Choices for Life Drop-In Session

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Police & Partners to hold drop-in session at Charleston Academy

Wednesday 1 March from 5pm – 7pm School Hall

Members of the public are being invited to attend drop-in sessions aimed at promoting the ‘Choose Life’ message to peers and parents.

Following joint meetings with Police Scotland and The Highland Council secondary school Head Teachers, the Police Scotland Inverness Community Beats team in partnership with ‘Choices for Life’ will be holding informal drop in sessions aimed at parents, carers and young people to provide information in relation to drugs, alcohol and online safety.

The drop-in sessions will be held at the following venues, and times:

  • Monday 27th February 2017 : 5-7pm at Culloden Academy, Inverness
  • Wednesday 1st March 2017 : 5 – 7pm at Charleston Academy, Inverness
  • Thursday 2nd March 2017 : 10am -2pm at UHI Campus, Inverness; and 3-7pm at Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness.

The events will allow parents, carers and young people to ask questions and gain information such as:

  • What do drugs look like and what effects do they have?
  • How can drugs and alcohol affect you /your child’s future?
  • Why is internet safety important?

The events are open to all parents, carers and young people in the Highland region regardless of school catchment areas. The events will be supported and attended by Highland Secondary schools, Police Scotland, Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Youth Action Service and Crimestoppers.

Highland Drug and Alcohol Partnership also recommend the use of the Highland Substance Awareness Toolkit.


© Photos courtesy of Choices for Life. Used with Permission.

Hospitality Visit – Chefs Adopt a School

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S3 Hospitality pupils from Charleston Academy had a wonderful experience at Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness on Wednesday 8 February.

Students and staff were guests of Mr Albert Roux OBE and chef Michael Matheson of Chez Roux Restaurants and the Albert Roux Consultancy to celebrate Chefs Adopt A School Week.

Pupils were able to experience and appreciate how the hotel and restaurant are run and to interact with staff from the kitchen, restaurant, housekeeping and management.

After watching and then sampling “Mocktails” expertly prepared in the bar, seeing the deluxe suites complete with sauna and jacuzzi, everyone was then treated to a fabulous and specially prepared afternoon tea. This was followed by a tasting session of the restaurant’s most popular starter, main course and dessert.

Many thanks to Head Chef Javi and General Manager Rob for an amazing visit. All the students and staff had a fantastic day and a delicious lunch.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting PT Home Economics

Diary Dates

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School re-opens following the mid-term break on Thursday 23 February. Please see our Calendar for full details of important dates this term.

23 Feb: Term Begins
25 Feb: Ski Trip Ends
1 Mar: Italy Trip Info Evening
18 Mar: Botswana Exchange Starts
5 April: School Closes 3:35pm
24 April: School Re-Opens
1 May: Bank Holiday Closed
2 May: SQA Exams Begin
4 May: In-Service Day

Book Group Visit

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On Wednesday 25th January the S2 book group, assisted by our 2 S6 helpers went, with Mrs King, to Millburn Academy. We went to discuss the short listed books as part of the process for voting for the Teenage Book Award. We met Millburn’s group and had a very tasty lunch (soup, sandwiches and loads of biscuits!). We did a few little group exercises so that we could get to know each other better. We talked about what sort of books we like, why we joined the book group and other things like this. Eventually we started talking about the books that were shortlisted for the prize and which ones were our favourites. Logan and Mrs Phillips put a good case forward for ‘Silver Skin’ but the rest of the group felt that ‘Black Cairn Point’ deserved to win. It was good fun to see what everyone else thought about all the books – including those that didn’t make it onto the final BookTrust shortlist. The BookTrust will announce the overall winner on 1st March.

We had a really good time and enjoyed the trip. We’d love to do it again!

Logan Parker (2L2) maand Lara MacGillivray (2L1)

 

Inter House Cross Country

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Our Inter-House Cross Country took place last Friday morning under clear blue skies. Organised by our PE department, the results are shown below. Competitors and winners have been receiving their medals at assemblies this week. Well done everyone.

Results

S1 Girls
  1. Neive Rodden 1K
  2. Katie Simpson 1K
  3. Molly Howieson 1K
S1 Boys
  1. Euan MacCormick 1L
  2. Angus Franklin 1S
  3. Scott Farquharson 1L
S2 Girls
  1. Catriona Gravie 2S
  2. Katie Gillies 2L
  3. Cara Doig 2T
S2 Boys
  1. Kieran Gebicke-Kerr 2L
  2. Ewen Munro 2L
  3. Aiden MacKinnon 2L
S3 Girls
  1. Rachel Gillies 3S
  2. Kira Buchan 3K
  3. Emily Hunter 3T
S3 Boys
  1. Craig MacBeath 3S
  2. Mitchel Leslie 3L
  3. Brandon Kinvig 3S

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Department

Donald Dewar Debate

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Last Tuesday evening saw Samantha Cochrane (5T) and Morvern Carmichael (5S), alongside three other Highland schools, take part in the second round of the Donald Dewar Debating competition at Glenurquhart High School.

A strong team from Thurso High were victorious and went through to the next round. Samantha and Morvern debated well on a difficult topic – speaking passionately and creatively – particularly at a busy time in their school year.

There is a full schedule of debating events coming up in the months ahead and we are all looking forward to the next competition.

Special thanks are due to Jemimah Morris (6L) for preparing and practicing as an alternate.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

David Stewart MSP – Nutritional Educational

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Yesterday David Stewart MSP visited Charleston Academy. Mr Stewart is Convenor of the cross-party committee on Diabetes at the Scottish Parliament and visited a S1 Home Economics lesson on sugar.

Mr Stewart, who is also a Diabetes Champion, was joined by David Rex, Highland Council’s Specialist Dietitian.

Mr Stewart was intrigued to learn what young people knew about sugar. He said the World Health Organisation recommended that individuals should receive no more than 5% of their daily calories from added sugar, that’s six teaspoons per day.

Statistics reveal that all age groups in the UK were exceeding this by taking in over 11% with teenagers being the worst, taking in 15.6%.

“Diabetes has become a UK and worldwide epidemic, is the main cause of blindness of people of working age and responsible for half of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations. Getting the message across at an early age is vital,” said Mr Stewart.

Chris O’Neill, Head Teacher, said: “We were one of the first schools to ban Energy drinks in school. In doing that we worked closely with the local Spar to ensure these were not sold to pupils en route to school in the morning or at lunchtime.

David Rex added: “Learning about the impact of high sugar diets on health and wellbeing is important.”

The S1 class studied labels on common everyday foodstuff to work out the amount of sugar in cubes, as opposed to grams or percentages. By visualising the amount of sugar in products pupils were much more aware of the impact that the significant amounts of sugar in some products might have on them. The amount of sugar in some products shocked the pupils.

 

 

Get Ready To Vote

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Young People in Scotland aged over 16 are able to vote in Scottish Parliament and Local Council Elections. The next Scottish Local Elections are on Thursday 4 May. Anyone aged 16 or over on that day can vote. However, anyone aged over 14 is able to register to vote.

We will be supporting all eligible young people to register to vote in the next month or so using Electoral Commission approved materials.

Meantime, anyone eligible to vote or to register to vote can do so on the Scottish Government Website. The Registration deadline is 17 April.

Nearly £9K raised for Charities by Charleston Academy

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Throughout the year at Charleston Academy we support a number of Charities in a variety of ways. During 2016 our school and community raised the huge sum of £8,956.03 for all of our chosen charities. This includes fundraising done by our YPI students (but NOT the £3k award to the winners). We also raised around £9,000 for our own Sponsored Walk. This is not included either.

Whether large or small, each fundraising venture is important in helping all of our young people understand the needs of others, the hard work done by others in our community to support those with needs and the value of money in today’s society.

During 2016 some of the  charity events included: Children in Need (£850), MacMillan (£167), Blytheswood (£2271.90), Advocacy Highland (£1,215.35), Children 1st (£2250) and many more.

Well done and thank you to everyone in our school community who supports all of these events.