Since being co-opted I have been asked for the opinions of the youth of Nairn. Sadly the response wasn’t earth-shattering. I hardly had any feedback from my peers, however, I’ll share my opinions. I believe the youth of Nairn are very well catered for, there are lots of clubs that meet in Nairn such as the swimming club, scouts, cubs, beavers, guides, rainbows, brownies, boys brigade, sailing, athletics, synchro and many more.
We’ve got the two championship Scottish golf courses, the tennis and sports club, the swimming pool and the Little Theatre, the Community and Arts centre and they all offer lots of opportunities for youths to get involved. There are also youth football teams, many places where youths can get active – not to forget the beach. There’s lots of facilities for the youths in Nairn, so the only problem I can see is that they are not being utilised to their full potential.
You always hear negative comments about the youth of Nairn. For example, one of the questions at the hustings asked how to deal with the feral kids. I think that it is the people that feel this way about young people that are part of the problems. Most young people in Nairn are not threatening. It’s a stereotypical image. I think we should all focus on the success of the youth of Nairn instead of the bad reports. If we keep on complaining about the tiny minority of the youths dropping litter or having fights etc it won’t do anything to improve the situation. These issues should be dealt with in a more discreet way. Praise is more transformational than criticism without purpose. Praise young people for their positive attitude and contribution to society and you create positive roll models. Sadly some young people will not be positive citizens but perhaps adults in their lives do not have a positive influence.
When doing research one thing that did come back was negative about
. I can’t comment
very much on this because I left Nairn
Academy after my first
year so I was only in Nairn
Academy for one year then
I moved to Nairn
Academy . However, I’ll tell you
the reasons why I left. To put it bluntly I had awful teachers in just about
every subject and there were no opportunities for me to explore my musical
talent. There were no school concerts, no school choir. For the time I was at
Nairn Academy I wasn’t happy and I wanted to get the best education I could get
and focus on my musical skills. It was my decision to put in a placing request to Culloden
Academy . Obviously it was a hard
decision to leave all my school friends and start anew but still live in Nairn.
However, every thing has worked out brilliantly for me. I’ve had great teachers
and achieved a good set of highers and I’m aiming for a career as a
professional opera singer. I don’t believe that would have happened if I hadn’t
left the school. Culloden Academy
I wouldn’t like to comment too much on the school’s position right now. I’ve heard disappointing exam results from friends. Whereas Nairn is a great area and the kids should be receiving really good results but a lot of kids in Nairn have tutors outwith. This is something that is not evident in my school,
, but appears to be normal in Culloden Academy .
This means the less well off people can’t the tutors and they’re at a
disadvantage. The school is seen by young people I know to be improving slowly
but with a long way still to go, I’m glad I left four years ago.” Nairn Academy