There are some changes to our current Pupil Support Team. Mrs Susan Ritson retires at the end of November. During her absence Mrs Heather MacRae will be Acting Guidance PT for Torridon. Additionally Mr Ryan MacKintosh is currently Acting Guidance PT for Laggan during Miss Jaffray’s absence.
Please remember that your child’s Guidance PT should always be the first point of contact with the school.
Please see our Pupil Support page for more details about this and our Extended Pupil Support which also contains a number of changes.
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.
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.
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.
We currently have a number of vacancies on MyJobScotland. Some of these are re-advertisements. All have a closing date of 19 September 2016.
Please contact the school if you wish to discuss any of these opportunities. Any prospective applicants are more than welcome to visit the school to find out more. Please Contact Us.
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.
Mr Scott Nairn, Acting Principal Teacher of Music
Tempest will be in school to take our annual school photos on Tuesday 23 August. Two photographers will take individual photos of all Charleston Academy pupils. These are used for our management information system and are of course available for purchase too.
Parental / Carer cooperation in ensuring all of our young people are smartly turned out in full school dress code on Tuesday, as they should every day, will be greatly appreciated. Ties and tops with logos will be available for anyone who does not have theirs yet for any reason.
Family Photos and Team Group photos will be taken later in November. All pupils have been told when their photos will be taken.
Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector
Results of SQA courses and exams should be delivered by email / text (from 8am) or by post on Tuesday 9 August 2016. Senior staff will be available in school on Tuesday 9 August and Wednesday 10 August. Please phone the school if you have any queries about any aspect of the results.
Please see the SQA website for information about your SQA Results. The section on Results Services is also useful. Remember Appeals no longer exist – results can now only be subjected to a clerical review or a marker review.
Further good advice can be found on the Skills Development Scotland website.
Good Luck to everyone waiting on results.
Our annual Graduation Ceremony for all of our departing S6 students was held in the school hall on Friday 3 June. Special Guests Mr David Donaldson and Mrs Kate Donaldson conferred some of our awards along with departing or retiring staff: Mr Duncan Dyker our retiring Principal Teacher of Computing, Mr Rob Seymour, our retired Principal Teacher of Technical and Mr Stuart Buchanan from the Geography Department who leaves at the end of term to take up a new post in Edinburgh.
We said a formal farewell to these staff members alongside our departing S6 in a ceremony attended by 260 people. It was fantastic to see so many people turn out to bid farewell to our S6 and to mark the culmination of this phase of their education. Photos of some of the Special Award winners are shown below and the Graduation Programme can be downloaded.
New Timetables for all pupils begin on Tuesday 7 June. Monday 6 June is an in-service training day for staff. Tuesday also marks the start of our new school day / week configuration. You can download the new unit times below and all pupils will receive a copy of this with their timetables on Tuesday morning. Remember we finish at 12:25pm, the end of Unit 4, on Fridays.