Latest Basketball Results

 Posted by at 3:59 pm
Dec 162013
 
S1 Boys vs. Alness Academy
WIN 49 – 17
S1 girls vs. Culloden Academy
Loss 18 – 40
U14 Boys vs. Gairloch High School
Loss 28 – 50
The Highland Schools Basketball League kicks off after Christmas break with 5 IRA teams featuring; hopefully we’ll get some more successful results next term 🙂

End of Term Arrangements

 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Dec 162013
 

A reminder to all parents and pupils of the arrangements for the last week of term:

Christmas Dances will be held as follows:

S1/2 on Monday from 7:30pm till 10pm

S3/4 on Tuesday from 7:30pm till 10:30pm

S5/6 on Thursday from 7pm till 10:30pm

We want everyone at the dances to have a good time! There will be zero tolerance of pupils consuming alcohol or any illegal substance at or before the dances. Any pupil found to be involved in this behaviour will have parents called to take them home.

Christmas services will be held on Thursday at the following times:

S1/2 at 10am, S5/6 at 11am and S3/4 at 12noon. Pupils who wish to opt out of the service should speak to their year head so that alternative arrangements can be made.

There will be a ceilidh in the games hall on Friday afternoon; entry will be by ticket (£1) with money raised going to a local charity.

School closes at 3pm on Friday; school buses will follow their normal timetable.

An Evening of Christmas Music

 Posted by at 11:43 am
Dec 132013
 

Last night in the school theatre, an audience of parents, friends, pupils and staff were treated to an evening which showcased an amazing range of musical talent. Pupils from every year group were involved (and a few staff too!), performing an eclectic selection of music on a wide variety of instruments. Mixed in with the predominantly Christmas selection, we were treated to a James Bond selection and some Scottish music to get the feet tapping. Anyone in the audience thinking they were in for a relaxed evening got a rude awakening with the two audience participation numbers – the old favourite “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, and, later, an extremely energetic version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The concert ended with the entire cast “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, leaving everyone full of Christmas spirit.

We would like to congratulate all the participants, and say a big thank you to the music teachers and instructors for the huge amount of work they put in to staging this event.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards

 Posted by at 11:14 am
Dec 132013
 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award winners

At assembly on Thursday, S4 pupils who have now completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award were presented with their badges and certificates. Bethan Raynes gave a brief outline of what the award involves, then Jacob Goudie and Judith Grace gave personal accounts of the activities they had undertaken. Clearly, the expedition was a highlight for the pupils, but it was also interesting to hear about the other aspects of the award: volunteering, physical and skills. Participants have to spend a minimum of three months on each of the above, and complete an additional three months on whichever one they choose. The pupils told us that taking part had improved their teamwork, and many of this group have now started working towards their Silver Award.

Dec 102013
 

Well done to the group of Gaelic Learners (S4+) who took part in this year’s national Gaelic Conversation competition organised by the Gaelic Society of London. The competition was established in 1982 to encourage young people to be proud of their language and to encourage those already fluent or those learning Gaelic. Competitors have to prepare a talk lasting 3-5 minutes, followed by questions and conversation with their teacher.

Diane Bruce, S5, one of our Gaelic Learners competitors, is shown holding the Hugh Seymore-Chalk Memorial Salver. Trophies are awarded to schools “gaining the highest marks for overall excellence in a category”.

The Gaelic Department would like to thank Comunn Gàidhlig Lunnainn for their continued support.  IRA pupils will be competing again in 2014.

Is math a rinn sibh gu dearbh!

Christmas Concert reminder

 Posted by at 6:01 pm
Dec 092013
 

Our Christmas Concert, presented by the music department, is this Thursday at 7:30pm in the school theatre.

Tickets are £5 (£2 for under 18s).

Join us for an evening of Christmas music.

Film G 2013

 Posted by at 2:00 pm
Dec 062013
 

Tha Roinn na Gàidhlig glè mhoiteil às an dà fiolm a chruthaich AS2 agus AS3 am bliadhna. Bha sgoilearan glè thrang anns na clasaichean, ag ullachadh is a’ beachdachadh air scriotaptaichean is eile.

Bu mhath do Roinn na Gàidhlig agus ar sgoilearan taing a thoirt do Sgioba Film G a bha cho cuideachail a thaobh taic is stiùireadh. Tha an cothrom seo a’ còrdadh ri sgoilearan is tha iad a’ togail iomadh sgil fhad ’s a tha iad an sàs sa phròiseact.

S2 and S3 Gaelic pupils have entered two short films to the annual FilmG competition. Films are in Gaelic and may be a maximum of 5 minutes in duration. This year’s  theme is Rùn, “wish”. Pupils were busy in classes drafting, re-drafting and editing scripts, including stage directions, considering props required, and so on.

S3:

S3’s film finds a family separated by WWI. Two brothers rush to enlist to Kitchener’s army whilst their two sisters are left at home. The brothers experience the horrors of trench lift whilst the sisters do their bit for the war effort  by working in a munitions factory.  Tragedy eventually strikes….but we won’t spoil the story for you! You will be able to see our film online in the new year.

The S3 group would like to give a special note of  thanks to  Culloden Battlefield Visitors’ Centre for allowing us to film in and around Leanach Cottage, giving an authentic  1914 feel to our film.

AS3:       “Chòrd FilmG rinn, bha e dìreach sgoinneil! Tha sinn toilichte le mar a thàinig e ri chèile”

                “FilmG was fantastic! We are really happy with our film!”

S3:

S3’s film finds a family separated by WWI. Two brothers rush to enlist to Kitchener’s army whilst their two sisters are left at home. The brothers experience the horrors of trench lift whilst the sisters do their bit for the war effort  by working in a munitions factory.  Tragedy eventually strikes….but we won’t spoil the story for you! You will be able to see our film online in the new year.

The S3 group would like to give a special note of  thanks to  Culloden Battlefield Visitors’ Centre for allowing us to film in and around Leanach Cottage, giving an authentic  1914 feel to our film.

AS3:       “Chòrd FilmG rinn, bha e dìreach sgoinneil! Tha sinn toilichte le mar a thàinig e ri chèile”

“FilmG was fantastic! We are really happy with our film!”

 S3’s short film, the two brothers…before tragedy strikes!

S2:

The S2 Gàidhlig class created a fictional super-hero and super-villain story which they thoroughly enjoyed working on at all levels.   “Bha e glè inntinneach a’ lorg a-mach dè thachras air cùlaibh filmaichean.”

It was really interesting finding out how things work behind the scenes.

Many thanks to the FilmG professionals who assisted pupils with filming, sound recording and editing. Pupils gained a valuable insight into skills required for media work. Film G entries will be judged in the new year. The public are encouraged to vote for their favourite film. We will keep you posted when voting opens – we’d be grateful for your vote!

Basketball results

 Posted by at 1:54 pm
Dec 042013
 

Recent results from National School Cup matches:

IRA U14 Boys 41 vs. Nicholson Institute U14 Boys 47

IRA U14 Boys 20 vs. Millburn U14 Boys 42

The team coach said: “Hopefully we’ll turn these results around next time!”

Dec 032013
 

As many of you are aware, pupils currently in S4 will not sit Standard Grade exams next May – these have been replaced by the new National Qualifications. To help understand the new levels, the SQA gives equivalence with the Standard Grade courses as follows:

New Course Standard Grade equivalent
National 3 (N3) Foundation
National 4 (N4) General
National 5 (N5) Credit

 

Unlike Standard Grade, where candidates were entered at two levels (Credit/General or General/Foundation), candidates will only be entered at one level in each subject. National 3 and National 4 courses are made up of units, which will be assessed internally to national standards. National 4 courses will also include an “Added Value” unit, which will often take the form of an assignment. Courses at these levels will be graded “Pass” or “Fail”; to pass the course, a candidate must pass all of the units.

National 5 courses also include units which are marked internally; additionally, N5 courses include a course assessment, which, in many cases, will be a final exam, marked by the SQA. The course assessment may also include an assignment or a folio, to be submitted to the SQA in the spring. To pass the course, pupils must pass the units and achieve the required standard in the course assessment; the award at this level will be graded A to D, or, where the required standard was not achieved, no award.

To help pupils and parents to understand what is required in each subject, we have prepared a series of guides, one for each subject we offer in S4. These can be viewed here as word documents (if you don’t have access to word, you can view them as PDF files here); in addition, pupils will be given paper copies in the next few days. As well as explaining the assessment procedures for each course, these guides give an indication of whether or not there will be a prelim exam in January.

If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s guidance teacher in the first instance.

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