Charleston Academy pupils have raised over £800 for Scottish Charity Mary’s Meals. This sum was raised after pupils from S1 to S4 watched a DVD about the work of Mary’s Meals and were motivated to donate change to the charity in class. Mrs McConnachie and Mrs Mackenzie were overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils who made the donations during class time.
Read some quotes from the class on the RMPS Blog about the impact the film had on them and what motivated them to donate. Find out more about the work of this important Scottish Charity HERE.
The total sum raised came to £875.
This provides 14,690 children one nourishing daily meal or 1,469 children a daily meal for a year.
Congratulations to S2 pupil, Ashley Todd. Along with his younger brother, Ashley (already 6ft 2in tall) has been selected to play basketball for the Scottish national squad. Ashley competed with 170 other young hopefulls at a selection event in Edinburgh where they were put through their paces by coaches testing their skills in areas such as passing, shooting, defence and lay-ups. Ashley has been selected for the under-14 team and already plays for the Highland Bears. Ashley wants to make a professional career from basketball, practicing rigorously every week. Well done.
Our friends from Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana visited us for ten days at the end of last term. They were with us for the last week of school and over the Easter weekend. As well as spending time in school visiting classes, we staged a Fashion Show which they participated in, took them to a Civic Reception hosted by the Provost of Inverness, and went on trips to Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Highland Wildlife Park, and the Cairngorms. It was a fantastic trip, as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classooms programme.
Arrival at Aberdeen Airport
Snow on the way to Inverness
As pupils shelter on the bus, the staff....
If there was any doubt whether we are in Scotland
Entertainment at the Civic Reception at Inverness Town House
Charleston and Lotsane staff and pupils meet the Provost of Inverness
Visit to Highland Football Academy in Dingwall
Mr O'Neill and Mr Geaoge
Taditional African Dancing at our Connecting Classrooms Fundraising Fashion show
Our guests loved their kilts...
...and we loved their traditional dress
A huge range of outfits were provided...
Thanks to all of our sponsors
A boat cruise down Loch Ness
On Loch Ness
Misiyose and Ms Sutherland
The School Minibuses weren't quite the same as our Safari Trucks on a visit to Highland Wildlife Park
The Tigers were one of the highlights
Freezing temperatures, but we were wrapped up well
Wolf Whistling - literally...
The extent of the snow was a sight to behold for our guests
Farewell photo at the top of Cairngorm...
A visit to the beach
For the final evening...
a ceilidh in the sunset...
to say goodbye.
Charleston Academy - Lotsane Senior Secondary 2013
Friday 22 March: Leaving Botswana
Saturday 23 March 2013: Arriving in Snowy Scotland
Monday 25March 2013: School Assembly and Civic Reception
Watch this short clip of our Pipers and percussionists on the African Drums
(Video and Photos by Sarah Freck, 6L and Lucy Dobson, 6T)
Tuesday 26 March: A Day in School but also a chance to visit the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall
Wednesday 27 March: In classes prior to our Connecting Classrooms Fundraising Fashion Show
Watch the video stills of the Fashion Show Highlights below. The videos of the staff performing Gangnam Style at lunchtime can be found HERE. Or watch the shorter versions from the fashion show HERE.
SATURDAY 30 March: Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Abriachan
After spending their last day in school on Thursday, Friday was a free day to go shopping and explore Inverness. Today, pupils and staff took a cruise down Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. After lunch the group headed to Abriachan Nurseries for a treasure hunt, BBQ marshmallows and some Easter Eggs.
SUNDAY 31st March: Easter Sunday and a visit to Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorms National Park
For the last planned activity during their ten day visit, we took our guests to Cairngorms National Park, visiting the Highland Wildlife Park and taking a trip up Cairngorm on the Funicular. As it was Easter Sunday the mountain was busy with skiers and snow-borders, and the temperature at the top was -10C with a windchill of -13C. Some 48 degrees colder than temperatures in Botswana just now! But perfect conditions.
Monday 1st April: The Final Day was a free day to spend with host families, rounded off with a farewell evening Ceilidh
Charleston Academy staff performed Gangnam Style once again in front of the whole school, packed into the Hall, at lunchtime on Thursday 27th March. The group agreed to the performance on condition that further funds were raised for our Connecting Classrooms exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Botswana. Along with the fashion show on Wednesday evening over £2000 was raised. Well done everybody.
“Our best ever fashion show” was held on Wednesday 27th March to raise funds for our Connecting Classrooms Global Exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School. Well done to Mrs Val Macrae who led a dedicated team of staff to pull the whole thing together. We raised over £2000 for our Connecting Classrooms partnership.
Click ‘Continue Reading’ to see Gangnam Style performance by staff at the fashion show.