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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

4th Dec

S5/6 Parents’ Evening

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

10th Dec

S4 Parents’ Evening

Cash for Kids

For the second year running S2 pupil Blair is doing Mission Christmas which is the Northsound Radio Charity which helps under privilege children have a great Christmas and have something to open on Christmas day .Blair has asked me for your support and wondering if you could donate a gift for a child aged from 0-16 years . There is a box held at Banchory Academy Reception and Banchory Sports Village .

Thank you in advance for your Support .

A team of Banchory Academy students raced their electric car, “50 Shades of Green” at the International Final at the Formula 1 Silverstone circuit on Thursday 17th October.

The event was very well attended with 100 cars all competing in two races. Teams were mainly from the UK but there were also teams from China, Portugal, Poland, Spain and Singapore.

All teams had built their own cars - either from a standard kit or from scratch. The Academy car was built from scratch two years ago and underwent a programme of performance enhancing upgrades earlier this year. The aim of Greenpower is to design and build a single seat electric racing car that will cover the greatest distance in a race lasting 90 minutes on just one charge of the two batteries.

The team never expected to win the race but hoped to do well. The car performed flawlessly in practice and in both races, finishing in 27th place in a field of 100 cars entered. Distance covered in the 90 minute race was 34.4miles and an average speed of 22.7mph. Fastest lap was 25.7mph.

This result means that Banchory Academy is the top school/college team in Scotland and in the top 10% of all Greenpower teams in the UK

Perhaps the biggest achievement has been the amount that the students have learned – both theory and practical.

Team members attending Silverstone were: Bailey McKay, Mark Littlejohn, Matt MacKinnon, Duncan Amundrud and Gu Pais

Now it’s back to the workshop and drawing-board to begin work on a new car that will lead the field next year.

Banchory Academy Electric Car Update

Congratulations to S1 pupil Abi Watson who participated in the Scottish schools pistol championships last month.  Abi came 11th out of 17, a fantastic achievement

Scottish schools pistol championships

PE Achievements Board

There will be a new achievements board going up in the PE Department and all students are encouraged to make us aware if you achieve some sort of sporting award out with school.  To let someone know please contact a member of PE staff, one of our young ambassadors, message the PE instagram page (@banchoryacademype) or pop a note into the suggestions box

Thank you

Young Ambassadors

Health & Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing at Banchory Academy

This session we have introduced two new initiatives in order to support positive mental health and wellbeing across the school.  For more information please visit our new Health and Wellbeing section of the website here

Health & Wellbeing 
at Banchory Academy