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.


“Our Best Ever Fashion Show” raises £2000 for Botswana

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“Our best ever fashion show” was held on Wednesday 27th March to raise funds for our Connecting Classrooms Global Exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School. Well done to Mrs Val Macrae who led a dedicated team of staff to pull the whole thing together. We raised over £2000 for our Connecting Classrooms partnership.

Click ‘Continue Reading’ to see Gangnam Style performance by staff at the fashion show.

Media Coverage: Lotsane Senior Secondary School Visit

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The media in both Scotland and Botswana is taking an avid interest in the visit to Charleston Academy by our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School.

Click on any image for the coverage

LSS Benchamrks in UK School

Botswana Press coverage

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© Inverness Courier 26 March 2013  
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CLICK HERE for the online version of the Inverness Courier article.

Canteen Pricing

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Following the approval of Highland Council’s budget for 2013-14 and 2014-15 an inflationary rise of 4% will apply to all school meals.

From April 1st 2013 prices for a two course meal in our canteen will be £2:08. Our catering service is currently reviewing prices for individual items and new price lists will be published shortly.

In the meantime, please visit our School Canteen page for information on menus, ingredient sourcing, special dietary requirements and free school meal advice.