Into Film Festival – “La Famille Bélier”

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On the 24th of November, 26 S4/5/6 pupils went to Eden Court to watch the French film (with English subtitles) ‘La Famille Bélier’. It was about a young girl struggling to cope with life with her deaf family. She had an amazing talent for singing which became apparent when she joined the school choir to pursue her love of singing. Her music teacher recognised her gift and encouraged her to audition for a singing school in Paris. Although she didn’t initially want to go as she was worried about her family, she eventually decided to tell her family about the audition. Her parents were angry to begin with but agreed it was best for their daughter to grab the opportunity after seeing her perform in the school choir. Though it was moving at times the film was very funny throughout which made it more entertaining.

by Chloe Bisset, Ciara Latham and Calum Wilson

Chloe Bisset (4K2)

Chloe Bisset (4K2)

Ciara Latham (4K2)

Ciara Latham (4K2)

Calum Wilson (4T2)

Calum Wilson (4T2)


C’était très émouvant et captivant. Paula, l’actrice principale avait une voix angélique. Le film nous montre les difficultés liées à un handicap. Ça nous a vraiment plu et nous recommandons ce film à tout le monde.  Amy Riddle et Grace Bird

À mon avis, le film était très divertissant et drôle mais aussi touchant. Sami Cochrane

Personnellement, nous trouvons que le film était amusant mais aussi émouvant. Eilidh MacCormick et Laurie MacPhee

Le film était très marrant et nous a fait rire. Niamh MacKenzie et Mairi Prentice

Little Shop of Horrors – Expressive Arts Trip

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On Wednesday we arrived in Glasgow, after checking into our hostel we were allowed to have a few hours of shopping, looking around the Christmas Markets and sightseeing in the city; we then headed back to the hostel to get ready to go out for dinner and see the musical.

The musical production of The Little Shop of Horrors which was breath-taking; the cast were great and brought so much life to the stage. We all had an amazing day and it was a great experience because some of us had never seen a musical before.

On Thursday morning we went for breakfast which was lovely and set us up for the day ahead. After breakfast, we went on our coach to the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery which was fascinating since there were so many sections about different Art and so many areas to look at. We really enjoyed the Expressive Arts trip because it was fun and very interesting, and we would love to go on one again.

Abbie Millard (3S1) and Kern Robertson (3S1)

Abbie Millard (3S1)

Abbie Millard (3S1)

Kern Robertson (3S1)

Kern Robertson (3S1)







This term both the Art & Music departments took a group of twenty-three students from S3-S6 on an Expressive Arts Trip to Glasgow.

The purpose of this cross-curricular project was to engage our young people in the creative arts by seeing the theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors, discovering the city of Glasgow, visiting the Christmas Markets and engaging in an Educational Tour around Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery. This trip was an exciting, engaging and truly inspiring experience for all students involved and staff.

I would like to take this time to thank the staff that assisted and accompanied me in the organisation of our Expressive Arts Trip Mr Ross Fairfield and Miss Shona McGibbon. More importantly I would like to thank our students who conducted themselves with a great deal of maturity and professionalism during this overnight stay representing Charleston Academy fantastically.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher of Art & Design

Barry Hutchison Visit

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On Monday 21st November, the world famous Scottish writer, Barry Hutchison, came into Charleston Academy to talk to S1 about his new book ‘Beaky Malone – The world’s greatest liar’. He explained how he comes up with storylines for his novels and how he tries to put the essence of his own experiences directly onto the pages – including his childhood fears of squirrels and old ladies! He also spoke about his most famous series Invisible Fiend; one of these was banned in Germany so they are not for the faint hearted!  He has written 5 bestselling series and is currently working with Dreamworks to create an animated series.

Barry Hutchison was incredibly fun and interactive as well as informative about his journey to become a writer. He looked like he was having as much fun presenting his talk as we had listening (which was needless to say a lot!)  We spent an hour with him but it would have been great to go on longer.  The talk inspired us to read his books and maybe even to write stories!  Everyone clearly enjoyed it and our thanks to the English department for organising this event.

Finlay Mackenzie (1S2)

Finlay Mackenzie (1S2)

Angus Franklin (1S2)

Angus Franklin (1S2)








Finlay Mackenzie (1S2) and Angus Franklin (1S2)

Home Economics Demonstrations

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On Tuesday 15 November Chef Steve Craik from Quality Meat Scotland visited the Home Economics department to carry out  practical cookery demonstrations.  Pupils were  given an insight into the importance of eating a balanced diet including protein and iron-rich foods such as red meat. They also learnt  about the benefits of cooking and eating fresh natural produce. This was  illustrated by including fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs in each of the two dishes cooked:

Cajun scented pork loin steaks with seasonal stir fried vegetables and chorizo

Pot roast scotch lamb meatballs and carmelised onions, parsnips and curly kale

Control over the use of salt and sugar was  emphasised, and the fun and social aspects of cooking were highlighted. The demonstrations reinforced  the  importance of a healthy balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Chef Steve created an ideal opportunity for our pupils to learn about the versatility, convenience and cost-effectiveness of red meat and its place as part of a healthy balanced diet in a practical, “fun” and interactive way.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting Principal Teacher Home Economics

Practical Cake Craft Workshop

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On Wednesday 2 November former pupil Tanita Tyronney and her mum Lynda from local cake business “Ladybug Cakes” came into Charleston to deliver a practical cake decoration workshop.
The Christmas modelling workshop offered pupils demonstrations of techniques and skills which the pupils would be able to employ as part of their SQA Cake Finishing assessments.
The ladies worked with the pupils and passed on their expertise of modelling to a high standard.

Tanita will be offering another practical workshop in January to help pupils as they prepare for their final practical assignment. Mrs Fraser and all of the pupils would like to thank both Tanita and Lynda for taking time out of their busy day to help inspire our pupils.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting Principal Teacher Home Economics 

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

UHI Visit

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On Tuesday 5th October, three of our pupils visited the UHI campus in Inverness. Caithin Forster (4L1), Kelly Marie MacUilliam (4K1) and Timothy Betts (6T) were accompanied by Mrs F Marshall and Miss L Gray.

The purpose of the visit was for the pupils to take photos of the area whilst also having the opportunity to look around the campus with a view to the pupils transitioning to UHI when they leave Charleston Academy. The pupils were very impressed with the facilities in the building including the library and learning resources areas, the gym facilities and the Construction Skills area.

The pupils were also inspired by the variety of courses that students can undertake at UHI and one of the highlights of our visit was meeting former Charleston Academy pupil Emily, who is currently studying Art at UHI. We had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student by have a snack in the refectory. After this, we went outside to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the campus and visit the Centre for Health Science building. The visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Miss Lyndsey Gray, Support for Learning Department


Albert Roux Dinner 2016

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Our Annual Albert Roux Dinner 2016 took place on Monday 12 September. Once again, students worked with Mr Albert Roux OBE and Chez Roux Chef from the Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness, Mr Javi Dominguez Santos.

Students planned, prepared, cooked and served a three course dinner to 40 paying guests that included a champagne and canapés reception.

Our students were under immense pressure to pull of a flawless evening for our guests which included representatives from the hospitality industry across Inverness and the Highlands.

Among our guests this year were:

  • Ann Sim, regional coordinator for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
  • Georgie Parker, Business Development Director at UHI.
  • Ina Davies, also from UHI and former General Manager of the Golf View Hotel in Nairn
  • Councillors Alex Graham and Allan Duffy
  • Rona MacAskil from the Forest Kitchen
  • Kate Morris, Chair of our Parent Council
  • Anne Huggan, Depute Rector Inverness High School

The evening was a tremendous success. Once again we are indebted to Mr Roux and his suppliers who donated the champagne, wine and all of the ingredients. Most importantly Mr Roux and his staff also contributed a significant amount of their time before and after the event to mentor our students.

The video below is made of stills taken by our Higher Photography students. Music on the evening was provided by our Music Teacher Mr Ross Fairfield. Menus were written and produced by our Languages Department.

Well done everyone. The proceeds from the 2016 dinner form part of the schools’ contribution to the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

Art and Design Workshops

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On Thursday 8th of September ex-student and friend of the Art & Design department Colin Dunphy visited the school to deliver a short workshop to senior students who are currently engaging with their Advanced Higher / Portfolio Preparation course.

This visit proved to be yet another inspiring session for our students who were required to engage with an Art School style task focusing on creative drawing skills. Students were also given time to take part in a Q & A session with Colin who was available to answer any questions in regards to student life, Art School, projects, accommodation, cost etc.

Beth Fraser was asked to comment on the workshop.

”Colin Dunphy visited our group to present a creative drawing workshop which was highly inspiring and gave us an insight to the quality and volume of work required at University level. This workshop was extremely helpful and also gave our group a chance to ask Colin questions about his course and what university life is like”.

Mr Sim would like to take this opportunity to thank Colin for making the time to engage and inspire this year’s current seniors.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher of Art & Design