North of Scotland senior debating competition

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The North of Scotland Schools Senior Debating Competition commenced on Tuesday at Glen Urquhart High School.

The first round saw Charleston on team proposition for the motion This house believes that young people have never contributed so little. They supported Nairn Academy and Glen Urquhart in this stance, whilst opposing were Fortrose Academy, Portree High School, and Forres Academy.

The standard of debate – for a first round in particular – was incredibly strong, and audience members were impressed by all. Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane were ultimately awarded five points (from a maximum of six) by the judges and commended for their preparation, partnership, and overall poise at the lectern.

The second round will take place at Nairn Academy on October 4th where Morvern and Samantha will be proposition for the motion This house believes that Robin Hood was right.

 

Well done and good luck for round two!

Dr G Campbell

Morvern Carmichael & Samantha Cochrane

Duke of Edinburgh Practise

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Last week two teams of girls took part in a bronze Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition. After a quick kit check and a thorough search for hidden contraband of hairspray, make up and bottles of Irn-Bru, the group were ready to head down to the Cairngorms National Park. Parts of their training included navigating by map and compass from Drumguish to a spot just south of Loch an Eilean.  The weather over the two days was fantastic and thankfully in the afternoon there was a breeze to keep the midges at bay.

It was the first time in Charleston DofE history where the pupils cooked their own lunch, as sandwiches are usually the preferred choice. After lunch one of the groups took a wrong turn but quickly reassessed where they were and as a team managed to navigate to the next check point.

After arriving at the campsite, the pupils had to find an area where it was safe to take water from a nearby stream, learn to cook on a trangia (camp stove), pitch their tents and prepare for the next day. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and playing games.

On Day 2, with all the hills now behind them, the pupils were packed up and ready to head for Glenmore Lodge by 9am. Most pupils had a good night’s sleep but the pace was slightly slower due to blistered feet. The groups did really well to meet their check in times and regularly kept tabs on each other to ensure no one was struggling.

By 4:30pm the pupils were almost finished their expedition. As they came round the last corner some of the pupils where so glad to see the bus and teachers that they actually ran the last 200m. However, the staff soon realised it wasn’t them the pupils were pleased to see, after hearing the words “Miss, can I charge my phone?”

A further two teams have to complete their practise expedition followed by their assessment.

Mr Scott Nairn, Acting PT Music

Peru Training Weekend

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On the 21st of April, 13 pupils and 3 teachers embarked on a journey down to Comrie Croft near the village of Comrie, Perthshire. Before we set off, all the pupils got together to buy all the food we needed for the weekend. We only had £6 per head for the 3 days, so we had to work together to make sure we bought what we needed and practiced budgeting. After we’d finished shopping we returned to the minibus and packed the trailer full with the kit that we would be taking on our expedition to Peru. Our trip to Peru will take place in mid-June this year and will last 21 days.

Once we had pulled up at Comrie Croft we unloaded the trailer and set off for our campsite where we met Rosie, our expedition leader. Rosie gave us our tents and instructed to put them up whilst deciding who would be sharing tents. After that we cooked and ate dinner then took part in some teambuilding activities which helped us all feel a bit more relaxed. We went for a short walk and then called it a night as we knew we would be busy the next day.

In the morning we woke and got straight onto making porridge for our breakfast, assigning certain people different tasks that including washing up, cooking and sandwich making for the day ahead etc. We packed our bags for the day ahead and we set off. Throughout our walk to Comrie Village we practiced a few different possible scenarios for when we were in Peru that included risk assessments and first aid.  The sun was out and we eventually ended up by the river in the village where we sat down and had our lunch. We were then sent to complete some tasks which would continue to strengthen the relationships between the team and expand our knowledge about Comrie. After this we left the village and headed up the hill a nearby hill to look for a waterfall, which we never actually managed to find! With the day getting on, we finished up our walk and were grateful our map-readers hadn’t got us lost throughout the day. We had some rest time in which people talked, read and whittled sticks. We then cooked a dinner of beef stir fry and had some birthday cake for pudding accompanied with a very tuneful rendition of Happy Birthday, (Thanks Bruce). We enjoyed the rest of the evening with a fire and general chat before heading to bed after a long day out.

On the last day, we had our breakfast and took our tents down before walking back to the minibus and leaving Comrie Croft. Overall the weekend went very well. We got to know each other better than before and found out how to work together in preparation for our big trip which we are all looking forward to.

Lewis Hilditch, 6K

S3 Election Helpers

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Well done to some of our S3 students who did a superb job at the Highland Council Election Count yesterday.

Our students helped to sort out ballot boxes, sort ballot papers and transfer them for electronic counting. It was a busy day for the students who coped well while being very closely observed by the candidates and election officials.

Mrs Lyndie Cameron, Principal Teacher of Geography

 

SVQ Coffee Morning

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Well done to the students doing SVQ Professional Cookery. As part of their course assessment they hosted a coffee morning for all staff this morning. The students undertake this course in partnership with UHI and use the Albert Roux Kitchen at Charleston Academy. The focus of this morning’s assessment was teamwork and collaboration. However it was a fantastic coffee morning with excellent homebakes enjoyed by over thirty teachers who supported their efforts. Proceeds were also donated to the Highland Hospice. Well done.

Gymnastics

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Well done to Rheighen Cassels-MacGregor (5L1). Rheighen recently took part in the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Finals. Despite not having much experience of competing at national level up to now, Rheighen did exceptionally well. A significant achievement and in no doubt due to his dedication and hard work for his sport.

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

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Several Charleston Academy pupils have done exceptionally well in the recent UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.

Gold Award & Best in School

  • Robert Thorne (4S)

Gold

  • Catherine De Venny (4K1)

Silver

  • Patrick Morris (4L1)

Bronze

  • Jake Exelby (4K1)
  • Cameron Cochrane (4T2)
  • Roisin Martin (4S)
Special Congratulations to Robert Thorne. Following his success in the competition Robert has been invited and will take part in the UKMT Summer School which takes place at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford. The Summer School is a week long residential placement for young people with an interest in Maths. They aim to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students and adults who enjoy mathematics. There are only 48 places on the UKMT Summer School and no one from Charleston Academy has ever been invited onto the programme before. Well done Robert.

 

COPFS Debate

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Congratulations (again!) to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1) who won last night’s semi final of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate against Gordonstoun. Depute Procurator Fiscal Geoffrey Main presided over events as Chair and Head of the Judges. The topic was “Not a Child, Not a Grown Up; When Should the Law Treat Young People as Adults?”