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String group performance

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

On Saturday 2nd December the Charleston Academy String Group played in Telford Street Co-op, in aid of MFR Cash for Kids. Despite the wind blowing our sheet music off the stands we managed to carry on and raise lots of money for this worthy cause. Led by Mr Hay and accompanied by Mr Fairfield we played a variety of pieces including; Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the Lion King, a selection of Scottish dances and many others. The money we raised will go towards Christmas presents for children who otherwise would not get anything, and we were delighted to have been asked to play to support the charity.

String Group at Co-op

Kern Robertson 4S1

Dress down day – Friday 8th Dec – Salvation Army

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements

This Friday 8th December the school is having a dress down day.  The money raised will go to the Salvation Army Christmas appeal.  The money raised will be used to care for local people in terms of provisions and home visits with food to the elderly.  The Salvation Army are doing Assemblies today to raise awareness of this work.

Mr G Stewart

Acting Head Teacher

Kick Boxing achievement

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Personal

Jamie travelled to Edinburgh recently to take part in a selection day for  “Team Top Ten UK” Kickboxers. Just being asked to take part in the “Top Ten” day was a massive achievement for Jamie and he got the opportunity to train with some of the worlds top kickboxers. As a result of how well he performed at the event, Jamie has now been selected to be part of “Team Top Ten UK” kickboxers. This is beyond Jamie’s wildest dreams! He’s the only youth from the Highlands to achieve this and it is a fantastic achievement for Jamie. In the year to come, Jamie will be working even harder at his kickboxing training and will now be travelling across the world to participate in kickboxing tournaments and competitions all over the world. Well done Jamie!”

Mr R Mackintosh



Acting Principal Teacher PE

Kirkhill primary visit – Technology week

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

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

Marine engineering Pathway – S3

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Sea Cadets in partnership with Seafarers UK delivered a Marine Engineering Pathway (MEP) workshop to two S3 Physics classes.

The MEP workshop session focussed upon Buoyancy, exploring some of the scientific principles behind buoyancy and displacement. Trying to predict what objects and materials would float or sink led to some surprises (can of diet coke floats while normal coke sinks – it is all the sugar!).

In teams, pupils then designed and built their own boat. This practical task culminated in the teams testing their ships and discovering which had succeeded in carrying the most whilst staying afloat.

Once the teams realised an element of competition was involved everyone got very busy!

All the students agreed getting more hands on experience like this made physics more relevant and understandable and wanted more experiences like this. The science and technology teams will be taking this onboard.

Mr D Vincent

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Expedition Training Weekend

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

The annual Expedition training weekend for our pupils undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award took place Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November at Abriachan. Over the weekend, the pupils were trained in preparation for their expeditions which will take place in May 2018. When the pupils arrived on Friday afternoon, they had to pitch their tents and cook their own dinner in their tent groups.

After this, the pupils gathered in their expedition groups to discuss the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the aims of the Expedition section of the Award. The pupils then went on a short night walk accompanied by staff members. After cooking breakfast on Saturday morning, the participants had to take down their tents and pack their rucksacks before undertaking a walk complete with their pack. After a break for lunch, the participants re-pitched their tents in preparation for Saturday night. They then split into two groups and practiced how to read a map and use a compass. Following this, the groups learnt about emergency first aid including putting someone into the recovery position and how to treat burns and breaks. Saturday dinner was again followed by a night walk using only the light of the moon and stars to navigate safely through the woods. After breakfast and packing up on Sunday morning, the groups undertook an orienteering course set up by Suzanne Barr from Abriachan Forest Trust. A final tidy up of the campsite to ensure that the pupils left no trace was undertaken with the pupils leaving at 12noon. Thank you to Abriachan Forest Trust and especially Suzanne for allowing us to once again use their facilities.

Miss L Gray

Learning support Teacher

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Inverness Culloden Rotary Club held their annual Roger Hoskins Public Speechmaking competition at Lochardil House Hotel on Tuesday evening.

Erika Hedderwick - public speaking


Participants were required to write a speech responding to the topic ‘Are electric vehicles the real future of transportation?’ and deliver this from memory.

Erika Hedderwick — in her maiden competitive event — was ultimately declared overall winner, taking home an individual trophy and a trophy for the school. Her innovative approach to the motion, suggesting that the humble bicycle is in fact the real future of transportation, combined with passionate delivery and rich persuasive language showed her talent and true oratory skills.


Well done Erika!


Dr G Campbell

English Teacher

Remembrance assemblies

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

On the 9th and 10th of November, two special assemblies were held in the school to commemorate Armistice Day. The assemblies were led by S4 students who had recently visited the WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France. We were joined by guests from the Royal British legion (Scotland) Inverness Branch, Poppy Scotland, members of the armed services and local councillors. All commented how impressed they were with the students taking the assemblies. Thank you to all. A report on the trip will be put on the website shortly.

Miss C Bain

Principal Teacher of History

Children in Need

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Children in Need events take place this week.

Monday – We have a Bake Sale with cakes ranging from 50p-£1.00 as well as ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar’.

Tuesday -We have S6 Boys v’s Teachers Football Match – with a required donation for entry which
is the same for the S6 Girls v’s Teachers Lacrosse on Wednesday at lunchtime.

Thursday – it is £1.00 to participate in dress down/wear PJ’s day, along with the teachers lip-sync battle at lunchtime.

There will also be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets throughout the week with the winners being announced at Thursday lunchtime.

Please bring some money for the week ahead and donate generously to Children in Need.

the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Whilst ghosts and ghouls haunted the hall at the S1 and S2 Halloween disco, Thursday night also saw twelve pupils from six Highland schools come together for the third and final round of the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition.

Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane opened for Charleston Academy, and the opposition, arguing against the motion ‘This house believes our right to a private life is under serious threat’. They were supported in this stance by Forres Academy and Glen Urquhart High School. Portree High School, Fortrose High School, and Nairn Academy combined to form the proposition.

Thorough preparation, and strong performances at the podium, ultimately led to another well deserved victory for Morvern and Samantha. They both received outstanding feedback from the presiding judge, and Samantha was declared speaker of the night.

The North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition operates on a league based system — across three rounds — with points awarded to the top teams in each debate. Morvern and Samantha excelled throughout events, performing consistently well; they were second in the opening debate, and won the following two. They have therefore qualified for the final which will be held at Albyn School in Aberdeen on November 24th. They will oppose the motion ‘This house deplores the tourism of today.’

A fantastic achievement, well done!

Dr G Campbell

English teacher