One of our S4 pupils, Charlotte Luke has won the Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Award; we are delighted for her. She is an avid reader, always in the library, and it is well deserved. Watch this space for the Neil Gunn Award.
SBT offered pupils free copies of Malorie Blackman’s Noble Conflict to read over the summer (they got to keep them!); we then met for a lively discussion to give SBT feedback; it would have been great to be able to podcast it.
The Seniors and Staff Book Group has got under way, now lead by the pupils themselves. Pupils from S3 upwards, and all staff, are welcome to attend – biscuits provided!
Tying in with the S2 WW1 cross-curricular project, a team of pupils, from S2 – S6, are involved in an exciting collaboration with the Library, History Dept and Inverness Museum, with a local family history project abut WW1. They have the opportunity to handle artefacts, research the individuals at the Archive Centre, and bring each story alive in a Museum display. This is real research; the items have not been looked at in detail before! What a fabulous opportunity, especially for those pupils hoping to study History and Archaeology. Our pupils will lead the Museum’s Kids’ Takeover Day in November, so watch this space for more information… Meanwhile, the IRA library will feature series of WW1 displays over the year.
The Rotary Club of Inverness held their second inter-schools quiz in Millburn Academy. The event saw 4 schools from the Inverness area compete for the chance to win a shield for their school and to go on and compete against a team in LeBaule, France via Skype. Over a series of 10 rounds, the quiz covered many subjects, from Science to Music. Fionnlagh Call, Brodie Heath, Brooke Armstrong and Katie Gregson-Macleod represented the school well and came second in a very close competition. Congratulations to all members of the team for their effort.
Parents of S5/6 pupils will be aware that, following on from the National Qualifications introduced last session, there are new courses at Higher level this session; some of our departments will be presenting pupils for these new courses this session, while others will stick with the old higher for one more year. More information on this will be posted here in the next couple of weeks, giving details of which higher courses we are offering in each subject.
As they did for the National Courses last year, the National Parent Forum of Scotland has produced short guides to the new Higher courses – called “Highers in a Nutshell”. You can access these guides from the link on our home page, or by clicking here.
This term S2 Geography pupils are learning about Earth Forces, including Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Many pupils express an interest in Tsunamis so we will also include information about this type of natural disaster. As an extra, we are offering pupils the chance to watch ‘The Impossible’ which is a film telling the story of a family and their journey following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
The film is rated 12A and a short trailer can be found by searching on IMDB or going to the following link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649419/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
We will be showing the film after school on Monday the 6th of October. Pupils should make arrangements to walk home or be picked up from the school at 6pm sharp. Consent forms can be picked up from Miss Macaskill.
Our 6th year Advanced Geography class went on a field trip to Badaguish from the 5th to the 7th of September with other classes from all over the Highlands. In total, 22 pupils went. The other classes came from Mallaig, Plockton, Millburn, Dingwall, Inverness High School, Fortrose and Dornoch. The aim of the trip was to complete a river study, investigating bed load, flow, slope, depth, width and velocity. In addition to this we had sessions on GMT nabs, projects and map work.
Despite the rainy day on Saturday, all the pupils had a great time. We learned a lot from the sessions and it will be great to have contact with other pupils as we work on our projects.
By Lauren and Rhiannon
All pupils in S1 have the chance to take part in an activity day at Fairburn in the next week – the first group of pupils will go on Friday this week. The trip will run for three days, with pupils in M1 and M2 going on Friday 12 September, those in M3 and R1 on Monday 15 September and finally those in R2 and R3 on Tuesday 16 September. Each group will be accompanied by 4 members of staff from the school, and all activities will be supervised by Fairburn staff.
The activities involved include archery, thrill slide, rope course, tree climb and canoeing/raft building – pupils will participate in up to 4 activities during the day. It is very likely that pupils will get wet and dirty, so they should bring a full change of clothing, including footwear. They may also wish to take a towel.
Pupils should bring a packed lunch and a drink – there is only a limited tuck shop available at Fairburn.
On each of the three days, the bus will leave at 8:55am. Pupils should head directly to the buses at 8:45; registration will be taken on the bus. The buses should return to school by 3:15pm, when pupils will be free to go home.
This week, all pupils will receive a letter from the rector, giving an update on a number of key issues. As always, a copy of this letter can be found on our website. In response to requests from parents of some of our new pupils, we have included details of extra-curricular activites on offer this term, and also a list of key dates for the current session (including dates of prelim exams and parents’ evenings). All of this information is available elsewhere on this site – you can find it by clicking on the relevant link.
The new temporary car park comes into operation from Monday 8th September. Staff & visitors should be aware that from the 8th September this temporary car park will be the only car parking facility on the campus. The car park at the front of the school currently accessed from Culduthel Road will be closed off from Monday 8th September. Access to the new temporary car park will only be from Culduthel Avenue which in turn must be accessed by taking the appropriate roundabout on the distributor road. There will be no through access from Culduthel Road via Culduthel Avenue. This is marked on the diagram below.
Care should be taken when entering and leaving the site as the road narrows between the canteen and the above ground Calor gas tank. Please obey the priority traffic signs and give way as appropriate.
The path from the car park to the “rear” entrance to the school will also be ready for Monday.
The bus and parent drop off points will also be ready for use from Monday. The bus drop off has been relocated to inside the school grounds and the parent drop off will be by means of a lay by built into Culduthel Road. The position of these is marked on the diagram above. Only buses will be permitted to use the bus drop off zone at the start and end of the school day. The car park at Rollerbowl is to be used by parents as the main drop off & pick up point. This has been agreed by Mr Yusaf and the Highland Council. A new temporary pelican crossing has been installed over the summer as well just after the entrance to Rollerbowl to allow pupils to cross Culduthel Road safely as they go to and from the school and the car park there.