We have now been given permission from Police Scotland and Highland Council to release the following information in relation to an incident on our campus earlier this week. Apologies that we were not able to release information sooner.
Chris O’Neill, Rector
Police Scotland have issued the following statement: “Following an incident at Charleston Academy Community Complex, Inverness, on Tuesday 22nd November, a 31 year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court on Wednesday 23rd November. No-one was injured during the incident.”
This matter is subject to live legal proceedings. The school is unable to enter into any further correspondence about this matter. Any enquiries should be directed to Police Scotland in Inverness, Telephone 01463 720396.
Our final fundraiser for Children in Need took place at interval today. Votes had been cast all week for the volunteer teachers who would be gunged. Mrs Cameron, Miss Massey, Mr Richards and Mr Fairfield had the honour of winning!
Well done everyone. We’ve not yet counted all the money raised but nearly £900 has been raised over the past few days. We will know our final total on Monday.
Don’t forget to watch Children in Need this evening to see our choir perform live from BBC studios in Glasgow.
Our Fundraising for Children in Need continued yesterday. Two staff teams took part in Charleston Academy’s version of Would I Lie To You?
Well done to our Prefects who have organised and run much of our events this week along with Miss Sali Massey and other staff.
Our staff teams yesterday were Mr MacGregor, Mr Richards and Mr MacLean against Ms Sutherland, Ms Carmichael and Mr Seymour.
Events conclude today with Teacher Gunging.
Fundraising for Children in Need has been taking place all of this week. On Monday we had Beat The Goalie. On Tuesday is was Taste Challenge. Wednesday is Mystery Box. We have Would I Lie to You on Thursday and Friday is Gunge the Teacher. More photos and an update on the total raised soon…
Beat the Goalie
Senior Prefects were honoured to have been asked to read out the Kohima Epitaph and Binyon’s Words on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Depute Head Girl Jemimah Morris and Depute Head Boy Daniel Lamont did the readings at the War Memorial at Cavill Gardens on a very wet Sunday afternoon. Our Head Boy Liam MacLeod and Head Girl Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr had done the readings on Friday 11th at HQ and on Sunday laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the War Memorial.
Children in Need is on Friday 18th November and as one of our supported charities young people and staff are busy preparing for a variety of fund raising events. A variety of fun activities take place at lunchtime this week: Tuesday – Taste Challenge; Wednesday – Mystery Box; Thursday – Would I Lie to You Game Show; Friday – Gunge the Teacher.
Pupils can vote in the foyer at intervals and lunchtimes to decide which teachers (provided they have volunteered) take part in each activity.
We are also delighted that our Choir will take part in the telethon on Friday evening. Ten students will take part in the national choir and head down to BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow to take part on Friday. They have been rehearsing with other local schools over the past two weekends and were delighted that Pudsey came to visit them here at Charleston last Sunday. Click HERE to see footage from our Twitter of them rehearsing yesterday.
A documentary about the choir will also be shown on BBC2 Scotland on Saturday 19th.
We are very aware of the impact a large secondary school can have on its local community. At Charleston Academy we are at the heart of the community in Kinmylies with a community centre attached and shops and businesses right on our doorstep.
We hold daily assemblies and frequently address issues of conduct in the community, particularly at the shops and nearby parks. We have received complaints of litter at Assynt Road play park this week.
Concerned to hear about this four students spent Thursday lunchtime working to remove litter (not all of it from pupils by any means) from the park.
A big thank you to Shana Nicholson (3T2), Rebecca MacKintosh (3K), Ellie Dyce (3T1) and Kyle MacLean (3S1) who worked with Depute Rector Mr Gordon Stewart and the Chair of Muirtown Community Council, Mr Bowie to get the park cleaned up. We are now aware that more bins in the park might help and will discuss this with Muirtown Community Council and local Councillors.
Charleston Academy senior prefects joined the Provost of Inverness at the city’s Armistice Day celebrations earlier today. Head Girl Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr read out Binyon’s Words while Head Boy Liam MacLeod read the Kohima Epitaph both on behalf of the Royal British Legion. They were joined by Head Teacher Chris O’Neill, Depute Head Girl Jemimah Morris and Lead Prefect Rahan Islam who were guests of the Provost along with representatives from all of the Inverness Secondary Schools.
It was a great honour for Charleston Academy students to have been asked to read out the Binyons Words and the Kohima Epitaph at today’s events. Our Lead Prefects will do this again at the Remembrance Sunday events at the War Memorial this weekend.
In school, Armistice was acknowledged at 11am with Two Minutes Silence. This was preceded by a piped lament performed by three of our pipers, Eilidh MacCormack (5L2), Morgan MacIntosh (3L1) and Lewis MacRae (4K1).