Apr 282014

Today marked the culmination of weeks of work by pupils in S3, bidding to win a grant of £3000 for their chosen charity. The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is supported by The Wood Family Trust and Scottish and Southern Energy, and this is the second year of competition in the highlands. Initially, all pupils in S3 were invited to choose a charity to support; pupils worked in teams to put together a 10 minute presentation, outlining the work of the charity and explaining how the prize money would be spent. Preliminary rounds were held in the school last term, resulting in six teams being chosen for the final. This morning, these six finalists were asked to make their case to an audience of S3 pupils, representatives from the charities and a team of judges – a daunting task! However, all pupils were up to the challenge, and each team made a strong case for their chosen cause. The charities supported by the finalists were:

  • For the Right Reasons
  • L’Arche
  • The Scottish Huntington’s Association
  • The Highland Children’s Forum
  • The Scottish Autism Society
  • Safe Strong and Free

The judges had a difficult decision, but there could only be one winner. After some debate, the judges decided to award the prize to Safe, Strong and Free – an Inverness based charity which aims to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault through a programme of talks with pre-school children. The charity aims to put the money towards producing a DVD which will help them get their message across. The team of Katy, Karina, Morven and Catriona showed a good understanding of the work of the charity, and have all committed to volunteering with the charity in the future.

All the pupils who took part should be congratulated for their efforts, and hopefully, a number of them will maintain the links they have forged in the course of the project. Our thanks go to Fiona Carter from the Wood Family Trust and to Scott Maclean and Melissa Matheson from Scottish and Southern Energy for their input to the initiative.

School Uniform

 Posted by at 2:57 pm
Apr 222014

At this time of year, parents may be thinking about buying items of school uniform. Clothing bearing our school crest can be purchased from Schoolwear Made Easy (at 57 Harbour Road). See  below for more detail.

Sport Relief

 Posted by at 1:52 pm
Apr 042014

Today we held a “dress down” day, with proceeds going to Sport Relief. The sum of £480 was raised – thanks to all who contributed.

Curry night for Romania

 Posted by at 4:10 pm
Apr 022014

A huge thank you to all parents, friends and members of staff who supported the curry night and auction held last night, to raise funds for this summer’s visit to Romania.

The sum of £2616 was raised! Well done to all involved.

Girls/Boys Hockey

 Posted by at 9:42 am
Apr 012014

Millburn 6-3 IRA Girls

Millburn 3-1 IRA Boys

The first hockey matches took place with Millburn Academy playing host to two IRA teams. The games were played in great spirit and both sides played some good quality hockey. Unfortunately, the results did not favour the IRA teams but as it was the girls’ first outdoor match together they competed well and enjoyed their fixture. We are hoping to arrange more games after the Easter break with other schools to give further opportunity to both the girls and boys, as well as competing in a mixed tournament in May.

Girls’ Football

 Posted by at 9:39 am
Apr 012014

Inverness Royal Academy’s girls’ football team had their first fixture of the year at the beginning of March. What was meant to be a tournament with 4 teams, turned out to be a single match against Glenurquhart High School at Drumnadrochit, due to last minute call offs. This did not hamper the girls’ enthusiasm as they were grateful for the match time. A team made from S1-S4 girls dominated the play straight from kick off and stamped their authority on the game early on scoring 6 goals inside the first 10 minutes. After this the score was no longer important and it was about them playing some good football, keeping a clean sheet and enjoying the experience. Each of the players played exceptionally well and represented the school with great pride.

Apr 012014

The Scottish participants on the Rialto bridge

An 8 member delegation of students and teachers travelled to Venice, Italy to take part in the final meeting of the EU Comenius Lifelong Learning Project. For two years, Inverness Royal Academy has partnered with a school in Fuentesaúco  (Spain), Lubeck (Germany) and the coordinating school in Venice (Italy) to share teaching methodologies through ICT. Throughout the last 2 years pupils involved in the project have had some wonderful experiences being hosted by families in different countries.  They have been introduced to new cultures and gained language skills in 3 different languages.  The teachers involved in the project have been able to share their knowledge of ICT in the classroom and gain some ideas of their own.  In Venice, the meeting focussed on the future of ICT in education, even looking at how Smartphone/Tablet technology might be incorporated in our classrooms of the future.

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