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.

Junior Dance

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Our Hall is packed again this evening for our S1-S3 Junior Dance. The pupils are looking fantastic, in their dresses, suits, kilts or party outfits. Our Ceilidh Band and PE staff are overseeing proceedings. Our Home Economics department is providing the catering tonight. Great fun for everyone.

Christmas Party & Lunch

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Pupils and staff at Charleston Academy enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Party and Lunch on Wednesday. Our canteen staff, working hard all week preparing, served up 500 Christmas Dinners to pupils and staff, who all enjoyed lunch together in the canteen and Hall. After the lunch, our new staff band entertained everyone with a selection of Christmas jingles with pupils and other staff joining in and dancing along.

A special appearance by Santa Claus (with lots of sweets) at the end of the lunch meant he was able to hand over the iPad mini to the raffle winner, Chloe Harrison (1L1). The Christmas Party and Lunch was testament to the fantastic community atmosphere at Charleston Academy as pupils were joined by our cleaners, our Chief Invigilator, Janitors and canteen staff too.