Press Notes ~ March 2015

Staff vs Pupils Football match
On Friday the 20th of March pupils in fifth and sixth year took on their teachers in a staff vs pupil football match. The game was organised as a trial for a larger game to be held in the future which would involve more players and hopefully be linked with raising money for the school funds. The match on Friday was enjoyed by both the players and spectators who turned out to watch the teachers’ unfortunate 4-1 defeat by the team of pupils!

School Newsletter 
The March edition of the Nairn Academy school newsletter is now available on the school blog. This is to keep parents and members of the community up to date on school news as well as pupil achievements, and can be found on the school website at http://www.nairnacademy.org.uk by following the link on the Home page.

Masterclass Programme
Pupils in S3 are currently taking part in a ‘Masterclass’ programme where they can experience a wide range of extra-curricular activities within their timetable. As part of this, a group of students have been involved with Employability Skills, and have spent several weeks studying key skills of employment before taking on a work placement with local businesses. This programme has been a great opportunity for pupils to develop important skills such as teamwork and problem-solving and we are very grateful to Skills Development Scotland, the Highland Council, Rotary, and all of the local businesses and employers who offered their support which allowed the valuable Masterclass Programme to run.

We wish to thank all of the following people for their continued support throughout the programme:
Steven Clelland – High Life Highland
Kevin Guthrie and Yvonne Ross – Skills Development Scotland
Linda King – Work Experience Co-ordinator
Laura McLeod – Revive
Maria McPherson – Millbank Primary School
Lindsey Bell and Lindsay Arbuckle – Carolton Care LTD
Jonathan Bain – Golf View Hotel
Leona Busza – Black Isle Bronze
Ruth Farquhar – Sainsbury’s

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Debate Success
Huge congratulations to S5 pupils Jade du Preez and Caitlin Sherret, both members of the Nairn Academy debating club, who did exceptionally well on Friday the 6th of March in the prestigious North of Scotland Schools (NSS) debating competition final. The girls fended off competition from 7 other schools from throughout Moray, Highland, and Aberdeenshire to take the top place, arguing against the motion put forward that ‘Romance Is Dead’. The girls are the third team from Nairn Academy to win the title and it is a testament to the hard work and talent of the team and their coach Mr John Chalmers, deputy head of the school that all of them have made it so far and done so well in the competition. We are immensely proud of the incredible achievement of Jade and Caitlin and we hope that their dedication and prowess will take them even further in the competition and in their future pursuits.

Red Nose Day
On Friday 13th March, Nairn Academy pupils and staff supported this year’s Red Nose Day event by dressing down and donating to the charity’s annual collection. A total of over £800 was raised and fundraising events took place throughout the day including an opportunity for pupils to donate money and “pie-the-teachers”, as well as live music played by pupils at lunch.

Poppy Scotland Writing Competition
We are delighted that 3rd Year pupil Holly Brown’s entry to the Poppy Scotland poetry competition has been chosen as one of the eight shortlisted poems in the competition. The final stage of judging is done via public vote on the Poppy Scotland website and we would really appreciate as much support as possible for Holly. To read the poems and vote for the winner please visit: http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/education/competition between the 9th of March and the closing date of April 3rd.

UKMT Team Maths Challenge
4 Nairn Academy pupils from S1 and S2 recently took part in a regional round of the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Team Challenge. The event took place at Aberdeen University on Tuesday 3rd March and was organised by the UKMT to promote maths to Secondary school children and encourage them to explore different areas of maths outside of the classroom. Accompanied by Mr Cummings, teacher of maths at the school, the team consisted of S2 pupils Happy Barron and Eva Merrit and S1 students Lucas Weir and Hayden Craig. The team did very well in the competition, and were awarded 7th place out of the 16 schools who entered the Regional finals – a great achievement!