Kirkhill Technology week

On Wednesday 21st November 7 senior pupils went to Kirkhill primary to support the P5, 6 & 7 classes with their technology week activities.

The pupils started each class with a short presentation about “technology @ Charleston” and gave the pupils some idea about what to expect when the move up.  P5 pupils were building a model fairground ride powered by a motor.  Our senior pupils showed them how to build the circuit and fit it into their models.  The P6 pupils were doing a Dyson challenge which involved designing a jet (balloon) powered car and the P7 class were making mechanical toys powered by a motor.

The senior pupils got stuck into doing demonstrations and helped the classes complete each task.  They worked really hard all day and the primary staff were delighted with the level of expertise and patience that the senior pupils demonstrated.  They are a real credit to the Technical department.

Pupils involved: Josh Donaldson 5K, Cameron Keiro-Kirk, 5L, Joshua Wright 5S2, Alex Todd 5S2, Jude Macaskill 5S2, Alex MacAskill 6K, Lewis Macrae 6K

Mr J Richards

Principal Teacher – Technical”

Marine engineering Workshop

40 S3 students took part in a Marine Engineering Workshop provided by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets

The workshop concentrated on buoyancy and density and how these impact on hull design, loading and ballast.

The students then built their won ‘barges’ from simple materials which were then in competition with each other to see how much they could be loaded. The winner managed to hold over 400 marbles, very close to the national winner this year.

The engineer leading the course was impressed by the behaviour and engagement of all the Charleston students and was happy to offer to return to deliver another course next year.

Mr D Vincent

Physics Teacher

S2 Gaelic careers event

Chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig bhon dàrna bliadhna gu Siuthad!, latha dreuchdan Gàidhlig a chaidh a chur air dòigh le Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  Dh’ ionnsaich sgoilearan mar a dh’fhaodadh sgilean Gàidhlig an cuideachadh nan cuid obrach agus mun raon farsaing de chothroman cosnaidh a tha ann do dhaoine le Gàidhlig.  Chuala na sgoilearan mu dheidhinn obraichean anns na meadhanan, ann am foghlam, anns na h-ealain, le buidhnean poblach mar Poileas Alba agus le buidhnean leasachaidh.  Bha e inntinneach a bhith a’ coinneachadh ri feadhainn a b’ àbhaist a bhith nan sgoilearan ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich agus a tha a-nis ag obair ann an saoghal na Gàidhig.  Tha Karen Oakley ag obair aig Fèisean nan Gàidheal, tha Christie Nicilleathain ag obair mar Oifigear Phlanaichean Gàidhlig aig Bòrd na Gàidhlig agus thug Shannon Cowie, Tosgaire Òg na Gàidhlig 2016, seachad òraid aig toiseach an latha.  Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail agus fhuair iad cothrom bruidhinn ri Fiona a bhios a’ lìbhrigeadh prògram Bhelladrum.  Chòrd am bothan dhealbhan agus seisean Poileas Alba a bha anns an Àite Taisbeanaidh gu sònraichte riutha.

Some S2 Gaelic pupils recently attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event at Eden Court, which was organised by Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The event provided pupils with information on the variety of ways they could use Gaelic in their future careers. It showcased the diverse range of career options for which having Gaelic is an advantage, or is essential.  Pupils heard about job opportunities in the media, in education, in the arts, with public bodies such as Police Scotland and with development organisations.  It was interesting to meet some former Charleston Academy pupils including former Head Girl Karen Oakley who now works at Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Christie MacLean who works as the Gaelic Plans Implementation Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the keynote speaker Shannon Cowie who was awarded Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year in 2016.  The different workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities and they got a chance to speak to Fiona, presenter of BBC Alba’s Belladrum coverage.  The photo booth and the police dog and riot gear were this year’s highlights from the Exhibition Zone.

School Building and the 40th Anniversary of Charleston Academy:

The school building had a structural survey carried out in the October break.  This is a part of the plan to build an extension for the school and refurbish the existing building.  This is to accommodate a fast growing school roll. On Friday 7th June the school will hold an event for former pupils and staff to mark the 40th anniversary of Charleston Academy.

Below is a photograph of the whole school in 1978!!

We are keen to capture photos memories of former pupils and staff for this event.  We have created an email address as a drop box for that:

[email protected]

Mr G Stewart

Head Teacher


S1 v Dingwall Academy

Dingwall Academy – 4

Charleston Academy – 1 (Jack McCormick)

MOM – Daniel McDougall

Charleston went down 4-1 to Dingwall Academy on Friday. Charleston played some fantastic football and were incredibly unfortunate to be on the wrong end of the result. Despite going 1-0 down in the first half, Charleston battled back strongly and hit the bar with a great free kick from Daniel MacDougall. Ross Munro then delivered a corner which very nearly went straight in. The same man again then jinked his way to the by line and rolled a ball along the 6 yard line which led to a goal mouth scramble, Charleston just unable to force the ball home. Early in the second half, Charleston deservedly got the goal they richly deserved. Jack MacCormick, who had a fantastic game, lashed the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Another fantastic curling effort from Daniel MacDougall was cleared of the line as Charleston pressed and pressed. However, 3 late goals from Dingwall as Charleston tired were enough for Dingwall to snatch the 3 points.

Another excellent display from the S1 boys who are showing excellent potential from the first few games.

Mr MacKintosh


S2/3 v Dingwall Academy

Dingwall Academy – 1

Charleston Academy – 2 (Adam Boa & Evan Hamilton)

On the astro pitch a mixed S2/S3 team manged to come out on top by the odd goal winning 2 – 1. In a closely fought game Charleston found themselves unlucky to be down at half time after unfortunately missing a penalty. A spirited second half performance saw goals from Evan Hamilton and Adam Boa give Charleston the victory. This was despite having to play the game without any substitutes and at the last minute drafting in Sergio Thomson, who did not look out of place, from the S1 squad to complete a starting eleven.

Charleston will be looking to arrange more games across all age groups over the coming weeks.

Mr Stewart

Teenage Cancer Trust

On Thursday 14 November we welcomed Alana Robinson from the Teenage Cancer Trust, who gave a presentation to our S2 year group.  This was a really informative and engaging presentation, drawing pupils attention to the early signs of potential cancer, raising awareness of the tireless pursuits currently undertaken to help prevent and treat cancers, and signpost people and organisations that can support young people who have concerns.

In support of this presentation, Tesco generously donated a significant quality or fresh fruit, allowing each pupil in S2 to take advantage of a healthy snack.  Alana was blown away with this kind and thoughtful gesture, and thrilled with the high level of pupil knowledge, engagement and impeccable behaviour.

Mrs H MacRae

Acting PT Guidance


Katie Gillies did an amazing speech at the Lochardil House Hotel on the topic of ‘Why the manufacture of non-renewable plastics should be banned’. The competition was organised by the Rotary Club and was a brilliant way or tackling this issue.

The Donald Dewar Debate is a memorial debate in memory of a highly prestigious lawyer. All the teams competed brilliantly and Robert Thorne and Rosie Gittings will have the chance to compete in the next round.

Rosie Gittings 5T2

Charleston Remembers WW1


On Wednesday 14th November, staff and pupils from Charleston Academy put on a performance to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1. The performance, an adaptation of The McCalmans “Far Far from Ypres” told the story of WW1, some of the men who fought and the school trips that have followed these men over the last 10 years. The commemoration used the words, songs and poetry from the time as well as reflections of people looking back at events. It was brought to life by four narrators, three soldiers, a piper, a drummer and a choir. The production skills of the lighting and sound crew turned a school hall into a trench on the front line. The final display of poppies blowing across the hall provided an emotional impact for many.

Our thanks go to SCOTKILT who generously provided the kilts for our Belgium trip at a reduced rate and who sponsored the production. To the Highlanders Museum at Fort George who provided authentic costumes and weapons. To all staff who gave up their time and used their talents to help the production, with particular mention to retired staff member, Mr Gordon Corrance, for his superb talent in film production and editing.

The pupils were outstanding, and our thanks go to them.

The performance was very well received by all who attended, as this comment from Graham Ross Depute-Provost shows. “It was a really moving, humbling, thought provoking, educational and visually stunning performance. The whole evenings event was truly memorable and really showcased the incredible talent, both students and staff, at Charleston Academy.”


C Bain

PT History and RMPS

String group

The Charleston Academy String Group were invited along to the Inverness Town House on the evening of Thursday the 8th of November to play for the Highland Council Quality Awards dinner.  Rachel Gillies, Emily Blackmore, Kern Robertson, Ethan Hodgson, Ramsay Banks, Abigail Morris and Isobel Garvie were accompanied by myself and our strings instructor Mr Hay.  Our repertoire for the evening covered items from Scottish to Ragtime with much more in between. It was fantastic to see our professional young musicians performing to such an appreciative audience.

Mr Fairfield

Music Teacher

Charleston Remembers WW1

Staff and pupils are putting on a play including narration, action, song and poetry on the 14th of November in the school hall from 7-9 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1.  If you would like to attend please add your name to the list in the school office, the performance is free but we need to know numbers attending.

Miss C Bain

Principal Teacher – History