Bronze DofE Award

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Following very successful practice expeditions in Easter Ross at the start of May, our S3 pupils currently undertaking their Bronze award headed back out to the Highland countryside to undertake their assessed expeditions. This time, the expeditions took place in the Cairngorm National Park.

Our first two expedition groups set off from Drumguish walking in a north-easterly direction first towards Uath Lochans then on to picturesque Feshie Bridge. After this, the groups successfully navigated their way through some tricky woodland at Moor of Feshie to reach their campsite at Jack Drake’s Bothy, a pretty little wooden bothy nestled in the woods just to the south of Loch Gamhna. Here, the groups set up camp and cooked their evening meal before heading for a well-earned rest. Although it was quite rainy on Saturday morning, this did not dampen the spirits of the two groups who quickly got themselves organised for their second day of walking. After breakfast and packing up, the groups headed off towards Loch an Eilein then over Cairngorm Club Footbridge before walking around the south side of Loch Morlich ending their route at the Reindeer Centre in Glenmore. The groups completed their walk quickly and encountered no problems during their journey.

 

Meanwhile, the second two expedition groups set off from the car park at Loch an Eilein, followed their route around the loch then onto the path towards Cairngorm Club Footbridge and Loch Morlich. The groups wild-camped in forest near to the Ski Road. On Day Two, the groups walked through the woodland around Glenmore Lodge, past Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan, and onto Ryvoan Bothy. After a stop for lunch, the groups completed their expedition by journeying to Dell Lodge on the outskirts of Nethy Bridge.

All groups have now made a presentation about their expedition to their assessor and have successfully passed this section of their award. Well done everyone! To complete the award, the pupils must now complete their other sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill – and submit their assessor’s reports through their eDofE profile.

 

As always, many thanks go to all the staff who have supported the group throughout the year and who gave up their time to supervise and assess the expeditions – Mr Foster, Miss Gray, Mrs Hodgson, Miss Massey, Mr Nairn and Miss MacDonald.

Girls Junior Football Team

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Our S1/2 girls played their first football game as a junior team last week against a strong squad from Park Primary, Invergordon.  Our girls confidence grew as they game progressed and they managed to get two goals in the net during the second half, courtesy of Lauren Fitzsimmons, which they were more than happy with!  Unfortunately we still lost 5 – 2 but it was a great first match for the team who celebrated as though they had won anyway!

The photo shows how happy they were even after a loss, soaked through from the continuous hailstones.  Well done to the whole team for their never ending team spirit and good humour.

 

H Sommerville

Advanced Higher French Speaking competition

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Samantha COCHRANE took part in a Speaking competition for Advanced Higher French pupils.

Entries consisted of a 5 minute digital audio recording of a discussion with their teacher.  The students were assessed by a panel including experienced SQA assessors and members of AMOPA – Ecosse, many of whom were native speakers.

AMOPA – Ecosse is the Association of Members of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in Scotland.

Philip E. Bennett, Emeritus Professor (Medieval French), School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, Edinburgh, came to Inverness Royal Academy to award S6 pupils with certificates.

Congratulations to Samantha, who was highly commended for her performance.

 

Modern Languages Department

 

Badaguish Youth Challenge 2018

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Congratulations to the Charleston Academy teams that participated in the Badaguish Youth Challenge this weekend along with 30 other teams from schools and groups across the North of Scotland

 

Our Girls Team of; Amma Crombie, Beth Harrison, Emily Hunter, and Rachel Gillies won the Ladies Trophy event and were 5th overall

Our Mixed Team of; Rosie Gittings, Archie Grey, and Katie Smith won the Mixed Team Shield and were 4th overall

 

The Badaguish Outdoor Centre is a charity that offers fun, sociable and safe short breaks for children and adults who have a learning disability and those with more complex care and support requirements. If you’d like to donate to this worthy local cause please see the above mentioned pupils before Friday 18th May to bolster their sponsor forms.

 

Mr S Tillam

Charleston Academy Girls Football

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Girls football made a welcome return to Charleston Academy last Tuesday when a mixed S1-S6 team played a match against Fortrose Academy.

Despite taking an early lead through a good goal by Lauren Fitzsimmons the Charleston girls found the going tough against Fortrose.

A good performance with many of the younger girls playing for the first time in an 11 a side game was not enough to prevent a much more experienced Fortrose team eventually running out comfortable winners. A “girl of the match” performance from our goal keeper Anna kept the score respectable and all girls look forward to their next game where they will undoubtedly be looking to get a win.

 

H Sommerville and R Stewart

Scottish Schools Climbing Competition – finals

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On Saturday 18th November, 6 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.

Tim Cox and Jasper Kinghorn had qualified for the S3/4 Boys bottom rope category with scores of 388 and 384 out of a possible 400 respectively.  These boys have always have a close but friendly rivalry and this is the first year that have competed in the same category.  Both boys scored maximum points in the first semi final route.  Tim squeezed ahead with 96 point in route 2 while Jasper got 88 putting him in joint 2nd with another climber.  Both had made it through to the final route.  Tim and Jasper put in superb performance in the final route, demonstrating some excellent technique and strength.  In the end only 2 points (one move) separated them and Jasper graciously accepted 2nd place while Tim took 1st.

Beth Harrison was competing in the S3/4 girls bottom rope category at her first climbing competition.  Having qualified 3rd with 362 points in the heats, a trophy was possible in the finals.  Beth climbed well in her first route but was unlucky to come away with only 82 points.  She climbed superbly well in her second semi final route and clawed back enough points to come joint 4th overall.  A fantastic result for her first competition.  We are looking forward to seeing Beth compete again next year.

We also had 2 boys competing in the S5/6 bottom rope category.  Rory Barker and Patrick Morris having been climbing partner for years and this friendship didn’t falter under the strain of the competition. Rory scored 364 in the heats while Patrick was 8 points behind on 356.  Both had qualified for the finals and went into the Semis on a level playing field.  Finbar Doig (S5) had also qualified with 356 points but was unable to attend the finals.  Rory topped out his first route then gained a fabulous 96 points in his second route.  One other climber matched this score so the final route had to count for Rory.  Patrick also topped out his first route but made a mistake in the second and came away with 68.  This was enough to secure a place in the final.  Both boys climbed well in the final.  Rory won the group with 88 points and Patrick gained 71 points to take 3rd.

Nathan Cox came along to support the climbers but also managed to climb several routes which all count towards his NICAS award.  Nathan thoroughly enjoyed his day and is keen to compete next year.

We all had a fantastic day and really enjoyed the atmosphere at Glasgow Climbing Centre.

Thanks to GCC, ClimbScotland and St Aloysius College for running another brilliant competition.

J Richards

Principal Teacher Technical

Duke Of Edinburgh Award

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Congratulations to our Bronze DofE participants from last year who have completed their award. Of the 27 pupils who undertook the award, 14 have now completed which is fantastic. Some of the group were presented with their certificate and badge at assembly in August, with some pupils receiving their award before the summer holidays.

During S3-S6 assemblies this week, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was launched for this session. Pupils can undertake the award at three different levels – Bronze (age 14+), Silver (age 15+) and Gold (age 16+). To achieve the award, participants must complete four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition, with Gold participants having an additional Residential section. If your child would like to undertake the award, completed forms along with payment should be returned to Miss Gray (ASN) or Mr Foster (Biology) by Friday 29th September. Please note: spaces are limited to 28 for Bronze and 14 for Silver and Gold.

Miss L Gray

Lead Prefect weekend

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The Lead Prefect Team had a very successful weekend from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th at Badaguish working on the SQA Leadership award.  The weekend covered leadership styles, skills and attributes as well as the team practicing coaching and reflecting on their own values and journeys.   Thanks to the facilitators Mr. Stewart, Ms. McPherson, Mrs. Hunter and Ms. Bain for their time and help.

M Sutherland

Principal teacher Chemistry

Update on activities and trips over the past few months

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Over the past few months pupils and staff had been very busy taking part in a wide range of activities in and out with school.

May 2017

Sports week:

The P.E. department put on another fantastic week of athletics competition for S1 – S3 pupils culminating in the track final on Friday 26th May.  The weather was kind to us again and we had a great afternoon in the sun watching the athletes.

 

June 2017

Woodwind group

The Charleston Academy woodwind group went across to Kinmylies Primary before the summer with Mr Fairfield and Anna Aalders our woodwind instructor, to play for the pupils and to talk about the different types of instruments.  We were also able to get some of the beginner flautists at the primary to join us for a few of the pieces that we played (some of them are now part of our new S1 cohort).

S3 YPI:

The YPI Scotland National Event takes place in June each year, and represents an opportunity to celebrate all that has been achieved through YPI that year, whilst showcasing best practice from across Scotland. The event recognises the philanthropic success and engagement of tens of thousands of secondary students who have been responsible for directing hundreds of thousands of pounds to local grassroots charities.  The winning team from Charleston attended this event.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative – YPI Scotland 2017 event at Perth Concert Hall.
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Basketball:

Congratulations to Kira Buchan of S3 who was selected for the Scotland U-15 Basketball Team. After a gruelling two week selection process Kira was selected, along with fourteen other girls to represent her country in a season of International friendlies. Scotland opened up the campaign with a tough loss to Ireland however Kira ensured it wasn’t easy for the Irish by contributing a valuable 8 points to the final score.  Kira then flew out to Barcelona with the Squad to compete in a series of international games. We look forward to hearing how the rest of the season goes. Well done Kira!

 

 

Activity days:

Just before the change of timetable, S1 – S3 pupils took part in a wide range of activities as part of our 2 activity days.  These included Football, Canoeing, Landmark, Paintball, Go Katring, Craft, Equestrian, Climbing, Archery and much more.

 

USA trip:

On the 28th of June, 46 pupils from Charleston Academy departed from the school for New York City and Washington DC. We left from Glasgow airport in the early hours of the morning and arrived in New York City late afternoon. We were in NYC for five days and whilst we were in the ‘Big Apple’ we visited a variety of popular tourist attractions including the Empire State building and Central Park which was an incredible experience for everyone who was a part of the trip. We got the opportunity to see Times Square, the 9/11 memorial and even have a meal at Planet Hollywood to name a few. On one of the days we took the ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty and all the history that was encompassed within. Of course we couldn’t visit New York without going shopping, of which there was a lot!

After our time in New York we travelled to Washington DC with a quick stopover in Philadelphia to see the Rocky steps. We were in Washington DC for four days and during that time we visited the Smithsonian museums, the White House, the Capitol building and also got the chance to have dinner at the Hard Rock cafe. Whilst in DC we had the unforgettable experience of an American baseball game in which the New York Mets went up against the Washington Nationals, it was a night many will never forget. On the 4th of July, we got to be part of American culture and attended a parade in the capital city. That evening we went to a concert at the Capitol building where a variety of artists performed including the Beach Boys.

Overall, it was a trip of a lifetime and one that will stay with us forever. On behalf of all the pupils that went on the trip, we would like to thank the teachers for organising and taking us to the USA.

Grace and Jacob

(Head Prefects)

 

Peru trip:

This summer, myself and some of my other classmates went on a once in a lifetime trip to Peru for 21 days. Whilst there we did some amazing things and learnt a lot of life lessons.

In our first week, we went to the Amazon Rainforest. Even though we lost our weight in sweat due to the heat we enjoyed it so much! We got to see a whole variety of wildlife from Howler Monkeys to Macaws to Caiman; it was a very interesting experience. We also went out on a night cruise and night walk through the jungle.

On the second week, we travelled to an orphanage just outside Cusco after adjusting the high altitude. There we spent several days building a border wall for the orphanage and playing football with the resident children. All the kids were so welcoming and it was so overwhelming to see how much they appreciated everything we did for them!

The rest of our trip was spent relaxing and getting to experience the culture of Peru; we walked up to Machu Picchu, went sandboarding in Ica and got to explore Cusco and Lima. One night, we also got to dance with the Peruvian locals and experience their local traditions, it was great fun!

Overall it was an eye opening experience and everyone would love to go back in a heartbeat! We all learnt so much about the cultural differences between Peru and Scotland and the trip made us really realise how lucky we are.

Samantha Cochrane

August

Climbing Club trip:

During the last week of the Summer holidays 11 pupils with 3 staff and 1 volunteer headed to Skye for the Climbing Club Summer trip.  We had 2 great days climbing and wild camping at Neist point. A day climbing at A small crag called Torr a chruidh followed by a wet and wild evening camping.  The plan for the 4th day was to head to Raasay but the weather was fairly unpleasant so we wetn on a magical mystery tour of Skye.  We visited Portree, Kilt rock, Staffin and a small croft to see how the sheeps wool was used.  Our final day was in the Cullin.  We climbed Bruach na Frithe and were rewarded with outstanding views acroos all of ther Skye Cullin, returning via the fairy pools.   We all had a fantastic time and look forward to next years adventure.

Photos available on the Climbing Club Facebook page

Mr J Richards