Default news category, unless another is used. Most news items will be an acknowledgement and celebration of our young peoples’ achievements.

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.



Debating 29/11/18

Here is a photo from tonight’s public speaking event held at Nairn Academy. The event was run by the Procurator Fiscal and is a great way to allow young adults to express their views on current topics. The prompt tonight was ‘Should schools make uniform compulsory?’ which Meg Leaver and Drew Pimm performed a brilliant speech on.

Rosie Gittings 5T2

Make sport everyone’s game

Rainbow Laces – Any pupils or staff interested in celebrating this event which takes place this Thursday (29 November) can purchase rainbow laces from Mr Sim for £1.00. Pupils are encouraged to wear comfortable / sporting footwear on this day and lace them with the rainbow laces in order to show their support for diversity. Show your support for LGBT fans and players on and off the pitch, challenge anti-LGBT language and work with us to make sport everyone’s game.

Kirkhill Technology week

On Wednesday 21st November 7 senior pupils went to Kirkhill primary to support the P5, 6 & 7 classes with their technology week activities.

The pupils started each class with a short presentation about “technology @ Charleston” and gave the pupils some idea about what to expect when the move up.  P5 pupils were building a model fairground ride powered by a motor.  Our senior pupils showed them how to build the circuit and fit it into their models.  The P6 pupils were doing a Dyson challenge which involved designing a jet (balloon) powered car and the P7 class were making mechanical toys powered by a motor.

The senior pupils got stuck into doing demonstrations and helped the classes complete each task.  They worked really hard all day and the primary staff were delighted with the level of expertise and patience that the senior pupils demonstrated.  They are a real credit to the Technical department.

Pupils involved: Josh Donaldson 5K, Cameron Keiro-Kirk, 5L, Joshua Wright 5S2, Alex Todd 5S2, Jude Macaskill 5S2, Alex MacAskill 6K, Lewis Macrae 6K

Mr J Richards

Principal Teacher – Technical”


S1 v Dingwall Academy

Dingwall Academy – 4

Charleston Academy – 1 (Jack McCormick)

MOM – Daniel McDougall

Charleston went down 4-1 to Dingwall Academy on Friday. Charleston played some fantastic football and were incredibly unfortunate to be on the wrong end of the result. Despite going 1-0 down in the first half, Charleston battled back strongly and hit the bar with a great free kick from Daniel MacDougall. Ross Munro then delivered a corner which very nearly went straight in. The same man again then jinked his way to the by line and rolled a ball along the 6 yard line which led to a goal mouth scramble, Charleston just unable to force the ball home. Early in the second half, Charleston deservedly got the goal they richly deserved. Jack MacCormick, who had a fantastic game, lashed the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Another fantastic curling effort from Daniel MacDougall was cleared of the line as Charleston pressed and pressed. However, 3 late goals from Dingwall as Charleston tired were enough for Dingwall to snatch the 3 points.

Another excellent display from the S1 boys who are showing excellent potential from the first few games.

Mr MacKintosh


S2/3 v Dingwall Academy

Dingwall Academy – 1

Charleston Academy – 2 (Adam Boa & Evan Hamilton)

On the astro pitch a mixed S2/S3 team manged to come out on top by the odd goal winning 2 – 1. In a closely fought game Charleston found themselves unlucky to be down at half time after unfortunately missing a penalty. A spirited second half performance saw goals from Evan Hamilton and Adam Boa give Charleston the victory. This was despite having to play the game without any substitutes and at the last minute drafting in Sergio Thomson, who did not look out of place, from the S1 squad to complete a starting eleven.

Charleston will be looking to arrange more games across all age groups over the coming weeks.

Mr Stewart

Teenage Cancer Trust

On Thursday 14 November we welcomed Alana Robinson from the Teenage Cancer Trust, who gave a presentation to our S2 year group.  This was a really informative and engaging presentation, drawing pupils attention to the early signs of potential cancer, raising awareness of the tireless pursuits currently undertaken to help prevent and treat cancers, and signpost people and organisations that can support young people who have concerns.

In support of this presentation, Tesco generously donated a significant quality or fresh fruit, allowing each pupil in S2 to take advantage of a healthy snack.  Alana was blown away with this kind and thoughtful gesture, and thrilled with the high level of pupil knowledge, engagement and impeccable behaviour.

Mrs H MacRae

Acting PT Guidance


Katie Gillies did an amazing speech at the Lochardil House Hotel on the topic of ‘Why the manufacture of non-renewable plastics should be banned’. The competition was organised by the Rotary Club and was a brilliant way or tackling this issue.

The Donald Dewar Debate is a memorial debate in memory of a highly prestigious lawyer. All the teams competed brilliantly and Robert Thorne and Rosie Gittings will have the chance to compete in the next round.

Rosie Gittings 5T2