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Dates are subject to change throughout the year - please check regularly for any updates

As part of the creative courses (HE, Art and Technical) pupils are required to complete practical projects. To allow this to happen, parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the materials. If your child studies any of the Subjects below, costs are as listed:







Please make payment via myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website. Click PAY, followed by School Meal Payments. If you don’t already have a myaccount, please register using the Guidelines here. Once registered, you can pay securely and access a range of services. Payments are now OVERDUE. If you have any registration issues, please contact 03456 08 12 02.

S1/2 Art 


S3 Art 


Art Enrichment  


NAT 4/5 Art  


Higher Art    


AH Art 


18/19 Art Paint white


18/19 Art Paint set


Cake Craft 


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Senior HE    


S2 Technical  


S3/4 Design & Man


S5/6 Design & Man


Session 2018/2019 – Contribution towards Practical Projects

Banchory Academy

Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world? Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

Pupils who will be 16 by July 2019 are invited to apply for a place on the Rotary Youth Leader Award scheme. Click here for further details and see Ms McIlraith if interested.

Rotary Youth Leader Award scheme 2019

We have organised a new online booking system for our parents’ evenings. Our next events are Wednesday 16th January 2019 for S3 pupils and Thursday 24th January 2019 for S2 pupils. Appointments will be held in the Games Hall and PFR.

You will be asked to enter a Username and Password to access your child’s booking schedule – these will be sent to you by email to the email address we hold on record for you.   A PDF can be viewed here, giving step by step instructions of how to login and start booking appointments.  

Please click here to access Banchory Academy's booking page. If you are unable to book at home, please call into the school office for help.

Parent-booking also have a youtube channel with short help videos, click here to visit their page.  For S3’s the system has now closed for bookings.  For S2’s the system is now live and will be open to take your bookings until Thursday 17th January 2019 11.55pm. Letters with further information can be found on the ‘letters Home’ page.

New Parents Evening Online Booking System

Soul Academy night raises just under £2000!

On Saturday the school’s impressive soul band, Soul Academy, showcased their talent and entertained over 100 people at the Banchory Scout Hut to raise money for brand new stage lights for the drama department.  A massive thank you to the band for their hard work over several months preparing for the gig, to all the people who bought tickets and supported the event, and to the fantastic team of organisers and helpers for making this event happen! ….[More]….

The Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament

Congratulations to pupils Emma and Alice who competed last month in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament at St Margaret’s School.  

Established in 1999, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating tournament, dedicated to the memory of the former First Minister Donald Dewar MSP, is Scotland’s largest annual schools debating tournament.

The girls debated the motion, “Google does more harm than good”, performing well but unfortunately not progressing to the next round.

Tel: 01330 823357 //  banchory.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


S3 Parents Evening

Running Club

Open to all year groups. Meet on Wednesdays at P.E. at 13.00 - back by 13.30, so pupils can have their lunch afterward the run

Click here to view the Prelim timetable Jan 2019

Literacy Across Learning

Course Options

Seasons for Growth for S1 – S3

Seasons for Growth is a loss and grief peer-group education programme for young people. Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are normal and valuable parts of life. It aims to produce a sense of resilience, personal growth and acceptance of change in people’s lives. The programme focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. We will be visiting S1 – S3 PSE classes over the next couple of weeks to inform pupils about the programme. An informal drop in session for parents and carers of pupils in these year groups, who would like their child to participate, will be held on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at the Hill of Banchory Family Centre from 5-6:30pm.  Seasons for Growth will commence on Tuesday the 19th February 2019 & will be facilitated by Lilimar Simpson (Community Learning Worker) & Anna Carey-Miller (Pupil Support Worker).

Lunchtime Pilates - PFR, Monday lunchtimes 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm to allow time to eat packed lunch afterwards. Suitable for all fitness abilities. Work within your own capabilities to develop longer, leaner and more balanced muscles with a particular emphasis on core strength. Open to all year groups. See Mrs Stewart (Room 15) for more information or come along on Monday.

Lunchtime Pilates


Parent Council Meeting

19th –26th

Junior Ski Trip S1-S3


S1 Baseline Assessment

Parents’ Evening


S2 Pupil Wins International Coding Competition

Congratulations to S2 pupil Jamie Holroyde, who has won the Games, Digital art and Animation category of an international coding competition with his animation of Kepler’s planetary orbits.

Run by CoderDojo, the competition had a theme of “thankfulness”. Entrants were required to say what they were “thankful” for and submit a link to the project (if in the coding language Scratch) or a video of the result if in another programing language.    Jamie’s program calculates the animation speed of all the planets and generates their relative positions on a grid and plots them in real time.

The program uses Kepler’s law to calculate the position of each planet every 24 hours. As a starting point for the calculation it uses the planet’s aphelion (maximum distance from the Sun) and its maximum orbital velocity.

This is a really difficult category to win in, as designing games and animations is very popular among young coders. To win against entries from all over the world, is amazing.