Architecture Work Placement

S5 pupil Kai Pickering recently undertook a work placement at 360 Architecture.

Architecture Work Placement

On week beginning 9th April, I completed a work placement at an architectural firm called 360 Architecture, at one of their offices in Inverness.   This opportunity gave me an insight into how a busy and vibrant architectural practice operated and also if this is something I would like to pursue as a future career.

I was given a fictional brief to work on throughout my week to work through and complete in the way they would normally do it.  I found it to be quite fun and exciting. They showed me what was required when dealing with a client wanting a residential building designed specifically for their needs. I was asked to research different styles of specifications, creating a few ideas, developing a design and eventually modelling it and putting in materials then rendering the model. Throughout this placement I was being assisted by Ayoola, who had recently just graduated from university.

If anyone is interested in Architecture I would highly recommend looking for a work placement as it gives a very good idea of what it is like to be working. I would also recommend 360 Architecture as an option for this as all the staff are very kind and helpful.

XpoNorth

Eight pupils from S3 to S6 visited Eden Court on Thursday 8th June to attend XpoNorth. This event showcases a wide range of creative industries ranging from screen, crafts, Music, gaming design and textiles. Seven S3 and 4 girls, along with Mrs Browne, attended a Workshop on the Psychology of Colour given by Anne Ritchie who has spent her career in the world of colour, fashion and interiors. The pupils learnt about the industry alongside business professionals, rising to the occasion with a very mature attitude. This event helps Develop our Young Workforce, giving very relevant and current information as well as hands-on experience in a wide range of creative industries. Sixth year pupil, Abe Locke attended a Masterclass with Film Director, Michael Radford along with Mr Milner.

XpoNorth

Isabella Wiseman gives an account of her day;

‘Last Thursday eight of us from S3 to S6 went to the XpoNorth festival at Eden court in Inverness, seven of us went to attend the colour conversations workshop, which was run by Anne Ritchie. Anne Ritchie studies colour psychology, and during the workshop she taught us about how colours can affect our emotions and make us react differently to things, an example is that wasps are yellow and black and we associate them with danger that is why warning signs are usually yellow and black because we connect the colours with danger. Anne Ritchie also taught us about how our personality can affect the colours we wear and the style of clothing that we wear. She taught us about the four main colour seasons, which are winter, spring, summer, and autumn. We learnt how each season fits a different personality, for example, usually if you associate yourself with the autumn characteristics of, being creative, quirky, curious, and rebellious, then you will look best in warm rich colours and textured materials. I found it very interesting how colour fits in with your personality, and many of us found that the colour palette and mood boards we were drawn to most were from the season that we associated our personality with the most. Colour psychology was something that most of us hadn’t considered before, and we were really amazed by the impact it can have on, not only the clothes we wear but also our emotions in general. I think it would be really interesting to look into the subject more.’

Isabella Wiseman

S1B SMART visit Shieldaig Lodge

What we did

What we did for SMART was we went to the falconry to see and find out other stuff about the different kinds of birds and the baby owl. (Alana)

What we learned

We learned about different types of Eagles and saw a baby owl. We learned some of the Lodges history and that the lodge was pretty much a hospital for the injured of the plane crash near there years ago and that they have one of the biggest wine/whisky/gin collections and that it would cost you £1,000 to have a sip of their best gin/whisky. Overall we learned a lot about Shieldaig lodge and the eagles and it was really fun and i hope other people for SMART can go there and we can go there again. We learned that Hannah (S4) worked there helping cleaning up the rooms and being a server for food and dining. (James)

S1B visit Shieldaig Lodge

Hannah (S4) explains her roles at Shieldaig Lodge Hotel

How it links to the John Muir Award

While we were at the falconry we DISCOVERED all sorts of things about different birds and at the falconry they were CONSERVING certain types of birds and by putting on social media we are SHARING what happened. (Hannah)