‘Apocalyptic’ Aboyne raises £4,000!

S6 pupils decided on this year's theme
S6 pupils decided on this year's theme

Aboyne Academy was transformed into an apocalyptic wasteland populated by fearsome Zombies and fearful teachers as the school celebrated Children in Need day and raised a whopping sum of over £4,000!

Pupils and staff were greeted in the morning in blood curdling fashion by S6 pupils who had chosen for this year’s theme “Zombie Apocalypse”.

The only way to escape their clutches was to donate generously to the cause!

Over the course of the week the school had entered into the spirit of Children in Need with the now customary talent shows.

With some incredible talent over the four heats, the final had a very strong field of performers.

Rock Band “The Last Hiatus” gave a passionate performance and were followed by the virtuoso bagpipe skills of Lee Taylor. Next was a beautiful song by Elsa Brotchie and Charlotte Robbins, followed by an awesome dance routine by the Hip Hop dancers. At the final reckoning however there could be only one winning act, and it was Elsa and Charlotte who triumphed. The talent show culminated with a creepy dance routine featuring all of the S6 pupils.

Pupils throughout the school made a massive contribution to the fundraising effort, with sponsored silences and even a sponsored head shave.

There was also a fantastic array of fancy dress on display amongst staff and pupils.

Mr Liam Ball, of the Technical Department, was crowned best dressed member of staff for his Flamenco dancer outfit and Brodie Sutherland, of S5, was awarded the best dressed pupil prize for his homemade ‘man in the bath’ costume.

By far the biggest highlight of the day however was the return to Aboyne Academy of our very own Pudsey Bear- Mrs Ella Egan.

Mrs Egan retired last year after 23 years stewardship of the school’s Children in Need efforts but was delighted to be asked to return by the S6 pupils. The pupils showed their appreciation to her for all of her efforts in establishing Children in Need as a highlight of the Aboyne Academy calendar by presenting her with a bouquet of flowers during the talent show. It is only now that Mrs Egan has left that staff and pupils have come to realise how much work she did every year to make the day such a success.

While sponsorship money is still coming in, at the latest count the school has raised over £4000.

Rector Raymond Jowett said: “Pupils and staff can be really proud of their fantastic effort to support Children in Need this year. Raising money to support others by having some good natured fun brings the whole school together with a common purpose. Our S6 pupils and the staff organising team deserve a particular thanks for making the day go so well.”