Remembrance / Armistice Assemblies

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Provost Alex Graham, Callum Mackintosh (Area Education Manager) and Cllr Graham Ross joined Torridon House for their Remembrance Assembly on Friday

Provost Alex Graham, Callum Mackintosh (Area Education Manager) and Cllr Graham Ross joined Torridon House for their Remembrance Assembly on Friday

Assemblies this week are on the theme of Armistice / Remembrance and are being delivered by our Lead Prefect Team and pupils involved in the recent History trip to the WW1 Battlefields.

On Thursday we welcomed Mr Roddy Wood from the Royal British Legion in Inverness. Mr Wood oversees many of the arrangements for the annual Poppy Appeal in Inverness and he was delighted to hear pupil accounts of their recent trip to Belgium.

On Friday, our final house assembly was attended by Provost Alex Graham, and Cllr Graham Ross. Mr Callum Macintosh, Area Education Manager also joined us for this important period of reflection.

Well done to all the pupils who participated in assemblies this week, who were all a credit to the school and our community. Our guests were very impressed.

Our Head Boy and Head Girl (Shaun Thomas and Emma Macrae) will lay a poppy wreath at the cenotaph on Sunday and other members of the lead prefect team will attend the special event at the Town House on Monday 11th as guests of Provost Alex Graham.

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Mr Roddy Wood joins Miss Catherine Bain (PT History), members of our Lead Prefect Team, and pupils who were on the recent trip to Belgium for our Shiel House Assembly on Thursday.

Plans are already underway for our Centenary Visit to the World War One Battlefields in the Autumn of 2014.

Teaching in Botswana

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Although it’s the October Holidays for most of the school, two Charleston Academy teachers have extended their teaching term this week. They are at our Connecting Classrooms partner school in Botswana. Ms Sutherland (Principal Teacher of Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art Teacher) are spending ten days working at our partner school, Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana.

Funding for the exchange has come from the British Council and meant that two teachers from Botswana visited Charleston Academy before the October break. Thirty Charleston Academy pupils visit Lotsane Senior Secondary School in June and July 2014.

Lotsane Senior Secondary School is located on the western edge of Palapye, a sprawling town of nearly 30,000 inhabitants. The satellite image shows the school teaching blocks, student dorms and the teachers houses.  

 

History Pupils Show Respects at the Menin Gate

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History pupils at the Menin Gate in Ypres, today Sunday 6 October, 2013

History pupils at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Sunday 6 October, 2013

Charleston Academy History pupils, who are in Belgium visiting the WW1 battlefields and memorials, visited the Menin Gate on Sunday 6 October. The Menin Gate is a memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Ypres Salient of World War 1.

As a mark of respect, the pupils were proud to wear the full Charleston Academy uniform, and some of the boys wore kilts to accompany the pipes.

The group also laid a wreath during their visit.

A full article on the visit will be published on their return.

 

Knitting for Botswana

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Last year the Botswana 2012 Team delivered handmade knitted Baby Outfits to the Maternity Hospital in Palapye.

Pictured here are Mr Seloke (Art) and Ms Didimalang (Biology) with a selection of the knitted outfits. These will be taken to Palapye on their return journey with Miss Sutherland and Ms Sutherland.

A special thank you to Grace MacKenzie (Support for Learning) for her huge contribution of jumpers, hats and blankets.

A “Knitting for Botswana Babies Group 2014” has started knitting already.

Staff and Pupils keen to participate have been asked to bring along double knitting yarn – ( not white or pastel colours ) and 5mm or 4.5mm knitting needles.

For any parents who would like to contribute the knitting patterns are available to download HERE.

Any donations of wool or needles would also be gratefully received.

Ms Marj Macleod (Principal Teacher, Art)

Running for Diabetes

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Well done to Team Sugar Rush  for raising well over £13,000 in this year’s Loch Ness Marathon Festival of Running. Ten former or current Charleston Academy staff were part of the team, raising funds for diabetes research. The fundraising drive is organised by former PE teacher Amanda Croall who left Charleston Academy last session following illness complicated by her diabetes. Amanda took part in the marathon this year, along with staff members, Mr Ryan Macintosh, Mrs Kirsty Dillon, Mr Russell McFee, Mr Alex Mezals, Miss Jacqueline Bissett, and Miss Tara Jaffrey and others. Well done everyone.

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Pupil Voice 2013-14

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Elections for our Year Group Committees took place towards the end of September. Each Tutor Group can elect up to two members for each year group committee. The document below shows the formation of the Year Group Committees for Session 2013-14.

The first task of each Year Group Committee when they meet after the October break will be to nominate and / or elect their member(s) for the whole school Pupil Council, and to co-opt a teacher representative who will support and advise the work of each committee. Our Depute Head Boy and Girl are automatically members of the S6 Committee and are joint chairs of the Pupil Council.

One member of the Pupil Council is co-opted onto the Parent Council and vice-versa.

The work of the Year Group Committees and Pupil Council will be to ensure the education and well-being of all pupils at Charleston Academy is enhanced. The various groups may look at issues such as canteen queues, homework policy, class based learning intentions, awards etc. Each group will decide on their specific focus at their first meeting. Depute Rector Miss Rona Macpherson coordinates the meetings and work of our Year Group Committees and Pupil Council. She assisted by our Youth Development Officer. Read more about our representation of the Pupil Voice HERE.

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Year Group Committees 2013-14 – Click to download

 

Global Exchange

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The first phase of our Connecting Classrooms Global Exchange finished this afternoon. Visiting teachers from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana have spent the past week here at Charleston Academy. Mr Seloke has been teaching in the Art Department and Ms Didimalang has been teaching in Biology and helping in Science classes. Both teachers were also able to visit Kirkhill Primary School on Monday where they met Primary classes and were able to describe some of the main differences between our two cultures.

Phase Two of the programme is now underway. On Wednesday Ms Sutherland (PT Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art Department) left with our guests, making the return trip to Botswana. Our staff will now spend 10 days teaching their subjects at Lotsane Senior Secondary.

Connecting Classrooms

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As part of our British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme, Charleston Academy is hosting two exchange teachers from Botswana this week and next. Mr Seloke (Art) and Ms Didimalang (Biology) left Botswana on Tuesday and will be working at Charleston Academy over the next week. Returning with them to Botswana towards the end of term will be two Charleston Academy teachers, Ms Sutherland (PT Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art). They will spend a week teaching at our partner school in Botswana, Lotsane Senior Secondary School.

Mr Seloke and Ms Didimalang spent their first teaching day at Charleston working in their respective departments. At lunchtime they met Charleston Academy pupils who are visiting Botswana and Lotsane for two weeks next summer. They spent lunchtime developing their language skills and getting to grips with formal and informal ways of greeting in Botswana.

Earlier in the day our guests were delighted to meet Inverness West Ward Manager, Mr Stewart Wardlaw.

Find out more about our Connecting Classrooms Programme HERE.

2013 SQA Results

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Sqa_logoCharleston Academy pupils received their SQA results today (Tuesday 6 August). We are delighted that so many pupils have done so well. This is testimony to the effort and hard work of our pupils, their teachers and other staff and also the support of their parents and carers.

Some results worthy of note are the 46 pupils in S5 (32.6%) who passed three or more Highers, compared to the Highland average of 27%. 21 of those S5 pupils passed five or more Highers (15%) which is well above the Highland average of 11.6%.

In S4, the number of passes at Standard Grade Credit Level was 56 (40.3%), up from 33% in 2011 and 37% in 2012.

Staff will be looking into the results in more detail over the next few weeks. Meanwhile congratulations to everyone on the results of their hard work. If anyone has concerns or queries about any aspect of the SQA results, please telephone the school meantime.