Sport Relief

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Well done everyone for supporting Sport Relief. Our Dress Sporty Day raised over £500 for Sport Relief.

Sport Relief 2014With Sport Relief on Friday 21 March, our House Captains have been focussing on some of the issues at assemblies this week. The Lead Prefect Team will be focussing on stories by Raymond and Daniel. Both boys work for the Gold Mining Industry. Pupils will see one video at assembly, and the other during Tutor Time on Friday which is our Dress Sporty Day for a £1 Donation.

Raymond’s Story

Daniel’s Story

S4 and S5 Course Choice

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Following the very well attended Parent Information Evening for parents of S4 and S5 pupils, it was agreed to publish the Course Choice information booklet online only. Pupils have access to copies in school and printed copies are available to anyone who requires one – please contact the school.

S4/5 Course Choice Booklet

S4/5 Course Choice Booklet

Commonwealth Day

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Today, Monday 10th March, is Commonwealth Day. This year the event has added significance as Glasgow is hosting the Commonwealth Games later this year. This morning, Head Boy Shaun Thomas, Head Girl Emma Macrae and our Commonwealth Games Ambassador Azhar Khan, joined Mr O’Neill at a Reception at Inverness Town House. The Commonwealth Reception followed a flag unveiling at the Town House and was also attended by Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy, the Black Watch, the Police, Councillors and other officials as guests of Provost Alex Graham.

Albert Roux Tasting Lesson

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S3 Hospitality pupils were treated to an extraordinary lesson on Monday. None other than Chez Albert Roux was in school for the afternoon to work with pupils to explore our sense of taste and how smell, colour and texture influence it. Head Chef from Rocpool in Inverness, Javier, delivered parts of the lesson, watched on by former Army Chef, local Councillor, Allan Duffy.

Mr Roux will return later in the year to assess our progress with the new training kitchen development and to plan for our much anticipated 2014 Homecoming Dinner which Mr Roux will be overseeing in September.


Feel Fit @ Charleston

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Our PE Department is introducing or re-starting several new and exciting clubs for girls:


Hockey will be re- starting after the February Break for all S1 – S6 Girls.  Miss Fleming and Mrs Dillon will be running the sessions and would like to see all existing players and any new players attend.  Sessions will start on Tuesday 25th February after school from 3.30pm  – 4.45pm.  Come along and join in the fun!

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GIRLS CLUB for (S4-S6)

Girls club is on every Thursday from 3.30pm – 4.45pm.  A highly qualified instructor will take the sessions leading the girls through a range of different fitness methods.  These include, Body Attack, Kettle Bells, Body Combat , Metafit, Circuits, Zumba, Street Dance and so much more!!!!


Gymnastics club is now running after school on a Monday from 3.30pm– 4.45pm.  Gymnastics is taken by a qualified coach Louise Hamilton.  Anyone interested come along and try it out.  All level of abilities welcome.

If you have any queries or would like to suggest another activity please speak to us in PE anytime.

Miss Flemming and Mrs Dillon, PE Department

Community Cafe – Official Opening

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Our New Community Cafe was officially opened on Wednesday this week. Our café, which has served the school and the community since October last year is now run by Highland Council Education Department Catering Services. Staff from our own canteen run the café between 8am approx and 2:15pm each school day. The cafe is open to all pupils first thing in the morning, at interval and lunchtime.

After a number of proprietors failed to make a long-lasting success of the café or were unable to commit to the schools’ healthy eating policies and guidelines, Rector Mr Chris O’Neill approached Highland Council’s catering service to see whether they could provide a complementary addition to the school canteen. Mr O’Neill convened a small group to explore what was possible. It was important that the new Community Cafe  delivered healthy, nutritionally balanced menus just like the school canteen, while at the same time providing a different atmosphere that would also attract members of the community and users of the Community Centre.


Daniell Ross, Aiden Kent, and Daniel Lamont serve Provost Alex Graham

The implementation group consisted of  pupils, Danielle Ross (2K1), Daniel Lamont (3K2), and Aidan Kent (4S1) who met over  a series of lunchtimes with Rector Mr Chris O’Neill, Depute Rector Mrs Helen Hunter, Catering Manager Mr Bob Grey, Cafe Supervisor Mrs Angela Gribbon, Facilities Manager Mr Scott Anderson and Management Committee Chair Mr Tom Wall.

With the pupils at the helm, the group choose colours and furniture for the café refurbishment. They considered menus in consultation with the wider pupil group in the school and the local community. Since it opened in October 2013 the café has been a huge success with pupils, staff and members of the community are also using the café too. With a mixture of wood chairs and tables together with coffee shop style leather seats and sofas pupils love the café.

Senior pupils are able to use the café during study or free periods.


Bob Grey, Provost Alex Graham, Cllr Graham Ross, Daniel Lamont & Aidan Kent watch Caroline Keiro-Kirk, Danielle Ross, and Colin Ross cut the cake

As the café has its own wi-fi network senior pupils can log-on and use their own phones, tablets and laptops to get on with their studies, while enjoying a snack and a coffee at the same time.

The official opening on Wednesday was attended by Provost Alex Graham, local Councillor Graham Ross, former chair of the Management Committee Mr Tom Wall and current chair Mrs Caroline Keiro-Kirk and Mr Colin Ross from Craig Dunain bowlers. Along with Danielle, Daniel and Aidan, a celebratory cake was cut, coffee, shortbread and cakes were served to school staff and members of the community. Danielle officially cut the cake. Aidan cut the ribbon to mark the official opening. Daniel Lamont meanwhile saw the fruition of all of his hard work in Graphic Communication pay off. Daniel had won a competition to design the logo, lettering and other imagery for the café. Daniel worked with the council’s graphics department to finalise his own work. On Wednesday he saw his work displayed on menus and noticeboards around the café. Mr Bob Grey presented Daniel with a digital camera as a prize in recognition of his work.

S2 Parent Information Evening

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Following a very well attended Information Evening for the parents of all pupils in S2, the presentation used on Wednesday evening is available to view here. Additionally, the Course Choice booklet is also available to view or download. Following the consensus of all parents at the meeting, this will not be distributed on paper to pupils / parents unless requested. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries or concerns in relation to this important course choice process.

Please see Our Curriculum section for more information.

The regular Parents’ Meeting with subject teachers is on Tuesday 4th February between 4:30pm and 6:30 pm.
The Option Form will be given out to pupils soon.
S3 BGE Course Choice 2014

S3 BGE Course Choice 2014

S2 Parent Info Evening Keynote