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COPFS Debate

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

Congratulations (again!) to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1) who won last night’s semi final of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate against Gordonstoun. Depute Procurator Fiscal Geoffrey Main presided over events as Chair and Head of the Judges. The topic was “Not a Child, Not a Grown Up; When Should the Law Treat Young People as Adults?”

 

 

Fringe Festival Poster Competition

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum

Fringe Festival Poster School Competition 2017 Submissions

To celebrate the Fringe’s 70th anniversary, The Fringe Festival want Scotland’s young people to inspire the design of the official Fringe Programme.

Every year, their audiences, participants and media from around the world look forward to the reveal of the front cover. The Fringe Festival prints 395,000 copies and distribute to 44 countries!

The Fringe prides itself on its extraordinary ability to showcase diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part.

I am so excited and genuinely proud of the work that all of our S2 & S3 students have produced whilst in Art & Design this term. Here is a small sample of some of the poster designs, which our young people have designed. Well done everyone who has taken part you should be so very proud of yourselves.

 

Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher of Art and Design

Languages at Work

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

Over 20 pupils from Charleston Academy joined young people from Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy and Forres Academy for an event organised by Scotland’s National Centre for Languages on Thursday 23rd February.

Aimed specifically at S3 – S6 pupils, it focused on the relevance of language skills in a work context with the intention of encouraging pupils to continue with their language studies.

Pupils discovered how languages can enhance communication skills, motivation and employability opportunities in line with the aims of ‘Developing the Young Workforce’, the Scottish Government’s current Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Learners listened to 4 presentations from exciting inspirational speakers who view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.

  • Michael Mackenzie, Regional Football Development Officer, Scottish Football Association
  • Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries and Alex Smith Industry Network Manager, XpoNorth Music
  • Kirsten Matthews, Brand Home Lead Guide, Glen Ord Distillery / Diageo Scotland
  • Meryl James, Professional Development Officer at the University of Strathclyde, enthusiastic advocate of other languages and cultures who taught pupils a few words of Welsh and Mandarin

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

Inverness Music Festival Success

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

Congratulations to Bethany Morris 2L, Katie Gillies 2L and Catriona Garvie 2S who won the S1-S3 Public Speaking on their topic of “Why I wouldn’t want to be a billionaire” at the recent Speaking rounds at the Inverness Music Festival.

Also commended were Amma Crombie 3L, Archie Gray 3L and Rachel Gillies 3L who were the runners up with their topic being “That Disney is for all ages”. There were four teams competing in their category.

by Katie Stark, House Captain, Kishorn

Culloden Battlefield Take Over

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Our Travel and Tourism students will be taking over the running of the National Trust Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield on Saturday 4 March. This is an ambitious aspect of their course requirement and the students have more than risen to the challenge. Coordinated by Miss Bain, PT History and other Social Subjects staff, the students will be running a Treasure Hunt, putting on a Fashion Show, hosting a Lunchtime Quiz, and putting on a 19th Century Food Demonstration. It promises to be a fantastic day out for young people and their families as well as a first class tourism experience for the class.

This morning, the whole class met Gino and Grace from the MFR Breakfast show to generate some publicity for the take-over day.

The piece they have recorded will be broadcast by Gino on MFR between 8:20am and 8:30am tomorrow, Friday 3 March. Please listen in and support the young people at Culloden Battlefield on Saturday.

 

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Debate

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

Congratulations to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1). Last week the girls saw off two separate teams from Gordonstoun School in the second round of the prestigious Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate. Procurator Fiscal Andrew Laing was one of the presiding judges.

The girls are through to the next round on 13 March. The national final, later this year, will be held in Parliament House.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

World Book Day Character Competition

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

“Trust Me, I’ve Read this Book!”

Today is World Book Day and the school is celebrating the event in several ways. Over the course of this week our Library is running a Guess the Character competition. Teachers are displaying clues on their doors and pupils have to guess the characters by asking the teachers any question they want about the character. Teachers can only answer Yes or No. English classes are having great fun trying to work out all of the various clues.

 

Google Classroom Roll-Out

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum, Important Announcements

This session staff and pupils at Charleston Academy have been trialling out innovative use of our 100 iPads in a variety of lessons. While the iPads give students access to thousands of educational apps, some classes have also been making excellent use of Google Classroom on these too.

In recognition of some of the excellent innovation in the school, our Geography Department has recently been awarded some 50% of an innovation fund from Highland Council to trial out and develop Google Classroom further. The department has taken stock of a class set of Chromebook to develop use of Google Classroom further and share good practice across the school. This is in preparation for the rollout of Chromebooks for all pupils over the next 18-24 months.

Choices for Life Drop-In Session

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Police & Partners to hold drop-in session at Charleston Academy

Wednesday 1 March from 5pm – 7pm School Hall

Members of the public are being invited to attend drop-in sessions aimed at promoting the ‘Choose Life’ message to peers and parents.

Following joint meetings with Police Scotland and The Highland Council secondary school Head Teachers, the Police Scotland Inverness Community Beats team in partnership with ‘Choices for Life’ will be holding informal drop in sessions aimed at parents, carers and young people to provide information in relation to drugs, alcohol and online safety.

The drop-in sessions will be held at the following venues, and times:

  • Monday 27th February 2017 : 5-7pm at Culloden Academy, Inverness
  • Wednesday 1st March 2017 : 5 – 7pm at Charleston Academy, Inverness
  • Thursday 2nd March 2017 : 10am -2pm at UHI Campus, Inverness; and 3-7pm at Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness.

The events will allow parents, carers and young people to ask questions and gain information such as:

  • What do drugs look like and what effects do they have?
  • How can drugs and alcohol affect you /your child’s future?
  • Why is internet safety important?

The events are open to all parents, carers and young people in the Highland region regardless of school catchment areas. The events will be supported and attended by Highland Secondary schools, Police Scotland, Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Youth Action Service and Crimestoppers.

Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership also recommend the use of the Highland Substance Awareness Toolkit.


© Photos courtesy of Choices for Life. Used with Permission.

Hospitality Visit – Chefs Adopt a School

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

S3 Hospitality pupils from Charleston Academy had a wonderful experience at Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness on Wednesday 8 February.

Students and staff were guests of Mr Albert Roux OBE and chef Michael Matheson of Chez Roux Restaurants and the Albert Roux Consultancy to celebrate Chefs Adopt A School Week.

Pupils were able to experience and appreciate how the hotel and restaurant are run and to interact with staff from the kitchen, restaurant, housekeeping and management.

After watching and then sampling “Mocktails” expertly prepared in the bar, seeing the deluxe suites complete with sauna and jacuzzi, everyone was then treated to a fabulous and specially prepared afternoon tea. This was followed by a tasting session of the restaurant’s most popular starter, main course and dessert.

Many thanks to Head Chef Javi and General Manager Rob for an amazing visit. All the students and staff had a fantastic day and a delicious lunch.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting PT Home Economics