Curriculum

Achievements of our young people in activities within or directly related to their curriculum

Rural Skills S3/4 Crop Production

This week both Rural Skills classes saw the culmination of their crop production unit. Pupils have been growing crops in the school garden, with potatoes and tomatoes being this session’s produce. The pupils planted, cared for, harvested and then cooked the potatoes as part of their course. They learn the skills and knowledge of farming through hand’s on lessons in the garden. We currently have four outside beds and a polytunnel, with more beds being built. All S4 pupils are also involved in hospitality with Mrs Fraser and are using those skills to create meals with the produce.

The S4 class chose a staple of Sausage, Mash and Gravy and thoroughly enjoyed eating their meal. The S3 pupils made Bombay Potatoes and decided to make three batches, each with a different spice level and most had a try of the very spicy one.

This work allows the pupils to pass one of four sections of the course which will see them accredited with a National 4 qualification if fully completed. We are planning to make fruit crumble with the apples and blackberries from the Arches garden and are waiting for our pumpkins to grow so we will see where the garden takes us next.

With thanks to the two PSA’s Sue Hodgson and Fiona Seymour, who’s kitchen skills were appreciated, and Alison Fraser who allowed us to use a kitchen and gave advice on the cooking. Miss Bain

Gaelic visit

Some senior Gaelic pupils were visited recently by Ceitidh MacPhee, recruitment officer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, Christie MacLean, a former pupil of Charleston Academy who now works at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Emma, who is a student of primary education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  They spoke to pupils about further education opportunities and the daily lives of students at the college.  They reminded pupils about the range of different employment opportunities available to Gaelic speakers.  Christie spoke about how she started learning Gaelic in S1 at Charleston Academy, going on to study to Advanced Higher level, then a degree in Gaelic and Development.  Pupils were interested to hear how she took part in a student exchange, studying Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher – Languages

Read Write Inc. Excursion

On the morning of Tuesday 12th June, the pupils who have been part of our Speeder Reader/ Read Write Inc. group throughout S1 went on an excursion to Inverness Town centre as a reward for all their hard work and achievements in developing their literacy skills this year.

 

First stop was Inverness Library where the pupils were shown around by Mrs Appleby, Network Librarian at the library. Mrs Appleby took us to see the Reference room then it was on to see the oldest book in the library which dates to the 15th century. The next stop on our tour was the reading room where we heard about plans for a new business hub with the remainder of our visit being spent in the lending area. Here, Mrs Appleby talked to us about the variety of books and other items available to borrow from the library including graphic novels and silent books.

 

Following our library visit, it was on to Waterstones bookshop where the pupils all chose their own book to keep. The books selected by the pupils were a broad range, from well-known authors such as JK Rowling, David Walliams and Andy McNab to books on football, sheep-rearing and mindfulness. Thank you to Waterstones, our Parent Council and Charleston Academy for funding this part of our excursion.

 

Many thanks also to all the people who made our excursion possible – Mrs Sleet for accompanying us, Mrs Appleby for our library tour and Pete and Tom in Waterstones for advising us on books.

H.E. trip – Pizza Express

As part of Developing the Young Workforce in the Hospitality Industry a group of S1/S3 BGE pupils  visited Pizza Express  last week.

Pupils were  given the opportunity to learn  how the restaurant operates and to take part in  an ingredient tasting session and then a pizza making workshop.

A big thank you to the manager Claudio Di Candia for allowing us to visit.

 

Mrs Fraser

PT Home Economics

Inverness College UHI – Open Evening – Thurs 10th May

Inverness College UHI are having an Open Evening on Thursday the 10th of May, which will be one of the most important opportunities available, in the lead up to summer, for those looking to apply for courses for 2018/19. For pupils who are still considering options, there are still some spaces on our Further Education programmes as well as our Higher Education courses.

 

Open evenings are a great informal way to meet lecturers and managers from our subject departments and also take a tour of the main campus building. For young people and parents, they are a very good opportunity to familiarise themselves with the college environment and get a sense of what it would be like to be a student here.

The Schools team and our colleagues will also be on hand to advise pupils about Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships however it’s also not unusual for Schools programme applicants to visit with parents to see the college and ask questions prior to starting their courses and we will, of course, be happy to assist.

 

Mr G Stewart

Acting Head Teacher

 

Business Brunches: Inspiring Scotland’s future global workforce

A group of ten S3 pupils attended a ‘Business Brunch’ at the Kingsmills Hotel recently. The theme of the event was the importance of learning languages. We had the opportunity to chat with representatives from a variety of companies and organisations. The speakers were very enthusiastic and focused on their personal ‘journeys’, highlighting how they have used foreign languages in their careers. They emphasised how languages can be both the key to success as well as empowering in life generally. One speaker described how in business you are less likely to ‘have the wool pulled over your eyes’ if you at least understand the language of the people with whom you are negotiating. Another mentioned how you gain respect by trying to speak the language of the locals when abroad. Perhaps the most amusing anecdote was an hotel manager and keen football fan who had given up studying Russian at school and has just missed out on the perfect job at a hotel in Moscow which is opening just before the World Cup starts!

Modern Languages Department

S3 YPI final – Winners

The S3 YPI Final took place on Thursday 21st December. The winning group are David Cameron, Alfie Thomas and Ewan Munro who are pictured along with Tom Flockhart (who is one of our YPI sponsors & Director of  Highland Office Supplies)  and Hannah Lind from Crocus Bereavement Group receiving the cheque for £3,000.

Photograph courtesy of Allan Law photography

 

Ms C Mackenzie

Teacher of Religious Education

Kirkhill primary visit – Technology week

On Wednesday 22nd November.  The Technical department prefects and Mr Richards went to Kirkhill Primary to support their Technology week.  They worked with P5, 6 & 7 throughout the day but also spent some time visiting the younger classes during skills development time.  Pupils gave a short presentation to each class then gave a demonstration on the technology tasks provided by the Highland Council framework.  Primary staff and pupils listened intently as the prefects demonstrated some complex electronics and practical tasks.  The prefects then spent an hour in each class helping pupils build electric powered cars, moving toys and carousels.

I was really impressed with the prefects and how well they took to the challenge of teaching younger pupils.  The staff at Kirkhill were very pleased we had come along to help and were full of praise for the Charleston pupils.

Hopefully we will be invited back next year.

Technical prefects:

Mr J Richards

Principal Teacher of Technical

Battlefields trip – Menin Gate ceremony

Pupils from S4 are currently on a tour of Belgian battlefields, cemeteries and memorials as part of the History course.  Tonight pupils visited the Menin gate and took part in the daily ceremony of remembrance.

Miss C Bain

Principal Teacher History

S2 Maths Challenge

International Maths Week takes place in September each year.  To do its little bit in 2017, the Maths Department recently organised a Maths Challenge for all S2 pupils.   Two separate challenges (A and B) were set up on 2 successive Wednesdays, based on a similar format.  In a morning session, mixed teams of four were given problem solving and practical 3D shape building challenges.    In the afternoon sessions, pupils took part in a relay event, where teams had to answer correctly as many ‘quick-fire’ numeracy questions as possible within a set time.   In addition to applying and developing key mathematical skills, the challenges also provided good team working and problem solving practice.    Informal post-event feedback from pupils was really positive and the Department hope to organise similar type events in the future.

Well done to all pupils taking part, but particular congratulations to members of the winning teams: Trixie Bernababe, Courtney Birch, Euan Hamilton and Meg Leaver (challenge A): and Goncalo Corriea, Glen McNeil, Neive Rodden and Drai Senior (challenge B).   Winners all received a magic puzzle cube prize.

 

Mr D. Cummins

Maths Department