Mar 282014

The National Parent Forum has produced a series of documents to help pupils (and their parents!) to revise for National 5 exams. You can view the information by following the link from our home page; under “General Links”, look for “Revision in a Nutshell”, or click here.

Successful chemists

 Posted by at 1:52 pm
Mar 282014

Congratulations to Lyall Archer, Rupert Berry and Megan Grant for coming 3rd in the Royal Society of Chemistry, Schools Analyst Compeition – North Scotland heat.

 It was a very demanding day for all as they had 3 experiments to get through in a short period of time but good team organisation payed dividends and we were delighted to be placed. Well done!

Movement workshop

 Posted by at 5:30 pm
Mar 272014

Thursday 20th March saw an exciting visit to the school by two members of the legendary Matthew Bourne Company, Nat McCleary and Miranda Sheehy, to run a Movement Workshop for Boys. Part of the Company’s purpose in this initiative with High Life Highland is to find youngsters capable of performing in the forthcoming production of ‘Lord of the Flies’ at Eden Court and elsewhere. 23 boys jumped, fell, somersaulted, 360’d and swung acrobatically around the Dance Studio using trampettes, mats, ropes and bars, using dynamic movement skills honed in a range of disciplines. The more plyometrically-inclined acrobats, gymnasts and dancers created great elevation, and the free runners’ core power allowed them to use floor and physique to evoke animal savagery and menace. The young athletes looked well suited to the primal style and atmosphere of ‘Lord of the Flies’, and Gregor Jackson (S1) said afterwards, “It was a bit different from what we normally do in the Freestyle Movement at the IRA, but it was great anyway.” Some will be heading to audition shortly, and we wish them well.


 Posted by at 5:28 pm
Mar 272014

Congratulations to Fionnlagh Call (S5) for his performance in the recent Ross-Caledonian Rugby Team who competed at Murray Field in the last two weeks. With one win and one loss against some tough Edinburgh and Glasgow sides, he should be lauded for his efforts.


 Posted by at 4:02 pm
Mar 272014

As you read this 15 senior pupils and 3 members of staff are preparing to travel to The Gambia, West Africa, to work on two projects that the school has been involved with for the past 9 years.

 Our on-going links with the President’s International Award (Gambian DofE) mean that we continue to support teenage Gambians as they work towards their gold award and gaining vocational qualifications that will improve their chances in life and employment.

One of our tasks this year is to redecorate the function hall at the Rhun Palm Inn; this will increase the number of functions being held there thus bringing in more revenue which is then used to improve the facilities at the skills centre.

You can follow the progress of the group at

Mar 272014

Tonight (Thursday) we are holding an information evening for parents of pupils in S2. There will be a short presentation in the school theatre, outlining the structure of the new qualifications and taking you through the mechanics of completing the choice form. This will be followed by an informal session, over coffee, when you will be able to speak to members of the management team. The event starts at 7:00pm.

Next week, we have our S2 Parents’ Evening; this is your chance to speak to your child’s subject teachers. Pupils should already have made appointments for you to do this; appointments are available between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday 2 April.

End of the basketball season!

 Posted by at 1:58 pm
Mar 192014

2 results from this week:

U15 Boys- Culloden Academy 48 defeated I.R.A 23

U15 Girls- Culloden Academy 41 defeated I.R.A 36

Special mention to the U15 girls who played an outstanding game against Scottish Cup finalists, Culloden. To be within five points of a team of that calibre is a tremendous effort!

This week’s games conclude the formal basketball season for 2013/14. I.R.A has played more than 30 games across 5 teams, winning almost half their games in the Highland Schools League. It has been fantastic to see more than 70 boys and girls regularly representing the school, some for their very first game of basketball. We have seen even greater numbers attending training and showing potential for future seasons. Our new basketball strips mean we’re looking the part too!

The S1 boys have finished the 2014 Highland Schools League (HSL) as undefeated champions, the Senior boys won their first game in 3 years and the S1 girls finished the HSL in 2nd place. To compliment this great effort on the court, 24 pupils have taken part in the Highland Officiating Workshop, gaining tabling and refeering qualifications. Inter-House Basketball will take place on Friday 4 April, 2014 (last day of term) for pupils in S1-3 ​and stay tuned for some exciting basketball opportunities after Easter break!

Congratulations to all pupils who have taken part this season and a big thank you to all the teachers and staff who have assisted with driving buses, coaching teams, running training sessions and refereeing games! See you next season!

Mr Stone

Latest basketball results

 Posted by at 12:11 pm
Mar 132014

Two results this week:

U15 Boys

  • I.R.A 59 defeated​ Gairloch High School 47 (friendly)


U13 Girls

  • ​Culloden Aca​demy 47 defeated I.R.A 5


The basketball season draws to a close next week with the U15 boys and U15 girls both to play Culloden on Tuesday.

Basketball results

 Posted by at 1:03 pm
Mar 072014
A few more basketball results from this week, 2/3 ain’t bad.
S2/3 Girls (U15) Alness Academy 80 defeated I.R.A 31
S2/3 Boys (U15 I.R.A 34 defeated Invergordon 23

S1 Boys (U13) I.R.A 58 defeated Alness 20


 Posted by at 4:20 pm
Mar 032014


Pupils in S4 are welcome to come along to Room 16 after school on a Wednesday between now and the exams to revise for National 5. Individual help is available. We will also be going to the computer room to look at the BBC Bitesize site which has excellent revision materials for National 5 and the set texts.

For pupils aiming for Higher level, revision classes are also available – also on a Wednesday after school, in Room 18 at 3: 30pm – all welcome!

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