Our S1 and S2 (new S2 and S3) pupils enjoyed their annual Sports Day on Friday 27 May 2016, much of it in the sunshine. A range of events and activities took place, with the overall House winners begin confirmed as Moray. Well done to everyone involved.
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Our new S2, S3 and S4 pupils are currently enjoying a very wide range of activities. Whilst S2 and S3 pupils are enjoying day trips and activities in school, our S3 pupils are away on residentials – to Holland, to London, to Edinburgh, to Glasgow and to Embo. Keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter @elginacademyht or on Facebook www.facebook.com/elginacademyofficial
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On Wednesday 18 May the Geobus visited the Geography Department to run a number of interactive workshops on ‘Earth Forces’ for our S3 pupils on. All pupils had the opportunity to experience two different workshops; one on managing the impact of volcanic eruptions and one on understanding earthquakes and their impacts. Activities included using slinkiesto mirror the movement of seismic waves and using k’nex to design and build earthquake proof buildings. Also, pupils were able to carry out an experiment using party poppers and metal nuts to predict the eruption of a volcano. It was a fantastic day had by all and we look forward to inviting the Geobus team back next year!
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This year, all S2 pupils have been getting a flavour of Mandarin language and Chinese culture thanks to our Chinese assistant Selena Liu, for one period every other week. Eleven S2 pupils volunteered to showcase what they had learned to the Sales and Management teams at Walkers Shortbread HQ in Aberlour on Wednesday 18 May. After two or three lunchtime sessions to give them basic vocabulary aimed at business people, these pupils were given free reign as to how to present their learning as long as they taught a few phrases in Mandarin and mentioned some do’s and don’ts of doing business with Chinese business people. Not all of them were very confident ahead of their presentations, but it did not show once they got started. They were all looking forward to sharing what they had studied and they have gained a lot from their first experience of teaching a foreign language and the culture of the country.
In his feedback that Alastair Walker gave us the day after the presentations, he said: “Honestly, I can say that everyone in the office has been talking about the presentations today. They were absolutely excellent and we all learnt some interesting and useful things. Especially with gift giving – we often are taking gifts on visits…….we now know to be careful in what we give. You should be proud of your students – they did a terrific job and were great ambassadors for Elgin Academy. The end result, I think you’ll agree, was worthwhile for all involved and I’m sure Walkers would be happy to be involved again.”
The importance of being able to converse in the language of the people Scottish companies do business with is ever-increasing, especially when competition is so tough.
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