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

Scotland International Track and Field

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photoS3 pupil Alison Horne (4T2) has been selected to throw shot putt for the Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association. This competition will see Scottish schools competing against schools from England, Ireland, and Wales. The event takes place at Santry Stadium in Dublin on 20 July.

Alison was selected to represent Scotland on the back of her performance at the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships were she won a Silver medal in the U-17 girls Shot Putt. Alison is eligible for this age group again next year.

Alison threw 9.76m and the winner threw 9.82m. Alison is pictured with her medal and also her badge standard. Competitors only receive these if they reach a required standard in their event. This is normally set very high and not many competitors receive these. Best wishes to Alison for success in Dublin.

Mr Russell McFee, Principal Teacher of Physical Education

 

Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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On Friday 7 June, eight CHAOS (CHarleston Academy Orienteering Squad) members travelled to Hopetoun House near Edinburgh to compete in the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships.

The courses were fast paced and the competition strong, but team spirit was high. In orienteering there are no ‘personal bests’ as terrain and courses are variable from competition to competition, but if there was such a thing then I’m sure that each one of the pupils would have come away with a new PB.

Charleston Academy 3rd place in Overall School Results

SONY DSCAll 8 pupils made the qualifying times to count for the overall school results, in which Charleston came third. I would go as far as to say that this fantastic result is not only due to individually doing well on the day, but also due to the feel good factor of a team that is so encouraging and supportive towards each other. Well done to Stuart Dingwall (S5), Callum White (S4), Hannah Farman (S4), Rowan White (S2), Kieran Watts (S2), Daniel Lamont(S2), Kate Farman (S2), Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr (S2).

Charleston Academy 2nd place in Team Results for S2 Boys

We had only one team this year and boy did they do well! The S2 boys who came third last year leapt up to 2nd place this year. Across the three counting runners they placed only ten minutes behind first place but were nearly an hour ahead of third place! Well done boys – Rowan White, Kieran Watts and Daniel Lamont.

Charleston Academy 1st and 3rd in Individual Results

Congratulations to Rowan White who came 1st in S2 Boys and to Hannah Farman who came 3rd in S4 Girls!

Local training and competition will continue with the next big races being the British Schools Championships in November this year.

Mrs Meike White, Parent Helper and CHAOS Coach

Wild Things at Charleston Academy

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Curriculum for Excellence in Action

This week our S2 students took part in taster sessions provide by the local outdoor learning charity Wild Things. The main purpose of the session was to take learning outside the classroom and work on the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence: Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

The session, which took place in Dunain Community Forest, was a resounding success as students learned about local plants and wildlife whilst developing basic bush craft skills such as: wild foods, shelter building and how to start a safe camp fire.

The feedback from the students was incredibly positive. Our work with Wild Things will hopefully become an integral part of the curriculum at Charleston Academy.

Mr Richard Smith, Support for Learning Department

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Big Green Challenge 2013 Winners

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BGC Winners 2013Congratulations to Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2L2), and Morven Carmichael (1S2) who have won the Big Green Challenge renewable energy debate at the Scottish Parliament. A fantastic achievement for the girls and Charleston Debating Club as this is now the second time in three years that we have won this very prestigious event. Unfortunately team mate Kieran Watts (2K2) was unable to make the trip to Edinburgh.

Read more HERE.

Rural Skills Visit to Dingwall Mart

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On Thursday 30 May the S4 Rural Skills class took part in a visit to an event organised by the National Sheep Association at Dingwall Mart.

The main aim of the day was for the pupils to collect information for the Rural Skills unit of work called “Land based Industries.”  The class were given a guided tour by Stephen Mackintosh, a local sheep farmer.

Stephen showed the class a wide variety of sheep breeds and explained about the work involved in caring for a flock of sheep. The pupils also enjoyed looking at the displays of agricultural machinery (especially the quad bikes!) and watching a display of sheep shearing and a sheep dog trial.

Thanks to Maggie Wormald of the Royal Highland Educational Trust for inviting the class to attend this event.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher

First National Scottish Spelling Bee Competition

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Claire and Danielle outside the Scottish Parliament

Claire Macleod (1L1) represented Charleston Academy at the National Spelling Bee competition held at the Scottish Parliament on Friday. She achieved the highest score of all the first years taking part. She was very dedicated and practised every lunch time the week leading up to the event. Danielle Ross (1K1) came second and was invited as official supporter. Her enthusiasm was very much appreciated by all.

Thirty seven S1 pupils from twenty schools in thirteen authorities were invited to compete in the final. They were asked to learn two hundred words in French, German or Spanish. They had to be able to translate the words from English and spell them using the alphabet of the target language. They had to spell as many words as possible in one minute.

After a guided tour of the Parliament, pupils were ushered into a rather grand committee room for the semi-finals. The contestants were facing the audience and the words were displayed on large screens behind them. The atmosphere was electric and there was a lot of encouragement from the supporters.

In the first round, four were chosen to go through to the final. Claire was unlucky, just missing fourth place. All was not lost for the Highlands though. Glen Urquhart High School was the overall winner in the French section and took the trophy in the final.

The event was supported by the European Commission and organised by the University of Strathclyde and SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages). The MSP Maureen Watt sponsored it.

The event was so successful; the organisers are very keen to see it grow.

Well done to Claire and Danielle who were a tribute to the school.

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Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

 

Sports Day Athletics Finals

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Our annual Sports Day took place on Friday 24th May. Great weather, a competitive yet supportive spirit made it an enjoyable afternoon for all staff and pupils who were either competing or watching during suspended timetable.

Full details, all of the results, and great pictures are now on the Athletics Page in the Wider Curriculum section. Well done everybody.