Dates in January and February

Some advance warning of dates in January and February…

date event comment
Monday 9 January The new term begins
Monday 23 January Start of Prelims week
Tuesday 7 February Parent Council meeting
Fri-Wed 17-22 February S4-S6 Trip to Belfast
Mon-Tues 20-21 February Holidays
Wednesday 22 February Inset Day

 

Christmas Show – Wednesday 21 December 2016

The school’s Christmas show will be held tomorrow evening – Wednesday 21 December 2016 – at 7:00 pm.

Entry is by donation and all monies raised will go to the two runner-up charities in last Friday’s Youth & Philanthropy Initiative event.  The two charities are Befrienders Highland and The Crocus Group.  The total amount raised will be matched by our local Councillors.

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Youth and Philanthropy Initiative – The Results

The S3 teams made presentations on behalf of their chosen charities on Friday afternoon.  The three teams made excellent presentations and showed videos that they had done for their chosen charities.
Click below to view the videos.

The winning charity was the Ceilidh House who received a cheque for £3,000.

All three charities do amazing work and the decision of the panel was a difficult one.  There will be a collection for the other two charities (The Crocus Group and Befrienders Highland)  at the high school Christmas concert on Wednesday 21 December.  Whatever is raised, our local councillors have agreed to match!

 

 

Trip to Commemorate Battle of Arras

Two of our pupils have been selected to participate in a trip sponsored by the Scottish Government to commemorate the Battle of Arras (World War I). The trip will take place in April 2017 and will mark the centenary of the battle.

The Battle of Arras was a British offensive in April 1917.   Forty-four Scottish battalions and seven Scottish-named Canadian battalions made up the largest concentration of Scots to have fought together during WWI. Tragically, one-third of the 159,000 British Force casualties were Scottish.

The Scottish Government is sending a group of S3 pupils to be part of the Centenary Commemoration of the Battle next April.  

The school is extremely pleased that two of our pupils, Dylan Morrison and Kian MacKay have been chosen to be part of this select group. Not only will Dylan and Kian be excellent ambassadors for our school but the whole school will benefit by gaining a deeper insight to this human tragedy when Dylan and Kian share their experiences after the trip.

 

Strip the Willow Competition – Friday 16 December 2016

The Sutherland Youth Forum are attempting to break the Scottish record for the longest and most people doing a Strip the Willow by asking all Sutherland schools to do the dance at 1:30 pm on Friday December 2016.

We will be helping out their record attempt by arranging for this to happen at lunchtime. For anyone who wishes to participate, there is a suggested donation of £1.

The money raised will be given to The Archie Foundation which supports sick children and their families across the whole of the North of Scotland.

This event is happening as part of our Christmas Jumper Day (see previous post).

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 16 December 2016

This Friday 16 December 2016, all pupils are invited to come into school wearing a Christmas jumper, t-shirt, hat etc for a donation of £2. During Periods 1 and 2, pupils can opt into watching a Christmas movie “Jingle all the way” for a £1 donation.

These events are optional and pupils do not need to participate.  They can wear normal school uniform and also attend lessons during Periods 1 and 2 if they wish.

We will also be having a bake sale at morning interval so any donations of home baking would be gratefully received and can be brought or sent into school. Pupils can bring in money if they wish to buy cakes at break time.

All money raised goes to Save the Children.

On the same day, the Sutherland Youth Forum are attempting to break the Scottish record for the longest and most people doing a Strip the Willow and have asked all Sutherland schools to participate. We will be helping out their record attempt by arranging for this to happen at lunchtime. For anyone who wishes to participate there is a suggested donation of £1 and the money raised by that will be given to The Archie Foundation which supports sick children and their families across the whole of the North of Scotland.

See separate post for Strip the Willow.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative – THE FINAL!

On this Wednesday 14 December 2016, the school will host the final of our Youth and Philanthropy Initiative project.

This term S3 pupils have chosen a social issue which they feel passionate about and which they feel affects our local communities.  Working in groups, the pupils chose charities to represent in the grand final (on Wednesday).  Each group will present the case for their charity to an audience of school and community members as well as a panel of judges.

The winning group will win £3,000 for their charity to spend on helping people in our local community.

In the future, S3 pupils will take part in this fantastic initiative; the objective is to help them become compassionate and responsible citizens in our local communities.

he 3 charities being represented are: The Ceilidh House, Befrienders Highland & The Crocus Group.

Everyone in the community is invited to come along, see the presentations and support the pupils.