Singing Successes

This week two groups performed at the Aberdeen and North East Music Festival and achieved outstanding success.  On Wednesday the senior choir won their class and we will post a photograph as soon as we can get them all back together.  On Friday a quartet of senior girls won second place in the vocal and choral light music ensemble 15 -17.  Given that there were 10 entrants this is a real achievement.  It is good to see hard work and practice bringing success and very positive feedback from the adjudicators.  Quartet


Quartet certificate

Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival

LOOK AGAIN Art & Design Trip

In March we were very lucky to be involved in creating a sculpture for the Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival.  Pupils from 1X3, 2X3 and 2X1 were chosen to work with Dundee Sculptor Jason Nelson to create a cardboard sculpture that portrayed different aspects of what life is like being a young person in Aberdeen.  The trumpet shaped sculpture links in theme to two interactive sculptures that Jason has created for the festival.  The wooden sculptures are on display until 1st May in Pocket Park opposite the Central Library.  The public are invited to sit on the bench inside the sculptures to hear audio of the people of Aberdeen recounting urban tales and memories of the city.

To view the festival guide for Look Again go to

Sculpture Jason Nelson

We hope to have the cardboard sculpture returned to the school, to be put on display after the festival,  where pupils and staff will be able to view it in the school library.

Annual Music Concert

musicsymbolsThe Music Department will be holding their annual music concert on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 March at 7.00 pm in the school’s Assembly Room.
The orchestra, junior and senior choir, string group and soloists will be performing. We also have a new drumming group who will be performing for the first time.
Please come along and support the pupils of the Music Department who rehearse at lunch time and after school for this performance.
Tickets are available from the music department priced £5 and £3.

Photoshop Club producing digital artists of tomorrow

photoshop-club-logoEver wondered why celebrities look so perfect in magazines?  or in fact how any picture can seem to be flawless? Well the secret is in Adobe Photoshop and pupils in S1 and S2 who come to this club are starting to see the potential in a future in digital manipulation.

This club is run every week on a Thursday lunchtime. Pupils are encouraged to join up and come along to learn and have fun while using Photoshop to edit and design lots of different graphics. Adobe Photoshop CC is a program which is used the world over by professionals in a wide range of businesses which are not only in the creative field.  Digital artists/designers can obtain large salaries if they are skilled and experienced.  Here at Bridge of Don Academy we believe in giving all pupils the chance to gain skills that will help them in their future careers, and to also open their eyes to potential jobs that they never knew were available.  

Using Photoshop you can beautify, distort, resize, reshape, and recolor people, objects and scenes, you can even remove your wrinkles! Graphics tablets are provided for pupils to use while they work, these are used alongside the mouse but allow you to draw using a pen which is more accurate and similar to regular drawing. Pupils obtain images from the internet or use pictures they take in, to merge them into a single image by cutting and pasting specific parts or even by using filters to make them look entirely different.

Although it may seem quite difficult to start off with, as there are lots of tools and possibilities, everyone who participates is always open to help everyone else if they get stuck.  In the club there is a good sense of community where learning and sharing skills are encouraged. The club is run by Mrs Redpath and S6 pupil Aidan Millar.  It is free to participate and have fun, so if you are reading this and you are interested, get an application form from Mrs Redpath and join now!

Spaces are limited but a waiting list is there to join once we are full!

S3 Drama Students accept the Mannequin Challenge!

3X2 Stage Fighting Mannequin Challenge

3Y2 Stage Fighting Mannequin Challenge3y2

3Y3 Stage Fighting Mannequin Challenge

3X1 Stage Fighting Mannequin Challenge

S3 pupils are currently learning and enhancing their stage fighting skills in Drama! As part of this they have accepted the mannequin challenge, where the participants are videoed whilst holding a frozen picture. Their frozen picture… everyone in the class has broke in to a fight!!

To make this a bit of a competition amongst the pupils, the S3 class which gets the most ‘likes’ or positive comments will win a prize! So get watching these videos and help out our kids!!

Keep watching for the the next 3 videos over the next week!

Higher Drama collaboration with Dundee Rep!

At the end of September, the Higher Drama class were involved in exploratory work with the Dundee Rep as part of their education workshops. These workshops involved working on the text ‘The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil’ by John McGrath who the class are studying as part of the course assessment. The class also went to see the show the following week at His Majesty’s Theatre. The workshops were held at Kincorth Academy and both schools collaborated  very well together to create some fantastic pieces of work.

Mitchell and Emma work with Kincorth pupils as the Narrators.

Mitchell and Emma work with Kincorth pupils as the Narrators.

Pupils were asked to create a tableaux of the result of greed across the class system.

Pupils were asked to create a tableaux of the result of greed across the class system.

Hollie is bitter about the clearances.

Hollie is bitter about the clearances.