National Poetry Day 3rd October 2013

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The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day in Scotland is Water.

Scotland has 9,911 km of coastline and over 31,000 freshwater lochs, so, of course, water has always been a great inspiration to Scottish poets who, from the early Middle Ages to the present day, have been creating inspiring verse that captures the essence of our magnificent country.

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2013, S1 English classes will be taking part in a poetry quiz. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams who demonstrate both their knowledge of poetry and their skills in writing poetry.

These two poems explore the importance of water.

In the Gaelic poem ‘Rudan a ni uisge’, Maoilios Caimbeul writes of the importance of water to the natural scheme of our world. In ‘Rain’ Don Paterson sheds new light on a natural resource that we are all too familiar with here in Scotland.

Mrs Kay Storey, English Department

Monster FM

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Third and fourth year Gaelic pupils recently took part in the Gaelic radio show Beò which is broadcast on Monster FM. This is a request show where pupils introduce themselves and ask for their favourite songs to be played. Ex-pupil and Monster FM presenter Niall Simpson came to Charleston Academy to record pupils. If you would like to hear our pupils on the radio, the programmes can be accessed HERE.


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Bho chionn ghoirid, ghabh sgoilearan air an treas agus air a’ cheathramh bliadhna pairt anns a’ phrògram rèidio Gàidhlig Beò a tha a’ dol a-mach air Uilebheist FM.  ‘S e prògram dhùrachdan a tha seo agus dh’innis gach sgoilear an ainm agus an t-òran as fheàrr leotha.  B’ e preasantair a’ phrògraim seann sgoilear à Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich, Niall Simpson agus thàinig esan air ais dhan sgoil airson sgoilearan a chlàradh.  Ma tha sibh airson èisteachd ris na sgoilearan air na prògraman, cluinnidh sibh iad aig:

Sponsored Walk 2013

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Sponsor Money for our 2013 Sponsored Walk is being collected in this week. Once again we have over £10,000 pledged, which is a fantastic achievement once again. The amount collected usually always exceeds the amount pledged, and this money goes into our school fund to support our extensive and varied wider curriculum, which without additional funding, might not run. Thank you to everyone for assisting, participating, sponsoring or taking part in any other way. Pupils and staff alike had a great day out, the weather was superb, and spirits high.

Once again Mr Corrance has excelled in the production of the film of the day below. Enjoy.

Under 16 Shinty

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The under 16 team had their first outing of the season and competed in the 6 aside Tournament hosted by Glenurquhart High School. A total of 9 teams took part including teams from Skye, Fort William, Kingussie and Arnamurchan.

Charleston got off to the worst possible start and despite their pressure lost out to hosts Glenurquhart 1 – 0 who scored a breakaway goal. The team recorded wins against Polockton and Ardnamurchan when Danny Kelly and Robbie Brindle linked up well and scored freely. Unfortunately Dingwall were too strong on the day in the last league game and Charleston were eliminated.

The 12 aside Wade cup is due next and the team have showed enough promise and with the addition of extra players will be looking forward to the challenge.

Training continues on a Thursday at lunchtime and with Mr Tillman and Miss Crawford helping the turn-out has been excellent. Let’s keep this up. We are considering having a girls team also with a number showing interest.

A special mention for Danny Kelly 4T as Captain of the under 16 team Danny has had an excellent season playing for Lovat who achieved second place in the Premier League. Danny received the Scottish under 14 player of the year last season. As well as playing shinty at the highest possible level Danny plays football for the Senior team and Ross County.

In his support for the school he rushed back from the Shinty Tournament to play for the Senior Football team v Nairn.

Well done Danny keep up this fantastic level of performance and attitude.

Danny Kelly, 4T

Danny Kelly, 4T

Mr Iain McKie, PT Guidance and Shinty Coach


Careers Visit

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Skills Development Scotland representative Mrs Gillian Clark welcomes Shaun Thomas and Shenan Davies-Williams to the Convention

A large group of 5th and 6th year pupils attended the Higher Education Convention on Thursday 26th September.

All the major institutions were represented and senior students were able to ask questions about the variety of Degree, Higher National Diploma and National Certificate Courses available.

As well as course information the pupils had the opportunity to ask about finance and be given individual advice about the application procedure through UCAS including the personal statement.

The students were commended for their smart presentation, mature approach and interest.



Higher Product Design IKEA Visit

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On Thursday this week the Higher Product Design Class, accompanied by Mrs Gordon and Mr Seymour, visited IKEA in Edinburgh. Ross MacKay (5T2) wrote about the visit.

We left the school at 7 o’clock, and began our long journey down to Ikea in Edinburgh. Half way down we stopped at Balliluig for breakfast where we were got a chance to stretch our legs and refuel for the rest of the journey

Four hours after we departed, we arrived at Ikea and were shown to a room – which had been recently decorated – in the back of the shop. We discussed our course for a while were then split into two groups and taken round the shop floor.  We were shown some of their new projects, how they were designed, the costs, their target markets etc. We were also shown around the back of the store and the logistics of delivering products to the shop as well as their recycling methods. We were also introduced to some members of their workforce and told a little bit about their jobs, it was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Once we had covered everything we went back to the first room, where we met the others and headed to the restaurant for lunch.  After months of hearing Mr Seymour rant and rave about Ikea’s famous meatballs, we got to try them. The overall verdict was that he massively overrated them.

After lunch we went back to the room where we filled out a sheet to more or less see if we remembered what was said on our tour of the shop. We were ready to leave to go explore the shop on our own, when Mr Seymour stepped back into a large frame which had recently been put in the room.  It fell, shattered on the floor leaving everyone in hysterics, a part from Mr Seymour of course, who was mortified! Definitely the highlight of the day.

Once we settled down we thanked the people for our tour and headed out to the shop where we had 45 minutes free time to have a look around. We headed back around 3. Approaching Perth we heard that the A9 was shut, so Mr Seymour took us on a back road, which was rather winding and bumpy road, it left a couple of us feeling a bit uneasy. However, we arrived back in Inverness after a very long day at 7:45.

Ross MacKay, 5T2

Ross MacKay, 5T2

Senior Football (Draw Again!)

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Charleston picked up another point away from home in the league to make it three draws away from home on the bounce for the side. Goals from Jack Hosie (6S) and Ronan Cousins (6T) were not enough to secure the three points for Charleston in a match they dominated in.

Ryan Collins, 5L2

Man of the Match: Ryan Collins (5L2)

Mr Ryan Macintosh (PE Department and Senior Coach)

Young Ambassadors

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Rachel MacInnes (5S1) and Aidan Kent (4S1) took part in the GameOn Scotland Young Ambassadors Conference this week. Rachel and Aidan were accompanied by Mrs Thomson (PE Department) at the event. They met judo champion and marine, Chris Sherrington and 2012 Paralympic Gold Medal Rowing Winner, David Smith.

The Young Ambassador programme engages young people, aged 14-19, as role models and leaders in sport. The key role of a Young Ambassador is to motivate and inspire other young people to participate in sport. The programme is delivered by SportScotland in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. Rachel and Aidan are outstanding ambassadors at Charleston Academy.

Connecting Classrooms

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As part of our British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme, Charleston Academy is hosting two exchange teachers from Botswana this week and next. Mr Seloke (Art) and Ms Didimalang (Biology) left Botswana on Tuesday and will be working at Charleston Academy over the next week. Returning with them to Botswana towards the end of term will be two Charleston Academy teachers, Ms Sutherland (PT Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art). They will spend a week teaching at our partner school in Botswana, Lotsane Senior Secondary School.

Mr Seloke and Ms Didimalang spent their first teaching day at Charleston working in their respective departments. At lunchtime they met Charleston Academy pupils who are visiting Botswana and Lotsane for two weeks next summer. They spent lunchtime developing their language skills and getting to grips with formal and informal ways of greeting in Botswana.

Earlier in the day our guests were delighted to meet Inverness West Ward Manager, Mr Stewart Wardlaw.

Find out more about our Connecting Classrooms Programme HERE.

Orienteering Home Internationals

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Callum White (5S2)

In Orienteering, the Junior Home Internationals is a competition between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each country is represented by four boys and four girls out of each age group: U15s, U17s and U19s. This year the competition took place near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. The individual races took place on the Saturday.

Callum White (5S2) and Rowan White (3S2), both outstanding orienteering competitors, represented Scotland at the competition.

Rowan had a fantastic race and came 1st in the under 15s boys with a stunning 2 minute margin above 2nd place (also a Scot).

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Rowan White (3S2)

With the Scottish Universities starting on the Monday, three out of four U19s were unable to be at the competition, Callum and two of the other Under 17s were asked to ‘run up’ a class. Callum was placed 6th in this race and was the first Scottish U19 in – a fantastic achievement.

A ceilidh was a fun way for the youngsters of the four nations to spend an evening together.

The relays took place on the Sunday. In orienteering relays the U17s run first, followed by an U15 and then an U19. When Rowan came in his team lay in first place, but it was a lot to ask of the U17s who were running up to compete with their older English counterparts and the team dropped down to a respectable fifth place. Callum, also running up a class, did well to keep up the pace and managed to take his team into a fantastic third place.

Over the course of the weekend, England took overall victory, but Scotland was a very close second. No mean feat considering several of the Scottish boys/girls had run up a class. Wales was third and N-Ireland fourth. Next year the competition will take place in Scotland.

Callum White, 5S2

Callum White, 5S2

Rowan White, 3S2

Rowan White, 3S2


The school is delighted to be able to support Callum and Rowan at these competitive events. Well done.