IHS Newsletter Term 3

Grow by Choice
Inverkeithing High School,
Hillend Road, Inverkeithing,
Fife, KY11 1PL
01383 602403
Issue Eight. Term 3 2013/14
he third term is always very busy as senior pupils complete their
preparations for SQA exams but this year has been
particularly hectic with
the advent of National 3, 4
and 5 qualifications.
This summer term will see
many pupils leave school
and move on to the next
stage of their lives. The academic attainment of Inverkeithing High School
pupils has, over your time
at the school, enjoyed a
very strong reputation
throughout Fife. Thank
you for your contribution
towards this. I hope that
you have enjoyed your
time at the school and
wish you every success for
the future.
I would encourage all pupils to make full use of
the short time left to prepare for SQA exams – to
achieve your full potential
and Grow by Choice.
Iain Yuile
Bah Humbug!
The Drama Department’s
Christmas production, a
version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
brought seasonal goodwill
along with fairy lights and
snow to the School Assembly Hall in December. The
cast, made up of 40 pupils
from S2 to S5, told the
familiar tale of Ebenezer
Scrooge reflecting on his
life while receiving three
visitations from three
very different ghosts. As
the cobwebs were taken
down from the Christ-
West Fife Young
Entrepreneur Award 2013
achlan Edwards, S6,
recently won the
above award. Lachlan beat
off other businesses in
the awards ceremony and
scooped the prize worth
£10,000. To win it he created UBC after discovering a gap in the market
for music artists who use
social media sites to promote their tracks. Lachlan
has already managed to
sign an impressive seven
of his artists after attracting listeners from around
the world. Despite working on the project for the
past two years, he didn’t
expect to win the award
and was surprised when
it was announced he had
won. Overall Lachlan was
just grateful he was given
the opportunity to participate in this competition.
Inverkeithing High School | Spring Newsletter
Bang Tidy Campaign
In December 2013, the
Services made a visit to the
school in order to promote their “Bang Tidy”
campaign. They held
a competition for students, with the prize
being a £100 gift card
mas tree at the end of the
play a reformed Scrooge,
played by Calum Pearce,
encouraged the audience
to join him and his cast
mates in singing “We wish
you a Merry Christmas” as
he threw chocolate coins
into the crowd.
Next year the Drama department is excited to
announce that we are taking part in the Schools’
Shakespeare Festival and
will be performing at The
Rothes Hall to celebrate
the bard’s 450th birthday.
Watch this space for more
for each winner. The
winners were Samantha Mooney (S6), Breege Fraser (S2), Bethani
Macari (S2) and Hannah Johnston (S4).
Other winners included Laura Edwards, Jessica Corby and Abbie
Thomson (S4) who all
entered on the same
entry form and won a
£100 gift card to share
between them. Well
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Music News
The pupils and staff in the
music department would
like to thank Inverkeithing
Rotary Club and the Parent Council for providing
funding to purchase an
Orchestral Xylophone. As
you can see we will make
very good use of it in all
year groups. Thank you!
The music department
recently had considerable
investment in new instruments (Guitars, Bass Guitars, Electronic Drum Kit,
Amps etc.) as well as the
addition of Macs.
These will greatly benefit all pupils in the music
department and support
them throughout their
certificate courses.
A number of pupils
and groups took part in
the Fife Festival taking
part in competitive and
classes. Congratulations to all
who participated:
Woodwind Ensemble –
Silver Award
Wind Band – Platinum
Rachel Hunter and Jennifer Saunders – Duet Class
Sam Black and Roddy Kapadia – Duet Class
Suzanne O’Brien and Eilidh Thornton – Duet
Jamie Graham
Woodwind solo (Advanced
Class) ‘GOOD’ category
Sam Black
Woodwind solo (Advanced
Class) ‘GOOD’ category
Adrian Wendland (advanced Class)
Michael Roberton, Cameron Clark and Niall Bruce
- (Intermediate class)
Brass Open Ailidh Ramsay
- Good
Brass Advanced
Ailsa Black – Very good
Aimee Wright – Very good
Erin Oliver Hamilton Good
David Simpson – Very
Jack Leask – Good
Adam George - Outstanding
Lewis Ross - Good
Grade one with Distinction in her ABRSM Flute
exam – this is a fantastic
achievement! Well done,
Congratulations to Peter Saunders.
Peter won his class (Young
Singers Recitals 21 and
Under) giving an outstanding performance at
the Adam Smith – Superb
achievement. Peter is pictured above with his certificate and quaiche.
UK Intermediate Maths Challenge
After only one year of
playing the flute, Eleanor
Heggie (S2) has achieved
Inverkeithing High School | Spring Newsletter
After many months practising our pupils have undertaken their practical
exams in March. The music staff would like to congratulate them all. Theywere all fantastic!
Young Enterprise
This year we have 2 companies taking part in the
Young Enterprise programme – Wicked Scents
and Little Owls. Wicked Scents make candles
from recycled wax and
materials and Little Owls
sew Owl keyrings. Both
companies went along to
Pupils from S3 & 4 took
part in the UK Intermediate Maths challenge on
6th February. 4 silver and
25 bronze awards were
won. Congratulations to
the following pupils:
In S4 : Gold – Thomas;
Silver - Alan Jaf, David
Wood, Fern Auld; Bronze
- Tain Bruce, Abbie Stewart, Laura Stuart, Erin
McLeod, Mark Drummond, Kyle Henderson,
On the 8th of November I
travelled down to London
with The Sea Cadets to be
a part of The Lord Mayor’s Show and Remembrance Sunday in front of
the Royal Family and the
Prime Minister. Both of
these were live on TV that
weekend. I found this rare
chance an honour to be
a part of and if I had the
chance again I would definitely take it.
the Kingdom Centre in
Glenrothes in December
to sell their products in
the Young Enterprise Fife
Christmas Fair. Everyone
involved said they had a
great time, made many
sales and gained valuable
retail experience.
Rosie Mulligan, Callum
Allison, Jane Stevenson,
Marina Kouparis, Emma
Parsley, Martin Young,
Jessica Corby, Cameron
Clark, Connell Ross, Hannah Johnston
In S3: Silver - Lisa O’Neill;
Bronze - Euan Colston,
Ryan Donaldson, Sam
Black, Alistair Heeps,
Megan Rogers, Jack Percival, Shane Campbell
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Sport News
Leah Davie (S4) won
the U16 Scottish Indoor
Athetics championship at
1500m during February.
Blair Ross (S1) won a
bronze medal as part of
the U14 relay team at the
National Relay Championships at the Emirates
Arena in Glasgow.
Well done to Kate Daykin (S6) who in January
competed in a World
Cup event in Italy. After
the first round she placed
26th and continued to
the next round where she
won against a Hungarian,
but was later defeated by
a Russian. Her finishing
place was 25th which was
the highest placed British
girl and she is number one
in the under 20’s Women
Sabre GB rankings.
Craig Templeton, Mark
Spacey, Jamie Graham
and Callum Allison from
S4 have been playing for
Queen Anne in the Brewin Dolphin Rugby Cup.
The team won the Fife/
Tayside final beating Morrison’s Academy in the final and qualified for the
National Schools Cup.
4 pupils have been selected to represent Scotland
in the Youth Olympiad in
Bergama, Turkey in June
– Kirsty Marsh (Judo),
Amiker Best (Athletics),
Kyle Doig (Karate), Duncan Shaw (Basketball).
Daisy Winskill in S1
competed with Zodiak
Gymnastics in the International Gymnastics
Competition in Alabama,
USA in February. Daisy
came an impressive 4th
overall, while her team
came 3rd.
having only started waterskiing in late 2012, is
developing within the
slalom event and has, in
October 2013, won events
in the Division 3 Ladies
Scottish Night Slalom
series, achieved second
place in the Waterski &
Wakeboard Scotland Series and a Gold award in
the British Waterski and
Wakeboard Cutting Edge
competition. As she prepares for the new season,
in addition to slalom skiing she is now developing
her abilities in trick waterskiing and jumps. She is
coached by Stuart Wood,
former European Champion.
The season football team
have had a good season
this year. Despite being
narrowly knocked out
off the Fife Cup to Dunfermline HS (2-1) and
then suffering a Scottish
Cup defeat on penalties
to Kirkcaldy HS, they
managed to qualify in
2nd place in their league
group. The team will
now go into a 4 way play
off against Dunfermline,
St Columbas and Queen
Anne to decide who wins
the league championship
in March.
The team also have the
opportunity to clinch
another trophy in the
Bob Docherty Memorial
7-a-side tournament in
March, as well as playing
for their pride in the annual Staff Vs Pupils Match
in April.
Inverkeithing High School
have made it through to
the quarter finals of the
Scottish Schools Tennis
Cup after an excellent 5-1
victory over St Ninian’s
High School in Glasgow.
The team of Matthew
McVay S6, Todd Slater
S5, Scott Struthers S6 and
Aaron Parr S4, won 3 out
of their 4 singles ties and
both doubles rubbers and
will now play Perth High
School away in the next
round. Well done.
Inverkeithing High School | Spring Newsletter
Inverkeithing High
School’s S1 football team
received a welcome donation from Ranald MacDonald (Timber Shack
Ltd). Ranald, whose
grandson Cai also plays
in the team, has kindly
sponsored the team with
hooded sweatshirts that
the team will use to travel
to and from matches and
also use during warm up
before games.
The team have done very
well this season having
made it through to the
last 32 of the Scottish
Cup. The team defeated Arbroath HS and St.
John’s HS in rounds two
and three but lost to Cults
Academy in a very close
match in Round 4. The
team also have fixtures in
the Fife Cup and Cashback 7s to look forward
to in the coming months. Training will continue to
take place on a Thursday
after school and new players are welcome.
The S1 Boys Basketball
team have had some outstanding
performances this year winning 7
matches against S1 teams
in Fife, Perth, Edinburgh
and Arbroath. Their last
victory was a hard fought
32-24 win over Arbroath
High School. They are
now through to the Quarter Final of the Scottish
Cup against Wallace High
The S1 Girls Basketball team had their first
friendly fixture against
Woodmill High School
on 3rd March which they
won 44-14. We would like
more girls to come along
to training. This is open
to both boys and girls on
Mondays after School and
Friday lunchtimes in the
Games Hall.
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Literacy Notice
In order to raise awareness of the importance of
developing good literacy
skills, The Working Group
has created the Literacy
Noticeboard – on Bottom
Bridge. It contains infor-
mation on forthcoming
events – such as author
visits. It also showcases and celebrates pupils’
writing from across the
curriculum so that everyone in our school can see
how pupils are developing
their literacy skills in their
different subjects.
Literacy Working Group
World Book Day
We celebrated World Book
Day with a book quiz, and
a ‘favourite character’ fancy dress competition, at
lunchtime on 7th March.
We have also asked S1 – S6
pupils to create a list of
their favourite novels and
authors. These recommendations can be found
on our website – perfect
for helping you and your
child pick an appropriate
book for their age and
Barry Hutchison Author Event
Barry Hutchison visited
the school this term. He
delivered a lively and enthusiastic talk to S1 and S2
pupils about how he was
inspired to write his books
and about his passion for
reading and writing.
Barry is the author of
many popular books
including the ‘Invisible Fiends’ horror series
as well as the ‘The 13th
Horseman’, winner of the
Scottish Children’s Book
Trust awards 2013.
Pupils heard extracts from
the terrifying ‘Mr Mum-
bles’ and his latest book
‘Doom’ the second in the
Afterword’s fantasy series,
which has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Trust awards
Pupils were given the
chance to ask questions,
buy their own copies of
his books and to have
them signed.
books are available to
borrow from the school
library. For more information about Barry or to
contact him log on to his
website at: http://www.
barr yhutchison.co.uk.
Well done to all the prizewinners and a huge thank
you to the mentors and
staff who helped organise
another successful event.
Pupils have been discussing the importance
of having good literacy
skills in PSE. They have
reflected on how they develop their literacy skills
across the curriculum and
how they can take action
to improve their literacy
skills themselves. Their
views and feedback will
influence the Literacy
Working Group’s Literacy
Policy and planning for
how to improve pupils’
literacy experiences and
outcomes across the curriculum and throughout
their time at Inverkeithing
House Cup
Recent house competitions included a Swimming Gala and the Rag Bag
collection. Many thanks
to Lachlan Edwards (S6)
for organising the Swimming Gala. After these
competitions the house
points stand as follows:
Palace - 120 points
Abbey - 112 points
Castle - 102 points
Tower - 94 points
Miss Clarke and the House
Captains would like to
thank everyone who has
taken part.
High School.
We also feel it is important to include parent/
carers views in the Literacy Policy. Questionnaires
have been sent to parents
(a random selection from
across the school) and we
look forward to reading
the results in order to help
us plan our Literacy Policy.
Spring Concert – 26th
March 2014
Holidays – 31st March
to 11th April 2014
Holiday – 5th May and
2nd June 2014
Inset Day – 3rd June
S1 Parents Night – 20th
May 2014
Activities Day – 30th
May 2014
Awards Ceremony – 19th
June 2014
End of Term – 27th
June 2014
Inverkeithing High School | Spring Newsletter
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