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Expressive arts concert – Tues 7th Nov

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Wider Curriculum

The Music department would like to invite all Parent/Carers, family members and friends to come and see our talented S1-6 musicians in this year’s Expressive Arts Concert. The concert will take place in the Assembly Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday 7th November. The evening will have performances provided by our School bands and solo performers. Refreshments will be included in your ticket price, courtesy of the Home Economic department. Tickets will go on sale next week at £5 per adult, £3 per child.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

 

Music Department

 

Sponsored walk – support from Robertson Construction

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

The school sponsored walk is scheduled for the 21st September.  This helps us raise money for the school fund to support extra-curricular activities.  Maureen Gallie in our school office was asked to see about getting Hi-vis vests.  Maureen contacted Roberston Construction who very kindly donated the vests and then arrived at the school with £350 for the school fund.  They have also agreed to work closely with the school in preparing youngsters for work.

A big thank you to Robertson Construction.

Coaching session with Judy Murray

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

#charlestonpeA last minute visit to Inverness from Judy Murray meant that a National 4/5 class and Higher class were able to access tennis coaching from the best of the best!  Judy, (Mum to Andy and Jamie) had approximately 80 pupils from across Inverness eating out of her hand as she shared skills and ideas and gave out challenges and competitions.

Our pupils, most of whom are not tennis players, enjoyed the sun-soaked afternoon and were inspired by the coaching from Judy.  I am very sure the courts at Bellfield will have been busier than usual as a result of her visit!  A fabulous experience for involved.

Mrs A Thomson

North of Scotland senior debating competition

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

The North of Scotland Schools Senior Debating Competition commenced on Tuesday at Glen Urquhart High School.

The first round saw Charleston on team proposition for the motion This house believes that young people have never contributed so little. They supported Nairn Academy and Glen Urquhart in this stance, whilst opposing were Fortrose Academy, Portree High School, and Forres Academy.

The standard of debate – for a first round in particular – was incredibly strong, and audience members were impressed by all. Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane were ultimately awarded five points (from a maximum of six) by the judges and commended for their preparation, partnership, and overall poise at the lectern.

The second round will take place at Nairn Academy on October 4th where Morvern and Samantha will be proposition for the motion This house believes that Robin Hood was right.

 

Well done and good luck for round two!

Dr G Campbell

Morvern Carmichael & Samantha Cochrane

S1 STEM Challenge

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

On Thursday 26th May, 30 S1 students undertook a STEM Challenge lead by Capt Scott Lacey and LCpl Brian Gorman from the Royal Engineers.

The 8 teams of students had to build a complex, motorised and remote operated robot, then, using tablets, they had to program the robot to try and navigate around a complex maze

The S1 students were excellent and engaged straight away, moving on through the build process quickly so they could tackle the maze and be first to get to the end.

Capt Lacey and LCpl Gorman were full of praise for the enthusiasm and behaviour of the Charleston students.

The session ended with a Q&A session with some searching questions from students about life in the Army, and its role in the world. This shows how much our young people actually think and engage with the wider questions about our society’.

Mr David Vincent, Physics Department

Duke of Edinburgh Practise

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

Last week two teams of girls took part in a bronze Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition. After a quick kit check and a thorough search for hidden contraband of hairspray, make up and bottles of Irn-Bru, the group were ready to head down to the Cairngorms National Park. Parts of their training included navigating by map and compass from Drumguish to a spot just south of Loch an Eilean.  The weather over the two days was fantastic and thankfully in the afternoon there was a breeze to keep the midges at bay.

It was the first time in Charleston DofE history where the pupils cooked their own lunch, as sandwiches are usually the preferred choice. After lunch one of the groups took a wrong turn but quickly reassessed where they were and as a team managed to navigate to the next check point.

After arriving at the campsite, the pupils had to find an area where it was safe to take water from a nearby stream, learn to cook on a trangia (camp stove), pitch their tents and prepare for the next day. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and playing games.

On Day 2, with all the hills now behind them, the pupils were packed up and ready to head for Glenmore Lodge by 9am. Most pupils had a good night’s sleep but the pace was slightly slower due to blistered feet. The groups did really well to meet their check in times and regularly kept tabs on each other to ensure no one was struggling.

By 4:30pm the pupils were almost finished their expedition. As they came round the last corner some of the pupils where so glad to see the bus and teachers that they actually ran the last 200m. However, the staff soon realised it wasn’t them the pupils were pleased to see, after hearing the words “Miss, can I charge my phone?”

A further two teams have to complete their practise expedition followed by their assessment.

Mr Scott Nairn, Acting PT Music

Teaching Vacancies – Learning Support

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements

We currently have two vacancies for Additional Support Needs Teachers in our Learning Support Department. Both posts have the same Job and Person Specification and have a closing date of 25th May. The jobs are identical and will be matched to the specific abilities of the successful candidates. One is available immediately, the second has a start date of August 2017. Applicants need only apply for one post as interviews for both posts will take place on the same day.

Prospective applicants are welcome to get in touch. View more details on the links below.

HGH04304 – Teacher (ASN) Post 1

HGH04310 – Teacher (ASN) Post 2