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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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.

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

Home Economics serve up Pizza & Cakes

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Our Home Economics department is renowned as a centre of excellence for top class cooking and hospitality courses. Achieving that accolade has been helped enormously by our on-going partnership with the world renowned master of French cooking, Albert Roux OBE.

However, the talents of our Hospitality pupils and their teachers go much further. Pupils have recently successfully completed their SQA Cake Production Course. SQA moderated the course and described the work of our pupils as exemplary.

Also of note, the department recently worked with Pizza Express in Inverness where pupils learned how to provide service and quality pizza in a busy city centre establishment. We know that Mr Roux is enormously proud of the success of our pupils across all aspects of the hospitality industry, both locally and further afield.

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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

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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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