From understanding comes strength


Banchory Beavers ASC spent another fantastic week training at the renowned Tenerife Top Training (T3) centre in Tenerife. Coached by former Olympic medallist & world record breaker Nick Gillingham MBE the 7 day camp was the teams 2nd trip out to these world class facilities. Birgit Hutcheon (Head Coach) said ‘our swimmers did us proud, attending all of the 14 pool sessions plus land training with dedication and great enthusiasm! Swimming in world class facilities and trained by a world class coach - what is there not to like!’  Nick retired from competitive swimming in 1996 and now runs the Nick Gillingham Swim Academy. He was an inspirational coach all week providing some tough, but fun training sets. T3 is one of Europe’s top training centres with many elite athletes from around the world using it for their training

Banchory Beavers ASC training with double Olympian Nick Gillingham MBE

Young Musician Competition and Christmas Concert

The Young Musician competition will take place on December 5th this year.  Please speak to Mr Bruce as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part. There are money prizes for the winners in the  Instrumental Category and also the Vocal Category.  Instrumentalists should be around Grade 6 Standard - not necessarily having sat an exam.  Singers should speak to Mr Bruce for more details.

Another date for your diary is our Annual Christmas concert which will be held this year on Monday 12th December at the East Church.

Dundee Autumn Swim Meet 29-30 October 

Banchory Beavers ASC had a fantastic weekend in Dundee with lots of PBs, 10 club records broken and 46 medals! 

SKINS Finals: Ben Ferguson (50 back GOLD, 50 Free SILVER), Alicia Lumsden (50 Back GOLD, 50 Free GOLD), Zoe Hutcheon (50 Fly SILVER), Carlyn Kennington (50 Breast 4th), Katie Tulloch (50 Fly 4th, 50 Back 6th, 50 Free 5th).

NEW CLUB RECORDS: Isla Yule (12) 50 Fly and 50 Free; Katie Tulloch (14) 50 Free; Zoe Hutcheon (15) 100 Fly; Alicia Lumsden (16) 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 Back; Ben Ferguson (16) 100 Free, 50 Back, 200 Back.  Isla Yule was 2nd and Katie Tulloch 3rd best girl overall. Swimming as part of South Aberdeenshire Swimming (SASthe SAS team also won best club.   Well done everyone great effort!  Photo: Team SAS

Free Science Master Classes- Aberdeen University

Twice a year, the RSE and partner universities deliver a series of free science masterclasses across Scotland. At these sessions, S1 and S2 students get up to all sorts of scientific mischief and mayhem; they learn how to create things – from bagpipes to perfume; experience patient treatment in a realistic clinical environment; try their hand at design – from planes to bridges; and even indulge in a round of chemical cluedo! The classes promote widening participation and provide the students with a unique insight into academic life and research.

Click here for more information and an application form.

Saltire Award for Connor

Congratulations to S5 Pupil Connor Smith on achieving his Saltire award for 500 hours of volunteering.

Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering to voluntary organisations.

Connor's award, the highest possible is for those who have exceeded expectations. Volunteers must be nominated for the Award by the organisation they volunteer with. Connor’s award was earned through his tireless commitment to volunteering for local football club Banchory Boys, the Banchory Community Education office and charity work “Cash for kids” through  NorthSound Radio.

Well done Connor, an amazing achievement,

River Dee Radio

On Friday we will be presenting our 2nd  radio programme on the local station River Dee Radio.  This Fridays programme will focus on our forthcoming school show,  Blood Brothers, Young Musician, Christmas concert, YPI and a programme on clubs and groups running in the school and will go out live from 1pm. The programme lasts around 30 mins. Parents can access the station via THE River Dee Radio app, for both Android and Apple devices or online via and insert River Dee Radio in the search facility press play.  Fridays radio show is on at 1pm each day this week, to tune in you can download the River Dee Radio app, or on your computer go to www.tunein .com and search River Dee Radio, then press play.

Current listening after a month of broadcast is between 300-500 depending on the day/time and the audience is worldwide.

Remembrance day at Banchory Academy

On Friday 11th November, Banchory Academy pupils gathered to pay their respects on Armistice Day. Each registration class picked 3 representatives to go along to our main hall to show respect to those who lost their lives fighting for our country. Every pupil in the school remained silent for two minutes at 11am to remember those who fought. Fraser Rodger and Katrina Murray both said a few words at the service, relating it to their personal experiences from the recent battlefields trip.

Click here to read a report of a recent History trip where both S4 & S5 pupils had the opportunity to go to Belgium and Northern France to visit some of the historic memorials and battlefields where many fought and died., And also to  view photos from the Remembrance ceremony.

Author Visit -  Anne Donovan

Anne Donovan the author of the prize-winning novel Buddha Da, the short-story collection Hieroglyphics, the novels Being Emily and Gone are the Leaves ran a short story writing workshop for S3 pupils this week in the school library. Her helpful tips included using character, dialogue and action as well as using a significant moment in starting a short story.

Click here for more photos

SSSA SBX Skier Boarder Cross

A group of Banchory Academy pupils travelled down to Glasgow last week to take part in SSSA SBX Skier Boarder Cross Event.  The day was a fantastic success with 11 skiers arranged in 2 separate teams of mixed Seniors & Juniors. The day included a free skiing session in the morning followed by a practice run down the course. The course was made up of a number of gates plus 4 off 1.5m high berms and 3 very sizeable jumps. The skiers and boarders then had 2 timed runs with their best time counting towards the team result. The second run was extremely difficult with much of the course having to be skied/boarded on sheet ice.

Team A did a fantastic job with a 1st in the Girls Skiers & a 2nd in the Girls Boarders plus a 16th in both the Girls & Boys skiers earning them a very acceptable 5th overall.

Team B were 11th. This team was mainly made up of skiers who recently came up from the Primary's.  There were 20 schools teams competing so both teams did really well.  The notable results: Rachel Brown had one of the fastest times ever in a schools SBX race at Braehead breaking the 17 second barrier. Rachel beat a number of Scottish Ski Team members to take the first place in the Girls category.  Emily Mercer only recently took up snowboarding having been a skier in the past. Emily took 2nd place in the Girls Snowboarder category beating a number of older and more experienced local girls.  Many thanks to the older skiers, Rachel, Kathleen, Connor and Hamish who did a fantastic job of supporting and encouraging the younger skiers throughout the day.


Congratulations to Cameron Brown (S5) – Vocal, and Matthew Coats (S6) – Instrumental – both winners at last night’s Young Musician of the Year Competition. More details and photos to follow

Banchory Academy Young Musician Competition

Scottish School’s climbing competition

Congratulations to S3 pupil Stephen Keir who won the Scottish School’s climbing competition in Glasgow and is trialling for the GB team in Manchester.

Congratulations on his success and we wish him well for the future.

Staff v Pupils Netball Match

Congratulations to the strong girls team who beat the staff team 8-7 in a highly competitive netball match this week. The staff ladies managed to hold their own against a well organised, and very speedy girls team who put in a great performance.  The staff team are looking forward to a rematch!

Banchory Tote Company, this year's Young Enterprise team, are looking forward to selling a variety of canvas tote bags designed by the group themselves at Christmas Markets in the next few weeks. If you would like to place an order but are unable to attend any of our events please fill in the order form here and return to the school reception. For more pictures of the bags and info on where we will be selling please take a look at our facebook page. Thank You!

Click here to download an order form

Young Enterprise - Tote Bags for Sale

Inter House Swimming Gala Results 2016

Congratulations to Ternan, this years winners of our Inter House swimming Gala.  Well done to our Champions who managed to break 4 school records during the day.

S1 Champions : Isla Yule & Sam Taylor

S2 Champions: Rhona Bowie & Ross Johnson

S3 Champions: Amber Jaffrey & Finn Heard

Senior Champions: Tom Beeley & Alicia Lumsden

Houswe Points:- Ternan 384, Monearn 360, Kerloch 309, Lochton 290

Click here to see event times