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.
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
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)
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.
The course, starting in May, will explore the challenges around parenting in a digital world. Using ‘Positive Parenting’ techniques, the course supports parents of children and teenagers, or parents-to-be, to develop their own digital literacy, and develop strategies for managing online privacy, cyber safety and cyber bullying, as well as skills to encourage digital empathy, critical thinking and the positive use of digital media in family life.
Mrs H Macrae – Guidance Teacher
The girl’s football team made their second appearance with an away match against Millburn Academy last Wednesday. Our mixed S1 – S4 team played a hearty performance against the S1 – S6 team. Another terrific display from Anna in goals sadly did not stop a much more experienced Millburn team taking the lead early on. The girls gave an energetic performance (the half time jelly babies helped) and never backed down. A “girl of the match” performance goes to Cara Gourlay who ran up and down the pitch endlessly! Well done girls.
H Sommerville and R Stewart
Listen Well Scotland are a charitable organisation and we are delighted to announce that the listening service will be offered at Charleston Academy to our pupils. They aim to give people the opportunity to simply talk, and through this encourage individuals to identify positive solutions to their difficulties, rather than being given these sometimes ineffective solutions, by others. This is not a counselling or advice service and promotes self-resolution.
The flyers here give more information and pupils should self-refer, confidentially, by seeing Mrs MacRae in the Guidance Office.
Mrs H Macrae