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Parents Drug Awareness Evening

Last Month at Banchory Academy there was a very well attended meeting for parents to discuss some of the issues around drug issues in and out of our schools.  Police, community learning and one of our GPs attended with information of support & the important message of keeping talking and listening to help young people make choices that minimise the risk of harm to themselves. Some useful sources of information were mentioned:
www.wnfo.org.uk - advises you what drugs do what (WNFO : Why Not Find Out)

www.mentoruk.org.uk - gives advice on how to build resilience in your children and how to approach talking to to them about drug issues (or anything else)

www.alcoholanddrugsaction.org.uk - local Aberdeen based drug support & information service, with an open phoneline for support of 01224 594700.  They can help you deal with any issues around drugs & alcohol and can arrange counselling and support locally for yourself or those that you care for who have substance misuse issues.

Want to find out more about working in Social Care, specifically making a difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities & additional support needs?  Interested in hearing more about a Modern Apprenticeship in this area? Come & listen to Laura Smith, from charity Inspire, which works in over 50 services in Aberdeenshire & Moray, and which offers Modern Apprenticeships. Open to all years, S1 to S6.  Any pupils interested in attending, please sign up at reception by Tuesday February 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 Mike Sibson for his excellent talk about working in Venture Capital, investing in small businesses, & entrepreneurship on Feb 9th.

Thursday February 22nd: lunchtime Careers Talk for pupils

The Online Application System for Nuffield Research Placements 2018 has now opened. The Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting Highers in 2018 & who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Computing, Home Economics/Food Technology, Psychology, Music Technology, Product Design, Technological Studies etc.). We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation & mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging. The placements help increase confidence & improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing & presentation skills. By working with professional scientists & engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. All applicants should have at least five National 5 Grade B or above, including maths, a science subject, & English or another humanities subject.


Nuffield Research Placements 2018

Mad March Science festival

The Mad March Science Festival is coming to Aboyne on the 3rd and 4th of March.

Featuring the University of Edinburgh's SCI-FUN Roadshow, it has something for everyone. Full details are available in the on-line brochure :

and the Festival web-site will keep you up to date on the weekend programme

There are also evening adult talks that are free to those in FTE covering Relativity and Antartica in Tarland, and a session on getting the most out of your mobile phone's camera at the Belwade Visitor Centre between Banchory and Aboyne. All are suitable for older Academy pupils. 


Inter House Cross Country

Poetry and Science Event

The English department and Science faculty are celebrating the successful learning of the whole of S1 through their experience of Poetry of Science! All S1 pupils watched a number of amazing experiments carried out by Dr Skellern and then created wonderful and exciting poetry to describe their experiences. In the English department we highlighted the importance of literacy skills across the curriculum at all stages of the process. Stay posted for the winners of the writing competition judged by members of the Science faculty.

Congratulations to Anna Fletcher on successfully completing her Bronze Crest Award.  Anna produced a fantastic report on Genetics – past, present and future.  Well done Anna!

Bronze Crest Awards Success

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to The Patricia Davidson Library, Banchory Academy on Tues 20th - Tue 27th February,  Opening times for book purchases will be 10 am -2 pm daily except Friday 23rd when unfortunately the fair will not be available.  S1 & S2 Pupils will also be issued with a World Book day £1 book token which they are able to use towards a book purchase from the Fair.  Additionally parents are able to buy vouchers on line, these are sent by email to print off, to give to pupils to spend at the Fair.  Books may be purchased with a combination of vouchers and money. Click here to learn more about book vouchers and here to visit the Book fairs website

Book Fair being held at the Patricia Davidson Library

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


AH Art Exhibition


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

Alison.ritchie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk  01330 700360/825966

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