Robert Thorne (1S) won the overall prize at our Art Exhibition in November. His work will feature on the cover of the School Planner for Session 2014-15, his winning entry is displayed in Mr O’Neill’s office and now also at VUE Cinema in Inverness who were our sponsors for the event. Well done Robbie.
Pupils and staff at Charleston Academy enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Party and Lunch on Wednesday. Our canteen staff, working hard all week preparing, served up 500 Christmas Dinners to pupils and staff, who all enjoyed lunch together in the canteen and Hall. After the lunch, our new staff band entertained everyone with a selection of Christmas jingles with pupils and other staff joining in and dancing along.
A special appearance by Santa Claus (with lots of sweets) at the end of the lunch meant he was able to hand over the iPad mini to the raffle winner, Chloe Harrison (1L1). The Christmas Party and Lunch was testament to the fantastic community atmosphere at Charleston Academy as pupils were joined by our cleaners, our Chief Invigilator, Janitors and canteen staff too.
Over the past fortnight, each Tutor Class has been bringing items into Registration for our annual Hamper Appeal. Pupils brought in tins of soup, packets of food, biscuits and other goodies to fill a total of 44 hampers. As well as filling their hampers, each Tutor Group had to wrap and decorate their Hamper, with a prize awarded for the best decorated one.
Staff and pupils loaded the hampers into the school minibus on Monday morning and toured around our catchment area delivering hampers to members of our community who appreciate the little extra that the hampers provide at this time of year. A massive thank-you and well done to everyone involved. And thank you to those members of our community who have already been in touch to say how much they have appreciated receiving the hampers.
Last Friday, all of our Bus Monitors met in the Hall where they were thanked for their important role assisting staff supervise behaviour and safety on our school buses. As nearly half of our pupils travel to school on bus, the role of our Bus Monitors assisting staff by monitoring and then reporting safety and behaviour concerns on the bus to senior staff is a vital one.
The monitors were treated to a hot chocolate, roll of their choice and seasonal mince-pie courtesy of our Parent Council. A real treat and surprise for the pupils! At the meeting the expectations for bus monitors was discussed. The school works hard to keep the school buses as safe and pleasant as possible. The monitors were pleased to have their efforts recognised by the Parent Council.
Mr Gordon Stewart, Depute Rector
As we approach the end of term on Friday 20th December, school is getting into full swing for Christmas. Staff and pupils in both Art and Technical worked hard to make the decorations for our hall (above). Well done to Mr Corrance (Art) and Mr Seymour (Technical) for coordinating and arranging the hall decorations. And a huge thank you to Mrs Val Barron (our Head Cleaner) for her superb help decorating the Christmas tree in the foyer and wrapping up all the (empty!) boxes.
All Christmas events take place week beginning 16th December:
Mon 16th to Thurs 19th: House Assemblies
Our House Captains will be delivering assemblies during the last week with a focus on Christmas.
Mon 16th & Tues 17th: Hampers
Following a successful collection of goodies for our Hamper Appeal, staff and pupils will be delivering all of our Christmas Hampers to members of our community during Monday and Tuesday.
Wed 18th: Christmas Lunch
Over an extended lunch break, all pupils and staff will be able to enjoy Christmas Lunch in the Hall. The canteen staff are working hard preparing for this and pupils will be joined by most staff as well as a staff band and choir to add to the festivities. A new iPad Mini WiFi with Retina Display will be raffled in aid of our Global Exchange partnership with Lotsane Senior School in Botswana. Tickets for the lunch (which must be reserved in advance) and iPad raffle are available now.
Wed 18th: Junior Dance
Our annual Junior Dance takes place in the Hall from 7pm. Tickets are already on sale.
Thurs 19th: Senior Dance
The Senior Dance is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Seniors are already practicing their ceilidh dances and there is a further rehearsal for all S5/6 pupils on Tuesday 17th during Units 3 & 4.
Fri 20th: House Quiz
A whole school inter-house quiz is planned for the last day. A huge effort is being undertaken by staff and pupils for each of the different themed rounds.
Fri 20th: Christmas Holidays
The Christmas Holidays begin at 3:30pm when the school closes for a fortnight. We re-open on Monday 6th January.
Congratulations to Amy Riddle who performed exceptionally well in the recent UK Beaver Computing Challenge. There were over 20,000 entries from across the UK and Amy managed to get her name in the Hall of Fame and had the 4th highest score in Scotland for her age group. This is an outstanding achievement, and Amy received a Best in School Certificate for her success.
Many other pupils received a Distinction Certificate which Mr Dyker presented in class.
You can view the Hall of Fame on the UK BeaverComp website.
Four Charleston Academy pupils attended the annual Highland Schools Swimming Gala at Inverness Leisure on Wednesday. The event acts as a qualifying round for the Scottish Schools Finals which will be held in January at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow. Later in the year it will also host the swimming action of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Every year Charleston Academy is represented by a small but successful team. This year was no exception and all pupils achieved podium finishes or personal bests. Erica Fowler and I will now go on to represent Charleston Academy at the Scottish Schools Finals next year.
Struan Hay (2K2) – 4th Boys 13-14 200m IM and 200m Freestyle
Erica Fowler (S1) – 3rd Girls 13-14 200m IM and 2nd Girls 13-14 100m Backstroke
Samantha Cochrane (S2)- 3rd Girls 13-14 200m Backstroke
Robbie More (S6) – 1st Mens 400m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle