Click here to view the photo Gallery from the annual Product Design trip to IKEA
and Glossbrook Engineering.
The students carried out vital primary research to assist them in the designing of
a dining room table or chair for a young professional market in the style of IKEA.
What's Popular in 2012?
Click here to view the list of top Twenty Authors borrowed from the school library
SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children’s Villages provide orphaned children around the world with a home, a
family and a mother in purpose built villages. Education, medical care and vocational
training facilities in the villages also support families and young people in the
surrounding area. As part of their Core Skills Communication studies, Clare Mowat
and Amy Morkel are leading the school into a sponsorship of SOS Children’s Village
Basse in The Gambia. A minimum of £240 each year needs to be collected: all of which
is used to support the village and all the children who have found a loving home
Read the noticeboard in the main hall or click here for the latest newsletter from
Town Hall Youth Cafe
The Youth Café is open from 7.30-9.30pm every Friday evening and welcomes all pupils
to come in for a warm up and a chat with the Youth Workers. Everyone welcome
Young Musician of the Year
Banchory Rotary Club held its annual Young Musician of the Year competition on Thursday
31st January. The new venue at Banchory Christian Fellowship Church was excellent.
The standard of playing for the fifteen pupils who took part was as high as ever
and the Judges had an unenviable task of declaring the winners. Read more here......
The 90kg Challenge is organised by Just Trading Scotland who have been involved in
fair trading initiatives with communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America for over
30 years. Fair trade is about helping farmers turn their smallholdings into thriving
businesses which can sustain resilient communities.
During Fair Trade Fortnight we aim to sell 90 kg of rice– that amount of rice sold
that would enable a Malawian farmer pay for a year’s secondary education for one
child. It only costs £3 For a 1 kg bag of genuine Kilombero rice from Malawi.
The Fair Trade groupwill be selling the rice during Fair Trade Fortnight at the
interval Fair Trade tuck shop on Friday 1st March, Wednesday 6th March & Friday 8th
March in the central hall. Click here for more info
The 90kg Rice Challenge
Starting Thursdays after school 4-5pm from Thursday 7 March. Aikido is a Japanese
martial art that uses locks, pins and throws to deal with attacks in a non-violent
manner. A parental consent form can be collected from the chemistry staff base door
and returned to Mrs Riddoch. A list of people preferring to train on Tuesdays is
also being made- names to Mrs Riddoch please
S1 and S2 AIKIDO Club
Asteroid Hunting: Astronomy Club News
On the evening of February 15th members of the Astronomy Club, along with family
and additional staff members, gathered in the car park of Glassel Hall hoping to
witness this once-in-a lifetime event.
Around 1600 primary and secondary pupils took part. Well done to all Banchory pupils
who participated. Joseph Wright & Leo Thomson finished 4th & 12th in the S1 race.
There were 6th & 7th place finishes for Rosa Hare & Orla Thomson in the S3 girls
race. Ewan McMillan was 1st in the S3 boys race. Eve Sealy collected a top 10 in
the seniors girls race with solid runs from both Daniel Rees & Ewan Kerridge in the
senior boys race. Well done to all.
UKMT Maths Challenge
Many congratulations to the UKMT Maths Challenge winners.
120 pupils from S3 and S4 sat the Intermediate paper this year. 36 pupils achieved
A particular mention goes to Laura Smith from S3 who achieved a Gold certificate
and the Best in School award. Read more here.....,.
Other gold award winners are Jordan Matthews, Scott Griffin and Damon Ogg.
Sports Colours Award
Congratulations to Tom Beeley who received a Gold Sports Colour for achievements
in Swimming. Recently Tom was crowned National Champion in both the 100m & 200m butterfly.
P7 Science & Technology Day 2013
Click here to view photos from last week’s P7 Science and Technology Day
Congratulations to the girls relay team who finished 2nd at the recent Scottish Schools
Athletics Association Relay Championships. The girls were Eve Sealy, Polly Christie,
Alisha Rees and Maddy Furnival.
Scottish Schools Relay Championships
Some of the S1 pupils in the Art and Department entered the annual Edinburgh Fringe
Festival poster competition this year with great success.
Helena Grieve’s (1M2) poster has been chosen as the regional winner for Aberdeenshire.
Both Hannah Griffiths (1M2) and Zoe Barton (1L1) have had their designs shortlisted
for the exhibition which runs from 24th May to 26th August at the Museum of Childhood
on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. There were over 5000 entries this year so very well done
to all 3 girls!!
Fringe Festival Poster Competition
A massive well done to the Greenpower race team of 2013!
Congratulations to Jovita Fawcett, Christopher Forbes, Rosie Getliff, Sam Groucott,
Calum MackIntosh, Jack Thomson and Andrew Ziegler of S4.
The team were up against it from the start of the project due to a very short build
time and driving an old version of the kit car that had to be heavily modified to
meet with current race regulations.
On race day things didn’t get any easier with a number of the drivers being tall
enough to come level with the rear roll bar. Last minute engineering was called for
and the car was adapted and deemed good for the race!
The car showed some promise in the early stages of the race and kept a solid pace
but after being clipped by another car on track one of the battery leads was damaged
and resulted in a loss of performance.
Undeterred however, the team pulled together to work through the issues and completed
the 4 hour race. The pupils maintained a positive attitude and demonstrated real
problem solving ability. After an exhausting race the team were given the ‘Spirit
of Greenpower’ award for their efforts in working together in a fast paced environment!
The whole team agreed that they had learned a lot during the event and came away
with some great ideas for a future entry.
Thanks also go to TAQA for their help over the course of the build and race.