“… … Ban All Referendums”

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Thursday evening saw eight debaters clash at Charleston Academy in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Two teams from Charleston Academy proposed the motion This House Would Ban All Referendums and they were opposed by two teams from Thurso High School.

Following two intense exchanges, and two fascinating accompanying floor debates, Morvern Carmichael (5S2) and Samantha Cochrane (5T) progressed through to the second round. Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Rosie Gittings (3T2) were unfortunately defeated by a narrow margin but gained valuable experience. All spoke well, communicating quickly and clearly on a complex topic, and were a credit to the English department and the school.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1) participated in the floor debate and was selected by organisers the Law Society of Scotland as providing the best audience question. She will receive a book token and offers a bright hope for future debating success.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)








Well done all and good luck to our girls for the second round!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

Teacher Gunging for Children in Need

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Our final fundraiser for Children in Need took place at interval today. Votes had been cast all week for the volunteer teachers who would be gunged. Mrs Cameron, Miss Massey, Mr Richards and Mr Fairfield had the honour of winning!

Well done everyone. We’ve not yet counted all the money raised but nearly £900 has been raised over the past few days. We will know our final total on Monday.

Don’t forget to watch Children in Need this evening to see our choir perform live from BBC studios in Glasgow.


Would I Lie To You? – Children in Need

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Our Fundraising for Children in Need continued yesterday. Two staff teams took part in Charleston Academy’s version of Would I Lie To You?

Well done to our Prefects who have organised and run much of our events this week along with Miss Sali Massey and other staff.

Our staff teams yesterday were Mr MacGregor, Mr Richards and Mr MacLean against Ms Sutherland, Ms Carmichael and Mr Seymour.

Events conclude today with Teacher Gunging.

Donald Dewar Debate

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This House Would Ban All Referendums

The first round of the Donald Dewar Speaking Competition takes place At Charleston Academy this evening. We have two teams entered in this new speaking competition. Good Luck to Cameron Cochrane and Rosie Gittings and also Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane.

The motion for the round tonight is “This House Would Ban All Referendums”. Best Wishes.

Children in Need Events

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Children in Need is on Friday 18th November and as one of our supported charities young people and staff are busy preparing for a variety of fund raising events. A variety of fun activities take place at lunchtime this week: Tuesday – Taste Challenge; Wednesday – Mystery Box; Thursday – Would I Lie to You Game Show; Friday – Gunge the Teacher.

Pupils can vote in the foyer at intervals and lunchtimes to decide which teachers (provided they have volunteered) take part in each activity.

We are also delighted that our Choir will take part in the telethon on Friday evening. Ten students will take part in the national choir and head down to BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow to take part on Friday. They have been rehearsing with other local schools over the past two weekends and were delighted that Pudsey came to visit them here at Charleston last Sunday. Click HERE to see footage from our Twitter of them rehearsing yesterday.

A documentary about the choir will also be shown on BBC2 Scotland on Saturday 19th.



BasketBall Success

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Under 15 Girls Match

After registration at 9:00am on the 9th of November the Charleston Under 15s girls basketball team set off towards Skye. The team included both 2nd and 3rd years in hope for a win. We planned to play at Portree High School against the ‘Uist Otters.’ The team of 12 as well as Mr Sharkey and Mrs Cameron set off in a joyous manner on our way to the match, as there was plenty of singing involved. A pit stop half way was needed for a quick drink and to stretch our legs. The excitement was building up along with some nerves hoping for a good end result.

Our top scorer was Kira Buchan, though she was also our top fouler, with 3 fouls and 12 baskets. Emily Hunter had 4 baskets and Niamh Purvis and Kayleigh Noble had 2 each.

Emily and Kira stayed on the court for the whole game while the other 11 subbed on and off. Diane Stout, Ellie Maclean and Lexie Leaver for the first 4 minutes. Florrie Malcolm, Niamh Campbell and Georgina Barras for the second 4 minutes. Fiona MacDonald, Charlotte MacWilliam and Kayleigh Noble for the third and finally Isabella Edwards and Niamh Purvis for the last with Kayleigh staying on. This repeated for the second half and for the last few minutes of the game Kayleigh, Florrie and Niamh P staying in with Emily and Kira for the last few minutes.

Coming up to the last few minutes the opposing team were gaining on us as we were in the lead and it was intense for not only the players but to the spectators as well. At the final minute we were defending the basket because if they scored they won but we just managed to pull through. The final score came with a win for Charleston of 40-39, very close indeed. It was with very happy hearts we left Skye and stopped for dinner in Kyle and after that the long journey home.

Big thank you to Mr Sharkey for driving us to Skye and being a very fair referee and to Mrs Cameron for being a great coach.

Lexie Leaver (3T1) and Fiona MacDonald (3S2)

lexie-leaver-3t1 fiona-macdonald-3s2


Enterprising Mathematics Finalists

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Good Luck to Robert Thorne (4S), Catherine De Venny (4K1), Archie Grey (3L) and Rosie Gittings (3T2). These four students are competing in the Enterprising Mathematics competition next week. They are one of only four teams representing the Highlands at the Scottish Finals.

Robert Thorne (4S)

Robert Thorne (4S)

Rosie Gittings (3T2)

Rosie Gittings (3T2)

Archie Grey (3L)

Archie Grey (3L)

Catherine de Kenny (4K1)

Catherine de Venny (4K1)