School closes for the October break on Friday 6 October at 1.15 pm and will reopen on Monday 23 October. Friday is also a ‘Dress Down Day’ to raise money for our Christmas Parcels project, bringing Christmas cheer to elderly people in the Lochaber community. Pupils are asked to come to school on Friday without uniform and pay £1 for this very good cause. The work of the school will continue on Friday so pupils should dress appropriately for ‘business as usual’. This is the only day this session that we’ll ask pupils to pay for a ‘Dress Down Day’ so we’re hoping that everybody will participate.
It has been a busy couple of weeks in the RME department. We recently held our annual “Who Am I?” exhibition which showcased all of the S1 homework projects, with pupils voting for their favourite project. It was a very difficult choice to make as it was clear how much time and effort had been spent on each of the projects. The votes have been counted and the results are in!
Class votes: 1st – Lily Bloom 1A (Chest of Drawers); 2nd – Max Kelly 1C (Poster); 3rd – Faith Easson 1D (Handmade Box & Book); 4th – Caitlin McGilvray 1E (Swimming Pool) ; 5th– Jake Sessions 1A (Castle); 6th – Rosyln Campbell 1E (Cake). Mr Sutherland’s Prize went to Anya Morrice 1E (Library).
On Monday 25 September, we hosted a coffee morning as part of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) which all of our S3 pupils participate in. YPI gets pupils to think about the social issues in our local area and choose a charity that works on making our community a better place. They form small teams and work together to represent their chosen charity for a £3000 grant that is generously donated from The Wood Foundation. At the coffee morning, all of the pupils got to meet up with representatives from their chosen charity and ask them lots of questions to find out all about the work that these charities do for people in Lochaber. Our guests were delighted to be able to raise awareness about the issues they campaign tirelessly for and many commented on how impressed they were with our pupils. Now it’s up to the pupils to do everything they can to win £3000 for their chosen charity.
Twenty-one students from Norddjurs Friskole in Denmark visited Lochaber High recently, with their teachers, as part of a school trip to the West Highlands. The Danish pupils were intrigued by our school uniform (they don’t have one) and our pupils were surprised that the Danish pupils and staff were on first-name terms! While aspects of the Danish system seemed appealing to our pupils, they were not impressed to hear that the Danish pupils were required to hand-in their mobile phones at the start of each school day … perish the thought!
A group of LHS pupils showed the visitors around the school campus and hosted a soup and sandwich lunch before they moved on to Scottish Country Dancing in the PE department. Megan Campbell played the bagpipes and the school’s Ceilidh band played for an Orcadian Strip-the-Willow and a Boston Two Step. It was a short but enjoyable visit and an opportunity to learn a little bit about each other’s schools.
On 26 September some pupils from the PMLD base travelled to Inverness to participate in the Highland Disability Swimming Gala. They came home with a great haul of medals: 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze! Now they have to wait and see if they will be asked to represent Team Highland at the Scottish Disability Swimming Gala in Glasgow, which is usually held in November. The medal winners were: Josh Higginson – Freestyle Front 25m Bronze; Adapted Breaststroke 25m Gold; Butterfly 25m Gold; Backstroke 25m Bronze. Katie Louise Cairns – Freestyle Front 25m Silver; Backstroke 25m Silver. Jessica Carmichael – Adapted Breaststroke 25m Silver; Freestyle Front 25m Gold. Mya MacPhee – Butterfly 25m Gold; Freestyle Front 25m Silver. Brighde MacKinnon - Freestyle Front 25m Gold.
After a three-week delay we finally got a perfect day for our annual ‘High School Hike’ with around 600 pupils walking to the Rural Complex … and back. This is our main fundraiser for extra-curricular activities and there’s £6k pledged, which will make a fantastic addition to our school fund – please pay-in sponsor money as soon as possible.
Thanks to everybody who took part, all the sponsors, the Forestry Commission, Police Scotland and, of course, Isabel and Linda of the Rural Complex who offer hospitality – and great soup – at the half-way point.
Click the photo above or below to see more photos from 'The Hike'
We are hoping to have 'The Hike' on Tuesday 26 September – Information has been sent home to all parents.
Pupils should come to school in appropriate clothing and footwear. Any pupil who has not yet handed in a permission slip should remember to bring it in on Monday and hand it in first thing.
If the weather forecast changes and it is necessary to postpone the hike, information will be posted on the website.
Our Sixth Years have been presented with Saltire Awards for volunteering to help S1 pupils during their transition from primary school, especially during the induction week in June. The award recognises the support Sixth Years gave the new pupils including, guiding them around the school building, helping at breaks and lunchtimes and generally ensuring that everyone felt safe and included in the school. Everyone worked really hard and gave time and thought to this volunteering role.
Thanks to Claire at Voluntary Action Lochaber and Mrs Clark and Mrs MacAllister from the school for organising this volunteering opportunity. Many of the Sixth Years are now continuing their volunteering through a paired reading scheme organised by Mrs Dent.
‘Saltire Awards’ is the Scottish Government’s national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.
Congratulations to Cameron Whyte, 4N1, who is this year’s winner of the Fraser MacPhee ‘Ambassador for Sport’ trophy. The trophy was presented by Duncan and Rosemary MacPhee in memory of their son, Fraser, who died in 2002.
Cameron is a very successful young sportsman who has excelled in boxing, becoming the North of Scotland Champion and the Scottish Champion no less than five times! He is a former GB Champion and was the first ever Scottish schoolboy to become a European Silver Medallist. Cameron leaves for Bulgaria on Saturday where he will compete in the European Junior Championships.
In addition to boxing, Cameron is a keen shinty player and scored a goal for the school in this year’s Wade Cup Final.
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