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S2 Maths Challenge

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum

International Maths Week takes place in September each year.  To do its little bit in 2017, the Maths Department recently organised a Maths Challenge for all S2 pupils.   Two separate challenges (A and B) were set up on 2 successive Wednesdays, based on a similar format.  In a morning session, mixed teams of four were given problem solving and practical 3D shape building challenges.    In the afternoon sessions, pupils took part in a relay event, where teams had to answer correctly as many ‘quick-fire’ numeracy questions as possible within a set time.   In addition to applying and developing key mathematical skills, the challenges also provided good team working and problem solving practice.    Informal post-event feedback from pupils was really positive and the Department hope to organise similar type events in the future.

Well done to all pupils taking part, but particular congratulations to members of the winning teams: Trixie Bernababe, Courtney Birch, Euan Hamilton and Meg Leaver (challenge A): and Goncalo Corriea, Glen McNeil, Neive Rodden and Drai Senior (challenge B).   Winners all received a magic puzzle cube prize.


Mr D. Cummins

Maths Department

Duke Of Edinburgh Award

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Congratulations to our Bronze DofE participants from last year who have completed their award. Of the 27 pupils who undertook the award, 14 have now completed which is fantastic. Some of the group were presented with their certificate and badge at assembly in August, with some pupils receiving their award before the summer holidays.

During S3-S6 assemblies this week, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was launched for this session. Pupils can undertake the award at three different levels – Bronze (age 14+), Silver (age 15+) and Gold (age 16+). To achieve the award, participants must complete four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition, with Gold participants having an additional Residential section. If your child would like to undertake the award, completed forms along with payment should be returned to Miss Gray (ASN) or Mr Foster (Biology) by Friday 29th September. Please note: spaces are limited to 28 for Bronze and 14 for Silver and Gold.

Miss L Gray

Kirking of the Council

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

On Sunday the 10th of September we were given the opportunity to represent Charleston Academy at the annual Kirking of the council. The Kirking of the Council is a partnership between the congregation of the Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland and The Highland Council that enables the Kirk to bless the work of the elected Members and their officials.

We arrived at the Inverness town house at 10am and mingled with the counsellors allowing us to introduce ourselves and meet some of the important people in the area. We then proceeded to parade down to the Old High Church alongside head prefects from other local high schools as well as many other representatives and officials.

At the end of the parade we attended the Service inside the church, then after we made our way back to the town house where we mingled with other counsellors and other officials and we enjoyed a buffet lunch.

Overall the experience was Educational and eye opening as we got to meet lots of new people.

Jacob Hodgson and Grace Bird (Head Prefects)


European day of languages

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On Tuesday 26th September, pupils in French, Gaelic and German classes celebrated European Day of Languages.  Pupils learnt lots of language facts and participated in language quizzes.  They were interested to learn about the noises made by animals of different nationalities (!), interesting idiomatic expressions and the longest words in various languages.  More importantly, it was another great opportunity for staff to promote the benefits of language learning.

European Day of Languages photo

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher languages

Lead Prefect weekend

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The Lead Prefect Team had a very successful weekend from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th at Badaguish working on the SQA Leadership award.  The weekend covered leadership styles, skills and attributes as well as the team practicing coaching and reflecting on their own values and journeys.   Thanks to the facilitators Mr. Stewart, Ms. McPherson, Mrs. Hunter and Ms. Bain for their time and help.

M Sutherland

Principal teacher Chemistry

Film G

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A number of S1 and S2 pupils recently showed an interest in producing a short Gaelic film for the Film G competition.  BBC Journalist Mairi Rodgers has been in school to assign roles and to start the pupils off with their script writing.  We will continue with this at lunchtimes so pupils involved should keep an eye on the Daily Notices.  Once the script has been completed, the next stage will be filming then editing.

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher Languages

Parents information evening – Tues 26th Sept.

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The school is holding an information evening for parents of S4-6 pupils on Tuesday 26th September at 7 pm.  This is to look at SQA exams and extra support that can be offered at home and in school.  A letter has been sent via pupils with a tear off slip to return if you plan to attend.  Alternatively, please telephone the school office to confirm you will be attending.  Many thanks.

Mr G Stewart

Acting Head Teacher

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