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Our annual Bronze Expedition training weekend took place on Friday 28th Sept – Sunday 30th Sept at Abriachan Forest Trust. Thirty S3 pupils arrived on Friday afternoon and were quickly started on their training by setting up camp. Following on from this, the pupils were shown how to use stoves safely then they cooked their own evening meals. After tidying up, the pupils were divided into teams and worked their way around some problem-solving activities as part of the team-building element of the weekend. This was followed by a talk and discussion on expedition aims and the countryside code then it was out into the dark for our traditional torchless walk through the woods.
On Saturday morning, following a very windy night, the groups worked well to cook their own breakfasts then practiced taking down and folding the tents. This was followed by a demonstration on rucksack packing which gave the opportunity to discuss suitable (and not so suitable!) (and some not so suitable!) items to take on expeditions. The pupils then packed their rucksack and carried them on a short walk to experience carrying a full expedition sac. Then it was back to camp to set up the tents again and to have lunch, providing another opportunity to practice safe use of stoves. We celebrated Ella’s birthday with lots of chocolate cake, a very welcome injection of sugar after the walk! Thank you to Ella’s mum for the cake.
After lunch, the teams undertook training in map reading, navigation and emergency first aid, all essential training elements to equip participants for their unaccompanied expeditions next May/ June. We had a lovely visit on Saturday afternoon from Heather MacKenzie, our new Home Link Worker, who took a very welcome box of biscuits with her. Thank you, Heather!
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t kind to us on Saturday evening so the planned campfire (with compulsory toasted marshmallows) was abandoned. However, it did give some groups the opportunity to experience using the emergency bothy bags and a chance to build up new friendships.
On Sunday morning, the pupils worked their way around an orienteering course to practice their map-reading skills. Following the highlight of the weekend, Mr Foster’s poo talk, the group packed up and ensured they were following the ‘leave no trace’ rule of using our outdoors by tidying the camping area. The pupils were then collected at noon, all ready for a hot shower and their own bed.
Many thanks to Suzanne at Abriachan Forest Trust for facilitating our visit and setting out Sunday’s orienteering trail. Thanks also to Mr Foster, Miss Gray, Miss Massey and Mr Nairn for organising and delivering the training.
The practice and assessed expeditions will take place in May/ June 2019. Before the expeditions, participants are expected to complete the other three sections of their award (Volunteering, Physical and Skills). This involves undertaking the chosen activity for one hour/ week for either three or six months and asking an appropriate assessor to provide a written report so that the section can be signed off in their eDofE profile. Participants requiring help to complete these sections this will be given during our regular Monday lunchtime meetings if required.
Miss L Gray
Sixth year pupil Finbar Doig has been chosen to produce a video for the British Freeride opening
event in Edinburgh on 3rd November.
British Freeride are a national snow sports organisation supporting and developing extreme skiers
to compete and safely explore mountains beyond the pistes. The opening event is an annual get
together of like minded people encouraging them to get ready for the new ski season.
This summer Finbar took part in a junior Freeride camp in Folgefonna glacier in Norway. Some of
the world’s best Freeride competitors were on hand to coach young skiers from across Europe.
Finbar was presented with a set of top of the range Atomic skis in recognition of his enthusiasm
“It was awesome getting to ski and learning from some of my heroes, they encouraged me to try a
double backflip in the water. I practised the landing until I was confident enough to try it on the
snow which I did and I landed it.”
Last season Finbar won two of the Scottish Freedom series events and was placed second
overall in the series. He also gained valuable experience in Verbier Switzerland in the Freeride
Junior World Tour .
Photo by: Robert Grew Photography
Photo show Finbar jumping into the Back Corries in Nevis Range, Scotland
On Thursday 13th September, Charleston Academy Maths Department were delighted to welcome Andrew Jeffrey to the school and give a 1 hour presentation to all 1st and 2nd year pupils. Throughout the week, Andrew had been visiting various secondary schools across Scotland as part of National Maths Week. All those attending were very fortunate indeed that Charleston was the only school in the Highlands selected and able to host Andrew during his Scottish tour.
Andrew is highly renowned across the UK as a stimulating and highly entertaining maths presenter, who utilises his professional magician skills to very good effect. As well as ‘wowing’ Charleston pupils with some impressive number tricks, Andrew also put across some very important messages about Maths and learning, as well as highlighting the fundamental importance of the numbers in everyday life.
As expected, there was plenty of pupil participation during the talk and it was good to see so many youngsters wanting to contribute. By way of ‘celebrating’ Maths Week, this was a highly appropriate and successful event to have been staged at Charleston and many thanks are due to those who made it possible.
Beauly U14 Shinty team were successful in the MacTavish Cup final on Saturday through in Oban, playing against Fort William and winning 2-0. A number of our pupils were involved, Rory MacColl,Michael Brindle, Kieran Rennie Leon Maclellan and Euan MacCormick were part of the team – Euan was captain and gave a good wee pre match interview for the Camanachd Facebook page last week.
Congratulations to all the players who took part in the match.
Please find below a letter that was emailed out to parents. (if you haven’t received it please contact the school to update your email address)
Mr G Stewart
Cet été, je suis allé dans le Midi pour participer à un chantier de bénévoles. Je voulais améliorer mon français avant la rentrée scolaire tout en découvrant la culture française.
Pendant mon séjour, j’ai aidé à reconstruire un mur de pierres datant du 17ème siècle sur un site historique. C’était dans le petit village de Saint-Chamas au bord de la méditerranée, près de la ville de Marseille. Il faisait très chaud (35°C parfois) rendant le travail d’autant plus difficile. Sans compter les moustiques qui étaient intolérables, bien pire que les midges ! Mais à la fin, j’étais fier de mon travail et j’ai acquis de nombreuses compétences utiles, qui me serviront à l’avenir.
Nous étions quinze à travailler sur le chantier, trois animateurs et douze jeunes et nous logions dans une auberge de jeunesse. Les autres jeunes, âgés de 16 à 18 ans, venaient du monde entier, d’Espagne, d’Italie, des États-Unis, même si la plupart d’entre eux étaient français. Je me suis fait beaucoup de nouveaux amis, et je resterai en contact avec eux en ligne.
Mis à part le travail, comme vous le savez probablement, la France a gagné la coupe du monde et j’ai eu la chance d’être dans le pays pour célébrer cette victoire. Pour la finale, nous avons visité Istres; l’ambiance était fantastique et la foule en liesse – champagne, bombes fumigènes, euphorie. C’était vraiment une expérience unique ! Nous sommes aussi allés à des festivals de danse et de musique à Avignon et Orange. Nous avons vu le feu d’artifice du 14 juillet à Istres; nous avons fait de l’accrobranche et du canoë et nous sommes allés au cinéma et à la plage.
La culture française est très différente de la nôtre; en fait, quand je suis arrivé, j’ai souffert du dépaysement, c’était peut-être dû au fait que j’étais parti seul. La nourriture était très différente. Les produits étaient plus frais et locaux, le pain du boulanger du village, les légumes de l’épicier ou du marché. J’ai découvert plein de pâtisseries et aussi les baguettes que les Français trempent au petit-déjeuner dans leur café, qu’ils boivent dans un bol (je croyais que c’était une blague) ! Dans le sud en particulier, l’ambiance était très détendue, avec beaucoup de pauses pendant la journée pour passer plus de temps en famille ou boire un café.
Malheureusement, j’ai remarqué que la plupart des jeunes fument, beaucoup plus qu’en Écosse. Ceci dit, les jeunes français mangent mieux qu’en Écosse, plus de légumes, de produits laitiers et moins d’aliments modifiés ou gras.
En conclusion, je dirais que mon séjour en France était excellent. Le paysage, la nourriture, les gens, tout était vraiment génial. Le fait de voyager seul m’a permis d’être plus indépendant car j’ai appris à me débrouiller seul. J’espère avoir l’occasion de retourner en France très bientôt !
Robert THORNE – AH French http://www.apare-cme.eu/en/
On SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER, BLAS FESTIVAL 2018 https://www.blas-festival.com closes with a special event at the NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS. This daytime event is to celebrate THE YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE (YoYP) and is the only large-scale event to take place as part of YoYP within the north of Scotland.
Fèisean nan Gàidheal with support from EventScotland is hosting the all-day concert and we would like to ensure that news of this reaches all Highland schoolchildren and their families as well as the general public.
This is intended as a family-friendly event with bands chosen by a panel of young people. Tickets cost £18, £15 and ONLY £5 for all school age young people and those under 26 carrying a Young Scot Card. Bands include Trail West, Breabach and Skipinnish and these musicians will take to the stage alongside young musicians from throughout Scotland. We think the day is lining up to be a very exciting event.