John Byrne Drawing Competition

Congratulations to Nina Bourdarias, one of our 2nd year students, for her entry to the John Byrne National Drawing Competition 2016/17 for which she has been awarded a runners up prize. Her drawing titled ‘Playing my guitar’ is a portrait of her whilst enjoying her favourite instrument.

It was created in coloured pencil using primary colours as it was an image from her earlier years that inspired the artwork which reminds her of happy times. Since the launch of the competition in 2014, over 7000 entries from pupils across Scotland have been submitted and their artwork judged by the renowned artist and playwright himself, John Byrne.

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S.T.A.S.H for S4 Students

STASH (Sexually Transmitted infections And Sexual Health) is a new project for S4 students and is being piloted in Inveralmond Community High School in Autumn 2017.

Managed by the University of Glasgow, STASH aims to provide S4 students with sexual health information in a way which is a bit different to classroom learning, and which supports the sex education that already happens in schools.

Your child’s year group will not be taking part in STASH, but we would like them to complete the STASH evaluation questionnaire so that next year we can compare their answers to students (currently in the year below) who will take part in STASH.

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English Department London Trip

In December, 40 pupils boarded a bus on Monday morning at 5.45am for the trip to London. The early start and long journey was worth it!

We arrived in the capital city amid Christmas festivities and were not disappointed by the decorations!

We headed straight to the Natural History Museum and enjoyed the dinosaur exhibition and the sheer size of some of the displays there.

After seeing ourselves on screens at Planet Hollywood we took a spectacular trip to finish the evening on The London Eye.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

On 27th January 15 students along with Mrs Drummond and Mr O’Callaghan attended the Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 event at the Howden Park Centre.

The theme of this year’s commemoration was ‘How Can Life Go On?’ and discussed how survivors of not just the Holocaust in the Second World war but also those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur were coming to terms with what they had been through and how they had rebuilt or were rebuilding their lives.

Several survivor story films were shown, the links to these are at the end of this piece, in addition new poetry on the Holocaust was heard from Jennifer Harley, a local writer.

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Health & Well-being Open Evening

A Health & Well-being event will take place on Wednesday 15th March from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Inveralmond and will include;

Over 20 partner agencies in attendance who can provide advice on support available to learners and families.

A range of voluntary workshops, including support with I.T and benefit assistance & entitlement.

A chance to speak with ICHS staff regarding any questions or queries you may have about support networks that are available.

Find out about family clubs and activities available in the local community. All students and families are welcome to attend!

Young Musician Success

Inveralmond Community High School Music Department is absolutely delighted to report that Fraser Borland has once again struck gold by winning the Rotary Young Musician Area Finals held recently at Heriot Watt University.

Fraser played two pieces on baritone saxophone with great technical dexterity and musicianship, against a field of 20 other players of a very high musical standard, and now progresses to the District Finals in March.

We are very proud of this achievement, please congratulate Fraser on his success if you see him.

Rugby Skills Camp

Inveralmond S3 students, Andrew Brown and Kayne MacAulay, attended Scottish Rugby’s, BT Sport Academy, Edinburgh U15 Skills Camp, Pathway program into rugby recently.

Both boys joined approximately 90 boys selected from clubs and schools around the Lothians at Foresters High School in Edinburgh focusing on attack and defence play.

Kayne was chosen to attend the pathways program via the school by Club Development officer Gavin Paul who coordinates the rugby after school club on Wednesdays, whilst Andrew went through Livingston Rugby Football Club.

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Purple Friday

February is LGBT History Month and on the last Friday of the month (24th) we celebrate Purple Friday – a day to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and show our support for LGBT equality.

The purple signifies the purple stripe on the LGBT rainbow flag which stands for spirit. We are encouraging staff and students to wear purple on Friday to show your support. Pupils who do not have something purple do not have to wear uniform.

There will be badges and ribbons available for 50 pence each and a bake sale in the dining hall at break-time. To find out more about LGBT history month click on the link below;

Kelvingrove Art Gallery Visit

On Wednesday the 8th of February, the Nat 5 and Higher art students took a trip to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

The students went to see an exhibition of the posters and art of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech graphic designer and artist, known for his Art Nouveau style.

The exhibition was amongst the many artistic wonders in Kelvingrove – their French art room contained several Cézannes, Monets and Seurats, while another room featured several inspiring homegrown artists, the Scottish colourists, including Samuel Peploe and Leslie Hunter.

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Badminton Coaching Course


Inveralmond would like to congratulate S4 student, Aaron Irving, who completed the Badminton Basics Coaching Course recently.

The Course was held at Badminton Scotland`s HQ in Glasgow and by achieving this award Aaron is working his way to becoming a fully qualified Badminton Coach.

Aaron already volunteers at the Inveralmond Primary Badminton Cluster Club and with his passion will make a great Coach in the future.

School Athletics Championship

Inveralmond CHS took part in the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships this month with five athletes taking part in the event. All athletes competed very well at the competition and proudly represented our school.

The Athletes that took part in the event were;
Rebecca Leitch – 60m Sprint
Sarah Leitch – 60m Sprint
Eilidh Brown – 60m and 200m Sprints
Rhys Findlay – 200m Sprint
Lewis McIver – 400m and 800m

A huge thank you to Mrs P. Watson and Mrs M. MacAulay for taking the pupils to the event and giving their time.

Campus Info & Tour Day

West Lothian College is hosting an open information and campus tour day on Saturday 11th March, running from 10:00 to 14:00.

If you are a prospective student, still at school or a community member who wants to see what the Livingston Campus has to offer, drop by to see the role the College plays in shaping the workforce of the future.

On the day there will be the chance to see the facilities, live displays, talk to staff members and current students, plus visit the award winning restaurant and commercial salon.

S2 Parents: Contact Opportunity


On Tuesday 7 February 2017 there is an opportunity to discuss any queries/concerns you have regarding your child with a member of the Pupil Support team.

If you are a parent or carer of an S2 pupil and would like to speak to your child’s Head of House then please telephone the school office between 4.00pm and 5.00pm on 01506 438093.

Your call will be directed to the appropriate member of staff who will be happy to discuss matters with you.

Gymnastics Success

Team Inveralmond put in an excellent performance at the West Lothian Gymnastics competition last week.

Our level one team consisting of Chantelle Davidson, Morgan Henderson, Hollie McArthur and Scott Lindsay won Gold with Scott also winning the individual gold.

Our other level one team, consisting of Teigan Henderson, Niamh Macaulay and Summer Condon also put in a great performance but unfortunately did not medal.

The level two team, consisting of Sarah Haggarty, Lara Nicholl, Alanna Melville and Louise Taylor won Bronze.

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NIF – Parental Leaflet

The National Parent Forum of Scotland have produced the accompanying leaflet with useful information about the National Improvement Framework which we are now sharing with you.

National Improvement Framework – Parental Leaflet

We have also included some additional links which you may find useful;

The National Parent Forum of Scotland
Parentzone Scotland
Achievement of Levels website