“Our Best Ever Fashion Show” raises £2000 for Botswana

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“Our best ever fashion show” was held on Wednesday 27th March to raise funds for our Connecting Classrooms Global Exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School. Well done to Mrs Val Macrae who led a dedicated team of staff to pull the whole thing together. We raised over £2000 for our Connecting Classrooms partnership.

Click ‘Continue Reading’ to see Gangnam Style performance by staff at the fashion show.

Media Coverage: Lotsane Senior Secondary School Visit

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The media in both Scotland and Botswana is taking an avid interest in the visit to Charleston Academy by our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School.

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Botswana Press coverage

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CLICK HERE for the online version of the Inverness Courier article.

S1 & S2 Dodgeball League

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Congratulations to Balls of Fury who won the S1/2 dodgeball league. Balls of Fury, a team made up of S2 boys (Liam Burnside, Ewan MacRae, Enrique Juste, Seif Mohammed, Fergus McIntyre, Liam MacLeod, Louis Sutherland, Liam Young and Fraser McIntosh) beat of stiff competition from Dodge the Balls, The Sideburns, Balls of Fire and Sammy Steele to win the 18 game league by one point. Well done to all participants!

 

Dodgeball results

Mr Ryan Mackintosh, PE Teacher and Dodgeball Coach

Senior Football Result

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Goals from Ronan Cousins, Stefan McRitchie and a late winner from Ross Harrison was enough to see Charleston edge a thrilling league match against current league leaders Ullapool High School.

Charleston Academy 3 : 2 Ullapool High School

Charleston took a deserved lead with a cross come shot by Ronan Cousins half way through the first half. However, they were pegged back when Ullapool scored a goal right on the stroke of half time to level the match at 1-1. Into the second half, Charleston withstood a lot of pressure and scored against the run of play with Stefan McRitchie chipping the goalkeeper to make it 2-1. However, Charleston again were to be pegged back with Ullapool scoring in the last ten minutes to draw level at 2-2. With the game looking like it was to end in a draw, Ross Harrison kept his cool in a crowded penalty area to strike and score a late winner in injury time which earned Charleston the three points. The win was no less than what Charleston deserved who played excellent from the first whistle to the last.

Ronan Cousins (1)

Stefan McRitchie (1)

Ross Harrison (1)

Man of the Match: Ross MacInnes

Mr Ryan Mackintosh, PE Teacher and Senior Football Coach

Highland Young Engineers

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Sixth Years and science prefects Michaela Kent, George Ashton and Erin Moss represented Charleston Academy at the Highlands Young Engineers and Science Clubs Celebrations held at Eden Court last week.

The event was an opportunity to take part in industry challenges, showcase science club activities and compete in an Eco-Ferry challenge. The three sixth years had a great day and gained a wonderful insight into the work of industry in some innovative areas.

Science Club relies heavily on the support of the science prefects and it was fitting on the day that they received a special mention at the prize giving ceremony.

Mrs Pam Hamilton, Science Technician and Science Club Coordinator

S1 7-aside Football

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photo (1)On Wednesday 20th March Charleston Academy’s first year football team took part in the SFA Cashback 7-a-side football tournament. The competition was run at Charleston Academy with Portree High School and Dingwall Academy also taking part. With only four teams entered (Charleston, Dingwall ‘A’, Dingwall ‘B’ and Portree) we ran a round robin tournament and the winners would qualify to take part in the National finals.

Charleston had their hardest match first as they took on Dingwall ‘A’. They put in a good performance and demonstrated some fantastic football, however Dingwall proved to be slightly stronger and won the match 3-2.

In the second match, Charleston took on Dingwall ‘B’ which was a very close match and both teams played excellent football. Charleston went 1-0 up and looked to be the team in control. Dingwall did not give up easily and kept the pressure on throughout the whole match and managed to finish the match securing a 1-1 draw.

Lastly, Charleston took on Portree in what was the match of the tournament. It was a very close game throughout and both teams gave it one hundred present. Charleston managed to secure a win 5-4.

A great effort from the boys – well done to the whole team!

Charleston take on Invergordon Academy in their next league game on  Wednesday 27th March.

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach

Under 14 Badminton Tournament

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FOT5E8D1On Wednesday 13th of March, the U14 Charleston Academy Badminton Team entered the Inverness-shire badminton league which was held in Nairn Academy.  Charleston was in a pool with the hosts Nairn Academy and Millburn Academy “A” team.  At the end of the round robin there was a three way tie between all the teams.  To decide what position each team finished in the pool there was a play off mixed doubles match.  Charleston won one and lost the other which left us 2nd in the pool.  In the next stage of the tournament we faced Dingwall Academy in the 3rd/4th play-off.  Unfortunately, after a hard fought match we lost 3-2 finishing in 4th place.  Well done to all who played outstanding and I hope you enjoyed your first taste of competitive badminton.

Duncan Grant

Driving Ambitions

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On Wednesday 13th March all S6 and some S5 pupils attended a series of workshops aimed at raising awareness of road safety.  The workshops included input from Advanced Driving Instructors, Red Cross, Fire Service, Northern Constabulary, Highland Council Road Safety team as well as a mechanic.  The pupils were given information about causes and outcomes of accidents, what to do if they come across an accident and what types of injury can occur in an accident.  As well as this there was also information about how to improve their driving skills through the Pass plus Scheme, legal issues and how to maintain their vehicle.

Pupils found the sessions very interesting and several have said they will be more aware and cautious as a driver.  The feedback from those running the workshops was very positive and they praised the pupils for their behaviour and interactions during the sessions.

Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector & S6 Year Head

Euroscola

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Two weeks ago, I took part in a programme for young language students all over Scotland called ‘Euroscola’.  Funded by my local rotary club, the programme allows for a group of students studying Advanced Higher languages to represent their country at the European parliament in Strasbourg.

The trip required us to try and speak in French as much as possible, whilst also introducing us to the city of Strasbourg and Alsatian culture. For example, one day we were asked to do surveys on the streets of Strasbourg, which was especially difficult due to the unique Alsatian dialect spoken in the city. Among visiting the stunning Cathedral and canal in the heart of the city, we were also given ample opportunities to shop and feast on local delicacies, such as the tarte flambée, ‘ce n’était pas mon expérience préférée du voyage !’

However the highlight of the trip was the day we spent at the European Parliament. With 25 of the 27 EU member states represented, sitting in the hemisphere was absolutely breath-taking. The morning allowed each nation to introduce themselves before opening the floor up to a question and answer session.

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After lunch, we broke off into smaller committee like groups with each nation being represented. Each group had to discuss a different European issue such as ‘Immigration and Integration’, ‘Environmental Policy’ or ‘The Media’. My topic was ‘2013, the year of the European Citizen’. Although I initially found it to be a rather vast topic, the group discussed current issues such as Gay Marriage, Drug Legalisation and the role of Religion and Languages. These ideas were then brought to the floor of the hemisphere and discussed by all 600 representatives, much like they would be with real MEPs and genuine bills.  The experience was quite surreal, but I was able to bring myself to debate the various ideas being exchanged in the Hemisphere. An accomplishment I am very much proud of.

Overall, my trip to Strasbourg and the European Parliament was the best opportunity I’ve ever had to experience another culture and discuss politics on a continental level. It has greatly aided my spoken French, whilst also reinforced my original love of languages, which I will be studying at Edinburgh University as of September this year. ‘J’aurais voulu rester plus longtemps et c’était une expérience que je n’oublierai jamais !’

Lewis Robertson, Advanced Higher French pupil & Torridon House Captain

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Cineschool: French Class Visit Eden Court

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LazharOn Wednesday 13th March, the Higher French class went to Eden Court to watch the French Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar.

At a Montréal primary school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who has committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

This absorbing film, set in Montreal, ties together two tragedies and by such a linkage shows our capacity for human understanding and emotional empathy. While that may sound excessively depressing to some, there is hope in this film as the characters, both young and old, try to move on with their lives and cope as best they can.

Avis des élèves :

« J’ai vraiment apprécié le film. Je le recommande fortement à d’autres. » Amber

« C’était une histoire intéressante. Il y avait quelques surprises. » Laura

« Le film était très émouvant. » Alex & Charlotte

« Le film fait réfléchir et ça m’a beaucoup plu. » Cecilia

« J’ai trouvé ce film assez émouvant. » Lucas

Monsieur Lazhar – official trailer – YouTube

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, French Teacher