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.
Chez Roux & Balvenie Whisky Cured Smoked Salmon & New Potato Terraine, Nero Mayonnaise
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.
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.
Read more about YPIHERE. This Leaflet also provides more detailed information about the initiative which is now in its third year at Charleston Academy.
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.
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 Nairn with Alisdair Nesbitt
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.
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 codeon 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.
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.
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.
SMT and Guests Mr David Donaldson and Mrs Kate Donaldson
SCDI Go Forth Prize
Integrity Award: Alison Horne
House Champions 2016: Torridon
Pauline King Award: Cydnee Jones
McArthur Shield for Excellence in Mathematics: Andrew Johnstone
School Dux Duncan MacDonald Quaich: Andrew Johnstone
Tait Award for Excellence in Art & Design: Liam Black
Seonaid Gillies Award for Excellence in Languages: Claire MacDonald
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.
Hurry Bells are rung before Registration and Unit 6 each day.
Following interviews that took place on 31 May and 1 June, we have now appointed our Lead Prefect Team for 2016-17. Thank you to everyone who applied and attended for interview. There were many outstanding interviews which were conducted in front of a panel of four staff.
NOTE 1: As many of the new Lead Prefect Team are away on Friday evening at the Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition we will NOT be formally introducing the team at the Graduation Ceremony for the departing S6.
NOTE 2: The Lead Prefect Team Development Weekend will take place at Badaguish from Friday 16 September until Sunday 18 September. ALL members of the new team must attend this – there can be no exceptions.
Mr O’Neill and Mrs Cameron will hold the first meeting of the new Lead Prefect Team on Thursday 9 at lunchtime – please check the Daily Notices.
Congratulations to the new team and commiserations to those who were unsuccessful.