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Newsletter: DEC 2012

Parents Newsletter DECEMBER 2012 - CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Dear Parent/Carer

As we near the end of term, it is a great opportunity to note significant school events and successes over the last month.  Our first Christmas Fayre took place on 28th November and was a huge success.  Organised by the school charities committee, the event raised £873 (£500 going to MFR Cash for Kids appeal and £373 going to School Fund which supports various school activities).

The Caribbean Christmas Concert was a sell-out on Thursday 6 December.  It was a fantastic evening showcasing music, drama and artistic talent in the school.

Well done to our Art and Design department where Mrs McBride’s animation club won an award at the National Kids for Kids UK 2012 competition.  They won the 13-19 years category.  The group started last year and are going from strength to strength. We wish them well for future projects.  The winning entry can be viewed at:  www.youtube.com/watch?V=QnYCn-uvWxs.

Our debating team participated in the North of Scotland competition again this year.  A younger team of S3 pupils performed well in several rounds before getting through to the final in Buckie on 30 November.  Shay Montague and Ruaridh Summers had a strong performance up against S5/6 pupils with several years of debating experience.  The boys won the competition and were presented with the John Alan Camera Quaich.  Shay also won the Dr Winnie Ewing Cup for Best Speaker.  Our thanks to Mr Chalmers and Dr Kinghorn who coached the team which included Jade du Preez in the previous competing rounds.

Our PE facilities have been refurbished with pupils and staff now able to use the new changing areas.  Thank you to everyone for their patience from August through to October as the works took longer than originally expected.  The facilities are much improved and well received by pupils and staff.  A special mention must go to the Girls’ Club who were central to raising the issue and contributed towards the design plans throughout the process.

 

Winter Weather

Further to information in the November newsletter, please find attached an information sheet from Highland Council.  Please note our main communication for school closures will be MFR school closure bulletins and the 0870 telephone information service (0870 054 6999 – our school pin 04 2700).

 

Please see the link below which highlights the dangers of frozen water at this time of year. We have been asked to bring this to the attention of parents / carers.

http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/media-centre/press-releases/scottish-canals—winter-safety

 

SCOPE: Schools and Community Ownership for Pride in our Environment

Nairn Academy is one of 10 schools in Highland taking part in this initiative in January 2013.  The focus is looking at problem areas for littering, provision of bins (including recycle bins) and encouraging everyone to use the bins.  This follows on from the work underway with the School’s Eco Group who are looking at a range of possible projects in school.  Volunteers will be involved in promoting the initiative during the week beginning 28 January 2013.  Further details to follow.

 

Christmas Dances

Important dates on the school calendar are our Christmas dances.  These are well attended and a great way to end the year.  I would like to acknowledge the considerable efforts of staff in the planning and preparation for the dances plus their attendance on the nights. I appreciate this is a particularly busy time of year for everyone and grateful for staff volunteering their time.  Our thanks also to members of the Parent Council who assist with the senior dance.

 

Prelim Examinations 2013      

Nairn Academy’s Prelim Examination programme begins very promptly after the festive break. School reopens on the 7January and the first of the prelims starts two days later on Wednesday 9January. The exams conclude two weeks later on Tuesday 22January. All pupils in S4 – 6 have been issued with a copy of the prelim timetable which they should use to plan their revision schedules. Pupils in S4 – S6 have study leave during the period of the examinations but study facilities will be available to pupils in school during this period.  If pupils are attending school for private study during study leave they must sign in (specific study leave folder) at reception.  Pupils do not need to sign in for an exam as an attendance register is taken at the start of each exam.  Pupils are reminded to arrive early for exams as venues and timing details are subject to change. Details of venues and seat numbers will be on display in middle school and the S6 social area.  Normal standards of dress code apply during the exam period.

 

Important Information for Parents/Carers

Parents may have seen the headlines in the Nairnshire Telegraph on 4 December regarding ‘legal highs’ and subsequent press coverage last week.  A fact sheet has been provided to all Highland schools by Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership which offers some background information and advice.  A copy is on the school website.  Alternatively please contact the school if you would like a paper copy.

 

Diary dates

  • Thursday 20 December                                  School closes at 3.40pm
  • Monday 7 January 2013                                 School opens at 9.00am
  • Wednesday 9 January                                    S4-6 prelims start (study leave granted)
  • Thursday 17 January, 7pm                            Information Evening for P7 parents and pupils
  • Tuesday 29 January, 7pm                              S2 Information Evening

 

We appreciate the support of parents/carers.  As always, if you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning, please feel free to contact the school.  School newsletters will continue next session with copies also available on the school website.  Issue dates are as follows: 25 January, 15 March, 3 May and 14 June.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fantastic festive break.  A happy and healthy new year to you all.  We look forward to welcoming pupils back on Monday 7 January 2013.

Yours sincerely

 

Julie Macdonald

RECTOR



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