School news 13th July 2007

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry success – Four S1 pupils, Anna, Carianne, Andrew and Conal travelled to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh for the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry back on 13th June. Click here for details and photos.

DofE expedition assessment – After the summer we have Silver training and assessments planned for another two groups of pupils. Most parents understand the commitment and time that staff put into the organization and supervision of these expeditions. Dr Caley and Mr Johnston should get a special mention however they could not have come this far without the ongoing support of Miss Morrison, Miss Dean, Mr Hulme, Mrs Johnston, Mr Calvert, and Mr Vickerstaff. Click here for more details.

Rowing on water – Some of our senior pupils got the opportunity to try out rowing on the water at Inverness Rowing Club on Wednesday, 20th June. Instruction was given by very experienced club coach (and ex-Olympic rower) Suzanne Standish White and ex-Olympic coach Ian Hunter. This opportunity came as a result of our new found interest for indoor rowing. Click here for the photos.

Slattadale – Throughout the spring pupils, under the supervision and guidance of Mr Sutherland, Dr Shearer, Mr Wade and other staff have been going down regularly to Slattadale. As well as redecorating the building and making it wind and watertight the pupils have been involved in various activities to map the area and identify how the site can be developed. Working with Forestry Commission and SNH we are developing interesting plans for this area.

School website – Over this year we have been working hard to develop the website. Phase 1 involved the creation of the two news sections. One set of pages for parents and another for pupils. Each time the School News is published in these ‘Yellow Pages’ we add the same news to the website often with additional links to photographs and other relevant websites.

Since starting up at the end of January 2007 each site has had around 2000 visitors or more. We have just introduced an area relating to the development of the new Parent Council.

At exam time pupils were shown the study links and the evidence is that many used the links fairly extensively over the exam period. Another popular area is the photographic gallery.

It is our plan to further develop the site and provide access to much more information about the school. Earlier this year we asked parents for opinions about the website and we are taking these views into account. The website has a very long web address but if you would like to have a look try entering this shortcut http://tinyurl.com/2a95rl and then bookmark the site.

PRIZEGIVING 2007 – All the details have already been posted and are available here.

Next Session – 2007/2008 – Staff return on Monday 13th August but most are back before then to check on the SQA exam results. Pupils return on Tuesday 14th August 2007. Details of next sessions dates can be found by clicking here.

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