Activities Days 2013 – updated

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Excellent weather, well-behaved pupils, superb staff organisation, and great fun by all sums up our two days of Activities last week. A huge variety of activities were on offer this year. Special thanks to Mrs Aileen Thomson and Mr Jonathan Richards and the rest of the team for putting in so much hard work over the last few months to get all of the arrangements in place. More photos to follow.


Landmark 2013

Photos Courtesy Mrs Mairi Sutherland


Theatre & Stage Make Up 2013

Photos Courtesy Mrs Fiona Stuart


Fishing Trip

Fishing is always a really popular activity. Well done to Harry Barker (3T1) who caught the biggest fish over the two days (5lbs). The excellent weather and bright sunshine made fishing difficult on the Friday. However that didn’t stop Jessica Nelson (2L1) putting all of the boys to shame! Jessica caught 9 trout on her first ever attempt at fishing. Well done Jessica.

Photos Courtesy of Mr Duncan Dyker

Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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On Friday 7 June, eight CHAOS (CHarleston Academy Orienteering Squad) members travelled to Hopetoun House near Edinburgh to compete in the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships.

The courses were fast paced and the competition strong, but team spirit was high. In orienteering there are no ‘personal bests’ as terrain and courses are variable from competition to competition, but if there was such a thing then I’m sure that each one of the pupils would have come away with a new PB.

Charleston Academy 3rd place in Overall School Results

SONY DSCAll 8 pupils made the qualifying times to count for the overall school results, in which Charleston came third. I would go as far as to say that this fantastic result is not only due to individually doing well on the day, but also due to the feel good factor of a team that is so encouraging and supportive towards each other. Well done to Stuart Dingwall (S5), Callum White (S4), Hannah Farman (S4), Rowan White (S2), Kieran Watts (S2), Daniel Lamont(S2), Kate Farman (S2), Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr (S2).

Charleston Academy 2nd place in Team Results for S2 Boys

We had only one team this year and boy did they do well! The S2 boys who came third last year leapt up to 2nd place this year. Across the three counting runners they placed only ten minutes behind first place but were nearly an hour ahead of third place! Well done boys – Rowan White, Kieran Watts and Daniel Lamont.

Charleston Academy 1st and 3rd in Individual Results

Congratulations to Rowan White who came 1st in S2 Boys and to Hannah Farman who came 3rd in S4 Girls!

Local training and competition will continue with the next big races being the British Schools Championships in November this year.

Mrs Meike White, Parent Helper and CHAOS Coach

Wild Things at Charleston Academy

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Curriculum for Excellence in Action

This week our S2 students took part in taster sessions provide by the local outdoor learning charity Wild Things. The main purpose of the session was to take learning outside the classroom and work on the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence: Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

The session, which took place in Dunain Community Forest, was a resounding success as students learned about local plants and wildlife whilst developing basic bush craft skills such as: wild foods, shelter building and how to start a safe camp fire.

The feedback from the students was incredibly positive. Our work with Wild Things will hopefully become an integral part of the curriculum at Charleston Academy.

Mr Richard Smith, Support for Learning Department

Wildthings

Big Green Challenge 2013 Winners

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BGC Winners 2013Congratulations to Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2L2), and Morven Carmichael (1S2) who have won the Big Green Challenge renewable energy debate at the Scottish Parliament. A fantastic achievement for the girls and Charleston Debating Club as this is now the second time in three years that we have won this very prestigious event. Unfortunately team mate Kieran Watts (2K2) was unable to make the trip to Edinburgh.

Read more HERE.

Science Transition Roadshow

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Primary 7 pupils had a wonderful opportunity to explore some fascinating science last week. All of our Science teachers accompanied our enthusiastic Science Technician, Mrs Pam Hamilton, on visits to each of our Associated Primary Schools.

Primary 7 pupils, who will be coming up to the Academy in August, were treated to some weird and wacky experiments for a whole morning or afternoon. The focus was on skills of enquiry and pupils were encouraged to ask questions while taking part in an exciting range of experiments.

The programme is a new addition to our transition arrangements for Primary 7 pupils. Staff from our English department and our Maths department also visit primary schools to focus on Literacy, Numeracy and jotter work skills.

Primary 7 pupils visit Charleston Academy on 17 and 18 June when they will follow a sample timetable. Before that, our Guidance staff will be visiting all Primary 7 classes next week. Additionally, there is an information evening for parents of all Primary 7 pupils in our school hall at 7pm on Monday 17 June. Invitation letters have recently been sent out via our associated schools.

Find out more about our Transition arrangements HERE.

Albert Roux Kitchen

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UnknownOur ambitious plans to see a fully equipped, industry standard training and hospitality kitchen took a massive step forward recently. The City of Inverness Committee approved an award of £40,000 towards our over all costs.

BBC_SCOTLAND_CMYKTogether with contributions from Highland Council and our own fund raising it’s now hoped work on the kitchen project can be competed during session 2013-14. The news has drawn widespread media attention.

Read about our partnership with Albert Roux HERE or search for “Albert Roux” in the box above.

 

 

Rural Skills Visit to Dingwall Mart

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On Thursday 30 May the S4 Rural Skills class took part in a visit to an event organised by the National Sheep Association at Dingwall Mart.

The main aim of the day was for the pupils to collect information for the Rural Skills unit of work called “Land based Industries.”  The class were given a guided tour by Stephen Mackintosh, a local sheep farmer.

Stephen showed the class a wide variety of sheep breeds and explained about the work involved in caring for a flock of sheep. The pupils also enjoyed looking at the displays of agricultural machinery (especially the quad bikes!) and watching a display of sheep shearing and a sheep dog trial.

Thanks to Maggie Wormald of the Royal Highland Educational Trust for inviting the class to attend this event.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher

First National Scottish Spelling Bee Competition

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Spelling Bee

Claire and Danielle outside the Scottish Parliament

Claire Macleod (1L1) represented Charleston Academy at the National Spelling Bee competition held at the Scottish Parliament on Friday. She achieved the highest score of all the first years taking part. She was very dedicated and practised every lunch time the week leading up to the event. Danielle Ross (1K1) came second and was invited as official supporter. Her enthusiasm was very much appreciated by all.

Thirty seven S1 pupils from twenty schools in thirteen authorities were invited to compete in the final. They were asked to learn two hundred words in French, German or Spanish. They had to be able to translate the words from English and spell them using the alphabet of the target language. They had to spell as many words as possible in one minute.

After a guided tour of the Parliament, pupils were ushered into a rather grand committee room for the semi-finals. The contestants were facing the audience and the words were displayed on large screens behind them. The atmosphere was electric and there was a lot of encouragement from the supporters.

In the first round, four were chosen to go through to the final. Claire was unlucky, just missing fourth place. All was not lost for the Highlands though. Glen Urquhart High School was the overall winner in the French section and took the trophy in the final.

The event was supported by the European Commission and organised by the University of Strathclyde and SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages). The MSP Maureen Watt sponsored it.

The event was so successful; the organisers are very keen to see it grow.

Well done to Claire and Danielle who were a tribute to the school.

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Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

 

Sports Day Athletics Finals

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Our annual Sports Day took place on Friday 24th May. Great weather, a competitive yet supportive spirit made it an enjoyable afternoon for all staff and pupils who were either competing or watching during suspended timetable.

Full details, all of the results, and great pictures are now on the Athletics Page in the Wider Curriculum section. Well done everybody.

House Champions

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Congratulations to Shiel House who won the House Championship for the second year in a row. Next session a much greater variety of ways to achieve House Points will be included. Pictured below are current House Captains for Shiel, Michaela Kent and Alex Thorne who posed for photos on their last official day of school today when they were in to sit their Advanced Higher Chemistry exam. With them are our new Shiel House Captains, Anthony Keyes and Natalie Kent who were sitting Higher Chemistry along with PT Guidance for Shiel, Mrs Telford.

House Champions

Shiel House: Anthony Keyes, Michaela Kent, Mrs Telford, Alex Thorne, Natalie Kent