Scottish School Climbing Finals

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On Saturday 9th March 2013, 10 pupils from the Charleston Academy Climbing Club travelled to Glasgow climbing centre to compete, support and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition finals.P3090077

Five pupils had qualified from the 1st round held in mid-December and were invited to take part in the finals.  Around 50 pupils from schools all over Scotland attended the event, competing in 12 categories.

Scott Janssens (5K) and Anthony Keyes  (5S1) competed in the Boys Youth A Bottom Rope category and climbed solidly in the heats with little between them and their competitors.  The final route was particularly tough but Anthony pulled off a hard move to place 3rd overall.  Scott climbed well all day and was unlucky not to gain a medal.

Ronan Hennessy (2S1) had gained full points from the qualifiers and showed promise to do well in boys youth C bottom rope group.  After 2 routes Ronan and 2 others were tied for 1st place but an unlucky move on the final route threw Ronan off the wall leaving him in 3rd place overall.  Ronan climbed very well all day was an excellent competitor.

In the girls groups, Sophie Baker (4T1) climbed with grit and determination during the first 2 routes and gained 172 out of a possible 200 points.  The final route was tough but Sophie climbed well on a few hard moves to ensure she placed 1st in the girls youth B bottom rope category.

Angela Zawitaj (5K) was competing in the girls youth A bottom rope group and was level on points after the first 2 routes.  One move separated the girls on the final route and Angela accepted 2nd place from a very close contest.

All the pupils who came on the trip were ambassadors for the school and were a credit to themselves and the school.

Mr Jonathan Richards, Technical Teacher and Climbing Club Leader

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S1 Football

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Our S1 Boys Football Team travelled to Nairn on Wednesday for their next match to take on Nairn Academy. The weather conditions added to an already tough match as we experienced snow, rain and sunshine.

A slow start from Charleston allowed Nairn to go ahead 1-0 very early on in the match, however Charleston found their game and soon levelled it at 1-1. The first half finished with Nairn leading 3-2. Nairn scored again at the start of the second half to lead 4-2, however with a much stronger start from Charleston and all throughout the second half they managed to secure two goals in the last 10 minutes to win the match 5-4.

Charleston Academy 5 – 4 Nairn Academy

It was a great effort from Charleston and all boys played really well – well done!

Goal scorers: Aiden Mackenzie, Jamie Penwright, Aaron Fraser – 3

Man of the Match – Lewis Jamieson.

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant & Football Coach

Our S1 Football Team

Our S1 Football Team

Rugby Festival

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Our S1/S2 Rugby Team had an fantastic (but freezing!) afternoon on Friday. Around 250 boys and girls attended a rugby festival at the canal pitches hosted by the Scottish Rugby Union. Games were coached with an emphasis on learning through the flow of the game itself. Coaching sessions were run by coaches from allover the Highlands and included the advice and coaching from Colin Baillie OBE.   National Age-group coach, Colin Sangster also led sessions.

While our boys played their opening match, staff went to receive the very latest CPD on offer from the SRU.  It was great excitement on the return to the field to discover Charleston had posted their first win of the afternoon!  One more victory was to follow with two defeats, plenty of bumps and bruises and loads of stories to share.

Hospitality was given in the clubhouse afterwards – a very welcome hot cup of soup and sandwiches which helped us warm up!  The boys worked hard all afternoon – they respected the referees and other players, always demonstrating good manners.  Captain, Cameron Kent led by example guiding his team-mates who were more than ready to rise to the challenge.

All in all, a fabulous afternoon of rugby.  I’m sure the boys will be keen to get their next fixture soon!

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Teacher

 

Bain Linguistique!

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Bain Linguistique !

Le mercredi 6 mars, la veille de leur examen oral, nos élèves de français au niveau Higher et Advanced Higher se sont joints aux étudiants du lycée de Millburn. Toute la matinée, ils n’avaient d’autre choix que de parler français par le biais d’activités diverses. Malgré cela, ils étaient tout sourire sur le chemin du retour ou bien était-ce le soulagement de pouvoir à nouveau parler anglais?

On Wednesday 6th March, the day before their oral exam, our Higher and Advanced Higher French pupils joined others from Millburn Academy. They had no choice but to speak only in French whilst doing various activities all morning. Despite this, it was all smiles on the bus home or was it the relief to speak English again?

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Teacher

 

New Craigs Art Exhibition

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Last year staff from New Craigs Hospital contacted the Art and Design Department at Charleston requesting senior Art work that could be used for exhibition purposes. This was primarily to enhance the look of the main entrance and corridor to New Craigs, but also to raise pupils awareness of the work of the Hospital and to try and breakdown the stigma that Mental Health carries with it.

It was agreed that the request should be extended to all the Inverness Secondary Schools, and each Art and Design Department submitted Art work from current and former pupils.

Threeof our current S6 Art and Design pupils, Lucy Cormack, Zamira Rooks and Neillidh Sutherland completed paintings as part of their summer project. The Artwork was framed and hung, and over the past number of months staff, patients and visitors at New Craigs have been invited to vote for their favourite.

At last night’s prize giving Lucy Cormack’s portrait of “a Girl in Summer” was announced as the most popular. Lucy was awarded prize money of £100. Erin Kelly from Inverness Royal Academy was awarded a second prize by the Framer. Every pupil was presented with an A1 portfolio case for their Art work.

The display of Art work has been so popular that it is now hoped to run the Exhibition as an annual event. Not only has the work brightened up the entrance to the hospital but it also a great opportunity for local Art and Design students to be able to showcase their talent.

Well done to all three pupils from Charleston for participating.

Ms Marj MacLeod, Principal Teacher of Art & Design

Lead 2014 Conference

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Charleston 2014 teamOn Tuesday 5th March 2013 six pupils attended the Lead 2014 conference led by students from University of Highlands and Islands.

The aim of the programme was to train them as a volunteer workforce to raise the profile of sport, physical activity and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games across the country. The aim of the Conferences is to up skill young leaders in order that they can deliver Lead 2014 festivals back in their own communities.

The pupils who attended are Calum White, Beth Macdonald, Pollyanna Grey, Aiden Kent, Azhar Khan and Rachel McIness.

The team will now work together on events in both Charleston Academy and the feeder primaries. Their first venture is the Sport Your Trainers day on Monday 11th March. The team is asking all staff and pupils to wear their trainers to school on that day. They have other plans which pupils will find about through the daily notices.

Mrs Jennifer Herbert, Active Schools Coordinator

S3 Physics Pupils organise Music Festival!

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S3 Physics pupils spent the day working with STEM Ambassadors in our community building. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths representatives worked with the Institute of Physics to deliver a programme called Ashfield Music Festival. Pupils had to focus on the technical aspects of organising a music festival, considering the lighting, sound, and audio-visual requirements. They had to budget for the equipment they required, consider the amount of cabling and pyrotechnics they might use and work out ticket costs in order to make a profit.

Pupils worked in groups along with a STEM ambassador, planning and developing their arrangements. In the afternoon pupils presented their proposals to the STEM judges using PowerPoint, posters, and good persuasion. Pupils were judged on the technical innovations, health and safety, and profitability. The wining group of girls each won a music voucher.

This was a really successful day and the first time the package for the Ashfield Music Festival has been delivered in Highland. In future we plan to expand the day to involve S3 pupils from other subjects and make the day more inter-disciplinary and cross-curricular.

Mr Michael Sharkey, PT Physics

Exploring Careers in Health

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A group of S4 pupils attended Raigmore for a day to raise awareness of the wide variety of career options available in Healthcare. A total of 13 workshops were available and they were interactive, practical and gave the students the chance to meet with health professionals.

 “a good experience, glad I came, well worth it”
Harry
 
 “enjoyable and answered a lot of questions”
Hannah
 
 “enjoyable and answered a lot of questions”
Catriona
 
 “practical work was good, made me want to investigate more”
Alice
 
 “beneficial to investigate careers in health”
Georgia
 
 “useful for information in courses in healthcare.”
Ariane

 

Bridge to Employment

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Our Bridge to Employment pupils attended their Graduation Ceremony at Millburn Academy on Tuesday 26th February. The pupils had completed posters ahead of the event which were judged on the evening. Parents and friends attended, a superb buffet was served by Artysans Cafe, and the evening was hosted by Lifescan, key partners for the Bridge to Employment programme.

 

North of Scotland Schools Cross Country Championships – Gordonstoun

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A team of thirty three pupils from Charleston Academy travelled to Gordonstoun for the annual North of Scotland Schools Cross Country Championships. Over 400 pupils from the North took part in the event, which was held in cool but bright conditions.

Charleston had pupils competing in all 6 competitions. First to run was the ‘D’ girls competition, which included our first year. The team was made up of Helena Waye, Anna Louise Mackenzie, Danielle Ross, Olivia Cairns, Jemima Morris and Samantha Cochrane. All girls put in a superb effort!

In the ‘D’ boys competition (first year), Jake Fraser-Lee, Calum Mead, Cameron Kent, Lewis MacGillivray, Aaron Fraser, Tom Kinghorn and Josh Malcolm all put in a fantastic effort with Aaron Fraser finishing first out of the team and coming an overall 12th position. With all players finishing very early on the team secured second place overall.

Ally Velzian, in the ‘C’ boys event put in a fantastic effort and managed to secure 4th place overall. The rest of the ‘C’ boys, Rowan White, Finlay Forsyth, Lewis Hilditch, Criag and Ian Rankin all put in great performances.

The ‘C’ girls, Chloe Jaffrey, Amy Riddle, Sophie Fraser also put in good performances and they will have another few years in this age group.

Callum White, Alex Byham, Andrew Johnstone, Paddy McEwen and Ally Stark who made up the ‘B’ boys team all performed exceptionally and finished 3rd place overall. With a number of these boys still being in 3rd year and competing against 5th and 6th year pupils this was a great performance.

Lastly, the ‘B’ girls who consisted of Tamara MacDougall, Lucy Forsyth, Rebecca Morris, Melissa Fife, Annie Mackenzie and Jenna Bisset all ran well and finished in 4th position.

All the runners put in a great effort and were a credit to the school. Well done everyone!

Mr Allan McKay (Pupil Support Assistant)