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7 female students studying both Higher Maths and Physics attended ‘Energise your Future’ event at Offshore Europe last week.  The event run by OPTIO gives demonstrations, challenges and practical experiences to inform and inspire the 160 pupils who attended from across the city and shire.  The focus this year was on the energy transition, and the new skills that will be required in the future. The girls were first set a task by Shell of constructing and racing an electric motor car, powered by lithium cell and salt water.  They met with an OGTAP apprentice and a young female graduate trainee with Shell who encouraged them to think about their Career paths.  We then toured the exhibition where we met with representatives from SeaJacks, Total and Worley; where they had opportunity to fly a drone.  The girls enjoyed the experience and came back with lots to think about and a number free gifts!  

Developing the Young Workforce is a government initiative which aims to address youth unemployment; equity, equality and inclusion; partnerships with employers and skills for learning life and work.  Mrs Bruce PT Guidance will be chairing the DYW working group, working with students on Career Ready, myWOW Ambassadors and publicising other opportunities in school via the website and twitter @BanchoryDYW.  Our Careers Evening 30th September will be a great opportunity to learn more about opportunities, career management and employability skills.

Click here to visit our dedicated DYW page and to view more photos from the Offshore Europe event

Developing Young Workforce at Banchory Academy

The Banchory Academy Greenpower Racing team, sponsored by  Banchory-Ternan Rotary club wins again.

Pupils at Banchory Academy had a successful day at East Fortune race track with their electric racing car. They were placed second in the first race of the day and won the second race outright. The car covered just short of 35 miles on a single charge of the two batteries. This was the day's best distance.

The team also won the Siemens award for innovative use of technology. The banchory team designed and built a datalogger system that displays all the details of the car's performance as it drives around the track. The software even makes predictions on race outcome.

The Banchory team are now rated 32 out of nearly 250 Greenpower teams in the UK

Our club supported this project last year as a scheme for encouraging pupil interest in STEM subjects.

We had no idea that we were backing potential winners and look forward to hearing how the team perform at the International Final at Silverstone on 17th Octiber

Greenpower Racing team Wins!

7th Nov

Parent Council Meeting

Tarland chair artists  Banchory Academy 2019

This year we had eight chair artists who worked tirelessly over a full academic year to produce their works of art.

The students did everything from planning and designing their chairs to the creation. Each chair is individual and unique just like our students.

The chairs once completed were taken to Tarland, where they were displayed  prior to being auctioned at the Tarland food and drink festival.   

The auction of the chairs raised over £1500 which will go to Books abroad charity. A project like this gives the students and enormous sense of pride and increases their technical and problem solving ability.

 I am very proud of their achievements and wish them well for the future.

Mrs S Hepburn and Mrs L Tame

ASL department

Banchory Academy Ski team had an excellent dual slalom race at the weekend at Alford Ski Slope. Both Banchory Academy ski teams in the category of S1 – S3 have successfully managed to reach the finals in Glasgow.  Banchory Academy A team were first and the B team followed up with a second in their category.

A team – R Rogerson, Sophie Ledger, Eva Sinclair, Ethan Clarke

B team – Owen Stone, Skye Clarke, Jake Mercier, Ella Dymock, Femke Andrew.

Scottish School Snowsports Association - Dual Slalom Qualifier

Four S1 pupils have been fundraising for the last six months to raise money and awareness of mental health in adolescents and young people. They have raised over £10,000 for the new CAMHS building in Aberdeen and are using the money to develop a therapy garden at the new hospital site. They attended the official opening of the building and saw the unveiling of the new plaque by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman.

Pupils are: Jago Stevens, Carmen Pritchard, Willow Thorne and Evie Carter.

So our total for fundraising for the new CAMHS building is now nearly £13,000! As pledged the Fab Four have dyed their hair blue in aid of supporting mental health in young people.

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Fundraising Success for Mental Health Awareness

Over 50 exhibitors and 500 pupils and parents set the Games Hall buzzing last Monday evening, September 30th.  More than 35 employers - local, national and global - representing a broad spectrum of job areas were on hand to offer information.  Nine Scottish universities, as well as NESCOL (North East Scotland College) and SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) attended to give advice about further and higher education (FE and HE).  A massive thanks goes to all our exhibitors for their tremendous support of this event.  Thank you, also, to all the pupils who helped with the running of the event, and the sixteen pupil Ambassadors for the Skills Development Scotland website MyWorldofWork (MyWOW) who were busy demonstrating to parents and peers the resources available to young people as they transition from school to the world beyond.  Thank you to Banchory Academy’s Strategic Influencing Partner, Banchory Lodge, who provided a complimentary buffet of gourmet sandwiches for exhibitors, setting a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  And, of course, a big thank you to all the pupils and parents who attended the event and made it such a big success.  If any parents would like to get involved in supporting the school’s lunchtime careers talks, and the next Careers Fair in 2021, please contact chair.bapc@gmail.com

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Careers Fair evening set the Games Hall buzzing!

Bag2school Collection

The PTA are holding a Bag2School collection on Thursday 7th November, from 8.30-9.15am - this is an ideal opportunity of donating unwanted textiles whilst diverting those items away from landfill.
Bags can be dropped off during this time in the Academy car park, where a member of the PTA will be there to assist.
Bags can be requested by pupils either from their Register Teacher or from the School Reception -
although any bags can be used to bring your donations to school for recycling- carrier bags, black bags etc.
The PTA then receives a sum of  money according to the weight of textiles donated on the day. It is a simple fundraiser that requires very little parental involvement and if every child in school donated even a small bag full we would raise a considerably larger sum.
Bag2School accept the following items—men’s, ladies & children’s clothing (
not school uniform), shoes, bags, scarves and ties, socks, soft toys, bed linen (not duvets or blankets), curtains, towels in a clean dry condition .
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The Eco Group is on Thursday’s at 1:15pm in Sc3 (Mrs Matheson). Any new enthusiastic members, who want to make our school more environmentally friendly, are welcome!

Banchory Academy Eco Group

18th & 19th Nov

In-Service days. School closed for pupils

Children in Need 2019

This year Children in Need is on the 15th November.  Banchory Academy’s Achieve group will be running a number of events to raise money for the cause.  During the week there will be Pudsey badges for sale (£1) and you will be able to guess the bears birthday (50p)  

Friday the 15th will be dress down day in the school (£1) where cakes will be on sale in the main hall at break and you can take part in ‘Splat the teacher’ at lunchtime (£1 a go). Don’t forget your money all goes towards raising money for Children in Need.