“On 16/11/2012 the S2/S3 football team travelled to Glenurquhart for the semi-final of the Highland small schools tournament against Kilchuimen Academy from Fort Augustus. The match was tense but we won 2-1 with goals from Jordan Gorman and me. The final was against Ullapool, again a tight game but Jordan scored before half time. Ullapool equalised but Calum Nelson finished the game by putting the ball in the back of the net.” (Mark Warren)
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“All the pupils in the football team were a credit to the school. All their hard work, determination, effort and teamwork paid off and it was a pleasure to be with them watching some excellent football and sportsmanship.” (Mr Gorman)
We have a wide and varied selection of additional activities provided by enthusiastic staff both inside and outside the normal school day. Owing to our geographical location this programme is only possible thanks to the high level of parental support and the commitment of staff and pupils to literally go the extra mile. The journeys involved are sometimes long and for those staff involved in transportation of pupils the minibus is a necessity.
Throughout the year we have an on-going lunchtime programme as well as after-school sports involving both indoor and outdoor activities on our floodlit synthetic pitch. The sporting activities on offer at present include boys’ football, girls’ football, climbing, hockey, indoor rowing, basketball, badminton, shinty and athletics.
Each year pupils get an opportunity to represent their House in an on-going series of inter-house challenges. Nearly all our pupils take part in this as each house battles it out for honours in swimming, athletics, basketball, badminton, hockey, football, indoor rowing and orienteering.
Recent success in basketball has provided pupils to represent us at Regional and National level. Our geographical location as well as our small numbers requires a high level of commitment from these pupils and their parents. This in itself contributes to the all round development of the individual. We compete in football leagues, hockey and basketball friendlies, county tournaments in hockey and basketball, county athletic championships and Highland athletic championships. We generally manage to finish the year with a fair share of the honours.
Complementing this sporting diet, there is a wide range of creative and aesthetic activities that take place. Drama classes and book, art and chess clubs run throughout the year. Individual instrumental tuition can be arranged and S6 often arrange younger groups to play board games.
Of the many activities taking place in the Music Department, the school also provides access to chanter, bagpipe, drum and strings tuition. Pupils involved in music have the chance to perform not only at our own concerts throughout the year, but also at other local and national events. C for Craic performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and produced a CD of their music.
C for Craic have evolved and reformed with younger pupils. They are currently recording a second CD. Several pupils are members of Highland music groups and orchestras.
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In 2005 staff and pupils took part in a joint trip with Ullapool High to Cape Breton.
Our pupils continue to take part in local and National Mods achieving high rates of success. A growing number of pipers and fiddlers play regularly at school events.
In 2008 the school was involved in a production of Oliver. Pupils from all year groups and a number of school departments contributed to this popular musical, and the end result was of an extremely high standard. Miss Hunter worked with parents and members of the local community to produce the show, which was performed over three evenings.
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We would like dance and drama to take an increasing role in the pupil activities. Apart from the regular tuition of traditional Scottish dancing in preparation for the Christmas Dance, we work with Eden Court Outreach and members of the community to provide a number of pupils with the chance to learn, drama. Some of our pupils (aka The Culture Club) regularly visit Eden Court to enjoy performances of dance, theatre and opera.
In the Art Department, pupils have the opportunity of seeing their own work, as well as that of professional artists, on show at a number of exhibitions that are mounted throughout the year. We are a regular venue for travelling exhibitions and opportunities are also provided for pupils specialising in Art to visit galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh and to participate in courses and workshops in a variety of activities, both in our own school and in collaboration with other Highland schools. Each year we produce a school calendar for sale in the Community. This provides a showcase for the work of pupils in Art.
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The importance of Gaelic culture is well represented by the pupils in the Music Department. Many of our pupils take part in Fèis Rois events and the Local Mod.
Mr I Cumming, our Gaelic teacher, has helped prepare several pupils to enter the National Gaelic Debate over a number of years. In 2011 efforts were rewarded when sisters Anna and Ceitidh Alice Hulme won the competition.
National Gaelic Debate Winners 2011- Ceitidh Alice and Anna returned to Gairloch with the trophy they received on November 30th 2011 as the winners of the 2011 National Gaelic Debate. On Tuesday evening they defeated The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway in the semi-final. On St Andrew’s Day they beat Millburn Academy in the final in the Scottish Parliament. Anna was also presented with the trophy for the best debater in the competition.
MSP Rob Gibson proposed the following motion in the Scottish Parliament on the 2nd December 2011:
That the Parliament congratulates Gairloch High School debating team on winning the BT Scotland Gaelic Schools Debate for 2011 and wishes it well in future debates and in its skilful use of Scotland’s oldest native tongue.
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