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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Anywhere Anytime Learning (AAL)


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

U16 squad

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


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


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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