Badaguish Youth Challenge 2018

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Congratulations to the Charleston Academy teams that participated in the Badaguish Youth Challenge this weekend along with 30 other teams from schools and groups across the North of Scotland


Our Girls Team of; Amma Crombie, Beth Harrison, Emily Hunter, and Rachel Gillies won the Ladies Trophy event and were 5th overall

Our Mixed Team of; Rosie Gittings, Archie Grey, and Katie Smith won the Mixed Team Shield and were 4th overall


The Badaguish Outdoor Centre is a charity that offers fun, sociable and safe short breaks for children and adults who have a learning disability and those with more complex care and support requirements. If you’d like to donate to this worthy local cause please see the above mentioned pupils before Friday 18th May to bolster their sponsor forms.


Mr S Tillam

S3 Italy Trip

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Some of our S3 pupils are currently on the Geography and Home Economics trip to Italy.

If you’d like to keep up with their adventures, you can follow their Instagram feed (charleston.italy.trip)

Italy Trip

Multilingual Debate

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Last Wednesday the Modern Languages department took a group of senior pupils to the Multi-lingual debate at Heriot-Watt University. After the long journey down, we were treated to very generous and tasty ‘pot noodles’ provided by the Confucius Institute.

This was followed by the debate. There were two teams of three who spoke languages including German, Chinese, French, Spanish and English. We could use headphones and listen to simultaneous translations into English or if you preferred from English into another language! The motion proposed that we should replace fossil fuels by renewables entirely and in a short time period. The debate was fascinating, not only to witness the skill of the interpreters but also to share the cultural knowledge of the speakers. To the surprise of many, although a significant majority of the audience supported the motion before the debate, this was reversed after they had heard the various arguments for and against.

In the closing speeches we were reminded how useful learning a foreign language is, in particular for employment but also to understand the world around us.

Adult Learning: Digital Skills for Families

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The course, starting in May, will explore the challenges around parenting in a digital world. Using ‘Positive Parenting’ techniques, the course supports parents of children and teenagers, or parents-to-be, to develop their own digital literacy, and develop strategies for managing online privacy, cyber safety and cyber bullying, as well as skills to encourage digital empathy, critical thinking and the positive use of digital media in family life.













Mrs H Macrae – Guidance Teacher

Girls Football

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The girl’s football team made their second appearance with an away match against Millburn Academy last Wednesday.  Our mixed S1 – S4 team played a hearty performance against the S1 – S6 team.  Another terrific display from Anna in goals sadly did not stop a much more experienced Millburn team taking the lead early on.  The girls gave an energetic performance (the half time jelly babies helped) and never backed down.  A “girl of the match” performance goes to Cara Gourlay who ran up and down the pitch endlessly!  Well done girls.

H Sommerville and R Stewart


Listening Time 4 You

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Listen Well Scotland are a charitable organisation and we are delighted to announce that the listening service will be offered at Charleston Academy to our pupils.  They aim to give people the opportunity to simply talk, and through this encourage individuals to identify positive solutions to their difficulties, rather than being given these sometimes ineffective solutions, by others.  This is not a counselling or advice service and promotes self-resolution.













The flyers here give more information and pupils should self-refer, confidentially, by seeing Mrs MacRae in the Guidance Office.


Mrs H Macrae

Guidance Teacher

Andrew MacFarlane – Athletics success

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After Andrew’s silver medal  in the senior men’s pole vault at the emirates arena Glasgow  he followed this up a week later with another silver medal in the Scottish Athletcis U20 combined events championship. Over 2 days he completed 7 events and achieved person best performances in the 60m sprint, shot put, long jump and 60m hurdles. He jumped a season’s best – a championship best performance – in pole vault, 4.47m. His 1000m finale was very close to his personal best time. These results put him 12th on the  Scottish All Time List for indoor heptathlon. A few days later he won gold in the 60m hurdles at the Scottish Schools Athletics Indoor Championships – running his fastest time ever. His next competitions are the English  and Scottish U20 pole vault championships. He is grateful for the use of the warm school hall for some of his training.

Mr R Mackintosh

Principal Teacher Physical Education

Design…Engineer…Construct! Eco Classroom workshop S2

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On Tuesday 6th February, 65 S2 pupils took part in the Design…Engineer…Construct!® Eco classroom workshop.  This was an introduction to a course that the Technical department are planning to run next year.  Pupils were put into groups of 8 where they were each given a role within a design team.  2 Architects, 2 Landscape architects, a company director, a sustainability officer, a brand designer and a marketing manager formed each team.  They were tasked with researching various aspects of the project then coming together to produce a proposal for their Eco classroom.

On the day we had 3 industry professionals to assist the pupils with design.  Blair Young, an Architectural technician and Simon Munro, a landscape architect from the Edinburgh school of art took small groups of pupils and directed them in research and design for those aspects of the project.  Alison Watson, a former land surveyor led a session in measuring the site to be built on.  The 4 technical prefects help with the survey and provided the teams with the site dimension.

After lunch each team presented their proposal to a panel of Judges including Mr Stewart, Mrs Hunter, Simon, Blair and Rozalind MacLennan, from Horner & Maclennan landscape architects.  Each team was judged on their designs and how well they explained aspects of sustainability and environmental consideration.

After much deliberation, the runners up were “Natures Nation” made up of Lauren Macleod, Emily Bremner-McBride, Annabelle Fraser, Abigaile Roebuck, Deborah Maclean, Molly Bruce (missing from picture), Meg leaver & Finlay Mackenzie

Runners up

The winning team were “Go Green Rangers” made up of Cosima Burns, Drew Pimm, Olivia Blaszczyk, Wiktoria Kowalska, Holly Kirkwood, Olivia Braund, Courtney Brich & Dominik Krogulec (missing from picture).


We would like to thank the professionals who came along and also our 4 Technical Prefects, Zethan Rooks, Jacob Hodgson, Marc Williamson and Dylan Nairn who all helped made the event a success.

More information about the Design…Engineer…Construct!® course can be found here

Mr Richards

Principal Techer of Technical