Higher Product Design IKEA Trip

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After leaving the school car park at 7am in the morning, being fully awakened by Mr Seymour’s Kylie CD blaring throughout the minibus (which most of us tried to counteract with our own earphones…), we finally set forth on our Higher Product Design trip down to IKEA in Edinburgh.

The 3 ½ hour drive went by fairly quickly, between short kips on the seats or admiring the foggy views, and taking a short stop at the Ballinluig Motorcafé for breakfast, Mr Seymour battled through police diversions to reach the bacon rolls.

Finally, we reached IKEA and joined Sales Manager Liz for a tour of the premises and to catch a glimpse of the vast operation behind and front of store, to the journey that is the design process which every product must gruellingly go through just to reach the shelves. She explained the policies and principles of IKEA and how they reach each consumer with clever target marketing strategies.

We met some of the back stage stars of the company- the designers, joiners and electricians working away in their respective workshops. We were then allowed to wander the store as a consumer and singled out some of the products that we thought were designed to get the most out of their intriguing simplicity. It was interesting to see how many products incorporated the iconic IKEA flat- pack design used to minimise space and storage: pots dismantled and placed inside one another; boxes folded down to the size of a mere magazine; and vases and watering cans stacked so that 5 or so would easily take up the space where only one would before. Simplicity – which we found often rivalled complexity where aesthetics were concerned – and the capability and benefits of the flat packing, were probably what made IKEA into the renowned company it is today, along with the dedication of the staff (both here and in factories abroad) and the layout of the store that maximised the use of the floor space (which also left us lost half the time…)

The IKEA trip was a truly unique educational insight into the working of how such a successful global product design and manufacturing company manages to get that all important balance of purpose and aesthetic flare just spot on.

Rachel McCoach, 5T2

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Highland Young Engineers

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Sixth Years and science prefects Michaela Kent, George Ashton and Erin Moss represented Charleston Academy at the Highlands Young Engineers and Science Clubs Celebrations held at Eden Court last week.

The event was an opportunity to take part in industry challenges, showcase science club activities and compete in an Eco-Ferry challenge. The three sixth years had a great day and gained a wonderful insight into the work of industry in some innovative areas.

Science Club relies heavily on the support of the science prefects and it was fitting on the day that they received a special mention at the prize giving ceremony.

Mrs Pam Hamilton, Science Technician and Science Club Coordinator

Euroscola

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Two weeks ago, I took part in a programme for young language students all over Scotland called ‘Euroscola’.  Funded by my local rotary club, the programme allows for a group of students studying Advanced Higher languages to represent their country at the European parliament in Strasbourg.

The trip required us to try and speak in French as much as possible, whilst also introducing us to the city of Strasbourg and Alsatian culture. For example, one day we were asked to do surveys on the streets of Strasbourg, which was especially difficult due to the unique Alsatian dialect spoken in the city. Among visiting the stunning Cathedral and canal in the heart of the city, we were also given ample opportunities to shop and feast on local delicacies, such as the tarte flambée, ‘ce n’était pas mon expérience préférée du voyage !’

However the highlight of the trip was the day we spent at the European Parliament. With 25 of the 27 EU member states represented, sitting in the hemisphere was absolutely breath-taking. The morning allowed each nation to introduce themselves before opening the floor up to a question and answer session.

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After lunch, we broke off into smaller committee like groups with each nation being represented. Each group had to discuss a different European issue such as ‘Immigration and Integration’, ‘Environmental Policy’ or ‘The Media’. My topic was ‘2013, the year of the European Citizen’. Although I initially found it to be a rather vast topic, the group discussed current issues such as Gay Marriage, Drug Legalisation and the role of Religion and Languages. These ideas were then brought to the floor of the hemisphere and discussed by all 600 representatives, much like they would be with real MEPs and genuine bills.  The experience was quite surreal, but I was able to bring myself to debate the various ideas being exchanged in the Hemisphere. An accomplishment I am very much proud of.

Overall, my trip to Strasbourg and the European Parliament was the best opportunity I’ve ever had to experience another culture and discuss politics on a continental level. It has greatly aided my spoken French, whilst also reinforced my original love of languages, which I will be studying at Edinburgh University as of September this year. ‘J’aurais voulu rester plus longtemps et c’était une expérience que je n’oublierai jamais !’

Lewis Robertson, Advanced Higher French pupil & Torridon House Captain

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Cineschool: French Class Visit Eden Court

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LazharOn Wednesday 13th March, the Higher French class went to Eden Court to watch the French Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar.

At a Montréal primary school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who has committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

This absorbing film, set in Montreal, ties together two tragedies and by such a linkage shows our capacity for human understanding and emotional empathy. While that may sound excessively depressing to some, there is hope in this film as the characters, both young and old, try to move on with their lives and cope as best they can.

Avis des élèves :

« J’ai vraiment apprécié le film. Je le recommande fortement à d’autres. » Amber

« C’était une histoire intéressante. Il y avait quelques surprises. » Laura

« Le film était très émouvant. » Alex & Charlotte

« Le film fait réfléchir et ça m’a beaucoup plu. » Cecilia

« J’ai trouvé ce film assez émouvant. » Lucas

Monsieur Lazhar – official trailer – YouTube

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, French Teacher

 

Bain Linguistique!

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Bain Linguistique !

Le mercredi 6 mars, la veille de leur examen oral, nos élèves de français au niveau Higher et Advanced Higher se sont joints aux étudiants du lycée de Millburn. Toute la matinée, ils n’avaient d’autre choix que de parler français par le biais d’activités diverses. Malgré cela, ils étaient tout sourire sur le chemin du retour ou bien était-ce le soulagement de pouvoir à nouveau parler anglais?

On Wednesday 6th March, the day before their oral exam, our Higher and Advanced Higher French pupils joined others from Millburn Academy. They had no choice but to speak only in French whilst doing various activities all morning. Despite this, it was all smiles on the bus home or was it the relief to speak English again?

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Teacher

 

New Craigs Art Exhibition

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Last year staff from New Craigs Hospital contacted the Art and Design Department at Charleston requesting senior Art work that could be used for exhibition purposes. This was primarily to enhance the look of the main entrance and corridor to New Craigs, but also to raise pupils awareness of the work of the Hospital and to try and breakdown the stigma that Mental Health carries with it.

It was agreed that the request should be extended to all the Inverness Secondary Schools, and each Art and Design Department submitted Art work from current and former pupils.

Threeof our current S6 Art and Design pupils, Lucy Cormack, Zamira Rooks and Neillidh Sutherland completed paintings as part of their summer project. The Artwork was framed and hung, and over the past number of months staff, patients and visitors at New Craigs have been invited to vote for their favourite.

At last night’s prize giving Lucy Cormack’s portrait of “a Girl in Summer” was announced as the most popular. Lucy was awarded prize money of £100. Erin Kelly from Inverness Royal Academy was awarded a second prize by the Framer. Every pupil was presented with an A1 portfolio case for their Art work.

The display of Art work has been so popular that it is now hoped to run the Exhibition as an annual event. Not only has the work brightened up the entrance to the hospital but it also a great opportunity for local Art and Design students to be able to showcase their talent.

Well done to all three pupils from Charleston for participating.

Ms Marj MacLeod, Principal Teacher of Art & Design

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)