Parent letter

Dear Parent / Carer

Just a wee update letter about one or two things.


The school is moving to Facebook to broadcast events / achievements.  We have just started this and we hope that in time it becomes a place to post things that up until now have not been going home.  The address for this is:

Bike shed:

We have had a number of thefts from the bike shed.   The janitors aim to always lock the shed during the school day.  However, there are times this becomes impossible as they can have other emergency duties.  I would encourage all pupils who use the bike shed to secure their bike with a chain.

Pupil Lockers:

Over the next few weeks we will be offering lockers to pupils.  The cost of the locker is £15 – £10 for the year with a £5 refundable deposit when the key is returned.  Any money raised will be used to repair broken lockers and thereafter go to the School Fund – this money can only be used to directly benefit Charleston pupils.

Anti-bullying events:

On Monday 11th November the school will be holding some Anti-bullying assemblies.  This will culminate on Friday 15th November in a “Wear Blue” dress down day against bullying.

INSET days:

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November the school will be closed for pupils.  These are INSET days.

I will be in touch later this term to update you on events in the school.  Please follow us on Facebook for more regular news.

Thank you for your continuing support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher – Charleston Academy

Miss. Bain receives an Award

Susie Swift, Deputy Lord Lieutenant presented an Award to Miss. Bain. Miss. Bain has organised and led the annual battlefield trip to Belgium and France over a 10-year period.  The pupils took part in the Menin Gate Ceremony and on her return she arranged the Assemblies for the whole school – inviting in members of the Legion, current servicemen and women from the various services.  Last year she wrote and directed a play about WW1 that was performed for local Primaries.

Design Engineer Construct – Success

Last session 20 pupils signed up for the inaugural year of Design…Engineer…Construct (DEC),  a course that focuses on the built environment, architecture, sustainability and much more.  Having completed an extensive folio of work and an exam in May, 17 pupils successfully passed the course, all achieving a Merit or distinction.

This morning, Mr Richards (faculty Head Tech & H.E.) and Miss Macpherson (depute and S4 year head) had the pleasure of handing out certificates to the successful pupils.

1st row : Meg Leaver D, Molly Howieson D, Paul Staurt D, Michael Duncan M

2nd row: Bethany Mcllwraith M , Lauren Macleod D, Caroline Dunthorne M , Douglas Goodwill M

3rd: Drew Pimm D, Joseph Henderson M , Calum Fraser M, Oliver Kinghorn D

Back: Emily Netherton M , Adam Ritchie M , Rhys Evans M, Drai Senior-Macdonald M

Not present: Leon Duthie M

M = Merit, D = Distinction

A fantastic set of result all round.  Well Done!!

Mr J Richards

Faculty Head Technical & Home Economics

Parent Council AGM

Parent Council Annual General Meeting this Wednesday (30th October), 7pm, Staff Room, Charleston Academy.

Parents, Carers, adult siblings of Charleston Pupils: The Parent Council needs you!  Our aim is to support all Charleston Academy pupils and staff to make it the best school possible. Please join us.  All support welcomed. 

Siuthad! Latha Dreuchdan Gàidhlig

Bho chionn ghoirid, chaidh sgoilearan Gàidhlig air clasaichean 4 agus 5 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.   Bha tòrr bhuidhnean an làthair – BBC Alba, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Poilis Alba, Stòrlann, Leasachadh Sgilean Alba, Comann na Coilltireachd agus Sabhal Mòr Ostaig nam measg.  Bha spòrs aig na sgoilearan anns na bùthan-obrach eadar-obrachail, gu h-àraid anns a’ bhothan dhealbhan agus aig àm diathaid! 

Dh’ èist sgoilearan ri òraid a rinn Christie Nicilleathain às a’ Mhanachainn.  Bha Christie na sgoilear ann an Acadamaidh Bhaile Theàrlaich.  Thòisich i ag ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig air a’ chiad bhliadhna, chùm i oirre gu Sàr Àrd-ìre, chaidh i an uairsin gu Sabhal Mòr Ostaig agus an-diugh, tha i ag obair aig Bòrd na Gàidhlig mar Oifigear Buileachaidh nam Planaichean.

Siuthad!  Gaelic Careers Day

S4 and S5 Gaelic pupils recently attended the Siuthad! Gaelic careers event, 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.  There was a wide range of organisations present, including BBC Alba, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Police Scotland, Stòrlann, Skills Development Scotland, the Forestry Commission and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  Workshops provided pupils with interactive, fun activities with the photo booth, the Buzz Activity and lunch being particular highlights! 

Pupils also listened to Christie Maclean from Beauly who is a former pupil of Charleston Academy.  She too started learning Gaelic in S1, went on to achieve Advanced Higher level then studied at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  Christie is now the Gaelic Plans Implementation Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Mental Health Day today

Mrs. Bremner in Guidance organised our school Mental Health Day with Assemblies S1-6. The money raised from the “Wear Yellow” dress down will be used to support Mental Health charities. Some pupils marked a heart on their wrist if they had had a personal connection with the issue either personally, a friend or family.