Youth Philanthropy Initiative

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On Friday 4th December, we held our 2015 YPI Final. It was the culmination of much hard work by all our S3 pupils and their respective charities. This year we had 5 Finalists representing local charities. The semi- finals were very close this year, and it came down to just 1 or 2 points between some teams, but in the end, 5 went through to represent the following charities:

Foodbank Highland;
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland;
Highland Deaf Children’s Services;
Women’s Aid;
New- Start Highland.

Mrs Thomson from our PE Department hosted the event. Our judges this year were:

Mr Chris O’Neill – Chair (Head Teacher, Charleston Academy)
Mr James Cameron (Scottish and Southern Energy)
Ms Amanda Thomson (SSE)
Mrs Ann Ashton (Charleston Academy Parent Council)
Mr Richard Syred (retired Head Teacher, Inches Primary School, former ASN Teacher at Charleston Academy)
Mr Michael Perera (Community Mental Health Services, NHS Highland)

It was a pleasure to welcome our special guests and judges to Charleston for this event and we hope they enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did. This year we were joined by Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael, Councillor Alex Graham, Mrs Ann Sim (Regional YPI Coordinator), Rev Andrew Barrie (Kinmylies Church)

YPI has become embedded into our S3 curriculum and forms part of our Wider Achievement Award in Religion, Beliefs and Values. We have now secured £6,000 for two local charities in the last two years; YPI has given our pupils a first- hand experience of Philanthropy with many of our pupils maintaining vital  ties with their charities.

Our very worthy winners this year are the group who represented New-Start Highland – securing them the fantastic grant of £3,000. The boys,  worked very hard to produce a thought provoking and powerful presentation.

Congratulations to the winning team promoting New-Start Highland below:

Mrs Carol Mackenzie, Teacher of RMPS

S4 Bridge to Employment: Ashfield Music Festival

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At our second STEMinar on Thursday 19 November we learnt how Physics is applied during the planning of a music festival. At the start of the day we were assigned different roles within our group of six eg Project Manager, Sound Engineer and Health and Safety Advisor.

Throughout the day we learnt what was involved in each job. In the afternoon we had to work together to put forward a plan and detailed costs for a music festival with the aid of a poster. Our presentations had to convince a panel of judges to provide us with the funding needed for a festival.

Overall we really enjoyed this STEMinar and it helped to improve our team working and communication skills as well as boosting our confidence.

by Sami Cochrane (4T) and Gabi Gill (4L)


Samantha Cochrane (4T1)

Samantha Cochrane (4T1)

Gabrielle Gill (4L1)

Gabrielle Gill (4L1)








Read more about Bridge to Employment HERE. It is delivered in partnership with several companies, including Scottish and Southern Energy and Lifescan.

S4 Bridge to Employment pupils:

Danielle Ross 4K1; Gabrielle Gill 4L1; Bruce Campbell 4L2; Ashwin Crombie 4L2; Jacob Hodgson 4L2; Eilidh McCormick  4L2; Adam; MacDougall 4L2; Tyler Whitty 4L2; Szymon Kryszczyszyn 4S1; Miar Kyle 4S1; Sasha Brandon 4T; Samantha Cochrane 4T; Robbie Henderson 4T; Megan Meldrum 4T; Ross Watson 4T.

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.

Follow their trip on Twitter.

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