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Music pupils from S3 to S6 recently attended the Inverness Music Festival. Charleston Academy pupils took part in the Popular Song contest. All of our pupils gave outstanding performances. Well done to Morven MacDonald (6K) who was the overall winner in this class.
Charleston 7 – 5 Kingussie
Charleston under 13 football team travelled to Kingussie yesterday (Tuesday 23rd April) to play their first match in the Highland Schools Cup.
A strong start from Charleston allowed them to take an early lead, however Kingussie played some excellent football and were always in for a chance of taking a lead.
Going into the second half Charleston were leading 3-2 and managed to extend their lead with an early goal from Josh MacDonald. The second half continued the same as the first with both teams showing some fantastic football and any of them being able to secure a win at the end. On this occasion Charleston managed to win the match 7-5.
Charleston now take on Invergordon in the next round.
Goal Scorers: Lewis Jamieson (3), Josh MacDonald, Jamie Penwright, Aiden Mackenzie, Ian Mackenzie
Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach
I have been lucky enough to be selected for the UNIQ Oxford Summer School and Sutton Trust US Programme.
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in studying in the US. The cost however has always been a problem; fees being around £18,000 a term. So when I heard about the Sutton Trust Programme it seemed perfect. The programme is fully funded by the Fulbright Commission. It provides valuable help in the US university application process and as part of the programme I will attend a week long summer school at Yale University.
The original process was grueling and extremely competitive as 1300 people applied. The application took me days to complete; the hardest part being the 6, 250 word essays. This application was the influencing factor in their decisions of the final 200 participants, who would continue to the next stage.
Stage Two involved a 3 day residential at the LSE. During this time I had to take a mock ACT test (3 and a half hours long) and take part in a 30 minute interview with US Admissions specialist, Marva Hall.
All of this coupled with Mrs Ritson’s reference were taken into account when the Sutton Trust chose their final 150 applicants. It’s with these people that I will travel to America with in August.
While studying in the US would be my number one choice, when visiting Oxford for an open day I fell in love with the place. So when Mrs Ritson told me about the UNIQ Summer School I jumped at the chance. Again, it was an application which was the deciding factor. This time the main part, a 2000 character, personal statement. Once again, the process was very competitive, the top 850 out of 4400 applicants gaining places, 40 out of which were in Law which I will be taking part in.
As part of this programme, I will spend a week at Oxford University, staying at a college, attending lectures and tutorials and taking part in moots (basically experiencing what undergraduate life at Oxford would be like.)
I am sure both will be very valuable and hopefully help me reach my goal of studying either Political Science or Economics at undergraduate level and Law at postgraduate in America with the view of moving into Actuarial Studies at some point.
Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2)
Over half of our S4 pupils received formal Awards at the S4 Awards Ceremony on Wednesday morning. Pupils receiving five or more nominations from their teachers / subjects for sustained effort, improvement, or attainment were eligible for an award. It was great to see so many of our S4 receive awards this year, and for so many of their parents to be able to attend and share in our celebration of their success so far. Mr Gordon Stewart, S4 Year Head presented awards accompanied by Mr O’Neill and Mrs Hunter. As well as a range of subject awards, special awards were given out for success in the Maths Challenge and for Debating. Parents also had the opportunity to see examples of some outstanding examples of practical work by S4 pupils in Craft & Design and Graphic Communication. Thank you to all the parents who attended and also saw S4 pupils reach an important milestone as they are now on Study Leave ahead of their imminent and all-important SQA exams.
Completing a hat-trick of Political Party Conferences, Higher Modern Studies and other senior pupils were invited to the Scottish Labour Party Conference which was held at Eden Court today. The group were met by Dave Stewart MSP and Rhoda Grant MSP who explained the purpose of the conference and the organisation of some of the debates and speeches.
Charleston pupils were then introduced to Johann Lamont, MSP and Scottish Labour party leader who talked to pupils about her life in politics and then took questions from pupils on a range of issues that included the referendum, voting age, politics in schools and other youth issues.
Our pupils were then invited into the main hall at Eden Court to hear Alistair Darling’s speech on the forthcoming referendum. After lunch, the pupils headed back into the main hall to hear the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband’s speech, the highlight of the whole conference weekend.
At the end of the day the pupils were invited to meet Anas Sarwar MP, deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, followed by a meeting and photo opportunity with Alistair Darling MP. The former Chancellor, remaining politically neutral, asked the pupils about their views of the day and questioned them on referendum issues. Our pupils were impressed that they were asked for their views rather than having to listen to the views of a politician.
The day culminated in seeing Ed Miliband leave Eden Court. Alas, due to his desire to escape from intervening journalists, he didn’t stop for a photograph and chat with Charleston pupils as promised.
It was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils, arranged by Hannah Lister, one of the conference organisers, and gave the pupils a useful insight into the workings of the party during their Scottish Conference.
Congratulations to Sam Gebicke-Kerr (5L2) who has been successful in his application and interview with the Fulbright Commission / Sutton Trust USA Programme. Sam will now participate in a week long course at Yale University in Connecticut during August this year. This programme is designed to assist foreign students apply to Ivy League Universities in the United States. Sam wants to study law. In the USA, Law (like Medicine) is a postgraduate degree programme so Sam will be applying to study Political Science as an undergraduate first. We all wish Sam the best of luck with the programme and subsequent application process. Well done.
After leaving the school car park at 7am in the morning, being fully awakened by Mr Seymour’s Kylie CD blaring throughout the minibus (which most of us tried to counteract with our own earphones…), we finally set forth on our Higher Product Design trip down to IKEA in Edinburgh.
The 3 ½ hour drive went by fairly quickly, between short kips on the seats or admiring the foggy views, and taking a short stop at the Ballinluig Motorcafé for breakfast, Mr Seymour battled through police diversions to reach the bacon rolls.
Finally, we reached IKEA and joined Sales Manager Liz for a tour of the premises and to catch a glimpse of the vast operation behind and front of store, to the journey that is the design process which every product must gruellingly go through just to reach the shelves. She explained the policies and principles of IKEA and how they reach each consumer with clever target marketing strategies.
We met some of the back stage stars of the company- the designers, joiners and electricians working away in their respective workshops. We were then allowed to wander the store as a consumer and singled out some of the products that we thought were designed to get the most out of their intriguing simplicity. It was interesting to see how many products incorporated the iconic IKEA flat- pack design used to minimise space and storage: pots dismantled and placed inside one another; boxes folded down to the size of a mere magazine; and vases and watering cans stacked so that 5 or so would easily take up the space where only one would before. Simplicity – which we found often rivalled complexity where aesthetics were concerned – and the capability and benefits of the flat packing, were probably what made IKEA into the renowned company it is today, along with the dedication of the staff (both here and in factories abroad) and the layout of the store that maximised the use of the floor space (which also left us lost half the time…)
The IKEA trip was a truly unique educational insight into the working of how such a successful global product design and manufacturing company manages to get that all important balance of purpose and aesthetic flare just spot on.
Rachel McCoach, 5T2
Our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana visited us for ten days at the end of last term. They were with us for the last week of school and over the Easter weekend. As well as spending time in school visiting classes, we staged a Fashion Show which they participated in, took them to a Civic Reception hosted by the Provost of Inverness, and went on trips to Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Highland Wildlife Park, and the Cairngorms. It was a fantastic trip, as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classooms programme.
Watch this short clip of our Pipers and percussionists on the African Drums
(Video and Photos by Sarah Freck, 6L and Lucy Dobson, 6T)
After spending their last day in school on Thursday, Friday was a free day to go shopping and explore Inverness. Today, pupils and staff took a cruise down Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. After lunch the group headed to Abriachan Nurseries for a treasure hunt, BBQ marshmallows and some Easter Eggs.
For the last planned activity during their ten day visit, we took our guests to Cairngorms National Park, visiting the Highland Wildlife Park and taking a trip up Cairngorm on the Funicular. As it was Easter Sunday the mountain was busy with skiers and snow-borders, and the temperature at the top was -10C with a windchill of -13C. Some 48 degrees colder than temperatures in Botswana just now! But perfect conditions.