Inver-Ross Secondary Schools Hockey Tournament

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On Saturday 2nd November the Charleston Bears took part in the IJHC Secondary Tournament. The hockey team consisted of Kieran Hennessy (captain), Josh Malcolm, Ross Watson, Stuart Hamilton, Jonathan Janzack (goal), Alice Fraser, Sophie Fraser, Eilidh Maccormick, Eilidh Morrison, Laurie Mcphee, Amy Riddle and Nicola Rattery. In our league we won all four games with only one goal being let in the whole way through. Winning all of the games by 3-0 or more we moved onto the top league where we won all games except for the last where we drew with Millburn A.

Millburn have won the Inveross Cup many years before and we are the first team to beat them in so long – it feels like it’s quite an achievement. Thank you to all the players and a special thank you to one of our parents, Laura Burns, for giving up her time and coaching the team. It was an excellent day, we can’t wait to play again in April.

Eilidh Morrison, 2S2

Eilidh Morrison, 2S2

Orienteering Success

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Callum White (5S2) was selected to run for Great Britain in the European Youth Orienteering Championships recently. The competition took place in Portugal and 32 other nations took part.

Although Callum was running for Great Britain, all four boys that were selected to take part for the Under 17 Category were all from Scotland.

They did particularly well in the relays. Further details can be found on the British Orienteering website.

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Callum White, 5S2

Scottish Parliament Visit

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Our Higher Modern Studies visited the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Wednesday. As well as a visit to the main chamber to watch a debate on transport, the Higher class also met three local MSPs. Mary Scanlon (Conservatie Party), John Finnie (SNP), and David Stewart (Scottish Labour) spent time with the class to answer their questions on the way the parliament operates, the difference between List and Constituency MSPs and current issues affecting the Highlands.

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Remembrance / Armistice Assemblies

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Provost Alex Graham, Callum Mackintosh (Area Education Manager) and Cllr Graham Ross joined Torridon House for their Remembrance Assembly on Friday

Provost Alex Graham, Callum Mackintosh (Area Education Manager) and Cllr Graham Ross joined Torridon House for their Remembrance Assembly on Friday

Assemblies this week are on the theme of Armistice / Remembrance and are being delivered by our Lead Prefect Team and pupils involved in the recent History trip to the WW1 Battlefields.

On Thursday we welcomed Mr Roddy Wood from the Royal British Legion in Inverness. Mr Wood oversees many of the arrangements for the annual Poppy Appeal in Inverness and he was delighted to hear pupil accounts of their recent trip to Belgium.

On Friday, our final house assembly was attended by Provost Alex Graham, and Cllr Graham Ross. Mr Callum Macintosh, Area Education Manager also joined us for this important period of reflection.

Well done to all the pupils who participated in assemblies this week, who were all a credit to the school and our community. Our guests were very impressed.

Our Head Boy and Head Girl (Shaun Thomas and Emma Macrae) will lay a poppy wreath at the cenotaph on Sunday and other members of the lead prefect team will attend the special event at the Town House on Monday 11th as guests of Provost Alex Graham.


Mr Roddy Wood joins Miss Catherine Bain (PT History), members of our Lead Prefect Team, and pupils who were on the recent trip to Belgium for our Shiel House Assembly on Thursday.

Plans are already underway for our Centenary Visit to the World War One Battlefields in the Autumn of 2014.

Highland Chef Competition

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Hospitality Pupils were at the Burghfield House Hotel in Dornoch yesterday, taking part in the Highland Chef of the Year Competition. Mr Albert Roux and Mr Glen Watson from Albert Roux Consultancy were over-seeing proceedings, with chefs from all over the Highlands taking part.

Congratulations to Chef Victoria Edwards, a former pupil of Charleston Academy and her assistant for the day, Alexander Mackenzie (4L2), who won the competition this year.

All the other pupils taking part were given a real insight into cooking at this competitive level with some of the best chefs from across the highlands.


Shinty News

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Picture6Inverness is hosting a number of International fixtures on Saturday 2 November at the Bught Park.

Charleston have a number of former pupils who have played shinty for the school and it is very encouraging to see so many playing in the shinty/hurley matches with Ireland. In the Senior team Stuart MacDonald (Lovat), John Barr (Glenurquhart), Calum Cruden (Lovat) and Connor Cormack (Beauly) will take the field.

In the under 21 match Greig Matheson (Lovat) Captains the team and is supported by Lewis Tawse (Lovat), Graham MacMillan (Lovat), Michael MacKenzie (Lovat) and Jack MacDonald (Beauly). In the ladies fixture Laura Gallacher (Glengarry/Lovat) will be looking to score goals as always.

Congratulations to all concerned for reaching such a high standard of skill, fitness and commitment and best of luck for Saturday.

Training for the school team continues on Thursday at lunchtime and the Wade Cup (under 16) is due to be played this month. Miss Crawford (History) is working hard behind the scenes to get a girls team up and running and interested pupils should keep in contact with her.

There is training for interested under 14 players in the Charleston Games Hall on a Friday between 6 – 7pm. Run by Inverness Shinty Club all are welcome especially beginners/less experienced players.

Mr Iain McKie, PT Guidance & Shinty Coach


Sight Action Welcomes Charleston Academy Prefects

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2013-10-22 11.51.17Sight Action welcomed a number of prefects from Charleston Academy this week who will be helping with a variety of voluntary projects the charity are developing. The students will have the unique opportunity to work with people who are visually impaired in the local community and across the Highlands and Islands.

Sight Action are actively looking for new volunteers and if you feel like you would like to get involved or find out more about the charity please visit their website HERE.

The charity is also holding an awareness day on the 30th of October at the Merkinch Community Centre form 10am to 3pm.

Mr Richard Smith, Acting PT Learning Support

Mòd Ionadail Inbhir Nis

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DSC01443Mealaibh ur naidheachd, sgoilearan air an dàrna bliadhna a rinn obair mhath aig Mòd Ionadail Inbhir Nis bho chionn ghoirid. Anns an fharpais ealain, bha aca ri postairean sanasachd a chruthachadh airson a’ Mhòid. Fhuair na farpaisich shoirbheachail teisteanas – Garaidh Stiùbhart, Idhe NicFhionnlaigh, Tiffany Dewar, Pixi Blyth, Mìcheal Jaffray, Aleksandra Zwawiak agus Amie Nic an t-Sealgair. Bu mhath a rinn iad!

Congratulations to some second year pupils whose work was commended at this year’s Inverness Local Mod. All S2 pupils entered the competition where they had to design a poster advertising the local Mod in Gaelic. Pupils whose work was commended received a certificate for their entries – Gary Stewart, Iona Finlayson, Tiffany Dewar, Pixi Blyth, Michael Jaffray, Aleksandra Zwawiak and Amy Hunter. Well done!

Miss Yvonne Gunn, Acting PT Languages

Teaching in Botswana

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Although it’s the October Holidays for most of the school, two Charleston Academy teachers have extended their teaching term this week. They are at our Connecting Classrooms partner school in Botswana. Ms Sutherland (Principal Teacher of Chemistry) and Mrs Sutherland (Art Teacher) are spending ten days working at our partner school, Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye, Botswana.

Funding for the exchange has come from the British Council and meant that two teachers from Botswana visited Charleston Academy before the October break. Thirty Charleston Academy pupils visit Lotsane Senior Secondary School in June and July 2014.

Lotsane Senior Secondary School is located on the western edge of Palapye, a sprawling town of nearly 30,000 inhabitants. The satellite image shows the school teaching blocks, student dorms and the teachers houses.  


History Pupils Show Respects at the Menin Gate

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History pupils at the Menin Gate in Ypres, today Sunday 6 October, 2013

History pupils at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Sunday 6 October, 2013

Charleston Academy History pupils, who are in Belgium visiting the WW1 battlefields and memorials, visited the Menin Gate on Sunday 6 October. The Menin Gate is a memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Ypres Salient of World War 1.

As a mark of respect, the pupils were proud to wear the full Charleston Academy uniform, and some of the boys wore kilts to accompany the pipes.

The group also laid a wreath during their visit.

A full article on the visit will be published on their return.