Nicolson Notes 28 September 2017




The Nicolson Institute’s SQA exam results for 2016-17 reflect the hard work and diligence of many of our senior pupils and subject teachers. In last year’s S4, 100% of pupils completed the National 4 examinations, 86% passed National 5 in S4 and 79% of S5 and S6 pupils passed their Higher examinations at A-C (compared to the national average of 77%).

Twenty-three S5 pupils achieved five Highers in one sitting and a further 22 pupils passed four Highers at this stage. Two pupils, Kathleen Smith and Cara MacDonald, obtained five Highers, all at Grade A. Over 35% of last session’s S6 cohort left school with five or more Highers. The picture shows Cara (left) and Kathleen.




The Rotary Club of Stornoway recently launched the Friends of The Nicolson (FOTN) trust fund, which was established to assist pupils with the expense of travelling to the mainland to participate in events such as music concerts or sports competitions.


Rotarian Kenneth Macdonald, who spearheaded the establishment of the new trust, continued: “Over many years we have seen the benefit children derive from taking part in sporting and musical competitions at national level, the inspiration they get when they attend arts events, and the broadening of their outlook when meeting others from different areas and cultures.”

Stornoway Rotary Club has appointed five local Trustees – Mr Donald Martin (Chair), Mrs Zena Stewart, Mr Donald John MacDonald, Mrs Agnes Rennie, and Mrs Jackie MacKay – who will manage and develop the trust.


At the launch of the new fund, Mr Sandy Matheson, a former pupil of the school and recently-retired Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, spoke of the history and standing of the school. The trustees then accepted the first major donation, a cheque for £1,600 raised by the Kaleidoscope performances, organised by Rotarian Claire Whyman and held in An Lanntair earlier this year.

Entertainment was provided by singer Caitlin Mackenzie (S6), fiddle player Annabel Campbell (S4) and guitarist Rosie Sullivan (S4)

Information about the FOTN Trust and Trustees will be available shortly on website and social media at
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The photos show Mr Matheson with Mr Woods (speaking).

 Mr Matheson and Mr Woods 




On Friday, 6 October, S6 pupils are organising the annual coffee morning to raise funds for Bethesda Hospice. Last year’s event raised almost £2,000, so the new S6 is hoping to increase that amount. Donations of home-baking would be most welcome and can be delivered to the school on the day. All pupils and staff will have the opportunity to attend the coffee morning, entry is by donation at the door. The photo shows the whole of the new S6 year group with Mr Thomson, Depute Rector. (Photo is by Malcolm Macleod Photography).

 whole of S6 resized

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