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

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House Points

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House Points Feb 14Each term we record Monitoring Totals for each of our pupils. These are awarded for Respect, Responsibility, and Achievement by all teachers for all pupils.

Additionally, pupils receive ad-hoc commendations for these as well as for participating in extra-curricular activities and other school events.

Negative points for Behaviour Monitoring are subtracted from a pupil’s individual total but not from the overall House Total.

Individual points count towards House Points too. Together with our inter-house events such as the Sponsored Walk, Fancy Dress, House Quizes and other competitions an overall weighted House Points Total is arrived at.

The House Points Totals for the end of last term are shown here.

Celebrating Burns

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Andrew McLean, Izzy Frew, Shaun Thomas and Laura Brown

On Friday we held a relaxed Burns’ Supper at lunchtime in the canteen. Our own radio station, Right Enough Radio broadcast live from the stage in the Hall, accompanied by assorted performances with a Scottish theme. Our pipers performed brilliantly in front of the school, accompanied by their tutor Louise McBain, accompanied by an assortment of great talent including highland dancers.

Earlier, S4 pupil Andrew McLean piped in the Haggis.


Depute Head Girl Laura Brown read the Selkirk Grace. Head Boy Shaun Thomas read out the address to the Haggis to a captive audience of pupils. Our Head Cook, Izzy Frew, received the Haggis on behalf of the canteen. Pupils were then served a traditional Burns Supper of Scotsh Broth; Haggis, Neeps and Tatties or Stovies; and Trifle. It was great to see so much talent come together informally in front of the whole school – not an easy task.


Burns Day

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Friday 24th January is Burns Day and several events are taking place at Charleston Academy.

  • Wear Tartan – whether a tie, scarf, shirt, skirt, trousers or kilt everyone is invited to wear at least one tartan item on Friday.
  • Burns Lunch – the canteen will be providing a traditional Burns’ “Supper” for lunch alongside our usual menu. Andrew Maclean will be piping in the Haggis at 12:45 with some of our Prefects reciting the Selkirk Grace and Address to the Haggis.
  • The music department and Right Enough Radio are coordinating a number of recitals and performances by pupils which will include Piping, Clarsach and Dancing with a definite Scottish theme.

All pupils and staff welcome to come along, wearing tartan, to support these events.

Quiz Result

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IMG_0035Pupils and staff packed into the Hall this morning, first for the Junior House Quiz, with the Senior House Quiz taking place after interval. Rounds included, General Knowledge, Specialist Subject, Teacher Baby Photos, Wii Dancing, Yule Log Decorating, Making the longest paper chain in two minutes and so on. Great fun was had by everybody.

Well done and huge thanks to Mrs Val Macrae (Biology Department) who planned and coordinated the whole event with an excellent team of staff and senior pupils assisting with all aspects. Everyone had a great day and we are already planning teams for next year, which we hope will include a staff team too. Watch this space!

But there was a competitive element and the overall results were:


1st Place: Kishorn (51 points)

2nd: Shiel (48 points)

3rd: Torridon (46 Points)

4th: Laggan (19 Points – What happened Mr Stewart?)


1st Place: Laggan (62 Points)

2nd: Shiel (57 Points)

3rd: Torridon (52 Points)

4th: Kishorn (51 Points)



House Points Update

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House Points

Ahead of our Inter-House Quiz which is taking place in the Hall this morning, the current House Totals are available. This follows the trawl this term for Commendation Awards for Achievement, Respect and Responsibility awarded by every teacher for pupils in each of their classes. The total also includes ad-hoc awards for other commendable achievements by pupils. All to play for in the House Quizes this morning with a lot of points to be won. Good Luck to each of the Houses.