Meal do naidheachd, Danielle!

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DSC01083At the end of last session, S2 Gaelic pupils entered a national competition run by CLAS (the professional association of secondary Gaelic teachers), in which they wrote about their likes and dislikes.  We were delighted that a pupil from Charleston Academy, Danielle Sanders (now 3K1) won this prestigious national award.  Danielle’s entry was published in a booklet which has been distributed to all secondary schools that took part.  In the photo, you can see Danielle with her certificate and a voucher worth £50, along with the other Charleston Academy pupils whose work was commended:  Joanna Renwick, Mia Geddes, Kirsty Hedderwick, Rhianna Day, Jade McCabe, Elise Lyall, Shona Graham-Taylor, Sirena Rattray and Jordan Zblewski.  Congratulations to you all!

Aig deireadh na bliadhna sgoile a chaidh, chuir sgoilearan na dàrna bliadhna a-staigh airson farpais sgrìobhaidh CLAS, le pìosan sgrìobhaidh mu na rudan as toigh agus nach toigh leotha.  Bha sinn air leth toilichte gun do bhuannaich sgoilear à Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich, Danielle Sanders (a-nis 3K1) a’ chiad duais anns an fharpais shònraichte nàiseanta seo.  Chaidh an sgrìobhadh aig Danielle fhoillseachadh ann an leabhran a chaidh a sgaoileadh gu gach àrd-sgoil a ghabh pàirt.  Anns an dealbh, chithear Danielle leis an teisteanas aice agus eàrlas luach £50, agus na sgoilearan eile a chaidh am moladh anns an fharpais:  Seonag Renwick, Mia Geddes, Ciorstaidh Hedderwick, Rhianna Day, Jade NicCaba, Ealasaid Lyall, Seòna Ghreumach-Nic an Tàilleir, Sirena Rattray agus Iòrdan Zblewski.  Mealaibh ur naidheachd!

Miss Yvonne Gunn, PT Languages

2013 SQA Results

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Sqa_logoCharleston Academy pupils received their SQA results today (Tuesday 6 August). We are delighted that so many pupils have done so well. This is testimony to the effort and hard work of our pupils, their teachers and other staff and also the support of their parents and carers.

Some results worthy of note are the 46 pupils in S5 (32.6%) who passed three or more Highers, compared to the Highland average of 27%. 21 of those S5 pupils passed five or more Highers (15%) which is well above the Highland average of 11.6%.

In S4, the number of passes at Standard Grade Credit Level was 56 (40.3%), up from 33% in 2011 and 37% in 2012.

Staff will be looking into the results in more detail over the next few weeks. Meanwhile congratulations to everyone on the results of their hard work. If anyone has concerns or queries about any aspect of the SQA results, please telephone the school meantime.

Award Ceremonies 2012-13

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Award Recipients 2012-13 (Click to download full list)

Awards Ceremonies for all year groups took place throughout May and June. It was a pleasure to see our Hall packed with over 300 award winners and their parents / carers / grandparents for each of these ceremonies. Our S6 Graduation Ceremony was held in May, followed by Award Ceremonies for S5 and S4. At the end of June Awards Ceremonies for S1, S2, and S3 took place. Our Awards Ceremonies allow us to recognise the significant achievements of our pupils.

Academic Awards are presented for Attainment, Improvement or Effort across a range of subjects. Special Awards were given out for an impressive variety of wider achievements including including participation and success in extra-curricular activities such as debating, athletics and sports as well as recognition of some very worthy achievements out of school too.

Well done everyone and a big thank you to all parents and carers for taking time out to attend, support and celebrate the achievements of our pupils. Our excellent partnership with our parent forum contributes hugely in ensuring our pupils continue to achieve across all areas of the school.

S6 Graduation: Integrity Award

View the PDF version of the Powerpoint used to explain the concept and design for our Integrity Award.

View the PDF version of the Powerpoint used to explain Mr O’Neill’s concept and design for our Integrity Award.

The Provost of Inverness commended our 2013 Graduation. Click to view.

The Provost of Inverness commended our 2013 Graduation. Click to view.

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Graduation Programme 2013. Click to view

Glenfeshie Spey Descent

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Pupils taking the ASDAN Qualification took part in a fantastic adventure at the end of term. They headed to Glenfeshie with Mr Smith and Mrs Bernery (Support for Learning) to take part in a canoeing and kayaking descent of the River Spey. Along the way they camped out overnight for the duration of the four day visit, learning essential bushcraft, camp fire skills and loch and river canoeing.

The aim of the trip is to build communication skills, improve self-awareness and learn more about the local environment. The trip was organised in partnership with Wild Things, a Findhorn based charity.

Luckily the weather was kind and everyone had a fantastic time.

Mr Richard Smith and Mrs Sandrine Bernery, Support for Learning Department

S4 Rural Skills

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Work Placement at Loch Ness Country House Hotel

This term pupils from the S4 Rural Skills class have been working in the grounds of the Loch Ness Country House Hotel.This is the fourth year of a very successful partnership with the hotel. The pupils work in the hotel gardens under the supervision of the gardener, Mr Roy Goddard.

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On a Thursday afternoon this term the pupils have completed a range of outdoor practical tasks working towards achieving their “Soft Landscaping” Unit. This involves planting flowers and vegetables, watering, weeding and pruning. The pupils will continue with this work placement after the summer holidays in August.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher

Shinty – The MacPherson Cup

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On Thursday 23 May, the Charleston U14s entered a 12-a-side squad in the shinty tournament for the MacPherson Cup down in Fort William.

It was a good day, a bit chilly but the sun was out. We got off to a slow start drawing with Portree 0-0 and Loch Gilphead 1-1. We then got into the swing of things and went on to beat Dingwall 3-0. We found our hardest opponent – Lochaber – in the final game and, sadly, lost. However, it was a great day, lots of good shinty and at least we came third!

Liam Eaton (4T1)

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Baby Knitwear for Botswana

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Back in April when our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana visited us, they received new-born baby wear knitted by staff, pupils, parents, grandmothers and other members of the Charleston Academy community. Recently that knitwear was distributed to the Maternity Hospital in Palapye to the delight of expectant or new mothers. Thanks to everyone who contributed something.

Charleston Rugby Players Success in France

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On the 14th June four Charleston Academy pupils headed off on a Rugby trip to France. Aidan Kent (4S1), Alex Murray (4K1), Cameron Kent (2S1) and Angus McEwan (2K2) had all been selected to take part in Highland Rugby Club’s trip to La Baule, France, which is a town twinned with Inverness. Aidan Kent wrote of the trip,

“It was a long trip, which meant travelling through the night and two flights. Once we finally arrived, we were welcomed by the town mayor at a formal dinner. There was a presentation and they talked about hoping to visit Inverness in 2014. On Saturday 16 the rugby club split into 4 teams: U13s A and B and U15s A and B side. Each team played two games (La Baule and a mixed French team). The La Baule U15 side had some great players yet it was no match for Highlands A team as they beat them 20-5. At the end of the day both the U13s and U15s were awarded with a trophy for winning the tournament.

Each night we gathered in the town hall for a cultural meal and speeches from various men and women who had a big role in sports within La Baule. By the end of each night the French were wanting to learn more and more of our ceilidh dances and hear more of the unfamiliar sound of the bagpipes.”

The four boys were selected from a large number of players and needed to fundraise money to lower the cost of the trip. One successful fundraiser was a ‘sponsored touch game’ where each Highland squad played 2 hours of non-stop rugby. Once each team had played their 2 hours, the club had finally managed to keep the ball moving for 12 hours. This raised a total of £1800.

The four boys were excellent ambassadors for Charleston Academy, Highland Rugby Club and Scotland. Well done.

Aidan Kent, 4S1


Jolomo Competition

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jamesmackenzieLast March James MacKenzie (6K) was encouraged to enter a competition run by the Jolomo ( John Lowrie Morrison ) Foundation.

The work was to based on the theme of the Scottish Landscape.

James work is a painting looking down LochNess from Dores with a superimposed outline of Urquhart Castle.

James did not win the competition but has been offered the opportunity to exhibit his work in the Scottish Parliament in September.

Ms Marj Macleod, Principal Teacher of Art & Design

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James Mackenzie, 6K


Art & Design Exhibition at Eden Court

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S6 pupils from Charleston Academy are exhibiting their excellent work at Eden Court.

This year the Sixth Year Art and Design Pupils have put forward a selection of work from either their Portfolios or Higher Photography.

 The A1 Art work ranges from development sheets towards fashion Garments currently exhibited in Charleston Academy’s main foyer to Final Pieces of Portraiture.

 The exhibition runs until the 28th of June.

Dress by Neillidh Sutherland

Dress by Neillidh Sutherland