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

Botswana 2016 and…2018!

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At House Assemblies this week students have seen the excellent video below with highlights of our Global Exchange trip to Botswana this summer. We are also soon going to announce details of our next trip there…in 2018. Watch this space.

We’ve also confirmed arrangements for our Sponsored Walk which will take place on Tuesday 20 September. Students will soon receive sponsor forms and we appeal once again for help from our community to ensure the huge range of extra curricular activities and much more at Charleston Academy can continue. See the 2014 video HERE and the 2015 Video HERE.


Well done to Lewis Hilditch, with his Go-Pro, for producing the video below.



Lewis Hilditch (6K2)

Lewis Hilditch (6K2)








American Football Flag Tournament

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On Monday this week, some of our S1 and S2 pupils took part in an American Football Flag Tournament at Bught Park. The tournament is used as a development activity to bring through younger pupils and inspire them to hopefully play in the full contact version of the event when they are older.

Charleston Academy pupils did really well and gave their all, ending the day with two wins, two draws and one defeat.

The team have been coached by Fergus McIntyre and Rhys Smith over the past 5 weeks. The boys have done a terrific job, and it was clear to see how good a team ethic there was around the squad. Well done everyone.

Mr Donald MacLeod, Biology Department

Athletics Finals

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Our Athletics Finals were held last Friday, marking the culmination of a week of competitive heats. Well done to everyone who took part and to those competing in the finals. The final results are shown below. House Points are allocated for taking part, for getting into the final, and for school records.

Well done to the PE department and everyone else who made the day a brilliant success.

Italy 2016

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Day 1

All 40 of us, motivated on Monday morning were eager to get to school. This was because we were leaving school at 9am to drive down to Edinburgh, for our flight to Italy. Hours passed us by wandering around Edinburgh airport, waiting to be able to board our plane.  Our departure from Edinburgh Airport at 15:45 for Ciampino Airport finally came upon us. The flight was good apart from a rather bumpy landing and after we got off the plane we had to get a bus to our hotel, which took about an hour. We got dropped off a few blocks away as the bus was unable to drive down the narrow winding roads. Walking down the streets we passed a few restaurants and the streets didn’t look like they were going to lead us to hotel like we were hoping for. The hotel sign hung of the side of the hotel, lit up in bright colours. We got to the door…WOW! Marble white floors, a massive glass chandelier dangling from the middle of the hallway, the wide white staircase – going up three stories, the room keys shaped like bells… Everyone got their keys dumped their bags, refreshed themselves and headed out for dinner at a local restaurant. The food was so tasty. Everyone excited for what’s to come.

Day 2

Even those who had not slept were eager to explore Rome. We had an early start. On the ground floor breakfast was served, there were chocolate rolls, fruit, cereals, yoghurt, orange and fruit juices and so much more. Once everyone was organised we headed out. It was getting hotter as we walked the streets of Rome. Up first was the Colosseum, it was visible from many streets away. It was massive! It was mind blowing, the defined carvings throughout all the walls, so detailed. It was amazing to think it was hand built, especially back then when there were no machines compared to the ones around today. After that we went to the Roman Forum, it was so beautiful and peaceful. It was like a secret garden. The last place we went with our tour guide – who was very helpful and kind – was Palatine Hill. That was also very attractive to the eye. After the attractions we went for lunch, yum yum in our tums. For the rest of the day we had another walking tour, with the best tour guide of all Mr Foster. What an informative trip we took seeing the Trevi Fountain, Panthean and so much more.

Day 3

The next day we got to have a bit more of a lie in, but we were still pretty eager to explore. We were going to the Vatican city and the Sistine Chapel… breath taking! Everything was so detailed and alive. The colours of the paintings were blinding. During our visit to the Vatican we weren’t allowed to show any skin, apart from our faces and hands obviously. Ironically every room we went into there was a painting or sculpture of a naked person… we didn’t know where to look. We were only allowed to take pictures at certain times and of certain things. When we went to the Sistine Chapel we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. Of course that didn’t stop some of us, brazen. We also went to Saint Peter’s Basilica. It was so beautiful. It took roughly 120 years to construct, which was mind boggling as all the mosaics there were stunning. Our amazingly helpful but enjoyable tour guide then took us to a place where we could have lunch… squisito!

Day 4

The following day was Naples. Pompeii. Wow. Heart touching. Breathe taking. We set off early for Pompeii that morning, everyone half tired but excited. As soon as you walked into the grounds of Pompeii the first thing you see is the famous body casts. Seeing those just makes you want to cry and wish you could have done something, but of course we couldn’t have. The buildings were remarkable! Some of the (extremely detailed and eye bulging) paintings were intact, extraordinarily. We had another, helpful, tour guide for Pompeii the very Italian Mario. He took us around and told us about all the remaining buildings and told us what everything was, including the red light district which the boys were eager to see. By the end of the day in Pompeii our perspectives on things had changed. Everyone was a bit more respectful and appreciative. The night was rounded off with our new hotel and dinner… yum!

Day 5

Day 5 was our longest day, but still great. We spent most of our day on the bus, but it was well worth it as we were driving down the narrow and windy roads of the Amalfi coast. Thankfully our bus driver was very skilled. The coast described in one word would have to be…WOW. However that still doesn’t come close to how beautiful it was. We drove through a town called Positano. This is where of course the one and only Erica Fowler bought her HUGE lemon that was bigger than her head, nothing was left unbought by Erica. Mr Foster and Miss Massey were also enjoying this day in particular with their very detailed calendars. We had a lot of free time on the Amalfi Coast but also completed some fieldwork by interviewing locals. Of course we had an amazing lunch and like 5 ice creams each, so we were all set for the remainder of the day. Cathedral of Sant’Andrea was next… beautiful. We had also gone on a boat trip along the coast. That was one of the highlights of the day. We continued our bus trip and went to the Pertosa Caves. Of course Sophie Forbes decided she wanted a close up of the stalactites. Poor Sophie. We went back to our hotel on a less scenic route but we didn’t mind as we were all asleep.

Day 6

We travelled in the bus again in the morning to a place called Temple of Serapi, Pozzuoli. It was near a little food market, where Erica wanted to go to get more big lemons, we successfully managed to hold her back. The Temple itself was a ruin. However it was still really eye capturing. From the temple we went to Solfatara. Phew! It stank. Regardless of that it was really fascinating. The craters were spurting steam out, at 1600c. By the time we left, we were all stinking of eggs. We spent the rest of the day at Ercolano (Herculaneum). Herculaneum was a smaller version of Pompeii. For this we didn’t have a tour guide, we got to wander and discover the place ourselves in groups. It was amazing to see how the majority of all the buildings were still standing and how they still had all their paintings. After Herculaneum we went back to the bus and drove back to the hotel.

Day 7

We had to get up early on our last day, tidy our rooms and hand in our room keys. We got on the bus and drove to the airport. We went through security and then went to duty free. Finally we departed for Edinburgh. Most of us slept on the flight home. We arrived back at school for about 7 at night. We were home.

Very many thanks to Miss Massey, Mr Foster, Mrs MacRae, Mr Buchanan, Miss Whitelaw and everyone who made our Rome and Naples 2016 trip a memorable experience.

by Jade Perry, 3T1



Scottish Gymfest

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The annual Scottish Gymfest took place at Perth on Saturday.

Our team put on an excellent display in Perth.  Their performance was confident and captivating, enthralling their audience. Special thanks to Louise Humphreys for her coaching and choreography of the routine along with her able assistants, Coral Allan and Kayleigh Smith.

Coral Allan, 6T1

Coral Allan, 6T1

Kayleigh Smith, 6T1

Kayleigh Smith, 6T1







Mrs Aileen Thomson, PE Department