Young Adult Author Events! – Laura Lam & Cathy MacPhail

Great opportunities to catch up with your favourite authors next week!

Laura Lam will be at the Waterstone’s Aberdeen bookshop on Monday 13th March. Laura will be discussing the highly anticipate final book in her Micah Grey trilogy – “Masquerade”. Followed by a question and answer session, and book signing. No booking required. Event time 19.00 – 21.00.
For further details – check out the Waterstone’s Aberdeen Facebook page or phone 01224 592440.

There is also the opportunity to meet author, Cathy MacPhail. She is giving a talk on Saturday 18th March at the Central Library, 10.30 – 11.30. She will be discussing her work for specialist dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke followed by a workshop on the techniques of storytelling and writing – for 12 to 18 years old. The workshop is free, but you must book a place for this event. Either email or phone 01224 652500

New Career Resource Display in the Library

Come along and see the latest library display of Careers Resources. There is a wide selection of resources available to suit all  pupils, from S1 to S6. The resources include career guides which are curriculum based  and can help pupils with their choice of career paths.

The latest North East Scotland College Newsletter has also arrived, plus a range of  College and University prospectus.    We have to thank careers specialist “How2become” for their generous donations of resources to the school offering a range of vocational and professional guides from Cabin Crew to Paramedic. Their publications include guides to selection processes, interview techniques  and a couple of titles on psychometric tests.( Display1

Library – Lunchtime Opening and After School Clubs

To open up access to the Library for more pupils we will now be opening every lunchtime 1.05-1.35.

Library clubs that previously ran at lunchtime will now run after school (3.25 – 4) as follows

After SchNew Imageool Clubs

Mondays – Lego Club

Tuesdays – Reading Cafe

Thursdays – Chess Club


New  after school clubs will start this week. If you are interested in joining come along after school to find out more.

Pop Up Science Lab in the Library!

It is British Science Week this week.

To celebrate, pupils and staff are invited to come along to our pop up science lab in the Library at lunchtime on Wed 16 March 12.45 – 1.30pm

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Run by the Science Department, pupils can take part in loads of fun, hands on activities including elephant’s toothpaste, dancing goo and challenges which will trick your brain.

Every pupil who attends will be given a raffle ticket and will have the opportunity to win a special prize…..



Author visit by Cathy MacPhail

S1 pupils today were enthralled by an author visit by award winning Scottish Author Cathy MacPhail. Staff and Pupils were taken on a journey through some of her recent book releases including  “Devil You Know” and “Another Me”. The books are gritty and hard hitting – particularly when the inspiration and background to the ideas in the story were discussed.



Cathy MacPhail is the first Scottish Children’s Author to see her book turned into a film. Premièred at the Rome International Book Festival, the film is now available online via popular film sites. The book trailer can be viewed at

Mr Foy in the English Department had worked locally to produce a book trailer for Devil You Know which was showcased during the event.

Books mentioned during the tals flew off the library shelves with more now on order to cater for demand.  We hope Cathy will be able to come back and visit us again very soon.


From the Archives – Tiddlers Trials 1966

Northfield Academy has a strong history of school shows and musical performances. Today’s archive photo showcases the cast of Tiddler’s Trials. The school pantomime script was written by Mr Wood with help from Mr West and Mr Burnett. The music was written by Mr Nicholson. Tiddler’s Trials was performed in Christmas 1966.

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The story was about a boy called Tom Tiddler who was very poor but later inherited a fortune.

The hero was played by William Sim with other leading roles played by James Clark, Jane Edwards, Avril Souden, Alan Sutton, Peter Buchan, Edwin Robb and Patrick Dalgarno.

From the Archives – First Foreign Trip 1958

The first foreign trip in April 1958 took 35 pupils and 6 members of staff on a 14 night tour of Holland.  Numerous trips to Holland have followed since.

1958 first foreign trip



The party consisted of

Girls – Joan Beagle, Sheena Brand, Gwen Bruce, Sandra Campbell, Wilma Coutts, Marjorie Gerrard, Anne Hamilton, Margaret Jackson, Isabel Johnston, Muriel Milne, Sheena Murdoch, Margaret Naughton, Patricia Rhind, Louisa Tait, Eileen walker, Margaret Walker, Lyndsay Watson, Gladys Wilson

Boys – Ian Anderson, Ivor Anderson, Dennis Beattie, Gordon Bennett, Steven Brodie, Terence Cadman, George Durward, Alexander Geddes, Douglas Glass, James Green, Charles Hendry, Ronald Mennie, Stewart Raeburn, George Robertson, Roy Rogers, Kenneth Ross, Gordon Smith

Staff –  Miss L E Buchan, Miss L Dickie, Miss M Willox, Mr J Eddison, Mr D Masson, Mr G Moir



From the Archives 1961/62

Northfield Academy celebrates its 60th anniversary in August this year. As way of a build up to our celebrations, each week we will share another photograph from our archives. Can you recognise anyone in our photograph this week?

Taken in 1961/2  a group of girls are photographed with the first Head Teacher James Eddison.

1961 Group Photo + Headmaster


Back Row (r to l)  Lesley Smith, Jeanette Porter, Marjory Reid, Hazel Bruce, Evelyn McKenzie, Margo Hughes, Anne Cooper

Middle Row (r to l) Joan Dempster, Adelaine Anderson, Christina Baxter, Maureen Annand, Lorna Baker, Christina Park, Margaret Rebecca

Front Row (r to l) Kathleen Cruickshank, Jennifer Forbes, Helen Jamieson, James Eddision, Pamela Morland, Kathleen Gordon, Lillian Rettie

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