Friday Round Up

Into basketball and P5,6 or P7?

Highland Bears Basketball Club are proud to be running a division of the upcoming Jr NBA and all-new Jr WNBA program in Inverness, in association with BasketballScotland. We would like to reach out to your school and offer an opportunity for your pupils to join a team within the primary league program. The Jr WNBA is brand new initiative introduced to further promote girls’ basketball and sports. Bears have committed to running one of the largest programs across Scotland with 50 Boys places available and a massive 80 spots for girls. To that end we are reaching out for support to spread the word and hope that this message can be circulated to all P5,6 and 7 groups. I have attached a poster and wondering if it would be possible to circulate this via your school communications and social media platforms.

Although technically a league structure, the program is purely based around fun and development, with all teams being formed to provide balance and offer opportunities to build new friendships through a wonderful team sport. Full team kits provided to all players and theirs to keep afterwards. 

The link below takes parents/guardians to a registration of interest Google Form, where they can log interest to join the program. The program takes over a 4-week period in June, with an additional 2 weeks in May where new players can come and join Bears for fun skills sessions to learn a few things before embarking on the league proper:

Some more details as follows: 

League Gamedays:          Mondays  5,12, 19, 26th June, 7:45pm @ Millburn Academy 

Skills Evenings and Team Draft: Mondays 22nd and 29th May, 6:15 to 7:45pm @ Millburn 

Strips:   Full team kits provided… and players get to keep them on completion of the program! 

Costs :   Nominal fees to cover hall costs: 

Bears Members: Included in monthly subscription 

Non-Members: £10 to cover the full 6 week program (equivalent of less than £1 per hour) 

Teams: Jr NBA (Boys) – 5 teams of 10 players 

                Jr WNBA (Girls) – 8 teams of 10 players 

                Teams will be balanced as best as possible to provide good balanced, friendly competition. 

                Teams will be coached by members of Highland Bears senior and youth squads. 

Hopefully this will be of interest to a number of your pupils and they will look to come along and join in the fun and work towards our goal of encouraging more healthy participation in the sport we love. 

Kindest Regards and many thanks, 

Ryan Devlin 

Chair/Coach Highland Bears Basketball Club 

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Chess Club

P6 and P7

Starts Friday 5th May

3.00 – 3.45 pm See Mr Lyon or Miss Bennett but Lennon and Ruiradh are the main leaders (thank you, boys!)

Dates for your diary until the end of term. A few dates to still be confirmed but these will keep you going!

A week of changeable weather but what hasn’t changed is positive thinking and hardworking young people at Smithton nursery and school. The staff have been not bad either… Delighted that P2KM have created a Smoothie Recipe book.I need to keep up my end of the bargain and buy them a smoothie maker! I believe they will be making some at the summer fete for you all.

Tomorrow Olly and Emma are performing with their group in Florida – we wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing all about it on their return. So many of our young people have hobbies and clubs for all sorts of activities it’s always great to hear what they are all up to.

Although we have holidays for the next two Mondays Funky Friday club will continue. It’s a great way to end the week – 35 – 40 P7 – S1 young people having fun together!

Enjoy Monday together as a family,

Aileen Mackay, HT

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