From understanding comes strength
The Royal Society of Edinburgh is inviting applications for the spring Start-
Wonderful Words Week 2017 (27th February – 6th March 2017)
The Literacy Committee & S6 pupils organised a number of activities to celebrate
Wonderful Words Week this year. On World Book Day, pupils and teachers participated
in our annual “Drop Everything and Read” hour. On Wednesday 1st March, Lochton won
Blockbusters and Ternan were successful in the Staff vs. Pupils Spelling Bee. Rafal
Wilowski (2M2) won the 2nd round of the competition, which was an individual spelling
bee in the traditional format. There were a number of interesting and varied submissions
for the creative writing competition, for which WH Smith kindly donated prizes: The
winners picked by our panel are:-
Fantastic Science and how to find it
Many thanks to all the pupils and staff involved in last weeks Science Festival “Fantastic Science and how to find it”. The night was a huge success.
Grampian Schools Rugby 7s
Congratulations to the boys that competed in the Grampian Schools Rugby 7s, winning the S3/4 cup! The boys played really well against some experienced ( and quite big) players.
Active Schools are looking to start up a new Girls fitness club for S1-
Girls fitness club for S1-
Cathy enthralled and engaged all S1 during her visit to the school.
Cathy’s work is very popular with teenagers, and she has established a reputation as a writer of gritty, urban stories that tackle emotional, contemporary issues but always work towards a positive solution.
Interestingly, Cathy informed the pupils that she left school at 15, never attended University nor any creative writing course. Her inspiration for writing came from reading books – manna to all English teachers and the librarian.
Great feedback from the pupils on her visit.
Cathy MacPhail Visit
Banchory Fixers Launch Event and HeadTalker Campaign
A group of pupils launched the Banchory Fixers -
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Pushkin Prize Winner
Congratulations to Iona Adams (2L1) who was awarded First Prize at The Pushkin Prizes (creative writing) ceremony yesterday.
The Pushkin Prizes offer a unique opportunity for 10 pupils from schools throughout
Scotland to attend a five-
Pupils in S1 and S2 from any school in Scotland are invited to submit their creative writing folios in December every year. Each folio must contain three pieces of creative writing, each no longer than 1200 words long. Pupils can write about anything they wish, and they can write in any genre, or combination of genres. Click here to read the 3 winning pieces submitted by Iona.
On Sunday 7th May, the following pupils competed in the Bishopbriggs Triathlon achieving these results:
TRISTAR 3 (13-
Jamie Liversidge (S1) -
Sam Condy (S2) -
Alice Steven (S1) -
Erin Murphy (S2) -
Rachael Steven (S3) -
Bishopbriggs Sprint & Novice Triathlon 2017
This weekend the U15 team of Deeside Rugby won the Caledonia Cup for their age group beating Howe of Fife (Bell Baxter HS) in the final at St Andrews. This is an great achievement for the boys and the highest level they can achieve at this age group. The team is a mixture of Banchory and Aboyne Academy pupils.
Also three members of the Deeside club Nicole, Anna and Max represented Deeside having been invited to Murrrayfield to play Tartan Touch on the back pitches. This was a great experience and allows all ages and both genders to play together for fun and fitness. The Club is open to all and are always keen to encourage new members.
World Schools Orienteering Championships, Italy
Last week, 9 Banchory Academy pupils took part in the World Schools Orienteering
Championships in Palermo, Italy. Banchory Academy sent both a senior girls (W1),
& a boys (M1) team along with Amber Graham in a Junior select team. Competition
was, as usual, keen but friendly. The vegetation in the forest was quite dense and
the courses were considered technically hard. In the first long distance event the
M1 boys team was placed 7th & the W1 5th. Ambers team were also lying in 5th place.
Best individual places were achieved by Eilidh Campbell (21st) and Alistair Chapman
(28th). The next 2 days comprised of a ‘friendship’ relay, where athletes are put
into teams of 3, made up from 3 different countries and a Cultural day where the
Banchory pupils joined the rest of the Scottish team for some highland dancing. The
last race was the middle distance Race, with final team placing's of M1 6th, W1 5th
and W2 6th -
On Friday 24th March we brought together the fundraising ideas of our S3 Modern Studies students and raised money for Comic Relief. From collecting money for “wear something red” as well as “teachers dressed as pupils” to selling cakes and sweets during our “rave at break” then collecting money at lunchtime to watch our staff vs S6 pupils Lip Sync Battle, we raised an amazing £1501.45!!
Thanks go to the S3 Modern Studies pupils who organised and ran the fundraising events on the day along with the sale of red noses the week prior to Red Nose Day. We’d also like to thank all the staff and S6 pupils who took part in the Lip Sync Battle and special thanks and congratulations goes to Mr Duncanson for his excellent Lip Sync of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out!
All in all a great day was had by all and a fantastic sum of money was raised for Comic Relief J
Comic Relief 2017
Word Wizard 2017 – Friday 12th May
Congratulations to Rafal Wilowski (3M1) who was successful at the national final
of the Word Wizard spelling competition, organised by SCILT, Scotland’s National
Centre for Languages. Rafal achieved first place in the Intermediate level for the
French language. Rafal had previously competed in school-
Click here to view official photos