Multilingual Debate

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Last Wednesday the Modern Languages department took a group of senior pupils to the Multi-lingual debate at Heriot-Watt University. After the long journey down, we were treated to very generous and tasty ‘pot noodles’ provided by the Confucius Institute.

This was followed by the debate. There were two teams of three who spoke languages including German, Chinese, French, Spanish and English. We could use headphones and listen to simultaneous translations into English or if you preferred from English into another language! The motion proposed that we should replace fossil fuels by renewables entirely and in a short time period. The debate was fascinating, not only to witness the skill of the interpreters but also to share the cultural knowledge of the speakers. To the surprise of many, although a significant majority of the audience supported the motion before the debate, this was reversed after they had heard the various arguments for and against.

In the closing speeches we were reminded how useful learning a foreign language is, in particular for employment but also to understand the world around us.

Changes to school Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts

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Due to the current staffing situation in the school, we are looking at revising our Facebook, Google calendar and Twitter feed.

If you currently have our google calendar linked to your own calendar please delete this as it is has incorrect dates an will no longer be updated.

We aim to resolve these issues during the Easter holidays

Please refer to the Highland Council calendar for term dates as per link above.

Mr G Stewart

Acting Head Teacher

Adult Learning: Digital Skills for Families

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The course, starting in May, will explore the challenges around parenting in a digital world. Using ‘Positive Parenting’ techniques, the course supports parents of children and teenagers, or parents-to-be, to develop their own digital literacy, and develop strategies for managing online privacy, cyber safety and cyber bullying, as well as skills to encourage digital empathy, critical thinking and the positive use of digital media in family life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Macrae – Guidance Teacher

Girls Football

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The girl’s football team made their second appearance with an away match against Millburn Academy last Wednesday.  Our mixed S1 – S4 team played a hearty performance against the S1 – S6 team.  Another terrific display from Anna in goals sadly did not stop a much more experienced Millburn team taking the lead early on.  The girls gave an energetic performance (the half time jelly babies helped) and never backed down.  A “girl of the match” performance goes to Cara Gourlay who ran up and down the pitch endlessly!  Well done girls.

H Sommerville and R Stewart

 

Listening Time 4 You

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Listen Well Scotland are a charitable organisation and we are delighted to announce that the listening service will be offered at Charleston Academy to our pupils.  They aim to give people the opportunity to simply talk, and through this encourage individuals to identify positive solutions to their difficulties, rather than being given these sometimes ineffective solutions, by others.  This is not a counselling or advice service and promotes self-resolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flyers here give more information and pupils should self-refer, confidentially, by seeing Mrs MacRae in the Guidance Office.

 

Mrs H Macrae

Guidance Teacher

Andrew MacFarlane – Athletics success

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After Andrew’s silver medal  in the senior men’s pole vault at the emirates arena Glasgow  he followed this up a week later with another silver medal in the Scottish Athletcis U20 combined events championship. Over 2 days he completed 7 events and achieved person best performances in the 60m sprint, shot put, long jump and 60m hurdles. He jumped a season’s best – a championship best performance – in pole vault, 4.47m. His 1000m finale was very close to his personal best time. These results put him 12th on the  Scottish All Time List for indoor heptathlon. A few days later he won gold in the 60m hurdles at the Scottish Schools Athletics Indoor Championships – running his fastest time ever. His next competitions are the English  and Scottish U20 pole vault championships. He is grateful for the use of the warm school hall for some of his training.

Mr R Mackintosh

Principal Teacher Physical Education