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Citizenship at Charleston Academy

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Our PSE programme delivered a block of lessons looking at the theme of citizenship for the 4 weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays. We looked at what it means to be a good citizen – how we can contribute and behave in the community. S1 and S2 pupils as part of this did a litter pick in the school grounds and local community – specifically the path between Kinmylies Primary and Charleston, the canal path behind the school pitches, and the play park on the other side of the blaes pitch.

Our S3 pupils invited local senior citizens in to play card games and dominoes and served tea, coffee, mince pies and shortbread. This was very well received with pupils having to step out of their comfort zone and speak to, serve and entertain new people!

In the senior school, pupils looked further afield at bigger global issues and were challenged by a Ted Talk delivered by Australian humanitarian, Hugh Evans. In addition to this, our S1 pupils took the lead in promoting the idea of pupils in S1,3 and 5 donating gifts and money to MFR cash for kids while pupils in S2 did the same for the Highland Foodbank and the Salvation Army with multiple donations of food coming in to school from pupils in S2,4 and 6. We were excited to get the opportunity to go to Tesco Ness-side where we collected money there from bag-packing which was added to our overall total.

We were delighted to donate £400 to MFR cash for kids as well as multiple gifts and £250 to the Salvation Army plus bags upon bags of food for the foodbank. See pictures below!

Mrs A Thomson

Principal Teacher Guidance

Course choice information

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The course choice booklets for pupils going into S3 – S6 (current S2 – S5) have been updated to reflect the courses that could be on offer next year. These can be found here for S3 and here for S4-6.

The presentations that were used at the open evenings have been included below.

please contact the school if you have any question about your child’s course options for next year.

History interpreter visit

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On Thursday 13th December Paul Lang, a historical interpreter who normally works with Historic Scotland, came to visit the school.  In the morning he gave a presentation on the Jacobites to S1 and in the afternoon he gave a presentation on the Scottish wars of Independence to S3 classes. S1 pupils reported that they thought “it was educational whilst being exciting at the end with the weapons.  He told us a lot about the redcoats and Jacobites and the weapons were cool” and “I enjoyed when he talked about the tools and weapons and how to use them. One of my favourite parts were when he did the way how to dress themselves in the uniform,.”.  S3 were also impressed, saying that the presentations were interesting and “a good experience” and “he gave loads of facts and the weapons were cool”.

Business Brunch – Languages

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A group of ten S3 Gaelic pupils recently attended the SCILT Business Brunch at the Kingsmills Hotel.  The theme of the event was the importance of languages in the workplace.  Pupils and staff had the opportunity to speak to representatives from a range of companies and organisations.  They also had the opportunity to listen to a range of people who use languages in their work including Paula Nicol from the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Willie Cameron from Cobbs Group, Eilidh MacKenzie from Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Seonaidh MacKenzie from BBC Alba. 

Miss Y Gunn – Principal teacher Languages

Make Sports Everyone’s Game

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On Thursday 29th November colleagues and pupils came together to celebrate equality and inclusion at Charleston Academy by wearing their Rainbow Laces.

100 set of rainbow laces were sold instantly, both colleagues and pupils wore comfortable / sporting footwear on Thursday and laced these with the rainbow laces in order to show their support for diversity.

Pupils were in good spirits throughout the day, The Make Sports Everyone’s Game allowed  colleague’sand pupils to show their support for LGBTI+ fans and players on and off the pitch, encouraging all to challenge anti-LGBTI+ language in any situation and work with us to ‘make sport everyone’s game’.

This event marks the first of its kind, which the school has supported however there will be many more opportunities for colleagues and staff to celebrate and support of forms of diversity within our school and society.

Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher Art & Design.

As senior pupils we feel that the Rainbow Laces campaign was a success in bringing some awareness to LGBTI+ issues.

It would also be worthwhile inviting charities from the LGBTI+ and other organisations to visit the school and better inform pupils. If we look at these issues and others that focus on diversity then everyone will have a better understanding and awareness.

Rehana Karim (6L) & Angelina Bligh (6L)


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On Monday 26th of November Charleston Academy held its annual S1 Art Exhibition, celebrating the achievements of all S1 pupils. As well as giving the exhibited artwork well-deserved recognition there was also a variety of stalls run by pupils and other members of our community.

As well as an overall winner, prizes were also given for most creative, best use of colour, best use of pattern and best composition. The artwork was judged on the morning before the event by Depute Head Teacher Miss Rona MacPherson, Art Portfolio Students Angelina Bligh (S6), Sean MacKenzie (S6), Rehana Karim (S6) & Max Crawford-Cumming (S6).

Elise Warde (1A) was awarded as the overall winner; Fraser Roy (1D) was presented best composition. Best use of colour was given to Louie Noble (1B), best use of pattern was awarded to Dylan Macdonald (1E) and Angus Trevelyan (1C) was awarded with the most creative.

A special thank you to Mrs Kate Morris and other members of the Parent Council for supporting this event every year with such enthusiasm. A total of £150 was raised which will be used towards purchasing new display boards to be used for further events. Further special thanks goes to all the local businesses for their generous donation of prizes.

A further special thanks to Mr David Hay’s string group and Mr Ross Fairfield who’s piano playing pleasantly accompanied the evening with soft music throughout.

This event continues to inspire me; the truly outstanding work produced this year’s S1 cohort was a joy for the Art Teachers to showcase. We are extremely proud of our S1 – congratulations to you all.

Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher Art and Design.



Debating 29/11/18

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Here is a photo from tonight’s public speaking event held at Nairn Academy. The event was run by the Procurator Fiscal and is a great way to allow young adults to express their views on current topics. The prompt tonight was ‘Should schools make uniform compulsory?’ which Meg Leaver and Drew Pimm performed a brilliant speech on.

Rosie Gittings 5T2

Make sport everyone’s game

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Rainbow Laces – Any pupils or staff interested in celebrating this event which takes place this Thursday (29 November) can purchase rainbow laces from Mr Sim for £1.00. Pupils are encouraged to wear comfortable / sporting footwear on this day and lace them with the rainbow laces in order to show their support for diversity. Show your support for LGBT fans and players on and off the pitch, challenge anti-LGBT language and work with us to make sport everyone’s game.