GeoBus & Higher Geography Fieldwork Trip – Report & Photos

Some of our Higher Geography pupils went out in to the unusually clement October weather on Friday to complete some field work, assisted by their teacher Mrs Clasper, and staff from GeoBus at St Andrews University.

Mrs Clasper tells us more: “A busy and very windy day today for WHS pupils completing fieldwork with GeoBus St Andrews. Pupils carried out sand dune transects at Dunnet Bay and some field sketching and rock identification at Brough Pier all towards completing their coursework. A fantastic day was had by all and, once again, a big thanks to GeoBus for coming to guide us through the day”

S1 Progress Letters Out This Week

This week sees us writing to parents/guardians of S1 pupils to inform them of how their child has settled in to their first full term at Wick High School. If your child is in S1 please expect a letter from their Guidance teacher to come home with them in their school bag.

If there are any issues that you would like to discuss regarding your child’s progress in S1 please contact their Guidance teacher using the school’s address or telephone number.

You will also have an opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers at the S1 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 4th November 2015. Appointment letters have already been issued so if you haven’t received one from your child please contact the school to arrange your appointments for the evening.

Further Rugby Success for WHS Pupils

Our pupils’ sporting success continued last week with some of our boys playing for Caithness Schools Under 16 Rugby team. They gained a superb victory over Helensburgh-based side Lomond in the National Plate Competition. The team’s coach James Miller kindly recounts the victory for us:

Caithness made a fast start showing no ill effects of the long journey, scoring a try through Jordan Miller converted by Stuart Kirk. Unfortunately they switched off as quickly as on and conceded a levelling score almost immediately. Caithness went back to basics and started to dominate the game with Aidan Sinclair, Reece Mowat and Ben Miller showing up well with big carries and some stern defence which put pressure on the Lomond players and when the ball was knocked free in a tackle Reece Mowat managed to pick it up and run in for the try. With their tails up and their hosts wilting under the pressure Caithness ran in another couple of tries from Jordan Miller whose power and pace proved too much for Lomond to handle. Unfortunately for some reason after getting into a comfy 24-7 lead they tried force things to quickly and with 10 mins left in the game Lomond scored a penalty to tie things up at 24 all.

Caithness regained their composure and started to play some very good rugby with the forwards really stepping forward and although Ross Mackay was rather controversially held up over the line, the tide had turned and there was no stopping them Jordan Miller finishing another two tries both converted by Stuart Kirk who then finished the scoring with a penalty.

The return journey was eventually finished at almost 1 am back in Wick eighteen hours after we started having witnessed a sunrise, a moonset, a sunset and the moon come up again, a game of rugby and 560 miles of Scotland’s roads!

Roll on the next round (and hopefully a home tie).

Caithness Schools U16s
Caithness Schools U16s

Duane “Digger” Carey visit – report and photos

As reported on this site in recent weeks we were recently pleased to welcome NASA astronaut Duane “Digger” Carey to the school. Mr David Shand, Chemistry teacher, who helped to organise Duane’s visit, told us a little more about the visit and also provided us with some photos of his time in Wick.

NASA astronaut and shuttle pilot Duane G. Carey spoke to 150 pupils at Wick High school during September when he described the 11-day mission on space shuttle Columbia as well as the challenges in life that he had to overcome to become a NASA space shuttle pilot and astronaut. The STS-109 mission was to rejuvenate the Hubble Space Telescope in a series of five space walks and with the help of a giant robotic arm. Duane’s presentation which included superb video footage of the astronauts, both within the space shuttle and during space walks, much which was taken by Duane. Duane described how he worked his way through life from a challenging family background to become both an F-15 and F-16 fighter pilot in a combat role and then a US Air Force test pilot prior to joining NASA.

Duane emphasized the value of education and young people sticking in with subjects which they find challenging and they will need to get the jobs of their dreams. Duane mentioned to pupils that even if they do not know which career they would like to follow, to stick in there to avoid the late start he had in life to get the qualifications he required to be a jet pilot.

Pupils were given opportunities to ask Duane a wide variety of questions following each presentation and were delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Duane informally after his presentations and off course Duane ended up in lots of pupil ‘selfies’!

As well as presenting to other school pupils in other Caithness schools Duane along with his wife Cheryl  dropped into a Kayak training session to join the Wick High school pupils who signed up to a Youth Fusion event run by High Life Highland’s Wick Youth Development Team in partnership with Caithness Kayak Club.  After a training session which involved Duane and Cheryl, pupils had a most enjoyable time playing water polo in which eagle-eyed Duane scored two goals from a great distance!

Get involved in a school club or society!

We now have a fantastic list of non-sporting school clubs and activities to complement the sports schedule published earlier and available HERE.

From a Dr Who fan club, The Whovians, to a music and lunch club called Mosh N’ Nosh along with more traditional activities like debating and board games there is plenty for you to get involved in both during and after school.

Find your copy of the non-sport schedule HERE.

Many thanks to Mrs Darmady, Modern Languages Dept, for taking the time to produce these schedules.

‘Mrs Matthews Revision Room’ English Blog

Mrs Matthews's new revision blog!
Mrs Matthews’s new revision blog!

Mrs Matthews has created a revision and classwork blog for her Higher and Advanced Higher English students. She has uploaded notes, question sheets and worksheets that she has used so far in class and she intends to keep the site updated as the year goes on with any links that she feels would be useful. She will also be adding a timetable for assessments; dates for homework submission and also folio deadline dates. If you are a pupil in Higher or Advanced Higher or you are a parent/guardian interested in the work that your child is doing this year please visit the site by clicking HERE.