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Practical Payments for Creative Courses

As part of the creative courses (HE, Art & Technical) pupils are required to complete practical projects.  To allow this to happen, parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the materials.  The payments are now due via myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website (here). Simply click PAY, followed by School Meal Payments.  If you don’t have a myaccount, please register using the guidelines here.

We ask that payment is made by the October holidays.If you have any registration issues please
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Christmas Concert

Banchory Academy’s annual Christmas Concert will take place in the Banchory Ternan East Church on Monday 18th December 2017 at 7.30pm- The evening showcases the musical talents of our pupils and staff. This is one of our highlights in the school calendar and invariably attracts a large audience and early purchase of tickets is recommended.   Tickets are priced at £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions (school children, students and senior citizens). Tickets may be purchased from the school reception and you are invited to use the printed slip (here) to detail your ticket requirements. Orders should be accompanied by the correct payment and cheques should be made payable to “Banchory Academy”.

Banchory Academy Christmas Concert 2017

Christmas Jumper Day at Banchory Academy 15th December

On the 15th of December the Princes Trust are having a Christmas jumper day to raise money for Save the Children and The Milton of Crathes Railway by having a Christmas jumper day. It would be appreciated if on the day you bring in £1.

We will also be selling muffins in the main hall on the day to contribute towards both organisations.

We have been renovating a picnic area at The Milton of Crathes Railway to give the community something back, so we’d like to donate money to the railway to help the charity in the future.

Banchory Rotary Young Musician Competition

Congratulations to Holly Aitken  who won the vocal competition at this years Young Musician of the Year  and to Danny Holroyde (5L2) who won the instrumental competition on the piano.

The school would like to extend their thanks to Rotary for all their organisation and support and the school instrumental instructors and the private teachers in the area.  A huge range of instruments were played on the night, from bagpipes to double bass.  The 3 judges commented on the fantastic attitude of all the performers and how they really enjoyed their evening.  Thanks also to the PTA for serving refreshments. It was fantastic to see such a large audience on the night to enjoy and support the pupils.  Click here for photos from the night.

Northsound 1's Mission Christmas Cash For Kids

One of our Senior Students is collecting Christmas Presents for Northsound 1's Mission Christmas Cash For Kids.

Why not buy an extra present that can give a disadvantaged local child a special Christmas morning.  Please donated an unwrapped gift suitable for children and young people 0-18 years and hand it into the collection point at the School Reception.

Banchory Academy S6 Pupils triumphed in this year’s STEM in the Pipeline oil and gas industry challenge held at BP NSHQ this last week.

The teams took part in a series of challenging tasks to produce a field development plan for the fictional STEM oil field. The tasks covered subsurface work, production profiling, separator design, safety and the calculation of CO2 emissions.

The reservoir dogs from Banchory Academy took first prize, team wanderer from St Margaret’s school for girls in Aberdeen was awarded second prize and rigged for success from the Gordon schools in Huntly took third.  Congratulations to all who took part.

Banchory Academy triumphs at final of STEM in the pipeline challenge


Christmas Jumper day

Banchory Academy’s PTA is looking for a new Chair!

Banchory Academy’s PTA are always looking for new members and support from parents for the benefit of everyone within the Academy.  At present we currently have a vacancy for Chairperson.

We are looking for somebody to take over this challenging yet hugely rewarding role.

Please contact the  PTA Tresurer, Dave Freelove at the following email address for more info d.freelove@btinternet.com

This week’s computing science trip to Robert Gordons University went very well.  Students were very eager to get going and although the bus was 10 minutes late arriving, everyone continued to uphold the highest standards of behaviour.

The lectures themselves were interesting and the students listened when they needed to and participated when they needed to as well.  Banchory also won the vast majority of minor quizzes, questions and games, including most tweets.

As a finale, Banchory faced off against RGC in a family fortunes style quiz of their cyber security knowledge, and I am very happy to say we up held the fine tradition of beating the private schools 3:0.

(Photo of  the moment we beat RGC!)

Cyber Security Lectures- RGU

As part of the outdoor learning opportunities Banchory Academy offers, a group of S1 pupils have been discovering, exploring and engaging with nature in a variety of exciting ways. These pupils are working hard to progress through the RSPB Wild Challenge Award. The award requires youngsters to help wildlife and explore nature whilst providing evidence of their achievements towards bronze, silver and gold awards.

The 7 S1 pupils have successfully completed their bronze award by doing such things as making toad holes, a small pond in our wildlife garden, log pile homes for insects, creating winter bird feeders and nest boxes. They have been learning about native Scottish wildlife as well as exploring trees, leaves, fungi and their local environment using all their senses. All their hard work has been recognised by the RSPB through the presentation of the bronze award and some wildlife stickers. The group are now well on their way to their Silver level of award and are getting ready for the ‘Big Clean Up’ of local woodland in January 2018.

Click here to read more about this years Outdoor Learning Groups

S1 Outdoor Learning News

The S1 & S2 Science Clubs attended the TECHFEST "Heroes of Tomorrow" event on Thursday 7th December at RGU in Aberdeen, where they experienced several workshops learning about Energy.  The main theme of the day was how they are our 'Heroes of Tomorrow' and how they will be the ones who will solve the Energy demands we will face in the future.  They took part in a tour of the Mechanical Engineering Dept and were shown various large pieces of machinery used to test materials, Underwater ROV technology and the Wind Tunnel which was being used to test new windmill blade shapes.  They also participated in a workshop where they worked in teams to construct the most efficient windmill blade design and tested them.  We were entertained by the London Science Museum who also attended with their Energy show, full of explosions, bangs and Electricity!  Finally the S2 Science Club presented their Bronze Award Project which they have been working on for a number of weeks on 'Ketchup', they received positive feedback and a fantastic goodie bag from TECHFEST for all their hard work.  A fantastic experience for our budding Scientists! Click here to view photos from the trip

TECHFEST "Heroes of Tomorrow" Event