Press Notes ~ February 2015

‘Wear Red Friday’

On Friday the 27th of February, Nairn Academy’s pupils and staff donned varying  amounts of red accessories to support the charities The British Heart Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust. The school’s backing of ‘Wear Red Friday’ was coordinated by pupils and it was great to see so many people wearing red and giving their generous support to the two great causes.

Star Achievers

The school now has a noticeboard of ‘star achievers’ outside the main reception in recognition of pupils who have done well recently in extra-curricular activities and competitions. We want to be inspired by as many of our students as possible so if you know of any Nairn Academy pupil who has had success outside of the school, please let us know so we can add them to the board of star achievers!

Red Nose Day

On Friday the 13th of March, Red Nose Day is coming to Nairn Academy. We are asking pupils to dress down and donate to the cause, and, uniquely for this year, take up Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day challenge to ‘make your face funny for money’. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed up and doing their bit to help the charity raise money for its vital work.

Minibus

Nairn Academy, along with the Parent Council, would like to thank all sponsors and friends who have helped the school with their target of fundraising for a new school minibus. The fundraising has been ongoing over a period of time and has encompassed such events as the school sponsored walk and bag packing events which have been generously supported by the community. So far we have managed to raise a fantastic total of £9809 and we are very grateful for the continued support of the public with our efforts as we continue to work towards our overall goal.

Special thanks go to the Co-op and Ashers who have collection boxes in store.  Customers have been very generous in their donations.   Further donations have been received from Nairn Highland Games, Eliza-Kate crafts, Nairn Ceilidh group, a school disco, Nairn exercise class group and our pupil ‘s family and friends through the school sponsored walk in October 2014. Ex-pupil Jamie Mclean also donated the proceeds of the sale of his Lady Ga Ga tickets.

Poetry Competition
S3 pupil Holly Brown has been selected as one of the 8 finalists from the whole of the country in a poetry competition run by Poppy Scotland. The final stage of the competition will be decided by public vote and the winning poem will be made into a poster for Poppy Scotland’s charity. Holly’s poem ‘Soldier Boy’ will appear on the Poppy Scotland website so please visit the page to support this talented writer and vote for her poem to be awarded top place in the competition!

Half-term
Pupils are reminded that school starts again on Thursday the 19th of February after the Monday- Wednesday break.

Safer Internet day 10 February 2015
Safer Internet day was the focus for assemblies this week, presented by two  S5 pupils.  With the ever increasing use of technology including access to social network sites, pupils were asked to consider how they can make the internet a better place for everyone.  A group of S1 pupils also visited each of the 4 Primary schools and talked to P7 pupils about the potential risks on line.  Supported by Miss Brown and Mr Logan the pupils were well received by the P7 pupils.  This was also a good opportunity for P7 pupils to meet some staff and pupils ahead of the transition to S1 in the summer.  Details of the presentations are on the school website (home page > useful links > pupil guidelines for safe use of ICT).