Academy pupils moving on

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Aboyne Academy held its annual leavers ceremony recently.

Fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils who will be leaving the school this summer were presented with a leaving certificate at the ceremony in the school theatre. Parents were also invited to attend, to be part of this important event in the lives of their sons and daughters.

During the ceremony, senior pupils Andrew Sim and Brogan Stewart spoke to the assembled audience on behalf of the leavers. Both very clearly expressed their thoughts about leaving school and expressed their appreciation of the school and recalled some of the positive experiences and memorable moments of their six years at Aboyne Academy.

Special guest speaker for the afternoon was Air Commodore Bob Joseph, who is currently the Chief Executive of the MacRobert Trust, based at Tarland. In his speech, Air Commodore Joseph reflected on his career in the Royal Air Force and his current very different position at the MacRobert Trust.

He advised the pupils about what he thought were the things that mattered in a successful career and, in particular, focused on the importance of valuing people. His message was very clear and appropriate for the occasion.

School Rector Raymond Jowett presented the leaving certificates and wished the departing pupils success in their forthcoming exams and the best of luck in their future careers.

Entertainment during the afternoon was provided by the ceilidh band, the school pipe band and a band of sixth year pupils.

School piper James McPetrie opened and closed the ceremony in the traditional way. James was also one of the leavers on this occasion and to recognise his long service as school piper, since 2007, he was presented with a commemorative Quaich.

Following the ceremony, pupils, parents and staff gathered for afternoon tea and refreshments in the school canteen to conclude celebrations on this very important day.

Car boot sale

As reported in last week’s Piper, Aboyne Academy Parent Council is planning a fundraising car boot sale on the Green on Sunday, May 13. There was an error in the phone number that was published for anyone wishing to book a space for a car boot or trade stall. The correct contact details are for Steven Lindsay on (013398) 84421 or e-mail:

Anyone interested in taking this opportunity to sell unwanted items or to look for an interesting bargain is invited to attend between noon and 4pm. The charge for car boots is £10 and trade stalls are £20. It is planned that the afternoon will include other attractions such as entertainment, refreshments and trade stalls.