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Term Four

Our school managed to raise £1,140 for Comic Relief, we raised this money by selling cakes and bakes, dressing down, and splatting our teachers even while they were dressed up as pupils.  We want to thank everyone for donating to help Comic Relief, and even more thanks to the local businesses who donated products to make this day happen: Deelicious, Ride, Tesco, Morrisons, Co-op, Birdhouse, Chatterbox and Continental Cream. We are hoping that our contribution towards Comic Relief will benefit people in developing countries and the UK by improving healthcare, education, housing and tackling gender inequality.

by Emily Mauchline and Jena Grange S3

Comic Relief News - Many thanks

A BIG thank you to all those who purchased duck numbers in aid of the Across Scotland Team, raising money for Banchory Academy PTA and The Number One community cafe.
The winning Duck was bought by Michelle Hinde who won £100, 2nd place and £50 went to Lesley Miller and 3rd deuck over the line was bought by Helen Cowie, she won £25.
A total of £565 was raised at the event by The Across Scotland Team.

Fundraising Duck Race

Congratulations to S4 pupil Tom Blackhall who has been selected to play for the Scotland Blues U16 Rugby Team, this finishes with a 10 day tour of Wales.

The festival will be held at locations across Wales, where the Scots will play fixtures against several Welsh teams including the Ospreys, Scarlets, Dragons, Blues and RGC.

The philosophy behind the festival - which runs from 15 April to 24 April - is to enable players to develop their individual and team performance.

Good Luck Tom!

Rugby News

This year’s Science Festival once again provided the pupils at Banchory Academy and the cluster Primary Schools with an opportunity to showcase their Scientific talents.  With over 45 stalls and around 300 visitors we celebrated all things scientific, from robots to microbiology, from memory tests and hand steadiness to satellites and neutrinos our pupils once again did themselves (and their teachers) proud. Thank you to all the participants for all their hard work in putting together a night to remember. See you in 2021!

Click here to view a photo gallery of the night

Science Festival

This year our HE S2 Enterprise Challenge has had a revamp - after a number of years giving the pupils a brief around  designing a starter for a meal we have changed to an item for inclusion in an afternoon tea menu. The focus of each dish was to include local and seasonal ingredients and the dishes were judged by local chefs, selecting class winners who  remade their dishes (with professional advice) to get a final winning dish.

The quality of the dishes was so high the judges were unable to pick 1 dish so our joint winner are

Femke Andrew, Katie Donaldson, Zainab Haque, Buntu Ndlovu  with their Spiced Apple Macaroons  (2K1)

Emily Franks, Bethan Sutter, James Scott with their Savoury Jammy Dodger  (2T2)

Our sincere thanks go to the Raemoir Hotel/Ethan, The Cowshed/ Sacha, Mrs C Horsfall and Mrs E.A. Horsfall for all their help with the project . A special thanks go to Logan at Deeside Photography for the amazing photos and all his advice to pupils. Thank you all for being so generous with your time and making the event so beneficial for the pupils. Click here to view photo gallery of all the dishes

S2 Enterprise 2019

Last week, a group of S2 pupils took a trip down to Banchory Lodge in the beautiful sunshine.  Upon arrival, Morag (General Manager) gave a tour of some of the fantastic rooms and also a new converted horse box which has been made into a portable bar for weddings.  The pupils were then given an ice cream to cool down before heading to the stone oven where Head Chef Scott oversaw as the pupils created their own delicious pizzas.  

The pupils had a great time and the weather was superb.  Many thanks to Morag and Scott and all at the Banchory Lodge!

S2 Banchory Lodge Visit

Banchory Academy claimed a number of successes last weekend at the Scottish Orienteering Championships, held in Dumfriesshire.

S2 pupil Catriona Chapman won the Scottish Championship in the W14 age class at the individual event at Dalbeattie on Saturday 25th.  S6 pupil Eilidh Campbell won the W18E class and former pupil Joe Wright won the M20E class.

On Sunday 26th, the Scottish Relay Championships were held at Drumlanrig castle and a team of S2 pupils Jonas Newey and Catriona Chapman, along with Mearns academy pupil Adam Barrie, won bronze in the older of the two junior age classes (for teams with a combined age class of less than 44).  S6 pupils Kirsty and Eilidh Campbell were overall age-class champions in a team with Aboyne academy pupil Matthew Gooch.

Banchory Success at the Scottish Orienteering Championships

Higher/Nat 5 Art & Design Return of Coursework

Unless you have received a letter stating that the Art Department has requested the return of work, please Click here to visit the SQA website to fill in the SQA ‘Return of work’ form.  The closing date for request forms is 25th September 2019.

A reminder that SDS careers advisers are available for post school support for leavers - please contact Christine at her email address:- or mobile 07900 980656

Skills Development Scotland Careers Advice for Leavers

Rotary Club Creative Writing Competition

Congratulations to 3 S4 pupils who were this years Rotary club creative writing competition winners. First place went to Zoe Conway, 2nd to Archie Blackhall and 3rd Naoise Scott.

Photo shows winners receiving their prize from Banchory Rotary club president, Harry McNab

My World of Work is the web based programme written by Skills Development Scotland to support employability skills & the development of career ideas.  Mrs Bruce (Kerloch Guidance) is recruiting S3 pupils to become my WOW ambassadors.  Pupils will be trained to provide support to others to use the myWOW website.  The group’s aim is support parents, pupils & staff to use the website more effectively so that young people can become more confident with their career ideas.  S3 volunteer students will be trained on 19th June by Elizabeth Dumbell & will gain confidence and the necessary skills to become leaders within the school.  The young people can use this experience towards volunteering or wider achievement awards.  Click here for an application form -please return to Mrs Bruce in the Guidance office.

New - My WOW Ambassador programme

Congratulations to the U15’s Football Team, the boys secured a win against Alford Academy and won the Aberdeenshire Council Cup.  Goals were scored by Jack McKeown, Kyle Corbett and Conor Sibson.  All the boys played really well and were well supported by Tom Findlay, official coach for the final!  Thank you to our sponsors, Raeburn Christie and Rotary Club of Banchory- Ternan and to everyone who came and supported.  The boys will celebrate their victory with bowling, mini golf and pizza at the end of term.  Well done boys, all your hard work and dedication has paid off!

S3 Boys Football Success