From understanding comes strength


Banchory Academy S6 Pupils triumphed in this year’s STEM in the Pipeline oil and gas industry challenge held at BP NSHQ this last week.

The teams took part in a series of challenging tasks to produce a field development plan for the fictional STEM oil field. The tasks covered subsurface work, production profiling, separator design, safety and the calculation of CO2 emissions.

The reservoir dogs from Banchory Academy took first prize, team wanderer from St Margaret’s school for girls in Aberdeen was awarded second prize and rigged for success from the Gordon schools in Huntly took third.  Congratulations to all who took part.

Banchory Academy triumphs at final of STEM in the pipeline challenge

As part of the outdoor learning opportunities Banchory Academy offers, a group of S1 pupils have been discovering, exploring & engaging with nature in a variety of exciting ways. These pupils are working hard to progress through the RSPB Wild Challenge Award. The award requires youngsters to help wildlife and explore nature whilst providing evidence of their achievements towards bronze, silver and gold awards.

The 7 S1 pupils have successfully completed their bronze award by doing such things as making toad holes, a small pond in our wildlife garden, log pile homes for insects, creating winter bird feeders and nest boxes. They have been learning about native Scottish wildlife as well as exploring trees, leaves, fungi and their local environment using all their senses. All their hard work has been recognised by the RSPB through the presentation of the bronze award and some wildlife stickers. The group are now well on their way to their Silver level of award and are getting ready for the ‘Big Clean Up’ of local woodland in January 2018.  Click here to read more about this years Outdoor Learning Groups

S1 Outdoor Learning News

The S1 & S2 Science Clubs attended the TECHFEST "Heroes of Tomorrow" event on Thursday 7th December at RGU in Aberdeen, where they experienced several workshops learning about Energy.  The main theme of the day was how they are our 'Heroes of Tomorrow' and how they will be the ones who will solve the Energy demands we will face in the future.  They took part in a tour of the Mechanical Engineering Dept and were shown various large pieces of machinery used to test materials, Underwater ROV technology and the Wind Tunnel which was being used to test new windmill blade shapes.  They also participated in a workshop where they worked in teams to construct the most efficient windmill blade design and tested them.  We were entertained by the London Science Museum who also attended with their Energy show, full of explosions, bangs and Electricity!  Finally the S2 Science Club presented their Bronze Award Project which they have been working on for a number of weeks on 'Ketchup', they received positive feedback and a fantastic goodie bag from TECHFEST for all their hard work.  A fantastic experience for our budding Scientists! Click here to view photos from the trip

TECHFEST "Heroes of Tomorrow" Event

This week’s computing science trip to Robert Gordons University went very well.  Students were very eager to get going and although the bus was 10 minutes late arriving, everyone continued to uphold the highest standards of behaviour.

The lectures themselves were interesting and the students listened when they needed to and participated when they needed to as well.  Banchory also won the vast majority of minor quizzes, questions and games, including most tweets.  As a finale, Banchory faced off against RGC in a family fortunes style quiz of their cyber security knowledge, and I am very happy to say we up held the fine tradition of beating the private schools 3:0

(Photo of  the moment we beat RGC!)

Cyber Security Lectures- RGU

Banchory Academy’s PTA is looking for a new Chair!

Banchory Academy’s PTA are always looking for new members and support from parents for the benefit of everyone within the Academy.  At present we currently have a vacancy for Chairperson.

We are looking for somebody to take over this challenging yet hugely rewarding role.

Please contact the  PTA Tresurer, Dave Freelove at the following email address for more info

At the end of last term, we said goodbye to a much loved member of staff, Mrs Davidson, our school librarian, after 35 years dedicated service to running our Library.  The house captains organised a pupil collection and presented Mrs Davidson with a bouquet and a beautiful earring and bracelet set. The presentation took place in our library, which will now be know as ‘The Patricia Davidson Library’. She will be sorely missed by all.

The End of an Era

U14’s  Scottish Play Football Game

On Friday 26th January Banchory Academy U14’s travelled to Levenmouth Academy for the 2nd round of the Scottish Plate.  Banchory started the game well with goals from Kyle and Morgan putting a 2 goal cushion into place early on.  However, Levenmouth started to come back into the game and a long-range effort followed by a second goal saw Levenmouth draw level, meaning they finished the first half as the stronger team.

After a halftime talk and reshuffle, Banchory once again started very well and pressed to find a winner.  An acute finish from Kyle put Banchory 3-2 up.  Levenmouth pushed to find another equaliser but Banchory held out and emerged victorious.

The boys will now face Inverness HS in round 3.

BA girls Running Club took gold (Ellie Littlejohn 3L1), silver (Isla Long 2L2) and bronze (Ailsa Long 1L2) at the Active Schools XC series at Knockburn Loch on Friday 26th January. They easily outran other local Academy entrants on the 3k trail course. Good luck with the other races in the series!

Cross Country News

Congratulations to Mrs Davidson, Mrs Burt and Mrs Paterson on receiving GTCS Professional Recognition for their work in the school to develop Learning and Teaching.  Presentations took place recently when all 3 staff received their certificates from Maria Walker, Director of Education and Children's Services.

Staff Awards

On Saturday 27th January, Banchory Academy’s U14 boys’ football team enjoyed a day out watching the Dons play Kilmarnock.  Thank you to the Don’s Day Out Team, at AFC, who helped organise tickets for us.  The boys really enjoyed themselves, and were delighted to see the Dons win 3-1.  A special thanks to Mrs Flaherty for driving the minibus to the match.   

Banchory Academy’s Dons Day Out

During December and January, all S2 Pupils worked in small groups creating and producing “Restaurant Quality” Starters.  Their brief was that, each starter had to be both local and seasonal.  Each class was then judged by local chefs and managers from local hotels who then selected winners for the Grand Final.  The Grand Final took place on the 30th January – producing some excellent food…enjoyed by all the visiting chefs.  The winning entry was ' Duo of Goats Cheese and Roast Pepper Tartlets, with a Winter Crunch Salad” which was created and produced by 2L1 pupils:-Holly Broughton, Niamh Duncan, Alice Lewsey, Eva Watt.  Congratulations to the girls…and indeed congratulations to all participants who made some wonderful tasting startersOur sincere thanks for all their support goes to the Banchory Lodge, Falls of Feugh and the Raemoir House.  We also extend our thanks to Logan at Deeside Photography for all the professional photos.  We know they enjoyed the tasting (!), but we can’t thank them enough for all the time they willingly gave in order to help us make it such a successful event for the pupils.  Click here to view photographs of the dishes prepare by the finalists

S2 Hospitality Enterprise

Poetry and Science Event

The English department and Science faculty are celebrating the successful learning of the whole of S1 through their experience of Poetry of Science! All S1 pupils watched a number of amazing experiments carried out by Dr Skellern and then created wonderful and exciting poetry to describe their experiences. In the English department we highlighted the importance of literacy skills across the curriculum at all stages of the process. Stay posted for the winners of the writing competition judged by members of the Science faculty.

Congratulations to Anna Fletcher on successfully completing her Bronze Crest Award.  Anna produced a fantastic report on Genetics – past, present and future.  Well done Anna!

Bronze Crest Awards Success

Last Month at Banchory Academy there was a very well attended meeting for parents to discuss some of the issues around drug issues in and out of our schools. Police, community learning and one of our GPs attended with information of support & the important message of keeping talking and listening to help young people make choices that minimise the risk of harm to themselves. Some useful sources of information were mentioned: - advises you what drugs do what (WNFO : Why Not Find Out) - gives advice on how to build resilience in your children and how to approach talking to to them about drug issues (or anything else) - local Aberdeen based drug support & information service, with an open phoneline for support of 01224 594700. They can help you deal with any issues around drugs & alcohol and can arrange counselling and support locally for yourself or those that you care for who have substance misuse issues.

Parents Drug Awareness Evening

The Online Application System for Nuffield Research Placements 2018 has now opened. The Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting Highers in 2018 & who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Computing, Home Economics/Food Technology, Psychology, Music Technology, Product Design, Technological Studies etc.). We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation & mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging. The placements help increase confidence & improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing & presentation skills. By working with professional scientists & engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. All applicants should have at least five National 5 Grade B or above, including maths, a science subject, & English or another humanities subject.


Nuffield Research Placements 2018

Many thanks!

'The school and Parent Council would like to thank all the parents involved in running this year's swimming gala. (Unfortunately not all parents made it into the photo - apologies!).

A fun day and a great atmosphere.  Well done to all the swimmers who took part.'

Swimming Gala 2018

Congratulations to Kerloch, this years winners of the Inter house Swimming Gala.  The champions for each age group are as follows:-

S1 Clara Bamford

S1 William Storer

S2 Isla Yule  

S2 Jon Taylor  

S3 Rhona Bowie  

S3 Ross Johnson  

S4-S6 Alicia Lumsden  

S4-S6 Ben Ferguson  

Many thanks to parent, Laura Bowie for organising the entire event and to all the parent helpers for their help on the day

Congratulations to Ellie Littlejohn (3L1) who braved extreme weather conditions to come FIRST in the S3 girl’s race at the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Cross Country Championships on Friday 16th March at Balgownie playing fields . All the girls who took part showed real grit and determination running so well in the conditions. Well done all!       

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Cross Country Championships