On Thursday 26th May, 30 S1 students undertook a STEM Challenge lead by Capt Scott Lacey and LCpl Brian Gorman from the Royal Engineers.
The 8 teams of students had to build a complex, motorised and remote operated robot, then, using tablets, they had to program the robot to try and navigate around a complex maze
The S1 students were excellent and engaged straight away, moving on through the build process quickly so they could tackle the maze and be first to get to the end.
Capt Lacey and LCpl Gorman were full of praise for the enthusiasm and behaviour of the Charleston students.
The session ended with a Q&A session with some searching questions from students about life in the Army, and its role in the world. This shows how much our young people actually think and engage with the wider questions about our society’.
Following on from our hugely successful S1 Art Exhibition, organised by our Parent Council and Art Department, the winning piece in each category was delivered to Highland Council Headquarters today. Director of Education, Mr Hugh Fraser, and Head of Education, Mr Jim Steven, were so impressed with much of the art work that our First Years produced that they made a special request for the art to be displayed in HQ. Mr Fraser took personal delivery of the art work today.
Copies of some of the work is also to shortly be put on display at Vue Cinema. Finally, the overall winning piece by Robert Thorne was presented by Robert to Mr O’Neill today and it will be displayed in his office during the session ahead. Robert’s work will also be adapted to form the front cover of our pupil planner for Session 2014-15.
Charleston under 13 football team travelled to Kingussie yesterday (Tuesday 23rd April) to play their first match in the Highland Schools Cup.
A strong start from Charleston allowed them to take an early lead, however Kingussie played some excellent football and were always in for a chance of taking a lead.
Going into the second half Charleston were leading 3-2 and managed to extend their lead with an early goal from Josh MacDonald. The second half continued the same as the first with both teams showing some fantastic football and any of them being able to secure a win at the end. On this occasion Charleston managed to win the match 7-5.
Charleston now take on Invergordon in the next round.
Goal Scorers: Lewis Jamieson (3), Josh MacDonald, Jamie Penwright, Aiden Mackenzie, Ian Mackenzie
Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach
On Wednesday 20th March Charleston Academy’s first year football team took part in the SFA Cashback 7-a-side football tournament. The competition was run at Charleston Academy with Portree High School and Dingwall Academy also taking part. With only four teams entered (Charleston, Dingwall ‘A’, Dingwall ‘B’ and Portree) we ran a round robin tournament and the winners would qualify to take part in the National finals.
Charleston had their hardest match first as they took on Dingwall ‘A’. They put in a good performance and demonstrated some fantastic football, however Dingwall proved to be slightly stronger and won the match 3-2.
In the second match, Charleston took on Dingwall ‘B’ which was a very close match and both teams played excellent football. Charleston went 1-0 up and looked to be the team in control. Dingwall did not give up easily and kept the pressure on throughout the whole match and managed to finish the match securing a 1-1 draw.
Lastly, Charleston took on Portree in what was the match of the tournament. It was a very close game throughout and both teams gave it one hundred present. Charleston managed to secure a win 5-4.
A great effort from the boys – well done to the whole team!
Charleston take on Invergordon Academy in their next league game on Wednesday 27th March.
Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach
Our S1 Boys Football Team travelled to Nairn on Wednesday for their next match to take on Nairn Academy. The weather conditions added to an already tough match as we experienced snow, rain and sunshine.
A slow start from Charleston allowed Nairn to go ahead 1-0 very early on in the match, however Charleston found their game and soon levelled it at 1-1. The first half finished with Nairn leading 3-2. Nairn scored again at the start of the second half to lead 4-2, however with a much stronger start from Charleston and all throughout the second half they managed to secure two goals in the last 10 minutes to win the match 5-4.
Charleston Academy 5 – 4 Nairn Academy
It was a great effort from Charleston and all boys played really well – well done!
Once again there was an excellent turnout for our annual S1 Art Exhibition. This exhibition is held to allow S1 pupils to formally display their work and for their parents to see the type of skills and techniques the pupils have been using since starting S1 at Charleston Academy.
All the work on display is judged by local artists. This year, the S1 Art work was judged by two local artists: Frances Baxter and Avril Marr. Frances and Avril nominated the work for five different categories. The prize winners were:
Best use of Colour
Best use of Pattern and Texture
Each category winner was awarded Music Vouchers.
This year the work included views of Inverness and the Canal, views from the windows of pupils houses in both the town and countryside and animals native to the Highlands in watercolour and collage, along with a display of models produced by the Technology Department.
In addition to the Art exhibits pupils and parents and local businesses had a number of stalls. These included Charleston’s Home Economics Dept., Botswana 2014, Chaos Orienteering, Forest Kitchen, Leachkin Bakery, Sue Fraser, Darach, Adrian Eaton and Hobby Craft
Tea and Coffee was served by the Fair Trade Committee, and again a musical recital from the Music Department’s String Group was really admired..
We are really grateful to everyone who helped ensure the evening was a great success. Staf in the Art department, HE and Technical bring the whole thing together, and our Parent Council puts in a huge amount of time and effort in sourcing prizes for the winners and the raffle. We’d like to thank the judges, school staff, Art prefects and most importantly the S1 pupils for putting so much effort into their work to ensure such a high standard.