Lochaber High School, Camaghael, Fort William, Inverness-shire. PH33 7ND Tel. 01397 702512
The Rotary Club of Lochaber hosted an all-female contingent from Lochaber High at its Lunch Meeting on 15 March. Led by Miss Gow, Depute Head Teacher, the four S5 pupils – Corran Wineberg, Mairi Duncan, Freya MacDonald and Heather Millar – gave an engaging and lively visual presentation and account of their Outward Bound courses, which had been sponsored by the Club.
After an introduction by Miss Gow, during which she conveyed a "huge thank you" to the Club for its support over the years and stressed her wish that this partnership with the school would continue, each pupil gave a personal account of her involvement in the Outward Bound Locheil course. All the girls felt that they had benefited from the course. Freya, Heather and Mairi had kayaked from Roybridge to Spean Bridge, learned capsize survival, camped outdoors at Invergarry and Gairlochy during a two-day canoeing expedition on the canal from Banavie to Fort Augustus. Heather and Freya had gone gorge jumping in Glen Nevis (fighting off the midges!) and Corran had tramped over a wild mountain landscape, camping over two nights in the challenging outdoor environment. All described it as a good and beneficial experience and said they had enjoyed meeting youngsters from other countries and cultures and finding out about their lifestyles – colleagues from Northern Ireland, from Rotterdam and from Texas in particular. All said it had been an overall positive experience in outdoor adventure and in team building and had given them lasting memories. Comments included “a great sense of achievement”, “built confidence”, “cold and tough”, “missed my Mum”, “met people from all walks of life” and “honed our communication skills”.
Due to the hugely positive one week experience, Heather and Freya are now enrolled for the nineteen-day “Skills for Life” award scheme this summer. President Paula Ross said that the Club had thoroughly enjoyed the girls’ presentation and commentary and that the Club was delighted to work with Lochaber High School now and in the future. Club members responded with warm applause.
Click the link below to see the girls’ presentation.