Botswana Exchange 2017

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Yesterday saw the conclusion of our 2017 British Council Connecting Classrooms exchange with Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Botswana.

Our guests, Head Teacher Mr Khangelani Tshebo, Guidance Teacher Mrs Lorato Semadi and Art Teacher Mr Justice Kgosana, along with ten students departed yesterday morning.

They were our guests for almost two weeks during which time they experienced so much. As well as important time in school attending classes, visiting departments and being actively involved in our community, the group also had wonderful visits. Highlights included the snow up on Cairngorm, the beach at Nairn (they are from a landlocked country), attending a Civic Reception at the Inverness Town House, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle etc. They also took part in our bi-annual Fashion Show which once again helped us raise funds to support the exchange.

Thank you to everyone in school and in our community for supporting this important visit. Special thanks to the parents, staff and others in our community who hosted our visitors and made them feel welcome.

Plans are now well underway for our fifth visit to Botswana and Lotsane Senior Secondary School in June 2018.


Easter Study School

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SQA Exams begin on Tuesday 2 May. All young people in S4/5/6 sitting exams will receive final details of times and rooms for all of their exams next week.

Meanwhile, as the final push towards these exams, some departments are offering Easter Study classes. During the break the school is open from 9am to 3pm for these classes to run. All students are welcome to attend any relevant class. Check with teachers for the start and end time of each subject.

Thursday 6 April:
  • ART (National 5 / Higher / Advanced Higher)
Wednesday 12 April:
  • RMPS (National 5 / Higher)
  • MATHS (Higher)
Tuesday 18 April:
  • MATHS (Advanced Higher)
Wednesday 19 April:
  • RMPS (National 5 / Higher)
  • PHYSICS (National 5)
  • CHEMISTRY (National 5)
  • BIOLOGY (National 5)
Thursday 20 April:
  • ART (National 5 / Higher / Advanced Higher)
  • MATHS (Higher)
  • PHYSICS (Higher)
  • CHEMISTRY (Higher)
  • BIOLOGY (Higher)


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Well done to Rheighen Cassels-MacGregor (5L1). Rheighen recently took part in the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Finals. Despite not having much experience of competing at national level up to now, Rheighen did exceptionally well. A significant achievement and in no doubt due to his dedication and hard work for his sport.

Gaelic Careers Day

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Chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig bhon dàrna bliadhna gu Siuthad!, latha dreuchdan Gàidhlig a chaidh a chur air dòigh le Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Dh’ ionnsaich sgoilearan mar a dh’fhaodadh sgilean Gàidhlig an cuideachadh nan cuid obrach agus mun raon farsaing de chothroman cosnaidh a tha ann do dhaoine le Gàidhlig. Chuala na sgoilearan mu dheidhinn obraichean anns na meadhanan, ann am foghlam, anns na h-ealain, le buidhnean eachdraidheil agus le buidhnean leasachaidh. Bha e sònraichte a bhith a’ coinneachadh ri dithis a b’ àbhaist a bhith nan sgoilearan ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich agus a tha a-nis ag obair ann an saoghal na Gàidhig. Tha Karen Oakley ag obair aig Fèisean nan Gàidheal agus tha Christie Nicilleathain ag obair mar Oifigear Leasachaidh le Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean . Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail, gu h-àraid anns a’ bhothan dhealbhan agus nuair a bhuannaich Louis Norgate an fharpais eacarsaich!

S2 Gaelic pupils attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event, organised by Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The event provided pupils with information on the variety of ways they could use Gaelic in their future careers. It showcased the diverse range of career options for which having Gaelic is an advantage, or is essential. Pupils heard about job opportunities in the media, in education, in the arts, with Historic Environment Scotland and with development organisations. They particularly enjoyed meeting two former Charleston Academy pupils. Former Head Girl Karen Oakley now works at Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Christie MacLean works as the Graduate Gaelic Development Officer with HIE. The different workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities. The photo booth and Louis Norgate winning Highlife Highland’s sit-up challenge were the particular highlights!

Ms Yvonne Gunn, Principal Teacher of Languages

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

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Several Charleston Academy pupils have done exceptionally well in the recent UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.

Gold Award & Best in School

  • Robert Thorne (4S)


  • Catherine De Venny (4K1)


  • Patrick Morris (4L1)


  • Jake Exelby (4K1)
  • Cameron Cochrane (4T2)
  • Roisin Martin (4S)
Special Congratulations to Robert Thorne. Following his success in the competition Robert has been invited and will take part in the UKMT Summer School which takes place at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford. The Summer School is a week long residential placement for young people with an interest in Maths. They aim to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students and adults who enjoy mathematics. There are only 48 places on the UKMT Summer School and no one from Charleston Academy has ever been invited onto the programme before. Well done Robert.


Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show

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We had another successful Fashion Show for our Connecting Classrooms Botswana Fundraising last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us on the evening. We raised nearly £1400 on the evening through an excellent raffle supported by local businesses. We are grateful, as always, for the support of local retailers, and to Inverness College UHI who did all the hair and make up. Some photos from the evening below, together with a video clip of the staff performance.

Well done everyone.


Multilingual Debate at Herriot-Watt

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On Wednesday 22nd March, our Higher French class travelled to Heriot-Watt University for the Multilingual Debate and Chinese cultural experience. The motion was ‘this house believes that robots will soon be a positive aspect of our lives’.

When we first arrived, we were escorted to the Confucius Institute, where the Chinese cultural experience was held. We tried on traditional Chinese clothes, tasted various Chinese dishes and practised Chinese calligraphy. It was a lot of fun!

We then made our way to the James Watt centre, where the debate was held. It lasted for two hours and was a fully interactive experience. The speakers debated in several different languages, including Chinese, Spanish, German, French and English. The Post-Graduate students interpreted the speeches into a variety of other languages. We were all provided with a headset, in which you could tune into a specific channel for your desired language. We were all extremely impressed with the interpreters’ fluency during the debate. Before and after the debate, we were given a chance to voice our opinions on the matter, through an electronic voting system. This allowed us to engage in the debate and express our views. Beforehand, the results favoured the ‘for’ side, however, in the final vote, the majority voted against the motion.

Overall, it was an extremely educational trip that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

by Amy Riddle, Grace Bird and Sami Cochrane

Science Club

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Newcomers are always welcome at our Science Club. It’s always great fun. Last week students undertook the collapsing can experiment. This week we have been experimenting with “Skittles Chromatography”. Speak to Ms Davey if you want to attend.

Ms Lauren Davey, Biology Department

Dress Up Extravaganza

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Dress Down Day for Comic Relief. Dress Up for Botswana

It’s a fashion and dress-up extravaganza at Charleston Academy today. As it is Comic Relief week, we have been raising funds for Red Nose Day with a dress down themed day – pyjamas, and have had a cake stall running at interval and lunchtime.

Our dressing down / dressing up theme continues this evening as it’s our Walk on the Wild Side Fashion Show at 7pm. Please come along and support our fund raising for our Global Exchange with Botswana.