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Albyn Named Top Independent School in Aberdeen 2014

Albyn School has ranked as the top independent school in Aberdeen for the fourth consecutive year, according to The Sunday Times, November 2014.

The Sunday Times annual Parent Power Survey listed the top Scottish fee-paying secondary schools for their performance in Nat 5/Intermediate2 and Higher/ Advanced Higher Examinations last summer. Based on the 2014 examination results, Albyn School was rated as the 13th highest achieving Independent school in Scotland and shows Albyn School achieved the best results in Aberdeen with 73.1% of Higher and Advanced Higher papers being awarded an A or B grade and 79.9% of National 5 and Intermediate 2 papers being awarded an A grade.

Dr Long, Headmaster of Albyn said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of pupils and staff recognised at a national level and I commend them all for their commitment and dedication. Albyn continues to prepare its young people for the challenges of tomorrow with the introduction of a new Lower School Library, Performing Arts Studio, Fitness Studio and Senior Study Centre.”

Adobe icon Sunday Times School Rankings 23-11-2014

2014 2013 School Town Highers/Adv
Highers
(%A/B)
Nat 5/
Int2
(%Grade A)
 1 2 The Mary Erskine School Edinburgh 83.7 88.0
2 1 George Heriot’s School Edinburgh 85.8 75.0
3 3 The High School of Glasgow Glasgow 85.8 71.8
 4 18 Kilgraston Bridge of Earn 78.5 82.0
 5 9 St Columba’s School Kilmacolm 77.9 81.8
 6 16 Dollar Academy Dollar 77.8 79.1
7 4 St Aloysius’ College Glasgow 79.1 76.0
 8 6 The Glasgow Academy Glasgow 78.9 75.0
9 5 Stewart’s Melville College Edinburgh 81.2 70.1
10 14 St Mary’s Music School Edinburgh 85.9 59.6
 11 10 High School of Dundee Dundee 80.7 68.4
12 7 Hutchesons’ Grammar School Glasgow 77.4 74.8
 13 12

Albyn School

Aberdeen

73.1

79.9

14 19 Robert Gordon’s College Aberdeen 76.1 71.7
15 17 Fernhill School Glasgow 70.1 81.6
16 22 St Margaret’s School for Girls Aberdeen 72.7 75.7
17 8 Craigholme School Glasgow 75.3 70.2
 18 11 George Watson’s College Edinburgh 75.7 66.4
19 13 Wellington School Ayr 75.5 64.2
20 20 Morrison’s Academy Crieff 72.8 69.3
 21 21 Kelvinside Academy Glasgow 75.5 61.7
22 23 Hamilton College Hamilton 72.8 60.9
 23 25 Edinburgh Steiner School Edinburgh 71.1 47.8
24 24 Lomond School Helensburgh 62.0 59.0
25 27 Lathallan School Johnshaven 62.6 54.6
26 26 Beaconhurst School Bridge of Allan 50.8 49.8
 27 28 Belmont House School Newton Mearns 49.0 43.0
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Lucy M Wins Under 9’s Competition at the St Leonards School Golf Championships

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Well done to Lucy M (L3a) who won the under 9’s competition at the  in St Andrews last week. The competition was played over the Balgove Golf Course which is a 9 hole course.  Lucy is the first pupil in the Lower School to win a trophy at a golf event attended by the School and her course management and etiquette was excellent. She played very well against many other girls from different schools around Scotland.

Lucy is passionate about her golf and she was inspiring to watch.  She is absolutely delighted with her trophy.  Well done Lucy.

Albyn Pupils Showcase 9 Year of Youth Philanthropy Initiative in Perth Concert Hall

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On Wednesday 21 June 2017, eight Albyn Pupils took to the stage in front of 1000 plus students, teachers, charity reps from around Scotland to share the story of YPI in Albyn since its inception in Scotland 9 years ago.

The winning group from this year showed their moving film about Eating Disorders and the work of the local charity NEEDS (North East Eating Disorders Support). Bahar and Lydia explained that people with this condition in silence. People are not objects to be fixed but require support and care and this is what NEEDS provides.

Simone and Abagail told the tale of Selina and her friends in 2010 who organised an evening of music and art in Rosie’s Café. Selina’s picture of a woman with roses even took pride of place on stage.

Anna spoke of the gardening and barbecue she and her friends helped with at RAS (Rape and Abuse Support) two years ago. The beautiful garden was a safe and calm place for clients.

Melody informed the audience of the two inter-generational quizzes which she has organised at school for Scottish War Blinded members. She said, “I thought it was great to see the other philanthropic projects that others had done because it would motivate us to do more.”

Adam was more than willing to encourage others through telling his of his philanthropic journey from Bake Sales to the Concert for a Cause event. He is a fantastic support of the Friendly Access charity. Adam is currently working on an initiative to organise the first autism friendly national orchestral concert in Scotland

To wrap it all up, Uche composed a rap, ‘9 Years’, which summarised Albyn’s YPI legacy. Everyone raved about Uche’s performance. The chorus went like this:

“9 years
450 pupils giving 27,000 to over 50 different charities
9 years
The blind, the raped, the autists, the crazed. All been helped in so many ways
9 years
Educated, dedicated, forever dated, always been rated for a massive variety
9 years
Depression, mental recession, its a new session where we help with what we say”

Mrs Findlay and Mrs Tannock were extremely proud of these eight pupils  who represented the school so confidently in front of such a large audience at an inspiring event.

Anna said, “The YPI celebration was an amazing experience. All of the schools’ presentations about their chosen charities and issues were so creative and wonderful to watch, it really showed how much each group cared about their topics. Some of the speakers were so moving to listen to and the music provided was phenomenal. It truly was an experience I’ll never forget.

 

Albyn School Highland Games – Photo Gallery

 

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Yesterday all Upper School pupils took part in the Albyn School Highland Games held at Harlaw playing fields, competing in their clans in 5 different events; Tug of War, Welly Toss, 150m Dash, 150m Over and Under and Three Legged Race. With high spirits and beautiful weather it was certainly a fun-filled afternoon and an excellent way to end the term before Summer.

The day ended with a Teachers vs Pupils Tug of War in which the teachers were victorious and well done to Clan Stuart who were the overall winners of the Games.

See gallery below for photos from the day.

 

Musician of the Year Awards 2017

The Musician of the Year awards is certainly one of the highlights of the Music Departments calendar, and this year was no exception.

Each year a selection of the best musicians in Albyn School take part in various stages to get to the finals which this year were held last Tuesday in the Centenary Hall. The competition was judged by a very special selection of panelists, Susan Sneddon – Head of Woodwind at Dundee High, Alyn Ross – Head of Music at Inverness Royal Academy and Chris Gray – Director of Scottish Opera Connect Company and affiliate of the University of Aberdeen. We were honoured to have them visit Albyn School although they unlikely knew of the difficulty of the task ahead.

The standards were exceptionally high with many audience members and staff commenting of how tough it was to guess who the winner would be. However, our judges were able to decide and in the end they announced the following pupils as the victors:

Yavi P (L7b) – Lower School Musician of the Year

Aaron M (U1F) – Upper School Musician of the Year

Adam A (U5S) – Sheriffs Cup Winner

Well done to our winners and to everyone who took part for putting on a great evening of outstanding musical talent.

‘Inspiring Purpose’ Achievement

This year our Upper 1 pupils have been involved in the Inspiring Purpose Poster Project, a project which encourages pupils to consider their values and strengths whilst reflecting on who or what inspires them and their aspirations and goals for the future. Albyn has been involved in the awards for a number of years in School and the top five pupil posters are forwarded to the Inspiring Purpose National competition.

This year Kelly G (U1S) and Abigail B (U1F) have been selected for Highly Commended awards in the competition. Congratulations girls!

Lower School Musical Assembly and L2-L4 End of Year Celebrations

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As we get to closer to the end of term there is a whirlwind of activity happening within Albyn School as our pupils take part in assemblies and end of year celebrations. This is an opportunity for them to reminisce over the year gone by and for parents to come in and watch the pupils perform.

Yesterday afternoon we held the Lower School Musical Assembly which was a fabulous showcase of many of our talented Lower School pupils. The show included a vocal performance of a Mary Poppins medley, a rhumba played on recorders and a fantastic rendition of ‘We Go Together’ from the musical Grease by our Lower School musical theatre group. The assembly ended with an audience sing-along of ‘500 Miles’ played by the Lower School orchestra.

This morning we held the Lower 2 – Lower 4 End of Year Celebration assembly which parents attended to witness some more superb musical performances and to also see some of our children receive awards for academic excellence and improvement throughout the year.

We would like to say well done to all of our Lower School pupils for the excellent behaviour and incredible musical talents demonstrated throughout both shows. We would also like to say well done to all pupils who won an award at the End of Year Assembly.

And lastly, a huge thank you to the music department for putting on such well organised shows which never cease to impress all those who come to see them.

Click the gallery below to see photos from both events:

Gilbert Murray Essay Competition

A number of our pupils have been successful in the Gilbert Murray Essay Competition, organised by Glasgow University and the West of Scotland Classical Association. In the S1-2 competition, Ben M (U2G) was joint winner of the first prize for his essay on why concrete was the greatest invention of the ancient world, while certificates were awarded to Camille D (U2G), Holly G (U2F) and Nathan R (U2S) for their stories and essays. We were, for the first time, the best-represented school among the prize and certificate winners.

Well done everyone!

Lower 4 Project: Different Places, Similar Lives

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Last week our Lower 4 pupils went to Hazlehead Park with GRAMP Orienteering Club to work on their mapping skills as part of their project; Different Places, Similar Lives. They worked their way around various stations to prepare them for using detailed maps of the park to locate numbers. Despite the rain they had a fantastic time and discovered the importance of setting your map!

The next day they visited the Total French School in Aberdeen as part of the same project, stopping in at the French Patisserie on the way to pick up some pain aux chocolat to share with the pupils there. They discussed with each other how life differed between Albyn School and Total French School, practised asking questions in French and played group games whilst making friends.

94th Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival

Last week Albyn School played host to the 94th Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival which saw hundreds of talented children perform for large audiences in our Centenary Hall and Wood Arts and Lecture Theatre throughout the week.

The festival welcomes performers of all ages in music, speech and drama to compete in a safe and welcoming environment to give them experience of performing in front of a crowd, receiving immediate feedback on their efforts from a wide range of expert adjudicators. The festivals motto is “Not to gain a prize or defeat a rival but to pace one another on the road to excellence”.

Several of our Lower School pupils competed in the Violin Solo rounds of the festival and did extremely well. See below a list of all the Albyn pupils who took part and those who won in their age group:

S03b Violin Solo – age 8 & Under

Jonathan T L3B – WINNER
Scott Z L3A
Daniel C L3B
Ethan F L3A
Daniel G L3B
Felix K L3A
Ebube O L4A
Daniel O L4A
Poppy W L3B
Alexander B L3A

S04b Violin Solo – age 9 & Under
Jessica D L4A – JOINT WINNER
Daniel O L4A – JOINT WINNER
Alexander B L3A

S12 Viola Solo – age 10 & Under

Alisa Q L6B – WINNER

S05b Violin Solo – age 10 & Under
Anna SB L6A – WINNER
Anna-Maria S L6B
Laura D L6B
Anya L L6A
Imogen R L6B

Stephanie W (U4G) also did extremely well within the vocal section of the festival, winning in the following categories:

17 and under operetta ( with Outstanding)
17 and under folk ( with Outstanding)
15-17 Hebridean
15 and under classical duet ( with Imogen B – U4G)

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners of each category!

Clan Douglas – Winners of Sports Day 2017

A huge congratulations to Clan Douglas who took first place at the 2017 Albyn School Sports Day. Take a look at our photo gallery below:

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Lucy M Wins Under 9’s Competition at the St Leonards School Golf Championships

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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Well done to Lucy M (L3a) who won the under 9’s competition at the  in St Andrews last week. The competition was played over the Balgove Golf Course which is a 9 hole course.  Lucy is the first pupil in the Lower School to win a trophy at a golf event attended by the School and her course management and etiquette was excellent. She played very well against many other girls from different schools around Scotland.

Lucy is passionate about her golf and she was inspiring to watch.  She is absolutely delighted with her trophy.  Well done Lucy.

Albyn Pupils Showcase 9 Year of Youth Philanthropy Initiative in Perth Concert Hall

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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On Wednesday 21 June 2017, eight Albyn Pupils took to the stage in front of 1000 plus students, teachers, charity reps from around Scotland to share the story of YPI in Albyn since its inception in Scotland 9 years ago.

The winning group from this year showed their moving film about Eating Disorders and the work of the local charity NEEDS (North East Eating Disorders Support). Bahar and Lydia explained that people with this condition in silence. People are not objects to be fixed but require support and care and this is what NEEDS provides.

Simone and Abagail told the tale of Selina and her friends in 2010 who organised an evening of music and art in Rosie’s Café. Selina’s picture of a woman with roses even took pride of place on stage.

Anna spoke of the gardening and barbecue she and her friends helped with at RAS (Rape and Abuse Support) two years ago. The beautiful garden was a safe and calm place for clients.

Melody informed the audience of the two inter-generational quizzes which she has organised at school for Scottish War Blinded members. She said, “I thought it was great to see the other philanthropic projects that others had done because it would motivate us to do more.”

Adam was more than willing to encourage others through telling his of his philanthropic journey from Bake Sales to the Concert for a Cause event. He is a fantastic support of the Friendly Access charity. Adam is currently working on an initiative to organise the first autism friendly national orchestral concert in Scotland

To wrap it all up, Uche composed a rap, ‘9 Years’, which summarised Albyn’s YPI legacy. Everyone raved about Uche’s performance. The chorus went like this:

“9 years
450 pupils giving 27,000 to over 50 different charities
9 years
The blind, the raped, the autists, the crazed. All been helped in so many ways
9 years
Educated, dedicated, forever dated, always been rated for a massive variety
9 years
Depression, mental recession, its a new session where we help with what we say”

Mrs Findlay and Mrs Tannock were extremely proud of these eight pupils  who represented the school so confidently in front of such a large audience at an inspiring event.

Anna said, “The YPI celebration was an amazing experience. All of the schools’ presentations about their chosen charities and issues were so creative and wonderful to watch, it really showed how much each group cared about their topics. Some of the speakers were so moving to listen to and the music provided was phenomenal. It truly was an experience I’ll never forget.

 

Albyn School Highland Games – Photo Gallery

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

 

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Yesterday all Upper School pupils took part in the Albyn School Highland Games held at Harlaw playing fields, competing in their clans in 5 different events; Tug of War, Welly Toss, 150m Dash, 150m Over and Under and Three Legged Race. With high spirits and beautiful weather it was certainly a fun-filled afternoon and an excellent way to end the term before Summer.

The day ended with a Teachers vs Pupils Tug of War in which the teachers were victorious and well done to Clan Stuart who were the overall winners of the Games.

See gallery below for photos from the day.

 

Musician of the Year Awards 2017

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The Musician of the Year awards is certainly one of the highlights of the Music Departments calendar, and this year was no exception.

Each year a selection of the best musicians in Albyn School take part in various stages to get to the finals which this year were held last Tuesday in the Centenary Hall. The competition was judged by a very special selection of panelists, Susan Sneddon – Head of Woodwind at Dundee High, Alyn Ross – Head of Music at Inverness Royal Academy and Chris Gray – Director of Scottish Opera Connect Company and affiliate of the University of Aberdeen. We were honoured to have them visit Albyn School although they unlikely knew of the difficulty of the task ahead.

The standards were exceptionally high with many audience members and staff commenting of how tough it was to guess who the winner would be. However, our judges were able to decide and in the end they announced the following pupils as the victors:

Yavi P (L7b) – Lower School Musician of the Year

Aaron M (U1F) – Upper School Musician of the Year

Adam A (U5S) – Sheriffs Cup Winner

Well done to our winners and to everyone who took part for putting on a great evening of outstanding musical talent.

‘Inspiring Purpose’ Achievement

Friday, June 16th, 2017

This year our Upper 1 pupils have been involved in the Inspiring Purpose Poster Project, a project which encourages pupils to consider their values and strengths whilst reflecting on who or what inspires them and their aspirations and goals for the future. Albyn has been involved in the awards for a number of years in School and the top five pupil posters are forwarded to the Inspiring Purpose National competition.

This year Kelly G (U1S) and Abigail B (U1F) have been selected for Highly Commended awards in the competition. Congratulations girls!

Lower School Musical Assembly and L2-L4 End of Year Celebrations

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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As we get to closer to the end of term there is a whirlwind of activity happening within Albyn School as our pupils take part in assemblies and end of year celebrations. This is an opportunity for them to reminisce over the year gone by and for parents to come in and watch the pupils perform.

Yesterday afternoon we held the Lower School Musical Assembly which was a fabulous showcase of many of our talented Lower School pupils. The show included a vocal performance of a Mary Poppins medley, a rhumba played on recorders and a fantastic rendition of ‘We Go Together’ from the musical Grease by our Lower School musical theatre group. The assembly ended with an audience sing-along of ‘500 Miles’ played by the Lower School orchestra.

This morning we held the Lower 2 – Lower 4 End of Year Celebration assembly which parents attended to witness some more superb musical performances and to also see some of our children receive awards for academic excellence and improvement throughout the year.

We would like to say well done to all of our Lower School pupils for the excellent behaviour and incredible musical talents demonstrated throughout both shows. We would also like to say well done to all pupils who won an award at the End of Year Assembly.

And lastly, a huge thank you to the music department for putting on such well organised shows which never cease to impress all those who come to see them.

Click the gallery below to see photos from both events:

Gilbert Murray Essay Competition

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

A number of our pupils have been successful in the Gilbert Murray Essay Competition, organised by Glasgow University and the West of Scotland Classical Association. In the S1-2 competition, Ben M (U2G) was joint winner of the first prize for his essay on why concrete was the greatest invention of the ancient world, while certificates were awarded to Camille D (U2G), Holly G (U2F) and Nathan R (U2S) for their stories and essays. We were, for the first time, the best-represented school among the prize and certificate winners.

Well done everyone!

Lower 4 Project: Different Places, Similar Lives

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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Last week our Lower 4 pupils went to Hazlehead Park with GRAMP Orienteering Club to work on their mapping skills as part of their project; Different Places, Similar Lives. They worked their way around various stations to prepare them for using detailed maps of the park to locate numbers. Despite the rain they had a fantastic time and discovered the importance of setting your map!

The next day they visited the Total French School in Aberdeen as part of the same project, stopping in at the French Patisserie on the way to pick up some pain aux chocolat to share with the pupils there. They discussed with each other how life differed between Albyn School and Total French School, practised asking questions in French and played group games whilst making friends.

94th Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Last week Albyn School played host to the 94th Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival which saw hundreds of talented children perform for large audiences in our Centenary Hall and Wood Arts and Lecture Theatre throughout the week.

The festival welcomes performers of all ages in music, speech and drama to compete in a safe and welcoming environment to give them experience of performing in front of a crowd, receiving immediate feedback on their efforts from a wide range of expert adjudicators. The festivals motto is “Not to gain a prize or defeat a rival but to pace one another on the road to excellence”.

Several of our Lower School pupils competed in the Violin Solo rounds of the festival and did extremely well. See below a list of all the Albyn pupils who took part and those who won in their age group:

S03b Violin Solo – age 8 & Under

Jonathan T L3B – WINNER
Scott Z L3A
Daniel C L3B
Ethan F L3A
Daniel G L3B
Felix K L3A
Ebube O L4A
Daniel O L4A
Poppy W L3B
Alexander B L3A

S04b Violin Solo – age 9 & Under
Jessica D L4A – JOINT WINNER
Daniel O L4A – JOINT WINNER
Alexander B L3A

S12 Viola Solo – age 10 & Under

Alisa Q L6B – WINNER

S05b Violin Solo – age 10 & Under
Anna SB L6A – WINNER
Anna-Maria S L6B
Laura D L6B
Anya L L6A
Imogen R L6B

Stephanie W (U4G) also did extremely well within the vocal section of the festival, winning in the following categories:

17 and under operetta ( with Outstanding)
17 and under folk ( with Outstanding)
15-17 Hebridean
15 and under classical duet ( with Imogen B – U4G)

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners of each category!

Clan Douglas – Winners of Sports Day 2017

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

A huge congratulations to Clan Douglas who took first place at the 2017 Albyn School Sports Day. Take a look at our photo gallery below:

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