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Parent Calendar 2018-19

24th -28th

P7 Link Week

27th

Prize Giving (pm)  

Congratulations to the U15’s Football Team, the boys secured a win against Alford Academy and won the Aberdeenshire Council Cup.  Goals were scored by Jack McKeown, Kyle Corbett and Conor Sibson.  All the boys played really well and were well supported by Tom Findlay, official coach for the final!  Thank you to our sponsors, Raeburn Christie and Rotary Club of Banchory- Ternan and to everyone who came and supported.  The boys will celebrate their victory with bowling, mini golf and pizza at the end of term.  Well done boys, all your hard work and dedication has paid off!



S3 Boys Football Success

Project Trust is an educational charity specialising in sending school leavers on accredited 8-12 month voluntary placements overseas. The charity currently sends 270 volunteers across Africa, Asia & the Americas every year. Their volunteer placements are recognised as a Positive Leavers destination, due to the unique educational nature of their voluntary programmes. Partnering with One Awards, Project Trust Volunteers also gain a Diploma in International Volunteering, which is recognised by UCAS & is equivalent to a Scottish Higher. On June 25th at lunchtime, a speaker from Project Trust will be giving a presentation to pupils wanting to find out more.  The talk is open to pupils from all years.  Pupils interested in attending should sign up at reception by Friday June 21st.  The lunchtime careers talks are jointly organised by the Parent Council & the school to provide pupils with a unique opportunity to listen to people who have first-hand experience of different career paths.

lunchtime Careers Talk - volunteering abroad with Project Trust

Greenpower Winners!



Banchory Academy won both Greenpower races last weekend in a competitiom at Alford Race track.The team have been developing and building the car over the past year, with mentors from the Banchory Rotary Club.

The pupils were amazing, working both as a team and  for the team. Not only did we win the event but we had the fastest pit stops, now rank 30th of of 140+ UK teams and have been the only team to beat the reigning GTM team at Alford in over 5 years. Many thanks to the team mentors:Chris Engel, Steve Engel, Chris Charnley and Keith Roberts.  Pupils involved:-Duncan Amundrud, Mark Littlejohn, Phoebe MacLeod, Rory Pritchett, Bailey McKay & Matthew Mackinnon.





John Stuart Mill Cup Debating Competition



Congratulations to Banchory Academy pupils Cameron, Emma and Rishi who took part in the John Stuart Mill Cup Debating competition at St Andrews University last week.

Missing out on getting to the semi final, coming 2nd in their group with St Columba's just winning by 11 points, the team presented a fantastic case on the rights of transgender criminals to be placed in male or female prison where the charge was sexual assault.  The cases they discussed were picked at random and the topics were not easy ones for relatively young people to  discuss and handle. High School of Dundee were the eventual winners.


Pupil Voice Survey

The Banchory Academy Pupil Voice is trying to put together an anti-bullying week. All data collected from the surveys will help us to see where the school needs to improve in order to create a clear stance against bullying.  Please help us by completing the surveys using the links below:-


Parent Survey Here


Pupil Survey Here


Many Thanks

Pupil Voice Committee




5th July

Last day of term  

S3 pupils Anna Marr, Anna Birch, Clara Bamford, Elsa Stutter, Emily Gilmour and Tamara Bradley represented Banchory Academy at the recent UN Sustainable Development Goals Conference held at the International School. The girls heard from speakers including Scotland’s Chief Marine Scientific Advisor, Professor Colin Moffat. They also participated in workshops considering the impact of our actions on those living in low income countries and on the rainforest, and considered some fun ways of reducing waste by ‘upcycling’. The girls hope to use some of the sustainability ideas other schools shared to make Banchory as environmentally friendly as possible.



UNSDGs Conference


Democracy Day



All S2 pupils participated in ‘Democracy Day’ last week. They attended workshops delivered by the Scottish Youth Parliament’s outreach team who encourage young people to get involved in decision making. The pupils debated contentious issues such as prisoners’ voting rights and learned that votes at 16 only came about in Scotland because of young people making their voices heard. The Scottish Youth Parliament is currently in transition following elections in March (former pupil, Emma Holmes was previously your MSYP), but you’ll be able to find and contact the new MSYPs soon:  https://www.syp.org.uk/find_your_msyp





Staff vs Pupils Week 1st-5th July: S4-6 Pupils only



Do you think you have what it takes to compete against your teachers? This is your chance to show off your skills!

Sign up in the PE department if you would like to join the 'pupils' team for netball, football, badminton, volleyball or dodgeball!! You can sign up to more than one event if you wish!


All competitions will take place at lunchtime in the games hall and will only take up 30 minutes of your lunch break! Sign up and get involved!



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DoE Bronze Award Expedition

Congratulations to the Banchory Academy S3 pupils who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition this weekend. The groups completed a challenging two day walk, with an overnight camp, through Invercauld and Balmoral estates.

 

More information on how pupils can enrol for DofE for the coming academic year, and how parents can become involved, will follow soon.