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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
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Aberdeen

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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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Headmaster’s Blog – Going for Gold

Sports Day at Albyn School. Mill timber 2017.Picture Simon Price

Do you? Do you meet triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters just the same? Does anyone? Did Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Laura Muir just say, ‘que sera sera,’ when they came second, third and fourth in the recent world athletic championships?

Perhaps the difference among for those three athletes is that the future is shaped differently for each one. The young Laura Muir will probably train and train and at some point success will come her way but the others will need to define themselves in new ways and that will be challenging. At school we all have hopes for ourselves and for our future and when you miss out on a course that you wanted to study or realise you have to take Maths again, it can throw you off course. However, what defines us to both ourselves, our families and to the outside world is how well we move forward whether life turns out as we want it to or not.

At Albyn, while there will be amendments to the examination statistics as further results come in, the emerging picture is of a very good set of public examination results. Many Upper 4 and Upper 6 pupils achieved high grades across the board.  This summer Upper 5 pupils sitting their Higher and AS Level examinations did exceptionally well and achieved a record breaking number of top grades. I am very proud of them. As a year group they achieved a gold medal in these gold standard qualifications!

The new academic year starts again very shortly. We set out in the expectation that with the support of parents and with the skill and commitment of their teachers, all our children and young people will make the best of their abilities. There are good and exciting experiences ahead for all of them. The journey won’t be easy but let’s be frank, few things of worth are achieved in life without some effort. Think of those athletes.

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Dr Ian Long

Headmaster

The Albyn Foundation Ball 2017 – NEW DATE 29th September 2017

Albyn School would like to invite you to come and celebrate our 150th birthday with us at the Albyn Foundation Ball 2017, held on Friday 29th September at the Beach Ballroom from 6.45pm until late.

(More info below)

Copy of Albyn foundation Ball 2017

Put on your glad rags and dancing shoes and join us for a fabulous evening of good food, live music and excellent company. Funds raised on the evening will go towards the Albyn Foundation, our School charity which offers support to our families during financial hardship and allows for the continual development of our School.

Parents

The evening offers an opportunity for parents of current pupils in the same year group to get to know each other with year group tables available. Please state which year group table you would like to be added to when purchasing tickets.

Former Pupils

Our ball is an excellent chance for former classmates to get together and reminisce on their school years by arranging a reunion table. General FP tables are also available for smaller groups who wish to spend the evening with former pupils from different years.

Friends/Local Businesses

Our invite is open to anyone who would like to come along to support our School. If you are a local business and would like to donate an auction prize in return for some promotion amongst our Albyn Community, please get in touch via the details below.

Tickets cost £60 each or a table of 10 can be purchased for £550. This will include a drinks reception at the beginning of the evening, a 3 course meal with wine followed by tea and coffee. The evening will consist of live ceilidh music, entertainment, a silent auction and much more.

To purchase a ticket or if you would like to find out more, please contact our development team on 01224 322408 or email development@albynschool.co.uk.

Albyn Pupils Set to Perform at Aberdeen International Youth Festival

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival is an annual event which sees young people aged up to 25 years old travel from all over the world to perform in a wide range of arts including dance, theatre, and opera, and a variety of musical genres such as contemporary, jazz, classical and traditional. This year we are proud to have 3 very talented Albyn pupils take part in the festival.

This Saturday Stephanie W (U4G) will be performing in the ‘Up Close & Musical: Performers from Aberdeen and North East Music’ event following her success at the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival held at Albyn School last month, during which she won in 4 different vocal categories. The concert takes place at 11am at Mannofield Church and tickets cost £6.60 (see link below to purchase tickets).

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/aberdeen-international-youth-festival-aiyf-up-close-musical-aberdeen-ne-music-festival

On the 25th, 26th and 27th of July Alexa S (U4D) and Scott S (U2D) are performing in RMSD William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors with lots of laughs guaranteed! The show starts at 7pm at Lemon Tree and tickets cost £6.60 (see link below to purchase tickets).

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/aberdeen-international-youth-festival-aiyf-mitchell-school-of-drama-comedy-of-errors

On Saturday 5th August Aaron M (U1F) and Hannah M (L5a) will be performing in the ‘Up Close & Musical: Students from North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS)event. With 10 minutes each to perform, Aaron will be on piano performing Valse Lente by Merikanto, Allegro assai (2nd movement from Sonata in G Op1 no 2) by Clementi,  Sommerabend by Grieg and Willie Wagglestick’s Walkabout by Bonsor, and Hannah will be on oboe playing Preludio and Allemanda (movts 1&2 from Concerto for oboe and strings) by Corelli, Red Hot Polka by Kershaw, Gabriel’s Oboe by Morricone and Tango for Two by Kershaw. The concert takes place at 11am at Queen’s Cross Church and tickets cost £6.60 (see link below to purchase tickets).

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/aberdeen-international-youth-festival-aiyf-up-close-musical-students-from-ne-scotland-music-school

We wish the best of luck to Stephanie, Alexa, Scott, Aaron and Hannah during their performances!

 

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!

Headmaster’s Blog – Going for Gold

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Sports Day at Albyn School. Mill timber 2017.Picture Simon Price

Do you? Do you meet triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters just the same? Does anyone? Did Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Laura Muir just say, ‘que sera sera,’ when they came second, third and fourth in the recent world athletic championships?

Perhaps the difference among for those three athletes is that the future is shaped differently for each one. The young Laura Muir will probably train and train and at some point success will come her way but the others will need to define themselves in new ways and that will be challenging. At school we all have hopes for ourselves and for our future and when you miss out on a course that you wanted to study or realise you have to take Maths again, it can throw you off course. However, what defines us to both ourselves, our families and to the outside world is how well we move forward whether life turns out as we want it to or not.

At Albyn, while there will be amendments to the examination statistics as further results come in, the emerging picture is of a very good set of public examination results. Many Upper 4 and Upper 6 pupils achieved high grades across the board.  This summer Upper 5 pupils sitting their Higher and AS Level examinations did exceptionally well and achieved a record breaking number of top grades. I am very proud of them. As a year group they achieved a gold medal in these gold standard qualifications!

The new academic year starts again very shortly. We set out in the expectation that with the support of parents and with the skill and commitment of their teachers, all our children and young people will make the best of their abilities. There are good and exciting experiences ahead for all of them. The journey won’t be easy but let’s be frank, few things of worth are achieved in life without some effort. Think of those athletes.

Signature

Dr Ian Long

Headmaster

The Albyn Foundation Ball 2017 – NEW DATE 29th September 2017

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Albyn School would like to invite you to come and celebrate our 150th birthday with us at the Albyn Foundation Ball 2017, held on Friday 29th September at the Beach Ballroom from 6.45pm until late.

(More info below)

Copy of Albyn foundation Ball 2017

Put on your glad rags and dancing shoes and join us for a fabulous evening of good food, live music and excellent company. Funds raised on the evening will go towards the Albyn Foundation, our School charity which offers support to our families during financial hardship and allows for the continual development of our School.

Parents

The evening offers an opportunity for parents of current pupils in the same year group to get to know each other with year group tables available. Please state which year group table you would like to be added to when purchasing tickets.

Former Pupils

Our ball is an excellent chance for former classmates to get together and reminisce on their school years by arranging a reunion table. General FP tables are also available for smaller groups who wish to spend the evening with former pupils from different years.

Friends/Local Businesses

Our invite is open to anyone who would like to come along to support our School. If you are a local business and would like to donate an auction prize in return for some promotion amongst our Albyn Community, please get in touch via the details below.

Tickets cost £60 each or a table of 10 can be purchased for £550. This will include a drinks reception at the beginning of the evening, a 3 course meal with wine followed by tea and coffee. The evening will consist of live ceilidh music, entertainment, a silent auction and much more.

To purchase a ticket or if you would like to find out more, please contact our development team on 01224 322408 or email development@albynschool.co.uk.

Albyn Pupils Set to Perform at Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival is an annual event which sees young people aged up to 25 years old travel from all over the world to perform in a wide range of arts including dance, theatre, and opera, and a variety of musical genres such as contemporary, jazz, classical and traditional. This year we are proud to have 3 very talented Albyn pupils take part in the festival.

This Saturday Stephanie W (U4G) will be performing in the ‘Up Close & Musical: Performers from Aberdeen and North East Music’ event following her success at the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival held at Albyn School last month, during which she won in 4 different vocal categories. The concert takes place at 11am at Mannofield Church and tickets cost £6.60 (see link below to purchase tickets).

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/aberdeen-international-youth-festival-aiyf-up-close-musical-aberdeen-ne-music-festival

On the 25th, 26th and 27th of July Alexa S (U4D) and Scott S (U2D) are performing in RMSD William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors with lots of laughs guaranteed! The show starts at 7pm at Lemon Tree and tickets cost £6.60 (see link below to purchase tickets).

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/aberdeen-international-youth-festival-aiyf-mitchell-school-of-drama-comedy-of-errors

On Saturday 5th August Aaron M (U1F) and Hannah M (L5a) will be performing in the ‘Up Close & Musical: Students from North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS)event. With 10 minutes each to perform, Aaron will be on piano performing Valse Lente by Merikanto, Allegro assai (2nd movement from Sonata in G Op1 no 2) by Clementi,  Sommerabend by Grieg and Willie Wagglestick’s Walkabout by Bonsor, and Hannah will be on oboe playing Preludio and Allemanda (movts 1&2 from Concerto for oboe and strings) by Corelli, Red Hot Polka by Kershaw, Gabriel’s Oboe by Morricone and Tango for Two by Kershaw. The concert takes place at 11am at Queen’s Cross Church and tickets cost £6.60 (see link below to purchase tickets).

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/aberdeen-international-youth-festival-aiyf-up-close-musical-students-from-ne-scotland-music-school

We wish the best of luck to Stephanie, Alexa, Scott, Aaron and Hannah during their performances!

 

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!

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