Higher Geography Success

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Congratulations to former Charleston Academy pupil Arianne Ross. At the weekend Arianne attended the annual conference of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers where she was awarded the SQA Prize for the highest overall mark in the SQA Higher Geography examination for 2015. Arianne was delighted with such an accolade and was equally impressed to receive her award from adventurer, broadcaster and author Mark Beaumont.

Art & Design Turner Prize Exhibition

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On Thursday 29 October our S6 Art Portfolio class travelled down to Glasgow to view the 2015 Turner Prize Awards in the Tramway building. During our trip we also attended the Glasgow School of Art open day which conveniently landed during the same time that the Turner Prize was being displayed in the city. We spent the morning exploring many of the GSA departments and their buildings, including the newly built Reid Building; learning about what the courses entailed and meeting several of the highly regarded lecturers.

In the late afternoon we took a train to the Tramway building to view the prestigious Turner Prize Awards. As a class we were given a brief to follow out an artistic response to our favourite nominee. The art being displayed in the Tramway wasn’t conventional art such as a painting or a sculpture; instead the work presented was strongly conceptional, ranging from fur coats stitched to the back of chairs to inter-dimensional alien abduction reports. There are only 4 nominees running for the £25,000 cash prize and entry into the diverse and controversial world of art and the prize is to be presented in December.

As a class we had mixed feelings towards the artists and their ideas. I feel like we struggled getting into the open mind set of the artist’s reasoning for the way they had visualised their representation of art. A guide walked us around the displays and explained to us the concepts behind each as well as the methods used. The amount of vast creativity and inventive ideas were immensely inspirational to us all; even if the visual representation of the art didn’t ignite excitement, inspiration was still drawn from the artists disregard for conventional art.

Overall the day was both enjoyable and inspiring for me and my fellow classmates.

Liam Black (6S1)

Liam Black (6S1)


Thursday’s trip to The Glasgow School of Art Open Day and The Tramway Gallery proved to be both exciting and inspiring for staff and students involved.

The portfolio students took full advantage of this opportunity, allowing them to take part in activities, tour the campus grounds, listen to presentations from university tutors and ask questions. Although it was a long day of traveling I feel it was extremely worthwhile in confirming for students that Art School is a future path for them.

Students also visited The Tramway Gallery and took part in an educational tour looking at the Turner Prize 2015 Nominee’s. Again this event allowed students to reflect and created open dialogue of ‘what is Art’? Students are being asked to select one of the nominees and respond to their work.

I would like to thank Gillian Clark (the schools’ careers advisor) for accompanying me on this trip and for her vital input, also the GSA staff and students for making themselves so ready available and finally Anna Lehr at Tramway.

Mr Derek Sim – Acting Principal Teacher Art & Design

Cake & Bake Show

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Students and Staff from Charleston Academy Home Economics Department were invited to the Cake & Bake Show in Edinburgh on Friday. Students attended in order to develop their cake production and cake decorating skills as part of their course. Students also developed ideas for the final project element of their course. Great fun was had by all too.


WW 1 Battlefield Trip 2015

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Our annual History Department trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium is underway. Pupils and staff left on Thursday 8 October and will return on Tuesday 13 October. On Sunday the group visited the Menin Gate and laid a wreath of poppies there at the evening ceremony. It was an emotional evening. Earlier in the day the group had fun at the Bellewaerde Theme Park. Tomorrow, Monday, the group begin the journey home visiting Brandhoek Cemetery in the morning then stopping off in Bruges for some shopping before the evening ferry overnight back to Hull.

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Business Dynamics Conference

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Last week the Higher Business Management and Higher Accounts classes attended a two day Business Dynamic conference at the Scottish National Heritage Centre in Inverness where they took part in a series of seminars and workshops. They also got the chance to meet professionals working in a variety of business related areas such as finance, marketing and operations.

The event was a valuable and enjoyable experience which will help all aspects of their studies.

Mr Brendan McMahon, Principal Teacher Business Education

Bake Off Final

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On the day of the BBC Great British Bake Off Final, our Acting Principal Teacher of Home Economics, Mrs Alison Fraser will take part today in a live broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland about why the Bake Off is now the most popular programme on British television and why young people in particular have a new found interest in baking.

At Charleston Academy we recently held our Macmillan Coffee morning, with staff and pupils alike inspired to get baking for charity. Our Home Economics department also runs a successful Cake Decorating Course along with other hospitality courses. We also deliver Scottish Vocational Qualifications in partnership with Inverness College UHI on Practical Cookery Skills.

The photographs above and below were taken by S6 student Liam Black during our MacMillan Coffee Morning last week. Students and Staff were assisted by Mr Mike Matheson, Executive Chef for Mr Albert Roux, OBE who came into school for the day to help with our coffee morning.

Our coffee morning finally raised over £650 for MacMillan Cancer Care.

Mrs Fraser will be interviewed live by Kay Adams this morning on BBC Radio Scotland.

Geography Fieldwork on Skye

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On the 20th and 21st of September pupils in S5/6 taking National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Geography had the chance to visit the Isle of Skye to carry out fieldwork. This was a great opportunity for them to see at first-hand many of the spectacular environments studied in class. In addition, pupils were able to gather fieldwork data vital to their Added Value Units.

Despite variable weather and ever present midgies, it was an immensely enjoyable trip and the pupils involved were a credit to the school and the department. It is hoped that this trip will run again next year.

Mr Stuart Buchanan & Miss Sali Massey, Geography Department

European Day of Languages

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This week, pupils in French and Gaelic classes have been celebrating European Day of Languages, to promote language learning and have some multilingual fun!

Classes watched some entertaining film clips then teams of pupils took part in a Quiz, which had rounds on European landmarks, famous Europeans, European food, languages and general knowledge.

In their feedback some of the comments made by pupils included:

“The quiz opened my eyes to different cultures and places around Europe.  It was very interesting and fun!”

“I now have a better understanding of why having a second language is valuable.”

“I learned more things about different languages.”

“I enjoyed working as a team.”

“I enjoyed learning about the different languages and cultures of Europe.”

Mrs Yvonne Gunn, Principal Teacher of Languages


House Points Update

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As we approach the end of another very successful term, the overall House Points reflect the Commendation Merits awarded to all pupils in S1 to S6 by each of their teachers. There are already over 18,000 House Points entered in recognition of meeting the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Achievement. Merits for extra-curricular activities have still to be added and we will also be awarding merits for our sponsored walk and other activities soon.