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Diary Dates

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements

School re-opens following the mid-term break on Thursday 23 February. Please see our Calendar for full details of important dates this term.

23 Feb: Term Begins
25 Feb: Ski Trip Ends
1 Mar: Italy Trip Info Evening
18 Mar: Botswana Exchange Starts
5 April: School Closes 3:35pm
24 April: School Re-Opens
1 May: Bank Holiday Closed
2 May: SQA Exams Begin
4 May: In-Service Day

Book Group Visit

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

On Wednesday 25th January the S2 book group, assisted by our 2 S6 helpers went, with Mrs King, to Millburn Academy. We went to discuss the short listed books as part of the process for voting for the Teenage Book Award. We met Millburn’s group and had a very tasty lunch (soup, sandwiches and loads of biscuits!). We did a few little group exercises so that we could get to know each other better. We talked about what sort of books we like, why we joined the book group and other things like this. Eventually we started talking about the books that were shortlisted for the prize and which ones were our favourites. Logan and Mrs Phillips put a good case forward for ‘Silver Skin’ but the rest of the group felt that ‘Black Cairn Point’ deserved to win. It was good fun to see what everyone else thought about all the books – including those that didn’t make it onto the final BookTrust shortlist. The BookTrust will announce the overall winner on 1st March.

We had a really good time and enjoyed the trip. We’d love to do it again!

Logan Parker (2L2) maand Lara MacGillivray (2L1)

 

Inter House Cross Country

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

Our Inter-House Cross Country took place last Friday morning under clear blue skies. Organised by our PE department, the results are shown below. Competitors and winners have been receiving their medals at assemblies this week. Well done everyone.

Results

S1 Girls
  1. Neive Rodden 1K
  2. Katie Simpson 1K
  3. Molly Howieson 1K
S1 Boys
  1. Euan MacCormick 1L
  2. Angus Franklin 1S
  3. Scott Farquharson 1L
S2 Girls
  1. Catriona Gravie 2S
  2. Katie Gillies 2L
  3. Cara Doig 2T
S2 Boys
  1. Kieran Gebicke-Kerr 2L
  2. Ewen Munro 2L
  3. Aiden MacKinnon 2L
S3 Girls
  1. Rachel Gillies 3S
  2. Kira Buchan 3K
  3. Emily Hunter 3T
S3 Boys
  1. Craig MacBeath 3S
  2. Mitchel Leslie 3L
  3. Brandon Kinvig 3S

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Department

Donald Dewar Debate

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Wider Curriculum

Last Tuesday evening saw Samantha Cochrane (5T) and Morvern Carmichael (5S), alongside three other Highland schools, take part in the second round of the Donald Dewar Debating competition at Glenurquhart High School.

A strong team from Thurso High were victorious and went through to the next round. Samantha and Morvern debated well on a difficult topic – speaking passionately and creatively – particularly at a busy time in their school year.

There is a full schedule of debating events coming up in the months ahead and we are all looking forward to the next competition.

Special thanks are due to Jemimah Morris (6L) for preparing and practicing as an alternate.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

David Stewart MSP – Nutritional Educational

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

Yesterday David Stewart MSP visited Charleston Academy. Mr Stewart is Convenor of the cross-party committee on Diabetes at the Scottish Parliament and visited a S1 Home Economics lesson on sugar.

Mr Stewart, who is also a Diabetes Champion, was joined by David Rex, Highland Council’s Specialist Dietitian.

Mr Stewart was intrigued to learn what young people knew about sugar. He said the World Health Organisation recommended that individuals should receive no more than 5% of their daily calories from added sugar, that’s six teaspoons per day.

Statistics reveal that all age groups in the UK were exceeding this by taking in over 11% with teenagers being the worst, taking in 15.6%.

“Diabetes has become a UK and worldwide epidemic, is the main cause of blindness of people of working age and responsible for half of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations. Getting the message across at an early age is vital,” said Mr Stewart.

Chris O’Neill, Head Teacher, said: “We were one of the first schools to ban Energy drinks in school. In doing that we worked closely with the local Spar to ensure these were not sold to pupils en route to school in the morning or at lunchtime.

David Rex added: “Learning about the impact of high sugar diets on health and wellbeing is important.”

The S1 class studied labels on common everyday foodstuff to work out the amount of sugar in cubes, as opposed to grams or percentages. By visualising the amount of sugar in products pupils were much more aware of the impact that the significant amounts of sugar in some products might have on them. The amount of sugar in some products shocked the pupils.

 

 

Get Ready To Vote

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements

Young People in Scotland aged over 16 are able to vote in Scottish Parliament and Local Council Elections. The next Scottish Local Elections are on Thursday 4 May. Anyone aged 16 or over on that day can vote. However, anyone aged over 14 is able to register to vote.

We will be supporting all eligible young people to register to vote in the next month or so using Electoral Commission approved materials.

Meantime, anyone eligible to vote or to register to vote can do so on the Scottish Government Website. The Registration deadline is 17 April.

Nearly £9K raised for Charities by Charleston Academy

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

Throughout the year at Charleston Academy we support a number of Charities in a variety of ways. During 2016 our school and community raised the huge sum of £8,956.03 for all of our chosen charities. This includes fundraising done by our YPI students (but NOT the £3k award to the winners). We also raised around £9,000 for our own Sponsored Walk. This is not included either.

Whether large or small, each fundraising venture is important in helping all of our young people understand the needs of others, the hard work done by others in our community to support those with needs and the value of money in today’s society.

During 2016 some of the  charity events included: Children in Need (£850), MacMillan (£167), Blytheswood (£2271.90), Advocacy Highland (£1,215.35), Children 1st (£2250) and many more.

Well done and thank you to everyone in our school community who supports all of these events.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

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

At the end of last term we held the finals of our Youth Philanthropy Initiative in School. This programme is run as part of our S3 RMPS Programme and at Charleston Academy we’ve been taking part for three years now.

Pupils work in small teams to research and discuss the social needs of their local community and identify a local charity that they believe is making a positive contribution. In groups they visit and find out more about the work of their charity and build relationships. They work together to create a presentation about their charity, explaining why it would benefit from a YPI donation of £3000. The group judged to have presented the most knowledgeable , impassioned and discerning case is granted £3000 toward to their charity.

Skills of teamwork, communication and presentation skills as well as an awareness of the needs of the local community are developed in the process.

This year pupils making presentations about the Gateway Trust, Morning Call, Befriender Highland and Maggies Highland all made it through to the final. Their final presentations were delivered in front of the S3 year group and invited guests from all of the many charities we worked with. Our Judges this year were Kate Morris (Chair of our Parent Council), Owen Cochrane (Lifescan), Halde Pottinger (Humanist Society) along with retired teachers Rob Seymour and Fiona Stuart. Headteacher Chris O’Neill chaired the judging panel with Ann Sim from YPI also advising.

In a very closely fought competition this year, pupils presenting on behalf of the Gateway Trust supporting Homeless people in Inverness won. Well done to everyone who took part.


CHARITY SUPPORT

During the preparations for our YPI Finals some of the pupil groups went well above and beyond what they were expected to do. Ellie Dyce, Rebecca Macintosh, Ashleigh Allison, Shana Nicholson and  Carly MacDonald who were researching for Advocacy Highland raised £1,215.35 through a variety of fundraising initiatives they ran.

Mia Pimm, Morgan MacKintosh, Rhianna Fraser-Lee along with Francesca Fraser, Holly Lyall and Kyle Nairn raised £225 for Maggie’s Highland.

A third group of Eilidh Thom, Gemma MacIver, Megan Borland, Grace Cranidge, Caitlin Graham and Kira Buchan raised a whopping £2,550 for Children 1st.

All of the groups who raised additional funds for their chose charity received special medals from RMPS teacher Mrs Carol Mackenzie and YPI Coordinator Mrs Ann Sim.

Letter to All Parents

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements

This Letter has been issued to all pupils (school bag mail) in school today to take home to their Parents / Carers. It contains information in relation to changes to the In-Service Days scheduled for 2017 as well as confirmation of dates for important curricular / transition meetings that are relevant for all parents to attend.

A copy of the letter can be downloaded below. Any pupil absent today can collect a paper copy from the school office on their return to school.

Please see our Calendar for all of these important dates and more.