Bridge of Don Community Council Logo Competition Winner

Ewen Lindsay in 3F was awarded a £50 Amazon voucher by Bridge of Don Community Council for winning their council logo competition.  The council approached BODA directly to ask for our talented pupils to come up with a new design to be launched in both digital online format and in print.  We were thrilled to give a live project to pupils and to be involved in a project that would directly impact the local community.

       

For the project, Sam Longmire, – Creative Director at the award winning local graphic design agency FortyTwo Studio, was invited by Miss Crawford and Mrs Redpath to come in and speak with pupils.  This gave them support in the early stages of their design process.  Pupils learned a great deal from his visit and the Art & Design department hopes to continue a close partnership with the agency in the future.

Summer Festival

On Wednesday 27th June Bridge of Don Academy hosted its first ever Summer Festival which incorporated sports day events along with inter-house competitions.

The event began after break and saw the whole school organised in their houses outside of the field before it was launched by Olympic curler and BBC Commentator Jackie Lockhart.  Following this pupils were able to take part in a wide range of practical activities ranging from a climbing wall to zumba, volleyball to velcrowall and mountain biking to bungee run.  Sports finalists for S1-S4 were also crowned in the 100m, 200m, shot putt and high jump.

Inter-house events were staged at the end of the day and saw Crathes, Fyvie and Drum go head to head in tug of war, relays and Tyre flipping with Crathes coming out on top in a very close competition.

Pupils get on their bikes at Bridge of Don Academy

Bridge of Don Academy and Active Schools have been selected to receive funding from the UK sustainable transport charity, Sustrans as well as an additional £1,500 from the Youth Activities Small Grants Fund.

The money received has allowed the school to invest in 10 new bike lockers and cycle stands as well and 28 new scooters. On top of this, 40 helmets were purchased through the Cycle Scotland Cycle Friendly School Award.

To celebrate the occasion, Bridge of Don Academy hosted a launch event on Tuesday 29 May. There was a variety of activities for the pupils to take part in including a “Smoothie Bike” which required the children to pedal to make their own smoothies and a series of introductory sessions to help the pupils get familiar with the new scooters.

The event was attended and opened by local Councillor, Sandy Stuart.

Active Schools Coordinator for Bridge of Don and Dyce, Samuel Main said:

“We are over the moon to have received such a great amount of funding from these charities.

“The equipment we have been able to purchase will be a great incentive to encourage the pupils to jump on their bikes in the morning and cycle to school instead of getting a lift in the car.

“It’s so important for children to take part in regular exercise from a young age. We are excited to make an occasion out of the launch and see our new scooters and lockers get put to good use.”

Councillor Sandy Stuart said:

“Charities like Sustrans and the Youth Activities Small Grants Fund play a significant role in promoting the benefits of keeping active amongst children.

“It is wonderful to see this sort of funding make its way into our local community. The resources it has provided for Bridge of Don Academy will hopefully create a wider influence that gets everyone on their bikes this summer and beyond.”