Nicolson Notes 18 May 2017


Ten pupils from The Nicolson Institute went to Inverness last weekend to participate in the north of Scotland qualification round of the Scotland-wide Chess for Kicks competition. The competition in Inverness was organised by the North East Junior Chess Association and took place in The Chieftain Hotel.

All ten pupils did extremely well, considering that, for many of them, this was their first experience of competitive chess. They played five matches in total throughout the day, and they were up against some of the best junior chess players in the area. Two players, Billy Campbell (S3) and Dale Loynes (S2), who came second and fourth respectively in their particular category, have qualified for the Chess for Kicks final, which will be held in June at the Fir Park Football Stadium in Motherwell. The two of them must be congratulated for their achievement, and also congratulations to all the pupils who participated, and who behaved so impeccably throughout the trip. They certainly were a credit to the school.

The photos show Dale Loynes concentrating on his first match, Dale (left) and Billy with their medal and shield, and the whole group. From left to right, rear, Billy Campbell, Findlay Read (S1), Emma Macleod (S1), Iona Marshall (S2), Ian Martin (S6), middle row from left to right, Aidan Jamieson (S1), Aaliyah Macdonald (S1) and John Mansfield-Townsend (S2) and front row, Paul Mackenzie (left) (S1) and Dale.

The Chess Club would like to thank the Parent Council, the Ross & Cromarty Trust, the school fund, the Lewis Chess Club and the Scottish Junior Chess Educational Trust, for their generous donations towards the expenses of this trip.

Chess trip Dale and Billy resized


Chess trip Dale Loynes resized

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Fhuair sgoilearan Nuadh-Eòlas air an treas bliadhna cothrom a dhol gu Cunntadh na Bhòtaichean airson Taghadh Chomhairle nan Eilean Siar.  Dh'ionnsaich iad barrachd mun t-siostam bhòtaidh Bhòt Singilte Gluasadach agus mu dheamocrasaidh ionadail.


S3 Modern Studies pupils got the opportunity to attend the Counting of Votes for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.   They learnt about local democracy and the Single Transferable Vote System (see photo).


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Senior pupils sitting exams or coming in to school to study must be dressed appropriately in school uniform.

All S1 -S3 pupils should also be dressed in school uniform. Parents are reminded that the summer uniform of a white polo shirt with the school crest is available. The formal school uniform of white shirt and tie may also be cooler for summer wear.


The music department will be holding its Summer Concert on Thursday, 22 June.

The programme will include bands, singers, and soloists and is sure to be a great evening.

Entry is free but donations can be made at the door.

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