Gaelic Careers Day

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Chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig bhon dàrna bliadhna gu Siuthad!, latha dreuchdan Gàidhlig a chaidh a chur air dòigh le Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Dh’ ionnsaich sgoilearan mar a dh’fhaodadh sgilean Gàidhlig an cuideachadh nan cuid obrach agus mun raon farsaing de chothroman cosnaidh a tha ann do dhaoine le Gàidhlig. Chuala na sgoilearan mu dheidhinn obraichean anns na meadhanan, ann am foghlam, anns na h-ealain, le buidhnean eachdraidheil agus le buidhnean leasachaidh. Bha e sònraichte a bhith a’ coinneachadh ri dithis a b’ àbhaist a bhith nan sgoilearan ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich agus a tha a-nis ag obair ann an saoghal na Gàidhig. Tha Karen Oakley ag obair aig Fèisean nan Gàidheal agus tha Christie Nicilleathain ag obair mar Oifigear Leasachaidh le Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean . Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail, gu h-àraid anns a’ bhothan dhealbhan agus nuair a bhuannaich Louis Norgate an fharpais eacarsaich!

S2 Gaelic pupils attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event, organised by Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The event provided pupils with information on the variety of ways they could use Gaelic in their future careers. It showcased the diverse range of career options for which having Gaelic is an advantage, or is essential. Pupils heard about job opportunities in the media, in education, in the arts, with Historic Environment Scotland and with development organisations. They particularly enjoyed meeting two former Charleston Academy pupils. Former Head Girl Karen Oakley now works at Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Christie MacLean works as the Graduate Gaelic Development Officer with HIE. The different workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities. The photo booth and Louis Norgate winning Highlife Highland’s sit-up challenge were the particular highlights!

Ms Yvonne Gunn, Principal Teacher of Languages

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

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Several Charleston Academy pupils have done exceptionally well in the recent UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.

Gold Award & Best in School

  • Robert Thorne (4S)

Gold

  • Catherine De Venny (4K1)

Silver

  • Patrick Morris (4L1)

Bronze

  • Jake Exelby (4K1)
  • Cameron Cochrane (4T2)
  • Roisin Martin (4S)
Special Congratulations to Robert Thorne. Following his success in the competition Robert has been invited and will take part in the UKMT Summer School which takes place at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford. The Summer School is a week long residential placement for young people with an interest in Maths. They aim to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students and adults who enjoy mathematics. There are only 48 places on the UKMT Summer School and no one from Charleston Academy has ever been invited onto the programme before. Well done Robert.

 

Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show

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We had another successful Fashion Show for our Connecting Classrooms Botswana Fundraising last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us on the evening. We raised nearly £1400 on the evening through an excellent raffle supported by local businesses. We are grateful, as always, for the support of local retailers, and to Inverness College UHI who did all the hair and make up. Some photos from the evening below, together with a video clip of the staff performance.

Well done everyone.

 

Multilingual Debate at Herriot-Watt

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On Wednesday 22nd March, our Higher French class travelled to Heriot-Watt University for the Multilingual Debate and Chinese cultural experience. The motion was ‘this house believes that robots will soon be a positive aspect of our lives’.

When we first arrived, we were escorted to the Confucius Institute, where the Chinese cultural experience was held. We tried on traditional Chinese clothes, tasted various Chinese dishes and practised Chinese calligraphy. It was a lot of fun!

We then made our way to the James Watt centre, where the debate was held. It lasted for two hours and was a fully interactive experience. The speakers debated in several different languages, including Chinese, Spanish, German, French and English. The Post-Graduate students interpreted the speeches into a variety of other languages. We were all provided with a headset, in which you could tune into a specific channel for your desired language. We were all extremely impressed with the interpreters’ fluency during the debate. Before and after the debate, we were given a chance to voice our opinions on the matter, through an electronic voting system. This allowed us to engage in the debate and express our views. Beforehand, the results favoured the ‘for’ side, however, in the final vote, the majority voted against the motion.

Overall, it was an extremely educational trip that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

by Amy Riddle, Grace Bird and Sami Cochrane

Science Club

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Newcomers are always welcome at our Science Club. It’s always great fun. Last week students undertook the collapsing can experiment. This week we have been experimenting with “Skittles Chromatography”. Speak to Ms Davey if you want to attend.

Ms Lauren Davey, Biology Department

Dress Up Extravaganza

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Dress Down Day for Comic Relief. Dress Up for Botswana

It’s a fashion and dress-up extravaganza at Charleston Academy today. As it is Comic Relief week, we have been raising funds for Red Nose Day with a dress down themed day – pyjamas, and have had a cake stall running at interval and lunchtime.

Our dressing down / dressing up theme continues this evening as it’s our Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show at 7pm. Please come along and support our fund raising for our Global Exchange with Botswana.

 

Letter for Parents and Carers

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All young people received this letter via school-bag mail this morning. It contains information about a number of important issues, including Security, Latecoming and changes to SQA exams. It also clarifies a minor change to the configuration of the school day which affects all Inverness schools.

Please download a copy for your records. Printed copies are available from the school office on request.

 

Food Appeal

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We were unable to undertake our annual hamper appeal at Christmas this session. Instead, when we discussed the best approach with the Salvation Army and Social Services, we were advised that it was in early March when donations of food would be most useful.

So all of this week students and staff have been bringing in donations of non-perishable food which we are donating to the Salvation Army who will then distribute to those in need in our community.

Thank you to all the staff, students and families in our community who donated all of the food that we can now distribute.

 

Botswana Exchange 2017

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At our S4/S5/S6 Assembly this morning we welcomed students and staff from our Connecting Classrooms Exchange School in Botswana. 10 Students and 3 staff arrived in Scotland on 18 March and will be attending classes and visiting parts of the Highlands up until their departure on 30 March. This year we welcomed the new Head teacher of Lotsane Senior Secondary School, Mr Khangelani Tshebo, Mrs Lorato Semadi from their Guidance Department who coordinates their exchange programme, and Mr Justice Kgosana from the Art Department.

This hugely successful exchange programme is now in its eighth year, having began in 2010. It is the most successful exchange programme for any school in Botswana. Plans are already underway for our visit to Botswana in 2018, which will be our fifth, following previous visits in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

While the staff and students are here they will be attending normal classes at Charleston Academy. We also have a few other events planned. On Tuesday (today) they visited Cairngorm and Highland Wildlife Park. Tomorrow, Wednesday they are special guests at Inverness Town House where the Provost will host a special lunch for our visitors. On Thursday one of the highlights of the visit will be our “Walk on the Wild Side” Fashion Show.

We are ever grateful for the hard work behind the scenes of our Global Exchange Committee headed by Mrs Mairi Sutherland and of course to the families and staff who host our visitors and provide a warm welcome for their stay in Scotland.