Congratulations to Shiel House who won the House Championship for the second year in a row. Next session a much greater variety of ways to achieve House Points will be included. Pictured below are current House Captains for Shiel, Michaela Kent and Alex Thorne who posed for photos on their last official day of school today when they were in to sit their Advanced Higher Chemistry exam. With them are our new Shiel House Captains, Anthony Keyes and Natalie Kent who were sitting Higher Chemistry along with PT Guidance for Shiel, Mrs Telford.
S1 Science Pupils have been out of school during some lessons this week undertaking fieldwork in Dunain Woods. Pupils in 1K reflected on their work and their are photos of all classes below.
On the 22nd of May 2013 class 1K went to Dunain Woods. It was a lovely sunny day when we left school on the mini bus.
We worked in partners to follow the map along the Great Glen Way, which had landmarks and trees marked on it so we could find the answers to the activities we had to do.
We had to find different types of leaves and collect samples to identify them. We also had to look at the view of Inverness to identify where four landmarks of Inverness were on our map and find the grid references to gain points in the quiz. We also had to collect different colours of things from nature.
On our way up the hill we saw a Buzzard swooping over the field in front of us. When walking through the forest we had to be careful not to stand on the Primroses because they are a protected species of plant.
At the top of the hill it started to rain but it did not last long enough to spoil a fun and great trip.
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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 debating club has taken part in the Big Green Challenge for the past three years and in each and every year the school team has made it to the Scottish finals. Two years Charleston Academy won the national competition and the pupils won a trip to Spain to learn more about renewable energy.
It’s great that our success continues. The 2013 Big Green Challenge Team of Kieran Watts (2K2), Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2K2) and Morvern Carmichael (1S2) headed to Highlands and Islands Enterprise HQ in Forres to take part in their heat. The team were on top form beating off a strong challenge from Lossiemouth High School.
As a result they will now go on to the Finals in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on Friday 7th June. Well done!
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.
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
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