S1 STEM Challenge

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On Thursday 26th May, 30 S1 students undertook a STEM Challenge lead by Capt Scott Lacey and LCpl Brian Gorman from the Royal Engineers.

The 8 teams of students had to build a complex, motorised and remote operated robot, then, using tablets, they had to program the robot to try and navigate around a complex maze

The S1 students were excellent and engaged straight away, moving on through the build process quickly so they could tackle the maze and be first to get to the end.

Capt Lacey and LCpl Gorman were full of praise for the enthusiasm and behaviour of the Charleston students.

The session ended with a Q&A session with some searching questions from students about life in the Army, and its role in the world. This shows how much our young people actually think and engage with the wider questions about our society’.

Mr David Vincent, Physics Department

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.

Gaelic Careers Day

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Chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig bhon dàrna bliadhna gu Siuthad!, latha dreuchdan Gàidhlig a chaidh a chur air dòigh le Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Dh’ ionnsaich sgoilearan mar a dh’fhaodadh sgilean Gàidhlig an cuideachadh nan cuid obrach agus mun raon farsaing de chothroman cosnaidh a tha ann do dhaoine le Gàidhlig. Chuala na sgoilearan mu dheidhinn obraichean anns na meadhanan, ann am foghlam, anns na h-ealain, le buidhnean eachdraidheil agus le buidhnean leasachaidh. Bha e sònraichte a bhith a’ coinneachadh ri dithis a b’ àbhaist a bhith nan sgoilearan ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich agus a tha a-nis ag obair ann an saoghal na Gàidhig. Tha Karen Oakley ag obair aig Fèisean nan Gàidheal agus tha Christie Nicilleathain ag obair mar Oifigear Leasachaidh le Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean . Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail, gu h-àraid anns a’ bhothan dhealbhan agus nuair a bhuannaich Louis Norgate an fharpais eacarsaich!

S2 Gaelic pupils attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event, organised by Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The event provided pupils with information on the variety of ways they could use Gaelic in their future careers. It showcased the diverse range of career options for which having Gaelic is an advantage, or is essential. Pupils heard about job opportunities in the media, in education, in the arts, with Historic Environment Scotland and with development organisations. They particularly enjoyed meeting two former Charleston Academy pupils. Former Head Girl Karen Oakley now works at Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Christie MacLean works as the Graduate Gaelic Development Officer with HIE. The different workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities. The photo booth and Louis Norgate winning Highlife Highland’s sit-up challenge were the particular highlights!

Ms Yvonne Gunn, Principal Teacher of Languages

Multilingual Debate at Herriot-Watt

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On Wednesday 22nd March, our Higher French class travelled to Heriot-Watt University for the Multilingual Debate and Chinese cultural experience. The motion was ‘this house believes that robots will soon be a positive aspect of our lives’.

When we first arrived, we were escorted to the Confucius Institute, where the Chinese cultural experience was held. We tried on traditional Chinese clothes, tasted various Chinese dishes and practised Chinese calligraphy. It was a lot of fun!

We then made our way to the James Watt centre, where the debate was held. It lasted for two hours and was a fully interactive experience. The speakers debated in several different languages, including Chinese, Spanish, German, French and English. The Post-Graduate students interpreted the speeches into a variety of other languages. We were all provided with a headset, in which you could tune into a specific channel for your desired language. We were all extremely impressed with the interpreters’ fluency during the debate. Before and after the debate, we were given a chance to voice our opinions on the matter, through an electronic voting system. This allowed us to engage in the debate and express our views. Beforehand, the results favoured the ‘for’ side, however, in the final vote, the majority voted against the motion.

Overall, it was an extremely educational trip that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

by Amy Riddle, Grace Bird and Sami Cochrane

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

Languages at Work

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Over 20 pupils from Charleston Academy joined young people from Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy and Forres Academy for an event organised by Scotland’s National Centre for Languages on Thursday 23rd February.

Aimed specifically at S3 – S6 pupils, it focused on the relevance of language skills in a work context with the intention of encouraging pupils to continue with their language studies.

Pupils discovered how languages can enhance communication skills, motivation and employability opportunities in line with the aims of ‘Developing the Young Workforce’, the Scottish Government’s current Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Learners listened to 4 presentations from exciting inspirational speakers who view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.

  • Michael Mackenzie, Regional Football Development Officer, Scottish Football Association
  • Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries and Alex Smith Industry Network Manager, XpoNorth Music
  • Kirsten Matthews, Brand Home Lead Guide, Glen Ord Distillery / Diageo Scotland
  • Meryl James, Professional Development Officer at the University of Strathclyde, enthusiastic advocate of other languages and cultures who taught pupils a few words of Welsh and Mandarin

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

World Book Day Character Competition

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“Trust Me, I’ve Read this Book!”

Today is World Book Day and the school is celebrating the event in several ways. Over the course of this week our Library is running a Guess the Character competition. Teachers are displaying clues on their doors and pupils have to guess the characters by asking the teachers any question they want about the character. Teachers can only answer Yes or No. English classes are having great fun trying to work out all of the various clues.

 

Google Classroom Roll-Out

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This session staff and pupils at Charleston Academy have been trialling out innovative use of our 100 iPads in a variety of lessons. While the iPads give students access to thousands of educational apps, some classes have also been making excellent use of Google Classroom on these too.

In recognition of some of the excellent innovation in the school, our Geography Department has recently been awarded some 50% of an innovation fund from Highland Council to trial out and develop Google Classroom further. The department has taken stock of a class set of Chromebook to develop use of Google Classroom further and share good practice across the school. This is in preparation for the rollout of Chromebooks for all pupils over the next 18-24 months.

Hospitality Visit – Chefs Adopt a School

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S3 Hospitality pupils from Charleston Academy had a wonderful experience at Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness on Wednesday 8 February.

Students and staff were guests of Mr Albert Roux OBE and chef Michael Matheson of Chez Roux Restaurants and the Albert Roux Consultancy to celebrate Chefs Adopt A School Week.

Pupils were able to experience and appreciate how the hotel and restaurant are run and to interact with staff from the kitchen, restaurant, housekeeping and management.

After watching and then sampling “Mocktails” expertly prepared in the bar, seeing the deluxe suites complete with sauna and jacuzzi, everyone was then treated to a fabulous and specially prepared afternoon tea. This was followed by a tasting session of the restaurant’s most popular starter, main course and dessert.

Many thanks to Head Chef Javi and General Manager Rob for an amazing visit. All the students and staff had a fantastic day and a delicious lunch.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting PT Home Economics

Book Group Visit

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On Wednesday 25th January the S2 book group, assisted by our 2 S6 helpers went, with Mrs King, to Millburn Academy. We went to discuss the short listed books as part of the process for voting for the Teenage Book Award. We met Millburn’s group and had a very tasty lunch (soup, sandwiches and loads of biscuits!). We did a few little group exercises so that we could get to know each other better. We talked about what sort of books we like, why we joined the book group and other things like this. Eventually we started talking about the books that were shortlisted for the prize and which ones were our favourites. Logan and Mrs Phillips put a good case forward for ‘Silver Skin’ but the rest of the group felt that ‘Black Cairn Point’ deserved to win. It was good fun to see what everyone else thought about all the books – including those that didn’t make it onto the final BookTrust shortlist. The BookTrust will announce the overall winner on 1st March.

We had a really good time and enjoyed the trip. We’d love to do it again!

Logan Parker (2L2) maand Lara MacGillivray (2L1)