Scottish Government’s consultation regarding School Governance

Please see below an important letter from Elected Members regarding the Scottish Government’s consultation regarding School Governance.  Nairn Academy Parent Council discussed a response  at their meeting on Tuesday 9 Jan. 2018.

2018.01.22 – Ed Gov -parents


Fuller details of the SG document are available on –

Link to consultation:

Into Civil Engineering Scholarships launched


Funding support for young people to help access university

We are contacting you to make you aware of generous funding support available to young people in Scotland who want to study civil engineering. The Into Civil Engineering scholarships are administered through the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland.

It may be you have direct involvement in funding or as an advisory service to young people seeking funding. If so, we are asking if you can make young people aware of this funding support that is available to them.

  • A maximum of five awards of £4000 each per year for young people aged 21 and under living in Scotland to study in Scotland
  • Applications are invited from young people applying for a college or university course in Civil Engineering from September/October 2018 onward
  • The award is open to full-time or part-time students as well as apprentices or students on day or block release from an employer
  • Each successful candidate will receive £4000 per year for a maximum period of four years
  • Awards will be given in two equal £2000 instalments in August and December

The civil engineering qualification must be recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers – for example NC, HNC, HND, BSc, BEng, MEng. Recipients of the award will be expected to commit to a future professional engineering qualification such as EngTech MICE, IEng MICE or CEng MICE.

Further details and terms and conditions are available, and completed application forms should be submitted by 3 April, 2018, for entry to the academic year starting in Autumn 2018.

This initiative has been made possible thanks to a generous donation to the Institution by Mr. Gordon Mackay, a retired solicitor, based in Govan, Glasgow.


Rory MacLeod
Communications & Marketing, ICE Scotland

Institution of Civil Engineers
t              +44 (0)141 225 8194 (direct dial)
t              +44 (0)141 221 5276
m            +44 (0)7773 386109
twitter    @ICEScotland


Additional Parent Council meeting

An additional Parent Council meeting has been arranged for Tuesday 23 January at 7.15pm in the Academy.  The HT will update the Parent Council on the proposed budget plans.  This will be the only agenda item. As part of the Parent Forum, parents are welcome to attend Parent Council meetings.


It is that time of year again…. we seek parental support to remind pupils about the use of snowballs.  The pupils know there is a particular area of the school where this is allowed (up by the PE complex) which is away from the school building.  Pupils should not be throwing snowballs in and around the community where there is the risk that residents property can be affected.  There is also an issue when it turns icy. The vast majority of our pupils are very respectful of this but unfortunately we have received some complaints from local residents.  We know we don’t see the snow very often and there is a lot of excitement when it comes….please enjoy responsibly and think of others!  Thank you.

S3 Battlefields Trip (2018)

We would like to thank all parents/carers for their final payments being met so promptly for the Battlefields Experience.

All pupils have now received a letter which includes some essential information for both parents and pupils.

It would be greatly appreciated if these forms could be filled in, in full, and returned to Mr Jessiman or Miss Dale by Wednesday 24th January.

Only 10 weeks to go!

Inverness College

There is lots of exciting news from Inverness College this week for current S3-S5 pupils.

Prospectus for 18-19

The new prospectus will be in school next week with details of all school courses and lots of excellent case studies. The website has also been updated with this new information.

Applications for 18-19

All IC applications except for degree modules will be online this year. Applications will open Monday 22nd January. Please speak to guidance staff or Mr Guthrie before making your application.

Higher Education Courses and Modules

IC have added two HNC courses into the programme – HNC Architectural Technology and Soft Tissue Therapy giving 6th year pupils the opportunity to complete a full time HNC along with their school studies. IC also hope to increase the number of 6th year pupils undertaking degree modules due to the excellent results and positive feedback in semester one.

Taster Evening (Taster 2018)

The date for the School College programme taster is Thursday 15th Feb 2018. This will run in the same format as last year with Nairn pupils attending the 6-7pm session (registration 5.30pm).  Please see guidance staff or Mr Guthrie to collect and discuss your application. The applications should be returned to Mr Munro by Wednesday 24th January and confirmation of places should be with school by 7th February. Pupils will be expected to make their own way to Inverness College.

Skillsbuilder for Schools

IC will be holding a separate taster for pupils interested in the Skillsbuilder courses (previously College Link) on Tuesday 13th of Feb from  9-11. Please speak to ASN or guidance staff before making your application.

Rock Challenge

We now have eight weeks until the Nairn Academy Rock Challenge team perform at Eden Court. As we draw nearer to the final performance we increase rehearsals to Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, starting from 30th of January.
The dancers have almost finished learning their routine and are focussing on perfecting it. Meanwhile, the Production team are hard at work making the set, props, costumes and practicing the hair and make up.
We are looking for any parents of Rock Challenge pupils who would be interested in coming to help support the Production team in their after school sessions. No experience needed, we are just looking for as much help as possible to ensure the final performance is the very best it can be. Please contact Mrs Woodcraft at the school if you are interested.

Equality Forum

The Equality Forum are delighted that the Charter of Rights produced by our fantastic pupils has been added to the LGBT Youth Scotland website as an example of good practice. The Equality Forum are now preparing to attend the Northern Alliance Learning Festival in February whilst also continuing to work towards the Bronze LGBT Charter Award. Please see Mrs Lucas or Mrs Torok for more information on how to get involved.