S4-6 Awards Ceremony


The S4 to S6 Awards Ceremony compered by Depute Head Teacher Mr Wood began in the same vein as the afternoon’s event with the students being piped in by Jonathon Belcher after the platform party had taken to their seats.

Mrs McMaster gave her Head Teachers Report then handed over to the ICHS Choir before the awards presentations got underway. Guest speaker for the evening was Kenny Kemp, journalist, business writer and author who told of such adventures as working with Sir Richard Branson.

Centre stage then belonged to Amy Hawthorn ex Inveralmond student turned singer songwriter who performed a hit song.

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S1-3 Awards Ceremony

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On Wednesday 18th June Inveralmond hosted it’s annual Awards Ceremonies, compered by Depute Head Teacher Mr Wood. First up in the afternoon was the S1 to S3 Awards.

After the introduction of our Platform Party, Jonathon Belcher piped in our students. This was followed by Mrs McMaster’s Head Teacher Report. The ICHS Choir performed two numbers before the presentation of awards got underway.

We were then treated to guest speaker Amy Hawthorn, a former Inveralmond student and now singer/songwriter, performing her hit song ‘hungry for you’. Our ICHS Folk Group had the unenviable task of following Amy and did a fantastic job.

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Poster Competition Finalist

Michael Sked

Inspire/Aspire Poster Competition

Everyone here at Inveralmond would like to say a big congratulations to S5 student Michael Sked.

Michael attended the Inspire/Aspire Awards Ceremony which was held on Monday the 16th of June at Glasgow University.

Michael has been shortlisted as a Bronze Finalist for his Inspire/Aspire poster work which he achieved as part of working towards a Personal Development Intermediate 2 qualification this year.

Well done Michael!

Personal Development Event


Pupils in S4, S5 and S6 participated in a Personal Development charity event to present cheques to charities they had supported over the past year including Make A Wish Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust, West Lothian Foodbank, Sick Kids Friends Foundation, and CHAS.

Pupils worked towards gaining their Intermediate 2 or Higher Personal Development Award by participating in team working activities to fundraise and raise awareness of these charities and their efforts helped to collect over £2000.

To see some pictures from the event click on the following link: Photo Gallery

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Cool Down Crew

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Students from ICHS Nurture Group attended a 5 day intensive course run by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Youth Engagement team.

The project aims to raise awareness of fire safety in order to work towards reducing hoax calls and secondary fires.

The programme encourages positive social behaviour and aims to raise self-esteem, confidence and personal motivation. Students participated in team building, first aid, hose running, ladder climbing and community fire safety activities.

To see pictures from the event click here:- photos

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Brass Festival

Jennifer & Mark Elwis

The Music Department would like to congratulation siblings, Jennifer and Mark Elwis, on their fantastic Silver Award at the Whitburn Brass Festival in the Under 16 Category recently.

Both Jennifer and Mark played grade 7 pieces. On the tenor horn, Jennifer performed “Iona”. The adjudicator wrote that she was “technically accomplished in her flourishes”. On the cornet Mark performed “Ashgrove” and it was noted that the adjudicator enjoyed “a very positive approach…with a fine sound”.

Both siblings are tutored by our Brass Instructor Murray Gourdie and they play in the Whitburn Youth Brass Band, Heartlands Brass Band, West Lothian County Brass Band and Inveralmond Community High Schools Brass ensembles.

Gardening Scotland


The Nurture Group entered the pallet competition at Gardening Scotland and were awarded a Silver certificate.

The project “Clyde in Bloom” included the Commonwealth Games Mascot, Clyde and the Commonwealth Games logo. Bottles were used to make the logo and planted with flowers.

20 bottles were used to represent 20 years the games have been running. 17 bottles, for 17 sports, 11 bottles, for 11 days of the Games and bottles to make a G for Glasgow

The group attended the show on the Friday to see their display. The students who took part were Lee McAvoy, Jay Cockburn, Zander Douglas, Jordan Grant, Connor Rafferty and Jordan Yuill.

British Pipe Band Championships

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Congratulations to Tenor Drummers Hannah Murray and Nicole Kirk on taking 4th place at the British Pipe Band Championships. West Lothian Schools Pipe Band took part in their first competition of the 2014 season on Saturday 31st May, the British Championships, held in Bathgate.

The Novice Juvenile Grade had the largest entry of the day with 28 bands competing, meaning two qualifying heats of 14 band had to be played in the morning, with the top six band from each heat then moving forward to play in the final in the afternoon.

The band were drawn in the harder of the two heats alongside many of the leading bands in the grade.

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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

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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!