Rural Skills Visit Norbord

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On Thursday last week the S4 Rural Skills class visited the huge Norbord timber processing facility at Dalcross, East of Inverness.

The class were given a guided tour of the factory by Norbord’s Occupational Health nurse. The purpose of the visit was to collect information and take photos for the Land Based Industries Unit. The pupils will be putting together a powerpoint presentation – with a focus on Health and Safety.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance


S1 Art Exhibition

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On Tuesday night Charleston Academy held it’s 2013 S1 Art Exhibition. Our judges Frances Baxter and Claire Blois did a thorough job of picking out 7 winners from 140 pieces of S1 Art work.

Best Observed Drawing – Jade Wilson

Most Eyecatching – Demi Harrower

Best Use of Colour – Brandon Fraser

Most Original – Jack Waddinton

Best Composition – Annie MacLean

Most Creative – Jayden Westward

Overall Winner – Robert Thorne

Each category winner has won two tickets to Vue Cinema and the overall winner has won gift vouchers for the Eastgate centre.

Thanks to the Home Economics Department for their display of Christmas Tree decorations and Mr Hay and his String Group for their excellent performance.

Thanks also to the Fair Trade Committee for serving the Teas and Coffees, Science Club for their display, and our Prefect Team for helping out.

Thanks to the Stall holders for their participation and excellent array of crafts and ‘cakes’ for sale.

Thanks to the PC for organising the prizes and the raffle, and for their support and encouragement, for organising this annual event, and making contact with Vue Cinema.

Robert Thorne’s winning picture will soon be exhibited at the Vue Cinema in the Inverness Retail Park and Mr O’Neill’s Office, as well as on the Pupil Planner 2014 – 2015

Well done to all S1 pupils for each contributing their Artwork and helping to make the evening such a success.

Ms Marj MacLeod, Principal Teacher of Art


Under 14 Football Report

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Charleston’s Under 14s back on Scoring Spree

Callum Mead, 2K2

Callum Mead, 2K2

David Grant, 2T

David Grant, 2T

Kevin Johnstone, 2T

Kevin Johnstone, 2T

Last week saw Charleston’s U14 boys football team play two league fixtures. On Monday night they hosted Glenurquhart High School. This was the first game since getting beat by Millburn the previous week 3-0. The boys were hungry for 3 points and eager to get back to winning form.

The teams were evenly matched from the off with much of the play taking place in the middle third. After a lengthy spell of Charleston possession Glenurquhart went on the counter attack and took the lead. It didn’t take long for Charleston to fight back and equalise through a shot from Calum Mead.

At half time the score was 1-1 and a few substitutions were made to try and turn the game around. Iain Mackenzie proved to be a handful in the first half and was pushed up to centre midfield.

Iain showed his strength early on and scored a goal to put Charleston in the lead 2-1. Glenurquhart then switched tactics and started to play a long ball game. Charleston’s defence stood up to the many attacks, that was until the final minute of the game. Glenurquhart won a throw in the attacking third and they ended up shooting from distance. The shot fizzed past Aiden MacKenzie in goal to end up in the top corner of the net. The score ended 2-2 with Charleston and Glenurquhart taking a share of the points.

Man of the match was David Grant for his efforts in defence.

Thursday night saw Charleston’s luck in front of goal change. The game was yet another home fixture this time versus Invergordon Academy.

The game started well for Charleston with Lewis Jamieson and Kevin Johnstone having plenty of the ball. Charleston had a few efforts on goal turned wide or over.

One of the best efforts came from Lewis Jamieson. Lewis played a shot in from a well worked corner that came back out off the post. Another close effort came from yet another corner and this time Cameron Kent. Cameron came very close with a header that left their keeper scrabbling for the ball inches before the line. Similar circumstances to Monday night saw Charleston go behind. Invergordon went on the break and took the lead 1-0. The score remained 1-0 as teams went in for half time.

Iain Mackenzie was pushed into attack again for the second half with Lewis Jamieson playing as striker. The pair worked well together. They created a handful of chances within the first 5 minutes. However, it was not until the final 20 minutes until Charleston equalised. Four substitutions had just been made and the boys were going all out attack. Iain Mackenzie equalised and followed this up shortly after with a second. The boys learnt a lesson from Monday night and did not want a repeat of the result. Mark Kelly kept the back line solid and with Jamie Penwright’s height seeing away any long balls this made the goal keeper feel more at ease.

Iain Mackenzie, 2S2

Iain Mackenzie, 2S2

Lewis Jamieson, 2S2

Lewis Jamieson, 2S2

Cameron Kent, 2S1

Cameron Kent, 2S1

More good dominant play saw Lewis Jamieson and Ross Watson add their names to the score sheet. Invergordon tried to peg another goal back but with no success. The game ended 4-1 and left the boys feeling a lot more positive about facing Golspie next week.

Man of the match was Iain MacKenzie with his ability to take the bull by the horns and turn the game around.


Mr Alex Mezals, Technical Department and Under 14 Coach


Senior Football

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Charleston Academy 5-3 Invergordon Academy

Charleston Academy picked up a well deserved, and long overdue first win of the season last week by overcoming Invergordon Academy 5-3. Charleston started the match very brightly and created several good opportunities in the opening fifteen minutes with Jack Hosie, Ronan Cousins and Colin Macdonald all going close. The break did come through a Jack Hosie goal midway through the first half. And although Invergordon replied, a Robbie MacLennan tap ensured Charleston retook the lead. However, another Invergordon goal against the run of play meant that the teams went in at half time tied at 2-2.

Charleston remained upbeat and went on to dominate the second half with Ronan Cousins and Jack Hosie causing havoc up front against the Invergordon defence. Jack went onto notch his second and third goal of the game to secure his hat-trick and although Invergordon scored a third to try and get back into the game, Ronan Cousins put the game beyond doubt by adding a fifth goal late on.

Jack Hosie, 6S

Jack Hosie, 6S

Ronan Cousins, 6T

Ronan Cousins, 6T

Robbie MacLennan, 5S2

Robbie MacLennan, 5S2









Jack Hosie (3)

Ronan Cousins (1)

Robbie MacLennan (1)

Mr Ryan MacKintosh, PE Department and Senior Football Coach

Children in Need 2013

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Update 17 November: Well done to all Charleston Academy Pupils and Staff who collectively raised a grand total of £1,197 on Friday. A fantastic achievement and due in no small part to the hard work and organisation by many prefects to ensure the day was a success and raised money for this excellent cause.


Friday 15th November is Children in Need 2013. Our Lead Prefect Team have planned and organised a variety of different events for the day. It’s a dress down day with a yellow theme, or pyjamas, otherwise as bright and bold as you can be. At lunchtime there will be a “Gunge the Teacher” stall in the Hall. Votes have been taking place all week, and we’ve now narrowed down the list of teachers to be gunged to eight. Groups of pupils can now vote for the teacher to be gunged for a £5 fee. Plus, if high enough totals are raised a “mystery teacher” will also be gunged on Friday.

In addition to this, home bakes will be sold at interval and lunchtime. There is also a Pudsey “Guess the Weight Cake”. Finally, for a small entry fee the Lead Prefect Team have organised a House Themed Pudsey Bear Treasure Hunt.

The school is delighted to be able to support Children in Need and this year the prefects have planned and organised the whole day themselves.

Business Awareness Programme

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On the 31st October, 24 Higher/Intermediate 2 Business Management pupils in S5/6 attended a two day Business Awareness programme at the Scottish National Heritage Headquarters in Inverness.

Speakers from a selection of local businesses told us about different aspects of their company. For example, Jennifer Nicol, the Marketing Manager from Tomatin Distillery, spoke about marketing and what job she does within the company. Craig Duncan from Craigton Foods spoke about the running of the three McDonald franchises he owns in Inverness, Elgin and Fort William. Other interesting speakers from Global Energy, Sharon Leon, HISEZ, Scottish National Heritage and Platform PR also presented to us.

As well as learning about each of their businesses, we took part in various competitive tasks such as thinking of the best way to market whisky, a really insightful seminar. One of our favourite tasks was on Day 2 of Business Awareness when our class got split into two groups and we each created our own business. Within our groups we then divided ourselves into the different operational departments within an organisation; Finance, Marketing, Production etc. At the end of the afternoon we presented our business to the rest of our classmates, then Catherine Macdonald, who organised the whole event, and Miss Bisset chose the winning team.

Higher & Int 2 Business Management pupils show off their Business Awareness Certificates

Higher & Int 2 Business Management pupils show off their Business Awareness Certificates

It was a privilege to have been able to have had Business Awareness in the Scottish National Heritage Headquarters. We were also very lucky to have such highly skilled business people taking time out of their days to speak to us. Business Awareness was definitely a very enjoyable and beneficial two days for the whole class.

Emma Macrae 6S and Kilda Fowler 6T

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Armistice Reflection

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Pupils and staff reflected silently at 11am today during our two minute silence. Prior to this Liam Eaton and Andrew MacLean piped a lament and Amazing Grace in the school grounds which could be heard by everyone.

At the same time, Head Girl Emma Macrae and Deputes Gavin Hannigan and Laura Brown attended the civic Armistice at the Town House.

Belgium Battlefield Visit 2013

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During the October holidays, Miss Bain, and a team of four other staff took forty seven pupils to Belgium and France on a trip to follow the Cameron Highlanders during the First World War. We also visited some of the memorials and graves for the men and women who lost their lives during WW1. Over our six day trip we saw the names of at least 216,000 men whose bodies were never found!

The first place we visited was Poelkapelle British Military Cemetery. We visited a cemetery here as there were 7000 British and Commonwealth graves, 6000 of these are unidentified. One of the identified graves was Private Joe Condon, who was fourteen when he died. Private Condon was thought to be the youngest person to die in WW1.

After Poelkapelle we visited Vancouver Corner memorial. This commemorates the 13th Canadian Battalion. It was on the site of the memorial where many of the men died during the first use of chlorine gas during April 1915.

We also went to Sanctuary Wood, (Also known as Hill 62) to experience an element of what life would have been like in the trenches.

Another place visited was Langemark German Cemetery. Here we saw the differences between the British and German cemeteries in Belgium. The German cemetery was hugely different to the Commonwealth graves. All of the graves stones were flat on the ground; there was also a mass pit with 44,000 bodies in it! Even the “single” plots could have anything up to twenty one people in them.

On the third day we travelled to France. One of the memorials we visited was Thiepval Memorial which is 140ft tall and inscribed on its pillars are the names of 72,000 British and South African men who have no known grave.

We didn’t just spend the day visiting memorials we also went to the Arras and Wellington Quarry. The quarry was used throughout the First (and Second) world war. During WW1 the soldiers used it as a shelter. The exit from the tunnels was only ten metres away from the German front line; this was a huge advantage to the British as the Germans were not expecting this to happen!

While in Arras we also went to the memorial, we visited this as one of the pupils had a relative named on the memorial. Private John Bain was in the Cameron Highlanders, whom we were following the journey of. Private Bain was killed in action in May 1917; he would have been one of the soldiers to use the quarries, which we had visited.

Another memorial we visited was Vimy Ridge. This is a memorial for the Canadian Soldiers. It is situated overlooking the battlefields where many of the soldiers died. On the memorial there are 11,285 names of men who were missing in action or presumed dead after the battle.

On the Sunday of the trip, we went to a Bellewaerde theme park and zoo. This was a nice break from the history side of the trip, we spent most of the day at the theme park, which everybody thoroughly enjoyed (Especially the teachers!).

However in the evening we attended the Menin Gate Ceremony. This is held every night at 8PM for the local people and the family of the men recorded on the memorial. Four of our pupils played a part in the ceremony. Andrew McLean played “Flowers of the forest” on the bagpipes while, Cerys Davies, Hollie Buchan, and David Alexander laid a wreath on behalf of our school. The Menin Gate Memorial holds the names of 54,000 men whose lives were lost during combat, these men have no known grave. The ceremony was very moving and emotional for many of the pupils on the trip.

The next day we visited Tyne Cot; this is the largest British and Commonwealth Cemetery in the world. It has 12,000 graves and 35,000 names on the memorial panels placed around the cemetery. Also in the cemetery are the remains of three German Pill Boxes, these are where the Germans fired from. They are just like large concrete bunkers. They were meant to be taken down after the cemetery was completed however King George V decided that they should stay as a lasting memorial to the men killed.

On our last day in Belgium we went to Bruges, which is famous for its canals, Lace and Chocolate! While there we were divided up into groups and allowed to go for a walk to either do some shopping or take in some of the historical parts of the city. A lovely time was had by all in Bruges, no matter what we decided to do. After our day we headed back Zeebrugge to catch the boat home!

Our four days on the trip were remarkable and our thanks go to Miss Bain, who organised the trip and also to the four other teachers, Mr Tillman, Mr Richards, Miss Glynn, and Miss MacPherson who provided support throughout. Everyone enjoyed the trip and it will leave a forever lasting impression on all of our minds.

Scott Mackenzie (4T2) and Cerys Davies (4S2)

Scott Mackenzie, 4T2 Cerys Davies, 4S2



Mountain Bike Trip

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Over the course of the first term Charleston Academy have been working closely with Velocity, a GoByCycle project that promotes and supports young people in cycling to school.

The aim of this partnership is to encourage Charleston Academy pupils to cycle to school more often. Volunteers from Velocity, and school staff, have been providing skills sessions for pupils during lunchtimes to develop their understanding of bike maintenance.

To launch this partnership, Charleston Academy pupils were given the opportunity to take part in a full day mountain bike trip on Thursday the 31st October. Pupils were able to bring along their own bikes but could also borrow a bike from Velocity for the day.

A group of 16 pupils from S1 to S3, along with Mr Buchanan (Geography), Miss Crawford (History) and 4 volunteers from Velocity left Charleston and joined the Great Glen Way. This gruelling ascent continued until we reached a point just beneath Dunain Hill. After this point the pupils were able to get some experience descending muddy tracks with expert guidance from Velocity staff.

The day was a great success. Above all else the pupils had a fantastic time and were excellent ambassadors for the school throughout the day, despite some temperamental Highland weather.

Our partnership with Velocity puts us in a position to offer this kind of event more regularly and we look forward to getting out on the bikes again soon.

Mr Stuart Buchanan, Teacher of Geography