Shinty Success

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Hi All,

Beauly U14 Shinty team were successful in the MacTavish Cup final on Saturday through in Oban, playing against Fort William and winning 2-0.  A number of our pupils were involved, Rory MacColl,Michael Brindle, Kieran Rennie Leon Maclellan and Euan MacCormick were part of the team – Euan was captain and gave a good wee pre match interview for the Camanachd Facebook page last week.

https://www.facebook.com/camanachdassociation/

Congratulations to all the players who took part in the match.

parent letter

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Please find below a letter that was emailed out to parents.  (if you haven’t received it please contact the school to update your email address)

Mr G Stewart

Head Teacher

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Chantier de bénévoles en France – juillet 2018

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Cet été, je suis allé dans le Midi pour participer à un chantier de bénévoles. Je voulais améliorer mon français avant la rentrée scolaire tout en découvrant la culture française.

Pendant mon séjour, j’ai aidé à reconstruire un mur de pierres datant du 17ème siècle sur un site historique. C’était dans le petit village de Saint-Chamas au bord de la méditerranée, près de la ville de Marseille. Il faisait très chaud (35°C parfois) rendant le travail d’autant plus difficile. Sans compter les moustiques qui étaient intolérables, bien pire que les midges ! Mais à la fin, j’étais fier de mon travail et j’ai acquis de nombreuses compétences utiles, qui me serviront à l’avenir.

Nous étions quinze à travailler sur le chantier, trois animateurs et douze jeunes et nous logions dans une auberge de jeunesse. Les autres jeunes, âgés de 16 à 18 ans, venaient du monde entier, d’Espagne, d’Italie, des États-Unis, même si la plupart d’entre eux étaient français. Je me suis fait beaucoup de nouveaux amis, et je resterai en contact avec eux en ligne.

Mis à part le travail, comme vous le savez probablement, la France a gagné la coupe du monde et j’ai eu la chance d’être dans le pays pour célébrer cette victoire. Pour la finale, nous avons visité Istres; l’ambiance était fantastique et la foule en liesse – champagne, bombes fumigènes, euphorie. C’était vraiment une expérience unique ! Nous sommes aussi allés à des festivals de danse et de musique à Avignon et Orange. Nous avons vu le feu d’artifice du 14 juillet à Istres; nous avons fait de l’accrobranche et du canoë et nous sommes allés au cinéma et à la plage.

La culture française est très différente de la nôtre; en fait, quand je suis arrivé, j’ai souffert du dépaysement, c’était peut-être dû au fait que j’étais parti seul. La nourriture était très différente. Les produits étaient plus frais et locaux, le pain du boulanger du village, les légumes de l’épicier ou du marché. J’ai découvert plein de pâtisseries et aussi les baguettes que les Français trempent au petit-déjeuner dans leur café, qu’ils boivent dans un bol (je croyais que c’était une blague) ! Dans le sud en particulier, l’ambiance était très détendue, avec beaucoup de pauses pendant la journée pour passer plus de temps en famille ou boire un café.

Malheureusement, j’ai remarqué que la plupart des jeunes fument, beaucoup plus qu’en Écosse. Ceci dit, les jeunes français mangent mieux qu’en Écosse, plus de légumes, de produits laitiers et moins d’aliments modifiés ou gras.

En conclusion, je dirais que mon séjour en France était excellent. Le paysage, la nourriture, les gens, tout était vraiment génial. Le fait de voyager seul m’a permis d’être plus indépendant car j’ai appris à me débrouiller seul. J’espère avoir l’occasion de retourner en France très bientôt !

Robert THORNE – AH French                      http://www.apare-cme.eu/en/

ÒRAN MÒR: BLAS 2018: NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS 10.30am-5.30pm:

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On SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER, BLAS FESTIVAL 2018 https://www.blas-festival.com closes with a special event at the NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS. This daytime event is to celebrate THE YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE (YoYP) and is the only large-scale event to take place as part of YoYP within the north of Scotland.

 

Fèisean nan Gàidheal with support from EventScotland is hosting the all-day concert and we would like to ensure that news of this reaches all Highland schoolchildren and their families as well as the general public.

 

This is intended as a family-friendly event with bands chosen by a panel of young people. Tickets cost £18, £15 and ONLY £5 for all school age young people and those under 26 carrying a Young Scot Card. Bands include Trail West, Breabach and Skipinnish and these musicians will take to the stage alongside young musicians from throughout Scotland.  We think the day is lining up to be a very exciting event.

 Eilidh

 

School photographs

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See below the timetable for the photographs next week.  As a result of only 1 photographer coming it has been necessary to spread some of Mondays over to Tuesday morning.

 

Miss R MacPherson

Depute Head Teacher

Read Write Inc. Excursion

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On the morning of Tuesday 12th June, the pupils who have been part of our Speeder Reader/ Read Write Inc. group throughout S1 went on an excursion to Inverness Town centre as a reward for all their hard work and achievements in developing their literacy skills this year.

 

First stop was Inverness Library where the pupils were shown around by Mrs Appleby, Network Librarian at the library. Mrs Appleby took us to see the Reference room then it was on to see the oldest book in the library which dates to the 15th century. The next stop on our tour was the reading room where we heard about plans for a new business hub with the remainder of our visit being spent in the lending area. Here, Mrs Appleby talked to us about the variety of books and other items available to borrow from the library including graphic novels and silent books.

 

Following our library visit, it was on to Waterstones bookshop where the pupils all chose their own book to keep. The books selected by the pupils were a broad range, from well-known authors such as JK Rowling, David Walliams and Andy McNab to books on football, sheep-rearing and mindfulness. Thank you to Waterstones, our Parent Council and Charleston Academy for funding this part of our excursion.

 

Many thanks also to all the people who made our excursion possible – Mrs Sleet for accompanying us, Mrs Appleby for our library tour and Pete and Tom in Waterstones for advising us on books.

Badaguish Youth Challenge 2018

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Congratulations to the Charleston Academy teams that participated in the Badaguish Youth Challenge this weekend along with 30 other teams from schools and groups across the North of Scotland

 

Our Girls Team of; Amma Crombie, Beth Harrison, Emily Hunter, and Rachel Gillies won the Ladies Trophy event and were 5th overall

Our Mixed Team of; Rosie Gittings, Archie Grey, and Katie Smith won the Mixed Team Shield and were 4th overall

 

The Badaguish Outdoor Centre is a charity that offers fun, sociable and safe short breaks for children and adults who have a learning disability and those with more complex care and support requirements. If you’d like to donate to this worthy local cause please see the above mentioned pupils before Friday 18th May to bolster their sponsor forms.

 

Mr S Tillam

S3 Italy Trip

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Some of our S3 pupils are currently on the Geography and Home Economics trip to Italy.

If you’d like to keep up with their adventures, you can follow their Instagram feed (charleston.italy.trip)

https://www.instagram.com/charleston.italy.trip/?hl=en

Italy Trip

Multilingual Debate

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Last Wednesday the Modern Languages department took a group of senior pupils to the Multi-lingual debate at Heriot-Watt University. After the long journey down, we were treated to very generous and tasty ‘pot noodles’ provided by the Confucius Institute.

This was followed by the debate. There were two teams of three who spoke languages including German, Chinese, French, Spanish and English. We could use headphones and listen to simultaneous translations into English or if you preferred from English into another language! The motion proposed that we should replace fossil fuels by renewables entirely and in a short time period. The debate was fascinating, not only to witness the skill of the interpreters but also to share the cultural knowledge of the speakers. To the surprise of many, although a significant majority of the audience supported the motion before the debate, this was reversed after they had heard the various arguments for and against.

In the closing speeches we were reminded how useful learning a foreign language is, in particular for employment but also to understand the world around us.