Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Debate

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Congratulations to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1). Last week the girls saw off two separate teams from Gordonstoun School in the second round of the prestigious Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate. Procurator Fiscal Andrew Laing was one of the presiding judges.

The girls are through to the next round on 13 March. The national final, later this year, will be held in Parliament House.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

Choices for Life Drop-In Session

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Police & Partners to hold drop-in session at Charleston Academy

Wednesday 1 March from 5pm – 7pm School Hall

Members of the public are being invited to attend drop-in sessions aimed at promoting the ‘Choose Life’ message to peers and parents.

Following joint meetings with Police Scotland and The Highland Council secondary school Head Teachers, the Police Scotland Inverness Community Beats team in partnership with ‘Choices for Life’ will be holding informal drop in sessions aimed at parents, carers and young people to provide information in relation to drugs, alcohol and online safety.

The drop-in sessions will be held at the following venues, and times:

  • Monday 27th February 2017 : 5-7pm at Culloden Academy, Inverness
  • Wednesday 1st March 2017 : 5 – 7pm at Charleston Academy, Inverness
  • Thursday 2nd March 2017 : 10am -2pm at UHI Campus, Inverness; and 3-7pm at Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness.

The events will allow parents, carers and young people to ask questions and gain information such as:

  • What do drugs look like and what effects do they have?
  • How can drugs and alcohol affect you /your child’s future?
  • Why is internet safety important?

The events are open to all parents, carers and young people in the Highland region regardless of school catchment areas. The events will be supported and attended by Highland Secondary schools, Police Scotland, Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Youth Action Service and Crimestoppers.

Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership also recommend the use of the Highland Substance Awareness Toolkit.


© Photos courtesy of Choices for Life. Used with Permission.

Inter House Cross Country

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Our Inter-House Cross Country took place last Friday morning under clear blue skies. Organised by our PE department, the results are shown below. Competitors and winners have been receiving their medals at assemblies this week. Well done everyone.

Results

S1 Girls
  1. Neive Rodden 1K
  2. Katie Simpson 1K
  3. Molly Howieson 1K
S1 Boys
  1. Euan MacCormick 1L
  2. Angus Franklin 1S
  3. Scott Farquharson 1L
S2 Girls
  1. Catriona Gravie 2S
  2. Katie Gillies 2L
  3. Cara Doig 2T
S2 Boys
  1. Kieran Gebicke-Kerr 2L
  2. Ewen Munro 2L
  3. Aiden MacKinnon 2L
S3 Girls
  1. Rachel Gillies 3S
  2. Kira Buchan 3K
  3. Emily Hunter 3T
S3 Boys
  1. Craig MacBeath 3S
  2. Mitchel Leslie 3L
  3. Brandon Kinvig 3S

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Department

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

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At the end of last term we held the finals of our Youth Philanthropy Initiative in School. This programme is run as part of our S3 RMPS Programme and at Charleston Academy we’ve been taking part for three years now.

Pupils work in small teams to research and discuss the social needs of their local community and identify a local charity that they believe is making a positive contribution. In groups they visit and find out more about the work of their charity and build relationships. They work together to create a presentation about their charity, explaining why it would benefit from a YPI donation of £3000. The group judged to have presented the most knowledgeable , impassioned and discerning case is granted £3000 toward to their charity.

Skills of teamwork, communication and presentation skills as well as an awareness of the needs of the local community are developed in the process.

This year pupils making presentations about the Gateway Trust, Morning Call, Befriender Highland and Maggies Highland all made it through to the final. Their final presentations were delivered in front of the S3 year group and invited guests from all of the many charities we worked with. Our Judges this year were Kate Morris (Chair of our Parent Council), Owen Cochrane (Lifescan), Halde Pottinger (Humanist Society) along with retired teachers Rob Seymour and Fiona Stuart. Headteacher Chris O’Neill chaired the judging panel with Ann Sim from YPI also advising.

In a very closely fought competition this year, pupils presenting on behalf of the Gateway Trust supporting Homeless people in Inverness won. Well done to everyone who took part.


CHARITY SUPPORT

During the preparations for our YPI Finals some of the pupil groups went well above and beyond what they were expected to do. Ellie Dyce, Rebecca Macintosh, Ashleigh Allison, Shana Nicholson and  Carly MacDonald who were researching for Advocacy Highland raised £1,215.35 through a variety of fundraising initiatives they ran.

Mia Pimm, Morgan MacKintosh, Rhianna Fraser-Lee along with Francesca Fraser, Holly Lyall and Kyle Nairn raised £225 for Maggie’s Highland.

A third group of Eilidh Thom, Gemma MacIver, Megan Borland, Grace Cranidge, Caitlin Graham and Kira Buchan raised a whopping £2,550 for Children 1st.

All of the groups who raised additional funds for their chose charity received special medals from RMPS teacher Mrs Carol Mackenzie and YPI Coordinator Mrs Ann Sim.

Happy New Year

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Welcome Back. School re-opens for all pupils and staff on Monday 9th January. This is an important and busy term. Please see our Calendar for full details of important events below.

Information about our Senior Prelims and Information Evening (for S3/4/5/6) can be found HERE.

11 Jan: Senior Info Evening
13 Jan: Prelims Begin
19 Jan: S3 Parents’ Meeting
24 Jan: Junior Info Evening
2 Feb: P7 Info Evening
9 Feb: S4/5/6 Parents’ Meeting 1
15 Feb: S4/5/6 Parents’ Meeting 2
20/21 Feb: Feb Weekend break
22 Feb: In-Service Day

Christmas Cake Competition

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Pupils our National 5 Practical Cake Craft course had to design and create a Christmas Cake as part of their Cake Baking and Cake Finishing assessment.

We decided to  enter into the Christmas spirit and to have a Christmas Cake competition which was judged by  Mr Jonathon Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical, who bakes a cake every year.

He chose the following pupils cakes

  • 1 – Katie Stark 6K
  • 2 – Rachel Stein 5L2
  • 3 – Rebekah Dunnill  5K2

Mr Richards said “it was very difficult as the standard of all cakes designed and  made by the pupils was very high and far better than mine!”

Well done everyone.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting Principal Teacher of Home Economics

Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals 2016

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On Saturday 19th November, 7 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.

Jasper had qualified for the S1/2 Boys bottom rope category with an excellent score of 393 out of 400.  5 boys from S3/4 had qualified for their category and dominated the results from the heats.  Tim had scored 390, Rory got 389 and Finbar, Archie and Patrick score 388.  We knew the finals were going to be close.

For the finals, pupils climb 2 routes to get a top 3 spot and get a place in the grand final.  The grand final route is done under isolation where climbers are not allowed to watch each other climb, making the challenge and tension much higher.

Jasper topped out both his routes scoring a maximum score of 200. One other climber got the same score and both boys matched scores in the third route.  This meant they had to compete in a super final.  Jasper climbed superbly all day and was awarded a very respectable 2nd place  after the super final.

The S3/4 boys category was exciting from start to end.  All the climbers performed well in the first 2 routes and going into the third route only 6 points separated 3rd to 6th place.  Rory and Tim topped out their first 2 routes and secured a place in the grand final. On the last route Rory managed one more moved to gain first place. Tim got 2nd, Patrick got 4th, Archie got 5th and Finbar got 6th place.

Over 240 climbers from across the country competed in this event and all the climbers did superbly well to reach the finals.   We are really proud of all of them and they should be pleased with their performances.

A full write up and results from the event can be found here.

 

Mr Jonathan Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical Education

Arches Photography Trip

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On Tuesday 15th November, a small group of pupils – Stanley Fraser (2S), Kelly-Marie MacUilliam (4K) and Caithan Brooks (4L) – spent the morning in Inverness city centre as part of their Photography course. During their walk around the centre, the pupils took a variety of photos to practice their skills including taking photos of Inverness Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and Eden Court. They also had to look for art in the city and something that a tourist would find interesting. The trip was also a chance for the pupils to practice their life skills by using public transport and going to a café.  The trip was accompanied by Mr R Stewart and Miss L Gray.

Miss Lindsey Grey, Support for Learning Department

Children in Need Choir & £850 raised

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Charleston Academy’s efforts to support Children in Need saw the school community raise over £800 for our supported charity. Various events organised by Miss Sali Massey and a team of prefects meant everyone had great fun raising this total.

Additionally, the school was very proud to host and also take part in the BBC Scotland Children in Need Choir. On the day our choir members, accompanied by Mr Scott Nairn, Acting PT Music and Miss Janis MacDonald, Geography Department, travelled to Glasgow to perform live. See this Link for more.

The BBC said of Charleston Academy:

The Charleston pupils made all the others feel so very welcome and they are a credit to themselves, their school and you!

Well done everyone.