At the start of the new school session, a new team of senior pupils took on key leadership roles at Aboyne Academy.
The house captains and vice-captains of the school’s three houses, Clachnaben, Lochnagar and Morven, will have the important role of leading and motivating their house groups throughout the year.
The annual house competition is spread over four weeks during the year. The first week coincided with the school’s Health Week from September 12 to 16.
House assemblies were delivered recentl by the leaders of each house, in preparation for the first week of competition.
All pupils were encouraged to participate in the wide range of activities available during the week.
There is sure to be fierce competition during the year for the coveted house trophy. Last session’s winners were Clachnaben, who will be keen to hold on to their title.
A group of S6 pupils were appointed to the position of prefect at the start of the new session.
Following an application and interview process, 18 successful applicants have taken on the duties of prefects for the year.
Their responsibilities will include acting as role models for younger pupils, assisting with the co-ordination of school events and helping with the supervision of the school during breaks and lunchtimes.
A group of S6 pupils have also been working as volunteer ‘buddies’ to help the school’s new S1 intake settle into the academy.
Each S1 form class has a group of senior buddies who help the pupils understand the complexities of secondary school.
Regular visits to form classes and being available to help with advice and resolving any problems or uncertainties are part of the duties of the buddies.
S1 pupils appreciate this support during their first few months at the school. In preparation for this important role, the buddies underwent a training course prior to the summer holidays.
New S1 pupils are settling in well and have had a positive start to their time at secondary school.
During the summer holidays the school building underwent a major programme of improvement work.
These improvements were mainly designed to help with accessibility for disabled people but have also resulted in some major overall improvements to the school.
These include a new front entrance for the school building, the construction of a new lift shaft, improved corridor lighting and the replacement of classroom and other doors throughout the school building.
The overall environment of the school building has been considerably enhanced by these improvements. Pupils have commented positively on the brighter corridors and the various other aspects of modernisation throughout the building.
The final stage of improvement works is scheduled for the October holiday period.