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

YPI Speed Dating

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S3 RMPS Students all take part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. This scheme, supported by the Wood Family Trust, sees £3000 donated to the school. Participants must first form teams or groups and then research and investigate the work of local charities. The groups must then prepare a presentation outlingin in detail how £3000 would benefit the charity of their choice and how the money would be spent. They must focus on the impact the £3000 would have on the service the charity provides.

The presentation heats take place between now and December. The final is on Thursday 15 December when external judges will announce the winning charity which will then receive the £3000.

Read more about YPI HERE. This Leaflet also provides more detailed information about the initiative which is now in its third year at Charleston Academy.

Thursday’s Speed Dating event was to allow groups of S3 students a chance to find out as much about the 20 plus participating charities ahead of choosing one for their main presentations.

Thanks to Beth Fraser (6T1) from our Higher Photography class for taking the pictures.

Beth Fraser - 6T1

Beth Fraser – 6T1


Guitars Donated

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Former pupil Alisdair Nesbitt was one of the first students ever to step foot in Charleston Academy when the school doors originally opened in 1978. Since graduating from Charleston in 1983, Mr Nesbitt has spent many years “dabbling” in music and has accumulated a number of guitar instruments. As much as Mr Nesbitt likes these instruments he contacted us recently to say they are no longer used.

Mr Nesbitt has very generously donated two electric guitars, a semi acoustic guitar, a practise amplifier and fender guitar amplifier to the Music department. He feels that they would be put to better use and encourage the next generation of Jimi Hendrix.

The Music Department would like to thank Mr Nesbitt once again for this extremely kind donation and would gladly except any future donations made to the department by our community.

The instruments will be used in class, practical exams and upcoming concerts where our young musicians can demonstrate their performance skills and dedication.

Many Thanks

Mr Scott Nairn, Acting Principal Teacher of Music

University Art Trips & Degree Shows

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On Monday and Wednesday of this week the senior Art pupils attended the Degree Shows at Gray’s School of Art and The Glasgow School of Art. We were allowed to move freely around both exhibitions seeing works from a variety of degree courses and students.

Being able to see the entirety of the student’s works allowed us to take a step back and put into perspective how such extravagant collections all started with a single concept and developed thoroughly into the work displayed.

Personally, having seen the reality of Art Schools, many of us returned home immensely inspired by these trips and it has given us that extra determination to reach our own personal goals.






Jodie Keiro-Kirk (6L)


Yet again these two day trips to both Gray’s School of Art and The Glasgow School of Art proved to highly valuable, informative and not to mention inspiring. I continue to be overwhelmed by the genuine excitement, commitment and sheer passion which my students demonstrate during these events and thereafter when reflecting. I would advise every one of them to start this session as they mean to go on; immerse yourselves in creative dialogue, conviction and a strong work ethic.

Finally, can I take this time to thank Mrs Lyndie Cameron and Ms Lyndsey Gray for driving the school mini bus to both locations and to the whole school staff for their constant support to myself, our pupils and the Art & Design department.

Mr Derek Sim (Acting PT Art & Design)

School of Football Visit to Hampden

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Young people in S1 who are part of our School of Football initiative had a great day at the national stadium Hampden in Glasgow yesterday. Our young people were accompanied by Arthur Jack, our Community & Youth Coach who is based at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Participants in the programme follow an enhanced timetable during S1, S2 and S3 at Charleston Academy to allow one unit of football to be delivered every day. Pupils are extracted from some subjects to facilitate this and get one unit less of PE during the week.

Throughout the programme, players have the opportunity to be identified by senior clubs involved in the Scottish FA Youth Initiative programme.


Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

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Young People at Charleston Academy are being actively encouraged by their teachers to use Google Apps for Education. These apps are already being used on the 100 iPads we have in school. From 2017 young people will also be able to use these on the one-to-one Chromebook devices as this service begins to be rolled out across the council. At assemblies next week young people will be given more information about GAFE. Tomorrow (Wednesday) all S1-S3 students will receive this letter seeking consent for GAFE use in school. The letter also contains links to more information about GAFE.

Additionally, please see this website for information about Google Apps for Education.

For more information about the way we are now using iPads in Charleston Academy please see Apple’s Education microsite.

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