A group of our S1 pupils spent a week in Alladale last month. You can see more photos and read quotes from pupils in the “Trips and Activities” section of the website.
The latest advice for parents and carers on ensuring that young people use mobile devices safely has just been issued jointly by Highland Council’s Director of Education and the police. You can see a copy of the letter in the “School Information and Letters” section of this website.
Pupils from our new S4 social subjects class have provided this short account of the fieldwork they undertook this week:
“Our S4 Social Subjects class went around Inverness on the 25th of June and looked at four different sites. We were looking at the CBD (Central Business District), Industry, Old Residential and New Residential.
We wrote down what the houses were like, what the traffic and roads were like and any jobs we could see in the area.
When we came back to class we decided where a young family should live. We all had different ideas with different reasons.”
For information about UCAS, college, work experience and jobs please see our new twitter page @IRACareers.
Our Carnegie Reading Group has spent every lunchtime in the library this term debating the short list for this year’s Award – involving much discussion and a lot of fun! We had a clear favourite to win – Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner – and were delighted yesterday to hear that this had scooped the Award! Well done to Sally, especially as she is dyslexic and was ‘branded unteachable’ at school – so she is a real inspiration to what can be achieved. She is now added to the Library’s list of Award-Winning authors. And thank you to the S2/3 girls in the group for taking part.
The 100th edition of the school newsletter was issued to all pupils, including those visiting from P7, today. This bumper edition contains news of recent trips to Belgium and Orkney, a report on the first part of the exchange with pupils from La Baule, and lots of other news about what has being happening in a busy few weeks. You can see a copy of the newsletter by clicking here.
Congratulations to Amber Salter who has just been awarded “Student of the Year” at Inverness College for her participation in the VPP (Vocational Pathways Programme) Uniformed and Emergency Services Course. Amber is one of a number of pupils from the school to have benefited from participation in the programme; pupils normally attend college one day a week throughout the year, studying a range of courses with a vocational focus.
The process of preparing the new S4 for Work Experience has now started. If pupils were absent when the presentation was given or need reminded of the required procedures, the powerpoint used in PSE is available here. Pupils intending to obtain a self-placement should be acting now and getting the relevant details onto the website before school returns in August. If they are having any problems, pupils should speak to their Guidance or PSE teacher.
This week we welcome P7 pupils from our associated primary schools for a two day visit. Over the two days, pupils joining S1 in August will get the opportunity to meet others who will be in their class, along with some of the teachers who will teach them, and the S6 buddies who will be their guides at the start of the new session. They will follow a timetable for the two days; details have already been sent home to parents in a letter (click here to see a copy). On the Thursday evening, there will be a disco for P7 and S1 pupils, while parents of the P7 pupils will get the chance to have a tour of the school.
We hope that this final piece of the transition process will help to make sure that those joining us in August settle in as quickly as possible.
Are you confused about the new National Qualifications? Would you like more information about the skills learners will develop? How will the new courses be assessed?
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has produced a number of guides to the new qualifications – click here to access these guides.