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From understanding comes strength

Two careers talks are coming up in June - on Wednesday 8th June Dr Gillian Archbold of the Banchory Surgery will be talking about studying medicine and working as a GP. On Monday 13th June – Like History? Want some ideas of what work it can lead to? Come along to ‘Putting History to Work’ by Vikki Duncan, curator of Decorative Art with Aberdeen Museums & Galleries. Note – this talk will start at 8am BEFORE SCHOOL! (Finishing at 8.45am). Sign up at Reception. Wondering about taking a Gap Year? Project Trust, a small Scottish educational charity, will be coming in to school on Tuesday June 14th at lunchtime to talk about volunteering abroad for 6-12 months.

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23rd - 27th

Activities Week S1-S3


Start of New Timetable (New S2-S4)  

We had 17 enthusiastic participants who gave it their all with varied success. Their mission was to visit as many of the 23 stations positioned throughout the woods at Dess  as they could in under 45 mins. Aboyne Academy were the overall winners, Banchory came second and Alford took third place. In the S1 Boys competition,  Scott Wilson and Ben Read were placed 3rd, while Amber Graham and Darya Ogston won the S1 Girls event. Leanne Inglis and Rhea Stewart were placed 3rd in the S2 Girls competition.

Deeside Orienteering Festival

S@S Accelerate is a 1-week programme in July, held at the University of Strathclyde, for pupils at the end of S4, S5 and S6. It aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupils’ chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career. One of the ten challenges on offer is the Languages Challenge. A team of experts has put together a week-long ‘Giga Challenge’ in the area of languages allowing pupils to find out all about the area and the career opportunities open to them. Enabling students to participate in group challenges that use their language skills, and see the role that languages play in the world, will make them feel much more enthusiastic about languages in the school classroom and going on to study them at University. Visit here  for more information.  

S@S Accelerate Languages Challenge 2016

Bronze CREST Award Certificates were presented to S1 Science Club members Tom Blackhall, Quinlan Cochrane-Dyet, Neil Simpson, Mackenzie Bovaird, Jack Manley, Alex Rusk and  Rhys Bradley who completed an investigation into Rockets.  First, the features necessary to make a rocket move were investigated – using balloon powered rockets on strings across the OSA. Then water rockets were designed and tested, with a view to determining which angle of projection would enable the rockets to go furthest. The actual testing took place on a freezing cold day at Tillybrake, with some of the rockets following unexpected flight paths!  Finally, in the Communication Phase of the CREST Award, reports were written and presentations given to an audience that included several Science teachers and Mr Nicoll. Certificates were presented in Assembly by the S6 Science Club Leaders , without whom the project would not have been possible. Many of the S6 Leaders have themselves recently been awarded Gold CREST Awards so they were able to provide well-directed support.

Bronze CREST Awards

Last term a group of Adv. Higher Physics & Chemistry students visited the Radiotherapy Department at A.R.I.  Dr John McLellan, Head of Radiotherapy Physics, explained the principles of radiotherapy to the group describing the reasons why radiation is an effective treatment modality for cancer. He then demonstrated how an individual patient treatment is planned.  This programme displays the anatomical information and is used by the physicians to outline a target volume; the dosimetrist then applies radiation beams and the software displays the resultant radiation dose, overlaid on the anatomy.  We then visited a treatment room and saw one of the linear accelerators (linacs) that deliver the carefully planned treatments. Dr McLellan showed how the patient is carefully positioned and the machine moved to deliver the treatment. We all left the room and a treatment was delivered to a ‘phantom’ positioned on the couch – the cameras in the room enabled us to see the machine rotate as the radiation was delivered. We were able to see how the multileaf collimators operate on the linac as it rotates.   Many thanks to Dr McLellan for giving us his time and allowing us a ‘behind the scenes’ look at radiation therapy.

Trip to ARI

Letter to all pupils, parents and staff of Banchory Academy from Mrs Sheila Di Maio - click here to read.

Many congratulations to our S2 Football team, captained by Lewis Mackinnon, who on Monday night beat Fraserburgh Academy 1-0 to win the Aberdeenshire School cup final for the first time ever within the U14’s age group.  Hosted by Rothie Rovers, In a close, nail biting match resulting in a 0-0 draw with 2 minutes to play. Extra time seemed inevitable, until Centre Mid player Cameron Findlay scored an amazing wonder goal. The boys who have been coached by senior pupil Owen Lawrence and managed by Mrs Findlay, were fully deserving of this win, proving after a very successful season that they are top of their age group within Aberdeenshire.  Many thanks to Mrs Bett for her stunning action shots from the game - Click here to view

Aberdeenshire Cup Winners!

Fantastic racing at the weekend producing lots of great PB's & 19 medals and three new club records! To add to the weekend - Hannah Miley was there competing with her local club Garioch. Great for our team to watch and swim alongside an Olympian!!   Congratulations to Zoe Hutcheon for her new club record in the 50 Fly (30.51) 100 Fly (1.08.34) and Katie Tulloch for her new club record in the 50 Free (28.88). Well done, a great result!  Medals: Zoe Hutcheon:100 Fly GOLD; 50 Fly BRONZE; Katie Tulloch:100 Back SILVER, 100 Free BRONZE, 50 Breast BRONZE; Carlyn Kennington:200 Breast BRONZE; Louis Easton :100 Back SILVER, 200 Breast BRONZE, 400 IM GOLD; Ben Ferguson: 200 Free SILVER, 100 Fly BRONZE, 200 IM GOLD, 200 Breast SILVER, 100 Back BRONZE, 400 Free GOLD; Anna Harrold:200 Breast GOLD, 400 Free BRONZE, 100 Back BRONZE.   200 Free relay team:Zoe, Katie, Louis and Jack won BRONZE. Awesome effort competing against swimmers at masters level!

Westhill Invitational 7-8 May