Some senior Gaelic pupils were visited recently by Ceitidh MacPhee, recruitment officer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, Christie MacLean, a former pupil of Charleston Academy who now works at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Emma, who is a student of primary education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. They spoke to pupils about further education opportunities and the daily lives of students at the college. They reminded pupils about the range of different employment opportunities available to Gaelic speakers. Christie spoke about how she started learning Gaelic in S1 at Charleston Academy, going on to study to Advanced Higher level, then a degree in Gaelic and Development. Pupils were interested to hear how she took part in a student exchange, studying Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Miss Y Gunn
Principal Teacher – Languages
Following very successful practice expeditions in Easter Ross at the start of May, our S3 pupils currently undertaking their Bronze award headed back out to the Highland countryside to undertake their assessed expeditions. This time, the expeditions took place in the Cairngorm National Park.
Our first two expedition groups set off from Drumguish walking in a north-easterly direction first towards Uath Lochans then on to picturesque Feshie Bridge. After this, the groups successfully navigated their way through some tricky woodland at Moor of Feshie to reach their campsite at Jack Drake’s Bothy, a pretty little wooden bothy nestled in the woods just to the south of Loch Gamhna. Here, the groups set up camp and cooked their evening meal before heading for a well-earned rest. Although it was quite rainy on Saturday morning, this did not dampen the spirits of the two groups who quickly got themselves organised for their second day of walking. After breakfast and packing up, the groups headed off towards Loch an Eilein then over Cairngorm Club Footbridge before walking around the south side of Loch Morlich ending their route at the Reindeer Centre in Glenmore. The groups completed their walk quickly and encountered no problems during their journey.
Meanwhile, the second two expedition groups set off from the car park at Loch an Eilein, followed their route around the loch then onto the path towards Cairngorm Club Footbridge and Loch Morlich. The groups wild-camped in forest near to the Ski Road. On Day Two, the groups walked through the woodland around Glenmore Lodge, past Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan, and onto Ryvoan Bothy. After a stop for lunch, the groups completed their expedition by journeying to Dell Lodge on the outskirts of Nethy Bridge.
All groups have now made a presentation about their expedition to their assessor and have successfully passed this section of their award. Well done everyone! To complete the award, the pupils must now complete their other sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill – and submit their assessor’s reports through their eDofE profile.
As always, many thanks go to all the staff who have supported the group throughout the year and who gave up their time to supervise and assess the expeditions – Mr Foster, Miss Gray, Mrs Hodgson, Miss Massey, Mr Nairn and Miss MacDonald.
On the morning of Tuesday 12th June, the pupils who have been part of our Speeder Reader/ Read Write Inc. group throughout S1 went on an excursion to Inverness Town centre as a reward for all their hard work and achievements in developing their literacy skills this year.
First stop was Inverness Library where the pupils were shown around by Mrs Appleby, Network Librarian at the library. Mrs Appleby took us to see the Reference room then it was on to see the oldest book in the library which dates to the 15th century. The next stop on our tour was the reading room where we heard about plans for a new business hub with the remainder of our visit being spent in the lending area. Here, Mrs Appleby talked to us about the variety of books and other items available to borrow from the library including graphic novels and silent books.
Following our library visit, it was on to Waterstones bookshop where the pupils all chose their own book to keep. The books selected by the pupils were a broad range, from well-known authors such as JK Rowling, David Walliams and Andy McNab to books on football, sheep-rearing and mindfulness. Thank you to Waterstones, our Parent Council and Charleston Academy for funding this part of our excursion.
Many thanks also to all the people who made our excursion possible – Mrs Sleet for accompanying us, Mrs Appleby for our library tour and Pete and Tom in Waterstones for advising us on books.
As part of Developing the Young Workforce in the Hospitality Industry a group of S1/S3 BGE pupils visited Pizza Express last week.
Pupils were given the opportunity to learn how the restaurant operates and to take part in an ingredient tasting session and then a pizza making workshop.
A big thank you to the manager Claudio Di Candia for allowing us to visit.
PT Home Economics
Attached is the most recent parental letter.
Please note that we will not be giving printed letters out to pupils, but if you would like a printed version please contact the school office.
Mr G Stewart
Acting Head Teacher
Our S1/2 girls played their first football game as a junior team last week against a strong squad from Park Primary, Invergordon. Our girls confidence grew as they game progressed and they managed to get two goals in the net during the second half, courtesy of Lauren Fitzsimmons, which they were more than happy with! Unfortunately we still lost 5 – 2 but it was a great first match for the team who celebrated as though they had won anyway!
The photo shows how happy they were even after a loss, soaked through from the continuous hailstones. Well done to the whole team for their never ending team spirit and good humour.
Samantha COCHRANE took part in a Speaking competition for Advanced Higher French pupils.
Entries consisted of a 5 minute digital audio recording of a discussion with their teacher. The students were assessed by a panel including experienced SQA assessors and members of AMOPA – Ecosse, many of whom were native speakers.
AMOPA – Ecosse is the Association of Members of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in Scotland.
Philip E. Bennett, Emeritus Professor (Medieval French), School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, Edinburgh, came to Inverness Royal Academy to award S6 pupils with certificates.
Congratulations to Samantha, who was highly commended for her performance.
Modern Languages Department