Press notes: 23/11/12
Highland Youth Voice
From Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th of November, pupils who are part of Nairn Youth Forum, a group working to represent and make positive changes for local young people, travelled to Badaguish to take part in Highland Youth Voice- a meeting of all the Youth Forums from across the Highlands.
The groups engaged in lively discussions about the problems facing young people in their local areas, and those facing young people in general, and worked to try and find solutions. There were also a range of guest speakers, including representatives of Norhtern Constabulary who gave the young people a thought provoking survey to complete, which gave them feedback on how teenagers view the police and about how they feel about policing in their area.
Nairn Youth Forum in particular caused something of a stir at the conference, with a display of the budget consultation slips that they collated from nearly one thousand primary and secondary school pupils, and were the only Youth Forum in the Highlands to have gathered this feedback regarding the effects of some of the proposed changes to education. The collected slips will be sent to the Highland Council, and will povide them with a perspective from the young children their decisions will affect.
The conference was an all-round success, with young people making a difference and working hard to get their voices heard, and everyone involved felt that it was a positive experience.
As winter draws in, many people just want to snuggle up near the crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. If this is you, then you’ll be happy to know that the Nairn Academy Library and the English Department have launched a Reading Fortnight. Set to encourage children, staff and parents to pick a novel and get stuck in, the fortnight includes a sponsored Readathon for all S1 classes which began on Monday 12th November when the event was launched in an assembly by Jennifer Murdoch, head librarian. The money raised from the sponsored Readathon will go to CLIC Sargent, who support young people with cancer, Readwell, a charity that provides books and storytellers for children in hospitals, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity who help ill young people.
A Book Swap Shop was also set up to run til Friday 23rd November where children can hand in a book that is in good condition and receive a token for them to pick up a paperback at the Swap Shop Stall. Both fiction and non-fiction are available at the stall and even teachers can pick up a book from a selection of senior fiction books collected specifically for them.
To round off this brilliant fortnight of page turning fun the annual Scholastics Book Fair will return to the school from the 28th November to the 3rd December so look out for discounts, special deals and new books in the library. Jenny Murdoch, Nairn Academy Librarian says, “It’s a great opportunity to encourage young people to read for pleasure and raise money for worthwhile charities.” Pupils can win a voucher to spend at the book fair by completing a short reivew of a book they have read.
Christmas is officially around the corner since Nairn’s Xmas lights were switched on, on Monday 19th November. With a choir performance and piping from Nairn Academy students and the lights being turned on, the night was packed with festive fun. The weather stayed relatively mild for the occasion and the rain managed to hold back as the Nairn Academy choir stood atop the stage and sang their hearts out to Christmas carols to get everyone in the mood for a colourful and brightly lit Wintertime and the crowds counted down for the lights to be turned on. Escorted down the High Street by the Nairn Academy pipers, the masses then filled St. Ninians Church. A huge turn out meant the choir had competition to be heard but Olivia MacPartlan who watched from the crowd said, “I enjoyed the lights and choir performance because they sang well and the lights look brilliant!”
The Nairn Academy PE Department have got an official Twitter page- for all the latest news and sporting results follow them at @NairnPE.
The Eco Group are helping to steer Nairn Academy towards their Silver Eco Award. They are targeting places around the school that can use a bit of work and pupils organised a stall at the First Year Parents’ meeting to talk about European Waste Reduction week (17th-25th November 2012).
With December approaching the weather is getting worse and parents and children need to prepare. Please ensure that the school have emergency contact names and telephone numbers and that your child knows them. If you would like to see or change your current details then please hand in a written note to your child’s register teacher. You can get updates from MFR and their regular news updates or phone the following number- 0870 054 6999 (school pin 04 2700)
Sainsbury’s have kindly donated Christmas decorations for our Xmas dances.
Several senior pupils travelled to Aberdeen for the UK Senior Maths Challenge and achieved a respectable 5th place out of 10.
We’re all full of Christmas cheer at the moment but the children in Nairn Academy’s Support for Learning department have trumped everyone and made something very special to take home after a long term of hard work. With the help of the Music Department, they have successfully written a Christmas song, which will be recorded onto CD’s and sent home with them. The song consists of one verse hand written by the whole class which let’s their creativity shine in the run up to Christmas. Showing off their wider skills, the class have even created the artwork for the front cover of their Xmas CD. Although the song doesn’t have a name yet, the work on the CD should wrap up just before Christmas for the children to take it home and enjoy with their families. A mince pie in one hand and their own Christmas CD in the other, the children are set for a magical Xmas.
Nairn Academy Christmas Fayre
The staff and pupils of Nairn Academy invite the public to join us for a Christmas Fayre on Wednesday the 28th of November. The event will take place in the evening from 5pm till 8pm and all money raised from the sale of tickets will go to the MFR Cash for Kids appeal. Tickets cost £2 per adult and £1 per child and will be on sale in the school or available at the door.
Come along and support a very worthwhile cause while stocking up on Christmas presents from the wide range of stalls including card shops, Santa’s grotto and pupils’ stalls. We are also looking forward to stalls featuring home-made gifts, fabrics, patch-work quilts, cakes, paintings, sweets, accessories and lots more! Embroidery Designs will be selling school clothing and Curves gym will have a stall as well. Pupils of the school have been getting busy preparing for the fayre and the S1 students will be selling their hand-made wrapping paper made during their art lessons recently. Thanks to The Really Garlicky Company, Aravelli and Madison Cakes and Coast Candle Company for their donations of raffle prizes and to Walkers Shortbread for providing short bread.
The school choir will be providing entertainment along with local carollers and, teas, coffees and mince pies (included in the ticket price) will be served in the café. Other refreshments including mulled wine will also be available. The evening promises to be filled with festive cheer and we hope you can join us to get into the Christmas spirit, support local businesses and raise money for the Cash for Kids appeal and the academy funds.
Wednesday the 14th saw twenty swimmers from Nairn compete in the Highland swimming Gala at the Aqua dome in Inverness. Eighteen of the twenty swimmers that representedNairnAcademy at the competition are members of Nairn swimming club, and two swim in Forres. It was an all-day, annual swimming competition for Highland swimmers, which saw many of the Nairn team leave with medals. Nicole Smith (S2) and Fay Prosser (S1) both came away with 2 golds each. In total, 26 medals were won by the academy team, with 9 golds, 7 silvers and 10 bronzes.