S3 YPI final – Winners

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The S3 YPI Final took place on Thursday 21st December. The winning group are David Cameron, Alfie Thomas and Ewan Munro who are pictured along with Tom Flockhart (who is one of our YPI sponsors & Director of  Highland Office Supplies)  and Hannah Lind from Crocus Bereavement Group receiving the cheque for £3,000.

Photograph courtesy of Allan Law photography

 

Ms C Mackenzie

Teacher of Religious Education

Pupil council

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Our pupil council met last week to share the views discussed at the year group committees. A variety of issues were discussed from the number of subject choices at S3 to updates on the planned improvements for the pupil toilets.

Mrs L Cameron

Principal teacher of Geography

Woodwind Group visit Kinmylies

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On Friday the 15th of December the Charleston Academy Woodwind Group, led by Woodwind Instructor Mrs Aalders and accompanied by Mr Fairfield, braved the icy conditions to visit Kinmylies Primary School.  While there the group performed various pieces of Christmas music including a selection of music from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and The Snowman by Howard Blake.  This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to visit the wider community and encourage the younger primary pupils in the pursuit of music with a festive feel.

Mr R Fairfield

Music teacher

S3 & S4 Christmas Cake Competition

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Well done to all the pupils who took part in the Christmas Cake competition last week.

The judges Mr Stewart,  Izzy and Sharon from the canteen were very impressed with all the cakes.

The winners from each class were:

James Hampton 3K

Jonathan Betts 4T2

Daria kotas 3K

Anna McBeath 3S

Well done everyone.

Mrs Fraser

Principal Teacher – Home Economics

Job Vacancy – Clerk to the Parent Council

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Charleston Parent Council is currently looking for a new Clerk. This is a part time paid position of £50 per meeting and there are typically 6 evening meetings per year. Applicants should have good organisational skills and access to a computer. They do not have to be a parent at Charleston
Academy.

please see the attached document for more information

Job Vacancy – Clerk to the Parent Council

Mrs K Morris

Chair of the parent council

Scottish Schools Climbing Competition – finals

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On Saturday 18th November, 6 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.

Tim Cox and Jasper Kinghorn had qualified for the S3/4 Boys bottom rope category with scores of 388 and 384 out of a possible 400 respectively.  These boys have always have a close but friendly rivalry and this is the first year that have competed in the same category.  Both boys scored maximum points in the first semi final route.  Tim squeezed ahead with 96 point in route 2 while Jasper got 88 putting him in joint 2nd with another climber.  Both had made it through to the final route.  Tim and Jasper put in superb performance in the final route, demonstrating some excellent technique and strength.  In the end only 2 points (one move) separated them and Jasper graciously accepted 2nd place while Tim took 1st.

Beth Harrison was competing in the S3/4 girls bottom rope category at her first climbing competition.  Having qualified 3rd with 362 points in the heats, a trophy was possible in the finals.  Beth climbed well in her first route but was unlucky to come away with only 82 points.  She climbed superbly well in her second semi final route and clawed back enough points to come joint 4th overall.  A fantastic result for her first competition.  We are looking forward to seeing Beth compete again next year.

We also had 2 boys competing in the S5/6 bottom rope category.  Rory Barker and Patrick Morris having been climbing partner for years and this friendship didn’t falter under the strain of the competition. Rory scored 364 in the heats while Patrick was 8 points behind on 356.  Both had qualified for the finals and went into the Semis on a level playing field.  Finbar Doig (S5) had also qualified with 356 points but was unable to attend the finals.  Rory topped out his first route then gained a fabulous 96 points in his second route.  One other climber matched this score so the final route had to count for Rory.  Patrick also topped out his first route but made a mistake in the second and came away with 68.  This was enough to secure a place in the final.  Both boys climbed well in the final.  Rory won the group with 88 points and Patrick gained 71 points to take 3rd.

Nathan Cox came along to support the climbers but also managed to climb several routes which all count towards his NICAS award.  Nathan thoroughly enjoyed his day and is keen to compete next year.

We all had a fantastic day and really enjoyed the atmosphere at Glasgow Climbing Centre.

Thanks to GCC, ClimbScotland and St Aloysius College for running another brilliant competition.

J Richards

Principal Teacher Technical

Botswana group – bag packing

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The Botswana 2018 group had a very successful day bag packing at big  Tesco on Sunday 3rd December where we were so well supported by the community managing to raise a fantastic £637.  This will go in support of our trip in June 2018.

Well done to all that gave up their time to support us and to those who gave so generously.

Thanks again,

Ms M Sutherland

Principal Teacher Chemistry