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Activities Week 2018

This year’s Activities week has been hailed a success by all involved. Well done to all the pupils who took part in all the different adventures and many thanks to the staff for making it happen. Click below to view photo galleries from the different activities (more to follow)


Mountain Biking

Thrills and Spills

The Greatest Showman

Cruisin’ & Shreddin’

Across Scotland

French Odyssey

Land and Loch


Film Week

Tel: 01330 823357 //  banchory.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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P7 Parent information Evening

For any parents of children currently in P7, moving up to S1 in August, who missed last week’s parent information evening, please click here for the presentation shown on the night.

If you require any further information, please contact the school office.

Sports Day 2018

Congratulations to Ternan - House winners of this years sports day. Individual winners as follows;

S2 - Rowan Beaton & Ruari Williams

S3 - Izzy Thomson & Jack McKeown

S4 - Naomi Greenwood & Ross Johnson

Senior - Lewis MacKinnon & Carlyn Kennington

click here to view photos from the day

From understanding comes strength

On Saturday 15th June 2018, 4 pupils from Banchory Academy & their mentors from Banchory Rotary Club joined 11 other teams from around Scotland taking part in the Alford heat of the IET 24 Greenpower car challenge.

Mackenzie Fettes, S2 pupil at Banchory Academy, was the first of the team to take the car onto the track.  He quickly realised that the throttle was not allowing the motor to run at the optimum speed so brought the car back in.  After the experienced Rotarians spent the remainder of the practice time and part of the first race fixing the problem, Kuba Chmist (S2) took the car back out onto the track.  20 laps later he pitted and it was the turn of our third driver, Bailey McKay (S2), to hit the track.  With confidence bolstered the team was ready for race 2.  This time we started from the grid with Kuba taking the first 20 laps, Bailey clocked up the next 20 and our fourth team member, Emily Franks (S1) put in the remainder.  Although Banchory’s Greenpower car, named “50 Shades of Green”, did not feature at the top of the leader’s table, the team did win the “Spirit of Greenpower” award.  

Greenpower Car Challenge 2018

Banchory Skate Park Survey

Banchory Skate Park Group have received funding from Awards for All to complete a Feasibility Study into creating a new concrete larger skate park at Bellfield Park, Banchory.  The feasibility study has to demonstrate evidence of need and community support for the project so it can apply for major grants.
Please complete the following survey (
here), which will help inform the design and next steps of the project, as well as evidencing the need within the community for potential capital funders.


In-service Day



First Day of Term for ALL PUPILS

As a way of thanking all the staff of Banchory Academy for their hard work during 2017/18, the Parent Council organised teas, coffees and home bakes at the school Sports Day.  Many parents helped either on the day or by providing a vast selection of delicious home bakes.  A big thank you to all the parents who helped make the refreshments stall a big success.  Sorry we couldn't get you all in the photo, but your support was much appreciated!

If you'd like to find out more about the work of the Parent Council, or would like to get involved, please email chair.bapc@gmail.com. We're always keen to listen to ideas about how parents can support the school.

Parents say a big 'thank you' to the staff at Sports Day!

The school had it's first VEX IQ robotics competition on the 27th of June. Teams from Alford, Aboyne, Banchory and Mackie were all given kits purchased through the Royal Academy of Engineering collaborative project grant. The teams each designed, built and tested their robots in the weeks prior to the event. Unfortunately the team from Aboyne couldn't make it on the day of competition but their robot had a highly modified claw design with some custom made 3D printed parts. The remaining teams took part in collaborative and solo rounds to score points by lifting and moving rings into scoring locations on the VEX arena. The Banchory team of Sean Glendinning, Iona Adams and Sarah Donaldson took the win with a total score of 314 points, Alford B team took second with 272, Mackie 3rd with 221 and Alford A took 4th with 192. the competition will hopefully run again next year with up to 10 teams and the introduction of the autonomous running round.

Inter Schools Robotics Competition

Soul in the Sun

A huge thank you to our Soul Academy Band who treated us all to a fantastic concert in the sun this lunchtime.  




Welcome back to the start of a brand new school year.  We would like to encourage parents & carers to use the school’s dedicated text number 07860 029020 to report a pupil’s absence. This is an efficient system for both parents and the school office—please advise pupil name, reason and length of absence in your text. The school then sends out a text to parents/carers for pupils who are absent without notice. Note that if parents send an email regarding absence, due to the volume of emails received in school this may not be read before the absence texts are sent. Therefore the preferred method is either text or phone (01330 823357).

Pupils should be reminded that if they feel unwell during the school day, they should report to First Aid or Reception. We still have a number of instances of pupils phoning home and leaving the building before the school is aware, which has potential for anomalies if there is a fire alarm.  

New Term Information

Dedicated Absence TEXT Number:

07860 029020