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?”

 

 

Fringe Festival Poster Competition

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Fringe Festival Poster School Competition 2017 Submissions

To celebrate the Fringe’s 70th anniversary, The Fringe Festival want Scotland’s young people to inspire the design of the official Fringe Programme.

Every year, their audiences, participants and media from around the world look forward to the reveal of the front cover. The Fringe Festival prints 395,000 copies and distribute to 44 countries!

The Fringe prides itself on its extraordinary ability to showcase diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part.

I am so excited and genuinely proud of the work that all of our S2 & S3 students have produced whilst in Art & Design this term. Here is a small sample of some of the poster designs, which our young people have designed. Well done everyone who has taken part you should be so very proud of yourselves.

 

Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher of Art and Design

Inverness Music Festival Success

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Congratulations to Bethany Morris 2L, Katie Gillies 2L and Catriona Garvie 2S who won the S1-S3 Public Speaking on their topic of “Why I wouldn’t want to be a billionaire” at the recent Speaking rounds at the Inverness Music Festival.

Also commended were Amma Crombie 3L, Archie Gray 3L and Rachel Gillies 3L who were the runners up with their topic being “That Disney is for all ages”. There were four teams competing in their category.

by Katie Stark, House Captain, Kishorn

Culloden Battlefield Take Over

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Our Travel and Tourism students will be taking over the running of the National Trust Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield on Saturday 4 March. This is an ambitious aspect of their course requirement and the students have more than risen to the challenge. Coordinated by Miss Bain, PT History and other Social Subjects staff, the students will be running a Treasure Hunt, putting on a Fashion Show, hosting a Lunchtime Quiz, and putting on a 19th Century Food Demonstration. It promises to be a fantastic day out for young people and their families as well as a first class tourism experience for the class.

This morning, the whole class met Gino and Grace from the MFR Breakfast show to generate some publicity for the take-over day.

The piece they have recorded will be broadcast by Gino on MFR between 8:20am and 8:30am tomorrow, Friday 3 March. Please listen in and support the young people at Culloden Battlefield on Saturday.