Marine engineering Workshop

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40 S3 students took part in a Marine Engineering Workshop provided by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets

The workshop concentrated on buoyancy and density and how these impact on hull design, loading and ballast.

The students then built their won ‘barges’ from simple materials which were then in competition with each other to see how much they could be loaded. The winner managed to hold over 400 marbles, very close to the national winner this year.

The engineer leading the course was impressed by the behaviour and engagement of all the Charleston students and was happy to offer to return to deliver another course next year.

Mr D Vincent

Physics Teacher

S2 Gaelic careers event

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Chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig bhon dàrna bliadhna gu Siuthad!, latha dreuchdan Gàidhlig a chaidh a chur air dòigh le Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  Dh’ ionnsaich sgoilearan mar a dh’fhaodadh sgilean Gàidhlig an cuideachadh nan cuid obrach agus mun raon farsaing de chothroman cosnaidh a tha ann do dhaoine le Gàidhlig.  Chuala na sgoilearan mu dheidhinn obraichean anns na meadhanan, ann am foghlam, anns na h-ealain, le buidhnean poblach mar Poileas Alba agus le buidhnean leasachaidh.  Bha e inntinneach a bhith a’ coinneachadh ri feadhainn a b’ àbhaist a bhith nan sgoilearan ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich agus a tha a-nis ag obair ann an saoghal na Gàidhig.  Tha Karen Oakley ag obair aig Fèisean nan Gàidheal, tha Christie Nicilleathain ag obair mar Oifigear Phlanaichean Gàidhlig aig Bòrd na Gàidhlig agus thug Shannon Cowie, Tosgaire Òg na Gàidhlig 2016, seachad òraid aig toiseach an latha.  Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail agus fhuair iad cothrom bruidhinn ri Fiona a bhios a’ lìbhrigeadh prògram Bhelladrum.  Chòrd am bothan dhealbhan agus seisean Poileas Alba a bha anns an Àite Taisbeanaidh gu sònraichte riutha.

Some S2 Gaelic pupils recently attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event at Eden Court, which was organised by Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The event provided pupils with information on the variety of ways they could use Gaelic in their future careers. It showcased the diverse range of career options for which having Gaelic is an advantage, or is essential.  Pupils heard about job opportunities in the media, in education, in the arts, with public bodies such as Police Scotland and with development organisations.  It was interesting to meet some former Charleston Academy pupils including former Head Girl Karen Oakley who now works at Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Christie MacLean who works as the Gaelic Plans Implementation Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the keynote speaker Shannon Cowie who was awarded Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year in 2016.  The different workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities and they got a chance to speak to Fiona, presenter of BBC Alba’s Belladrum coverage.  The photo booth and the police dog and riot gear were this year’s highlights from the Exhibition Zone.

Musical Instrument tuition

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At the start of the new term, all S1 pupils are given the opportunity to take up a musical instrument through Highlife Highlands instrumental service. This is an additional lesson out with the curriculum where pupils receive specialist tuition on a specific instrument. At Charleston Academy your child can choose from the following instrument groups: Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion/drumkit or Piping.

 

To register your child’s interest please see the information on the attached posters or visit their website highlifehighland.com/music

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