Wonderful Results at Inverness Music Festival

Charleston Academy had wonderful results, yet again, in this year’s Inverness Music Festival.

Twenty seven pupils were entered in categories for Solo Prose Reading, Solo Verse Speaking, Group Verse and Public Speaking.

Our group of S3 verse speakers were delighted to win the Florians Trophy for Speech for an impressive third year in a row, after giving a rousing version of Vachel Lindsay’s The Sea Serpent Chantey. They beat off stiff competition for our S1/S6 group who gained second place with their recital of Scotland by Alexander Gray.

In public Speaking our team of S2 girls, Amnma Crombie, Emily Blackmore & Rachel Gilles, in their first competition, came first and won the under fifteens trophy, with an impassioned plea to End all Homework. Other subjects raised in this category were Facebook, Why we shouldn’t keep cats as pets and Ehebiphobia (the fear of youth).

In the over fifteen category our team of S4 girls, Morvern Carmichael, Samantha Cochrane & Eilidh Morrison, came first and won the trophy with, what proved to be, a controversial account of how Romance is Dead. Our other team in this category, who came second, convinced us all that Social Media is the Curse of Modern Society.

In the solo categories Charleston pupils gained excellent marks. Particular congratulations go to Jemimah Morris (S5) who was awarded outstanding for her reading of an extract from Orlando by Virginia Woolf and gained first place.

In the S1-2 Category Bethany Morris came first reading an extract from Life of Pie by Yann Martel and in the S3-4 category Stuart Hamilton came first reading from Out of the Silent Planet by C.S Lewis.

In the solo poetry S1-2 category Rosie Gittings (S2) gained first place for her recital of The Listeners by Walter de la Mare and Tea with the Poet by A Henry. In S3-4 we had joint winners of Allan Goodwill and Cameron Cochrane with One Art by E. Bishop and The Oxen by Thomas Hardy.

Well done to all our confident individuals!

Ms Kay Storey, English Department

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