May 292014

Screen Education Edinburgh in partnership with Eden Court cinema has just launched recruitment for the BFI Film Academy taking place in Inverness over the summer.

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.

This opportunity is open to any young person living in the Highlands and surrounding counties; participants would train for two days a week for three weeks in July, and would follow this up with 2 weekends of filming and editing in August.

Applications for the academy are open now and young people should go here: The closing date for applications is Friday 27th June.

Class clown success

 Posted by at 11:04 am
May 262014

Congratulations go out to both Ewan Staton and Callum Ross in S5 for their success in the Class Clowns competition at Eden Court yesterday. After competing against competitors from other schools, Ewan was declared the winner and Callum runner up by a panel of professional comedians. This now means that Ewan will go on to compete in Edinburgh during the festival fringe.

Both boys worked hard to prepare for this, their first ever stand up performance, in front of a paying crowd.

Constructing your Future

 Posted by at 9:33 am
May 222014

S3 pupils at the event

A group of our pupils attended this event on Tuesday. The event was organised by CITB, Skills Development Scotland and Highland Council to promote careers within the construction industry. 100 pupils from Highland schools took part in workshops and met individuals from local companies so they could gain a greater insight into future prospects. There were twelve companies present representing careers including architecture, bricklaying, building services engineer, electrician, joinery, painting and decorating, plant operation, plumbing, surveying, roof slater & tiler, and land surveying.

May 142014

The music department is planning ahead for the start of the new session, and has decided on days and times for the various extra-curricular groups they run. The pupils involved will be told again once the new timetable starts, but for those involved in lots of extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school, it might be useful to know these days now. They are:

Monday lunchtime:                        Piping Group

Monday after school:                     Senior Choir

Wednesday lunchtime:                  S1-4 Choir

Wednesday after school:               Band

Thursday after school:                   String Group

IRA Community Reading Group

 Posted by at 2:06 pm
May 022014

Have you ever thought of being in a book group? Well, here’s your chance – come and join us!

The new IRA Community Reading Group meets monthly in the School Library.

Next meeting: Tuesday 13 May, 7:30pm

Book: The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet – come along anyway and join in the discussion…

Please register your interest by emailing the School Librarian at

New structure to school week

 Posted by at 2:21 pm
May 012014

Many parents will be aware that, following consultation, the structure of the school week will change when we start the new timetable. This will commence on Monday 9 June – so from that date, the shape of the school week will alter.

This change has been made to allow us to create 32 teaching periods in the week; the extra periods will enable us to provide the entitlements of the new curriculum to all age groups. Currently, we have 30 periods in a week; 20 of these are 55 minutes long, and the other 10 are 50 minutes. By making all periods the same length (50 minutes) we can use the “spare” 100 minutes to create two new periods. Pupils will not be in classes for any longer in the new set up, but they will have more classes in the week.

As 32 periods cannot be split evenly across 5 days, we will have 2 days (Monday and Tuesday) with 7 teaching periods, and 3 days (Wednesday to Friday) with 6 teaching periods. However, we have to keep the start and finish times on each day roughly the same (because of bus services), so we have had to move registration to only three days a week, and have also shortened the lunch break on the 7 period days – allowing us to fit in the extra teaching period but still finish by 3:30pm.

This will be strange for everyone in the school at first, but, like similar changes we have made in the past, we will soon get used to it! You can view a detailed breakdown of the new structure here. A further reminder will be issued before we implement this change.

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