On Wednesday 5th March staff and pupils will get the chance to throw rotten fruit t the Head Teacher John McGilp to raise funds for Shannon Hartley’s Project Trust trip to South Africa. For staff three bits of fruit will cost £2 and pupils £1. John will be placed in old style stocks.
It is with great regret that I write to inform you that I will be permanently leaving the school. I interviewed successfully on Wednesday for the post of Head Teacher at Coltness High School in North Lanarkshire. My likely last day in school will be Friday 4th April, just prior to the Easter holidays. I have loved every minute of my time at the school and I thank the pupils, parents, staff (including the Parent Council & PTFF) and the wider school community for the support that I have received during my seven years here. The Chair of the Parent Council, Mr Borland, has already had discussions with Highland Council about what arrangements will be put in place in terms of finding a successor.
On Thursday 13 February, KHS S1–3 along with some S4–6 and pupils from associated primaries enjoyed an afternoon programme of films and speakers to launch the Fort William Mountain Festival's new Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture. And we were treated to:
* A thrilling half-hour film of 13-year-old Ella Kirkpatrick's ascent of the huge El Capitan cliff.
* An action-packed short featuring local mountain bike ace Joe Barnes.
* A talk and slideshow from legendary hill runner Charlie Ramsay on the arduous 24-hour challenge of Ramsay's Round on the hills just to our north.
So plenty of inspiration there to get out and enjoy the wealth and variety of the great outdoors, thanks to the Mountain Festival for coming, and how we'd love to see one of our own picking up this award next year or at some future date!
See also http://www.mountainfestival.co.uk/mountain-award/youth-award/
Given the weather conditions it was thanks to the AWP that the game actually went ahead! The game started with the pupils having the wind advantage in the first half and the Wimbledon-style long ball tactics employed by the pupils mainly initiated by David Malcolm could not breakdown a strong-willed teachers defence and Mr Milne in goals had a couple of outstanding saves. Various excursions down the left flank by Mikey McLean & Jack MacLean were thwarted and great praise goes to Mr Mahoney, Mr Cordier & Mr Allan in defence who were all collosusiss. As the game continued Barna Tot started to try to put his foot on the ball and create something but due to harrying by Mr Heron and Mr Smith these were to come to no avail. The second half started and with the wind at their back the teachers started to come into the game a bit more and were playing football that could only be matched by Brazil and Cian MacPhee in goal started to look like a really worried individual! Of particular interest in the second half was the ease at which the staff were managing to nutmegg various indivduals with Paul McFatridge, Jack MacLean and Barna Tot all falling foul of this! As the game progressed and staff started to tire and think of the marking that they had to do the young, fitter BUT not as talented pupils began to come into their own and the likes of Barna Tot, Patrick MacLean, Sam Moffit and Ruaridh Mills all came close to ending the deadlock and began dominating in the middle of the park. Finally in the dying seconds having missed what can only be described as a “barrell load” Ryan MacIntyre popped up to poke a very lucky tap in from about six inches to seal the victory. Praise goes to Jamie and Arran Sykes, Fraser “The Chef” Cooper and Stephen McGuire who became honourary “staff” for the afternoon...please however boys stay out of the staffroom tomorrow! Playback technology after the match proved that the other nine goals were either “offside”, “hand ball” or “flukey” so have been ruled null and void by the SFA, therefore making the match a narrow one nil victory to the very fortunate pupils!
Match report by John "unbiased" McGilp
Sadly Ian Girvan, the school’s Finance Officer, had his last meeting with us today as he retires on the 27th of April. Ian has been with us for a number of years and has worked with Jim Sutherland, Chris Millar-Craig, Gordon Milne and John McGilp, keeping them right in a budgetary sense...along with a few other areas! He has been a great servant to the Council and a good colleague to work with. We wish him well in his retirement on the golf course and on his various jaunts around the globe...enjoy!
Thank you to all who attended, helped out and participated in the coffee morning in Ballachulish village hall. The event was very well attended and enjoyed by hall. Crepes making, Raffle, Tombola, Face painting and lovely home baking and teas and coffees were on the menu.
The event allowed to raise an amazing £1175!! All the money raised goes towards
Always trying to provide out of the classroom learning opportunity, as a school we wish to offer a trip to France to the pupils. We believe that such experiences are motivating, unforgettable and inspiring for are young people.
This year, to stay close to the curriculum, we would like to offer a trip to Normandy and Paris from the 30th of August to the 6th of September.
Pupils will have the opportunity to visit the Normandy beaches and museums, the world Famous Mont Saint Michel as well as the Landmarks of Paris in a boat trip. To finish their experience pupils will spend a day in the Parc Astérix theme park near Paris.
The accommodation will be a castle (picture) with private grounds and facilities such as all sports pitches, tennis courts, games room… Every evening, culture and fun related activities are organised for the pupils. They will be able to sample French cuisine but also do it themselves, try out circus skills…
The overall cost of the trip will be of £361 per pupil.
A letter will be sent home next week to check interest.
Over the course of a pupil’s time in the school they receive trips that cost somewhere in the region of £1300. These trips being: Lochiel Outward Bound, the S2 Activities Week, OYT, D of E and the 6th Year Trip. The cost of these trips to the pupil is somewhere in the region of £350, so the school has a shortfall of around £1000 to pay per pupil in the school. The more money the PTFF raise the less money that the school has to pay from its ever decreasing budget for these once in a lifetime opportunities.
“Club 2008” works on the basis that £12 will be taken from your account annually, the equivalent of £1 per month, and the last Friday of every month there will be a draw for £50. If we can get you to sign up for a standing order then it helps the PTFF from an administrative point of view BUT more importantly we also hope that once your children are through the school you will also be kind enough to keep supporting us! If every family signed up one member this would net us another £1300 a year to put towards trips for little or no effort plus you also get 12 chances a year to win £50! I would implore you to sign up AND hopefully get a friend, neighbour or relative to do so too.
I you are interested in signing up please e-mail: jill,email@example.com and ask for a standing order form.
26th February Family Quiz Kinlochleven High School Theatre
3rd May Pre-65 Trials Catering
20th June Race Night – Venue tbc
The next meeting of the PTFF will be at 7pm on Wednesday 4th June at Glencoe Boat Club followed by the Parent Council at 8pm.
The following dates were set at the start of the year for Parents’ Nights and this is a reminder of them:
S4 4th March
S5/6 11th March
S2 & S3 25th March
S1 10th June
P7 17TH June