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:
School starts on Tuesday 21 August. There is an early notice bell at 08:45 to give our pupils the opportunity to get to class on time for a prompt 08:50 start. On hearing the early notice bell, our new S1 pupils should make their way to the assembly hall where they will be welcomed by their year head. New timetables will be issued then too.
Pupils at Lochaber High School achieved 5 silver and 9 bronze awards in this year’s UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Maths Challenge. Over 260 000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the following 21% bronze.
“The Maths Challenges provide material to provoke students’ mathematical thinking and test their problem solving skills in an accessible and yet challenging way. Many congratulations to Lochaber High School on their success in the Junior Maths Challenge; it is great to see achievement in mathematics recognised.” Rachel Greenhalgh, UKMT Executive Director.
Below is a sample question from this year’s Junior Maths Challenge:
Gill scored a goal half way through the second quarter of a ‘teachers versus pupils’ netball match. At that point, what fraction of the whole match remained to be played?
A 1/4 B 3/8 C 1/2 D 5/8 E 3/4
Further information about the Trust and its activities is available at www.ukmt.org.uk.
This year Josef Kocjan-Briggs of S1 and Grace Livingston of S2 performed best in their respective years and received £50 each thanks to the Lochaber Housing Association who support the competition locally. Josef performed best in school and was the recipient of the Lochaber Housing Association Maths Challenge trophy.
We appreciate the generosity and support from Lochaber Housing Association who help to inspire and encourage the young mathematicians of Lochaber.
On Friday 15th June, 34 pupils and 4 members of staff set off on a 36 hour journey (it sounds worse than it was) to La Fosca, Spain. We arrived at the Camping Kings campus at around 9am on Sunday morning, where we were greeted by 2 of our group leaders Robyn and Dom. After being shown around the campsite we had breakfast - which was a selection of cereal and fruit, toast and yogurts before going to La Fosca Beach where we all took part in an ice breaker challenge called ‘Splash’. We were all amazed at how beautiful the beach was - turquoise waters, golden sand and sunshine. The rest of the day was spent relaxing by the pool (which was nice and warm) enjoying the sun. After a delicious dinner we got ourselves ready for the Disco. This proved popular amongst LHS pupils who took over the dancefloor and demonstrated their version of the ‘Macarena’. It was a great way to end the first night and was a great opportunity to socialise with pupils from other schools.
Day 2 was spent at Waterworld in Lloret de Mar which is one of the biggest waterparks in Spain. The day was spent going on some of the biggest and scariest rides I have ever experienced, including the Hurricane, Speed Furious and Extreme Mountain. We also spent some time chilling in the jacuzzi and swimming pool. This was a real highlight for most people on the trip. After a well spent day we headed back to camp where the rest of the evening was spent down at the beach playing a very competitive game of softball (and of course, Mr Beagent’s team won - no surprises there!!!).
The following morning we walked for 15 minutes to another beautiful beach called ‘Castells’. Arriving at the beach we were split into 2 groups - canoeing and kayaking. Once we were all kitted up, we set off into the sea, where we paddled around the coastline and arrived at a small pebble beach where we left our canoes and went swimming in and out of coves. After a fantastic day on the water, we returned to camp. After showering and dinner we went to the local town of Palamos. We were given free time to explore the town and absorb the culture - we also managed to visit the fair and do some shopping.
Day 4 was spent on Palamos beach sailing the Catamarans and Toppers. After a quick brief on how to set up and execute some of the turning techniques we set sail. Despite a lack of wind we still managed to perform a “Tack” and “Jibe”. A buffet lunch was served in a marquee that day - a great selection of salad items, meats and fruit.
On day 5 we travelled to the beautiful city of Barcelona where we went on a tour of the famous football stadium, Camp Nou - home of Barcelona FC. Despite not being much of a football fan I was overwhelmed by the scale of the stadium which has a capacity of 99,354 - the largest stadium in Europe. I was also amazed to find out just how successful the club has been over the years - the trophy collection was phenomenal. After the tour we were dropped off at Las Ramblas where were given free time to explore the popular tourist stretch - renowned for good food and shopping. The streets were packed full of people, markets, stalls and high street shops. This was the hottest day of our trip peaking at 34 degrees at one point - thankfully the rest of the week was between 24 - 28 degrees.
Day 6 we returned to Palamos beach to take part in the second session of sailing, in the Pico and Fun Boats. Once again we learnt some sailing techniques but due to a lack of wind we played a number of fun water games which was refreshing given how hot and sunny it was. In the evening we visited the town of Playa d’aro which was lovely. Afterwards we went back to camp for our last Disco. We ended the trip as we had started it by taking over the dancefloor. The final song played was Loch Lomond and we were joined on the dancefloor by the other school groups.
On the last day, suitcases were packed and we set off for our last set of activities. Sadly Banana Boating wasn't possible due to strong winds - these would have been welcomed when we were sailing! As a result we spent the final day playing games in the pool, snorkelling at La Fosca beach and playing volleyball.
Getting ready to leave La Fosca, we did our final number off with our group leaders Hannah, Robyn and Dom. Then we set off on our 36 hour journey back to Fort William. The journey home passed in no time and before we knew it we were back in Scotland.
This trip has been a fantastic experience. I have loved participating in new activities, learning new skills and experiencing a different culture. I have made new friends and will look back on this experience with fond memories. Going on the La Fosca trip has been one of my highlights of my time in Lochaber High School. Anyone thinking about going on this trip definitely should!
Thank you to the staff of Lochaber High School and PGL staff for making it such a memorable experience.
Korrine MacMillan 6L