Inter House Cross Country

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Our Inter-House Cross Country took place last Friday morning under clear blue skies. Organised by our PE department, the results are shown below. Competitors and winners have been receiving their medals at assemblies this week. Well done everyone.

Results

S1 Girls
  1. Neive Rodden 1K
  2. Katie Simpson 1K
  3. Molly Howieson 1K
S1 Boys
  1. Euan MacCormick 1L
  2. Angus Franklin 1S
  3. Scott Farquharson 1L
S2 Girls
  1. Catriona Gravie 2S
  2. Katie Gillies 2L
  3. Cara Doig 2T
S2 Boys
  1. Kieran Gebicke-Kerr 2L
  2. Ewen Munro 2L
  3. Aiden MacKinnon 2L
S3 Girls
  1. Rachel Gillies 3S
  2. Kira Buchan 3K
  3. Emily Hunter 3T
S3 Boys
  1. Craig MacBeath 3S
  2. Mitchel Leslie 3L
  3. Brandon Kinvig 3S

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Department

Donald Dewar Debate

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Last Tuesday evening saw Samantha Cochrane (5T) and Morvern Carmichael (5S), alongside three other Highland schools, take part in the second round of the Donald Dewar Debating competition at Glenurquhart High School.

A strong team from Thurso High were victorious and went through to the next round. Samantha and Morvern debated well on a difficult topic – speaking passionately and creatively – particularly at a busy time in their school year.

There is a full schedule of debating events coming up in the months ahead and we are all looking forward to the next competition.

Special thanks are due to Jemimah Morris (6L) for preparing and practicing as an alternate.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

David Stewart MSP – Nutritional Educational

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Yesterday David Stewart MSP visited Charleston Academy. Mr Stewart is Convenor of the cross-party committee on Diabetes at the Scottish Parliament and visited a S1 Home Economics lesson on sugar.

Mr Stewart, who is also a Diabetes Champion, was joined by David Rex, Highland Council’s Specialist Dietitian.

Mr Stewart was intrigued to learn what young people knew about sugar. He said the World Health Organisation recommended that individuals should receive no more than 5% of their daily calories from added sugar, that’s six teaspoons per day.

Statistics reveal that all age groups in the UK were exceeding this by taking in over 11% with teenagers being the worst, taking in 15.6%.

“Diabetes has become a UK and worldwide epidemic, is the main cause of blindness of people of working age and responsible for half of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations. Getting the message across at an early age is vital,” said Mr Stewart.

Chris O’Neill, Head Teacher, said: “We were one of the first schools to ban Energy drinks in school. In doing that we worked closely with the local Spar to ensure these were not sold to pupils en route to school in the morning or at lunchtime.

David Rex added: “Learning about the impact of high sugar diets on health and wellbeing is important.”

The S1 class studied labels on common everyday foodstuff to work out the amount of sugar in cubes, as opposed to grams or percentages. By visualising the amount of sugar in products pupils were much more aware of the impact that the significant amounts of sugar in some products might have on them. The amount of sugar in some products shocked the pupils.

 

 

Nearly £9K raised for Charities by Charleston Academy

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Throughout the year at Charleston Academy we support a number of Charities in a variety of ways. During 2016 our school and community raised the huge sum of £8,956.03 for all of our chosen charities. This includes fundraising done by our YPI students (but NOT the £3k award to the winners). We also raised around £9,000 for our own Sponsored Walk. This is not included either.

Whether large or small, each fundraising venture is important in helping all of our young people understand the needs of others, the hard work done by others in our community to support those with needs and the value of money in today’s society.

During 2016 some of the  charity events included: Children in Need (£850), MacMillan (£167), Blytheswood (£2271.90), Advocacy Highland (£1,215.35), Children 1st (£2250) and many more.

Well done and thank you to everyone in our school community who supports all of these events.

Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals 2016

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On Saturday 19th November, 7 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.

Jasper had qualified for the S1/2 Boys bottom rope category with an excellent score of 393 out of 400.  5 boys from S3/4 had qualified for their category and dominated the results from the heats.  Tim had scored 390, Rory got 389 and Finbar, Archie and Patrick score 388.  We knew the finals were going to be close.

For the finals, pupils climb 2 routes to get a top 3 spot and get a place in the grand final.  The grand final route is done under isolation where climbers are not allowed to watch each other climb, making the challenge and tension much higher.

Jasper topped out both his routes scoring a maximum score of 200. One other climber got the same score and both boys matched scores in the third route.  This meant they had to compete in a super final.  Jasper climbed superbly all day and was awarded a very respectable 2nd place  after the super final.

The S3/4 boys category was exciting from start to end.  All the climbers performed well in the first 2 routes and going into the third route only 6 points separated 3rd to 6th place.  Rory and Tim topped out their first 2 routes and secured a place in the grand final. On the last route Rory managed one more moved to gain first place. Tim got 2nd, Patrick got 4th, Archie got 5th and Finbar got 6th place.

Over 240 climbers from across the country competed in this event and all the climbers did superbly well to reach the finals.   We are really proud of all of them and they should be pleased with their performances.

A full write up and results from the event can be found here.

 

Mr Jonathan Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical Education

Children in Need Choir & £850 raised

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Charleston Academy’s efforts to support Children in Need saw the school community raise over £800 for our supported charity. Various events organised by Miss Sali Massey and a team of prefects meant everyone had great fun raising this total.

Additionally, the school was very proud to host and also take part in the BBC Scotland Children in Need Choir. On the day our choir members, accompanied by Mr Scott Nairn, Acting PT Music and Miss Janis MacDonald, Geography Department, travelled to Glasgow to perform live. See this Link for more.

The BBC said of Charleston Academy:

The Charleston pupils made all the others feel so very welcome and they are a credit to themselves, their school and you!

Well done everyone.

 

North of Scotland Schools Debating Final

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Charleston Academy had the honour of hosting the 24th Final of the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition on Friday evening. This prestigious debating competition has been running since 1993 and is sponsored by Norwell who fund transport costs for students and staff during the heats and the costs of the final. All the schools taking part are indebted to Norwell for their support of this competition.

On Friday, six teams debated to win the prestigious John Alan Cameron Quaich. The Motion was “This House Believes the USA is still Awesome”.

While the judges thought the teams might have used more humour, the standard of debating was very high. Winners this year were John Bonsall and Matthew Angell from Forres Academy. However Charleston were runners up in a very close competition with Jemimah Morris (6L) and Katie Stark (6K) receiving the runners up Salver.

The other schools who reached the final this year were Glenurquhart High School, St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and Nairn Academy.

The Chair of the Debate was Calum MacSween, former HT at Charleston Academy and latterly Head of Education at Highland Council.

The Presiding Judge was Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care at Moray Council. Other judges were Dr Nanette Milne (former Conservative MSP for North-East Scotland); Mr Lewis Keller, Miss Jayne Stuart and Mrs Kate Imlah.

Afterwards Charleston Academy hosted a fabulous cheese and wine (for adults!) and buffet reception. Well done to Ms Pam Carmichael, Mr Neil MacGregor and Dr Greg Cambell who organised the debate and reception at Charleston Academy. It was fantastic to see a large turnout of supporters and guests who witnessed a very high standard of topical debating.

Prizes were presented by local Highland Councillor Graham Ross who said afterwards:

“The standard of the debate was absolutely first class and hotly contested by all the speakers. The topic was “This House thinks that the USA is awesome.” What was awesome were the young students who were cool, calm and composed as they delivered their arguments for and against the motion.
Congratulations to Forres Academy who were overall winners with Charleston Academy coming in runners up.
One thing is for sure after witnessing this event……the future is very bright!”

Little Shop of Horrors – Expressive Arts Trip

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On Wednesday we arrived in Glasgow, after checking into our hostel we were allowed to have a few hours of shopping, looking around the Christmas Markets and sightseeing in the city; we then headed back to the hostel to get ready to go out for dinner and see the musical.

The musical production of The Little Shop of Horrors which was breath-taking; the cast were great and brought so much life to the stage. We all had an amazing day and it was a great experience because some of us had never seen a musical before.

On Thursday morning we went for breakfast which was lovely and set us up for the day ahead. After breakfast, we went on our coach to the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery which was fascinating since there were so many sections about different Art and so many areas to look at. We really enjoyed the Expressive Arts trip because it was fun and very interesting, and we would love to go on one again.

Abbie Millard (3S1) and Kern Robertson (3S1)

Abbie Millard (3S1)

Abbie Millard (3S1)

Kern Robertson (3S1)

Kern Robertson (3S1)

 

 

 

 

 

 


This term both the Art & Music departments took a group of twenty-three students from S3-S6 on an Expressive Arts Trip to Glasgow.

The purpose of this cross-curricular project was to engage our young people in the creative arts by seeing the theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors, discovering the city of Glasgow, visiting the Christmas Markets and engaging in an Educational Tour around Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery. This trip was an exciting, engaging and truly inspiring experience for all students involved and staff.

I would like to take this time to thank the staff that assisted and accompanied me in the organisation of our Expressive Arts Trip Mr Ross Fairfield and Miss Shona McGibbon. More importantly I would like to thank our students who conducted themselves with a great deal of maturity and professionalism during this overnight stay representing Charleston Academy fantastically.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher of Art & Design

“… … Ban All Referendums”

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Thursday evening saw eight debaters clash at Charleston Academy in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Two teams from Charleston Academy proposed the motion This House Would Ban All Referendums and they were opposed by two teams from Thurso High School.

Following two intense exchanges, and two fascinating accompanying floor debates, Morvern Carmichael (5S2) and Samantha Cochrane (5T) progressed through to the second round. Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Rosie Gittings (3T2) were unfortunately defeated by a narrow margin but gained valuable experience. All spoke well, communicating quickly and clearly on a complex topic, and were a credit to the English department and the school.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1) participated in the floor debate and was selected by organisers the Law Society of Scotland as providing the best audience question. She will receive a book token and offers a bright hope for future debating success.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done all and good luck to our girls for the second round!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department