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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  



Inverness College Courses 2021-22

Pupils in S4/5/6 have the option of studying a course with Inverness College as part of their school curriculum.

Here’s some information about what courses are available to IRA pupils who will be in S4/5/6 by August 2021.

Courses for pupils in S4-6 are listed here https://www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/for-schools/online-applications/inverness-royal-academy/

These online courses are for pupils in S5/6 https://www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/for-schools/virtual-school/

Some more options for pupils in S6 https://www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/for-schools/online-applications/the-s6-experience/

Applications are now open and the deadline is Monday 22 March. The College aim to make decisions by Monday 26 April.

Interviews are unlikely to go ahead this year, so personal statements will be very important. Guidance staff will help pupils with this.

The College is hosting two upcoming virtual events for school pupils and parents. Highland senior phase open evening at 7pm on Wednesday 24 February and Foundation Apprenticeship open evening at 7pm on Thursday 25 February. More information can be found here https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/highland-senior-phase/


If you have any questions please contact Mr Macdonald at graeme.macdonald@highland.gov.uk

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