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25 May 2020Return of Text Books

AHS Textbook Drop Off.

Locations for pupils to hand in last year's textbooks for return to school are as follows:

Acharacle - Acharacle Community Centre, Main Entrance.

Ardgour - Bus stand at Village Hall.

Lochaline - Lochaline Stores

Kilchoan - Ferry Stores shop

Strontian - Strontian Hotel.

Labelled boxes are in place at all locations from Monday (Acharacle and Strontian are on place as of today) until 31st May.

Please put a slip in each book stating Name of pupil, (old) Year, Teacher.

Please adhere to current social distance rules and use hand sanitiser provided.

Many thanks to everyone on Parent Council and Community Councils and AHS for running this together.

25 May 2020North Atlantic Region Corona Challenge

The Chair of the Highlands and Islands European Partnership is encouraging young people to take part in a special challenge to come up with creative ideas to help the North Atlantic region. 

Sponsored by Highlands & Islands European Partnership, the North Atlantic Corona Challenge 2020 is looking for young people to develop their best idea to save lives, businesses and communities affected by the Corona virus in the North Atlantic region. This will take the form of a 48-hour online challenge to run from 29-31 May 2020 with monetary prizes for the top three ideas. 

The Highland Council’s spokesman on Europe Cllr Jimmy Gray, Chair of the Highlands & Islands European Partnership welcomed the initiative. He said: “I know how creative and forward thinking our young people are so I’m sure there will be lots of constructive and imaginative suggestions put forward. This is a great opportunity, not only because of the financial prize money on offer for the top ideas, but Highlands & Islands Enterprise will provide entrepreneurship support to the winning team with a Highlands and Islands participant. It’s a chance to get involved in finding solutions for the future so I hope as many young people as possible living across the Highlands and Islands take up the challenge.” 

Full details can be found at https://www.coronachallenge.fo/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/coronachallenge/ or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coronachallenge.fo/

Registration of entries closes on May 28th.

12 May 2020Fuaran 2020

Tha Fèisean nan Gàidheal a' sìreadh chom-pàirtichean airson Fuaran, pròiseact dualchais airson daoine òga eadar 16-25. Gheibh òigridh taic is trèanadh airson a bhith a' rannsachadh òrain às na sgìrean aca fhèin, le cothrom an clàradh as ùr!

Chi sibh na h-òrain a chaidh a rannsachadh agus a ghabhail gu ruige seo air www.feisean.org/fuaran

Chan eil ach 12 àite rim faotainn air a’ phròiseact seo. Chi sibh foirm-clàraidh an seo - https://tinyurl.com/Fuaran20.

 Applications are now open for Fuaran, a heritage project run by Fèisean nan Gàidheal for young Gaelic speakers aged 16-25. There’s training and support available for up to 12 young people to research songs from their communities and then record them as new! 

See the songs researched and collected by past Fuaran youngsters by visiting www.feisean.org/furaran

Apply now at https://tinyurl.com/Fuaran20

12 May 2020West Highland College Open Days

West Highland College UHI are holding weekly open days over the coming weeks, the first is scheduled for Friday 15th May.  There will be knowledgeable staff ready online or by phone to answer your questions about the broad range of courses offered at your local West Highland College UHI campuses. You can also receive advice on funding, support and any other queries you may have about studying. Pupils and parents can find out more and book a 1:1 appointment here: https://www.facebook.com/events/259631801833468/

11 May 2020Scholar On Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

11/05/2020

6pm

Computing

Higher

Tuesday

12/05/2020

6pm

Chemistry

Advanced Higher

Thursday

14/05/2020

6pm

Human Biology

Higher

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR's Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions

24 April 2020cafe-bheairteis-gaelic-conversation

O chionn greiseag, chuir Fèisean nan Gàidheal café air doigh ann an Inbhir Nis leis an amas Gàidhlig a chleachdadh. Tron lockdown bu mhath leinn fear fa-leth, didisiteach a chur air doigh gach seachdain do na deugairean & daoine òga air feadh Alba – agus fiù’s air feadh an t-saoghail! -  a’ tòiseachadh a-màireach.

 

DIHAOINE SEO TIGHINN (24mh); àm tòiseachaidh 3.30f; àm criochnaidh 4.15f & gach feasgar Dhihaoine tron lockdown.

Bhitheamaid fada nur comain ma bhios sibh deònach taic a thoirt dhuinn le beagan sanasachd.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafe-bheairteis-gaelic-conversation-cafe-tickets-103418589786?ref=estw

 Fèisean nan Gàidheal (FnG) has been running a Gaelic conversation café in Inverness for the past few months and through the lockdown we would like to offer a digital ‘café’, aimed specifically at teenagers and young adult Gaelic speakers throughout the country, and perhaps even further afield!. FnG staff will be present during each café, although we are hoping to take a backseat and allow the young folk space to communicate. We propose holding this each Friday afternoon 3.30-4pm. Spaces will be limited and so we ask all those interested to please register (it is a free event)  through Eventbrite here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafe-bheairteis-gaelic-conversation-cafe-tickets-103418589786?ref=estw

 

 

 

 

09 April 2020Free School Meals

Free school meals FAQs

 

Who is entitled to receive the voucher?

Following Scottish Government guidance, vouchers can be given to children in P1-P3 who receive School Clothing Grants and all children in P4 – S6 who are entitled to Free School Meals.

 

Children in Early Years who are eligible will also be supported during this time.  Further details will be issued to families shortly

 

I think I am entitled for School Clothing Grants and/or Free School Meals.  How do I apply?

 

If your circumstances have changed, or you have not previously applied for a School Clothing Grant or Free School Meals, then you can apply online at: -

 

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/899/schools_-_grants_and_benefits/10/free_school_meals_and_assistance_with_clothing

 

How much is paid?

£15 per child per week.  

 

What is an e-voucher?

An e-voucher is a digital voucher that you can use to pay for food. It is sent to your e-mail address.

 

How are e-vouchers issued?

They are sent via e-mail to the main contact e-mail address provided by you to the school.  

 

What can they be used for?

For food and everyday supplies. Exclusions include alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and fuel.

 

 

 

How do they work?

 

You can either print the voucher, use the e-mail in store or take a screen shot using your smart phone.

 

Where can they be used?

They can generally be used in any of the following retailers: Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Marks & Spencers and Morrisons.  

 

(The exception is for vouchers issued through “PayPoint” for those the most remote areas of the Highlands where they can be used at retail outlets that offer PayPoint). 

 

Who are they issued to?

They are sent via e-mail to the main contact e-mail address provided by you to the school.  

What do I do if my e-mail address has changed?

Please e-mail School.FoodVouchers@highland.gov.uk the following information:

 

  • Current main contact e-mail address
  • New main contact e-mail address
  • Main contact name
  • Home address
  • Post code
  • Contact telephone number
  • Name of school/s attended by your child/children

 

What do I do if the Council has written to me for my main contact e-mail address?

Please e-mail School.FoodVouchers@highland.gov.uk the following information:

 

  • Current main contact e-mail address
  • New main contact e-mail address
  • Main contact name
  • Home address
  • Post code
  • Contact telephone number
  • Name of school/s attended by your child/children

 

Will the Council phone me to ask me for my e-mail address?

No, never.  The Council will write to you seeking this information if required and you will be asked to respond to: -  School.FoodVouchers@highland.gov.uk

 

I do not have an email address, what can I do?

 

If you do not have a contact email address that we can use, please contact us via the HC Helpline on 0300 303 1362. 

 

I have not received an e-mail or a letter from Highland Council, but my children already get Free School Meals.  What should I do?

Please contact us via the HC email : School.FoodVouchers@highland.gov.uk

 

 

I have not received my voucher?

Some vouchers could go into your Spam/junk e-mail. Please ensure you check before e-mailing School.FoodVouchers@highland.gov.uk

 

How often are vouchers issued?

We intend to issue fortnightly payment in advance with the next vouchers due to be issued during the week commencing 13 April 2020, and on a fortnightly basis thereafter.

 

Can I get change if my shop is less than the value of the voucher?

No cash/change is available from these vouchers. If your spend is less than the value of the voucher, then the balance can be used on your next shop with that same retailer, and the total value of the voucher is to be used within 3 months of the date of issue of the voucher.

There are some exceptions to this and in these circumstances,  payments will be issued through “PayPoint” for those in the most remote areas of the Highlands.  Paypoint vouchers are exchanged for cash at retail outlets that offer PayPoint. 

 

Does the voucher need to be spent in the one transaction?

No. If your spend is less than the value of the voucher, the balance can be used on your next shop with that retailer, and the total value of the voucher is used within 3 months of the date of issue of the voucher.

For vouchers issued through “PayPoint” for those in the most remote areas of the Highlands, the vouchers expire after 1 month

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact School.FoodVouchers@highland.gov.uk

 

09 April 2020Scholar On Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Tuesday

14/04/2020

6pm

6pm

Chemistry

English

National 5

Advanced Higher

Thursday

16/04/2020

6pm

6pm

Biology

Maths

Higher

National 5

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR's Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Best wishes,

 

SCHOLAR Development Team

30 March 2020Free School Meals Update

Highland Council to launch e-vouchers for free school meals

 

Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020. 

This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure over 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed. For the majority of pupils, this will be delivered digitally through e-vouchers for food in local supermarkets.

Enabling choice will provide flexibility and also help to reduce waste, as food can be purchased according to need or preference in the household. Some restrictions do apply as the e-vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products such as tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets and fuel.

The impact of Coronavirus has caused many vulnerable families additional hardship and this process will ensure that the most vulnerable children can get food.

Highland Council continues to investigate other ways of providing food across the Highlands for vulnerable groups within the rapidly changing environment. This includes working closely with High Life Highland, Eden Court and our many partners including the Third Sector. Further information will be provided in due course.

Cllr John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee, said: “The provision of school meals is a priority service that we are committed to delivering including during when schools are closed in the current times. I applaud the Highland Council staff who are working hard to implement this service as quickly as possible and for e-vouchers to be issued next week”.

A helpline number has been set up for anyone who is struggling and needing urgent help during this crisis. The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free. 

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30 March 2020Scholar On Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Tuesday

       31/03/2020

6pm

Chemistry

Advanced Higher

Thursday

       02/04/2020

6pm

Biology

National 5

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR's Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

26 March 2020UCAS

The university admissions service, UCAS, has announced that it is to give students more time to make decisions about their choice of university.  The move has been prompted by the need to create a period of stability for both universities and students following the unprecedented events of the past week in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

UCAS has said that it expects the admissions cycle to run broadly similarly to previous years, with the flexibility for applicants to make choices throughout the rest of the year and a clearing process over the summer.  The website of the Scottish Funding Council carries this information here.

26 March 2020Highland Council Helpline

The Highland Council has launched a free helpline to give assistance and to collect details of individuals and community groups looking to provide volunteering support during Covid19. 

The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free.

26 March 2020SQA update

As per the Headteacher's letter of 24th March regarding an update from SQA the key points to note are as follows:

* No learner coursework to be submitted for Higher and Advanced Higher courses

* National 5 coursework should not be submitted from now on

* Coursework should still be considered as part of the process of estimating grades

* Further details about the certification process will be provided “as soon as possible”

26 March 2020Sanitary Products

In a change to the message below, we are in the process of making different arrangements for the uplift of sanitary products. Please keep an eye on our pages for further information.

 

We are making sanitary products available for our pupils in the foyer of the school which is currently accessible during the school day.

Please call in and collect them if you can. We realise this is inconvenient for our pupils in outlying areas but perhaps they can be collected by a friend or neighbour passing through Strontian.

Keep well.

24 March 2020Digital School Award

Congratulations to The Digital Leaders' Team who have achieved The Digital School Award following a recent validation visit.

We are now recognised as a Digital School in Scotland.

Here is an extract from the award letter:

"We are confident that Ardnamurchan High School will be a pioneer among schools where digitally enhanced teaching and learning is helping our children and young people prepare for living in the 21st Century"

These skills will be put to good use in the following weeks!

24 March 2020School Closure

In line with National and Council procedures, Ardnamurchan High School and Strontian Primary Schools are closed due to the Covid19 Pandemic. Staff are working hard to provide activities and lessons for all pupils and any updates to this page/website will by necessity, be intermittent.

Our thanks for everyone's support and understanding.

20 March 2020Letter from the Chief Executive

 

Please access the latest letter from the Chief Executive here:

20.03.20-ltr-to-schools-coronavirus.pdf

20 March 2020Scholar On Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

23/03/2020

6pm

Biology

Higher

Tuesday

    24/03/2020

6pm

Chemistry

Advanced Higher

Wednesday

25/03/2020

6pm

Physics

National 5

Thursday

     26/03/2020

6pm

    Maths

National 5

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR's Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

16 March 2020Princess Trust Donation

A big well done to Ailsa MacGillivray for making a generous donation of her long hair to the Princess Trust at the weekend. This is Ailsa's second donation.

      

 

13 March 2020Scholar On Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

16/03/2020

6pm

Computing

Higher

Tuesday

              17/03/2020

6pm

Chemistry

Higher

Thursday

              19/03/2020

6pm

Maths

Higher

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR's Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Best wishes,

 

SCHOLAR Development Team

09 March 2020Regional Final of Rotary Young Chef of the Year

Rotary Young Chef of the Year Scottish Regional final
Another fantastic result with a 1st place for our Young Chef, Helen Jones from Lochaline yesterday at the Scottish Regional final held in Stirling yesterday!
A well deserved win for Helen which takes us to the National Final in Warwick in May. This is the first time for Lochaber Rotary Club and Ardnamurchan High School to reach the National Final.
Her success is a testament to her commitment, hard work and skill with support from Gary Phillips, Helen's parents and of course Rotary Club of Lochaber and Mowi who sponsor the event. Well done Helen!

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