Feb 282014

A great start back from the mid-term break with wins in every age group against Nairn:

S1 Boys 22 defeated Nairn 11

S2/3 Boys 59 defeated Nairn 32

Senior Boys 64 defeated Nairn 51 – this is their first win in 3 years!!!!!! An amazing effort that sees them move off the bottom of the table!

Feb 272014

Well done to all those pupils who represented the school at the North of Scotland X-Country Championships at Gordonstoun yesterday. The school entered teams in all age groups and all those who competed performed with great determination and resilience. They were all a credit to the school. Particular mention goes to The C Girls who finished first in their age group and returned with the winning shield. That team included Josie Steele, Catherine MacInnes, Robyn Beling, Rhiannon Corr, Sophie Douglas and Lucie Eddie. Roddy Macgregor also achieved an individual Bronze in the D Boys section. He narrowly missed out on Gold or Silver having led the field for the first lap….One for the future!!!

Library news

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Feb 142014

Congratulations to Heather MacRitchie, 1M2, who is the first pupil in S1 to complete her Bronze Power Readers Award for reading. She also receives a book token for £10.

Several other pupils are already hot on her heels; the aim for is for every pupil to finish the Bronze Award by the end of First Year.


 Posted by at 9:31 am
Feb 142014

We had 2 results from the Highlands Schools Basketball League this week:

IRA S1 Boys 37 defeated Charleston S1 Boys 6

IRA S1 Girls 63 defeated Charleston S1 Girls 14

We also travelled to Monifieth on Wednesday for a cup match – quite an adventure!

S1 Boys National Schools Cup Basketball: IRA vs. Monifieth High School

 A wet Wednesday morning saw the S1 Boys Basketball team travel to Monifieth High School for their last 16 stage of the National Schools Cup. With a strong win against Charleston the night before the boys were feeling confident.

Monifieth started equally well with both teams on level terms after the first quarter and again at half time. The third quarter saw Monifieth pull away to a commanding 11 point lead to be ahead 24 – 13 going into the final quarter. With one minute of play remaining IRA were down seven points. They well and truly rose to the challenge to finish the quarter with a three-pointer to Finlay Craib sending the game into OVERTIME! Four minutes of extra time was added to the clock and IRA captialised on their opportunities to come away with a miraculous victory 36 -34 in OVERTIME!! An unbelievable achievement for the boys who now progress to the quarter-finals (top eight) in the S1 National Schools Cup!

The boys returned home in high spirits…and the needed to be as multiple accidents saw their mini-bus turned around at Blair Atholl to return home via Aberdeen. In spite of the 430 mile and 13 hour journey the boys were still on top of the world. A huge thank you should go to Mr Piper who kindly gave up his time to drive the boys the epic circumnavigation of Scotland. Stay tuned for their next fixture!

You can follow all of the results on the Highland Schools Basketball website at http://invernessrdl.leaguerepublic.com/l/fg/1_2138877.html

Feb 072014

Towards the end of last term, all pupils in S4 were given a one page document from each department, explaining the assessment requirements for the various new National 3, National 4 and National 5 qualifications in different subjects. The National Parent Forum of Scotland has recently produced a brief guide to assessment of these qualifications – calling it “Assessment in a Nutshell”. While this does not go into detail about different subjects, it does provide a good, brief overview of the differences between assessments at each of the levels. Paper copies were made available to parents of pupils currently in S3. If parents of pupils in other year groups would like to see this guide, it can be viewed here.

Feb 072014

A reminder to parents of pupils currently in S4 – we are holding an information evening in the theatre on Wednesday 12 February, starting at 7pm. There will be a short presentation on the options available in the senior school. Following this, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of members of the Senior Management Team and Guidance team.

We will follow this up on Tuesday 25 February with a parents’ evening (from 5pm till 7pm); your child should make appointments for you to meet with his or her class teachers. We hope that you will avail yourself of this opportunity, and that it will help you to help your son or daughter make the best choices for S5.

Pupils in S4 were given a letter home about Wednesday’s event. If you didn’t see a copy, you can view it here. Appointment sheets for the parents’ evening will be issued on Monday (10 February), along with the S4 report and information about S5 options.

Latest Basketball results

 Posted by at 9:25 am
Feb 072014

Some dramatically different results from our last report after a week of furious basketball action.

IRA S2/3 Boys 44 defeated by Millburn 48

IRA S2/3/4 Girls 47 defeated by Alness 70 (friendly)

IRA senior Boys 57 defeated by Millburn 107

IRA Senior Boys 44 defeated by Gairloch 59

Not our best week in terms of results, but every team gave their all and showed improvements in their team work and defensive skills. Stay tuned for more results next week with our S2/3 Boys, S1 Girls and S1 Boys playing against Millburn and Charleston. S1 boys will also be travelling to Monifeith next Wednesday to compete in the final 16 of the National Schools Cup against Monifeith High School! Good luck S1 boys!

Feb 052014

The Geography department will be running a sustainability event to Edinburgh Zoo on 26 February. During this one day event pupils will be investigating: Can we really maintain our current lifestyles AND conserve our natural resources?

Pupils will be trying to answer this question whilst looking closely at different animals such as penguins, sun bears and chimpanzees. They will decide what the real costs of having a mobile phone are, what is palm oil and what does it have to do with you and will Friday night fish and chips soon be a thing of the past?

The cost of the trip is £6 and the mini bus will be leaving at 6.30am and returning for approximately 7pm. Unfortunately there are only 15 spaces and should your child wish to attend please put this in writing and hand in to the Geography department by Friday 7th February.

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