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S3 Spanish Film Trip ~ Zip and Zap and The Marble Gang~

3rd year pupils had the opportunity this week to go and see a British premier of the Spanish film Zip and Zap and The Marble Gang, at the Belmont cinema. Mischievous twins Zip and Zap have been sent on a business trip with their parents to a remote island. However they get lost en route and end up staying the night with the eccentric Miss Pam in her Victorian mansion. The next morning, their parents are nowhere to be found. Zip and Zap now have to unveil the island’s mysterious secret and find their mum and dad. Evoking the classic stories of J.M. Barrie & Jules Verne, the latest chapter in the Zip & Zap saga is equal parts comic book fun and mysterious adventure.  Pupils enjoyed the experience and had the chance to develop their Spanish skills by listening out for words and phrases from the dialogue and subtitles. They will work on a small homework soon to consolidate the trip. A special thanks to Miss Hunt for organising the trip & to Mrs Burt, Mrs Cobban, Niamh Taylor (S6) & Zoë Ellison (S6) for coming along and helping out.

Swimming - Dundee Autumn Meet

Brilliant weekend of racing at the Dundee Autumn meet by Beavers ASC swimmers bringing home a fantastic 46 medals! Swimming as part of South Aberdeenshire Swimming (SAS) there were lots of fantastic PB’s, Skin Finalists & medals. Well done to all those who took part, great effort & thanks to all the coaches, technical officials etc who helped to make this a very successful weekend.  

MEDALS:  Holly Broughton:100 Breast  BRONZE; Louis Easton:100 Fly BRONZE; Ben Ferguson 100 Free GOLD, 50 Back GOLD, 100 Back GOLD; Finn Heard 200 Fly GOLD; Zoe Hutcheon 200 Fly GOLD, 100 Fly GOLD, 200 Fly BRONZE; Carlyn Kennington 200 Breast SILVER; Ailsa Long 100 Breast SILVER; Alicia Lumsden 100 Back GOLD, 200 IM SILVER, 100 Breast SILVER, 100 Fly BRONZE, 200 Free BRONZE; Elliot Rowe 100 Free SILVER, 200 Back GOLD, 100 Back SILVER, 200 Free GOLD, 100 Breast SILVER, 100 Fly GOLD; William Storer 100 Free GOLD, 200 Back SILVER, 100 Back GOLD, 200 IM GOLD, 200 Free SILVER, 100 Breast GOLD, 100 Fly SILVER; Katie Tulloch 100 Back SILVER, 100 Free BRONZE, 200 Back SILVER; Isla Yule 100 Back SILVER, 200 IM BRONZE, 100 Free SILVER, 200 Back SILVER, 200 Free BRONZE, 200 Fly BRONZE.  

SKINS FINALISTS & MEDALS: Louis Easton 50 Back; Ben Ferguson 50 Fly, 50 Back GOLD, 50 Free SILVER; Zoe Hutcheon 50 Fly SILVER; Carlyn Kennington 50 Breast; Alicia Lumsden 50 Back GOLD, 50 Breast, 50 Free SILVER; Katie Tulloch  50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Free

RELAYS:Louis Easton 200 Medley BRONZE, 200 Free Relay BRONZE; Ben Ferguson 200 Medley GOLD, 200 Free Relay GOLD; Alicia Lumsden 200 Medley GOLD, 200 Free Relay BRONZE; Zoe Hutcheon 200 Medley GOLD; Carlyn Kennington, 200 Medley BRONZE; Katie Tulloch, 200 Medley BRONZE, 200 Free Relay GOLD.

"Total UK kindly sponsored 50 pupils from S2 to go and see Un Sac de Billes (A bag of marbles) as part of the French Film Festival at the Belmont Cinema this November.  The film relates the story of two French boys, from a Jewish family, who have to escape Occupied France during World War Two.  

It is based on true events, recounted in the memoirs of Joseph Joffo, one of the boys in the story.  The pupils found the film both moving and engaging and were grateful of the opportunity to see it as it links in to the film unit they are about to study in class.  The film was in French with English."

S2 French Cinema Trip

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On behalf of all involved with the Banchory Academy 2004 football team we would like to make a

special thank you to both Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace and The Rotary Club of Banchory St. Ternan for their very generous sponsorships which has allowed us to purchase new match kit (as seen in the photos) and black, personalised training tops (arriving shortly).

The boys train every Thursday lunch for one hour and aim to play a school match around every three weeks.  On top of school training, almost all the boys play for an external club: training twice per week and playing every Sunday. School games consist of a mixture of knock-out cups and friendlies….. read more…..

S2 Football News

S1 Author Visit - Cathy MacPhail

Many thanks to Scottish Author Cathy MacPhail, who visited Banchory Academy to speak to the S1 English classes about plot and character development and what inspires her to write.  The Scottish Book trust has described Cathy’s fiction as running the gamut from fun action and adventure to gritty and challenging stories of teen struggles.  Cathy's work is enormously popular with young teenagers, her trademark being pacy and topical storylines.

Scottish Cup - Outer Hebrides Trip

When both U15’s & U16 football teams drew against Nicolson Institute on the Isle of Lewis, in the Scottish Cup it was decided to join together and take a road trip to Stornoway.  The 2 teams met at a bracing 4:45am on the Tuesday of the inservice days and drove by minibus to Ullapool to catch the 10:30am ferry crossing to Stornoway. For many of the boys this was their first time on  a ferry.  Fortunately the weather was kind and the 2 and a half hour crossing was relatively smooth with only a few of us looking green around the gills on arrival.  We stayed the night at the Heb Hostel in the centre of Stornoway ready for a early kick off in the morning. Unfortunately things did not go our way, as is often the case with Football.  Both teams drew in their matches and heartbreakingly both ended up loosing in penalty shoot outs.  Many thanks to Nicolson Institute for their warm and friendly hospitality and also well done to all the boys for their excellent behaviour on the trip -despite our defeats in the football the overall experience more than made up for it and they were a credit to the school.

Careers using modern languages

On Wed 15th November, 17 Senior Modern Languages pupils spent a careers morning at the offices of French oil giant, Total Exploration & Production UK (TEPUK), learning how vital the knowledge of languages can be in the workplace.  The pupils heard from a French employee working in corporate communications, spent time on a language exercise with the in-house TEPUK French teachers, spoke informally in small groups with Scottish & English employees from various disciplines who use French regularly in their work, and had a video-link presentation from an English lawyer currently working in Paris.  The school and the Parent Council would like to say a massive thank you to TEPUK for their very valuable support of the careers talks at Banchory Academy.

On Wednesday 22nd November a parents information session was held in the school with a presentation regarding changes to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National 5 Qualifications for Session 17/18, with Higher (18/19) and Advanced Higher (19/20) changing in subsequent years.

For those who may have missed this meeting see below for a copy of the presentation from the night along with additional information.

- SQA Presentation

- Handout

Changes to the SQA

Rotary youth leadership awards 2018

This week, Ken Lennox from Banchory Rotary Club will be speaking at S4 and S5 assemblies about RYLA (Rotary youth leadership awards) RYLA is a week’s stay at Abernethy Outdoor Centre, Nethybridge, paid for by Banchory Rotary.

The object of RYLA is to develop your own leadership qualities through team working, to give you a sense of pride in achievement, to have a week of active outdoor activity – and to have FUN.

Click here for further information about RYLA and how to apply.