Thurso Pupils Raise £260.83 for Village Well in Zambia
28th May 2012
(By Saul Stevens 1S4)
On the 17th of May 2012 Thurso High School held a coffee afternoon in the canteen for an hour after school, which was run by first year pupils.
The coffee afternoon revolved around Fairtrade, which aims to ensure a fair amount of money goes to the producers
from developing countries and their communities, so they can have access to schools and healthcare.
The Social Subjects and Home Economics department both had fair-trade associated lessons recently, to co-inside with the coffee afternoon. In History first year pupils studied the shocking history of slavery, in Geography they found out where cocoa was grown to make chocolate, and where the chocolate was sold. In Modern Studies they will be studying child labour. In Home Economics the first year classes baked a delicious array of items, using Fairtrade ingredients, donated to the school by The Cooperative supermarket.
The end result was the highly successful coffee afternoon. A large number of first year volunteers gave up their time to help out, serving refreshments and tidying up afterwards. It was really popular, and was clearly enjoyed by all the friends and family who attended.
The total proceeds of £260.83 will go to a village in Zambia, towards the costs of a well. Mr Simpson, a member of the Rotary club, came to speak to some first year classes before he left to go Zambia. First year donated pencils to give to them, as well as writing letters.
Overall this was a huge success, and will go a long way to people less fortunate than ourselves.
Guidance for education authorities and teachers published for next academic year. New guidance will help teachers and councils prepare for the ‚Äėblended model' of both classroom and home learning when schools re-open in August.
Thurso High School, which was damaged on Christmas Eve during a storm, is to reopen to all pupils and staff on Monday 6 January On 24 December a large section of the roof of the 802 pupil school was blown off during high winds. The school was closed for the Christmas holidays at the time and no one was injured but some damage was reported to private cars in the neighbouring area.
A large section of Thurso High School roof has been blown off with the high winds. Police and Highland Council staff are in attendance and Ormlie Road has been closed.
The Highland Council has appointed Mr Ken Murphy, to the post of Head Teacher of the 804-pupil Thurso High School. Mr Murphy, who has been the Acting Head Teacher since August of this year, succeeds Dr Fiona Grant, who has reverted to a teaching post at the school.
For the school rolls for all of Highland for the past five years see - Five Year School Rolls In Highland Primary School Capacity and Occupancy rates are published at Primary School Capacity and Occupancy.
A week long summer school was held in late July for students of Thurso, Wick and Farr High School students in 4th, 5th & 6th years to prepare them for the world of work. The course, organised by DSRL (Dounreay Site restoratiopn Ltd) on behalf of the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Agency), was supported by North Highland College and Skills Development Scotland.
The new acting head teacher of Thurso High School will be Mr Ken Murphy, who is currently Depute Head Teacher at the school. He has been appointed as Acting Head Teacher, pending re-advertisement of post, and the appointment of a permanent Head Teacher.
Thurso High School will have a new acting head teacher when pupils return from their October holidays. John McGilp, Head Teacher at Kinlochleven High School, is moving to Thurso High School as Acting Head Teacher until the end of the school session in June, next year.
Pupils in Highland secondary schools are to receive guidance on mobile phone safety as they return to school this week. Advice in a joint letter from The Highland Council and Northern Constabulary to parents and carers of secondary pupils aims to raise awareness and specifically highlight the dangers of young people finding themselves in uncomfortable, compromising or illegal situations as a result of inappropriate use of mobile phones.
More than 31,000 pupils go back to school in the Highlands today (Tuesday 17 August 2010). Some will be returning to schools which have been upgraded over the summer holidays and others will benefit from major projects which will begin during the school session.