Science Department Fieldwork

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S1 Science Pupils have been out of school during some lessons this week undertaking fieldwork in Dunain Woods. Pupils in 1K reflected on their work and their are photos of all classes below.

On the 22nd of May 2013 class 1K went to Dunain Woods.  It was a lovely sunny day when we left school on the mini bus.

We worked in partners to follow the map along the Great Glen Way, which had landmarks and trees marked on it so we could find the answers to the activities we had to do.

We had to find different types of leaves and collect samples to identify them.  We also had to look at the view of Inverness to identify where four landmarks of Inverness were on our map and find the grid references to gain points in the quiz.  We also had to collect different colours of things from nature.

On our way up the hill we saw a Buzzard swooping over the field in front of us.  When walking through the forest we had to be careful not to stand on the Primroses because they are a protected species of plant.

At the top of the hill it started to rain but it did not last long enough to spoil a fun and great trip.

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S2 Power Readers

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum, Personal

Well done to all S2 who recently received their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Power Reader certificates at Assembly. The eight top power readers in S2 and the number of books they’ve read this session are shown below. These eight pupils will receive their awards at the S2 Awards Ceremony in June. Well done everyone.

S1 Power Readers

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Our Class, 1E, won the S1 Power Readers, reading an average of 17 books each. The majority of the class completed bronze level and were on silver; others went even further and were on their gold level.

As a prize for reading the most books we won a trip out to the cinema to see a film of our choice. We chose Iron Man 3. The film was great! We were allowed to buy our own sweets or snacks but weren’t allowed to go over the top! We went to see the film on Tuesday 21st May with Mrs King, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Mackenzie.

We would like to thank our English teacher for encouraging us to win and Vue for letting us have a great morning out! The whole class agrees it was great fun.

Megan Meldrum (1T) and Samantha Cochrane (1T)

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World Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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Charleston Academy pupils Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S4), and Stuart Dingwall (5S1) recently returned from Portugal where they had been competing as part of the Scottish Team in the World Schools Orienteering Championships at Monte Gordo, near Fargo in Portugal.

This was a truly remarkable and significant achievement for Rowan, Callum and Stuart. The Championships are an important international event in the orienteering calendar. During the opening ceremony the boys took delight wearing their kilts to parade through the Villa-Real-de-Santa-Antonio Stadium under the watchful eye of the head of the International Sports Federation.

While there, the boys took part in quite a few events, including the Middle Distance Relay in temperatures over 35C, through wild gorse, cacti, and on sandy beaches.

By the end of the week long championships the Scottish Team won 2 medals and 5 individual medals.

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The Scottish Team in Portugal

As part of the trip, the boys, along with the rest of the Scottish Team, took part in a number of cultural visits, including a trip to the historic village of Tavira. The championships ended with Friendship Races involving everyone in each of the 200 teams participating. The week long Championships ended with a fantastic closing ceremony at Castro Marim.

The boys have written up an excellent journal of their visit and participation in the events in Portugal. Click on the icon below to download the full version.

Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S2) and Stuart Dingwall (5S1)

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The Boys’ Championship Journal 2013 (click to view)

Hampden Park Visit – School of Football

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On Friday 17 May the 12 S1 School of Football boys headed to Hampden, Scotland’s National Football Stadium, to play in matches with other School of Football squads from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. As well as playing football the boys also got a tour of the Hampden Park stadium.

“We all had to get up early. Once we got to school we got on our bus, it was really fancy and posh, with leather seats and TVs. We had a very long drive to Glasgow and we stopped at Perth on the way down and the way back.”

“Once we got down to Hampden we ate our lunch and watched the first round of the games. It was then our turn to take part in the games. The games were very good and were a lot of fun but they still had a competitive side to them as well.”

“Once the games finished we went to the stadium for our tour of Hampden Park. The tour was very good and we got to go round all the main rooms and the museum which has the real Scottish cup.”

“It was a really good day overall! “

Jake Fraser-Lee (1S)

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Second Year Visit Culloden Battlefield

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On Friday the 10th of May, all of second year visited Culloden Battlefield as part of our 18th Century Scottish History topic. We looked around the galleries, walked around the battlefield and learned about the items the people in that day would have used. Everybody enjoyed the trip.

When we arrived we were split into groups. One group would look around in the galleries, one group would look around the battlefield and the other group would stay in the classroom and learn about what the soldiers would have.

In the galleries we read all about the build up to the battle, and we visited the theatre to watch the battle commence. It felt as though we were in the middle of the battlefield as there are four screens all around you. It was a great experience.

When we walked around the battlefield we were shown the Leanach Cottage. After looking at it we travelled around the battlefield looking at the graves where all the soldiers were buried. It was strange as the graves were very big and could hold about 50 people.

When we were in the classroom, we learnt about the items that the soldiers would use. We saw a variety of different items, such as a pistol and a musket ball. We saw buckles for the soldier’s belts and shoes. We also saw some flint which would have been used to light fires. This part of our tour was really interesting as it was weird to think that the items we seen could have been used in the battle.

Overall we had a great time visiting Culloden Battlefield. It was a good trip and we all enjoyed it.

Jack Gall (2T) & Thomas Koetsier (2S2)

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RMPS raising funds for Mary’s Meals

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Simple-IdeaCharleston Academy pupils have raised over £800 for Scottish Charity Mary’s Meals. This sum was raised after pupils from S1 to S4 watched a DVD about the work of Mary’s Meals and were motivated to donate change to the charity in class. Mrs McConnachie and Mrs Mackenzie were overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils who made the donations during class time.

Read some quotes from the class on the RMPS Blog about the impact the film had on them and what motivated them to donate. Find out more about the work of this important Scottish Charity HERE.

The total sum raised came to £875.

This provides 14,690 children one nourishing daily meal or 1,469 children a daily meal for a year.

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Some S1 pupils pose with the “Thank You” received from Mary’s Meals after the school raised £875 for the charity. Thanks again to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

Mrs Agnes McConnachie, Principal Teacher of RMPS

Big Green Challengers on top form

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Charleston Academy debating club has taken part in the Big Green Challenge for the past three years and in each and every year the school team has made it to the Scottish finals. Two years Charleston Academy won the national competition and the pupils won a trip to Spain to learn more about renewable energy.

It’s great that our success continues. The 2013 Big Green Challenge Team of Kieran Watts (2K2), Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2K2) and Morvern Carmichael (1S2) headed to Highlands and Islands Enterprise HQ in Forres to take part in their heat. The team were on top form beating off a strong challenge from Lossiemouth High School.

As a result they will now go on to the Finals in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on Friday 7th June. Well done!

Find out more about the Big Green Challenge HERE.

More Shinty Results for Charleston

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Charleston’s U14 Shinty team recently took part in the six-a-side tournament for the Robertson Cup at Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit.

We got off on a slow start as we faced our two hardest opponents, Lochaber and Kingussie, with narrow defeats. We made our comeback against Glen B with a 7-1 victory and went on to beat Glen A and Dingwall. We were beaten in our last game against Skye.

Goal of the day goes to Robbie Brindle 2S2, Lee Dunbar crossed the ball in perfectly and Robbie finished it off with a volley right into the back of the net, an awe inspiriting strike.

With thanks to the players, Ian Rankin (2T), Craig Rankin (2S2), Robbie Brindle (2S2), Darren Douglas (2L1), Lee Dunbar (2L1), John Williamson (2L1), Daniel Lamont (2K2) and Liam Eaton (3T1) as we came third overall.

Liam Eaton (3T1)

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