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North of Scotland Schools Athletics Track & Field Championships – Thursday 30th May 2019

Charleston Academy had an excellent day at the North of Scotland Track & Field Athletics Championships this year. Inviting the best athletes from schools across the whole of the North of Scotland, Charleston Academy finished 6th in the overall medal table – the highest Charleston has finished for many, many years! With a team of just 17 pupils, Charleston managed to achieve 16 medals – a quite incredible achievement! Notable performances include Andrew MacFarlane S6 winning the ‘A’ boys Javelin with a distance of 53.18m, setting a new record for the event at the championships and Abbie Harrison S2 collecting three medals – one of each colour! Very well done to all the competitors who took part!


Rachel Gillies A Girls 1500m

Abbie Harrison C Girls High Jump

Mitchell Leslie A Boys 1500m

Andrew MacFarlane A Boys Javelin

Sam Burnett D Boys 1500m


Abbie Harrison C Girls 100m

Anna Owen D Girls High Jump

Liam Daly C Boys 100m

Oliver Stewart D Boys 1500m

4x100m Relay C Boys: Liam Daly, Daniel Arenas, Oliver Stewart & Christie MacKay.


Abbie Harrison C Girls 200m

Kasia Podgorska C Girls High Jump

Angus Franklin B Boys 400m

Angus Franklin B Boys 800m

Liam Daly C Boys 200m

Daniel Arenas C Boys Long Jump

School sports award

Charleston Academy have been signed up for the School Sports Awards run by Sport Scotland.

We have been awarded the Bronze level. The next steps will be to set up a school sports committee. The aim for the future is to qualify for the Silver and Gold level.

Dagmar Borrowman

Active Schools Coordinator

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

Congratulations to Eve and Meg whose entries have been Highly Commended and Christy whose entry was commended in this highly prestigious Neil Gunn Writing competition . Highlife Highland has awarded Charleston Academy the prize for the school with the highest standard of entries . The school will receive £100 and a trophy. Well done to all who entered . Winning entries can be read on the school website and it is hoped this will inspire more entries next session.

Ms Carmichael

Click below to read 2 of the entries

Litter pick

On Monday 29th April pupils and staff from Charleston Academy volunteered at a litter pick operation organised by local Councillors.

Mr G Stewart

Head Teacher

History interpreter visit

On Thursday 13th December Paul Lang, a historical interpreter who normally works with Historic Scotland, came to visit the school.  In the morning he gave a presentation on the Jacobites to S1 and in the afternoon he gave a presentation on the Scottish wars of Independence to S3 classes. S1 pupils reported that they thought “it was educational whilst being exciting at the end with the weapons.  He told us a lot about the redcoats and Jacobites and the weapons were cool” and “I enjoyed when he talked about the tools and weapons and how to use them. One of my favourite parts were when he did the way how to dress themselves in the uniform,.”.  S3 were also impressed, saying that the presentations were interesting and “a good experience” and “he gave loads of facts and the weapons were cool”.

Business Brunch – Languages

A group of ten S3 Gaelic pupils recently attended the SCILT Business Brunch at the Kingsmills Hotel.  The theme of the event was the importance of languages in the workplace.  Pupils and staff had the opportunity to speak to representatives from a range of companies and organisations.  They also had the opportunity to listen to a range of people who use languages in their work including Paula Nicol from the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Willie Cameron from Cobbs Group, Eilidh MacKenzie from Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Seonaidh MacKenzie from BBC Alba.

Miss Y Gunn – Principal teacher Languages

Make Sports Everyone’s Game

On Thursday 29th November colleagues and pupils came together to celebrate equality and inclusion at Charleston Academy by wearing their Rainbow Laces.

100 set of rainbow laces were sold instantly, both colleagues and pupils wore comfortable / sporting footwear on Thursday and laced these with the rainbow laces in order to show their support for diversity.

Pupils were in good spirits throughout the day, The Make Sports Everyone’s Game allowed  colleague’sand pupils to show their support for LGBTI+ fans and players on and off the pitch, encouraging all to challenge anti-LGBTI+ language in any situation and work with us to ‘make sport everyone’s game’.

This event marks the first of its kind, which the school has supported however there will be many more opportunities for colleagues and staff to celebrate and support of forms of diversity within our school and society.

Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher Art & Design.

As senior pupils we feel that the Rainbow Laces campaign was a success in bringing some awareness to LGBTI+ issues.

It would also be worthwhile inviting charities from the LGBTI+ and other organisations to visit the school and better inform pupils. If we look at these issues and others that focus on diversity then everyone will have a better understanding and awareness.

Rehana Karim (6L) & Angelina Bligh (6L)


On Monday 26th of November Charleston Academy held its annual S1 Art Exhibition, celebrating the achievements of all S1 pupils. 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.

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 morning before the event by Depute Head Teacher Miss Rona MacPherson, Art Portfolio Students Angelina Bligh (S6), Sean MacKenzie (S6), Rehana Karim (S6) & Max Crawford-Cumming (S6).

Elise Warde (1A) was awarded as the overall winner; Fraser Roy (1D) was presented best composition. Best use of colour was given to Louie Noble (1B), best use of pattern was awarded to Dylan Macdonald (1E) and Angus Trevelyan (1C) 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 £150 was raised which will be used towards purchasing new display boards to be used for further events. Further special thanks goes to all the local businesses for their generous donation of prizes.

A further special thanks to Mr David Hay’s string group and Mr Ross Fairfield who’s piano playing pleasantly accompanied the evening with soft music throughout.

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 – congratulations to you all.

Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher Art and Design.