Science Transition Roadshow

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Primary 7 pupils had a wonderful opportunity to explore some fascinating science last week. All of our Science teachers accompanied our enthusiastic Science Technician, Mrs Pam Hamilton, on visits to each of our Associated Primary Schools.

Primary 7 pupils, who will be coming up to the Academy in August, were treated to some weird and wacky experiments for a whole morning or afternoon. The focus was on skills of enquiry and pupils were encouraged to ask questions while taking part in an exciting range of experiments.

The programme is a new addition to our transition arrangements for Primary 7 pupils. Staff from our English department and our Maths department also visit primary schools to focus on Literacy, Numeracy and jotter work skills.

Primary 7 pupils visit Charleston Academy on 17 and 18 June when they will follow a sample timetable. Before that, our Guidance staff will be visiting all Primary 7 classes next week. Additionally, there is an information evening for parents of all Primary 7 pupils in our school hall at 7pm on Monday 17 June. Invitation letters have recently been sent out via our associated schools.

Find out more about our Transition arrangements HERE.

Albert Roux Kitchen

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UnknownOur ambitious plans to see a fully equipped, industry standard training and hospitality kitchen took a massive step forward recently. The City of Inverness Committee approved an award of £40,000 towards our over all costs.

BBC_SCOTLAND_CMYKTogether with contributions from Highland Council and our own fund raising it’s now hoped work on the kitchen project can be competed during session 2013-14. The news has drawn widespread media attention.

Read about our partnership with Albert Roux HERE or search for “Albert Roux” in the box above.

 

 

Sports Day Athletics Finals

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Our annual Sports Day took place on Friday 24th May. Great weather, a competitive yet supportive spirit made it an enjoyable afternoon for all staff and pupils who were either competing or watching during suspended timetable.

Full details, all of the results, and great pictures are now on the Athletics Page in the Wider Curriculum section. Well done everybody.

House Champions

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Congratulations to Shiel House who won the House Championship for the second year in a row. Next session a much greater variety of ways to achieve House Points will be included. Pictured below are current House Captains for Shiel, Michaela Kent and Alex Thorne who posed for photos on their last official day of school today when they were in to sit their Advanced Higher Chemistry exam. With them are our new Shiel House Captains, Anthony Keyes and Natalie Kent who were sitting Higher Chemistry along with PT Guidance for Shiel, Mrs Telford.

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Shiel House: Anthony Keyes, Michaela Kent, Mrs Telford, Alex Thorne, Natalie Kent

World Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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Charleston Academy pupils Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S4), and Stuart Dingwall (5S1) recently returned from Portugal where they had been competing as part of the Scottish Team in the World Schools Orienteering Championships at Monte Gordo, near Fargo in Portugal.

This was a truly remarkable and significant achievement for Rowan, Callum and Stuart. The Championships are an important international event in the orienteering calendar. During the opening ceremony the boys took delight wearing their kilts to parade through the Villa-Real-de-Santa-Antonio Stadium under the watchful eye of the head of the International Sports Federation.

While there, the boys took part in quite a few events, including the Middle Distance Relay in temperatures over 35C, through wild gorse, cacti, and on sandy beaches.

By the end of the week long championships the Scottish Team won 2 medals and 5 individual medals.

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The Scottish Team in Portugal

As part of the trip, the boys, along with the rest of the Scottish Team, took part in a number of cultural visits, including a trip to the historic village of Tavira. The championships ended with Friendship Races involving everyone in each of the 200 teams participating. The week long Championships ended with a fantastic closing ceremony at Castro Marim.

The boys have written up an excellent journal of their visit and participation in the events in Portugal. Click on the icon below to download the full version.

Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S2) and Stuart Dingwall (5S1)

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The Boys’ Championship Journal 2013 (click to view)

RMPS raising funds for Mary’s Meals

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Simple-IdeaCharleston Academy pupils have raised over £800 for Scottish Charity Mary’s Meals. This sum was raised after pupils from S1 to S4 watched a DVD about the work of Mary’s Meals and were motivated to donate change to the charity in class. Mrs McConnachie and Mrs Mackenzie were overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils who made the donations during class time.

Read some quotes from the class on the RMPS Blog about the impact the film had on them and what motivated them to donate. Find out more about the work of this important Scottish Charity HERE.

The total sum raised came to £875.

This provides 14,690 children one nourishing daily meal or 1,469 children a daily meal for a year.

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Some S1 pupils pose with the “Thank You” received from Mary’s Meals after the school raised £875 for the charity. Thanks again to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

Mrs Agnes McConnachie, Principal Teacher of RMPS

Ashley Todd called for Scotland Basketball Squad

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Ashley Todd (2S1) and younger brother Alex.

Congratulations to S2 pupil, Ashley Todd. Along with his younger brother, Ashley (already 6ft 2in tall) has been selected to play basketball for the Scottish national squad. Ashley competed with 170 other young hopefulls at a selection event in Edinburgh where they were put through their paces by coaches testing their skills in areas such as passing, shooting, defence and lay-ups. Ashley has been selected for the under-14 team and already plays for the Highland Bears. Ashley wants to make a professional career from basketball, practicing rigorously every week. Well done.

 

Connecting Classrooms Botswana Exchange

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Our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana visited us for ten days at the end of last term. They were with us for the last week of school and over the Easter weekend. As well as spending time in school visiting classes, we staged a Fashion Show which they participated in, took them to a Civic Reception  hosted by the Provost of Inverness, and went on trips to Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Highland Wildlife Park, and the Cairngorms. It was a fantastic trip, as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classooms programme.

Friday 22 March: Leaving Botswana

Saturday 23 March 2013: Arriving in Snowy Scotland

 Monday 25March 2013: School Assembly and Civic Reception

Watch this short clip of our Pipers and percussionists on the African Drums

(Video and Photos by Sarah Freck, 6L and Lucy Dobson, 6T)

Tuesday 26 March: A Day in School but also a chance to visit the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall

 

Wednesday 27 March: In classes prior to our Connecting Classrooms Fundraising Fashion Show

Watch the video stills of the Fashion Show Highlights below. The videos of the staff performing Gangnam Style at lunchtime can be found HERE. Or watch the shorter versions from the fashion show HERE.

SATURDAY 30 March: Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Abriachan

After spending their last day in school on Thursday, Friday was a free day to go shopping and explore Inverness. Today, pupils and staff took a cruise down Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. After lunch the group headed to Abriachan Nurseries for a treasure hunt, BBQ marshmallows and some Easter Eggs.

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SUNDAY 31st March: Easter Sunday and a visit to Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorms National Park

For the last planned activity during their ten day visit, we took our guests to Cairngorms National Park, visiting the Highland Wildlife Park and taking a trip up Cairngorm on the Funicular. As it was Easter Sunday the mountain was busy with skiers and snow-borders, and the temperature at the top was -10C with a windchill of -13C. Some 48 degrees colder than temperatures in Botswana just now! But perfect conditions.

 

 

Monday 1st April: The Final Day was a free day to spend with host families, rounded off with a farewell evening Ceilidh

 

Gangnam Style

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Charleston Academy staff performed Gangnam Style once again in front of the whole school, packed into the Hall, at lunchtime on Thursday 27th March. The group agreed to the performance on condition that further funds were raised for our Connecting Classrooms exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Botswana. Along with the fashion show on Wednesday evening over £2000 was raised. Well done everybody.