S1 pupils have been working very hard over the last 5 weeks participating in the Blythswood Enterprise Challenge 2016. The school received £150 in start-up capital with the vision that they would “make it grow” over a 4 week period. Led by their Business Education teacher Mrs MacRae, and with support from both the RME and Business Studies departments, the pupils have organised and run a number of activities and events to include a Coffee Morning, Quiz Night, making and selling bird feeders, bookmarks, and bake stalls, to name but a few.
Charleston Academy is one of the first secondary schools in Highland to run this event on such a scale and is very proud of the hard work and commitment shown by all participants. All pupils are receiving recognition certificates and house points at assemblies this week to celebrate and reward their success. We are overwhelmed with the amounts raised by each group and it was an absolute pleasure to be in a position to hand over a cheque for £2,271.90 at the Shiel house assembly to Adrienne Dempster, the Blythswood Care Fundraising Manager.
The money raised will go towards the 999 Fire Engine Appeal on behalf of Blythswood Care, which provides emergency service vehicles and training to remote areas in Europe, Africa and Asia.
The overall experience for pupils and teachers alike has been very rewarding and we hope to run the indicative again next year.
Mrs Heather Macrae, Business Education Department