It’s only two weeks until the Christmas holidays so the perfect time to share the English Department’s Revision Advent Calendar.  There’s fourteen daily activities to help you revise for the three elements that will be assessed.  Remember, it is important to balance your revision across Critical Essay, Textual Analysis and RfUAE.  The key to success is short, focused and regular revision sessions.  Don’t forget to refer to the revision guide posted previously as well.


Good luck and Merry Christmas from Miss Hiorns and the department!


This December in the Music department, pupils have been recording pieces for the 12 Days of Christmas.

For the first day we have: Amy Naulls (S6) playing “White Christmas” on Piano:
For the second day of Christmas we have Angus Laird (S4) playing a set of tunes called “Memories of Calum Piper” on the Accordion:
For the third day of Christmas we have Declan McKee (S4) playing “Let’s Boogie”:
For the fourth day of Christmas we have Zoe Thomson (S4) playing “Mister Trumpet Man” on the piano:
For the fifth day of Christmas we have Anna Macleod (S5) singing “Think of me”.
For the sixth day of Christmas we have John McCann (S6) playing “Apres un Reve”.
For the seventh day of Christmas we have Beth Hutchison (S3), Reece Ritchie (S3) and Elise Hutchison (S1) playing “Walking in the air”.
For the eighth day of Christmas we have Finlay Maclennan (S6) singing Mo Bheann Chomain. 
Consent forms are being issued tomorrow to those pupils due a HPV vaccine. Please return these within 7 days.
The NHS will be here on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th January to carry out this vaccination programme.

The school was very well represented in the U17’s Mactavish Cup (the North of Scotland U17’s Championship Trophy) in Beauly at the weekend.

There were five players from the IRA  involved.

Taighan Macleod toughed it out for Kingussie while Finlay Maclennan, Fraser Macpherson (fp), Thomas Mackinnon and Charlie Macrae were successful for Beauly.

Founder member and former President of the IRA Shinty club Finlay Maclennan (who scored the the fourth and final goal for Beauly) also won the Sandy MacKay Medal for Outstanding Player.

Congratulations to all of them on making it their cup final!

All N5 and Higher English pupils will sit a Critical Essay Prelim on the 20th December.  If you would like to support your child at home with preparation for this the guide to revision linked below will be very helpful.  It will lead you through effective revision strategies applicable to all subjects and the second part has revision activities specific to English.


English Revision tips


Pupils should make sure they have secure knowledge of their text, have memorised key quotations, are confident with their notes and analysis and are strong in their understanding of how to write an introduction, PEAR paragraphs and a conclusion.


Best of luck to all our pupils from the English Department!


The N.H.S are due to come in to school on Friday 17th December to administer covid vaccines should you wish your child to have one.
A covid vaccine consent form will come home with your child tomorrow. If you wish your child to have a vaccine these will be available for 12-17 year olds. Second doses will also be offered to 16-17 year olds if required.
Please return your consent form to the office no later than Thursday 9th December.
For a copy of the vaccination leaflet click here
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