Scottish Schools Climbing Competition – finals

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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

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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

Kick Boxing achievement

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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

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

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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

Remembrance assemblies

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On the 9th and 10th of November, two special assemblies were held in the school to commemorate Armistice Day. The assemblies were led by S4 students who had recently visited the WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France. We were joined by guests from the Royal British legion (Scotland) Inverness Branch, Poppy Scotland, members of the armed services and local councillors. All commented how impressed they were with the students taking the assemblies. Thank you to all. A report on the trip will be put on the website shortly.

Miss C Bain

Principal Teacher of History

Children in Need

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Children in Need events take place this week.

Monday – We have a Bake Sale with cakes ranging from 50p-£1.00 as well as ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar’.

Tuesday -We have S6 Boys v’s Teachers Football Match – with a required donation for entry which
is the same for the S6 Girls v’s Teachers Lacrosse on Wednesday at lunchtime.

Thursday – it is £1.00 to participate in dress down/wear PJ’s day, along with the teachers lip-sync battle at lunchtime.

There will also be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets throughout the week with the winners being announced at Thursday lunchtime.

Please bring some money for the week ahead and donate generously to Children in Need.

the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition

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Whilst ghosts and ghouls haunted the hall at the S1 and S2 Halloween disco, Thursday night also saw twelve pupils from six Highland schools come together for the third and final round of the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition.

Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane opened for Charleston Academy, and the opposition, arguing against the motion ‘This house believes our right to a private life is under serious threat’. They were supported in this stance by Forres Academy and Glen Urquhart High School. Portree High School, Fortrose High School, and Nairn Academy combined to form the proposition.

Thorough preparation, and strong performances at the podium, ultimately led to another well deserved victory for Morvern and Samantha. They both received outstanding feedback from the presiding judge, and Samantha was declared speaker of the night.

The North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition operates on a league based system — across three rounds — with points awarded to the top teams in each debate. Morvern and Samantha excelled throughout events, performing consistently well; they were second in the opening debate, and won the following two. They have therefore qualified for the final which will be held at Albyn School in Aberdeen on November 24th. They will oppose the motion ‘This house deplores the tourism of today.’

A fantastic achievement, well done!

Dr G Campbell

English teacher