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Extra-Curricular Activities

Sports and Outdoor Activities

A wide range of sports is undertaken during Physical Education classes. Every pupil is encouraged to take part in sport and recreation as there is something to suit everyone.

For those who enjoy competitive team games, the following clubs are held after school:
Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Rugby and Shinty, details of times and locations online hereSenior pupils may also use the fitness room after school.

The school regularly competes in both North of Scotland and National competitions in most of these sports. Over the last few years the school has been particularly successful in football and basketball - both boys and girls.

Within the School, Inter-House Competitions are held in Athletics and Tug o’ War.The five Houses with their respective colours are:-



Instrumental instruction

Lessons are offered in clarsach, fiddle and accordion. Lessons are arranged on a rota basis ensuring minimum disruption to other subjects. Lottery funding has enabled lessons in drumming, guitar & singing. Participation in bands ensembles and choral activities is also encouraged.

Debates & Drama

The school participates each year in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating competition which is organised by the Law Society of Scotland, and other national debating competitions including the Gaelic Deasbad. In addition, regular debating society meetings are held for inschool debating and, on occasion, visiting speakers, such as MSPs and councillors attend to participate in school debates. The English department also prepares pupils to take part in minor dramatic presentations during the Christmas Concert, and runs a weekly Drama Club providing workshops on improvisation, mime, voice projection and many other confidence building activities. 

The Scripture Union

The Scripture Union gives pupils an opportunity to hear about, discuss and share the Christian faith in an informal atmosphere. The meetings are organised by a pupil committee and run by the pupils themselves, with help from teachers where necessary. All pupils are welcome to come along to join in a full programme of talks, videos, singing and other activities during Wednesday lunchtimes.


Coming from an island community our pupils appreciate the opportunity to travel. In this way they develop an awareness of other cultures and strengthen emerging independence and self sufficiency. Recently pupils have visited USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and China. Other trips, to destinations within the UK are organised each year for pupils at all levels.

Gaidhlig Department

The Nicolson Institute serves a community with a rich heritage in two languages. Many of our pupils are fluent in Gaidhlig and English as well as learning to speak another European language. Pupils enter local and national cultural events and forge links with the Gaidhlig community elsewhere. Storytelling, creative writing and drama courses are offered to pupils.


• Pupils regularly take part in Gaelic debating competitions locally and nationally.
• Pupils compete annually in a conversation and creative writing competition run by the London Gaelic Society.
• Local and national quiz competitions help develop pupils’ speaking skills.
• The local and national Mods provide competitions in poetry, song, drama and stories.


• Work experience opportunities are arranged with organisations that use Gaidhlig as a medium of communication.
• Visits are arranged to Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye.
• Invited speakers from the wider Gaelic community visit the school. These include writers, singers, health personnel, media personnel and representatives of the publishing world.
• Pupils are invited from time to time to participate in radio and television in interviews, singing, special anniversaries, dubbing of English programmes etc.

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