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YPI Family Ceilidh - Befriend a Child Charity Fundraiser

As part of this years YPI project (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) A group of S5 pupils whose chosen charity is ‘Befriend a Child’, are holding a fundraising family Ceilidh at Finzean Hall on Saturday 1st April.  Tickets are priced at £12.50 for adults, £7.50 for under 16’s and £30 for a family ticket.  Stovies will be served along with Aberdeen's Premier Ceilidh band ‘Ceilidh Fusion’.

Tickets on sale at Banchory Academy reception or email befriendachildceilidh@outlook.com


PTA Quiz and Chips night


Last day of term  

Groupcall Xpressions - School communications on your mobile phone

An exciting new service, Groupcall is now available to the school, making communication between us and yourselves easier and more effective.  A free app - Groupcall Xpressions is available for you to download to your phone or tablet.  Using the App will save the school the cost of a text by sending free messages.  The more parents who register the more the school will save when sending messages!  We will also have the facility to send emails direct to your inbox, saving time locating documents on the school website- so please ensure we have your current email address.  This free App will be used across all schools in Aberdeenshire (in time) and means that if you have children in various schools, all messages come to the same App. Click here to read the letter to all parents/carers explaining a bit more about the  Service. You can visit the Xpressions website to download the app here

Banchory Community Action Plan - Thursday 23rd March

Final chance to review before Publication - Thursday 23rd March, 7-9pm at The West Church Sanctuary, High Street, Banchory.

Speak with community members, professionals and others with the knowledge and/or influence over the various issues or just go along and have a look at the draft whilst having a coffee and cake.

For more information, contact banchorycommunity@hotmail.com

An Aberdeen youth recruitment event which will promote training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for school-leavers will take place next month.

The Moving On event is being held at Aberdeen Town House, Town and County Hall, on Thursday 30 March from 12.30-7pm. It is part of Aberdeen Guarantees, a partnership initiative led by Aberdeen City Council aimed at improving opportunities for 14-25 year-olds.

The event is hosted by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.

Moving On - Youth Recruitment Event

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is inviting applications for the spring Start-up Science Masterclasses at the University of Aberdeen.  The Masterclasses are intended to give young people who have shown an interest in science & technology the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience. At these sessions, S1 & S2 students get up to all sorts of scientific mischief and mayhem; they learn how to create things, try their hand at design; and even indulge in a round of chemical cluedo! The classes promote widening participation and provide the students with a unique insight into academic life and research.  4 Masterclasses will take place on successive Saturday mornings and will comprise of a mixture of talks and fun, practical activities with guidance and encouragement from session leaders.  Application forms can be collected from Dr Skellern's office or using the attached flyer here.

FREE Start-up Science Masterclasses for S1 and S2 Students

New S3 Football Strips

A huge thank you to local business ‘John Watson Painter and Decorators’ for generously sponsoring a brand new strip for our S3 football team.  The team looked extremely smart in the new red and black kit - we look forward to seeing them playing in it next in future matches.

PTA Quiz and Chips Night- 25th March

The PTA are holding a Quiz and Chips night on Saturday 25th March at Banchory Primary school. Quiz Teams of 8 people and prizes for the best dressed table. Tickets (priced £15 each) are on sale now from the school reception. Click here for more info and here to download a booking form

Football 7’s Tournament

Our S1 football team was at Garioch sports centre on Thursday to take part in the Cashback 7's tournament. The day started off very well with the boys winning their first game 4-0. Following this, the boys secured 3-0 and 2-0 wins to top their group on the day with maximum points. The team now look forward to playing in the regional final of the tournament in the coming weeks.


Tom Findlay X5

Conor Sibson X3

Morgan Matthew X1

Last week our skiers took part in  the SSSA Secondary Schools Indoor Races at Glasgow ski centre.   Banchory A team won third place in the team event. Individually Andrew Simpson and Rachel Brown just missed on the medals both in 4th place.

A team – Andrew Simpson, Neil Simpson, Rachel Brown, Hamish Alexander and Kathleen Ray.

Skiing - Secondary Schools Indoor Races

Wonderful Words Week 2017 (27th February – 6th March 2017)

The Literacy Committee & S6 pupils organised a number of activities to celebrate Wonderful Words Week this year.  On World Book Day, pupils and teachers participated in our annual “Drop Everything and Read” hour.  On Wednesday 1st March, Lochton won Blockbusters and Ternan were  successful in the Staff vs. Pupils Spelling Bee.  Rafal Wilowski (2M2) won the 2nd round of the competition, which was an individual spelling bee in the traditional format.  There were a number of interesting and varied submissions for the creative writing competition, for which WH Smith kindly donated prizes: The winners picked by our panel are:- S1 Archie Blackhall, S2 Rebecca MacLeod and Rebecca Reid  & S3 Patrick McNeil.  On the 9th February, the pupils took on the teachers in an exciting debate for Health and Wellbeing Week. The competition debated the motion "This House would keep S1-S3 in school during lunchtime to reduce unhealthy eating." Emma Holmes & Leo Thomson debated on behalf of the pupils, and they found worthy adversaries in the form of Mr Hamilton and Mr MacDonald. Although a great performance on all sides, the pupils emerged triumphant in this clash of minds (and generations!). The teachers look forward to winning back their pride next year!

School Lost Property

Lost property will be in the PFR for collection on the last week of school term.  Any remaining items will then be moved to the Main Hall for the first week of the school holidays.  Any items not collected after that will be bagged and sent to our local charity shops.

Red Nose Day - Friday 24th March

On Friday 24th March there will be a school non-uniform day with pupils paying a donation of at least £1 to “wear something red”.  There will be a range of activities during interval and lunchtime. At interval there will be music and stalls in the grounds outside the RMPS huts that pupils can purchase goodies from.

At lunchtime there will be a Staff Lip Sync battle with a truly eclectic range of participants and genres represented. This will take place in DS2 with a small 50p suggested donation for entry. There will also be food-based staff challenges at lunchtime.

Cathy enthralled and engaged all S1 during her visit to the school.

Cathy’s work is very popular with teenagers, and she has established a reputation as a writer of gritty, urban stories that tackle emotional, contemporary issues but always work towards a positive solution.

Interestingly, Cathy informed the pupils that she left school at 15, never attended University nor any creative writing course. Her inspiration for writing came from reading books – manna to all English teachers and the librarian.

Great feedback from the pupils on her visit.

Cathy MacPhail Visit

Fantastic Science and how to find it

Many thanks to all the pupils and staff involved in last weeks Science Festival - “Fantastic Science and how to find it”.  The night was a huge success.  

Click here to view photos from the event and here to watch Mr Leiper’s time-lapse video of the evening.