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.

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.

 

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

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

Offer of an interview from a Skills Development Scotland careers adviser for all S3 pupils

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Parent Council/MAFIA AGM Wednesday 15th June

Millburn Parent Council/MAFIA Annual General Meeting will be held in the school staff room at 7pm on Wed 15th June – all parents and carers welcome to attend.

These are important groups in our school.  The Parent Council act as an important sounding board for the school, gather views from the wider parent body and serve on interview panels for senior posts in the school.

MAFIA – Millburn Academy Friends in Action is a sub-group of the Parent Council which organises social events for families and friends of the school with a view to raising funds to support the wide range of additional opportunities available to our young people.  These include sports teams, Scripture Union, Drama groups, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Public Speaking/Debating,  trips and excursions to name but a few, as well as providing some financial support support to pupils/families to assist with participation in the wider life of the school.

Refreshments available. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mock EU Referendum

18-22nd April 2016 – Senior pupils are organising a mock EU Referendum for pupils.

Debates for each year group throughout the week followed by voting on the morning of Friday 22nd April.

Any parents able to be involved overseeing the ‘count’ on Friday morning, for however short a period, please contact Mr MacLean or Miss Sinclair.

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.

Michael Young Staff Seminar 20th November

The Curriculum and Social Justice

Knowledge for Learning, Life and Work

 

Suggestions for pre-reading and reflection

The seminar is intended to provide colleagues with the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on some of the wider issues and ideas underpinning our desire to use the curriculum to promote social justice. The following hyperlinks provide some background context to the seminar that colleagues may wish to review.

 

Background

The aims of the seminar and follow-up activities are to explore Michael Young’s ideas on powerful knowledge within a Scottish context (i) in relation to aligning the curriculum, learning, teaching and assessment a decade after the National Debate and the original CfE report and (ii) with respect to the Government initiative on closing the attainment gap – the National Improvement FrameworkNIF, Closing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Education (Joseph Rowentree Foundation – summary )education-attainment-scotland-summary and Developing the Young Workforce (incorporating the Wood report). A particular focus for the seminar will be to consider the above aims in relation to curricular provision in the senior phase and beyond. While not directly addressing specific pupil pathways the intention is to explore and challenge some ideas and assumptions underpinning the rationale for various senior phase pathways.

 

Current issues

This week has seen the publication by the Commission on School Reform of Challenge Paper 1 – Raising Attainment and Closing the GapChallenge Paper 1. The main challenges contained in the paper include asking the Scottish Government to

  • confirm the timescale over which it wishes to ensure that Scottish education performance becomes once again amongst the world’s best
  • accept that if Scotland’s education system is to become world leading within an acceptable timescale, transformational change not incremental advances will be required
  • review current plans to include supporting children living in poverty but attending schools that do not serve particularly deprived areas.

 

On releasing the paper Keir Bloomer said

“The Scottish Government are right to focus on the twin objectives of raising overall attainment and simultaneously closing the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged children and those from the more affluent backgrounds. However, it is time for government to adopt clear strategies to achieve those valid ambitions.”

 

The Herald (Wed 4th Nov) highlighted ‘Study shows pupils from poorer areas restricted by class choices’ reference is made to a report Subject Choice and inequalities in access to Higher Education: Comparing Scotland and Ireland RB7-subject-choice. Some of the key points from the report are

  • There are significant social inequalities in access to Higher Education in Scotland and Ireland. However, the importance of subject choice in reproducing these inequalities varies in the two countries.
  • Pupils from working class backgrounds in Scotland take fewer academic subjects – those that facilitate access to Higher Education – than in Ireland. This pattern has remained persistent for the last 30 years.
  • Although the level of social inequality in Higher Education entry has fallen over time, it has reduced more in Ireland than in Scotland.
  • Social inequalities in entry to Higher Education are explained by choice in Scotland. By contrast, they are more strongly associated with academic performance in Ireland.

 

Prof Christina Iannelli who led the research said ‘education systems such as Scotland’s, with flexibility over curriculum choice, allowed social inequalities to emerge because “more socially advantaged parents” were better placed to ensure their children make the best decisions over what subjects to take.’

 

Curriculum and Social Justice                                  

Over the last five or six years with the publication of various reports highlighting skills development – Improving Scottish Education (HMIe, 2009), BtC 4 Skills for Learning, Life and Work, CfE Higher Order Skills Report – it can be argued that the role of knowledge in curricular developments has been at times downplayed. This is not just a Scottish problem, it can be seen to have influenced curricular debates internationally. Professor Michael Young has possibly done more than any other leading educational thinker to reclaim the importance of knowledge in the interests of social justice.

 

An indication of Young’s arguments that will be explored during the seminar can be found in the following

  • What should we teach? SecEd

This brief article explores some of the themes from his recent book ‘Knowledge and the Future School: Curriculum and Social Justice

This paper outlines in part Young’s journey from ‘knowledge of the powerful’ to ‘powerful knowledge’ as the means to promote social justice

  • Three Educational Scenarios for the Future: lessons from the sociology of knowledge Young and Muller

This paper outlines Young’s approach to reclaiming powerful knowledge from advocates of more traditional approaches to education

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Council and MAFIA AGM

This is advanced notice to inform parents/carers that the Annual General Meetings for MAFIA and Parent Council will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2015 in the staffroom at 7pm.  This will also be an informal opportunity to find out about the work of both parent groups with refreshments being served.

All parents/carers are most welcome – as is any amount of help you feel you are able to offer.

Help can include being a committee meber or simply offering an amount of time to help at specific events.  If you have any skills or knowledge you are willing to share, that would be welcome too!

 

Parent Council Information

Please find links here to Parent Council Minutes for 31st March 2015(Draft), Awards Ceremonies Proposals Paper for Parent Council consideration and the Agenda for the Parent Council meeting on Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 7pm in the school staff room.

Awards Ceremonies 2015 final draft       Millburn Minutes 31 March 2015       Agenda 13 May 2015