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A Trip Back in Time

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

We left Charleston Academy at 8.06AM, as one pupil was late and we stalled on the first corner. We were headed for the World Heritage Site of New Lanark. We arrived at the village, having found that the road meant to save us 11 minutes cost us 30.

We went into the mill where we saw the machinery working. It was unimaginably noisy – even behind sound proof glass. We learned that the children would crawl under the machines to pick up the scraps at a huge risk to them. We went on a virtual tour which told us about the owner Robert Owen and the improvement he made to the mill and the people who worked there. There was also mention of their Mr Buchanan, who played the flute and taught the primary school pupils.

We then visited the school house where we watched a film about Robert Owen and his achievements. His rules on hygiene were very effective as when the cholera epidemic came only 30 people out of 2500 contracted the disease and only 10 died.

Robert Owen also created the first Co-op, as his workers got tokens to spend in the village store, the profits of which helped to pay for the school and a doctor for the village.

We spent the night in Cumbernauld, there were several highlights, one of which was the fire alarm going off in the middle of the night. This resulted in us having to leave our rooms and stand in the freezing cold. We learned to ensure that we were fully clothed before leaving our rooms.

On the second day we went to the Falkirk Wheel, it was ‘wheely good’ and links the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde Canal. We were amazed to hear that they had 700,000 visitors last year. We then saw the Kelpies, which were huge and quite beautiful.

In the National Coal Mining museum we were given a tour by a man who had worked there. We were able to see some of the improvements made to mines and how they checked to see if there was gas in the mine. We saw the pit canaries which would have been used to test for gas as they had small lungs and would be quicker to react to gas than humans. One pupil was then able to power the engine for the mine.

We had a really good trip which made the topic easier to understand once we saw it working.

by 5E2 History Class

WW 1 Battlefield Trip 2015

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

Our annual History Department trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium is underway. Pupils and staff left on Thursday 8 October and will return on Tuesday 13 October. On Sunday the group visited the Menin Gate and laid a wreath of poppies there at the evening ceremony. It was an emotional evening. Earlier in the day the group had fun at the Bellewaerde Theme Park. Tomorrow, Monday, the group begin the journey home visiting Brandhoek Cemetery in the morning then stopping off in Bruges for some shopping before the evening ferry overnight back to Hull.

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Advanced Higher History at Aberdeen University

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

On Monday Advanced Higher History students headed off to the University of Aberdeen. The purpose of the trip is to give the students an opportunity to research their dissertation topics at the University Library and also get a little bit of experience of University life. Thanks to Ms Storey for driving us there.

Miss Catherine Bain, Principal Teacher of History

Belgium Battlefield Visit 2013

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

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During the October holidays, Miss Bain, and a team of four other staff took forty seven pupils to Belgium and France on a trip to follow the Cameron Highlanders during the First World War. We also visited some of the memorials and graves for the men and women who lost their lives during WW1. Over our six day trip we saw the names of at least 216,000 men whose bodies were never found!

The first place we visited was Poelkapelle British Military Cemetery. We visited a cemetery here as there were 7000 British and Commonwealth graves, 6000 of these are unidentified. One of the identified graves was Private Joe Condon, who was fourteen when he died. Private Condon was thought to be the youngest person to die in WW1.

After Poelkapelle we visited Vancouver Corner memorial. This commemorates the 13th Canadian Battalion. It was on the site of the memorial where many of the men died during the first use of chlorine gas during April 1915.

We also went to Sanctuary Wood, (Also known as Hill 62) to experience an element of what life would have been like in the trenches.

Another place visited was Langemark German Cemetery. Here we saw the differences between the British and German cemeteries in Belgium. The German cemetery was hugely different to the Commonwealth graves. All of the graves stones were flat on the ground; there was also a mass pit with 44,000 bodies in it! Even the “single” plots could have anything up to twenty one people in them.

On the third day we travelled to France. One of the memorials we visited was Thiepval Memorial which is 140ft tall and inscribed on its pillars are the names of 72,000 British and South African men who have no known grave.

We didn’t just spend the day visiting memorials we also went to the Arras and Wellington Quarry. The quarry was used throughout the First (and Second) world war. During WW1 the soldiers used it as a shelter. The exit from the tunnels was only ten metres away from the German front line; this was a huge advantage to the British as the Germans were not expecting this to happen!

While in Arras we also went to the memorial, we visited this as one of the pupils had a relative named on the memorial. Private John Bain was in the Cameron Highlanders, whom we were following the journey of. Private Bain was killed in action in May 1917; he would have been one of the soldiers to use the quarries, which we had visited.

Another memorial we visited was Vimy Ridge. This is a memorial for the Canadian Soldiers. It is situated overlooking the battlefields where many of the soldiers died. On the memorial there are 11,285 names of men who were missing in action or presumed dead after the battle.

On the Sunday of the trip, we went to a Bellewaerde theme park and zoo. This was a nice break from the history side of the trip, we spent most of the day at the theme park, which everybody thoroughly enjoyed (Especially the teachers!).

However in the evening we attended the Menin Gate Ceremony. This is held every night at 8PM for the local people and the family of the men recorded on the memorial. Four of our pupils played a part in the ceremony. Andrew McLean played “Flowers of the forest” on the bagpipes while, Cerys Davies, Hollie Buchan, and David Alexander laid a wreath on behalf of our school. The Menin Gate Memorial holds the names of 54,000 men whose lives were lost during combat, these men have no known grave. The ceremony was very moving and emotional for many of the pupils on the trip.

The next day we visited Tyne Cot; this is the largest British and Commonwealth Cemetery in the world. It has 12,000 graves and 35,000 names on the memorial panels placed around the cemetery. Also in the cemetery are the remains of three German Pill Boxes, these are where the Germans fired from. They are just like large concrete bunkers. They were meant to be taken down after the cemetery was completed however King George V decided that they should stay as a lasting memorial to the men killed.

On our last day in Belgium we went to Bruges, which is famous for its canals, Lace and Chocolate! While there we were divided up into groups and allowed to go for a walk to either do some shopping or take in some of the historical parts of the city. A lovely time was had by all in Bruges, no matter what we decided to do. After our day we headed back Zeebrugge to catch the boat home!

Our four days on the trip were remarkable and our thanks go to Miss Bain, who organised the trip and also to the four other teachers, Mr Tillman, Mr Richards, Miss Glynn, and Miss MacPherson who provided support throughout. Everyone enjoyed the trip and it will leave a forever lasting impression on all of our minds.

Scott Mackenzie (4T2) and Cerys Davies (4S2)

Scott Mackenzie, 4T2 Cerys Davies, 4S2



Second Year Visit Culloden Battlefield

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

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)

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