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16-Dec-16, 09:52
John O' Groat Journal headlines for December 16, 2016

PUPILS at Wick High School will not be moving into their new secondary school until at least the end of February as further delays have held up the completion date. An e-mail seen by the John O' Groat Journal from Highland Council's head of resources, Brian Porter, to members of Wick stakeholder group revealed the 48.5 million campus has been given a new provisional opening date of Monday, February 27, subject to confirmation from contractors.

PUPILS in a school in Malawi have been kitted out by gear which became surplus when Wick's North and Hillhead school combined into the new Noss primary which opened in April this year. Head teacher Ally Budge said the school uniforms from North and Hillhead became surplus and it seemed a waste to just throw them away.

A local campaign group is to complain to the Scottish Information Commissioner after it claimed NHS Highland failed to comply with Freedom of Information requests. Nicola Sinclair of the Caithness Health Action Team says the health authority has been "very slow to respond".

THE education system is failing hundreds of Highland children a schocking new report has revealed. Figures released by the Scottish Government, show youngsters in the region are performing poorly in reading, writing, numeracy, listening and talking, compared to the national average.

CAITHNESS Broch Project has received a major financial boost after being awarded 10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, to build a replica of iron age broch in the county.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise can benefit from working with national organisations while retaining a board in the north, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats said during a visit to Inverness this week. Party leader Willie Rennie has launched a campaign to protect HIE following Scottish Government plans to to centralise power of enterprise boards in what he called "a super quango".

PLANS to transform tennis courts in Thurso, which have been adjudged too dangerous for children to use, are making progress. Thurso Squash Tennis and Racketbnall Club has just tabled a planning application to redevelop the rundown blaze courts at Millbank, in a project estimated to cost about 160,000

A MYSTERY about a picture in an old photo album which is on display at a local heritage centre has been solved, after some painstaking detective work. The image of a model of the historic John O' Groats House, looked out of place in the album which contained many family portraits. But there were clues about the photo or the album other than the inscription J. Coghill Lyth.

HOTELS and tourist attractions in Thurso and other part of Caithness have reported an increase in visitors and accommodation bookings attributed to the North Coast 500. VisitScotland's visitor figures for its tourist information centre in Thurso, between April and October, have gone up by 25 per cent, compared to the same period in 2015.