S6 pupils have an exciting opportunity to attend a four hour workshop with Nicky Marr – ‘Present Yourself with Confidence’ on the 5th of June at Culdulthel Christian Centre from 9am -1pm. This workshop will build on crucial interview skills that you will need for prefect interviews, college/ university applications and job interviews. Nicky Marr is an experienced writer and broadcaster and can set you on the path to making your presentations and speeches shine, and help you overcome those pesky nerves. If you would like to take part in this workshop, there will be a sign-up sheet outside Mrs Reid’s office or you can phone the school office and let us know you would like to take part. You need to be quick! Please sign up by the end of the day on Tuesday the 5th of June!

The English department is looking forward to welcoming back senior pupils when the new timetable begins. All N5 and Higher pupils in the new timetable will be working on their broadly discursive folio piece in the first two weeks. As your exams come to an end you can begin preparing for this by thinking of an interesting topic. Try to avoid topics that have been covered in abundance such as euthanasia or footballers’ wages. Places like the Guardian’s Opinion section or Huffington Post are great sources for topical issues. You might want to consider the merits of fans demanding a rewrite for ‘Game of Thrones’ or the ‘cancel culture’ fuelled by the James Charles scandal on YouTube. You could think about if parents should have the rights to share images of their children without consent on social media or the growing trend of ‘poor doors’ in housing developments in London . Most importantly, try to be original and interesting. Remember, when you are doing your research please keep a note of all sources for your bibliography. If you have any questions pop into the English department.

Also, can any pupil who has borrowed a book please return it asap so we can issue these to new pupils in the new timetable.

There will be a NPLQ course (National Pool Life Guarding) with integrated Emergency First Aid at Work at Drummond School Mon 20th –Fri 31st (excluding weekends) from 4-8:30pm for over 16’s. This is great if they want a summer job at a Sports Centre especially as they pay time and a half at weekends!!!

The cost of the course is £250 p/person.

If you are interested please email
Marion.MacDonald5@highlifehighland.com

The New York Academy of Science is looking for new members for the junior academy for the upcoming year.

Each year, the New York Academy of Science invites students ages 13-18 to join The Junior Academy.
Apply for the opportunity to access exclusive STEM support and remarkable global STEM network where you can collaborate with students throughout the world to solve the problems of today.
At the end of your year there is a chance to go to the Global STEM alliance summit in New York to meet many other individuals with the same passion.

https://www.nyas.org/programs/global-stem-alliance/the-junior-academy/

See Mr Turner in Guidance for information.

Well done to all those sitting exams, we are now half way through. Please ensure you make the most of all the time allocated for exams and where possible try not to leave early.

We are now nearly three weeks into the summer term but the weather doesn’t seem to have made its mind up whether it’s Spring, Summer, Autumn or -as I cycled home on Wednesday night- Winter.

T.S. Eliot wrote ‘April is the cruellest month’ in the 1930s but, perhaps with climate change, he might write in 2019 that it is May. The welcome rhythm of school life this term is, however, unaffected by weather: examinations; athletics on the school playing fields; expeditions like DofE and the Alladale Wilderness experience; school trips like the Belgium Battlefield Tour.

In short, all of those things that happen every term, provided by staff that enrich the pupil experience and which we must all be grateful for.

I am conscious, as I take up my new post, that for the next year the cycle of school life for me won’t be as immediate; the daily interaction with young people and colleagues at the school less frequent. These, of course, were some of the things that weighed on my mind when I considered the opportunity I was offered. And while I will miss you, I feel that I have a duty to play my part as a council employee to help deal with and respond to an unprecedented crisis in local government; to take a leadership role in the Care & Learning service and to help colleagues, pupils and parents through the challenges we face and the change that needs to happen.

Inverness Royal Academy is in a good place, notwithstanding significant external pressures. The school roll continues to rise; placing requests continue to grow and the reputation of the school is secure. Our priorities for the coming year should be clear. Central to those, as it always should be in any school, is learning & teaching.

The greatest strength of any organisation is the quality of its staff. With the help of parents and school partners the next year is our opportunity to move an already good school on to being a very good school.

I have every confidence that as a team we have the capacity to do that.

Thank you for your expressions of support and your kind gifts.

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