Fringe Festival Poster Competition

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Fringe Festival Poster School Competition 2017 Submissions

To celebrate the Fringe’s 70th anniversary, The Fringe Festival want Scotland’s young people to inspire the design of the official Fringe Programme.

Every year, their audiences, participants and media from around the world look forward to the reveal of the front cover. The Fringe Festival prints 395,000 copies and distribute to 44 countries!

The Fringe prides itself on its extraordinary ability to showcase diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part.

I am so excited and genuinely proud of the work that all of our S2 & S3 students have produced whilst in Art & Design this term. Here is a small sample of some of the poster designs, which our young people have designed. Well done everyone who has taken part you should be so very proud of yourselves.


Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher of Art and Design

Languages at Work

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Over 20 pupils from Charleston Academy joined young people from Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy and Forres Academy for an event organised by Scotland’s National Centre for Languages on Thursday 23rd February.

Aimed specifically at S3 – S6 pupils, it focused on the relevance of language skills in a work context with the intention of encouraging pupils to continue with their language studies.

Pupils discovered how languages can enhance communication skills, motivation and employability opportunities in line with the aims of ‘Developing the Young Workforce’, the Scottish Government’s current Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Learners listened to 4 presentations from exciting inspirational speakers who view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.

  • Michael Mackenzie, Regional Football Development Officer, Scottish Football Association
  • Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries and Alex Smith Industry Network Manager, XpoNorth Music
  • Kirsten Matthews, Brand Home Lead Guide, Glen Ord Distillery / Diageo Scotland
  • Meryl James, Professional Development Officer at the University of Strathclyde, enthusiastic advocate of other languages and cultures who taught pupils a few words of Welsh and Mandarin

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

World Book Day Character Competition

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“Trust Me, I’ve Read this Book!”

Today is World Book Day and the school is celebrating the event in several ways. Over the course of this week our Library is running a Guess the Character competition. Teachers are displaying clues on their doors and pupils have to guess the characters by asking the teachers any question they want about the character. Teachers can only answer Yes or No. English classes are having great fun trying to work out all of the various clues.


Google Classroom Roll-Out

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This session staff and pupils at Charleston Academy have been trialling out innovative use of our 100 iPads in a variety of lessons. While the iPads give students access to thousands of educational apps, some classes have also been making excellent use of Google Classroom on these too.

In recognition of some of the excellent innovation in the school, our Geography Department has recently been awarded some 50% of an innovation fund from Highland Council to trial out and develop Google Classroom further. The department has taken stock of a class set of Chromebook to develop use of Google Classroom further and share good practice across the school. This is in preparation for the rollout of Chromebooks for all pupils over the next 18-24 months.

Hospitality Visit – Chefs Adopt a School

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S3 Hospitality pupils from Charleston Academy had a wonderful experience at Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness on Wednesday 8 February.

Students and staff were guests of Mr Albert Roux OBE and chef Michael Matheson of Chez Roux Restaurants and the Albert Roux Consultancy to celebrate Chefs Adopt A School Week.

Pupils were able to experience and appreciate how the hotel and restaurant are run and to interact with staff from the kitchen, restaurant, housekeeping and management.

After watching and then sampling “Mocktails” expertly prepared in the bar, seeing the deluxe suites complete with sauna and jacuzzi, everyone was then treated to a fabulous and specially prepared afternoon tea. This was followed by a tasting session of the restaurant’s most popular starter, main course and dessert.

Many thanks to Head Chef Javi and General Manager Rob for an amazing visit. All the students and staff had a fantastic day and a delicious lunch.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting PT Home Economics

Book Group Visit

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On Wednesday 25th January the S2 book group, assisted by our 2 S6 helpers went, with Mrs King, to Millburn Academy. We went to discuss the short listed books as part of the process for voting for the Teenage Book Award. We met Millburn’s group and had a very tasty lunch (soup, sandwiches and loads of biscuits!). We did a few little group exercises so that we could get to know each other better. We talked about what sort of books we like, why we joined the book group and other things like this. Eventually we started talking about the books that were shortlisted for the prize and which ones were our favourites. Logan and Mrs Phillips put a good case forward for ‘Silver Skin’ but the rest of the group felt that ‘Black Cairn Point’ deserved to win. It was good fun to see what everyone else thought about all the books – including those that didn’t make it onto the final BookTrust shortlist. The BookTrust will announce the overall winner on 1st March.

We had a really good time and enjoyed the trip. We’d love to do it again!

Logan Parker (2L2) maand Lara MacGillivray (2L1)


David Stewart MSP – Nutritional Educational

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Yesterday David Stewart MSP visited Charleston Academy. Mr Stewart is Convenor of the cross-party committee on Diabetes at the Scottish Parliament and visited a S1 Home Economics lesson on sugar.

Mr Stewart, who is also a Diabetes Champion, was joined by David Rex, Highland Council’s Specialist Dietitian.

Mr Stewart was intrigued to learn what young people knew about sugar. He said the World Health Organisation recommended that individuals should receive no more than 5% of their daily calories from added sugar, that’s six teaspoons per day.

Statistics reveal that all age groups in the UK were exceeding this by taking in over 11% with teenagers being the worst, taking in 15.6%.

“Diabetes has become a UK and worldwide epidemic, is the main cause of blindness of people of working age and responsible for half of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations. Getting the message across at an early age is vital,” said Mr Stewart.

Chris O’Neill, Head Teacher, said: “We were one of the first schools to ban Energy drinks in school. In doing that we worked closely with the local Spar to ensure these were not sold to pupils en route to school in the morning or at lunchtime.

David Rex added: “Learning about the impact of high sugar diets on health and wellbeing is important.”

The S1 class studied labels on common everyday foodstuff to work out the amount of sugar in cubes, as opposed to grams or percentages. By visualising the amount of sugar in products pupils were much more aware of the impact that the significant amounts of sugar in some products might have on them. The amount of sugar in some products shocked the pupils.



Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

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At the end of last term we held the finals of our Youth Philanthropy Initiative in School. This programme is run as part of our S3 RMPS Programme and at Charleston Academy we’ve been taking part for three years now.

Pupils work in small teams to research and discuss the social needs of their local community and identify a local charity that they believe is making a positive contribution. In groups they visit and find out more about the work of their charity and build relationships. They work together to create a presentation about their charity, explaining why it would benefit from a YPI donation of £3000. The group judged to have presented the most knowledgeable , impassioned and discerning case is granted £3000 toward to their charity.

Skills of teamwork, communication and presentation skills as well as an awareness of the needs of the local community are developed in the process.

This year pupils making presentations about the Gateway Trust, Morning Call, Befriender Highland and Maggies Highland all made it through to the final. Their final presentations were delivered in front of the S3 year group and invited guests from all of the many charities we worked with. Our Judges this year were Kate Morris (Chair of our Parent Council), Owen Cochrane (Lifescan), Halde Pottinger (Humanist Society) along with retired teachers Rob Seymour and Fiona Stuart. Headteacher Chris O’Neill chaired the judging panel with Ann Sim from YPI also advising.

In a very closely fought competition this year, pupils presenting on behalf of the Gateway Trust supporting Homeless people in Inverness won. Well done to everyone who took part.


During the preparations for our YPI Finals some of the pupil groups went well above and beyond what they were expected to do. Ellie Dyce, Rebecca Macintosh, Ashleigh Allison, Shana Nicholson and  Carly MacDonald who were researching for Advocacy Highland raised £1,215.35 through a variety of fundraising initiatives they ran.

Mia Pimm, Morgan MacKintosh, Rhianna Fraser-Lee along with Francesca Fraser, Holly Lyall and Kyle Nairn raised £225 for Maggie’s Highland.

A third group of Eilidh Thom, Gemma MacIver, Megan Borland, Grace Cranidge, Caitlin Graham and Kira Buchan raised a whopping £2,550 for Children 1st.

All of the groups who raised additional funds for their chose charity received special medals from RMPS teacher Mrs Carol Mackenzie and YPI Coordinator Mrs Ann Sim.

Christmas Cake Competition

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Pupils our National 5 Practical Cake Craft course had to design and create a Christmas Cake as part of their Cake Baking and Cake Finishing assessment.

We decided to  enter into the Christmas spirit and to have a Christmas Cake competition which was judged by  Mr Jonathon Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical, who bakes a cake every year.

He chose the following pupils cakes

  • 1 – Katie Stark 6K
  • 2 – Rachel Stein 5L2
  • 3 – Rebekah Dunnill  5K2

Mr Richards said “it was very difficult as the standard of all cakes designed and  made by the pupils was very high and far better than mine!”

Well done everyone.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting Principal Teacher of Home Economics

Arches Photography Trip

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On Tuesday 15th November, a small group of pupils – Stanley Fraser (2S), Kelly-Marie MacUilliam (4K) and Caithan Brooks (4L) – spent the morning in Inverness city centre as part of their Photography course. During their walk around the centre, the pupils took a variety of photos to practice their skills including taking photos of Inverness Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and Eden Court. They also had to look for art in the city and something that a tourist would find interesting. The trip was also a chance for the pupils to practice their life skills by using public transport and going to a café.  The trip was accompanied by Mr R Stewart and Miss L Gray.

Miss Lindsey Grey, Support for Learning Department