SQA Examinations 2017 – Preparation Information

Please find attached letter which will be available to all S4 – S6 pupils week beginning 20th March 20017 – from reception. NB Updated 20.3.17 with additional Physics sessions.

Pupils studying subjects at National 4 level only or a mixture of National 4 and National 5 subjects,  must see their Year Head to confirm their arrangements for the SQA exam period.

Easter Study Programme 2017 Update 20.3.17

This letter confirms start and end dates of the SQA examinations and information re additional study support being offered by some staff during the Easter break.  This will be updated should any further sessions be added.

Please note that during the month of May, pupils can pre-arrange slots to meet staff to address study issues during school hours – normally at previously timetabled times.  Please do not expect staff to be able to leave other classes or duties.

Please contact Mr MacLean re any queries relating to this letter.

G MacLean, 17.3.17

 

BBC Scotland Apprenticeship Scheme Info

Dear all,

BBC Scotland Apprenticeship A4 flyer

Here’s some more information about the BBC Scotland Apprenticeship scheme. If you could send it out after the scheme launches on 8th March, that would be great.

I have the attached pdf flyer which links out to the information available online.  The online pages should be updated by the end of next week hopefully (by the 3rd March). Then the jobs will go live to apply for from 8 March – 18 April.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to group exercise week commencing 5th June, then successful candidates from that stage will be invited to interview week commencing 12th June.  The successful candidates will know by 16 June.

The main page is here:

www.bbc.co.uk/careers > Trainee schemes & Apprenticeships > Scotland Apprenticeships

Which will link off to two pages where people can apply for:

  1. BBC Scotland Apprenticeship scheme
  2. Gaelic Apprenticeship scheme at the BBC

And FAQs are here.

Applicants must be aged 18 by the start date of the Apprenticeship scheme (4/9/17) and

If applicants have, or are working towards and HND or above, they are not eligible to apply.

Finally, we have a ‘Get In’ Event happening on the afternoon of 14th March in Glasgow, to provide more information to applicants.

Let me know if you need any more information.

Thanks

Lorn Pearson

Talent Co-ordinator

BBC Radio Scotland l Gaelic/Alba l BBC Scotland Apprentices

E: lorn.pearson@bbc.co.uk      T: 0141 42 26256
BBC Scotland | Z1.06 Mo,Th,Fr; Z4.08 Tu,We, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DA

The Highland Council and NHS Highland Lifestyle Survey

The Highland Council and NHS Highland Lifestyle Survey for P7, S2 and S4 pupils in Highland is scheduled to run between 6th March and 5th April 2017.  It asks questions about lifestyle issues including leisure interests, exercise and diet and emotional wellbeing.

S2 and S4 pupils are encouraged to take part in the survey which can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VY7K9FG

It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

 

Email contact from school staff

Info for all parents/carers:
If Millburn staff are contacting you by email, their address will end in @highland.gov.uk or @millburnacademy.org.uk.
If you have any doubts re the authenticity of any email traffic, please let us know.  It would be highly unlikely that any member of staff would contact you on school business from a personal account.
G MacLean
Rector

Apprenticeship Evening

Please see the attached invite to the Army open evening in support of Scottish Apprenticeship week.

This event will take place at the Army Careers Office, Bridge Street, Inverness on Thursday 9th March 2017 from 6pm until 8pm.

The Army has over 5000 apprenticeships available each year, so they are opening their doors for individuals to come along and speak with a careers advisor about the many opportunities on offer.
The evening is open to both students and parents. There will be a short presentation on the apprenticeship scheme and questions will be answered during the evening.

For further information see the attached invite letter or feel free to contact the office staff on 01463 231520.Apprenticeship Evening 09 Mar 17

Choices for Life Events

Choices for Life events will be as follows –

Monday 27th February – 5.00-7.00pm at Culloden Academy – in the atrium at the front door

Wednesday 1st March  – 5.00-7.00pm at Charleston Academy – in the assembly hall

Thursday 2nd March – 10.00-2.00pm at UHI – Reception / 3.00-7.00pm at Eastgate Centre outside Waterstones

In attendance will be Community Beats (Hilton), Choices for Life Team, Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership,  Highland Youth Action and Crime stoppers.

All parents and young people welcome.

Community Beats (Hilton), Burnett Road Police Station

S1 Outdoor Learning Experience – Badaguish May/June 2017

Please click on link below to view the S1 OLE booklet for pupils/parents and carers.  Consent forms will be issued to pupils on Friday 24th February at registration.

S1 OLE Booklet 2017

 

 

 

Building Technologies and Engineering Technology event date changes

In support of Scottish Apprenticeship week, taking place from 6th – 10th March 2017, we are rescheduling our Building Technologies and Engineering Technology event due to take place on Tuesday 7th March 2017 with this event now taking place on Saturday 25th March 2017, further details will follow with regards to this particular Event.

We will however still be holding an Event on Tuesday 7th March with the emphasis being on showcasing our Apprenticeship Family offerings within Inverness College, from Foundation Apprenticeships through to Graduate Level Apprenticeships. The Event will run from 3pm to 7pm within Inverness College with a range of local Employers hosting individual stands. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak with Employers and find out more about their progression routes within each Sector.

We shall provide additional details to you over the coming weeks to promote this Event .

Kind regards

The Schools Team

1 Inverness Campus,

Inverness

IV2 5NA

T: 01463 273000

Johnston Carmichael – Direct Entry Position

Please find attached a poster and brochure regarding vacancy’s in  Johnston Carmichael Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness offices. This is a good opportunity for young people interested in a career in accountancy and I would appreciate if you could pass this information on .

 

Johnston Carmichael are an accredited ‘Investor in Young People’ company and as such offer school leavers support, structure and progression. This training opportunity is a six year programme and along with studying towards Chartered Accountancy qualifications, the programme includes hands on experience working in a real business environment on a wide variety of clients. The experience increases students’ confidence and competency levels as they work alongside experienced accountancy professionals. The students also benefit greatly from our study buddy and commercial mentoring schemes. Johnston Carmichael aim to retain the students following the completion of the programme, allowing them to progress further within the business.

 

The closing date for this position is the 14th of March 2017 with a July 2017 start date.

 

Full Details can be found at www.jcca.co.uk/bestofboth or for further details please contact Iain Abernethy, Career Development Director/Head of Learning and Development on 01467 621475.

 

Thank you for your help in publicising this opportunity.

 

Kind Regards,

Shana MacKay

JC Futures Vacancy Poster 2017 JC Futures poster 2017

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.

Advance notice – next Parent Council Meeting

Parent Council – Next meeting 7pm on Wednesday 29th March 2017. Agenda and minutes of previous meeting to follow ASAP.

Johnston Carmichael Vacancy information

JC Futures Vacancy Poster 2017

JC Futures poster 2017

Please find attached a poster and brochure regarding school leaver vacancies in  Johnston Carmichael Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness offices. This is a good opportunity for young people interested in a career in accountancy and I would appreciate if you could pass this information on .

Johnston Carmichael are an accredited ‘Investor in Young People’ company and as such offer school leavers support, structure and progression. This training opportunity is a six year programme and along with studying towards Chartered Accountancy qualifications, the programme includes hands on experience working in a real business environment on a wide variety of clients. The experience increases students’ confidence and competency levels as they work alongside experienced accountancy professionals. The students also benefit greatly from our study buddy and commercial mentoring schemes. Johnston Carmichael aim to retain the students following the completion of the programme, allowing them to progress further within the business.

The closing date for this position is the 14th of March 2017 with a July 2017 start date.

Full Details can be found at www.jcca.co.uk/bestofboth or for further details please contact Iain Abernethy, Career Development Director/Head of Learning and Development on 01467 621475.

Thank you for your help in publicising this opportunity.

Kind Regards,

Shana MacKay

 

 

Shana MackayDeveloping the Young Workforce Administrator

Inverness & Central Highland | Tel: 01463 228388

Email: shana@dywich.co.uk | Web:www.dywich.co.uk

Developing the Young Workforce | Metropolitan House | 31-33 High Street | Inverness | IV1 1HT

Inverness College Open Days – Dates for your diary

“Save the dates”

Exploring Career and Study Opportunities

Inverness College UHI is planning to host a number of events to showcase the vast range of opportunities across a range of sectors.

These events will be supported by Employers and will be an ideal opportunity for S3 – S6 pupils and staff to gain an insight into the wealth of job opportunities and the supporting study options offered at Inverness College UHI.

The events are planned for the following dates:

  • Tuesday 7th March – Building Technologies and Engineering Technology
  • Friday 19th May – Forestry (event to be held at the School of Forestry at our Balloch Campus).
  • Thursday 8th June – Health and Sport
  • Wednesday 14th June– Don’t Rule it Out Taster event

S4-S6 Options Course Choice Booklet

Please click on link below to view.

S4-6 Options Booklet

Options Evening Information

*Update 31.1.17 – Presentation slides now attached.*

Millburn Academy are hosting an options evening on the evening of Monday 30th January 2017 for pupils in current S2-S5.  The Senior Leadership Team will present an overview of the planned curricular and day changes, along with the options process.  Please see below for the programme;

 

S2 S2 into S3 Options Evening Presentation 30 Jan 2017

6-6.30pm  S2 opportunity for Parent/Carer to discuss courses with staff in the Social Area

6.30-7pm  S2 options presentation from the Senior Leadership Team in the Assembly Hall

S3-S5 SP Options Evening Presentation 30 Jan 2017

6-6.30pm S3-S5 Options presentation from the Senior Leadership Team in the Assembly Hall

6.30-7pm  S3-S5 opportunity for Parent/Carer to discuss courses with staff in the Social Area

Masterchef Success!

Lucia 1 Lucia 2Well done to S1 pupil Lucia Savage who was the winner of the Rotary Young Chef District Final which was held in Aberdeen on Saturday 21st January 2017!

She now goes through to the Regional Final in Dundee on the 10th of March.

Brilliant achievement Lucia!

Message from Police Liaison Officer 23.1.17

I’m Matt Cameron and I’m a Community Policing Officer assigned as your point-of-contact for Millburn Academy. My role is to work closely with school staff and other agencies to help where I can to ensure that Millburn Academy remains a positive, healthy, safe environment where you can conduct your studies.
Law Enforcement is a big part of my job, but Public Safety is my priority.
Today, I would like to talk about social media. I think it is amazing, and I’m still in awe of what it can do. For me, it has put me back in touch with school friends who time and geography had made strangers, and put me in contact with people from all around the world who share the same hobby as me (repairing old cars!)
Here is what I would like YOU to think about:
As technology advances, culture and society evolves to take full advantage of it. The advent of social media is an example of a technology that makes a huge single ‘technological leap’, and as such its full impact on society can only be guessed at. We can try and predict how this will change our culture, but we cannot know for certain. There has been nothing like it before.
What we DO have evidence for, is the following:
• People are publishing more personal information into the public domain (the internet) than ever before.
• Criminals are becoming more effective at harvesting this information for illegal activities.
• It is increasingly becoming common practice for businesses to employ individuals to research job applicants via social media, and report back to the company with examples of online posts that have been made.
• People’s psychology changes when they choose to post online under an anonymous identity. They have less natural inhibition, and can be extreme and vindictive.
• People misunderstand/overestimate the effect of using an anonymous identity. (An anonymous identity only provides anonymity at the time it is being posted and received. It is very easy to ‘unmask’ at a later date, by examining the original I.P sender address).
My worry is this: You are the very first generation in human history, where the technology exists to permanently and publicly record your development. It is a natural part of human development to make mistakes, or to try and push social boundaries. You all need to be more ‘streetwise’ than perhaps I needed to be when I was your age, as social media makes the consequences of saying or doing something which you may later regret, much greater.
I don’t have the power to MAKE you do anything. I can only give you advice, and step in to help where things go wrong.
My advice to you would be NOT to post anything on the internet which you wouldn’t be happy for your parents, the school, or future employers to read in full. Be fully aware that information contained within your posts could be used criminally, and the more that you give away, the greater the risk. Bear in mind that once something is posted online, it is almost impossible to fully remove.
Consider speaking with staff at the school, or your parents, to help with your privacy-settings.
Lastly, don’t be afraid of the technology. It is going to give you opportunities which we never had, and keep you connected with life-long friends. If you have any concerns you can speak to either myself or school staff in confidence.PC Cameron

Mafia News and Events 20.1.17

Thank you so much for your support for the MAFIA Christmas Raffle & Dress Down day on the 16th December – we managed to raise over £1,500 to support school activities and help towards funding school equipment, projects and more.

 

Burns Supper & Ceilidh Friday 3rd February 2017, Millburn Academy Hall. Tickets £20 for Adults and £12.50 for under 18s. Starts at 7.00pm. Tickets available now.

Just a quick reminder re our Burns Supper and Ceilidh. We have a number of talented pupils who will be performing at the Supper as well as a Ceilidh band. Good Highland Food are providing the catering for the event, so this promises to be a great evening. Tickets are still available, but we will need to confirm final numbers for catering purposes very soon, so if you are thinking about it, please do come. We accept cheques as well as cash payments.

Friends and family very welcome. Please support us at this great annual event. Please email: Millburn.Academy@highland.gov.uk.

  • Wine Tasting Fundraising eveningFriday 3rd March 2017 – 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

A wine tasting evening with a difference. Tickets will be available from next week from the school –email: millburn.academy@highland.gov.uk, at the S2 parent’s evening and at the Burns Night Supper.

 

Supporting MAFIAwe are always looking for more members for our small Committee or for any support that parents/carers are able to give, be it through attending some of our fundraising events, donating raffle prizes or helping us to sell tickets for events. Please just get in touch if you are able to help in any way. Many thanks.

MAFIA now has an events Facebook page; please visit our page for event updates.

https://www.facebook.com/MAFIA-Fundraising-Group-1154196124674539

S2 into S3 Options Course Choice Booklet & Option Form

S2 Option Form

S3 Options Booklet DRAFT 19.01.17

 

Canteen survey S3-S6 please complete

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/i-Kiosk_Survey

With the school canteen being particularly busy in Millburn Academy, we are keen to support Highland Catering Services find ways to improve/reduce queuing and ordering systems.
We will shortly have an additional serving station in the school at lunchtimes which will help, but we are keen to improve uptake and use of the iKiosk stations. S1 and S2 will complete in Business Ed classes. It would be helpful if as many S3-S6 pupils please complete this survey online to support this process.

Thank you.
G MacLean
Rector