Well done Sam!

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Congratulations to Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2) who has been successful in his application and interview with the Fulbright Commission / Sutton Trust USA Programme. Sam will now participate in a week long course at Yale University in Connecticut during August this year. This programme is designed to assist foreign students apply to Ivy League Universities in the United States. Sam wants to study law. In the USA, Law (like Medicine) is a postgraduate degree programme so Sam will be applying to study Political Science as an undergraduate first. We all wish Sam the best of luck with the programme and subsequent application process. Well done.

Senior Football Match Report

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Charleston Academy Senior Football Team played away to Invergordon Academy on Wednesday 27th March. The senior boys recorded their second league win in three days.

Invergordon Academy 0 – 2 Charleston Academy

The senior boys scored a very comfortable 2-0 away victory against Invergordon Academy. Goals from Mark Donaldson and Steven MacLeod (one in either half) were enough to give Charleston the three points. Charleston dominated the match from start to finish, creating numerous clear cut chances throughout the match and throughly deserved the victory.

Mark Donaldson (1)

Steven MacLeod (1)

Man of the Match: Ryan Keil

Mr Ryan MacKintosh, PE Teacher and Senior Football Coach

Highland Hockey Tournament

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On Thursday 28th of February Charleston Academy entered the Highland schools Hockey Tournament in Dingwall against Kingussie, Tain, Gordonstoun, Milnes, Dingwall and Millburn Academy.

Well done to Annie Mackenzie, Rebecca Purvis, Eilidh Sandilands, Maia Macdiarmid, Coral Allan, Lucy Duff, Nicola Walker, Melissa Fife, Rebecca Morris and Claire Macdonald who demonstrated some excellent hockey against some very strong teams. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough this time to secure a win.

Great effort girls!

 

 

S1 Highland Hockey Tournament

Charleston Academy travelled to Milburn Academy on the 17th of March to compete in the S2 Highland Hockey Tournament. Playing against, three very strong teams; Fortrose, Mlilburn and Dingwall Academy. Charleston girls demonstrated some excellent hockey throughout the tournament, playing extremely well together and getting stronger every match. There were lots of great goals scored from our girls, and plenty of cheering from our supporters on the sidelines.

Well done to Eilidh MacCarmick, Laurie Macphee, Gabbie Gill, Claire Macleod, Anna Louise Mackenzie, Sophie Fraser and Olivia Cairns, for finishing second overall in the tournament, taking home an early Easter egg each. Great effort girls, excellent tournament.

Senior Highland Hockey Tournament

Charleston Academy travelled to Millburn Academy on the 21st of March to Compete in the Highland Hockey Tournament. Playing against, Millburn, Dingwall and Fortrose Academy. In the bitter cold and windy conditions Charleston girls, played some excellent hockey against some very strong teams. Some fantastic goals were being scored and some excellent goals were being saved by Kirsty Coutts. Well done girls for playing extremely well under such harsh weather conditions.

Well done to Rhona Stark, Ashley Streets, Jay Hannah, Emma Mackenzie, Shona Mead, Tamara Macdougall, Laura Urquhart, Laura Gallagher, Kirsty Coutts and Lucy Dobson, for finishing third equal with Fortrose Academy.

Miss Joanne Flemming, PE Teacher and Hockey Coach

RYLA Camp

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Congratulations to S5 pupils Anthony Keyes (5S1), Laura Brown (5T2), and Georgia Platt (5T1) who, following a successful interview on Wednesday, have each been selected to participate in the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Summer Camp. Anthony is being sponsored by Inverness Rotary Club, Laura by Loch Ness Rotary Club and Georgia is being sponsored by Culloden Rotary Club.

The three Charleston Academy pupils will join successful candidates from other schools at a camp in summer focusing on leadership and other skills. The RYLA camp interviewers spoke highly of the quality of the interviews given by Charleston Academy pupils. Commiserations to Emma Macrae and Alex Farquharson who were unsuccessful but awarded a place on the reserve list. On their return from camp Anthony, Laura and Georgia will be invited to a Rotary Lunch to give a short presentation about their experience.

S1 & S2 Dodgeball League

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S1 S2 Dodgeball Photo

Congratulations to Balls of Fury who won the S1/2 dodgeball league. Balls of Fury, a team made up of S2 boys (Liam Burnside, Ewan MacRae, Enrique Juste, Seif Mohammed, Fergus McIntyre, Liam MacLeod, Louis Sutherland, Liam Young and Fraser McIntosh) beat of stiff competition from Dodge the Balls, The Sideburns, Balls of Fire and Sammy Steele to win the 18 game league by one point. Well done to all participants!

 

Dodgeball results

Mr Ryan Mackintosh, PE Teacher and Dodgeball Coach

Senior Football Result

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Goals from Ronan Cousins, Stefan McRitchie and a late winner from Ross Harrison was enough to see Charleston edge a thrilling league match against current league leaders Ullapool High School.

Charleston Academy 3 : 2 Ullapool High School

Charleston took a deserved lead with a cross come shot by Ronan Cousins half way through the first half. However, they were pegged back when Ullapool scored a goal right on the stroke of half time to level the match at 1-1. Into the second half, Charleston withstood a lot of pressure and scored against the run of play with Stefan McRitchie chipping the goalkeeper to make it 2-1. However, Charleston again were to be pegged back with Ullapool scoring in the last ten minutes to draw level at 2-2. With the game looking like it was to end in a draw, Ross Harrison kept his cool in a crowded penalty area to strike and score a late winner in injury time which earned Charleston the three points. The win was no less than what Charleston deserved who played excellent from the first whistle to the last.

Ronan Cousins (1)

Stefan McRitchie (1)

Ross Harrison (1)

Man of the Match: Ross MacInnes

Mr Ryan Mackintosh, PE Teacher and Senior Football Coach

Highland Young Engineers

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Sixth Years and science prefects Michaela Kent, George Ashton and Erin Moss represented Charleston Academy at the Highlands Young Engineers and Science Clubs Celebrations held at Eden Court last week.

The event was an opportunity to take part in industry challenges, showcase science club activities and compete in an Eco-Ferry challenge. The three sixth years had a great day and gained a wonderful insight into the work of industry in some innovative areas.

Science Club relies heavily on the support of the science prefects and it was fitting on the day that they received a special mention at the prize giving ceremony.

Mrs Pam Hamilton, Science Technician and Science Club Coordinator

S1 7-aside Football

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photo (1)On Wednesday 20th March Charleston Academy’s first year football team took part in the SFA Cashback 7-a-side football tournament. The competition was run at Charleston Academy with Portree High School and Dingwall Academy also taking part. With only four teams entered (Charleston, Dingwall ‘A’, Dingwall ‘B’ and Portree) we ran a round robin tournament and the winners would qualify to take part in the National finals.

Charleston had their hardest match first as they took on Dingwall ‘A’. They put in a good performance and demonstrated some fantastic football, however Dingwall proved to be slightly stronger and won the match 3-2.

In the second match, Charleston took on Dingwall ‘B’ which was a very close match and both teams played excellent football. Charleston went 1-0 up and looked to be the team in control. Dingwall did not give up easily and kept the pressure on throughout the whole match and managed to finish the match securing a 1-1 draw.

Lastly, Charleston took on Portree in what was the match of the tournament. It was a very close game throughout and both teams gave it one hundred present. Charleston managed to secure a win 5-4.

A great effort from the boys – well done to the whole team!

Charleston take on Invergordon Academy in their next league game on  Wednesday 27th March.

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach

Under 14 Badminton Tournament

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FOT5E8D1On Wednesday 13th of March, the U14 Charleston Academy Badminton Team entered the Inverness-shire badminton league which was held in Nairn Academy.  Charleston was in a pool with the hosts Nairn Academy and Millburn Academy “A” team.  At the end of the round robin there was a three way tie between all the teams.  To decide what position each team finished in the pool there was a play off mixed doubles match.  Charleston won one and lost the other which left us 2nd in the pool.  In the next stage of the tournament we faced Dingwall Academy in the 3rd/4th play-off.  Unfortunately, after a hard fought match we lost 3-2 finishing in 4th place.  Well done to all who played outstanding and I hope you enjoyed your first taste of competitive badminton.

Duncan Grant

Euroscola

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Two weeks ago, I took part in a programme for young language students all over Scotland called ‘Euroscola’.  Funded by my local rotary club, the programme allows for a group of students studying Advanced Higher languages to represent their country at the European parliament in Strasbourg.

The trip required us to try and speak in French as much as possible, whilst also introducing us to the city of Strasbourg and Alsatian culture. For example, one day we were asked to do surveys on the streets of Strasbourg, which was especially difficult due to the unique Alsatian dialect spoken in the city. Among visiting the stunning Cathedral and canal in the heart of the city, we were also given ample opportunities to shop and feast on local delicacies, such as the tarte flambée, ‘ce n’était pas mon expérience préférée du voyage !’

However the highlight of the trip was the day we spent at the European Parliament. With 25 of the 27 EU member states represented, sitting in the hemisphere was absolutely breath-taking. The morning allowed each nation to introduce themselves before opening the floor up to a question and answer session.

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After lunch, we broke off into smaller committee like groups with each nation being represented. Each group had to discuss a different European issue such as ‘Immigration and Integration’, ‘Environmental Policy’ or ‘The Media’. My topic was ‘2013, the year of the European Citizen’. Although I initially found it to be a rather vast topic, the group discussed current issues such as Gay Marriage, Drug Legalisation and the role of Religion and Languages. These ideas were then brought to the floor of the hemisphere and discussed by all 600 representatives, much like they would be with real MEPs and genuine bills.  The experience was quite surreal, but I was able to bring myself to debate the various ideas being exchanged in the Hemisphere. An accomplishment I am very much proud of.

Overall, my trip to Strasbourg and the European Parliament was the best opportunity I’ve ever had to experience another culture and discuss politics on a continental level. It has greatly aided my spoken French, whilst also reinforced my original love of languages, which I will be studying at Edinburgh University as of September this year. ‘J’aurais voulu rester plus longtemps et c’était une expérience que je n’oublierai jamais !’

Lewis Robertson, Advanced Higher French pupil & Torridon House Captain

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