Have Your Say On Pupil Rewards!

At Wick High School we are always looking to improve all aspects of school life for our pupils.

We have recently established a group of teachers who would like to create an official praise and rewards system for the whole school designed to recognise the excellent standards of behaviour and effort that the vast majority of our pupils show every day.

The group has produced an on-line survey designed to gather the opinions of staff, pupils, parents and community partners on this very important issue. We would be hugely grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete the survey and then share it on-line as widely as possible with people who would be interested in doing the same.

Please access the survey by clicking HERE or by copying this address in to your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B3WG9RC

The survey will remain live for two weeks startng from today.

Many thanks for taking the time to help us; your opinions are greatly valued.

Shona Successful In Arkwright Scholarship Awards

We are delighted to celebrate the national success of Shona Tait, one of our S5 pupils, who was recently invited to attend the Arkwright Scholarship Awards ceremony in Glasgow.

The Arkwright Scholarship Trust was set up in 1991 to encourage and assist academically able and technologically/ design talented pupils throughout the UK who are in their S4 year. It aims to identify and support future leaders in engineering and design. From an initial annual award of 5 scholarships, they have recently been awarding around 400 scholarships per year.

There are currently 1200 schools affiliated to the scheme nationally and in 2014, Wick High School joined the scheme with two applicants. The application process they follow is to fill in an initial online application form which is followed by an Aptitude exam in the first week of February. This tests the applicants in their ability to sketch solutions to problems in a 2 hour paper.

Those who are successful with these assessments are then invited to a final selection interview at Heriot Watt University in April. If successful, an award is made in July with the scholar being nominated a sponsoring company or trust who will provide support, guidance and work experience etc. Successful selection or even selection to interview is rated highly by university entrance panels and helps students to gain entry to their chosen university. In addition to these benefits, the award grants £600 to the scholar and £400 to the school to support STEM projects.

Shona Tait, now in S5, was successful in gaining an award sponsored by The Weir Group. They are a multi-national company, based in Scotland, but with over 90% of their employees based overseas. They have been involved with the scheme since 2012 and have offered their scholars a number of overseas work placements following their S5 year.

A member of the Arkwright Trust will be coming to Wick High School on the 30th of November to give a presentation to the school about the benefits of Arkwright Trust and participation in the scheme.

London 2015 – Day 3

Our trip to London draws to a close today; hopefully the group will be making their way safely home as you read this. Mr Mackintosh has again been in touch to provide a few photos, this time mainly from the group’s visit to The Houses of Parliament.

Well done and thanks to all who organised and participated in the trip; it has been an excellent event. Here’s to many more!

London 2015 – Day 2 Photos

Mrs Swanson and Mr Mackintosh have again been in touch to share with us the wonderful photos they have taken of our school’s senior trip to London.

Mrs Swanson, ever the English teacher, wrote via What’s App: “From the depths of The Dungeons to the lights from the London Eye and a roaringly successful and emotional Lion King show in between…what a day this has been! We also visited Covent Garden and the Namco Centre, but”, she adds, “I couldn’t think of a snazzy way to say it!”

Many thanks Mrs Swanson!

The group head home tomorrow but not until they have another packed day in the capital so we hope to have more photos for you then.

Badminton Success For Wick High School Pupils

Wick High School’s talented sports men and women again brought glory back to Caithness this week as many of our pupils notched up victories and runners-up places in the recent North of Scotland Badminton Competition held in Inverness.

The full list of winners is shown below. All medal winners will qualify to compete in the Scottish Championships in Perth next March. Photos of the event will follow. Many thanks to Mrs Bain for accompanying the group.

Under 14

Robbie Gunn (2M) and Nicole Miller (1F) were runners-up in the mixed doubles

Under 16

Morven Coghill and Carly Sinclair (both 3S) were winners of the girls doubles

Carly Sinclair and Paul Stewart (4S) were runners-up in the mixed doubles

Under 19

Aidan Young 5M was runner up in the boys singles