Active Girls Day 2016 – Video

On Friday 28th October 2016, girls across Scotland were asked to get up and get active to celebrate the amazing work happening in Active Girls! The S1 and S2 girls from Bridge of Don Academy were joined by P7’s from Balmedie, Braehead and Scotstown for a full-on day of dance, yoga, boxercise and a health talk. The girls moved through each workshop with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy which was great to see! The day was finished off with a mass dance where all P7, S1 and S2 girls took part! The day could not have been possible without our fabulous senior dance leaders as well as our Young Ambassadors Stacey and Chloe, and Briony and Sandra from sport Aberdeen. A huge thank you goes to everyone involved and well done for all who took part! Remember… Be positive, eat well and GET ACTIVE!


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Bridge of Don Academy Pupils Meet Olympian and Paralympian Medalists

Bridge of Don Academy Pupils Meet Olympian and Paralympian Medalists – by Amie Flett

Bridge of Don Academy were specially selected out of all the schools in Aberdeen to attend a homecoming celebration for Scottish Olympians and Paralympians on the 28th of September. A team of 20 pupils set out at 8:30am and headed down to Edinburgh to attend the special event at Heriot Watt University and meet a variety of successful athletes from team GB. Among these athletes included gold medalist Katie Archibald, silver medalist David Florence, Paralympic gold medalist Joanna Butterfield, Paralympic silver and gold medalist Gordon Reid, silver and gold medalist Callum Skinner and many, many more.

During the event the pupils had the opportunity to meet and greet with all the attending athletes and ask any questions they had and take pictures with them. The event also included sporting activities, for all the pupils who attended, to take part in such as basketball, rowing, tennis and judo. After having the opportunity to mingle with the Olympians and Paralympians, the pupils were invited to take a seat for a congratulating ceremony and a Q and A with team GB.

Before this however the First Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, took the time to congratulate the team and included some inspirational words for the young people who attended the event. She said: ‘For team GB and Paralympics GB, as we’ve heard, Rio was record-breaking, the best performance in terms of medals in a long, long, long time, in some respects the best ever. Scotland really played its part in terms of the number of athletes competing across the number of sports winning a record number of medals so we should be really proud that we contributed at a huge amount to the overall success of the GB efforts, both in the Olympics and the Paralympics.’

She also added some encouragement and inspiration for the pupils: ‘To all of you young people here today, think about what you can achieve in the future, I’m pretty sure as I look around here right now, that in this room, here and now, there are Olympic champions and Paralympic champions of the future.’

It’s fair to say that Bridge of Don pupils were feeling very inspired and motivated by these Scottish athletes after hearing about their stories and understanding that they go through the same things as we do, they have good days and they have bad days but that never stops them from achieving what they wish to achieve and reaching their ultimate goal, which is shown by the amount of gold medals seen around the necks of multiple Olympians and Paralympians. It is also fantastic to know that no matter what goal in sport you are aspiring to achieve, the whole of Scotland are behind you supporting you by what Nicola Sturgeon assures us.

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SportScotland Gold School Sport Award Winners

Bridge of Don Academy received news this week that we have been awarded the SportScotland Gold School Sport Award.  This improves on the Silver status in which we already held and means we are one of only 92 other schools in the whole of Scotland who are at Gold level.

The Gold School Sport Award is recognition of our school’s achievements in putting sport at the heart of our school’s planning, practice and ethos.
The Gold Award also highlights that our school has shown excellent practice across the core areas of the Award and demonstrated an on-going commitment to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in physical education, school sport and leadership and provide clear pathways to life-long participation in sport.

The core areas in which the school excelled are:

1. Physical education

2. School sport

3. Pathways

4. Compete and perform

5. Celebrating sport

6. Leadership

7. Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL)

8. Recognition and awards

9. Access to school facilities

SS-33020-School Sports Awards Certificate-GSB-DI