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Press notes: 28/9/12

Reading Fortnight
Nairn Academy Library and the English department are planning an exciting fortnight of
events in late November designed to encourage pupils and staff to pick up a book and read for
enjoyment.
S1 classes will take part in a sponsored Readathon to be launched on Monday 12 th November
at an assembly. Pupils will be sponsored to read for the following two weeks. All money
raised goes to the Readathon charities: CLIC Sargent, providing support for young people with
cancer and their families; Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity for seriously ill young
people; and, Readwell, who provide books and storytellers to children in hospital. Pupils also
earn free books for the school by taking part. All S1’s will be issued with sponsor forms and
information leaflets during launch week.
During the first week of the Readathon, from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd November, Book
Swap Shops will run for all year groups and staff. Pupils are invited to bring in a novel or book
they have enjoyed and are willing to exchange- they will swap this for a token, allowing them
to “buy” a book from the Swap Shop Stall. If you have any junior or senior fiction or non-fiction
you would be willing to donate for the pupil or staff Swap Shops, please hand these in for the
attention of Mrs Abenheimer in the English Department.
As a fun addition, Jenny Murdoch in the library plans a quiz sheet, where pupils need to match
staff to their favourite book. There will also be opportunities to write reviews, browse new
releases and simply fall into a good book in a quiet corner. Pupils in S1 will be encouraged
to read during registration and we hope everyone- staff, pupils and parents- can use this
opportunity to enjoy reading.
The annual Scholastic Book Fair will visit the school from the 28th November to the 3rd
December to round off this fortnight of events. By supporting this event, pupils help to earn
free books for the school, and can take advantage of discounts and special offers on some of
the books available.
Calling All Monsters
Boasting several years of mind-blowing fun under its belt, Nairn Academy’s Halloween Disco
is back in town and it’s set to be the best and scariest year yet- Music, sweets, costumes and
dancing with a few ghouls and ghosts. You’ve never seen such a crazy pack of zombies and
mummies in your life, so join in the excitement and come along to Nairn Academy’s Halloween
Disco. Tickets are £3 and you get a drink, sweets and crisps along with more fun than you can
shake a lantern at! From 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 31st of October 2012, come in fancy dress
and you might even win a prize for best/most original costume! Dance with a monster or two
and have a great time with your friends. It’s the must-attend-night- of-the-year, because when
it’s a full moon, the creatures come out to play!
Sports Leaders- Recruiting Now!
Following on previous Sports Leader success, Megan Leeming (S3), Molly Paterson (S4),
Morna Ross (S2) and Gemma Williamson (S2) completed the Sports Leader UK Level 1 Dance
qualification over the October Holidays. Having now been included into the Dreams and
Teams group, they get the opportunity to take a new course every month and gain nationally
recognised qualifications. Megan Leeming (3D) said, “It’s great fun and you don’t have to be
particularly sporty!” Application forms can be found at the school office but places are limited.
No late forms are accepted and the closing date is 31st October. For any more information
contact Elizabeth MacDonald, Active Schools Co-ordinator. Courses are free and look brilliant
on your CV, so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. If meeting new people and
having a great time isn’t enough for you then don’t forget, if you’re truly committed there’s a
green hoody available too.

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