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Groupcall Xpressions - School communications on your mobile phone


An exciting new service, Groupcall is now available to the school, making communication between us and yourselves easier and more effective.  A free app - Groupcall Xpressions is available for you to download to your phone or tablet.  Using the App will save the school the cost of a text by sending free messages.  The more parents who register the more the school will save when sending messages!  We will also have the facility to send emails direct to your inbox, saving time locating documents on the school website- so please ensure we have your current email address.  This free App will be used across all schools in Aberdeenshire (in time) and means that if you have children in various schools, all messages come to the same App. Click here to read the letter to all parents/carers explaining a bit more about the  Service. You can visit the Xpressions website to download the app here


At Banchory Academy the outdoor learning programme runs 1 day a week over the school year and involves a variety of experiences and skills for personal, social, emotional and skills for work development. All the young people involved in the outdoor group have been working towards the explorer level of the John Muir environmental awards scheme, taking part in forest, conservation and enterprise activities as well as horse riding at Horseback UK near Aboyne.  

This successful group have also been awarded a £500 grant for their prize winning video entry in a competition run by Grow Wild to transform an outdoor area.  With the award, a wildlife garden has now been created in the school grounds (near Community) where the group will be ending a fantastic year this week with a garden party.  Take  a look at what the outdoor group have been up to each week on their Outdoor Learning’ page.

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Last Day of Term

Sports Day 2017

Congratulations to Ternan, this years Sports day house winners.  

Individual winners as follows:-

Minor Boys: Tom Findlay

Minor Girls: Isabella Thomson


Junior Boys: Innis Hay

Junior Girls: Kate Strachan


Intermediate Boys: Lewis Mackinnon

Intermediate Girls: Rachael Steven


Senior Boys: Jack Banfield

Senior Girls: Claire McGarvey


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This summer, Mr Parton is riding from John O’ Groats to Lands’End (a total of 901 miles!) to raise money for the Royal Stoke Radiotherapy Department who treat people with Cancer.  If you would like to sponsor him, visit Mr Partons page ‘Virgin Moneygiving’ website here

Mr Parton gets on his bike for charity…

Robert Louis Stevenson Writing Competition

Six students were invited to the Robert Louis Stevenson writing competition and workshop at Edinburgh Napier University. They produced creative or reflective pieces based on a Stevenson theme. The students involved were:

Iseabail Duncan (S5), Sioned Ellis (S5), Thalia Groucutt (S6),  Alice Macduff-Duncan (S5), Emily Raithby (S6), Niamh Scott (S6)
Sioned Ellis' writing was highly commended. All of the students took part in a creative writing workshop with Louise Welsh.'


A message from Banchory Academy Parent Council Chair

“We welcome the new parents to the school and hope that you will support the school as you are able too – we do need new representatives so please come along to the Parent Forum AGM or 7th September at 7:00 pm in the school.  Dates of meeting for the next academic year will be in the school calendar.
We encourage you to engage with us online.  We have our own website (
www.ba-pc.org), we are on Twitter (@bapc_banchory) and we hope to actively use our Facebook group (Banchory Academy Parent Council).  You can also email us at chair@ba-pc.org”


GREC Anne Frank Awards 2017

Young volunteers from Banchory Academy project FIXERS received The GREC Anne Frank Awards 2017 on the 9th of June 2017 in Aberdeen.   GREC works to support schools throughout the North East of Scotland in their commitment to promoting equality, diversity and human rights for everybody and aims to promote equality, children’s rights and positive relations between all people. We are very proud of their work around the themes of Equality and Active Citizenship.


Fifty S2 pupils enjoyed a French film showing of “Ma Vie de Courgette” at Aberdeen’s Belmont Picture House.  The short animation tells the story of a Nine year old boy, Icare, nicknamed 'Courgette' by his late mother who is taken to a foster care centre by a kindly policeman and struggles to fit in. With the help of brash tough kid Simon and fellow new arrival Camille, however, he soon learns that all of them have been through a lot in their young lives.  Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were very well behaved

S2 French Cinema Trip 26/6/2017


Well done to the following pupils who competed the Triathlon at the Fleet Feet Multisport Day 2017 at Knockburn Loch on Saturday 24th June:

 

TRISTAR 3

Male: Calum Smith (S2) - 4th, Sam Condy (S3) - 5th, Jamie Liversidge (S2) - 7th,


Female: Ellie Littlejohn (S3) - 2nd, Erin Murphy (S3) - 3rd


YOUTH

Female: Rachael Steven (S4) - 2nd,


SPRINT: Rory Steven (S6) - 1st  Junior


Fleet Feet Multisport Day

Lauren Liversidge (S6) and Isla Long (S2) took part in the Scottish National Youth & Junior Track Championships 2017 at The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow from 23-25 June.

 

Over the 3 days, Lauren competed in the Junior Women's 10k Scratch, 15k Points Race, 2k Individual Pursuit and 500m Time Trial where she was 3rd.

Isla competed in the Youth B Girls 8k Scratch and Omnium.


Well done to both!

Scottish National Youth & Junior Track Championships 2017

Summer Term Parent Bulletin

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School resumes for all pupils on TUESDAY 22nd AUGUST.  


Have a great holiday!