Basketball Coaching Success for Laura

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Laura Brown BBallCongratulations to Laura Brown (6T). Laura has won the Regional Coach of the Year from BasketballScotland. There was a public vote and Laura won for her work with the Highland Bears Under 12s and the Under 10s. Laura’s commitment and focus were recognised by judges, especially her determination to get more girls playing and enjoying basketball. Laura states her best coaching moment was last year when she was involved in running sessions for disability and wheelchair Basketball participants. She found it really inspiring and hopes to continue this throughout S6. Well done.

Mr R McFee, PT Physical Education

International Quiz Winners

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Int Quiz Winning Team

Congratulations to the Charleston Academy team who won the Inverness Culloden Rotary Club International Quiz. This inter-school quiz sees teams from all Inverness Secondary Schools (Charleston Academy, Culloden Academy, Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy, and Millburn Academy) compete on a variety of topics and subjects. We were delighted to host the Quiz this year which was held in our Hall on Wednesday 4th September. Sam Gebicke-Kerr (6L), Amber Hinde (6T), Calum Finlayson (4S1) and Morvern Carmichael (2S2) represented the school well and came first in a very close competition. All team members were presented with a certificate and a medal and the team was presented with the Rotary Shield. They will now go on to represent Inverness against La Baule at the Council Chambers in November.

Miss Yvonne Gunn, PT Languages

Badaguish Prefect Leadership Weekend

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Our Lead Prefect Team have spent the weekend at Badaguish, accompanied by Ms Sutherland, Miss Macpherson, and Mr Todd. Ms Sutherland has developed a package of reflective support materials based on earlier work at Columba1400. The group departed at 4pm on Friday and spent the weekend getting to know one another better, reflecting on their appointment as a member of the lead prefect team, thinking about leadership strategies and how to enahnce their individual skills and talents to ensure the team becomes a complementary group that can leave a legacy for the school.

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All of SMT joined the group on Saturday to lead the Visual Explorer workshops. Prior to that the group had arranged a BBQ on Friday night, and been using team building skills through various activities.

Opportunity of a Lifetime for Gary

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As we settle into the new session and prepare for the Albert Roux Dinner on 12th September, we are delighted to congratulate Gary Millard who has the opportunity of a lifetime – with the offer of an apprenticeship with Albert Roux Consultancy.

From S1 onwards, Gary has had a keen interest in food and from S3 onwards won local and regional competitions. He reached North of Britain Chef competitions on two occasions and was runner up in 2012. His passion for patisserie earned him ‘best sweet’ in the 2012 Scottish Final.

 Mr Roux’s generosity to the Home Economics Department is never ending. He has already employed two Charleston pupils as apprentices to work at his establishments in London, Edinburgh and then France, (Rebecca Williams and Caitie Grainger).

They have now been joined by Gary, who starts at Mr Roux’s 5-star Inverness restaurant, Rocpool Reserve next month.

“It’s hard to take in,” said Gary. “To be taken on by a world class chef like Mr Roux is such a privilege. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“I will start off at Rocpool Reserve and hopefully he will move me around to some of his other restaurants later on.”

Gary has a particular interest in patisserie – Mr Roux’s own speciality when he was training.

“I’ve wanted to be a chef as long as I can remember,” said Gary. “My grandad used to own the Ledgowan Lodge Hotel at Achnasheen and my uncle was his Head Chef – so you could say it runs in the family. My granny used to do a lot of cooking with me as well.”

Until now, Gary has been working in the evenings as a chef in Corner on the Square in Beauly where I’m sure he will be missed.

Mr Roux will guide him and train him and get him qualifications on the way. Everyone is delighted for Gary. We are all very proud of him!

Gary Milard, 6L

Gary Millard, 6L


Miss Eilidh Matheson, Home Economics Department

Meal do naidheachd, Danielle!

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DSC01083At the end of last session, S2 Gaelic pupils entered a national competition run by CLAS (the professional association of secondary Gaelic teachers), in which they wrote about their likes and dislikes.  We were delighted that a pupil from Charleston Academy, Danielle Sanders (now 3K1) won this prestigious national award.  Danielle’s entry was published in a booklet which has been distributed to all secondary schools that took part.  In the photo, you can see Danielle with her certificate and a voucher worth £50, along with the other Charleston Academy pupils whose work was commended:  Joanna Renwick, Mia Geddes, Kirsty Hedderwick, Rhianna Day, Jade McCabe, Elise Lyall, Shona Graham-Taylor, Sirena Rattray and Jordan Zblewski.  Congratulations to you all!

Aig deireadh na bliadhna sgoile a chaidh, chuir sgoilearan na dàrna bliadhna a-staigh airson farpais sgrìobhaidh CLAS, le pìosan sgrìobhaidh mu na rudan as toigh agus nach toigh leotha.  Bha sinn air leth toilichte gun do bhuannaich sgoilear à Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich, Danielle Sanders (a-nis 3K1) a’ chiad duais anns an fharpais shònraichte nàiseanta seo.  Chaidh an sgrìobhadh aig Danielle fhoillseachadh ann an leabhran a chaidh a sgaoileadh gu gach àrd-sgoil a ghabh pàirt.  Anns an dealbh, chithear Danielle leis an teisteanas aice agus eàrlas luach £50, agus na sgoilearan eile a chaidh am moladh anns an fharpais:  Seonag Renwick, Mia Geddes, Ciorstaidh Hedderwick, Rhianna Day, Jade NicCaba, Ealasaid Lyall, Seòna Ghreumach-Nic an Tàilleir, Sirena Rattray agus Iòrdan Zblewski.  Mealaibh ur naidheachd!

Miss Yvonne Gunn, PT Languages

2013 SQA Results

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Sqa_logoCharleston Academy pupils received their SQA results today (Tuesday 6 August). We are delighted that so many pupils have done so well. This is testimony to the effort and hard work of our pupils, their teachers and other staff and also the support of their parents and carers.

Some results worthy of note are the 46 pupils in S5 (32.6%) who passed three or more Highers, compared to the Highland average of 27%. 21 of those S5 pupils passed five or more Highers (15%) which is well above the Highland average of 11.6%.

In S4, the number of passes at Standard Grade Credit Level was 56 (40.3%), up from 33% in 2011 and 37% in 2012.

Staff will be looking into the results in more detail over the next few weeks. Meanwhile congratulations to everyone on the results of their hard work. If anyone has concerns or queries about any aspect of the SQA results, please telephone the school meantime.

Award Ceremonies 2012-13

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Award Recipients 2012-13 (Click to download full list)

Awards Ceremonies for all year groups took place throughout May and June. It was a pleasure to see our Hall packed with over 300 award winners and their parents / carers / grandparents for each of these ceremonies. Our S6 Graduation Ceremony was held in May, followed by Award Ceremonies for S5 and S4. At the end of June Awards Ceremonies for S1, S2, and S3 took place. Our Awards Ceremonies allow us to recognise the significant achievements of our pupils.

Academic Awards are presented for Attainment, Improvement or Effort across a range of subjects. Special Awards were given out for an impressive variety of wider achievements including including participation and success in extra-curricular activities such as debating, athletics and sports as well as recognition of some very worthy achievements out of school too.

Well done everyone and a big thank you to all parents and carers for taking time out to attend, support and celebrate the achievements of our pupils. Our excellent partnership with our parent forum contributes hugely in ensuring our pupils continue to achieve across all areas of the school.

S6 Graduation: Integrity Award

View the PDF version of the Powerpoint used to explain the concept and design for our Integrity Award.

View the PDF version of the Powerpoint used to explain Mr O’Neill’s concept and design for our Integrity Award.

The Provost of Inverness commended our 2013 Graduation. Click to view.

The Provost of Inverness commended our 2013 Graduation. Click to view.

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Graduation Programme 2013. Click to view

Glenfeshie Spey Descent

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Pupils taking the ASDAN Qualification took part in a fantastic adventure at the end of term. They headed to Glenfeshie with Mr Smith and Mrs Bernery (Support for Learning) to take part in a canoeing and kayaking descent of the River Spey. Along the way they camped out overnight for the duration of the four day visit, learning essential bushcraft, camp fire skills and loch and river canoeing.

The aim of the trip is to build communication skills, improve self-awareness and learn more about the local environment. The trip was organised in partnership with Wild Things, a Findhorn based charity.

Luckily the weather was kind and everyone had a fantastic time.

Mr Richard Smith and Mrs Sandrine Bernery, Support for Learning Department

S4 Rural Skills

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Work Placement at Loch Ness Country House Hotel

This term pupils from the S4 Rural Skills class have been working in the grounds of the Loch Ness Country House Hotel.This is the fourth year of a very successful partnership with the hotel. The pupils work in the hotel gardens under the supervision of the gardener, Mr Roy Goddard.

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On a Thursday afternoon this term the pupils have completed a range of outdoor practical tasks working towards achieving their “Soft Landscaping” Unit. This involves planting flowers and vegetables, watering, weeding and pruning. The pupils will continue with this work placement after the summer holidays in August.

Mrs Susan Ritson, PT Guidance and Rural Skills teacher