Lead Prefect Team 2016

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Following interviews that took place on 31 May and 1 June, we have now appointed our Lead Prefect Team for 2016-17. Thank you to everyone who applied and attended for interview. There were many outstanding interviews which were conducted in front of a panel of four staff.

NOTE 1: As many of the new Lead Prefect Team are away on Friday evening at the Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition we will NOT be formally introducing the team at the Graduation Ceremony for the departing S6.
NOTE 2: The Lead Prefect Team Development Weekend will take place at Badaguish from Friday 16 September until Sunday 18 September. ALL members of the new team must attend this – there can be no exceptions.

Mr O’Neill and Mrs Cameron will hold the first meeting of the new Lead Prefect Team on Thursday 9 at lunchtime – please check the Daily Notices.

Congratulations to the new team and commiserations to those who were unsuccessful.





Athletics Finals

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Our Athletics Finals were held last Friday, marking the culmination of a week of competitive heats. Well done to everyone who took part and to those competing in the finals. The final results are shown below. House Points are allocated for taking part, for getting into the final, and for school records.

Well done to the PE department and everyone else who made the day a brilliant success.

Lead Prefect Team Interviews

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Interviews for our 2016-17 Lead Prefect Team will take place next week; Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June at the times below. Please make sure you turn up 10 minutes before your interview time which will last approximately 15 minutes. Interviews will be in Mr O’Neill’s office. If for any reason you cannot attend at the allocated interview time, you must let Mrs Cameron in Geography know immediately.

There’s a huge amount of potential talent represented by everyone who has applied. There are 12 positions to be filled. Good Luck everyone.

View our previous Lead Prefect Teams HERE.

Mr Chris O’Neill, Head Teacher

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

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Young People at Charleston Academy are being actively encouraged by their teachers to use Google Apps for Education. These apps are already being used on the 100 iPads we have in school. From 2017 young people will also be able to use these on the one-to-one Chromebook devices as this service begins to be rolled out across the council. At assemblies next week young people will be given more information about GAFE. Tomorrow (Wednesday) all S1-S3 students will receive this letter seeking consent for GAFE use in school. The letter also contains links to more information about GAFE.

Additionally, please see this website for information about Google Apps for Education.

For more information about the way we are now using iPads in Charleston Academy please see Apple’s Education microsite.

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S2 Baseline Assessments

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All S2 pupils in Charleston Academy will sit Curriculum Based Assessments (SOSCA) as part of Highland Council’s baseline assessment policy. The tests in Reading, Science and Maths are online and coordinated by Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring. Baseline Assessments such as these are designed to measure the individual underlying potential of our young people. The assessments will take place for ALL S2 pupils on Friday 6th May, Monday 9th May and Wednesday 11th May.

This letter has been issued to all S2 pupils today to confirm assessment times. It is important these tests are taken seriously but pupils are not expected to revise for them. Depute Rector Mrs Helen Hunter coordinates the tests and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Farewell S6 Class of 2016

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We said farewell to our soon to depart S6 today. As Study Leave begins on Tuesday 3 May, S6 students will only now be in school for their exams. Their official leaving date is on Friday 3 June. That day is the last SQA Exam and the date of our S6 Graduation Ceremony which takes place in the school that evening. S6 will also take part in an activity, usually paintball, that day too.

Until then, today marked a friendly, informal and emotional farewell for our S6. They have been an outstanding year group and today’s departure was good natured and enjoyed by all.

The day began with a Tea Party for Prefects and S6 and also included a staff v S6 football match at lunchtime. Yearbooks were distributed, shared and signed and a few fond farewells said too.

Good Luck meantime with your exams.

Botswana 2016 Begins

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Preparations for our fourth Connecting Classrooms Global Exchange trip to Botswana are now underway. Over thirty students and five staff will be heading to Botswana at the end of June to visit our partner school, Lotsane Senior Secondary School, in Palapye in Central Botswana.

While there, students and staff will spend three days working in school as part of our cultural exchange. We will also be visiting the local Maternity Hospital with donations of knitting and other goods that are much needed and we will be taking over. We will visit, work and support an AIDS orphanage in Palapye and later will also visit a primary school in Kasane in the north of Botswana. Our itinerary is now final.

Today students and staff received their own “allowance” of knitting and other donations that we are bringing over. Students must share these and pack them into their own limited luggage allowance to take. Students also received their House T shirts that will be their school dress code in Lotsane Senior Secondary. Everyone is now really excited to be in the final stages of preparation after two years of planning.

Botswana Fundraising in Tesco

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Preparations for our fourth Connecting Classrooms Exchange trip to Botswana are almost final. Our first visit took place in 2010, and we’ve taken groups of over 30 pupils back to Botswana every two years since.

Our visits to Botswana are supported by the British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme. We camp in designated camp sites, go wild camping in the Kalahari, head out on numerous fascinating safaris, and visit Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls. Our Cultural Exchange also involves work with our partner school, Lotsane Senior Secondary School. In 2010 we provided an electric wheelchair for a student whose scoliosis operation was unsuccessful. In 2012 we assisted with improving sanitary conditions in the girls dorms. In 2014 we worked to support the local maternity hospital, an AIDS orphanage, and a Primary School in Kasane. This year we will continue to support these.

Pupils pay for most of the visit themselves. Our fundraising supports the communities we help in Botswana and assists in funding reciprocal visits for students and staff from Palapye who visit Charleston every two years.

Our fundraising today has raised over £800 with more still to be counted. Students and staff aimed to cycle 500 miles today – the distance from the Botswana border into Palapye. Thank you to everyone who helped us out today. Your support is really appreciated. Read more about our Connecting Classrooms HERE.


SQA Exams 2016

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All Students in S4, S5, and S6 received their personal SQA Exam timetables on Thursday or Friday this week. They also received some guides from SQA, including the official Your Exams 2016 Guide. This contains all the details students in S4, S5 and S6 need to know about exam arrangements. However, be aware that schools are entitled to re-schedule exams by up to 30 minutes in order to suit their own arrangements – please refer to individual timetables for the exact time and location of exams at Charleston Academy.

All students are asked to check that all of their exams are listed and to be aware of when and where the exam will take place. If there are any problems or queries in relation to any aspect of the exam arrangements then please call Mrs Hunter immediately.

Please see our Qualifications section for more details and other guides available from the SQA and other organisations.


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The BBC micro:bit has arrived

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The BBC micro:bit is a small pocket sized computer with a built in motion sensor, compass and Bluetooth. This week all pupils in S1 received a free micro:bit funded by the BBC to encourage them to get interested in computer coding. Pupils were shown how to get started with the micro:bit during their computing lesson but the idea is that they should now take them home and get creative in what they can get the device to do.
All pupils have been warned to guard their devices carefully as many parents are keen to get their hands on them! They are for the pupils to use but parents can get involved by visiting www.microbit.co.uk to find out more about the device and helping to encourage their children to make good use of it.

The aim of this project, which has been targeted specifically at all S1 pupils, is to encourage a new generation of computer programmers in order to fill a projected skills gap in the job market in the coming years. Who knows? The next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs may a Charleston pupil.

Mr Duncan Dyker, Principal Teacher of Computing