Albyn’s School Nurse To Deploy To Afghanistan
Sister Maggs Simpson is the school nurse at Albyn School in Aberdeen and a sergeant on 612 Squadron (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, a medical reserve unit based at RAF Leuchars. This summer Sister Simpson will be deployed to Afghanistan where she will be working as Ward Master in the hospital at Camp Bastian.
Sister Simpson, or Maggs as she’s affectionately known amongst the staff and pupils at Albyn, has over 13 years experience in the RAuxAF with 2 tours to Iraq as well as time spent in Gibraltar at the naval hospital. She has been the school nurse at Albyn since 2009 and has looked after the pupils who are aged from 2-18.
Maggs is also a mother of 2 and grandmother of 3 children and will be returning to Albyn after her deployment.
Dr Ian Long the Headmaster of Albyn says: “Those who travel overseas and put themselves in harm’s way to look after the sick and wounded deserve our wholehearted support. Maggs is a highly committed nurse who has been a great asset to Albyn School since her appointment. She will be missed by staff and pupils alike and we wish her a safe journey and speedy return.”
Lower 2’s Caterpillars Update.
The Lower 2’s at Albyn School have their science hats on this week because last Tuesday as apart of their current project, they had 70 painted lady caterpillars delivered to their classrooms. The caterpillars were only the size of a grain of rice and Miss Flaherty and Mrs Sutherland spent an hour putting their food into tiny pots and using a paintbrush to move each caterpillar into the pots- with a lot of squeeling from both teachers.
The following day the caterpillars had doubled in size (which was a great Maths lesson!) and the pupils can’t wait to see the cocoons starting to form. Check back for the next update!
Albyn FP Starts Her Own Business
Louise Baker, a former pupil of Albyn School and 2nd Dan, started her own club ‘Kunin Tang Soo Do’ in September 2009 after achieving success through the club whom she has represented at British, European and World championship levels. Louise and 4 of her students will be representing Aberdeen and Scotland at the London Open Martial Arts Championships at Dagenham, London on 29th May 2010.
Louise utilised her South African contacts to form the new club under the auspices of the Combat TSD association Presided by Grandmaster E. Jacobsen. Tang Soo Do is the ancient form of Tae Kwan Do. Disciplines at the competition include forms, weapons and sparring, team forms and team sparring.
She says “I am really looking forward to taking the students to their first competition and sharing the experience with them. They have been practicing very hard and I can’t wait to see them compete.”
Louise, who holds 68 competition medals from home and abroad, started her own club to enable her to put something back into the sport from which she has gained so much.
‘I really love passing on the knowledge I have gained and teach all ages from 5 (five) years old to adult’.
About the Kunin Club
The club currently meets every Wednesday at Exel Club in Dyce at 7pm and caters for all levels and ages from five upwards.
If you would like to join the club or wish to sponsor the team please contact Louise on +44 (0)7951044394 (mobile), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kunin.webs.com for more information.
Albyn Pupil In Aberdeen Swim Team Success
Rebecca Bews, an, UI pupil at Albyn School has returned from the Scottish national age group championships after winning the 200m and 100m butterfly races. Rebecca, along with her 6 other team mates returned with a 10-medal haul and six new national champions.
Well done Rebecca!
Debater Trophy Winners!
Emma Read and Jessica Knight, both UV pupils at Albyn School won the annual Debater Trophy at Robert Gordon’s College. They were voted the best team, beating Robert Gordon’s College and St Margaret’s. Each of the three independant schools had a junior and senior team in the final, the Albyn Junior team consisted of Sam Watson (UII) and Eilidh Webster (UI) who also spoke very well.
Albyn’s Golf Team Beats Torry Academy
Last night Albyn’s golf team played their first match against Torry Academy and won. The team consisted of UI and UII pupils:
Emma Read, Sam Reid, Mayon Patel, Jamie Wills, Chris Cooper, Nick Read and Fintan Mckenna.
Well done to all who played and this latest sports victory reflects how the sports at Albyn are going from strength to strength with a variety of opportunities on offer.
Nursery Nurses To Tackle Bennachie
On Saturday the 1 May 2010 a group of 9 members of staff from Harriet House Nursery at Albyn School will walk up Bennachie in aid of Cancer Reaserch uk.
The walk will take around 2 hours and they are hoping to raise around £1,000.
Albyn Team Wins Scottish School’s Championships 2010
On Saturday 24 April 2010 18 of the Lower 6/7 pupils at Albyn School took part in the Scottish Schools Championships held in Kirkcaldy with the Lower 6 girls winning their event. Over 1000 pupils ran and 100 schools entered.
All pupils ran exceptionally well with the Lower 6 girls finishing 1st in the Scottish team. Niamh Duthie came 4th, Alisa Duthie 5th while Milly Kinghorn, Chloe Purdie and Sophie Milne came 7th.
The L7 Girls finished 3rd with Kirsty Davidson 13th, Poppy Clayton Littler 15th and Kirsty Halliday, Gabriella Duncan & Elidh Duthie 40th.
The L6 Boys finished 12th with a team of Jack Masson, Etienne Dick, Tom Nash and Cameron Reyboz.
The L7 Boys finished 4th with Elliot White finishing 12th, Gregor Dewhirst 35th & Jack Mcconaghy 40th.
Well done to all who took part.
Eat Safe Award 2010
The catering staff at Albyn School have been awarded the Eat Safe award 2010. Albyn is only the second school in Aberdeen to have received the award.
The Eat Safe Award is designed to promote excellence in food hygiene and food safety management in catering establishments across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Senior pupils at Albyn School have won £3000 for their project in The Youth Philanthropy Initiative. The Presentation Evening for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative project was held on Wednesday 21st April 2010. The winning group gave the best presentation and was awarded £3000 to their charity. This year’s winning charity was Rape and Abuse Support (RASA). It is the second year running the group supporting RASA has won; the group consisted of UIII pupils; Bianca Laird, Freya Lawrence and Ennae McKnight.
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative is an international programme that teaches pupils about philanthropy and charity through hands on experiences of giving, which highlights the positive impact they can have on their community.
Pupils have been working in small groups to research the needs of their community by identifying a local charity they believe is best placed to make a positive change. Each group made a site visit to their chosen charity. During the process, pupils develop teamwork, communication and presentation skills as well as the technical skills needed for effective giving. Albyn is 1 of 10 schools in Scotland who are involved in this initiative this session.