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Boxing Club

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum


Our Boxing Club, which is run in partnership with Police Scotland and the Highland Boxing Academy has now been running for three years. The initiative has been so successful it has caught the eye of local councillors and politicians. Yesterday the Boxing Club put on a demonstration session over lunchtime.

The demonstration was attended by Police Scotland Chief Superintendent Julian Innes, Rector Chris O’Neill and local councillors. Councillor Graham Ross attended the demonstration – his Ward of Inverness West has made a significant contribution to the club through Discretionary Funding.

The success of our Boxing Club means other schools have now set up a similar partnership. Millburn Academy and Dingwall Academy were also represented at the demonstration yesterday.

Well done to all the Charleston Academy boxers for being exemplary role models in front of all the guests.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Important Announcements, Personal, Wider Curriculum


Charleston Academy is delighted to announce that we are the first school in the Highlands to let young people take part in the new Police Scotland Youth Volunteers programme. Our participation as a pilot school stems from our well established, successful Police Scotland Boxing initiative.

The PSYV Programme was established in 2013 and is a partnership between Police Scotland, Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland.

The programme is designed to give young people insight into policing in Scotland, to inspire them to participate in their communities and to assist in the policing of public engagements in Scotland. The programme was launched in Ayrshire in 2013 with 25 students from that authority taking part. In 2014 120 pupils from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen joined the programme.

Following presentations by Police Scotland at our regular assemblies, students interested in the volunteer service had to submit an application. Leets for interviews were drawn up and these were conducted by Police Officers from across the Inverness area. 24 students from Charleston Academy were successful in gaining a place on the programme.

Twenty of our PSYV force. Chloe Jaffray (4L1), Jonathan Janzak (3S1), Miar Kyle (3S1) and Annie Watson (3K2) are also volunteers.

As a school based initiative, Police Scotland also sought volunteers from our staff. There was significant interest in getting involved and seven staff have signed up to assist with the programme. They will be part of a group of 36 adult volunteers from across Scotland and will undergo training facilitated by YouthLink Scotland.

Mr Gordon Stewart (Depute Rector), Mr Shaun Foster (PT Biology), Miss Aisla Whitelaw (Physics department), Mr Alex Matheson (History department), Miss Sali Massey (Geography department), Mr Jonathan Richards (Technical department) and Miss Lizzie Turner (Maths department)

The group met for the first time yesterday and will meet fortnightly during and out with term time. As well as a “cadet” type meeting, the volunteers will also assist Police Scotland at various public events. The first of these will be Rock Challenge at Eden Court Theatre on 27 & 28 April. Later the volunteers will work as uniformed volunteers at events like the Marafun and Belladrum.

The 12 week induction and training programme has now begun and the Scottish Government has committed £123,000 to the scheme which will see over 200 Youth Volunteers join Police Scotland. Training will include visits to the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan. Uniforms will be provided for all volunteers, designed by students from Gray’s School of Art.

More information about the scheme will be available here soon.


Boxing Club Police Scotland

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

Our Boxing Club goes from strength to strength. We continue to develop our highly successful partnership with Police Scotland. PC Alan MacLennan (Youth Coordinator Police Scotland) works with Depute Rector Mr Gordon Stewart, our Steward Mr Peter Lees and the Highland Boxing Academy to provide intense training for the pupils invited to participate. The photos below were taken at training on 24 February.

Charleston Academy will soon be piloting a further Police Scotland initiative with places for up to 24 pupils to take part in a cadet style scheme with the police. PC MacLennan is speaking at S3 and S4 assemblies this week. More details will be available soon.


Boys’ Boxing Club

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Wider Curriculum

Last year Charleston Academy was involved in an initiative with Boxing Scotland,  The Highland Boxing Academy and Police Scotland.  The aim of the initiative was to improve levels of self-confidence and to encourage a more focused engagement with school (as well as improved physical fitness.)  The programme was very successful so much so that this year it has developed to become part of the enhanced curriculum at Charleston Academy. Each week the boys participating in the programme go to the Highland Boxing Gym in the Carsegate.

Throughout this session on every Tuesday afternoon a group of pupils will accompany Mr. Lees (Janitor) and Mr. Stewart (Depute Rector) to the Highland Boxing Academy.  At the gym the boys (and staff) will be put through their paces by Liam Foy (Head Coach) and Alan Maclennan (Coach and Police Scotland Youth Coordinator.)  The boys have been enjoying their time at the gym.  There is a clear focus on physical fitness and also positive goal setting for school and beyond.  A number of the older boys will be completing a Leadership Development qualification facilitated by Ami Warren (Active Schools Coordinator.)  They will be taking the skills they have developed to local Primaries and Youth clubs and offer training for younger children.

The programme has been funded largely through Highland Council and Moray Firth Radio with Police Scotland and the Highland Boxing Academy important partners in this initiative. It is hoped that later this session we will be able to run a programme for girls.

Mr Gordon Stewart, Depute Rector (and former amateur boxer!)