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Albyn Review 2007-2009

All pupils have today received a copy of the Albyn Review 2007-2009.

Any parents wishing to buy additional copies of the school magazine should contact Miss Gemma Neal Admissions and Marketing Manager (g.neal@albynschool.co.uk).

Albyn’s Potato Growers!

Albyn’s busy pupils are trying their hands at a new interest- growing potatoes! The Lower 7 Science club has entered the National Potato Growing Competition, a competition for all primary school pupils in Aberdeen.

The Lower 7’s had to grow the potatoes from seed in special bags; they also chose their own compost, with one group using organic coffee grounds and another using chemical fertilizer. They watered them every week and on Friday 19 June 2009 the pupils weighed the potatoes and emailed the results to the Potato Council.

The winners will be announced in August 2009.

Aberdeen Music Festival Winners

A number of Lower School pupils at Albyn School have taken part in the recent Aberdeen Music Festival held on the 12 June 2009. Adam Auchie, a Lower 4 pupil took first place in the under 11 sections and solo piano section. Ngoni Masiyakurima and Daniel Michie, a Lower 4 and Lower 3 pupil took first place in their sections. Findlay Douglas, a Lower 7 pupil won both of his classes with the Sopranino recorder.

Additionally, a number of Lower 4 and Lower 5 pupils have been selected for the National Youth Choir of Scotland: Jo Littlewood, Stephanie Walker and Zoe Walker.

This is a fantastic achievement from our Lower School pupils. Well done!

Albyn Tennis Teams Win North East Cup

Senior girls at Albyn School in Aberdeen yesterday competed in and won the North East Tennis Cup for the third consecutive year. The competition is for S1-S4 and took place at Countesswells tennis courts. This year the Cup was contested between Albyn School, Robert Gordon’s College and St Margaret’s School For Girls.

The Albyn team was a new senior team, with 3 new doubles partnerships and the girls played a competitive fixture for the first time. Of particular note was the performance of Rosie Henderson, an Upper IV pupil and Claire Munro, an Upper III pupil, their coach Mr Allan said: “They were outstanding and did not lose a match, It was the best that I have seen these two girls play”.

First Couple: Rosie Henderson & Claire Munro
Second Couple: Emma-Jane Curtis & Ellie Cohen
Third Couple: Alexa Thomson & Katie Booth

Well done!

End of Term Arrangements 2009

End of Term Arrangements – June 2009

As the academic year draws towards its close, I am writing to outline the changes to the usual School routines that take place in the last week of term. As the Upper School Closing Ceremony takes place at the Beach Ballroom, this means that some arrangements slightly differ from previous years.

Monday 22 June 2009:
The Upper School will be dismissed at 3.15 pm with the exception of the Upper VI girls.

Wednesday 24 June 2009:
The Upper School will have timetabled classes until 12.45 pm. They will then be dismissed for the rest of the day.

Thursday 25 June 2009:
Upper School pupils must arrive at the Beach Ballroom (not the School) for 9.00 am to attend the final rehearsal of the Closing Ceremony. Parking will be available beside the Beach Ballroom and in the overflow car parks nearby. As in previous years, pupils will then be dismissed after the rehearsal. If you usually collect your son or daughter, please arrange to meet them at the Beach Ballroom at 10.30 am.

The Closing Ceremony begins at 2.00 pm so all pupils, except the Upper VI, must be seated in the Beach Ballroom by 1.40 pm at the latest. Dress for the occasion is white shirt, tie and kilt or trousers for the boys. Blazers should be deposited in the cloakrooms. Upper VI pupils will assemble in the Northern Lights room of the Beach Ballroom complex at 1.40 pm.

Term ends immediately after the Ceremony at around 4.00 pm.

I look forward to welcoming you at this final event of the School year.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Dr Long
Headmaster

Charity Cycle

Two of Albyn’s Upper I pupils took part in a charity cycle on Sunday 14 June 2009. Samuel Gilbert and Kris Anderson completed the 25 mile Inverurie Cycle Ride. The scenic 25-mile route begins at Kellands Park in Inverurie, and then heads via Chapel of Garioch, Bennachie, Pitfichie and Monymusk, returning returning to the start via Fetternear and Burnhervie.

Samuel Gilbert raised money for Childline and Kris Anderson for CLIC Sargent. This is the first time they have attempted such an event and cycled together as a team. This was a fantastic achievement on a challenging course.

Well done!

Learning For Life Awards

On Tuesday 16 June 2009 three of Albyn’s Upper I pupils were invited along to The Scottish Parliament for the exhibition of the Learning for Life Poster awards. Paige Payne was awarded 3rd prize in the top category and Bethan Walters and Tiam Sahraie were awarded runners up certificates.

The Learning for Life Values Poster Award started in 2005 and aims to enable students to reflect on human qualities such as enthusiasm, courage, honesty, generosity, trust and perseverance. The students have to complete a poster template with a personal reflection section that helps them pull their themes together under the headings of Personal Development, Principles for Successful Living, From Obstacles to Opportunities and Relationships with Others.

The Learning for Life Values Poster Award is an extension of Sir John Templeton’s project Laws of Life which has inspired students from around the world to write about the qualities they most value and formulate their own laws of life based on their own experiences and insights.

Scottish Schools Championship Qualifications

On Saturday 13th June 2009, Albyn had 9 senior pupils who qualified for the Scottish Schools Championships. Ellie Buchan, an Upper IV pupil finished 3rd in the final of the Under 17 800m. Ellie Buchan and Caitlin Dawson (an Upper III pupil) both finished 3rd in their heats of 300m and both competed in the final finishing 5th and 8th. This was a particularly impressive achievement having 2 athletes from the same school in the final!

Lindsay Young, an Upper II pupil finished 2nd in her 100m and 200m heats and finished 4th overall in the final. Abbie Buchan, an Upper II pupil, finished 5th in the long jump final and Brooklyn Sheehan, an Upper II pupil finished 6th in the hurdles final.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Winners

This session, the whole of Upper III took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) project in the second term. The pupils were placed into groups of four for the project. The YPI Co-ordinator, James Townsend, visited the School in January and spoke to the pupils about Philanthropy and how each person can play an important part in contributing to the work of small local charities in Aberdeen.

The pupils identified local social issues which are considered to be a problem or relevant to the North East area and then produced a mission statement for their project. Considerable research was carried out on local charities before the groups decided on the particular charity which they would promote. The ten groups selected the following charities to research more fully – VSA, Linn Moor School, Crossroads, Caring for Carer, Drugs Action, Newton Dee Village, the Rape and Abuse Support, VSA, Richmondhill House, Gateway @Credo Coffee shop, Aberdeen Lads Club and two groups focused on Grampian Women’s Aid.

The pupils prepared a 5 minute Presentation on the work of their chosen charity for an audience and a group of judges. The prize for the best presentation was a cheque for £3,000 to the pupils’ charity with the money being donated by Sir Ian Wood of Wood Group. Ten schools in the North East are participating in this initiative this year and the Wood trust is donating money to all the YPI projects.

The preparation and professionalism of all the presentations was amazing and the judges had a very difficult task to decide on one charity to benefit from the award. The team supporting the Rape and Sexual Abuse project were successful in being awarded the prize of £3,000. The girls, Lucy Minty, Fenella Ross, Rachel Buyers and Julie Marshall were absolutely delighted to hand the very large cheque to Rape and Abuse Support. Karen Henderson from the charity said: “We were absolutely delighted to win £3,000 and everyone at Rape and Abuse Support will benefit by being able to train new volunteers and reduce our waiting list, our statistics show that as a result of this we will now be seeing clients sooner and on a regular basis”.

One of the Upper III pupils commented that the YPI project was good because: “we have the ability to make a difference to a charity”. Some pupils intend to find out about the progress of their chosen charity over the coming months.

Albyn Competes In Regatta

On Saturday 6 June 2009, the UI rowing squad raced as two quad sculls against a number of local schools. After winning three of their four races, the A team came second overall at the end of season regatta and the B team came close behind them. The A team of (Peter Haugh, Sam Gilbert, Matt Carter and Tiam Saharie) beat Cults C team and Hazelhead/Harlaw/Kincorth select A team)

Albyn B team of (Dan McKnight, Tom Falconer, Kris Anderson and Nic Read) beat Harlaw’s A team and won overall against Bankhead/Cults.

Well done to them on their first competitive regatta.

 

(photos by Ron Wallace)

Albyn Review 2007-2009

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

All pupils have today received a copy of the Albyn Review 2007-2009.

Any parents wishing to buy additional copies of the school magazine should contact Miss Gemma Neal Admissions and Marketing Manager (g.neal@albynschool.co.uk).

Albyn’s Potato Growers!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Albyn’s busy pupils are trying their hands at a new interest- growing potatoes! The Lower 7 Science club has entered the National Potato Growing Competition, a competition for all primary school pupils in Aberdeen.

The Lower 7’s had to grow the potatoes from seed in special bags; they also chose their own compost, with one group using organic coffee grounds and another using chemical fertilizer. They watered them every week and on Friday 19 June 2009 the pupils weighed the potatoes and emailed the results to the Potato Council.

The winners will be announced in August 2009.

Aberdeen Music Festival Winners

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

A number of Lower School pupils at Albyn School have taken part in the recent Aberdeen Music Festival held on the 12 June 2009. Adam Auchie, a Lower 4 pupil took first place in the under 11 sections and solo piano section. Ngoni Masiyakurima and Daniel Michie, a Lower 4 and Lower 3 pupil took first place in their sections. Findlay Douglas, a Lower 7 pupil won both of his classes with the Sopranino recorder.

Additionally, a number of Lower 4 and Lower 5 pupils have been selected for the National Youth Choir of Scotland: Jo Littlewood, Stephanie Walker and Zoe Walker.

This is a fantastic achievement from our Lower School pupils. Well done!

Albyn Tennis Teams Win North East Cup

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Senior girls at Albyn School in Aberdeen yesterday competed in and won the North East Tennis Cup for the third consecutive year. The competition is for S1-S4 and took place at Countesswells tennis courts. This year the Cup was contested between Albyn School, Robert Gordon’s College and St Margaret’s School For Girls.

The Albyn team was a new senior team, with 3 new doubles partnerships and the girls played a competitive fixture for the first time. Of particular note was the performance of Rosie Henderson, an Upper IV pupil and Claire Munro, an Upper III pupil, their coach Mr Allan said: “They were outstanding and did not lose a match, It was the best that I have seen these two girls play”.

First Couple: Rosie Henderson & Claire Munro
Second Couple: Emma-Jane Curtis & Ellie Cohen
Third Couple: Alexa Thomson & Katie Booth

Well done!

End of Term Arrangements 2009

Friday, June 19th, 2009

End of Term Arrangements – June 2009

As the academic year draws towards its close, I am writing to outline the changes to the usual School routines that take place in the last week of term. As the Upper School Closing Ceremony takes place at the Beach Ballroom, this means that some arrangements slightly differ from previous years.

Monday 22 June 2009:
The Upper School will be dismissed at 3.15 pm with the exception of the Upper VI girls.

Wednesday 24 June 2009:
The Upper School will have timetabled classes until 12.45 pm. They will then be dismissed for the rest of the day.

Thursday 25 June 2009:
Upper School pupils must arrive at the Beach Ballroom (not the School) for 9.00 am to attend the final rehearsal of the Closing Ceremony. Parking will be available beside the Beach Ballroom and in the overflow car parks nearby. As in previous years, pupils will then be dismissed after the rehearsal. If you usually collect your son or daughter, please arrange to meet them at the Beach Ballroom at 10.30 am.

The Closing Ceremony begins at 2.00 pm so all pupils, except the Upper VI, must be seated in the Beach Ballroom by 1.40 pm at the latest. Dress for the occasion is white shirt, tie and kilt or trousers for the boys. Blazers should be deposited in the cloakrooms. Upper VI pupils will assemble in the Northern Lights room of the Beach Ballroom complex at 1.40 pm.

Term ends immediately after the Ceremony at around 4.00 pm.

I look forward to welcoming you at this final event of the School year.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Dr Long
Headmaster

Charity Cycle

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Two of Albyn’s Upper I pupils took part in a charity cycle on Sunday 14 June 2009. Samuel Gilbert and Kris Anderson completed the 25 mile Inverurie Cycle Ride. The scenic 25-mile route begins at Kellands Park in Inverurie, and then heads via Chapel of Garioch, Bennachie, Pitfichie and Monymusk, returning returning to the start via Fetternear and Burnhervie.

Samuel Gilbert raised money for Childline and Kris Anderson for CLIC Sargent. This is the first time they have attempted such an event and cycled together as a team. This was a fantastic achievement on a challenging course.

Well done!

Learning For Life Awards

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

On Tuesday 16 June 2009 three of Albyn’s Upper I pupils were invited along to The Scottish Parliament for the exhibition of the Learning for Life Poster awards. Paige Payne was awarded 3rd prize in the top category and Bethan Walters and Tiam Sahraie were awarded runners up certificates.

The Learning for Life Values Poster Award started in 2005 and aims to enable students to reflect on human qualities such as enthusiasm, courage, honesty, generosity, trust and perseverance. The students have to complete a poster template with a personal reflection section that helps them pull their themes together under the headings of Personal Development, Principles for Successful Living, From Obstacles to Opportunities and Relationships with Others.

The Learning for Life Values Poster Award is an extension of Sir John Templeton’s project Laws of Life which has inspired students from around the world to write about the qualities they most value and formulate their own laws of life based on their own experiences and insights.

Scottish Schools Championship Qualifications

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

On Saturday 13th June 2009, Albyn had 9 senior pupils who qualified for the Scottish Schools Championships. Ellie Buchan, an Upper IV pupil finished 3rd in the final of the Under 17 800m. Ellie Buchan and Caitlin Dawson (an Upper III pupil) both finished 3rd in their heats of 300m and both competed in the final finishing 5th and 8th. This was a particularly impressive achievement having 2 athletes from the same school in the final!

Lindsay Young, an Upper II pupil finished 2nd in her 100m and 200m heats and finished 4th overall in the final. Abbie Buchan, an Upper II pupil, finished 5th in the long jump final and Brooklyn Sheehan, an Upper II pupil finished 6th in the hurdles final.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Winners

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

This session, the whole of Upper III took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) project in the second term. The pupils were placed into groups of four for the project. The YPI Co-ordinator, James Townsend, visited the School in January and spoke to the pupils about Philanthropy and how each person can play an important part in contributing to the work of small local charities in Aberdeen.

The pupils identified local social issues which are considered to be a problem or relevant to the North East area and then produced a mission statement for their project. Considerable research was carried out on local charities before the groups decided on the particular charity which they would promote. The ten groups selected the following charities to research more fully – VSA, Linn Moor School, Crossroads, Caring for Carer, Drugs Action, Newton Dee Village, the Rape and Abuse Support, VSA, Richmondhill House, Gateway @Credo Coffee shop, Aberdeen Lads Club and two groups focused on Grampian Women’s Aid.

The pupils prepared a 5 minute Presentation on the work of their chosen charity for an audience and a group of judges. The prize for the best presentation was a cheque for £3,000 to the pupils’ charity with the money being donated by Sir Ian Wood of Wood Group. Ten schools in the North East are participating in this initiative this year and the Wood trust is donating money to all the YPI projects.

The preparation and professionalism of all the presentations was amazing and the judges had a very difficult task to decide on one charity to benefit from the award. The team supporting the Rape and Sexual Abuse project were successful in being awarded the prize of £3,000. The girls, Lucy Minty, Fenella Ross, Rachel Buyers and Julie Marshall were absolutely delighted to hand the very large cheque to Rape and Abuse Support. Karen Henderson from the charity said: “We were absolutely delighted to win £3,000 and everyone at Rape and Abuse Support will benefit by being able to train new volunteers and reduce our waiting list, our statistics show that as a result of this we will now be seeing clients sooner and on a regular basis”.

One of the Upper III pupils commented that the YPI project was good because: “we have the ability to make a difference to a charity”. Some pupils intend to find out about the progress of their chosen charity over the coming months.

Albyn Competes In Regatta

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

On Saturday 6 June 2009, the UI rowing squad raced as two quad sculls against a number of local schools. After winning three of their four races, the A team came second overall at the end of season regatta and the B team came close behind them. The A team of (Peter Haugh, Sam Gilbert, Matt Carter and Tiam Saharie) beat Cults C team and Hazelhead/Harlaw/Kincorth select A team)

Albyn B team of (Dan McKnight, Tom Falconer, Kris Anderson and Nic Read) beat Harlaw’s A team and won overall against Bankhead/Cults.

Well done to them on their first competitive regatta.

 

(photos by Ron Wallace)

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