Newsletter 7 - December 2007 - Lochaber High School
Pottery Club Our new display in the school’s reception area features a selection of work by members of the Pottery Club. Two popular weekly clubs run after school, where pupils have created a wealth of exciting ceramics. In the Beginners’ Group students learn basic hand building techniques and how to glaze, while members of the Advanced Group continue these techniques in their own personal projects. An unloaded firing is always greeted with excitement and enthusiasm with work being whisked off home straight away. A big “thank you” to those potters who have brought items back for the display. Visiting the Chancellor Rebekah MacDonald, a Sixth Year pupil from our Support Base, had her design for a Christmas card entered in a competition run by the charity ’Every Disabled Child Matters’. The challenge was to design the Chancellor’s Christmas Card and her design reached the final, resulting in a trip to London for Rebekah, two members of her family and Mrs Cooper who had worked on the project with her class. This is Rebekah’s account of the trip. I went to London because I was asked to design a Christmas card for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. My card was chosen out of about 600 entries to be put in the finals. There were twelve cards chosen for the finals. We were given the opportunity to join the other 11 finalists for a tea party in 11 Downing Street. We travelled down to London on the Monday night from Inverness in the sleeper train. We went to the Hard Rock Café for lunch which was good. The food there was very nice and the burgers were huge! When lunch was over we went sightseeing in London. We travelled back to the hotel for around 3:00pm because we had to get ready to go to Downing Street. We went to Downing Street in a taxi. When we first arrived at Downing Street we were searched. The people in number 11 were very nice to us. On our second day we went to the London Eye which was really good. I have always wanted to Show Racism the Red Card S6 pupils Kathleen Gillanders, Sammi Jenkins, Claire Harris and Jasmin Pilling helped to raise £161.93 for Children in Need by organising, with the help of canteen staff Kevin Fraser and May MacLeod, the sale of Show Racism the Red Card quiz sheets. 1 st prize, a £40 Intersport gift voucher was won by Christopher MacLeod (2LN). The 2 nd prizes of pairs of tickets to a Ross County football match went to Joanne Gillanders (4S) and Shannon Young (1S). 3 rd prize, a signed Scotland poster was won by Rebecca Robertson (1S). Chancellor Alistair Darling MP meets teacher Mrs Cooper and Rebekah go on it. Our “flight” was at 11:00. It took ½ hour for the wheel to make a complete turn in which time our capsule was moved higher and higher over London. It was amazing to see how big London really was as we had only seen it from the ground. We also went on a ‘Big Bus Tour’ and visited Madame Tussaud’s. I had a great trip and it was exciting to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Burke Hare The cast, orchestra and crew of ‘Burke and Hare’, written and produced by Mr George Young and performed in LHS in September Earlier this session, ‘the thunder roared and the rain lashed down’ as brutal murders were committed in Lochaber High School by the infamous … Burke and Hare! After four years of hard work, the musical play, ‘Burke and Hare’ by music teacher Mr George Young, hit the stage on the 24 th – 27 th of September. Serious rehearsals began in mid January, which included many hours of singing, dancing and drama. As the usual ‘week-before-panic’ set in, the rehearsals became run-throughs and all too quickly the run-throughs became the live performances: AHHHHH! After the buzz of the primary school matinee, the three following performances flashed by in an instant. ‘Now the end is drawing near …’ after so many months of anticipation and excitement, the show we had loved for so long was finally over. All the cast, crew and orchestra would like to thank all the staff involved, everyone who came to see the show and, in particular, Mr Young for creating such an amazing memory for us all. All there is to say is “Goodnight.” Hang on, I am sure that was last year’s musical… So, Mr Young, what next? Claire Arnott / Laura MacCallum S1 Highland Wildlife Project All S1 science pupils have been preparing presentations on ‘Highland Wildlife’ and a winning group is selected from each class. All the winning groups then compete against each other. The finals were held at lunchtime on Thursday 15 th and Friday 16 th November. 1C and 1D were joint winners. The winners were Kate Blanchard, Megan MacPherson, Elise Arnott, Kirsty Harrower, Eilidh MacDonald and Chloe Elder. The standard of public speaking was very impressive. We had a puppet show, a dance, poetry recitations, humorous stories, video clips, models, visual aids and a host of first-class PowerPoint presentations. A selection of the groups’ poster work is displayed in the library.