Parents’ Meetings

 Posted by at 1:32 pm
Oct 292013
 

Parents of pupils in S5 and S6 are reminded that you have an opportunity to meet teachers this week, on Wednesday 30th October. Your son or daughter should have made appointments for you; appointments are available from 5pm until 6:55pm. Senior pupils will be on hand when you sign in to give you a list of the rooms where you can find each teacher. If you have a break between appointments, you are invited to wait in the staff room, where tea and coffee will be available.

Advance notice for parents of pupils in S1 and S3 – we have 2 further parents’ evenings coming up in November. The first of these, for parents of S1 pupils, is on Monday 11 November, and the second, for parents of S3 pupils, is on Thursday 21 November. Letters giving more details of both these evenings will be issued to pupils a week before the event to give the pupils time to see all of their teachers for appointments. We would encourage you to try to take this opportunity to meet the teachers for a progress report.

Oct 252013
 

Every year at this time, we find that we need to remind pupils who cycle to school of the importance of being seen; as the days get shorter, pupils will soon find themselves travelling to and from school in the dark. We have significant numbers of pupils who bring bikes to school, and we want to make sure that they all get here safely!

All pupils should make sure that they have good lights on their bikes, so that they can be seen from behind and also by oncoming traffic. They should also wear bright clothing – ideally a high visibility jacket or similar. The pictures on the right illustrate the difference good lights and bright clothing can make to visibility.

We would ask parents of cyclists to make sure that their child can be seen on their bike; we would also ask parents approaching the school by car to be extra vigilant once the daylight starts to fade.

SALSUS 2013

 Posted by at 12:24 pm
Oct 232013
 
This term five classes – 2M2, 2R1, 2R3, 4PSE2, 4PSE6 – have been invited to take part in an important research study being undertaken at Inverness Royal Academy during the weeks beginning Monday, 28 October and Monday, 4 November. The survey is called SALSUS and is run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Scottish Government. Pupils who take part in this survey will be asked to fill in a questionnaire during a PSE class. The questions cover health and lifestyle, including attitudes towards smoking, drinking and drug use among young people. The survey has been running since 1982 and the results have helped in the planning and development of services for young people in Scotland aimed at reducing smoking, drinking and drug use.
Completed questionnaires will be kept in the strictest confidence and pupils will be asked not to put their name on the questionnaires and they cannot be identified in the results. Your child will be given a consent form to take home, which will provide you with more information about the survey and what to do if you do not wish your child to take part.

S2 trip to Dynamic Earth

 Posted by at 4:14 pm
Oct 042013
 

On Thursday 3 October, 65 S2 pupils travelled to Edinburgh to visit Dynamic Earth.

There were so many interesting things to do such as the 4D cinema, the time machine and the themed rooms. One of the favourites must have been the Antarctic room which featured a massive clump of ice and a window on the floor where you could see sea life swimming beneath your feet!

There were also workshops where you designed a hospital to withstand an earthquake in San Francisco and then build it. The site was chosen with the help of Google Earth.

It was an overall great trip. I encourage anybody with the opportunity to go to grab it with both hands.

Brook Armstrong 2W2

Sponsored Walk

 Posted by at 1:54 pm
Oct 042013
 

So far, the total collected following the walk is £10,020 – well done to all pupils who have handed in their sponsor money.

We still have a number of pupils who pledged money, but have yet to hand it in. Could they please make sure they collect the money over the holiday period, and hand it to their House Group teacher in the first week back? We hope to collect over £12,000  so we still have some way to go! However, this is a great effort, and this sum will considerably enhance the extra-curricular activities we offer to all our pupils.

Library News

 Posted by at 10:43 am
Oct 042013
 
S1 Power Readers and Hot Chocolate Club
 
There has been a good start to their reading this term, with nearly all S1 pupils being able to record at least one book that they have enjoyed. They also now all know how to record a bibliography, with the Librarian and Geography Dept working together on their Wonders of the World project; we are looking forward to having a colourful and informative display of their leaflets in the library after the holiday!
The Hot Chocolate Club will start on a Monday lunchtime after the holidays for any S1 pupil who wants to take their reading a little bit further.
ASG Reading Link
 
Eight S4 pupils* recently visited Hilton Primary One classes as part of a storytelling project to show the value of being read to from an early age. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are all keen to go back again!
Lauren commented: I greatly enjoyed this trip to the Primary School. I read a book called ‘Mary Mary’ to the girls and they enjoyed answering questions asked by my friend and me. They also enjoyed looking at the pictures and finding things. Kimberley Cooper added: I thought we did pretty well, the kids listened very well and they enjoyed the stories.
*Kimberley Cooper, Megan Donaldson, Kayleigh Beckett, Lauren MacDonald, Rhiannon Strang, Jemma Wheeler, Gemma Rendall , Tai McIver
 
Advanced Higher – Research Skills
 
The Advanced Higher Biology class spent some time in the library learning about the pitfalls of referencing and plagiarism, in preparation not just for this year’s dissertation, but also for their University career. If any other pupils are unsure about how to tackle this, please come and see the librarian.
Oct 042013
 

Four pupils from S6 have been visiting the residents of Cameron House on Thursday afternoons to read and enjoy poetry and short stories. Research shows dementia and Alzheimers patients benefit significantly from being read to; the residents love joining in with poems they can remember. Even better is when they can be sung! We are really pleased that our pupils are keen to provide this support.

Basketball results

 Posted by at 10:36 am
Oct 042013
 

In the past 2 weeks, our basketball teams have played a number of fixtures against other Highland schools, winning on three occasions, with only one defeat. The results are as follows:

S1-3 Girls vs. Golspie S3 Girls: IRA Won 67 – 32
Senior Boys vs. Charleston Senior Boys: IRA Lost 49 -57
S1 Girls vs. Charleston S1 Girls: IRA Won 40 -6
S1 Boys vs. Charleston S1 boys: IRA Won 32 – 4
Well done to everyone who was involved in these matches, and the results indicate that we may have some future stars in our current S1!

An Evening of Christmas Music

 Posted by at 8:37 am
Oct 032013
 

A date for your diary!

On Thursday 12 December, the music department will present an evening of Christmas Music, in the school theatre. More details can be found here.

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