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SQA Examinations - Study Leave Arrangements

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Examinations (2018)

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 Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Examinations (2018)

As you are aware the SQA examinations begin in the near future.  To assist our pupils prepare for these examinations, they will be granted a period of study leave.  First day of study leave for S4/5/6 Pupils will commence on Monday 30th April 2018 until Friday 1st June 2018 (The end of SQA Exams and last day of S4 Study Leave)

S4 must return to school as ‘New’ S5 on Tuesday 5th June to undertake Induction Programme at 1.55pm in the PFR. “New” S6 must return to school on Tuesday 5th June to undertake Induction Programme at 8.55am in the PFR.  Click here to read letter home for further details

Let’s Eat @ the Academy - Change of Canteen Prices from April 1st

School Catering Service prices at all Academies have been subject to a price review and increase effective from 1st April, 2018. Please click here to view the new Pupil price list and here to view the Free school meal entitlement allowance

Following a successful audition, S6 Pupil, Bronwyn attended a one week residential Spring course with the The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.  Rehearsals took place at  Strathallan School throughout the first week of the holidays with a performance in the City Halls in Glasgow (home of the BBC Scottish Symphomy Orchestra) on the Sunday evening. The program consisted of 'Concerto for Orchestra and Birds' - Einojuhani Rautavaara, 1st Movement of 'Scheherezade, Op.35' - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and 'Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36, "Enigma Variations" ' - Sir Edward Elgar.  Bronwyn, who played violin in the second violin section found the program challenging but also very rewarding. Her sectional and ensemble tutors were professional players and tutors in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The second course will take place this summer.  Visit the NYOS website for further information.

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Spring Training

BA Girls Running Club meet Robbie Simpson -

Last week, Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia) 2018 Bronze medal winner in the Men’s Marathon, Robbie Simpson came into Banchory Academy to speak to pupils about his recent experience in Australia. Robbie is a former pupil of Banchory Academy and it was great to get to ask him questions and to hold the medal! (26.04.18)

YPI Final 2018

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative is a national programme connecting schools and charities, managed by the Wood Foundation for the last 10 years.  All S3 pupils have been involved with the YPI, where they research social issues and champion a local charity who is working in that area.  In small groups the students then create a persuasive presentation and compete for the £3000 prize from the Wood Foundation.  On Monday 30th April, 8 teams competed in the final at the Woodend Barn in front of their peers, charity representatives and parents.  It was an excellent event with 2 teams from each house speaking.  The charities represented in the final were Somebody Cares, NETCO, Friends of the Special Nursery, CLAN, Grampian Women’s Aid, SCILL, Maggie’s Centre and Turner Syndrome Support Society.  Congratulations to our winning team, Ashleigh Brown, Melissa Findlay, Anna Fletcher and Emily Peake representing Grampian Women’s Aid, whose creative and passionate presentation convinced the judges.  We wish you all the very best for the Kiltwalk in a few weeks’ time.  We want to thank Ben Strachan and Kazio Wilowski for compering the event, and our S3 musicians for entertaining us.  We are grateful to our judges Lady Helen Wood, Patricia Davidson, Bert McIntosh, Harry Finch & Gabriel McHugh.  Each of the finalists will receive £250 for their charity through Bert McIntosh’s generosity.  Lastly we want to commend our young people who have visited local charities and become involved with social issues they feel passionately about.  Click here to view photos from the event and here to read the programme


Expressive Arts Evening


Activities Week S1-S3

Applications are now open for young people aged 16-19  to attend the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential, running from Tuesday 24th July - Friday 3rd August 2018 in Edinburgh.  On this intensive 11-day course, you will be given the low down on the world of film, with hands on training, learning key skills in screenwriting, camera, directing, production, sound and editing, with participants collaborating to produce three short films. You will also learn from some of the best producers, directors, screenwriters and craft talent in the UK film Industry through masterclasses, learn about the wider world of film, from education to development to finance and festivals with key industry professionals, given advice and support towards a future career, and spend time in picturesque Edinburgh.

This opportunity is targeted at young people who are keen to develop a career in film and have some experience in filmmaking; click here for more information

BFI Film Academy

S2 Expressive Arts Evening

On the evening of 16th of May 2018 the Expressive Arts Faculty will be hosting an evening of entertainment. Your child will be exhibiting art work that they have completed in school, presenting drama pieces they have worked on in class and performing as part of their music class.  As part of our Broad General Course this enables them to fulfil one of CfE outcomes to perform in front of an audience. The evening is designed to show the breadth of work covered by our pupils. During the evening the Art Department will be open to browse pupils’ artwork.  Light refreshments will be served throughout the evening in the Central Hall. Pupils are not required to wear school uniform on this occasion. This is not a ticketed event and there are no admission charges. Click here for more information on the evening’s schedule

NESCOL is showcasing an event being hosted at Aberdeen City Campus on 9th June for current and potential applicants to full time courses in the Creative Industries, Computing, ESOL and Business Enterprise. This event is an opportunity for pupils and their families to find out more about the career pathways and courses available

Saturday 9th June – Aberdeen City Campus – 10.30am to 1.30pm

Have you already applied for, or thought about applying for any of our full time courses in the creative industries?  If so, you are invited to our Showcase event to speak with our Academic Staff, see current students performances and work, and find out about career paths and courses available.

All potential applicants, current applicants and friends and family are welcome to attend!

NESCOL Creative Industries Showcase Event


Start of New Timetable (New S2-S4)

Faraday Challenge Day

The day was Organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology in conjunction with Thorpe Park.  The IET Faraday Challenge Days have been held across the UK providing students with the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.  The Banchory Team of S1 pupils unfortunately did not win the close fought heat but the design and idea proposed by the Banchory Team was well thought producing a design which impressed the judge. Their presentation of their model and design idea was fantastic. Pupils Anne Marr, Skye Buck and Jonas Newey commented - “We enjoyed making the model or our attraction with electronic components. We worked well together to produce a solution to the problem we were given. During the day we learnt how to make circuits from small components and that planning is very important to a task with everyone playing a part. It was a good experience and we would love to do it again.”  A great experience and a taste of the Engineering World. Click here to view photos from the day