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Next lunchtime Careers Talk for pupils – Going to College

Interested in going to college, either as part of your school options, or after you have left school?  Want to find out more?  Come and listen to Shelley MacKenzie of Nescol (North East Scotland College) speak at lunchtime on Wednesday 25th April (Rescheduled date)  Open to all years, S1 to S6.  Any pupils interested in attending, please sign up at reception by Tuesday March 20th.  The lunchtime careers talks are jointly organised by the Parent Council and the school to provide pupils with a unique opportunity to listen to people who have first-hand experience of different career paths. Check out the Careers Talks page by clicking on ‘Careers’ in the menu to the right and following the link from there.  A big thank you to Chris Wardle for his excellent talk about working in Horticulture, Landscapes, Gardens and Management of outdoor spaces.

Congratulations to S5 pupil Eilidh Campbell on winning the Aberdeenshire Young Female Sports Person of the year Award for her participation in Orienteering.

Eilidh is the leading competitor in her class in Britain. She often wins races by large margins, her fitness and mental approach to racing is very impressive. Eilidh made her first International selection at the European Youth Championships in Slovakia finishing 11th in the sprint race. Her season has been affected by injury, however she has already started training again in preparation for the new season.

Aberdeenshire Young Female Sports Person of the Year

We plan to run another of our regular Overseas Expeditions for senior students in 2019, this time the destination is Arctic Norway.  

If you missed the parent’s information evening, held on the 27th of March, please click here to view the presentation from the meeting.  If anyone requires any further information please speak to Miss Hunt or Mr Ritchie. Application forms for the expedition are available at school reception.

Overseas Student Expedition

Do you love languages?  Are you currently in fifth year?  Would you like to work with other young people and enhance your CV?  Do you enjoy sharing your news, views and opinions on social media?  Well, this role might be for you!  SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) are looking for committed, dynamic young people to join their team as SCILT interns. This would see you using social media regularly and collaborating effectively with a team to demonstrate your love of languages and where they can take you, on a national, international and global level. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to experience a professional work internship and enhance their sixth year at school. Please note that interns will be home-based and the opportunity is open to young people across the country. Successful applicants must commit to attending a training day in Glasgow on Tuesday 12 June 2018. If you would like to apply, please speak to Mrs Burt (room 21) before the end of term. Click here to more info and here for the application form

SCILT Digital Internship

27h April

S4/5/6 Last day at school

SQA Examinations - Study Leave Arrangements

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Examinations (2018)

 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

Yearbook 2017/18 Orders


The 2017/2018 Year book is now ready to order.

Books are priced at £20 each - please make cheque's payable to “Banchory Academy”.

Click here to print an order form which must be handed in, complete with payment to the school reception before the deadline of Monday 23rd April 2018.

Order forms are also available at reception

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

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

27h April

S6 Prom

30th April

Start of Study Leave and SQA Exams

Exam Stress

Following a recent Support Session held by SCILL on Exam Stress and how to cope by Grampian Mental Health Associates, handouts including some useful resources are available on the SCILL Aberdeenshire website - www.scill-aberdeenshire.org.uk click on "Workshops and Talks".

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