Congratulations to our Bronze DofE participants from last year who have completed their award. Of the 27 pupils who undertook the award, 14 have now completed which is fantastic. Some of the group were presented with their certificate and badge at assembly in August, with some pupils receiving their award before the summer holidays.
During S3-S6 assemblies this week, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was launched for this session. Pupils can undertake the award at three different levels – Bronze (age 14+), Silver (age 15+) and Gold (age 16+). To achieve the award, participants must complete four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition, with Gold participants having an additional Residential section. If your child would like to undertake the award, completed forms along with payment should be returned to Miss Gray (ASN) or Mr Foster (Biology) by Friday 29th September. Please note: spaces are limited to 28 for Bronze and 14 for Silver and Gold.
Miss L Gray
The Lead Prefect Team had a very successful weekend from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th at Badaguish working on the SQA Leadership award. The weekend covered leadership styles, skills and attributes as well as the team practicing coaching and reflecting on their own values and journeys. Thanks to the facilitators Mr. Stewart, Ms. McPherson, Mrs. Hunter and Ms. Bain for their time and help.
Principal teacher Chemistry
Over the past few months pupils and staff had been very busy taking part in a wide range of activities in and out with school.
The P.E. department put on another fantastic week of athletics competition for S1 – S3 pupils culminating in the track final on Friday 26th May. The weather was kind to us again and we had a great afternoon in the sun watching the athletes.
The Charleston Academy woodwind group went across to Kinmylies Primary before the summer with Mr Fairfield and Anna Aalders our woodwind instructor, to play for the pupils and to talk about the different types of instruments. We were also able to get some of the beginner flautists at the primary to join us for a few of the pieces that we played (some of them are now part of our new S1 cohort).
The YPI Scotland National Event takes place in June each year, and represents an opportunity to celebrate all that has been achieved through YPI that year, whilst showcasing best practice from across Scotland. The event recognises the philanthropic success and engagement of tens of thousands of secondary students who have been responsible for directing hundreds of thousands of pounds to local grassroots charities. The winning team from Charleston attended this event.
Congratulations to Kira Buchan of S3 who was selected for the Scotland U-15 Basketball Team. After a gruelling two week selection process Kira was selected, along with fourteen other girls to represent her country in a season of International friendlies. Scotland opened up the campaign with a tough loss to Ireland however Kira ensured it wasn’t easy for the Irish by contributing a valuable 8 points to the final score. Kira then flew out to Barcelona with the Squad to compete in a series of international games. We look forward to hearing how the rest of the season goes. Well done Kira!
Just before the change of timetable, S1 – S3 pupils took part in a wide range of activities as part of our 2 activity days. These included Football, Canoeing, Landmark, Paintball, Go Katring, Craft, Equestrian, Climbing, Archery and much more.
On the 28th of June, 46 pupils from Charleston Academy departed from the school for New York City and Washington DC. We left from Glasgow airport in the early hours of the morning and arrived in New York City late afternoon. We were in NYC for five days and whilst we were in the ‘Big Apple’ we visited a variety of popular tourist attractions including the Empire State building and Central Park which was an incredible experience for everyone who was a part of the trip. We got the opportunity to see Times Square, the 9/11 memorial and even have a meal at Planet Hollywood to name a few. On one of the days we took the ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty and all the history that was encompassed within. Of course we couldn’t visit New York without going shopping, of which there was a lot!
After our time in New York we travelled to Washington DC with a quick stopover in Philadelphia to see the Rocky steps. We were in Washington DC for four days and during that time we visited the Smithsonian museums, the White House, the Capitol building and also got the chance to have dinner at the Hard Rock cafe. Whilst in DC we had the unforgettable experience of an American baseball game in which the New York Mets went up against the Washington Nationals, it was a night many will never forget. On the 4th of July, we got to be part of American culture and attended a parade in the capital city. That evening we went to a concert at the Capitol building where a variety of artists performed including the Beach Boys.
Overall, it was a trip of a lifetime and one that will stay with us forever. On behalf of all the pupils that went on the trip, we would like to thank the teachers for organising and taking us to the USA.
Grace and Jacob
This summer, myself and some of my other classmates went on a once in a lifetime trip to Peru for 21 days. Whilst there we did some amazing things and learnt a lot of life lessons.
In our first week, we went to the Amazon Rainforest. Even though we lost our weight in sweat due to the heat we enjoyed it so much! We got to see a whole variety of wildlife from Howler Monkeys to Macaws to Caiman; it was a very interesting experience. We also went out on a night cruise and night walk through the jungle.
On the second week, we travelled to an orphanage just outside Cusco after adjusting the high altitude. There we spent several days building a border wall for the orphanage and playing football with the resident children. All the kids were so welcoming and it was so overwhelming to see how much they appreciated everything we did for them!
The rest of our trip was spent relaxing and getting to experience the culture of Peru; we walked up to Machu Picchu, went sandboarding in Ica and got to explore Cusco and Lima. One night, we also got to dance with the Peruvian locals and experience their local traditions, it was great fun!
Overall it was an eye opening experience and everyone would love to go back in a heartbeat! We all learnt so much about the cultural differences between Peru and Scotland and the trip made us really realise how lucky we are.
Climbing Club trip:
During the last week of the Summer holidays 11 pupils with 3 staff and 1 volunteer headed to Skye for the Climbing Club Summer trip. We had 2 great days climbing and wild camping at Neist point. A day climbing at A small crag called Torr a chruidh followed by a wet and wild evening camping. The plan for the 4th day was to head to Raasay but the weather was fairly unpleasant so we wetn on a magical mystery tour of Skye. We visited Portree, Kilt rock, Staffin and a small croft to see how the sheeps wool was used. Our final day was in the Cullin. We climbed Bruach na Frithe and were rewarded with outstanding views acroos all of ther Skye Cullin, returning via the fairy pools. We all had a fantastic time and look forward to next years adventure.
Photos available on the Climbing Club Facebook page
Mr J Richards
The Music department would like to invite all Parent/Carers, family members and friends to come and see our talented S1-6 musicians in this year’s Expressive Arts Concert. The concert will take place in the Assembly Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday 7th November. The evening will have performances provided by our School bands and solo performers. Refreshments will be included in your ticket price, courtesy of the Home Economic department. Tickets will go on sale next week at £5 per adult, £3 per child.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.
#charlestonpeA last minute visit to Inverness from Judy Murray meant that a National 4/5 class and Higher class were able to access tennis coaching from the best of the best! Judy, (Mum to Andy and Jamie) had approximately 80 pupils from across Inverness eating out of her hand as she shared skills and ideas and gave out challenges and competitions.
Our pupils, most of whom are not tennis players, enjoyed the sun-soaked afternoon and were inspired by the coaching from Judy. I am very sure the courts at Bellfield will have been busier than usual as a result of her visit! A fabulous experience for involved.
Mrs A Thomson
The North of Scotland Schools Senior Debating Competition commenced on Tuesday at Glen Urquhart High School.
The first round saw Charleston on team proposition for the motion This house believes that young people have never contributed so little. They supported Nairn Academy and Glen Urquhart in this stance, whilst opposing were Fortrose Academy, Portree High School, and Forres Academy.
The standard of debate – for a first round in particular – was incredibly strong, and audience members were impressed by all. Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane were ultimately awarded five points (from a maximum of six) by the judges and commended for their preparation, partnership, and overall poise at the lectern.
The second round will take place at Nairn Academy on October 4th where Morvern and Samantha will be proposition for the motion This house believes that Robin Hood was right.
Well done and good luck for round two!
Dr G Campbell
Tickets for the Charity dinner cost £20 per head which includes a Champagne and canapes reception followed by a three course meal with wine , coffee and petit fours to finish.
Anyone wishing to purchase tickets contact Mrs Fraser in Home Economics at lunch times.
Last week two teams of girls took part in a bronze Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition. After a quick kit check and a thorough search for hidden contraband of hairspray, make up and bottles of Irn-Bru, the group were ready to head down to the Cairngorms National Park. Parts of their training included navigating by map and compass from Drumguish to a spot just south of Loch an Eilean. The weather over the two days was fantastic and thankfully in the afternoon there was a breeze to keep the midges at bay.
It was the first time in Charleston DofE history where the pupils cooked their own lunch, as sandwiches are usually the preferred choice. After lunch one of the groups took a wrong turn but quickly reassessed where they were and as a team managed to navigate to the next check point.
After arriving at the campsite, the pupils had to find an area where it was safe to take water from a nearby stream, learn to cook on a trangia (camp stove), pitch their tents and prepare for the next day. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and playing games.
On Day 2, with all the hills now behind them, the pupils were packed up and ready to head for Glenmore Lodge by 9am. Most pupils had a good night’s sleep but the pace was slightly slower due to blistered feet. The groups did really well to meet their check in times and regularly kept tabs on each other to ensure no one was struggling.
By 4:30pm the pupils were almost finished their expedition. As they came round the last corner some of the pupils where so glad to see the bus and teachers that they actually ran the last 200m. However, the staff soon realised it wasn’t them the pupils were pleased to see, after hearing the words “Miss, can I charge my phone?”
A further two teams have to complete their practise expedition followed by their assessment.
Mr Scott Nairn, Acting PT Music
On the 21st of April, 13 pupils and 3 teachers embarked on a journey down to Comrie Croft near the village of Comrie, Perthshire. Before we set off, all the pupils got together to buy all the food we needed for the weekend. We only had £6 per head for the 3 days, so we had to work together to make sure we bought what we needed and practiced budgeting. After we’d finished shopping we returned to the minibus and packed the trailer full with the kit that we would be taking on our expedition to Peru. Our trip to Peru will take place in mid-June this year and will last 21 days.
Once we had pulled up at Comrie Croft we unloaded the trailer and set off for our campsite where we met Rosie, our expedition leader. Rosie gave us our tents and instructed to put them up whilst deciding who would be sharing tents. After that we cooked and ate dinner then took part in some teambuilding activities which helped us all feel a bit more relaxed. We went for a short walk and then called it a night as we knew we would be busy the next day.
In the morning we woke and got straight onto making porridge for our breakfast, assigning certain people different tasks that including washing up, cooking and sandwich making for the day ahead etc. We packed our bags for the day ahead and we set off. Throughout our walk to Comrie Village we practiced a few different possible scenarios for when we were in Peru that included risk assessments and first aid. The sun was out and we eventually ended up by the river in the village where we sat down and had our lunch. We were then sent to complete some tasks which would continue to strengthen the relationships between the team and expand our knowledge about Comrie. After this we left the village and headed up the hill a nearby hill to look for a waterfall, which we never actually managed to find! With the day getting on, we finished up our walk and were grateful our map-readers hadn’t got us lost throughout the day. We had some rest time in which people talked, read and whittled sticks. We then cooked a dinner of beef stir fry and had some birthday cake for pudding accompanied with a very tuneful rendition of Happy Birthday, (Thanks Bruce). We enjoyed the rest of the evening with a fire and general chat before heading to bed after a long day out.
On the last day, we had our breakfast and took our tents down before walking back to the minibus and leaving Comrie Croft. Overall the weekend went very well. We got to know each other better than before and found out how to work together in preparation for our big trip which we are all looking forward to.
Lewis Hilditch, 6K