IC Transition Event – 16th August

Pupils going to Inverness College UHI for the first time will often feel a bit nervous and apprehensive about what is to come. For some new students this feeling can be magnified by anxiety, stress, ASD or difficulties in dealing with change.

To support the students who need a little bit of extra help, who are care leavers/ care experienced or have caring responsibilities (anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support), IC are hosting a transition event on 16th August between 10:00am- 12:30pm. This way new students will have the opportunity to be supported and prepared for their first day at the Inverness College UHI.

The visit will include an opportunity to:

  • Build confidence
  • Familiarise with the campus
  • Meet small group of students with similar experiences*
  • Gain an insight into student life
  • Find out more about the Support Services (i.e. Guidance, Wellbeing, ASN)
  • Meet the Transition Co-ordinator: a dedicated point of contact for our care experienced students, student carers and all students who need a little bit  of extra support

We have provisionally booked twelve places but as this takes place in the summer holidays parents would need to take the pupil to Inverness. Please let the appropriate Guidance Teacher know and we will inform Inverness College know that you are attending.

Dress down day ~ Friday 1 June

Tomorrow is the final non uniform day of the academic year!

Pupils are encourage to wear non uniform and bring £1 donation which will be collected during registration. Funds going to Pupil Council to enable them to continue their support and awareness raising work e.g. mental health, stress, equalities…

(A reminder that pupils should only be in non-uniform if they are prepared to make a donation and that football strips are not permitted.)

Pinsent Masons – work experience opportunity Law

Pinsent Masons have 2 places available on their school work experience programme. It runs from Monday 15 – Friday 19 October and it is specifically designed for students 16 years and above currently studying their AS or A-Levels (or equivalent) or for those on a gap year prior to University.  (This is in addition to their PRIME Programme which took place earlier this year.)

The only criteria is students should have achieved predominantly A*, A and B grades in their GCSEs (or equivalent), and be expecting high grades in their A Levels (or equivalent).

If any students are interested they can apply here no later than Friday 28 September 2018.

The programme will be interesting, informative and (fun!) as possible.  During the week long placement students will:

  • have a supervisor who will help them gain an appreciation of the skills they will need to be a successful lawyer;
  • take part in a business group exercise;
  • attend information sessions;
  • participate in a mock Employment Tribunal;
  • shadow our lawyers on real client work;
  • spend time in a number of different departments; and
  • have an opportunity to review their CV with a Pinsent Masons colleague.

Mandarin Class visit to Millbank Primary

Yesterday (30 May) the S3 Mandarin Class visited Millbank Primary to teach some P5/6 pupils their new Chinese skills. The primary pupils learnt the names of animals, greetings and also how to make a Chinese fan and a panda mask. Great fun was had by all, and we hope to continue this next term. Thanks especially to Emily Smith, Gabriel Reynolds, Sara Davis, Molly Watt, Iona Reid, Quinn Louw, Kirsty Male and Beaux MacKenzie.

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Equality Forum

Nairn Academy’s Equality Forum are still hard at work to promote equality and diversity to send a message of solidarity to people in the 72 countries around the world where same sex relationships are illegal. Punishments range from fines to short and lifelong prison sentences, hard labour, forced psychiatric treatment, banishment, whippings, and death by public stoning.

Pupils and staff showed their support as allies on Thursday 17th May by accessorising their school uniform with rainbow colours. An “ally” is a term used to describe someone who is supportive of LGBT people. It encompasses non-LGBT allies as well as those within the LGBT community who support each other, e.g. a lesbian who is an ally to the bisexual community.

We are currently working towards our Bronze LGBT Charter to find out more click the link below- https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/charter

Useful links to LGBT organisations

https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

A special thanks to our Senior members who gifted us this flag with message of acceptance and solidarity.

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Non-Uniform Day (Friday 1st June)

This Friday is the final non uniform day of the academic year!

Pupils are encourage to wear non uniform and bring £1 donation which will be collected during registration.

(A reminder that pupils should only be in non-uniform if they are prepared to make a donation and that football strips are not permitted.)

LEPRA Event

The S1s are now studying India, Poverty and Hinduism in RMPS and were given the chance to raise money for LEPRA. The fundraising was rewarded with a Hip Hop dance session on Friday 18th May when the whole of S1 got the chance to show off their moves! Over £250.00 was raised which will go towards helping cure people of leprosy.