School news 18th May 2012

S6 Pupils – Some of our S6 pupils were presented with certificates at their last assembly before going on exam leave for participating in our paired reading scheme This scheme supports younger pupils with their reading skills.

S6 2012

Head Girl, Anna Hulme now relates the events of the last day for S6 in school:  On Friday the 4th, the sixth year leavers went for a day out to Roller Bowl in Inverness.  On arrival, we all sang happy birthday as Anju surprised David with her legendary chocolate cake! The bowling was very competitive, and the teachers, Mrs. Whall and Mr. Port, were irritatingly good! We remembered the last time we’d been bowling together, at Nethybridge in first year. Judging by some people’s bowling they had not been back since!

After a quick lunch we made our way back, most of us having a nap on the road. At the end of the school day we all rushed home and had nearly enough time to get dressed up for our leavers’ dinner. Some of the teachers were also invited to the dinner, and we all had a very enjoyable meal, with lots of laughs and tasty food.

After we’d finished eating our huge three course meals, it was time for a photoshoot! Dozens of photos were taken of our small year group together for the last time, and everybody was keen to have a photo taken with their favourite teachers too! There were hugs and even a few tears, but I think I can quite safely say that we all had a very lovely last day!

Click on the photo above to see some photos taken that day.

S6 Prefects also organized the production of their own yearbook and arranged for ‘leavers hoodies’.  We wish them all well as they now sit their final exams prior to heading off to employment and continuing education across the country.

Staffing – On Thursday 10th May interviews were held for the post of Art Teacher.  Ms Gulliver retires in August and after discussions with the Council it was agreed that a national advert could be placed to secure a replacement.  Details of an appointment will be confirmed as soon as appropriate.

S4 Young Orienteering Leaders Award – As part of their S4 Skills for Work course, Rebecca Griggs, Caitlin Johnston, Ross Brogan, Danielle Bulmer and Luke Murray have recently gained a Young Orienteering Leaders Award. To gain their award the pupils learnt how to coach the basic skills of the sport, lead fun activities to help practice orienteering skills and ran an orienteering competition for the S2s at Flowerdale.  Certificates will be awarded at assembly when the pupils return from exam leave.

Sports Relief  – The total funds raised for Sports Relief was £517.65.  The money was raised by having a sponsored mile walk around the school along with hospitality provided by the S3 pupils on the day.  Thanks to everyone who contributed towards the final amount.

Culture Club – We had a full bus of pupils, ranging from S1 – S6, along with several members of staff on Wednesday night, when we travelled over to Inverness to see Scottish Ballet’s newest venture, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.  The ballet was based on the 1949 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams, which became more widely known through the 1951 film, starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando.

In the ballet, the complex storyline was made very clear, (most felt that it was clearer than in the film), and the sensitive subject matter was beautifully portrayed by the dancers in a style that had traditional aspects but a very modern feel.  A wonderfully sultry, score reinforced the atmosphere of the poor quarter of this Deep South city, which was conjured up by a simple yet ingenious set.  The result was a tremendously powerful performance, which everyone appreciated and enjoyed.  We’ve definitely moved on from ‘Sleeping Beauty’!

Comenius Trip to Athens 23rd-29th April – A description of this trip is available by clicking here.

Pupil Success – S4 pupil Rebecca Griggs has been offered a position on this year’s Local Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail.  Becky will take up employment for the month of July after impressing selectors at audition with her performance.  Becky will train with other musicians in Plockton and then tour extensively for three weeks.  Well done to Becky for achieving this prestigious placement.  

S3 pupil Sofie Banister continues to gain confidence and success with her horse riding.  She has performed well in several competitions recently receiving Reserve Champion Show Ponies at Kilmaurs Show, 1st Best Young Rider at the Dundonal Show and 1st Show Ponies and Champion Show Ponies at the Puddledub Show, Ingliston.

She also got consistently high ride marks at weekend shows in Cumbria and Cheshire. Last year Sofie took overall reserve champion in the Arabs at The Royal Highland Show at Ingliston and she will be trying to repeat her success this June.

S2 pupil Jordan Gorman got a mention in the Scotsman, The Press & Journal and the Ross-shire Journal in articles about the male and female U14 Scotland Basketball teams.  Basketballscotland will be hosting the International Summer Slam at Meadowbank on 8-10 June – coinciding with the weekend when the GB Women Pre-Olympic Games squad take on Canada at the same Edinburgh venue.

Former Pupil SuccessAmy MacLeod, currently in her third year of a Sport Science degree at University of Glasgow has been awarded her Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  Well-done Amy!

The Enigma Machine – All pupils and staff got the chance to see (and touch!) an original Enigma machine on Friday 11th may.  Dr Mark Baldwin gave two lectures to pupils about codes and ciphers before explaining the workings of the machine.  Both talks were exceptionally interesting and we are very grateful to the Russian Arctic Convoy Project Group for creating this rare opportunity.

Enigma machine

Click here to go to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum website.

Important Dates – Available on the website here.

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