Mòd Ionadail Inbhir Nis

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DSC01443Mealaibh ur naidheachd, sgoilearan air an dàrna bliadhna a rinn obair mhath aig Mòd Ionadail Inbhir Nis bho chionn ghoirid. Anns an fharpais ealain, bha aca ri postairean sanasachd a chruthachadh airson a’ Mhòid. Fhuair na farpaisich shoirbheachail teisteanas – Garaidh Stiùbhart, Idhe NicFhionnlaigh, Tiffany Dewar, Pixi Blyth, Mìcheal Jaffray, Aleksandra Zwawiak agus Amie Nic an t-Sealgair. Bu mhath a rinn iad!

Congratulations to some second year pupils whose work was commended at this year’s Inverness Local Mod. All S2 pupils entered the competition where they had to design a poster advertising the local Mod in Gaelic. Pupils whose work was commended received a certificate for their entries – Gary Stewart, Iona Finlayson, Tiffany Dewar, Pixi Blyth, Michael Jaffray, Aleksandra Zwawiak and Amy Hunter. Well done!

Miss Yvonne Gunn, Acting PT Languages

Teaching in Botswana

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Although it’s the October Holidays for most of the school, two Charleston Academy teachers have extended their teaching term this week. They are at our Connecting Classrooms partner school in Botswana. Ms Sutherland (Principal Teacher of Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art Teacher) are spending ten days working at our partner school, Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana.

Funding for the exchange has come from the British Council and meant that two teachers from Botswana visited Charleston Academy before the October break. Thirty Charleston Academy pupils visit Lotsane Senior Secondary School in June and July 2014.

Lotsane Senior Secondary School is located on the western edge of Palapye, a sprawling town of nearly 30,000 inhabitants. The satellite image shows the school teaching blocks, student dorms and the teachers houses.  


History Pupils Show Respects at the Menin Gate

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History pupils at the Menin Gate in Ypres, today Sunday 6 October, 2013

History pupils at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Sunday 6 October, 2013

Charleston Academy History pupils, who are in Belgium visiting the WW1 battlefields and memorials, visited the Menin Gate on Sunday 6 October. The Menin Gate is a memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Ypres Salient of World War 1.

As a mark of respect, the pupils were proud to wear the full Charleston Academy uniform, and some of the boys wore kilts to accompany the pipes.

The group also laid a wreath during their visit.

A full article on the visit will be published on their return.


S1 Hockey

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S1 Hockey

On Wednesday 25th September the S1 hockey team travelled to Millburn Academy to play a 7 aside game. The first half of the game went really well, we were all quite nervous, with some girls playing their first ever hockey match. We worked really well together and at the end of the half the score was 3-2 to Millburn.

The second half of the game started well, with us scoring another great goal. Spirits were high but unfortunately it wasn’t enough, as the game went on Millburn scored another great goal making the final score 4-3. The goal scorers for our team were Nicola Rattray and Alice Fraser.

Thank you to, Nicola Rattray, Alice Fraser, Catherine De Venny, Ella Pacey, Niamh Macklenzie, Cody Ross and Katherine Maclellan for a great first match. We are all Looking forward to our next game.

Alice Fraser, 1K1

Alice Fraser, 1K1

Knitting for Botswana

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Last year the Botswana 2012 Team delivered handmade knitted Baby Outfits to the Maternity Hospital in Palapye.

Pictured here are Mr Seloke (Art) and Ms Didimalang (Biology) with a selection of the knitted outfits. These will be taken to Palapye on their return journey with Miss Sutherland and Ms Sutherland.

A special thank you to Grace MacKenzie (Support for Learning) for her huge contribution of jumpers, hats and blankets.

A “Knitting for Botswana Babies Group 2014” has started knitting already.

Staff and Pupils keen to participate have been asked to bring along double knitting yarn – ( not white or pastel colours ) and 5mm or 4.5mm knitting needles.

For any parents who would like to contribute the knitting patterns are available to download HERE.

Any donations of wool or needles would also be gratefully received.

Ms Marj Macleod (Principal Teacher, Art)

Running for Diabetes

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Well done to Team Sugar Rush  for raising well over £13,000 in this year’s Loch Ness Marathon Festival of Running. Ten former or current Charleston Academy staff were part of the team, raising funds for diabetes research. The fundraising drive is organised by former PE teacher Amanda Croall who left Charleston Academy last session following illness complicated by her diabetes. Amanda took part in the marathon this year, along with staff members, Mr Ryan Macintosh, Mrs Kirsty Dillon, Mr Russell McFee, Mr Alex Mezals, Miss Jacqueline Bissett, and Miss Tara Jaffrey and others. Well done everyone.


European Day of Languages

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Charleston Academy celebrated the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26th September.  This annual event celebrates the diversity of culture and language in Europe.  This year, the canteen provided popular European dishes all week, we had European bunting displayed in the canteen, hall and language classrooms and cupcakes decorated with European flags were available at break.  All tutor groups took part in the ‘Good Morning’ quiz, where pupils had to correctly identify ‘good morning’ in a range of European languages.  Congratulations to 2T, 3K2, 5S1 and 6L who were the winners of this year’s quiz.

Merci beaucoup et mòran taing to our S6 language prefects who helped to organise this successful celebration – Kharis MacPhee, Charlotte Wilde and Rachel McCoach.

Rachel McCoach, 6T

Rachel McCoach, 6T

Charlotte Wilde, 6S

Charlotte Wilde, 6S

Kharis MacPhee, 6T

Kharis MacPhee, 6T

S1 Poetry Day Winners

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On Thursday 3rd October, S1 English Classes held a poetry competition to mark national Poetry Day. The theme this year was water. Well done to the winners from each S1 class.

Pupil Voice 2013-14

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Elections for our Year Group Committees took place towards the end of September. Each Tutor Group can elect up to two members for each year group committee. The document below shows the formation of the Year Group Committees for Session 2013-14.

The first task of each Year Group Committee when they meet after the October break will be to nominate and / or elect their member(s) for the whole school Pupil Council, and to co-opt a teacher representative who will support and advise the work of each committee. Our Depute Head Boy and Girl are automatically members of the S6 Committee and are joint chairs of the Pupil Council.

One member of the Pupil Council is co-opted onto the Parent Council and vice-versa.

The work of the Year Group Committees and Pupil Council will be to ensure the education and well-being of all pupils at Charleston Academy is enhanced. The various groups may look at issues such as canteen queues, homework policy, class based learning intentions, awards etc. Each group will decide on their specific focus at their first meeting. Depute Rector Miss Rona Macpherson coordinates the meetings and work of our Year Group Committees and Pupil Council. She assisted by our Youth Development Officer. Read more about our representation of the Pupil Voice HERE.

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Year Group Committees 2013-14 – Click to download


Global Exchange

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The first phase of our Connecting Classrooms Global Exchange finished this afternoon. Visiting teachers from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana have spent the past week here at Charleston Academy. Mr Seloke has been teaching in the Art Department and Ms Didimalang has been teaching in Biology and helping in Science classes. Both teachers were also able to visit Kirkhill Primary School on Monday where they met Primary classes and were able to describe some of the main differences between our two cultures.

Phase Two of the programme is now underway. On Wednesday Ms Sutherland (PT Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art Department) left with our guests, making the return trip to Botswana. Our staff will now spend 10 days teaching their subjects at Lotsane Senior Secondary.