Press notes: 7/12/12
Congratulations to the S6 Charities Group, who have worked very hard so far this year, raising a grand total of £3300 for good causes such as Jeans For Genes and the Highland Hospice Zambia Project. The group, led by teachers Miss Gibson and Mr Jessiman, have been involved in a range of activities: the group have organised themed dress down days with a range of activities from bake sales to a superhero assault course and even a strange and hilarious twist on I’m a Celebrity with Nairn Academy teachers taking part in ‘bushtucker trials’ for Children in Need.
These imaginative activities have been very popular within the school, and Charitable organisations are grateful for Nairn Academy’s commitment to raising funds for their work and for raising awareness of the causes they support.
The group’s most recent success was the Christmas Fayre, raising almost £900 for MFR Cash for Kids and the school fund. The group would like to say a huge thank you to all those who donated prizes for the raffle and to all the businesses who had stalls at the fayre. The group, comprising more than twenty sixth year pupils, has been going from strength to strength, with a run of successful events so far, and with more planned in the future.
Last Friday night (30th November), in Buckie High School, Nairn Academy’s debating team successfully retained the North of Scotland Schools Debating trophies which were won last year. Following on from last session’s successes with Ruby Downie and Amy McCann, (both now having left the school), a new team was formed with inexperienced but enthusiastic third year pupils: Ruaridh Summers, Jade du Preez and Shay Montague.
After making steady progress through the three qualifying rounds Shay and Ruaridh were selected as the Finals pairing where they competed against fifth and sixth year students from Meldrum, Cults, Charleston, Robert Gordon’s College and St Margaret’s School for Girls. In a hotly contested debate on whether ‘teenagers had it good’ the boys triumphed, winning the John Alan Cameron Quaich for best team. To add gloss to the victory, Shay was awarded the Winnie Ewing Trophy as best speaker in the final. Shay commented: “This has been great – I really enjoyed the final and am looking forward to next year!” Ruaridh added: “It was a bit intimidating, everyone else being older than us, but it made it all the better when we won.”
Coach John Chalmers said: “Naturally we’re very proud of the team and we couldn’t have got to the Final without Jade’s help… it was a real team effort. After our successes last year, to retain the trophies with a young and inexperienced team is a real bonus. It shows what potential the pupils have and underlines how hard they’ve worked to reach this level.”
Thursday the 6th of December saw Nairn Academy host a Caribbean themed Christmas concert, putting on an exciting and fun filled evening for the large audience who attended. The event was a collaboration between three expressive arts – music, drama and art and design: the music department’s steel bands, choirs, string and salsa groups, and the drama group, and the art and design department. The collaboration explored Caribbean style Christmas celebrations.
The Drama Group put on a short performance entitled Puppets of the Caribbean, and the audience were able to view a range of art and design work both before the show and during intermission. Art and design work from S1- 6 pupils was on display- some Caribbean themed works including tropical flowers and fish, and Hawaiian shirts, was shown alongside Higher work ranging from landscapes, to still life and portraiture. National 4 and five pupils displayed their cubist inspired still life designs too, and the department were selling Christmas wrapping paper designed by junior classes.
The musical talent of the academy was truly show-cased in the concert, keeping the audience well entertained for the night. The Xylophones played the popular Super Mario Brothers theme; two soloists, Danielle Logan and Marcia MacDonald of S5 sang All I want for Christmas is You; and, Chris Stone also of S5 sang a solo, Someone to watch over me, with the Highland Youth Voice Choir. The 3rd year singers performed a cheeky little choreographed number It Must be Santa. The choir sang Caribbean folk songs Brown Girl in the Ring and The Ophelia Letter. Not to be surpassed, the staff choir also inspired with their versions of I’ll be There, and a jazzy number, The Santa Claus Boogie. The night also heard the senior steel band perform old favourites, including Mary’s Boy Child. The evening also featured some of our newer talents: the S1/2 steel band and the Salsa Band. The S1/S2 steel band, taught by the senior band in a sharing of skills, performed Yellow Bird and the newly formed Salsa Band gave an accomplished rendition of a Latin American style piece in which each player daringly took an improvised solo. The String Group played a Caribbean suite of music, featuring Finlay Strain on solo saxophone, and joined in the finale, collaborating with the staff choir and senior steel band in a unique and specially written Nairn Academy version of The Calypso Carol, and bringing down the roof on what has to have been our best concert to date.
Further Notes For Your Diary
Nairn Academy is hosting their annual Christmas Dances once again and we would like to remind pupils that this is a smart occasion and no denim should be worn on the night. Boys can wear kilts or smart trousers and girls wear dresses. Appropriate behaviour is also expected given the occasion. Enjoy your Christmas Dance and have a very merry Xmas!