The photo below is the group of S1-3 pupils who participated in the Invitational Inter-School Athletics Championships at the Sports Village.
Last night was the YPI (Young Philanthropist Initiative) Final. Teams of S3 pupils represented 7 charities, Kayliegh’s Wee Stars, The Cyrenians, HorseBack UK, Children 1st, Home Start, MHA (Mental health
Last night we had our annual S6 Graduation Event in the Holiday Inn. The Ball Room was full with pupils, parents and staff. We were treated to music by Matthew Cole, Robert Ingram, Ruben Docea, Caitlin Buchanan and Ruth Gilligan accompanied by Rhonda Pirie. Our speakers David Innes and Neil Morrison were both excellent. However the real stars of the show were the Class of 2013. All sixth years received their Progress Files. Thirty three pupils were nominated by staff for the main award. The five runners up were Hayley Dalmon, Claire Milne, Ross Moir, Corstaidh Nicol and Euan Shepherd with Gemma Craig winning the main award as pictured below. Well done to all! SEE PHOTOS SECTION
Last night a team of S6 pupils took part in the regional finals of Young Enterprise 2013. The boys did really well and although they did not win they got an award for the best presented team. We are very proud of them for getting to the regional finals and know they enjoyed the experience. Well done! The team are below…..
Congratulations to Michael Dent and Rachel Venturini for winning the “Apardion” Fourth Year Community Awards. These were presented in the Fourth Year Leavers Assembly on Thursday 25 April. Well done to both who also receive £25 each from the school.
A big thank you to John Duncan and his team for all the activities during Comic Relief Week. They included amongst others staff/pupils sports, computer games, the talent show and fair on Friday period 4. The total so far is over £8000! Well done to all!
The quote below is from our Rock Challenge Guru, Maths Teacher Ros Campbell..........
"Putting together this years piece was even bigger than normal. The group of seniors really need to be congratulated on their efforts as it was all driven by them. In 12 years of this – I have never had such an amazing team, who really did work together as a team – and we all had great fun together. Also personally – I had Katy with me on the day – and every single one of them looked after her, asking her to join in, sitting with her for lunch, the boys playing rugby with her, taking her down the front when they were all dancing at the stage etc etc (even the 2 S3 boys chatted to her for a while). I don’t think sometimes we say out loud enough – what an amazing bunch of young people they all are. I am disappointed for them in not getting a higher placing. But the 3rd place they got………they earned that all by themselves, and I have never been so proud."
S2 classes have been enjoying “un peu de France” in their French lessons. Pupils have been learning about food and drink. Pupils have been offered a selection of French style breakfast foods – un croissant, un pain au chocolat, des crêpes with un jus d’orange or un jus de pomme or un milkshake. Pupils must ask for their food in French in a polite manner, they must not forget “s’il vous plaît”, “merci” and “bon appétit! (SEE PHOTO SECTION)
We are delighted to announce that just before the Christmas break Westhill Academy: Team WASP won the STEM in the Pipeline Challenge. The winning team is shown below.......
For futher infromation about STEM visit......
As usual we had an array of Christmas "head gear" on show along with a number of santa’s, elves etc. A great way to end the winter term and raise some money for Charity. Merry Christmas! SEE PHOTO SECTION
This year, as always, we held 5 services in
As part of the Intermediate 2 Cake Decoration course S5 and 6 pupisl produce a Christmas cake. The results would impress any baker and are really professional. Well done to all. SEE PHOTO SECTION! (Cakes 2012)
The School U18 rugby team, helped by 5 pupils for Alford won the Grampian Regional Bowl final last Wednesday 21st November. They beat Moray Schools by 66 – 5, a convincing victory!The team now go on to play Morrison’s Academy in the National Quarter final. Good luck lads!
The Library will host a Book Fair (21st November – 3rd December). We hope that all S1 - S3 pupils will have the opportunity to browse and purchase books for themselves or perhaps do some advance Christmas shopping for their brothers and sisters. There will be over 200 titles to choose from, including fantasy, thrillers, comedy and non-fiction. The book prices will range from £2.99 to £12.99.
Pupils will be asked to pay for items either by cash or cheque. Please make all cheques payable to SCHOLASTIC Ltd. With popular books – if a book is ‘sold out’ pupils can place orders and the books are usually delivered within one week of the Fair taking place. The Library will receive a commission on all the Book Fair items sold which will enable us to purchase books from Scholastic for the School Library – we will invite pupils to choose the books with the Library staff.
It is now possible to load money onto a pupils cashless catering card by visting the Aberdeenshire website. Go to www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/payschoolmeals and follow the instructions. Payments should arrive on the card in less than one hour!
A group run by Miss Lawson have organised various activitites today to raise funds for "Somebody Cares." They included a sponsored cycle, a food collection and a raffle with some excellent prizes. The pupils really got behind the day, particularly the food collection. Just look below at a part of the whole collection. Well done to all! The "Somebody Cares" website be can be accessed by clicking HERE!
Many pupils and parents will have picked up information about staffing changes. Neil Morrison and David Innes have both left us at the moment to take up positions as Acting Head Teachers at Portlethen and Fraserburgh Academies respectively. Judith Wight has rejoined the SMT as a Deputy Head Teacher and Sarah Colville replaces Judith as Acting Principal Teacher of Guidance looking after the "C" group. We wish them all well in their new roles.
The Senior Rock Challenge Committee have organised a fundraising Family Ceilidh on Friday 2nd November from 7.30pm - 11.30pm at the Ashdale Hall. There will be stovies provided, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase, face painting for kids and a raffle. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 for children under twelve with under 5's going free. Tickets are available from the school. With the Rock Challenge morals in mind it is an anti-drug and no alcohol event and no cars may be left overnight. Please come along and support us.
There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and diverse culture. That’s what the European Day of Languages (EDL) aims to celebrate - by showing people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them. At Westhill we are promoting the European Day of Languages by holding various activities throughout school from Monday 24th to Friday 28th September. All pupils can enter quizzes which they can collect from the library and return by Friday – there will be prizes! Posters will be displayed across the school promoting EDL. Pupils can enter a “Spot the jobs” competition by locating these in classrooms and complete a entry form. Tutorials will also be participating by completing quizzes over the week. Staff hope to meet and greet pupils in European languages! SEE PHOTOS!
Tim Ballie spent the morning meeting the pupils of Westhill Academy. Tim gave three presentations each to around 300 pupils in the school Games Hall. He explained his background in canoeing , showed re-runs of his semi-final and final medal wining performance and then answered a wide variety of question from pupils. Topics included why he had started canoeing, his training regime, technical aspects of the canoe and paddles and memories of his time at Westhill Academy. He then met with the Higher Physical Education pupils and spoke in more details about strengthening exercises, fitness training and his path to Olympic glory. His message was inspirational for pupils stressing the importance of hard work, dedication, resilience and perseverance. We were delighted to have Tim in Westhill Academy, the pupils really enjoyed the presentations and the chance to hear from an Olympic Gold Medalist. Tim was fantastic giving so much time to groups of pupils who wanted autographs and photos. SEE PHOTOS!
Tim Baillie, Olympic Gold Medalist and Westhill Academy former pupil, will be visiting the school on Monday 17 September. We hope as many pupils as possible will have a chance to hear him speak and see his Gold Medal. More details later.
Three of the "major trips" are available to S1 pupils. Pupils not on major trips will be able to choose from a menu of more local activities soon. Details of the major trips can be found by clicking HERE!
We're back and it's busy with new pupils, assemblies, a "fringe trip," Pupil Council etc. After a few days it's just like we were never away! The Dining Hall certainly looks busy in the first week!
As you will all know Tim Baillie won a Gold Medal in the K2 slalom class in the Olympics. Congratulations to Tim and his family. We hope he will be visting the school with his Gold Medal in the next few weeks.
The following story was taken from the Evening Express over summer....
WELL DONE LADS!
Karen Tremain, Michaela's mother attended the S6 assembly on Thursday 28 June. The winner this year is Ruth Gilligan from 6C - a very well deserved recipient. Ruth has been involved in music at school, local and national level and is an accomplished violinist. She helps are Brownies, in taking her silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and has a leading role in our Rock Challenge group. She is also academically very able with 7 Grade 1 passes at Standard Grade.
For those unaware Michaela was killed in a tragic car accident in April 2005 whilst in S5. The award is presented annually in her memory.
Congratulations to the S3 Athletics champions as shown below:
Class winners: 3D1 and 3C. Individual winners: Jonathan MacDonald 3D1, Robyn Aitkenhead 3D1, Hendrik Hurst 3C, Alex Lowe 3B. Runners up: Scott Thompson 3D2, Kirsty McNeil 3D1, Kieran Middleton 3A, Jessica Thomson 3?
2E won the lunchtime football competition.
The S4/5 school rugby team put on a brilliant and determined display at the U17 George Fairbairn Cup Final last week, and beat Duncanrig High School (East Kilbride) 24-12. This completes a very successful year for the team who have now won three trophies. This Saltire Cup will sit next to the Grampian District U16 Bowl and the U16 Grampian Seven’s Shield. Well done lads!
Thanks to all parents, pupils and staff for the attending the event in the Holiday Inn last night. Great event for a group of superb young people. The praise given was well deserved. Photos to follow.
Michael Carr, S5 has studied Geology this year and really enjoyed the course. As a thank you to Mrs Arno he baked a volcano cake complete with magma, lava and a vent. Well done Michael!
We reported in March about raising money for Friends of Anchor. Laura Hughson is below with the certificate she recieived for raising £125 - WELL DONE!
Tim Baillie, a former Westhill Academy pupil, has been selected for the London Olympics in the Canoe Slalom Team. Well done Tim we will watch with interest - our first medallist? Tim is the second person we are aware of, Euan Cheyne swam in the "Deaf Olympics" in 2010.
Around 20 Westhill Academy pupils took part in this event held at the Seven Incorporated Trades Hall in Aberdeen. Roughly half were presenters explaining what they had learnt about the energy industry in NE Scotland during the S2 Energy short course and the other half provided excellent music during the formal dinner. They were superb! The quote below is from the organiser........
"Your young presenters were greatly admired by the attendees and were the topic of many a positive conversation I have had since the event. The musicians were a credit to the musical staff, and I would appreciate if you would formally pass on my thanks to both the pupils and the staff for providing musical entertainment of the highest quality and carried off with great aplomb."
Photos will be available soon by clicking on the following web link Your Future In Energy Event
The S5 leavers are pictured below with their Progress Files - we wish them all the best.
As well as offering SQA qualifications some pupils also study ASDAN awards. These are available at three levels - Bronze, silver and Gold. This year we have Four Gold Awards! Well done lads! Daniel Bell, Andrew Wilson and Andrew Davidson are shown below with the certificates and celebration cake! (Macauley Middleton was the other successful pupil.)
On Monday the S4 Leavers Assembly took place. This is a chnace to say goodbye to those who do not return after the examinations and recognise the achievements of others. The maon awards this year for contributions to the school went to Emily Griffiths and Joe Steel. They are pictured below with their trophies. SEE PHOTO SECTION FOR LEAVERS AND OTHER AWARDS.
On Saturday, 24th March the
The following boys have all played a part in this team throughout the year;Calum Roy, Dean Marnoch, Jake Cowie, Andrew Mustard, Jake Forsyth, Callum Mackay, Tom Hutchinson, Lewis Milne, Kieran Reid, Ewan Mackie, Alan Grant, Lewis Murray, Gavin Sinclair, Callum McCaw, Sean Duthie, Scott Caldwell, Lloyd Shand, Tyler Reid, Simon Tierney, Daniel Sim, Jonathan Shaw, Jonathan Marples
Many thanks to G Ewing and
A team of 10 S3 pupils known as “les incroyables” participated in a competition organised by the Institut Français on Wednesday 21 March 2012. We were given 1 hour to complete questions about French speaking countries, culture, sport, general knowledge, cuisine and even our navigational skills of the
An audience of around 150 attended our Spring Concert. They were treated to a musical evening of fantastic quality and variety. This included singing from soloists and choirs and an enormous variety of intruments, in solos, duets, trios and larger groups. Well done to all pupils involved and a big thank you to our musical instructors and music teaching staff, Rhonda Pirie and Sarah Colville. SEE THE PHOTO SECTION.
Fiona Shepherd returned to school this week having spent eleven days in the Canadian Rockies. This involved a variety of visits and activities relating to "wildscape" tourism. Thanks to Westhill Rotary for making this possible. More details of the trip later.
Jonathan Macdonald and Mark Scott Kiddie, both second year pupils, completed a fifty mile cycle in aid of Sports Relief on Saturday. They were extremely efficient in terms of gaining sponsorship and will break the £200 mark. They started the cycle at 7.00 am and having a very foggy and damp start to their day, were shadowed by Jonathan’s dad in his car to give them protection from other vehicles on the road at that time. Their route was the circuit used for the cycle part of the triathlon event and they lapped this ten times. Their enthusiasm shone through and motivation carried them to finish where just after 12.30 pm at
A range of activities linked to Sport Relief have been taking place this week including a lunchtime Dodgeball event (Mon-Thu), a lunchtime performance by our Rock Challenge group, a Sport Relief conga/walk a mile, and a red carpet dress up event. We are already well on the way to raising over £1500 and hopefully after our final event next week we may over £2500. Everyone got into the spirit of things and went home with a smile on their faces. See more photos in the photo gallery.
Tom Hutchinson and Gavin Sinclair, S6, have been playing for the Aberdeen Schools’ Football Select again this year. They have now reached the semi-final of the Inter-district Championships which will be played on Monday, 26th March at Broughty Ferry Juniors FC. Tom also reached the final 22 players for the Scottish Select and narrowly missed out on the final Scottish Schoolboys’ Select. Having beaten Cults Academy 4-2 on Friday night the Westhill Academy Senior boys’ team are playing St Machar Academy in the final of the JM Low Trophy at Spain Park at 10.00am on Saturday, 24th March and the under 16s are playing Harlaw Academy in their final on Wednesday, 21st March at Dyce Junior FC at 4.15pm.
Throughout April parents, pupils, staff and anyone else associated with Westhill Academy will be eligible to purchase an Outdoor Experience Card for £10 (Usual price £20) from Tiso Aberdeen. £5 of this will then be returned by Tiso to the PTA. The card gives 10% off in-store at any Tiso, Alpine Bikes or Blues stores (Please note that a 5% discount applies to all bikes.) and online for 12 months. In addition to this, card holders receive exclusive monthly offers, event invitations, range previews and more. This applies to all products (including sale items), services, lectures and courses. Only Gift Vouchers and stamps are exempt. The discount will apply to any products or services bought at the same point as the card. More information about the card can be found by visiting the TISO website.
Around 80 parents attended the choice evening last night held in the academy. The presentation used can be accessed by clicking HERE. As always the first point of contact for parents and pupils with questions should the Principal Teacher of Guidance.
S1 and S2 pupils attended the
Many thanks to Rory McGregor (S6) who gave a thoroughly entertaining and informative presentation at a recent Parent Council meeting. Rory spoke about his participation in the Euroscola event – a 5 day trip to Strasbourg organised by the European Parliament and sponsored by Rotary Clubs across Scotland. Rory and 25 other young Scots (pictured below), travelled to Strasbourg where they spent 4 days immersing themselves in the language and culture, followed by at day in Parliament. There were around 500 young people participating from all over Europe and the day involved discussions, debates and quizzes – much of the time in French! Rory clearly had a fantastic time and has benefited greatly from this experience.
A small group of S3 pupils approached us to ask if they could do something to raise funds for Friends of Anchor - a charity linked to people with cancer and related illnesses. Working with Sarah Milne from Friends of Anchor the pupils did a coin collection on Friday 9 March (their thinking was now the canteen was cashless they would give people with cash a place where it would be put to good use). The group and the charity were delighted to raise around £125 on the day and we hope to pass this over to the charity next week.
On Thursday 8th March our school canteen went cashless. To obtrain items from the canteen (including pre-ordering food) pupils put money on their Young Scot cards. If the card has been forgotten pupils can use a PIN number. As the "pin" brings up a photo of the pupil at the till so it is not possible to use someone else's else's pin. Thursday 8 March. Our staff will take a few days to become familiar with the new system but early indications is that it is popular with pupils.
Thanks to all the staff and S6 pupils who contributed to making the Senior Ball such a great success on Saturday at Thainstone House Hotel. Photos can be viewed and purchased from this link. Senior Ball 2012
Each year we invite North East Student Money Advisors (N£$MA) into school to speak to senior pupils about managing their money after they leave school. N£$MA is a charity which also works directly with students who fall into financial hardship at College and University so they have a lot of experience of the significant difficulties some youngsters get into. Their sessions are very active and help pupils work out in very practical terms how to manage on a limited budget. N£$MA also runs a session for parents which is always well attended and very much appreciated. Below is a picture of Jim and Val who run the sessions. Over many years they have helped countless young people out of their difficulties and prevented thousands more from getting into difficulties in the first place.
S1 pupils in their RME classes have been looking into aspects of Fair Trade in the lead up to Fair Trade Fortnight. As well as the work in class the pupils asked if they could do presentations at assemblies and run Fair Trade stalls at intervals and lunchtimes. Every day during Fair Trade Fortnight the pupils have been selling a range of products and helping raise awareness of ethical trade. The stall was extremely popular and sales over the fortnight exceed and amazing £1000! Thanks to Miss Cain and Mr Montgomerie for all their time and effort in supporting the pupils to exceed anything we imagined possible.
On Saturday 18 February Westhil Academy took part in the NE Scotland Event of the Rock Challenge 2012 at the AECC. They finished a very creditable second behind Fraserburgh Academy with Kemnay Academy in third place. This year there is a Scottish Final in Dundee on Wednesday 13 June and we will be taking part along with Fraserburgh and Kemnay. Well done to all the pupils and staff involved. Photos are not allowed but a DVD of the event will be available for purchase in the near future.
On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 14 year old Beth McCaw (S3) competed, alongside 2012 Olympic medal contender Daniel Keatings, in the prestigious Scottish Gymnastics’ Championships. The first day is the All-Around and Team Competition. Beth competed in the Junior Section (14 and 15 year olds) and won Bronze in the All-Around and Team Silver for her club. She also qualified for all four apparatus finals on the Sunday. After the Saturday competition Beth had to be whisked back to
Thanks to the 100 or so parents who came along to the evenings for S1 and S2 parents. As you can see the presentations used can be accessed through the home page but also by clicking below. As always we had lively debate and the parental input is very much appreciated. We will be holding more events in the coming year.
Congratulations to the U16 rugby team who won the Brewin Dolphin Grampian Bowl on Thursday 12 January 2012!
Having already beaten Ellon 19-12 and
In common with all Aberdeenshire Academies our canteen will be going "cashless" over the next few months. We will do our best to keep parents and pupils informed of progress and how the new system will work.
In the meantime more details can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council website by clicking HERE
On the last day of term pupils dressed with a Christmas theme rasing money for Cash for Kids. See the photo section for a variety of hats and costumes. Thanks to all who took part.
As in previous years the school celebrated Christmas by running 5 services over 2 days in the
On Monday 20 December around 200 parents and friends of the school were treated to a festival of music with pipers, drummers, choirs, soloists, the concert band, string and guitar groups and ceilidh band playing an enormous variety of musical styles. The evening was throughly enjoyed by the audience pround to see their sons and daughters taking part. A very big thank you to Rhonda Pirie who organised and led the event. (See photo section.)
This year we seem destined to be second! We lost the final of North Sound Energy Quiz by 1 point and then last week came second in the "Stem in the Pipeline" Maths/Engineering Competition. Are we disappointed – YES. However 2nd out of 16 in the North Sound Quiz and 2nd out of 14 in "Stem in the Pipeline" are both creditable performances. Well done to all involved!
The "Stem Team" are below.
The BBC series Young James Herriot which ran from Sunday 18 December through to Monday 20 December starred Amy Manson as Whirly. Amy was a
Along with other schools many S2 pupils submitted portrait art work to Thorpe Molloy for judging and display in their offices. A web gallery of the images is available at http://www.thorpemolloy.com/artgallery/?tmr Around 7 pupils received commendation certificates which were awarded in tutorial. Well done to all. (SEE PHOTO GALLERY FOR WINNERS!)
Around 40 pupils and parents tried to solve the mystery of the murder of Sir Marcus, only one team succeeded. Great fun was had by all who came along - a murder to solve, raffle and quiz made the evening a success. Thanks to all parents, pupils and staff who helped. The cast are below with Sir Marcus already murdered and the family looking very happy about it! (SEE PHOTO SECTION.)
Westhill Rotaty link with Westhill Academy to support a number of projects many of which have been running for many years. One of these is called operation Shoebox in which pupils and staff are offered the chance to fill a shoebox which Rotary arrange to transport to support orphans in Rumania. This year around 30 shoeboxes were collected from the school by Rotarians.
On Thursday Westhill Academy received an honourable mention in the Scottish Parliament for the work it was doing to promote the Energy Sector through a short course in S2. The idea is to ensure every pupil in S2 has a basic understanding of the development of the energy industry, an appreciation that we have the global centre of sub-sea engineering on our doorstep and some knowledge of how the industry may move forward in the next few years. On Friday we welcomed Colin Black, President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dennis Robertson MSP and Christian Allard from the Community Council to see the S2 course in action. As a result of a set of very impressive pupil presentations on the industry we will be having further meetings to see what more we can do to develop our approach and further develop links with local industry. All of this follows on from a very successful and well attended careers event where many local companies were represented. We are aware that many local employers are not aware of the significance of the changes in the education system and we hope to invite them to an event early in the new year to offer information and answer any questions they may have.
On Thursday Westhill Academy welcomed Tam Baillie Scotland's commissioner for Children and Young People. Tam was in Aberdeenshire for the day and as part of his visit met our Pupil Council. A significant part of his work is to ensure Children and Young People know about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and have their views represented and listened to. He spent a considerable time listening to a range of issues the pupil council raised and left very impressed with the level of engagement and quality of discussion. Issues of identity, safety, access to facilities, employment, equality were raised along with questions of what his job entailed, how he was appointed and what he did the past. As a result of the work we have been doing with the pupil council and the visit by Tam the school will seek to do more to promote the UN convention on the rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Following our success in 2010 we have reached the final in 2011, having beaten Mearns Academy, Dyce Academy and Robert Gordons College on the way! Will we make it two in a row? Listen to NorthSound and see!
Every year the school must produce a Standards and Quality Report and a summary leaflet for parents and Aberdeenshire. These outline the school achievements over the previous year and plans for the future. Links to the 2010/11 documents are below:
(Paper copies are available from the school on request.)
The afternoon was organised by Techfest to help launch their "Sci-tastic" series of events. Sci-tastic looked specifically at how the "STEM" disciplines (Science, Technology & Mathematics) have a key role to play in modern society and have applications as wide as Dr Who, Mountain Climbing and Dance! Technip were helping to sponsor the events and so – as our key Industrial link – Techfest were keen to launch the event at Westhill Academy. Techfest commissioned a company called "Construction Skills" to come up with a STEM-based problem for 40 of our S2 pupils and as you saw they had to build a 4m tetrahedron by working on their own/in pairs and in ever increasing-sized groups. The pupils were fully engaged in the task and it was amazing to see how quickly they took ownership of the problem. Key Curriculum for Excellence skills were tested throughout the afternoon and the pupils definitely got a lot from it.
On Sunday 18th September (a very wet morning indeed) 24 teams and individuals took part in a triathlon event in Westhill. The event was a 400m swim, a 10km cycle and a 2.5km run – and could be completed individually or as a team. Winners received engraved trophies and are as follows (all Westhill Academy unless otherwise stated):
INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY: Junior Boys - Angus Grindlay Junior Girls - Robyn Aitkenhead Senior Boys - Matthew McPherson Senior Girls - Eilidh Prise (Cults Academy) Adult Male - Lewis Murchie Adult Female - Heather Cook
TEAM CATEGORY: Junior Boys - John Cowe & Tyler Strachan Junior Girls - Emily Berry, Isla Campbell & Amy Farquharson Junior Mixed - Rebecca Grainger, Jonathon McDonald & Liam Mitchell Senior Boys - Adam Blance, Daniel Barrett & George Wilson Senior Girls - Jessica Christie, Brogan Murray & Shannon Cruickshank Adult Mixed - Eva Prato Luna & Eduardo Luna (Cults Academy) Adult Male - Chris Cook & David Dunn
Well done to everyone who took part. Many thanks to Jo Munro and Jen McWilliam for organising the event, and all the marshalls, time-keepers and length counters who gave their time so freely.
(SEE PHOTO SECTION)
Aberdeenshire have produced a new leaflet for parents relating to adverse weather conditions. It can be accesed by clicking on the link below:
This year the award was given to Andrew Reilly for his contribution to the school through setting a fantastic example to others through his courtesy and good manners. A real gentleman. Andrew is below pictured with Michaela's mother and father along with other pupils who were nominated.
This really has been an amazing last few weeks of term with around 150 pupils in
Anna Oddie Principal Teacher of RMPS
John Morrison Principal Teacher of Computing
Joan Jowett Principal Teacher of History
Kathleen Davidson Principal Teacher Curriculum
Anne Marquiss Teacher of Art
Dot Moir Teacher of Biology
Joan Gilchrist Teacher of Business Studies
Ricky Marioni Teacher of Mathematics
We wish them all a long and happy retirement.
An oyster catcher has set up home in our school garden - they are a protected species so gardening has stopped for the moment - bang go my strawberries!
Around 35 Westhil Academy Seniors spent a day at Craibstone helping with the Kids Out Event, a "party" for disabled children from all over the North East of Scotland. Our pupils dress as clowns, paint faces and generally help the youngsters enjoy themselves. Thank you and well done to all who helped.
We welcomed around 160 Primary 7 pupils for the "3 day visit." This gives them a chance to find there way around and meet staff and new class mates before arriving in August as the new first year. As always for the pupils it is a lot of excitement mixed with a little nervousness! We wish them all well and look forward to them returning in August. (SEE PHOTO SECTION.)
Thursday 5 May was the night when 5 teams of S5 pupils competed for the YPI Award. This involves researching a charity, putting together a presentation with the aim of convincing the judges that the £3000 given by the Wood Group Family Trust should be given to your charity. All five teams did really well with the winners - Sam McNeil, Lisa Thompson and Harriet McBoyle shown below. Thank you to our judges Bill Burnett from the Holiday Inn, Graeme Duncan from Extreme Solutions and our own Judith Wight. Also thanks to the parents who came along to support the teams. (SEE PHOTO SECTION.)
Thanks to all the parents, staff and pupils for a great evening in the Trinity Church on Wednesday 5 May. This event is unique to Westhill Academy with parents, pupils and staff all enjoying the chance to celebrate the achievements of pupils before they leave us. We wish them all well! Joint winners of the Albert Thomson Award, Ailsa Collie and Rebecca Marnoch are shown below.
In the last two weeks we have awarded the prizes for contributions to the school comminuty for both S4 and S6. In S4 the winners of the Apardion Trophies were Sarah Williamson and Robert Ingram. In S6 the Albert Thomson Award was shared this year between Ailsa Collie and Rebecca Marnoch. Congratulations to all and thank you for the contributions you have made to the life of the school. (SEE PHOTO SECTION.)
On Monday 18 April Westhill Academy once qagain supported the Kemnay Charity Golf Texas Scramble. Two teams, made up of five pupils, two business partners and a member of staff took part. Although they won no overall prizes Lloyd Shand was nearest the pin on the par three,18th hole and received a Tesco voucher handed over by David Innes.
Ellen Main from 3A was highly commended in a Royal Scottish Academy of Art student competition. As a result her work is on now on display in the Royal Scottish Academy in Princess Street Edinburgh. Well done Ellen!
David Innes, Deputy Head Teacher presented Ellen's certificates in the Art Department.
The Drama Department have once again succeeded to present a high quality production in terms of acting, costumes, music and lighting. (SEE PHOTO SECTION)
The Spring Concert on Monday 21 March was a great success. The audience saw both quality and variety with both singers and players, individually and in groups. Bag pipes, drums, violins, guitars, brass instruments and our concert band all featured along with a variety of singing styles from choirs, trios to solo. Well done to all involved. (SEE PHOTO SECTION)
This was a great week with a variety of events, raising over £11000! Brilliant! Well done John Duncan and his pupil team! (SEE PHOTO SECTION)
The events that took place can be viewed on the following link RND2011
A Team from Westhill took part in the Giant Heptathlon at the University Sports Centre. We were not winners but it was good fun competition. Part of the team is shown below:
Following recognition of a project completed in Elrick Primary School three of our pupils were invited to the Scottish Parliament to recieve their awards. The day included a tour of the Parliament and then a presentation of prizes. Well done lads! (SCARF stands for Save Cash and Reduce Fuel!)
Liam Duthie, Jason Killman and Ewan Smith receiving their awards in Edinburgh.
The PE Department have organised short daily morning keep fit sessions from 8.30 - 8.50 am each day. Each day is different with boxercise, zumba, step, body pump etc. We are now at about 40 each day but are looking for more, please encourage you son or daughter to take part!
A large group of very proud parents and a very proud Head Teacher witnessed a fantastic show at the AECC on Moday 25 February. Westhill won the North East Rock Challenge heat for the second year in a row and are now hopefully planning a trip to the national finals in Grimsby in June. Well done to all staff and pupils involved. SEE PHOTO SECTION
A new link page has been added designed to help parents and pupils access useful websites. This will be built up over time.
As part of PE a number of seniors have been skating over the past few weeks, not quite Torvil and Dean but a start in the right direction! SEE PHOTO SECTION!
As part of their course the pupils in the "cake dec." class, as they call it, design and make a Christmas cake, the standard is amazing. SEE PHOTO SECTION!
Every year Guidance staf work with Senior Pupils teaching basic Scottish dancing. Not quite "strictly" but we do our bit! See the photos section.
Yes, I know, I did not know either! Myachi is a craze sweeping the USA, basically it is small elongated bean bag, filled with snad, that you throw and do tricks with. Our HE epartment is helping pupils make their own and then selling them for charity - £1 each. Well done to the Home Economics Department! See more in the photos section.
Congratulations to Anna Yeats, S1, who was selected as one of only eight National winners in the S1/2 Modern Studies Newspaper Front Page Competition 2010. Anne recived a certificate and a cheque for £20. Well done!
The Westhill Academy team of Joe Steel, S3, Hayley Dalmon, S4, Johnny Shaw, S5 and Calum Ritchie S6 were victorious in their quarter final moving to the semi's and final at Maersk in Altens, on Wednesday 3 November. Results a secret until the radio broadcast! YES WE WON!
The Westhill and Elrick Community Council presented 'AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY' to Elliott Pettitt in the Holiday Inn. Well done and well deserved!
On Thursday 8 September a team of over 60 pupils attended the first South Aberdeenshire Multi Sports Event at Aberdeen University Sports Village. Six team events made up the day with Atheltics, Table Tennis, Hockey, Badminton, Football and Basketball. Westhill were the victors in 4 of the 6 events and joint overall winners with Banchory Academy. Great day - well done to all who took part!
(See the photos section for more pictures.)
To make the school grounds safer the following will apply from the start of term.
The new signing will be complete in the next week or two including the addition of double yellow lines. Please help us to make the school grounds safer by following the new priorities.
This award was given to the school by Michaela’s parents following her death in a car accident in April 2005. Since then the award has been presented annually to recognise achievement in S5. This year the joint winners were Becky Menzies and Elliott Pettitt, both of whom have demonstrated amazing resilience and determination in tragic circumstances during the year, a lesson to us all.
A number of senior pupils have received “Lions Awards” through the Westhill Lions Club to recognise their contributions to the school and wider community. The winners were Robbie Elrick, Scott Moir, Greg Shand, Charlotte Smith, Jade Robertson, Danielle Allan, Clara Jane Irvine, Shona Thompson and Ashley Clark many of whom are pictured below, congratulations to all.
On Wednesday 9 June almost 50 S6 students helped at the Kids Out event at Craibstone. This is a party for disabled children organised by various North East Rotary Clubs. Our pupils work as "face painters," clowns and general helpers. The children have a great day and our seniors have the chance to support them and "give something back" to those less fortunate than themselves. Just look at the smiles!