School news 10th July 2015

Prizegiving 2015Details of the awards and certificates presented at Prizegiving this year are available on the website along with a large number of photos.  Click here.

At the ceremony held in the school on Monday 29th June C for Craic and Gairloch & District Pipe Band provided the music. We were also pleased to have the blessing of Reverend Dan Paterson, the newly appointed minister of Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church.

In the Headteacher’s speech, Mr Port mentioned and thanked those staff that have either retired this year or are moving to new jobs. Mrs MacLeod, Ms Leitch, Mrs Newman, Mrs Campbell, Ms Mackison, Mr Avenel and Mr Johnston. All will be missed. Mr Port also welcomed new staff Miss Smith (Geography) and Dr Brindle (English). The appointment of a biology teacher is currently underway. Mr Port once again gave his thanks to all the school staff for their unstinting dedication to the pupils and the work of the school. Ms Mackison was presented with flowers as thanks for presenting the prizes and Dr Caley also received flowers in thanks for organising the event.

During Prizegiving the new senior prefects were announced and presented with their badges. For 2015/2016 the Head Boy is Joseph Smith and Head Girl is Freya Baptist. Depute HB – Referdinand Balanquit, Depute HG – Charlotte Kelman. House Prefects were also announced and the full list is available here on the school website.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award GOLD – This year we have reported that three S6 pupils Sofie Banister, Innis Taylor, Siobhan Vickerstaff and former pupil Róisín Somers are receiving their Gold Award. We can now add Luke Gorman, former Head Boy, to the list. Luke is currently studying at the University of Stirling. Well-done Luke!  You can see photos from Holyrood here.

Success in local Mod – C for Craic won the Fiddle Group competition at the Inverness Provincial Mod on Friday 19th June.   Sandi MacLean won the 13-16 years Traditional Gaelic singing competition and also retained the Jessie Cameron Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row. Her performance was described as outstanding. Alasdair MacDonald won the 13-18 Accordion Competition and Sara Johnston was third in the Secondary Fiddle Solo competition. We have a very strong and able group of musical pupils at the moment and they continue to improve with the ongoing support of their tutors. Well done to all our winners! Inverness Provincial Mod 2015

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative – The group representing the Gairloch Community Car Scheme (Connor Forbes, Cameron Tallach, Gregor Vickerstaff, Carla Watson and Breah Stephen) were judged to have given the best presentation and were given a £3000 cheque by Bruce Alexander representing SSE (who are co-sponsors of the YPI in Scotland). The group then presented the cheque to a delighted Christine MacIver!  You can read more and see photos here on the website.

Water Week 2015 – S1 have spent the last several weeks in World Class learning about what it means to be water vulnerable. They’ve looked at the causes of having little, or unsafe, water and how it can affect daily lives. To reinforce this message, each group had to carry the amount of water they would usually use in one day (varied from 80-140L) around the 200m track. You can read more and see some photos from the event by clicking on the photo below.Water Week 2015Drawing Competition – S3 pupils were asked to draw a toothbrush and toothpaste for homework. Local dentist Dawn Pickering chose the winners: 1st – Roddie Wyatt, 2nd – Arlene Morrison and 3rd – Scarlet Pickering. The Dental Practice gave the winner an electric toothbrush and will display all of the drawings in the waiting area. Well done to the 3 finalists.

Hannah’s Hair – Hannah Wood, S3, has been growing her hair for a while now with the intention of donating it to the Little Princess Trust. This is a charity that makes and supplies real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment. The average cost to the charity is around £350 to make a wig. Hannah had 15inches of hair cut off recently and has managed to raise £500 (and counting). Well-done to Hannah! You can find a link here on the school website to Hannah’s JustGiving page and perhaps make a donation.

End of Term Football – The annual tournament took place on the last day of term with the vast majority of pupils taking part. Click here to read about the event and see photos of each of the teams.

Important Dates – More details on the school website here.

  • 17th August 2015 teachers only INSET
  • 18th August 2015 Pupils return
  • 7th / 8th Sept – NEW DATE for Bronze Expedition

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative encourages school pupils to find out about social issues affecting people in their local community and about the charities who are supporting those people.  Having done this, pupils (in groups) create presentations about one of these charities.  The presentations are judged and the best wins £3000 for their charity.

Following the Charities Fayre in May, six groups of S3 pupils have been busy preparing presentations on their six chosen charities – Befrienders Highland, Highland Hospice, Gairloch Community Car Scheme, Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum, Ross-shire Women’s Aid and CLIC Sargent.  With £3000 at stake, their presentations had to meet strict judging criteria as well as being interesting, thought provoking, creative and involving all team members.

On Wednesday 1st July, Ann Sim from YPI met our six judges who included school staff, pupils and members of the local community, to brief them on the judging process.  S3 pupils then gave their presentations to an audience of staff and pupils and the judges.  While the judges deliberated, C for Craic kept everyone entertained.

It proved to be difficult decision but the group representing the Gairloch Community Car Scheme (Connor Forbes, Cameron Tallach, Gregor Vickerstaff, Carla Watson and Breah Stephen) were judged to have given the best presentation and were given a £3000 cheque by Bruce Alexander representing SSE (who are co-sponsors of the YPI in Scotland).  The group then presented the cheque to a delighted Christine MacIver!

YPI 2015Click on the photo for more images from the event

YPI grants over one million pounds to social service charities each year, 100% determined by thousands of secondary school pupils who have been informed and empowered through this multi-award-winning philanthropy project.  Gairloch High are very pleased to now be involved in this scheme.

Prizegiving – Individual Trophies & Prizes 2015

Dux of School 2015/2016Freya Baptist

Dux 2015/2016

Elizabeth Matthew Memorial Trophy – Bethan Townsend

Lauder Memorial Trophy – Innis Taylor

Harry Valentine Memorial Trophy  for Citizenship – Alasdair MacDonald (S4)

Neil Wilkie Memorial Trophy for Service to the School – Holly Morrison

Junior School Trophy for Service & Achievement – Sara Johnston

John MacGillivray Gaelic Trophy – Kenneth MacKenzie (S6)

June Davis Miller Award for Art – Charlie Bulmer

MacKenzie Targe for Creative Writing – Alfie Gudgeon

Doctor Hunter Cup for Piping – Fraser Wotherspoon

Lauder prize for Music – Freya Baptist

Albert Roux Languages Cup – Jamie MacLean

Sheona MacDonald Memorial Quaich – Max Conway

Library Trophy – Jasmine Brown

Mathematics Achievement Trophy – Freya Baptist

Science Achievement Trophy – Alfie Gudgeon

Social Subjects Achievement Trophy – Lucas Jackson

Drama Service Trophy – Carys Townsend

Clan MacKenzie Golf Trophy – Joseph Smith

Football Player of the Year – David MacGregor

Basketball Player of the Year – Sara Johnston & Referdinand Balanquit

Cross-country medals – (junior) Emma MacDonald & David MacGregor, Iain Nelson, Evan McPhail; (senior) Sofie Banister & Jordan Gorman

Widdows Shield for Swimming – Alasdair MacDonald (S4)

Click here for the names of the Athletics champions previously published.

Prizegiving 2015Senior Athletic champions Connor Moore and Laura Russell

All S1 were presented with John Muir Awards achieved as part of their SMART Course.  A number of pupils from S1- S4 were awarded certificates of Personal Achievement.

Several pupils were also awarded certificates of perfect attendance:

Matthew Mackenzie – for the second year running

Morven MacLean

Lewis Brady

Anna Cameron – for the second year running

Referdinand Balanquit

Joseph Smith – also for the second year running.

Maths Challenge certificates

At Junior level: Best in School and a silver certificate goes to Harry Dalzell

At Intermediate level: Best in School and a bronze certificate is awarded to Mark McLean

At Senior level: Best in School and a bronze certificate is awarded to Bruce Wiseman

House CreditsAll the different competitions that take place during the school year contribute credits towards the House Championship. However a significant proportion of the total credits are earned for their houses by individual pupils throughout the year.

This year, we have a brand new trophy for the pupil who wins the most credits, the Credit Quaich. In joint third place, with 29 credits each were Nadia Fenton for Tollaidh and Sara Johnston for Maree. In second place, with 30 credits is Iain Nelson, also Maree. Just one credit ahead, with 31 credits, the first winner of the Credit Quaich is Eilidh MacDonald of Kerry.
Prizegiving 2015The pupils with the most credits in each year were in S1, Nadia Fenton, in S2 Scarlet Pickering, in S3 Eilidh MacDonald, in S4 Eilidh Johnston, in S5 Charlotte Kelman and in S6 Holly Morrison, so congratulations to all of them.

House Shield – The winning house gained 411 points, the second placed house 372 points and third place was 327 points. The winners of the House competition 2014-2015 are Maree.

Prizegiving 2015During Prizegiving the new senior prefects were announced and presented with their badges. Details are available here.

In the Headteacher’s speech, Mr Port mentioned and thanked those staff that have either retired this year or are moving to new jobs. Mrs MacLeod, Ms Leitch, Mrs Newman, Mrs Campbell, Ms Mackison, Mr Avenel and Mr Johnston. All will be missed. Mr Port also welcomed new staff Miss Smith (Geography) and Dr Brindle (English). The appointment of a biology teacher is currently underway.

Mr Port once again gave his thanks to all the school staff for their unstinting dedication to the pupils and the work of the school. Ms Mackison was presented with flowers as thanks for presenting the prizes and Dr Caley also received flowers in thanks for organising the event.  All photos were taken by Miss Hunter.

Prizegiving 2015A large number of photos of award winners can be seen here on the website.

You can watch the 5min slide presentation review of the year on Facebook by clicking here.

School news 26th June 2015

Scottish Indoor Rowing League – Round 3 results – We have had another very successful result in the Scottish Indoor Rowing League. 78 pupils participated in this round and 16 managed to achieve national top 5 positions in their age group.

Scottish Indoor Rowing LeagueIn S1, Jasmine Brown came 1st, Isabelle Gallacher 2nd and in joint 3rd place were Becky Wilson and Isabella Wiseman. In S2 Morven MacLean was 1st, Amber Drummond 2nd, Arlene Morrison 3rd and Scarlet Pickering 4th. In S3, Sara Johnston retained the 1st place she has held in all three rounds and Jade Moore came 2nd.

With senior pupils back from exam leave, some S4 and S5 pupils were able to participate in this round for the first time. In S4, Eilidh Johnston was 2nd girl and in the boys’ race, Joseph Stewart was 4th while Lewis Powell came 5th. In S5 Syd Tippett was 1st, Mark Warren 2nd and Joe Smith came 3rd. Congratulations to all!

Gairloch High is the smallest school participating and yet we have finished in 2nd place overall, only being surpassed by Hillhead High School in Glasgow, which had over 200 pupils taking part. After Round 1 we were in 4th place and in Round 2 we moved up to second. Some of our national indoor rowing champions are pictured here.

The after school indoor rowing club will continue next session and we will be training hard to prepare for the Scottish Schools Championships in Glasgow in November. We hope to take a bigger team this year and challenge for individual medals and team trophies once again.  Thanks to Mrs Johnston for encouraging the pupils to participate.

S1-3 Football Result – Congratulations to the S1-3 Boys’ team who beat Kinlochbervie High School 11-1 on Friday the 5th of June. Scorers were David MacGregor (4), Joel Goldby (2), Calum Copland, Callum MacDonald, Sorley Street, Roddie Wyatt and Matthew MacKenzie. This result rounds off three very successful games in the last three weeks. Thanks to Calum Nelson and Mark Warren for refereeing this game.

Gairloch and KinlochberviePhoto taken by John Wood, Kinlochbervie High School

Sports Day Results 2015 – Cold, rainy, damp and great fun! Well done the pupils of Gairloch High School who participated fully in their events. Each pupil gained points for participation in up to four events for the House competition. In addition championship points were awarded to winners. The results were announced at assembly. There are lots of the photos on the school website – click on the image of the senior boys from Tollaidh in house colours to see more from the day.

Sports Day 2015

Full results published here

House Competition – 1st Place, Maree (297 points); 2nd Place, Kerry (286 points); 3rd Place, Tollaidh (272 points)

Staffing– There are significant staff changes taking place in the school. Ms Leitch retired at Easter. She has served pupils faithfully for many years as a member of the Learning Support Staff. Ms Mackison (PT English) and Mrs Newman (Learning Support) are both retiring this summer. Mr Avenel (French) is currently applying to further his teaching career in another school. Mr Johnston (Biology and PT Pupil Support) has been appointed as the Director of the new Highland Science Skills Academy. This post is a collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and Highlands and Islands Enterprise based in Inverness. The combined years of experience and service provided by these individuals to the pupils of Gairloch High School is greatly appreciated and will be sadly missed. Proper farewells will be made at Prize-giving on Monday 29th June (1.30-3.30pm) to which all parents and relatives are invited. Meanwhile the school community wish each of them health, success and best wishes for the future.

We are pleased that Miss Emma Smith will continue in post teaching Geography as a full time member of the teaching staff after competitive interview. Vacancies in Biology and English have been advertised and we hope to announce successful appointments soon.

Important Dates – More details on the school website here.

  • 29th June – Prize-giving 1.30-3.30pm
  • 2nd July – World Cup football competition in the morning – all pupils. School closes at 1.30
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