Using concatenate function to write report comments

Hi am a high school teacher and have just got my first iPad - lovinging it!!! and am using Numbers and Pages on both my Mac at home and my iPad, but have hit a bit of a snage with using the concatenate funtion in my report generating spreadsheet.
We use a 5 grade descriptor at our school for student outcomes (A-E for simplicities sack here) which I use as the basis for generating comments to explain the students performance at each outcome - this actually saves me hours and gives me more original reports across a whole class - the problem that I am having is that when I use the traditional bracketed IF queries to return the various strings matched to the outcomes Numbers will only let me address the outcome source cell in the first case, whenever i hit the cell again the orignal reference just "highlights"
Any clues as to what I am doing wrong?
Here is the start of the equation:
=CONCATENATE(B1, " ",IF(Ranks and Grades :: Effort 'Nada '="O", Comment Phrases :: B9,(if when i get to here i go to hit Ranks and Grades :: Effort 'Nada' and it just highlights the original entry
Help!!!!! these need to be in yesterday!!!!
Ta
Steve

Thanks for the help Barry - don't try and author stuff like this on the iPad, just use it for record keeping, viewing and editing, author in the Mac, unfortunately your reply came just a little too late for me no not have laready resorted to using Excel (grumble grumble) but I will be doing the rest of my junior classes on Numbers - is just a nicer environment ot work with, especially with the descriptor cell addresses!!!!
And yes they were typos, working on reports while not beina able to breath (asthma) and writing questions while brain tired from low O2 (yes I'm a science teacher) not a good combo
Thanks again for the help
Steve
PS can you shed any light as to why numbers operates in this manner, it seems a little Byzentine...

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