From understanding comes strength


The Royal Society of Edinburgh is inviting applications for the spring Start-up Science Masterclasses at the University of Aberdeen.  The Masterclasses are intended to give young people who have shown an interest in science & technology the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience. At these sessions, S1 & S2 students get up to all sorts of scientific mischief and mayhem; they learn how to create things, try their hand at design; 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.  4 Masterclasses will take place on successive Saturday mornings and will comprise of a mixture of talks and fun, practical activities with guidance and encouragement from session leaders.  Application forms can be collected from Dr Skellern's office or using the attached flyer here.

FREE Start-up Science Masterclasses for S1 and S2 Students

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:- S1 Archie Blackhall, S2 Rebecca MacLeod and Rebecca Reid  & S3 Patrick McNeil.  On the 9th February, the pupils took on the teachers in an exciting debate for Health and Wellbeing Week. The competition debated the motion "This House would keep S1-S3 in school during lunchtime to reduce unhealthy eating." Emma Holmes & Leo Thomson debated on behalf of the pupils, and they found worthy adversaries in the form of Mr Hamilton and Mr MacDonald. Although a great performance on all sides, the pupils emerged triumphant in this clash of minds (and generations!). The teachers look forward to winning back their pride next year!

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.  

Click here to view photos from the event and here to watch Mr Leiper’s time-lapse video of the evening.

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 S1-3 pupils. The plan is to deliver various exercise sessions in blocks of activity, we will listen to feedback on activities you would like to try out and see if it’s possible to get an instructor to deliver these sessions. The first activity on offer is YOGA. Sessions will take place on a Tuesday after school, from 3:50-4:35pm in the PFR room, a 5 week block will be starting on Tuesday 16th May. If you are interested it is essential to sign up for the sessions – please pick up a consent form from the PE notice board

Girls fitness club for S1-3

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 - taking action to stop people from making negative assumptions about those they don’t know

- please have a look at their ‘We Are All Human’ Film at this link on YouTube

You can also support the HeadTalker campaign by following this link:  Scroll down to just below the film and click on the social media platform you’d like to use to support the campaign then follow the instructions to support the campaign - it may ask you to sign in to facebook etc and accept that HeadTalker gets access to certain information and permissions.

By signing up to support the campaign you are agreeing to let HeadTalker post a message containing a link to the film on your behalf at 12.00pm on 31/03/2017.

Art and Design - Return of SQA work.

If you are sitting N5, Higher or Advanced Higher Art and Design and would like to have your work returned you can apply directly to the SQA. or google SQA Art returns.

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-day creative writing course at the Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre near Inverness.

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 (13-14yrs)


Jamie Liversidge (S1) - 11th

Sam Condy (S2) - 12th


Alice Steven (S1) - 11th

Erin Murphy (S2) - 12th

YOUTH (15-16yrs)


Rachael Steven (S3) - 5th

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.

Rugby News

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 - all very impressive performances

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-based rounds, followed by a semi-final held at the University of Aberdeen.  In the final, Rafal competed at the Scottish Parliament to an audience of teachers, parents and special guests.

Click here to view official photos