Ardnamurchan High School News



15 July 2020Information from DYW Team

Information from DYW Team

After the success of our first career webinar featuring MOWI, our second webinar which will focus on outdoor careers and courses has been organised. The event is free and for 16- 24 year olds looking to enter the industry. The webinar is scheduled to take place on the 22nd July, 2.30 -3.30pm.

Speakers will include Brodie Hood, mountain biker, Chris Ball, Marketing staff from Nevis Range, outdoor instructor, Keir Coupland and lots more!

All information can be found on our website at https://www.dywwesthighland.org/make-adventure-your-highland-career/

Registration for tickets can be done at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-career-session-your-adventure-starts-here-in-the-highlands-tickets-113095758458

14 July 2020Music Videos from Celebration of Success

29 June 2020DYW Summer Leavers Programme


The summer leavers programme has been designed to give young people, looking for their next career steps, advice and guidance regarding opportunities. The programme will run throughout July and August and comprises of Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening and the Skills Academy. Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening will include online pathways to industry, vocational pathways and pathways to priority industry sessions/ webinars. The online, Skills Academy will run throughout the months of July and August consisting of industry career talks, skills sessions, E-Learning, the #NoWrongPathCampaign and job application guidance, comprising of a virtual mock interview, CV and cover letter feedback. The e-learning and mock interviews/CV checks are only for those progressing into employment from school as a priority.


Summer leavers  can register now to the Skills Academy through https://www.dyw.scot/skills-academy.html and must do so before the 12th July. Can you please circulate to any leavers or to any pupils planning to leave in the current 4th, 5th and 6th year? More information will be on our website soon.


29 June 2020CLAS Gaidhlig Writing Competition


Well done to Lisa Ford who won first prize in the annual CLAS Gaidhlig writing competition for 2020.

Her creative piece  of writing on the them 'Glaiste'  ( locked up)  has earned her a 50 pound gift  voucher. Well done to the other pupils who entered as well , Alexander Pervan and Roanna Rough - you will get your vouchers in August Mr MacInnes

24 June 2020Pupils need your votes

During lock down, Alistair and Dugald have been busy and they have entered an International Sustainable Development Challenge. Their pitch could give AHS a nice bit of promotion if they make it through to the next round, but they need votes to do this.  If you like the idea, please can you vote and promote? They have been taking part in the Moonshot Pirates #beapirate challenge to develop ideas towards the worlds Sustainable Development Goals. You can take a look at their pitch here, and they need as many votes as possible to get to the next round where they can present their ideas in more detail.  Voting is open from today, Monday 22nd June and closes at noon on Monday 28th June 2020. You can place a vote every day. They would like to develop a solution that would help to end world fuel poverty. They think their solution could  be implemented all over Africa, but they have come up with their proposal with Mali in mind. In Mali only 55% of the urban population, and a tiny minority of the rural population have access to electricity.  Their idea is to develop a unit, to be placed in both rural communities and urban districts, that uses organic solar cells to generate electricity for basic amenities.  The unit then uses any excess electricity to generate ammonia through ammonia electro-synthesis, using only nitrogen (filtered from the air), and water. Ammonia is a carbon free fuel and when burnt with a catalyst (CuOx/3A25), produces no greenhouse gases or harmful emissions - allowing it to replace wood as a major fuel source in places such as Mali. Using ammonia as a heat source could lead to reducing deforestation in these areas, which in turn reduces soil erosion and desertification, alleviating many environmental problems in these regions. If you like their idea, then please vote for it on the link below - and share as much as you can. Only the top few projects get through to the next round. Voting is open from today, Monday 22nd June and closes at noon on Monday 28th June 2020, and you can place a vote every day. https://app.moonshotpirates.com/bootcamps/previews/srZ7X8Z8oIVU0FsG/voting/vCeJpF2GcxkFLck8 For more details you can email them on ardnapirates@gmail.com. You can also like then on Instagram and Twitter @ardnapirates Many thanks Helen



24 June 2020Sgoil-Shamhraidh DrĂ ma Air Loidhne / Gaelic Drama Summer School Online

Sgoil-Shamhraidh Dràma Air Loidhne / Gaelic Drama Summer School Online

6 - 10 Iuchar/ July 2020

Bh'againn ris an Sgoil-Shamhraidh Dhràma a chur dheth na bu thràithe sa bhliadhna air sgàth buaidh a chorona bhìorais ach na h-àite bi mi fhèin 's Lana Pheutan, stiùriche ealain na Sgoile, a lìbhrigeadh dreach air loidhne dhith eadar 6 agus 10 den Iuchar. Tha an sgoil saor 's an asgaidh 's tha i fosgailte do dheugairean a tha fileanta sa Ghàidhlig le ùidh ann an dràma eadar 13 - 17 bliadhna a dh'aois.

Lorgar postair agus tuilleadh fiosrachaidh mun Sgoil le ceangal gu foirm-iarrtais air loidhne an seo aig www.feisean.org/ssd/ agus tha dreach den fhiosrachadh sa Bheurla an seo https://www.feisean.org/en/gaelic-drama-summer-school/

S e Diciadain 1 den Iuchar an ceann latha a th'againn son iarrtasan.

We had to cancel this years residential Gaelic Drama Summer School because of the corona virus but myself and Lana Pheutan, the School's artistic director, will be delivering an online alternative between the 6th and 10th of July. The Sgoil is free of charge and is open to Gaelic speaking teenagers interested in drama aged between 13 and 17.

More information with a poster and link to an online application form can be found at www.feisean.org/ssd/ and an English version of the info here: https://www.feisean.org/en/gaelic-drama-summer-school/

Wednesday 1st July is the deadline for applications.



10 June 2020

The DYW West Highland programme is regionally hosted by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, and forms part of the Scottish Government youth employment strategy to better prepare young people for the world of work.

As part of their immediate solution during COVID-19 will be to provide a series of employer-led online events to showcase the opportunities that are currently available across the programmes geographical reach.

This upcoming event below is aimed at school-leavers but also open to all young people out of school up to the age of 28 years old, those who may have been made redundant, are unemployed, or simply looking for a career opportunity or change. Teachers, parents, and carers are also welcomed to join and learn about the opportunities available. Mowi alone has over 80 different career roles, including roles in planning, procurement, logistics, finance, marketing, Human Resources, science, marine and engineering – the list goes on. Aquaculture is a growth industry sector with a huge variety of opportunities.

Mowi Event - Will Salmon find me a Career

This event will offer an interactive online discussion with a range of Mowi staff who will speak from the heart to provide valuable insights into their aquaculture career to inspire potential future colleagues.

To attend the event – you just simply need to book your space https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mowi-careers-showcase-can-salmon-find-me-a-career-tickets-107760837566?ref=estwhere which takes seconds to do.

To sign up to this event or for further information about other ways that DYW West Highland are encouraging employers to promote the world of work for young-people head to www.dywwesthighland.org today.

29 May 2020Highland Council Media Release

Back to school and learning – ‘carefully and gradually’


The Highland Council is assessing the implications of the First Minister’s announcements made on the 21st May about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, concerning teachers and other education staff returning to the workplace during June to prepare for the return to school and settings on 11th August.

Highland Council’s Education Committee Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: “The return to workplace and Highland schools for our Education staff will have to be undertaken carefully and gradually.

“I understand the desire for parents and pupils to know what plans and preparations will be put in place to enable the start of term on 11th August; and that is exactly what our Education staff will be working on in the coming weeks.

“While I understand parental and pupil anxieties, especially for those starting at school - at this stage and ahead of formal engagement with local head teachers, parent forums and communities it is too early for the Council to provide any finalised plans or proposals on what the return to school will look like for Highland families. It is important that the local circumstances of each school will need to be considered along with consultations with key stakeholders. As soon as that information is available schools and the Council will promote this widely.”

Paul Senior, Executive Chief Officer Education & Learning added:

“There is a huge amount of preparation underway to return schools and our education settings in line with government guidelines. Before teaching and education staff can return to school, there are a number of measures we will be deploying to ensure that the views of Highland's head teachers, parents, carers and communities inform our plans.

"These will include rigorous risk assessments that will need to be carried out, to ensure that safe distance working practices and other risk prevention measures can be adhered, to that will enable staff to return to the workplace safely in environments that are as safe as possible to minimise the potential for risk.

"Then, as soon as jointly agreed, risk assessed back-to-school plans are in place, the Council along with our schools and settings will provide information to parents, carers and pupils on what the new normal will be like.”

Pupils and parents should keep an eye on the news page of the Council’s website at: www.highland.gov.uk/news/archive; and the Council’s Twitter  https://twitter.com/HighlandCouncil or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/highlandcouncil/ for updates on back-to-school information.


Notes to editors:

While we do appreciate the public interest in return to school preparations – for all our staff health and safety it is not possible at the moment to provide media opportunities with the additional risk of media present on school sites, so we are declining all requests for filming and interviews for the time being.

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:















Advanced Higher




Human Biology


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

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