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.
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 www.lookagainfestival.co.uk
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.
The 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.
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.