Charleston Academy is taking part in the second annual Commonwealth Day on 9 March 2015. Charleston Academy’s ethos is built around or Core Values of Respect, Responsibility and Achievement the pinnacle of which is our annual Integrity Award. As such we support the shared Value of the Charter of the Commonwealth: tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, and gender equality.
The Commonwealth is a group of fifty-three sovereign states working together in mutual support towards shared goals of democracy, development, and respect for diversity. It includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, with two billion citizens drawn from all faiths and ethnicities, half of them under 25 years old.
Commonwealth countries come together voluntarily in a spirit of co-operation, partnership and understanding, and are located in six regions:
the Americas (3)
the Caribbean (10) Europe (3)
and the South Pacific (11)
Our work with the British Council through their Connecting Classrooms Scheme has allowed us to develop a strong and sustainable partnership with Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Botswana, an African Commonwealth Country. Our 2015 exchange begins on 21 March when 16 pupils and staff arrive in Inverness for two weeks.
At 10:00am on Monday 9th March Mr O’Neill will join head teachers from all Inverness schools at a Civic Ceremony presided over by the Provost of Inverness Councillor Alex Graham.