Children in Need Choir & £850 raised

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Charleston Academy’s efforts to support Children in Need saw the school community raise over £800 for our supported charity. Various events organised by Miss Sali Massey and a team of prefects meant everyone had great fun raising this total.

Additionally, the school was very proud to host and also take part in the BBC Scotland Children in Need Choir. On the day our choir members, accompanied by Mr Scott Nairn, Acting PT Music and Miss Janis MacDonald, Geography Department, travelled to Glasgow to perform live. See this Link for more.

The BBC said of Charleston Academy:

The Charleston pupils made all the others feel so very welcome and they are a credit to themselves, their school and you!

Well done everyone.


Forthcoming Events

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It’s going to be a busy end to this term. Please ensure you’re aware of what’s coming up. See our Calendar.

29 Nov: Group Photos
6 Dec: Parent Council
8 Dec: QIO Visit
13 Dec: S2 Parents’
15 Dec: YPI Final
20 Dec: Junior Dance
21 Dec: Christmas Lunch
22 Dec: Senior Dance
23 Dec: Christmas Quiz
23 Dec: Close 12:25pm

North of Scotland Schools Debating Final

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Charleston Academy had the honour of hosting the 24th Final of the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition on Friday evening. This prestigious debating competition has been running since 1993 and is sponsored by Norwell who fund transport costs for students and staff during the heats and the costs of the final. All the schools taking part are indebted to Norwell for their support of this competition.

On Friday, six teams debated to win the prestigious John Alan Cameron Quaich. The Motion was “This House Believes the USA is still Awesome”.

While the judges thought the teams might have used more humour, the standard of debating was very high. Winners this year were John Bonsall and Matthew Angell from Forres Academy. However Charleston were runners up in a very close competition with Jemimah Morris (6L) and Katie Stark (6K) receiving the runners up Salver.

The other schools who reached the final this year were Glenurquhart High School, St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and Nairn Academy.

The Chair of the Debate was Calum MacSween, former HT at Charleston Academy and latterly Head of Education at Highland Council.

The Presiding Judge was Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care at Moray Council. Other judges were Dr Nanette Milne (former Conservative MSP for North-East Scotland); Mr Lewis Keller, Miss Jayne Stuart and Mrs Kate Imlah.

Afterwards Charleston Academy hosted a fabulous cheese and wine (for adults!) and buffet reception. Well done to Ms Pam Carmichael, Mr Neil MacGregor and Dr Greg Cambell who organised the debate and reception at Charleston Academy. It was fantastic to see a large turnout of supporters and guests who witnessed a very high standard of topical debating.

Prizes were presented by local Highland Councillor Graham Ross who said afterwards:

“The standard of the debate was absolutely first class and hotly contested by all the speakers. The topic was “This House thinks that the USA is awesome.” What was awesome were the young students who were cool, calm and composed as they delivered their arguments for and against the motion.
Congratulations to Forres Academy who were overall winners with Charleston Academy coming in runners up.
One thing is for sure after witnessing this event……the future is very bright!”

Charleston Community Centre Incident

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We have now been given permission from Police Scotland and Highland Council to release the following information in relation to an incident on our campus earlier this week. Apologies that we were not able to release information sooner.

Chris O’Neill, Rector

Following an incident at the Community Centre on our campus, The Highland Council is now reviewing access arrangements.

Police Scotland have issued the following statement: “Following an incident at Charleston Academy Community Complex, Inverness, on Tuesday 22nd November, a 31 year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court on Wednesday 23rd November. No-one was injured during the incident.”

This matter is subject to live legal proceedings. The school is unable to enter into any further correspondence about this matter. Any enquiries should be directed to Police Scotland in Inverness, Telephone 01463 720396.


Rotary Masterchef Finalists

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Well done to Niamh Clark (4T1) and Cedes Wittke (4T1). Both girls were runners up in the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden Masterchef Competition 2016. Only three schools reached the final – Millburn Academy, Culloden Academy and Charleston Academy. Millburn Academy won but Charleston Academy did well to have two outstanding young chefs reach the final which was held in UHI on Tuesday evening.


Art Exhibition

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On Tuesday 15th of November Charleston Academy held its annual S1 Art Exhibition in the school’s assembly hall, where senior students also exhibited a small collection of their Photography work. As well as giving the exhibited artwork well-deserved recognition there was also a variety of stalls run by pupils and other members of our community.

Mr David Hay’s string group and Mr Ross Fairfield’s piano pleasantly accompanied the evening with soft music played throughout alongside saxophone performance from Jemimah Morris.

As well as an overall winner, prizes were also given for most creative, best use of colour, best use of pattern and best composition. The artwork was judged on the Monday morning before the event by Rector Mr O’Neill, Art Portfolio Students Beth Fraser (6T) & Jodie Keiro-Kirk (6L) and friend of the school Highland Hubs Art Manager, Stacey Toner.

Cara Gourlay (1S1) was awarded as the overall winner; Arran Kennedy (1S2) was presented best composition. Best use of colour was given to Neive Rodden (1K), best use of pattern was awarded to Paul Stuart (1S1) and Joshua Williamson (1K) was awarded with the most creative.

A special thank you to Mrs Kate Morris and other members of the Parent Council for supporting this event every year with such enthusiasm. A total of £220 was raised for Parent Council funds. Further special thanks goes to all the local businesses for their generous donation of prizes: Tesco Inshes, Harry Gow, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, ScotMid, Landmark, SoCoCo, and Rajah Indian Restaurant.

This event continues to inspire me; the truly outstanding work produced this year’s S1 cohort was a joy for the Art Teachers to showcase. We are extremely proud of our S1 and senior students who continue to achieve in Art daily.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher Art and Design

Little Shop of Horrors – Expressive Arts Trip

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On Wednesday we arrived in Glasgow, after checking into our hostel we were allowed to have a few hours of shopping, looking around the Christmas Markets and sightseeing in the city; we then headed back to the hostel to get ready to go out for dinner and see the musical.

The musical production of The Little Shop of Horrors which was breath-taking; the cast were great and brought so much life to the stage. We all had an amazing day and it was a great experience because some of us had never seen a musical before.

On Thursday morning we went for breakfast which was lovely and set us up for the day ahead. After breakfast, we went on our coach to the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery which was fascinating since there were so many sections about different Art and so many areas to look at. We really enjoyed the Expressive Arts trip because it was fun and very interesting, and we would love to go on one again.

Abbie Millard (3S1) and Kern Robertson (3S1)

Abbie Millard (3S1)

Abbie Millard (3S1)

Kern Robertson (3S1)

Kern Robertson (3S1)







This term both the Art & Music departments took a group of twenty-three students from S3-S6 on an Expressive Arts Trip to Glasgow.

The purpose of this cross-curricular project was to engage our young people in the creative arts by seeing the theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors, discovering the city of Glasgow, visiting the Christmas Markets and engaging in an Educational Tour around Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery. This trip was an exciting, engaging and truly inspiring experience for all students involved and staff.

I would like to take this time to thank the staff that assisted and accompanied me in the organisation of our Expressive Arts Trip Mr Ross Fairfield and Miss Shona McGibbon. More importantly I would like to thank our students who conducted themselves with a great deal of maturity and professionalism during this overnight stay representing Charleston Academy fantastically.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher of Art & Design

Barry Hutchison Visit

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On Monday 21st November, the world famous Scottish writer, Barry Hutchison, came into Charleston Academy to talk to S1 about his new book ‘Beaky Malone – The world’s greatest liar’. He explained how he comes up with storylines for his novels and how he tries to put the essence of his own experiences directly onto the pages – including his childhood fears of squirrels and old ladies! He also spoke about his most famous series Invisible Fiend; one of these was banned in Germany so they are not for the faint hearted!  He has written 5 bestselling series and is currently working with Dreamworks to create an animated series.

Barry Hutchison was incredibly fun and interactive as well as informative about his journey to become a writer. He looked like he was having as much fun presenting his talk as we had listening (which was needless to say a lot!)  We spent an hour with him but it would have been great to go on longer.  The talk inspired us to read his books and maybe even to write stories!  Everyone clearly enjoyed it and our thanks to the English department for organising this event.

Finlay Mackenzie (1S2)

Finlay Mackenzie (1S2)

Angus Franklin (1S2)

Angus Franklin (1S2)








Finlay Mackenzie (1S2) and Angus Franklin (1S2)