After Andrew’s silver medal in the senior men’s pole vault at the emirates arena Glasgow he followed this up a week later with another silver medal in the Scottish Athletcis U20 combined events championship. Over 2 days he completed 7 events and achieved person best performances in the 60m sprint, shot put, long jump and 60m hurdles. He jumped a season’s best – a championship best performance – in pole vault, 4.47m. His 1000m finale was very close to his personal best time. These results put him 12th on the Scottish All Time List for indoor heptathlon. A few days later he won gold in the 60m hurdles at the Scottish Schools Athletics Indoor Championships – running his fastest time ever. His next competitions are the English and Scottish U20 pole vault championships. He is grateful for the use of the warm school hall for some of his training.
Mr R Mackintosh
Principal Teacher Physical Education
On Tuesday 6th February, 65 S2 pupils took part in the Design…Engineer…Construct!® Eco classroom workshop. This was an introduction to a course that the Technical department are planning to run next year. Pupils were put into groups of 8 where they were each given a role within a design team. 2 Architects, 2 Landscape architects, a company director, a sustainability officer, a brand designer and a marketing manager formed each team. They were tasked with researching various aspects of the project then coming together to produce a proposal for their Eco classroom.
On the day we had 3 industry professionals to assist the pupils with design. Blair Young, an Architectural technician and Simon Munro, a landscape architect from the Edinburgh school of art took small groups of pupils and directed them in research and design for those aspects of the project. Alison Watson, a former land surveyor led a session in measuring the site to be built on. The 4 technical prefects help with the survey and provided the teams with the site dimension.
After lunch each team presented their proposal to a panel of Judges including Mr Stewart, Mrs Hunter, Simon, Blair and Rozalind MacLennan, from Horner & Maclennan landscape architects. Each team was judged on their designs and how well they explained aspects of sustainability and environmental consideration.
After much deliberation, the runners up were “Natures Nation” made up of Lauren Macleod, Emily Bremner-McBride, Annabelle Fraser, Abigaile Roebuck, Deborah Maclean, Molly Bruce (missing from picture), Meg leaver & Finlay Mackenzie
The winning team were “Go Green Rangers” made up of Cosima Burns, Drew Pimm, Olivia Blaszczyk, Wiktoria Kowalska, Holly Kirkwood, Olivia Braund, Courtney Brich & Dominik Krogulec (missing from picture).
We would like to thank the professionals who came along and also our 4 Technical Prefects, Zethan Rooks, Jacob Hodgson, Marc Williamson and Dylan Nairn who all helped made the event a success.
More information about the Design…Engineer…Construct!® course can be found here
Principal Techer of Technical
On Monday S3 Hospitality had a visit to Ashers Bakery Nairn as an introduction to the Bakery sector of the Hospitality Industry.
Pupils were shown round the bakery by Mr George Asher. They were able to see first hand all the steps involved in the production of bread, pastries and cakes.
Pupils were then involved in a cake decorating workshop and could practice their piping skills.
To finish off the trip pupils prepared and baked their own pizza and enjoyed eating it for an early lunch.
A big thank you to all the staff at Ashers Bakery for allowing us to visit.
PT Home Economics
Highland Office Equipment has joined forces with The Wood Foundation to support the development of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative in Inverness.
Mrs C Mackenzie
Teacher of Religious Education
Girls football made a welcome return to Charleston Academy last Tuesday when a mixed S1-S6 team played a match against Fortrose Academy.
Despite taking an early lead through a good goal by Lauren Fitzsimmons the Charleston girls found the going tough against Fortrose.
A good performance with many of the younger girls playing for the first time in an 11 a side game was not enough to prevent a much more experienced Fortrose team eventually running out comfortable winners. A “girl of the match” performance from our goal keeper Anna kept the score respectable and all girls look forward to their next game where they will undoubtedly be looking to get a win.
H Sommerville and R Stewart
Congratulations to Andrew McFarlane 5L1 on winning Silver in the Pole Vault competition at the Scottish Competition last weekend. He jumped 4.35m in the 19+ category so very well done. This week we wish him luck as he takes part in the U20 combined event and the week after he is taking part in the Scottish Schools competition. We wish him well in these competitions and all whilst in the middle of prelims.
Head Lice are a common problem in school aged children. They can’t be prevented, but regular checking ensures early detection and treatment if necessary. Parents and carers should check their children’s head once a week during their washing. You need your usual shampoo, conditioner, and a detection comb – ask your local pharmacist to recommend a suitable one. Remember that you are looking for living moving lice, the only evidence that your child is infected.
If you find a living louse, ask your local pharmacist, school nurse, health visitor of GP for advice regarding treatment.
For further information see:
http://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk – search on head lice
A group of ten S3 pupils attended a ‘Business Brunch’ at the Kingsmills Hotel recently. The theme of the event was the importance of learning languages. We had the opportunity to chat with representatives from a variety of companies and organisations. The speakers were very enthusiastic and focused on their personal ‘journeys’, highlighting how they have used foreign languages in their careers. They emphasised how languages can be both the key to success as well as empowering in life generally. One speaker described how in business you are less likely to ‘have the wool pulled over your eyes’ if you at least understand the language of the people with whom you are negotiating. Another mentioned how you gain respect by trying to speak the language of the locals when abroad. Perhaps the most amusing anecdote was an hotel manager and keen football fan who had given up studying Russian at school and has just missed out on the perfect job at a hotel in Moscow which is opening just before the World Cup starts!
Modern Languages Department