S3 Physics Pupils organise Music Festival!

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S3 Physics pupils spent the day working with STEM Ambassadors in our community building. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths representatives worked with the Institute of Physics to deliver a programme called Ashfield Music Festival. Pupils had to focus on the technical aspects of organising a music festival, considering the lighting, sound, and audio-visual requirements. They had to budget for the equipment they required, consider the amount of cabling and pyrotechnics they might use and work out ticket costs in order to make a profit.

Pupils worked in groups along with a STEM ambassador, planning and developing their arrangements. In the afternoon pupils presented their proposals to the STEM judges using PowerPoint, posters, and good persuasion. Pupils were judged on the technical innovations, health and safety, and profitability. The wining group of girls each won a music voucher.

This was a really successful day and the first time the package for the Ashfield Music Festival has been delivered in Highland. In future we plan to expand the day to involve S3 pupils from other subjects and make the day more inter-disciplinary and cross-curricular.

Mr Michael Sharkey, PT Physics

Exploring Careers in Health

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A group of S4 pupils attended Raigmore for a day to raise awareness of the wide variety of career options available in Healthcare. A total of 13 workshops were available and they were interactive, practical and gave the students the chance to meet with health professionals.

 “a good experience, glad I came, well worth it”
Harry
 
 “enjoyable and answered a lot of questions”
Hannah
 
 “enjoyable and answered a lot of questions”
Catriona
 
 “practical work was good, made me want to investigate more”
Alice
 
 “beneficial to investigate careers in health”
Georgia
 
 “useful for information in courses in healthcare.”
Ariane

 

Bridge to Employment

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Our Bridge to Employment pupils attended their Graduation Ceremony at Millburn Academy on Tuesday 26th February. The pupils had completed posters ahead of the event which were judged on the evening. Parents and friends attended, a superb buffet was served by Artysans Cafe, and the evening was hosted by Lifescan, key partners for the Bridge to Employment programme.

 

North of Scotland Schools Cross Country Championships – Gordonstoun

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A team of thirty three pupils from Charleston Academy travelled to Gordonstoun for the annual North of Scotland Schools Cross Country Championships. Over 400 pupils from the North took part in the event, which was held in cool but bright conditions.

Charleston had pupils competing in all 6 competitions. First to run was the ‘D’ girls competition, which included our first year. The team was made up of Helena Waye, Anna Louise Mackenzie, Danielle Ross, Olivia Cairns, Jemima Morris and Samantha Cochrane. All girls put in a superb effort!

In the ‘D’ boys competition (first year), Jake Fraser-Lee, Calum Mead, Cameron Kent, Lewis MacGillivray, Aaron Fraser, Tom Kinghorn and Josh Malcolm all put in a fantastic effort with Aaron Fraser finishing first out of the team and coming an overall 12th position. With all players finishing very early on the team secured second place overall.

Ally Velzian, in the ‘C’ boys event put in a fantastic effort and managed to secure 4th place overall. The rest of the ‘C’ boys, Rowan White, Finlay Forsyth, Lewis Hilditch, Criag and Ian Rankin all put in great performances.

The ‘C’ girls, Chloe Jaffrey, Amy Riddle, Sophie Fraser also put in good performances and they will have another few years in this age group.

Callum White, Alex Byham, Andrew Johnstone, Paddy McEwen and Ally Stark who made up the ‘B’ boys team all performed exceptionally and finished 3rd place overall. With a number of these boys still being in 3rd year and competing against 5th and 6th year pupils this was a great performance.

Lastly, the ‘B’ girls who consisted of Tamara MacDougall, Lucy Forsyth, Rebecca Morris, Melissa Fife, Annie Mackenzie and Jenna Bisset all ran well and finished in 4th position.

All the runners put in a great effort and were a credit to the school. Well done everyone!

Mr Allan McKay (Pupil Support Assistant)

First Aid for Rural Skills

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Ben MacLellan (3L1) demonstrates his bandaging techniques on casualty Erin Wardlaw 6S

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Michael Sneddon (3K1) putting a casualty into the recovery position

Five members of the Third Year Rural skills class have successfully completed a practical First Aid qualification. This course was delivered over 4 weeks by a group of volunteers from the British Red Cross, led by Mr Andrew Maclean, Services Manager.

Two Sixth Year pupils Stephanie Brooks 6K and Erin Wardlaw 6S who volunteer with the Red Cross also assisted with the training sessions.

On Thursday 21 February the pupils were assessed by taking part in an outdoor emergency First Aid scenario in the school grounds. The class had to demonstrate their skills in assessing casualties and then use their knowledge of CPR, the recovery position and bandaging to treat their casualties.

Five members of the class were presented with a Red Cross First Aid certificate by Mr Andrew Maclean.

Mrs Susan Ritson (PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher)

S3 Hospitality pupils get tasting lesson from Mr Albert Roux

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Our S3 Hospitality pupils were enthralled to have a two  hour lesson on our sense of taste from non other than Mr Albert Roux and his assistant Mr Glen Watson. Both had flown up from London to visit Charleston Academy as part of their work with the school and the Chefs Adopt a School scheme. The pupils were asked to sample an assortment of jams, jellies, crisps, and vegetables. However, they did some of this blindfold, removing important visual cues about the food, and some of the jelly was strangely coloured and flavoured. Blue-coloured marzipan flavoured jelly? Red-coloured peppermint jelly?

The pupils received a valuable lesson about how our appreciation of food and our sense of taste is affected by our other senses and perceptions.

Mr Roux was in school to find out about progress towards the building of our Albert Roux kitchen which is progressing well, and to begin planning for our fourth Albert Roux Gala Dinner which will be held in September. On his arrival at school this morning, Mr Roux and Mr Watson were piped in by Euan Morrison (4L1) and greeted with a huge round of applause by our S3 Hospitality pupils.

Mr Roux also took time to catch up with his new apprentice. Rebecca Williams (5T2) is being employed by Mr Roux at Rocpool, his Inverness hotel and restaurant. This is a fantastic achievement for Rebecca who is Mr Roux’s second Charleston Academy apprentice. Former pupil Catie Granger has already been offered a position at one of Mr Roux’s Edinburgh hotels. As part of her training Rebecca will spend time in London working with Mr Roux’s son, Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche. Catie meanwhile, is being offered the chance to work in Paris.

Euro Scholar off to Strasbourg

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TORRIDON Lewis Robertson-8dd08c45b7Lead Prefect and Torridon House Captain Lewis Robertson has been awarded a place on the Euroscola trip to Strasbourg. Lewis will be in Strasbourg for five days from Friday 22nd February until Tuesday 26th February.

Euroscola is a European wide event for schools allowing students to learn more about European integration. Students from all 27 member states of the European Union head to Strasbourg and become Members of the European Parliament. They are able to take to the floor of the parliament and debate and vote on current affairs, while at the same time practising their language skills and making friends with fellow students from across Europe.

Lewis intends studying Languages at University after sixth year and this will be a fantastic opportunity for him.

There will be live updates from the Parliament everyday with the opportunity to find out what Lewis and the Euroscola students are doing.

Good Luck to Lewis for his trip.

Mrs Sylvie Robinson (Languages Teacher)

Track and Field Champions

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On Thursday 7th February four pupils from Charleston Academy made their way down to Glasgow to compete in the Scottish Schools Indoor Track & Field Championships.  The event was held in the newly constructed Emirates Arena.  The venue has been built to stage some events of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games.

The following pupils met the required entry standards and represented the school:

Andrew Johnstone (S3) – U16 Boys 800m

Michael Wilde (S3)- U16 Boys 60m hurdles and Long Jump

Katie Stark (S2) – U16 Girls Shot Put

Alison Horne (S3) – U16 Girls Shot Put

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Alison Horne (3T2): Shot Put Gold Medal Winner

All the pupils put in outstanding performances at the event. However Alison Horne did particularly well. Alison won Gold in her shot put event by throwing a new personal best of 10.80m, beating her previous personal best by 36cm.  Her closest rival finished 89cm behind!

Katie Stark competed in the same event as Alison and finished just outside the medals in 4th place with a distance of 9.44m. These were fantastic performances.

The school is extremely grateful for the parents of the pupils involved who took them to the event and supported them throughout.

Mr Alex Mezals (Maths & Technology Teacher)

Fantastic Orienteering Success

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British Schools Orienteering Championships

On Friday 16 November, 12 CHAOS members boarded the 7.30 am Inverness train to travel to Manchester for the British Schools Orienteering Championships. We arrived at the Youth Hostel on Potato Wharf by dinnertime and had cooked ourselves the largest baked potatoes we had ever seen before we settled for an uncomfortably hot night (we had to sleep with the windows shut due to a chemical incident in Trafford park).

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On Saturday we attended a training session across the road from Sunday’s competition area to help us get familiar with the terrain. It was time well spend as can be seen from the results the next day. Unfortunately, Siobhan twisted her ankle which left her barely able to walk, but with the aid of ice packs and a hospital visit she managed to hobble around again by late evening. We celebrated Sam’s birthday with cake and a game of pool.

On Sunday, CHAOS competed at the British Schools Orienteering Championships. It was a cold but beautifully sunny day which saw approx 950 pupils from all over Britain take part. A fantastic atmosphere was created by a funnel of cheering spectators at the finish. Every CHAOS member completed their course, even Siobhan who walked around with her swollen foot in unlaced shoes, to ensure the junior girl’s team remained competitive.

Team CHAOS came home with fantastic team places of 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th !

  • 2nd for the senior boys team (Callum/Sam/Stuart)
  • 3rd for the junior boys team (Rowan/Kieran/Daniel)
  • 4th for the senior girls team (Pollyanna/Hannah/Alex)
  • 5th for the junior girls team (Katie/Kate/Siobhan)

Rowan gained an individual 2nd place in his year group, making for a total of 7 medals for CHAOS this weekend. We celebrated with a nice meal and had a good laugh playing card games with ‘foodie dares’.

We travelled home on Monday. Despite the games of cards and the revision for prelims on the way, the journey home was long (train delays). Our great team got noticed by other passengers –  for the right reasons as I received several compliments from other passengers on the excellent behaviour, manners, and politeness of the team.

Individual results can be seen on the British Schools Orienteering website : http://www.bsoa.org/default.aspx

Mrs Meike White (Volunteer Parent and CHAOS coach)

World Schools Orienteering Championships

Scotland Senior Boys Select Team

Scotland Senior Boys Select Team

On Saturday 3 November 2012 CHAOS (CHarleston Academy Orienteering Squad) left with a minibus full of hopeful orienteers for the biggest selection race a secondary school pupil can part take in within Scotland. The races were held at Dalnamein Forest (just North of House of Bruar). There was snow on the ground and the freezing cold wind soon chilled us to the bones, but at least it was dry. The courses were extremely tough with controls hard to find, but most CHAOS members battled their way successfully through from Start to Finish. Though none of our CHAOS teams  qualified as a school team, we have some fantastic news to report. Once a school team has been selected, the best 5 individuals from the same category are offered a place in the Select Team. And so, Rowan White (2S2) who came 3rd in the junior boys races gained a place in the Scotland Junior Boys Select Team. Callum White (4S2) came 1st in the senior boy’s races and was offered a place in the Scotland Senior Boys Select Team. Stuart Dingwall (5S1) managed to bag himself a place in the same team. A Brilliant result! The World Schools Orienteering Championships will take place 15-21 April 2013 in Portugal. The boys are now fundraising for their trip to represent their school and country. Please look out for their stalls and other activities over the next few months and support them where you can.

Mrs Meike White (Volunteer Parent and CHAOS coach)

Bushcraft News

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A group of S2 pupils continued on their path towards the John Muir Explorer Award when they took part in a 4 day winter Bushcraft trip recently. Based in a council-owned lodge at Badaguish, near Aviemore, the group took part in a number of activities over the 4 days. As well as practising their shelter building and fire making skills, pupils learned a variety of crafts in the evenings and studied animal tracks and signs.

The biggest challenge for all concerned was the day long climb of Meall a Bhuachaille and two other summits. A steep climb at the best of times, the hill was particularly tricky due to the ice and snow which covered it, but the pupils, led by Andy the mountain leader, all managed to overcome fatigue and complete the walk.

Bushcraft

With barely enough time to recover, the pupils then did some conservation work for the RSPB near Carrbridge on the last morning, clearing away dead broom to encourage butterflies and insects into the reserve.

Well done to Rhys Smith, Craig Robertson, Rahhan Islam, Andrew Howieson,  Jade McCabe, Lindzi McNeil and Marie McClelland for taking part so enthusiastically in all activities.

A huge thanks, again, to the instructors from the Wild Things charity who organised the week, and to S5 pupils Stuart Dingwall, Timothy Dicks and Ryan Rattray for acting as assistant instructors over the week. Neil Moodie was also due to help out but unfortunately twisted his ankle and had to go home after only a couple of hours – poor Neil!

The S2 Bushcraft project and the S5 peer mentoring programme have both been funded by Awards for All, and the school is indebted to the organisation for their financial support.

Mr Dave Kemp (Support for Learning)