Posted by at 1:22 pm
Feb 262015

Emma McBride, Ryan McArthur and Misa Kontrova competed against each other in the first round of the Masterchef competition which is ran by the Inverness Culloden Rotary Club.   They   served up their two-course menus to judges after one hour 30 minutes of cooking from their own £12 bag of ingredients.

The competition was very tight and all three pupils produced excellent dishes and were all very confident and capable in the kitchen.   Emma McBride prepared the winning dish which was lemon chicken with potato, baby sweet-corn and sweet pepper sauce.   Judge Jamie Ross, manager at local fish supplier Coast and Glen, said “The quality is pretty good.   It is very brave to do what they are doing.   I have been cooking for 20 years and did a competition once and I remember feeling the pressure.   It is good to hear a lot of them are cooking at home as well.”

Emma is now through to the semi-final where she will spend a day working in a city restaurant and create two dishes from their menus for the chefs to taste and judge.

The final will be held on March 31 at Charleston Academy in front of an audience in the school assembly hall, with Three Chimney’s chef, Michael Smith, set to be the Judge.

Feb 202015

Due to the poor behaviour of a group of pupils in the canteen at morning break today, the catering staff have indicated that they will not open the canteen at break on Monday 23rd February. This will not affect the lunchtime service, when we have supervision in place.

Maths revision

 Posted by at 2:46 pm
Feb 202015

Starting on Monday 23 February, members of the maths department are offering revision classes and drop in sessions for pupils from S4 to S6. For more information, visit the maths department section of this wesite by clicking here.

Mid term break

 Posted by at 4:28 pm
Feb 122015

A reminder to all pupils and parents – next week is a short week, with holidays on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday an Inservice Training day for teachers. Pupils have a two day week – we close at 3:20pm on Friday 13th, and re-open for pupils at 8:45 am on Thursday 19th February.

Power Readers

 Posted by at 12:21 pm
Feb 052015

Well done to First Year pupil Aileen Brechin who is leading the way with reading, having already completed her Silver Power Readers Award – well ahead of schedule! 


Every S1 pupil is expected to have finished the Bronze level by the end of First Year, reading at their own level.  It is not so much about ability as attitude – everyone can achieve this if they want to – and the Librarians are there to help; so just ask if you need a little extra support about what book to choose next.

Study Guides

 Posted by at 3:24 pm
Feb 022015

At this time in the session, a number of pupils in the senior school begin their preparation for the SQA exams. In the case of the new qualifications, there is a lack of past papers available on the SQA website. To fill this gap, a number of publishers produce revision guides and study guides, which contain examples of “exam style” questions. These are available to purchase in local bookstores or online. This year we also plan to send off a bulk order to one such publisher, with the benefit that the cost to the pupils is reduced by 30%.

If you are interested, you can view the titles available and the costs by looking at the copy of the Leckie and Leckie order form in the “School Information and Letters” section of this website. If you wish to place an order, please hand in a completed copy of the order form to the school librarian by Friday 20th February. All orders should be accompanied by the correct payment, with cheques made payable to “Inverness Royal Academy”.

Feb 022015

The Geography department will be running a second set of supported study sessions after the long weekend in February. National 5, Intermediate 2 and Higher pupils can come along after school on a Wednesday until around 4.20pm and go over a topic from their course. The subjects and dates are shown below:

Date National 5 Int 2 / Higher
25th Feb Population Hydrosphere
4th March Weather Atmosphere (Higher only)
11th March Farming Urban Change/Dev & Health
18th March Urban Urban & Industry
25th March Tourism & Development Lithosphere & Map work


As well as this, pupils who are struggling with timing (particularly those sitting Higher) are welcome to come to practise in the department after school on a Monday. At this time pupils will be set two past paper questions and given a time limit to complete them.

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