Newsletter 7 - December 2007 - Lochaber High School
Pipers ‘off duty’ at Fairburn Members of the Lochaber Schools Pipe Band went to Fairburn from 6 th to 8 th September. Fairburn is an activity centre near Beauly and we try to go there every two years if we raise enough money. We raise money by playing at a variety of events and by playing in the High Street every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer. At Fairburn we were allowed to do paintball which was really fun. We had to hide behind things and run up the hill to get the flag. We also did a ropes course, orienteering, zip line, tree climbing and mountain biking. These were all really fun and everyone enjoyed them. In the evenings we were never bored. We would play hide-and-seek or play football. We even played volleyball with a beach ball! We had a great time and have already started fundraising for the next trip! Victoria MacDonald 3N The Green Machine Scottish Natural Heritage’s ‘Green Machine’ rolled into school on 9th November to highlight the importance of environmental issues. Groups of pupils attended hands-on sessions in the specially commissioned truck, learning about renewable energy, recycling and climate change. The project is funded by SNH, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland 2007, the Montane Scrub Project and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Glass Art As part of the Fort William Health Centre Public Art Project, our senior Art & Design pupils had a unique opportunity to work with a renowned glass artist, Emma Butler-Cole Aitken, last month. Ms Butler-Cole Aitken, who studied at Edinburgh College of Art, was commissioned to create the distinctive glass panels depicting local landscape, heritage, culture, language and wildlife which are situated in the health centre’s waiting area. The workshop at Lochaber High was one of a series of opportunities being offered to local pupils as part of the outreach and interpretation programme of the health centre’s public art project.
The Space Girls Since our last newsletter was published, our two S5 pupils have learned that they have succeeded in winning places at Scottish Space School 2008. Laura MacCallum will be part of a group of 25 students from all over Scotland who will be spending 10 days at NASA headquarters at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Hannah Earnshaw will join 45 pupils from the north and west of Scotland at a week-long residential summer school in Glasgow, run jointly by Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. The summer school in Glasgow will involve several visiting members of the NASA team. The Houston workshop involves a series of activities and lectures run by NASA astronauts and scientists linked with visits to NASA labs and the space shuttle control centre. Hannah and Laura are continuing Lochaber High School’s successful link with NASA and Scottish Space School. Sandy Rodger and Gavin Eardley have already attended the NASA programme in Houston, whilst Euan Tregaskis was picked for Scottish Summer School. In addition to our Space School placements, we have also had a visit from NASA astronauts and scientists who spoke to S5 and S6 pupils studying Higher and Advanced Higher Science subjects. One of these astronauts, Alvin Drew, has just returned from space where he was a member of the latest shuttle mission. Scottish Space School is organised by Careers Scotland. It involves selecting pupils from an initial entry of 2000 pupils from all over Scotland. Well done girls! CITB Award Congratulations to Jamie MacKay, S5 who has been awarded the Construction Industry Training Board Shield by Inverness College School of Construction and Forestry. The shield is awarded annually to the most promising student on the Vocational Pathways Construction course for secondary school pupils. Medical Students Visiting Writer Well known writer Iain Banks visited the school on Friday 9 th October to talk to Higher and Advanced Higher English pupils about his work. As always, he was an immensely entertaining speaker, and pupils were given considerable insight into his sources of inspiration for such modern classics as “The Wasp Factory” and “The Crow Road” as well as being offered useful advice on how to approach their own writing. Gymnastics Club Mrs Grant, Active Schools Co-ordinator, runs this club on Mondays after school for pupils of all years. We practise gymnastic skills and create and perform routines. So far this year we have participated in ‘Lament’ (The Massacre of Glencoe) which was held in the Nevis Centre in November. We all enjoyed being part of the production, and performing in front of a large, local audience. The participants were Roslyn Oliver, Roisin McArthur, Kirsty Harrower, Carla Marshall, Lily Confield, Alice Currie, Elspeth McCrae, Lauren MacLeod, Eilidh Munro and Melissa Hogg. We are now working towards Gymfest, a gymnastics display event held in Irvine in May. We will be performing a new routine which we are currently choreographing. Any pupils interested in being involved should come along on Mondays at 3:40. Kirsty Harrower, Roisin McArthur, Roslyn Oliver Two final year medical students, Juliana Moni and Michael Lau from Aberdeen University were in the school from 12 th – 23 rd November. They were involved in a variety of activities in eight departments delivering lessons, promoting discussion, chairing debates and conducting mock interviews. The students settled quickly into the school and, in a relatively short time, made a significant contribution to the life of the school. Thank You Thanks to the class of 1989-95 who thought of their old school when they raised £500 for the school in a raffle held at their reunion in the BA Club in October.