Elgin Academy and Robertson celebrated the culmination of the first major project in our five-year partnership on Friday 17 February. All of our S3 pupils have been working in teams in the Design & Technology Department to design a “Climbers’ Retreat”. The final took place on Friday, when a team of judges from Robertson chose the first, second and third entries. This was followed by an event called “Making Education Our Business”, when parents, pupils and partners were able to hear more about the opportunities presented by our partnership. The audience heard from Mike Turner, Managing Director of Robertson Timber Engineering, David Barnett, Head Teacher, and Moira Stickle, DYW Moray manager. A range of partners were on hand to talk about potential careers, including Skills Development Scotland, the CITB, local STEM Ambassadors and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
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On Tuesday 14 February 2017, we were delighted to welcome John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, to Elgin Academy, accompanied by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead. Our guests heard about the impact of the school library on literacy attainment, and visited and took part in lessons in Chemistry, Music and PE. S3 pupil Sean McCann even had the opportunity to take on Mr Swinney at badminton. Our guests also had the opportunity to meet with staff from across Moray to discuss current issues in Scottish education.
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We were delighted to welcome Vanessa Altin to Elgin Academy on Wednesday 8 February. Vanessa is a hard news journalist turned author and has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria and particularly on the struggles of the swathes of refugees on the Syrian/Turkish border. Her Carnegie Medal -nominated book, The Pomegranate Tree, sheds light on the plight of children affected by the Syria conflict. Vanessa spoke with all of S3 and with students in the senior school, and also spoke to visiting groups from Keith Grammar, Elgin High and Lossiemouth High.
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