Home Economics serve up Pizza & Cakes

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Our Home Economics department is renowned as a centre of excellence for top class cooking and hospitality courses. Achieving that accolade has been helped enormously by our on-going partnership with the world renowned master of French cooking, Albert Roux OBE.

However, the talents of our Hospitality pupils and their teachers go much further. Pupils have recently successfully completed their SQA Cake Production Course. SQA moderated the course and described the work of our pupils as exemplary.

Also of note, the department recently worked with Pizza Express in Inverness where pupils learned how to provide service and quality pizza in a busy city centre establishment. We know that Mr Roux is enormously proud of the success of our pupils across all aspects of the hospitality industry, both locally and further afield.

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Science Department Fieldwork

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum, Wider Curriculum

S1 Science Pupils have been out of school during some lessons this week undertaking fieldwork in Dunain Woods. Pupils in 1K reflected on their work and their are photos of all classes below.

On the 22nd of May 2013 class 1K went to Dunain Woods.  It was a lovely sunny day when we left school on the mini bus.

We worked in partners to follow the map along the Great Glen Way, which had landmarks and trees marked on it so we could find the answers to the activities we had to do.

We had to find different types of leaves and collect samples to identify them.  We also had to look at the view of Inverness to identify where four landmarks of Inverness were on our map and find the grid references to gain points in the quiz.  We also had to collect different colours of things from nature.

On our way up the hill we saw a Buzzard swooping over the field in front of us.  When walking through the forest we had to be careful not to stand on the Primroses because they are a protected species of plant.

At the top of the hill it started to rain but it did not last long enough to spoil a fun and great trip.

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S2 Power Readers

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Well done to all S2 who recently received their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Power Reader certificates at Assembly. The eight top power readers in S2 and the number of books they’ve read this session are shown below. These eight pupils will receive their awards at the S2 Awards Ceremony in June. Well done everyone.

S1 Power Readers

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Our Class, 1E, won the S1 Power Readers, reading an average of 17 books each. The majority of the class completed bronze level and were on silver; others went even further and were on their gold level.

As a prize for reading the most books we won a trip out to the cinema to see a film of our choice. We chose Iron Man 3. The film was great! We were allowed to buy our own sweets or snacks but weren’t allowed to go over the top! We went to see the film on Tuesday 21st May with Mrs King, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Mackenzie.

We would like to thank our English teacher for encouraging us to win and Vue for letting us have a great morning out! The whole class agrees it was great fun.

Megan Meldrum (1T) and Samantha Cochrane (1T)

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Hampden Park Visit – School of Football

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On Friday 17 May the 12 S1 School of Football boys headed to Hampden, Scotland’s National Football Stadium, to play in matches with other School of Football squads from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. As well as playing football the boys also got a tour of the Hampden Park stadium.

“We all had to get up early. Once we got to school we got on our bus, it was really fancy and posh, with leather seats and TVs. We had a very long drive to Glasgow and we stopped at Perth on the way down and the way back.”

“Once we got down to Hampden we ate our lunch and watched the first round of the games. It was then our turn to take part in the games. The games were very good and were a lot of fun but they still had a competitive side to them as well.”

“Once the games finished we went to the stadium for our tour of Hampden Park. The tour was very good and we got to go round all the main rooms and the museum which has the real Scottish cup.”

“It was a really good day overall! “

Jake Fraser-Lee (1S)

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Second Year Visit Culloden Battlefield

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On Friday the 10th of May, all of second year visited Culloden Battlefield as part of our 18th Century Scottish History topic. We looked around the galleries, walked around the battlefield and learned about the items the people in that day would have used. Everybody enjoyed the trip.

When we arrived we were split into groups. One group would look around in the galleries, one group would look around the battlefield and the other group would stay in the classroom and learn about what the soldiers would have.

In the galleries we read all about the build up to the battle, and we visited the theatre to watch the battle commence. It felt as though we were in the middle of the battlefield as there are four screens all around you. It was a great experience.

When we walked around the battlefield we were shown the Leanach Cottage. After looking at it we travelled around the battlefield looking at the graves where all the soldiers were buried. It was strange as the graves were very big and could hold about 50 people.

When we were in the classroom, we learnt about the items that the soldiers would use. We saw a variety of different items, such as a pistol and a musket ball. We saw buckles for the soldier’s belts and shoes. We also saw some flint which would have been used to light fires. This part of our tour was really interesting as it was weird to think that the items we seen could have been used in the battle.

Overall we had a great time visiting Culloden Battlefield. It was a good trip and we all enjoyed it.

Jack Gall (2T) & Thomas Koetsier (2S2)

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Bloodhound Super Sonic Car

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Pupils from S3, S4, S5 & S6 visited Eden court on Wednesday 1st May to see the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car). This is the latest car produced by the makers of the previous land speed record car, Thrust SSC. In a joint project with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the cars manufacturers, the Bloodhound team have been touring the country to raise awareness of the car and to promote engineering to young people.

In total 48 pupils went to see the presentation and learn how the car works, what’s been involved in the design and how they are testing this phenomenal machine. The pupils watched a short video explaining the heritage of the land speed record and the battle between engineers in the UK and our counterparts in the USA. They told about the various technologies involved in designing, building and testing as well as the various roles engineers play in the project. Pupils had the opportunity to see a full size body shell for the car and handle some of the equipment to be used to control and power the Bloodhound which is hoped to attain a speed of over 1000mph in 2015.

The whole event was very informative and pupils said they really enjoyed the experience some showing a real enthusiasm for the project and engineering in general.

Mr Jonathan Richards, Technologies Department

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Mar sin leat, Morven!

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S1 Gaelic said ‘mar sin leat’ to Morven MacDonald, the S6 Study Buddy who helped and supported them throughout the year.  Morven achieved an A in Higher Gaelic last year and thought it would benefit her personally to assist in their classes each lesson this year.  It was a privilege for the young pupils to see how another pupil, who also came to Charleston Academy without any Gaelic, can progress to gain a qualification in the language at such a high level.  Morven was an exceptional role model for all.  Today, we had a party with chocolate, songs, laughter and tears.  In her speech, Morven spoke about how she appreciated the opportunity to get to know younger pupils in the school and how much she enjoyed seeing them make progress.

We wish Morven the very best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her life, studying History at Glasgow University.

Mar sin leat, Morven!


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An-diugh, thuirt a’ chiad bhliadhna ‘mar sin leat’ ri Morven NicDhòmhnaill, sgoilear air clas a sia a thug cuideachadh agus taic dhaibh rè na bliadhna. Shoirbhich le Morven aig Àrd-ìre an-uiridh agus shaoil i gum biodh e math dhi gu pearsanta a bhith a-staigh gach leasan am-bliadhna le clas Gàidhlig òg agus a bhith gan cuideachadh. ‘S e urram a bha ann do na sgoilearan òga a bhith a’ faicinn mar as urrainn do sgoilear eile, a thàinig gu Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich às aonais facal Gàidhlig mar a rinn iad fhèin, teisteanas mhath fhaighinn anns a’ chànan aig ìre àrd. An-diugh, bha pàrtaidh againn dhi le seòclaid, òrain, gàire agus deòir. Anns an òraid aice, bhruidhinn Morven air cho math ’s a bha e eòlas fhaighinn air sgoilearan ceann shìos na sgoile agus air cho math ’s a chòrd e rithe a bhith a’ faicinn gach neach a’ dèanamh adhartais.
Tha sinn a’ guidhe gach soirbheachas do Mhorven is i gu bhith a’ dèanamh Eachdraidh ann an Oilthigh Ghlaschu an ceann beagan mhìosan.
Mar sin leat, Morven!