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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)
On Friday 17 May the 12 S1 School of Football boys headed to Hampden, Scotland’s National Football Stadium, to play in matches with other School of Football squads from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. As well as playing football the boys also got a tour of the Hampden Park stadium.
“We all had to get up early. Once we got to school we got on our bus, it was really fancy and posh, with leather seats and TVs. We had a very long drive to Glasgow and we stopped at Perth on the way down and the way back.”
“Once we got down to Hampden we ate our lunch and watched the first round of the games. It was then our turn to take part in the games. The games were very good and were a lot of fun but they still had a competitive side to them as well.”
“Once the games finished we went to the stadium for our tour of Hampden Park. The tour was very good and we got to go round all the main rooms and the museum which has the real Scottish cup.”
“It was a really good day overall! “
Jake Fraser-Lee (1S)
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
Charleston’s U14 Shinty team recently took part in the six-a-side tournament for the Robertson Cup at Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit.
We got off on a slow start as we faced our two hardest opponents, Lochaber and Kingussie, with narrow defeats. We made our comeback against Glen B with a 7-1 victory and went on to beat Glen A and Dingwall. We were beaten in our last game against Skye.
Goal of the day goes to Robbie Brindle 2S2, Lee Dunbar crossed the ball in perfectly and Robbie finished it off with a volley right into the back of the net, an awe inspiriting strike.
With thanks to the players, Ian Rankin (2T), Craig Rankin (2S2), Robbie Brindle (2S2), Darren Douglas (2L1), Lee Dunbar (2L1), John Williamson (2L1), Daniel Lamont (2K2) and Liam Eaton (3T1) as we came third overall.
Liam Eaton (3T1)
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.
Mar sin leat, Morven!
S1 Gaelic said ‘mar sin leat’ to Morven MacDonald, the S6 Study Buddy who helped and supported them throughout the year. Morven achieved an A in Higher Gaelic last year and thought it would benefit her personally to assist in their classes each lesson this year. It was a privilege for the young pupils to see how another pupil, who also came to Charleston Academy without any Gaelic, can progress to gain a qualification in the language at such a high level. Morven was an exceptional role model for all. Today, we had a party with chocolate, songs, laughter and tears. In her speech, Morven spoke about how she appreciated the opportunity to get to know younger pupils in the school and how much she enjoyed seeing them make progress.
We wish Morven the very best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her life, studying History at Glasgow University.
Mar sin leat, Morven!
An-diugh, thuirt a’ chiad bhliadhna ‘mar sin leat’ ri Morven NicDhòmhnaill, sgoilear air clas a sia a thug cuideachadh agus taic dhaibh rè na bliadhna. Shoirbhich le Morven aig Àrd-ìre an-uiridh agus shaoil i gum biodh e math dhi gu pearsanta a bhith a-staigh gach leasan am-bliadhna le clas Gàidhlig òg agus a bhith gan cuideachadh. ‘S e urram a bha ann do na sgoilearan òga a bhith a’ faicinn mar as urrainn do sgoilear eile, a thàinig gu Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich às aonais facal Gàidhlig mar a rinn iad fhèin, teisteanas mhath fhaighinn anns a’ chànan aig ìre àrd. An-diugh, bha pàrtaidh againn dhi le seòclaid, òrain, gàire agus deòir. Anns an òraid aice, bhruidhinn Morven air cho math ’s a bha e eòlas fhaighinn air sgoilearan ceann shìos na sgoile agus air cho math ’s a chòrd e rithe a bhith a’ faicinn gach neach a’ dèanamh adhartais.
Tha sinn a’ guidhe gach soirbheachas do Mhorven is i gu bhith a’ dèanamh Eachdraidh ann an Oilthigh Ghlaschu an ceann beagan mhìosan.
Mar sin leat, Morven!
Music pupils from S3 to S6 recently attended the Inverness Music Festival. Charleston Academy pupils took part in the Popular Song contest. All of our pupils gave outstanding performances. Well done to Morven MacDonald (6K) who was the overall winner in this class.
Charleston 7 – 5 Kingussie
Charleston under 13 football team travelled to Kingussie yesterday (Tuesday 23rd April) to play their first match in the Highland Schools Cup.
A strong start from Charleston allowed them to take an early lead, however Kingussie played some excellent football and were always in for a chance of taking a lead.
Going into the second half Charleston were leading 3-2 and managed to extend their lead with an early goal from Josh MacDonald. The second half continued the same as the first with both teams showing some fantastic football and any of them being able to secure a win at the end. On this occasion Charleston managed to win the match 7-5.
Charleston now take on Invergordon in the next round.
Goal Scorers: Lewis Jamieson (3), Josh MacDonald, Jamie Penwright, Aiden Mackenzie, Ian Mackenzie
Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach
I have been lucky enough to be selected for the UNIQ Oxford Summer School and Sutton Trust US Programme.
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in studying in the US. The cost however has always been a problem; fees being around £18,000 a term. So when I heard about the Sutton Trust Programme it seemed perfect. The programme is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission. It provides valuable help in the US university application process and as part of the programme I will attend a week long summer school at Yale University.
The original process was grueling and extremely competitive as 1300 people applied. The application took me days to complete; the hardest part being the 6, 250 word essays. This application was the influencing factor in their decisions of the final 200 participants, who would continue to the next stage.
Stage Two involved a 3 day residential at the LSE. During this time I had to take a mock ACT test (3 and a half hours long) and take part in a 30 minute interview with US Admissions specialist, Marva Hall.
All of this coupled with Mrs Ritson’s reference were taken into account when the Sutton Trust chose their final 150 applicants. It’s with these people that I will travel to America with in August.
While studying in the US would be my number one choice, when visiting Oxford for an open day I fell in love with the place. So when Mrs Ritson told me about the UNIQ Summer School I jumped at the chance. Again, it was an application which was the deciding factor. This time the main part, a 2000 character, personal statement. Once again, the process was very competitive, the top 850 out of 4400 applicants gaining places, 40 out of which were in Law which I will be taking part in.
As part of this programme, I will spend a week at Oxford University, staying at a college, attending lectures and tutorials and taking part in moots (basically experiencing what undergraduate life at Oxford would be like.)
I am sure both will be very valuable and hopefully help me reach my goal of studying either Political Science or Economics at undergraduate level and Law at postgraduate in America with the view of moving into Actuarial Studies at some point.
Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2)