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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!

28 February 2020Scholar On Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

09/03/2020

6pm

Modern Languages

Advanced Higher

Tuesday

10/03/2020

6pm

English

 Higher

Wednesday

11/03/2020

6pm

Physics

National 5

Thursday

12/03/2020

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.

21 February 2020Assembly today

Assembly today celebrated the Film G Successes from last week, Future Chef Competition success and recent fundraising.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal £100

Children First - £200

Roadpeace Scotland - £36

21 February 2020Scholar on-Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

24/02/2020

6pm

Computing

National 5

Wednesday

26/02/2020

6pm

Physics

       Higher

Thursday

               27/02/2020

6pm

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.

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

20 February 2020STEM Activity Day

On Monday 27th January, Tom from the Smallpiece Charitable Trust, presented a very full and active day based around team working skills and the relevance of engineering to society.

S2 and S3 pupils were organised into teams and challenged to work together as a company in order to design, build and sell a jet powered boat.

Tom was very impressed with the Ardnamurchan results and said that the boats had some of the fastest times he had ever seen (and he had been doing this challenge in schools all over Britain)!

A productive day enjoyed by all.

 

20 February 2020Film G awards - Soirbheachas ! ( Success !) OMC abair oidhche ! (Wowww what a night ! )

Tha sinn cho toilichte a ràdh gun robh an dà fhilm againn a fhuair chun na geàrr-liostaichean am-bliadhna (oidhirp shònraichte fiù’s fhèin) soirbheachail aig cuirm nan duaisean ann an Glaschu o chionn ghoirid

Bhuannaich am film GM S1 / 2 Gàidhlig 'Reòite!'  duais Riochdachaidh  Eadar-nàiseanta agus thèid e air adhart gu bhith a’r iochdachadh Alba a-nis  anns na duaisean film eadar-nàiseanta ann am Venice. Mura robh sin gu leòr fhuair an clas àrd-ìre luchd-ionnsachaidh againn an duais Gàidhlig airson filmichean Luchd-ionnsachaidh airson am film acasan  ‘An Cuach, na h-Iuchraichean agus an Dròn.’ !

San dealbh gu h-ìosal tha na sgoilearan againn air bhiorran leis na duaisean aca air an oidhche.

 

We are so pleased and proud to announce that both our films which made it to the shortlists this year ( an achievement in itself )  were successful at the Film G  awards ceremony in Glasgow recently

The S1/2 Gàidhlig medium film ‘Reòite!’ won the International representative award and will go forward to represent Scotland in the international Film awards in Venice . As if that wasn’t enough our senior learners class then scooped the Gaelic Award for Learners for their film An Cuach, na h-Iuchraichean agus an Dròn!

Pictured below are our delighted pupils with their awards at the ceremony.

19 February 2020Springboard Regional Final

Another successful competition for our young chef Helen Jones who produced another amazing meal at the Regional Final of the Springboard Future Chef competition. Helen was judged a 'very close runner-up' in this North of Scotland Regional Final held in Inverness last Thursday, and at only 12, outshone the other 7 contestants with her dessert named 'best of the day'. We look forward to more success in future years with Helen.
Congratulations once again to her.

12 February 2020Assembly today

Assembly today focused on Safer Internet Day and also celebrated the following achievements:

Snr Mathematical Challenge– Alistair Tait was presented with certificates for Best in Year, Best in School for this challenge and a Merit Certificate for the Kangaroo Challenge

• Rotary Young Chef District Final in East Kilbride – Helen Jones was presented with the Winner's Plate and Framed Certificate

• Shinty Awards were given out at the Shinty Dance last week for:

Under 14 Most Improved – Zach Alexander

U14 Player of the Year – Freddie Patterson

U17 Most Improved – Aaron Mellis

Development Most Improved – Beth Jackson

Development Player of the Year – Roslyn Ritchie

South 2 – most Improved – Mya Carmichael

South 2 – player of the year – Lisa Ford and Katie Cameron

Men’s Player of the Year (shared) – Herbie Patterson

National 1 –most improved – Frances MacDonald and Rebekah Connolly

Well done to everyone!

11 February 2020ASN Post now out to advert

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/teacher-asn-additional-support-needs-175-hours-ardnamurchan-high-school-hgh08194-182813

07 February 2020Rotary Young Chef of the Year

Rotary Young Chef of the Year
Congratulations to our first year pupil Helen Jones from Lochaline who took first place in the Rotary Young Chef District final in East Kibride yesterday. Helen kept her nerves in check to produce an amazing 3 course meal for 2 people in 2 hours.
We couldn't have done it without the help and mentoring from Gary Phillips , Head Chef at Kilcamb Lodge, Strontian who set the menu and provided the recipes.
Big thanks to Helen's parents for their support and Donald Young of Lochaber Rotary Club.
Helen now goes forward to the Scottish and North of England regional final on 7th March

 

07 February 2020Scholar on-Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Thursday

              13/02/20

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.

04 February 2020Snr Phase Parent's Evening 27th February 4.30 pm to 7 pm

Snr Phase Parent's Evening 27th February 4.30 pm to 7 pm

As many of you know, we will have a number of employers representatives available on this evening to talk to you and our young people about opportunities for the future. The employers we now expect are:

• BSW

• Scottish Water

• Crieff Hydro Group

• Royal Bank of Scotland

• Trees for Life

• Forestry Commission (possibly)

• West Highland College

 

This is a great chance to have a chat about possibilities for future employment and training and we hope parents will make the most of this.

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

31 January 2020Scholar on-Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

03/02/2020

6pm

Modern Languages

Advanced Higher

Tuesday

        04/02/2020

6pm

English

Higher

Wednesday

05/02/2020

6pm

Physics

           Higher

Thursday

        06/02/2020

6pm

Biology

Advanced 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.

30 January 2020Water Treatment Visit

The S2 Science class visited the Water Treatment Plant in Strontian yesterday and spent an interesting (if wet) hour exploring the system.

Thanks to the Scottish Water team who led an informative session.

28 January 2020PE Vacancy

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/teacher-secondary-physical-education-ardnamurchan-high-school-hgh08587-181262

24 January 2020Scholar on-Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Tuesday

              28/01/2020

6pm

English

National 5

Thursday

              30/01/2020

6pm

Biology

 Advanced 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

23 January 2020DYW Event

Developing Scotland's Young Workforce (DYW)
The whole school shared sessions on Monday 20th January run by DYW with the team behind the renovation of Duart Castle, in Mull.
Occupations of the team visiting were Stonemason, Architect, Material Scientist/Building Pathologist/Apprentice and the Castle Manager (Business/Hospitality).
Pupils had the opportunity to engage with members of the team and ask questions about the kind of work undertaken.
Thanks to the Duart Castle Team and DYW for organising this event.

17 January 2020Scholar on-Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

                    20/01/2020

6pm

Computing

Higher

Tuesday

                    21/01/2020

6pm

Chemistry

Higher

Wednesday

                    22/01/2020

6pm

Physics

Higher

Thursday

                    23/01/2020

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.

10 January 2020Quiz Night

10 January 2020Scholar on-Line Sessions

SCHOLAR's upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day

Date

Time

Subject

Level

Monday

13/01/2020

6pm     

6.45pm

Modern Languages

Higher

Advanced Higher

Tuesday

        14/01/2020

6pm

English

 Higher

Thursday

        16/01/2020

6pm

Biology / 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.

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

Best wishes,

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