See photos from the Race for Life raising funds for cancer research..
The progress of ICT learning by pupils at Wick High School is bucking national trends as more girls at the school take part in the "Apps for Good" programme and teams of boys and girls from the school win UK competitions. Five pupils, Leanne Cormack, Megan Shearer, Konrad Szewczyk, Ellora James, John Sutherland and their Teacher, Chris Aitken impressed Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee with presentations about their experiences in developing Apps and participating in the "Apps for Good" final at London.
A campaign which aims to encourage all 15-17 year olds who will be eligible to vote for the first time in the Scottish Parliament election scheduled for May 2016 to sign up and register has begun across Highland and Islands. The initiative is part of a wider campaign that has been launched nationally across Scotland by the Electoral Commission.
Thurso High School. Tuesday 1st September 2015 - 7.00pm.
The public astronomy talk is by regular CAG visitor Professor Martin Hendry MBE - his talk is part of the series of local IYL events that have been held this year. Martin will also be visiting a couple of Wick schools whilst in the area, to enthuse interest in space and science in .
The Highland Council's new improved recycling service begins next week. From 31st August residents can also put plastic pots, tubs and trays (excluding black plastic) into the blue recycling bin - in addition to cardboard food & drink cartons, aerosols and envelopes which were added in earlier in the summer.
Centre For Nordic Studies, UHI Awarded Funding To Work With Caithness Horizons Museum To Develop The Caithness Viking Festival. Northern Scotland despite its Viking heritage does not have a modern Viking Festival.
Throughout summer 2015 a series of events have been taking place to mark the 150th anniversary of archaeologist Joseph Anderson's first excavations which took place here in Caithness in the Yarrows landscape. Anderson was, at the time, editor of the John o'Groat Journal (a post he held from 1860 to 1869), and a passionate archaeologist who was fascinated by the remarkable prehistoric remains in Caithness.
Councillor Drew Millar, Chair of the Council's Adult and Children’s Services Committee (front centre) and Bill Alexander, Highland Council’s Director of Care and Learning (centre right) welcome the 120 probationers at the starting in the 2015/16 academic year One hundred and twenty probationer teachers were recently welcomed to the Highlands (on Friday 14 August), at an induction course held in the Highland Council Chamber. Councillor Drew Millar, Chairman of the Council’s Adult and Children’s Services Committee, said: "It’s really good to see so many young people starting their careers in education here in the Highland and I wish them all well.
The Polli:Nation project - developed by the national school grounds charity, Learning through Landscapes (LTL)- will encourage school children and volunteers in 260 schools across the UK to transform their outdoor spaces into pollinator-friendly habitats. The three-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will also reach out to communities and families that have an interest in getting involved.
The Highland Doors Open Days programme for 2015 has been launched, with a total of 47 North buildings - new and old - opening their doors in September this year to allow the public to see inside them and find out about their stories. Participating buildings will be opening in different Highland Council areas over the four weekends in September, with free admission to all venues and many offering special events and activities.
It may be the school holidays at the moment and we all remember those halcyon days of never ending summers but the new term is closer than you think. The constant reminders are everywhere with displays selling pristine white shirts and pencil cases taking pride of place in the nations supermarkets.
Highland and Moray Accredited Training Services (HiMATS). HiMATS have developed a programme of SVQ delivery specifically for Childminders. This qualification is tailored from the SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF Level 7 qualification and is FREE subject to meeting funding requirements.
The breezy conditions at Dunnet Beach provided excellent flying conditions for the kites made during the children's countryside Ranger craft event at the Seadrift Centre in Caithness. Thirteen children from five families assembled their very own kites using plastic bags and garden canes in the Seadrift Centre then went out on the beach to fly them.
If you would like to improve your English then go along to the classes in Thurso. Classes Starting Monday 17th August 2015.
If you would like to improve your English then go along to the classes in Wick. Classes Starting Tuesday 18th August 2015.
If you would like to help others in reading and numeracy then get along and learn how it's done..
Sunday 16th August - Thursday 3rd September 2015. Riverside, Wick..
The third Caithness Relay for Life fundraising event for Cancer Research UK takes place at the Thurso County Showground on Saturday August 29, and Dounreay folk have been working hard to help with the organisation. Starting at 3pm with a children's relay, the event will last until 6am on Sunday.
An insect species has been found for the first time in the British Isles. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) staff discovered a fly, Okeniella caudata, in the Glen Clova area of the Cairngorms in July this year.