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Under 14 Football First Match

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

U14 boys get their league campaign off to a flying start

Monday 9th September saw Charleston Academy’s U14 (S2) football team play their first league fixture of the season.  The match was an away tie versus Lochaber High School.

The team selected had some familiar faces and many played for the school throughout S1.  However, there were a few new additions to the team with some earning a place due to their performance at a trials session last month.

Aiden MacKenzie  GK
Josh Malcolm LB
Jamie Penwright CB
Mark Kelly CB
Cameron Kent CDM
Lewis Jamieson CM
Callum Mead RM
Iain MacKenzie RB
Lewis MacGillivray LM
Ross Watson CM
Kevin Johnstone CF
Stuart Lamont Sub
Calum Stout Sub
Kieran Hennessy Sub
Fraser MacGregor Sub

Getting off the bus after our 1 hour 40 minute journey the team seemed to be in quite high spirits and eager to get playing.  The boys got changed as quickly as they could and headed out to start a short but thorough warm-up.

When the game kicked off both teams started well with much of the play being held up in the middle of the park.  Both teams looked evenly matched in terms of size and ability from the off.  It was midway through the first half when Charleston started to flex their muscles and began to dominate the final third.   Lewis Jamieson and Cameron Kent began to work well together and made some superb passes to the attacking players.   The Lochaber keeper was a tall boy who needed every inch of his height to keep out some fantastic efforts from Callum Mead and Kevin Johnstone .  Lochaber started to feel the pressure and switched to a long ball game.  Aiden MacKenzie in goals had a scare when a Lochaber shot zipped across the short wet grass and nearly crossed the goal line.  With 10 minutes left in the first half the deadlock was finally broken which started with a pinpoint pass from Captain Lewis Jamieson towards Calum Mead on the wing.  Callum dribbled into the box and fired a low hard shot towards the near post.  The Lochaber keeper was equal to the fantastic effort and made a fingertip save only to roll it into the path of Kevin Johnstone who was following up the shot and made a simple side footed pass into the back of the net.  Lochaber 0 v 1 Charleston was the score going in at half time.

A few changes were made at half time and the team went out and started the second half the same way they ended the first.  Moments into the second half Stuart Lamont got himself on the score sheet with what started with great play form midfield. The Charleston Academy defensive line was questioned at times but Mark Kelly and Jamie Penwright both remained strong and saw away any danger from Lochaber.  Stuart Lamont earned a brace of goals when another perfectly placed cross from Iain MacKenzie meet Stuart’s right boot.  As the game was coming to a close a few more substitutes were made.  Moments before Callum Mead was going to come off he was rewarded for all his hard work with a goal.  In typical Callum Mead style it started with Calum demonstrating great speed and stamina to chase the ball down and get himself into an attacking position.

Callum mead, 2K2: Man of the match

Callum mead, 2K2: Man of the match

The game ended with Charleston winning 4 – 0 and a popular man of the match performance by Callum Mead.

The team are now looking forward to their next game due to be played next week versus Kingussie High School.

Mr Alex Mezals, Maths Department and U14 Football Coach


Senior Football: Lochaber High School v Charleston Academy

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Lochaber High School 1-1 Charleston Academy

Charleston picked up a good point away from home in their second league match vs Lochaber High School. Lochaber had the first chance of the half and would have scored had it not been for James Hogan’s excellent headed clearance of the goal line keeping the score at 0-0. Charleston then started to create more chances and took the lead when Colin MacDonald (S6) ran onto a through ball to round the goalkeeper and bundle the ball in for a 1-0 lead. Moving into the second half, Lochaber began to put pressure on the Charleston defence and although Lochaber missed a penalty midway through the second half, they finally got an equaliser 10 minutes from time. Charleston then pushed on in the last ten minutes in search of a winning goal and although Ronan Cousins, Robbie MacLennan and Jack Hosie all had efforts on goal, the Lochaber goalkeeper made some good saves and Charleston had to settle for a point away from home.

Man of the Match (Joint) – Danny Kelly (4T2) & Robbie MacLennan (S5).

Danny Kelly, 4T

Danny Kelly, 4T

Robbie MacLennan, 5S2

Robbie MacLennan, 5S2








Mr Ryan Macintosh, PE Department and Senior Boys Football Coach

Basketball Coaching Success for Laura

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Laura Brown BBallCongratulations to Laura Brown (6T). Laura has won the Regional Coach of the Year from BasketballScotland. There was a public vote and Laura won for her work with the Highland Bears Under 12s and the Under 10s. Laura’s commitment and focus were recognised by judges, especially her determination to get more girls playing and enjoying basketball. Laura states her best coaching moment was last year when she was involved in running sessions for disability and wheelchair Basketball participants. She found it really inspiring and hopes to continue this throughout S6. Well done.

Mr R McFee, PT Physical Education

International Quiz Winners

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Int Quiz Winning Team

Congratulations to the Charleston Academy team who won the Inverness Culloden Rotary Club International Quiz. This inter-school quiz sees teams from all Inverness Secondary Schools (Charleston Academy, Culloden Academy, Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy, and Millburn Academy) compete on a variety of topics and subjects. We were delighted to host the Quiz this year which was held in our Hall on Wednesday 4th September. Sam Gebicke-Kerr (6L), Amber Hinde (6T), Calum Finlayson (4S1) and Morvern Carmichael (2S2) represented the school well and came first in a very close competition. All team members were presented with a certificate and a medal and the team was presented with the Rotary Shield. They will now go on to represent Inverness against La Baule at the Council Chambers in November.

Miss Yvonne Gunn, PT Languages

Badaguish Prefect Leadership Weekend

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Our Lead Prefect Team have spent the weekend at Badaguish, accompanied by Ms Sutherland, Miss Macpherson, and Mr Todd. Ms Sutherland has developed a package of reflective support materials based on earlier work at Columba1400. The group departed at 4pm on Friday and spent the weekend getting to know one another better, reflecting on their appointment as a member of the lead prefect team, thinking about leadership strategies and how to enahnce their individual skills and talents to ensure the team becomes a complementary group that can leave a legacy for the school.

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All of SMT joined the group on Saturday to lead the Visual Explorer workshops. Prior to that the group had arranged a BBQ on Friday night, and been using team building skills through various activities.

Opportunity of a Lifetime for Gary

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum, Personal, Wider Curriculum

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As we settle into the new session and prepare for the Albert Roux Dinner on 12th September, we are delighted to congratulate Gary Millard who has the opportunity of a lifetime – with the offer of an apprenticeship with Albert Roux Consultancy.

From S1 onwards, Gary has had a keen interest in food and from S3 onwards won local and regional competitions. He reached North of Britain Chef competitions on two occasions and was runner up in 2012. His passion for patisserie earned him ‘best sweet’ in the 2012 Scottish Final.

 Mr Roux’s generosity to the Home Economics Department is never ending. He has already employed two Charleston pupils as apprentices to work at his establishments in London, Edinburgh and then France, (Rebecca Williams and Caitie Grainger).

They have now been joined by Gary, who starts at Mr Roux’s 5-star Inverness restaurant, Rocpool Reserve next month.

“It’s hard to take in,” said Gary. “To be taken on by a world class chef like Mr Roux is such a privilege. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“I will start off at Rocpool Reserve and hopefully he will move me around to some of his other restaurants later on.”

Gary has a particular interest in patisserie – Mr Roux’s own speciality when he was training.

“I’ve wanted to be a chef as long as I can remember,” said Gary. “My grandad used to own the Ledgowan Lodge Hotel at Achnasheen and my uncle was his Head Chef – so you could say it runs in the family. My granny used to do a lot of cooking with me as well.”

Until now, Gary has been working in the evenings as a chef in Corner on the Square in Beauly where I’m sure he will be missed.

Mr Roux will guide him and train him and get him qualifications on the way. Everyone is delighted for Gary. We are all very proud of him!

Gary Milard, 6L

Gary Millard, 6L


Miss Eilidh Matheson, Home Economics Department

Meal do naidheachd, Danielle!

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum

DSC01083At the end of last session, S2 Gaelic pupils entered a national competition run by CLAS (the professional association of secondary Gaelic teachers), in which they wrote about their likes and dislikes.  We were delighted that a pupil from Charleston Academy, Danielle Sanders (now 3K1) won this prestigious national award.  Danielle’s entry was published in a booklet which has been distributed to all secondary schools that took part.  In the photo, you can see Danielle with her certificate and a voucher worth £50, along with the other Charleston Academy pupils whose work was commended:  Joanna Renwick, Mia Geddes, Kirsty Hedderwick, Rhianna Day, Jade McCabe, Elise Lyall, Shona Graham-Taylor, Sirena Rattray and Jordan Zblewski.  Congratulations to you all!

Aig deireadh na bliadhna sgoile a chaidh, chuir sgoilearan na dàrna bliadhna a-staigh airson farpais sgrìobhaidh CLAS, le pìosan sgrìobhaidh mu na rudan as toigh agus nach toigh leotha.  Bha sinn air leth toilichte gun do bhuannaich sgoilear à Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich, Danielle Sanders (a-nis 3K1) a’ chiad duais anns an fharpais shònraichte nàiseanta seo.  Chaidh an sgrìobhadh aig Danielle fhoillseachadh ann an leabhran a chaidh a sgaoileadh gu gach àrd-sgoil a ghabh pàirt.  Anns an dealbh, chithear Danielle leis an teisteanas aice agus eàrlas luach £50, agus na sgoilearan eile a chaidh am moladh anns an fharpais:  Seonag Renwick, Mia Geddes, Ciorstaidh Hedderwick, Rhianna Day, Jade NicCaba, Ealasaid Lyall, Seòna Ghreumach-Nic an Tàilleir, Sirena Rattray agus Iòrdan Zblewski.  Mealaibh ur naidheachd!

Miss Yvonne Gunn, PT Languages

2013 SQA Results

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Important Announcements

Sqa_logoCharleston Academy pupils received their SQA results today (Tuesday 6 August). We are delighted that so many pupils have done so well. This is testimony to the effort and hard work of our pupils, their teachers and other staff and also the support of their parents and carers.

Some results worthy of note are the 46 pupils in S5 (32.6%) who passed three or more Highers, compared to the Highland average of 27%. 21 of those S5 pupils passed five or more Highers (15%) which is well above the Highland average of 11.6%.

In S4, the number of passes at Standard Grade Credit Level was 56 (40.3%), up from 33% in 2011 and 37% in 2012.

Staff will be looking into the results in more detail over the next few weeks. Meanwhile congratulations to everyone on the results of their hard work. If anyone has concerns or queries about any aspect of the SQA results, please telephone the school meantime.