Anywhere Anytime Learning (AAL)

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Inveralmond Community High School is taking part in the exciting Anywhere, Anytime Learning project, launching Monday 22nd September 2014.

The aim of this project is to develop the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching.

Part of this development is to give pupils the opportunity to bring their own internet devices into school to assist their learning.

Pupils can opt to bring in devices that can be used as part of AAL in lessons, however it is not essential that each pupil be provided with a mobile device for this purpose.

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Under 16 Match Report

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Inveralmond 9 (nine) – 1 Armadale
A new season brings with it new hopes and new expectations. But few would have predicted the great start that the Invy boys had to the U16 season.

A humid Friday afternoon on the Inveralmond beach (Oh, I’m sorry, that was grass?!) was the setting for the first game of the season.

Mr Dunlop (tactical genius) decided to start with a strong back 4 and what can only be described as ‘genuine pace’ upfront. (Listeners of Soccer Saturday will know that genuine pace is much better than actual pace or physical pace).

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School Sports League

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The West Lothian Secondary Schools’ Sports League for 2014-15 will be starting soon and ICHS will be looking to at least get back on the podium come the end of the year having finished 4th last year.

This year’s calendar of events will see schools across the authority compete in a range of sports with league points awarded to schools depending upon the result of each event.

Some of the events running this term are the WL Swimming time trials, S5-6 basketball series and the WL Schools Cross Country Championships. Look out for information on each event throughout the year or see a member of the PE dept for more info.

Young Ambassadors

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Ross Strachan and Craig Paterson from S6 were selected to attend this year’s Regional Young Ambassadors (YA) conference on 9 September. The event was held at the EICA in Ratho and was attended by around 100 pupils from schools across the region.

The national programme sees schools select 2 new YA’s each year that will be ambassadors for sport with their school and local community.

The conference was this year lead by Euan Burton, Commonwealth Gold medal winning Judo Player, and was also attended by Eve Muirhead, Winter Olympic medal winning curler.

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Vietnam & Cambodia trip

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Student report of summer trip

We all made it back safe and sound and have returned to normal. We had a fantastic time while we were away and are desperate to go back!

We had a few days to acclimatise before heading into the jungle. That was an experience and a half! It was the toughest physical challenge any of us had faced.

We powered on through though and helped each other by keeping the spirits up and managed to complete our first ever 5 day trek in the Cambodian jungle.

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Build A Business Day

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On Tuesday 2 September, 10 Inveralmond pupils attended Edinburgh Napier’s Build a Business day. We were welcomed at the door and told that we were no longer pupils but entrepreneurs for the day.

Our opening ice breaker was coming up for as many alternative uses for a ruler which did not include using it for measurements, that was very difficult! However, we managed to come up with 45; our favourite two were a back scratcher and a wasp swatter!

This task really did help us get our thinking caps on for the task ahead. We had to decide whether to create a new product for a festival or a new food or drink item.

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S4/5/6 Raising Attainment Evening

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Inveralmond Community High School staff are hosting a S4/5/6 Raising Attainment Evening on Wednesday the 10th of September 2014 from 18.00 to 19.00.

As you are aware S4/5/6 can be a very demanding time for your child and they are likely to need your support at such a crucial point in their lives.

Please also read the attached Letter for more information.

We are looking forward very much to seeing you and your child at this event. Tea and Coffee will be provided on the evening.

Glasgow 2014 – Postcards

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Now that the Glasgow games are over, posters from young artists all over Scotland, including Inveralmond, are hanging in the bedrooms of the Commonwealth’s top athletes, providing a unique memento of their stay in Glasgow this summer.

Some postcards have been received from the athletes to thank the Inveralmond students for their artwork, you can view a few of them here: photo gallery

Some of the athletes have posted their postcards and thanks online, to see these click on the following links:
Legacy 2014
Village Art on Twitter

Inveralmond Fairtrade awards

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Inveralmond receives two Fairtrade Awards!

Congratulations to Inveralmond’s Fairtrade group for their efforts in receiving two Fairtrade Awards for the school.

The school has been awarded the Fairaware and Fairactive Awards by carrying out various Fairtrade events throughout the year including a Christmas coffee morning and stall; raising awareness of Fairtrade through assemblies; organising and hosting a pupil tuck shop; designing a tutor group quiz; and planning pupil-led lessons on Fairtrade.

If anyone would like to join the Fairtrade group for this year please see Mrs Kerr in F072 (RMPS).

S1 Settling In Evening

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S1 Parents and pupils are invited to our S1 Settling In Evening on Thursday 4th September at 6.30pm.

We will take this opportunity to talk to parents about the Inspire Learners Programme in which all S1 pupils are taking part this year. Parents will also be given the opportunity to meet S1 mentors and the Senior Leadership team within the school.

Click on the following links to view information about the evening in more detail: Settling-In Evening, Didbook Leaflet

Tea and coffee will be provided on the evening. We look forward to seeing you there.

S1 Football Trials

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This terms first year football trials will take place on Thursday the 4th of September from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

The session will take place on the astro-turf pitch meaning that studded football boots are not permitted!

Please bring trainers and any other appropriate clothing.

The first league game of the season is next week away to Linlithgow so come along and earn your place in the team.

SQA Exams Post Results Service

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You will receive your Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) by firstclass mail on Tuesday 5th August.

If you change your permanent home address, please tell the school immediately. This will ensure that your SQC is delivered directly to your home, and avoids confusion or delays. If you are going on to university or college, your results will be sent by SQA to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) electronically.

If you are returning for the new session and wish to change your subject choices, please ensure you make an appointment through the electronic booking system Re-coursing Booking Form.

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Exam update for Parents & Carers

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Friday 6 June was the last day of the SQA examinations. Your child will receive their Scottish Qualifications Certificate by 1st Class mail on Tuesday 5 August 2014. They can also register with MySQA and choose to have their results sent by email or text.

If your child would like to receive their results by email or text they must sign up by Tuesday 8 July and activate their account by Wednesday 16 July. This is in addition to receiving their SQC by post and may be helpful if they will be away from home when the results are due. For further information on how to activate an account visit MySQA page on the SQA website.

For more information and advice for parents and carers, please visit the Parentzone website.

West Lothian’s Got Talent

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Well done to “The Invi. Folk” who were selected to represent Inveralmond Community High School at West Lothians Got Talent.

This event had approximately an audience of around 500 people and was held in a marquee at Linlithgow Rugby Club on Friday 20th June.

The boys performed “Below My Feet” very well and we are very proud of them.

Every school in West Lothian was represented in West Lothian’s Got Talent. There was a high standard of musicianship with some outstanding performances, making the competition tough.

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Cluster Transition Residential

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At the end of May 153 pupils from the ICHS Cluster Primaries – Harrysmuir, Letham, Livingston Village, Peel, Riverside and Toronto – took part in our Belmont Camp in Meigle, Perthshire. During the residential, pupils participated in a wide range of fun, challenging and exciting activities such as the flying fox, mohawk walk, archery, pole climb, night line, and many more.

Through a combination of outdoor learning activities, team tasks and problem solving challenges, pupils had a great time while developing key skills for learning, life and work. The Belmont experience is built around supporting and enhancing transition, giving pupils the confidence to take change in their stride and carry their new skills into the classroom.

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