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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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.
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)
Charleston 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.
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.
Mrs Agnes McConnachie, Principal Teacher of RMPS
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.
Interviews for Lead Prefect Team 2013-14 are Wed, Thurs, Fri this week. Please check your interview time. CLICK HERE.
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
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.
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
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” 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.
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.
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CLICK HERE for the online version of the Inverness Courier article.
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.