On the 25th of 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, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze. The pupils were great ambassadors for Lochaber High School and showed great spirit and determination.
They now have to wait and see if they will be asked to represent Team Highland at the Scottish Disability Swimming Gala in Glasgow which takes place in November.
Prizes were as follows:
Adapted Breaststroke 25m Silver Medal
Butterfly 25m Gold Medal
Backstroke 25m Silver Medal
Katie Louise Cairns
Freestyle Front 25m Bronze Medal
Adapted Breaststroke 25m Gold Medal
Backstroke 25m Gold Medal
Adapted Breaststroke 25m Bronze Medal
Butterfly 25m Silver Medal
Freestyle Front 25m Gold Medal
Adapted Breaststroke 25m Bronze Medal
Freestyle Front 25m Silver Medal
In the maths department we had lots of different activities such as the national Maths Wi Nae Borders competition and the Deputy First Minister’s daily challenges for Maths Week Scotland. Across the school we have had a ‘number of the day’ calculation every morning alongside some trivia and maths questions. Staff and pupils wore their numbers on a label. The PE and biology departments even tweeted out their labels!
There was a maths quiz for all tutor support classes and three groups managed to get a better score than Mr Beagent to win a prize. 4R2, 5N and 6N managed to get a higher score and received some sweet treats.
On Tuesday 11th September we had our first ever Family Games and Puzzle night as part of our programme of activities for Maths Week Scotland. The maths department had a whole host of games, puzzles, Chromebooks, activities and books for pupils, parents/carers and siblings to have fun with. Lots of imagination, logic, competition, strategy and problem solving was demonstrated throughout the evening and great enjoyment was had by all. Hopefully next year word will get around given how much fun we had and even more families will attend.
The department were on hand to answer any maths/numeracy questions and class materials were available to view and try out.
On behalf of the department, a big thanks to all who supported Maths Week Scotland in any way. Some pictures of the activities both at the games evening, across the school and department are shown below.
On Friday 31 August Lochaber High School hosted another very successful Careers Fair. Over 300 S4-6 LHS pupils attended the event along with students from Kilchuimen Academy, Mallaig High School and West Highland College. More than 40 businesses/organisations attended the event - providing pupils with information about a variety of employment, apprenticeship, graduate and scholarship opportunities.
Special thanks to:
Lochaber Housing Association, BSW Timber, Glensanda Aggregates, West Highland College /University of the Highlands and Islands, Fergusons Transport and Shipping, Marine Harvest, Liberty British Aluminium, The Outward Bound Centre, SSE, Voluntary Action Lochaber, Women’s Aid, Lochaber Hope, Scottish Water, National Trust for Scotland, Robertson Construction, The Forestry Commission, The Isles of Glencoe and Ballachulish Hotels, Highland Council, The Lovat Hotel, Ben Nevis Distillery, High Life Highland, M and S Dental Practice, Balfour Beatty, Careers Ready Programme (Offshore Apprenticeships), SAAS Funding Awareness Team, Nevis Range, Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS (Nursing/Midwifery/Physiotherapy/Occupational Health), CITB, The Underwater Centre, Developing the Young Workforce and Skills Development Scotland.
Pupil feedback on the event has been extremely positive.
Thank you to Skills Development Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce for the resources they created to help prepare pupils for the event and to Mr Beagent for organising and coordinating the fair.
Last week we received our allocation of Chromebooks from Highland Council.
As part of the rollout process pupils and parents/carers must complete a Chromebook Agreement form. We gave these forms out to our young people on Monday 10th September and as we have had so many returned to us we are ready to start handing out the devices!
They will be handed out by year group over the next few weeks:
Friday 14th September - S4
Wednesday 19th September - S5/6
Week beginning 24th September - S1, 2, 3
We will also be organising an information evening for parents/carers in the near future and we will keep you updated when we have more details.
If you want to get more information on Chromebooks please have a look at:
The High School Hike is on tomorrow (Thursday 6th September).
Please come prepared for the weather conditions and wear sensible clothing. Pupils should attend their period 1 and 2 classes as normal until it is time for the hike to start. Please make sure all permission slips are returned to the office before 8.50am tomorrow. The highest standards of behaviour are expected as always.
Lochaber Schools’ Pipe Band (LSPB) played their final street performance of the 2018 summer season on Thursday 30th August. Mr Steele was in attendance to present certificates to our leavers, Megan Campbell and Amber MacDonald. Both have played with the band for six years and each was given a personalised photo book in recognition of their commitment and dedication. Rhian Daly, S6 was this year’s recipient of the June Standen shield for dress and bearing.
The draw for the band’s fund raising raffle also took place. Congratulations to Alan Gray, Blaich who won a signed and framed Celtic Invincibles top and medal. Jeanette Kane, Banavie won £100 and Lucy Bloom, South Laggan won £50. Thanks to everyone who bought and sold tickets. Our street parades and activities are needed to raise the necessary funds to meet the running costs of the band and enable us to offer free membership, instruments and tuition to those wishing to join the band.
Summer 2018 has been a busy time for the band. On the first day of the school holidays, the band travelled to Hull to catch the ferry to Belgium. The band performed in De Haan, Belgium on 1st July and in the Jardin de Luxembourg in central Paris on the 2nd July. The travelling group of 24, all students and staff at Lochaber High School also had time to enjoy sightseeing in Paris and Bruges as well as a day at Disneyland Paris. The pipe band is very grateful to the LMM Business Enterprise Trust for a donation of £2000 and Liberty, Fort William for a donation of £500. Without such financial assistance, it would be very hard to open up this opportunity to all who wished to take part.
To help us further improve communication between school and the family home, I am asking you to e-mail your name, your son/daughter’s name and your latest e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish to send you useful information about school activities and events across each term here at Lochaber High School.
If you use the school booking system to arrange appointments at Parents Evenings, then we already have your e-mail address.
I thank you in anticipation of your support.
Mr S Steele.
A number of our young people will be planning on making changes to their timetable based on SQA results.
We have managed to make a number of appointments available on Monday 20 August to start the process of altering individual timetables. If your son/daughter requires any classes to be changed then please make an appointment for them to come in and discuss the adjustment with Mr Maclean. Students should take a copy of their timetable to this appointment.
Course changes can also be made from Tuesday 21 August onward, during the school day, for anyone that is unable to get booked in on Monday.
Parents/carers are not expected to attend with their child.
Appointments for Monday can be made on our parents evening booking system from 0800 tomorrow: