Highlife Highland Leadership certificates

Charleston pupils Drew Pimm, Caroline Dunthorne, Cara Gourlay, Rosie Crookes, Leah Campbell, Julia Lesley, Caitlin Strong, Lucy Mackenzie, Calum Finlayson and Kieran Gebicke-Kerr were awarded their Highlife Highland Leadership certificates and hoodies for attending training courses and volunteering in sport. All pupils have given over 25hrs of their time to help run activities at school in the last academic year.

Gaelic Writing Competition

Co-fharpais Sgrìobhaidh

Bho chionn ghoirid, sgrìobh AS2 Gàidhlig pìosan beaga leis an tiotal ‘Mise’ airson farpais nàiseanta CLAS (Comann Luchd-teagaisg Àrd-sgoiltean).  Bidh CLAS a’ brosnachadh sgrìobhadh am-measg dheugairean gach bliadhna leis an fharpais seo.  Bhuannaich Carlie NicThòmais an dàrna duais agus fhuair i teisteanas agus eàrlas luach £30. Fhuair na sgoilearan seo uile teisteanas airson an obair mhath a rinn iad:

Ciaran Skinner, Beathag Nic a’ Mhuilleir, Seasag Ghòrdan, Eilidh NicRath, Mìcheal Brindle, Uilleam MacThòmais, Ruby Fhriseal, Julia NicAonghais agus Else Strong.

Mealaibh ur naidheachd!

Writing Competition

S2 Gaelic learners recently produced pieces of writing entitled ‘Myself’ for the CLAS competition.  CLAS is the professional association of Gaelic secondary school teachers and it runs this annual national competition to promote writing among secondary pupils.  Carlie Thomas came in second place and was given a certificate and a £30 gift voucher.  The following pupils also received a certificate for their entries:

Ciaran Skinner, Bethany Miller, Jessica Gordon, Eilidh MacRae, Michael Brindle, William Thomas, Ruby Fraser, Julia Innes and Else Strong.

Congratulations!

UHI success

Scot Maclennan was recently awarded the Schools Programme – Highers winner, sponsored by Scottish Provincial Press, at our annual Student Awards Ceremony .

Scot was nominated by his lecturing team who felt that he provided an excellent example of hard work and commitment within his area of study.

LEAP Quilt

During this session Charleston Academy had an exciting opportunity to be involved with the LEAP Sports Quilt, contributing to a small quilt panel for Pride House Legacy Quilt in a project, which tied together LGBTIQ+ perspectives with the 2018 European Championships, Scotland’s Year of Young People and the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Well done to Caitlin Strong, Lara McGillivray & Rae Ambrose for contributing to this fantastic project and celebrating diversity.

The quilt has previously been exhibited in Pride House in Glasgow during the European Championships before traveling to other host schools.

‘LEAP’ is Scotland’s LGBTQ+ Charity and the quilt was created by groups of young people across Scotland to encourage participation of all young people in sport and activity … regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

Mr Derek Sim (Art & Design Teacher)

Bake sale

Thursday the 27th of June, we held a bake sale in support of Proud Ness. It was hot and sunny but we fought on through the blistering heat to sell cakes, sweets, raffle tickets and treasures alike all in an effort to raise money. It was a joyous experience for all involved.

The event was a success with a grand total of £129.83! All thanks to the staff and pupils who bought and those who baked, alongside special thanks to Lidl’s, Farmfoods, Poundland, WHSmith, Starbucks, Hotel Chocolat, Tesco’s and Harry Gows who all donated supplies, prizes and cakes! 

Even more thanks to Gillian Clark (Skills Development Scotland) and Mr Derek Sim (Art & Design Teacher) who helped organise and prepare for the event! Without them, it wouldn’t have been such a success!

– Shannon Duffy S6

Mural – Mental Wellbeing

A group of teenagers from Charleston Academy have painted a wall highlighting the issue of mental wellbeing as a result of their participation in the 18-week Growing2gether In the Community programme.

Lara MacGillivray, Jake Weston, Liam Leslie and Josh MacNeil decided to focus on mental health as their community topic as it was of concern to them. They surveyed S1 to S3 students at Charleston Academy to find out what makes them happy and what makes their sad. The results of that survey provided the inspiration for the mural on the wall within Charleston Academy school grounds.

 Growing2gether In the Community is a 18-week youth-led project where teens create a community project of concern to them. The programme is currently open to graduates of the Growing2gether. The next Growing2gether In the Community Project starts in late August 2019 so if you’re interested, please contact Duncan Wilson, Growing2gether Facilitator on: [email protected] or ring him on 07830622889

Armed forces flag raising ceremony

Pictured in the photo with Provost Helen Carmichael are Mr Russell McFee, Acting Depute Rector and senior pupils Morgan Mackintosh and Liam Stewart.

They were representing the school at the Armed forces flag raising ceremony as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations, at the Town House on Monday 24th June.

American Football

Charleston pupils were in Edinburgh this past weekend playing American Football for Inverness Wildcats.  They won both of their matches, achieving the title of Undefeated Scottish Champions.  This qualifies the team for a place at a National tournament in England in August – ‘BritBowl’. Well done!!

The players who featured in the weekend’s victory are:

Aimee Bright  (S5)

Ian Castro-Correa  (S5)

Alen Biju  (S5)

Kieran Gebicke-Kerr  (S5)

Kai Macleod (S5)

Adrian Gorzycki (S5)

Adam Kinvig  (S4)