Scotland International Track and Field

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photoS3 pupil Alison Horne (4T2) has been selected to throw shot putt for the Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association. This competition will see Scottish schools competing against schools from England, Ireland, and Wales. The event takes place at Santry Stadium in Dublin on 20 July.

Alison was selected to represent Scotland on the back of her performance at the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships were she won a Silver medal in the U-17 girls Shot Putt. Alison is eligible for this age group again next year.

Alison threw 9.76m and the winner threw 9.82m. Alison is pictured with her medal and also her badge standard. Competitors only receive these if they reach a required standard in their event. This is normally set very high and not many competitors receive these. Best wishes to Alison for success in Dublin.

Mr Russell McFee, Principal Teacher of Physical Education

 

Activities Days 2013 – updated

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Excellent weather, well-behaved pupils, superb staff organisation, and great fun by all sums up our two days of Activities last week. A huge variety of activities were on offer this year. Special thanks to Mrs Aileen Thomson and Mr Jonathan Richards and the rest of the team for putting in so much hard work over the last few months to get all of the arrangements in place. More photos to follow.


Landmark 2013

Photos Courtesy Mrs Mairi Sutherland


Theatre & Stage Make Up 2013

Photos Courtesy Mrs Fiona Stuart


Fishing Trip

Fishing is always a really popular activity. Well done to Harry Barker (3T1) who caught the biggest fish over the two days (5lbs). The excellent weather and bright sunshine made fishing difficult on the Friday. However that didn’t stop Jessica Nelson (2L1) putting all of the boys to shame! Jessica caught 9 trout on her first ever attempt at fishing. Well done Jessica.

Photos Courtesy of Mr Duncan Dyker

Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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On Friday 7 June, eight CHAOS (CHarleston Academy Orienteering Squad) members travelled to Hopetoun House near Edinburgh to compete in the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships.

The courses were fast paced and the competition strong, but team spirit was high. In orienteering there are no ‘personal bests’ as terrain and courses are variable from competition to competition, but if there was such a thing then I’m sure that each one of the pupils would have come away with a new PB.

Charleston Academy 3rd place in Overall School Results

SONY DSCAll 8 pupils made the qualifying times to count for the overall school results, in which Charleston came third. I would go as far as to say that this fantastic result is not only due to individually doing well on the day, but also due to the feel good factor of a team that is so encouraging and supportive towards each other. Well done to Stuart Dingwall (S5), Callum White (S4), Hannah Farman (S4), Rowan White (S2), Kieran Watts (S2), Daniel Lamont(S2), Kate Farman (S2), Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr (S2).

Charleston Academy 2nd place in Team Results for S2 Boys

We had only one team this year and boy did they do well! The S2 boys who came third last year leapt up to 2nd place this year. Across the three counting runners they placed only ten minutes behind first place but were nearly an hour ahead of third place! Well done boys – Rowan White, Kieran Watts and Daniel Lamont.

Charleston Academy 1st and 3rd in Individual Results

Congratulations to Rowan White who came 1st in S2 Boys and to Hannah Farman who came 3rd in S4 Girls!

Local training and competition will continue with the next big races being the British Schools Championships in November this year.

Mrs Meike White, Parent Helper and CHAOS Coach

Wild Things at Charleston Academy

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Curriculum for Excellence in Action

This week our S2 students took part in taster sessions provide by the local outdoor learning charity Wild Things. The main purpose of the session was to take learning outside the classroom and work on the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence: Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

The session, which took place in Dunain Community Forest, was a resounding success as students learned about local plants and wildlife whilst developing basic bush craft skills such as: wild foods, shelter building and how to start a safe camp fire.

The feedback from the students was incredibly positive. Our work with Wild Things will hopefully become an integral part of the curriculum at Charleston Academy.

Mr Richard Smith, Support for Learning Department

Wildthings

Big Green Challenge 2013 Winners

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BGC Winners 2013Congratulations to Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2L2), and Morven Carmichael (1S2) who have won the Big Green Challenge renewable energy debate at the Scottish Parliament. A fantastic achievement for the girls and Charleston Debating Club as this is now the second time in three years that we have won this very prestigious event. Unfortunately team mate Kieran Watts (2K2) was unable to make the trip to Edinburgh.

Read more HERE.

First National Scottish Spelling Bee Competition

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Claire and Danielle outside the Scottish Parliament

Claire Macleod (1L1) represented Charleston Academy at the National Spelling Bee competition held at the Scottish Parliament on Friday. She achieved the highest score of all the first years taking part. She was very dedicated and practised every lunch time the week leading up to the event. Danielle Ross (1K1) came second and was invited as official supporter. Her enthusiasm was very much appreciated by all.

Thirty seven S1 pupils from twenty schools in thirteen authorities were invited to compete in the final. They were asked to learn two hundred words in French, German or Spanish. They had to be able to translate the words from English and spell them using the alphabet of the target language. They had to spell as many words as possible in one minute.

After a guided tour of the Parliament, pupils were ushered into a rather grand committee room for the semi-finals. The contestants were facing the audience and the words were displayed on large screens behind them. The atmosphere was electric and there was a lot of encouragement from the supporters.

In the first round, four were chosen to go through to the final. Claire was unlucky, just missing fourth place. All was not lost for the Highlands though. Glen Urquhart High School was the overall winner in the French section and took the trophy in the final.

The event was supported by the European Commission and organised by the University of Strathclyde and SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages). The MSP Maureen Watt sponsored it.

The event was so successful; the organisers are very keen to see it grow.

Well done to Claire and Danielle who were a tribute to the school.

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Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

 

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.

S2 Power Readers

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Well done to all S2 who recently received their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Power Reader certificates at Assembly. The eight top power readers in S2 and the number of books they’ve read this session are shown below. These eight pupils will receive their awards at the S2 Awards Ceremony in June. Well done everyone.

S1 Power Readers

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Our Class, 1E, won the S1 Power Readers, reading an average of 17 books each. The majority of the class completed bronze level and were on silver; others went even further and were on their gold level.

As a prize for reading the most books we won a trip out to the cinema to see a film of our choice. We chose Iron Man 3. The film was great! We were allowed to buy our own sweets or snacks but weren’t allowed to go over the top! We went to see the film on Tuesday 21st May with Mrs King, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Mackenzie.

We would like to thank our English teacher for encouraging us to win and Vue for letting us have a great morning out! The whole class agrees it was great fun.

Megan Meldrum (1T) and Samantha Cochrane (1T)

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