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

 

Lead 2014 Conference

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Charleston 2014 teamOn Tuesday 5th March 2013 six pupils attended the Lead 2014 conference led by students from University of Highlands and Islands.

The aim of the programme was to train them as a volunteer workforce to raise the profile of sport, physical activity and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games across the country. The aim of the Conferences is to up skill young leaders in order that they can deliver Lead 2014 festivals back in their own communities.

The pupils who attended are Calum White, Beth Macdonald, Pollyanna Grey, Aiden Kent, Azhar Khan and Rachel McIness.

The team will now work together on events in both Charleston Academy and the feeder primaries. Their first venture is the Sport Your Trainers day on Monday 11th March. The team is asking all staff and pupils to wear their trainers to school on that day. They have other plans which pupils will find about through the daily notices.

Mrs Jennifer Herbert, Active Schools Coordinator

S3 Physics Pupils organise Music Festival!

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S3 Physics pupils spent the day working with STEM Ambassadors in our community building. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths representatives worked with the Institute of Physics to deliver a programme called Ashfield Music Festival. Pupils had to focus on the technical aspects of organising a music festival, considering the lighting, sound, and audio-visual requirements. They had to budget for the equipment they required, consider the amount of cabling and pyrotechnics they might use and work out ticket costs in order to make a profit.

Pupils worked in groups along with a STEM ambassador, planning and developing their arrangements. In the afternoon pupils presented their proposals to the STEM judges using PowerPoint, posters, and good persuasion. Pupils were judged on the technical innovations, health and safety, and profitability. The wining group of girls each won a music voucher.

This was a really successful day and the first time the package for the Ashfield Music Festival has been delivered in Highland. In future we plan to expand the day to involve S3 pupils from other subjects and make the day more inter-disciplinary and cross-curricular.

Mr Michael Sharkey, PT Physics

Bridge to Employment

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Our Bridge to Employment pupils attended their Graduation Ceremony at Millburn Academy on Tuesday 26th February. The pupils had completed posters ahead of the event which were judged on the evening. Parents and friends attended, a superb buffet was served by Artysans Cafe, and the evening was hosted by Lifescan, key partners for the Bridge to Employment programme.

 

North of Scotland Schools Cross Country Championships – Gordonstoun

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A team of thirty three pupils from Charleston Academy travelled to Gordonstoun for the annual North of Scotland Schools Cross Country Championships. Over 400 pupils from the North took part in the event, which was held in cool but bright conditions.

Charleston had pupils competing in all 6 competitions. First to run was the ‘D’ girls competition, which included our first year. The team was made up of Helena Waye, Anna Louise Mackenzie, Danielle Ross, Olivia Cairns, Jemima Morris and Samantha Cochrane. All girls put in a superb effort!

In the ‘D’ boys competition (first year), Jake Fraser-Lee, Calum Mead, Cameron Kent, Lewis MacGillivray, Aaron Fraser, Tom Kinghorn and Josh Malcolm all put in a fantastic effort with Aaron Fraser finishing first out of the team and coming an overall 12th position. With all players finishing very early on the team secured second place overall.

Ally Velzian, in the ‘C’ boys event put in a fantastic effort and managed to secure 4th place overall. The rest of the ‘C’ boys, Rowan White, Finlay Forsyth, Lewis Hilditch, Criag and Ian Rankin all put in great performances.

The ‘C’ girls, Chloe Jaffrey, Amy Riddle, Sophie Fraser also put in good performances and they will have another few years in this age group.

Callum White, Alex Byham, Andrew Johnstone, Paddy McEwen and Ally Stark who made up the ‘B’ boys team all performed exceptionally and finished 3rd place overall. With a number of these boys still being in 3rd year and competing against 5th and 6th year pupils this was a great performance.

Lastly, the ‘B’ girls who consisted of Tamara MacDougall, Lucy Forsyth, Rebecca Morris, Melissa Fife, Annie Mackenzie and Jenna Bisset all ran well and finished in 4th position.

All the runners put in a great effort and were a credit to the school. Well done everyone!

Mr Allan McKay (Pupil Support Assistant)