Criomagan a Sgoil Mhicneacail - Nicolson Notes

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Round up of news from Secondary School the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway.


This is the last Nicolson Notes of this term. School closes tomorrow, 1 April, at 1.15pm and will reopen to staff and pupils on Monday, 18 April.

Pupils will be issued with a letter regarding study leave arrangements for SQA exams.


The Nicolson Institute is participating in the Electoral Commission’s #readytovote programme.

Everyone who is 16 or over on 5th May 2016 will be able to vote in the upcoming Scottish election but they must be registered to vote first.

Pupils had the opportunity to register to vote in school, or they can still register at

To do this, they need their date of birth and National Insurance number (only if 16 or over) which can be found on official documents such as letters from HM Revenue and Customs.


A huge congratulations to Michael Macmillan (S6) on his double medal win at the Scottish Indoor Age Group Championships at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow.

Michael took the bronze medal for the 800m in a fantastic time of 1 minute 56 seconds and took third place again in the 1500m final.

It was also a great start to the season for Abbie Mackay (S6), Alasdair Rigby (S6), Annabel Mackay (S4), Jonathan Morrison (S5), Eilidh Macleod (S5), Sian Macdonald (S2), Ross Budge (S4) and Andrew Horne (S5) who were all competing for SRAC (Stornoway Running and Athletics Club) at the event. Here’s to a successful track season for all!


The photo (top) shows the S2 German Elective class celebrating after completing their first SQA qualification - Modern Languages for Life.

The pupils have been learning German since October during their Elective periods on a Thursday afternoon.

As well as learning the language, they have also been learning about German customs and culture.


Last week the owner of Rarebird Design, Paulette Brough, visited The Nicolson Institute to talk to a group of S2, S3, S5 and S6 pupils about the importance of learning modern languages.

Paulette gave a fascinating insight into the world of design and fashion, and how important it has been, for her business, to be able to speak French and Japanese.

The Modern Languages Department is very grateful to Paulette for giving up her time to come and share her experiences with the pupils.


The S1/2 girls’ netball club held its Sports Festival competition on Tuesday 15 March in the Sports Centre.

Six teams took part and played extremely well with S2 team ‘Net’s Move’ coming out as the overall winners.

Over forty girls celebrated their dedication and hard work over the year with a trip to Eleven for lunch and a film afternoon on the Friday which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Miss Macmillan and Mrs Rogers would like to commend all of the girls for their commitment and enthusiasm towards the club this year. Well done!

Netball will resume after the summer holidays.


Please note that the price of a school meal will increase by 5p from £1.90 to £1.95.

This will take effect from Monday 18 April at the beginning of the new term.