Well done Sam!

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Congratulations to Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2) who has been successful in his application and interview with the Fulbright Commission / Sutton Trust USA Programme. Sam will now participate in a week long course at Yale University in Connecticut during August this year. This programme is designed to assist foreign students apply to Ivy League Universities in the United States. Sam wants to study law. In the USA, Law (like Medicine) is a postgraduate degree programme so Sam will be applying to study Political Science as an undergraduate first. We all wish Sam the best of luck with the programme and subsequent application process. Well done.

Senior Football Match Report

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Charleston Academy Senior Football Team played away to Invergordon Academy on Wednesday 27th March. The senior boys recorded their second league win in three days.

Invergordon Academy 0 – 2 Charleston Academy

The senior boys scored a very comfortable 2-0 away victory against Invergordon Academy. Goals from Mark Donaldson and Steven MacLeod (one in either half) were enough to give Charleston the three points. Charleston dominated the match from start to finish, creating numerous clear cut chances throughout the match and throughly deserved the victory.

Mark Donaldson (1)

Steven MacLeod (1)

Man of the Match: Ryan Keil

Mr Ryan MacKintosh, PE Teacher and Senior Football Coach

RYLA Camp

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Congratulations to S5 pupils Anthony Keyes (5S1), Laura Brown (5T2), and Georgia Platt (5T1) who, following a successful interview on Wednesday, have each been selected to participate in the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Summer Camp. Anthony is being sponsored by Inverness Rotary Club, Laura by Loch Ness Rotary Club and Georgia is being sponsored by Culloden Rotary Club.

The three Charleston Academy pupils will join successful candidates from other schools at a camp in summer focusing on leadership and other skills. The RYLA camp interviewers spoke highly of the quality of the interviews given by Charleston Academy pupils. Commiserations to Emma Macrae and Alex Farquharson who were unsuccessful but awarded a place on the reserve list. On their return from camp Anthony, Laura and Georgia will be invited to a Rotary Lunch to give a short presentation about their experience.

Highland Young Engineers

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Sixth Years and science prefects Michaela Kent, George Ashton and Erin Moss represented Charleston Academy at the Highlands Young Engineers and Science Clubs Celebrations held at Eden Court last week.

The event was an opportunity to take part in industry challenges, showcase science club activities and compete in an Eco-Ferry challenge. The three sixth years had a great day and gained a wonderful insight into the work of industry in some innovative areas.

Science Club relies heavily on the support of the science prefects and it was fitting on the day that they received a special mention at the prize giving ceremony.

Mrs Pam Hamilton, Science Technician and Science Club Coordinator

Under 14 Badminton Tournament

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FOT5E8D1On Wednesday 13th of March, the U14 Charleston Academy Badminton Team entered the Inverness-shire badminton league which was held in Nairn Academy.  Charleston was in a pool with the hosts Nairn Academy and Millburn Academy “A” team.  At the end of the round robin there was a three way tie between all the teams.  To decide what position each team finished in the pool there was a play off mixed doubles match.  Charleston won one and lost the other which left us 2nd in the pool.  In the next stage of the tournament we faced Dingwall Academy in the 3rd/4th play-off.  Unfortunately, after a hard fought match we lost 3-2 finishing in 4th place.  Well done to all who played outstanding and I hope you enjoyed your first taste of competitive badminton.

Duncan Grant

Driving Ambitions

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On Wednesday 13th March all S6 and some S5 pupils attended a series of workshops aimed at raising awareness of road safety.  The workshops included input from Advanced Driving Instructors, Red Cross, Fire Service, Northern Constabulary, Highland Council Road Safety team as well as a mechanic.  The pupils were given information about causes and outcomes of accidents, what to do if they come across an accident and what types of injury can occur in an accident.  As well as this there was also information about how to improve their driving skills through the Pass plus Scheme, legal issues and how to maintain their vehicle.

Pupils found the sessions very interesting and several have said they will be more aware and cautious as a driver.  The feedback from those running the workshops was very positive and they praised the pupils for their behaviour and interactions during the sessions.

Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector & S6 Year Head

Euroscola

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Two weeks ago, I took part in a programme for young language students all over Scotland called ‘Euroscola’.  Funded by my local rotary club, the programme allows for a group of students studying Advanced Higher languages to represent their country at the European parliament in Strasbourg.

The trip required us to try and speak in French as much as possible, whilst also introducing us to the city of Strasbourg and Alsatian culture. For example, one day we were asked to do surveys on the streets of Strasbourg, which was especially difficult due to the unique Alsatian dialect spoken in the city. Among visiting the stunning Cathedral and canal in the heart of the city, we were also given ample opportunities to shop and feast on local delicacies, such as the tarte flambée, ‘ce n’était pas mon expérience préférée du voyage !’

However the highlight of the trip was the day we spent at the European Parliament. With 25 of the 27 EU member states represented, sitting in the hemisphere was absolutely breath-taking. The morning allowed each nation to introduce themselves before opening the floor up to a question and answer session.

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After lunch, we broke off into smaller committee like groups with each nation being represented. Each group had to discuss a different European issue such as ‘Immigration and Integration’, ‘Environmental Policy’ or ‘The Media’. My topic was ‘2013, the year of the European Citizen’. Although I initially found it to be a rather vast topic, the group discussed current issues such as Gay Marriage, Drug Legalisation and the role of Religion and Languages. These ideas were then brought to the floor of the hemisphere and discussed by all 600 representatives, much like they would be with real MEPs and genuine bills.  The experience was quite surreal, but I was able to bring myself to debate the various ideas being exchanged in the Hemisphere. An accomplishment I am very much proud of.

Overall, my trip to Strasbourg and the European Parliament was the best opportunity I’ve ever had to experience another culture and discuss politics on a continental level. It has greatly aided my spoken French, whilst also reinforced my original love of languages, which I will be studying at Edinburgh University as of September this year. ‘J’aurais voulu rester plus longtemps et c’était une expérience que je n’oublierai jamais !’

Lewis Robertson, Advanced Higher French pupil & Torridon House Captain

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Scottish School Climbing Finals

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On Saturday 9th March 2013, 10 pupils from the Charleston Academy Climbing Club travelled to Glasgow climbing centre to compete, support and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition finals.P3090077

Five pupils had qualified from the 1st round held in mid-December and were invited to take part in the finals.  Around 50 pupils from schools all over Scotland attended the event, competing in 12 categories.

Scott Janssens (5K) and Anthony Keyes  (5S1) competed in the Boys Youth A Bottom Rope category and climbed solidly in the heats with little between them and their competitors.  The final route was particularly tough but Anthony pulled off a hard move to place 3rd overall.  Scott climbed well all day and was unlucky not to gain a medal.

Ronan Hennessy (2S1) had gained full points from the qualifiers and showed promise to do well in boys youth C bottom rope group.  After 2 routes Ronan and 2 others were tied for 1st place but an unlucky move on the final route threw Ronan off the wall leaving him in 3rd place overall.  Ronan climbed very well all day was an excellent competitor.

In the girls groups, Sophie Baker (4T1) climbed with grit and determination during the first 2 routes and gained 172 out of a possible 200 points.  The final route was tough but Sophie climbed well on a few hard moves to ensure she placed 1st in the girls youth B bottom rope category.

Angela Zawitaj (5K) was competing in the girls youth A bottom rope group and was level on points after the first 2 routes.  One move separated the girls on the final route and Angela accepted 2nd place from a very close contest.

All the pupils who came on the trip were ambassadors for the school and were a credit to themselves and the school.

Mr Jonathan Richards, Technical Teacher and Climbing Club Leader

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S1 Football

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Our S1 Boys Football Team travelled to Nairn on Wednesday for their next match to take on Nairn Academy. The weather conditions added to an already tough match as we experienced snow, rain and sunshine.

A slow start from Charleston allowed Nairn to go ahead 1-0 very early on in the match, however Charleston found their game and soon levelled it at 1-1. The first half finished with Nairn leading 3-2. Nairn scored again at the start of the second half to lead 4-2, however with a much stronger start from Charleston and all throughout the second half they managed to secure two goals in the last 10 minutes to win the match 5-4.

Charleston Academy 5 – 4 Nairn Academy

It was a great effort from Charleston and all boys played really well – well done!

Goal scorers: Aiden Mackenzie, Jamie Penwright, Aaron Fraser – 3

Man of the Match – Lewis Jamieson.

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant & Football Coach

Our S1 Football Team

Our S1 Football Team

Rugby Festival

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Our S1/S2 Rugby Team had an fantastic (but freezing!) afternoon on Friday. Around 250 boys and girls attended a rugby festival at the canal pitches hosted by the Scottish Rugby Union. Games were coached with an emphasis on learning through the flow of the game itself. Coaching sessions were run by coaches from allover the Highlands and included the advice and coaching from Colin Baillie OBE.   National Age-group coach, Colin Sangster also led sessions.

While our boys played their opening match, staff went to receive the very latest CPD on offer from the SRU.  It was great excitement on the return to the field to discover Charleston had posted their first win of the afternoon!  One more victory was to follow with two defeats, plenty of bumps and bruises and loads of stories to share.

Hospitality was given in the clubhouse afterwards – a very welcome hot cup of soup and sandwiches which helped us warm up!  The boys worked hard all afternoon – they respected the referees and other players, always demonstrating good manners.  Captain, Cameron Kent led by example guiding his team-mates who were more than ready to rise to the challenge.

All in all, a fabulous afternoon of rugby.  I’m sure the boys will be keen to get their next fixture soon!

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Teacher