Throughout the year, the S6 Leadership class have been fundraising for the SSPCA as part of a group philanthropic project. The class chose to raise awareness for this charity as we found animal welfare to be an important cause in our local area. In order to use our time, money and voice we organised a series of events. We first started by holding a car wash during our free periods which raised over £100 alone. Some of this was then used for our next event of a Christmas themed Quiz and Raffle night. As preparation for this event, some members of the class reached out to companies and businesses in our local area to seek donations for our raffle, this included various prizes like a family ticket for Landmark worth over £70, along with gift hampers and gym memberships. In addition, a group of pupils created a quiz consisting of 6 rounds which proved to be a competitive yet fun event.
On the 7th February, we as a class visited the SSPCA Drumoak animal centre to present them with our final total: £500. The charity were delighted with the money raised which will be used to provide vital veterinary care and resources to care for the animals. As a class we felt we had effectively used our time to raise money but still felt we could further use our voice to raise awareness and so we contacted Original 106, a local radio station, who then aired a lunch time segment which detailed our achievements and made the public aware of our hard work. This also led to further awareness of the SSPCA’s work and, as a result, meant we had effectively used our money, time and voice to help animals who desperately our efforts.
On reflection, this philanthropic task has strengthened the relationships between pupils within the class and brought the class together as a whole, and proved to us that we can overcome any challenge we face if we work together.
Excellent video showing the level of activity at our recent pilot of Active Boys Day. Many thanks again to our pupil helpers; the young ambassadors Chloe and Stacey for filming and the senior dance leaders for teaching the Haka.
Sport Aberdeen also recognized the excellent work with an article on our day: http://www.sportaberdeen.co.uk/blog/active-boys-day-is-a-hit-at-bridge-of-don-academy/
A reminder about the launch of our Extra-Curricular Rewards program in the PE department. Collect a “loyalty card” the next time you attend a club and get a stamp for each additional club you attend. Prizes will be awarded for total stamps collected at the end of term.
Following an early start, we made it to Manchester City’s Performance Centre for the start of their Academy’s fun day. It was here that pupils had the chance to challenge other schools at 5-a-side matches as well as practise their footballing skills, play bubble football or get photos taken with the Capital One League Cup, or the Women’s Continental Cup and FA Super League trophy.
From here it was across the walkway to the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City and Chelsea battle it out to be top of the Premier League. The game was very fast paced with end to end action as both teams struggled to find the back of the net. After squandering a number of chances throughout the first half, it was an own goal by Cahill that put the home team in front. The second half saw some great football played with Chelsea the more impressive of the two sides. Three second half goals meant that it was ultimately the visitors who bagged the 3 points before a dangerous injury-time tackle from Aguero saw ugly scenes erupt on the pitch.
After making our way back to the coach it was time for a quick transfer across to Leeds ready to see the home side take on Aston Villa. The Leeds’ anthems echoed around the stadium throughout the game and, after a slow first half, the home side ran out 2-0 winners.
After a comfortable night at the Mercure Bolton, it was back in to Manchester for a tour of the “Theatre of Dreams”. A visit to the Old Trafford museum meant that pupils could see memorabilia from Manchester United’s 138 year history, before heading out in to the stands to see the pitch for themselves. After a visit to the changing rooms, Director’s Lounge and the Dug Outs, the pupils had the chance to run out from the tunnel to the sound of the crowd roaring (unfortunately just a CD recording though).
Our final activity was to visit the National Football Museum in the heart of Manchester. A range of interactive exhibits kept the pupils (and staff) amused. Some tested their penalty kicks with Scott holding the record for making the ball travel at 57mph. Stuart recorded some match commentary in true Match of the Day style whilst others Kyle tried to learn some new tricks in the skills booth. There was also the chance to hold a Premier League trophy and FA Cup before heading back to the coach for a final time.
Many thanks to Miss Ritchie, Miss Malone and Mr Jappy for their help running this trip and to Samuel for his video of the Leeds fans singing at Elland Road.
On the way back from a busy weekend in Manchester.
We arrived to Sport City for the Manchester City Fun Day with footballing challenges on their indoor artificial pitches. Then it was across the walkway to see the Manchester City v Chelsea game. After a slower start the visitors took control of the game and eventually ran out victorious.
A quick dash back to the coach meant that we could then get across to Elland Road for the Leeds United v Aston Villa game. With the fans behind them, it was the home team who bagged the 3 points here.
Day 2 included a visit to the “Theatre of Dreams” before heading over to the National Football Museum where pupils had the chance to test their footballing skills as well as their commentary abilities for Match of The Day.
We’re now back on the way up the road and are passing Glasgow just now (1900) – expecting to be back in Aberdeen for 2145. We will update the PE Twitter page ( @bodapeandsport ) if there is any change to this and the pupils will be making contact when we are at Stonehaven.