Chantier de bénévoles en France – juillet 2018

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Cet été, je suis allé dans le Midi pour participer à un chantier de bénévoles. Je voulais améliorer mon français avant la rentrée scolaire tout en découvrant la culture française.

Pendant mon séjour, j’ai aidé à reconstruire un mur de pierres datant du 17ème siècle sur un site historique. C’était dans le petit village de Saint-Chamas au bord de la méditerranée, près de la ville de Marseille. Il faisait très chaud (35°C parfois) rendant le travail d’autant plus difficile. Sans compter les moustiques qui étaient intolérables, bien pire que les midges ! Mais à la fin, j’étais fier de mon travail et j’ai acquis de nombreuses compétences utiles, qui me serviront à l’avenir.

Nous étions quinze à travailler sur le chantier, trois animateurs et douze jeunes et nous logions dans une auberge de jeunesse. Les autres jeunes, âgés de 16 à 18 ans, venaient du monde entier, d’Espagne, d’Italie, des États-Unis, même si la plupart d’entre eux étaient français. Je me suis fait beaucoup de nouveaux amis, et je resterai en contact avec eux en ligne.

Mis à part le travail, comme vous le savez probablement, la France a gagné la coupe du monde et j’ai eu la chance d’être dans le pays pour célébrer cette victoire. Pour la finale, nous avons visité Istres; l’ambiance était fantastique et la foule en liesse – champagne, bombes fumigènes, euphorie. C’était vraiment une expérience unique ! Nous sommes aussi allés à des festivals de danse et de musique à Avignon et Orange. Nous avons vu le feu d’artifice du 14 juillet à Istres; nous avons fait de l’accrobranche et du canoë et nous sommes allés au cinéma et à la plage.

La culture française est très différente de la nôtre; en fait, quand je suis arrivé, j’ai souffert du dépaysement, c’était peut-être dû au fait que j’étais parti seul. La nourriture était très différente. Les produits étaient plus frais et locaux, le pain du boulanger du village, les légumes de l’épicier ou du marché. J’ai découvert plein de pâtisseries et aussi les baguettes que les Français trempent au petit-déjeuner dans leur café, qu’ils boivent dans un bol (je croyais que c’était une blague) ! Dans le sud en particulier, l’ambiance était très détendue, avec beaucoup de pauses pendant la journée pour passer plus de temps en famille ou boire un café.

Malheureusement, j’ai remarqué que la plupart des jeunes fument, beaucoup plus qu’en Écosse. Ceci dit, les jeunes français mangent mieux qu’en Écosse, plus de légumes, de produits laitiers et moins d’aliments modifiés ou gras.

En conclusion, je dirais que mon séjour en France était excellent. Le paysage, la nourriture, les gens, tout était vraiment génial. Le fait de voyager seul m’a permis d’être plus indépendant car j’ai appris à me débrouiller seul. J’espère avoir l’occasion de retourner en France très bientôt !

Robert THORNE – AH French                      http://www.apare-cme.eu/en/

ÒRAN MÒR: BLAS 2018: NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS 10.30am-5.30pm:

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On SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER, BLAS FESTIVAL 2018 https://www.blas-festival.com closes with a special event at the NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS. This daytime event is to celebrate THE YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE (YoYP) and is the only large-scale event to take place as part of YoYP within the north of Scotland.

 

Fèisean nan Gàidheal with support from EventScotland is hosting the all-day concert and we would like to ensure that news of this reaches all Highland schoolchildren and their families as well as the general public.

 

This is intended as a family-friendly event with bands chosen by a panel of young people. Tickets cost £18, £15 and ONLY £5 for all school age young people and those under 26 carrying a Young Scot Card. Bands include Trail West, Breabach and Skipinnish and these musicians will take to the stage alongside young musicians from throughout Scotland.  We think the day is lining up to be a very exciting event.

 Eilidh

 

School photographs

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See below the timetable for the photographs next week.  As a result of only 1 photographer coming it has been necessary to spread some of Mondays over to Tuesday morning.

 

Miss R MacPherson

Depute Head Teacher

Curriculum / Study Support Open Evening Wednesday 29th August

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Dear Parent of S4-6 Pupil

Your child is now part of the school cohort that will be undertaking SQA qualifications.  As a school we are very keen to support your child through this year and so I’d like to invite you to a curriculum / study support evening on Wednesday 29th August at 7 pm.  This will be an opportunity to hear more about qualifications and practical advice that can help you support your child.  The bulk of the evening will be an opportunity to meet subject staff to find out specifics about courses and assessment.

Staff will be giving detailed advice for study.  There is a good range of online resources to support pupils, for example:

  • BBC bitesize
  • SCHOLAR
  • Google Classroom
  • SQA past papers and marking schemes
  • and in some cases youtube.

The key partnership for exam success is three way: the school, the parent and the youngster.

Effective study is a crucial part of exam preparation.  Simply put – one mark can be enough to make the difference between a Grade B or A, or Grade C or D etc.  I understand that it is not always easy for parents to support this.  However, if parents are giving a consistent message then it can be easier to manage at home.

As a school we recognise that a productive pressure is a good thing but that exam stress is something we need to support pupils with.  If this becomes a concern then I would encourage you to contact your child’s Guidance teacher.

I look forward to welcoming you to the school next week.

Yours sincerely,

 

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher

Gaelic visit

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Some senior Gaelic pupils were visited recently by Ceitidh MacPhee, recruitment officer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, Christie MacLean, a former pupil of Charleston Academy who now works at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Emma, who is a student of primary education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  They spoke to pupils about further education opportunities and the daily lives of students at the college.  They reminded pupils about the range of different employment opportunities available to Gaelic speakers.  Christie spoke about how she started learning Gaelic in S1 at Charleston Academy, going on to study to Advanced Higher level, then a degree in Gaelic and Development.  Pupils were interested to hear how she took part in a student exchange, studying Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher – Languages

Bronze DofE Award

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Following very successful practice expeditions in Easter Ross at the start of May, our S3 pupils currently undertaking their Bronze award headed back out to the Highland countryside to undertake their assessed expeditions. This time, the expeditions took place in the Cairngorm National Park.

Our first two expedition groups set off from Drumguish walking in a north-easterly direction first towards Uath Lochans then on to picturesque Feshie Bridge. After this, the groups successfully navigated their way through some tricky woodland at Moor of Feshie to reach their campsite at Jack Drake’s Bothy, a pretty little wooden bothy nestled in the woods just to the south of Loch Gamhna. Here, the groups set up camp and cooked their evening meal before heading for a well-earned rest. Although it was quite rainy on Saturday morning, this did not dampen the spirits of the two groups who quickly got themselves organised for their second day of walking. After breakfast and packing up, the groups headed off towards Loch an Eilein then over Cairngorm Club Footbridge before walking around the south side of Loch Morlich ending their route at the Reindeer Centre in Glenmore. The groups completed their walk quickly and encountered no problems during their journey.

 

Meanwhile, the second two expedition groups set off from the car park at Loch an Eilein, followed their route around the loch then onto the path towards Cairngorm Club Footbridge and Loch Morlich. The groups wild-camped in forest near to the Ski Road. On Day Two, the groups walked through the woodland around Glenmore Lodge, past Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan, and onto Ryvoan Bothy. After a stop for lunch, the groups completed their expedition by journeying to Dell Lodge on the outskirts of Nethy Bridge.

All groups have now made a presentation about their expedition to their assessor and have successfully passed this section of their award. Well done everyone! To complete the award, the pupils must now complete their other sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill – and submit their assessor’s reports through their eDofE profile.

 

As always, many thanks go to all the staff who have supported the group throughout the year and who gave up their time to supervise and assess the expeditions – Mr Foster, Miss Gray, Mrs Hodgson, Miss Massey, Mr Nairn and Miss MacDonald.

Read Write Inc. Excursion

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On the morning of Tuesday 12th June, the pupils who have been part of our Speeder Reader/ Read Write Inc. group throughout S1 went on an excursion to Inverness Town centre as a reward for all their hard work and achievements in developing their literacy skills this year.

 

First stop was Inverness Library where the pupils were shown around by Mrs Appleby, Network Librarian at the library. Mrs Appleby took us to see the Reference room then it was on to see the oldest book in the library which dates to the 15th century. The next stop on our tour was the reading room where we heard about plans for a new business hub with the remainder of our visit being spent in the lending area. Here, Mrs Appleby talked to us about the variety of books and other items available to borrow from the library including graphic novels and silent books.

 

Following our library visit, it was on to Waterstones bookshop where the pupils all chose their own book to keep. The books selected by the pupils were a broad range, from well-known authors such as JK Rowling, David Walliams and Andy McNab to books on football, sheep-rearing and mindfulness. Thank you to Waterstones, our Parent Council and Charleston Academy for funding this part of our excursion.

 

Many thanks also to all the people who made our excursion possible – Mrs Sleet for accompanying us, Mrs Appleby for our library tour and Pete and Tom in Waterstones for advising us on books.

H.E. trip – Pizza Express

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As part of Developing the Young Workforce in the Hospitality Industry a group of S1/S3 BGE pupils  visited Pizza Express  last week.

Pupils were  given the opportunity to learn  how the restaurant operates and to take part in  an ingredient tasting session and then a pizza making workshop.

A big thank you to the manager Claudio Di Candia for allowing us to visit.

 

Mrs Fraser

PT Home Economics