Fundraising for Children in Need has been taking place all of this week. On Monday we had Beat The Goalie. On Tuesday is was Taste Challenge. Wednesday is Mystery Box. We have Would I Lie to You on Thursday and Friday is Gunge the Teacher. More photos and an update on the total raised soon…
Children in Need is on Friday 18th November and as one of our supported charities young people and staff are busy preparing for a variety of fund raising events. A variety of fun activities take place at lunchtime this week: Tuesday – Taste Challenge; Wednesday – Mystery Box; Thursday – Would I Lie to You Game Show; Friday – Gunge the Teacher.
Pupils can vote in the foyer at intervals and lunchtimes to decide which teachers (provided they have volunteered) take part in each activity.
We are also delighted that our Choir will take part in the telethon on Friday evening. Ten students will take part in the national choir and head down to BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow to take part on Friday. They have been rehearsing with other local schools over the past two weekends and were delighted that Pudsey came to visit them here at Charleston last Sunday. Click HERE to see footage from our Twitter of them rehearsing yesterday.
A documentary about the choir will also be shown on BBC2 Scotland on Saturday 19th.
Under 15 Girls Match
After registration at 9:00am on the 9th of November the Charleston Under 15s girls basketball team set off towards Skye. The team included both 2nd and 3rd years in hope for a win. We planned to play at Portree High School against the ‘Uist Otters.’ The team of 12 as well as Mr Sharkey and Mrs Cameron set off in a joyous manner on our way to the match, as there was plenty of singing involved. A pit stop half way was needed for a quick drink and to stretch our legs. The excitement was building up along with some nerves hoping for a good end result.
Our top scorer was Kira Buchan, though she was also our top fouler, with 3 fouls and 12 baskets. Emily Hunter had 4 baskets and Niamh Purvis and Kayleigh Noble had 2 each.
Emily and Kira stayed on the court for the whole game while the other 11 subbed on and off. Diane Stout, Ellie Maclean and Lexie Leaver for the first 4 minutes. Florrie Malcolm, Niamh Campbell and Georgina Barras for the second 4 minutes. Fiona MacDonald, Charlotte MacWilliam and Kayleigh Noble for the third and finally Isabella Edwards and Niamh Purvis for the last with Kayleigh staying on. This repeated for the second half and for the last few minutes of the game Kayleigh, Florrie and Niamh P staying in with Emily and Kira for the last few minutes.
Coming up to the last few minutes the opposing team were gaining on us as we were in the lead and it was intense for not only the players but to the spectators as well. At the final minute we were defending the basket because if they scored they won but we just managed to pull through. The final score came with a win for Charleston of 40-39, very close indeed. It was with very happy hearts we left Skye and stopped for dinner in Kyle and after that the long journey home.
Big thank you to Mr Sharkey for driving us to Skye and being a very fair referee and to Mrs Cameron for being a great coach.
Lexie Leaver (3T1) and Fiona MacDonald (3S2)
Good Luck to Robert Thorne (4S), Catherine De Venny (4K1), Archie Grey (3L) and Rosie Gittings (3T2). These four students are competing in the Enterprising Mathematics competition next week. They are one of only four teams representing the Highlands at the Scottish Finals.
All money raised through sponsorship in our annual Sponsored Walk has now been banked. A huge thank you to everyone – pupils, parents, relatives, friends and others – in our school community who has contributed in any way. Over £9000 was raised this year which is excellent. This money contributes to our School Fund which pays for all of our Extra / Wider Curricular Activities, funds our School Minibus, and allows us to significantly off-set the cost of Activities Days for pupils in S1 to S3. Recently school funds have also assisted us in purchasing iPads and other equipment across the school too.
Shiel Take House Points Lead
The money raised is converted into House Points too. Shiel and Laggan Houses have done well with Shiel now in the lead and Laggan moving up into third place.
Well done to Mrs Robertson’s 2S Class which raised the most money overall – £571 in total. They will receive a prize of cinema and pizza or similar activity shortly. Well done too to Emily Hunter (3T1) who raised the most money – £111 in total. This is an amazing figure and if replicated across the school would see over £80,00 raised for school funds.
The school is indebted to the generosity in our community for their contributions to this and also for all our charitable work which is significant in the run up to Christmas. Next week we support Children in Need and this will be followed in December by our Annual Hamper Appeal.
Well done to all our swimmers competing at the Secondary School Swimming Gala which was held at Inverness Leisure last Wednesday. A fantastic effort from everyone in the Charleston Academy Team: Samantha Cochrane (5T), Eilidh MacKay (2T1), Caitlin Graham (3T1), Struan Hay (5K1) and Angus Franklin (1S2). Congratulations to them all.
Mrs Dagmar Borrowman, Active Schools Coordinator
On a very wet morning today, Charleston Academy pupils had the honour of accompanying the Depute Provost of Inverness Councillor Jean Slater and Veterans Champion Councillor Roddy Balfour to open the Field of Remembrance in Inverness.
Catherine De Venny (4K1), Ellie Ross (4T1), Euan Frater (4K1), Sean MacIver (4K2), Liam Gosling (4K2) and Daniel Bennett (4L1) have all recently returned from the schools’ annual trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium. They were accompanied by trip leader Miss Catherine Bain, PT History at this mornings’ event.
Pupils who went on the Battlefield Trip will lead our House Assemblies next week with guests including our local Councillors, the Provost of Inverness, members of the Royal British Legion and serving members of the armed forces.
Our Poppy Scotland appeal begins in school next week. Poppies will be available for a donation to Poppy Scotland at each House Assembly.
Congratulations to Cedes Wittke (4T1) and Niamh Clark (4T1) on their recent success in Round 3 of the Rotary Club of Inverness and Culloden Master Chef competition. They are both through to compete in the final which will be held at the UHI campus on 22nd of November.
Mr Derek Newlands, Home Economics Department