Albert Roux Dinner 2015

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Our Albert Roux Charity Dinner took place on Tuesday 15 September. After many years of using these dinners to raise funds to build a hospitality training kitchen, our Albert Roux Kitchen was officially opened earlier this year.

Therefore, our 2015 Dinner was on a smaller scale as we were able to use the new facilities in the kitchen, allowing many more of our students to work with the Adopt a School Chefs. This meant turning an adjacent classroom into a restaurant for the evening, something our students and Technical Department pulled off amazingly. To ensure as many students as possible were able to work in the new kitchen and to have the chance of preparing Michelin quality food with the world’s greatest chef we covered only 40 guests rather than our usual 100.

Special Guests

Cllr Helen Carmichael, Provost of the City of Inverness

Cllr Alex Graham, Inverness West Ward

Mr Andrew Benjamin, Fundraising Manager, Maggies Centre Inverness

Mr Ian Whitaker, Managing Director at Cawdor Castle

Mr Stewart Stirling, University of the Highlands and Islands

In Attendance

Mr Albert Roux, OBE and Legion d’Honneur

Mr Mike Mathieson, Executive Chef, Roux Consultancy

Mr Javier Dominguez Santos, Chef at Chez Roux Rocpool Reserve, Inverness

The video below shows some highlights from the evening. The photos and still images were taken by Liam Black (6S1) and Zarah Gollan (6S1) of our Higher Photography class.

Well done to all the staff and students in our Home Economics Department for making the evening such a success. Special Thanks to the many staff who assisted on the evening, behind the scenes, and in the run up to help with preparation. Proceedings from the evening will be donated to Maggie’s Cancer Care in Inverness. Mr Andrew Benjamin has agreed to attend an assembly to receive the donation soon.

Lead Prefect Development Weekend

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Last weekend our Lead Prefect Team visited Craigower Lodge in Newtonmore. Although an outdoor centre run by Active Outdoor Pursuits, the Prefect Team were there to focus on Team-Building, Values and Leadership. They were accompanied by Ms Mairi Sutherland, Mr Brendan McMahon and Miss Rona Macpherson. The rest of the Senior Management Team visited on Saturday to lead some activities and later Miss Catherine Bain joined the group to deliver a workshop on public speaking.

This is a valuable weekend put together by Ms Sutherland, based on the type of leadership academies delivered by Columba1400 which the school also works with. The challenge for the Lead Prefect Team is to reflect, learn and develop their team and leadership capacities through the many different roles and responsibilities that they have during the session ahead.


Red Cross Concert

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On Tuesday during the last weel of term Charleston Academy hosted a charity fundraising concert in aid of the British Red Cross. The event was a collaboration between Music departments from across Inverness who used the event to allow Music students the opportunity to showcase some of their work. Charleston Academy was represented at the event by Jemimah Morris (5L2).

Enterprising Relief Night for Nepal

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Well done to Rahhan Islam (5K2). Rahhan’s family own the Cinnamon Restaurant in Inverness, where Rahhan also works part-time. On hearing about the plight of the Nepal earthquake victims in school Rahhan took it upon himself to organise a fundraising buffet at his family’s award winning restaurant.

The Relief Night for Nepal raised £500. Rahhan put a huge amount of effort in organising and taking responsibility for the whole event. Well done.

Rahhan Islam (5K2)

Rahhan Islam (5K2)







Mrs Helen Hunter, Depute Rector.

Vocational Skills at the Black Isle Show

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On Wednesday the 10th of June, 14 S4 Charleston pupils travelled to the Black Isle Show ground with 172 other pupils from Highland schools.  We arrived in the morning and were put into separate groups made up of pupils from different schools to practice our team building skills. Throughout the day we did various challenges and tasks set up by different companies to do with STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  The tasks ranged from being blind folded and guided around an obstacle course by a partner to working in a team building a tower out of newspapers. One of our teams constructed the highest tower of the day – which reached a height of 4.5 metres!

Our favourite challenges were building the tower and also going through an obstacle course with a 70kg dummy. We liked these tasks as they helped us build our teamwork skills and develop our leadership skills while also making new friends with pupils from Lochaber and Glen Urquhart Schools.

Throughout the whole experience we learnt more about the Bridge to Employment scheme and what it is all about. We have the choice to continue with the Programme until Sixth year.

Bridge to Employment is an education-business partnership programme set up to help young people in Scotland improve their employability skills.  Within Highland Region each school has a different partner company for instance ours is SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy)  along with Lochaber and Glen Urquhart High Schools.  Other organisations involved in the delivery of BTE include HIAL (Highlands and Islands Airports) Cap Gemini, LifeScan, the CITB (Construction Industry Training board) and the University of the Highlands and Islands .

Throughout the year we will go out on various trips to discover what it is like to work in the energy industry and how important STEM is to many of the jobs and careers that we may wish to have in the future.

Overall we enjoyed our first day of the Bridge to Employment programme and we have decided already that we want to continue with it until we decide to leave school.

by Sami Cochrane (4T), Megan Meldrum (4T) and Sasha Brandon (4T)

Samantha Cochrane (4T)

Samantha Cochrane (4T)

Megan Meldrum (4T)

Megan Meldrum (4T)

Sasha Brandon (4T)

Sasha Brandon (4T)


Scottish Science Club of the Year

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After winning the SCDI Secondary Science Club of the Highlands and Highlands, our Science Club triumphed at the National Finals in Glasgow yesterday. They won both the Watts Watt Secondary Award and were crowned SCDI Secondary Science Club of the Year. The event, organised by Scottish Council for Development and Industry took place in Glasgow.

Our Science Club is part of our STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Maths) project. Meeting weekly at lunchtimes, S6 Science Prefects inspire and motivate younger pupils to be enthusiastic about science. The club is managed and coordinated by our Science Technician Mrs Pam Hamilton who dedicates a huge amount of extra time to the club.

The club was represented at the final by Fergus McIntyre (5S2), Callum White (former 6S), Andrew Bowie (former 6L) and Rowan White (5S2). Other members of the club were having a well-deserved lie-in as they had been at their prom the evening before and have effectively now left school. But earlier many of the girls had ensured the club was successful at the local and national heats.

At the final in Glasgow the Club was presented with their awards and trophies by MSP Fergus Ewing and Heather “The Weather” Reid.

Well done everyone and congratulations to Mrs Hamilton for continued success with this brilliant club.

Fergus McIntyre (5S2)

Fergus McIntyre (5S2)

Rowan White (5S2)

Rowan White (5S2)

Procurator Fiscal & Crown Office Speaking Champions

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Congratulations to Morvern Carmichael (4S2) and Cameron Cochrane (3T2) for their outstanding success in the new national speaking competition – the Procurator Fiscal and Crown Office National Speaking Competition.

In this inaugural year of the competition the Charleston duo first won the Highlands final, then the North of Scotland final, and yesterday emerged as national winners at the Scottish final in Glasgow.

This prestigious speaking competition saw pupils from Shawlands Academy and Auchmuty High School compete with Charleston at the High Courts of the Justiciary in Glasgow. The judges were Lesley Thomson QC – Solicitor General for Scotland, Alex Prentice QC – Principal Crown Counsel for Scotland and John Dunn – Procurator Fiscal for East Scotland.

Members of our speakers club headed off early on Tuesday preparing to speak on the theme of ‘Gender Equality – No Chance.’

Morvern and Cameron practiced in the school minibus en route to Glasgow. They then rehearsed under Nelson’s Monument on Glasgow Green. Driver for the day, Mr Rob Seymour (PT Technical) commended their natural enthusiasm and lack of nerves throughout.

The group had fun despite the prestigious nature of the competition, but their natural fervour won the day and they came away champions. Thank you to Mr Seymour for driving there and back and for taking the photos. Special thanks to Mrs Kay Storey for mentoring and supporting the whole group throughout this competition. Well done everyone. The whole group are outstanding ambassadors for Charleston Academy and young people.

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Edinburgh Festival Poster Competition

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Congratulations to Nathan Bullimore (2S2) and Aleksandra Zwawiak (4K2) whose poster entries for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Poster Competition 2015 have both been selected for the final. Their entries were selected out of over 5000 entries from across Scotland. All shortlisted entries are now on display at the Museum of Childhood on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Aleksandra’s work is this year’s Regional Winner for the Highlands and Islands. This is a fantastic achievement.


Nathan Bullimore (2S2)


Aleksandra Zwawiak (4K2)

Scottish Powerlifting Record Breaker

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Last month, S6 student Alison Horne (6T) attended the Caledonian Powerlifting Championships in Dundee. Previously Alison has won medals at various events. However she beat all expectations at Dundee winning in several rounds and breaking several Scottish records.

Alison broke the British Bench Record in the under-18 class and also set new under-21 Scottish records for the Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat. Alison, who was recently appointed to our Lead Prefect Team is a dedicated and inspiring athlete. Congratulations and well done Alison.

Alison Horne (6T)

Alison Horne (6T)