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The weekly round up of news from the Nicolson Institute Secondary School,Stornoway.

NEW MATHS TEACHER

The Nicolson Institute is delighted to welcome Mr F Quero to the Maths Department (see photo). Mr Quero was previously teaching maths at Tobermory High School on the Isle of Mull. He has also worked in Stromness and Dumfries and Galloway. Originally from Mexico, he speaks Spanish and Russian.

RUGBY REPORT

Stornoway Rugby Club travelled to Caithness with an Under 16 side and an S1 side supplemented with four S2 players.

The under 16s had a tough match against Cale Academy, and, although well beaten they stuck to the task, improving through the match.

The only real plus from the match was a good showing in the scrums. It was a battered and bruised group of players that made the long journey home.

The S1 game was much more competitive and raised a lot of excitement on the touchlines.

The Stornoway boys were playing their first ever rugby match and began the first of three 15 minute sessions. Nathanael Millar (S1) and Stuart Macphee (S2) scored two superb team tries.

A brilliant break by Benjamin Macdonald (S2) almost produced a third try but he was caught just short of the line by Caithness’s speedy winger.

SCOTTISH SHOOTING 
CHAMPION

Congratulations to Andrew Hughson (S1), a member of Harris Gun Club, who won the Scottish Clay Target Association’s Scottish Universal Trench Championship. Andrew, who hit 85 out of 100 clay targets, took up clay target shooting at the age of 10.

CAT TESTS

All P5 and S1 pupils in the Western Isles will take CAT tests this session.

These tests, which analyse verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning, will provide a snapshot of pupils’ cognitive abilities.

S1 pupils at the Nicolson will sit the tests during their ICT lessons, as they have to be completed electronically and thus demonstrate a practical application of ICT.

There is no preparation to be done for these tests. The results give staff and parents information to help pupils maximise their potential. It is hoped to begin the tests from Friday 2 October.

BUS PARK ENHANCED 
SAFTEY PROJECT

At the beginning of the school year a series of mini assemblies were held with all year groups, aimed at further enhancing safety in the school bus park.

In particular, older pupils were asked to demonstrate safe use of the bus park for the benefit of those younger pupils who have just started in the school.

UCAS CONFERENCE,

WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER

Any pupil in S4, S5, and S6 who has not yet registered online for the UCAS conference should request instructions on how to register from guidance teachers.

They must also remember to bring either a print-out of their ticket, or download it onto their smartphone, in order to gain access to the conference.

GOOD WISHES TO PUPILS

School staff and management send best wishes to all those leaving the island to begin their university or college studies, and those beginning courses in Stornoway at The University of the Highlands and Islands.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

A group of six pupils have now completed their Bronze Qualifying expedition. Another group of six are in Harris for two nights this week completing their Silver Qualifying expedition.