Hebridean Way Cycle Challenge June 2020

New Year, New Challenge for Arran High School
In June 2020, 16 students from Arran High School along with 4 members of staff including Mr Smith, Head teacher, will be taking on their biggest challenge yet. Students from S1 to S3 will be cycling the length of the Outer Hebrides from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis. A distance of 185 miles over 6 days. Students will have responsibility to plan their trip, have basic knowledge of bike maintenance and plan their meals for the journey. Due to the physical demands of this trip the students will also be following a training plan which will include hills and group rides on Arran. Arran is the perfect terrain for training as it has a wide range of hills which many cyclists love.
Students will not only be cycling the Hebridean Way but taking part in a number of activities before they embark on the adventure. The team have split into different committees to organise part of their trip. Groups include bike maintenance, training, food and nutrition, accommodation, travel arrangements and fundraising.
The fundraising team will be organising activities over the next few months for the local community from a jumble sale, a themed concert and an ‘all you can eat’ cake and coffee morning to name a few. We hope the local community and island visitors will support these events, events will be advertised in the Banner and on social media. Any surplus money raised from these events will be donated to a charity on the Outer Hebrides.
As Arran is full of knowledge we would like to invite any volunteers within the community or wider who could offer their services or advice to any of our students. From the New Year the groups will be meeting with a teacher to oversee each part of the trip.
We hope to give frequent updates through the Banner and on social media for those interested in our developments.

Children in Need 2019

Thank you to all who have contributed towards supporting Children in Need today – We have managed to raise a massive £235.52 for this worthwhile charity 🙂


Halloween Party 2019

Halloween Tickets now on sale via Parent Pay. The Halloween Party will take place on Thursday 31st October 7pm – 9.30pm.
Party food and buses home will be provided. £3 per ticket.
Haunted Hide & Seek, Best Dressed Costume Competition and many more games.

National Champion

Huge congratulations from everyone at the school to Louie Urquhart Dixon on winning the CTT (Cycling Time Trials) National Junior Road Cycling TT Champs and the Road Cycling Hill climb at Cumbrae last Sunday. Louie’s TT time was a very impressive 21mins 35s and his hill climb was 5min 17s.

Louie is a National Champion!

He finished 17th out of all 100 riders (including adults) in the TT and 4th overall in the hill climb. Louie has now qualified for the British Hill Climb Championships in which he’ll be competing in Devon during October 2019.

This achievement is thoroughly well deserved, as Louie has exemplified being committed to improving every aspect of his cycling, as well as taking on all of the advice he has received from his coaches. Louie is a great example to all of what can be achieved when you put your mind to achieving a goal! We wish Louie very well for the British Championships in October.

AHS Golf Competition

Yesterday saw 4 students take part in he Arran High School First Minister’s Trophy Golf Competition at Lamlash Golf Course. K McNicol with the winning round. He will receive the trophy at the Annual Awards Ceremony which will take place in August

Sports Council

On Tuesday after school at a meeting for the school sports council, a newly formed AHS Sports Council was voted in for the forthcoming academic session

Big Sing 2019 – Bratislava

Mr O’Neil and Ms Manson took a group of students to Bratislava in Slovakia to take part in the Bratislava Big Sing 2019.

On Friday 15th March the 4th Annual Bratislava Big Sing took place at the Slovak Radio Building.

Almost 200 children took to the stage from 10 schools spanning 7 different countries.

Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid Course – This Weekend (16th & 17th March) at Arran High School – 9.30am to 4pm
2 Day Certificated Course run by See Me Scotland – Free of Charge
Last spaces remaining – Please contact the school office 600341 to reserve a place.

Educational Maintenance Allowance


Just to advise you that Educational Maintenance Allowance applications forms will only be
processed for the academic year 2018/2019 until 31 March 2019. No applications will be accepted after this date.

If your child has a date of birth range (1 March 1999 to 28 February 2003) and have not previously submitted an application for this session then they should do so before 31 March 2019 if they wish to be considered for an award.