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Job Vacancy – Clerk to the Parent Council

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

Charleston Parent Council is currently looking for a new Clerk. This is a part time paid position of £50 per meeting and there are typically 6 evening meetings per year. Applicants should have good organisational skills and access to a computer. They do not have to be a parent at Charleston

please see the attached document for more information

Job Vacancy – Clerk to the Parent Council

Mrs K Morris

Chair of the parent council

Scottish Schools Climbing Competition – finals

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

On Saturday 18th November, 6 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.

Tim Cox and Jasper Kinghorn had qualified for the S3/4 Boys bottom rope category with scores of 388 and 384 out of a possible 400 respectively.  These boys have always have a close but friendly rivalry and this is the first year that have competed in the same category.  Both boys scored maximum points in the first semi final route.  Tim squeezed ahead with 96 point in route 2 while Jasper got 88 putting him in joint 2nd with another climber.  Both had made it through to the final route.  Tim and Jasper put in superb performance in the final route, demonstrating some excellent technique and strength.  In the end only 2 points (one move) separated them and Jasper graciously accepted 2nd place while Tim took 1st.

Beth Harrison was competing in the S3/4 girls bottom rope category at her first climbing competition.  Having qualified 3rd with 362 points in the heats, a trophy was possible in the finals.  Beth climbed well in her first route but was unlucky to come away with only 82 points.  She climbed superbly well in her second semi final route and clawed back enough points to come joint 4th overall.  A fantastic result for her first competition.  We are looking forward to seeing Beth compete again next year.

We also had 2 boys competing in the S5/6 bottom rope category.  Rory Barker and Patrick Morris having been climbing partner for years and this friendship didn’t falter under the strain of the competition. Rory scored 364 in the heats while Patrick was 8 points behind on 356.  Both had qualified for the finals and went into the Semis on a level playing field.  Finbar Doig (S5) had also qualified with 356 points but was unable to attend the finals.  Rory topped out his first route then gained a fabulous 96 points in his second route.  One other climber matched this score so the final route had to count for Rory.  Patrick also topped out his first route but made a mistake in the second and came away with 68.  This was enough to secure a place in the final.  Both boys climbed well in the final.  Rory won the group with 88 points and Patrick gained 71 points to take 3rd.

Nathan Cox came along to support the climbers but also managed to climb several routes which all count towards his NICAS award.  Nathan thoroughly enjoyed his day and is keen to compete next year.

We all had a fantastic day and really enjoyed the atmosphere at Glasgow Climbing Centre.

Thanks to GCC, ClimbScotland and St Aloysius College for running another brilliant competition.

J Richards

Principal Teacher Technical

Botswana group – bag packing

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

The Botswana 2018 group had a very successful day bag packing at big  Tesco on Sunday 3rd December where we were so well supported by the community managing to raise a fantastic £637.  This will go in support of our trip in June 2018.

Well done to all that gave up their time to support us and to those who gave so generously.

Thanks again,

Ms M Sutherland

Principal Teacher Chemistry

String group performance

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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

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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

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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