Modern Studies Quiz


The 2014 Modern Studies Quiz for West Lothian Schools was held at Inveralmond Community High School on 5th June. Once again the event was well attended with 18 teams participating from 9 schools. Inveralmond were represented by Zak Brown, Cameron Gorrie, Jennifer Elwis, Rosie McBrine, Eilean McLean, Neve Hunter, Callum Sutherland and Lewis Bowes.

All those in attendance were attempting to wrestle the trophy from the 2013 winners, Armadale Academy. All teams consisted of pupils from S1 and S2 who were subjected to 8 rounds of questions ranging from TV & Film to Current affairs (and of course plenty of Modern Studies based teasers). All schools performed well and a fun time was had by all in attendance.

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S6 Graduation Ceremony

Head Boy & Girl

On Monday 2nd June Inveralmond held it’s annual S6 Graduation Ceremony. The night started with the students being piped in which was then followed by a performance from the school choir.

Head Teacher Mrs McMaster gave a speech before handing over to the Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputes who gave a heart felt account of their time at Inveralmond to their peers.

Mrs Paxton, who organised and compered the event, then introduced David O’Neill from Cisco Systems, a business partner at Inveralmond. David talked about Cisco’s excellent relationship with the school and of what can be expected once the students move on from school and into the world of work.

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USA Update


We have all arrived safely and are all well

After a long flight out to New York we were driven through the outskirts of NYC and shown all the tourist attractions.

We arrived in our hotel and managed to unpack a bit before heading out to Times Square. We sat on the infamous Times Square steps and took in the scenery with the beautiful sun beating down on us.

With rain clouds approaching we managed to make it before the rain came for our first meal in the famous Planet Hollywood. After a delicious and very filling meal, 40 kids all went to bed very early and have had a good nights sleep.

Handball / Queens Badge

Ross Strachan

Update by Ross Strachan

In October 2013 I was selected for the Great Britain U19′s Handball Squad. Since then I have attented several training camps which are mainly held in England.

I was delighted in April to find out that I had been selected to be in the GB squad that is going to Denmark this summer.

Only fourteen boys from the squad were selected to go out of twenty-one. We leave on the 28th of July and are away for six days competing in a tournament playing against different teams from various countries.

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U.S.A. Update

American Flag

Luggage: British Airways:- Hand Luggage: One piece of standard baggage no bigger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm including the handle, pockets and wheels and one handbag no bigger than 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm including the handle and pockets (must fit under the seat).

Checked Luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg and no bigger than 90 cm x 75 cm x 43 cm including the handle, pockets and wheels

Medication: All medication must be carried within hand luggage. If any of the medication is a liquid which is over 100ml you must get a doctor’s note to carry this on board.

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NASUWT Art Competition 2014

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Arts & Minds is a schools-based competition organised by the NASUWT Teachers’ Union to celebrate Black History Month. The Competition is open to children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK.

Using artwork, some S3 Art and Design pupils have explored what diversity, equality and identity means to them and how this is reflected in their lives, families, schools, and communities.

Their entries reflect the competition’s aims to promote cultural diversity, equality and tackling racism in schools.

Inveralmond’s entries can be seen in our photo gallery.

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Taekwondo Achievement

Megan Thorpe

Inveralmond student Megan Thorpe was recently awarded with her black belt in Taekwondo. To earn this top belt, 15 year old Megan committed to months of preparation and extra training.

The months of hard work culminated in a 7 hour exam day where Megan sat a Korean written test and a practical assessment that lasted 5 hours! Megan demonstrated her skills in 10 different patterns, self-defence, board breaking and sparring to gain her black belt.

Megan is now working towards achieving 2nd degree dan in the senior section and we wish her every success in the future.
Well done, Megan!

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition


Parents of all the pupils involved in the Duke of Edinburgh expedition this coming June are invited to an information evening.

The information evening will take place on Thursday 29th May at 5pm.

The information evening will be held in our social subjects department in room F83.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Under 16′s Football Cup Final


This Friday, 23rd May, the Inveralmond under 16 football team will be playing at Livingston FC’s football stadium.

The boys are playing against St Margarets in the league cup final in an attempt to retain their title from last year.

The match is a 6 pm kick-off with entry prices into the ground ranging from £1 to £3.

Come along and support the team!

National Parent Forum


The National Parent Forum of Scotland are holding a focus group meeting in Glasgow City Chambers on 4th June at 6.30 for 7 pm. The NPFS are inviting parents of S4 students to come along to discuss their experience of National qualifications. The meeting will be looking at, in particular, the following questions:

1. Based on your experiences what perspectives would you offer on the 2013– 14 academic year?

2. From this, what areas would you suggest are a priority for reflection and action for session 2014/15?

3. What actions would also be of benefit in the longer term?

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Media Advertising Trip

Media Trip

Fifteen S3 pupils recently, together with two members of staff, travelled to The Centre, Livingston, to deliver presentations and put skills they developed in school into practice in the workplace.

The pupils had previously completed a media advertising unit which culminated in 5 groups designing new products and presenting their ideas and reasoning.

They delivered their presentations to staff and David Gallagher, a manager from The Centre, who helped pick 3 winning teams. David kindly organised for these teams to present their products, in a board room which pupils were very excited by, to managers from various stores in The Centre.

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Hero Pupil Rescues Dogs

Stuart Watson

Inveralmond student, Stuart Watson, has been hailed a hero for helping to rescue three dogs trapped in a house fire.

Stuart has been recovering from an operation to remove a cholesteatoma – a non cancerous growth inside his ear.

Stuart had been going round houses with his brother and sister with a sponsor sheet to raise money for Cancer Research when he noticed smoke coming from a house and raised the alarm.

He has since received his sponsorship money as well as a small reward from the house owners as a thank-you for saving their three dogs and house.

Water Donations

Farmfoods and Morrisons 

Inveralmond Community High School would like to take this opportunity to thank farmfoods and Morrisons Livingston branches for their support.

During this exam period both farmfoods and Morrisons have very kindly been donating bottles of water for our students.

We were delighted to receive this generous offer and this kind gesture has been greatly received by students, staff and parents.

National Galleries Competition


The National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition is an annual art competition in association with Tesco Bank and is open to a number of age groups.

There are fun, inspiring themes for nursery, secondary and special education to create individual and group entries. Here you can see some of the fantastic entries in the S1 and S2 category with the theme – ‘Speed’ which have been entered this year.

There are super prizes for individuals, classes and schools. All the winning works will be framed and exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery on The Mound, with a selection featured in a colourful calendar posted to every school in Scotland.

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Return of SQA work


S4, S5 & S6

If you want your Art work back from the SQA an account has been set up at community reception and forms are available for you to complete.

It costs £11.80. You can complete the form and pay the money to Community reception by August 30th 2014.

If it is handed in to Community Reception we will ensure it gets sent off to the SQA in good time. Alternatively, you can collect the form from Community reception and send it to the SQA yourselves.