All money raised through sponsorship in our annual Sponsored Walk has now been banked. A huge thank you to everyone – pupils, parents, relatives, friends and others – in our school community who has contributed in any way. Over £9000 was raised this year which is excellent. This money contributes to our School Fund which pays for all of our Extra / Wider Curricular Activities, funds our School Minibus, and allows us to significantly off-set the cost of Activities Days for pupils in S1 to S3. Recently school funds have also assisted us in purchasing iPads and other equipment across the school too.
Shiel Take House Points Lead
The money raised is converted into House Points too. Shiel and Laggan Houses have done well with Shiel now in the lead and Laggan moving up into third place.
Well done to Mrs Robertson’s 2S Class which raised the most money overall – £571 in total. They will receive a prize of cinema and pizza or similar activity shortly. Well done too to Emily Hunter (3T1) who raised the most money – £111 in total. This is an amazing figure and if replicated across the school would see over £80,00 raised for school funds.
The school is indebted to the generosity in our community for their contributions to this and also for all our charitable work which is significant in the run up to Christmas. Next week we support Children in Need and this will be followed in December by our Annual Hamper Appeal.
Well done to all our swimmers competing at the Secondary School Swimming Gala which was held at Inverness Leisure last Wednesday. A fantastic effort from everyone in the Charleston Academy Team: Samantha Cochrane (5T), Eilidh MacKay (2T1), Caitlin Graham (3T1), Struan Hay (5K1) and Angus Franklin (1S2). Congratulations to them all.
Mrs Dagmar Borrowman, Active Schools Coordinator
On a very wet morning today, Charleston Academy pupils had the honour of accompanying the Depute Provost of Inverness Councillor Jean Slater and Veterans Champion Councillor Roddy Balfour to open the Field of Remembrance in Inverness.
Catherine De Venny (4K1), Ellie Ross (4T1), Euan Frater (4K1), Sean MacIver (4K2), Liam Gosling (4K2) and Daniel Bennett (4L1) have all recently returned from the schools’ annual trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in Belgium. They were accompanied by trip leader Miss Catherine Bain, PT History at this mornings’ event.
Pupils who went on the Battlefield Trip will lead our House Assemblies next week with guests including our local Councillors, the Provost of Inverness, members of the Royal British Legion and serving members of the armed forces.
Our Poppy Scotland appeal begins in school next week. Poppies will be available for a donation to Poppy Scotland at each House Assembly.
Congratulations to Cedes Wittke (4T1) and Niamh Clark (4T1) on their recent success in Round 3 of the Rotary Club of Inverness and Culloden Master Chef competition. They are both through to compete in the final which will be held at the UHI campus on 22nd of November.
Mr Derek Newlands, Home Economics Department
On Tuesday 4th October the Charleston Hockey teams travelled to Gordonstoun for an afternoon of games.
The first game of the day was the S2 team. The girls played an eight a-side cross pitch match and delivered an outstanding performance against Gordonstoun. The girls played some great hockey in attack and put pressure on the Gordonstoun defence right from the start. The game finished 8-0 to Charleston. Goal scorers were Abbie Maclean (2L1), Katie Gillies (2L1) and Molly Robertson (2L1).
Congratulations to Abbie Maclean who has been selected as captain of the S2 team and Katie Gillies who has been selected as vice-captain.
The second game of the afternoon was the senior girls. The girls played an 11 aside full pitch game against a very strong Gordonstoun team. The first half was a very defensive game for Charleston. Charleston were down by two goals at half time however in the second half they sharpened up their game and came back to finish with a 2-2 draw. Goal Scorers were Elidh MacCormick (5L2) and Sophie Fraser (5T).
Congratulations to Nicole McIntosh (6K) who has been selected as our captain for the senior team and Alice Fraser (4K1) who has been selected as vice-captain.
The Third game of the afternoon seen our S3 team take to the pitch. The S3 team played their best game of the year so far. The team work extremely hard to secure a 2 – 0 win over Gordonstoun. Goal scorers were Charlotte Stewart (3S2) and Abbie Maclean (2L1).
Congratulations to Kira Buchan (3K) who has been selected as the captain of the S3 team, and Charlotte Stewart who has been selected as Vice-Captain.
The final game of the afternoon was our first year teams. Our A and B team played 8 aside cross pitch games. The girls all played really well, in particular our new goalies that got padded up and stepped in for the first time. Charleston played two really tough games against Gordonstoun. Unfortunately both teams were beaten, however this did not dampen the spirits of the S1 girls.
Congratulations to Cara Gourlay (1L1) who has been selected as the captain for the S1 team and Mirren Barker (1T2) who has been selected as Vice-captain.
Once the games were all finished we were invited to dine with Gordonstoun for dinner. The girls all had a great time and were all a credit to the school.
A fantastic effort from all teams, well done girls! Enjoy your October break and look forward to a busy term with more highland fixtures after the holidays!
Mrs Kirsty Dillon, PE Department
Congratulations are due to three pupils who competed in the first round of the North of Scotland Senior Public Speaking competition at Nairn Academy on Wednesday the 25th of September.
Robert Thorne (4S), Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Stuart Hamilton (4T2) were successful (along with pupils from Millburn Academy) in making it through to the finals of this prestigious event, which will be held in Aberdeen next March.
They will compete against the other preliminary winners – St. Margaret’s School for Girls and Robert Gordon’s College – for the overall title.
Well done and good luck for the future!
Dr Greg Campbell, English Department
Our Sponsored Walk took place on 20 September. Great weather contributed to a fantastic day for everyone involved. Mr Corrance has put together the video below with some highlights from the day.
Fancy Dress Winners
Well done to everyone taking part, especially those making fantastic efforts with their fancy dress too. The winners of the Fancy Dress were Mirren Allan (2L2), Drew Primm (1L1) and Olivia Ambrose (1L1) who each won iTunes or Amazon Vouchers. Well done to our Seniors for the US Election themed efforts too – they won free entry to their Senior Dance later this year.
Fancy Dress Runners Up
Thank you – Sea Scouts, Dochgarroch Primary School, the Police and our School Community
We’re grateful to Dochgarroch Primary School for letting us use their play pitch for our lunch / picnic. There’s a great party atmosphere with music and events before our return to Charleston Academy.
We are also grateful to Inverness Sea Scouts who let trained and qualified staff and pupils use their boats on the Caledonian Canal to film, photograph and transfer equipment. We are also grateful to the Police who assist us patrol the route, particularly near busy roads.
Finally a big thank you to all of our sponsors. Money is still being collected but we are indebted to members of our community who support pupils, staff and the whole school community raise sponsorship for our school fund. This pays for our minibus, our Activities Days and all of our Wider Activities each year. Thank you.
This year, we celebrated European Day of Languages by having a lunchtime photo booth. Pupils brought along European themed props which resulted in lots of fun and some entertaining photos.
The winning pupil team was made up of S1 pupils Drew Pimm (1L1), Liza Smith (1T1), Daniella Allori (1K), Christy MacPherson (1T1), Meg Leaver (1T1) and Ellie Wilkinson (1T1). We particularly liked how their photo showed a variety of different languages. Congratulations, girls!
The RMPS Department won the staff competition – well done to Mrs MacKenzie and Mr Stewart!
Mrs Kirsty Bremner, Languages Department
On Wednesday the 21st of September an S1 shinty team took part in the inaugural S1 Shinty Festival at Bught Park. Playing in testing autumnal conditions the team impressed across the day’s play with their bravery and skill. Competing for the school for the first time, they played well throughout, achieving some impressive results against strong opposition. As coaches we were particularly impressed by their unity both on and off the park. They demonstrated excellent sportsmanship throughout and played as a team, supporting each other whatever the result. Seldom have we seen a team with a better attitude and we look forward to their continued progress in the coming year.
Mr Sam Todd, English Department and Mr Steven Tillman, Chemistry Department