Senior Interim update reports will be emailed to pupils in S4/5/6 today. Pupils will receive a digital report via their gmail school account. Please ask your child to share their report with you and discuss their progress.
The reports will have their “Current Working Grade”. This is the grade that you are currently working at in your subjects and is based on evidence gathered since your last report and on your demonstrated progress since we went into the current lockdown period. The current working grade is not your provisional grade.
We have moved to a more efficient digital reporting system which reduces the Covid19 transmission risk due to handling paper reports.
Please be aware this is an interim update report not a full report. If you have concerns about your child’s progress please contact their Guidance Teacher by email/phone.

Pupil Success


A huge congratulations to James Luke, an S3 Slioch pupil, on his recent win in a short story competition.  James placed first in the 11-15 category with a superb piece of writing inspired by a previous trip to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. As part of National Storytelling Week NYMR asked young writers to submit a story that had to be under 2000 words, in the theme of either, a magical children’s story or a ghostly tale, set on the NYMR and taking inspiration from a selection of images linked to the railway.   James’ piece is an excellent example of how a writer can use setting to create a rich atmosphere and draw the reader into the story.  Here is a short section from the story:


Time seemed to slow down now, as he stepped onto the semi-lit platform, illuminated by his late father’s Station Master lantern, which filled the riveting silence and darkness with a steady illumination, and the constant drip, drip, drip of the paraffin. The platform and all of its buildings stood before him, frozen in time in the perfect tranquility of the night, giving Albert the all too familiar feeling of stealing the perfect peace of the station, and all of its beauty. The train tracks illuminated the night like steely knives in the darkness, casting a blinding shine around the station, reflecting off the signal box, and all of the windows at the ticket office. His lantern cast its eerily glow into the dark tunnel where the roaring trains would burst from, exploding out with steam billowing from their chimneys.”


The rest of James’ story can be read here 



A huge well done to James from the English department and all at Inverness Royal Academy!



Helping your child with S2/3 subject choices – support for parents and carers


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase. Scotland’s national skills agency has organised the virtual session on Thursday 25 February which will also give parents and carers information about accessing a wide range of SDS support.


Careers advisers Joan Duncan and Gemma Smith will be providing expert advice for parents and carers of young people in S2 and S3.

Joan said: “Thinking about what options to choose at school can be daunting for young people and their parents and carers. As well as this session, SDS also has a Subject Choices tool on SDS’s My World of Work website which helps pupils explore where options choices can take them.

“It gives young people and their parents and carers the opportunity to explore job profiles, industries, Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships, refine their search by what someone is most interested in and use the tool as many times as they like to find out more about different options. There are other tools to try and the more tools you try, the better career suggestions we can give.”


This virtual event, which is from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, will also have a question and answer session. 

To take part please register here. 


Are you aged between 12 – 24 years? If yes we’d love to hear your views! To help organisations like your school, college, university, youth work services or health services to deliver what you, your family and friends want and need please complete this short survey – it should only take a few minutes to do and will help us to improve the services available for you.
The survey is completely anonymous.
At the end of the survey, you can choose, if you want to, to give us your name and contact details so we can enter you into the prize draw to win a FREE 3 month Highlife membership for your whole household (starting on a date of your choice).
The survey will close on Friday 12th March 2021

If you are participating in the voluntary self testing scheme please check the following kit collection times:

Thursday 25th Feb

Art, Design Manufacture and Practical woodwork pupils column E 11.00-11.30

Practical cookery and Admin pupils column E 11.45-12.15


Friday 26th February

Computing , Design and Manufacture, Fashion and Textiles column B pupils 9.30-10.00

Art and Music column C pupils 10.30-11.00


Monday 1st March

Graphics and Music column  D pupils 11.30-12.00

Practical Woodwork column A pupils 12.00 12.30


Please complete and submit your consent form online (available on Google Classroom). Please wear a face covering and wait outside the HLH door socially distanced at 2M when collecting your kit.

This year, the St Andrews Virtual Sutton Trust Summer School will take place from Monday 5 to Friday 9 July 2021. 

To apply for our 2021 summer school, students must currently be in S5 (Scotland), Year 12 (England & Wales) or Year 13 (NI). Additionally, you must be in a state-funded school and have not yet applied to university.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 2 March 2021. 

For information about the summer school, additional eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit our website.

Pupil Q&A session:

There will be two pupil Q&A sessions for those who are interested in applying, where they can learn more about the virtual summer school and hear from previous students. You can sign up for these online:

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Friday 26 February 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Before you come into school this Wednesday, and/ or Thursday and if you are participating in the voluntary self-test scheme, you must pick up kit from school tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd) between 9.15 and 10.00.
This applies to S5/6 pupils studying Art, Music and Graphics who are due to be in school Wednesday and Thursday.
Please meet outside the HLH door, socially distanced by 2M and wearing a face covering. You will then be called in to collect your kit and asked to exit via the PE department.
You should also complete a consent form before returning to school . This form has been assigned to you using your year group google classroom. Please just fill out online and return electronically.
Instructions on how to administer the kits are included, but please note you should test in the morning before coming into school.
The University of Aberdeen Medical School would like to invite S4 and S5 pupils to their upcoming ‘So You Want to be a Doctor’ online events. These will be of interest to pupils thinking about a career in Medicine. The events will run over two sessions on Wednesday 3rd March and Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 4.30pm – 6.30pm.
We have a range of exciting speakers lined up from careers in Diabetes, General Practice and Anaesthesia, alongside current medical students. You will also hear about entry requirements for the course, the admissions process, UCAT and widening access. We would recommend that students attend both sessions. The sessions will take place virtually using Blackboard Collaborate. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions to our panel of experts.
Places for the event are limited and must be booked in advance using the online booking form. Please note, each pupil who wishes to attend should complete their own booking. We anticipate significant demand for places so we recommend booking early.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries. We will email a link to join and the programme to each attendee the week prior to the event. We aim to record the event for anyone who can’t attend or if the event is full.
We look forward to welcoming pupils to the event.


Mr South brought the following to the attention of colleagues. It lifted our hearts; we hope it lifts yours:


I thought I would share this with you – it’s something I read recently that I found enlightening…

I was glancing through a wonderful book I have called ‘Letters of Note’.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a compendium of letters, not necessarily historically significant or even famous letters; they are letters, as the subtitle of the book describes them, deserving of a wider audience.

The following is a letter that caught my attention.  Written by the author E.B. White in reply to a Mr. Nadeau – who was seeking an opinion on what he (Nadeau) saw as a bleak future for mankind.


Mr South


Dear Mr. Nadeau, 

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate.  Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time.  I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness. 

 Sailors have an expression about the weather; they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society – things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly.  It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet.  But as a people we probably harbour seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right.  Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble.  We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out. 

 Hang on to your hat.  Hang on to your hope.  And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day. 



E.B. White  



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