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Newsletter 7 - December 2007 - Lochaber High School

Newsletter 7 - December 2007 - Lochaber High School

Highland Youth Voice—Carbisdale Castle Highland Youth Voice is a youth parliament for the Highland Region of Scotland. One hundred young people (aged 14-18 years) are elected to the parliament to represent their local areas, either through their schools or youth forums. Elections are held every other year and the Parliament meets as a whole twice a year. Between these times HYV business is mainly taken care of by the Executive Committee (the Xec) and through the website. www.highlandyouthvoice.org For the last Highland Youth Voice meeting our school reps were unable to attend so Kerrie Grant, Natasha Tomlin and I volunteered to go on their behalf. We were all very excited because we were getting the chance to stay in a castle for a weekend, but we didn’t know what we had to do while we were there. It was quite a long journey but when we arrived we registered then got split up into different groups for ‘speed dating’. When we settled into our groups we had to discuss issues in the Highlands which we felt needed to be sorted out. There were many topics to be discussed, but we had a limited time to discuss each one. The weekend’s theme was ‘Culture and Equality’, so everything was based on those topics. The next activity I chose to do was to learn Polish, which I found very difficult! Later that night we played bingo and watched Karaoke. The next day we got up early, had breakfast then started our next activity which was cheerleading. After that we went to the hall for a presentation about understanding young people from minority groups, which I enjoyed because it made me realise how difficult it is for some people to fit in. Later that day we had to choose a campaign group we wanted to be part of, so I chose the Health group. Before dinner we had a big discussion about Highland 2007 and what had been done, but many people argued that they didn’t feel enough had been done and we all felt the money could have been better spent. On the final day we were all exhausted but to try and waken up we took part in tai chi which I really enjoyed. Near the end, we had a meeting to sum up everything we had discussed over the weekend and what we want done in the Highlands. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience, as did Kerrie and Natasha, and we all wish we could go again. We have been invited to attend meetings in Lochaber so we are all pleased about that. We hope, after all the discussions over the weekend, that there will be many changes made in the Highlands to make it a better place for young people. Jaimi-Lea Logan 5RS Football Roundup Since the last newsletter our school teams at U13, U14, U15, and senior level have been competing in the Highland School League and in the cup competitions. U13: The Under 13 team have been performing admirably so far this season. The team, under the guidance of Mr Carlin, has mustered up the best goal difference in the league, despite playing considerably fewer games than most of the other teams. In the last three games they have scored a staggering twenty goals, including victories over Fortrose (10-2) and Charleston (7-2). In the North of Scotland Cup they overcame a strong Inverness Royal Academy side. Their 3-2 victory over IRA leads them to a tough encounter against the Nicolson Institute from Stornoway. With top performances coming from players such as Martin Munro and Connor MacRae (both S1), the team hope to climb up the table, with their crunch match against league leaders Dingwall in early December. U14: Mr Rudra’s Under 14 team have had results of both extremes so far this season. On their day they have been capable of beating anyone, most notably the 8-5 hammering of Nairn away from home and the 3-2 victory against Fortrose. However, the team has also been on the end of some less flattering results such as the 9-1 defeat to Inverness Royal in the North of Scotland Cup. U15: The Under 15s, trained by John Corbett and Mr Reynolds, are on course to repeat their successes of last season. With one game in hand, they are one point off the lead and have only lost one game so far this season. Their last game, at the time of writing, was a convincing 5-0 victory on the fortress of our Astroturf against Fortrose. They, like the Under 13 have a huge match against the Nicolson Institute in the North of Scotland Cup, and an equally tough match against Elgin in the Scottish Cup. Lewis Corbett (S3) successfully passed his trial for the North of Scotland select team, and Ian MacLellan’s trial with Celtic has been suspended until his broken arm mends. Seniors: The Seniors have struggled in recent weeks due to injury concerns and work commitments, a problem not faced by any other of the school teams. Despite a solid 6-2 victory in the North of Scotland Cup against Inverness Royal with help from four goals from David Forbes (one of which was a spectacular lob with his chest) the team has struggled to field a full strength team for most of their matches, hence the disappointing results to Golspie (0-3) and Millburn (1-4) away from home. However, the team took out their frustration with a 6-2 defeat of Plockton, and a superb 3-2 victory against league champions Ullapool both at home. The team, coached by John Ferguson and Mr Smith, also face a tricky North of Scotland Cup match against the Nicolson Institute at the neutral venue Inverness. David Childs 5L

Rotary Young Chef Competition 2007 On Friday 9 th November, I took part in the local heat of the Future Chef Competition at the Nevis Centre, Fort William. I was part of the senior heat and was against students from Ardnamurchan, Kinlochleven and Mallaig High Schools. There was also a junior heat where Kim Miller represented our school. To be able to qualify for the local heat, we had to compete against other chefs in our own school. The competition was very intense and everyone produced fantastic food and they were all very creative. Miss Morrison, H E Department and Mr MacLean, Rotary Club of Lochaber judged the school heats. My menu was ‘Roast Loin of Pork with a Tomato Fondue and Port Jus’ followed by ‘Individual Bread and Butter Pudding with Warm Ginger Cream Sauce’. When I began my cook-off, I was surprisingly relaxed and didn’t feel under a lot of pressure. I just made sure I knew what I was doing and that my commis chef (Eilidh MacIntyre) knew what to do. After an hour the main course was served. I was pleased with the outcome as I presented it to the chefs. The time passed fairly quickly and, before I knew it, I was serving the dessert. When the judges announced that I was the winner of the senior competition, it didn’t quite sink in until I was smiling for photos and the Head Teacher came up to congratulate me. I was really proud of myself and Eilidh. I think we worked really well together. I think it was a great way to finish off my cooking career in school and perhaps the start of a new one as I’ve always loved cooking and I’ve been doing Home Economics for 6 years. There were a lot of people involved in the competition but none of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Mrs Harrower, the Home Economics teacher. She put so much time and effort into it and was so helpful and patient with all the practices. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take part in the competition next year as I am over the age limit, but I would like to encourage people who have any interest in cooking to give it a go. It really is worthwhile and there is a lot of support available for you. Rachel Weir 6R Junior Competition Outdoor Activities Competition winner Rachel Weir with Home Economics Teacher Mrs Harrower and Chef Duncan Gibson As it was getting closer to the young chef competition I was getting more and more nervous but, when I finally got to the Nevis Centre and saw the people who I would be competing against, my nerves suddenly turned into excitement. I got the dish underway quickly. After the dish was cooked I walked around the kitchen to check out all the other competitors’ dishes: they all looked amazing. I was very worried when waiting for the results, but when the Kim’s Gaelic Salmon judge announced the winner as Mallaig School I was very pleased, because the dish looked stunning, but then the judge announced second place. I was shocked – it was me!! I received a cash prize and a certificate. It was a wonderful experience. I am now looking forward to next year’s competition. Kim Miller 3L Over the past few months we have been on two expeditions with the Outdoor Education Group. We started with Hill Walking in Glen Nevis and, while having fun, we learnt a lot about Health and Safety. Ashley even lay down on wet grass and pretended to be 'Dawn' who had broken her leg! In the afternoon we took part in a Rock Climbing challenge. At first everyone was moaning because the shoes didn't fit but once we took to the rock everyone's spirits lifted. The most recent day out was at Outward Bound Loch Eil. We took part in a ‘High Ropes Challenge’ where we had to climb to the top of a very high pole and jump off to catch a suspended trapeze. We even held Mr Reynolds off the ground for a few minutes. In the afternoon we took part in a challenge where we were up against Mallaig High School. We had to build a raft made from only barrels and ropes. Mallaig High School won but we all had a brilliant day and I can't wait until the next trip—Skiing and Snowboarding! Emma Fraser 3RS

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