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Finbar‘s Edit to Launch Season Opener

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Sixth year pupil Finbar Doig has been chosen to produce a video for the British Freeride opening
event in Edinburgh on 3rd November.

British Freeride are a national snow sports organisation supporting and developing extreme skiers
to compete and safely explore mountains beyond the pistes. The opening event is an annual get
together of like minded people encouraging them to get ready for the new ski season.
This summer Finbar took part in a junior Freeride camp in Folgefonna glacier in Norway. Some of
the world’s best Freeride competitors were on hand to coach young skiers from across Europe.
Finbar was presented with a set of top of the range Atomic skis in recognition of his enthusiasm
and determination.

“It was awesome getting to ski and learning from some of my heroes, they encouraged me to try a
double backflip in the water. I practised the landing until I was confident enough to try it on the
snow which I did and I landed it.”

Last season Finbar won two of the Scottish Freedom series events and was placed second
overall in the series. He also gained valuable experience in Verbier Switzerland in the Freeride
Junior World Tour .


Photo by: Robert Grew Photography
Photo show Finbar jumping into the Back Corries in Nevis Range, Scotland

‘Magical Maths’ Presentation to S1/2 Pupils

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

On Thursday 13th September, Charleston Academy Maths Department were delighted to welcome Andrew Jeffrey to the school and give a 1 hour presentation to all 1st and 2nd year pupils.   Throughout the week, Andrew had been visiting various secondary schools across Scotland as part of National Maths Week.   All those attending were very fortunate indeed that Charleston was the only school in the Highlands selected and able to host Andrew during his Scottish tour.

Andrew is highly renowned across the UK as a stimulating and highly entertaining maths presenter, who utilises his professional magician skills to very good effect.   As well as ‘wowing’ Charleston pupils with some impressive number tricks, Andrew also put across some very important messages about Maths and learning, as well as highlighting the fundamental importance of the numbers in everyday life. 

As expected, there was plenty of pupil participation during the talk and it was good to see so many youngsters wanting to contribute.   By way of ‘celebrating’ Maths Week, this was a highly appropriate and successful event to have been staged at Charleston and many thanks are due to those who made it possible.

D Cummins

(Maths Department)

Shinty Success

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Hi All,

Beauly U14 Shinty team were successful in the MacTavish Cup final on Saturday through in Oban, playing against Fort William and winning 2-0.  A number of our pupils were involved, Rory MacColl,Michael Brindle, Kieran Rennie Leon Maclellan and Euan MacCormick were part of the team – Euan was captain and gave a good wee pre match interview for the Camanachd Facebook page last week.

https://www.facebook.com/camanachdassociation/

Congratulations to all the players who took part in the match.

parent letter

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Please find below a letter that was emailed out to parents.  (if you haven’t received it please contact the school to update your email address)

Mr G Stewart

Head Teacher

Click to view PDF

Musical Instrument tuition

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Wider Curriculum

At the start of the new term, all S1 pupils are given the opportunity to take up a musical instrument through Highlife Highlands instrumental service. This is an additional lesson out with the curriculum where pupils receive specialist tuition on a specific instrument. At Charleston Academy your child can choose from the following instrument groups: Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion/drumkit or Piping.

 

To register your child’s interest please see the information on the attached posters or visit their website highlifehighland.com/music

Chantier de bénévoles en France – juillet 2018

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Cet été, je suis allé dans le Midi pour participer à un chantier de bénévoles. Je voulais améliorer mon français avant la rentrée scolaire tout en découvrant la culture française.

Pendant mon séjour, j’ai aidé à reconstruire un mur de pierres datant du 17ème siècle sur un site historique. C’était dans le petit village de Saint-Chamas au bord de la méditerranée, près de la ville de Marseille. Il faisait très chaud (35°C parfois) rendant le travail d’autant plus difficile. Sans compter les moustiques qui étaient intolérables, bien pire que les midges ! Mais à la fin, j’étais fier de mon travail et j’ai acquis de nombreuses compétences utiles, qui me serviront à l’avenir.

Nous étions quinze à travailler sur le chantier, trois animateurs et douze jeunes et nous logions dans une auberge de jeunesse. Les autres jeunes, âgés de 16 à 18 ans, venaient du monde entier, d’Espagne, d’Italie, des États-Unis, même si la plupart d’entre eux étaient français. Je me suis fait beaucoup de nouveaux amis, et je resterai en contact avec eux en ligne.

Mis à part le travail, comme vous le savez probablement, la France a gagné la coupe du monde et j’ai eu la chance d’être dans le pays pour célébrer cette victoire. Pour la finale, nous avons visité Istres; l’ambiance était fantastique et la foule en liesse – champagne, bombes fumigènes, euphorie. C’était vraiment une expérience unique ! Nous sommes aussi allés à des festivals de danse et de musique à Avignon et Orange. Nous avons vu le feu d’artifice du 14 juillet à Istres; nous avons fait de l’accrobranche et du canoë et nous sommes allés au cinéma et à la plage.

La culture française est très différente de la nôtre; en fait, quand je suis arrivé, j’ai souffert du dépaysement, c’était peut-être dû au fait que j’étais parti seul. La nourriture était très différente. Les produits étaient plus frais et locaux, le pain du boulanger du village, les légumes de l’épicier ou du marché. J’ai découvert plein de pâtisseries et aussi les baguettes que les Français trempent au petit-déjeuner dans leur café, qu’ils boivent dans un bol (je croyais que c’était une blague) ! Dans le sud en particulier, l’ambiance était très détendue, avec beaucoup de pauses pendant la journée pour passer plus de temps en famille ou boire un café.

Malheureusement, j’ai remarqué que la plupart des jeunes fument, beaucoup plus qu’en Écosse. Ceci dit, les jeunes français mangent mieux qu’en Écosse, plus de légumes, de produits laitiers et moins d’aliments modifiés ou gras.

En conclusion, je dirais que mon séjour en France était excellent. Le paysage, la nourriture, les gens, tout était vraiment génial. Le fait de voyager seul m’a permis d’être plus indépendant car j’ai appris à me débrouiller seul. J’espère avoir l’occasion de retourner en France très bientôt !

Robert THORNE – AH French                      http://www.apare-cme.eu/en/

ÒRAN MÒR: BLAS 2018: NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS 10.30am-5.30pm:

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On SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER, BLAS FESTIVAL 2018 https://www.blas-festival.com closes with a special event at the NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS. This daytime event is to celebrate THE YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE (YoYP) and is the only large-scale event to take place as part of YoYP within the north of Scotland.

 

Fèisean nan Gàidheal with support from EventScotland is hosting the all-day concert and we would like to ensure that news of this reaches all Highland schoolchildren and their families as well as the general public.

 

This is intended as a family-friendly event with bands chosen by a panel of young people. Tickets cost £18, £15 and ONLY £5 for all school age young people and those under 26 carrying a Young Scot Card. Bands include Trail West, Breabach and Skipinnish and these musicians will take to the stage alongside young musicians from throughout Scotland.  We think the day is lining up to be a very exciting event.

 Eilidh

 

School photographs

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

See below the timetable for the photographs next week.  As a result of only 1 photographer coming it has been necessary to spread some of Mondays over to Tuesday morning.

 

Miss R MacPherson

Depute Head Teacher

Curriculum / Study Support Open Evening Wednesday 29th August

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements

Dear Parent of S4-6 Pupil

Your child is now part of the school cohort that will be undertaking SQA qualifications.  As a school we are very keen to support your child through this year and so I’d like to invite you to a curriculum / study support evening on Wednesday 29th August at 7 pm.  This will be an opportunity to hear more about qualifications and practical advice that can help you support your child.  The bulk of the evening will be an opportunity to meet subject staff to find out specifics about courses and assessment.

Staff will be giving detailed advice for study.  There is a good range of online resources to support pupils, for example:

  • BBC bitesize
  • SCHOLAR
  • Google Classroom
  • SQA past papers and marking schemes
  • and in some cases youtube.

The key partnership for exam success is three way: the school, the parent and the youngster.

Effective study is a crucial part of exam preparation.  Simply put – one mark can be enough to make the difference between a Grade B or A, or Grade C or D etc.  I understand that it is not always easy for parents to support this.  However, if parents are giving a consistent message then it can be easier to manage at home.

As a school we recognise that a productive pressure is a good thing but that exam stress is something we need to support pupils with.  If this becomes a concern then I would encourage you to contact your child’s Guidance teacher.

I look forward to welcoming you to the school next week.

Yours sincerely,

 

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher