Junior Disco

Pupils in S1, S2 and S3 are invited to attend a Hawaiian themed, end of term Disco on Monday 21 June at 7.30 – 10.00pm. Tickets are only £1 and we will be partying on the pitch, in our Marquee.

Tickets are still being sold at break and lunchtimes for Senior Prom being held on Wednesday 23 June at 8.00pm.

Applications now being accepted for Education Maintenance Allowance for the new academic year

All eligible young people are being encouraged to apply for a weekly, term time allowance of £30 per week from August 2021.

The Highland Council administers Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in respect of eligible young people from across its 29 secondary schools.  Colleges administer this scheme for their students.

During 2020/21, around 725 young people across Highland secondary schools benefited from a total of £720,000 from this Allowance, which provides an incentive for young people aged 16-19 from lower income families to continue with their post-16 education, either in school or college. Eligibility for the scheme is based upon the total taxable household income for 2020/21: 

  • up to £24,421 taxable income for households with 1 dependant child
  • up to £26,884 taxable income for households with 2 or more dependant children.

This weekly term time allowance is paid directly into the young person’s bank account and does not affect the child benefit or other benefits being paid to their parents or carers. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021/22 academic year from Highland school pupils in post-16 education.

Further information about Education Maintenance Allowance, including full eligibility criteria, is available on the Highland Council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/ema

Chair of the Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson said: “Every year, many of our young people benefit from this payment as it puts money in their pockets and supports their access to education and learning pathways. I am encouraging all young people from across the Highland Council area who are eligible to apply, to do so as quickly as possible.  This will ensure they do not miss out on £30.00 every week, during each of the school terms, from August.”

The Council’s Welfare Support Team can complete the online application form with the young person and in the wider context, can support all eligible households to apply for benefits and other entitlements. The Welfare Support Team can be contacted by telephoning 0800 090 1004 or emailing welfare.support@highland.gov.uk

Senior Leavers – Leaving date / Return of materials

As we quickly approach the end of term senior pupils who are leaving are reminded that their leaving date will be the 11th of June. All pupils who are leaving will need to complete a leavers form that can be obtained from the school office or from Guidance.

Pupils will also need to return any resources to teachers as well as their Chromebook and chargers. Textbooks, etc can be returned to staff, chromebooks and chargers should be given to the school office.

School Leaver Class of 2021 Badge : Kool Badges

STRATHSPEY RAILWAY COMPANY LTD -Job

Job Title: Casual Labourer

The Strathspey Railway Company has a vacancy for a 2021 school-leaver to act as a Casual Labourer in
the Engine Shed, Carriage Shed and Permanent Way.


Special preference will be given to applicants hoping to start an apprenticeship or intending to go to
college to study related subjects in 2021/2022.
Please apply in writing or by email to the addresses below by 30th June 2021 where further details can be
obtained.

Thomas Macdonald: Engineering Director SRC
Thomas.macdonald@strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Aviemore Station, Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, PH22 1PY

Last week of assessments ahead

The last week of the Assessment Windows lies ahead of us. A few pupils may be asked to asked if they wish to produce one last bit of evidence to push them across the line but for most of our Senior pupils next Friday marks the end of a long and challenging time producing evidence for the Alternative Certification Model.

They deserve a well earned rest and a few treats after this.

A reminder that the Assessment Window Timetable can be found here.

S1 Pupils – Scottish Counselling Service

This year has been a difficult one for many different reasons and may have effected people in many different ways.

As part of our ongoing support we would like to offer all pupils in S1 the opportunity to meet with one of our school counsellors, Maddie. During their PSE time Guidance Teachers will show pupils how to make a referral to Maddie using our self referral system. Maddie works for an independent organisation called the Scottish Counselling Service which have many years experience in supporting young people with a variety of issues.

These sessions are not compulsory and any parent/carer who wishes for their child to not see the counsellor can contact the school. If a pupil does not wish to see the counsellor they can contact their Guidance teacher via school email or google hangouts.

If you would like more information on what counselling is and what to possibly expect then please see the link below:

Opinionated Young People Needed!

We are looking for some young volunteers to give their opinions and ideas on the topic of ‘Transport in Badenoch & Strathspey’. Anything to do with public transport, car use, roads, what are the problems and what can be done to improve things for young people across the area and beyond. 
If this is something that you would like to be involved with for a few hours then I’d love to hear from you. Please drop me a short email at fraser.morrison@highlandschools.net by the 2nd of June or pop up to Guidance at lunchtime on the 2nd of June and we will set up a short Google Meet. 
Look forward to hearing from you. Fraser Morrison, Youth Development Officer

2 Graduate Apprentice Posts

Our Building Standards Department are currently looking to motivated individuals to work with them based out of their Dingwall and Inverness offices.

The starting salary is £17,290 and will rise as the successful applicant works through their apprenticeship.

The successful applicant will attend Napier University to study BSc (Hons) Construction & the Built Environment.

They will also benefit from excellent mentorship throughout their apprenticeship and will gain 4 years’ worth of work experience in a full working environment.

Please see the link below for My Job Scotland and the leaflet for how to apply for the posts.

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/graduate-apprenticeship-building-standards-surveyor-1-invernessnairn-dingwall-219199

The closing date is 14th June 2021.