Posts Tagged ‘ASDAN’

Real Safari at Highland Wildlife Park

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum

While everyone in school enjoyed an “On Safari” dress down day to raise funds for Botswana today, pupils based in the Arches and studying for their ASDAN qualification visited Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie today.

The pupils had to take photos of the animals and find out about their diet and habitats. They were accompanied on the trip by Jasper Hughes, Education Officer at the park.

The pupils are all studying for the ASDAN Animal Care short course.

Ms Lindsey Grey, Learning Support Department

Pets at Home Visit

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

On Friday 6th November, three pupils visited Pets at Home as part of their ASDAN short course in Animal Care. Beth, Kelly and Kieran were shown how to safely handle a variety of animals including snakes, bearded dragons, rabbits and guinea pigs. Hannah from Pets at Home answered many questions from the pupils about the animals such as how to care for them and information about their life cycles.

Miss Lindsey Gray, Support for Learning Department

Glenfeshie Spey Descent

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum, Personal, Wider Curriculum

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Pupils taking the ASDAN Qualification took part in a fantastic adventure at the end of term. They headed to Glenfeshie with Mr Smith and Mrs Bernery (Support for Learning) to take part in a canoeing and kayaking descent of the River Spey. Along the way they camped out overnight for the duration of the four day visit, learning essential bushcraft, camp fire skills and loch and river canoeing.

The aim of the trip is to build communication skills, improve self-awareness and learn more about the local environment. The trip was organised in partnership with Wild Things, a Findhorn based charity.

Luckily the weather was kind and everyone had a fantastic time.

Mr Richard Smith and Mrs Sandrine Bernery, Support for Learning Department

Bushcraft – Fire Starters

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum, Wider Curriculum

The school made a successful bid for funding from Awards for All (part of the Big Lottery) over the summer holidays and is therefore again able to offer pupils a chance to experience life in the great outdoors.

Five 5th year boys who gained the NCFE Bushcraft Award before the summer will now be given the opportunity to work as Assistant Instructors, helping the charity Wild Things to deliver Bushcraft courses to pupils from Charleston Academy.

At the beginning of September, Ryan Rattray, Neil Moodie, Stuart Dingwall, Timothy Dicks and Ryan McClelland took part in a two day training camp near Findhorn and will now be employed as Assistants over the coming year. It is a great opportunity for the boys, one which will allow them to pass on the skills and knowledge they have gained over the years to younger pupils starting out on the Bushcraft path.

fire making taster day

Meanwhile, 10 second year pupils gained their first experience of Bushcraft on 10th September when they took part in a taster session in the woods at Craig Dunain. They found out about trees and plants, had a go at starting a fire without matches, and learned about conservation work. This taster morning will be followed quickly by a 2 day / one night residential camp under canvas, a 4 day winter Bushcraft course at the lodges in Badaguish, and a 4 day descent of the River Spey by canoe in the spring/early summer of 2013.

This is what some of them had to say about the taster morning:

 “I found it interesting to make a fire out of stuff found in the woods
and it was a great experience” Andrew Howieson (2S1)
 
 “The taster morning was fantastic” Caitlin Thomas (2L1)
 
 “I thought it was really interesting.
I found it amusing when I stepped in a pile of mud and lost my shoe!” Jade McCabe (2L1)
 
 “It was great fun and I really enjoyed it” Rahhan Islam (2K2)

The school is indebted to Awards for All for funding these two projects, and to Wild things for their continued involvement in delivering Bushcraft courses to the pupils.

Mr Dave Kemp, Support for Learning