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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

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

World Schools Orienteering Championships, Italy

Banchory Fixers Launch Event and HeadTalker Campaign

A group of pupils launched the Banchory Fixers - taking action to stop people from making negative assumptions about those they don’t know

- please have a look at their ‘We Are All Human’ Film at this link on YouTube

You can also support the HeadTalker campaign by following this link: https://headtalker.com/campaigns/we-are-all-human/.  Scroll down to just below the film and click on the social media platform you’d like to use to support the campaign then follow the instructions to support the campaign - it may ask you to sign in to facebook etc and accept that HeadTalker gets access to certain information and permissions.

By signing up to support the campaign you are agreeing to let HeadTalker post a message containing a link to the film on your behalf at 12.00pm on 31/03/2017.

Art and Design - Return of SQA work.

If you are sitting N5, Higher or Advanced Higher Art and Design and would like to have your work returned you can apply directly to the SQA. http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35398.html or google SQA Art returns.

Pushkin Prize Winner

Congratulations to Iona Adams (2L1) who was awarded First Prize at The Pushkin Prizes (creative writing) ceremony yesterday.

The Pushkin Prizes offer a unique opportunity for 10 pupils from schools throughout Scotland to attend a five-day creative writing course at the Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre near Inverness.

Pupils in S1 and S2 from any school in Scotland are invited to submit their creative writing folios in December every year. Each folio must contain three pieces of creative writing, each no longer than 1200 words long. Pupils can write about anything they wish, and they can write in any genre, or combination of genres.  Click here to read the 3 winning pieces submitted by Iona.

This weekend the U15 team of Deeside Rugby won the Caledonia Cup for their age group beating Howe of Fife (Bell Baxter HS) in the final at St Andrews. This is an great achievement for the boys and the highest level they can achieve at this age group. The team is a mixture of Banchory and Aboyne Academy pupils.  

Also three members of the Deeside club Nicole, Anna and Max represented Deeside having been invited to  Murrrayfield to play  Tartan Touch on the back pitches. This was a great experience and allows all ages and both genders to play together for fun and fitness. The Club is open to all and are always keen to encourage new members.

Rugby News

On Friday 24th March we brought together the fundraising ideas of our S3 Modern Studies students and raised money for Comic Relief. From collecting money for “wear something red” as well as “teachers dressed as pupils” to selling cakes and sweets during our “rave at break” then collecting money at lunchtime to watch our staff vs S6 pupils Lip Sync Battle, we raised an amazing £1501.45!!

Thanks go to the S3 Modern Studies pupils who organised and ran the fundraising events on the day along with the sale of red noses the week prior to Red Nose Day. We’d also like to thank all the staff and S6 pupils who took part in the Lip Sync Battle and special thanks and congratulations goes to Mr Duncanson for his excellent Lip Sync of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out!

All in all a great day was had by all and a fantastic sum of money was raised for Comic Relief J

Comic Relief 2017

Last week, 9 Banchory Academy pupils took part in the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Palermo, Italy. Banchory Academy sent both a senior girls (W1), & a boys (M1) team along with Amber Graham in a Junior select team.  Competition was, as usual, keen but friendly.  The vegetation in the forest was quite dense and the courses were considered technically hard.  In the first long distance event the M1 boys team was placed 7th & the W1 5th. Ambers team were also lying in 5th place.  Best individual places were achieved by Eilidh Campbell (21st) and Alistair Chapman (28th).  The next 2 days comprised of a ‘friendship’ relay, where athletes are put into teams of 3, made up from 3 different countries and a Cultural day where the Banchory pupils joined the rest of the Scottish team for some highland dancing. The last race was the middle distance Race, with final team placing's of M1 6th, W1 5th and W2 6th - all very impressive performances

At Banchory Academy the outdoor learning programme runs 1 day a week over the school year and involves a variety of experiences and skills for personal, social, emotional and skills for work development. All the young people involved in the outdoor group have been working towards the explorer level of the John Muir environmental awards scheme, taking part in forest, conservation and enterprise activities as well as horse riding at Horseback UK near Aboyne.  

This successful group have also been awarded a £500 grant for their prize winning video entry in a competition run by Grow Wild to transform an outdoor area.  With the award, a wildlife garden has now been created in the school grounds (near Community) where the group will be ending a fantastic year this week with a garden party.

Take  a look at what the outdoor group have been up to each week on their Outdoor Learning’ page.

Outdoor Learning

On Sunday 7th May, the following pupils competed in the Bishopbriggs Triathlon achieving these results:

TRISTAR 3 (13-14yrs)


Jamie Liversidge (S1) - 11th

Sam Condy (S2) - 12th


Alice Steven (S1) - 11th

Erin Murphy (S2) - 12th

YOUTH (15-16yrs)


Rachael Steven (S3) - 5th

Bishopbriggs Sprint & Novice Triathlon 2017

5th JUNE

Local Holiday (school closed to all)

6th JUNE

New S6 Induction (pm)

New S5 Induction (am)

8th JUNE

Parent Council Meeting (7pm)