Prom Fayre

Prom fayre

On Tuesday 4th November Inveralmond hosted the annual prom fayre. This is an event to showcase potential dresses, suits and kilts for the students to wear once their prom night comes around in June.

The evening was a great success and all proceeds from the night went to Sunndach and Calaréidh and the YWCA charities. Ticket sales, tea and coffee on sale on the evening as well as a raffle which had some great prizes all contributed to this.

Pictures from the evening can be viewed by clicking on the following link: photo gallery

P7 Transition Night

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Inveralmond recently held a primary 7 transition evening which included an informative talk from Head Teacher Mrs McMaster followed by pupils giving accounts of their experiences. Parents and future students were then able to meet members of staff and have a tour of the school.

Students also showcased some of their talent when our concert band and choir performed in the assembly hall to the visiting audience followed by senior phase pupils providing a selection of informal music during teas and coffees in the dining hall.

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the evening and received an enormous amount of positive feedback. Senior students pics

Tenor Drumming Championship

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Congratulations to Hannah Murray and Nicole Kirk who competed in the International Solo Tenor Drumming Championship at Glasgow Caledonian University on Saturday 18th October.

In the Juvenile Section 2 Category Hannah Murray won 3rd place and Nicole won the competition taking 1st place. This is their 3rd time in the competition but the 1st time the girls have been placed.

Both girls have played for West Lothian Schools Pipe Band for four years under the direction of Pipe Major Gordon Bruce and are tutored by drumming instructor David Ross.

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Halloween Dress Down Day

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Inveralmond’s English Department does Halloween!

On Friday the 31st of October, the pupils and staff of the English Department created a spooktacular atmosphere. We researched the history of Halloween and found out how Halloween is celebrated in different countries.

We wrote poems,created scary reading lists, wrote scary story openers and enjoyed listening to music that creates the Halloween atmosphere. The Advanced Higher pupils dressed as characters from their dissertation texts and some lucky pupils won competition prizes for the work they’d completed. We all agreed: the scariest thing was Mr. Delargy’s Hawaiian shirt!

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Fire Safety

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Important message from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager James Melvin;

Over the past few days there have been a number of deliberate fires in and around the woods surrounding Inveralmond Community High School.

I would ask, that if you are aware of who is carrying out the fire raising in your local area, that you inform the local Police by calling 101 or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 so that we can work together to solve this problem in the local community.

Click here to view the complete message: Fire Safety leaflet Further information is available at www.firescotland.gov.uk

Prom Fayre 2014

Prom Fayre

This year’s Prom Fayre will be held in the school assembly hall on the 4th of November 2014 from 7 pm.

Tickets for the evening are available from Community Reception at a cost of £3 per adult and £2 per child. Tea and Coffee will be on sale along with a raffle which will have some great prizes.

All money raised from this event will go to charity. This year’s charities are, firstly, Sunndach and Calaréidh who are part of Children’s Services within NHS Lothian’s University Hospitals Division caring for children with complex disabilities who require a high level of nursing and medical care within a community based-environment.

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Inveralmond Learner Voice

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As part of the school’s ongoing improvement process, a working group has been created to look at incorporating pupil’s opinions and ideas into the decision making process of Inveralmond CHS. This group is called “Learner Voice”. As the title suggests, this is about giving pupils and parents an opportunity to contribute to the school ethos of “Working together to inspire learners and shape successful futures”.

It is anticipated when Learner Voice has been fully implemented, pupils will be able to cooperate with staff to shape their future learning experiences. They will receive quality feedback which will enable them to self evaluate their learning and together with their class teachers they can plan their next steps effectively.

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Under 16’s Match Report

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Bryan Cairns & the Avalanche of St Margaret’s, an heroic tale of tragedy (Or the U16 game at St Margaret’s).

Sit back, weary traveller, and let me regale you with a story. Our tale begins on a cold, dark night on the slopes of St Margaret’s.

The Inveralmond expedition team set out to conquer the formidable challenge that St Margaret’s posed.

Despite the prior knowledge of the difficulties they would be presented with, Invy were buoyed by their recent performances and the strong teamwork they had developed. Bryan Cairns stood strong, looking out at his team.

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Young Enterprise Scotland

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Fourteen Inveralmond students have been selected to take part in the Employ-ability Award run by Young Enterprise Scotland. This will give the students an excellent opportunity to work with business partners and charity, Young Enterprise Scotland.

The aim of this group is to help the young people gain the skills and knowledge about work using a motivational approach with an external agency support. They will be taking part in an enterprise challenge and developing employ-ability skills, these skills will be recognised in the form of an SQA qualification for employ-ability.

We look forward to observing how the budding entrepreneurs will be getting on as they embark and work through their challenge and create their own business venture.

Setting Scoliosis Straight

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As some of you might be aware, on the 7th September 2014, S6 students Shelby McQuade and Rebekah Gordon along with family and friends took part in the pedal for Scotland 47 mile charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

This was to raise funds for the Sick Kids friends foundation and scoliosis, a spinal condition which Shelby has and received outstanding treatment for within the sick kids last year.

The girls would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers for their amazing support in the run up to the cycle and to those students and parents who generously donated through the just giving page or sponsors within the school.

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Senior Mock Court 2014

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Inveralmond competed in the Scottish Senior Mock Court competition last week. The team have been working very hard over the last 5 weeks to prepare a complex legal case which they argued in front of a real Sheriff at The Edinburgh Court of Session on Wednesday 8 October.

The team were highly praised for their research, presentation and organisational skills by the competition organisers however on this occasion fell short of winning.

The competition was a massive undertaking for the team and they all agree they learned a lot and displayed superb commitment and enthusiasm. Well done to all involved!

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Sports Bulletin

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There is an S1/2 Handball competition being held here at Inveralmond after school next Tuesday, 14th October.

There is an S5/6 Basketball competition being held on Thursday 16th October after school at Broxburn academy.

Any interested pupils should speak to a member of the PE staff.

Well done to all pupils that took part in the West Lothian schools cross country. Emmie Meechan (S1) and Ross Strachan (S6) both won individual bronze medals in their races while the senior boys and senior girls both won team bronze medals! The full list of results and times from this event are up outside the PE base.

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Sportathon 2014

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On Friday 3rd October, over 140 pupils and 10 members of staff undertook the challenge of the annual Inveralmond CHS Sponsored Sporathon.

With this year seeing the biggest number of participants ever to take part in the event, the legendary Sportathon was conquered by all who attended.

Pupils from S1 to S6 took part in a gruelling and yet amazing experience of trying to stay awake for over 12 hours through the night and take part in as many sports as they could. Sports ranging from football to trampolining, dodgeball to dance, were all participated in.

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M.U.N. at Edinburgh University

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On 4th October 2014, a small delegation of S6 pupils attended the 2nd Edinburgh University Model United Nations Conference in the Old College.

The purpose of the Conference was to give high school students a flavour of the processes involved when debating at University level.

The Conference although small involved the participation of over 100 students with approximately 65% of them currently in their 1st and 2nd years at Edinburgh University. Indeed, some of the faces were familiar from past conferences our students had attended.

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Be Part of Engineering

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Construction Drama

On Tuesday 30th September 2014, we watched a performance about Engineering Construction. The three presenters delivered a very informative performance in a fun and interesting way. They interacted with the audience which kept everyone entertained.

They also did a bit of acting where there were two different individuals who both became successful while taking different career paths.

They demonstrated how engineering construction takes place by using an “engineering construction box”.

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