S2-5 Course Planning ~ TOMORROW

During the next few weeks, all pupils from S2 to S5 will be completing Course Planning for the next academic year.  To support this process, there is a Course Planning Drop-In Session TOMORROW, Thursday 8th February from 4.30-7.00pm in Middle School and M6 for all pupils in S2-5 and their parents and carers.  This session will be staffed by Senior Management, with input from Guidance and our Careers Advisor, Kevin Guthrie.  Please feel free to drop in with any questions or concerns you may have about the process, how to make choices or the various options available.

S2-5 Course Planning

During the next few weeks, all pupils from S2 to S5 will be completing Course Planning for the next academic year.  To support this process, there is a Course Planning Drop-In Session on Thursday 8th February from 4.30-7.00pm in Middle School and M6 for all pupils in S2-5 and their parents and carers.  This session will be staffed by Senior Management, with input from Guidance and our Careers Advisor, Kevin Guthrie.  Please feel free to drop in with any questions or concerns you may have about the process, how to make choices or the various options available.

Forthcoming Event – Highland Apprenticeship Showcase – Wednesday 7 March 2018

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Inverness College UHI will be running two events on Wednesday 7th March. The events will give pupils a hands-on experience whilst hearing directly from employers and learning about the vocational pathways through ‘Apprenticeship Worlds’.

A minibus will be travelling from Nairn to Inverness for S3 pupils who are considering an apprenticeship. There will be 15 places available and pupils should speak to their Guidance Teacher if interested. This will be a supervised trip and we will need parental consent prior to the event as pupils will miss part of the school day.

An evening session will run from 4:30pm – 7:00pm and is open to all S3 – S6 pupils, parents and the public. Pupils should make their own way to Inverness.

If you are interested in finding out about Foundation, Modern or Graduate Apprenticeships please look here – https://www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/apprenticeships

A reminder that applications to all school/college courses except degree modules should be completed electronically and are open until the 9/03/18. Please look here for information and application form – https://www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/for-schools/for-schools/online-applications

Highland Apprenticeship Showcase

S2-5 Course Planning

During the next few weeks, all pupils from S2 to S5 will be completing Course Planning for the next academic year.  To support this process, there is a Course Planning Drop-In Session on Thursday 8th February from 4.30-7.00pm in Middle School and M6 for all pupils in S2-5 and their parents and carers.  This session will be staffed by Senior Management, with input from Guidance and our Careers Advisor, Kevin Guthrie.  Please feel free to drop in with any questions or concerns you may have about the process, how to make choices or the various options available.

SCHOLAR’s upcoming Online Sessions

Monday           Higher Modern Languages     Monday, 5 Feb   @ 6:00 pm

Tuesday           Higher English                         Tuesday, 6 Feb   @ 6:00 pm

Wednesday     Higher Biology                        Wednesday, 7 Feb   @ 6:00 pm

Thursday         Higher Human Biology           Thursday, 8 Feb   @ 6:00 pm

Join a session by following this link: http://heriot-watt.adobeconnect.com/scholarhomework and enter as a guest.

For more information on how to take part in Online Sessions as well as upcoming sessions, please visit: SCHOLAR’s Live Online Sessions

Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

Regular updates via: Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme

 

Teach the Parents P7 Transition Night January 2018

Teach the Parents

“Had a most enjoyable evening at Nairn Academy as part of P7 transitions.  Very impressed with the staff and pupils who were friendly and helpful.  Good to catch up and reminisce with other former pupils.”

Thanks to all who attended the recent P7 Teach the Parents night here at the Academy.  Feedback shows that 98% of parents and P7 pupils enjoyed the event and found it useful. Some comments can be seen below:

  • Thank you to the teachers who gave up their time.
  • Great organisation! Thank you!
  • Very good!
  • Just well done 🙂
  • Very much enjoyed it!
  • Well enjoyed experience- lots of questions still to ask. Thank you to staff for being present.
  • Really enjoyed the taster sessions
  • Very interesting
  • The Senior pupils are a credit to your teaching skills.
  • We found the evening very enjoyable and appreciate the events the school are doing to assist the integration from primary to High School.
  • A good overview of the school
  • Enjoyable experience for pupils and parents- thank you!
  • Great S6 help
  • Very well set out and the classes were interesting

We’re really pleased everyone found the event so useful and fun, and look forward to meeting all the P7’s again soon 🙂

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do get in touch.

For parents and carers of pupils in Nairn Academy

You may be aware that there were changes last week in the Highland Council options being considered regarding budgets cuts affecting school staffing, and a perceived u-turn on some proposals. However, the issue of cuts in education has not gone away, and if cuts go through there will be impact on all pupils at the school. It is likely that the impact will be seen most in secondary schools, including teacher reductions in all schools that have a roll over 250 pupils. Nairn Academy cuts will include a loss of two teachers – perhaps more. This will impact the availability of subject choices and levels of qualifications offered for our children. There will be even more pressure on teachers affecting morale, recruitment and retention. The school leadership team will not have sufficient time to manage the school as they will be covering class teaching. Reduced staffing will have an impact on all pupils in the class including those with additional support needs, these are just some of the impacts of the proposed cuts.

A letter is below which we have sent to all Highland Councillors, MSPs and key Highland Council officials.  We encourage you to email the people who will make the budget decisions – the elected members – to raise your own concerns. You can endorse the attached letter or adapt it to emphasise your particular concerns.  The attachment includes the email contacts you need.

Please speak to anyone else who can help to raise awareness of this issue. Raise it on social media, contact the press, and contact other parents and ask them to do the same.

The only chance we have to impact budget decisions on 15th February is to raise awareness of this issue and ask for support. Thank you in anticipation of your help.

Graeme Bell
Chair
Nairn Academy Parent Council

Letter regarding Highland Council Budget Cuts