Pupils’ success in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016/17

We are delighted to have received the Neil Gunn Trust Prize for the secondary school with the highest standard of entries this year with the following individual successes:

  • Rachel Desmond – First Prize
  • Donald Morrison – Highly Commended
  • Abbie Lamond – Commended
  • Daniel McKay – Commended
  • Caitlin-Jane Lockhart – Commended

Please find links below to these powerful pieces of writing crafted by pupils as part of their work in the English department.

Well done to all who entered and, in particular, to our prize winners.

Darkness by Rachel Desmond

The Peat Stack by Donald Morrison

State of Mind by Abbie Lamond

The Night in Dusseldorf by Daniel McKay

No Man’s Sky by Caitlin-Jane Lockhart

 

In P7 and moving to Millburn in August? Password: millburn

S3 boys John MacKenzie and Calum Sampson worked hard over a period of weeks to script and film this video in conjunction with Mike Webster of Eden Court Creative.  Their aim was to create a short film which would be useful to P7 pupils and their families as they prepare to move to S1 at Millburn.

We hope it gives you a feel for some of what lies ahead.

 

The password is: millburn

 

S1 Outdoor Learning Experience – class 1.3

Here’s 1.3 participating in their Outdoor Learning Experience in and around the Cairngorm National Park:

 

Millburn Academy YPI Charities Fayre – community involvement sought

For a number of years Millburn Academy has taken part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), an international initiative which helps young people to develop a greater understanding of their community.  The YPI programme explores the work of local charities and the nature of philanthropy.  This year S3 English classes will be involved in the programme at the start of the 2017/18 session, effectively for part of June until early September.

The YPI programme will be delivered during English lessons where the emphasis will be on developing skills in communication, team working, research, analysis and presentation, key skills within the English curriculum.  A team from each English class will go forward to the Final which will be held in school in September with the team judged to have made the most compelling presentation being given a £3000 YPI grant which they will present to their chosen charity.

We are inviting charities into school to take part in a Charities Fayre from 12.30 – 15.30 on Mon 21st August 2017 in order to raise awareness of the charities and the valuable work that they carry out in the community.  Pupils will have the opportunity to meet with charity representatives and to make informed choices when making the decision which charity to research further.

If you are involved with a charity it may be that the charity would like send a representative to the Charities Fayre.  For further details please contact Miss Sinclair, Depute Rector on 01463 729152 or by email: kerry.sinclair@highland.gov.uk by Fri 16 June 2017.

It may be that sending a representative from the charity may not be possible, in which case, you may wish to send some information to the school and we will be delighted to display the material on the day.Council

Millburn Academy Charities Fayre – Help Needed

For a number of years Millburn Academy has taken part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), an international initiative which helps young people to develop a greater understanding of their community.  The YPI programme explores the work of local charities and the nature of philanthropy.  This year S3 English classes will be involved in the initiative at the start of the 2017/18 session, effectively for part of June until early September.

The YPI programme will be delivered during English lessons where the emphasis will be on developing skills in communication, team working, research, analysis and presentation, key skills within the English curriculum.  A team from each English class will go forward to the Final which will be held in school in September with the team judged to have made the most compelling presentation being given a £3000 YPI grant which they will present to their chosen charity.
We are inviting charities into school to take part in a Charities Fayre on Monday 21st August 2017 in order to raise awareness of the charities and the valuable work that they carry out in the community.  Pupils will have the opportunity to meet with charity representatives and to make informed choices when making the decision which charity to research further.

If you wish to send a representative from your charity to the Charites Fayre, please contact Miss Sinclair, Depute Rector on 01463 729152 or by email: kerry.sinclair@highland.gov.uk

It may be that sending a representative from the charity may not be possible, in which case, you may wish to send some information to the school and we will display the material on the day.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

ARNOLD CLARK

Are you 16-19 yr and interested in a career in the motor industry

Various Positions available in the above Company

Closing Date : 30.04.2017

For further information see web site www.mappit.org.uk

Application Form to gtgrecruitment@gtg.co.uk

 

HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SCOTLAND APPRENTICESHIPS

Rewards Training are currently working with Historic Environment Scotland to fill two Modern Apprenticeship opportunities at Urquhart Castle starting in June 2017.
These are two year Fixed Term Contracts, details are attached. This is the first of its kind at Urquhart Castle so it’s an amazing opportunity for the local area and potential school leavers.

I am accepting CV applications, with a view to Urquhart Castle interviewing late May.

Historic Environment Scotland Modern Apprenticeship – Urquhart Castle

 

BT APPRENTICESHIP

At BT we are  keen to promote our apprenticeship programmes to local schools in the Alness area. We are currently recruiting over 3000 apprentices across the UK, starting on various dates throughout 2017.

The apprenticeships are aimed at age 16years plus and start at advanced level in billing, sales and customer service and with starting salaries of £14,466k.

We appreciate that further education is not the path all pupils want to take and therefore are keen to raise awareness of the alternative options that are available.  I have attached some collateral for your reference and would be grateful if this information could be shared with your pupils who are now in the position of deciding their future career paths.

Our website is www.bt.com/apprentices

 

CAFE ARTYSANS

MODERN APPRENTICESHIP OR WORK EXPERIENCE

AVAILABLE AT THE ABOVE

Contact : e-mail Maggie.fraser@calman.org

 

NIGG SKILLS ACADEMY

SVQ2 PERFORMING ENGINEERING OPERATIONS &

NC FABRICATION AND WELDING

16 Week Full Time Course commencing Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Contact : Irene Donaldson 01862 852440 or e-mail CV to

info@niggskillsacademy.com

 

COMPASS

CLERICAL ASSISTANT

EARN WHLE YOU LEARN ACHIEVING AN SVQ QUALIFICATION

CONTACT Roslyn or Lesley 01463 710002

SEND OR e-mail CV with covering letter to

lesley.gordon@compassbuild.org.uk

 

JOHNSTON CARMICHAEL Permanent / Full-time Administration Assistant  CV & Covering letter to Alison.mackenzie@jcca.co.uk

HIGHLAND HOSPICE Full-time IT Support Apprentice. Earn while you train gaining SVQ Diploma & Microsoft Technical Certs.            Informal enquiries to Catherine Palmer 01463 243132 or email c.palmer@highlandhospice.org.uk

INVERNESS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Intern with DYW Programme 1 year fixed term.  Start date Mon 7th August 2017.  Informal enquiries to Andy Maxtone 01463 228388

CLOSING DATE FOR THE ABOVE : FRIDAY 12TH MAY 2017

E-SAVE Business Administration Client Support Permanent position. Earn while you train, attending college on a day release basis. CV and covering letter to Muirtown Bus. Centre Inverness or email to hello@esaveuk.com

FURTHER DETAILS OF ALL THE ABOVE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FROM GUIDANCE BASE.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR ALL THE ABOVE AVAILABLE FROM THE GUIDANCE BASE.

Thinking of applying to be a Prefect for 2017/18? Read on….

MILLBURN ACADEMY PREFECT APPLICATION FOR 2017Assembly PPT Feb 17

The Prefect selection process for 2017/18 was outlined to S5 pupils at an assembly during Personal Development time today. The slides used can be found here as well as a copy of the application form.

Prefect applications should be with Miss Sinclair DHT by Monday 27th February 2017.

Late applications won’t be accepted.

Fantastic fundraising efforts in support of Children in Need 2016

This year, the school’s generosity towards Children in Need reached a new high with the sum of £2781.30 being raised on Friday 18 November.  Coordinated by the prefect team fundraising included a horrible food tasting challenge for staff, a dress down day, a bake sale, face painting, beat the goalie and a whole lot more besides.

Great efforts from all involved with particular thanks to Shona, from the canteen, who bravely allowed her head to be shaved and to the prefect team who went the extra mile to set up a fantastic day throughout the school.

Today, Ben and Emma from the senior prefect team were delighted to be responsible for banking Millburn’s contribution.

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Millburn tweets!

Millburn has its own Twitter account which is updated regularly with topical tweets relating to learning, the life of the school and the achievements of our pupils.

Follow us @Millburnacademy

P7 Transition Event at Millburn

200 pupils from local primary schools spent the morning at Millburn Academy today taking part in a transition event led by pupils.  With the twin aims of helping P7s to get to know one another and to get to know more about life at Millburn senior pupils had devised a programme which included:

  • tours of the school with tour guides being S1 pupils
  • a dance workshop led by Highlife Highland dance artist Amy Gallacher, supported by S2 pupils Lucy Munro and Chloe-Louise Mackenzie and S3 pupil Charley Forbes
  • a session on expectations and aspirations led by senior pupils

P7 pupils took part enthusiastically with Millburn pupils commenting on how enjoyable it had been taking responsibility for the event.

The next stage of the transition process takes place in June when P7 pupils attend Millburn Academy for three days following, for the greater part of the time, their S1 timetable.  S1 classes are in the process of being created, informed by information received from primary colleagues.

P7 – S1 Transition Timeline

Parents of pupils transferring to Millburn Academy in August 2016 may find the transition timeline helpful in getting a better understanding of what goes on to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for P7 pupils.  The timetline also contains details of key dates in the process.  Please contact Miss Sinclair, Depute Rector, should you require further information.Transition Timeline 1516

Ceilidh for pupils joining Millburn Academy in August 2016

One of the first major transition events involving pupils who will begin S1 at Millburn Academy in August 2016 takes place on Friday 18th December.  Approximately 200 pupils from our associated primary schools will come to Millburn where staff and pupils will host a ceilidh of social dancing.  Always a popular event on the transition calendar it’s a great opportunity for pupils moving to Millburn to start to get to know one another and to meet some of the teachers they will work with at Millburn as well as some of the older pupils.

The ceilidh, which takes place from 1000 until 1200, takes place in the hall which will be decorated for other Christmas dances and assemblies.  We look forward to meeting the P7 pupils on this date.

Eden Court CREATIVE Ambassador

The Eden Court CREATIVE Ambassador for Millburn is Jenna Maclean in S6.

If you have any questions about getting involved in the arts, whether its dance, drama, music, filmmaking or anything else, please get in touch! Feel free to arrange to speak to Jenna in person or email her at:

millburncreativeambassador@gmail.com

Winning pupils travel to YPI National Event

On 10 June the winning S2 Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Team travel to the National Event at the Perth Concert Hall accompanied by staff who worked closely with them during the competition. The winning team, this year, came from Miss Cairney’s English class 2.2 and comprised Abigail Hutchison, Isla Macleod, Maria Savage and Chloe Young. Seeing off competition from six other teams the group secured a grant of £3000 for their chosen charity, Birchwood Highland.

P7 Induction Days

As part of the transition process P7 pupils who are enrolling in August will spend three days at Millburn later this month, largely following what will be their S1 timetable. These induction days take place on 17th, 18th and 19th June.

There will be an information evening for the parents of P7 pupils in the hall at 7pm on 16th June.

Guest of Honour at Presentation of Awards

We’re delighted to welcome back former pupil and Commonwealth Games 2014 silver medallist in judo, Stephanie Inglis. As well as presenting awards Stephanie will be our guest speaker.

• Presentation of Awards S4 – 6: Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 7.30pm
• Presentation of Awards S1 – 3: Thursday 11 June 2015 at 7.30pm

Apprenticeships, Job and 16+ information

Information from the 16+ team at Highland Council.

5 Apprenticeship opportunities are available with Highland Council in Inverness, Dornoch, Fort William and Alness – closing date 15th May 2015.

FutureLearn – Free online learning for young people to bridge the gap between school and university in a variety of subject areas. Young people can apply now for start dates throughout summer. Study usually entails a couple of hours per week for several weeks, so could be easily accommodated into workload.

Face2 Face provision – now accepts applications from young people aged 15yrs and 6 months up to age 24.
Our weekly list of jobs advertised in Inverness shop windows provided by the Job Centre.

Burghfield House – Be my Guest open days for young people wanting to find out about careers and courses in Hospitality – throughout May and June.

Primrose Café, Invergordon – Food 4 Thought health workshops starting 10th June.

Venture Trust – new course starting 11th June.

Other apprenticeship opportunities with a variety of companies.

And plenty more… www.hi-hope/noticeboard

Clubs and Activities available for S1 pupils from August onwards

Clubs and Activities Available for S1 Pupils from August Onwards

All S1 pupils are encouraged to involve themselves in the wider life of the school by taking part in clubs and activities offered at lunch times and after school.

Letter to parents/carers regarding Safer@Millburn event

Dear Parents/Carers

We are delighted to let you know about our inaugural Safer @ Millburn Academy event which will take place on Tuesday 24 June from 6pm until 8pm, in the main social area.  Key members of staff at Millburn plus a host of representatives from partner agencies will be on hand to share and discuss latest advice about supporting teenagers in being as safe as possible in the choices they make.  Having planned the event in conjunction with the Youth Action Team we are enormously grateful for the support and engagement we have had from so many other organisations working with young people and already we are thinking about this type of event being an annual event in the Millburn calendar.  The following agencies will be present:

  • Youth Action Team
  • Action for Children
  • British Red Cross
  • Brook Advisory
  • Police Scotland
  • Resolve Drugs and Alcohol Counselling
  • Inverness Street Pastors
  • High Life Highland
  • Crew 2000
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Health
  • Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership
  • Millburn Academy Pupil Support Team

Staff from the various agencies will be based at stalls in the social area and will be able not only to share agency specific information but also to discuss matters you may wish to raise with them.  We feel this will be a very useful event not only for parents and carers but for all involved with teenagers and we hope you will be able to come along.  You are welcome to bring along friends/relatives whom you feel may be interested in the information being shared even if their child does not attend Millburn Academy.  To assist with planning it would be particularly helpful if you could email – kerry.sinclair@highland.gov.uk – to let me know of your intention to attend.    Alternatively, please ring the School Office on 01463 729152.

We hope to meet you on 24th  June.

 

Kind regards,

Miss K E Sinclair

Depute Rector

 

 

 

Safer Millburner Event for Parents/Carers on 24 June 2014

Safer Millburner Event on 24 June 2014