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.

Baby Knitwear for Botswana

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Back in April when our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana visited us, they received new-born baby wear knitted by staff, pupils, parents, grandmothers and other members of the Charleston Academy community. Recently that knitwear was distributed to the Maternity Hospital in Palapye to the delight of expectant or new mothers. Thanks to everyone who contributed something.

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.