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Hello From all at the PTA - who are we, what do we do ?

We are a very small group of parents who try our very best to offer sometime to raising funds to help support the children and teachers of the School. We never know when funding maybe required it maybe a student who has been offered the chance of a life time to visit another country or to play an instrument, sing a song or join in competitions to win an award both for themselves and for the school. Or a teacher looking for funding to buy something that will benefit your child on there Education journey.  As we all see our children leave there days of Banchory Academy behind them to start there new journey, we also sadly see the parents within the small group of the PTA leave offering an even smaller group to help to raise funds for up coming events, therefore if you are new to the school or your child has just joined the new path of secondary school, or have been meaning to come along and see who we are, then now is the time to do it why not come along and join the PTA or even offer contact details so that we can contact you if you would be happy to support any of the fund raising events.  Without parents/carers coming forward to join the PTA we fear that Banchory Academy may not have a PTA after all you never know when your child may require funding.

fancy having a laugh and doing good for your child then come along join us and have lets all have laugh on the way.   Please contact the School reception for further details...

BAPTA Announcement

S3 Creative Writing Winners

The annual Rotary Club sponsored S3 creative writing competition winners were awarded their prizes today. Forty pupils put forward their stories with an environmental theme. Thje judges were very impressed by the high quality of writing and the complex and creative ideas. First place went to Katrina Murray for her short story 'Opened eyes'; runner up was Jessica Cardy for her dramatic script 'The Voice of The Future'; two highly commended stories were 'The Hunt' by Jaimee-Leigh Reid and 'Plummet' by Samual Diamond.

Sports Day 2016

Gold Crest Award

Ewan McMillan has been awarded a Gold CREST Award in recognition of his research into Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Ewan carried out this research entirely on his own, following up a long held interest in the topic. He communicated his findings in the form of a poster and a powerpoint presentation which was attended by his colleagues from the Advanced Higher Physics class and members of staff.

 Ewans' presentation was interesting and informative and touched on many of the 'hot' research topics in Physics. It was followed by questioning and some debate which was ably handled!

 The Gold CREST Award is a significant achievement. Ewan joins the STEM in the Pipeline team and Calum Mackintosh who have also achieved the Gold Award this year. Well done!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Sports Day and to Kerloch - this years house winners.  It was an action packed day with many long standing records being smashed.  Full results to follow soon.

This years individual champions are as follows:-

S2- Ben Read and Kate Hare

S3 - Lewis Mackinnon and Rachael Stevens

S4 - Luke Hughes and Claire McGarvey

S5/6 - Charlie Lightowler and Alisha Rees

Click here view photos from the day

SALT schools competition 2016

The SALT schools competition 2016 is open to all students studying a modern language in a Scottish primary or secondary school.
This year’s topic is
Friendship and Solidarity and pupils are invited to submit a poster, Powerpoint presentation, or a short video (maximum 3 mins) containing foreign language expressions related to the topic.
There are first prizes of £25 book tokens and runner-up prizes of £10 book tokens in each category—primary and secondary.
The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd September, 2016.  Please use the following
link to enter;   Bonne chance / Mucha suerte :-)

To ensure that a school is fully aware of its safety procedures, it is required to carry out a number of drills. This week we are going to review our “Stay in Place” (SIP) procedure.  This will involve ringing a bell continuously for 30 seconds.  It will indicate to all staff that pupils are required to stay where they are in class.  A message will be sent to the class teacher updating them on appropriate information.  I am making parents aware of this, as I do not want to cause alarm in the local community.  This procedure may be used if we require to evacuate the building due to the weather, an important message requires to be read out immediately or if we have an unidentified person in the building.  By keeping pupils in the classroom, we are able to register quickly where everybody is.  Pupils have been made aware during assemblies what they are required to do if the bell is sounded depending on where they are in the building.

Thank you

Judith Wight (Acting Rector)

Message from Rector Regarding Safety Drill

Aberdeenshire council has changed the way parents receive online alerts about school closures and changes to school transport. You can now sign up for these notifications through myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website – if you currently pay for school meals online, you will already be registered.

myaccount is a simple, secure way of accessing a range of Scottish public services using just one username and password and 13,000 parents across Aberdeenshire are already enjoying the benefits of it.  As well as being able to sign up for alerts, your home page will automatically give you handy information such as your bin collection days, where your nearest recycling centre is and the names of your local councillors.

So, if you want to be kept up-to-date and take advantage of the other myaccount benefits, sign up to the new system by going to the Aberdeenshire Council website and clicking on the red register button in the top right-hand corner.


Communication for parents from Aberdeenshire Council

Pupils who are interested in entering the competition for the school title and a chance to compete in the North of Scotland Competition have until Friday 23rd September to enter. For more details see Mrs Skinner.

Click here for more information and here to view a short video from last years competition

Rotary Chef Competition 2016/17

Creative Writing Winner

Congratulations to S6 pupil Stephanie Glendinning who has won first prize in a recent Creating Writing Competition.  

Run by the Robert Louis Stevenson Club and Napier University and open to S4-S6 pupils, the piece submitted had to be inspired by Stevenson’s writing or some aspect of his life. Candidates also had to write a brief paragraph describing this stimulus and how it has influenced them to write.

The entries were judged by acclaimed author Louise Welsh, who will also lead a writing workshop for the winners.

Well done Stephanie!

The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places.  On Tuesday 25th October at 7:30pm, Cairngorms National Park Award Manager, Alan Smith will be giving a presentation at the CII Taylor Building at the University of Aberdeen. All Welcome

John Muir Trust Presentation

Congratulations to our two school ski teams entered into the SSSA Dual Slalom Series on Saturday 24th September at Alford Ski slope. The teams success in this Regional qualifying event means they are through to the finals in Glasgow.

A team- Andrew Simpson, Rachel Brown, Hamish Alexander, Neil Simpson and Kathleen Ray

B team - Izzy Sharp, Sofia Greer, Tom Horrell, Jeremy Franks


2016 SSSA Autumn Dual Slalom Series

I am very pleased to announce that after interview on Thursday 22nd September, I was appointed the new Rector for Banchory Academy.

This is a huge honour and one that I am delighted about.  I would like to thank pupils, staff and the local community for all their support since I started here in April 2015 and I very much look forward to leading what is a very successful school.

Judith Wight

Rector Appointment

Inter House Triathlon 2016

The last week in September the Inter House Triathlon, first of five inter house events run by the PE department took place.  The teams, consisting of S1-3 pupils were fantastic. They competed fairly, encouraging both team mates and fellow competitors alike.  

Congratulations to this years House winners Ternan.  Click here to view full results, photos and a race report

S1 Football

A great effort  this week by our brand new S1 Football team, who played their first every match against Cults Academy. In a fiercely fought match, the whistle blew at full time with a 1-1 score resulting in a penalty shootout. Jenson, the team’s Goal Keeper held his nerve, but unfortunately the boys were cruelly defeated with a 4-3 final penalty score.

Many thanks to Senior pupils Lewis and Ali, who have taken on the task of coaching the boys this year - the only way is up! Click here to view more photos of the game.

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to see 1.6 performing a catchy tune (une chanson entraînante) they wrote to help them learn French Possessive Adjectives  - Amusez-vous bien:)

Click here to view song lyrics and here to see adjectives worksheet

Une Chanson Entraînante

1.6 Possessive Adjectives in French - song.MP4

Higher and Advanced Higher Spanish pupils enjoyed a trip to Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema.  We watched “La Novia”, a film about the complex love triangle between three childhood friends.  After watching the film, we went to Café Andaluz for lunch to enjoy some traditional Spanish tapas such as patatas bravas, tortilla and paella. We had a great day out and the film let us experience contemporary Spanish filmography.

Spanish Themed Day Out

Well done to our S6 pupils who planned and delivered fun-filled activities for European Day of Languages.  Pupils enjoyed a treasure hunt, European cinema and BA’s very own pâtisserie!

They raised a total of £83.00 for international charity, Médecins Sans Frontières.

S1/2 Treasure Hunt Winners

 Winner: Sarah Donaldson (S2)

Runner up: Filip Rozycki (S1) 

Well done to all those who participated!

Banchory Academy celebrates European Day of Languages 2016