The first year of Bridge to Employment came to a formal end on Wednesday evening with a graduation ceremony in the Drumnadrochit Hotel.
Three groups from Charleston Academy presented posters based on their favourite STEMinar of the programme. Each group had five minutes to present this to the three judges before being asked challenging questions based on their poster. We had two posters based on the LifeScan STEMinar about Diabetes and one based on the Highlands and Islands Airports STEMinar about functions of an Airport. All the pupils were very confident and articulate in their presentations and dealt well with the questions. They were able to demonstrate clear team work throughout. Congratulations to team FCRS – Fergus, Charlie, Rowan and Sirena who won a prize for best presentation.
The pupils now have the choice to continue with the programme for one or two more years. During this time they will develop more leadership skills as well as further qualifications. In preparation for this they have one further session in school on 10th March which focuses on employability skills and interview techniques. Partners from Scottish and Southern Energy will be on hand to give advice from an employer’s perspective.
The pupils have all shown commitment over the last eight months attending various STEMinars after school and have grown in confidence as a result. They have had their knowledge of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths enhanced. This has also benefited the school as we have now identified close links with many different employers in the area.
Congratulations to all the pupils who graduated on Wednesday.
Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector