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Big Green Challengers on top form

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

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Charleston Academy debating club has taken part in the Big Green Challenge for the past three years and in each and every year the school team has made it to the Scottish finals. Two years Charleston Academy won the national competition and the pupils won a trip to Spain to learn more about renewable energy.

It’s great that our success continues. The 2013 Big Green Challenge Team of Kieran Watts (2K2), Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2K2) and Morvern Carmichael (1S2) headed to Highlands and Islands Enterprise HQ in Forres to take part in their heat. The team were on top form beating off a strong challenge from Lossiemouth High School.

As a result they will now go on to the Finals in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on Friday 7th June. Well done!

Find out more about the Big Green Challenge HERE.

More Shinty Results for Charleston

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

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Charleston’s U14 Shinty team recently took part in the six-a-side tournament for the Robertson Cup at Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit.

We got off on a slow start as we faced our two hardest opponents, Lochaber and Kingussie, with narrow defeats. We made our comeback against Glen B with a 7-1 victory and went on to beat Glen A and Dingwall. We were beaten in our last game against Skye.

Goal of the day goes to Robbie Brindle 2S2, Lee Dunbar crossed the ball in perfectly and Robbie finished it off with a volley right into the back of the net, an awe inspiriting strike.

With thanks to the players, Ian Rankin (2T), Craig Rankin (2S2), Robbie Brindle (2S2), Darren Douglas (2L1), Lee Dunbar (2L1), John Williamson (2L1), Daniel Lamont (2K2) and Liam Eaton (3T1) as we came third overall.

Liam Eaton (3T1)

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Bloodhound Super Sonic Car

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

Pupils from S3, S4, S5 & S6 visited Eden court on Wednesday 1st May to see the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car). This is the latest car produced by the makers of the previous land speed record car, Thrust SSC. In a joint project with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the cars manufacturers, the Bloodhound team have been touring the country to raise awareness of the car and to promote engineering to young people.

In total 48 pupils went to see the presentation and learn how the car works, what’s been involved in the design and how they are testing this phenomenal machine. The pupils watched a short video explaining the heritage of the land speed record and the battle between engineers in the UK and our counterparts in the USA. They told about the various technologies involved in designing, building and testing as well as the various roles engineers play in the project. Pupils had the opportunity to see a full size body shell for the car and handle some of the equipment to be used to control and power the Bloodhound which is hoped to attain a speed of over 1000mph in 2015.

The whole event was very informative and pupils said they really enjoyed the experience some showing a real enthusiasm for the project and engineering in general.

Mr Jonathan Richards, Technologies Department

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Ashley Todd called for Scotland Basketball Squad

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

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Ashley Todd (2S1) and younger brother Alex.

Congratulations to S2 pupil, Ashley Todd. Along with his younger brother, Ashley (already 6ft 2in tall) has been selected to play basketball for the Scottish national squad. Ashley competed with 170 other young hopefulls at a selection event in Edinburgh where they were put through their paces by coaches testing their skills in areas such as passing, shooting, defence and lay-ups. Ashley has been selected for the under-14 team and already plays for the Highland Bears. Ashley wants to make a professional career from basketball, practicing rigorously every week. Well done.

 

Mar sin leat, Morven!

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

 

Mar sin leat, Morven!

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S1 Gaelic said ‘mar sin leat’ to Morven MacDonald, the S6 Study Buddy who helped and supported them throughout the year.  Morven achieved an A in Higher Gaelic last year and thought it would benefit her personally to assist in their classes each lesson this year.  It was a privilege for the young pupils to see how another pupil, who also came to Charleston Academy without any Gaelic, can progress to gain a qualification in the language at such a high level.  Morven was an exceptional role model for all.  Today, we had a party with chocolate, songs, laughter and tears.  In her speech, Morven spoke about how she appreciated the opportunity to get to know younger pupils in the school and how much she enjoyed seeing them make progress.

We wish Morven the very best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her life, studying History at Glasgow University.

Mar sin leat, Morven!


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Morven MacDonald, 6K

An-diugh, thuirt a’ chiad bhliadhna ‘mar sin leat’ ri Morven NicDhòmhnaill, sgoilear air clas a sia a thug cuideachadh agus taic dhaibh rè na bliadhna. Shoirbhich le Morven aig Àrd-ìre an-uiridh agus shaoil i gum biodh e math dhi gu pearsanta a bhith a-staigh gach leasan am-bliadhna le clas Gàidhlig òg agus a bhith gan cuideachadh. ‘S e urram a bha ann do na sgoilearan òga a bhith a’ faicinn mar as urrainn do sgoilear eile, a thàinig gu Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich às aonais facal Gàidhlig mar a rinn iad fhèin, teisteanas mhath fhaighinn anns a’ chànan aig ìre àrd. An-diugh, bha pàrtaidh againn dhi le seòclaid, òrain, gàire agus deòir. Anns an òraid aice, bhruidhinn Morven air cho math ’s a bha e eòlas fhaighinn air sgoilearan ceann shìos na sgoile agus air cho math ’s a chòrd e rithe a bhith a’ faicinn gach neach a’ dèanamh adhartais.
Tha sinn a’ guidhe gach soirbheachas do Mhorven is i gu bhith a’ dèanamh Eachdraidh ann an Oilthigh Ghlaschu an ceann beagan mhìosan.
Mar sin leat, Morven!

Music Festival

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

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Music pupils from S3 to S6 recently attended the Inverness Music Festival.  Charleston Academy pupils took part in the Popular Song contest. All of our pupils gave outstanding performances. Well done to Morven MacDonald (6K) who was the overall winner in this class.

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Football Success

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

Charleston 7 – 5 Kingussie

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Man of the Match, Lewis Jamieson (1S2)

Charleston under 13 football team travelled to Kingussie yesterday (Tuesday 23rd April) to play their first match in the Highland Schools Cup.

A strong start from Charleston allowed them to take an early lead, however Kingussie played some excellent football and were always in for a chance of taking a lead.

Going into the second half Charleston were leading 3-2 and managed to extend their lead with an early goal from Josh MacDonald. The second half continued the same as the first with both teams showing some fantastic football and any of them being able to secure a win at the end. On this occasion Charleston managed to win the match 7-5.

Charleston now take on Invergordon in the next round.

Goal Scorers: Lewis Jamieson (3), Josh MacDonald, Jamie Penwright, Aiden Mackenzie, Ian Mackenzie

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach

Summer in the USA

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Personal

I have been lucky enough to be selected for the UNIQ Oxford Summer School and Sutton Trust US Programme.

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in studying in the US. The cost however has always been a problem; fees being around £18,000 a term. So when I heard about the Sutton Trust Programme it seemed perfect. The programme is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission. It provides valuable help in the US university application process and as part of the programme I will attend a week long summer school at Yale University.

The original process was grueling and extremely competitive as 1300 people applied. The application took me days to complete; the hardest part being the 6, 250 word essays. This application was the influencing factor in their decisions of the final 200 participants, who would continue to the next stage.

Stage Two involved a 3 day residential at the LSE. During this time I had to take a mock ACT test (3 and a half hours long) and take part in a 30 minute interview with US Admissions specialist, Marva Hall.

All of this coupled with Mrs Ritson’s reference were taken into account when the Sutton Trust chose their final 150 applicants. It’s with these people that I will travel to America with in August.

While studying in the US would be my number one choice, when visiting Oxford for an open day I fell in love with the place. So when Mrs Ritson told me about the UNIQ Summer School I jumped at the chance. Again, it was an application which was the deciding factor. This time the main part, a 2000 character, personal statement. Once again, the process was very competitive, the top 850 out of 4400 applicants gaining places, 40 out of which were in Law which I will be taking part in.

As part of this programme, I will spend a week at Oxford University, staying at a college, attending lectures and tutorials and taking part in moots (basically experiencing what undergraduate life at Oxford would be like.)

I am sure both will be very valuable and hopefully help me reach my goal of studying either Political Science or Economics at undergraduate level and Law at postgraduate in America with the view of moving into Actuarial Studies at some point.

Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2)

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S4 Awards Ceremony

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S4 Award Winners

S4 Award Winners

Over half of our S4 pupils received formal Awards at the S4 Awards Ceremony on Wednesday morning. Pupils receiving five or more nominations from their teachers / subjects for sustained effort, improvement, or attainment were eligible for an award. It was great to see so many of our S4 receive awards this year, and for so many of their parents to be able to attend and share in our celebration of their success so far. Mr Gordon Stewart, S4 Year Head presented awards accompanied by Mr O’Neill and Mrs Hunter. As well as a range of subject awards, special awards were given out for success in the Maths Challenge and for Debating. Parents also had the opportunity to see examples of some outstanding examples of practical work by S4 pupils in Craft & Design and Graphic Communication. Thank you to all the parents who attended and also saw S4 pupils reach an important milestone as they are now on Study Leave ahead of their imminent and all-important SQA exams.