Inverness Royal Academy: Commitment, Compassion, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility
Scottish Swimming National Squad
S4 pupil Isla MacDonald has been selected for the Scottish Swimming National Youth Academy for 2021/22. An “A” squad member, Isla has been competing successfully at a local, regional and national level for many years.
Karate Open Championships
Congratulations to Thomas Fearns in S2 who won gold and silver in the team event and gold in the individual event at the Cumbrian Karate Open Championships last weekend. Well Done Thomas!
ICT FC Academy Graduates
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC are delighted to announce that Academy graduates Robbie Thompson and Alasdair Riddle have signed their first professional contracts with the club.
Well done to Katie Hamilton S2, winner of a competition to design VR goggles to make them more fun and appealing for patients to use. Click here to see more about her winning design.
National Storytelling Week
A huge congratulations to James Luke, an S3 Slioch pupil, on his recent win in a short story competition. James placed first in the 11-15 category with a superb piece of writing inspired by a previous trip to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. As part of National Storytelling Week NYMR asked young writers to submit a story that had to be under 2000 words, in the theme of either, a magical children’s story or a ghostly tale, set on the NYMR and taking inspiration from a selection of images linked to the railway. James’ piece is an excellent example of how a writer can use setting to create a rich atmosphere and draw the reader into the story. Here is a short section from the story:
“Time seemed to slow down now, as he stepped onto the semi-lit platform, illuminated by his late father’s Station Master lantern, which filled the riveting silence and darkness with a steady illumination, and the constant drip, drip, drip of the paraffin. The platform and all of its buildings stood before him, frozen in time in the perfect tranquility of the night, giving Albert the all too familiar feeling of stealing the perfect peace of the station, and all of its beauty. The train tracks illuminated the night like steely knives in the darkness, casting a blinding shine around the station, reflecting off the signal box, and all of the windows at the ticket office. His lantern cast its eerily glow into the dark tunnel where the roaring trains would burst from, exploding out with steam billowing from their chimneys.”
Piece written by S4 pupil featured in Inverness Courier
Tomorrow’s Inverness Courier will feature a photo and story about this essay by Leoni Ward-Walton. This piece is her very engaged and passionate response to the current race protests and underlying causes in the US.
Leoni is in new S4 starting National 5 English; appreciation to Jo Blair and SfL staff who have worked with Leoni to great effect in recent times.
In the early days of lockdown, the Maggie Blyth Boutique in Inverness ran an online competition via their Facebook page to design a Summer and a Winter outfit.
This competition was offered as a wee task for our pupils on their Google Classrooms.
Many of our pupils took up the challenge, producing some really interesting images and ideas; so much so that the Art department arranged with Maggie to run a separate competition within our school, parallel to her main competition.
We would like to say well done to everyone who produced work for that task and competition.
Maggie’s Top Picks from each Year Group category were: Seamas Lowe (S1), Yasmin Newlands (S2), Olivia Grant (S3), Anders Oliver (S4) & Emma King (S5/6)
The overall winner from the Top Picks is Seamas Lowe, who produced a menswear design which, in Maggie’s words is ‘outstanding’ – a special congratulations to Seamas!
Young Enterprise Highland and Moray
Young Enterprise Highland and Moray announced 10 awards yesterday on their Facebook.
IRA Sustain came out on top winning Best Company Report, Innovation Award, Marketing and Communications Award and Best Company 2020! We could not be more pleased with this outcome. The hard work and drive of our pupils was definitely recognised by the judges.
The team showed dedication and worked really well together to allow them to achieve this result. Thank you to all the staff that supported their business venture and gave them feedback along the way. A special mention of thanks to our Business Advisor, Angela Hamilton.
IRA Sustain team consists of: Brooke Steele, Louise Gordon, Sharlene Fraser, Sam Stubbs, Calum Daun, Grant Nixon and Abbie Boyce.