Charleston Students UK STEM Finalists

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Six S3 students from Charleston STEM Group attended the UK Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham last week. The STEM group had won their Scottish Big Bang Fair Final in Perth last summer and so went through to the UK final. Christy MacPherson, Drew Pimm, Cara Gourlay, Ramsay Banks, Meg Leaver and Aine MacLennan spent the two days showing off their winning designs for a chain pump and their floating, working wind turbine to the judges and many of the 10,000 visitors who arrived each day. The students were excellent ambassadors for the school and are working to pass on their skills and enthusiasm to the new S1 STEM group and our feeder primaries’

Mr D vincent

Physics teacher & STEM club leader

Inverness Music Festival Success

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A massive well done to everyone competing in the Inverness Music Festival, all participants really pushed themselves out with their comfort zones and excelled.

Abigail Morris, Islay Barras and Isobel Garvie achieved a 3rd out of 10 competitors in the junior public speaking competition with their brilliant speech on ‘Why the consumption of beef should be banned’.

Archie Grey, Katie Gillies, Rachel Gillies, Bethany Morris, Catriona Garvie and Georgina Barras achieved commended awards on their speeches based on ‘Why you should be keeping up with the Kardashian’s’ and ‘Why the body positivity movement has gone too far’. 

Charleston’s own band, Flying Knee, composed of Rory Barker, Patrick Morris, Robert Thorne, Lewis Anderson and Finbar Doig, placed 2nd in the battle of the bands with their versions of ‘Killing in the Name’, ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ and ‘Can’t Stop’. 

Archie Grey placed 2nd in his performance of ‘Rondo’ by Mozart and ‘valse Lente’ by Oskar Merikanto in grade 7 piano. Rosie Gittings placed first with her spoken prose of ‘I do not love thee’ by Caroline Norton. 

Rosie Gittings 5T2

Karting success – Oliver Stewart S1

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Oliver has been in England 6 times this year racing in preparation for the British Championships. Oliver was at the Pf International circuit in Lincoln for a round of the Winter Series and he managed to get his first win in the Junior Class since moving up at the back end of the year. He drove his socks off in horrendous conditions to take the win. Well done Oliver!!

North of Scotland Football Under 14 Cup – Fortrose Academy v Charleston Academy

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On Friday 22nd  February a Charleston team made the trip to Fortrose to play a twice postponed Under 14 North of Scotland Football match against Fortrose Academy.

Unfortunately they came up against a much better and predominantly older team who won convincingly. The positive for the Charleston boys however is that almost all the team as they are still S1 pupils will be eligible to play next year where they will be able to use this match as a learning experience.

Best wishes to Fortrose in the next round where they face Millburn Academy.

R MacKintosh

R Stewart

Citizenship at Charleston Academy

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Our PSE programme delivered a block of lessons looking at the theme of citizenship for the 4 weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays. We looked at what it means to be a good citizen – how we can contribute and behave in the community. S1 and S2 pupils as part of this did a litter pick in the school grounds and local community – specifically the path between Kinmylies Primary and Charleston, the canal path behind the school pitches, and the play park on the other side of the blaes pitch.

Our S3 pupils invited local senior citizens in to play card games and dominoes and served tea, coffee, mince pies and shortbread. This was very well received with pupils having to step out of their comfort zone and speak to, serve and entertain new people!

In the senior school, pupils looked further afield at bigger global issues and were challenged by a Ted Talk delivered by Australian humanitarian, Hugh Evans. In addition to this, our S1 pupils took the lead in promoting the idea of pupils in S1,3 and 5 donating gifts and money to MFR cash for kids while pupils in S2 did the same for the Highland Foodbank and the Salvation Army with multiple donations of food coming in to school from pupils in S2,4 and 6. We were excited to get the opportunity to go to Tesco Ness-side where we collected money there from bag-packing which was added to our overall total.

We were delighted to donate £400 to MFR cash for kids as well as multiple gifts and £250 to the Salvation Army plus bags upon bags of food for the foodbank. See pictures below!

Mrs A Thomson

Principal Teacher Guidance

Course choice information

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The course choice booklets for pupils going into S3 – S6 (current S2 – S5) have been updated to reflect the courses that could be on offer next year. These can be found here for S3 and here for S4-6.

The presentations that were used at the open evenings have been included below.

please contact the school if you have any question about your child’s course options for next year.

History interpreter visit

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On Thursday 13th December Paul Lang, a historical interpreter who normally works with Historic Scotland, came to visit the school.  In the morning he gave a presentation on the Jacobites to S1 and in the afternoon he gave a presentation on the Scottish wars of Independence to S3 classes. S1 pupils reported that they thought “it was educational whilst being exciting at the end with the weapons.  He told us a lot about the redcoats and Jacobites and the weapons were cool” and “I enjoyed when he talked about the tools and weapons and how to use them. One of my favourite parts were when he did the way how to dress themselves in the uniform,.”.  S3 were also impressed, saying that the presentations were interesting and “a good experience” and “he gave loads of facts and the weapons were cool”.

Business Brunch – Languages

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A group of ten S3 Gaelic pupils recently attended the SCILT Business Brunch at the Kingsmills Hotel.  The theme of the event was the importance of languages in the workplace.  Pupils and staff had the opportunity to speak to representatives from a range of companies and organisations.  They also had the opportunity to listen to a range of people who use languages in their work including Paula Nicol from the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Willie Cameron from Cobbs Group, Eilidh MacKenzie from Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Seonaidh MacKenzie from BBC Alba. 

Miss Y Gunn – Principal teacher Languages