You will shortly receive information from NHS Scotland about Covid 19 vaccination for 12-17 year olds  that we have been asked to distribute to pupils and parents. Please ask you son or daughter to make sure they pass it on to you. Please note the following:

 

  • N.H.S. Highland will be organising drop in clinics at locations referred to in the letter. There is no drop-in clinic at the school
  • The consent form should not be returned to the school; it should be taken to the drop-in clinic when the young person attend for vaccination.
Message from Mr Engstrand, Rector
Hopefully you have found some time as a family to enjoy together the recent school holiday.
As we return to school for a busy Autumn term you might be aware that the Scottish Government last week decided to retain the current mitigations in place in schools against Covid 19.
For us that means that we would ask for your continuing support in ensuring your son to daughter comes to school with a face covering (unless they are exempt). If your child forgets their mask they are available from school for a 20p donation for Teenage Cancer Trust. We would also strongly urge our pupils to continue to engage in the voluntary programme of Lateral Flow Testing and kits can be sourced from the school as and when required.
Both of these measures have contributed to our good track record at Inverness Royal Academy in avoiding any major outbreaks of infection. One other key measure we believe has been particularly effective is having pupils outside at social times unless the weather is particularly bad. We would ask that where possible your child does not arrive at school before 08.30 each morning and be prepared to be outside at interval and lunchtime, even in cold, dry weather. Obviously this means pupils need to be clothed appropriately. On the evidence of last year, this arrangement is beneficial not just in avoiding Covid 19 transmission in enclosed areas. Pupils getting outside, getting some fresh air and getting a walk are all good in themselves; we forget quite quickly that when they were in primary school they were outside at these times come rain and shine.

 

There seems there will be no change to school mitigations after the holidays with pupils still being expected to wear masks. There are large number of pupils who have been forgetting masks and getting one from the main school office. This service will still be available but we would ask that any pupil who requires a mask can now make a 20p donation in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00109y9/trusadh-series-14-1-afrogaidheil (17 mins in)

 

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/

We are looking for donations for the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal to benefit people experiencing poverty, illness, disability or other disadvantages.  Each year group is asked to donate items as follows:

 

S1 – Socks aged 10-12

S2 – Gloves or hats

S3 – Toiletries e.g. Shower gel, shampoo

S4 – Stationery e.g. Pens, pencils, notebooks

S5 – Bags of sweets

Please bring any donations in to school on the first week back after the holidays. Thank you!

We would like to say a massive well done to all the pupils and staff who participated in our sponsored walk and activities last week.  You all did brilliantly and we are very proud of your efforts!  If you were sponsored for this event, please remember to bring in the sponsor form and funds to registration tomorrow if you can.

Hello.
My name is Neil MacIsaac and I work for the BBC’s Gaelic TV Dept, in Glasgow.
I’m just writing about some of the children who were in P7 last year at BSGI and who took part in the filming for the Lost Woods project, which Cameron MacKay filmed at BSGI a few months ago and which involved a poem and some statements about the future of the environment.
We’re hoping to show some of this footage, as part of CBBC Alba’s output during Cop26 in November, so I’m writing to ask if your child was filmed and if they were and if you are happy for them to be shown on TV, would you please sign and date the attached consent form and return it to me, rather than Inverness Royal Academy, please, at neil.macisaac@bbc.co.uk
Taing mhòr.
Niall.
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