On SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER, BLAS FESTIVAL 2018 https://www.blas-festival.com closes with a special event at the NORTHERN MEETING PARK, INVERNESS. This daytime event is to celebrate THE YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE (YoYP) and is the only large-scale event to take place as part of YoYP within the north of Scotland.


Fèisean nan Gàidheal with support from EventScotland is hosting the all-day concert and we would like to ensure that news of this reaches all Highland schoolchildren and their families as well as the general public.


This is intended as a family-friendly event with bands chosen by a panel of young people. Tickets cost £18, £15 and ONLY £5 for all school age young people and those under 26 carrying a Young Scot Card. Bands include Trail West, Breabach and Skipinnish and these musicians will take to the stage alongside young musicians from throughout Scotland.  We think the day is lining up to be a very exciting event.



School photographs

See below the timetable for the photographs next week.  As a result of only 1 photographer coming it has been necessary to spread some of Mondays over to Tuesday morning.


Miss R MacPherson

Depute Head Teacher

Curriculum / Study Support Open Evening Wednesday 29th August

Dear Parent of S4-6 Pupil

Your child is now part of the school cohort that will be undertaking SQA qualifications.  As a school we are very keen to support your child through this year and so I’d like to invite you to a curriculum / study support evening on Wednesday 29th August at 7 pm.  This will be an opportunity to hear more about qualifications and practical advice that can help you support your child.  The bulk of the evening will be an opportunity to meet subject staff to find out specifics about courses and assessment.

Staff will be giving detailed advice for study.  There is a good range of online resources to support pupils, for example:

  • BBC bitesize
  • Google Classroom
  • SQA past papers and marking schemes
  • and in some cases youtube.

The key partnership for exam success is three way: the school, the parent and the youngster.

Effective study is a crucial part of exam preparation.  Simply put – one mark can be enough to make the difference between a Grade B or A, or Grade C or D etc.  I understand that it is not always easy for parents to support this.  However, if parents are giving a consistent message then it can be easier to manage at home.

As a school we recognise that a productive pressure is a good thing but that exam stress is something we need to support pupils with.  If this becomes a concern then I would encourage you to contact your child’s Guidance teacher.

I look forward to welcoming you to the school next week.

Yours sincerely,


Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher

Gaelic visit

Some senior Gaelic pupils were visited recently by Ceitidh MacPhee, recruitment officer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, Christie MacLean, a former pupil of Charleston Academy who now works at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Emma, who is a student of primary education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  They spoke to pupils about further education opportunities and the daily lives of students at the college.  They reminded pupils about the range of different employment opportunities available to Gaelic speakers.  Christie spoke about how she started learning Gaelic in S1 at Charleston Academy, going on to study to Advanced Higher level, then a degree in Gaelic and Development.  Pupils were interested to hear how she took part in a student exchange, studying Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Miss Y Gunn

Principal Teacher – Languages

Bronze DofE Award

Following very successful practice expeditions in Easter Ross at the start of May, our S3 pupils currently undertaking their Bronze award headed back out to the Highland countryside to undertake their assessed expeditions. This time, the expeditions took place in the Cairngorm National Park.

Our first two expedition groups set off from Drumguish walking in a north-easterly direction first towards Uath Lochans then on to picturesque Feshie Bridge. After this, the groups successfully navigated their way through some tricky woodland at Moor of Feshie to reach their campsite at Jack Drake’s Bothy, a pretty little wooden bothy nestled in the woods just to the south of Loch Gamhna. Here, the groups set up camp and cooked their evening meal before heading for a well-earned rest. Although it was quite rainy on Saturday morning, this did not dampen the spirits of the two groups who quickly got themselves organised for their second day of walking. After breakfast and packing up, the groups headed off towards Loch an Eilein then over Cairngorm Club Footbridge before walking around the south side of Loch Morlich ending their route at the Reindeer Centre in Glenmore. The groups completed their walk quickly and encountered no problems during their journey.


Meanwhile, the second two expedition groups set off from the car park at Loch an Eilein, followed their route around the loch then onto the path towards Cairngorm Club Footbridge and Loch Morlich. The groups wild-camped in forest near to the Ski Road. On Day Two, the groups walked through the woodland around Glenmore Lodge, past Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan, and onto Ryvoan Bothy. After a stop for lunch, the groups completed their expedition by journeying to Dell Lodge on the outskirts of Nethy Bridge.

All groups have now made a presentation about their expedition to their assessor and have successfully passed this section of their award. Well done everyone! To complete the award, the pupils must now complete their other sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill – and submit their assessor’s reports through their eDofE profile.


As always, many thanks go to all the staff who have supported the group throughout the year and who gave up their time to supervise and assess the expeditions – Mr Foster, Miss Gray, Mrs Hodgson, Miss Massey, Mr Nairn and Miss MacDonald.

Read Write Inc. Excursion

On the morning of Tuesday 12th June, the pupils who have been part of our Speeder Reader/ Read Write Inc. group throughout S1 went on an excursion to Inverness Town centre as a reward for all their hard work and achievements in developing their literacy skills this year.


First stop was Inverness Library where the pupils were shown around by Mrs Appleby, Network Librarian at the library. Mrs Appleby took us to see the Reference room then it was on to see the oldest book in the library which dates to the 15th century. The next stop on our tour was the reading room where we heard about plans for a new business hub with the remainder of our visit being spent in the lending area. Here, Mrs Appleby talked to us about the variety of books and other items available to borrow from the library including graphic novels and silent books.


Following our library visit, it was on to Waterstones bookshop where the pupils all chose their own book to keep. The books selected by the pupils were a broad range, from well-known authors such as JK Rowling, David Walliams and Andy McNab to books on football, sheep-rearing and mindfulness. Thank you to Waterstones, our Parent Council and Charleston Academy for funding this part of our excursion.


Many thanks also to all the people who made our excursion possible – Mrs Sleet for accompanying us, Mrs Appleby for our library tour and Pete and Tom in Waterstones for advising us on books.

H.E. trip – Pizza Express

As part of Developing the Young Workforce in the Hospitality Industry a group of S1/S3 BGE pupils  visited Pizza Express  last week.

Pupils were  given the opportunity to learn  how the restaurant operates and to take part in  an ingredient tasting session and then a pizza making workshop.

A big thank you to the manager Claudio Di Candia for allowing us to visit.


Mrs Fraser

PT Home Economics