Hockey at Gordonstoun

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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

North of Scotland Schools Public Speaking

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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

Sponsored Walk 2016

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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.

European Day of Languages

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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

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.