On Friday of last week, Academy pupils and staff came to school in different clothes from their usual attire as this was a Dress as you Please Day to raise funds for the Stonehaven Flood Action group. The theme – suggested by pupils – was Wear a Onesie and there were many on view last Friday! House points for seniors and juniors were awarded to the best onesie with Rickarton winning the junior section and Fetteresso the seniors. With no S1 pupils in school, the day still raised a magnificent £715 for the Flood Action fund which is working to improve resilience for Stonehaven residents in the at-risk areas of the town
On Tuesday morning of last week, all the new S6 pupils who have applied to be a House captain delivered a short presentation to the new S2 pupils in their own house. The S2 pupils were asked to rate the seniors based on a number of factors and these ratings were used to help determine which of the seniors moved to the next ‘round’ – an interview for the post. Interviews started on Thursday and continued on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Acting Rector Mrs Jennifer Macdonald together with the Guidance teacher and Senior Management Team link with the House carried out the interviews. Pupils will know the outcome of the interviews before the end of session
Mrs Elaine Scott who teaches RME in the Academy has taken over the running of the chess club which meets on Fridays at lunchtime
On Monday of this week, all pupils in S3 who are studying Engineering and Graphics as their Technologies subject attended a presentation about careers in engineering, organised by Faculty Head of Technologies Mr Blair Paton. The presentation took place in the canteen because the Assembly Hall was required for concert rehearsals
Over the summer months, the canteen will be extended to provide more seating accommodation, and the two locker areas in the main corridor will be given a makeover with new flooring, new seating, a different layout and new lockers! Aberdeenshire Council is funding the improvements and the pupil project money raised by pupils over the past few years of Sponsored Walks will pay for the new lockers. Pupils were asked to empty their lockers by Wednesday of this week to enable checks to be made that all lockers are cleared before they are dismantled and scrapped before work can start
The Assembly Hall was packed to capacity on Monday evening for the Summer Concert and art exhibition. The audience fully appreciated all the talent on display both in the artwork in the foyer and by singers and instrumentalists in the concert
The annual prizegiving is scheduled to take place on Thursday evening with Carolyn Maniukiewicz of Ideas in Partnership the guest speaker who will also present the prizes. Ideas in Partnership is the company which organises the Careers fairs in the Academy and Carolyn has a long association with the school through enterprise events and the careers fairs
At morning interval on Friday of this week, farewells will be said to a number of staff who are leaving – for a range of reasons. Technical teacher Mr Blair Findleton is retiring, Art teacher Mrs Pauline Murray is retiring to pursue her artistic interests, Mrs Hannah Foubister who teaches Geography is leaving to move overseas with her husband who works abroad, Ms Ashleigh Norrie who teaches Art part time is leaving for a full time post in Aberdeen City and three of the probationer teachers are leaving at the end of their training year – Mrs Elaine Colliar from Modern Languages, Mrs Dawn Elliot from Maths and Mr Francis Scott from Physics. Principal Teacher of Guidance Miss Katie Arthur is also leaving to take up a 23 month secondment with Aberdeenshire Council about looked after children. Acting Rector Mrs Jennifer Macdonald is also retiring. Current and former staff enjoyed a farewell dinner last Friday evening.