Festival of Football

Arbroath Academy participated in a girls’ 7 a side “Festival of Football” tournament at Webster’s High School. After a nervous start with a 0-0 draw against , they quickly found their form comfortably beating Montrose Academy and Webster’s High School. They then faced Arbroath High in the final where after extra time it was still 1-1. In the spirit of the festival it was declared a draw with all pupils going home happy. A special mention goes to Caitlin Colquhoun for the golden boot with five goals scored.

50th Anniversary Fun Day

The Arbroath Academy 50th Anniversary Fun Day is on Saturday 16 June. The event begins at 1030 and features the annual children’s fun runs, a balloon release, a craft fair, fitness class demonstrations and activities from Angus Council Leisure Department and a variety of fun activities for children. All activities are free. Come along and join in.

Arbroath Academy 50th Anniversary Celebrations – 15 June 2012

Arbroath Academy is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this week. Anyone passing the school will have seen our banners proclaiming “50 years of service to the community” and visitors walking into the school come past our 50th anniversary flag, flying proudly alongside our Eco Schools Green Flag, the first secondary school in Angus to gain a Green Flag and, in our 50th year, the first secondary school in Angus to retain its Green Flag.

The first Head Teacher, Mr Sandy Crawford, welcomed the first Arbroath Academy pupils to the new school on Tuesday 17th April 1962.

We celebrated this by giving a specially designed badge and certificate to all pupils and staff. The badge was designed by senior pupil Leigh-Anne Morrison who won a competition held in the school in February to create a logo for the 50th anniversary. Leigh-Anne’s design now appears on the school’s letterhead, on our banners & flags and throughout the school, and will appear on a special cake to be produced for our dinner dance on Saturday 22nd September 2012. The badge and certificate will also be presented to the pupils transferring from our Primary Schools when they come to the school for their induction visit on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Pupils can also buy a 50th anniversary school tie. In addition to a 50th anniversary logo, the tie has a different pattern of stripes, but still retains the traditional black and gold colours. This new pattern will be adopted as the official school tie for future years.

We have arranged displays of photographs from every decade of the school’s history and have built a 1960’s classroom in our assembly hall. Anyone who wishes to see the photographs and the classroom or who would like a tour of the school should report to the school’s reception desk during school hours on Thursday 14th or Friday 15th June.

The official opening of Arbroath Academy took place on Friday 15th June 1962. We are celebrating this with a special ceremony in the Assembly Hall on the morning of Friday 15th June 2012. Neil Logue, Director of Education, and Councillor Sheena Welsh, Convener of the Education Committee and a former teacher of the Academy, have kindly agreed to speak at the ceremony and Rev Martin Fair, School Chaplain for the last 15 years will conclude the ceremony by leading us in prayer. Other talks will be given by pupils of the Academy, giving their own experience of the school, and two short DVDs have been prepared by members of staff to show the variety of activities available to our pupils in 2012.

On Saturday 16th June we are holding a 50th Anniversary Fun Day in the school grounds from 11 am to 3 pm. This will start with a Balloon Release. Anyone finding one of our balloons is asked to return the attached card. The furthest travelled balloon will win a prize for both the finder and the person who bought the card. Cards can be purchased for £1 each right up to 11 am on Saturday. The day continues with a Fun Run organised by the Active Schools Coordinator for children of primary school age and a Craft Fair in the Assembly Hall. The photographic exhibition and 1960’s classroom can also be viewed alongside the Craft Fair.

Tickets (priced £40) are still available from the school for the Dinner Dance which will round off our 50th anniversary celebrations in the new school session. This will be held in the Apex Hotel, Dundee on Saturday 22 September 2012.

The new school in Glenisla Drive was planned to cater for the increased demand for school places as Arbroath expanded to the east and north in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The school was officially opened on Friday 15th June 1962 by Sir William Arbuckle, Secretary of the Scottish Education Department at a ceremony presided over by Lieutenant Colonel W Scott of Letham, Chairman of the Angus Education Committee, and attended by a host of dignitaries including the local MP.

In its early years Arbroath Academy was a Junior Secondary School. It became a comprehensive school in the early 1970s along with other schools across Scotland and continues to cater for all secondary pupils in its catchment. The original school comprised the classroom blocks with the blue cladding, the Assembly Hall and the two gymnasiums. In the early 1970’s, as the roll continued to rise, a new block was added on the east side of the school grounds, giving additional classrooms and a generously sized games hall.

The school has had 6 Head Teachers, previously referred to as Rectors: Sandy Crawford, Jack Scott, Andrew Johnstone, Tom Smith, John Lusby and the present incumbent, David Macdonald.

At the time of the 40th anniversary, the school had only had 3 Deputes: Bert Finlayson, from 1962 to 1981; John Caldwell from 1981 to 2001; and John Fyfe, who left in 2004. In recent years, changes in the management structures have given the school 3 Deputes at any one time, giving an overall total of 11 Deputes since 1962, 3 of whom have left to become Head Teachers in other schools in the last 10 years.

Since the school was built, Angus County Council was amalgamated into Tayside Region in 1975 and then reappeared as Angus Council in 1996. In its time, Arbroath Academy has seen the O-Grade come and go, replaced by the Standard Grade, and we are now preparing for the new National 4 and 5 Qualifications which will replace Standard Grades in session 2013/2014.

In the last 50 years, the school has experienced ROSLA (Raising of the School Leaving Age to 16), the “modes of learning” advocated by the Munn Committee, Certification for All introduced by the Dunning Committee, the ending of corporal punishment, the Modern Languages for All initiative, TVEI (Technical & Vocational Education Initiative), Higher Still & National Qualifications, and now the Curriculum for Excellence with new curriculum structures designed to support significant improvements in learning & teaching and support for pupils.

The school has had a 25 year relationship with the Friedensburg Oberschule in Berlin and has now forged relationships with schools in Rwanda, with a party of staff and pupils flying out on the anniversary for a 10 day trip working to support our new partner schools

Other important milestones have included the replacement of the curtain wall in 2004/2005 and the Schools of Ambition initiative in 2005, which was instrumental in facilitating the positive, transformational change which shaped the development of Arbroath Academy in the last 7 years and will continue to do so as we look forward with immense optimism to our next 50 years.

Sports Relief

Arbroath Academy held a staff v pupils charity football match in aid of Sports Relief.  The selection of the pupil team was a difficult choice but the PE department along with the captain of the pupil team Keith Beattie made sure that each year group was represented.  The staff were also encouraged to participate and given nicknames to get pupils excited for the event.  In addition, the staff team had a surprise professional footballer who would be playing for their team.  At assemblies the team lists were displayed in order to encourage pupils to attend this event.  Pupils then took to the playing fields with their £1 in hand to watch the match.  The game started fast and this took the staff by surprise.  Despite this, defender and Active Schools coordinator David McLeish scored the first goal for the staff team.  A victory lap was in order despite the ‘boos’ from the crowd.  However, fitness became an issue for the staff when the pupil team came fighting forward and creating chances to score.  There were a few nail biting moments but Alan Cormack kept the staff team in the game with some excellent saves.  However, after many attempts at goal the pupil team managed to secure a draw with Kell Lyons scoring.  Thank you to all the staff and pupils who took part, in particular, Charlotte McLean and Shannon Sinclair who gave up their lunch hour to collect the money.  A huge total of £571 was raised for Sport Relief. 

Photo: Pupil Team-Alex Gibson (S1), Keenan Dawkins (S2),  Ross Findlay (S2), Connor Yeats (S3), Liam Hewitt (S3), Dylan Cook (S3), John Dye (S3), Jake Bruce (S4), Rhys Richardson (S4), Callum Fair (S4), Jason Cowan (S4), Keith Beattie (S5), Kell Lyons (S5), Daniel McCagh (S5) and Blane McNally (S6)

Staff Team-Alan Cormack, David McLeish, Billy McGoldrick, Kenny Hare, Ray Krachan, Kelly McIntosh, Noel Bennett, Neil Macarthur, Ross MacFarlane, Gavin Swankie-Surprise Player

50th Anniversary Bingo and Raffle Evening

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration Arbroath Academy are holding a Bingo evening on the 1st June at Dishlandtown Street Bowling Club. Tickets are now on sale priced £7 which gives you 9 games of bingo plus 2 flyers. Due to a maximum seating capacity tickets may not be available on the night therefore if you are interested please contact Anne Mortiboys, Joanne Parker or Morag MacKenzie ASAP.

Rock Challenge Fundraiser

In order to raise money for their forthcoming performance in the new Scottish final of Rock Challenge in the Caird Hall in June, staff, pupils and parents took part in a Zumba class in the school, led by former pupil Lauren Taylor. She was the first ever Rock Challenge choreographer five years ago and was photographed at the class with the current choreographers, Lynsey Petrie, Charlotte MacLean and Kirsty Petrie.  Another previous choreographer Rachel Burness unfortunately could not make the class. Also shown is Lauren Low who is one of a group of senior pupils who not only dance in the Rock Challenge but have also helped organise fund raising events such as a sponsored Dance-a-thon and recent Dance Show.


Photo back from left – Lauren Taylor, Kirsty Petrie, Charlotte McLean

Front – Lauren Low, Lynsey Petrie

Arbroath Academy Girls’ Football

Arbroath Academy S1-S3 girls football team travelled to Dalgety Bay last week to represent the school in the cash back 7s semi finals.  The girls had to play against teams from the east coast of Scotland to get through to the national finals.  The standard was very high and the girls found it difficult to compete against teams who have played together in local clubs outside of school.  However, the girls were victorious in a game against local team Forfar Academy.  Substitute striker Casey Hall was the player to knock in the goal after a drive down the left by defender Jordyn Rosser.  The girls were commended on their behaviour, attitude and effort.  Player of the day went to Demi Dickson.

Netball Tournaments

The 2011/12 netball season has seen the S2 team take part in many matches which has led to lots of training and long bus journeys around Scotland and a roller coaster of triumph and defeat.  Along with 35 schools from across Scotland, they Academy entered the Scottish Cup.  Following a local group stage they made it through to the highest level of the competition – the Gold Cup.  They progressed through the third round and into the quarter finals.  Unfortunately following a very exciting and close match they were put out by Peebles High School at this stage.  Last week the team entered the Tayside Netball Tournament held at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.  Eighteen teams from around the region had entered the competition.  Convincing wins in the group stage allowed the team to progress to the semi-final against Harris Academy.  Nerves from girls saw a close beginning to this match but the team soon got into their stride and won 11 – 6.  The opposition for the final was Perth High School and the game could not have been closer.  Both teams were in the lead at different points and the game finished with Perth High School winning 7-6.  It was a bitter sweet moment for the team, so close to victory, yet coming 2nd in a big competition at the same time.  Ex-professional netball players who were umpiring the match commented on the high standard of play from both teams and were very impressed by the high level of skill from some players at such a young age.   A huge congratulation is deserved to all players involved in the team for their effort and commitment throughout the year.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Back:  Rachael Roberts, Sophie Watt, Erica Wilson, Laura Black, Morgan Mowatt

Front: Shivon McReynolds, Thea Finnie, Chantelle Anderson

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