Posts Tagged ‘modern studies’

S3 Election Helpers

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


Well done to some of our S3 students who did a superb job at the Highland Council Election Count yesterday.

Our students helped to sort out ballot boxes, sort ballot papers and transfer them for electronic counting. It was a busy day for the students who coped well while being very closely observed by the candidates and election officials.

Mrs Lyndie Cameron, Principal Teacher of Geography


Scottish Parliament Visit

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

Earlier this term, Modern Studies students were fortunate to be able to visit the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. On arrival at the Scottish Parliament pupils were met with a protest group for CALMAC who were lobbying MSPs in relation to the debate which was taking place in the debating Chamber later in the afternoon.

Pupils then met with Jean Urquhart MSP and put some impressive questions to her on a variety of issues such as media intrusion, nuclear disarmament, gender equality in the armed forces and the work of the Parliament to be more open to those with disabilities. The pupils also took part in a workshop to help with their understanding of how a Bill is passed in the Scottish Parliament. To further their understanding of the work of the Scottish Parliament pupils had the opportunity to observe a lively debate in the debating chamber.

Outside of the Scottish Parliament our group happened to pass Kezia Dugdale MSP (leader of the Scottish Labour Party) who took the opportunity to speak with staff and pupils about their visit before we had to depart.

Mrs Lyndie Cameron, Principal Teacher of Geography and Modern Studies

Scottish Parliament Visit

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

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Our Higher Modern Studies visited the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Wednesday. As well as a visit to the main chamber to watch a debate on transport, the Higher class also met three local MSPs. Mary Scanlon (Conservatie Party), John Finnie (SNP), and David Stewart (Scottish Labour) spent time with the class to answer their questions on the way the parliament operates, the difference between List and Constituency MSPs and current issues affecting the Highlands.

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The Big Debate

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


Three Charleston Academy pupils were successful in their application to participate in BBC Scotland’s Big Debate. Ryan MacIver (6K), Kieran Bisset (6S), and Kharis MacPhee (6T) are all taking Higher Modern Studies this year. Along with their teacher, Mrs Lyndie Cameron, the entire class applied to take part in the filming. This involved completing a questionnaire on political beliefs and writing a question they would ask during the event. Although the pupils’ questions weren’t broadcast, the three sixth years were delighted to take part in this historic debate, exactly one year until the referendum itself. They also had a fantastic insight into the production and organisation of the debate by the BBC.

Higher Modern Studies Pupils at Labour Party Conference

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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.