Basketball results

 Posted by at 12:10 pm
Nov 272014

Senior Boys (1 – 2)

  • Lost 36 – 47 vs. Culloden Academy 

U15 Boys (2 – 1)

  • Won 54 – 13 vs. Alness Academy
  • Lost 14 – 71 vs. Millburn Academy 

U15 Girls (1 – 2)

  • Lost 36 – 15 vs. Culloden Academy As 

S1 Girls (0 – 1)

  • Lost 18 – 20 vs. Culloden Academy 

The Basketball Club has a Win – Loss record of 10 – 7 now with 6 fixtures still to be completed before Christmas.

The school’s basketball club has recently been recognised as a “Champion of School Basketball 2014”; you can read the article from basketballscotland here.

Christmas Fayre

 Posted by at 1:37 pm
Nov 262014

Our annual Fayre will be held tonight (Wednesday 26th) in the PE department. Come along to browse over 40 stalls, eat festive treats, listen to Christmas tunes from the Music department and test yourself on the bucking bronco! More information can be found here.

See you between 7-9pm.

Building Update

 Posted by at 1:49 pm
Nov 212014

Work is progressing well and on time on the new school with this week marking a significant milestone in the construction of the new Inverness Royal Academy. On Wednesday the first section of the ground floor slab was poured by Careys, the sub contractor responsible for errecting the post-tensioned concrete frame, with the help of Mr McKinlay who doned his hard hat and wellies to gamely lend a hand.

Work on the foundations is now approximately 85% completed and the first of the internal stair cores has been poured to the first floor level. Now that the first part of the ground floor has been laid work can start in the next week or two on putting up the first of the columns that will hold up the first floor. That’s when we’ll start to see the two tower cranes that dominate the local sky line come into their own.

The two cores beside what will be the North and South entrances into the school are almost ready to be poured as well and once they are completed the second section of the ground floor can be layed.

Work is certainly continuing at a steady pace so let’s hope for a good winter weather wise and keep watching the website for regular updates.

Children in Need

 Posted by at 5:02 pm
Nov 142014

Our Children in Need Fund raising efforts have realised an amazing total of £1557 over two days!

Yesterday, we had a staff bake off competition at lunch time (the winning cake was a raspberry and almond bakewell cake), followed in the evening by Inverness Royal Academy’s own version of “Strictly” – see report below.

Today, we had a dress down day, with a different theme for each year group – pyjamas, animals, beachwear, superheroes, film characters and sportswear. The staff theme was “Dress as a Pupil”, and a few old school blazers made an appearance for the day.

At morning interval, four brave teachers were gunged; staff and pupils paid to nominate a teacher from a list of volunteers, and those who gained the most money in votes went to the top of the list. This event attracted a large crowd, and there are no doubt numerous images already on social media.

The final event of the day was a sing off in the theatre at lunchtime; entry to this event was by donation, and, in front of a packed house, groups of teachers from different departments performed some well-known, and some less well-known songs. The winners were the PE department, for their renditition of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

We would like to thank all pupils and parents who contributed to the success of these events – well done everyone!

Letters to parents

 Posted by at 3:10 pm
Nov 142014

Letters have been sent home with pupils this week giving parents details of adverse weather arrangements. We are also looking at ways of improving our communication with parents, so have sent home a letter asking for an up to date mobile number which could be used should we need to send a text alert (should it be necessary, for example, to close the school during the school day). Finally, all pupils received a copy of a letter from the director of education on the subject of holidays taken during term time.

If you are unable to find a copy of any of these in your child’s bag, you can view all of these letters here.

Strictly Come Dancing

 Posted by at 1:38 pm
Nov 142014

On Thursday the 13th of November the events management team held a fundraising event in the form of “strictly come dancing” to raise money for Children in Need. The night was an overall success, with a large audience of pupils, parents and teachers. The couples dancing included teachers and pupils and they chose their own music and dance. The night raised over £500. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and to all who made it possible!

Basketball update

 Posted by at 12:29 pm
Nov 112014

The 2014/15 Basketball season is well under way with all 6 teams training for the Nationals Schools Cup and upcoming Highland Schools League. This is the first time Inverness Royal Academy has featured boys AND GIRLS teams in all age categories!

With 6 games having been played by teams, I.R.A has experienced an even mix of success and disappointment recording the following results:

Senior Boys (1 – 1)

  • Lost 31 – 84 vs. Fortrose Academy
  • Won 79 -59 vs. Charleston Academy


Senior Girls (1 – 1)

  • Lost 34 – 63 vs. Culloden Academy
  • Won 41 – 16 vs. Gordonstoun


U15 Girls (1 – 1)

  • Lost 24 – 25 vs. Culloden 2nds
  • Won 49 – 3 vs. Charleston Academy

The U15 Boys, S1 Boys and S1 Girls are all yet to play games unfortunately after 6 forfeits (but on the up side, are top of their groups!), but they will all experience their opening games in the next two weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates and remember to check out the IRA PE Twitter page @PE_IRA

Library News

 Posted by at 4:26 pm
Nov 042014

WELL DONE to Liza Fernandes, the first S1 pupil to complete her Bronze Power Readers certificate!

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