Shinty – The MacPherson Cup

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On Thursday 23 May, the Charleston U14s entered a 12-a-side squad in the shinty tournament for the MacPherson Cup down in Fort William.

It was a good day, a bit chilly but the sun was out. We got off to a slow start drawing with Portree 0-0 and Loch Gilphead 1-1. We then got into the swing of things and went on to beat Dingwall 3-0. We found our hardest opponent – Lochaber – in the final game and, sadly, lost. However, it was a great day, lots of good shinty and at least we came third!

Liam Eaton (4T1)

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Baby Knitwear for Botswana

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Back in April when our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana visited us, they received new-born baby wear knitted by staff, pupils, parents, grandmothers and other members of the Charleston Academy community. Recently that knitwear was distributed to the Maternity Hospital in Palapye to the delight of expectant or new mothers. Thanks to everyone who contributed something.

StarQuest 2013

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Our own talent show, StarQuest, took place in the school hall on Thursday 20 June. Following demanding auditions 7 Acts were put forward to the final. Three professional judges provided constructive advice to each act in the first half, before a second performance in the second half.

In front of a packed hall, our music staff Mrs Fiona Stuart and Mr Scott Nairn, assisted by Mr Robert Seymour and Mr Tillman put on a stunning production which highlighted an extraordinary amount of talent from Charleston Academy pupils. Well done to all the acts, supporters, staff and helpers for making the evening so successful.

VideoNet Productions have produced a fantastic DVD of the StarQuest 2013 final which is available for a small charge directly from them. Please email them to request a copy.

Charleston Rugby Players Success in France

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On the 14th June four Charleston Academy pupils headed off on a Rugby trip to France. Aidan Kent (4S1), Alex Murray (4K1), Cameron Kent (2S1) and Angus McEwan (2K2) had all been selected to take part in Highland Rugby Club’s trip to La Baule, France, which is a town twinned with Inverness. Aidan Kent wrote of the trip,

“It was a long trip, which meant travelling through the night and two flights. Once we finally arrived, we were welcomed by the town mayor at a formal dinner. There was a presentation and they talked about hoping to visit Inverness in 2014. On Saturday 16 the rugby club split into 4 teams: U13s A and B and U15s A and B side. Each team played two games (La Baule and a mixed French team). The La Baule U15 side had some great players yet it was no match for Highlands A team as they beat them 20-5. At the end of the day both the U13s and U15s were awarded with a trophy for winning the tournament.

Each night we gathered in the town hall for a cultural meal and speeches from various men and women who had a big role in sports within La Baule. By the end of each night the French were wanting to learn more and more of our ceilidh dances and hear more of the unfamiliar sound of the bagpipes.”

The four boys were selected from a large number of players and needed to fundraise money to lower the cost of the trip. One successful fundraiser was a ‘sponsored touch game’ where each Highland squad played 2 hours of non-stop rugby. Once each team had played their 2 hours, the club had finally managed to keep the ball moving for 12 hours. This raised a total of £1800.

The four boys were excellent ambassadors for Charleston Academy, Highland Rugby Club and Scotland. Well done.

Aidan Kent, 4S1

 

Jolomo Competition

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jamesmackenzieLast March James MacKenzie (6K) was encouraged to enter a competition run by the Jolomo ( John Lowrie Morrison ) Foundation.

The work was to based on the theme of the Scottish Landscape.

James work is a painting looking down LochNess from Dores with a superimposed outline of Urquhart Castle.

James did not win the competition but has been offered the opportunity to exhibit his work in the Scottish Parliament in September.

Ms Marj Macleod, Principal Teacher of Art & Design

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James Mackenzie, 6K

 

Art & Design Exhibition at Eden Court

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S6 pupils from Charleston Academy are exhibiting their excellent work at Eden Court.

This year the Sixth Year Art and Design Pupils have put forward a selection of work from either their Portfolios or Higher Photography.

 The A1 Art work ranges from development sheets towards fashion Garments currently exhibited in Charleston Academy’s main foyer to Final Pieces of Portraiture.

 The exhibition runs until the 28th of June.

Dress by Neillidh Sutherland

Dress by Neillidh Sutherland

Scotland International Track and Field

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photoS3 pupil Alison Horne (4T2) has been selected to throw shot putt for the Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association. This competition will see Scottish schools competing against schools from England, Ireland, and Wales. The event takes place at Santry Stadium in Dublin on 20 July.

Alison was selected to represent Scotland on the back of her performance at the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships were she won a Silver medal in the U-17 girls Shot Putt. Alison is eligible for this age group again next year.

Alison threw 9.76m and the winner threw 9.82m. Alison is pictured with her medal and also her badge standard. Competitors only receive these if they reach a required standard in their event. This is normally set very high and not many competitors receive these. Best wishes to Alison for success in Dublin.

Mr Russell McFee, Principal Teacher of Physical Education

 

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

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