S1 Power Readers

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Our Class, 1E, won the S1 Power Readers, reading an average of 17 books each. The majority of the class completed bronze level and were on silver; others went even further and were on their gold level.

As a prize for reading the most books we won a trip out to the cinema to see a film of our choice. We chose Iron Man 3. The film was great! We were allowed to buy our own sweets or snacks but weren’t allowed to go over the top! We went to see the film on Tuesday 21st May with Mrs King, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Mackenzie.

We would like to thank our English teacher for encouraging us to win and Vue for letting us have a great morning out! The whole class agrees it was great fun.

Megan Meldrum (1T) and Samantha Cochrane (1T)

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World Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

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Charleston Academy pupils Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S4), and Stuart Dingwall (5S1) recently returned from Portugal where they had been competing as part of the Scottish Team in the World Schools Orienteering Championships at Monte Gordo, near Fargo in Portugal.

This was a truly remarkable and significant achievement for Rowan, Callum and Stuart. The Championships are an important international event in the orienteering calendar. During the opening ceremony the boys took delight wearing their kilts to parade through the Villa-Real-de-Santa-Antonio Stadium under the watchful eye of the head of the International Sports Federation.

While there, the boys took part in quite a few events, including the Middle Distance Relay in temperatures over 35C, through wild gorse, cacti, and on sandy beaches.

By the end of the week long championships the Scottish Team won 2 medals and 5 individual medals.


The Scottish Team in Portugal

As part of the trip, the boys, along with the rest of the Scottish Team, took part in a number of cultural visits, including a trip to the historic village of Tavira. The championships ended with Friendship Races involving everyone in each of the 200 teams participating. The week long Championships ended with a fantastic closing ceremony at Castro Marim.

The boys have written up an excellent journal of their visit and participation in the events in Portugal. Click on the icon below to download the full version.

Rowan White (2S2), Callum White (4S2) and Stuart Dingwall (5S1)

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The Boys’ Championship Journal 2013 (click to view)

Hampden Park Visit – School of Football

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On Friday 17 May the 12 S1 School of Football boys headed to Hampden, Scotland’s National Football Stadium, to play in matches with other School of Football squads from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. As well as playing football the boys also got a tour of the Hampden Park stadium.

“We all had to get up early. Once we got to school we got on our bus, it was really fancy and posh, with leather seats and TVs. We had a very long drive to Glasgow and we stopped at Perth on the way down and the way back.”

“Once we got down to Hampden we ate our lunch and watched the first round of the games. It was then our turn to take part in the games. The games were very good and were a lot of fun but they still had a competitive side to them as well.”

“Once the games finished we went to the stadium for our tour of Hampden Park. The tour was very good and we got to go round all the main rooms and the museum which has the real Scottish cup.”

“It was a really good day overall! “

Jake Fraser-Lee (1S)


RMPS raising funds for Mary’s Meals

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Simple-IdeaCharleston Academy pupils have raised over £800 for Scottish Charity Mary’s Meals. This sum was raised after pupils from S1 to S4 watched a DVD about the work of Mary’s Meals and were motivated to donate change to the charity in class. Mrs McConnachie and Mrs Mackenzie were overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils who made the donations during class time.

Read some quotes from the class on the RMPS Blog about the impact the film had on them and what motivated them to donate. Find out more about the work of this important Scottish Charity HERE.

The total sum raised came to £875.

This provides 14,690 children one nourishing daily meal or 1,469 children a daily meal for a year.


Some S1 pupils pose with the “Thank You” received from Mary’s Meals after the school raised £875 for the charity. Thanks again to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

Mrs Agnes McConnachie, Principal Teacher of RMPS

More Shinty Results for Charleston

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Charleston’s U14 Shinty team recently took part in the six-a-side tournament for the Robertson Cup at Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit.

We got off on a slow start as we faced our two hardest opponents, Lochaber and Kingussie, with narrow defeats. We made our comeback against Glen B with a 7-1 victory and went on to beat Glen A and Dingwall. We were beaten in our last game against Skye.

Goal of the day goes to Robbie Brindle 2S2, Lee Dunbar crossed the ball in perfectly and Robbie finished it off with a volley right into the back of the net, an awe inspiriting strike.

With thanks to the players, Ian Rankin (2T), Craig Rankin (2S2), Robbie Brindle (2S2), Darren Douglas (2L1), Lee Dunbar (2L1), John Williamson (2L1), Daniel Lamont (2K2) and Liam Eaton (3T1) as we came third overall.

Liam Eaton (3T1)

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Ashley Todd called for Scotland Basketball Squad

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Ashley Todd (2S1) and younger brother Alex.

Congratulations to S2 pupil, Ashley Todd. Along with his younger brother, Ashley (already 6ft 2in tall) has been selected to play basketball for the Scottish national squad. Ashley competed with 170 other young hopefulls at a selection event in Edinburgh where they were put through their paces by coaches testing their skills in areas such as passing, shooting, defence and lay-ups. Ashley has been selected for the under-14 team and already plays for the Highland Bears. Ashley wants to make a professional career from basketball, practicing rigorously every week. Well done.


Mar sin leat, Morven!

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Mar sin leat, Morven!


S1 Gaelic said ‘mar sin leat’ to Morven MacDonald, the S6 Study Buddy who helped and supported them throughout the year.  Morven achieved an A in Higher Gaelic last year and thought it would benefit her personally to assist in their classes each lesson this year.  It was a privilege for the young pupils to see how another pupil, who also came to Charleston Academy without any Gaelic, can progress to gain a qualification in the language at such a high level.  Morven was an exceptional role model for all.  Today, we had a party with chocolate, songs, laughter and tears.  In her speech, Morven spoke about how she appreciated the opportunity to get to know younger pupils in the school and how much she enjoyed seeing them make progress.

We wish Morven the very best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her life, studying History at Glasgow University.

Mar sin leat, Morven!

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Morven MacDonald, 6K

An-diugh, thuirt a’ chiad bhliadhna ‘mar sin leat’ ri Morven NicDhòmhnaill, sgoilear air clas a sia a thug cuideachadh agus taic dhaibh rè na bliadhna. Shoirbhich le Morven aig Àrd-ìre an-uiridh agus shaoil i gum biodh e math dhi gu pearsanta a bhith a-staigh gach leasan am-bliadhna le clas Gàidhlig òg agus a bhith gan cuideachadh. ‘S e urram a bha ann do na sgoilearan òga a bhith a’ faicinn mar as urrainn do sgoilear eile, a thàinig gu Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich às aonais facal Gàidhlig mar a rinn iad fhèin, teisteanas mhath fhaighinn anns a’ chànan aig ìre àrd. An-diugh, bha pàrtaidh againn dhi le seòclaid, òrain, gàire agus deòir. Anns an òraid aice, bhruidhinn Morven air cho math ’s a bha e eòlas fhaighinn air sgoilearan ceann shìos na sgoile agus air cho math ’s a chòrd e rithe a bhith a’ faicinn gach neach a’ dèanamh adhartais.
Tha sinn a’ guidhe gach soirbheachas do Mhorven is i gu bhith a’ dèanamh Eachdraidh ann an Oilthigh Ghlaschu an ceann beagan mhìosan.
Mar sin leat, Morven!

Music Festival

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Music pupils from S3 to S6 recently attended the Inverness Music Festival.  Charleston Academy pupils took part in the Popular Song contest. All of our pupils gave outstanding performances. Well done to Morven MacDonald (6K) who was the overall winner in this class.

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Football Success

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Charleston 7 – 5 Kingussie

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Man of the Match, Lewis Jamieson (1S2)

Charleston under 13 football team travelled to Kingussie yesterday (Tuesday 23rd April) to play their first match in the Highland Schools Cup.

A strong start from Charleston allowed them to take an early lead, however Kingussie played some excellent football and were always in for a chance of taking a lead.

Going into the second half Charleston were leading 3-2 and managed to extend their lead with an early goal from Josh MacDonald. The second half continued the same as the first with both teams showing some fantastic football and any of them being able to secure a win at the end. On this occasion Charleston managed to win the match 7-5.

Charleston now take on Invergordon in the next round.

Goal Scorers: Lewis Jamieson (3), Josh MacDonald, Jamie Penwright, Aiden Mackenzie, Ian Mackenzie

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach