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
Poster winners from Mòd Loch Abar:
First place: Laura Robertson
Second Place: Jamie Adams
Third place equal: Annie Macneil & Skye Spiers
Well done to you all!
'S math a rinn sibh!
The letter below was recently sent home with our pupils. If you need a copy to complete the tear-off slip it can be picked up from the school office.
The pupils in our support base did not follow their usual timetable last week but instead participated in a Multidisciplinary learning project entitled, ‘People who help us in our community.’
The week began with a visit from the local Dietitian and continued with visits to the Fire Station, Lochaber Mountain Rescue, Fort William Police Station, Fort William Ambulance Station and Father Roddy at St John’s church in Caol.
Inspired by our visits, we created some imaginative writing about either a house or hill fire. Mr MacLean came to hear our stories and was impressed with our creativity and sometimes shocking endings.
41 potential S6 volunteer lifesavers gave up their time and cheek cells last Friday to become potential stem cell donors for the Anthony Nolan Bone Trust. The average take-up in Scottish schools is 25% - LHS S6s topped that with a whopping 48%!
For two years now LHS has established links with Laura’s Appeal and the Anthony Nolan Bone Trust. Laura is a teenage girl from Oban who has battled leukaemia and, because of stem cell donation, has successfully returned to living a normal life. In fact, Laura is now qualified to gather information and samples from prospective donors. Aided by her friend Beth, and sporting Anthony Nolan T-shirts, they both provided a real inspiration to our pupils.
The law regarding the minimum age required for prospective donors was changed some time ago to 16, and that was where we came in.
A group of firefighters from Oban and their families, formed Laura’s Appeal, and have been attempting to roll out a programme of visits in Highland and Argyll schools in the hope of recruiting potential donors every year. This is the second year our S6 pupils have donated generously.
It's great to see that the awareness raised by Laura through last year’s Appeal continues to inspire people to get involved. 25 people recruited at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service events have now gone on to provide potential lifesaving stem cell donations, and if you were recruited by Laura and the team last week, then hopefully you will add to that in the future!
Here is a quote from a post on Laura’s Appeal Facebook page:
“41 potential lifesavers signed up to the Anthony Nolan register at Lochaber High School this morning. Great support for the event from the staff and pupils”
If you are over 16 and under 30 you do not need to be a school pupil to get involved with the Anthony Nolan Bone Trust. You can find all the information you need on the Trust website!
Amber MacInnes and Sophie Munro
We have previously posted this message but it is a timely reminder for us all when so many new uniforms will be bought over the summer:
Lochaber High School is now a donation point for the School Uniform Bank. Donations of new or second-hand items (in good condition) can be handed in at any time to the school office. A range of items are requested, e.g. any items of school uniform (High School or Primary), pencil cases, lunch boxes, schoolbags, P.E. kit, jackets, shoes, trainers, gloves, hats and scarves.
Any donations will be gratefully received.