European day of languages

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On Tuesday 26th September, pupils in French, Gaelic and German classes celebrated European Day of Languages.  Pupils learnt lots of language facts and participated in language quizzes.  They were interested to learn about the noises made by animals of different nationalities (!), interesting idiomatic expressions and the longest words in various languages.  More importantly, it was another great opportunity for staff to promote the benefits of language learning.

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European Day of Languages photo

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher languages

Film G

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A number of S1 and S2 pupils recently showed an interest in producing a short Gaelic film for the Film G competition.  BBC Journalist Mairi Rodgers has been in school to assign roles and to start the pupils off with their script writing.  We will continue with this at lunchtimes so pupils involved should keep an eye on the Daily Notices.  Once the script has been completed, the next stage will be filming then editing.

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher Languages

Parents information evening – Tues 26th Sept.

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The school is holding an information evening for parents of S4-6 pupils on Tuesday 26th September at 7 pm.  This is to look at SQA exams and extra support that can be offered at home and in school.  A letter has been sent via pupils with a tear off slip to return if you plan to attend.  Alternatively, please telephone the school office to confirm you will be attending.  Many thanks.

Mr G Stewart

Acting Head Teacher

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Albert Roux dinner

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The Albert Roux charity dinner took place on Wednesday 13th Sept.  We were both serving the food and clearing everything from the tables after.  We were trained by Rockpool reserve gneral manager David.  We both really enjoyed ourselves and would like to do it again.

Lucy Frame & Ronan Howarth (3T1)

 

A big thank you yo all staff and pupils who helped to make the Roux charity dinner a great success.  Your support was very much appreciated by the Home Economics department.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Mrs A. Fraser

Principal Teacher of Home Economics

Sponsored walk Fancy dress

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Pupils from S1 – S6 arrived this morning with a wide range of fancy dress outfits ready for the sponsored walk.  Well done to all pupils who got dressed up.

The winners from each year group are:

S1 – Molly Macleman – Jellyfish

S2 – Olivia Ambrose – TV

S3 – Jasper Kinghorn – Hawaiian shirt

S4 – Rachael Cook – Little red riding hood

S5 – Nakita Borwick – Baby

S6 – Zethan Rooks & Hannah Eaton – Characters from dark souls

 

 

Update on activities and trips over the past few months

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Over the past few months pupils and staff had been very busy taking part in a wide range of activities in and out with school.

May 2017

Sports week:

The P.E. department put on another fantastic week of athletics competition for S1 – S3 pupils culminating in the track final on Friday 26th May.  The weather was kind to us again and we had a great afternoon in the sun watching the athletes.

 

June 2017

Woodwind group

The Charleston Academy woodwind group went across to Kinmylies Primary before the summer with Mr Fairfield and Anna Aalders our woodwind instructor, to play for the pupils and to talk about the different types of instruments.  We were also able to get some of the beginner flautists at the primary to join us for a few of the pieces that we played (some of them are now part of our new S1 cohort).

S3 YPI:

The YPI Scotland National Event takes place in June each year, and represents an opportunity to celebrate all that has been achieved through YPI that year, whilst showcasing best practice from across Scotland. The event recognises the philanthropic success and engagement of tens of thousands of secondary students who have been responsible for directing hundreds of thousands of pounds to local grassroots charities.  The winning team from Charleston attended this event.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative – YPI Scotland 2017 event at Perth Concert Hall.
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Basketball:

Congratulations to Kira Buchan of S3 who was selected for the Scotland U-15 Basketball Team. After a gruelling two week selection process Kira was selected, along with fourteen other girls to represent her country in a season of International friendlies. Scotland opened up the campaign with a tough loss to Ireland however Kira ensured it wasn’t easy for the Irish by contributing a valuable 8 points to the final score.  Kira then flew out to Barcelona with the Squad to compete in a series of international games. We look forward to hearing how the rest of the season goes. Well done Kira!

 

 

Activity days:

Just before the change of timetable, S1 – S3 pupils took part in a wide range of activities as part of our 2 activity days.  These included Football, Canoeing, Landmark, Paintball, Go Katring, Craft, Equestrian, Climbing, Archery and much more.

 

USA trip:

On the 28th of June, 46 pupils from Charleston Academy departed from the school for New York City and Washington DC. We left from Glasgow airport in the early hours of the morning and arrived in New York City late afternoon. We were in NYC for five days and whilst we were in the ‘Big Apple’ we visited a variety of popular tourist attractions including the Empire State building and Central Park which was an incredible experience for everyone who was a part of the trip. We got the opportunity to see Times Square, the 9/11 memorial and even have a meal at Planet Hollywood to name a few. On one of the days we took the ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty and all the history that was encompassed within. Of course we couldn’t visit New York without going shopping, of which there was a lot!

After our time in New York we travelled to Washington DC with a quick stopover in Philadelphia to see the Rocky steps. We were in Washington DC for four days and during that time we visited the Smithsonian museums, the White House, the Capitol building and also got the chance to have dinner at the Hard Rock cafe. Whilst in DC we had the unforgettable experience of an American baseball game in which the New York Mets went up against the Washington Nationals, it was a night many will never forget. On the 4th of July, we got to be part of American culture and attended a parade in the capital city. That evening we went to a concert at the Capitol building where a variety of artists performed including the Beach Boys.

Overall, it was a trip of a lifetime and one that will stay with us forever. On behalf of all the pupils that went on the trip, we would like to thank the teachers for organising and taking us to the USA.

Grace and Jacob

(Head Prefects)

 

Peru trip:

This summer, myself and some of my other classmates went on a once in a lifetime trip to Peru for 21 days. Whilst there we did some amazing things and learnt a lot of life lessons.

In our first week, we went to the Amazon Rainforest. Even though we lost our weight in sweat due to the heat we enjoyed it so much! We got to see a whole variety of wildlife from Howler Monkeys to Macaws to Caiman; it was a very interesting experience. We also went out on a night cruise and night walk through the jungle.

On the second week, we travelled to an orphanage just outside Cusco after adjusting the high altitude. There we spent several days building a border wall for the orphanage and playing football with the resident children. All the kids were so welcoming and it was so overwhelming to see how much they appreciated everything we did for them!

The rest of our trip was spent relaxing and getting to experience the culture of Peru; we walked up to Machu Picchu, went sandboarding in Ica and got to explore Cusco and Lima. One night, we also got to dance with the Peruvian locals and experience their local traditions, it was great fun!

Overall it was an eye opening experience and everyone would love to go back in a heartbeat! We all learnt so much about the cultural differences between Peru and Scotland and the trip made us really realise how lucky we are.

Samantha Cochrane

August

Climbing Club trip:

During the last week of the Summer holidays 11 pupils with 3 staff and 1 volunteer headed to Skye for the Climbing Club Summer trip.  We had 2 great days climbing and wild camping at Neist point. A day climbing at A small crag called Torr a chruidh followed by a wet and wild evening camping.  The plan for the 4th day was to head to Raasay but the weather was fairly unpleasant so we wetn on a magical mystery tour of Skye.  We visited Portree, Kilt rock, Staffin and a small croft to see how the sheeps wool was used.  Our final day was in the Cullin.  We climbed Bruach na Frithe and were rewarded with outstanding views acroos all of ther Skye Cullin, returning via the fairy pools.   We all had a fantastic time and look forward to next years adventure.

Photos available on the Climbing Club Facebook page

Mr J Richards

Sponsored walk – support from Robertson Construction

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The school sponsored walk is scheduled for the 21st September.  This helps us raise money for the school fund to support extra-curricular activities.  Maureen Gallie in our school office was asked to see about getting Hi-vis vests.  Maureen contacted Roberston Construction who very kindly donated the vests and then arrived at the school with £350 for the school fund.  They have also agreed to work closely with the school in preparing youngsters for work.

A big thank you to Robertson Construction.

Coaching session with Judy Murray

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#charlestonpeA last minute visit to Inverness from Judy Murray meant that a National 4/5 class and Higher class were able to access tennis coaching from the best of the best!  Judy, (Mum to Andy and Jamie) had approximately 80 pupils from across Inverness eating out of her hand as she shared skills and ideas and gave out challenges and competitions.

Our pupils, most of whom are not tennis players, enjoyed the sun-soaked afternoon and were inspired by the coaching from Judy.  I am very sure the courts at Bellfield will have been busier than usual as a result of her visit!  A fabulous experience for involved.

Mrs A Thomson