Shinty Festival at Bught Park

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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

Rotary Masterchef

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The first round of the Inverness Rotary Club Master Chef competition was held in the Albert Roux Kitchen last week.

Four contestants were competing for a place in the second round but in the end there were two pupils that couldn’t be separated in terms of points. Both Cedes Wittke and Niamh Clark are successfully through to compete again in a fortnights time.

Congratulations to Cedes and Niamh, commiserations to Sophie Forbes and Robert Thorne.  All contestants produced excellent food and should be proud of their achievements, well done!

The professional chef judges for this round were George Mackay from The Dairy at Daviot, and Jamie Maclennan from Kinkell House Hotel.  Our thanks to them for giving up their valuable time, and for their help and valuable feedback on the day.

Mr Derek Newlands, Home Economics and Technical Departments

Young Ambassadors in Sport

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Well done to Catherine De Venny (4K1) and Roisin Martin (4S1) our Young Ambassadors in Sport. They’ve been taking part in a Highland Wide Conference at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. They’ve had the opportunity to meet other Young Ambassadors and to get inspiration for the projects they hope to lead in school.

The highlight has also been the opportunity to meet Olympic medalist Robbie Renwick!

Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Department

Lead Prefect Development Weekend

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All 14 of our Lead Prefects spent the weekend at Badaguish. The purpose of the weekend is to focus on Values and Leadership. The programme is run by Ms Sutherland and is based on the Leadership Programmes the school has previously taken part in at Columba1400 on Skye.

The Lodges at Badaguish provide fantastic accommodation for students and staff. This year the staff leading the weekend were  Ms Sutherland (PT Chemistry), Mr Foster (PT Biology) and Miss Macpherson (Depute Rector). They were joined on Saturday by the rest of the Senior Management Team.

As well as being a great location for this type of development activity, the super summer weather also made the weekend really successful.


Augsburg – Inverness Twinning Lunch

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It’s been a busy month for staff in our Home Economics Department. As well as our annual Albert Roux Charity Dinner, Friday 9th September saw the school welcome guests from Augsburg in Bavaria as part of 60th Anniversary of the Augsburg – Inverness Twinning Link.

Working with Chefs from UHI, Hospitality students produced and served a two course lunch for over 40 people.

Guests included the Bergermeister (Mayor) and his party as well as business leaders and community members from Augsburg. From Inverness, Chair of the Twinning Association Former Councillor David Henderson, Depute Provost Councillor Jean Slater, our local Councillor Graham Ross and Inverness City Manager David Haas all attended.

Head Girl Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr welcomed the guests in German, and Rector Chris O’Neill and Depute Provost Councillor Jean Slater also spoke.

Our guests were overwhelmed by their welcome and the food and later reflected that it was the highlight of their trip to Inverness.

Dear Chris
The Provost would like to thank you for hosting a marvellous Lunch last week for our friends from Augsburg. The excellence of the welcome from your Team, the professionalism of the Pupils and the high quality of the food was clear for all to see and greatly impressed the Bergermeister and his Party.

David Haas, Inverness City Manager

Dear Chris
On behalf of the Inverness Town Twinning Committee and our guests from Augsburg, I must thank you, your staff and especially your pupils for the delightful lunch that you provided us on Friday.
The meal itself was a real treat, beautifully prepared and delivered. But the whole experience was charmingly enhanced by the genuine welcome, and the capability and maturity demonstrated by the students in every aspect of the occasion – menu selection, food preparation, table service, music (piping and fiddling) and spoken address. It was an impressive display, which would have graced any restaurant in the city, and you have every right to be very proud of them. Please convey to them all our warm congratulations and thanks.

David Henderson, Chair of Augsburg – Inverness Twinning Association

Albert Roux Dinner 2016

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Our Annual Albert Roux Dinner 2016 took place on Monday 12 September. Once again, students worked with Mr Albert Roux OBE and Chez Roux Chef from the Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness, Mr Javi Dominguez Santos.

Students planned, prepared, cooked and served a three course dinner to 40 paying guests that included a champagne and canapés reception.

Our students were under immense pressure to pull of a flawless evening for our guests which included representatives from the hospitality industry across Inverness and the Highlands.

Among our guests this year were:

  • Ann Sim, regional coordinator for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
  • Georgie Parker, Business Development Director at UHI.
  • Ina Davies, also from UHI and former General Manager of the Golf View Hotel in Nairn
  • Councillors Alex Graham and Allan Duffy
  • Rona MacAskil from the Forest Kitchen
  • Kate Morris, Chair of our Parent Council
  • Anne Huggan, Depute Rector Inverness High School

The evening was a tremendous success. Once again we are indebted to Mr Roux and his suppliers who donated the champagne, wine and all of the ingredients. Most importantly Mr Roux and his staff also contributed a significant amount of their time before and after the event to mentor our students.

The video below is made of stills taken by our Higher Photography students. Music on the evening was provided by our Music Teacher Mr Ross Fairfield. Menus were written and produced by our Languages Department.

Well done everyone. The proceeds from the 2016 dinner form part of the schools’ contribution to the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

Climbing Club Summer Trip 2016

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During the first week of August, 9 pupils embarked on this year’s Climbing Club Summer trip.  Following on from 2 previous trips this year had to live up to high expectations.  Rather than heading to an island as we have in previous years we headed to the North West corner of Scotland, mainly in the areas surrounding Scourie, Kinlochbervie, Durness and Tongue.

This year we were very fortunate to be accompanied by Paul Calton from ClimbScotland.  We are a partner club with ClimbScotland and have benefited several times in the last year from their experience and expertise.  To find out more about the work that ClimbScotland do visit

We managed to achieve so much in the six days of the trip and we had some amazing experiences including: 4 days climbing on varied and challenging crags, 4 nights wild camping at some of the most beautiful locations in the North West, cooking on a Trangia stove, a new Munro, abseiling, tyrolean traverse, rescuing a sheep and so much more.  This was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and one that will hopefully stay with us forever.

The group of pupils on this trip were superb.  It was a pleasure to take them on the trip and to see them develop their climbing skills in such gorgeous locations.  For the whole trip everyone was engaged, polite, respectful and focused on whatever task was facing them.  They thrived on every challenge and worked well individually and as part of a team.  They demonstrated safe and reliable rope work abilities whilst showing an enthusiasm to learn new skills and techniques.  The trip was fantastic fun for staff and pupils and we look forward to running similar trips in the future.

Some photos are shown here.  For more photos of the trip please visit our Facebook page.

Pupils on the trip:  Charlie Jones S2, Ewen Munro S2, Ethan Macaskill S2, Finbar Doig S4, Lewis Anderson S4, Patrick Morris S4, Rory Barker S4, Rebekah Morris S6, Jenna Bisset S6

Staff:  Paul Calton (ClimbScotland), Mr Richards.

Charleston Academy Climbing Club aims to give pupils a wide and varied experience of climbing by organising events that will challenge and develop climbing skills and promote enjoyment. For more information about the climbing club, see Mr Richards.

Mr Jonathan Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical

Young Ambassadors in Sport

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Well done to Catherine De Venny (4K1) and Roisin Martin (4S1). Following a successful application and selection process, both girls have been appointed as our Young Ambassadors in Sport. Their duties include promoting sport and encouraging participation amongst their peers. They will attend the Young Ambassadors Conference on 19 September in Inverness.

Catherine De Venny - 4K1

Catherine De Venny – 4K1

Roisin Martin - 4S1

Roisin Martin – 4S1








Mrs Dagmar Barrowman, Active Schools Coordinator


Shinty Success

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Many current and former Charleston Academy pupils have had success playing shinty over the last few days.

The Lovat Ladies shinty team won the Marine Harvest Challenge Cup at An Aird in Fort William on Saturday 27th August, winning 7-1 against local rivals Strathglass.  Current pupils on the team include Rachel MacRitchie 6K, Jasmin Fraser-Allan 6T, Katie Urquhart 6S, Hannah Eaton 5T and Ellie MacKinnon 1L2.  Former pupil Laura Gallacher, who has helped to coach the Charleston Academy girls’ shinty team, scored some of Lovat’s goals.

Congratulations also to former pupils Danny Kelly and Michael MacKenzie from Lovat Shinty Club and Calum Morrison from Beauly Shinty Club who played in the North Select Under 21 team at the Jubilee Park in Ballachulish on Saturday.  The North Select won 3-1 against the South Select.  Prior to this match, the Lovat Under 17s team who were winners of the North Development League played Inveraray, winners of the South Development League.  Lovat won 3-1 and clinched the WJ Cameron trophy.  Well done to Mark Kelly 5T, Kevin Johnstone 5T, Kyle Michie 2L1, Harley Marshall 2T1, Finlay Dunbar 1L1, Mitchell Leslie 3L, Joe Embleton 1L1, Ruairidh Buchan 3K, Jamie Buchan 5K2, Finlay Ogilvie 2L2 and former pupils Jonathan Jancsak, Cameron MacMillan and Scott MacKenzie.

Rachel MacRitchie 6K and Mark Kelly 5T

Rachel Macritchie, 6K

Rachel Macritchie, 6K

Mark Kelly, 5T

Mark Kelly, 5T