Our SVQ Level 1 Professional Cookery Students are hosting a coffee morning for staff & students on Friday 31 March. This is part of their overall course assessment but all proceeds also go to our Albert Roux Partner Charity – Maggies Inverness. Please support them.
Several Charleston Academy pupils have done exceptionally well in the recent UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.
Gold Award & Best in School
- Robert Thorne (4S)
- Catherine De Venny (4K1)
- Patrick Morris (4L1)
- Jake Exelby (4K1)
- Cameron Cochrane (4T2)
- Roisin Martin (4S)
We had another successful Fashion Show for our Connecting Classrooms Botswana Fundraising last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us on the evening. We raised nearly £1400 on the evening through an excellent raffle supported by local businesses. We are grateful, as always, for the support of local retailers, and to Inverness College UHI who did all the hair and make up. Some photos from the evening below, together with a video clip of the staff performance.
Well done everyone.
On Wednesday 22nd March, our Higher French class travelled to Heriot-Watt University for the Multilingual Debate and Chinese cultural experience. The motion was ‘this house believes that robots will soon be a positive aspect of our lives’.
When we first arrived, we were escorted to the Confucius Institute, where the Chinese cultural experience was held. We tried on traditional Chinese clothes, tasted various Chinese dishes and practised Chinese calligraphy. It was a lot of fun!
We then made our way to the James Watt centre, where the debate was held. It lasted for two hours and was a fully interactive experience. The speakers debated in several different languages, including Chinese, Spanish, German, French and English. The Post-Graduate students interpreted the speeches into a variety of other languages. We were all provided with a headset, in which you could tune into a specific channel for your desired language. We were all extremely impressed with the interpreters’ fluency during the debate. Before and after the debate, we were given a chance to voice our opinions on the matter, through an electronic voting system. This allowed us to engage in the debate and express our views. Beforehand, the results favoured the ‘for’ side, however, in the final vote, the majority voted against the motion.
Overall, it was an extremely educational trip that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
by Amy Riddle, Grace Bird and Sami Cochrane
Dress Down Day for Comic Relief. Dress Up for Botswana
It’s a fashion and dress-up extravaganza at Charleston Academy today. As it is Comic Relief week, we have been raising funds for Red Nose Day with a dress down themed day – pyjamas, and have had a cake stall running at interval and lunchtime.
Our dressing down / dressing up theme continues this evening as it’s our Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show at 7pm. Please come along and support our fund raising for our Global Exchange with Botswana.
All young people received this letter via school-bag mail this morning. It contains information about a number of important issues, including Security, Latecoming and changes to SQA exams. It also clarifies a minor change to the configuration of the school day which affects all Inverness schools.
Please download a copy for your records. Printed copies are available from the school office on request.
We were unable to undertake our annual hamper appeal at Christmas this session. Instead, when we discussed the best approach with the Salvation Army and Social Services, we were advised that it was in early March when donations of food would be most useful.
So all of this week students and staff have been bringing in donations of non-perishable food which we are donating to the Salvation Army who will then distribute to those in need in our community.
Thank you to all the staff, students and families in our community who donated all of the food that we can now distribute.
At our S4/S5/S6 Assembly this morning we welcomed students and staff from our Connecting Classrooms Exchange School in Botswana. 10 Students and 3 staff arrived in Scotland on 18 March and will be attending classes and visiting parts of the Highlands up until their departure on 30 March. This year we welcomed the new Head teacher of Lotsane Senior Secondary School, Mr Khangelani Tshebo, Mrs Lorato Semadi from their Guidance Department who coordinates their exchange programme, and Mr Justice Kgosana from the Art Department.
This hugely successful exchange programme is now in its eighth year, having began in 2010. It is the most successful exchange programme for any school in Botswana. Plans are already underway for our visit to Botswana in 2018, which will be our fifth, following previous visits in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
While the staff and students are here they will be attending normal classes at Charleston Academy. We also have a few other events planned. On Tuesday (today) they visited Cairngorm and Highland Wildlife Park. Tomorrow, Wednesday they are special guests at Inverness Town House where the Provost will host a special lunch for our visitors. On Thursday one of the highlights of the visit will be our “Walk on the Wild Side” Fashion Show.
We are ever grateful for the hard work behind the scenes of our Global Exchange Committee headed by Mrs Mairi Sutherland and of course to the families and staff who host our visitors and provide a warm welcome for their stay in Scotland.
Our cultural and educational exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School continues. 10 students arrive on 18 March and will be with us on school until 30 March. During that time staff and students will be attending classes in Charleston Academy. A number of other events are also planned for our visitors when they are here:
- Tuesday 21: Welcome Assembly (S4, S5 and S6)
- Tuesday 21: Trip to Cairngorms and Highland Wildlife Park
- Wednesday 22: Civic Reception at the Town House hosted by the Provost
- Thursday 23: Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show
- Monday 27: Trip to Culloden Battlefield and Fort George
- Tuesday 28: Visit to Urquhart Castle courtesy of Jacobite Cruises
One of the major highlights is our “Into the Wild Fashion Show” which will involve a staff star turn as usual – watch this space. At this we also have a fantastic raffle to raise funds for the exchange programme. Prizes this year include:
- 2 x weekend tickets for Belladrum
- Three Course Lunch for 2 at Rocpool Reserve
- Four Ball at Strathpeffer Golf Club
- Afternoon Tea for 2 at Loch Ness Country House Hotel
- £20 Voucher for Old North Inn
- Meal Voucher for the Ness Deli
- Bottle of Glenwyvis Gin, Wines and Prossecco
- Marks & Spencer Vouchers
Be sure to get your tickets for the Fashion Show and Raffle early – this is always a sell out event.