Big Green Challengers on top form

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Charleston Academy debating club has taken part in the Big Green Challenge for the past three years and in each and every year the school team has made it to the Scottish finals. Two years Charleston Academy won the national competition and the pupils won a trip to Spain to learn more about renewable energy.

It’s great that our success continues. The 2013 Big Green Challenge Team of Kieran Watts (2K2), Jemimah Morris (2L2), Katie Stark (2K2) and Morvern Carmichael (1S2) headed to Highlands and Islands Enterprise HQ in Forres to take part in their heat. The team were on top form beating off a strong challenge from Lossiemouth High School.

As a result they will now go on to the Finals in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on Friday 7th June. Well done!

Find out more about the Big Green Challenge HERE.

More Shinty Results for Charleston

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Shinty

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.

 

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

Senior Football Match Report

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Charleston Academy Senior Football Team played away to Invergordon Academy on Wednesday 27th March. The senior boys recorded their second league win in three days.

Invergordon Academy 0 – 2 Charleston Academy

The senior boys scored a very comfortable 2-0 away victory against Invergordon Academy. Goals from Mark Donaldson and Steven MacLeod (one in either half) were enough to give Charleston the three points. Charleston dominated the match from start to finish, creating numerous clear cut chances throughout the match and throughly deserved the victory.

Mark Donaldson (1)

Steven MacLeod (1)

Man of the Match: Ryan Keil

Mr Ryan MacKintosh, PE Teacher and Senior Football Coach

Highland Hockey Tournament

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On Thursday 28th of February Charleston Academy entered the Highland schools Hockey Tournament in Dingwall against Kingussie, Tain, Gordonstoun, Milnes, Dingwall and Millburn Academy.

Well done to Annie Mackenzie, Rebecca Purvis, Eilidh Sandilands, Maia Macdiarmid, Coral Allan, Lucy Duff, Nicola Walker, Melissa Fife, Rebecca Morris and Claire Macdonald who demonstrated some excellent hockey against some very strong teams. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough this time to secure a win.

Great effort girls!

 

 

S1 Highland Hockey Tournament

Charleston Academy travelled to Milburn Academy on the 17th of March to compete in the S2 Highland Hockey Tournament. Playing against, three very strong teams; Fortrose, Mlilburn and Dingwall Academy. Charleston girls demonstrated some excellent hockey throughout the tournament, playing extremely well together and getting stronger every match. There were lots of great goals scored from our girls, and plenty of cheering from our supporters on the sidelines.

Well done to Eilidh MacCarmick, Laurie Macphee, Gabbie Gill, Claire Macleod, Anna Louise Mackenzie, Sophie Fraser and Olivia Cairns, for finishing second overall in the tournament, taking home an early Easter egg each. Great effort girls, excellent tournament.

Senior Highland Hockey Tournament

Charleston Academy travelled to Millburn Academy on the 21st of March to Compete in the Highland Hockey Tournament. Playing against, Millburn, Dingwall and Fortrose Academy. In the bitter cold and windy conditions Charleston girls, played some excellent hockey against some very strong teams. Some fantastic goals were being scored and some excellent goals were being saved by Kirsty Coutts. Well done girls for playing extremely well under such harsh weather conditions.

Well done to Rhona Stark, Ashley Streets, Jay Hannah, Emma Mackenzie, Shona Mead, Tamara Macdougall, Laura Urquhart, Laura Gallagher, Kirsty Coutts and Lucy Dobson, for finishing third equal with Fortrose Academy.

Miss Joanne Flemming, PE Teacher and Hockey Coach

RYLA Camp

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Congratulations to S5 pupils Anthony Keyes (5S1), Laura Brown (5T2), and Georgia Platt (5T1) who, following a successful interview on Wednesday, have each been selected to participate in the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Summer Camp. Anthony is being sponsored by Inverness Rotary Club, Laura by Loch Ness Rotary Club and Georgia is being sponsored by Culloden Rotary Club.

The three Charleston Academy pupils will join successful candidates from other schools at a camp in summer focusing on leadership and other skills. The RYLA camp interviewers spoke highly of the quality of the interviews given by Charleston Academy pupils. Commiserations to Emma Macrae and Alex Farquharson who were unsuccessful but awarded a place on the reserve list. On their return from camp Anthony, Laura and Georgia will be invited to a Rotary Lunch to give a short presentation about their experience.

S1 & S2 Dodgeball League

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Congratulations to Balls of Fury who won the S1/2 dodgeball league. Balls of Fury, a team made up of S2 boys (Liam Burnside, Ewan MacRae, Enrique Juste, Seif Mohammed, Fergus McIntyre, Liam MacLeod, Louis Sutherland, Liam Young and Fraser McIntosh) beat of stiff competition from Dodge the Balls, The Sideburns, Balls of Fire and Sammy Steele to win the 18 game league by one point. Well done to all participants!

 

Dodgeball results

Mr Ryan Mackintosh, PE Teacher and Dodgeball Coach

Senior Football Result

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Goals from Ronan Cousins, Stefan McRitchie and a late winner from Ross Harrison was enough to see Charleston edge a thrilling league match against current league leaders Ullapool High School.

Charleston Academy 3 : 2 Ullapool High School

Charleston took a deserved lead with a cross come shot by Ronan Cousins half way through the first half. However, they were pegged back when Ullapool scored a goal right on the stroke of half time to level the match at 1-1. Into the second half, Charleston withstood a lot of pressure and scored against the run of play with Stefan McRitchie chipping the goalkeeper to make it 2-1. However, Charleston again were to be pegged back with Ullapool scoring in the last ten minutes to draw level at 2-2. With the game looking like it was to end in a draw, Ross Harrison kept his cool in a crowded penalty area to strike and score a late winner in injury time which earned Charleston the three points. The win was no less than what Charleston deserved who played excellent from the first whistle to the last.

Ronan Cousins (1)

Stefan McRitchie (1)

Ross Harrison (1)

Man of the Match: Ross MacInnes

Mr Ryan Mackintosh, PE Teacher and Senior Football Coach

S1 7-aside Football

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photo (1)On Wednesday 20th March Charleston Academy’s first year football team took part in the SFA Cashback 7-a-side football tournament. The competition was run at Charleston Academy with Portree High School and Dingwall Academy also taking part. With only four teams entered (Charleston, Dingwall ‘A’, Dingwall ‘B’ and Portree) we ran a round robin tournament and the winners would qualify to take part in the National finals.

Charleston had their hardest match first as they took on Dingwall ‘A’. They put in a good performance and demonstrated some fantastic football, however Dingwall proved to be slightly stronger and won the match 3-2.

In the second match, Charleston took on Dingwall ‘B’ which was a very close match and both teams played excellent football. Charleston went 1-0 up and looked to be the team in control. Dingwall did not give up easily and kept the pressure on throughout the whole match and managed to finish the match securing a 1-1 draw.

Lastly, Charleston took on Portree in what was the match of the tournament. It was a very close game throughout and both teams gave it one hundred present. Charleston managed to secure a win 5-4.

A great effort from the boys – well done to the whole team!

Charleston take on Invergordon Academy in their next league game on  Wednesday 27th March.

Mr Allan McKay, Pupil Support Assistant and S1 Football Coach