Elgin Academy

School Notes Wednesday 4 November 2015

Novelties Book Group - Pupils in the Novelties group are excited about books and reading and are keen to share their enthusiasm with others. They will be interviewing members of staff this term about their favourite books and their first catch is Mr McWhirter in the Geography department. He will be interviewed by Jacob Holder, Logan Glynn and Jamie Rankin. Other activities are ‘Read This’ posters and Tweet-style book reviews.The group’s bloggers are Beverly Fox and Ellie Mackenzie and reports of all the Novelties’ events, activities and interviews are on The Novelties tab on the library pages of the website: library.elginacademy.co.uk/library/novelties-book-group/

Skate Boarding Club - The trail Skate Boarding Club that ran and the end of last term was a success. The club took pupils down to the Skate Park in Elgin giving them the opportunity to develop their skills under the banner of Elgin Academy and in association with Active Schools. The club is being developed during the winter break. During this time we will consider extending the club to include scooter and bmx enthusiasts as well. The aim after winter is to run the next session from spring to autumn again using the same format. This gives the pupils a chance to use the Skate Park that many of us fought hard to get.

Zumba Charity Event - Come and participate in the Zumba charity event on Monday the 9th of November 6.30-7.30pm. It promises to be amazing fun with instruction from Laura Stewart, Y Dancers, and sensational Staff!! All money raised will be donated to the Archie Foundation and CliC Sargent. This promises to be a fantastic, entertaining evening while raising money for two very worthy causes. All you need is comfortable workout clothes, water and energy to dance for an hour!Entry costs £4 Adult, £3 Students, with family group concessions. We hope to see you there!

Staff News – We have welcomed Julie Green to the school as Teacher of Support for Learning. Debbie Main has been appointed as Acting PT Modern Languages. Rachael Heptonstall has been appointed as teacher of Biology. Rachael currently teaches at Speyside High School, and will join us on 30 November 2015.

Sponsored Walk – Our sponsored walk at the end of last term has raised £5300. Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to all those who sponsored our students – your support is greatly appreciated.

Remembrance Assemblies – Remembrance Assemblies will be held for all year groups on Wednesday 11 November, with Senior History pupils presenting, with the support of our school, chaplains. The school will observe a two-minute silence at 11.00am, with S2 pupil Alex Hadfield playing the last post in the amphitheatre immediately after.

Charity Fundraising – Pupils and staff were encouraged to wear something pink on Friday 9 October in support of breast cancer research. This raised £207.