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Charleston Academy pupils Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S4), and Stuart Dingwall (5S1) recently returned from Portugal where they had been competing as part of the Scottish Team in the World Schools Orienteering Championships at Monte Gordo, near Fargo in Portugal.
This was a truly remarkable and significant achievement for Rowan, Callum and Stuart. The Championships are an important international event in the orienteering calendar. During the opening ceremony the boys took delight wearing their kilts to parade through the Villa-Real-de-Santa-Antonio Stadium under the watchful eye of the head of the International Sports Federation.
While there, the boys took part in quite a few events, including the Middle Distance Relay in temperatures over 35C, through wild gorse, cacti, and on sandy beaches.
By the end of the week long championships the Scottish Team won 2 medals and 5 individual medals.
The Scottish Team in Portugal
As part of the trip, the boys, along with the rest of the Scottish Team, took part in a number of cultural visits, including a trip to the historic village of Tavira. The championships ended with Friendship Races involving everyone in each of the 200 teams participating. The week long Championships ended with a fantastic closing ceremony at Castro Marim.
The boys have written up an excellent journal of their visit and participation in the events in Portugal. Click on the icon below to download the full version.
Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S2) and Stuart Dingwall (5S1)
On Friday 17 May the 12 S1 School of Football boys headed to Hampden, Scotland’s National Football Stadium, to play in matches with other School of Football squads from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. As well as playing football the boys also got a tour of the Hampden Park stadium.
“We all had to get up early. Once we got to school we got on our bus, it was really fancy and posh, with leather seats and TVs. We had a very long drive to Glasgow and we stopped at Perth on the way down and the way back.”
“Once we got down to Hampden we ate our lunch and watched the first round of the games. It was then our turn to take part in the games. The games were very good and were a lot of fun but they still had a competitive side to them as well.”
“Once the games finished we went to the stadium for our tour of Hampden Park. The tour was very good and we got to go round all the main rooms and the museum which has the real Scottish cup.”
“It was a really good day overall! “
Jake Fraser-Lee (1S)
On Friday the 10th of May, all of second year visited Culloden Battlefield as part of our 18th Century Scottish History topic. We looked around the galleries, walked around the battlefield and learned about the items the people in that day would have used. Everybody enjoyed the trip.
When we arrived we were split into groups. One group would look around in the galleries, one group would look around the battlefield and the other group would stay in the classroom and learn about what the soldiers would have.
In the galleries we read all about the build up to the battle, and we visited the theatre to watch the battle commence. It felt as though we were in the middle of the battlefield as there are four screens all around you. It was a great experience.
When we walked around the battlefield we were shown the Leanach Cottage. After looking at it we travelled around the battlefield looking at the graves where all the soldiers were buried. It was strange as the graves were very big and could hold about 50 people.
When we were in the classroom, we learnt about the items that the soldiers would use. We saw a variety of different items, such as a pistol and a musket ball. We saw buckles for the soldier’s belts and shoes. We also saw some flint which would have been used to light fires. This part of our tour was really interesting as it was weird to think that the items we seen could have been used in the battle.
Overall we had a great time visiting Culloden Battlefield. It was a good trip and we all enjoyed it.
Jack Gall (2T) & Thomas Koetsier (2S2)
Charleston Academy pupils have raised over £800 for Scottish Charity Mary’s Meals. This sum was raised after pupils from S1 to S4 watched a DVD about the work of Mary’s Meals and were motivated to donate change to the charity in class. Mrs McConnachie and Mrs Mackenzie were overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils who made the donations during class time.
The total sum raised came to £875.
This provides 14,690 children one nourishing daily meal or 1,469 children a daily meal for a year.
Mrs Agnes McConnachie, Principal Teacher of RMPS
Charleston Academy debating club has taken part in the Big Green Challenge for the past three years and in each and every year the school team has made it to the Scottish finals. Two years Charleston Academy won the national competition and the pupils won a trip to Spain to learn more about renewable energy.
It’s great that our success continues. The 2013 Big Green Challenge Team of Kieran Watts (2K2), Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2K2) and Morvern Carmichael (1S2) headed to Highlands and Islands Enterprise HQ in Forres to take part in their heat. The team were on top form beating off a strong challenge from Lossiemouth High School.
As a result they will now go on to the Finals in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on Friday 7th June. Well done!
Charleston’s U14 Shinty team recently took part in the six-a-side tournament for the Robertson Cup at Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit.
We got off on a slow start as we faced our two hardest opponents, Lochaber and Kingussie, with narrow defeats. We made our comeback against Glen B with a 7-1 victory and went on to beat Glen A and Dingwall. We were beaten in our last game against Skye.
Goal of the day goes to Robbie Brindle 2S2, Lee Dunbar crossed the ball in perfectly and Robbie finished it off with a volley right into the back of the net, an awe inspiriting strike.
With thanks to the players, Ian Rankin (2T), Craig Rankin (2S2), Robbie Brindle (2S2), Darren Douglas (2L1), Lee Dunbar (2L1), John Williamson (2L1), Daniel Lamont (2K2) and Liam Eaton (3T1) as we came third overall.
Liam Eaton (3T1)
Pupils from S3, S4, S5 & S6 visited Eden court on Wednesday 1st May to see the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car). This is the latest car produced by the makers of the previous land speed record car, Thrust SSC. In a joint project with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the cars manufacturers, the Bloodhound team have been touring the country to raise awareness of the car and to promote engineering to young people.
In total 48 pupils went to see the presentation and learn how the car works, what’s been involved in the design and how they are testing this phenomenal machine. The pupils watched a short video explaining the heritage of the land speed record and the battle between engineers in the UK and our counterparts in the USA. They told about the various technologies involved in designing, building and testing as well as the various roles engineers play in the project. Pupils had the opportunity to see a full size body shell for the car and handle some of the equipment to be used to control and power the Bloodhound which is hoped to attain a speed of over 1000mph in 2015.
The whole event was very informative and pupils said they really enjoyed the experience some showing a real enthusiasm for the project and engineering in general.
Mr Jonathan Richards, Technologies Department
Congratulations to S2 pupil, Ashley Todd. Along with his younger brother, Ashley (already 6ft 2in tall) has been selected to play basketball for the Scottish national squad. Ashley competed with 170 other young hopefulls at a selection event in Edinburgh where they were put through their paces by coaches testing their skills in areas such as passing, shooting, defence and lay-ups. Ashley has been selected for the under-14 team and already plays for the Highland Bears. Ashley wants to make a professional career from basketball, practicing rigorously every week. Well done.
Mar sin leat, Morven!
S1 Gaelic said ‘mar sin leat’ to Morven MacDonald, the S6 Study Buddy who helped and supported them throughout the year. Morven achieved an A in Higher Gaelic last year and thought it would benefit her personally to assist in their classes each lesson this year. It was a privilege for the young pupils to see how another pupil, who also came to Charleston Academy without any Gaelic, can progress to gain a qualification in the language at such a high level. Morven was an exceptional role model for all. Today, we had a party with chocolate, songs, laughter and tears. In her speech, Morven spoke about how she appreciated the opportunity to get to know younger pupils in the school and how much she enjoyed seeing them make progress.
We wish Morven the very best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her life, studying History at Glasgow University.
Mar sin leat, Morven!
An-diugh, thuirt a’ chiad bhliadhna ‘mar sin leat’ ri Morven NicDhòmhnaill, sgoilear air clas a sia a thug cuideachadh agus taic dhaibh rè na bliadhna. Shoirbhich le Morven aig Àrd-ìre an-uiridh agus shaoil i gum biodh e math dhi gu pearsanta a bhith a-staigh gach leasan am-bliadhna le clas Gàidhlig òg agus a bhith gan cuideachadh. ‘S e urram a bha ann do na sgoilearan òga a bhith a’ faicinn mar as urrainn do sgoilear eile, a thàinig gu Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich às aonais facal Gàidhlig mar a rinn iad fhèin, teisteanas mhath fhaighinn anns a’ chànan aig ìre àrd. An-diugh, bha pàrtaidh againn dhi le seòclaid, òrain, gàire agus deòir. Anns an òraid aice, bhruidhinn Morven air cho math ’s a bha e eòlas fhaighinn air sgoilearan ceann shìos na sgoile agus air cho math ’s a chòrd e rithe a bhith a’ faicinn gach neach a’ dèanamh adhartais.
Tha sinn a’ guidhe gach soirbheachas do Mhorven is i gu bhith a’ dèanamh Eachdraidh ann an Oilthigh Ghlaschu an ceann beagan mhìosan.
Mar sin leat, Morven!