Enterprising Maths Finalists

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Congratulations to our Enterprising Maths Finalists. The team consisting of Catherine De Venny (3K1), Robert Thorne (3S1), Anna Knox (4K1) and Struan Maclean (4K1) were at the Scottish Finals at the Glasgow Science Centre this week. Almost Sixty Schools from across Scotland competed in the final of this prestigious competition. Although there was some stiff competition from some of Scotland’s fee paying schools, Charleston Academy were second among the state schools, just behind Millburn Academy. This is a great achievement for Highland Schools. Well done to the team.


S1 Art Exhibition Winners

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On Tuesday 10th of November Charleston Academy held its annual S1 Art Exhibition evening in the school’s assembly hall. As well as giving the exhibited art work well-deserved recognition there was also a variety of stalls run by pupils and other members of our community: everything from books and clothes to homemade baked goods and more. Mr David Hay’s string group and Ross Fairfield’s piano pleasantly accompanied the evening with soft music played throughout.

As well as an overall winner, prizes were also given for most creative, best use of colour and best composition. The artwork was judged in the morning before the event by Rector Mr O’Neill, Art Portfolio Student Liam Black and Highland Hubs Art Manager, Stacey Toner. Lauren Cameron was awarded as the overall winner, Daria Kotas was presented best composition. Best use of colour was given to Tyler Brownsword and Chloe Ironside was awarded with the most creative.

Thank you to Kate Morris and other members of the Parent Council for supporting this event. Special thanks to all the local businesses for their generous donation of prizes.

Liam Black (6S) and Zarah Gollan (6S)

Remembrance Assemblies

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Remembrance Assemblies took place on Thursday and Friday last week and on Monday and Tuesday this week. Our guests along with staff and students listened to a presentation by members of the recent trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium. Senior Prefects spoke about Armistice and Remembrance. At the end of the assemblies S6 Prefect Andrew McLean (6K) piped a lament as pupils and staff left and purchased poppies.

Guests at Laggan’s Assembly on Thursday included Councillor Alex Graham and Corporal Martin Bergh from Fort George. Thursday’s presentation was by Annie Watson (4K2), Morven Carmichael (4S2) and Rebecca Alexander (4S2).

On Friday Jamie Morton  (4S1), Iain Mackenzie (4S2) and Fraser MacGregor (3S1) were joined for the Shiel Assembly by Provost Helen Carmichael, Staff Sergeant Kenny Macintosh from the Army Career’s Office and Lance Corporal Johnson and Highlander MacLeod from Cameron Barracks.

At the Torridon Assembly on Monday Jamie, Iain and Fraser presented again, this time accompanied by guests who included Mr Joe Davidson, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Inverness and Mr Roddy Wood, Secretary of the Royal British Legion Inverness. Local Councillors Graham Ross and Alec Graham also attended. Liam Eaton (6T) piped the concluding lament, Flowers of the Forest.

Our final Assembly for Kishorn on Tuesday welcomed guests Private Labangae from the Royal Logistical Corps and Private Morrison from 3 Scots  who accompanied Councillor Graham Ross to watch Annie Watson (4K2), Morven Carmichael (4S2) and Rebecca Alexander (4S2) deliver the concluding presentation.

Armistice Day was observed in school with a piped lament, Flowers of the Forest, performed by Liam Eaton, Harry Ashton and Andrew Maclean outside the school ahead of 2 minutes silence at 11am.


Higher Geography Success

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Congratulations to former Charleston Academy pupil Arianne Ross. At the weekend Arianne attended the annual conference of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers where she was awarded the SQA Prize for the highest overall mark in the SQA Higher Geography examination for 2015. Arianne was delighted with such an accolade and was equally impressed to receive her award from adventurer, broadcaster and author Mark Beaumont.

WW 1 Battlefield Trip 2015

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Our annual History Department trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium is underway. Pupils and staff left on Thursday 8 October and will return on Tuesday 13 October. On Sunday the group visited the Menin Gate and laid a wreath of poppies there at the evening ceremony. It was an emotional evening. Earlier in the day the group had fun at the Bellewaerde Theme Park. Tomorrow, Monday, the group begin the journey home visiting Brandhoek Cemetery in the morning then stopping off in Bruges for some shopping before the evening ferry overnight back to Hull.

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USA Trip 2015

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In July 2015, 46 pupils and 5 staff went on a trip to America for 8 days. Our journey began by travelling to Edinburgh on a bus and then we flew from there via Heathrow to Newark airport in New Jersey.

After a humorous bus ride with our tour guide, Ted, we arrived at our hotel in Manhattan. On the first night we visited Times Square and then went up the huge 86 storeys of the Empire State Building; I think we all underestimated how high it really was!

For the rest of our stay in New York we did every sight-seeing thing imaginable. From the Statue of Liberty to Central Park to the 9/11 Tribute Centre, we were on the go all of the time. One day we even walked over 13 kilometres when we were on a walking tour.

Following a very emotional goodbye to New York City, we continued our adventure to Washington D.C. During our bus journey, we ventured via Philadelphia where we visited the famous Rocky Steps.

On our first night in Washington we went for a walk to the Washington monument to gather our bearings. The next day was the 4th July and was our busiest day in the city. We started by watching an Independence Day parade and finished with watching Nicole Sherzinger sing the national anthem at the Capitol Building. We also visited the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.

Likewise with New York, we also went on a walking tour in Washington. We were informed about famous buildings that were related to American pPresidency including the White House and Lincoln Memorial. A small group of pupils also visited Arlington Cemetery.

There was also the chance to go to a baseball game – Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants. The atmosphere at the game was unreal and we all felt like typical Americans.

On our final day we stopped off at the Pentagon Centre where we spent any dollars that we had left; some of us literally shopped till we dropped! Thankfully, we had a bus journey to Baltimore airport which allowed us to relax.

The USA trip enabled me to experience places I have always dreamed of seeing and I would highly recommend this trip to everyone.

Claire MacDonald, 6S1

Claire MacDonald, 6S1

Claire MacDonald, 6S1


Young Ambassadors – Sports Scotland

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Last week our two Young Ambassadors attended the annual conference organised by Sports Scotland.

Rebecca Alexander (4S2) and Michael Jaffray (4L1) are Charleston Academy’s Young Ambassadors this year. At the conference they had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by Mark Dry, Olympic Hammer Thrower and Caitlin McClatchey, 2 x Gold Commonwealth Medal Winning Swimmer.

Young Ambassadors is a programme for young people in school between the ages of 14 and 17. Their role is to motivate and inspire other young people from primary and secondary schools across Scotland to get involved in sport within their schools.

Every secondary school in Scotland is given the opportunity to have two Young Ambassadors aged 14-17 every year. The Young Ambassadors programme is now in it’s 5th year of delivery in Scotland.

The key role of a Young Ambassador is to motivate and inspire other young people to participate in sport. This can be achieved by:

  • Raising awareness of opportunities to particpate in sport in schools, clubs and community sport hubs
  • Promoting an active lifestyle
  • Raising awareness and using the excitement of all major sporting events
Michael Jaffray, 4L1

Michael Jaffray, 4L1

Rebecca Alexander, 4S2

Rebecca Alexander, 4S2








Mrs Dagmar Borrowman, Charleston ASG Active Schools Coordinator

House Points Update

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As we approach the end of another very successful term, the overall House Points reflect the Commendation Merits awarded to all pupils in S1 to S6 by each of their teachers. There are already over 18,000 House Points entered in recognition of meeting the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Achievement. Merits for extra-curricular activities have still to be added and we will also be awarding merits for our sponsored walk and other activities soon.

Project Trust Volunteers

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Project Trust is an organisation specialising in providing voluntary placements for school-leavers overseas. Students must undergo a week long selection process allowing Project Trust to make well-informed decisions on whether there is a suitable project for each candidate.

Only 300 school leavers are selected each year from across the entire United Kingdom for long-term placements lasting up to 12 months. The projects must deliver a benefit to the host communities and they must also be sustainable and ethical.

This year (2015-16), three former Charleston Academy students are supporting communities abroad through Project Trust. Catriona Forsyth, Polly Grey, and Robbie MacLennan departed in August for 12 month project placements.

Previously Natalie Kent taught in Nepal (2014-15) and her older sister Michaela Kent taught in Honduras (2013-14).

Next year, five of our current S6 students wish to volunteer to work in projects abroad. Aidan Kent, Eilidh Sandilands, Emma Riddle, Freja Lundberg and Kayleigh Smith all hope to raise over £6000 each to fund their project. Charleston Academy will be able to support our students a little with some fund-raising initiatives in school. The bulk of the fundraising is down to the individual concerned. Each of our five current students has written about their planned project below:

Aidan Kent
Aidan Kent (6S1)My project in South Africa will focus mainly on working with boys aged 8-18 from troubled backgrounds such as being part of gangs, living on the streets and not having someone to look after them each day. My work in Boys town involves ensuring the boys attend school and receive an education daily. I will be there to support the boys with homework, be there to help with problems and be there purely as a role model. In the evenings I will be providing an alternate for the boys being on the streets and forming gangs. I will be setting up sports teams, clubs and activities to keep the boys from growing bad habits. This project really appeals to me as I am very active and have a passion for sports. Already having coaching skills will be a real asset to my project and one which I look forward to developing. It will also be largely beneficial since I intend of studying Sports Science at university on my return from my year out.
Freja Lundberg
Freja Lundberg (6T1)I have been selected to go to South Africa for a year starting in August 2016. I will be working in a residential school and care home for physically disabled children. My role will be to assist with their daily routines, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.  I have had a fair bit of experience of the both physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, as I have a rare neurological condition which causes me to lose feeling and function in my limbs in a random manner.  I hope to use my own experiences in a positive way in South Africa. This is an amazing opportunity to immerse myself in a completely new culture, tackle a new role and do something positive. The next step is to raise £6,000 for Project Trust which will go towards all the costs involved.
Emma Riddle
N017-7A12094434After attending a selection course in August on the Isle of Coll I was selected to go to India with Project Trust in 2016/2017 to teach English to primary or secondary age children. I’m hoping to gain a wider outlook on the world and really open my mind to a different culture as well as hopefully give a community a useful skill of a second language. In my free time I do drama on the weekends, play on the school hockey team and I like to paint. With these skills I’m hoping to organise extra-curricular activities at the school I’ll be teaching at to give the children an opportunity to try these activities which they would usually never have the opportunity to try in the UK. However to be able to go on my year to India I do have to face the massive challenge of fundraising £6,200. To do this I hope to have various fundraisers, car boot sales and sponsored events throughout the year.
Eilidh Sandilands
Eilidh Sandilands (6L1)I have been accepted to work as a volunteer teacher in Honduras for 1 year with Project Trust. I will be working in a primary school teaching English and a variety of other subjects. I made the decision to apply for Project Trust as I am very enthusiastic about working with children and giving them the opportunity to learn and develop a variety of skills. During my year in Honduras, I would like to do a bit of travelling as well as starting up extra-curricular activities for the children. As part of the challenge I have to raise £6200. This money will cover accommodation, food and insurance overseas. My aim is to raise this money before I depart in August 2016.
Niamh Martin
Niamh MartinAfter a challenging selection course of the Isle of Coll, I have been selected to go overseas with Project Trust for a year’s placement. My country is yet to be confirmed, but I will be Primary School teaching in either Honduras or Ghana. I will be a sole class teacher and will be a support to a variety of students in my community. When I am overseas, I also plan to set up a variety of extra-curricular activities in arts or games, due to my creative background from school and hobbies. The next challenge is to raise £5950, which is a massive challenge due to my later selection. I will be going to various craft fairs, car boot sales and having a sponsored event, alongside a ceilidh to try raise this.