Nicolson Notes 5 October 2017


Pupils from The Nicolson Institute’s Chess Club were invited to Lews Castle to participate in a tournament with pupils from Laxdale Primary School. It was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to see inside the castle, and to play in such a historic setting. They played in the library, surrounded by beautiful wood panelling. The event was organised by Eilidh Maciver, Events Manager, who also took the pupils around the Castle Museum to see the exhibition of Lewis Chessmen. The photos show the Duncan Macphail (S3) and Gregor Moffat (S1) playing inside the castle, and all pupils outside with their certificates and medals, with Eilidh Maciver.

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The school recently held the Youth Philanthropic Initiative (YPI) Charities’ Conference for all S5 pupils. Nine local charities were represented at the event, during which pupils found out about the work of each charity. Pupils must now choose their own charity and prepare a presentation which will be delivered to a panel of judges in December. The successful group will win £3,000 from the John Wood Foundation. This money will go to their charity who will, in turn, spend the funding locally. Previous beneficiaries include CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), the Samaritans and Alzheimer Scotland. The photo shows pupils listening to representatives from Befriending Lewis.

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Mrs K Craigie has been appointed Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator. She will be based in the school every Thursday, working with pupils to help them complete the various parts of their awards. For each award level, pupils have to complete a section in volunteering, physical activity and skills, and they also have to plan and prepare for an expedition which they will complete in small groups. In addition, Mrs Craigie will work with senior pupils to develop their leadership skills, by helping them to engage and encourage younger pupils’ involvement in the award. Working alongside other staff members, the expedition leaders and other volunteers, she will help to ensure that expeditions run as smoothly as possible. 


As well as Mrs Craigie’s attendance in school every Thursday (in the Duke of Edinburgh office near the school office) there is also a drop-in session which runs every Monday lunchtime in Room 17 from 1:15 to 1:45 where pupils can come along with any questions they have or just to find out more about the award. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is open to any pupil aged 14+ and all those interested are encouraged to come along and find out more details.



Pupils from an S3 French class (pictured) put learning into practice when they enjoyed a French breakfast. As well as croissants, pain au chocolat, crêpes, and baguettes, they were also treated to real French hot chocolate made by a parent. They ordered their food in French and enjoyed speaking French during the event.

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