Happy New Year

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Welcome Back. School re-opens for all pupils and staff on Monday 9th January. This is an important and busy term. Please see our Calendar for full details of important events below.

Information about our Senior Prelims and Information Evening (for S3/4/5/6) can be found HERE.

11 Jan: Senior Info Evening
13 Jan: Prelims Begin
19 Jan: S3 Parents’ Meeting
24 Jan: Junior Info Evening
2 Feb: P7 Info Evening
9 Feb: S4/5/6 Parents’ Meeting 1
15 Feb: S4/5/6 Parents’ Meeting 2
20/21 Feb: Feb Weekend break
22 Feb: In-Service Day

Christmas Cake Competition

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Pupils our National 5 Practical Cake Craft course had to design and create a Christmas Cake as part of their Cake Baking and Cake Finishing assessment.

We decided to  enter into the Christmas spirit and to have a Christmas Cake competition which was judged by  Mr Jonathon Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical, who bakes a cake every year.

He chose the following pupils cakes

  • 1 – Katie Stark 6K
  • 2 – Rachel Stein 5L2
  • 3 – Rebekah Dunnill  5K2

Mr Richards said “it was very difficult as the standard of all cakes designed and  made by the pupils was very high and far better than mine!”

Well done everyone.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting Principal Teacher of Home Economics


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This important letter about Drug Activity has been issued to all young people in Inverness and Nairn secondary schools today. This is a very serious matter and we want our young people to share and discuss the contents with their Parent/Carer at home.

The following points within the letter have been emphasised to all of our young people during registration today.

  • Schools in Inverness and Nairn are working together with the Police to ensure everyone remains safe
  • There has been an increase in information available suggesting a possible or actual increase in drug activity in our community
  • It is important that pupils, parents, school staff and the police work together to prevent young people from coming to harm
  • This is by no means a new issue but evidence suggests that more young people are engaging in risk taking behaviour and at a younger age
  • Young people of all ages have been identified as both using and supplying harmful substances
  • Too many young people now regard this behaviour as “normal” if not for themselves then for others
  • There is evidence that young people in and around Inverness are now accessing a wider range of substances which include cannabis, MDMA, heroin and crack cocaine.

In order to prevent young people coming to significant harm it is vital that any concerns are passed on to the Police via:

  • Calling 101
  • CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111
  • Community Beat Officers or to School Staff.

Everyone must work together to keep our young people safe.

The letter below has been issued to young people in all Inverness Secondary Schools and Nairn Academy.

  • Click / Tap on the letter below to download a PDF version.
  • Visit the Talk to Frank Website HERE for detailed information about Drug Activity or via the link above.


Drug Activity – Letter from HTs & Police


Senior Prelims, Parents’ Evening & Reports

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All students in S4, S5 and S6 received their reports along with this letter last week. These have been published ahead of the Prelim Exams Schedule. Prelims begin on Friday 13 January and run for three weeks until Friday 3 February.

There are now less than three school weeks until the Prelims begin.

Following the Prelims all Parents and Carers will have an opportunity to meet teachers at Parents’ Evening. There are two scheduled:

Each of these meetings is for the Parents/Carers of young people in S4, S5 and S6. Parents/Carers can attend one or both. Because they are on different evenings this allows all Parents/Carers to hopefully attend an evening meeting that suits them. Teachers will be giving updates on Prelim Exams and the action required thereafter ahead of the main SQA exams in May.

We hold our Senior Phase Curriculum Information Evening in the New Year. This takes place on:

Please ensure that you are aware of these important dates. We look forward to working with you to ensure we achieve the best outcomes for our Young People.


Letter S4/5/6


Prelims 2017


Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals 2016

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On Saturday 19th November, 7 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.

Jasper had qualified for the S1/2 Boys bottom rope category with an excellent score of 393 out of 400.  5 boys from S3/4 had qualified for their category and dominated the results from the heats.  Tim had scored 390, Rory got 389 and Finbar, Archie and Patrick score 388.  We knew the finals were going to be close.

For the finals, pupils climb 2 routes to get a top 3 spot and get a place in the grand final.  The grand final route is done under isolation where climbers are not allowed to watch each other climb, making the challenge and tension much higher.

Jasper topped out both his routes scoring a maximum score of 200. One other climber got the same score and both boys matched scores in the third route.  This meant they had to compete in a super final.  Jasper climbed superbly all day and was awarded a very respectable 2nd place  after the super final.

The S3/4 boys category was exciting from start to end.  All the climbers performed well in the first 2 routes and going into the third route only 6 points separated 3rd to 6th place.  Rory and Tim topped out their first 2 routes and secured a place in the grand final. On the last route Rory managed one more moved to gain first place. Tim got 2nd, Patrick got 4th, Archie got 5th and Finbar got 6th place.

Over 240 climbers from across the country competed in this event and all the climbers did superbly well to reach the finals.   We are really proud of all of them and they should be pleased with their performances.

A full write up and results from the event can be found here.


Mr Jonathan Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical Education

Arches Photography Trip

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On Tuesday 15th November, a small group of pupils – Stanley Fraser (2S), Kelly-Marie MacUilliam (4K) and Caithan Brooks (4L) – spent the morning in Inverness city centre as part of their Photography course. During their walk around the centre, the pupils took a variety of photos to practice their skills including taking photos of Inverness Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and Eden Court. They also had to look for art in the city and something that a tourist would find interesting. The trip was also a chance for the pupils to practice their life skills by using public transport and going to a café.  The trip was accompanied by Mr R Stewart and Miss L Gray.

Miss Lindsey Grey, Support for Learning Department

Into Film Festival – “La Famille Bélier”

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On the 24th of November, 26 S4/5/6 pupils went to Eden Court to watch the French film (with English subtitles) ‘La Famille Bélier’. It was about a young girl struggling to cope with life with her deaf family. She had an amazing talent for singing which became apparent when she joined the school choir to pursue her love of singing. Her music teacher recognised her gift and encouraged her to audition for a singing school in Paris. Although she didn’t initially want to go as she was worried about her family, she eventually decided to tell her family about the audition. Her parents were angry to begin with but agreed it was best for their daughter to grab the opportunity after seeing her perform in the school choir. Though it was moving at times the film was very funny throughout which made it more entertaining.

by Chloe Bisset, Ciara Latham and Calum Wilson

Chloe Bisset (4K2)

Chloe Bisset (4K2)

Ciara Latham (4K2)

Ciara Latham (4K2)

Calum Wilson (4T2)

Calum Wilson (4T2)


C’était très émouvant et captivant. Paula, l’actrice principale avait une voix angélique. Le film nous montre les difficultés liées à un handicap. Ça nous a vraiment plu et nous recommandons ce film à tout le monde.  Amy Riddle et Grace Bird

À mon avis, le film était très divertissant et drôle mais aussi touchant. Sami Cochrane

Personnellement, nous trouvons que le film était amusant mais aussi émouvant. Eilidh MacCormick et Laurie MacPhee

Le film était très marrant et nous a fait rire. Niamh MacKenzie et Mairi Prentice