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The PTA are arranging the annual Quiz and Chips evening on Saturday 24th March 2018. One of the main fundraiser of the year. Monies raised are used to support various activities within the school, from sports, sciences, language trips, outdoor learning activities, Write fest evening and many more. We hope to raise money that will benefit  all pupils at Banchory Academy! The support of parents is vital.

Please see the attached form here with regards to the details for the evening. It is always a fun night.  All food orders & payments  must be handed in to the school reception by Friday 16th March at the latest please. In previous years we have had tables of S6 teams to. If your child wishes to make up an S6 team that would be fabulous, pupils receive a discounted price of £10 per person.

The PTA are always looking for new members to join us so please let us know if you are interested in boosting our numbers!  Look forward to seeing lots of you at this event. Kind regards, The PTA team

PTA Quiz and Chips Night

Living with your Teenager: Evening Sessions Hill of Banchory

5 Week sessions are being held to give parents & carers an opportunity to explore new ideas and increase knowledge in the issues affecting young people, discussing positive ways to support our teenagers. Attendance at all sessions is recommended:

Theme 1 –Exploring and understanding the pressures of being a teenager and what you can do to help (21st February)

Theme 2 - Online Safety: practical advice & safety tips to help manage online safety issues & suitable behaviours online (28th February)

Theme 3 – How responsible is your teenager? :  focusing on parenting styles, techniques, strategies & growing independence (7th March)

Theme 4 – Drugs and Alcohol: information and advice on what is available and what to look out for as a parent (14th March)

Theme 5 – Enjoying the Teenage Years and Next Steps: focusing on the positives and maintaining a positive relationship (21st March)

Hill of Banchory Family Centre, 7.00-9.00pm from Wednesday 21st February to Wednesday 21th March 2018.Places are limited. To register please email: Lynn.irvine@aberdeenshire.gov.uk If you require further information please contact: Susan.mcgregor@aberdeenshire.gov.uk 01339886222 or Alison.ritchie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk  01330 700360/825966

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

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PTA fundraising Quiz and Chips night

A Youth Recruitment Event is being held at Town House, Broad Street in Aberdeen on 29th March at the following times:-

1pm-1.30pm (Note this quiet session will be open to young people with additional support needs)

1.30-7pm (Event open to all young people aged 16-25)

Opportunities on offer from a range of employers, covering Modern Apprenticeships, Traineeships and employee status. Information on future vocational training opportunities will also be available.

Youth Recruitment Event


Rescheduled AH Art Exhibition


Swimming Gala 2018

Congratulations to Kerloch, this years winners of the Inter house Swimming Gala.  The champions for each age group are as follows:-

S1 Clara Bamford

S1 William Storer

S2 Isla Yule  

S2 Jon Taylor  

S3 Rhona Bowie  

S3 Ross Johnson  

S4-S6 Alicia Lumsden  

S4-S6 Ben Ferguson  

Many thanks to parent, Laura Bowie for organising the entire event and to all the parent helpers for their help on the day

Are you going into S5 or S6 next Academic year? Want to find out more about our Siberia Expedition taking place in the Summer of 2019?

Come to a meeting on Tuesday 20th of March in rm 20 at 1:15pm.  

All current S4 and S5’s Welcome

Siberia Expedition 2019

Banchory Academy would like to offer all S4 Pupils the opportunity to attend 3 sessions focusing on effective study skills in preparation for the forthcoming SQA exams.  There will be 6 opportunities to attend each session. Each session will last half an hour and be offered at Lunchtime and after school on the following dates:-
6th, 7th and 8th March - How to take Effective Notes
13th, 14th and 15th March - Mind Mapping
20th, 21st and 22nd March - Memory Techniques
All tutorials will take place in room 21, lunchtime session 13:15-13:45 and After school Sessions: 15:45 - 16:15. Pupils please sign up at reception

S4 Study Skills Programme

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07860 029020

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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 Thursday March 22nd.  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.

Many thanks!

'The school and Parent Council would like to thank all the parents involved in running this year's swimming gala. (Unfortunately not all parents made it into the photo - apologies!).

A fun day and a great atmosphere.  Well done to all the swimmers who took part.'

Rescheduled Wonderful Words Week (12th-16th March)

Wonderful Words Week has been rescheduled following our snow closure to 12th - 16th March There are be lots of events throughout the school to get involved in.

Debate: This House believes we should use a new universal language.

POSTPONED to Wednesday (21st ) lunchtime.

S1-6 + all staff  Watch a debate from the school’s debating team

Lecture Theatre

Pointless (House competition)

Lecture Theatre at 1:15pm Thursday 15th March

S1-6  + all staff Support your house as they battle it out to become Pointless champions!

Drop Everything And Read
P 6  Thursday 15th March  S1-6 (See your Thurs p6 teacher)

To celebrate World Book Day, take something to read (book, magazine, comic etc)

Staff vs. Pupils Spelling Bee

DS2 at 1:15pm Friday 16th March S1-6 + All Staff

Come along to support your house for the annual Staff vs. Pupils spelling bee




Thinking about buying a young person a mobile phone or computer but concerned how to keep them safe online? Don’t feel up-to-speed on the latest social media trends and want to find out more? Worried that a young person is at harm from a person online but don’t know where to start intervening to help?  Police Scotland will be holding a LIVE Facebook chat on Wednesday March 21 2018 from 7-9pm where officers and advisers who specialise in child protection will be on hand to answer any questions you might have on keeping young people safe while using the Internet. They will also be posting advice and tips on the night to help people be aware, stay alert and keep safe.  If you have a sensitive question to ask they will also have a private message function switched on during the evening so you can speak in confidence.  No topic is off limits