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

 

S1 SMART Orienteering

Some of our S1 pupils wrote about their experiences doing orienteering around Flowerdale.

How to understand an orienteering map (by Hannah)

First you need to find out where you are on the map and which direction you are going in. Then, when you have a set place to go to, you need to read the key and find the landmarks you can look for near your destination. Then keep a lookout for the landmarks. You have to remember to look at the date that the map was published though because some posts or trees are no longer there. A good way to tell where you are is the telegraph poles and the electrical lines because they are usually in the same place.

S1 Orienteering @ Flowerdale

Easy and Hard bits of orienteering (by Alana)

The easiest parts of orienteering is when you look on the map you use the symbols at the side of the map and before you always start find where you are on the map.

The hardest parts of orienteering is using your sense of direction and people in your group not listening to each other.

S1 Orienteering @ Flowerdale

Teamwork (by Sam)

Today in orienteering we used a lot of team work. Corey looked at the map and Zeke and me looked for the flags.

S1 Orienteering @ Flowerdale

Swimming Gala

33 pupils took part in our annual swimming gala, which saw our three houses (Tollaidh, Kerry and Maree) compete for points across a number of different races.

Swimming Gala 2017

Some excellent swimming and fierce competition – especially in the relays!

Swimming Gala 2017

We held mixed relays this year of boys and girls which worked very well. The results were:

S1/2 Kerry 1st, Maree 2nd and Tollaidh 3rd.
S3-6 Maree 1st,Tollaidh 2nd and Kerry 3rd.

The final results saw Maree with 208 points, Kerry with 178 points and Tollaidh with 121. Well done to all who took part!

Easter Assembly

We joined with members of the wider school community to celebrate the end of term and mark Easter.

We had an inclusive display from the Lord-Lieutenant’s Youth Award winning basketball team to highlight the importance of working as individuals and a team.

Easter Assembly 2017

The Skills & Learning group from West Highland College UHI – Gairloch, who meet in the school each Wednesday, were also presented with their RSPB Love Nature Wild Challenge awards.

Easter Assembly 2017

We were also able to celebrate the success of a number of different pupils.

Eight pupils from S5 have been presented with their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Completed over 6 months they were involved in many different activities to contribute to their volunteering, skills and physical sections. They included – amongst others – learning the chanter, coaching badminton, beach cleans, playing the saxophone, indoor rowing, archery, operating the PA system at Church, helping with Scouts, playing the piano and shooting. Well done Gregor, Roddy, Iain, Jack, Carys, Eilidh, Hannah and Leonie!

Awards Easter 2017

Catherine & Scarlet (both S4) were presented with their bronze Duke of Edinburgh certificates. The girls took part in improving their skills on the violin & electric guitar, volunteering at a local children’s group and with the GALE centre and together took part in Indoor Rowing.

Awards Easter 2017

Lucy, Arlene, Charlotte & Natasha (Primary) were awarded certificates for their entries into the Rotary International Young Photographer Competition. Their photos, on the theme of reflections, are on display in the library over the next few weeks.

Awards Easter 2017

Basketball Team at the Lord-Lieutenant’s Youth Awards 2017

The Senior Basketball Team were named winners of the Group Award at the Lord-Lieutenant Youth Awards in a ceremony held at Strathpeffer Pavillion on 20th March.

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The award was presented by Roy MacGregor (Ross County) and Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh 

Nominated by their coach Mr Milner, the boys dedicated to training (including doing much of the coaching themselves) was highlighted. This resulted in them winning the Highland Senior Boys Basketball League in 2016, despite facing much larger schools through most of the competition. Some of the senior members have now left school but they are recruiting other seniors to step up and take their places.

Lord Lieutenant's Youth Awards - Basketball Team

Highland Small Schools’ Football

Gairloch had qualified for the final stages of this competition earlier in the session – having won the Northern section. The finals took place in Glenurquhart High School on Thursday 9th March. In the semi-final, Gairloch lost 2-0 to a strong Glenurquhart team. The third place play-off was lost 3-0. Despite the scores, Gairloch pupils should be reasonably pleased with their performances. In both games they conceded an early goal and then dominated much of the play before losing further goals as they pushed for an equaliser.

Highland Small Schools’ Finals - S2/3 Boys

 

Thanks to Mrs Fraser for driving the mini-bus and to Mr Cumming for organising the trip.