Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Debate

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Congratulations to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1). Last week the girls saw off two separate teams from Gordonstoun School in the second round of the prestigious Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate. Procurator Fiscal Andrew Laing was one of the presiding judges.

The girls are through to the next round on 13 March. The national final, later this year, will be held in Parliament House.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

World Book Day Character Competition

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“Trust Me, I’ve Read this Book!”

Today is World Book Day and the school is celebrating the event in several ways. Over the course of this week our Library is running a Guess the Character competition. Teachers are displaying clues on their doors and pupils have to guess the characters by asking the teachers any question they want about the character. Teachers can only answer Yes or No. English classes are having great fun trying to work out all of the various clues.

 

Book Group Visit

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On Wednesday 25th January the S2 book group, assisted by our 2 S6 helpers went, with Mrs King, to Millburn Academy. We went to discuss the short listed books as part of the process for voting for the Teenage Book Award. We met Millburn’s group and had a very tasty lunch (soup, sandwiches and loads of biscuits!). We did a few little group exercises so that we could get to know each other better. We talked about what sort of books we like, why we joined the book group and other things like this. Eventually we started talking about the books that were shortlisted for the prize and which ones were our favourites. Logan and Mrs Phillips put a good case forward for ‘Silver Skin’ but the rest of the group felt that ‘Black Cairn Point’ deserved to win. It was good fun to see what everyone else thought about all the books – including those that didn’t make it onto the final BookTrust shortlist. The BookTrust will announce the overall winner on 1st March.

We had a really good time and enjoyed the trip. We’d love to do it again!

Logan Parker (2L2) maand Lara MacGillivray (2L1)

 

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!”