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


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

U16 squad

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


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


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


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

Sports Balls

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

sportathon 2014

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


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


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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Under 18 Match Report


St Margarets 2 – 3 Inveralmond

St Margarets academy was the venue for Inveralmond U18’s latest fixture. Having been beaten by Linlithgow a fortnight before, Mr Shipton’s galactico’s were desperate to make amends and get their first points on the board.

Things looked ominous from the start as only 12 players pitched up, 2 of them being goalkeepers. Some players, it was suggested, were not up for the fight while cai Smith was getting his weekly haircut. This did not dampen the players spirit as they knew Mr Shipton’s tactical expertise would stand them in good stead.

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Advanced Higher Geography Trip

Allt Ruadh

Pupils from Inveralmond, James Young and Queensferry High school embarked on an Advanced Higher Geography trip to the Cairngorms to undertake some field work.

This allowed all pupils to have their first insight into techniques for gathering geographical evidence for their studies.

Pupils undertook a study in river Allt Ruadh calculating the rivers characteristics.

The pupils did many more assessments of the area to give them an insight into different study topics and the ways to gather data including footpath erosion, traffic counts and town assessments.

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Under 16 Match Report

U16 squad

Inveralmond 3 – 3 Deans

An overcast, windblown Inveralmond was the scene for the second game of the season for the U16 Invy Boys. Dunlop chose a similar starting 11, with Brandon Orr coming in to replace the injured captain Derek White.

Mr Dunlop used his tactical genius© insight to explain to his defence that right from the kick-off Deans would be looking to play the ball over the top to run on to. Which is exactly what they did. Unfortunately for Inveralmond, they did not follow the advice and allowed the Deans forward to run through unchallenged and slot home for 0 – 1. Not the best start!

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Model Aeroplanes


Last week Inveralmond were delighted to have up and coming boy band ‘Model Aeroplanes’ perform for our students.

The lads had the following to say; “Playing at a high school is not something we visioned ourselves doing since the 2009 Talent Show where we played ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ and Rage Against The Machine to a sea of blank faces!”

“However, we found ourselves having a total ball when we performed for some of the school kids in Inveralmond High!”

“An extremely surreal experience and definitely dfferent from the summer of festivals we had prior to it, but we had a great time!”

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Creative Writing Workshop

Howden Park Centre

On the 11th of September, ten fourth year students received the fantastic opportunity to go to the ‘Write On!’ English conference, held at Howden Park Centre. The purpose of the conference was to allow young people to develop their skills, ideas and techniques for creative writing.

The well-organised event consisted of pupils being divided into groups with students from other schools from all over West Lothian to take part in fun, active and interesting workshops. The workshops were made even better by the tutoring of brilliant authors, poets and playwrights such as Lisa Ballantyne (author of The Guilty One) and Matthew Fitt (Scotts specialist and author of The Eejits).

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