Charleston Academy

Connecting Classrooms


As part of our British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme, Charleston Academy is hosting two exchange teachers from Botswana this week and next. Mr Seloke (Art) and Ms Didimalang (Biology) left Botswana on Tuesday and will be working at Charleston Academy over the next week. Returning with them to Botswana towards the end of term will be two Charleston Academy teachers, Ms Sutherland (PT Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art). They will spend a week teaching at our partner school in Botswana, Lotsane Senior Secondary School.

Mr Seloke and Ms Didimalang spent their first teaching day at Charleston working in their respective departments. At lunchtime they met Charleston Academy pupils who are visiting Botswana and Lotsane for two weeks next summer. They spent lunchtime developing their language skills and getting to grips with formal and informal ways of greeting in Botswana.

Earlier in the day our guests were delighted to meet Inverness West Ward Manager, Mr Stewart Wardlaw.

Find out more about our Connecting Classrooms Programme HERE.

Orienteering Home Internationals

Callum White (5S2)

In Orienteering, the Junior Home Internationals is a competition between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each country is represented by four boys and four girls out of each age group: U15s, U17s and U19s. This year the competition took place near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. The individual races took place on the Saturday.

Callum White (5S2) and Rowan White (3S2), both outstanding orienteering competitors, represented Scotland at the competition.

Rowan had a fantastic race and came 1st in the under 15s boys with a stunning 2 minute margin above 2nd place (also a Scot).

rowan JHI2013
Rowan White (3S2)

With the Scottish Universities starting on the Monday, three out of four U19s were unable to be at the competition, Callum and two of the other Under 17s were asked to ‘run up’ a class. Callum was placed 6th in this race and was the first Scottish U19 in – a fantastic achievement.

A ceilidh was a fun way for the youngsters of the four nations to spend an evening together.

The relays took place on the Sunday. In orienteering relays the U17s run first, followed by an U15 and then an U19. When Rowan came in his team lay in first place, but it was a lot to ask of the U17s who were running up to compete with their older English counterparts and the team dropped down to a respectable fifth place. Callum, also running up a class, did well to keep up the pace and managed to take his team into a fantastic third place.

Over the course of the weekend, England took overall victory, but Scotland was a very close second. No mean feat considering several of the Scottish boys/girls had run up a class. Wales was third and N-Ireland fourth. Next year the competition will take place in Scotland.

Callum White, 5S2
Callum White, 5S2
Rowan White, 3S2
Rowan White, 3S2


The school is delighted to be able to support Callum and Rowan at these competitive events. Well done.

Sponsored Walk 2013

Pupils and staff had a great time on Friday 20 September as they took part in our annual Sponsored Walk. The whole school walk to Dochgarroch Primary School along the banks of the Caledonian Canal.

With the emphasis clearly on having a fun day out, many pupils wear fancy dress. At Dochgarroch, pupils have lunch and were able to buy fair trade produce as well as home baking from fellow pupils raising money for gap year exchange trips.

Pupils get sponsorship for the walk. The funds raised contribute to our School Fund which helps pay of all of our extra and wider curriculum programmes over the coming year.

Mr Corrance’s video will be uploaded soon. Well done everybody.




Albert Roux Dinner 2013

Our annual Albert Roux Dinner took place earlier this month. 100 guests, each paying £30 per head, were served a three course Michelin Star quality dinner in our school hall which had been especially transformed for the occasion. Over 100 pupils and staff worked hard all day, developing a detailed understating of the use of ingredients, food preparation and cooking. Then in the evening, they took over the school canteen kitchen, where Mr Roux and his team took charge and supervised the pupils cook, plate and serve a three course quality dinner with champagne, wine and coffee included.

Pupils gained a valuable insight once again into the art of fine dining and quality food preparation using Scottish ingredients, learning from the world renowned Mr Albert Roux himself. Front of house pupils were also put through their paces by staff from Rocpool in Inverness so that they were able to provide a first class waiter service to our guests.

Special guests this year included Mr David Haas (City Manager for Inverness) and his wife, Depute Provost Cllr Jean Slater, Mr Graeme Findlay (SQA Manager for Hospitality), and Cllr Helen Carmichael. Sponsors and representatives from the hospitality trade across the Highlands also attended. These included Mr Charlie Lockley (Chef at Boath House) who assisted in the kitchen too.

Our fourth annual dinner had a special status as we were able to announce that funding for our Albert Roux Kitchen is now in place. The state of the art catering kitchen should be completed during this session through the conversion of one of our existing HE rooms. Mr Roux is delighted to have the kitchen named in his honour.

We hope to have the kitchen completed for our next dinner, which will be a special Homecoming 2014 Dinner and our fifth such event.

The Big Debate


Three Charleston Academy pupils were successful in their application to participate in BBC Scotland’s Big Debate. Ryan MacIver (6K), Kieran Bisset (6S), and Kharis MacPhee (6T) are all taking Higher Modern Studies this year. Along with their teacher, Mrs Lyndie Cameron, the entire class applied to take part in the filming. This involved completing a questionnaire on political beliefs and writing a question they would ask during the event. Although the pupils’ questions weren’t broadcast, the three sixth years were delighted to take part in this historic debate, exactly one year until the referendum itself. They also had a fantastic insight into the production and organisation of the debate by the BBC.

Under 14 Football First Match

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

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

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