This week a group of senior pupils were trained in emergency first aid by the charity Lucky2bhere. As part of the course Pam Gowie (lead resuscitation officer NHS Highland) and Peter White (clinical skills NHS Highland) taught pupils the recovery position, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use defibrillators – early next year defibs will be placed in our school. For more information about the charity please see www.lucky2bhere.org
The school has joined the world of social media and has created official Inverness Royal Academy Facebook and Twitter accounts!
The twitter name is @Inverness_Royal and the Facebook page can be found by searching for Inverness Royal Academy or by following this link.
The twitter account is a private account so to see the tweets and get up to date information from it you need to follow us. The Facebook account is also a secure account.
These accounts will be used to give out information on what is happening in the school so that pupils and parents can keep track of what is happening.
Results from last month’s championships, at which a number of our swimmers competed:
Katie M (S3)
400m IM GOLD
200m IM GOLD
Katie R (S3)
100m Free 4th
200m IM BRONZE
Hannah K (S3)
200m IM SILVER
200m Free GOLD
Finlay S (S2)
100m Fly SILVER
Congratulatoins also to Isobelle M (S3) and Sophie K (S1) for competing in the 100m Free, 100m Back and 200 Breast.
All pupils should receive a letter today or tomorrow with the end of term arrangements; you can view a copy of the letter here. School will close at 3pm on Friday 19 December and will reopen on Monday 5 January. We hope that pupils attending school dances next week enjoy these events, and wish pupils, parents and staff a relaxing holiday.
Last night, an audience of parents, staff and pupils was treated to an evening of Christmas Music, presented by the music department. Almost 100 staff and pupils were involved on stage, and the evening began with a rousing performance by a group of pipers. This was followed by a more sombre selection from our recent World War 1 Remembrance event, before the mood was lifted again with some Christmas numbers performed by the ukulele group. We were then entertained by a variety of different groups, including, strings, woodwind and voice, with some excellent solo performances too. After the final audience participation event (The Twelve Days of Christmas), the evening built to a climax, with the school band’s “Strathspeys”, followed by the senior choir singing three carols, and finally the entire cast performing “Rocking around the Christmas tree”.
We would like to thank the audience for their support of the event, but most of all we would like to thank the staff and pupils for all their hard work in the run up to the performance – well done everyone!
IRA celebrated Book Week Scotland recently by inviting author Keith Gray to speak to our S3 boys. He emphasised the fact that writers are in the entertainment business, so a good story will always engage the reader. When writing your own story, start off with a memory of your own and embellish it with, well, lies! He engaged the audience completely (not an easy task!). ‘He was actually quite cool’. Boys in the follow up workshop have been turning their own experiences into a story – providing conflict, confrontation and, hopefully, a resolution, though not necessarily a happy ending.
Girls are now clamouring to have an author visit of their own.
We are pleased to announce that we will present an evening of Christmas music in the school theatre on Wednesday 10 December at 7:30pm. Tickets, which are available from the school or can be bought at the door, are priced at £4 (£2 if you are under 18). You can view the poster for the event in our school information section of this website.
As we enter the winter period, we would like to remind all of our cyclists of the need to be visible. Those travelling to school by bike should make sure that their bike is fitted with lights, and the rider should also be wearing high visibility clothing. This morning was the first really dark morning, and it was noticeable that a number of our pupils were dressed in dark clothing and had no lights. Pupils travelling on foot also need to be seen, and should take extra care when crossing any roads.