From understanding comes strength



Lauren Liversidge (S6) and Isla Long (S2) took part in the Scottish National Youth & Junior Track Championships 2017 at The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow from 23-25 June.


Over the 3 days, Lauren competed in the Junior Women's 10k Scratch, 15k Points Race, 2k Individual Pursuit and 500m Time Trial where she was 3rd.

Isla competed in the Youth B Girls 8k Scratch and Omnium.

Well done to both!

Scottish National Youth & Junior Track Championships 2017

Robert Louis Stevenson Writing Competition

Six students were invited to the Robert Louis Stevenson writing competition and workshop at Edinburgh Napier University. They produced creative or reflective pieces based on a Stevenson theme. The students involved were:

Iseabail Duncan (S5), Sioned Ellis (S5), Thalia Groucutt (S6),  Alice Macduff-Duncan (S5), Emily Raithby (S6), Niamh Scott (S6)
Sioned Ellis' writing was highly commended. All of the students took part in a creative writing workshop with Louise Welsh.'

Lauren Liversidge (S6) was part of a team of 6 boys and 4 girls that travelled to Tromso in Norway to compete in the Statoil Arctice Heroes of Tomorrow Road Race.


This is the 3rd year that Scottish Cycling North East have been invited to attend.


Shown is a photo of the girls after sign on...

The girls race was 44miles and Lauren was riding well until she experienced a mechanical, unfortunately forcing her to come withdraw. However, this was a great opportunity and experience which Lauren thoroughly enjoyed.


Statoil Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Road Race

At Banchory Academy the outdoor learning programme runs 1 day a week over the school year and involves a variety of experiences and skills for personal, social, emotional and skills for work development. All the young people involved in the outdoor group have been working towards the explorer level of the John Muir environmental awards scheme, taking part in forest, conservation and enterprise activities as well as horse riding at Horseback UK near Aboyne.  

This successful group have also been awarded a £500 grant for their prize winning video entry in a competition run by Grow Wild to transform an outdoor area.  With the award, a wildlife garden has now been created in the school grounds (near Community) where the group will be ending a fantastic year this week with a garden party.  Take  a look at what the outdoor group have been up to each week on their Outdoor Learning’ page.

Outdoor Learning

A message from Banchory Academy Parent Council Chair

“We welcome the new parents to the school and hope that you will support the school as you are able too – we do need new representatives so please come along to the Parent Forum AGM or 7th September at 7:00 pm in the school.  Dates of meeting for the next academic year will be in the school calendar.
We encourage you to engage with us online.  We have our own website (, we are on Twitter (@bapc_banchory) and we hope to actively use our Facebook group (Banchory Academy Parent Council).  You can also email us at”

Congratulations to Claire McGarvey who came 4th in the High Jump in a Schools Athletics competition over the summer holidays in Dublin.
It was a great day  and the atmosphere was very exciting. Well done Claire - a fantastic experience!

Athletics News

Info on Extra Curricular Clubs

DRAMA CLUB - Starts Friday 22nd September at 1310 in Drama Studio 1. All Welcome.

DEBATING CLUB - pupils from all years are welcome to join the Debating Club. Come along on Fridays at 1.15 in Room 17.

BOOK GROUP FOR S1-2 - The first meeting of this group will be on Wednesday 13th September at 1.20pm in the Library.


Concert Band - Monday 1.15

Choir - Tuesday 1.15

Junior Strings - Wednesday 1.15

Senior Strings - Thursday 1.15  

Soul Band -Thursday 3.40


Groupcall Xpressions - School communications on your mobile phone

An exciting new service, Groupcall is now available to the school, making communication between us and yourselves easier and more effective.  A free app - Groupcall Xpressions is available for you to download to your phone or tablet.  Using the App will save the school the cost of a text by sending free messages.  The more parents who register the more the school will save when sending messages!  We will also have the facility to send emails direct to your inbox, saving time locating documents on the school website- so please ensure we have your current email address.  This free App will be used across all schools in Aberdeenshire (in time) and means that if you have children in various schools, all messages come to the same App. Click here to read the letter to all parents/carers explaining a bit more about the  Service. You can visit the Xpressions website to download the app here

Congratulations to our First Aider, Corrina Cox who was awarded with a  Long Service Good Conduct medal for 20 years service as a retained Fire Fighter.

Retained firefighters provide a vital service to the communities in which they live or work, providing fire cover to smaller rural towns within Grampian.

Corrina is one of only a few female firefighters in the North East, and is also qualified to drive an appliance.   She can often be seen running at full pace out of the school building , responding to a call that has just come through on her pager.

Well done Corrina, we are all very proud of you!

Congratulations Corrina!

Football News

Great result for our senior boys in the first round of the North East Cup. We won 6-1 with Sean Christie scoring a hat-trick. Other scorers were Ross Cornally, Jamie Thomson and Robert Clements.

Sponsored Walk 2017

Well done to all pupils and staff who took part in our annual Sponsored walk in what was rather unpleasant wet weather this year.  The walk starting at the school, took the route through Scolty, joining the Deeside way to Shooting Greens and back.

We are hoping to raise a considerable amount of money from what is the schools main fundraising event. In the course of any one school year, the vast majority of pupils benefit from the fund to some extent. Each session, virtually all of the money in the school fund is used up supporting pupil activities, and not surprisingly in a rural school most goes to cover transport costs.  Many thanks to the families who have already contributed.  Money is still being collected either at the office or in registration. Please make cheque's payable to ‘Banchory Academy Parent Teacher Association’

Last session, teaching staff were invited to contribute their ideas, experience and expertise to design a programme of activities for senior pupils to develop their study skills.This session, S5 study class teachers will deliver lessons on the following themes in order to enhance the quality of their learning in the Senior Phase :
1. Listening to learn, effective note taking, mind mapping

2. Proof reading

3. How to revise, active and inactive revision, memory techniques

4. Time management
5. Presentation skills

If you would like to view the resources and materials we will use to deliver these lessons, please click here.

Literacy across Learning: S5 Study Skills Classes

Literacy across Learning

A victory tonight for Thalia, Fraser, and Emma in the North of Scotland Public Speaking Competition after their great speech at Meldrum Academy. Next round is in March! Congratulations to the team from St Margarets who will be joining us there.

Public Speaking Victory

Interhouse Triathlon 2017

Congratulations to Ternan, winners of this years Interhouse triathlon. Team winners as follows:-


1st– Alex Grant, Ailsa Long, Andrew Milne

2nd – Cara Gordon, Sam Cormack, Lauren Smith

3rd– Callum Buchanen, Matthew Mair, Scott Dickinson


Ist– Alice Steven, Callum Smith, Jamie Liversedge

2nd – Jon Taylor, Tom Findlay, Duncan Stewart

3rd – Isla Yule, Tom Horrell, Izzy Thomson


1st – Sandy Shepherd, Matt MacKinnon, Callum Lechatellier

2nd – Erin Murphy, Gregor Price, Logan Johnson

3rd– Ross Johnson, Angus Rodger, Kane Noble

Click here to view photos of the event

Congratulations to Emma Holmes and Thalia Groucott for winning their debate in the EU Mock Council selection in Durham! We can’t wait to hear if they make it to the Mock Council in London.

Banchory Academy Debating Success