Personal achievements of our pupils, staff, and wider community. Usually out with school.

Donald Dewar Debate

This House Would Ban All Referendums

The first round of the Donald Dewar Speaking Competition takes place At Charleston Academy this evening. We have two teams entered in this new speaking competition. Good Luck to Cameron Cochrane and Rosie Gittings and also Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane.

The motion for the round tonight is “This House Would Ban All Referendums”. Best Wishes.

Florians Trophy

Well done to Chantelle Allan (5K). Chantelle is the winner of the Jonathan Stuart Florians Trophy for an outstanding contribution to the work of the Florians. Chantelle received her award from Mrs Fiona Stuart, former PT Music at Charleston Academy. Congratulations.


Bridge to Employment Residential

12 Students from Charleston Academy joined others from Dornoch Academy and other schools to take part in a residential weekend as part of their Bridge to Employment Year 2 Programme.

Students attended Loch Inch Waterports Centre over Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November.

This is part of the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Initiative. Students were joined by mentors and coaches from partner companies that included Scottish and Southern Energy, Lifescan and others.

As well as taking part in outdoor activities, including archery, canoeing and open-boating the young people also focussed on Team Work and Problem Solving Activities, set individual objectives for the coming year and began work on an innovation project. They had to do this under the careful watch of two of the biggest employers in Inverness and the Highlands.

Well done to everyone taking part in a very successful residential weekend.

Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector

Rotary Masterchef

Congratulations to Cedes Wittke (4T1) and Niamh Clark (4T1) on their recent success in Round 3 of the Rotary Club of Inverness and Culloden Master Chef competition.  They are both through to compete in the final which will be held at the UHI campus on 22nd of November.

Mr Derek Newlands, Home Economics Department

UHI Visit

On Tuesday 5th October, three of our pupils visited the UHI campus in Inverness. Caithin Forster (4L1), Kelly Marie MacUilliam (4K1) and Timothy Betts (6T) were accompanied by Mrs F Marshall and Miss L Gray.

The purpose of the visit was for the pupils to take photos of the area whilst also having the opportunity to look around the campus with a view to the pupils transitioning to UHI when they leave Charleston Academy. The pupils were very impressed with the facilities in the building including the library and learning resources areas, the gym facilities and the Construction Skills area.

The pupils were also inspired by the variety of courses that students can undertake at UHI and one of the highlights of our visit was meeting former Charleston Academy pupil Emily, who is currently studying Art at UHI. We had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student by have a snack in the refectory. After this, we went outside to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the campus and visit the Centre for Health Science building. The visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Miss Lyndsey Gray, Support for Learning Department


Hockey at Gordonstoun

On Tuesday 4th October the Charleston Hockey teams travelled to Gordonstoun for an afternoon of games.

The first game of the day was the S2 team.  The girls played an eight a-side cross pitch match and delivered an outstanding performance against Gordonstoun.  The girls played some great hockey in attack and put pressure on the Gordonstoun defence right from the start.  The game finished 8-0 to Charleston. Goal scorers were Abbie Maclean (2L1), Katie Gillies (2L1) and Molly Robertson (2L1).

Congratulations to Abbie Maclean who has been selected as captain of the S2 team and Katie Gillies who has been selected as vice-captain.

The second game of the afternoon was the senior girls.  The girls played an 11 aside full pitch game against a very strong Gordonstoun team.  The first half was a very defensive game for Charleston.  Charleston were down by two goals at half time however in the second half they sharpened up their game and came back to finish with a 2-2 draw.  Goal Scorers were Elidh MacCormick (5L2) and Sophie Fraser (5T).

Congratulations to Nicole McIntosh (6K) who has been selected as our captain for the senior team and Alice Fraser (4K1) who has been selected as vice-captain.

The Third game of the afternoon seen our S3 team take to the pitch.  The S3 team played their best game of the year so far.  The team work extremely hard to secure a 2 – 0 win over Gordonstoun.  Goal scorers were Charlotte Stewart (3S2) and Abbie Maclean (2L1).

Congratulations to Kira Buchan (3K) who has been selected as the captain of the S3 team, and Charlotte Stewart who has been selected as Vice-Captain.

The final game of the afternoon was our first year teams.  Our A and B team played 8 aside cross pitch games.  The girls all played really well, in particular our new goalies that got padded up and stepped in for the first time.  Charleston played two really tough games against Gordonstoun.  Unfortunately both teams were beaten, however this did not dampen the spirits of the S1 girls.

Congratulations to Cara Gourlay (1L1) who has been selected as the captain for the S1 team and Mirren Barker (1T2) who has been selected as Vice-captain.

Once the games were all finished we were invited to dine with Gordonstoun for dinner.  The girls all had a great time and were all a credit to the school.

A fantastic effort from all teams, well done girls! Enjoy your October break and look forward to a busy term with more highland fixtures after the holidays!

Mrs Kirsty Dillon, PE Department

North of Scotland Schools Public Speaking

Congratulations are due to three pupils who competed in the first round of the North of Scotland Senior Public Speaking competition at Nairn Academy on Wednesday the 25th of September.

Robert Thorne (4S), Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Stuart Hamilton (4T2) were successful (along with pupils from Millburn Academy) in making it through to the finals of this prestigious event, which will be held in Aberdeen next March.

They will compete against the other preliminary winners – St. Margaret’s School for Girls and Robert Gordon’s College – for the overall title.

Well done and good luck for the future!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department