabelle Gallacher, Nadia Fenton, Emma MacDonald, Eoin Cumming, Josh Tallach and Joel Goldby all went along, everyone won a game or more and lost some too. Overall a great day, well done everyone!

Ross Shire Schools Badminton

Girls Singles Winner – Nadia Fenton (S3); runner up – Emma MacDonald(S3)

Boys Singles Winner – Eoin Cumming (S2); 3rd – Joel Goldby (S3) and 4th Josh Tallach(S2)

Girls Doubles Winners – Nadia & Emma

Boys Doubles Winners – Eoin & Josh beat Joel and Sam Frost (S1) in the final in a very close game.

Ross Sutherland Rugby

S1 and S2 are having two sessions each of Rugby with a Ross Sutherland Rugby coach with a view to encouraging players over to their club in Invergordon.  Active Schools have more details.  Here are some action shots of the first session with S1.

 

Ross Sutherland Rugby

S1 girls first rugby session