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Rural Skills Norbord Visit

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

As part of their National 4 Rural Skills course, S3 pupils at Charleston Academy were given the chance to visit Norbord. Norbord, aka the Cloud Factory, is one of Europe’s main producers of OSBoard used in housing and furniture worldwide.

After a briefing in the boardroom, we were given a tour of the production line and given the chance to meet staff working throughout the plant. In addition, pupils also questioned employees in order to gain an insight into the skills and qualifications required to work there.

As expected the pupils were a credit to the school, and many have discovered an exciting new career possibility.

Mr Stuart Buchanan, Geography Department

Rural Skills Visit Norbord

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On Thursday last week the S4 Rural Skills class visited the huge Norbord timber processing facility at Dalcross, East of Inverness.

The class were given a guided tour of the factory by Norbord’s Occupational Health nurse. The purpose of the visit was to collect information and take photos for the Land Based Industries Unit. The pupils will be putting together a powerpoint presentation – with a focus on Health and Safety.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance

 

S4 Rural Skills

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Work Placement at Loch Ness Country House Hotel

This term pupils from the S4 Rural Skills class have been working in the grounds of the Loch Ness Country House Hotel.This is the fourth year of a very successful partnership with the hotel. The pupils work in the hotel gardens under the supervision of the gardener, Mr Roy Goddard.

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On a Thursday afternoon this term the pupils have completed a range of outdoor practical tasks working towards achieving their “Soft Landscaping” Unit. This involves planting flowers and vegetables, watering, weeding and pruning. The pupils will continue with this work placement after the summer holidays in August.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher

Rural Skills Visit to Dingwall Mart

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On Thursday 30 May the S4 Rural Skills class took part in a visit to an event organised by the National Sheep Association at Dingwall Mart.

The main aim of the day was for the pupils to collect information for the Rural Skills unit of work called “Land based Industries.”  The class were given a guided tour by Stephen Mackintosh, a local sheep farmer.

Stephen showed the class a wide variety of sheep breeds and explained about the work involved in caring for a flock of sheep. The pupils also enjoyed looking at the displays of agricultural machinery (especially the quad bikes!) and watching a display of sheep shearing and a sheep dog trial.

Thanks to Maggie Wormald of the Royal Highland Educational Trust for inviting the class to attend this event.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher

First Aid for Rural Skills

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

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Ben MacLellan (3L1) demonstrates his bandaging techniques on casualty Erin Wardlaw 6S

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Michael Sneddon (3K1) putting a casualty into the recovery position

Five members of the Third Year Rural skills class have successfully completed a practical First Aid qualification. This course was delivered over 4 weeks by a group of volunteers from the British Red Cross, led by Mr Andrew Maclean, Services Manager.

Two Sixth Year pupils Stephanie Brooks 6K and Erin Wardlaw 6S who volunteer with the Red Cross also assisted with the training sessions.

On Thursday 21 February the pupils were assessed by taking part in an outdoor emergency First Aid scenario in the school grounds. The class had to demonstrate their skills in assessing casualties and then use their knowledge of CPR, the recovery position and bandaging to treat their casualties.

Five members of the class were presented with a Red Cross First Aid certificate by Mr Andrew Maclean.

Mrs Susan Ritson (PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher)

Rural Skills

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

Rural Skills is a SQA “Skills for Work” course delivered over 2 years in S3 and S4. It is a practical outdoor course delivered in partnership with the Abriachan Forest Trust.

The main focus of the course is to develop a pupil’s employability skills. Every Thursday the pupils take part in an outdoor lesson – either based at Abriachan or within the school grounds. Pupils also have a “theory” lesson in the classroom every week.

This subject can be chosen as part of a pupil’s choice of course at the end of S2. At present there are 19 pupils taking part in Rural Skills in S3 and S4.

S3 Rural Skills

On a Thursday morning the S3 class have been completing the practical tasks required to achieve their “Estate Maintenance” unit with our Abriachan Forest Trust partner Mrs Suzann Barr and her husband Jim.  Their main project last term was to construct a fence beside a new pond at Abriachan.

This term the S3 Rural Skills class have started a series of practical First Aid sessions working with Mr Andrew Maclean from the Red Cross, helped by a Sixth Year Red Cross volunteer, Erin Wardlaw 6S

S4 Rural Skills class

The S4 class have successfully completed their “Soft Landscaping” unit of work by working at the Loch Ness Country House Hotel supervised by their gardener, Mr Roy Goddard. The class worked in small groups with Roy in the grounds of the Hotel every Thursday between April and October, giving the pupils valuable experience of a working environment.

This session the S4 class has been working on a Unit of work called “Land Based Industries”. This involves carrying out research into three local industries and jobs.

In September 2012 the class received an invitation from Scottish and Southern Electricity to visit the wind farm at Fairburn. During their visit the class found out about the advantages and disadvantages of this type of renewable energy development and visited the site control room and a turbine base.

The class travelled through to the Norbord timber processing plant at Dalcross in November 2012 and took part in a discussion about Health and Safety in the workplace with Mrs Ann Babbington Occupational Health Nurse, before taking part in a guided tour of the mill.

Mrs Susan Ritson (PT Guidance / Rural Skills teacher)