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.

Follow their trip on Twitter.

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.

Design & Manufacture Ikea Visit

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On Tuesday 22nd September students studying Design and students had the opportunity to visit Ikea in Edinburgh to gain an insight in to commercial mass manufacture and design with a leading competitor in the world of furniture.

Pupils studying National 4/5 and Higher Design and Manufacture were given the chance to take part in this visit.  On arrival at Ikea pupils were shown a presentation about Ikea’s three main principles:

  • A more sustainable life at home
  • Recourse and energy independence
  • A better life for people and communities

This allowed pupils to look at design in a new way, how products can be redesigned to make them more economic in terms of both money and space but still look appealing and attractive. Ikea tries to utilise material in the most effective and sustainable way to ensure little waste is created, through the use of new manufacturing techniques i.e. board on frame.  They were also challenged to look at different materials choices for products i.e. bamboo, coconut shell and sea grass to find more sustainable materials that help both the environment but also they community in which they are manufactured.

I would like to thank Sophie Rogers from Ikea Edinburgh for assisting in the organisation of this event as part of their sustainability and the community project.

Pupils on trip:  Kyle Mackinnon 4L1, Aidan Macintosh 4K2, Callum Mead 4K2, Serena Soffe 4K1, Mark Williamson 4K2, Naomi Cameron 5K2, Lewis Hilditch 5K2, Alice Lee 5S1, Scott Manson 5L2, Rhys Smith 5L2, Lucy Duff 6L1, Ben Maclellan 6L1, Liam Macrae 6K1, Ross Oag 6K1 5.

Miss Lindsay Ross, Technical Education Department

Youth Philanthropy Speed Dating

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It was a great pleasure to welcome some twenty different charities to our ‘ Charity Speed Dating’ event at Charleston yesterday.

All of our S3 pupils are currently involved in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Pupils are engaging with local charities, researching their aims, structure and importance in our community.

This event gives our pupils the chance to meet the real people who enable and support the most vulnerable members of our society. Our event also encourages our pupils to gather vital facts and information so they can produce well informed and interesting presentations in the hope of winning the £3,000 cash grant for their chosen charity.

We are all looking forward to our second final later in the year when one of the very deserving charities will win this vital grant to help boost their funds.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Mrs Carol MacKenzie, RMPS Department

Albert Roux Dinner 2015

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Our Albert Roux Charity Dinner took place on Tuesday 15 September. After many years of using these dinners to raise funds to build a hospitality training kitchen, our Albert Roux Kitchen was officially opened earlier this year.

Therefore, our 2015 Dinner was on a smaller scale as we were able to use the new facilities in the kitchen, allowing many more of our students to work with the Adopt a School Chefs. This meant turning an adjacent classroom into a restaurant for the evening, something our students and Technical Department pulled off amazingly. To ensure as many students as possible were able to work in the new kitchen and to have the chance of preparing Michelin quality food with the world’s greatest chef we covered only 40 guests rather than our usual 100.

Special Guests

Cllr Helen Carmichael, Provost of the City of Inverness

Cllr Alex Graham, Inverness West Ward

Mr Andrew Benjamin, Fundraising Manager, Maggies Centre Inverness

Mr Ian Whitaker, Managing Director at Cawdor Castle

Mr Stewart Stirling, University of the Highlands and Islands

In Attendance

Mr Albert Roux, OBE and Legion d’Honneur

Mr Mike Mathieson, Executive Chef, Roux Consultancy

Mr Javier Dominguez Santos, Chef at Chez Roux Rocpool Reserve, Inverness

The video below shows some highlights from the evening. The photos and still images were taken by Liam Black (6S1) and Zarah Gollan (6S1) of our Higher Photography class.

Well done to all the staff and students in our Home Economics Department for making the evening such a success. Special Thanks to the many staff who assisted on the evening, behind the scenes, and in the run up to help with preparation. Proceedings from the evening will be donated to Maggie’s Cancer Care in Inverness. Mr Andrew Benjamin has agreed to attend an assembly to receive the donation soon.

Higher Photography at Albert Roux Dinner

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Liam Black, 6S1

Liam Black, 6S1







Our Albert Roux Charity Dinner was held on Tuesday 15 September. While this was a show case for our Home Economics Department and their new Albert Roux Kitchen, the evening also allowed Advanced Higher Photography student Liam Black (6S1), an opportunity to photograph an event for his Higher Photography Portfolio. View some of the photos he selected below.

Photos © Liam Black, Charleston Academy / Scottish Qualifications Authority

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher of Art