Black History Month
As a Rights Respecting School, we are very aware of the historical connections between Inverness Royal Academy and the trading of human beings as slaves. The extent to which people in Inverness and Highlands benefitted from this appalling trade is, thankfully, beginning to be better researched and understood.
This programme from BBC Alba is excellent in revealing some of the links, and quotes the statistic that in 1804 about 10% of pupils at Inverness Royal Academy were from the Caribbean.
Of course, ‘Black History Month’ is just that: a month that helps us to focus our attention on lesser known and disturbing aspects of our shared history’ As a school, however, we are committed to learning about the actions of our predecessors throughout the year. N4/5 pupils of History and Eachdraidh study this as part of their course.
Our S4 Eachdraidh pupils also undertook a walking tour around the town this week to learn more about how slavery contributed to Inverness. The tour can be accessed here and followed in your own time should you wish – https://www.davidalston.info/