Term 4

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BANCHORY ACADEMY

Official Opening of The Patricia Davidson Library

On Friday the 23rd of March, our newly named school library was officially opened by it’s namesake.  Retired Librarian, Mrs Davidson attended the opening ceremony with her husband and former librarian colleagues.  Acting Deputy Rector, Mrs Paterson gave a short speech with pupils and members of staff in attendance.

Term Four

Thursday 22nd March was semi-final day for Banchory Academy’s U14 boys football team who travelled to face Alford Academy in the Aberdeenshire cup.
Following on from a previous four consecutive wins , the game started surprisingly shaky for Banchory with Alford playing the better football. However, the quality within the boys saw them manage to enter half time at 3-1 up.  After words at half time the boys put in a tremendous display second half which saw them capitalise on the draining confidence of Alford, finishing the game as 7-1 winners.  Another big win for the boys, however, the scoreline certainly does not reflect the efforts and performance put in by Alford, especially in the first half who on numerous occasions went close to scoring more.  Banchory will now face Ellon in the final.


S2 Aberdeenshire Cup Run - Semi Finals

Our most sincere thanks to Run Balmoral for their generous Sports Bursary. As a result, we now have long sleeved running tops for the entire club. The tops not only look great but we feel more united as a club.

Many thanks,

BA Girls Running Club


Run Balmoral Sports Bursary 2018

Run Balmoral Award

Congratulations to Banchory Academy pupils on receiving the award for highest number of entries from a secondary school at Run Balmoral last Saturday.  

The award was presented by councillor Anne Stirling, Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services Committee.


Do you love languages?  Are you currently in fifth year?  Would you like to work with other young people and enhance your CV?  Do you enjoy sharing your news, views and opinions on social media?  Well, this role might be for you!  SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) are looking for committed, dynamic young people to join their team as SCILT interns. This would see you using social media regularly and collaborating effectively with a team to demonstrate your love of languages and where they can take you, on a national, international and global level. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to experience a professional work internship and enhance their sixth year at school. Please note that interns will be home-based and the opportunity is open to young people across the country. Successful applicants must commit to attending a training day in Glasgow on Tuesday 12 June 2018. If you would like to apply, please speak to Mrs Burt (room 21) before the end of term. Click here to more info and here for the application form


SCILT Digital Internship

Congratulations to S5 pupil Eilidh Campbell on winning the Aberdeenshire Young Female Sports Person of the year Award for her participation in Orienteering.

Eilidh is the leading competitor in her class in Britain. She often wins races by large margins, her fitness and mental approach to racing is very impressive. Eilidh made her first International selection at the European Youth Championships in Slovakia finishing 11th in the sprint race. Her season has been affected by injury, however she has already started training again in preparation for the new season.



Aberdeenshire Young Female Sports Person of the Year

This years S1 Writefest was a very well attended event at Woodend Barn, celebrating various "Space" themed pieces of writing by all the S1 pupils. Each class presented their work very confidently and professionally, as well as raining money for Fairybox a local charity raising money to bring toys to children in hospital. Thanks also to the S3 pupils who ran the refreshments stall.


S1 Writefest 2018

Applications are now open for young people aged 16-19  to attend the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential, running from Tuesday 24th July - Friday 3rd August 2018 in Edinburgh.  On this intensive 11-day course, you will be given the low down on the world of film, with hands on training, learning key skills in screenwriting, camera, directing, production, sound and editing, with participants collaborating to produce three short films. You will also learn from some of the best producers, directors, screenwriters and craft talent in the UK film Industry through masterclasses, learn about the wider world of film, from education to development to finance and festivals with key industry professionals, given advice and support towards a future career, and spend time in picturesque Edinburgh.

This opportunity is targeted at young people who are keen to develop a career in film and have some experience in filmmaking; click here for more information

BFI Film Academy

BA Girls Running Club meet Robbie Simpson -

Last week, Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia) 2018 Bronze medal winner in the Men’s Marathon, Robbie Simpson came into Banchory Academy to speak to pupils about his recent experience in Australia. Robbie is a former pupil of Banchory Academy and it was great to get to ask him questions and to hold the medal! (26.04.18)


Faraday Challenge Day

The day was Organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology in conjunction with Thorpe Park.  The IET Faraday Challenge Days have been held across the UK providing students with the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.  The Banchory Team of S1 pupils unfortunately did not win the close fought heat but the design and idea proposed by the Banchory Team was well thought producing a design which impressed the judge. Their presentation of their model and design idea was fantastic. Pupils Anne Marr, Skye Buck and Jonas Newey commented - “We enjoyed making the model or our attraction with electronic components. We worked well together to produce a solution to the problem we were given. During the day we learnt how to make circuits from small components and that planning is very important to a task with everyone playing a part. It was a good experience and we would love to do it again.”  A great experience and a taste of the Engineering World. Click here to view photos from the day


YPI Final 2018

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative is a national programme connecting schools and charities, managed by the Wood Foundation for the last 10 years.  All S3 pupils have been involved with the YPI, where they research social issues and champion a local charity who is working in that area.  In small groups the students then create a persuasive presentation and compete for the £3000 prize from the Wood Foundation.  On Monday 30th April, 8 teams competed in the final at the Woodend Barn in front of their peers, charity representatives and parents.  It was an excellent event with 2 teams from each house speaking.  The charities represented in the final were Somebody Cares, NETCO, Friends of the Special Nursery, CLAN, Grampian Women’s Aid, SCILL, Maggie’s Centre and Turner Syndrome Support Society.  Congratulations to our winning team, Ashleigh Brown, Melissa Findlay, Anna Fletcher and Emily Peake representing Grampian Women’s Aid, whose creative and passionate presentation convinced the judges.  We wish you all the very best for the Kiltwalk in a few weeks’ time.  We want to thank Ben Strachan and Kazio Wilowski for compering the event, and our S3 musicians for entertaining us.  We are grateful to our judges Lady Helen Wood, Patricia Davidson, Bert McIntosh, Harry Finch & Gabriel McHugh.  Each of the finalists will receive £250 for their charity through Bert McIntosh’s generosity.  Lastly we want to commend our young people who have visited local charities and become involved with social issues they feel passionately about.  Click here to view photos from the event and here to read the programme



Duke of Edinburgh News

Congratulations to our S4 pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year.  Photographed are a group as they began their expedition this month at Glen Esk, their erstwhile leader is Adrian Ledingham.


Junior Girls Football News

'Banchory Academy Junior Girls Football team played their first friendly fixture against Alford Academy last week! Although it was unfortunately a defeat for the girls, they all worked so hard on the pitch and played exceptionally well in the 20ᵒC heat! This game has prepared them for the next friendly against Aboyne in a couple of weeks! If you would like to join the team come along to training on Friday lunchtimes!'