Enterprising Mathematics Finalists

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Good Luck to Robert Thorne (4S), Catherine De Venny (4K1), Archie Grey (3L) and Rosie Gittings (3T2). These four students are competing in the Enterprising Mathematics competition next week. They are one of only four teams representing the Highlands at the Scottish Finals.

Robert Thorne (4S)

Robert Thorne (4S)

Rosie Gittings (3T2)

Rosie Gittings (3T2)

Archie Grey (3L)

Archie Grey (3L)

Catherine de Kenny (4K1)

Catherine de Venny (4K1)

Bridge to Employment Residential

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12 Students from Charleston Academy joined others from Dornoch Academy and other schools to take part in a residential weekend as part of their Bridge to Employment Year 2 Programme.

Students attended Loch Inch Waterports Centre over Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November.

This is part of the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Initiative. Students were joined by mentors and coaches from partner companies that included Scottish and Southern Energy, Lifescan and others.

As well as taking part in outdoor activities, including archery, canoeing and open-boating the young people also focussed on Team Work and Problem Solving Activities, set individual objectives for the coming year and began work on an innovation project. They had to do this under the careful watch of two of the biggest employers in Inverness and the Highlands.

Well done to everyone taking part in a very successful residential weekend.

Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector

Sponsored Walk For School Funds

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All money raised through sponsorship in our annual Sponsored Walk has now been banked. A huge thank you to everyone – pupils, parents, relatives, friends and others – in our school community who has contributed in any way. Over £9000 was raised this year which is excellent. This money contributes to our School Fund which pays for all of our Extra / Wider Curricular Activities, funds our School Minibus, and allows us to significantly off-set the cost of Activities Days for pupils in S1 to S3. Recently school funds have also assisted us in purchasing iPads and other equipment across the school too.

Shiel Take House Points Lead

The money raised is converted into House Points too. Shiel and Laggan Houses have done well with Shiel now in the lead and Laggan moving up into third place.

Well done to Mrs Robertson’s 2S Class which raised the most money overall – £571 in total. They will receive a prize of cinema and pizza or similar activity shortly. Well done too to Emily Hunter (3T1) who raised the most money – £111 in total. This is an amazing figure and if replicated across the school would see over £80,00 raised for school funds.

The school is indebted to the generosity in our community for their contributions to this and also for all our charitable work which is significant in the run up to Christmas. Next week we support Children in Need and this will be followed in December by our Annual Hamper Appeal.


Swimming Gala 2016

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Well done to all our swimmers competing at the Secondary School Swimming Gala which was held at Inverness Leisure last Wednesday. A fantastic effort from everyone in the Charleston Academy Team: Samantha Cochrane (5T), Eilidh MacKay (2T1), Caitlin Graham (3T1), Struan Hay (5K1) and Angus Franklin (1S2). Congratulations to them all.

Mrs Dagmar Borrowman, Active Schools Coordinator 

Hockey at Gordonstoun

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On Tuesday 4th October the Charleston Hockey teams travelled to Gordonstoun for an afternoon of games.

The first game of the day was the S2 team.  The girls played an eight a-side cross pitch match and delivered an outstanding performance against Gordonstoun.  The girls played some great hockey in attack and put pressure on the Gordonstoun defence right from the start.  The game finished 8-0 to Charleston. Goal scorers were Abbie Maclean (2L1), Katie Gillies (2L1) and Molly Robertson (2L1).

Congratulations to Abbie Maclean who has been selected as captain of the S2 team and Katie Gillies who has been selected as vice-captain.

The second game of the afternoon was the senior girls.  The girls played an 11 aside full pitch game against a very strong Gordonstoun team.  The first half was a very defensive game for Charleston.  Charleston were down by two goals at half time however in the second half they sharpened up their game and came back to finish with a 2-2 draw.  Goal Scorers were Elidh MacCormick (5L2) and Sophie Fraser (5T).

Congratulations to Nicole McIntosh (6K) who has been selected as our captain for the senior team and Alice Fraser (4K1) who has been selected as vice-captain.

The Third game of the afternoon seen our S3 team take to the pitch.  The S3 team played their best game of the year so far.  The team work extremely hard to secure a 2 – 0 win over Gordonstoun.  Goal scorers were Charlotte Stewart (3S2) and Abbie Maclean (2L1).

Congratulations to Kira Buchan (3K) who has been selected as the captain of the S3 team, and Charlotte Stewart who has been selected as Vice-Captain.

The final game of the afternoon was our first year teams.  Our A and B team played 8 aside cross pitch games.  The girls all played really well, in particular our new goalies that got padded up and stepped in for the first time.  Charleston played two really tough games against Gordonstoun.  Unfortunately both teams were beaten, however this did not dampen the spirits of the S1 girls.

Congratulations to Cara Gourlay (1L1) who has been selected as the captain for the S1 team and Mirren Barker (1T2) who has been selected as Vice-captain.

Once the games were all finished we were invited to dine with Gordonstoun for dinner.  The girls all had a great time and were all a credit to the school.

A fantastic effort from all teams, well done girls! Enjoy your October break and look forward to a busy term with more highland fixtures after the holidays!

Mrs Kirsty Dillon, PE Department

North of Scotland Schools Public Speaking

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Congratulations are due to three pupils who competed in the first round of the North of Scotland Senior Public Speaking competition at Nairn Academy on Wednesday the 25th of September.

Robert Thorne (4S), Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Stuart Hamilton (4T2) were successful (along with pupils from Millburn Academy) in making it through to the finals of this prestigious event, which will be held in Aberdeen next March.

They will compete against the other preliminary winners – St. Margaret’s School for Girls and Robert Gordon’s College – for the overall title.

Well done and good luck for the future!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department