Wider Curriculum

Climb Scotland Climbing competition

On Friday 11th October 12 pupils travelled to Perth to compete in the heats of the Climb Scotland Fun competition.  We had a great day at Perth College UHI climbing wall and the pupils climbed well.  The grades were a bit harder this year but the climbers rose to the challenge and competed well.  The results were submitted and we waited to hear if anyone made it to the finals in November

Finals day – Saturday 16th November

Jasper Kinghorn had qualified for the Youth A boys Lead Final and Catriona Garvie Qualified for the Youth A girls Top/bottom rope final.

The competition this year was really tight with a huge number of competitors from across the country.  They both did exceptionally well to make it into the top 5 climbers per category.

They both climbed well on the day and had a great time seeing other climbers and attempting the routes.

Catriona was 2nd in her category and Jasper was 5th.  A great achievement all round and another success for the Climbing Club.

Well done to everyone who competed this year!

American Football

Charleston pupils were in Edinburgh this past weekend playing American Football for Inverness Wildcats.  They won both of their matches, achieving the title of Undefeated Scottish Champions.  This qualifies the team for a place at a National tournament in England in August – ‘BritBowl’. Well done!!

The players who featured in the weekend’s victory are:

Aimee Bright  (S5)

Ian Castro-Correa  (S5)

Alen Biju  (S5)

Kieran Gebicke-Kerr  (S5)

Kai Macleod (S5)

Adrian Gorzycki (S5)

Adam Kinvig  (S4)

Paris 2019

During the Easter holidays 30 S2/S3 pupils accompanied by 4 members of staff travelled to Paris to take part in a learning outside the classroom experience of  Paris.

As part of the trip pupils were able to experience the culture and sights of Paris. We visited Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower took in the stunning views of the city from the top of the Montparnasse Tower, a sail up the River Seine . Pupils were able to taste first hand the famous French cuisine at local restaurants.   The trip concluded with a fun day at Euro Disney and a visit to a chocolate museum to taste lots of chocolate!

Mrs Fraser  Trip Leader.

Marine engineering Workshop

40 S3 students took part in a Marine Engineering Workshop provided by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets

The workshop concentrated on buoyancy and density and how these impact on hull design, loading and ballast.

The students then built their won ‘barges’ from simple materials which were then in competition with each other to see how much they could be loaded. The winner managed to hold over 400 marbles, very close to the national winner this year.

The engineer leading the course was impressed by the behaviour and engagement of all the Charleston students and was happy to offer to return to deliver another course next year.

Mr D Vincent

Physics Teacher

S2 Gaelic careers event

Chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig bhon dàrna bliadhna gu Siuthad!, latha dreuchdan Gàidhlig a chaidh a chur air dòigh le Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  Dh’ ionnsaich sgoilearan mar a dh’fhaodadh sgilean Gàidhlig an cuideachadh nan cuid obrach agus mun raon farsaing de chothroman cosnaidh a tha ann do dhaoine le Gàidhlig.  Chuala na sgoilearan mu dheidhinn obraichean anns na meadhanan, ann am foghlam, anns na h-ealain, le buidhnean poblach mar Poileas Alba agus le buidhnean leasachaidh.  Bha e inntinneach a bhith a’ coinneachadh ri feadhainn a b’ àbhaist a bhith nan sgoilearan ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich agus a tha a-nis ag obair ann an saoghal na Gàidhig.  Tha Karen Oakley ag obair aig Fèisean nan Gàidheal, tha Christie Nicilleathain ag obair mar Oifigear Phlanaichean Gàidhlig aig Bòrd na Gàidhlig agus thug Shannon Cowie, Tosgaire Òg na Gàidhlig 2016, seachad òraid aig toiseach an latha.  Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail agus fhuair iad cothrom bruidhinn ri Fiona a bhios a’ lìbhrigeadh prògram Bhelladrum.  Chòrd am bothan dhealbhan agus seisean Poileas Alba a bha anns an Àite Taisbeanaidh gu sònraichte riutha.

Some S2 Gaelic pupils recently attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event at Eden Court, which was organised by Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The event provided pupils with information on the variety of ways they could use Gaelic in their future careers. It showcased the diverse range of career options for which having Gaelic is an advantage, or is essential.  Pupils heard about job opportunities in the media, in education, in the arts, with public bodies such as Police Scotland and with development organisations.  It was interesting to meet some former Charleston Academy pupils including former Head Girl Karen Oakley who now works at Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Christie MacLean who works as the Gaelic Plans Implementation Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the keynote speaker Shannon Cowie who was awarded Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year in 2016.  The different workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities and they got a chance to speak to Fiona, presenter of BBC Alba’s Belladrum coverage.  The photo booth and the police dog and riot gear were this year’s highlights from the Exhibition Zone.

Musical Instrument tuition

At the start of the new term, all S1 pupils are given the opportunity to take up a musical instrument through Highlife Highlands instrumental service. This is an additional lesson out with the curriculum where pupils receive specialist tuition on a specific instrument. At Charleston Academy your child can choose from the following instrument groups: Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion/drumkit or Piping.


To register your child’s interest please see the information on the attached posters or visit their website highlifehighland.com/music

Bronze DofE Award

Following very successful practice expeditions in Easter Ross at the start of May, our S3 pupils currently undertaking their Bronze award headed back out to the Highland countryside to undertake their assessed expeditions. This time, the expeditions took place in the Cairngorm National Park.

Our first two expedition groups set off from Drumguish walking in a north-easterly direction first towards Uath Lochans then on to picturesque Feshie Bridge. After this, the groups successfully navigated their way through some tricky woodland at Moor of Feshie to reach their campsite at Jack Drake’s Bothy, a pretty little wooden bothy nestled in the woods just to the south of Loch Gamhna. Here, the groups set up camp and cooked their evening meal before heading for a well-earned rest. Although it was quite rainy on Saturday morning, this did not dampen the spirits of the two groups who quickly got themselves organised for their second day of walking. After breakfast and packing up, the groups headed off towards Loch an Eilein then over Cairngorm Club Footbridge before walking around the south side of Loch Morlich ending their route at the Reindeer Centre in Glenmore. The groups completed their walk quickly and encountered no problems during their journey.


Meanwhile, the second two expedition groups set off from the car park at Loch an Eilein, followed their route around the loch then onto the path towards Cairngorm Club Footbridge and Loch Morlich. The groups wild-camped in forest near to the Ski Road. On Day Two, the groups walked through the woodland around Glenmore Lodge, past Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan, and onto Ryvoan Bothy. After a stop for lunch, the groups completed their expedition by journeying to Dell Lodge on the outskirts of Nethy Bridge.

All groups have now made a presentation about their expedition to their assessor and have successfully passed this section of their award. Well done everyone! To complete the award, the pupils must now complete their other sections – Volunteering, Physical and Skill – and submit their assessor’s reports through their eDofE profile.


As always, many thanks go to all the staff who have supported the group throughout the year and who gave up their time to supervise and assess the expeditions – Mr Foster, Miss Gray, Mrs Hodgson, Miss Massey, Mr Nairn and Miss MacDonald.

Girls Junior Football Team

Our S1/2 girls played their first football game as a junior team last week against a strong squad from Park Primary, Invergordon.  Our girls confidence grew as they game progressed and they managed to get two goals in the net during the second half, courtesy of Lauren Fitzsimmons, which they were more than happy with!  Unfortunately we still lost 5 – 2 but it was a great first match for the team who celebrated as though they had won anyway!

The photo shows how happy they were even after a loss, soaked through from the continuous hailstones.  Well done to the whole team for their never ending team spirit and good humour.


H Sommerville

Advanced Higher French Speaking competition

Samantha COCHRANE took part in a Speaking competition for Advanced Higher French pupils.

Entries consisted of a 5 minute digital audio recording of a discussion with their teacher.  The students were assessed by a panel including experienced SQA assessors and members of AMOPA – Ecosse, many of whom were native speakers.

AMOPA – Ecosse is the Association of Members of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in Scotland.

Philip E. Bennett, Emeritus Professor (Medieval French), School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, Edinburgh, came to Inverness Royal Academy to award S6 pupils with certificates.

Congratulations to Samantha, who was highly commended for her performance.


Modern Languages Department


Badaguish Youth Challenge 2018

Congratulations to the Charleston Academy teams that participated in the Badaguish Youth Challenge this weekend along with 30 other teams from schools and groups across the North of Scotland


Our Girls Team of; Amma Crombie, Beth Harrison, Emily Hunter, and Rachel Gillies won the Ladies Trophy event and were 5th overall

Our Mixed Team of; Rosie Gittings, Archie Grey, and Katie Smith won the Mixed Team Shield and were 4th overall


The Badaguish Outdoor Centre is a charity that offers fun, sociable and safe short breaks for children and adults who have a learning disability and those with more complex care and support requirements. If you’d like to donate to this worthy local cause please see the above mentioned pupils before Friday 18th May to bolster their sponsor forms.


Mr S Tillam