Top author visits school

This year’s Angus Book Award winner Matt Whyman, author of ‘The Savages’ visited with pupils last week just before the results of the competition were announced.

Matt led the pupils in an activity designed to encourage the pupils’ views on their own ability to write and he also described the 12 steps of creative writing and they examined the similarities found in other mediums.

As part of the Angus Book Award scheme the S2 pupils were also encouraged to design their own cover art for the shortlisted titles. Justyna Butkiewicz was named joint winner for her new cover for Sarah Hammond’s ‘The Night Sky In My Head’.

Snap happy: Arbroath Academy’s photography class from support for learning, equality and inclusion displayed their work in a three day exhibition at Darling’s coffee shop last month.

Pupils had been working on their photography skills with their teacher Miss Anderson over the course of the Spring term, learning skills such as how to use various angles to capture the most effective image, to using photo editing software to enhance their photographs.

This link between the support for learning, equality and inclusion department at Arbroath Academy and the coffee shop is one which is of great benefit to both parties.

Votes were cast for the best photograph which was won by Cameron Robb in S3. Miss Anderson said: “The pupils have been working on their photography skills over the course of a few months, and I have seen great progress.

The exhibition has been a great chance for them to show off their work, and have the confidence to present their efforts to the public.

“Each pupil has developed their own photography style over the course of the project, and the winning design by Cameron was excellent, he has shown a real talent in this subject that I hope he continues to develop.”

Music maestros: Two pupils from Arbroath Academy have been accepted as students at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow. Being offered a place at this prestigious school of creative arts is a no mean feat, and the school is extremely proud of the pupils’ amazing achievement. Former pupil, Kitija Zalaiskalnas was accepted into the Royal Scottish Conservatiore in September 2013 as a full time student to study piano following two rounds of auditions.

This year, S3 pupil Mike Prokop was accepted into the Royal Scottish Conservatiore and has recently gained a distinction in his grade 3 clarinet exam after playing for little more than nine months.

As Mike is only in third year he will be attending the conservatoire as a part time student in order to continue his education at Arbroath Academy.

Jerry Randalls, Education Music Support Officer with Angus Council, said, “This is an outstanding achievement from both of them and a lovely way for me to ‘lose’ pupils.

“Though it is sad to end their lesson with me I’m so happy for them and wish them both the best in their endeavours.”

Athletics: Pupils were invited to compete in the school’s annual athletics event for S1, S2 and S3 pupils.

A range of track and field events were on offer over two days including the 100, 200 and 400 metres, high-jump, long jump and shot-putt.

Each of the events saw individual pupils attempting to display their physical dexterity with an enthusiasm that spread across all levels of ability.

There was an impressive number of pupils, who excelled in their own particular area, but the winners for each year group were those who had performed best overall. The winners were: S1 boys, Leon Gibson; S1 girls, Kirsty Robertson; S2 boys, Adam Caird; S2 girls, Rachel Wallace; S3 boys, Alex Gibson; and S3 girls, Sydney Caird.