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The Royal Society of Edinburgh work in partnership with various universities around Scotland to organise a set of Science and Technology Masterclasses to conduct science experiments with S1 and S2 students.

The sessions are intended to give young people who have shown an interest in science and technology the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience. The sessions promote participation and provide the students with a unique insight into academic life and research. At these Masterclasses, students get up to all sorts of science and technology mischief!

Click here for more information and an application form.

Free Start-up Science and Technology Masterclasses

Banchory Academy extra-curricular programme

Our extra-curricular programme is finalised and ready to go!  Application forms are available from the PE noticeboard and should be returned in advance of sessions starting, or ASAP after!  If you have any questions about the programme, just come down to PE and ask a member of staff.

Click here  to download an Application form

There is an opportunity for children to learn to play bagpies and drums at the council’s Saturday morning music centres. 

The pipes and drums beginner tuition is suitable for children from primary 4 upwards.   Buses on a Saturday morning run from Aboyne picking up at Banchory.

More information and an online enrolment form can be found at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ims

Pipes and Drums tuition at Saturday morning Music Centre


S1-3 interhouse Aquathon - will now take place on the 26th


Rector Drop-In Session 4.30-6pm

Congratulations to S4 pupil Katie Woods Young who competed in the inaugural British Show jumping National Junior Academy Championships meeting at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh recently. The championships saw more than 400 riders gather over the three days with Katie  triumphing in the Midi Individuals on the Irish-bred 12 year-old Appaloosa Apache Joe.

Well Done Katie!

British Show jumping National Junior Academy Championships

Seasons for Growth is a loss and grief peer-group education programme for young people aged 6-18 years. 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 S4 – S6 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 2nd October 2018 at the Hill of Banchory Family Centre from 5:00-6:30pm.  Seasons for Growth will commence on Tuesday the 30th October 2018 and will be facilitated by Lilimar Simpson (Community Learning Worker) and Anna Carey-Miller (Pupil Support Worker). Click here to view letter to parents

Season for Growth for S4-6

Battlefields Trip 2018

A meeting will take place in the Lecture Theatre at Banchory Academy on Tuesday 25th September at 6pm. This will be a further opportunity for you to meet with the staff involved and gain an idea of the experiences the trip will provide for pupils.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Kavanagh at the school

Parent’s UCAS information evening

Click here to view a timetable of this years Scottish University open days for any interested senior pupils.  

Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation from this weeks University and UCAS Parent’s information evening held at the school

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. We ask that payment is made by the October holidays at the latest to allow procurement for the departments involved. 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 


Cake Craft 


S1/S2 HE   




Senior HE    


S2 Technical  


S3/4 Design & Man


S5/6 Design & Man


Session 2018/2019 – Contribution towards Practical Projects

Sangster & Lees Joinery Contractors Careers Talk for pupils

Like working with your hands?  Harris Sangster, former pupil of Banchory Academy and now running his own business, will be giving a lunchtime careers talk on Wednesday 26th September about working in the skilled trades, and following an apprenticeship route into the construction industry.  Pupils who wish to attend should sign up at reception by Monday September 24th.  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.