RYLA Camp 2014

Once again Bridge of Don Academy has been offered the opportunity to take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camps this summer. The camps are fully funded by the local rotary and are an opportunity for 15-18 year olds to develop their sporting and leadership skills.

Successful candidates complete a week long programme at Abernethy Outdoor Centre designed to challenge them both physically and mentally. Challenges include canoeing, hill walking, map reading, mountain biking, rock climbing and gorge walking. The candidates are also given lots of opportunity to lead activities and work as part of a team to build their team working and interpersonal skills. This is supported by motivational and inspirational talks from guest speakers through out the week.

In total, 14 pupils applied to take part in this year’s course, with 11 successfully achieving interviews with the rotary selection committee. The RYLA representatives were very impressed with the high standard of interviews from all of the pupils involved and they found it very difficult to select their final candidates. In the end, the spaces were awarded to Jason Woods (4F) and Feranmi Thomas (4F). Louis Owusu-Afriyie (4F) was selected as a reserve should a space become available. The team felt convinced that these pupils would represent both the rotary and Bridge of Don Academy well. DSC03556

Public Speaking Competition

Pupils, Cameron Shewan and Jack Gillies represented the school in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service public speaking competition.  There were four teams of two from Aberdeen Grammar School, Bucksburn Academy, Bridge of Don Academy and Dyce Academy.  The first round was here at Bridge of Don on 27 February and the boys along with the team from Aberdeen Grammar School went through to the final held at the Town House on Monday 24 March.  They can be seen in the photo collage below, along with the others teams,  with Amber Thomson who was reserve speaker and did the vote of thanks at the end of the night.

At the final held on 24 March in the Town House the boys were narrowly defeated by the team from Aberdeen Grammar school in what the judges summa2014-03-045rised as a very close final.  The boys are pictured with the Aberdeen Grammar School team and the judge at the Town House below.

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ROV Team come 5th in Scotland

Our team of senior pupils who designed and built their own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) came 5th out of eleven teams from all over Scotland.        The team – see photo – were particularly pleased as their ROV was one of the most economical models.  The competition is organised by Robert Gordon University and the Marine Advanced Technical Education Centre based in the USA.  Well done to Kimberley, Peter, Daniel and Ross.

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