Food Appeal

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We were unable to undertake our annual hamper appeal at Christmas this session. Instead, when we discussed the best approach with the Salvation Army and Social Services, we were advised that it was in early March when donations of food would be most useful.

So all of this week students and staff have been bringing in donations of non-perishable food which we are donating to the Salvation Army who will then distribute to those in need in our community.

Thank you to all the staff, students and families in our community who donated all of the food that we can now distribute.


Botswana Exchange 2017

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At our S4/S5/S6 Assembly this morning we welcomed students and staff from our Connecting Classrooms Exchange School in Botswana. 10 Students and 3 staff arrived in Scotland on 18 March and will be attending classes and visiting parts of the Highlands up until their departure on 30 March. This year we welcomed the new Head teacher of Lotsane Senior Secondary School, Mr Khangelani Tshebo, Mrs Lorato Semadi from their Guidance Department who coordinates their exchange programme, and Mr Justice Kgosana from the Art Department.

This hugely successful exchange programme is now in its eighth year, having began in 2010. It is the most successful exchange programme for any school in Botswana. Plans are already underway for our visit to Botswana in 2018, which will be our fifth, following previous visits in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

While the staff and students are here they will be attending normal classes at Charleston Academy. We also have a few other events planned. On Tuesday (today) they visited Cairngorm and Highland Wildlife Park. Tomorrow, Wednesday they are special guests at Inverness Town House where the Provost will host a special lunch for our visitors. On Thursday one of the highlights of the visit will be our “Walk on the Wild Side” Fashion Show.

We are ever grateful for the hard work behind the scenes of our Global Exchange Committee headed by Mrs Mairi Sutherland and of course to the families and staff who host our visitors and provide a warm welcome for their stay in Scotland.

Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show

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Our cultural and educational exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School continues. 10 students arrive on 18 March and will be with us on school until 30 March. During that time staff and students will be attending classes in Charleston Academy. A number of other events are also planned for our visitors when they are here:

  • Tuesday 21: Welcome Assembly (S4, S5 and S6)
  • Tuesday 21: Trip to Cairngorms and Highland Wildlife Park
  • Wednesday 22: Civic Reception at the Town House hosted by the Provost
  • Thursday 23: Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show
  • Monday 27: Trip to Culloden Battlefield and Fort George
  • Tuesday 28: Visit to Urquhart Castle courtesy of Jacobite Cruises

One of the major highlights is our “Into the Wild Fashion Show” which will involve a staff star turn as usual – watch this space. At this we also have a fantastic raffle to raise funds for the exchange programme. Prizes this year include:

  • 2 x weekend tickets for Belladrum
  • Three Course Lunch for 2 at Rocpool Reserve
  • Four Ball at Strathpeffer Golf Club
  • Afternoon Tea for 2 at Loch Ness Country House Hotel
  • £20 Voucher for Old North Inn
  • Meal Voucher for the Ness Deli
  • Bottle of Glenwyvis Gin, Wines and Prossecco
  • Marks & Spencer Vouchers

Be sure to get your tickets for the Fashion Show and Raffle early – this is always a sell out event.


SQA Presentation Levels

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This Letter was given to all young people in S4, S5 and S6 yesterday. The information attached to it confirmed SQA candidate details for the forthcoming SQA exams in May. Importantly it also confirmed the final subjects and presentation levels for the exams each student will take. Students are asked to share this information with parents or carers, check the subjects they are entered for and confirms the Level of Presentation.

Signed confirmations details should be returned by Friday 17 March.

Mrs Helen Hunter, Depute Rector

COPFS Debate

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Congratulations (again!) to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1) who won last night’s semi final of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate against Gordonstoun. Depute Procurator Fiscal Geoffrey Main presided over events as Chair and Head of the Judges. The topic was “Not a Child, Not a Grown Up; When Should the Law Treat Young People as Adults?”



Fringe Festival Poster Competition

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Fringe Festival Poster School Competition 2017 Submissions

To celebrate the Fringe’s 70th anniversary, The Fringe Festival want Scotland’s young people to inspire the design of the official Fringe Programme.

Every year, their audiences, participants and media from around the world look forward to the reveal of the front cover. The Fringe Festival prints 395,000 copies and distribute to 44 countries!

The Fringe prides itself on its extraordinary ability to showcase diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part.

I am so excited and genuinely proud of the work that all of our S2 & S3 students have produced whilst in Art & Design this term. Here is a small sample of some of the poster designs, which our young people have designed. Well done everyone who has taken part you should be so very proud of yourselves.


Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher of Art and Design

Languages at Work

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Over 20 pupils from Charleston Academy joined young people from Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy and Forres Academy for an event organised by Scotland’s National Centre for Languages on Thursday 23rd February.

Aimed specifically at S3 – S6 pupils, it focused on the relevance of language skills in a work context with the intention of encouraging pupils to continue with their language studies.

Pupils discovered how languages can enhance communication skills, motivation and employability opportunities in line with the aims of ‘Developing the Young Workforce’, the Scottish Government’s current Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Learners listened to 4 presentations from exciting inspirational speakers who view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.

  • Michael Mackenzie, Regional Football Development Officer, Scottish Football Association
  • Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries and Alex Smith Industry Network Manager, XpoNorth Music
  • Kirsten Matthews, Brand Home Lead Guide, Glen Ord Distillery / Diageo Scotland
  • Meryl James, Professional Development Officer at the University of Strathclyde, enthusiastic advocate of other languages and cultures who taught pupils a few words of Welsh and Mandarin

Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department

Inverness Music Festival Success

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Congratulations to Bethany Morris 2L, Katie Gillies 2L and Catriona Garvie 2S who won the S1-S3 Public Speaking on their topic of “Why I wouldn’t want to be a billionaire” at the recent Speaking rounds at the Inverness Music Festival.

Also commended were Amma Crombie 3L, Archie Gray 3L and Rachel Gillies 3L who were the runners up with their topic being “That Disney is for all ages”. There were four teams competing in their category.

by Katie Stark, House Captain, Kishorn

Culloden Battlefield Take Over

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Our Travel and Tourism students will be taking over the running of the National Trust Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield on Saturday 4 March. This is an ambitious aspect of their course requirement and the students have more than risen to the challenge. Coordinated by Miss Bain, PT History and other Social Subjects staff, the students will be running a Treasure Hunt, putting on a Fashion Show, hosting a Lunchtime Quiz, and putting on a 19th Century Food Demonstration. It promises to be a fantastic day out for young people and their families as well as a first class tourism experience for the class.

This morning, the whole class met Gino and Grace from the MFR Breakfast show to generate some publicity for the take-over day.

The piece they have recorded will be broadcast by Gino on MFR between 8:20am and 8:30am tomorrow, Friday 3 March. Please listen in and support the young people at Culloden Battlefield on Saturday.