Press Notes ~ November 2014

Press notes 28 November 2014

Christmas Decorations
Nairn Academy’s newly formed Outdoor Survival Group have been proving that Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive or wasteful. Over the past few weeks they have collected twigs, leaves, pine cones, and recycled items to make festive decorations and ornaments with in the run-up to Christmas. The environmentally friendly decorations will be on sale at the Nairn Academy Christmas Fayre on the 3rd of December to raise funds for the school and the group’s funds.

Inspirational Subject Quotes
This week will see the launch of a competition for pupils to come up with an inspirational quote for each subject department within the school. The competition is open to all pupils and will run until Christmas, with prizes for the best quote for each subject. The winning quote will be made into a poster to be displayed in the respective department within the school to inspire students in their lessons.

Christmas Dances
The school Christmas dances will take place on the following days:

S1/2 – Wednesday 10th December

S3/4 – Monday 15th December

S5/6 – Friday 12th December

Tickets are available from the 4th of December in school.

HP Tablet Raffle
Nairn Academy will be selling raffle tickets for the prize of an HP tablet in the weeks before Christmas. The school was the winner of the tablet after they were generously nominated by former pupils, the Tolmie family, in a competition run by the Nestle Company.  The Tolmies have kindly agreed to the tablet being raffled to raise funds for the school minibus. Tickets can be bought within school or at the Nairn Academy Christmas Fayre on the 3rd of December.

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Maths Challenge

Four pupils from Nairn Academy had great success in the UK Enterprising Maths Challenge last week. Elizabeth Gordon (S4), Ruaridh MacLeod (S4), Holly Brown (S3), and Harry Jack (S3) took 9th place overall out of the 63 schools who competed in the competition, and were the top scoring school from the Highlands. The team reached the finals in Glasgow after competing in a regional round against other schools in the Highlands, and were one of only two state schools who were placed in the top ten in the final round.

New Art Department

Nairn Academy’s Art Department was recently reopened to staff and pupils following four months of refurbishment to improve the layout. Construction had been taking place since June in the department and the students and teachers were delighted to be able to move back into the updated space after the October holidays.

Dodgeball Tournament

Last Thursday Nairn Academy’s four house teams went head to head in an Inter-house dodgeball tournament. Over one hundred pupils from first to fifth year took part in the competition which was organised by the school’s House Captains. The first prize of 50 house points went to Dornoch, who took the lead by only 1 point.

School Christmas Fayre

Nairn Academy’s annual Christmas Fayre will take place on Wednesday 3rd December from 5-8pm at the school. Tickets cost £2 per adult and £1 per child and include a mince pie and tea, coffee, or mulled wine. With more than 50 stalls, the Fayre is a great place to find Christmas presents and a chance to support local businesses and various school clubs. Tickets are available on the door and we hope to see many people there to continue the success of last year’s fayre.

Debating Success

The Nairn Academy debating team have made it to the finals of the North of Scotland Schools debating competition after the success of two members in last week’s semi-final round. Fifth year pupils Caitlin Sherret and Jade du Preez gave a very strong performance to win the round and are hoping for success in the finals in a few weeks’ time. Nairn took first place in the competition three years ago and the team are hopeful that they can repeat the victory of previous members Amy McCann and Ruby Downie this year.

Highland Schools Senior Maths Weekend

Four Nairn Academy pupils attended the first Highland Schools’ Senior Maths Weekend in Kingussie last week. Mollie Patterson, Danielle Duguid, Laura Purves, and Adam Morris spent two days at the event and attended talks given by lecturers and professors from universities nationwide. The pupils were encouraged to participate in discussions with professionals from different careers in mathematics and took part in team-building exercises over the weekend. “It was a great opportunity to see where maths could take you in life,” said sixth year pupil Laura Purves, “The lecturers were really enthusiastic and the weekend was very inspiring.” Please click here for further information.

Children in Need

On Friday the 14th, staff and pupils at Nairn Academy held a dress down day to support the charity ‘Children in Need’. Pupils were invited to make a donation and wear either spots or stripes to school and take part in activities organised by sixth year pupils to raise money for the cause. Events took place throughout the day, including a blindfolded ‘taste test’ contest for teachers and a successful bake sale over morning break. Thanks to the donations of the pupils and staff who dressed down and took part in the day’s activities a great total of £1005.75 was raised to go towards the charity’s important work.