“… … 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

Home Economics Demonstrations

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On Tuesday 15 November Chef Steve Craik from Quality Meat Scotland visited the Home Economics department to carry out  practical cookery demonstrations.  Pupils were  given an insight into the importance of eating a balanced diet including protein and iron-rich foods such as red meat. They also learnt  about the benefits of cooking and eating fresh natural produce. This was  illustrated by including fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs in each of the two dishes cooked:

Cajun scented pork loin steaks with seasonal stir fried vegetables and chorizo

Pot roast scotch lamb meatballs and carmelised onions, parsnips and curly kale

Control over the use of salt and sugar was  emphasised, and the fun and social aspects of cooking were highlighted. The demonstrations reinforced  the  importance of a healthy balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Chef Steve created an ideal opportunity for our pupils to learn about the versatility, convenience and cost-effectiveness of red meat and its place as part of a healthy balanced diet in a practical, “fun” and interactive way.

Mrs Alison Fraser, Acting Principal Teacher Home Economics

View the BBC Children in Need Choir

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Just in case anyone missed the Children In Need Choir you can view the rehearsals and the final performance on this link to BBC iPlayer.

The Scottish Choir this year was made up of schools from around Inverness who all travelled to Glasgow to perform live on Friday night. Rehearsals took place during November in Charleston Academy’s Hall where our own choir was joined by Cauldeen, Drakies and Merkinch Primary Schools, among others. Well done everyone.

The footage begins at 14 mins 30 secs into the programme and lasts until 22 mins 30 secs. And they sing out the programme from 55 mins too, where Charleston Academy’s Robert Thorne (4S) and Drew Pimm (1L1) perform solo pieces.

Robert Thorne (4S)

Robert Thorne (4S)

Drew Pimm (1L1)

Drew Pimm (1L1)



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.

Remembrance Sunday

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Senior Prefects were honoured to have been asked to read out the Kohima Epitaph and Binyon’s Words on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Depute Head Girl Jemimah Morris and Depute Head Boy Daniel Lamont did the readings at the War Memorial at Cavill Gardens on a very wet Sunday afternoon. Our Head Boy Liam MacLeod and Head Girl Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr had done the readings on Friday 11th at HQ and on Sunday laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the War Memorial.