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Orienteering Success

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

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Callum White (5S2) was selected to run for Great Britain in the European Youth Orienteering Championships recently. The competition took place in Portugal and 32 other nations took part.

Although Callum was running for Great Britain, all four boys that were selected to take part for the Under 17 Category were all from Scotland.

They did particularly well in the relays. Further details can be found on the British Orienteering website.

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Callum White, 5S2

Orienteering Home Internationals

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

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Callum White (5S2)

In Orienteering, the Junior Home Internationals is a competition between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each country is represented by four boys and four girls out of each age group: U15s, U17s and U19s. This year the competition took place near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. The individual races took place on the Saturday.

Callum White (5S2) and Rowan White (3S2), both outstanding orienteering competitors, represented Scotland at the competition.

Rowan had a fantastic race and came 1st in the under 15s boys with a stunning 2 minute margin above 2nd place (also a Scot).

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Rowan White (3S2)

With the Scottish Universities starting on the Monday, three out of four U19s were unable to be at the competition, Callum and two of the other Under 17s were asked to ‘run up’ a class. Callum was placed 6th in this race and was the first Scottish U19 in – a fantastic achievement.

A ceilidh was a fun way for the youngsters of the four nations to spend an evening together.

The relays took place on the Sunday. In orienteering relays the U17s run first, followed by an U15 and then an U19. When Rowan came in his team lay in first place, but it was a lot to ask of the U17s who were running up to compete with their older English counterparts and the team dropped down to a respectable fifth place. Callum, also running up a class, did well to keep up the pace and managed to take his team into a fantastic third place.

Over the course of the weekend, England took overall victory, but Scotland was a very close second. No mean feat considering several of the Scottish boys/girls had run up a class. Wales was third and N-Ireland fourth. Next year the competition will take place in Scotland.

Callum White, 5S2

Callum White, 5S2

Rowan White, 3S2

Rowan White, 3S2

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The school is delighted to be able to support Callum and Rowan at these competitive events. Well done.

Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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

On Friday 7 June, eight CHAOS (CHarleston Academy Orienteering Squad) members travelled to Hopetoun House near Edinburgh to compete in the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships.

The courses were fast paced and the competition strong, but team spirit was high. In orienteering there are no ‘personal bests’ as terrain and courses are variable from competition to competition, but if there was such a thing then I’m sure that each one of the pupils would have come away with a new PB.

Charleston Academy 3rd place in Overall School Results

SONY DSCAll 8 pupils made the qualifying times to count for the overall school results, in which Charleston came third. I would go as far as to say that this fantastic result is not only due to individually doing well on the day, but also due to the feel good factor of a team that is so encouraging and supportive towards each other. Well done to Stuart Dingwall (S5), Callum White (S4), Hannah Farman (S4), Rowan White (S2), Kieran Watts (S2), Daniel Lamont(S2), Kate Farman (S2), Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr (S2).

Charleston Academy 2nd place in Team Results for S2 Boys

We had only one team this year and boy did they do well! The S2 boys who came third last year leapt up to 2nd place this year. Across the three counting runners they placed only ten minutes behind first place but were nearly an hour ahead of third place! Well done boys – Rowan White, Kieran Watts and Daniel Lamont.

Charleston Academy 1st and 3rd in Individual Results

Congratulations to Rowan White who came 1st in S2 Boys and to Hannah Farman who came 3rd in S4 Girls!

Local training and competition will continue with the next big races being the British Schools Championships in November this year.

Mrs Meike White, Parent Helper and CHAOS Coach

World Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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

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Charleston Academy pupils Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S4), and Stuart Dingwall (5S1) recently returned from Portugal where they had been competing as part of the Scottish Team in the World Schools Orienteering Championships at Monte Gordo, near Fargo in Portugal.

This was a truly remarkable and significant achievement for Rowan, Callum and Stuart. The Championships are an important international event in the orienteering calendar. During the opening ceremony the boys took delight wearing their kilts to parade through the Villa-Real-de-Santa-Antonio Stadium under the watchful eye of the head of the International Sports Federation.

While there, the boys took part in quite a few events, including the Middle Distance Relay in temperatures over 35C, through wild gorse, cacti, and on sandy beaches.

By the end of the week long championships the Scottish Team won 2 medals and 5 individual medals.

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The Scottish Team in Portugal

As part of the trip, the boys, along with the rest of the Scottish Team, took part in a number of cultural visits, including a trip to the historic village of Tavira. The championships ended with Friendship Races involving everyone in each of the 200 teams participating. The week long Championships ended with a fantastic closing ceremony at Castro Marim.

The boys have written up an excellent journal of their visit and participation in the events in Portugal. Click on the icon below to download the full version.

Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S2) and Stuart Dingwall (5S1)

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The Boys’ Championship Journal 2013 (click to view)

Fantastic Orienteering Success

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

British Schools Orienteering Championships

On Friday 16 November, 12 CHAOS members boarded the 7.30 am Inverness train to travel to Manchester for the British Schools Orienteering Championships. We arrived at the Youth Hostel on Potato Wharf by dinnertime and had cooked ourselves the largest baked potatoes we had ever seen before we settled for an uncomfortably hot night (we had to sleep with the windows shut due to a chemical incident in Trafford park).

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On Saturday we attended a training session across the road from Sunday’s competition area to help us get familiar with the terrain. It was time well spend as can be seen from the results the next day. Unfortunately, Siobhan twisted her ankle which left her barely able to walk, but with the aid of ice packs and a hospital visit she managed to hobble around again by late evening. We celebrated Sam’s birthday with cake and a game of pool.

On Sunday, CHAOS competed at the British Schools Orienteering Championships. It was a cold but beautifully sunny day which saw approx 950 pupils from all over Britain take part. A fantastic atmosphere was created by a funnel of cheering spectators at the finish. Every CHAOS member completed their course, even Siobhan who walked around with her swollen foot in unlaced shoes, to ensure the junior girl’s team remained competitive.

Team CHAOS came home with fantastic team places of 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th !

  • 2nd for the senior boys team (Callum/Sam/Stuart)
  • 3rd for the junior boys team (Rowan/Kieran/Daniel)
  • 4th for the senior girls team (Pollyanna/Hannah/Alex)
  • 5th for the junior girls team (Katie/Kate/Siobhan)

Rowan gained an individual 2nd place in his year group, making for a total of 7 medals for CHAOS this weekend. We celebrated with a nice meal and had a good laugh playing card games with ‘foodie dares’.

We travelled home on Monday. Despite the games of cards and the revision for prelims on the way, the journey home was long (train delays). Our great team got noticed by other passengers –  for the right reasons as I received several compliments from other passengers on the excellent behaviour, manners, and politeness of the team.

Individual results can be seen on the British Schools Orienteering website : http://www.bsoa.org/default.aspx

Mrs Meike White (Volunteer Parent and CHAOS coach)

World Schools Orienteering Championships

Scotland Senior Boys Select Team

Scotland Senior Boys Select Team

On Saturday 3 November 2012 CHAOS (CHarleston Academy Orienteering Squad) left with a minibus full of hopeful orienteers for the biggest selection race a secondary school pupil can part take in within Scotland. The races were held at Dalnamein Forest (just North of House of Bruar). There was snow on the ground and the freezing cold wind soon chilled us to the bones, but at least it was dry. The courses were extremely tough with controls hard to find, but most CHAOS members battled their way successfully through from Start to Finish. Though none of our CHAOS teams  qualified as a school team, we have some fantastic news to report. Once a school team has been selected, the best 5 individuals from the same category are offered a place in the Select Team. And so, Rowan White (2S2) who came 3rd in the junior boys races gained a place in the Scotland Junior Boys Select Team. Callum White (4S2) came 1st in the senior boy’s races and was offered a place in the Scotland Senior Boys Select Team. Stuart Dingwall (5S1) managed to bag himself a place in the same team. A Brilliant result! The World Schools Orienteering Championships will take place 15-21 April 2013 in Portugal. The boys are now fundraising for their trip to represent their school and country. Please look out for their stalls and other activities over the next few months and support them where you can.

Mrs Meike White (Volunteer Parent and CHAOS coach)